Performance art is all around. You’ll probably see some at the Hessler Street Fair and the Asian Festival. 25 years ago around this time, we initiated the Performance Art Festival, and this Friday, the Galleries at CSU will open a show screening some videos we edited from the 1000 performance artists we presented over 12 years. I would highly recommend checking it out.

You should also check out the new Rhododendron Discovery Garden at Holden Arboretum; we shot a video to give you a sneak peek. And another to give you a peek at Dan Moulthrop as he starts his new gig at The City Club, as they start their second 100 years. And I thought 25 was a long time.

This week we welcome Bootsy Collins, and Horriblefest, and the Steeldrivers and the Sauce Boss. Get educated on soil building, write about your rust belt, indulge in gardening mania, pedal for prizes, Bike for Beck. Alex bares her soul, Mansfield bares his knuckles, and no doubt some performance artist will bare it all. That’s quite a performance, Cleveland. –Thomas Mulready

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In a way, it’s a logical, if courageous move, for the City Club of Cleveland. They’ve named Dan Moulthroup their new CEO, and opened the door to their next 100 years.

Listen to this interview of the consummate interviewer, complete with our notes flying in the wind.

“It’s a beautiful institution: a place where people come to share ideas, and to question one another about those ideas, and do it while you break bread: it’s universal, it’s human, it’s perfect.”

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For Holden Arboretum, and for our region, this is big. This is a tree museum, after all, with one of the Top 5 woody leaf collections in the country.

Watch the video interview with Holden president & CEO Clem Hamilton, from the very center of their new Rhododendron Discovery Garden, their first major renovation in 10 years.

They’ve installed three “nodes” designed to educate visitors: 1) the diversity of rhododendrons and the 1000 species on view; 2) hybridizing and cultivating new varieties; 3) how to grow rhododendrons at home in your own garden.

Their New Leaf Master Plan sees Holden dedicating a Tree Alley, renovating Corning Lake, building a deer fence, constructing an exciting 60-foot tall Canopy Walk over a huge ravine, and eventually, a new Visitors Center.

The Rhododendron Discovery Garden will officially open on Fri 5/18, free to the public from 11AM-4PM, followed by their cool event Rhodies After Dark, with live jazz, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and fireworks.

SPONSORED: The Land of Smiles Stop in to Asian Grille on Clifton Boulevard and discover an authentic Thai dining experience. Try hot (spicy), sour (piquant), or sweet, everything highlighted with citrus (lemongrass and lime). Treat your tastebuds during the Clifton Arts & Music Fest on Sat 6/15. Cudell Improvement, Inc.

Present & Accounted
The 25th Anniversary of the Cleveland Performance Art Festival

Once upon a time, for over a decade every spring, Cleveland became the center of the performance art world.

“Present and Accounted” is a city-wide celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Cleveland Performance Art Festival. During its run, the festival, which began at Cleveland Public Theatre, featured over 1,000 artists from 27 countries…
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SPONSORED: How We Survive Join former WKYC Medical Reporter Eileen Korey as she moderates a discussion with women speaking about survival and keeping the faith under extremely difficult circumstances, on Wed 5/22. Panelists include: breast cancer survivor Jan Bursky, Holocaust Survivor Gita Frankel, and Cantor Kathy Sebo of The Temple-Tifereth Israel. Also check out Spots of Light: To Be A Woman In The Holocaust.

Neighbors in Action released a proposal for the doomed Fifth Church of Christ Scientist on W. 117th St. Their plan? Turn that area into a park.

* View Mansfield Frazier’s TEDxCLE presentation on reviving our neighborhoods.
* The Miracle That Should Never Have Been? Richey Piiparinen discusses ways to change for the better.
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SPONSORED: Cuyahoga Community College Offers a Variety of Summer Camps Cuyahoga Community College Summer Camps for children and teenagers are designed to attract talented, smart and enthusiastic youth who are eager to learn about a wide variety of things from cutting-edge technology to culinary creations. Other offerings include: science, crafts, sports, photography, performing arts, leadership and more.

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The Hessler Street Fair is a celebration of dressed-down, low-gloss hippie values where people of all ages sport tie-dye, and you can find Cleveland’s highest density of vegans. The music reflects those tastes with folkie and roots music dominating — and lots of reggae. Sat 5/18-Sun 5/19.

