02.08-02.15.2017 Sampling


Although we’re working hard throughout the week to assemble the e-blast you’re perusing, you need to know that our writers, editors, photogs and video makers are curating only a sample of the many cool things available in our region in a given week.

We’re pleased to introduce you to Mourning [A] BLKstar, a collective of musicians who use sampling to create an indescribable music. View the video and catch them at Now That’s Class this weekend. Keep an eye on how your tax money is being spent by attending the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s board meeting this week at Idea Center and see what the controversy is all about.

Now that convergence-continuum has raised the money to buy their building, we pulled some select quotes from artistic director Clyde Simon about their upcoming NEOMFA Playwrights Festival. Learn the truth about immigrants and refugees from people who work with them at a panel discussion in Asiatown. Make your own sampler with burlesque queens Le Femme Mystique at the Beachland, Ron Shalom at Akron’s Hive Mind, 13-year old piano prodigy Gavin George at CMA, or guitar hero Albert Lee at TKS.

Have a humorous Battle of the Sexes, Turn the Page at AAM, join a tuneful Weird Romance, or just Walkabout Tremont. We’re hoping once you have a sample, you’ll come back for more. –Thomas Mulready

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Hi-Fructose is a different kind of art magazine. In it, what might normally be considered “fine art” jostles for space with art inspired by graffiti, tattoos, comics and other pop culture images. Turn the Page, opening at the Akron Art Museum, celebrates the magazine’s 10th anniversary, showing more than 50 artists it’s featured over the years.

John Benson talks to Akron Art Museum assistant curator Elizabeth Carney to find out why the Akron Art Museum provided a venue for this touring show. Fri 2/10.

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Now in its 10th inspirational year, Women’s Weekend at Ray’s Indoor Bike Park will feature World Champion and two-time Hall of Fame member Leigh Donovan and her stellar all-female coaching staff, in residence all weekend at Ray’s to help area women reach new heights with their skills and confidence.

Rental bikes, pads & helmets are available, and the park will be reserved for women only on Fri 2/10 from 8AM to 4PM. Women celebrity riders will be in the park all weekend long offering training sessions, tips and support through Sun 2/12. Ride like a girl!

The genre-defying Cleveland band, Mourning [A] BLKstar, invited CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska to their studio for an exclusive look and listen at their music. The band described their process of interpreting words and concepts through live musicians and sampling. They discussed the value of sampling, especially its power to connect to past generations and how sample-based music is at the heart of black music.

Grab a peek as we sit in on their practice, with a stunning performance of their track “Solange Say.” You can hear more of them live at Now That’s Class on Fri 2/10, along with local acts Muamin Collective and Toma Doe.

SPONSORED: Bach Haus at the BOP STOP Celebrate the breadth of Bach’s influence on 250 years of musical creation from Mozart to Monk as Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music faculty and students perform bluegrass, Broadway, jazz and Bach on the road for “BachHaus at the BOP STOP,” Sun 2/12 at 7PM. Featuring the “Factory Seconds Brass Trio” with Cleveland Orchestra members/BW faculty Jack Sutte, Jesse McCormick and Rick Stout. Info at BW.edu.

The uproar late last year over the news that Cuyahoga Arts & Culture was in essence taking back the small piece of funding set aside for individual artists may seem to have died down in the blitz of post-inauguration activism, but don’t worry – it’s all working together to make the artist community more aware of the need to keep an eye on public officials and tax money overseers.

Anyone with an interest in how that arts money is being spent is urged to attend the CAC board meeting this week at PlayhouseSquare’s Idea Center. Mon 2/13.

Tremont’s convergence-continuum theater has always focused on doing plays no one else was – brand new or new to the area, with a eye on being provocative and thought-provoking. That’s why working with young writers as part of its annual NEOMFA Playwrights Festival is such a natural fit.

c-c’s artistic director Clyde Simon talked to us about this year’s plays, one a modern version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the other featuring three separate but interrelated journeys through darkness. And yes, they raised the money to buy the theater’s building, the Liminis. Thu 2/9-Sat 2/18.

SPONSORED: Mother’s Milk is Older Than Dinosaurs Come to the Explorer Series Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to hear Dr. Katie Hinde of Arizona State University talk about how mother’s milk is the food, medicine, and message that organizes a baby’s brain, body and behavior. What we take for granted in the grocery store dairy aisle has been shaped by hundreds of millions of years of natural selection. Fri 2/10 at 5:30PM. CMNH.org

A road construction detour around four blocks of Detroit Avenue in Gordon Square has hit the restaurants and other businesses there hard. So the neighbors came up with the idea of hosting a Cash Mob and inviting people from all over to come and spend at least $20 at one or more of them any time Wed 2/8.

