City Xpressionz, Slavic Village Festival, and Silk opening highlight weekend...
Thanks to Heidi for the submission of this weekend's Urban City Xpressionz festival in Ohio City. The Dealfinder personally attended it last year, and can attest that it is worth seeing.
I apologize for the delay of the update this week. I have been extremely busy this week, and next week should be back on time (Wednesday) again. I also have a new email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) where people can email suggestions or comments about the blog.
I hope many of you are getting the word out about this blog… it's now up to 668 visitors through 3 weeks, with over 3000 hits in just over 3 weeks. I hope many of you that were able to take in one of the various festivals going on in the area last weekend before the weather made it difficult. There's plenty more in store this week, including a free screening of "Balls of Fury" (read below).
Events of the Week(end)
Urban City Xpressionz
Cleveland Public Art presents this 6th annual aerosol and urban art festival on Sat 8/25 from 10AM - 7PM. Artists, breakdancers, MCs, and musicians from around the region are invited to Ohio City’s Market Square Park to exhibit their work and battle for cash and prizes. This no-cost event is a unique experience for participants and spectators -- celebrating urban street culture with local and regional aerosol artists, b-boy/b-girl battles, and 9 hours of live music. Click here for details.
30th Annual Slavic Village Harvest Festival
Come enjoy Slavic heritage, as this festival kicks off its 30th year on Saturday at 1 PM. You can enjoy delicious food, take in the pierogi eating contest, see the 19th annual kielbasa cookoff, and catch plenty of polka music and dancers in Cleveland's Slavic Village. Slavic Village is located at Fleet Avenue between E. 57th and E. 65th Streets. The festival runs from 1-10 PM on Saturday, and 12-9 PM on Sunday. Click here for details.
Wade Oval Wednesdays
Come experience the heart of University Circle with Wade Oval Wednesdays. WOW consists of free outdoor concerts each Wednesday evening on Wade Oval, along with other various food vendors, activities, and artisans which have booths throughout the summer (until Aug. 29). In conjunction with WOW, the Botanical Gardens hold Gourmet in the Garden, which is a cooking demonstration from 6-7 PM free with Garden admission (which is free one time for all Case students each year). Next Wednesday 8/29 will feature cooking by Bon Appetit, with music by the Beatles cover band "Revolution Pie." Click here for details.
Silk Nightclub Opening
One of the largest, if not the largest, nightclubs between New York and Chicago opens on the west bank of the Flats with a bang. The club will feature 5 specialty bars, a huge dance floor, lounge areas, VIP bottle service, Video DJs and ability for private parties, with full access to Shooters on the Water. Be one of the first to join the party 8/23-8/25. Click here for more details.
Sparx Street Beats
Sparx in the City continues its summer performances in the E. 4th district at 6:30 with SAMFOD Percussion, 216 Beatriders, and stilting by Pick Up Sticks. Click here for details.
Blue Planet Cafe Grand Opening
This entry is a little late for the opening party, but try a dining experience that’s worlds away from ordinary at The Blue Planet, the new Cleveland Museum of Natural History cafe. See the vibrant new look of the space and sample selections from a menu of foods made with natural and organic ingredients by A Taste of Excellence Catering. Phone: (216) 231-1177. Located at 1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle. Click here for more info.
Cleveland's own improv comedy group has performed improv comedy since 1994 using spontaneous audience suggestions, a la "Whose Line is it Anyway? Each show is completely different! See them at the Tower Press Building this Friday at 8 PM. Get full details on all their shows here.
Above & Beyond
In conjunction with City Xpressionz, check out an exciting evening of visually stimulating graffiti art and culture -- both surreal and modern -- at Level Three Gallery's next show Sat 8/25 starting at 6PM. For a night of visual stimulation, tasty bites and kickin' DJ sounds, you can't beat it. 3635 Perkins Ave. Click here for details.
LGBT Summer Party
The LGBT Center of Cleveland's Summer Party offers all that and more Sat 8/25 from 7PM-1AM. Enjoy great spinning from DJs, live music, a fantastic concert from Anne E DeChant, a cash bar, a late-summer BBQ-style spread and more dancing and entertainment then you could ask for. All proceeds benefit The LGBT Center. For tickets and more info, call Mary Zaller at 651-5428 (ext. 15) or click here.
Mapleside Farms Peachfest and Flea Market
Browse the booths selling everything from antiques to stuffed zebras at one of the biggest local farms. August is Peach Month at Mapleside and we’ll be celebrating this sweet and juicy fruit with Peach Sundaes, Peach Pies, and Peach Muffins. You’ll want to take home a box of these delicious fruits to enjoy. Also featured: Apple Butter Barbeque Ribs, Roasted Corn on the Cob and BBQ Pork Sandwiches. The Farm Market is filled with excellent homegrown produce – tomatoes, corn on the cob, melons, apples, peppers and peaches.
Mapleside Farms is located at 294 Pearl Road in Brunswick. Click here for more information.
British Car Show
Come see a competition of over 100 British cars including Austin Healy, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, Mini Cooper, MG, MGB, Morgan, Morris, Rolls Royce/Bentley, Spitfire, Triumph, and other models this Sunday in Shaker Square as this show returns after a 5 year absence. Click here for more information.
1st Annual MidTown Fun Run for the Arts
Come support the arts on Sunday 8/26 starting by running. Registration starts at 7 AM. Awards for the top runners in different age groups; get a t-shirt and goody bag for participating! Starts at Colonel Young Square Park, located at Prospect Ave & Prospect Rd. Click here for more information or call (216) 623-9933.
