Music Saves

In this week’s issue:
* The Beachland Battles for the Future of Waterloo by Lee Chilcote
* Cool Cleveland Night Out at MOMIX Fri 1/14: discount by midnight Thu 1/13 here
* Talking Loud Saying Everything with Cleveland actor and New York expat Jimmie Woody
* Cool Cleveland Sounds reviews CD Family Roots from The JiMiller Band

Music Saves
The Beachland Battles for the Future of Waterloo

As owner and manager of the Beachland Ballroom, Cindy Barber spends most of her waking hours there; booking bands, paying bills, managing staff, jumping in to tend bar when things get hot. Along the way, she’s come to know her customers well.

“There’s a story I’m hearing all the time; it has become background dialogue,” she says. “A lot of the people that hang out or work here are younger, creative people, and many have been laid off or downsized from some creative venture. Some are picking up part-time work; others are leaving town because they can’t find jobs. There are a limited number of entertainment dollars in Cleveland, and I feel like those dollars are continually shrinking.” One potential solution, she says, is public funding for the arts. The Beachland is not a non-profit – “though we act like one,” she jokes – yet it would benefit from some kind of audience development, or coordinated regional promotion of arts and culture. We’re losing buying power and people,” she says, “and we need to do something to change that. Ideally, a government entity would do this, but there’s some resistance to this. So maybe we need to look at what we can we do on our own.”

In the meantime, the Beachland is taking some big risks on the shows they’re promoting, and Cindy is hoping the audience will follow her lead. The club recently brought in soul legend Bobby Watson for “dirt cheap.” Despite the good price, the club lost money when only about 50 people came to the show. Meanwhile, in another part of town, the House of Blues on East Fourth Street recently opened its doors. Since the opening night party on Thanksgiving weekend, it’s been the talk of the town. Can it be sustained?
Read Music Saves by Lee Chilcote here

Cool Cleveland Night Out: get discount tix by midnight Thu 1/13 Get wound up in haute style with Cool Cleveland. Our last event in December attracted the masses; check out the photos here and make plans to hit the Cool Cleveland Night Out on Fri 1/14 with a perfect price that’s up for grabs. Save by paying online before midnight Thu 1/13 with a blitz of activity and networking here. Kick it at the Warm-Up Party from 5-7PM with smooth-as-silk vintage from the wine bar, smoking hors d’oeuvres, and self-guided tours of the mod art and murals in the State Theatre lobby. Be swept away by the futurist dance performance of MOMIX, presented by DanceCleveland and Tri-C Center for Arts and Culture, for unrestrained socializing.. Then, stick around after the show for the after-party next door at Star in Playhouse Square with complimentary admission and entertainment. So bring a guest, or meet someone to hang with during the Cool Cleveland Night Out in Cleveland’s theatre district. Register and pay online by midnight Thu 1/13 for 28% savings at Newsletter/Party

Marketing the arts In April 2003, the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland set out to deliver a strategic plan to advance arts and cultural tourism in NEO. Their plan, Connecting The Dots… Realizing the Economic Potential of Arts and Cultural Tourism in Greater Cleveland was released in 2004 and finally, they have hired Tami Brown, the experienced, former director of development and external affairs for the Western Reserve Historical Society, to direct the Bureau’s new Arts and Cultural Tourism Center. Let’s hope this extraordinary opportunity to market our regional arts and culture is given every opportunity to succeed. See PD here and download the Connecting The Dots report here.

Tubbs-Jones and Boxer focus Congress on Ohio Cleveland’s Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and California Senator Barbara Boxer refused to certify candidate George Bush’s Ohio electoral votes, forcing the House and Senate to debate Ohio’s electoral shenanigans for two hours. Boxer said, “Why did voters in Ohio wait hours in the rain to vote? Why were voters at Kenyon College, for example, made to wait in line until nearly 4 a.m. to vote because there were only two machines for 1300 voters? Why did poor and predominantly African-American communities have disproportionately long waits? Why in Franklin County did election officials only use 2,798 machines when they said they needed 5,000?….In Cleveland, why were there thousands of provisional ballots disqualified after poll workers gave faulty instructions to voters?” See Senator Barbara Boxer’s complete comments here.

