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In this week’s issue:
* Cool Cleveland Interview Peter Rubin, Cleveland developer and arts patron
* RoldoLINK Here Comes Another – Anyone Learn a Lesson Yet? on convention center developments
* Cool Cleveland Commentary “Through the Eyes” of Really Cool Cleveland Kids
* Cool Cleveland Sounds review of Ron Bracale CD Luminous Waters
* Cool Cleveland Previews Paul Taylor at State Theatre 5/14 & CJO at Fairmount Temple 5/14

Coral Company president and developer Peter Rubin is customizing Cleveland’s neighborhoods with his brand of real estate development. Coral owns and develops numerous residential properties (The Hamlets of Rocky River, Courtyards at Severance), a million sf of retail properties (Brooklyn Center, Lakewood City Center), and various mixed-use properties (Cedar Center Plaza, Shaker Square). Transformation is his business, and industry leaders in the field of urban and suburban development have sought out this intrepid entrepreneur for his versatile insights and inspiration. Next week, the film “Come Away Home,” will have a sneak preview premiere and party to benefit Bellefaire JCB (where Rubin serves as President of the Board) on Thu 5/19 at 7PM at Shaker Square Cinemas; for info call Doug Furth at 440-519-1625. Cool Cleveland spoke with Peter Rubin about philanthrophy and arts in the community, how it affects business and economic development, and why Coral Company purchased Shaker Square.

Cool Cleveland: You’re a developer and you are the incoming President of the Board for the Cleveland Opera. Where did you develop that passion?
Peter Rubin: When I was a kid I grew up in New York. My mother had a subscription to the Met [Metropolitan Opera] in New York City. I grew up just outside of New York City. So I was 7 or 8 year old and I had the most miserable experience because not only did I have to get dressed up but also I had to sit through a three- or four-hour opera. In those days if when you were 7 or 8 you had to sit still. I hated opera but found myself gravitating back to it because it is a complete art form. It’s got orchestral symphonic music, it has choreography, it has staging, it has acting and it has singing. Probably, in the end, it’s about the most passionate parts of life-love and death.

What is the connection between supporting the arts, having a thriving arts community, and business and economic development in your mind?
I lived in Cleveland for 26 years. What I have observed as someone who has come to love Cleveland as his home, is that Cleveland was built on two pillars. One was the pillar of industry and the other was the pillar of arts and philanthropy. We are in this transition from a manufacturing pillar to a more intellectual industrial pillar. On the arts side we are in transition as well. This community doesn’t survive without arts. This community doesn’t recruit the brightest people from around the country without the arts. The reason people come to Cleveland is because they know about our arts community…
Read the Cool Cleveland Interview with Peter Rubin here

Is WiFi Cleveland’s future? While local hero, Case’s Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick strategizes a competitive advantage for our region by developing the ultra-high-bandwidth OneCleveland project that connects non-profits at an ultra-low-price, local telecom provider SBC considers it a threat and attempts to thwart OneCleveland by lobbying the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cuyahoga County Commissioners. Cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dayton and Dublin, Ohio proceed to make broadband a regional attractor by treating it as a utility, such as water, gas or electric. Cool Cleveland’s own Chief Information Officer George Nemeth positions it in the Free Times as an economic development issue: “If you’re trying to lure people and businesses Downtown… cheap power and cheap Internet access would be a huge draw.” See story here and here. Even the PD’s editorial writers take the rare opportunity to spank one of its major advertisers: “Instead of trying to undercut OneCleveland, SBC needs to see it as an opportunity.” See story here. Do you think broadband WiFi is Cleveland’s future?

Columbus moves towards smoking ban 55 percent of voters rejected a measure that would allow bars to opt out of a ban put into place by the city that prohibits smoking in public. While some argue that a bar exemption would make for a comfortable compromise, other are acutely concerned about maintaining the quality of the air – at any price. Read the story here. What do you think of efforts to ban smoking in Northeast Ohio?

Regionalism in action When we talk about regionalism, everyone seems to do the Cleveland dance: wait for the other guy to make the first move. But in reality, regionalism is already in play, with communities collaborating on huge, multi-community recreation centers which offer more services and amenities at lower cost. South Euclid’s community services director Keith Benjamin connects the dots: “Who knows? Someday there might be one mayor over all three communities [S. Euclid, Lyndhurst, Richmond Hts]. There might be one police chief.” “Or one school district,” adds S. Euclid mayor Georgine Welo. See story here. Read the story here. Your thoughts on regionalism, in theory and in action?

Cleveland Media Project Cleveland Media Project is a nonpartisan, volunteer-based organization dedicated to monitoring and improving Cleveland’s local news media that serve our area. The site offers reports, workshops, and advocacy, with the goal of helping to educate the general public on their media choices, and to influence media coverage. Cleveland radio and TV stations are going through their re-licensing with the FCC in 2005, “giving us a rare opportunity to influence programming.” Check the site for an analysis of Cleveland media coverage of the 2004 Presidential campaign, “Voting In The Dark,” and a content analysis of local TV news in Cleveland, “Misserved in the Midwest.” What’s your opinion on local Cleveland media? Send to

New foundation supports art & economic development Support for cultural development around the globe through research and programming is making a landing, in the form of a new foundation, thanks to Louise T. Blouin MacBain, Founder of one of the world’s largest art magazine publishers. Core studies include economic importance of the arts and holding forums which artists, politicians, business leaders, and educators gather to recommend cultural policies. The Blouin Foundation is an international foundation with a mission to demonstrate how creativity benefits countries both economically and culturally. Read the story here. Your thoughts on the connection between the arts and economic development? Send them to:

