02.28-03.07.2018 New Look

New Look

It’s time to adopt a fresh perspective. We’ll help with a few suggestions below.

Look again at some of our coolest neighborhoods and artists. Talented veteran Tracy Marie is back with a new album produced by Akron bluegrass musician David Mayfield. Artist Scott Pickering leads us on a tour of Slavic Village’s new streetscape. Our next generation of filmmakers screen new work at Negative Space.

It’s time for your friends to reconsider their opinion of our region’s wine, and you can start with the upcoming Ice Wine Festival in March. And maybe rethink winter itself at an outdoor fireside chat at the new Edgewater Beach House.

Taste our region’s chefs during Cleveland Restaurant Week, hear Kent’s Jessica Lea Mayfield and her latest sound, learn about owls native to NEO at Lake View Cemetery, and Walk All Over Waterloo at CAN Journal’s spring release party.

CoolCleveland’s biz columnist suggests we can forge a new path to honesty with our employees. And Mansfield suggests we need to discuss and teach our history of slavery and get real about the gun debate. We deserve a fresh approach. –Thomas Mulready

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Just a few years ago, Slavic Village main artery Fleet Avenue was a dreary stretch of empty, crumbling storefronts. Then just two years ago, a streetscape project helped give its infrastructure a new look – and a local artist is transforming some of those buildings.

While many still sit empty, blank storefronts are being decorated with colorful, whimsical images, thanks to veteran artist/musician Scott Pickering. Writer/photographer Nicole Hennessy takes a stroll around Fleet with Pickering and shows and tells us what’s going on.

Cleveland musician Tracy Marie has been involved in a lot of different types of projects over the last decade and a half, including a Heart tribute band, and rock and blues ensembles, despite being hampered by congenital health issues.

She also has a large back catalogue of songs and she’s now putting her own material on the front burner with her new album Beautiful Mess, produced by Akron bluegrass musician David Mayfield, whom she gave free reign to shape the material. Now she’ll perform it live at the Music Box. Tue 3/6.

The wineries of NE Ohio’s Grand River Valley are pretty great any time of year. But right now, they’re celebrating a special treat that comes in small batches – ice wine, made from frozen grapes, picked at just the right time.

Five wineries in Lake and Ashtabula counties are hosting the Ice Wine Festival the first three Saturdays in March with special offerings. Our wine maven Claudia Taller provides some background on ice wine, and tells us where to go and what they have in store. Sat 3/3, Sat 3/10 & Sat 3/17.

Winter can be no joke in Cleveland, but for the hearty, wintertime is the perfect time to get outside.

Join the American Planning Association and Cleveland Metroparks for a unique outdoor panel discussion on winter activities next to the fireplace at the Edgewater Beach House on Thu 3/1 at 5:30pm. The fireside chat will feature director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative David Jurca and artist/educator Donald Black discussing what other cities are doing during the coldest months of the year. Warm up with chili, hot chocolate and a cash bar and, of course, dress for the weather.

Felise Bagley and Damien Highfield have been stars of northeast Ohio’s GroundWorks DanceTheatre for so long, it’s hard to imagine the company without them. But that will be the reality following two farewell performances, one Sat 3/3 at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall and one Sat 4/7 at Ohio’s City’s Breen Center.

The duo talks at length with CoolCleveland dance writers Elsa Johnson and Victor Lucas about their journey with GroundWorks, the pieces they’ll perform as their finale, their regrets and their future plans.

Talk all you want about how “money doesn’t matter” but it does. And if a company acts cagey about the salary it’s prepared to pay for a job, or has internal inconsistencies in how it pays for different job levels, it’s going to lose out on talented employees.

CoolCleveland’s business columnist Alex Sukhoy suggests that publishing salary ranges and not penalizing employees financially for promotions is just common sense.

With Alaska’s famed Iditarod sled race kicking off this week, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is hosting Ikidarod, where kids can learn all about dogsledding, dress up like a “musher” and visit the taxidermic remains of hero dog Balto which reside in the museum. Sat 3/3.

* Apollo’s Fire introduces kids to music at its “baroque jam sessions” at the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Heights High School. Sat 3/3.

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SPONSORED: The big news on the northeast Ohio dining scene? Cleveland Independents presents Cleveland Restaurant Week, March 5-16. Nearly 50 locally-owned, independent restaurants are featuring three course, $33 prix fixe menus. For participating restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit ClevelandRestaurantWeek.com. Eat. Drink. Local.

Meet some of Cleveland’s up-and-coming food and drink entrepreneurs and sample some of their products at Kitchen 216’s market event at Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen. Sat 3/3.

* Cleveland Restaurant Week kicks off Mon 3/5 and runs through Fri 3/16, which gives you a week and a half to try out several of those locally owned establishments you’ve been meaning to get to.

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

Kent’s Jessica Lea Mayfield has grown up in public, musically and personally. Now at 28 she’s released her most naked album and she’s playing at Mahall’s. Fri 3/2

* Funk a Deli, formerly Yiddishe Cup, shows off its soul/klezmer mix at the BOP STOP. Sat 3/3.
* Kent’s Standing Rock Cultural Arts honors musician Halim el-Dabh on what would have been his 97th birthday. Sun 3/4.
* Beachland Ballroom celebrates 18th anniversary with packed weekend of shows. Thu 3/1-Sun 3/4.
* Anne E. DeChant is back from Nashville to play for hometown fans again at the Music Box. Sat 3/3.
* Cleveland instrumental post-rock band Sparrowmilk release new vinyl at the Beachand. Sat 3/3.

