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Thursday, September 2, 2021

30+ Things To Do in Cleveland This Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2-6)

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click to enlarge RB Butcher comes to Hilarities tonight. - HILARITIES.COM
  • RB Butcher comes to Hilarities tonight.
THU 09/02

RB Butcher

Akron native RB Butcher’s career has finally taken off. A couple of years ago, Butcher released his first TV series, Take My Wife and also released his debut comedy album Butcher. Butcher, who now lives in Los Angeles, possesses a distinctively “blue collar brand of cool” that has served him well on television shows such as Comedy Central's @midnight and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls web series She Said. He returns to town to perform at 7 tonight at Hilarities. Consult the Hilarities website for ticket prices.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Asian Lantern Festival
Taking over parks and zoos across the country, the traveling Asian Lantern Festival shows off thousands of colorful handmade paper lanterns in open, green spaces. This year's edition brings 70 "large-scale illuminated displays." This year’s festival will mark the return of live performances every hour, and there will be acrobatics including foot juggling, contortion and martial arts. Throughout the festival, guests can shop at an Asian craft market and taste a variety of culturally-inspired cuisine. The event takes place from 6:30 to 10 tonight through Sunday. Check the Zoo website for ticket prices.
3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

Brothers Osborne
Touring in support of Skeletons, their third studio album, Brothers Osborne come to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica tonight riding a wave of momentum. The band was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning and it also played one of NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts. The band's T.J. Osborne especially deserves kudos as he became the first major country star to publicly come out as gay. Tonight's show starts at 7:30 p.m. Consult the Live Nation website for ticket prices.
2014 Sycamore St., 216-861-4080,

The Choir of Man
With most of the Broadway touring shows still on pause because of the pandemic, The Choir of Man represents the sole performance taking place at Playhouse Square this month. A press release promises the show is both a party and concert: "It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography." Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 in the Mimi Ohio Theatre. The run extends to Sept. 18. Check the Playhouse Square website for additional showtimes and ticket prices.
1511 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Lee Dewyze
Influenced by the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) and Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Lee Dewyze has released five albums over the past ten years. As the winner of American Idol Season 9 in 2010, he made his major label debut with Live It Up and has steadily gained momentum. His songs have appeared in over 70 movies, TV shows, and commercials. His current tour supports his brand new LP Ghost Stories. It features new renditions of the previously released and wildly successful singles "Weeds" and "Victim of the Night." He performs tonight at 8 at Musica in Akron. Tickets cost $20.
51 East Market St., Akron, 330-374-1114,

Originally scheduled to play Blossom last summer in support of 2019's The Nothing, Korn had to bump that date because of COVID. Though frontman Jonathan Davis has said the nu-metal group has already started to write a follow-up to The Nothing, expect songs from The Nothing to figure prominently in tonight's set list. While The Nothing tunes such as "Cold" stay true to the band's loud/quiet ethos, songs such as "The End Begins" come off as more nuanced and show off the band's musical evolution. Tonight's show starts at 6:30. Check the Live Nation website for ticket prices.
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,

Maker & Shaker
Maker & Shaker, a cocktail hour and mini maker market featuring local entrepreneurs, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the B-Side on the first Thursday of each month. A local musician/DJ will be on hand as well, and the event will be outdoor on the patio, weather permitting, or inside right next to the bar. Admission is free.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

FRI 09/03

Lavell Crawford
Some people are born funny; others grow into it. The latter seems to be the case for Lavell Crawford, a stand-up comedian whose act primarily revolves around his upbringing in St. Louis, jabs at his weight and the women who've wronged him over the years. If his obesity-centric material weren't enough, Crawford's supremely goofy and aloof demeanor only helps to make him more likable. It helps to explain how he ended up finishing second in the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, which he has parlayed into appearances on Chelsea Lately, Breaking Bad and Workaholics ("Eggs Tyrone," anybody?). He performs tonight at 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Check the Hilarities website for ticket prices.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute
The Beatles broke up years ago, but any number of tribute acts aspire to keep the band's legacy alive by playing spot-on covers of their tunes. The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute aims to be the best of them. The band performs tonight at 8 at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage. Check the MGM Northfield Park website for ticket prices.
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

