Held at the newly-renovated Agora on Saturday, April 13 from 7pm-midnight, Cleveland Unites brings together live music, networking, and philanthropy all in one event. You’ll learn more about United Way’s Young Leaders, as well as contributing through event proceeds to United Way’s efforts to give children living in poverty a better life.
Cleveland Unites is hosted by Mike Polk, Jr. and will feature music from Carlos Jones, The Sublets, DJ B, and The Whiskey Hollow.
Tickets for Cleveland Unites are currently on sale online and range from $50 to $75.
Then you can keep the fun going the next day, Sunday, April 14. Head to brunch at Lago East Bank between 11am and 3pm and a portion of the proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Cleveland comes together in music and fun for a great cause with Cleveland Unites! Don’t miss out!
There are certain artists who will always make me turn up the volume and sing and dance until I embarrass Jeffrey. Kelly Clarkson is one of those artists. I’ve seen her in concert and she is fun, talented, high-energy, and also incredibly down-to-earth.
You’ll hear music from Kelly’s latest album, “Meaning of Life,” as well as the hits that you know and love. Kelly is joined on tour by Kelsea Ballerini and last season’s winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Brynn Cartelli. This is sure to be an amazing night packed with fabulous female voices!
Tickets are currently available online. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the March 21 show at Quicken Loans Arena right here!
Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Kelly Clarkson song.
2. Visit Kelly Clarkson and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.
3. Follow @kelly_clarkson and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.
4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:
I want to win tickets to see @kelly_clarkson at @theqarena from @WhyCLE #giveaway #meaningoflifetour #liveattheq https://whycle.com/2019/03/08/why-kelly-clarkson-giveaway
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.
Cleveland’s Finest creates a friendly chef competition between some of Cleveland’s best restaurants for who will be crowned as having the Finest Hors d’Oeuvre. The winners are voted on by attendees, who are the real winners, since we get to eat all the delicious appetizers!
The event takes place on Thursday, April 11 at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Participating restaurants include Corleone’s Ristorante and Bar, Cleveland Chop, Punch Bowl Social, Tartine Bistro, Mallorca Restaurant, and more.
Plus, there will be desserts from Cupcake Cravings, Simply Michele’s, and Simply Elegant Catering; wine tastes; beer samples from Saucy Brew Works; live music; hosts Tim Richards, Jen Toohey, and Desiray Cross from Star 102; a silent auction with awesome prizes; and lots more foodie fun!
Tickets are $80 and all proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside’s mission of supporting over 900 children and adults with developmental disabilities through a wide range of services from transportation to housing to employment.
Tickets are available online or you can enter to win two tickets to the event right here! Here’s how to enter:
2. Head over to my Instagram page at @whycle for more ways to win!
The giveaway will close on Monday, March 11 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The line-up for the 2019-2020 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square has been announced! From music and stories we all know and love, to new tales that will tug at your heart, this upcoming season has something for everyone.
The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this show tells the story of a band of Egyptian musicians who wind up in the wrong town and find their lives changed by the locals.
See it November 5-24, 2019.
Mean Girlsis so fetch! You probably know the movie, but you’ll love seeing it come to life in song and dance on stage!
See it December 3-22, 2019.
Anastasia will take you on a journey to the past, from the fall of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920’s, as Anya struggles to find home, love, and family.
See it February 4-23, 2020.
Jesus Christ Superstar celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, as a rock opera that started as a record album and went on to shake up the theatrical world. With rock songs that tell a story as old as time, this show is sure to stir your soul.
See it March 10-29, 2020.
My Fair Ladyis a revival of the classic story of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins, with gorgeous costumes, set, and songs to transport you to London in 1912 and make you able to dance all night.
See it April 28-May 17, 2020.
Disney’s Frozen brings what Disney does best together with what Broadway does best to tell the beloved tale of Elsa and Anna in spectacular visual format.
See it July 15-August 16, 2020.
Season ticket packages are currently on sale online. Cleveland boasts the largest touring Broadway season ticket holder base in the country, with 46,000 season ticket holders! This is the best way to secure your seats for all these amazing shows and be a part of Broadway in CLE!
Saturday was the annual Jump Back Ball put on by Playhouse Square Partners. This year’s theme was Jump Back Across the Pond and the guests came decked out as everything from royalty to musicians to wizards.
The VIP Party had the royal family make an appearance…
Then it was off to the main event, with more great food and drinks, music from Abby Normal & the Detroit Lean on the main stage and Faction on the late night stage, and tons of fun British-themed photo opps, all created by Playhouse Square Partners members.
This was our eighth Jump Back Ball and I’m amazed how, every year, we have such an incredible time at this truly unique, fun, epic event!
What a bloody brilliant evening! Stay tuned for next year’s theme announcement and ticket sales kickoff in Fall 2019!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. I am also the co-chair of the Communications Committee for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
We all know that there are tons of great restaurants in Downtown Cleveland and that this summer Cleveland is hosting the MLB All Star Game. So, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance combined these two things for their Restaurant Week kick-off event, entitled Bring on the All Stars.
This 4th annual Restaurant Week kick-off event will be held on Thursday, February 28 from 5-7pm at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. You will be able to sample dishes from over 20 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, who will be competing for the Judge’s Choice Award that night.