* Judge Ray Pianka, who passed away January 21 at the age of 65, was known for his creative, aggressive ways of addressing the foreclosure crisis that swept through Cleveland. He was beloved and respected far beyond Northeast Ohio and his funeral service Sat 2/11 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel should be well attended.

The 14th Annual Orchid Mania event at the Cleveland Botanical Garden may be their best one ever.

These exotic and beautiful flowers are in full bloom at CBG, filling every nook and cranny from the hallways to the enormous Glasshouse.

This year’s theme is Hanging Gardens, harking back to ancient times, with thousands of flowers of every shape, size and scent artfully displayed to take away your mid-Winter blues, on display through Sun 3/5.

Kids can learn songwriting from a pro. Freelance journalist and musician Afi Scruggs will spend a morning at Lake Erie Ink guiding young aspiring tunesmiths in how to express their feelings and ideas in lyrics that can be set to music. Sat 2/11.

* Chagrin Arts presents two events in one when the Columbus Children’s Theatre performs their version of Jack and the Beanstalk at Chagrin Falls Middle School, followed by an informal family acting workshop hosted by Cleveland’s Talespinner Children’s Theatre. Sun 2/12.

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SPONSORED: Faith & Life Lecture Series Explore “the radical foolishness” of Christianity as a positive force for change in the face of division, discrimination and violence. At Baldwin Wallace University’s 2017 Faith & Life Lecture Series Feb 15-16, Daniel P. Horan will draw on the examples of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and Thomas Merton, to reflect on ways to overcome our tendency to “domesticate” the Gospel. Info and FREE registration at BW.edu.

On a chilly winter day, a plate of sausage can make a nice bellywarmer. That’s why Coit Road Farmer’s Market manager Kevin Scheuring will be devoting yet another demo to the art of sausage making. Come shop from 8am-1pm and then hang out for a taste of what he’s cooking. Sat 2/11.

* Paczki Day at Rudy’s Strudel in Parma is February 28, when customers start lining up at 5am for these filled Polish pastries. Come get a sneak peek at this year’s special flavor when Rudy’s hosts a Pacski, Pins & Pints party at Mahall’s 20 Lanes. Thu 2/9.

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SPONSORED: Bring It On at The Kent Stage with Albert Lee, Al DiMeola, Geoff Tate The Whole Story “Ryche” Acoustic Tour, Del McCourey Band, Beth Hart, The Walking Plaid, The Smithereens & The Motels, Norm Pikelny, Morgan James, Richard Thompson, plus more. TheKentStage.com.

To get the most out of those classic romantic standards, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is bringing in jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton to join them for a pair of performances, at the Music Box and the Ohio Theatre. Fri 2/10 & Sat 1/11

* Cleveland’s Sonny Geraci, the voice of “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Precious and Few,” passes away.
* The Akron Symphony plays Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet music at EJ Thomas Hall. Fri 2/10.
* Kent folk rockers the Speedbumps do an encore performance with the Canton Symphony. Sat 2/11.
* Jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci comes back to Nightgown with a sextet and vocalist Shenel Johns. Sun 2/12.

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WED 2/8
Join long-time PD film critic Clint O’Connor at the Independence Library for an evening of debating Oscar predictions. You’ll even have a chance to win free movie passes.

* The work of Cleveland rabbi Arthur Lelyveld in the 60s Civil Rights Movement is the topic of a program at the Maltz Museum.
* Learn the truth about immigrants and refugees from people who work with them at a panel discussion in Asiatown.
* Delicate Steve plays his feel-good instrumental rock at the Beachland Tavern.

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THU 2/9
Zygote Press’s fun benefit “Let’s Make, With Love” gives guests a chance to actually try out some of the printmaking shop’s facilities while eating, drinking and making merry.

* Express yourself at an open mic in the galleries at Cleveland Museum of Art’s special Thursday MIX evening.
* HEDGE Gallery hosts a preview party for its upcoming multi-sensory exhibit that combines scent and sight.
* The Cleveland Natural History Museum’s History on Tap toasts black history and culture.
* Ohio poet Paul Laurence Dunbar is the subject of a new documentary screening at CWRU.
* The Cleveland Orchestra takes on Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde song cycle at Severance Hall. Through Sat 2/11.

