Friday, November 23, 2012
Tame your winter spending spree with ice skating in University Circle.
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. Catching up with out-of-town family and friends. Shopping for presents. Buying groceries to cook elaborate meals. The fact that people spend a lot of dough during the holidays is nothing new. Tame your winter spending spree with an event that won't drain your account — ice skating at Wade Oval, which opens this Sunday, Nov. 25. Where: The Rink at Wade Oval, 10820 East Blvd., Cleveland When: Open weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Nov. 25 through Feb. 17; weekdays Dec. 17 through Dec. 31 (Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day, open MLK and President's Day.) Open later on Wednesdays (9 p.m.) Nov. 28 through Dec. 26. Visit University Circle's …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Cleveland comedian headlines an event at Mahall's 20 lanes
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. Laughs won't cost much tonight as the Cleveland Comedy Festival hits a trendy bowling alley and entertainment venue in Lakewood. Mike Polk Jr. will perform from 10 to 11:30 p.m. at Mahall's 20 Lanes. His show will incorporate standup and comedy songs. The Clevelander began taking the web by storm in 2009 with viral videos like The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video and his Cleveland Browns rant, The Factory of Sadness. The vidoes have earned a combined 6.4 million views on YouTube. Where: Mahall's 20 Lanes, 13200 Madison Ave Lakewood, OH 44107 When: 10 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 Price: $8 online, $10 at the door Website: http://…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Get hearty bowls of chili at a cheap cost in Willoughby
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. Looking to warm up this weekend? All you need is a few dollars and an empty stomach. A drive up I-271 on Saturday will lead to plenty of meat, beans and spices. The Downtown Willoughby Bar & Restaurant Association is hosting a Chili Cookoff from noon to 5 p.m. along Erie Street. Nearly every restaurant on the Downtown Willoughby strip will create its own version of chili, offering 5-oz. bowls for $3. The 15 participating restaurants include: Last year, Mullarkey’s Irish Pub won the Judge's Taste contest, while Michael Stefan, who owns a nearby Salon, won the people's choice award for his pulled-pork chili. Where: Downtown Willoughby, from the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
This weekend, celebrate Halloween's approach with a night in.
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. This weekend's forecast is a little frightful, so why not stay in for the ultimate cheap date? Check out Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 100 best horror movies of all time (just released on DVD: Cabin in the Woods) and curl up on the couch with a blanket. Or, if kids in the room call for more fantasy than gore, check this list (E.T., Coraline or Harry Potter, anyone?). (Bonus: Blogger Sarah Andrasik's recipe for Cookies n' Cream (Birthday!) Popcorn, pictured, is the perfect sweet treat to pair with a scary movie night.) Where: Your house When: After dark Price: Movies are free from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library (check the…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Celebrate the harvest and sample local foods at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. Fall begins Saturday, so celebrate the harvest with local food, brew and music at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Cleveland Locavores' RIPE! Fest is on all weekend featuring live cooking demos; food, beer and wine tastings; a farmers' market and food and gardening vendors. Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland When: Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to sunset Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12. Members pay $7 and $4, respectively. Website: ClevelandLocavores.com
Friday, September 14, 2012
Art, music and science meet and mingle this weekend at Cleveland's free Festival of Creativity and Innovation.
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. Dance companies and bands, art installations and exhibitions, speakers and comedians. Normally Clevelanders have to go to several venues to experience such a wide variety of entertainment. But not this weekend, and not at IngenuityFest. Cleveland's free Festival of Creativity and Innovation runs Friday through Sunday and will be housed in two warehouses on the lakefront with a space of more than 120,000 square feet. The schedule is massive, and features not only passive performances and art galleries but interactive exhibitions. For example, people can change the color of the flowers Anthony Castronovo's "Hybrid Collaboration." "For example, …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Bring some mints and enjoy some garlicky treats this weekend.
At least there's one weekend a year you don't have to worry about your breath. This weekend is the Cleveland Garlic Festival. Enjoy some garlic-themed food from local chefs — from ice cream to oysters — cooking demonstrations, a celebrity chef Grill-Off, live music and more. Plus, you can learn how to grow your own garlic. Where: Shaker Square, Shaker Boulevard at N. Moreland (use 13212 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 in your GPS). When: Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 9 from 12 to 6 p.m. Price: $7 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, $4 for seniors. Discounts apply for two-day admission. Website: http://www.clevelandgarlicfestival.org/index.php
Friday, August 24, 2012
School starts next week, but there's still one more weekend to get out those flippy-floppies and sunscreen.
Take advantage of this weekend's expected 86-degree high and enjoy a day on the sand at one of Cleveland's area beaches. About.com has rounded up a list of our Erie beaches from Ashtabula to Sandusky. Grab your favorite beach towel and flip-flops and get out in the sun. Where: Any beach. If you don't already have a favorite, we've got the details on Mentor Headlands and a series on West side beaches. When: Check with each park for hours. Price: Free, as long as you already have some flip-flops.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Grab your plastic spoons and get ready for a unique experience.
This weekend, try out a Rocky Horror-like cult classic at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tommy Wiseau's 2003 film The Room plays this Saturday at midnight, and it's worth staying up for. Never seen it? Don't worry — many in the audience attend every month, and they're friendly, if unforgiving of the movie's terrible writing, acting and directing. The monthly regular feature draws a nice crowd (Yes, the movie is awful! That's the point!) armed with plastic spoons, and often dressed like the movie's terribly portrayed characters. Don't worry about the quality of the film — the entertainment comes from the audience, many of who have memorized every line and will talk through the whole thing — but who will be saying things that are actually funny, and…
Friday, August 3, 2012
Two local bands will take the stage Friday, Aug. 3.
Check back every Friday for Cheap Date: one weekend event or activity that won't break the bank. Two Cleveland-based bands will take the stage at Cain Park tonight, and you can hear them both for just five bucks. If you’re a fan of Feist, Arcade Fire or Spoon, you may enjoy the music from Modern Electric. The band has coined its sound “cinematic pop — soul, melody, and emotion saturated in the warmth of 8mm film to soundtrack those moments in life that are just like in the movies.” Another band that hails from Cleveland — Attack Cat — is headlining the show. A video of the song “Remarkable," included with this article, features a few places in Cleveland that you may recognize. The Plain Dealer said the duo was one of "25 Northeast Ohio …