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Gateway to Downtown Excitement The Sincere Building Condominiums at Prospect and East 4th are located in the center of the exciting Gateway District. These luxury condos feature fabulous urban views, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, large windows with original oak trim, hardwood floors, two spacious bedrooms, two glamour baths with granite counters and ceramic tile, in-suite laundry and a building elevator. Live at the center of Gateway’s newly revitalized East 4th Street, and enjoy the eclectic shows and fabulous food at Pickwick & Frolic, or taste a live show at the always-hopping House of Blues. The Sincere Building also offers special financing and tax abatement. Prices starting at $289,900. Don’t miss the open house this Sun 1/16 from 2-4 PM at 2077 E. 4th St. (E. 4th and Prospect). And while you’re there, stop by the Pointe at Gateway Condominiums, just down the street at 750 Prospect. For a complete list of open houses this weekend, please visit
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United Way on eBay Do a good deed, get a good deal: Check out United Way Services’ Fourth Annual Auction on eBay from Fri 1/14 to 1/24; bid on a trip to an away Browns game next year, airline tickets to any Continental/Continental Express destination in the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico or South America, reserved seat tickets to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and even tickets to see Slipknot, Duran Duran, or the Taste of Chaos Tour. Funds raised through the auction, including airline tickets and hotel packages, will be applied to United Way Services’ 2004 Campaign. See United Way on ebay here

CIM goes Offbeat Congrats to the Cleveland Institute of Music for launching an innovative and slightly irreverent radio show about classical music this past weekend. Hosted by Cleveland cellist Merry Peckham, who helped found the respected Cavani String Quartet, the lively first program focused on music criticism with guests Tim Page of The Washington Post and The Plain Dealer’s Donald Rosenberg. Future installments of Offbeat will feature local legendary musicians such as harpist Yolanda Kondonassis dishing on the artist’s point of view with guitarist Jason Vieaux on 1/29. The show airs Saturdays thru 4/9 at noon on WCLV 104.9 FM, just before the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.

Euclid Corridor Project community meetings Curious about what’s happening with the Euclid Corridor Project? Attend one of the upcoming meetings planned by officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Read the details here

JumpStart recognized Cleveland-based JumpStart and the Fund for Our Economic Future were cited in The National Innovation Initiative (NII) Report published by the Council on Competitiveness. JumpStart was recognized as a model for unleashing underutilized capital as part of a regional strategy for economic development. See the report here

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Red’s Reality Show: Which Piano Will Be The Last One Standing? Red {an orchestra} presents 3,2,1…Piano on Sun 1/30 which begins with three pianos, then eliminates one and continues with two pianos, leaving left standing for the final selection. The concert will be held at 3PM at the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, with a pre-concert talk by Red’s conductor, Jonathan Sheffer, at 2:15PM. Red features Sergei Babayan, Christina and Michelle Naughton (twin 15-year-old sisters). Contact 440-519-1733 or for more information
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Getting the inside track Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike park has been getting a lot of press lately (Cool Cleveland covered it in our Creative Synergy issue), including inquiries from several bike magazines and USA Today. Mountain bike enthusiasts have been driving in from as far away as Toronto, Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. Ray’s starting to post updates to his website, and from the looks of it there are some exciting changes taking place.

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The ship that built Cleveland The Steamship William G. Mather Museum is a 618-foot retired ore freighter and one of only four floating freighter museums on the Great Lakes. They are currently looking for volunteer restoration workers, particularly with expertise in plumbing and electrical work. It’s also the third season of their Land Lubber programs that promote Great Lakes history and culture. Read more here

Cleveland Improv Institute Filling the void left by Second City are Marc Moritz, Mitchell Fields, Don Mitri and Jeff Blanchard. They’re holding classes at the Hermit Club to develop and promote students in their professional goal to become an artist of the improvisation technique.

Smoking ban studied in Lakewood Mayor Tom George and Lakewood City Council have appointed a commission to study the effects of a smoking ban in the City of Lakewood. Expect recommendations by the end of February. Residents and bar owners spoke out on the effects such a ban will have on the city’s bar and restaurant industry at recent council meetings. Opponents of the measures fear that smoking customers will simply go to another city that allows smoking. See the Lakewood Sun Post here

The world at Playhouse Square A total of twenty showcases representing a broad range of work in dance, music, theater and related disciplines were selected to perform by an international selection committee for The 27th International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People. Each showcase will be performed in its entirety, allowing potential presenters to view the work to completion and within the context it was meant to be experienced. As the only conference dedicated to the performing arts for young people, Showcase includes 100 booths for exhibitors and agents and is traditionally attended by over 200 presenters from around North America.