Adele Givens
Known as the "Queen of Comedy," Adele Givens uses her crass sense of humor to focus on everyday situations such as marriage, going to the gynecologist, and picking baby names. She also examines double standards. She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where shows are scheduled through Sunday. Check the Improv website for ticket prices.
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Heathers: The Musical Presented by Millenial Theatre Project
In Heathers, a shoulder-padded, scrunchies-wearing Heather terrorizes a school, but the misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend. That's the plot of this musical presented by Millennial Theatre Project. Tonight's performance takes place at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets cost $20.
182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Kamm's Corners Greek Festival
For the past 10 years, the George Varouh Cretan Club of Cleveland has played host to the Kamm’s Corners Greek Festival. This year’s installment kicks off today at 3 p.m. It features Greek food and pastries as well as a full dinner menu that includes lamb shank, lamb roasted on the spit, Greek roasted chicken dinners and more. There will be dance performances and live music as well. You’ll be able to sit both inside and outside. Greek beer and wine will be served. Admission is free. The event continues through Monday.
3853 West 168th Street, 216-941-4455,

Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival
Hale Farm & Village will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival today, tomorrow and Sunday when the event returns to the venue. The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.The juried festival features more than 150 Ohio artisans, local food and entertainment. Vendors include jewelry artists, potters, woodworkers, glass artists, soap and lotion makers, quilters and a variety of unique artisans. Café 1810 will offer a selection of sandwiches and sides for the festival and local food trucks will be on site. Ohio wine and beer will also be available. Admission to the festival includes access to the entire living history museum. Presale tickets to the Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival cost $10 for adults, $6 for kids aged 3 to 12. The price of adult tickets goes up to $8 at the door. A three-day adult pass costs $20, and WRHS members, youth 2 or under and active military are free., Note that masks will be required for staff and visitors when indoors or unable to maintain a proper social distance outdoors, and some vendors will only accept cash.
2686 Oak Hill Rd., Newton Falls, 330-666-3711,

After last year’s cancellation, Cleveland’s Oktoberfest returns to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this year. This year, however, organizers have added a second weekend. The event will now take place from today through Monday and from Sept. 10 to 11. Considered one of the largest (if not the largest) Oktoberfest outside of Munich, Germany, the event will feature Oktoberfest-style beers, tribute bands, wiener dog races, authentic German and European foods, fireworks and the largest glockenspiel in the entire country. General admission tickets cost $15 at the box office. Four-day passes and VIP packages are available too, and parking is free.
19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 440-243-0090,

Verb Ballets
For more than 15 years, Verb Ballets has brought the beauty of dance to the Cain Park stage. Verb Ballets is known for performances that have moved audiences and critics alike for over three decades, and the group makes its return to the Cleveland Heights venue today at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000,

SAT 09/04

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys/Cory Grinder & the Playboy Scouts

Since he started performing with his backing band The Fly-Rite Boys some 25 years ago, singer-guitarist Big Sandy has continually attracted new young fans and introduced them to Western swing and rockabilly. Sandy's music, which recalls the type of music that was popular decades ago, has an easygoing vibe that appeals to fans of traditional country and rockabilly alike. He's been playing Cleveland for years and always puts on a good show. Local heroes Cory Grinder & the Playboy Scouts open the show, which starts at 8 at the Beachland Tavern. Tickets cost $14 in advance, $16 at the door.
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Cleveland Air Show
After last COVID wiped out last year's event, the Cleveland Air Show returns to the shores of Lake Erie othis weekend once again. The 2021 show at Burke Lakefront Airport will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. There will be no gate tickets available for this year's event. All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Check the website for a complete schedule of events and for ticket prices.
2301 N. Marginal Rd.,

Cleveland Bazaar in Market Square Park
Cleveland Bazaar has organized pop-up retail events for makers, artists and small businesses in northeast Ohio since 2004. Its summer shows at Market Square Park across from the West Side Market are a great way to shop local. Today's event, which is free, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
W. 25th St. and Lorain Ave.,

Destination: Africa
Focusing on African music of all genres and influences on foreign records, Destination: Africa will feature local DJ Ik Dubaku on the wheels of steel from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Velvet Dog. There will be drink specials too. The event takes place on the club's rooftop patio.
1280 West 6th St., 216-664-1116,


GlamGore is Cleveland's newest monthly addition to LGBTQ nightlife. Each month, GlamGore features a variety of performance artists under one roof, ranging from beauty queens to drag monsters. One of few all-inclusive and all ages productions that incorporates themed performances to elevate artists and audiences alike, GlamGore features well-rounded drag entertainers of all shapes, sizes and styles from all over the country. The theme of tonight's event, which starts at 9 at the Grog Shop, is Songbirds & Sirens, and the event will feature a full cast of live singing entertainers. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. VIP tickets which include a photo opportunity, a meet-and-greet prior to the show and seating, cost $16.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588,

