Cleveland History Days Presents: 2 for 1 Author’s Night with Alan Dutka

Thursday
25
Jun

Stories about Short Vincent & Millionaires' Row

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, $5 Food & Beverage Voucher and Dining Reservations Required
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    Hi Everyone,

    We are excited to be reopening the Music Box. And excited to bring back Alan Dutka as part of Cleveland History Days on Thursday, June 25. We plan to continue our storyteller series this summer. But we are moving it to Thursday nights.

    We are also making another change. We need to spread out our guests for appropriate social distancing. So, seating will be limited. We are asking people to purchase a $5 food & beverage voucher to confirm a seat. This voucher will be good on this night only. A little ‘skin in the game,’ so people are more likely to show up and enjoy the night. We won’t have seats go unused.

    We will be strictly adhering to all the guidelines issued by the State of Ohio. So, you can be assured we are doing these safely.

    Mike Miller

    P.S. Please be sure to still make a dining reservation in Open Table.

In accordance with Ohio regulations, congregating is not permitted, so plan to enjoy the show from your seat. Table reservations are required, and our host will seat you at least 6’ from the next table.

Please note there will be no intermission and we kindly request guests depart immediately following the concert. After the show, feel free to visit outdoors, with performers or other patrons, following distancing guidelines.
 

AlanDutka


Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Popular series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland
  • Purchase of a $5 Food & Beverage Voucher is required for admission
  • Reservations are required, up to 10 guests per table, to enable social distancing requirements between tables.
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • The Roxy Salad
    • Theatrical Grilled Chicken
    • Chocolate Cake

 
 
 

The 3rd Annual Cleveland History Days returns to Music Box with an Author’s Night featuring Alan Dutka, author of Short Vincent: The Theatrical Grill and Its Notorious Neighbors and Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row, along with a number of other books about Cleveland’s history.


One of our favorite storytellers, Alan Dutka will dive into Cleveland’s notorious neighborhoods and share stories about the area’s infamous characters -from powerful politicians and influential industrial leaders on Millionaires’ Row to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in The Theatrical Grill. With two great books to discuss, Dutka will have no shortage of captivating tales to vividly illustrate these legendary Cleveland hotspots.
 
 
MillionairesRow Short Vincent: The Theatrical Grill and Its Notorious Neighbors
While police raided Short Vincent’s seedy bars, celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, and Judy Garland gravitated to the legendary Theatrical Grill for dinner or drinks. Perry Como and Dean Martin launched their careers there. Resident bookies, career gangsters, and wide-eyed tourists roamed the infamous street, once the center of Cleveland’s bawdy behavior and edgy entertainment. Author Alan Dutka’s nostalgic tour and detailed history of this celebrated Cleveland hotspot paints a vivid portrait of this notorious neighborhood.
 
 
 
MillionairesRow Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row
The incredible affluence and extravagance of Euclid Avenue’s Millionaires’ Row have fascinated Clevelanders for more than a century. Within these stately mansions, US presidents enjoyed dinners and discussions with powerful politicians and influential industrial and banking leaders. Through photographs and meticulously researched captions, Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row provides authoritative visual and written answers to the most often-asked questions regarding the famous avenue: where were these mansions located, how did their occupants acquire such enormous wealth, what caused the street’s demise, and what replaced the famous old homes? The book also reveals the progress in remaking Euclid Avenue’s four-mile stretch from Public Square to University Circle. Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row vividly illustrates the birth, glamor, decline, and renaissance of the grand old avenue.

 

Alan Dutka Bio

Native Clevelander Alan Dutka is a retired executive, author, and popular speaker at historical societies, libraries and community centers. He has written nine books, including Cleveland in the Gilded Age. Alan earned a BA and MS from Cleveland State University, and an MS from Case Western Reserve University.
 

Cleveland History Days

Cleveland’s history is America’s history. Predicted for greatness by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. A city founded on the shores of Lake Erie. Shaped by a crooked Cuyahoga River that defined its identity and grew its wealth. A wealth fueled by the many immigrant groups who settled here. It is a city that emerged from the Gilded Age as a leader in policy and programs, building not only a great city but a greater civilization. This same river would catch fire on a hot summer day in June of 1969. It became a poster child of a national movement to save the environment. Today, industrial freighters share a clean Cuyahoga River with wildlife and recreational watercraft. Cleveland is writing a new chapter in its comeback story.

 
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
 

See all Cleveland Stories dates here.

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