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City hires tech czar Cleveland’s Tech Czar 2.0, Michael DeAloia, envisions a city where existing technology companies move from other parts of the city to Euclid Avenue between Public Square and Playhouse Square, and a spirit of entrepreneurship is ingrained early-on into residents. Another goal is attracting out-of-town investment capital, but DeAloia thinks it will take a citywide entrepreneurial culture change to accomplish that. To find out more about DeAloia’s experience and goals, see CrainTech here

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Is Sam Fulwood Full of It? Find out as Fulwood discusses Cleveland’s need for new, original thinking at Cleveland Public Library’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Fulwood is The Plain Dealer metro columnist and author of his first book: Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland. Fulwood’s column addresses many of the big issues making news, from race and politics to crime and the economy. This program is free and open to the public. The CPL Staff Chorus will perform and the Annual African American Art Show will be featured. It will be held Mon 1/17 at 1PM at the MLK Jr. Branch at 1962 Stokes Boulevard, open from noon to 4PM. Contact or 623-2869 for more information.
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American youth are mired in debt They’re maxed out with college loans and credit card debts during a challenging job market that’s tight, and indicators suggest they may be the most indebted generation of Americans ever. Learning money management skills might help curb the need to spend and inspire personal responsibility. Read Money Central here

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Artists: reserve your table now for the Cool Cleveland Night Out this Fri 1/14 from 5-7PM. Present your artwork to the crowd at the upcoming Cool Cleveland event with your own CC artist table to display your art and talent to our inquiring masses. Some tables are still available, and it’s first come, first served. Cleveland artists interested in offering their creations, jewelry, canvases and wearable art can obtain full, half, and double tables. Contact Deby Cowdin at Vivid Art Gallery at 241-7624 or

Realty One moving Downtown Realty One Real Living has announced they are relocating their headquarters from Independence to the former Joseph & Feiss Building, the historic landmark located next to the trendy Hoyt Block in Cleveland’s Warehouse District at 800 W. St. Clair. The move is scheduled for the second quarter of 2005. The president of Realty One Real Living, Barbara A. Reynolds said “We wanted to be in the heart of our city [because] we believe in downtown’s tremendous economic potential.” Read here

Tsunami relief call for restaurants Local eateries are being summoned to participate in this eatery event that will donate proceeds of meal sales to UNICEF to help the disaster victims. Fronted by Cleveland Originals and Cleveland Area Restaurant Association, it’s an event that restaurants will want to get into for a good cause. The dinner event hits on Tue 2/1; interested restaurants can contact Patty at 381-3800.

Foluké Cultural Arts Center This inner-city community-based organization offers training in the discipline of performing arts for all ages regardless of race, religious affiliation, or economic background. Their dance ensemble recently performed at Tri-C Metro Campus, and at the Kuumba Festival Celebration at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Foluké is implementing an after school arts program on Thursday and Friday afternoons at the Friendly Inn Settlement House beginning Thu 1/13, and their family oriented focus assists at-risk youth. The performing arts training concept is based on choosing ART as a weapon against poverty, racism and discrimination through education and exposure. The goal is to provide positive alternatives to negative behaviors by instilling self-pride and boosting self-confidence through self-expression and discipline. Call 529-1861 or

Tech survey Every year the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) surveys the tech industry in the region to see how they are doing, what their expectations are, what their hiring trends are, and what percentage of their sales were to NEO firms. Please take 3 minutes and complete the survey here:

Forest City wins $500 million project A partnership led by Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises was named master developer for a $500 million life sciences, residential and retail project on 30 acres of land north of the Johns Hopkins medical campus in East Baltimore, MD. To be built over 10 years, the project is the first phase of a $1 billion, 80-acre redevelopment effort dubbed the New East Baltimore Community. Forest City is teaming up with a group of local minority-owned contractors and developers who are taking a 30 percent stake in the project. Read more here

City approves Steelyard Commons plan The $90 million retail center project being developed by Mitchell Schneider and First Interstate Properties Ltd. west of the ISG steel mill will feature four big-box stores, a supermarket, and a bevy of retailers and restaurants. Schneider has declined to identify prospective tenants, but First Interstate shopping centers elsewhere include Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, Home Depot and Kohl’s. Read it here

