Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Jan. 9-15)

Composer Henry Threadgill performs at the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Friday.
Composer Henry Threadgill performs at the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Friday. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

WED 01/09

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Tonight, lifelong Cleveland historian, author and master storyteller Dennis R. Sutcliffe will discuss the "fascinating and often fatal tales" of rival gangs and mob bosses in Cleveland. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

THU 01/10

Hairspray! The Musical

Based on earlier movie versions of the same story, Hairspray! The Musical revolves around "pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy Turnblad and is set in racially segregated Baltimore in 1962. Despite ambiguous integration laws, the local culture sticks to a separate-but-equal mentality. We all know, however, that things are far from equal. When Tracy befriends a couple of African-American dancers and lands a spot on a TV dance show, the town turns upside down. Millennial Theatre Project presents the play tonight at 8 at the Akron Civic Theatre in a cabaret-style performance that finds the audience on stage with the performers. Tickets cost $20, and performances also take place at 8 tomorrow night and at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. There's also a performance at 6:30 on Sunday night. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Brad Williams

At 4-foot-4, diminutive comic Brad Williams hasn't let his height become an obstacle. He prefers to think of his height (or lack thereof) as a disability that's become the basis for all his jokes. Carlos Mencia reportedly discovered him one night and made him his opening act. Williams has also made countless appearances on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jackass and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His high energy, combined with his raw skits about relationships and sex, translates well to the stage. Williams performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $23. (Niesel)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

FRI 01/11

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

In what's become a tradition for this time of year, Disney on Ice storms into town to take over Quicken Loans Arena for a 10-day period, sending the Cavs and Lake Erie Monsters out on long road trips so parents can bring their toddlers and 'tweens to the arena for some family entertainment. This year, a cast of over 50 will be on hand. Expect to see familiar figures such as Mickey Mouse along with scenes from Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid. Tonight's performance begins at 7; shows run through Jan. 20. Check the Q website for times. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2200,

An Evening With(out) David Bowie

Since local music aficionado Thomas Mulready gave his first David Bowie presentation over five years ago, he's expanded the show, dubbed An Evening With(out) David Bowie, to encompass "a bewildering array of new releases while at the same time narrowing the focus on particular eras (The Berlin Era, Ziggy Stardust)." The show returns to the Bop Stop this weekend, a day after the anniversary of his death, to celebrate Bowie's legacy. Mulready will present an "updated and expanded" version of the program, tracing the ground-breaking artist's entire life from birth to his final album, Blackstar, and beyond. There will be highly researched back stories, trivia, "needle drops," rare video, contests and giveaways. Local heroes Vanity Crash will cap off the evening with a live music set of classics and originals. Tomorrow night's program, dubbed Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: David Bowie's Deep Cuts, will feature "his very best material, the overlooked sweet spot where Bowie's true artistry shines." Vanity Crash will again close out the evening. Each program begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $25 per. (Niesel)

2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551,

Flanagan's Wake

Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 27. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

i Cellisti 2019

Tonight at 7 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Cleveland Cello Society presents i Cellisti, its annual fundraiser. This year's theme is "Of Nature," and the event will feature solo cellist Darrett Adkins, a cello professor at Oberlin College; the Oberlin College Choir; and conductor Gregory Ristow performing Soviet composer Sofia Gubaidulina's "Canticle of the Sun." The program also includes Paul Desenne's cello quartet, "Glass Bamboo Frog Consort," performed by members of Ensemble 207 (students of Mark Kosower, principal cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra) and a 24-cello choir in surround-sound formation playing John Luther Adams' "Sky with Four Suns" and "Sky with Four Moons." Proceeds support the CCS scholarship. Tickets (suggested donation): $25 general admission, $10 student, $100 patron. (Niesel)

