12.27.2017-01.03.2018 Growing Cleveland

12.27.17 – 01.03.18
Growing Cleveland

There’s nothing we love more. Now in our 16th year, CoolCleveland’s base continues to grow, just like our namesake.

New Year’s Eve is when we party. And the parties seem to grow each year. Whether it’s an enormous celebration with the kids for New Year’s at Noon at the CMNH or Noon Year’s Eve at the Zoo, the dress-up Legends of Rock and Roll at Severance Hall with the Cleveland POPS Orchestra or the community-wide New Year’s Eve Popcorn Drop in Chagrin Falls, or a more intimate soiree like the Bill Nye the Science Guy marathon at Lakewood’s 16-Bit Bar, we’ve got the last night of 2017 (finally!) covered.

Interest is growing, and it’s not too soon to get your tix for our David Bowie shows on Fri 1/12 and Sat 1/13, and our CoolCleveland t-shirts are going fast at a ridiculous price. We’re enjoying the growth. –Thomas Mulready

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Seven years ago, virtually through sheer force of will, Tim Smith launched Community Greenhouse Partners in the Hough neighborhood to raise organic food and train a new generation of urban farmers.

He’s accomplished a lot on a shoestring. But to get through the lean winter months, he’s hosting his Hair of the Dog New Year’s Day omelet brunch to raise a little cash. Come down, see what’s going on and add some of CGP’s delicious micrograms to your omelet, along with the meat, cheese and/or veggies. Mon 1/1.

SPONSORED: Hear Our Voices Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on Mon 1/12 from 11am-5pm, featuring Evelyn Wright Quartet playing live at 1pm, plus panel discussion on civil rights, gender and race at 3pm. Free and open to the public. Catch current special exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews & Medicine in America, and learn about the historic fight for healthcare and the future of medicine in America. MaltzMuseum.org

David Bowie’s Berlin Era has fascinated critics and fans for decades: riding high on the success of Young Americans, the artist hooks up with fellow addict Iggy Pop and relocates to Berlin to clean up (improbably, it works) and create some of the most acclaimed music of his storied career, the albums Low, “Heroes” and Lodger. CoolCleveland’s cultural impresario Thomas Mulready returns on Fri 1/12 with a in-depth and entertaining peek behind the scenes, David Bowie: The Berlin Era, informed by recently released and rare box sets, video and needle drops. Tickets.

The following evening, Sat 1/13, the audience is treated to Bowie’s entire fascinating life, An Evening With(out) David Bowie, in two parts, at 7:30PM and 9:30PM- see both for a discount. Each evening is punctuated with a blistering live set or two by Cleveland’s glam heroes, Vanity Crash, showcasing their 2017 release, Phantasmagoria, featuring pianist Mike Garson, Bowie’s longtime accompanist, alongside Bowie favorites and period classics. This show sells out, so secure your seat now. Tix.

The Champions of Magic show makes its Cleveland debut this week at PlayhouseSquare. after travelling around the globe for three years.

The multi-act production includes an illusionist duo (who are also comedians), a classical magician and a close-up magician, and mentalist/mind reader Alex McAleer, who chatted with CoolCleveland’s John Benson about the show and what to expect. Wed 12/27-Sun 12/31; Sat 1/6.

You may have your favorite place to go on New Year’s Eve. It may even be a friend’s house or maybe you like to stay home. We know how you feel!

But if you are looking for some place to go, hang out, socialize and listen to some music, here’s some of what’s going on in local clubs – ranging from the fancy to the casual, the high-dollar-ticket deluxe night out to the low-cost come-as-you-are party. There’s an evening out to fit every mood and pocketbook! Sun 12/31.

SPONSORED: Gifts From The Heart of Nature The Holden Arboretum’s annual holiday gift sale, Gifts from the Heart of Nature, is on now and runs through January 3. The sale features nature-inspired work from regional artists including wood & alabaster items, jewelry, glass and metal art, children’s items, ceramic pieces, nature photography, paintings, knits, alpaca, botanicals and leather goods. FREE admission. Details.

What could be better for kids than getting to ring in the new year – 12 hours early to assure they don’t conk out – in the company of whole bunch of exotic animals from around the world? The annual Noon Year’s Eve at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo gives them that chance, along with a ball drop, meet-and-greets with characters and educational tips from zookeepers. Sun 12/31.

* Bring your girl with an interest in science to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Scientist Saturday to meet microbiologist Shannon Story. Sat 12/30.

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How to win? Simply enter your email at CoolCleveland.com in the field that says, “Subscribe to Newsletter.” You’ll receive our once-a-week e-blast highlighting cool people, events and places in NEO, just like we’ve been publishing for going on 16 years. And that’s it. You are entered, and you have a chance to win. Even if you are already subscribed to CoolCleveland, enter your email and you have the same chance to win as everyone else.

