Tue 11/21 @ 7:30PM
When it comes to preserving its built history, Cleveland doesn’t do a very good job. Countless beloved places have been razed, usually replaced with something featureless and bland.
Certainly, a visitor to the University Circle at Euclid and Mayfield who hadn’t been there in a decade would barely recognize the area now dubbed “Uptown.” Whether that is good or bad depends on your viewpoint. But one landmark that was saved — to the rejoicing of local music fans — was the Euclid Tavern, where local bands like Mr. Stress, Oroboros, Screwtractor and Craw held court, segments of the 1987 Michael J. Fox/Joan Jett movie Light of Day were filmed, and internationally known artist Derek Hess’s career launched his career designing flyers for the touring underground bands he booked on Monday nights there. It’s been taken over by the owners of Gordon Square’s Happy Dog and given a significant, much-needed upgrade — but it’s still there and still booking music.
So it’s a great place for yet another book event by Plain Dealer Friday Magazine editor Laura DeMarco, who put together Lost Cleveland, a volume of photos and essays about places and things Clevelanders once loved that are now mere memories. The events is free, and of course she’ll be selling and signing books.