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FRI 2/10
Mardi Gras is two-and-a-half weeks away, but Walkabout Tremont invites you to put on beads, grab a special Mardi Gras passport and check out the art, performances, food, drink and shopping all over the neighborhood.

* Quirky cult singer Nellie McKay is back for another two-night stand at Nighttown.
* Jazz guitarist Dan Wilson adds voices to his quartet for his BOP STOP performance.
* Art Heals at the Bonfoey Gallery features work by Cosgrove Center clients and benefits the center’s work.
* Nora Jane Struthers and husband Joe Overton perform at Riverdog Gallery as a duo.
* Pioneering black female pilot honored at Women’s Air and Space Museum for Black History Month.
* Cheerleader-themed musical Bring It On opens at Beck Center. Through Sun 2/26.
* The Movement Project brings modern dance to Tremont’s Pilgrim Church. Also tomorrow.
* Multi-talented musician Ron Shalom performs at Akron’s Hive Mind.
* High-energy folk/bluegrass band Mountain Heart returns to Happy Dog Lodge for the sixth time.
* A tuneful Weird Romance hits the stage at Broadview Heights Spotlights. Through Sat 2/25.

Click here for more events on Fri 2/10

SAT 2/11
For the 6th year, burlesque troupe Le Femme Mystique hosts its Sweetheart Showcase at the Beachland, featuring a roster loaded with local luminaries and out-of-town guest stars like Chicago’s Vivi Valens (pictured).

* British guitar hero Albert Lee comes to the Kent Stage.
* Three bands rock out for college radio station WCSB 89.3 FM at the Beachland.
* Get smitten by science for Valentine’s Day at Great Lakes Science Center. Also tomorrow.
* Birds of prey are the stars of their own special weekend at the Rocky over Nature Center. Also tomorrow.

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SUN 2/12
The annual Starwood festival attracts a horde of hippies, new agers and practitioners of alternative spiritualities for a week in the woods each summer. Get a one-daytaste at its WinterStar Ball at the Beachland Ballroom, a fundraiser for the festival.

* Stand-up documentary makes it local debut downtown at Hilarities comedy club.
* Thirteen-year-old Columbus piano prodigy Gavin George performs at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
* Cleveland Orchestra members switch instruments and become a bluegrass band for a performance in Hudson.
* Get silly at yacht rock night at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square.

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MON 2/13
Rape is a crime for which victims seldom get justice. DNA testing of rape kits has the potential to identify perpetrators. At this month’s Science Cafe at the Music Box Supper Club, forensic scientist Emily Feldenkris will talk about how this testing works, what it can reveal and what it can’t.

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TUE 2/14
You think bowling isn’t romantic? Mahall’s 2 Lanes is pulling out the stops to make it so. Come on down for a little moonlight bowling and champaign on Valentine’s Day.

* Six comedians stage humorous “Battle of the Sexes” at the BOP STOP.
* Love Me Not at the Grog Shop features stories of love gone wrong and acoustic music by Shawn Brewster and Leah Lou.

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WED 2/15
Activism has lately spread like wildfire among those who were recently disinterested in politics. Come to a panel discussion at the Maltz Museum to gain some perspective on how today’s activism is different from that of the past – and how it’s similar.

* Tenor Cole Seaton sings romantic songs in various genres at Trinity Cathedral’s Brownbag concert.
* NY-based jazz trombonist Nick Pinzer plays the BOP STOP tonight and BLU Jazz + tomorrow.

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Zack Reed is acting like Donald Trump over the issue of the dirt bike track the city plans to build at Marion Motley Park. The vote has been taken, the issue passed, and it’s a done deal; no matter how the councilman feels about it…

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A look back at the last week
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MUSIC REVIEW: A Far Cry at Baldwin Wallace by Laura Kennelly

CABARET REVIEW: Theresa Kloos at the BOP STOP by Laura Kennelly

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1) MANSFIELD: A Hand He Might Not Want to Play

2) CoolCleveland’s Claudia Taller Shares Her Thoughts About the Women’s March in D.C.

3) National and local arts & humanities leaders react to White House threats

4) MANSFIELD: Send in the Feds?

5) Designer Valerie Mayen Brings Her Yellowcake Shop Style to Old City Libations

Sample wisely,

–Thomas Mulready



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