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Live al Fresco at the Painters Loft Condominiums, open lofts located at 8205 Franklin Blvd. in Detroit Shoreway. Experience 750 to 2,000 square feet, exposed brick, 14-foot ceilings, etched concrete floors, oversized windows, spiral staircases in bi-level units, in-suite laundry and secured parking. Trade in your formal dining room with china cabs for something a bit more Jackson Pollock. Add in a 12-year tax abatement and even the creative types can afford to live here. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the exciting doings in the hood, the arts district anchored by Cleveland Public Theater at W. 65th/Detroit, the awesome restaurants and shops (Parkview pints a plus) and oh yeah, we almost forgot, Lake Erie! For a complete list of properties and open houses this weekend visit
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Largest outdoor flower show in North America The Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show is one of the biggest events blooming in Cleveland, and it’s coming up on Memorial Day weekend. How many Clevelanders know this is the largest outdoor flower show in the entire country? Modeled after the Royal Horticultural Society’s famed Chelsea Flower Show in London, it is the only outdoor flower show honored with major show status by both the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Garden Club of America. This year’s theme for the Flower Show is The Garden as Art, with a featured garden in a collaboration between Cleveland artist Penny Rakoff and the landscape firm, DTR. Advance or discounted tickets are now on sale. Grande Promenade, a magical preview party benefiting the Garden’s education and urban outreach programs, will be held Thu 5/26 at 6PM. Call 721-1600. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard. Find more info at

Call for the worst art Showcase your cringe-worthy artwork during Inside-Outside Art Gallery’s Worst Art Exhibit in Cleveland. The gallery is announcing a call for entries, providing an opportunity to submit the worst of your work. Or, you may enter artwork found in thrift stores, your friend’s house, or the garbage dumpster. Art works must be submitted between Sat 5/21 and Sat 5/28. The Opening Artists’ Reception hits on 6/3 and remains on display ’till 6/30. Call 623-8510. Inside-Outside Art Gallery, 2688 W. 14th St. Cleveland, Ohio 44113 or e-mail submissions to

Christo’s Gates brings $425 million to NYC Attracting tourism is no small feat, and New York found a clever way to market itself through the major art installation project, “The Gates,” by seminal artist, Christo. Art has a powerful ability to draw in people, and the 4 million visitors to Central Park were a testimony to the art project’s success, generating an estimated $254 million in economic activity at restaurants, cultural institutions, and hotels near Central Park where the installation is located. Comments on Christo’s art? Send it to:

Youngstown comes alive Youngstown is up-and-coming, and they’ve recently finished an exciting community planning process. During a three-year civic dialogue, thousands of people participated with ideas to boost the community’s future. Former Cleveland city planner Hunter Morrison, who now serves as director of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies at Youngstown State University, told Cool Cleveland that, “In the past nine months, Youngstown’s attitude towards itself has turn around completely.” Read the story at

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CSU builds This spring, expect growth at Cleveland State’s downtown campus, as five construction projects will be underway. Building Blocks for the Future is an ambitious $179 million campus master plan investment in the University and the Greater Cleveland community. It promises to be a significant connection for educational, community, neighborhood, research and partnerships impacting the future of the University and our region. Plans include linking the 130,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center to the Physical Education Building. Read more here. What do you think of CSU’s plans?

Lakewood builds You won’t see many high-rise construction cranes, but at least four major developments are on the way in Lakewood: renovation and expansion of the YMCA and the Main Branch of the Lakewood Public Library, and two mixed-use developments, Rockport Square, with 57 townhouses and 67 loft condos with first floor retail being developed by Rysar Properties, and just-announced Rosewood Place, with 11 townhouses above ground-floor retail, developed by North Coast Capital Partners. This just 18 months after the crushing defeat (by only 47 votes) of the ambitious West End Project, which planned to develop 20 acres of high-end retail and housing but also would have displaced parkside houses with eminent domain, a defeat that took with it former mayor Madeline Cain. Read the story here. Your thoughts on Lakewood’s new building boom?

Chamber Symphony rises again The Cleveland Chamber Symphony distinguished itself for 23 years as an award-winning ensemble that focused solely on new American music, and was rewarded by being unceremoniously booted from Cleveland State University. Now they’re back with former Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor Steven Smith, a new relationship with Baldwin-Wallace College, and a new hope for new music in Cleveland. You can help by contributing to their first-ever Annual Fund Campaign. Send a check to: 2647 Eaton Road, Cleveland 44118. Check them out on the web here:

Expanding Progressive Progressive Corp. in Mayfield is growing again, with plans to add a third campus and 1,800 to 2,400 jobs. The project is environmentally conscientious and would produce 17 acres of public parkland surrounding the site to be completed as early as 2007 or 2008. Read the story here. Your thoughts on Progressive’s growth? Send them to

Scenic rail from Tower City to Akron The anticipation is growing as plans materialize for the connection of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and Tower City. What is standing in the way of this collaborative transportation initiative? The reasons are not technical, but point to a lack of cooperation between politicians, businessmen and volunteers. CSX, the largest rail network still running in the eastern U.S., is not interested in participating. Read more at Your ideas on what’s stalling this project? Mail them to Then send a message to the director of the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) here: and copy Cool Cleveland by sending it here:

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Mingle with Award-Winning Authors The Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and the Plain Dealer will sponsor a Writers After Hours author series starting Tues 5/17 with Mary Doria Russell, best-selling author of Thread of Grace. On Tues 6/14 meet Brian K. Vaughan, popular graphic novelist. On Tues 7/19 Thrity Umrigar, a highly acclaimed writer will be on hand, and George Guidall, an outstanding narrator of audio books will be available Tues 8/16. Series held at 6PM at The Plain Dealer, 1801 Superior Avenue. Tickets are $15, must be purchased in advance and include wine, hors d’oeuvres and book signings. Limited seating. For tickets contact 216-749-9486. For details visit
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Social justice films wanted Activate your inner filmmaker. Independent Pictures and Greater Cleveland Community Shares join forces to co-sponsor a call for films and videos with social justice themes. The selected film or films will be shown at the Ohio Independent Film Festival in November 2005 as part of Community Shares’ 20th Anniversary education series. In honor of its 20th year of promoting social justice in Greater Cleveland, Community Shares will present a special award to the filmmakers, recognizing their contribution to the fight against inequality and injustice. Deadlines to submit films and videos are Fri 6/10 and late entries 7/7. Call 651-7315 or email or visit

Retaining Youth The 13-county footprint of Northeast Ohio enrolls 170,000 degree-seeking students from all 50 states and around the globe, employs 27,000 faculty and generates a combined $2.5 billion budget. In an effort to enroll, engage and employ prospective students considering NEO for their college education, the the Northeast Ohio Countil on Higher Education (NOCHE) has created College 360, a three-phase plan joined by 14 of the region’s largest universities. Other cities such as Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia have undertaken similar initiatives, and Akron is aggressively plotting how to attract and retain their youth. How do you think Northeast Ohio can best attract and retain college students?

Recruit for your company at Ingenuity As co-directors James Levin and Cool Cleveland’s Thomas Mulready have been going around town organizing the upcoming Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology scheduled for Labor Day Weekend 2005, a common theme has emerged: Many companies that are collaborating with or sponsoring Ingenuity want to use it to help them recruit new employees and reward existing staff. Drop us a line and find out how your company can use Cleveland’s first “Fusion of Art + Technology” to recruit or reward your employees with free tickets and high visibility opportunities for your company to shine while Cleveland gets off on this incredible event.

Case enrollment up 70% Case is experiencing a surge in its enrollment, and will welcome its largest incoming first-year classes. 1,152 students have indicated their plans to begin their education at Case in the fall of 2005. The college is reaping the benefits from their strategic planning which began two years ago to build a strong undergraduate program, increase graduate and research programs, while restructuring the environment of the campus. See dBusinessNews here.

Dancing engineers Since the arrival of President Edward M. Hundert, M.D., two years ago, Case has begun implementing a new vision that restructures the research university. With the undergraduate education foundations in place through a new program called SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship), students will experience a new kind of education through SAGES, by participating in the seminar-based program regardless of their major. The seminar-based program will be taught by faculty from arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, and others providing mentoring between students and world-class researchers and leaders. “I’m coming to Case because it’s the only place I can be a dancing engineer,” reported Emily Longstreet of Fayetteville, N.Y. Read more at

ThinkAbout Three groundbreaking authors on stage together for the first time at the 8th annual Strategic Horizons ThinkAbout. The roster includes Joe Pine & Cleveland’s Jim Gilmore, authors of the brilliant and groundbreaking The Experience Economy, and Tom Peters, author of such milestone business books as In Search of Excellence and The Pursuit of Wow!. Great minds will converge to show you the path to extraordinary ideas and creativity on 9/14-15 in the mountains of Keystone, Colorado. Business leaders, corporate innovators, and experience mavens will gather to listen, learn, and embark on an adventurous Learning Excursion. Keynote kick-off happens with the one-and-only Tom Peters. Sign up through Wed 6/15. For details, call (330) 405-2886, or visit and email

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Best Selling Author Anchee Min, (Red Azalea and Becoming Madame Mao), will preside at Cleveland Public Library’s Writers and Readers series Sun 5/15 at 2PM. Born in Communist China, Min’s family lived in Shanghai where she joined the Red Guard in order to escape being beaten and persecuted. At 17, Min was among 100,000 students sent to labor camps. For three years she labored in the leech-infested fields growing cotton and rice. Min’s novel Red Azalea, tells of her difficult struggle and how she overcame it. The event, free and open to the public, will take place at the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue. Min appears during a celebration of Asian Pacific American Month. For more information contact or 216-623-2800.
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Call for RTA art The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is offering a public art opportunity to artists, designers, architects and students for the East 55th Street Bridge Project. Initially advertised in Fall 2004, the parameters and specifications have been modified. Those artists who submitted previously are encouraged to reapply. Artwork will be considered that symbolically and visually connects travelers with the City’s identity, and heritage. Artwork must engage pedestrian and vehicular viewing both day and night, and the financial compensation for this project is $400,000. Deadline is Fri 5/20 no later than 5PM. Visit here to review the full call for entries, application, bridge preparation, and safety design documents/requirements or call 771-4144.