Farm to Table
North Union Farmers Market and Cleveland Botanical Garden hold this annual benefit event on
8/27 from 5:30 - 9:30PM. Farm to Table is a celebration of local farmers and farmers markets, featuring chefs from the area’s top restaurants preparing cuisine from fresh, local ingredients. The event will be held on the lovely Geis Terrace of CBG – inspiring digs for a late summer gathering – and features live music. Rain or shine. Click here for more info.
Ongoing Events previously featured
Walk and Roll Cleveland – every Sunday in August. Get details here.
Muddling Mojitos 101 - Learn to make mojitos on Fridays from 5-7 PM
StoryCorps - Tell your story on NPR. Aug. 2-25. Call 1-800-850-4406 to schedule an interview.
Chucklef*ck Comedy Night - Mondays at 8 in Lakewood at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison Ave. Lakewood.
Dining Gems Around Town
La Tortilla Feliz
Enjoy great South American food at this Tremont eatery located on W. 14th Street just around the corner from the Lava Lounge. Occasionally with live music, this restaurant gives you more than your money's worth with their plates of appetizers which you can order as a meal. Check out their tequila tasting next month on September 27. The mojito tasting this past Thursday was completely sold out. Tastings include an appetizer buffet, and 3-4 drinks. Click here for details on the restaurant. La Tortilla Feliz is located at 2661 W. 14th Street. Call 216-241-8385 to reserve a spot at the tasting (cost~ $20/person, $37/couple for drinks and appetizer buffet)
Around the Corner Cafe
With their weekly dunk tank sessions and game show mania on Wednesdays at 8:30 and 9:30 respectively, this Lakewood hotspot captures a good portion of the young professional crowd still looking to go out and have a good time. Check out their monthly Clothing Swaps too (which feature more than just clothing) where you can trade things that you don't want anymore for things that other people will be willing to give up, with a nominal $10 fee to rent space to sell/trade your items. For details on Around the Corner, click here. Around the Corner is located at 18616-20 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, OH.
Free Movie Screenings of the Week
Remember to sign up and show up early! (usually about 30-45 minutes before the show)
Balls of Fury free screening - watch ping-pong phenom Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) as he is hired by the FBI to capture one of the most wanted (Christopher Walken) . Click here for info about the movie. The showing will be on Monday August 27 at 7:30 at Richmond Town Square. You can pick up a pass for 2 at the Scion booth at the City Xpressionz festival in Ohio this Saturday (see above for details).
For the kids...
Sign up to get tickets to The Game Plan starring Wayne "The Rock" Johnson here!
Dealin' around the city
For the Broadway fanatic...be a Blossom Broadway Baby
If you’re the kind of person who belts out show tunes in the shower, you’re just the kind of person who might qualify to be a Blossom Broadway Baby at the September 1st concert, “Rodgers and Hammerstein on Stage and Screen.” WCLV’s Bill Rudman, whose program Footlight Parade is heard Saturdays at 6:00 PM, will introduce the concert from the stage. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, send an email to email@example.com.
When you arrive at Blossom, you’ll have your picture taken with Bill Rudman and costumed WCLV hosts and receive your own Broadway Baby mini costume depicting a character in one of the featured musicals - State Fair, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The King and I and Carousel. Appropriately adorned, we’ll all sit together and dream of footlights and rave reviews while we listen to the Festival Orchestra accompany favorite scenes from musicals on Blossom’s big screens. And guys. You can be Broadway Babies, too. Obviously, a sense of humor is mandatory for both winners and their guests who will be costumed, as well.
18 winners will be randomly chosen. Entry deadline – 5 pm August 24th. Get all the details here.
Half off Cleveland Orchestra
50% off the Cleveland Orchestra’s final concert of the summer on Saturday 8/25 at 8 PM. Picnic up to 2 ½ hours before the concert, and enjoy the concert under the stars. Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and Sibelius Violin Concerto will be played by violinist Valeriy Sokolov. Discounted lawn tickets are $10 and pavilion seats start at $11. Use promo code 3836 and order at clevelandorchestra.com or phone at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141. Sponsored by Cool Cleveland.
Get a FREE round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf here!
August 31 - September 3 - Taste of Cleveland, Cleveland Air Show
September 6 - Zocalo Mexican Grill and Tequileria
October 6 – Lake Erie Monsters
Many other things to do at the following page:
More things to win:
Cleveland.com (includes concert tickets, trip to Vegas, rounds of golf, Air show tickets and more)
Cleveland Scene (includes The Killers tickets, Taste of Cleveland tickets, Goo Goo Dolls tickets, Cedar Point tickets, and more)
WOIO.com (includes 37” HD TV, Put-in-Bay ferry tickets)
Permanent deals/specials around the area worth a try
Cleveland Indians College 360 ID Nights
Get Lower Reserved, Upper Box, Mezzanine, Bleachers and Upper Reserved tickets for half price on Monday August 27 vs. Minnesota, Thursday August 30 vs. Seattle, and Tuesday September 18 vs. Detroit, all at 7:05 PM, as the Indians fend off Detroit in the pennant chase. Enter "STUDY" as a promotional code to receive the discount, or get your tickets at the box office in order to avoid the convenience fee. Click here to buy discounted tickets. Don't forget to take your ID!
Click here for some of the city’s happy hour specials, brought to you by the Cleveland Scene...
McNulty's Bier Markt - $3 Stella, Hoegaarden, Warsteiner, Brooklyn IPA, $2.50 Blue Moon/Labatt Blue, and $2.50 Long Islands. Free pizza from Pizza Pan is offered at happy hour on Fridays from 6-8 PM.
Momocho - half price margaritas and taquitos Tuesday-Friday 5-6:30.
Lolita’s - $5 food specials, $4 wines, $2 Sierra Nevadas, 5-6:30 and 9:30-close Tues-Th., 10-close on Fri-Sat, and 4-9 on Sun.
The Dealfinder is a Case grad student that is continuously exploring to "create" more of this city by the day.