* Seafair’s new EP arrives. Get it at the Grog Shop. Sat 5/18.
* Horriblefest will shake, rattle & roll Now That’s Class for four days. Thu 5/16-Sun 5/19.
* R&B singer Patti Austin and the Cleveland Orchestra play Ella & Ellington. Sat 5/18.
* Bootsie Collins brings the funk to local youth orchestra. Fri 5/17.
* After the Gig celebrates seven years of promoting local music. Wed 5/22.
* The Approach and the Execution is one of Cleveland’s hot young metal bands. Sat 5/18.

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How much fun can one guy have?

Not satisfied with turning on Coventry to his world-class selection of toys, gags, collectibles and gifts, Steve Presser opened up a second shop on Clifton Boulevard. Next, he’s opening a shop in Columbus.

Follow along as Steve gives Cool Cleveland the tour of his Cleveland-centric merch, his totally nostalgic (and collectible) Star Wars, Transformers & G.I. Joe figures, and even a complete stock of girls toys like Strawberry Shortcake & Care Bears. With the motto, “Come Shopping, Leave Smiling,” you can see why Playboy magazine has called Big Fun one of the coolest stores in America.

Have some big fun and come by and say “hi” at the Clifton Arts & Music Fest on Sat 6/15. Follow Cudell Improvement, Inc. here.

New Rhododendron Garden Opens at Holden Arboretum. What does this mean for kids? A festival, complete w/ activities & entertainment.

* Take a ride w/ Thomas the Tank Engine on CVSR.

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Betty Worley worked in health care for 20 years, and after three layoffs, she got tired of the uncertainty and enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Tri-C.

“It took three tries, but I found out that Tri-C was the best kept secret this side of the Mississippi.” Now she’s looking to go back to Tri-C for clinical psychology.

Listen as we talk to Betty at a Tri-C and Friends Association alumni event at the JazzFest.

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WED 5/15
Soil Building is a cornerstone of organic gardening. Master gardener Emil Girod will show you just how to prep that soil @ LEAF’s upcoming free educational event.

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THU 5/16
Blues singer/guitarist Sauce Boss won’t just sing you some songs — he’ll cook you some gumbo. Really. Between tunes, he stirs the pot. Stick around until the end and you can enjoy a bowl for free.

* JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound bring their signature “post-punk soul” to the Grog Shop.

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FRI 5/17
The Steeldrivers @ The Kent Stage Nashville-based bluegrass band the Steeldrivers didn’t come down from the hills exactly. Throughout the quintet’s 7-year existence, it’s been comprised of top studio & touring professionals who’ve performed w/ a lengthy list of country stars.

* Blue collar rocker Mary Cutrufello brings her distinctive Springsteen-influenced rock to the Beachland.
* Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start Video games become performance art @ SPACES.

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SAT 5/18
Cleveland Asian Festival has quickly become one of Cle’s most anticipated festivals. It could be the authentic food, or the cool multicultural performances… whatever it is, this fest is growing bigger & better every year.

* Hessler Street Fair unofficially rings in the summer festival season.
* Rhodies After Dark Cocktail party in the Holden Arb’s newly opened Rhododendron Garden.
* Indulge in gardening mania at Garden Fest, featuring 100+ vendors in Pepper Pike.
* Art Fur Animals Have a good time while helping animals @ Cleveland Kennel.
* Buy your plants at Gordon Square Farmers’ Market’s Annual Plant Sale.
* Pedal for Prizes & explore local attractions in Old Brooklyn.
* RiverDay Day of events celebrating our Crooked Cuyahoga River.

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SUN 5/19
Bike for Beck is back after a successful first year. Ride 60-, 25- or 12-miles for the Beck. Or just enjoy the festivities at BeckFest, a festival w/ food trucks, music, art workshops & activities for all.

* A Celebration of Aging for All Ages Music, history & film in the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s new digs.
* Americana heavyweight Gurf Morlix plays in the latest edition of the Mechanic Street House Concerts.
* CVNP House Party Series wraps up w/ West Virginia singer/songwriter Todd Burge.