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Passion and verve Heat up your winter and experience MOMIX Dance Theater’s Opus Cactus at the State Theater on Fri 1/14 at 8PM. Summoning up oversized Gila monsters, sidewinder snakes, human tumbleweeds and more from the American Southwest, Momix Dance Theater outdoes itself once again using props including black light, live fire, skateboards, tummy trolleys and, oh yes, their fantastic human bodies. Is there any greater stage magic than to provide an audience with a true sense of awe and wonder? See this Momix classic for yourself! Every year DANCECleveland and Tri-C Center for Arts and Culture each bring both world-renowned and rising stars to Cleveland. Cool Cleveland is bringing our own unique flair to this event with a warm up party that includes an open wine bar, hot hors d’oeuvres and a ticket to the MOMIX performance for a reduced rate of only $22.50 if you purchase online before midnight Thu 1/13. Click here to order tickets and enjoy the show! Visit and for more information on this unique performance.
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Art fundraiser for domestic violence Domestic violence and stalking affects more people than just the direct victims, and this fundraiser hopes to raise awareness of those concerns. Fight back with art and attitude as Local Girl Gallery will provide 8-inch high, clear glass vases that guests can paint, sculpt, and embellish in any fashion. The vases will be displayed with fresh flowers at the event and raffled off to benefit The Domestic Violence Center and will represent a fresh start to those women and men who have been able to rise above the violence, and as a reminder of those who were not able to escape. Vases are available at the gallery and the deadline for finished artwork is Wed 1/12 with the fundraiser beginning on 1/14. Call 228-1802. Local Girl Gallery, 16106 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Salvation by Design with Tres Fromme, one of three renowned horticulturists sharing expertise and plenty of take-home ideas as part of Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Winter Lecture Series. A collaboration with The American Horticultural Society, the series brings three major, nationally recognized gardening experts to Cleveland. From one of the country’s top garden designers, to an international horticultural authority, the series offers something for everyone to transcend winter and gain inspiration for this year’s garden. His talk hits Thu 1/13 from 7-9PM, and promises to be an evening illuminating both critical and practical aspects of garden design. Cleveland Botanical Gardens, 11030 East Blvd. in University Circle.

The Earned Income Tax Credit Program Connecting Working Families with Tax Benefits is an event that could assist your financial situation and provide a bright spot in your checkbook. Speaker Alan Berube of The Brookings Institution will lead the way with a local response panel: Amy Hanauer, Executive Director, Policy Matters; and Joseph Gauntner, Director, Department of Employment and Family Services, Cuyahoga County will round out the morning’s information session. For those who want to know more, stay on for the question and answer session on Thu 1/13 at 8:30AM. This event is open to the public, but registration is required; call 523-7330. Levin College Atrium 1717, Euclid Ave.

Momix Dance Theatre is celebrated internationally for their ability to conjure worlds of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. Utilizing these elements, and inspired by the flora, fauna, and simple magic of the American Southwest, Momix presents its heralded classic Opus Cactus to Northeast Ohio. The New York Post noted, “These dancers…have dazzling physical ability, deftness and dexterity.” Become mesmerized by their dreamlike dance on Fri 1/14 at 8PM. Co-presented by Tri-C Center for the Arts. Call 771-4444. State Theatre, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave.

Thomas Sills: A Retrospective One way to mack out your diverse arts collection is to colllect the African American first generation Abstract Expressionist, Thomas Sills, who was a peer and colleague of the de Koonings, Barnett Newman and other mod art rebels. A substantial body of his work is now newly available for purchase on Fri 1/14 until 2/27. Call 767-0770. Corcoran Fine Arts, 13210 Shaker Square.

Citizenship in the Nation is a staged reading written by Mike Geither, Assistant Professor of English at Cleveland State University and playwright who most recently worked as collaborating playwright on Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, which premiered at CPT in 2002 and moved to LaMama in NYC. His staged reading offers a look at a Boy Scout troop where drinking and drug use are common, as two scouts begin a sexual relationship. When they are discovered and removed from the troop during the course of a summer camp, each of them attempts to understand the friendships they have formed and their urge toward violence. Show begins Fri 1/14 at 8PM and runs thru 1/16. This is a CPT Big [BOX] production; call 631-2727. Cleveland Public Theatre, James Levin Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave.