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Prolong the Yuletide season by sharing a cup of eggnog with other shoppers at the weekly Coit Road Farmer’s Market. It’s the subject of this week’s cooking demo, and visitors are invited to bring their own homemade nog to taste and compare with other recipes. No spiking, please! There are kids around. Sat 12/30.

Read more of CoolCleveland’s picks for Eats and Drinks.

Come out to Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall for “A Blues Gathering” as four of the area’s top blues performers blend voices and guitars for a night of camaraderie. Sat 12/30

* “Eclectic Americana” band Good Morning Valentine releases new album at Beachland show. Wed 12/27.
* Beachland neighborhood holiday party features MoKo BoVo and Maura Rogers & the Bellows. Thu 12/28.
* Jazz guitarist Dan Wilson and friends pay tribute to Stevie Wonder at the BOP STOP. Sat 12/30.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

Read more of CoolCleveland’s picks for Cool Events.

Roar in the New Year at the Cleveland Museum Of Natural History with special giant dinosaur egg drops and see what surprise awaits inside! Special extended Sunday morning hours and hands-on activities throughout the Museum promise to make this a day at the Museum not soon to be forgotten and frequently called to mind.

The fun starts on Sun 12/31 at 10AM, with egg drops at noon, 1PM and 2PM. See a planetarium show for an additional $5/ticket. Details.

WED 12/27
Dr. Who fan boys and girls will be in heaven when the Cedar Lee Theatre screens the national simulcast of a Very Special episode marking Peter Capaldi’s farewell in the lead role, with special behind-the-scenes extras.

* Get a “Taste of Christmas” post-Christmas at Historic Lyme Village in Bellevue.
* Sweat off those holiday pounds on a vigorous “Cookie Burner” hike at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Click here for more events on Wed 12/27

THU 12/28
“Kitchen,” a new event put on by Twelve Literary Arts, showcases talented women of color at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, with a panel discussion, poetry open mic and music.

Click here for more events on Thu 12/28

FRI 12/29
They’re calling it the “Holiday Hangover Helper.” But the four loud bands playing the traditional Schnauzer holiday concert at Pat’s in the Flats will likely give you a hangover of a different kind.

* Come build something amazing at the Winter Break Lego Party at the Coventry Road Library.
* A Latin dance party will heat up the winter night at the Grog Shop.

Click here for more events on Fri 12/29

SAT 12/30
Since 1960 Trinity Cathedral has been putting on its Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival, filling the soaring church with the sights and sounds of an Elizabethan Christmas.

* Aspiring filmmakers are invited to screen their short films at Open Projector Night at the Happy Dog/Euclid Tavern.
* Come prowl for owls at the North Chagrin Nature Center.
* Make new friends and learn new steps at the Get Hep Swing Dance at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home on Waterloo.

Click here for more events on Sat 12/30

SUN 12/31
The New Year’s Eve popcorn drop, courtesy of Dewey’s Popcorn Shop, is a newish but already beloved tradition in Chagrin Falls. Other downtown businesses will be joining in with parties, food specials and hot cocoa.

* On NYE, Lakewood’s 16-Bit Bar is hosting a Bill Nye the Science Guy marathon.
* Akron’s 22nd First Night offers a plethora of family-friendly activities at downtown Akron venues.
* A lowbrow movie matinee says goodbye to 2017 grindhouse-style at Akron’ Nightlight Cinema.
* The Cleveland POPS Orchestra will be rocking & rolling at Severance Hall to see in the new year.

Click here for more events on Sun 12/31

MON 1/1
Plunge into the New Year at top speed at Ohio’s tallest, fastest toboggan chutes at Cleveland Metroparks’ Mill Stream Run. The chalet is there for this who don’t like cold and high places.

* What better way to start the year than with a brisk snowshoe hike, pushing off from Summit Metro Park’s Liberty Park Nature Center.

Click here for more events on Mon 1/1

TUE 1/2
There’s not a lot to do on the first few days of the year, but the Siberian tigers at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo are among the animals ready to strut their stuff for visitors regardless of the cold.

Click here for more events on Tue 1/2

WED 1/3
Cleveland musician Brent Kirby’s weekly 10 x 3 songwriter showcases at Brothers Lounge have presented 1500 musicians in six-and-a-half years. Now he’s expanding and taking them south to Jilly’s in Akron where they’ll take place on the first and third Wednesdays starting tonight.

Click here for more events on Wed 1/3

Send your cool events to: Events@CoolCleveland.com

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–Thomas Mulready

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