2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-231-7300,

Henry Threadgill

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music, composer Henry Threadgill has been called "perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation." As part of the Creative Fusion-sponsored commissioning series, Threadgill and his ensemble Zooid will team up with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble tonight at 7:30 at the Cleveland Museum of Art for a world-premiere performance of an "expanded and improvising" chamber ensemble. Tickets cost $25, or $22 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's Walkabout Tremont, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits, drop in at the plentiful bars, restaurants and specialty shops that participate in the art stroll, and even nab a free ride on Lolly the Trolley. The walk takes place from 5 to 10 tonight. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and a listing of entertainment and food and drink specials. (Niesel)

Y Tu Mama También

Because Mexican directors have won four of the past five Oscars for Best Director, the Cleveland Museum of Art will pay tribute to Mexican directors this month with several special screenings. Tonight at 7, it will screen Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien, a coming-of-age story about two teenagers who take a road trip with an older married woman. The movie screens again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 01/12

Benjamin Orr and the Cars Book Release Party

Tonight's release party, at Music Box Supper Club, is for Joe Milliken's new book about the late Benjamin Orr, of the Boston band, the Cars. Millikin will chronicle the time Orr spent with the band. A 90-minute performance by Ohio's Moving In Stereo, a Cars tribute act that incorporates "the sleek, innovative, new-wave sound that put the Cars on the map," will follow. The event begins at 7, and tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

An Iliad

With An Iliad, the Cleveland Play House takes on Homer's classic story, and the theatrical rendition of the epic narrative will feature "vivid storytelling" and live cello as two women transform a bare stage into a "raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory." Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Outcalt Theatre, where performances continue through Feb. 3. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Room

Thanks to The Disaster Artist, the James Franco movie about the making of this cult classic, The Room's popularity has soared. The film that features writer, director and star Tommy Wiseau screens at 10 tonight at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355,

SUN 01/13

Elvis Birthday Tribute

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935, under rather benign circumstances. His family was dirt poor, yet Presley would go on to become one of rock's biggest stars. The guy would've been 82 this year, and to celebrate his birthday, several of the world's best Elvis impersonators will be on hand for a gala concert at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre. The Elvis Birthday Tribute will cover the four main eras of Presley's musical history: the rockabilly years, the military/movie years, the '68 comeback special and even the Las Vegas jumpsuit years. This year's show will feature Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter and Ryan Pelton. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Thomas Piper directs Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, a documentary film about the landscape designer who designed the gardens along New York's High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park. The film shows at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Seatings are offered at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and are available online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Sunday Beat

As part of a Sunday Beat promotion at Visible Voice Books, if you purchase a New York Times at the store, you'll receive a free cup of coffee or tea and a Jim Alesci's Place pastry. An added bonus: A jazz, Americana, samba or bossa nova band will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who shows a Sunday receipt from Music Box, Prosperity Social Club or any of the Tremont restaurants that offer brunch can enter a same-day drawing for a $30 Visible Voice gift certificate and a $25 Visible Voice Loyalty Card. They'll also receive 10 percent off any Visible Voice book purchase. Today's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

MON 01/14

Movie Mondays

Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

Science Cafe

Tonight, and the second Monday of every month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club to talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, John Sobolewski, deputy director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will discuss the costs of eliminating childhood lead poisoning. The talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Shit Show Karaoke

Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's own Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B-Side Liquor Lounge wherein patrons choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock," and are encouraged to "be as bad as you want." Fueled by drink and shot specials, it all goes down tonight at 10 p.m. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

TUE 01/15

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9 at the Winchester, DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

A Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella comes to Connor Palace tonight for a week-long run. The musical offers a "fresh new take" on the tale of a young woman transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, and features such songs as "In My Own Little Corner," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30, and shows continue through Jan. 20. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Wine and Dine Event

Distill Table has teamed up with Cle Urban Winery to present a special Wine and Dine event tonight at 7 at Distill Table. The five-course dinner, paired with wine, will include items such as grape terrine, paprika dusted goat cheese, and red wine-braised short ribs. Tickets cost $65; get them on eventbrite. (Niesel)

14221 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-505-5188,

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Today, and the first Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops) third Tuesday of every month.

Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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