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This weekend: Tiki flea, Oktoberfest, wear-white parties, a dog benefit, a photo show, 'Mad Max'

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 8/22/2019 By John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --  The weekend brings a variety of events – from a Tiki party to an Oktoberfest to wear-white parties to a dog benefit, photo exhibition and “Mad Max” movie series….

Story by John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

TU Tiki Flea Five

No man is an island? Perhaps, but a bar is another story.

Since opening in 2017, Tiki Underground has turned a stand-alone building along a road into a destination.

The bar-restaurant -- 5893 Akron Cleveland Road, in Boston Township -- shows that you don’t need to be amid a strip of places or a hub of activity to create a buzz. That is, if you’re doing something interesting and unique.

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Check out the bar -- covered in bamboo walls that recall an island in the South Seas. The Tiki lamps recall Bora Bora, or at least a retro American homage to French Polynesia and the escapism it conjures. The food menu is exotic and eclectic – a Tiki take on bar-food staples. The drink list is ambitious – a deep dive into classic and new Tiki cocktails, featuring everything from a variety of Daiquiris to rum-based elixirs such as the Green-Eyed Hula Girl, the Blue-Eyed Sailor, Mai Tais and more.

Ah, nothing like a Mai Tai amid the bamboo and vintage d 1/4 u00e9cor to conjure up images of an Elvis-in-Hawaii movie – or the party vibes of the King’s Jungle Room.

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At noon Saturday, Tiki Underground will roll out the perfect opportunity to imagine you're on an island when it hosts TU Tiki Flea Five. The Polynesian-themed bash shoehorns tropical drinks, Tiki art, surf rock, hula dancers and an assorted of things for sale into one flea market.

The Kahuna Kings and Los Freneticos (from Argentina) will perform. The bash also features DJs, artists and venders. For more info, go to or call 234-380-5398.

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Oktoberfest at Sachsenheim

They’ve been drinking beer and eating sausage at this place since, wait, like 1895?

Yup, that's when Sachsenheim Hall -- 7001 Denison, Cleveland -- opened as a private club.

It's a public house these days and everyone is welcome to Oktoberfest – 4 p.m. Saturday. The bash rolls out a German band and dancers, along with an array of Oktoberfest-themed food, beer and booze. Admission is $5. Call 216-651-0888.

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All White Anniversary Party

For those adherents of the don’t-wear-white-after-Labor-Day dictum, you have two chances to party in white this weekend:

At 8 p.m. Saturday,  KeVante's – 691 Richmond Road – will host its All White Anniversary Party. The bash features the Unit Band and DJ Heavy Chevy, and celebrates its second year in business. Since opening in 2017, KeVante's has rolled out all kinds of events and theme nights, from comedy to dance, jazz and R&B nights. The All White party is party of a two-day birthday celebration; part one, on Friday, is an all-black attire bash. For more info, call 440-446-0000.

Courtesy TropicalCleveland

Noche En Blanco

At 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Cleveland party promoter TropicalCleveland will out Noche En Blanco at Music Box, 1148 Main Street, on the west bank of the Cleveland Flats. The All In White Hot Latin Dance Party features live salsa music. It also requires that attendees wear at least 80-percent white attire. $10, advance; $15, day of show. Go to or call 216-242-1250.

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Help a group that helps dogs

Raise a paw for Neighborhood Pets Resource Center. Located in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood -- 3711 East 65th Street – the center offers affordable and accessible basic wellness care, spay/neuter, supplies, education, and resources. The goal is to "help keep animals healthy, happy and home where they belong."

At 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Neighborhood Pets will host a benefit party at Goldhorn Brewery, 1361 East  55th Street, Cleveland. One dollar from each beer sold will be donated to the center. The benefit will also feature a raffle and giveaways.

Admission is free. For more info on the center and the event, go to

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Community of photographers comes together

Cleveland Photo Fest – a project created and curated by a group of Cleveland photographers – will be hitting area galleries and spaces in September and October. The idea is to cast a wide net and bring together Cleveland's photography community – regardless of backgrounds or levels of experience or exposure.

In other words, it’s a celebration of the art form that eschews a hierarchical approach by exhibiting both professionals and amateurs and, in the process, showcasing the diversity of the community and the changing ways in taking photos.

You can get a preview of the project at 6 p.m. Friday, when Prama Artspace – 5411 Pearl Road, Parma; 216-336-5585 -- opens Take a Good Look. The exhibition features photography by Brush High School students and is curated by Brush photography teacher and Cleveland photographer, Hadley Conner.

For more info on project, go to or call 440-554-5644.

Warner Bros., courtesy of the Cleveland Cinematheque

'Mad Max' rides again

The apocalypse will bring with it wholesale destruction — and a gang of punk-rock-looking cretins out to get Mel Gibson.

Egads, it’s “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.”

At 8:55 Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, George Miller post-apocalyptic action classic about an ex-cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) and colony of settlers struggling to survive attacks from a band of marauding, oil-guzzling bikers hits the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

The theater –11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland –

The screening is part of a “Mad Max” retrospective (the first film, “Mad Max” has already screened) and includes “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (9:10 p.m. Aug. 31 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1); “Mad Max: Fury Road” (7:05 p.m. Sept. 7) and “Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome Edition” (8 p.m. Sept. 8).

All screenings in 35mm. Go to or call 216-421-7450.


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