Last week, we looked back; this week, forward to new possibilities.

Personally, we’re stoked about mobile, and hope you join us and thousands others who use Cool Cleveland on the phone or mobile device of their choice. And winning t-shirts every week, like Dean Major did this week.

Welcome to The Year of Zero Waste, according to Sustainable Cleveland, Scavenger Hunts at CMA, metal at the Spitfire, a tribute to Pat’s In The Flats at Space:ROCK, youth yoga at Pink Lotus, comfort food at the Happy Dog, 25 years of the William Busta Gallery, Brews & Prose at Market Garden Brewery, Walk All Over Waterloo, plus commentary from Roldo, Mansfield and Larry. Our future, starting with 2014, is opening up before us. –Thomas Mulready

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Opening Week is Here
Scavenger Hunts & More @ CMA

2013: It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. At least for the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum has planned a week (well, 4 days) of events to celebrate the end of 2013, the Opening Week of 2014 and the completion of its recent renovations.

Events include a scavenger hunt through the galleries, a portrait puzzle inspired by the famous living painter Chuck Close, Art Stories, live music & more…
More from Josh Usmani here

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Stating the Obvious
Predictions for 2014

As I always mention when doing a prediction column, an old gypsy fortune teller friend of mine once told me that predicting the future is often simply a matter of stating the obvious.

And that it’s all about awareness, observation, insight and extrapolation & really has nothing to do with crystal balls or magical powers.

With this in mind, here’s what the future holds in 2014…
More from Larry Durstin here

Walk All Over Waterloo isn’t taking a rest for the New Year. Nope — Waterloo is still on fire w/ its monthly event. Go for new art/photography exhibitions, a poignant look at mail, recollections of Pat’s In the Flats & more. As always, it’ll be a damn good time…
More from Josh Usmani here

Waste Not in 2014 According to Sustainable Cleveland 2019, 2014 is the Year of Zero Waste. Let’s work together as a city on reducing the amount of trash we create. Mark your calendar for the kickoff Fri 1/10.

* Shopping… It’s not just a holiday thing. Even though shopping may not weight on your mind right now, there will come a time to buy things. So, don’t forget our ShopLOCAL Guide, which we’ll keep adding to throughout the year (so keep suggesting places). Yeah, we’ve been plugging it, but that’s only ’cause we love it so.

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Eleven months of the year the Spitfire Saloon is a punk bar, the place to go for raw music and cheap beer. But every January, the club becomes the Hulett and books a different type of loud music — metal. It kicks off tonight with Lottery League sensations Queen of Hell. Fri 1/3.

* Local soul & reggae bands warm up Musica. Sat 1/4.
* The Pleasure Leftists kick off a weekend of free local music at the Grog Shop. Fri 1/3.
* Space: ROCK Gallery pays tribute to Pat’s in the Flats in new show. Fri 1/3.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

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It’s a must! On Monday through Friday tweet or instagram the event that you are most excited to attend this week using #CoolCleveland. Good luck!

Add some zen to your life by signing up for Pink Lotus Yoga’s 2014 Youth Yoga Program starting Sat 1/11. It’s 45-minutes of de-stressing — something we all can use.

* Homeschooled? Learn about evergreens w/ a special program just for homeschoolers w/ Summit Co. Metroparks Fri 1/3.
* Learn cartooning from a local artist (& CC contributor) @ the Shore starting Sat 1/4.
* This Sat 1/4 is National Skating Day at the N Olmsted Rec Center. Celebrate accordingly w/ free skating & local figure skaters.
* Learn & play w/ Legos at Lakewood Public Library’s Lego League Sun 1/5.
* Play in the sand inside the warmth of the Children’s Museum of Cleveland now thru March.

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You Cannot Buy This T-Shirt
But you can WIN one like Dean Major!

Dean Major downloaded the Cool Cleveland app here, and this week we selected him as the ninth winner of our new Cool Cleveland T-shirt. And he’s thrilled:

“This is me enjoying a great live show at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights.” Thanks Dean for the photo and we hope you sport the T-shirt with pride. Have fun checking out the awesome music that’s happening all over Cleveland, and keep us updated on your journeys.

Get the app here and win the T-shirt that can’t be bought, just earned. See all of the past T-Shirt winners here.

WED 1/1
Start the New Year with a heaping plate of comfort food @ Happy Dog’s New Years Day Biscuit & Gravy Brunch. Glorious gluttony.

* Eat for art at Tommy’s annual pancake breakfast benefiting Heights Arts.

Click here for more events on Wed 1/1

THU 1/2
Local printmaker Nicole Schneider of Black Balloon Editions stops by the Akron Art Museum to discuss her favorite works in the museum’s latest exhibition, Multiplicity, & demo printmaking processes.

* Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys play Americana all over Akron/Kent.

Click here for more events on Thu 1/2

FRI 1/3
William Busta Gallery celebrates 25 years & its latest exhibition — 25 Years, 25 Artists — pays homage to the gallery’s roots w/ work from Derek Hess [pictured] & 24 others.

* It’s easy to see what Turkuaz’s appeal is. It recalls a subset of bands popular in the ’70s — like War, Mother’s Finest & Cle’s Rastus.
* Cle Hts native Jay Epstein plays jazz piano @ Nighttown.

