It’s more than a game. Yeah, yeah, sports fans say that all the time. But it’s true in the case of the Cleveland Classic.

At noon Saturday, the football game features Morehouse College against Winston-Salem State University at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Tickets start at $15 and are available through

But the second year of the Classic also rolls out events that celebrate historically black colleges and universities — not to mention a weekend of parties at Fortress.

At 9 p.m. Friday, the Warehouse District club, 1360 West Ninth St., Cleveland, will throw a bash hosted by Browns safety T.J. Ward. DJ Steph Floss and Meel will spin. $20. (Ladies free until midnight.) Saturday, Fortress hosts two bashes. The first runs from 3 to 9 p.m., with DJ Dru and DJ Knyce spinning. (Free from 3 to 4 p.m.; $20 until 9.) Then there’s the Cleveland Classic after party, at 9 p.m. ($10; complimentary cocktails 9-11 p.m.)

Call 216-298-4448. For Cleveland Classic information, go to

Decade of decadence

Summon the fire breather. The kinky queen. The sex kittens and the weird freaks.

Woohoo, it’s Kabarett Vulgare.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the troupe will bring its brand of circus stunts, burlesque routines and vaudeville tricks to the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland.

The Pittsburgh-based outfit takes its cue from the Weimar Republic. read more…