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Arouse Your Prime Mate Looking for something different this Valentine’s Day? Stimulate your mate and unleash your primal, animal passions with this tempting offer from the Cleveland Zoological Society – Animal Attractions. Held Thu 2/10 from 6:30 – 9PM in the Zoo’s RainForest, you’ll be guaranteed a hot and steamy Valentine’s Day as you enjoy hot food and hors d’oeuvres from Fire, Fulton Bar & Grill, Johnny Mango, Sage Bistro, Sweet Mosaic, and Ben & Jerry’s. Cool down with wine from Jacob’s Creek and bountiful beer from Sam Adams while touring the hottest party in town. Guests will enjoy learning fun facts about animal courtship and mating habits from the Zoo’s charismatic curators and will get a behind the scenes look at the RainForest. Tickets are $30 for Zoo members and online reservations or $35 for non-members; proceeds benefit Cleveland Zoological Society. Click here for reservations or call 216.635.3324.
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Rock ‘n Reggae Roll out into the New Year with former Oroboros lead man heading the Jimiller Band; and hear earthy musical roots that get in your face, along with the Carlos Jones P.L.U.S. Band on Fri 1/14 at 9PM. Read the CD review of Jimiller’s latest release Family Roots in the Cool Cleveland Sounds column below. Call Grog Shop 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd.

Group Show at Asterisk Swing by its art opening of sculpture and painting by regional artists: Rebecca Ozbolt, Bob Walls, Sam Mazzola, and Jess Samuelson. Big props and special thanks to Lyz Bly of Newsense Gallery for her continued support of local artists and galleries. Opening night hits on Fri 1/14 from 7-11PM. Call 330-304-8528. Show runs till 2/4. Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave in Tremont.

Capricorn party is an annual party thrown by Capricorns, who’ll party with Reggae DJ Tommy Fox, along with Jazz and Funk fusionists The Aphrodesiatics, a Cleveland based group of musicians who combine the sounds, textures and rhythms heard in Funk, Latin and Hip-Hop with Jazz improvisation and instrumentation. Presented by scenester DJ Packy Malley, those with birthdays happening now will want to see what the deal is on Fri 1/14 at 7:30PM; music begins at 9PM. Call 255-2875. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave.

Neko Case Sidle up to this neo-country diva, whose live album The Tigers Have Spoken takes on obscure tunes and classics then morphs them into sizzling singles. She also records and performs as one of The New Pornographers and has lent her considerable talents to projects with The Sadies (who will perform with her at this show), and has contributed on “Porchlight” on the soundtrack album to The Slaughter Rule. This show will take you on a romp in sultry Alt-country on Sat 1/15 at 9PM. Call 383-1124. Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Rd.

Snap Back Sundays offering the perfect “Hair of the Dog” after a long weekend; surface from your weekend debauchery and make your own Bloody Mary early in the afternoon. And in honor of the holiday, they’re setting up the MLK Edition with XLNC, N:CODER, and a list of other DJs rockin’ it all the way ’till Monday, starting Sun 1/16 from 4:30PM-2:30AM. Call 221-2333. Twist Social Club, 11633 Clifton Blvd. in Lakewood.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award will recognize an individual and business or organization that has positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Mayor and Cleveland City Council will present awards in recognition of the services and achievements in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King, with an additional spirited concert that happens on Sun 1/16 starting at 6PM. Reserve your tickets at 664-2107 or at 231-1111. Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave.

Trust in Government: Do We Need a New Paradigm? Can we trust our government leadership to be our public servant or is it a power broker? Everyone is invited to dialogue on the crisis of leadership in Cleveland. Dr. Verghese Chirayath, Professor of Sociology at John Carroll University will cover the controversy. Childcare is provided, so bring the family. The forum begins Sun 1/16 from 9:30AM-10:50AM. Call 751-2320. The First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd. in Shaker Heights.

Remember Me: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr featuring Dance Afrika Dance, a Cleveland-based group of men, women, young adults, and children who share their knowledge of African heritage through dance, drum, song, and storytelling. The group made its debut at the Black Expo USA in 1992 and performed for schools, churches, and private organizations throughout Ohio; see their latest performance on Mon 1/17 at 4PM. Tickets are limited; call 231-1111. Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave.

