Unleashing Creativity

12.29-1.05

Unleashing Creativity

In this week’s issue:
* Cool Cleveland Commentary Unleash the Creative Person In You by Marc Majercak
* Cool Cleveland Night Out with hors d’oeuvres, drinks & dance on Fri 1/14 discount tix here
* Cleveland Crips A Crip’s View of Cleveland by Rosemary Musachio
* Cool Cleveland Sounds reviews the Colin Dussault CD Not Tonight Baby, I’ve Got the Blues

Cool Cleveland Commentary
Unleash the Creative Person In You
By Marc Majercak

Honestly, when was the last time you turned off the radio in your car and just soaked in your surroundings? I don’t mean stopping to stare at the hottie walking down the street, (even though you might enjoy this) I mean just listening to what is around you. The sound of the wind rolling across your car, the bugs hitting your windshield, that annoying clicking sound from your back seat, the sound of the thumping bass from the car next to you; all these sounds inspire me. First tune-out the world, get relaxed, and then try something new. The world around us is waiting to be explored. Don’t let your ideas be pre-chewed; create your own.

Tune-out We live in a world where everything is done for us; we are an automated society. The supermarket will prepare your shish kebab and your robot vacuum will clean up after you. Your food has been precooked in those microwave dinners which is meant to save you time (this way you can watch more TV!). What reality show will it be tonight? I was going to attempt to list every single show, but I thought I might leave out your favorite. When you watch those reality shows, you are watching someone else’s life go by; don’t let yours. We get lost in the artificial, that’s why our ideas are often stale and just uninspiring. If you take a moment to turn off the world and get off life support, you’ll actually start thinking for yourself. I say try limiting your TV, movies, radio, etc. for a week, and you will see a difference in your creativity. It’s like giving up drinking coffee for a week, either you’ll start drinking it again one day or you’ll find something else to stimulate your brain…
Read the Cool Cleveland Commentary Unleash the Creative Person in You by Marc Majercak here

Cool Cleveland Night Out in January on sale now Did you have a smash at Cool Cleveland’s riotous Art/Tech/Dance party in December? Check out the photos here. Make plans for a Cool Cleveland Night Out on Fri 1/14 on sale now, get the best deal before midnight Thu 1/6 with a remarkable package here. Get a running start with the Cool Cleveland Warm-Up Party from 5-7:30PM with generous wine bar, steaming hors d’oeuvres, and self-guided tours of the art and murals at Playhouse Square. Then, get an unbeatable deal on tickets to the visionary dance performance by MOMIX, presented by DanceCleveland, for a couple wicked hours out on the town. Bring a guest or meet someone you’ll love to know at this Cool Cleveland Night Out in Cleveland’s theatre district. Register and pay online by midnight Thu 1/6 for 44% savings, so order online now: Newsletter/Party

Cleveland jazzer tops New York Times top ten list This list marks the Times critics’ selections of the year’s best jazz music, and Joe Lovano’s quartet made it in a big way with their CD, I’m All For You. Its smoking sax effects and postwar jazz landed the group at the #1 slot. See NY Times here

Campbell’s new Chief of Staff is Chris Ronayne, who previously served as the city’s planning director. He gained experience during his tenure at the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission for two years and worked for the county commissioners for three years. His plan is to continue efforts to tie Cleveland with its lakefront, and maybe now that he is Mayor Jane Campbell’s chief he’ll be able to make more things happen. He also served as Campbell’s campaign manager before becoming planning director, so he’ll probably be running her 2005 re-election campaign as well. See PD here

Best economic development books of 2004 Ed Morrison, who runs the Center for Regional Economic Issues at Case Weatherhead and blogs at EDPro.blogspot.com, reads a lot of books on economic development. Here’s his list of the best of the year, including The Future of Competition by C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy, The Power of Impossible Thinking by Jerry Wind and Colin Crook, and The Creative City by Charles Landry. http://www.edpro.blogspot.com/#books

Rural economies get creative Thanks again to Ed Morrison for pointing us to this report on Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy, and showing us an alternative to the metrocentric view that only cities can be creative. Replace “Vermont” with “Cleveland” and you’ll see what we mean: “The creative economy is critical to the future competitiveness of Vermont in the global marketplace. Vermont’s heritage, arts and culture are integral strengths. They are an economic sector in Vermont today; they also provide a foundation to the sense of place and creative workforce critical to innovation in other sectors, add value to the Vermont brand, and magnify the attractive power of Vermont as a location to do business. The creative economy is a hidden economic driver, one that deserves understanding, recognition, and investment.” http://www.kse50.com/vcci_report.pdf

