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Thursday, October 7, 2021

20+ Things To Do in Cleveland This Weekend (Oct. 7-10)

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Our weekly picks of the best things to do in Cleveland this weekend. Also check out our full Cleveland event calendar.

THU 10/07
Sex 'n’ the City: A (Super Unauthorized) Musical Parody

Sex In the City, a popular HBO show from the '90s, chronicled the ups and downs experienced by four women as they tried to navigate the New York dating scene. This "super unauthorized" musical parody takes the show to task as it tackles issues like romance and heartbreak with a tongue-in-cheek approach. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Mimi Ohio Theatre. Check the Playhouse Square website for more info.
1511 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Battle of the Land
Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquirie and develope more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland, including developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modern and the May Company Building. Now, the company is getting into the battle of the bands business with Battle of the Land, a live musical talent competition series that continues tonight. Artists compete in a series of head-to-head musical battles at Tower City Center, and the winner will open for local heroes Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Oct. 28. Tonight's round starts at 6 p.m.
230 W. Huron Rd., battleoftheland.com.



Disney's the Lion King
More than 90 million people around the world have reportedly experienced the visual artistry of The Lion King. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the play presents a story "filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals." The play also features the work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and tunes written by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Check the Playhouse Square website for a complete list of showtimes and for ticket prices.
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

The Dude Perfect 2021 Tour
These former college roommates from Texas A&M who’ve become famous for their YouTube sports channel bring their live show to town tonight. Expect to see stunts and competition battles as the Dude Perfect guys tell behind-the-scenes stories about some of their most popular segments. The show starts at 7 tonight. Check the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse website for ticket prices.
One Center Court, rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com.

The Exonerated
The Exonerated opens tonight and then runs through Nov. 7 at Beck Center for the Arts’ Studio Theater. This cast of ten talented local actors includes Actor Equity Association members Amy Fritsche and Abraham Adams. The docu-drama recounts first-person narratives in dramatic form through the legal records of six wrongly convicted inmates. The accounts of the falsely accused explore these people’s lives after being sentenced to death, and the legal proceedings that gained their exoneration. Ticket prices start at $34 (adults), $30 (for seniors 65 and older) and $12 for students with valid ID. A $3 service fee per single ticket will be applied at time of purchase. A preview performance takes place at 7:30 tonight. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-2540, beckcenter.org.

Stavros Halkias
A stand-up comedian and co-host of the popular podcast Cum Town, Stavros Halkias is also widely known for his body-positive Instagram account. During the course of his career, he's made appearances on Comedy Central, IFC and the MSG Network, where he wrote and performed on the Emmy-nominated People Talking Sports and Other Stuff. He’s been featured in Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball and the New York Comedy Festival. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Consult the Hilarities site for ticket prices.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.

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, bsideliquorlounge.com.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
On her hit TV show, Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo aims to defy stereotypes. Not your typical Long Island wife and mom, she can communicate with the dead. Tonight's live show, dubbed the Experience, brings her face-to-face with her fans as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. A video display ensures everyone will get a good look at the proceedings too. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Consult the website for ticket prices.
198 Hill St., Akron, uaevents.com.

FRI 10/08

Cavs vs. Indiana Pacers
The NBA preseason continues for the Cavs tonight as they take on the Indiana Pacers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Don't expect the Cavs stars to get too much playing time as the team will likely rest starters to ensure they don't get injured. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Chicago Bulls will come to town on Sunday for another preseason game. That game begins at 7 p.m. as well.
One Center Court, 216-420-2000, rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com.

Historic Haunts Walking Tours
The Historic Haunts Walking Tours will return to the Gordon Square Arts District tonight and tomorrow night. Produced by the West Clinton Block Club in cooperation with Near West Theatre and the Northwest Neighborhoods CDC, the tours will feature a unique, lantern-lit guided walking tour through the charming residential areas surrounding GSAD. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for youth 15 and under. All proceeds will support future annual haunts. Walking tours begin at 6 each night and leave every 15 minutes from Near West Theatre’s location at 6702 Detroit Ave. Free parking is available in the Capitol Theatre lot, accessed from West 65th and 67th Streets. Tours will last approximately an hour and end back at the Near West Theatre.
6702 Detroit Ave., 216-961-9750, nearwesttheatre.org.

Trey Kennedy
Best known for sketches such as “Millennial Girlfriend School,” “Moms and Middle Schoolers During Flu Season Be Like," writer, actor, comedian and musician Trey Kennedy has written, produced and starred in numerous viral videos. He performs at 7 and 10 tonight at the Ohio Theatre. Check the Playhouse Square website for ticket prices.
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries
A cult classic if there ever were one, Napoleon Dynamite helped to introduce the world to actor and comedian Jon Heder, who played the nerdy character after whom the film takes its name. His awkward movements and distinctive vocal delivery made his performance unforgettable. At 7:30 tonight, the Akron Civic Theatre will host a special screening of Napoleon Dynamite followed by a moderated discussion with Heder, Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico). Reserved tickets start at $25, and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $125. In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Civic encourages all non-vaccinated persons to continue to wear masks.
182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com.

On Three
Tonight from 6 to 10, 818 Studios celebrates the opening of On Three, a group exhibition of three works each by 19 veteran and new Cleveland area artists. This show celebrates three years of 818 Studios. Artists include Douglas, Max Utter, David Louis Cintron, Liz Maugans, Rebecca Yody and more. The show will remain on view until Nov. 13.
818 Jefferson Ave., facebook.com/events/541107613671127/.