Health Career Fair on MLK Day provides inspiration for a day full of opportunities and celebrations at HealthSpace Cleveland. Load up on informational and entertaining events, while representatives from Case’s Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Case School of Medicine, Cleveland State University Biomedical & Health Institute and others will be on site to answer your inquiries on Mon 1/17 from 10AM-4:30PM. Afterwards catch a few educational and entertaining performances. Call 231-5010. HealthSpace Cleveland, 8911 Euclid Ave. at East 89th St and Euclid Ave.

Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland serves up the low-down in Sam Fulwood’s new book; meet up the PD columnist and author who takes on issues from race and politics, to crime and the economy on Mon 1/17 at 1PM. Accompanying the event is the Annual African American Art Show up on view and the CPL Staff Chorus. Call 623-2869. Cleveland Public Library, MLK Jr. Branch, 1962 Stokes Blvd.

Women in Transition/Displaced Homemakers Program Women who are divorced, widowed, separated, single parents, underemployed or unemployed can change their lives. Learn personal and career development skills and attend computer training workshops; you’ll work with Tri-C’s Key Career Place on how to conduct results-oriented job searches, research a variety of occupations, and work towards obtaining a GED. The next eight week session begins on Tue 1/18 and ends on 3/11. It is available on a first come, first serve basis. Call 987-4187. Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus, Student Center 120, 2900 Community College Ave.

Claiming Your Place in the Sustainability Economy will be connecting people, planet and prosperity while helping your business or organization save money, discover new revenue streams, motivate your employees and create a healthier environment for them. Holly Harlan of Entrepreneurs for Sustainability will present an interactive exploration of a sustainable economy in Northeast Ohio. You’ll walk away with ideas to implement sustainability principles in your organization, plus ways to support the broader community’s sustainability needs on Tue 1/18 starting 5:30PM; everything kicks off at 6:15PM. Registration is required; call 509-9776. Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room, on Market Ave.

Community of Minds Regional Business & Technology Change is afoot in Cleveland, as opportunities, trends, and technologies are the currency of today’s dynamic economy. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with leaders of thought and industry from University Circle, Cleveland, and the entire region. Share ideas over hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails while you envision the possibilities on Wed 1/19 from 5:30-7:30PM. This networking event has no charge, but registration is encouraged. Call 368-5535.

Blogs and RSS Boot Camp: Profiting From the New Personal Publishing Tools is a blog blowout session. Blogs or weblogs are one of the hottest phenomena on the Web today, and a panel of experienced bloggers share their secrets for how businesses get real results — with measurable ROI — using blogs as part of their marketing strategies. Includes discussions about using blogs to market products, advertising on blogs, using RSS (news feeds), repurposing blog content for email newsletters, using blogs to obtain high search engine rankings, and using blogs for business networking among your target audience. There’ll be lots of time to ask the experts questions, while experiencing Cleveland’s bloggers: Eric Olsen at and George Nemeth at and others on Wed 1/19 from 7:30-9AM. Call 592-2222. CSU, Cole Center for Continuing Education, 3100 Chester Ave. or sign up here

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Cool Cleveland Preview
Baba King @ Palace Theatre 1/17
Martin Luther King Day is coming and the memories and aspirations of the day and the man find unusually fine expression in Baba King, a production of Akil Marshall’s Dance Afrika Dance. As Marshall sees it, the civil rights movement began in Africa. “As soon as people realized their loved ones were missing, they longed for their return and that was the beginning of the civil rights movement.” Such a perspective implies an underlying oneness among African and African-American people and culture, a thesis D.A.D. has been living out in its performances since 1992, paradoxically keeping the African and African-American distinct while often presenting both on the same stage and through the same performers.
Read the Cool Cleveland Preview by Victor Lucas here

Talking Loud, Saying Everything
From Tragedy to Triumph
A Look at Cleveland Actor Jimmie Woody

A funny thing happened to Clevelander Jimmie Woody. He went to Kent State University, played football, got a degree in advertising and then he discovered Shakespeare. Well, maybe not quite that quickly. After getting stung by the acting bug, Woody took some post-graduate courses in theatre at Kent and soon thereafter found himself at a prestigious university in New York studying with Andrei Serban and Anne Bogart. Those in the know would recognize these heavyweight names from Columbia University and the wonderful world of theatre. Woody’s life has mirrored some of the tragedies he’s performed that were written by history’s most widely known playwright. Cool Cleveland caught up with the actor/director to gain some insights into the man behind the mask.