Montgomery pushes education grants Betty Montgomery is preparing a bold act of bravery in her campaign for Governor. She proposed 100,000 “Success Grants” for Ohio residents to attend college to develop their skills that would be directly transferable to the state’s workplaces. The initiative has the ability to spark an economic recovery; grants would comprise a 50-50 partnership between state and eligible students. The state grant would generously equal half of the tuition at community colleges or four-year universities. Read the story here. Your thoughts on Montgomery’s mission? Send them to

Promoting area bands Brent Gummow of the band Infinite Number of Sounds is creatively using technology to highlight local bands that will be playing out in the near future. He’s created a radio-style podcast that samples music the bands have posted to their website. A podcast is the combination of an mp3 file and an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed, is enabling listeners to be notified when a new show is posted. They have the option of listening to the show (based on the EB calendar) on their computer, or loading it onto their personal mp3 player.

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Online Marketing Seminar: Not-For-Profits is offering not-for-profit organizations a free, online marketing seminar at their office. They’ll advise how non-profs can utilize immediate and affordable tactics implemented in-house to promote their websites online. The seminar will also include a workshop reviewing each attendee’s specific website and offer custom advice on Wed 5/11 at 9AM. Implementing Effective Online Marketing starts off and the day continues with a lunch workshop for individual site consulting at 11:30. Seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis; call 330-379-9000 for reservations. Complimentary continental breakfast and boxed lunch provided by SageRock. For venue information and registration, visit or email

Cleveland Music Festival 2005 Rock to the sounds of 400 amazing local and national bands during this year’s event, the largest of its kind in Cleveland. Take your place among the 15,000 fans expected to attend the festival spanning four days, Thu 5/12 to Sun 5/15 . Offering something for everyone, over 1000 musicians will perform at some of Cleveland’s hottest venues including House of Blues, The Odeon, The Agora and Peabody’s Downunder. A special showcase, panel discussions, and a cavalcade of musicians will promote, educate and celebrate Northeast Ohio’s music industry. For more information visit

Sacred Cow or Sacred Bull? A Look at Regionalism in Northeast Ohio. Students of the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development Program at CSU’s College of Urban Affairs have collected a wealth of data on Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties to assess the feasibility of regionalism in Northeast Ohio. Come listen to some of the region’s best and brightest future planning professionals discuss opportunities for Northeast Ohio on Thu 5/12 at 4PM. Presentations will be followed by a reception including food and beverages. CSU, Levin College of Urban Affairs-Atrium, 1717 Euclid Avenue.

The Secretaries is a theatric tribute in the grind ’em up world of life in the office; see this secretarial romp and parody of a girl’s real dream job. As the pressures of her job build, and her daily interactions with the workplace personalities get out of hand, her daily experiences become a little strange in the proverbial “professional” world. Written by the Five Lesbian Brothers, and directed by Randy Rollison, find out how this production’s quirky story line resolves itself in a grand style beginning Thu 5/12 at 7:30PM. Show runs till 5/28. For tickets, call 631-2727, x501. Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave.

Access Canada: Initiate Your International Expansion Are you a small to medium sized firm considering expanding your business beyond the northern border? Then this seminar, presented by The Nance College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University on Fri 5/13 from 8:30AM-4:30PM is for you. See details here. Call 687-5099 to register. Glickman-Miller Hall, Maxine Goodman College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Avenue.

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Sensuous . . . Steamy . . . Sensational . . . The Paul Taylor Dance Company soars into Cleveland for one performance only on Sat 5/14 at 8PM at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square. Enjoy masterworks by this inventive dance legend: the Ohio premier of Klezmerbluegrass, Taylor’s heralded new piece honoring 350 years of Jewish Life in America; Promethean Fire, considered by dance critics to be one of Taylor’s finest works; and Black Tuesday, set to upbeat Tin Pan Alley songs of the Great Depression. For an evening of works by “the world’s greatest living choreographer” (Newsweek), don’t miss the Paul Taylor Dance Company in its only Ohio appearance. Presented by DANCECleveland. “As good as modern dance gets” (The San Francisco Chronicle). readers get 2 tix for the price of 1 by e-mailing by midnight Thu 5/12 and tickets will be held for them at the State Theater Will Call window (subject to availability). For tickets call 216.241.6000 or visit or
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Why Fair Trade? Bring lunch and presenter Rich Aaronson of Equal Exchange will bring the coffee, dessert and stimulating discussion of the fair trade movement, an alternative economic model which ensures that coffee growers get a fair price. He will share insight into his 100% fair trade coffee company and outline the environmental tie-in. Come with your thoughts and questions on Fri 5/13 at 12PM. Call 961-8850 or register on line.

Resource Central 2005 The U.S Small Business Administration and many other small business support operations are helping entrepreneurs during a day-long opportunity to meet with public and private professional assistance providers, banks and institutions offering to serve up their expertise this Fri 5/13 at 1PM. The event has no entry fee and is sponsored by COSE and the Microenterprise Network of Northeast Ohio. Call 861-1445. Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St. For info on the event visit here

CSU Real Estate Market Analysis Competition Hear five of the best marketing case studies from CSU’s Real Estate Finance class on Fri 5/13 at 3:30PM. They will be reviewed, evaluated and winners will be determined immediately after the presentations. Call 800-321-5011 or visit to register. Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University Campus, 1717 Euclid Avenue.

Bidding Away the Blues on Friday the 13th Don’t spend the evening hiding under the covers. Come to the House of Blues Cleveland on Fri 5/13 at 7PM decked out in black for the Cleveland Advertising Association event which provides scholarships for the next generation of advertising, marketing and communications execs. Admission includes sumptuous house specialties, beer and wine, plus a chance to win tix to see Gary Allen that evening. Bid on incredible items such as vacation timeshares, loge or club seat tickets, restaurant certificates, or theater and orchestra tickets. Call 932-7459. House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Avenue.