There will also be live cooking demonstrations from restaurants like Adega, Johnny’s Downtown, and Hodge’s; Cleveland sports mascot appearances; a DJ; and fun giveaways.
Participating restaurants in the Bring on the All Stars kick-off event include Blue Point Grille, Luca Italian Cuisine, Pizza 216, and Southern Tier Brewing Company. Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants and a schedule of cooking demos.
Tickets are currently on sale for $35 early bird admission through this Friday, February 22 (the price goes up to $45 after that). You can also purchase VIP tickets for $100 for 1 ticket or $150 for 2 tickets. VIP admission includes valet parking, open bar, access to the VIP Lounge at the event, and access to the Jack Casino Library Lounge after the event. Click here to purchase tickets.
This is the perfect way to help narrow your choices for where to eat during Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week (happening March 1-10) and enjoying the All Star food and fun that downtown has to offer!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary general admission tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The rest of our weekend was family-fun focused, so here we go…
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Jeffrey had a parent/teacher conference day on Friday, so since he didn’t have school, we were looking for something fun to do. We went to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland to check out their two newest exhibits: Theater and Playlist.
Theater and Playlist opened at the end of November and give children new ways to explore their creativity at the museum. Theater has everything you need to put on a play, from a ticket booth to a tech area that controls lights and sound effects to hair and makeup stations and costumes.
Children can put on plays, musicals, puppet shows, or concerts. The creativity I saw in the different types of shows and costumes was awesome! What a cool spot for kids to explore!
Playlist incorporates shadow walls and wooden “instruments” to let children express themselves in dance and instrumentation. Playlist has different musical themes, from Latin to African to Americana.
Much like Theater, Playlist encourages individuality and creativity. It was so cool to see Jeffrey dance and perform (and not even want to leave those two areas).
If you haven’t been to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland in a bit, you’ll find all the favorites you loved, plus new exhibits to spark the imagination!
***Disclosure: I received two complimentary passes courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Cleveland. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
If you’re going to Jump Back Ball (or considering it), you’re probably thinking of ways to get in the British spirit. And while a trip across the pond might not be feasible, there are plenty of ways to get in the mood right here in Cleveland.
Have a spot of tea
Nothing is more British than a spot of tea, right? Whether it’s High Tea at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland or the Macaron Tea Room, mini sandwiches, scones, and Earl Grey will have you feeling like you’re in jolly old England in no time!
One of the biggest pop culture contributions from across the pond came in the form of music. View artifacts, listen to songs, and generally celebrate these artists at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Take a stroll through an English garden
Did you know that the British Cultural Garden is the first of Cleveland’s cultural gardens? Visit this lovely garden that celebrates Shakespeare to feel immersed in a proper British setting.
View British art
Just up the road from the British Cultural Garden, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art to appreciate the British artwork in the Museum’s collection.
Now that you’re properly in the spirit of Jolly Old England, it’s time to grab your Jump Back Ball tickets and us all that British knowledge and culture you’ve soaked up!
Tickets are currently on sale for $165 for general admission, $200 for VIP admission, and $75 for late night admission. Click here to compare levels and purchase tickets.
For now, cheerio! Hope to see you as we Jump Back Across the Pond!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets. I am also the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
2018 was, well, a year. To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve on a good year and this year was more challenging than most. I’m having a hard time separating the bad from the good, so I’m mostly just ready to welcome a new beginning.
But when I look back on it, there were certainly fun moments in 2018, along with a lot of growth, strengthening of relationships, and deepening of commitments.
In 2018, we ate…
…I yoga-ed and barre-d…
…we got cultured…
…and we got to the Point.
And my kid grew into even more of an extraordinary, funny, smart, inquisitive human.
It’s been a hell of a year and while I’m honestly not sad to see it go, I do hope the lessons, the growth, and the friendships stay with me into 2019.
May the New Year land softly, however you may feel about 2018. XO
‘Tis the season to enjoy Legacy Village even more than you usually do! There are so many ways to enjoy this festive time of year, while also being in the perfect spot to get your holiday shopping done, too!
Snap a picture in front of Legacy Village’s beautiful tree and create your own personal joy!
This fun, interactive photo stop is a must-have for your Instagram feed! Plus, when you share your picture on social media with the #CreateJoy hashtag and tag Legacy Village, you will have the chance to win a Legacy Village gift card!
On Saturdays and Sundays from now through December 23, you can stop and see the big man of the season! Santa will be available for photos from noon to 4pm.
Your first photo with Santa is free, courtesy of Legacy Village, Q104, and L.L. Bean. Additional photos and packages are available for purchase.
Your Santa visit also helps a great cause. For every free photo taken, $5 will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Portions of photo packages purchased will also be donated. And your kids can make a greeting card to be sent to children in the hospital.
Santa will be located at Guest Services on Main Street, between Starbucks and Janie & Jack.
Holidays in the Village
Adding to the merriment at Legacy Village, it’s the return of Holidays in the Village. On Saturdays and Sundays from December 1 through December 23, there will be live music, children’s activities, gift card giveaways, costumed characters, ice carving demonstrations, and more.
Family-friendly activities will be held on Saturdays from 1-3pm and live musical performances with local choirs and bands will be held on Sundays from 1-3pm. For a full schedule of activities and performances, click here.
This is the perfect season to enjoy not only all the great food and shopping that Legacy Village has to offer, but all the holiday joy too!
***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***