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WED 2/28
If you’ve heard talk about the big FRONT Triennial, the months-long arts event making its debut in NE Ohio this summer and want to know more, come to a free program at St. John’s Episcopal in Ohio City.

* The Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater presents Hansel and Gretel through Sat 3/3.
* Three local singer/songwriters perform “In the Round” at the Beachland Tavern.
* Alt-country/pop singer Shelby Lynne comes to the Kent Stage.
* South African male vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo sings at the Music Box.
* Explore the physics of Ghostbusters with film scientist/advisor at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
* The Hunger Network’s All About the Bag is a fashionable benefit at Landerhaven.

Click here for more events on Wed 2/28

THU 3/1
Music journalist Ann Powers has a new book, Good Booty, about the role sex has played in popular music throughout history. She’ll be talking about it at the Rock Hall Library & Archives.

* Learn all about the moon at Cleveland Museum of Natural History lecture.
* Pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the Cleveland Orchestra for Beethoven concerto. Also Sat 3/3.

Click here for more events on Thu 3/1

FRI 3/2
Cleveland has a glut of film festivals, so maybe that’s why it has so many aspiring local filmmakers as well. Tonight at the Negative Space Gallery in Asiatown, you can check out four locally made short films, covering the genres of comedy, drama and thriller.

* The Effect at Dobama Theatre addresses the chemistry of love and drugs, Through Sun 3/25.
* The Short. Sweet. Film. Festival at the Alex Theatre at the 9 screens three days of mini-films, through Sun 3/4.
* Revisit the influential work of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman at the Cinematheque, through Sat 4/28.
* Cleveland Pops Orchestra salutes Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins at Severance Hall.
* Walk All Over Waterloo features old and new shows and CAN Journal’s spring release party.
* Cleveland Print Room’s new show Spitball focuses on photographers in their 20s and 30s.
* Cleveland Museum of Art’s monthly MIX has a German cabaret theme.
* The Parma Armory opens its doors to ghost hunters. Also tomorrow.
* Ohio Shakespeare Festival stages Moliere comedy Scapin. Through Sun 3/18.
* Wizard World Comic Con is back to overwhelm pop culture nerds. Through Sun 3/4.
* April Verch fiddles, sings and step dances her way into Oberlin’s Riverdog Gallery.
* Contrapunctus sings sacred Marian music at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
* Learn more about owls native to NE Ohio at Lake View Cemetery.
* Teada plays traditional Irish music at Happy Days Lodge.

Click here for more events on Fri 3/2

SAT 3/3
Akron artist Micah Kraus has prowled the city looking for images of decay and disrepair and used them as the basis for the prints in All Falling Together, which opens tonight at the 22 High Street Gallery during the Akron Art Walk.

* Toy train show evokes childhood dreams for all ages at Independence High School.
* Fish vicariously around the world at the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
* Three local poets share their work at Mac’s Backs on Coventry Road.
* Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers a workshop in sustainable living.
* Canadian jazz pianist/vocalist/composer Laila Baili makes her Cleveland debut at Nighttown.

Click here for more events on Sat 3/3

SUN 3/4
One “first” that isn’t a credit to Cleveland is the worst school fire in U.S. history, which took 175 lives, including 172 children, in 1908. On the 110th anniversary, Lake View Cemetery hosts an educational program and wreath laying.

* China’s Golden Dragon acrobats brings their Cirque Ziva to the Akron Civic Theatre.
* Parma Heights’ Yorktown Lanes hosts psychic fair and mini expo.
* Panels at the Maltz Museum discuss key players in Cleveland medical history. Also Wed 3/7.
* Texas Troubadours carry on the Lone Star State’s quality songwriting tradition at the Kent Stage.

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MON 3/5
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents free concerts at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, featuring such world-class musicians as the Ciompi Quartet and clarinetist Allan Ware, who will play pieces by Brahms and Weber there tonight.

* Today is the first day of Cleveland Independents’ Cleveland Restaurant Week which runs through Fri 3/16.

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TUE 3/6
Art Spiegelman made his reputation with his graphic biography Maus, based on his father’s recollections of the Holocaust. He’ll speak at Kent State University, hosted by the Jewish Studies Program.

* The Happy Dog takes on the World series looks a world-wide protest movements.
* Brews+ Prose at Market Garden features readings by two grad students and announcement of new partnership.
* Get started on recycling those table scraps at Composting 101 at the Summit Metroparks’ Seiberling Nature Realm.

Click here for more events on Tue 3/6

WED 3/7
Refresh Collective’s Fresh Camps, founded by Dee Jay Doc (pictured), offer inner-city kids experiences in music production, graphic arts and business. A hip hop benefit at the BOP STOP, with a full gourmet meal, will help the camp serve more kids.

* Reel Science at the Cedar Lee Theatre looks at whether we were right to be scared by Jaws.
* Film documenting Lady Gaga’s last album and 2017 Super Bowl show screens at the Rock Hall.
* WatchIt Wednesday gives 78th Street Studio patrons a more intimate and interactive arts experience.
* Oberlin Opera Theater does Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, through Sun 3/11.

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“It is of crucial importance for every American to understand the role that slavery played in the formation of this country,” said Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. “And that lesson must begin with the teaching…”

* Thoughts on a Couple of Issues First off is the illogical gun debate. Is there any other issue in America – and indeed the world – where the proposed solution to the problem is more of the problem?

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