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MON 5/20
Women musicians rule Monday Night at Beachland Tavern. Hear from three women — Laura Stevenson, Field Mouse, and Leah Lou & the 2 Left Shoes — with offbeat musical perspectives.

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TUE 5/21
Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys celebrate 25 years of their high-energy blend of rockabilly, western swing, classic soul, honkytonk country & good old rock ‘n roll. Hear ’em w/ Ohio honkytonkers Rodney and the Regulars @ the Beachland.

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WED 5/22
Roots of American Music holds its 5th annual fundraiser at Nighttown. And since the Rolling Stones are in the news with their latest (last?) tour, it’s featuring the music of the Stones, played by a band of local musicians lead by Eroc of Wish You Were Here.

* Trinity Brown Bag Concerts wrap up w/ organ concertos.

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The dogs might have been howling on the West Side, but they weren’t happy.

The SOBs (Symphony, Operas and Ballets) were on their knees and Joshua Smith, the upstart principal flutist from The Cleveland Orchestra tried bringing his orchestra buddies to play a gig at the Happy Dog, at the edge of the nascent Gordon Square Arts District.

A real bar band gig, like countless bands in nameless bars around the world, but this one wanted to play classical music for a crowd busy with beer and gourmet hot dogs. Social media had kicked in and lines formed around the block. But it wasn’t working. The Mozart & Schubert sounded like “elevator music,” according to Smith, and worse, it felt like another lame attempt to “broaden the audience” for classical music.

But Smith and Happy Dog co-owner Sean Watterson didn’t give up… Read the review by Thomas Mulready here

Hold the Wall
Trends in Contemporary Art

Local award-winning artist, writer, curator and professor Dan Tranberg’s latest group exhibition, “Hold the Wall,” seeks to examine current trends in painting.

This is a brave move in today’s art world…
Read more from Josh Usmani here

I’ve struggled with weight issues all my life.

Sure, baby fat eventually gave to growth, in fourth grade, and then I grew to my current height of 5’5″ by age 12. But between ages 12 and today, the roller coaster ride has had more ups and downs than John Travolta’s career…
Read more from Alexsandra Sukhoy here

Last week I informed some folks via email that I had accepted an offer to host WTAM’s Sunday 7 to 10pm talk show “The Forum” — or as we call it in the black community, “Negro Night on the Radio.”

How long I’m going to last as the host if I start off throwing stiff uppercuts squarely at the chin of Clear Channel’s management is yet to be seen…
Read this story from Mansfield Frazier here

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Fresh Inventions
Up Close & Personal w/ Verb Ballets

Fresh Inventions is Verb Ballets’ annual in-studio showcase of works-in-progress choreographed by the Verb dancers.

The choreographers and dancers have only a short time to set and rehearse their dances so when we stopped by the Verb studios on Mon 5/6/13 things were still in flux and it was far too early for us to see finished works…
Read more from Elsa Johnson & Victor Lucas here

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My son Ted parked his car at the Brookpark RTA lot and flew to Las Vegas. The RTA lot was cheaper than the airport lot.

My son didn’t come back. He thought he was going for a vacation, but he got a job in Las Vegas and stayed there…
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REVIEW: NWT Reimagines Jacques Brel on Psychotropics

Come out of your fog, Cleveland. Near West Theatre has updated Jacques Brel so thoroughly that you can leave your foggy memories behind.

Near West Theatre has turned the cozy little 4-person cabaret romp into a full-blown apocalyptic nightmare, an existentialist atomic explosion, complete with a 34-member cast, fog machines, weapons of mass destruction, dozens of dead bodies, mothers wailing, authentic queers and phony virgins, cross-dressers, desperate homeless vagabonds, naked bodies covered by the merest Army towels, Phil Spector girl groups, heroin addicts, and a drug-induced screenplay-like adaptation straight out of the spectacularly failed Beatles movie Magical Mystery Tour.

All just as Jacques Brel himself would have countenanced… Read the review by Thomas Mulready here

PHOTOSTREAM: The Hooley at Kamm’s Corners 2013

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REVIEW: THERE IS A HAPPINESS (and Absurdity) @ CPT by Roy Berko

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