Buzz SOS Focusing on region and local talent by showcasing artists who are underground and underexposed is never easy. Doing it in Cleveland when the economy is down is even harder. Because several co-op members have left, Buzz Gallery is holding a wine tasting and auction Fri 5/13 from 6-10PM to help fund their operation for a few more months while they recruit new members or find a new space. Greg Mason of Dux and Euro Vin Imports has provided wine for the occasion, stepping up to support local art. Won’t you? Buzz Gallery, 1836 W.25th St 522-1836

WCLVnotes Tonight on WCLV 104.9, tune in for a one-hour special celebrating the music of William Grant Still, one of America’s first important black composers. On Fri 5/13 at 9PM, WCLV’s series of broadcasts from Music from the Western Reserve will present an attractive recital by violinist Paul Kantor and pianist Anita Pontremoli. It was recorded at the historic Chapel of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson on April 23rd. And the next day, Sat 5/14 at 1:30PM, CIM Live presents the April 5th Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theatre production of Mozart’s The Garden Girl in Disguise. You can find detailed information about WCLV’s daily programming in the WCLV Program Guide, available online at

Finding the Next Job Keynote speaker Marge Frazer, Recruitment and Development Editor at The Plain Dealer, will talk about the journalism job market, a panel of journalists will discuss how to make you more marketable as a journalist through specialization of markets, advancement into editing and non-traditional media on Sat 5/14 from 8:30-11:30AM. Call to register at 440-333-7382. Plain Dealer Conference Center, 1801 Superior Ave. or register at and visit

Akron Restoration Summit Learn about all facets of historic preservation and the impact that it has in the city of Akron and its neighborhoods on Sat 5/14 from 9AM-5PM. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic will welcome participants and the keynote speaker is U. S. Representative Michael R. Turner, co-founder of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus and chairman of the Saving America’s Cities working group. The conference includes both lunch and a culminating special reception. Call 426-3108. University of Akron’s Student Union and Conference Center, 303 Carroll Street.

Migration Celebration They’re no birdbrains, these birds always return to Ohio. Swoop into Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sat 5/14 from 11AM-3PM for an exciting day of family fun and learn about the variety of birds that travel as far as Mexico or South America but call Ohio home. Activities designed to let your imagination soar include watching local woodcarver, Bob Malkamaki create beautiful bird statues from wood, a kitemaking workshop for the little ones, close encounters of the creature kind with some of the zoo residents and informational migration stations throughout the Zoo. Call 661-6500. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way

Nurturing Native Plants Score some gorgeous greenery of your own while learning how the Zoo uses eco-friendly gardening techniques. Zoo Horticulture staff will sell plants and lead garden tours on Sat 5/14 from 11AM-3PM. Learn which native species are endangered and find out how to successfully integrate native plants into your garden in a lecture at 1PM in the Windows on the World room. Call 661-6500. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way

Funk and Junk Flea Market Don’t miss The Grog Shop’s transformation into a flea market bazaar on Sat 5/14 from 12-5PM. There will be lots of cool stuff; used records, books, art, clothes, vintage, jewelry, and more odds and ends to fascinate your junk jones. Call 321-2665 for more info. The Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard.

2005 Weekend in Ohio City Foodies and Architecture Buffs will converge during this weekend’s event which kicks off with Evening in Ohio City on Sat 5/14 from 6-11PM. Experience the fantastic food, great wine, magnificent historic renovations and cool urban living Ohio City has to offer. The annual Ohio City Home Tour is available on Sun 5/15 from 10AM-5PM. Don’t miss this year’s event. Call 781-3222 or click here for info and pricing.

Bowling for Rhinos Cleveland Metroparks Zoo invites all bowlers to spare an evening for rhinoceroses on Sat 5/14 from 6:30PM-midnight. The night of fun, bowling, and pizza will benefit rhino sanctuaries in Kenya and in Indonesia. See here. Call 661-6500 to register in advance or for info. Cloverleaf Lanes, 5619 Brecksville Road (Route 21), Independence.

Windsong Stays on Your Mind Enjoy a melodious celebration of empowerment with Windsong: Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus. Come to their upcoming Spring concert on Sat 5/14 at 7:30PM and you will be “Hearing Voices” of nature and songs about love spanning seven centuries. Call 351-6370 to learn more about this group whose mission is to empower women, effect social change and build community. CSU’s Drinko Recital Hall, 2001 Euclid Avenue

Paul Taylor Dance Company Be part of the 50th anniversary performance of the world-renown company that has put together over 120 works of modern dance ensembles. They’ve toured sixty countries and more than 450 cities and have received over 50 awards and honors, thanks to the versatility and inventive choreography. See serious, sensuous, grotesque, hysterically funny and often steamy pieces of work that brilliantly build layers of modern dance on Sat 5/14 at 8PM. Call 241-6000. Presented by DANCECleveland. Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Avenue. and get tickets or info here

An Afternoon with Anchee Min Spend the afternoon entranced as this best-selling memoirist and novelist, recounts her fascinating experiences. Born in Communist China, this fêted author learned English by watching Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. The author of Red Azalea and Becoming Madame Mao will preside at the Cleveland Public Library’s Writer and Readers series on Sun 5/15 at 2PM in celebration of Asian Pacific American Month. The gratis event is open to the public. Call 623-2800. Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue.