Patty Griffin
Veteran singer-songwriter Patty Griffin returned last year with the release of Patty Griffin, her 10th studio recording. The deeply personal album charted in the top 5 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and received a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Songs such as the sparse "Mama's Worried," a song that simply features Griffin's voice and Spanish classic guitar, really resonate. She performs at 8 tonight at the Kent Stage. Consult the Kent Stage website for ticket prices.
175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005,

Heathers: The Musical Presented by Millenial Theatre Project
In Heathers, a shoulder-padded, scrunchies-wearing Heather terrorizes a school, but the misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend. That's the plot of this musical presented by Millennial Theatre Project. Tonight's performance takes place at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets cost $20.
182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Legacy Live
One of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series, Legacy Live has become a tradition that families and couples look forward to each summer. The concerts, which take place on the Legacy Village lawn at 5 each Saturday night throughout the warmer months, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Admission is free. Continues through Sept. 11.
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871,

Peninsula Flea
It's not just a city thing: Good fleas can be found beyond Cleveland's city limits. To wit: The Peninsula Flea, which is held on the first Saturday of every month from June to September at the beautiful Heritage Farms, in the Cuyahoga Valley. The location provides a perfect escape from the crush of city life, perhaps best enjoyed by taking a hike in the surrounding Cuyahoga Valley National Park — the third most-visited national park in the country. A slew of local vendors will be on the lawn, with indoor sales taking place in two of the barns on site. The flea is the perfect opportunity to get some antiques, handmade collectibles, local gear and delicious fresh food while taking in all that Peninsula has to offer. Shoppers are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6050 Riverview Rd, Peninsula,

Salute to John Williams
Tonight at 7 at Blossom, Richard Kaufman, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film score conductors, leads the Cleveland Orchestra in a program that pays tribute to composer John Williams, famous for delivering the scores to films such as Superman, Harry Potter, Star Wars and E.T. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. The concert takes place again tomorrow night at Blossom too.
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,

Today, the M.C. Chatman Center for Humanitarian Services presents the 15th annual Multi Music Fest at Cain Park with two acts, Stokley and SWV. A Grammy-nominated vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Stokley has worked with Prince, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. He’s known best as the lead singer and drummer for the R&B group Mint Condition. SWV (Sisters With Voices) is an American R&B vocal trio from New York. They had a series of hits, including "Weak," "Right Here (Human Nature Remix)," "I'm So into You," and "You're the One." The group disbanded in 1998 to pursue solo projects and reunited in 2005. The event featuring the two artists starts at 6 tonight at Cain Park. Consult the Cain Park website for ticket prices.
14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000,

Charlie Wilson
Still touring in support of 2017’s In It to Win It, Gap Band founder and solo artist Charlie Wilson continues to be relevant. Last year, he received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Made For Love,” a duet with Lalah Hathaway. In 2018, he was nominated for three 2018 NAACP Image Awards. That same year, he became the first artist to have two different No. 1 songs on Adult R&B Songs and the Hot Gospel Songs charts at the same time. Expect him to emphasize his many hits at tonight's show at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage. The show begins at 8. Check the MGM Northfield Park website for ticket prices. Wilson performs at the venue again tomorrow night too.
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

SUN 09/05

Concerts at Lakeview Cemetery
The annual summer concert series at Lake View Cemetery offers locals yet another great opportunity to savor some free outdoor performances. The concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city. Lake View Cemetery has partnered with Jim Wadsworth Productions to set the lineup. Tonight's concert features the local soul/R&B act Hubb's Groove. Concerts take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission is free.
12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665,

Maker Town Market
Maker Town and Saucy Brew Works have teamed up to present free outdoor markets every Sunday at Saucy's Vibe Garden. The weekly event will feature handmade jewelry, home decor, wall art, fashion, pet products, wellness items, furniture and paper goods. Located at W. 28th St. and Church Ave., Saucy's Vibe Garden features picnic tables and an outdoor bar. Food can be ordered from the brewery via an app. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's free.
2807 Church Ave., 216-666-2568,

Reggae Sundays
This special Reggae Sunday Happy Hour Concert series is a summertime tradition at the Music Box Supper Club The indoor/outdoor concert series will take place rain or shine with live music from 4 to 7 p.m. Music Box will also offer food and drink specials exclusive to the series.
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

MON 09/06

Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

At the beginning of the season, a four-game series against the Twins in September would appear to have great significance in terms of the division title. But since the Twins have faded from contention (and even unloaded Nelson Cruz, one of their best hitters, earlier this summer), the series doesn't appear to carry as much weight. The division rivals face off at 6:10 tonight at Progressive Field. Tickets start at $15.
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre and Chagrin Cinemas. Additional charges apply for 3-D movies.

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