1. Folk musician at Kent Stage: Folk grand master (and sometime actor) Loudon Wainwright III plays the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. His most recent album, “Haven't Got the Blues (Yet),” deals with “varied subject matter including depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and New York City's arcane practice of alternate side-of-the-street parking.” Tickets are $30-$40 at thekentstage.com.
2. 'Green Book' documentary: On the heels of the Best Picture Oscar win for “Green Book,” the Cleveland History Center hosts a screening of the documentary “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” at 6 p.m. The Smithsonian Channel film tells the true story of the “Negro Motorist Green Book” that listed safe places for African-Americans to eat and stay during the Jim Crow era and beyond. A 6 p.m. reception leads up to the 6:45 p.m. screening, and a panel discussion will follow. RSVP at wrhs.org/events.
3. Funny business: Comic Bill Engvall does his standup act at 7 p.m. at Packard Music Hall in Warren. Tickets are $39-$89 at ticketmaster.com.
4. Orchestra to perform: The Cleveland Orchestra is performing Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Severance Hall. Works by Debussy and Ravel are also on the program; pianist Javier Perianes is the featured soloist. 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 or clevelandorchestra.com.