Nonprofit Partnerships & Collaborations In an era of shrinking resources and increasing competition, many nonprofits seek mergers or collaborations. A panel discussion will meet Tues 5/17 at 4PM to contemplate the potential benefits, risks and strategic issues that need to be considered. Click here to see the non-profit who’s who comprising the panel and register. Call 523-7330. Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University Campus, 1717 Euclid Avenue

E4S Third Tuesday Events Power network with the implementers of sustainability and connect them with opportunities to build a sustainable economy in Northeast Ohio. With the popular emphasis on “green” opportunities – local foods, renewable energy and green building, what about the “brown” opportunities? Bring your questions and invite a friend to Entrepreneurs for Sustainability’s first discussion about “brown” sustainability, featuring local entrepreneurs, and representatives sharing the benefits of brownfield redevelopment on Tue 5/17 starting at 5:30PM. Call 509-9776. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Tasting Room 25166 Market Ave.

Writers After Hours Mingle with some of your favorite authors over wine and hors d’oeuvres. May’s installment of this exciting monthly series gives you the opportunity to get a deeper look at current best seller, “Thread of Grace.” Delve into the mind of its author, Mary Doria Russell, on Tues 5/17 at 6PM and get a copy of the book for the author to inscribe. The series will benefit Cuyahoga County Library Endowment. Call 749-9486 for tix. The Plain Dealer, 1801 Superior Avenue.

Into the Sun Explore the melodic rhythms found in ancient Kabuki theatre, modern Butoh dance and contemporary jazz on Tues 5/17 at 8:30PM. Renowned musicians Bruce Eisenbeil (Electric and Acoustic Guitar), Katsuyuki Itakura (Piano), and Brian Osborne (Percussion) produce a cutting edge, high-energy art form that equates to a must see and hear performance. Call 721.1055 or read here to learn what industry insiders are saying about these amazing artists. Global Community Arts Center, 12803 Buckeye Road.

Community of Minds Join executive director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Bruce Latimer, on Wed 5/18 at 5:30PM as he shares the story of how advances in human discovery and thinking shape our ability to see new connections and opportunities. Enjoy complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and the cash bar while learning more about how University Circle institutions are inventing the future by envisioning a new mix of facility space, technology and content applications. Register here. Dively Executive Education Center, Case Western Reserve University Campus, 11240 Bellflower Road

Can You HANDle It? Can Akron attract and retain young talent? Experience Akron’s Handprint through the eyes of the next generation. Check out the street fair-style open house on Wed 5/18 from 5:30-8PM and network with Rebecca Ryan, American’s leading authority on the “next generation”, as well as other young professionals while you sample the fare of the restaurant and beverage booths, shake your tailfeathers to exciting music, play whiffle ball and even participate in a public art project. There’s no cost and it’s open to the public. Call 330-608-5150. Selle Generator Works Building, 451 S. High Street

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Here Comes Another – Anyone Learn a Lesson Yet?
By Roldo Bartimole

Every month you, if Cuyahoga County taxpayer, shell out about $1.25 million in “sin” taxes for Gateway. Those taxes now total $236-million. Yet, at the last meeting of the Gateway board chair (same as CFA), Bill Reidy warned that Cleveland and Cuyahoga County taxpayers would have to do more financial lifting for Gateway. He wants the taxpayers to start putting money into a fund for repairs that will cost millions more dollars. (He didn’t say it but I’ll bet that Gateway will want to extend the “sin” tax for that purpose. We have already extended it from 15 to 25 years.) So it ain’t over until it’s over, as Yogi would say. Believe me it ain’t nearly over even though the taxes were passed in 1990 and county officials added millions of dollars, which Cuyahoga taxpayers pay separately each year. However, the importance of monitoring this single largest project in the city’s history has other relevance, whether anyone wants to pay attention or not….
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Cool Cleveland Commentary
“Through the Eyes of” Really Cool Cleveland Kids
By Timothy McCue

Recently Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio initiated a project in conjunction with BROKAW and Center for Families and Children and West Side Ecumenical Ministry. Entitled “Through the Eyes of a Child,” the project started off as a creative way to obtain visuals for the Foundation’s annual meeting — a unique perspective of what it is like to be a child living in the most impoverished city in the country. Those images have taken on a life of their very own. Similar to Cleveland’s very own Born Into Brothels project, area children who all participate in programming sponsored by the Center for Families and Children and West Side Ecumenical Ministry (WSEM) were each assigned a disposable camera and list of pictures to be taken. The picture assignments included: something you think is beautiful, something that makes you proud, your favorite toy, among others. The children had one week to take the snapshots of their everyday life.

Now, before I get to the results, let’s talk about the children. From the Center for Families and Children’s RapArt Center, the children, ages 4-12 participate in a variety of projects focusing on dance or the arts under the direction of Colleen Clark. Through discussion and their photographic journal, these active minds were thrilled to share their wild array of interests; each and every member of the conglomerate of children are destined for success despite what the statistics may say. Michelle Wick of BROKAW, Inc. notes, “If these kids had to go into business now, they would be great paparazzi. They want to take pictures of everything and anything they see…”
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Cool Cleveland Sounds
Ron Bracale
Luminous Waters

