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SPONSORED: A colorful holiday musical, and we promise… not one carol! Beck Center presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fri 12/3 through Sun 1/2/11. Dazzle your entire family with its brilliant light show, splashy costumes, rousing children’s chorus, and musical stylings for all tastes– from reggae to country western to an Elvis-channeling pharaoh. BeckCenter.org
What should happen w/ the Mall? Oh, the Mall is a-changin’! Transformation is inevitable for this swath of open land in downtown Cle, but what, exactly, should become of the Mall? Keep it as open space? Turn it into football fields? Voice yr opinion on Your Changing Cleveland’s website & help yr city!
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Here comes the Christmas Tree Ship! Ahoy? Head to Vermilion on Sat 12/4 for a reenactment of the 1887 Rousse Simmons arrival carrying trees ashore on the Vermilion River. You can even pre-order a tree and have it arrive on the ship. The event includes the ships arrival, community bands, hot chocolate & treats and a kids coloring contest. And lots of history you never knew about.
As we move into the holiday gift giving season, no gift is more elusive than that for the tweener or teenager in your life. You want to get them something cool, something thoughtful, something that hints you might even understand them. While you could just go the lazy route and get them an iTunes gift card, you could also get them a book written by one of the many young adult authors living and working in Northeast Ohio. There are more of them than you might think, and theyre working across all genres. Youre sure to find a title or two that will satisfy the young adult in your life (and make you look pretty hip in the process).
However, it can be difficult to identify these writers if you dont know what youre looking for. To help you, Cool Cleveland offers a Field Guide to Northeast Ohio Young Adult Authors. Read more from Susan Petrone here
SPONSORED: Next week , WCLV 104.9 begins its move from Radio Ranch in Warrensville Heights to Idea Center on Playhouse Square. On Mon 12/6, the first two control rooms will be moved, with the air programming switched at 10AM on Wed 12/8. Also on the 8th, at 10AM, WCLV’s connection to the Internet web sites, audio stream and e-mail will go down until later in the afternoon. The web sites will still be able to be accessed by viewers. WCLV’s new address is Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. http://www.WCLV.com
A couple of poets (literally… they’re actually a couple) present a night of poetry readings @ CSU on Wed 12/1. Hear from Ben Dollar & Sandra Dollar, two published poets who also teach poetry in colleges. They’ve honed their craft. Now hear what they have to say.
Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant You’re invited to Cleveland Public Theatre’s “dinner theatre of the absurd,” opening on Thu 12/2 at 7PM. Delightfully weird theater, crazy cabaret, improv comedy, death, violence & a five course meal. An experience like none other.
FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance Five groundbreaking dancer/choreographers who’ve shaped the history of contemporary dance are coming to Oberlin for two days: Fri 12/3 and Sat 12/4. Awesome digital effects & amazing dance moves from ladies who continue to raise the artistic bar.
Mikel Rouse – Gravity Radio @ Tri-C Complex sounds tuning into the zeitgeist. Mikel “mixes kaleidoscopic multichannel video with sounds from the AP News Wire, a string quartet, short wave radio frequencies, and songs by Rouses band to create an otherworldly environment.” Listen to the Cool Cleveland interview here. Be mesmerized when he performs on Sat 12/4 @ Tri-C.
Rock n’ Roll Flea Market This isn’t your average flea market. No, sir, you won’t find any VCRs, broken kids toys and random remote controls here. Instead, you’ll find vintage goodies, records, kitsch & art offered from 30+ vendors. Buy a gift for someone cool, like yourself. Sun 12/5 from 11AM – 4PM @ the Beachland.
Local Food Cle Holiday Happy Hour Into the local food movement? Meet other locavores and organic foodies at Local Food Cleveland’s next food & booze shindig @ the Greenhouse Tavern on Mon 12/6. You’re invited whether you’re a seasoned veteran or are just finding your place.
A Sea Change Showing & Community Forum CO2 created from the burning of fossil fuels is not only changing our air, it’s impacting our oceans by making them more acidic. Find out more info on Tue 12/7 when the Nature Ctr at Shaker Lakes shows Barbara Ettinger’s timely documentary A Sea Change at 7PM. Stay after for a community discussion w/ Cle Clinic’s Dr. Eric Schreiber.
Warehouse District Holiday Tour The Warehouse District, thankfully, consists of much more than clubs. Get a feel for life in the District at the Holiday Tour on Wed 12/8. View apts, condos & homes, and chow down on awesome food provided by local restaurants.
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For Cleveland sports fans, the return this week of LeBron James to Quicken Loans Arena – the scene of his cowardly act of quitting last May in Game 5 against the Celtics – is neither the time nor the place to exhibit anything resembling the better angels of their nature. Not on your life.
While operating, of course, within the boundaries of non-violence and relative human decency, the boos directed at the traitorous James need to be downright deafening, the signs clever and brutally cutting and the chants rhythmically raucous. A game-long chorus of “Quitter, Quitter” would work just fine, and the next day’s hoarseness could be worn like a badge of honor.
There is no need to pay attention to the calls for servile decorum prompted by fears that the city will receive yet another tedious scolding from the national media for lacking suitable class… Read more from Larry Durstin here
Pass It On
We’re driving to Oberlin this weekend to see FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance, a concert of solo performances. Their names are familiar to anyone who follows concert dance. Carmen de Lavallade is described by some as Alvin Ailey’s first muse. Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Cleveland’s own Dianne McIntyre [pictured] are important postmodern choreographers. Germaine Acogny is the only African choreographer we know of creating contemporary African dance.
It would be difficult to name five equally eminent dance personages, much less get them all performing on the same stage… Read more from Elsa Johnson & Victor Lucas here
Ever since the comfy Shaker Square soul restaurant “Phil the Fire” decamped for a much larger and more upscale space on Prospect Avenue eight or nine years ago I’ve felt that another such eatery would do well there. Akin Africa evidently harbored similar notions.
Hes the general manager of Zanzibar Soul Fusion, a recently-opened, well-appointed restaurant located next door to the Shaker Square Cinema on the southwest quadrant of the Square…
Read this story from Mansfield Frazier here
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Shunning LeBron… and Other Stuff I am an extremely loyal Cavaliers fan since I was a little girl watching them in Richfield. LeBron had the RIGHT to leave Cleveland, but the backlash is for the crass, insensitive WAY he did it! I will be at the December 2nd game (coincidentally my birthday) to support my hometown team. LeBron did not define the Cavaliers, even though it made for 7 exciting years
Read the comment from Laurie Redmon here
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Here are the Top 5 most clicked links from last week’s issue, with one more chance for you to click.
2) ShopLOCAL Holiday Gift Guide
3) Lost Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City
4) Crafting a Better Coop: One Chicken, One Coop, One Yard at a Time
5) Redeveloping Randall Park Mall
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