Unfortunately, bit of a late night at the Rock Bottom Brewery‘s Rocktoberfest tapping kept me from getting the weekend picks up early this morning, but hopefully some spontaneous and/or procrastinating Cleveland yuppies are still looking for weekend plans. Here are some options:
Spangle Magazine Soiree
Cleveland’s own LGBT magazine, Spangle, is celebrating its 100,000+ readers with a party tonight from 5:30-9 pm at the Velvet Dog. More than a sheer celebration, Spangle is also asking attendees to donate either nonperishable food or $5 to help stock the AIDS Taskforce‘s food pantry. For every donation, attendees will be entered to win one of three awesome prizes from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sergio’s in University Circle or the Cleveland Cinemas.
Sondre Lerche Concert at the Beachland
Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche stops in Cleveland for a show tonight (9 pm, doors at 8 ) at the Beachland Ballroom. I’ve seen him perform twice in the past few years and in my opinion, he’s absolutley worth the $15 ticket price. Sondre’s music is like what would happen if Elvis Costello, Badly Drawn Boy and The Shins jumped into a recording studio, which then magically transported them back to the 1960′s and they let a little of the era’s whimsy seep into the tracks.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Dan in Real Life, you’ve heard Sondre Lerche’s catchy indi pop-rock tunes. If you haven’t, well, both the movie and musician are worth checking out.
West 6th Street Tailgate Party
College football fans should be in heaven-in-Cleveland on Saturday, as the Toledo Rockets take on The Ohio State Buckeyes at Cleveland Browns stadium. Since the stadium can’t accommodate all of our city’s state’s crazy sports fans, West 6th street is hosting the ultimate tailgate party by shutting out traffic from Lakeside to Superior and opening the street for fans’ pre- and post-game shenanigans.
Word is that bars are opening as early as 9:00 am, and from 10-10:45 am there will be a pre-game event (like a grown-up pep rally!) featuring the OSU Buckeye band and cheerleaders. This will be followed by excessive drinking and potential riots. A word to the wise: keep your car parked a safe distance away in case fans get overly rowdy.
Ohio City Blues Fest
The second annual Ohio City Blues Fest is also this Saturday, from 2-11 pm at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island (near Edgewater). For $20, attendees will be treated to a full day of blues from six bands, including Jeff Powers, the Collin Dussault Blues Project and Walkin’ Cane. Craft and import beers, wine and food will be available for purchase (Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Fish Blue and Ohio City Pasta are among the event sponsors).
If watching a game with a bunch of drunken frat boys, or sitting by the lake listening to blues music doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, veer west and head on over to the 5 O’Clock Lounge in Lakewood for the fourth installment of the Old School Sinema Charity Zombie Walk.
This Harvest for Hunger fundraiser will cost you $5 ($10 if you need your zombie makeup done) and two canned goods. Registration/makeup begins at noon and the walk is 3 pm, and is followed by an after party back at the 5 O’Clock featuring the rockabilly/psychobilly band Buzz Deluxe.
Adventures in Babysitting
The Cedar Lee will be showing this 80′s “classic” on Saturday at both 9:30 pm and midnight. Admission is only $5, and apparently there will be some kind of contest to win an issue of Playbook, circa 1980s.
There you have it, Cleveland. Go forth. Celebrate our LGBT community, listen to some tunes, watch some football, walk like a zombie, get a blast from your past or all of the above.
Adventures in Babysitting screenshot via BTTF.com