Click here for more events on Fri 1/3

SAT 1/4
Clarity, a local deathcore quintet, is relatively new to the scene as local metal bands go. They’re following up their 2012 release w/ a new EP called Victimized & a release show @ the Agora. And it’s free.

* Coffee. birds. Really, what can be better? Enjoy both at once at the West Woods. Snacks & bevs provided.
* Against Me! play the Beachland following release of their 6th studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
* Mean Girls round out the Melt Late Shift Movie Series. $5 tickets.
* Spicy Draculas, purveyors of unglossy, irreverent garage rock, play Now That’s Class.
* Do the Mu Head down to the Massillon Museum for a day of family-friendly activities & an exhibition of work from Stark Co. artists.
* Secret Soul Club DJs bring monthly dance party to the Grog.

Click here for more events on Sat 1/4

SUN 1/5
View BIG art in a small space when MOCA hosts a special, free opening reception for Amanda Ross-Ho’s new installation — UNTITLED SMOCK (ACCIDENT). Witness a painting smock rendered at roughly 300 percent scale.

* Sarah Clanton Schaffer rocks out on the cello. She’ll bring her witty lyrics, jazzy/bluesy vocals & sophisticated styles to the Beachland.

Click here for more events on Sun 1/5

MON 1/6
Nature’s Mating Games: Beyond the Birds & Bees is a fascinating look at the often misunderstood world of mating. Learn how penguins give gifts of pebbles to “display their affinity for each other,” how bower birds decorate their nests to gain attention, & more.

Click here for more events on Mon 1/6

TUE 1/7
Brews + Prose invites you to grab a drink & sit down for an intellectual discussion w/ authors Peter Grandbois & Imad Rahman [pictured] @ Market Garden Brewery.

* Joe Rollin Porter headlines a night of traditional American music @ the Beachland.

Click here for more events on Tue 1/7

WED 1/8
Japan is known for producing quintessentially weird and noisy bands. And today at Now That’s Class you can hear one of the trailblazers of their noise-punk movement — Ultrabide.

* Slow down! And spend one hour w/ one piece of work @ MOCA.

Click here for more events on Wed 1/8

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Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the bearded clan of duck hunters currently enjoying fame and fortune with the A&E program Duck Dynasty, was the absolutely perfect holiday gift for progressives.

His outlandishly racist and homophobic comments will prove to be a boon for the left in the 2014 election cycle… and perhaps far beyond…

Read this story and others from Mansfield Frazier here

Navigate Cool Cleveland Mobile
Get to Your Favorite Destinations!

There’s so much to see! Read up and educate yourself on how to use just one of our many cool features on our new Cool Cleveland app here.

It’s Simple: Find a Featured Destination you would like to travel to, click on the map button and find the pin that specifies its location. Once you click on the pin an information bar should pop up and from there you can click on a Directions button that will take you from your current location to the Featured Destination.

Get the app here and experience what it’s like to have the entire city of Cleveland at your fingertips. Find events, check out the Cool Neighborhoods and keep up-to-date with everything happening in the Cool Cleveland community.

The numbers escape us. So easily. Too easily. Yet they are scary.

On January 15, Cuyahoga County will make a big payment to bondholders. We’re still paying for Gateway! And soon they’ll be asking us for more…

Read this story and others from Roldo Bartimole here

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REVIEW: Cleveland Critics Circle Awards – Top Theatre Picks of 2013 by Roy Berko

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2013 Brought a Bumper Crop of Local Record Releases Really should include Armstrong Bearcats “Stronger than Ever.” Featuring local guitar legend Butch Armstrong, Mike Barrick (also part of Bad Boys of Blues) and Billy Coakley. Three of the most skilled musicians in Cleveland.
Lisa Parsons

DURSTIN: Some Yuletide Coal From a War on Christmas Veteran I despise what “local” news and talk radio has become. More and more, it’s a PR arm for the failed, local entrant to the NFL… and a horrible one, at that. I’m not a proponent of drug use. But, it seems that it would be helpful to partake a bit in relation to sitting through any portion of a local “newscast.” Oh, for the days of Doug and Mona!
Dave Hopkins

MANSFIELD: Tokenism at Its Absolute Worst If you happened by the windows of the former Higbee’s a half decade ago, you’d see them “reflective” of Cleveland — empty. Thankfully, we now have entrepreneurs, developers and business people who actually DO things rather than whine about them all the time.

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Most clicked
Here are the Top 5 most clicked links from last week’s issue, with one more chance for you to click.

1) Take a Bus Tour And (Re)Discover Cleveland Neighborhoods CLEProgress

2) Don’t Demolish The Fifth Church of Christ Scientist! Help Neighbors in Action.

3) Lakewood Named One of 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in US

4) MANSFIELD: The Value of Snail Darters

5) 2013: A Look Back Through the Eyes of Cle’s Art Community

Our gratitude goes out to our writers: Roldo Baltimole, Roy Berko, Marty Bielat, Larry Durstin, Mansfield Frazier, Anastasia Pantsios, Josh Usmani & Sarah Valek. And lastly, though certainly not least, thanks to our readers and everyone who partners with us. Want to volunteer and contribute your writing to Cool Cleveland? Send your reviews, articles, or story ideas to:

Happy New Year,

–Thomas Mulready

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