If you’ve been meaning to start a yoga or meditation program but just haven’t been able to do it, Ron Bracale’s new CD Luminous Waters could be the catalyst you need. A collection of original pieces “derived from North Indian Raga theory, inspired by meditation and tempered with jazz,” Luminous Waters showcases Bracale playing an Arthur Uebel antique soprano flute and a Gemeinhart silver alto flute. Listening to the opening track, I was transported, as if by magic, to a peaceful inner stream and began to float as worries, cares and troublesome brain commentary fell away. Mandala-like, these solo flute pieces quickly and effortlessly brought my mind to meditative focus. By the 8th track, I was the snake in this snake charmer’s basket, completely mesmerized by his flute. The true testament to the relaxative power of Mr. Bracale’s music: it actually made me unclench my jaw. Ron Bracale has been playing flute for over 30 years. He has studied jazz with Cleveland’s own Ernie Krivda, and while living in California, Ron studied North Indian Raga theory with Montino Bourbon. His musicianship reflects the amalgamation of his abiding interest in and love of all types of music. In addition to studying music, Ron has also studied the world’s religions. These two passions are brought together beautifully and profoundly in the music he has created on Luminous Waters. Inherent in his music are the origins of North Indian Ragas: communion with the gods and imitation and description of all aspects of natural life. The solo flute, as played by Mr. Bracale in these compositions, has a compelling, penetrating power. Yet it is gentle, caressing. In this context, it is an optimum meditative tool. Just by listening, one can calm one’s mind without having to try, thus becoming one with the flute’s musical, liquid flame. With its emotional resonance and advanced uses of rhythm and tonality, this CD will please both the neophyte and the musical master. I am recommending this CD to my reiki master (as well as all my friends) and I know if I had a yoga studio, massage therapy clinic or spa I would be playing Luminous Waters for my clients. Because, true to Ron Bracale’s intent, it is music that truly heals, calms and revitalizes the body, mind and spirit.

from Cool Cleveland contributor Laura Varcho

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Cool Cleveland Preview
Paul Taylor @ State Theatre 5/14
“World’s greatest living choreographer” is not the kind of phrase we’d choose to saddle anyone with but now that it’s out there, we won’t quarrel with it. On Saturday, May 14 Paul Taylor Dance Company brings to Cleveland Taylor’s newest and, some say, his best work. Klezmerbluegrass (2004) was commissioned by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture as part of a yearlong celebration of Jewish life in America. As its title suggests, its music is a mix of traditional klezmer and bluegrass tunes as arranged by Margot Leverett and recorded by the Klezmer Mountain Boys. Wailing clarinets happily sashay up to plunking banjos and Taylor’s choreography does much the same, with do si dos juxtaposed with a wealth of traditional Jewish (hora, for one) and eastern European dances (think Cossack squat jumps). Santo Loquasto’s costumes are perhaps the brightest he’s ever done for the Taylor company with red tights under a blue mesh. Plumbing beneath the jolly surface, Taylor manages, as usual, to bring out melancholy undertones. Taylor’s newest, but no critic’s favorite, it seems. Since its Taylor we’re discussing, that still leaves plenty of room for Klezmerbluegrass to be very, very good…
Read the Cool Cleveland Preview by Elsa Johnson and Victor Lucas here

Cool Cleveland Preview
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra @ Fairmount Temple 5/14
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will perform the last concert in its World Class Series this Saturday night with big-band arrangements of music by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Chick Corea. The 8PM presentation at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood will also highlight news of the CJO, a veteran nonprofit organization doing its best to dig out of a nagging fiscal hole. It will showcase work by Metheny, a guitarist instantly identifiable on record. For the past 30 years, the Missouri native has been crafting widescreen albums in a variety of formats. Known for his ringing, chiming tone (think Ornette Coleman meets the Byrds), Metheny is a fearless composer who brings a widescreen sensibility to his efforts no matter his collaborators. His latest album is “The Way Up,” a bravura work that is one long piece. Some critics slam it for its seamlessness; I applaud it for its thoroughness and thoughtfulness. Besides, as is often the case with this innately hopeful, folk-jazz musician (hold the vocals), it swings. According to Jack Schantz, music director of the CJO, the concert will feature pieces by longtime Metheny group keyboardist Lyle Mays, by Metheny himself, and by Chick Corea. Among the selections: Mays’s “The Continuing Adventures of Supertonic,” a musical joke written when Mays was a student at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. The first half of the show will feature Metheny music arranged by Bob Curnow, a former trombonist for Stan Kenton who served as director of instrumental music at Case Western University from 1967 to 1974. Curnow translated Metheny’s music into big-band format for a 1994 album with the L.A. Big Band…
Read the Cool Cleveland Preview by Carlo Wolff here

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Daughter Of a Buffalo Soldier @ Karamu 5/04
What: A dance-theater piece based on the life and work of 95-year-old Clevelander Marjorie Witt Johnson, a dancer, educator, storyteller, and social worker. It includes a recreated dance concert from the Karamu Dancers at the 1940 World’s Fair. One of the “must-sees” of the 2004-05 theater season.
Reasons to go: This celebration of a life both entertains and inspires. Three accomplished female dancers portray Johnson at various ages: as a child in Cheyenne, WY (Venetia Whatley), as an Oberlin College student in love with dance and experiencing racism (Natasha Colon), and as a young social worker inspiring at risk teens with dance (Kashanna Brown). The whole company shines, with Michael Medcalf in a distinguished cameo as her father. The comic dances are especially delightful — particularly “Tea Time” and an untitled duet about kids stuffing themselves on Hot Sauce Williams’ ribs.
Caveats: The show slows down a bit in the 2nd act during taped narration with Johnson, but overall it’s wonderful.
Backstory: This is a labor of love between 2 Cleveland dance/theater powerhouses. It was conceived jointly by Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater Artistic Director Michael Medcalf and his acclaimed mentor Dianne McIntyre, who has moved home to Cleveland after a distinguished directing/choreography career in New York. It’s a masterpiece of collaboration.
Target audience: General audiences and dance-lovers.
Details: Karamu, 2355 E. 89th St., Cleveland. 216-795-7070. Through 5/22.
from Cool Cleveland contributor Linda Eisenstein