Cool Cleveland: Though it was tough going, you cut your teeth in New York on a newly found passion. What was your experience?

Jimmie Woody: I was acting throughout New York City, from Washington Heights to Brooklyn, to Flatbush and even in the Bronx. I was one of the only students who was going to this expensive Ivy League school, but was homeless. For the last two years, I just slept on friends’ couches, slept in teachers’ classrooms, offices, anywhere I could find…because I could not afford the housing. The housing situation in New York is really tough as nails, if you know what I mean. It was the first time in my life that I applied myself 100 percent, where I tried my hardest to really understand the craft of theatre, acting, and what goes into it…
Read Talking Loud, Saying Everything by Vince Robinson here

WCLVnotes In anticipation of the announcement of a forthcoming programming coup on WCLV 104.9 FM, a number of programs have been shuffled about, especially on weekends. As previously announced, KeyBank has extended the sponsorship of its Symphony at Seven to Saturday and Sunday at 7PM. Bill Rudman’s Footlight Parade has moved to 6PM on Saturdays. Not the Dead White Male Composers’ Hour moves from Saturdays to Sundays at 9:30PM, pushing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to 10:30 PM and Pipedreams to 11PM. The Sunday night schedule this weekend, however, gets put into a cocked hat because of the live broadcast of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert at 7PM. WCLV will also feed the concert to WBKC, 1460 AM; WCPN, 90.3; and WNWV, 107.3. Tune in. The MLK Celebration Chorus lifts Severance Hall off its foundation. a Cool Cleveland partner

Cool Cleveland Sounds
Family Roots CD
JiMiller Band
Oroboros Music

The band, led by former Oroboros front man JiMiller (that’s Jim Miller), pulls from musical genres as diverse as Bluegrass, Jazz and Country and combines them pleasingly. An excellent example of this is the affable “Sing It To Your Children,” which moves fluidly from Jimmy Buffet-esque beat into an extended jazzy riff. At the other end of the spectrum is the gritty “Cuyahoga River Blues,” in which Miller gives an edgy history lesson: “One day they build ’em a building/A thousand more appeared on the shore/Ignoring the curse of the Indian/They’re just building more and more.” Family Roots, is a 2-CD set recorded live at Chagrin Falls’ Greenville Inn in front of an enthusiastic audience. The set features a blend of original compositions, traditional folk tunes and a smattering of covers. The collection is strong lyrically and musically. Unfortunately, as is too often the case with live CDs, some of Miller’s lyrics are lost due to the quality of the recording, occasionally disappearing into a wall of sound. However that is just an inconvenience. On the whole this ambitious undertaking has much to offer. The JiMiller Band does its roots proud. Check the band out Fri 1/14, 9PM at the Grog Shop. from Cool Cleveland contributor Marcia Bryant

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1) Cool Cleveland Night Out Thaw out in hot style with Cool Cleveland. If you were diggin’ on our last event in December, make plans to hit our next happening with a scorching package: a Warm-Up Party this Fri 1/14 from 5-7PM with prime vintage from the wine bar and savory hors d’oeuvres, plus a ticket to MOMIX Dance Theatre, plus after-party. Newsletter/Party

2) Cleveland’s young, accidental entrepreneurs Our city has young, edgy businesses taking leadership in the arts. Check Cleveland Magazine as they acknowledge these artists’ new position in Cleveland as creative change agents. Read about the collaborative and very fly arts building, 1300 Gallery, that’s opening up symbiotic relationships between artists.

3) A New Addition to Cleveland’s Skyline The Pinnacle Condominiums in the historic Warehouse District, with their contemporary architecture, are a great addition to Cleveland’s skyline.

4) RoldoLINK: Run, Rokakis, Run I think Jim Rokakis SHOULD run for Mayor of Cleveland. He believes he can’t win. So why run, he reasons? Winning isn’t necessarily the essence of running; the process of running for the office could, in and of itself, be its real meaning. Roldo Link Run Rokakis Run

5) Cleveland Blows Nicole Bryson leads the way into the artisan’s realm of glass blowing in Cleveland, its culture, how it developed here, and what its past and future look like.

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