Arts, Music & Entertainment in Cleveland

Arts, Music & Entertainment in ClevelandThe fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum makes its home in Cleveland is a testament to not only the city's love of music, but also the art of putting on a great show. To be sure, the musical entities that have found their rightful place in the Hall were all masters at presenting unforgettable performances. That tradition spills over into Cleveland's equally impressive arts, music and entertainment scene. In addition to great live music, the city also offers more than its share of excellent stage performances, must-see art exhibits and dramatic theater productions that keep the scene rocking and rolling along.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Be inspired or just let the magnificent collection of exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art overtake your senses when you visit this highly regarded facility. Founded in 1916 with the goal of preserving art for the benefit of the people, the museum is home to one of the most impressive collections in North America featuring more than 30,000 works that span over 5,000 years. Ancient Egyptian art sits alongside some of the most compelling contemporary art, and that fact dramatically underscores art's undeniable importance and influence throughout history.

Address: 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106 - MAP
Phone: (216) 421-7350
Web: www.clevelandart.org

Agora Theater & Ballroom
Catching a rough but impressive up-and-coming band or seeing an established group play at Cleveland's Agora Theater and Ballroom is much like having the musicians hang out in your living room. The entertainment venue is thick with retro charm and a certain kind of roughness that is superbly genuine. The sound system may be a bit distorted and the crowd may not be the most refined, but the spirit of the venue only adds a sense of authenticity to whatever is happening on stage. There are two stages for concerts as well as a smaller lounge for more low-profile performances.

Address: 5000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 - MAP
Phone: (216) 881-2221
Web: www.clevelandagora.com

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Artistic expression comes in many forms at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art. For example, you can take in a visually captivating display of life-sized porcelain pigs facing a lectern or the sharp social commentary that is put forth by an exhibit that features various television monitors repeating nonsense syllables over and over again. Established in 1968, this museum features no permanent collections as to constantly attract (and challenge) art lovers to return periodically to see their impressive rotating exhibits.

Address: 8501 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH - MAP
Phone: (216) 421-8671
Web: www.mocacleveland.org

Cleveland Play House
The tradition of excellence in local theater has been maintained in Cleveland since 1915 because of the tireless efforts of the professionals involved with the Cleveland Play House. The entertainment venue has many distinctions, not the least of which is the fact that it stands as the country's first professional regional theater. Since the lights first came up on its stage, more than 12 million people have enjoyed some truly memorable performances. In addition to featuring a busy performance schedule, the theater also provides various seminars and programs designed for everyone from children to aspiring actors and actresses.

Address: 7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 - MAP
Phone: (216) 400-7000
Web: www.clevelandplayhouse.com

The Cleveland Orchestra
For a classic evening of unforgettable music, plan to take in a performance of the Cleveland Orchestra. The city's symphony brings the works of such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Brahms to life in their many performances. In addition to an already busy year-round entertainment schedule, the orchestra offers special seasonal concerts to lift your spirits in a most melodic way.

Address: Severence Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 - MAP
Web: www.clevelandorchestra.com

Beachland Ballroom
Sure, Cleveland is the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, but don't let that fact lead you to think that the city is all about nostalgia when it comes to their rock and roll. The Beachland Ballroom is a special entertainment venue in Cleveland that takes great pride in presenting some of the newest and most cutting edge rock acts in the world. Their stage has welcomed so many different bands with such diverse styles and sounds but they all share one very essential characteristic–a love for music that rocks! Make sure to sign up for their mailing list on their website to be the first to know about upcoming shows and other promotions.

Address: 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH - MAP
Phone: (216) 383-1124
Web: www.beachlandballroom.com