Tony Roberts
With a wicked sense of humor, Tony Roberts has been blessed with the esteemed title of being the “comedians-comedian,” the guy other performers love to watch work. His hilariously refreshing energetic comedy style has garnered him respect in the state and abroad, creating high-demand for him in the comedy circuit. His appearances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo and BET’s Comicview no doubt attest to his talent. He performs at 7:30 and 10 tonight at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Check the Improv website for ticket prices.
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

Waitress
Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles contributes the songs to Waitress, a musical based on a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). The action centers on Jenna, a waitress and pie maker who aspires to find a way out of the small town where she lives with her unloving husband. She finds just that when she participates in a baking contest and meets the town's new doctor. Tonight's performance of the play takes place at 7:30 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron. Check the website for ticket prices.
198 Hill St., Akron, uaevents.com.

Walkabout Tremont
Walkabout Tremont, which takes place on the second Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., showcases the best of this smart neighborhood, with art openings, extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, live music, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours and much more.
experiencetremont.com.

SAT 10/09
Almost Queen

While he was fronting Brit glam rock outfit Queen, the late Freddie Mercury was one of rock’s most flamboyant frontmen. He often wore chest-baring outfits (or no shirt at all) and looked a lot like the ringleader of a circus. And he could wail. Songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions” provided the perfect vehicles for his operatic voice. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Queen was a great band. Almost Queen, a cover band fronted by Joseph Russo, tries to capture some of that magic. Russo, who was on several Broadway tours before turning his attention to the tribute act, certainly looks the part. He sports a Mercury-like mustache and wears the same kind of outrageous outfits. Tonight at 8 at the Akron Civic, Almost Queen tries to bring some of Mercury's magic to the stage. Check the Civic website for more info.
182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com.

Chelsea Handler
A No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Chelsea Handler brings her Vaccinated and Horny Tour to MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage tonight. The tour comes on the heels of the success of her 2019 memoir that debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List. Handler embarked on a sit-down comedy tour in support of the book and subsequently launched a limited series podcast. Tonight, she performs at 7. Consult the website for ticket prices.
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com/en.html.

Harvest Festival
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Hale Farm & Village hosts Harvest Festival, a family-friendly event offers seasonal experiences such as apple cider pressing and butter churning, and pumpkin painting. You can learn how the pioneers of the region prepared for the winter months ahead through food preservation demonstrations too. Other harvest activities can be seen at the Saltbox House herb garden (funded and maintained by the Bath Gamma Garden Club) where herbs will be harvested and preserved for use during the winter, and at First Settlement where cooking demonstrations will happen.” Admission to the Harvest Festival is $12 for adults (13 years and older), $6 for children (ages 3 to 12years) and free for children under 2 years old, active military and Western Reserve Historical Society members.
2686 Oak Hill Rd., Newton Falls, 330-666-3711, halefarm.org.

Hester Street
Hester Street, a 1975 indie film with two local connections (filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver and star Carol Kane are both former Clevelanders), returns to Cleveland this weekend in a new 4K digital restoration. The movie will show at 7 tonight and at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Admission is $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and those age 25 and under. The film centers on a Russian Jewish immigrant couple whose marriage becomes strained as they attempt to assimilate.
Cleveland Cinematheque, 11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

The Millennium Tour 2021
Hip-hop stars such as Omarion, Bow Wow, Ashanti, Pretty Ricky, Ying Yang Twins, Soulja Boy, Lloyd and Sammie will perform tonight at 8 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as part of the Millennium Tour 2021. Consult the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse website for more info, including ticket prices.
One Center Court, rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com.

SUN 10/10
CIM Orchestra
The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra comes to Severance Hall at 3 p.m. today for performances of works by Serksnyte, Beethoven and Dvořák. Conductor Carlos Kalmar will lead the orchestra. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices.
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

Lil TJay
Released two years ago, the hit single “Brothers,” a woozy ballad, would turn rapper Lil TJay into an internet sensation and ultimately lead to a deal with Columbia Records. Lil TJay, who's amassed some 58 million plus YouTube viewers, brings his headlining tour to the Agora tonight. Cleveland artists Reco Bandz, Aphiniti and Z107.9’s DJ Corey Grand open the show, which starts at 7:30. Check the Agora website for ticket prices.
5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221, agoracleveland.com.

University Heights Fall Fest
After a successful event in 2019, University Heights Fall Fest returns to Walter Stinson Community Park from 1 to 5 p.m. today. The event will feature more than 50 artists and vendors from across Northeast Ohio, activities for the kids, circus performers and a concert from the '80s dance band Back 2 the Future. Back 2 the Future will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. to perform hits from artists such as Madonna, Rick Springfield, Prince, and Journey., Ohio artists scheduled to appear include Cleveland Firebrush, Burning River T’s, Crescent Rose Craft, Ogden Maple Farm, One Garden Greens, Unibrow Society, Dru Christine Fabrics & Design, and Field of Dream’s Flowers. Balloons by Blake and bubble artist Dr. U.R. Awesome will be on hand as well, and kids will have the chance to paint pumpkins. Food trucks Stix & Buns, Barra de Taco and Cleveland Cookie Dough Company will be on site.
2313-2339 Fenwick Rd., University Heights, universityheights.com.

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