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On Barbara Byrd-Bennett (See Cool Cleveland Interview here) I don’t think that Ms. Byrd-Bennett has done anything illegal but if she is going to be paid like a CEO and called a CEO, like in the private sector, then she should be treated like a CEO in the private sector. Believe me, if she produced results like she did with the Cleveland School District in the private sector, she would be gone in a heartbeat! When are we going to get it straight that public organizations should not be run like businesses. Should we use SOME business principles to run public organizations? Of course. We need to use the ideas from ANY SECTOR and apply the best of them to our public organizations to produce the best results. Remember, this is not a popularity contest, we are here to serve the taxpayer and get the job done.
from Cool Cleveland reader Terry Novak

On a convention center (See Smaller is smarter here) Play to your strengths. Play to your strengths. Play to your strengths. How many times does it need to be said before someone actually listens in this city? Cleveland is a wonderful city with incredibly assets, the largest of which is a huge body of fresh water to the north — anyone notice the big Lake lately? Lake Erie is also the reason that we will never be a convention town. If I was a convention planner and had the option of choosing to go to Las Vegas in February ( the largest convention market in the country today I believe) or Cleveland, I would certainly choose Las Vegas. The reason is not because Cleveland lacks cultural or entertainment amenities or fine hotels. (Although a casino would be nice.) The reason is out of our control…Read the letter from Cool Cleveland reader Laura Lee Martin here

Smaller is Better… but Preserving what we have is even better yet! A friend of mine forwarded the Cool Cleveland newsletter to me earlier this morning. I felt I had to respond to the Small is Smarter article on the planned Cleveland Convention Center. Smaller is better… but Preserving what we have is even better yet! The Public Auditorium, which when constructed in 1922 was the largest convention hall of its kind in the country, should be renovated and modernized (on the interior) for re-use. Re-using this structure would not only retain the intentional design of the historic Group Plan of 1903, but would also eliminate the need for further discussion on site selection, demolition (debris removal) and even more taxes. Additionally, a renovation of the existing Public Auditorium would substantially decrease the architectural and construction fees involved in a convention center project – since the existing shell would essentially be left intact. We have great architects and contractors in this City who could easily think outside the box to come up with a solution for the re-use of our Public Auditorium so that it meets the needs of convention-goers. Lets be realistic… the City of Cleveland’s operating budget is tapped out… let’s try to be resourceful and re-use what we already have so that any additional monies aligned for the construction of a brand new convention center could be re-allocated for a greater purpose: to re-hire our police, firemen and teachers!
from Cool Cleveland reader Sharon Gumto, Marous Brothers Construction

I was in the Tradeshow industry for 13 years and one of the reasons I am no longer involved in it was that Cleveland’s convention facilities are not competitive with like markets. It has been said before I know, but it is an important piece of the economic pie that like cities have. It may operate in the red, but it will feed the restaurant & hotel industry as well as all the facets of a tradeshow. I think if the Authority would enlighten the community on what those are it would be beneficial. Carpenters, teamsters, electricians, cleaners, security personnel are some. Display companies, bus lines, graphic companies to name a few. Cleveland has so much to offer as far as nightlife activities, museums, etc. This is yet another opportunity where Cleveland needs to have a positive attitude about our city. I was in Minneapolis recently visiting a friend who was working at the Auto Show. Great city, no doubt, but traffic patterns in the downtown area are tough to grasp for a visitor. Cleveland’s easy compared to that. Here’s hoping the leadership gets behind the convention center proposal and we get it done.
from Cool Cleveland reader Matt Dilling

I don’t get it: Invest less and still lose millions? Not that the article was very clear on the dollars. I wonder why the numbers were not better described in the article? I just want to ask these folks if they’d do the same thing with their own family savings. “Hon, I think we should build a big, fancy, new guest wing on our house. We can’t really afford it, and it will cost a ton to keep it up, and I might be making less money next year, so it could really put us in a bind, but think of the nice things our guests will say about us after they leave.” Why do we even have to talk about this anymore?
from Cool Cleveland reader John Milgram

On investing in Cleveland (See JumpStart invests in ComSense here) It was good to see the story on JumpStart’s investment in ComSense. Knowing what a big Cleveland booster you are, I think you will enjoy an add-on to your coverage. ShoreBank Enterprise also made a $250,000 investment in the company after working with them for over a year to help them hoan their business model. We see this as a company that will create many quality jobs for Clevelanders and the fact that they are connected to the Microsystems Academy will allow the City’s young people to find exciting careers in companies like ComSense. We also like the fact that the technology will contribute to a cleaner environment for everyone. Finally — Bob Chalfant, the President of ComSense relocated to Cleveland from California and purchased a home in Heritage Lane in Cleveland. Barbara Nagy has all the details if you have any questions. But this is a big Cleveland success story where the best is yet to come!
from Cool Cleveland reader Nan McIntyre ShoreBank Enterprise

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1) Cool Cleveland Interview Is School Out for CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett? by Anthony Parker.

2) Lakewood history photos now online Yesterday’s Lakewood is an illustrated history bursting with over 1,300 photographic images from the Lakewood Historical Society and Cleveland State University Special Collections.

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