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Your New Years Resolution for ’05: Buy a Cool House Who says you can’t afford your dream house? The Townhouses at Courtland Court are located in the Bridge Square area of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, on Cleveland’s newly done-up near west side. These tucked-away, 3 level units feature open, contemporary floor plans, 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 1st floor bonus room, 9′ ceilings on the 1st floor, and 1-2 car attached garages. Special financing and 15 year tax abatement is the sweet icing on the cake. While you’re living in the neighborhood, you can feast your soul on the city –from the fab architecture of re-done homes in the ‘hood, to the mouth-watering fun of West 25th Street’s restaurants, entertainment and shops. What could be better than living a short walk or drive from Edgewater Park and Lake Erie sunsets? You can do it all from the Townhouses at Courtland Court. (Although not in the winter – brrr!) For a complete list of the finest holiday treats, please visit www.ProgressiveUrban.com
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Green house hunting In an innovative bid to target a growing market and to differentiate her rental property from the competition, Carolyn Bentley is promoting the first floor unit of her Lakewood triple by focusing on the “green building practices implemented,” the “Low-VOC” [volatile organic compound] paints she used, the “full access to organic garden,” and the rental’s proximity to three bus routes. She’s also starting up a green landlords group in Lakewood. Interested? Call her at 470-1502 and tell her Cool Cleveland sent you.

Catapult your marketing in 2005 with dynamic word-of-mouth Internet marketing. Have you heard in the news how it’s surpassing traditional print ads? Spark up your ad efforts and advertise with CoolCleveland.com to trigger your weekly advertising. This is how we do it: you receive access to tens of thousands of our subscribers’ In boxes, getting your message and brand in front of Cleveland’s creative class, who you don’t want to miss. Our readers click on the sponsored links, then forward Cool Cleveland to their friends, who then click on the sponsored links… you get the idea. Find out more by e-mailing us a note to Info@CoolCleveland.com

Dyslexia occurs in specific languages The latest research by US and Chinese scientists indicates how it is possible to be dyslexic in one language but not another. Read Guardian Unlimited here

Art at Shaker Square Artful Changes is a new effort in the early stages of development at Shaker Square, a collaboration with Cleveland Public Art, ParkWorks, Studio Graphique and others. Several local organizations are working together to transform each quadrant of Shaker into outdoor museums by adding sculptures and artwork. The groups are also looking for a world-class, dynamic design team that will bring the vision for Shaker Square into a physical form by combining talent, imagination and creativity. Check out the opportunity at http://www.TheCoralCompany.com

Give it up for the drummer Eesanajja Grayson, Cleveland’s own prodigal son of the African Dance community lost all of his family’s possessions in a tragic fire, which also destroyed a new drum set. He began under the tutelage of Baba Tanu Leri and the Omo Iroko Company, and was a founding member of Omowale Afrique – later to be renamed African Soul, and was the lead drummer for many years of Dance Africa Dance. If you have ever seen African Dance in Cleveland, you will easily remember the prolific drumming of Eesa. This Thu 12/30, the African Dance Community will be hosting a benefit concert for Eesa and his family at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, East 89th and Hough Ave. at 6PM. Please bring all donations (food, clothes, appliances, etc.) to the event; donations will also be accepted all 7 days of Kwanzaa at the African Soul Kwanzaa Camp at Cory United Methodist Church between the hours of 12 noon and 5PM. The Kwanzaa Camp runs 1/1/05. For more info, email sistajewel@yahoo.com or call 451-7685 and 323-1057.

NEO business plan competition Share in the $120K in prizes, plus get feedback on your plan when you submit to COSE’s 3rd Business Plan Challenge, with Special Recognition Awards for Artist, Sustainability, Nonprofit, Minority, Female, 30 and Under, Technology and Manufacturing. The three main categories are Start-Up, Idea/Concept and Growth/Innovation. You have plenty of time, but get started now: letter of intent is due 8/3/05, with the final plan due 9/6/05. http://www.NEOChallenge.org

Congrats to those who snagged Cool Cleveland party gifts including a t-shirt and the new Club Cool package in our contest giveaway for the holidays. Sarah Reinbolt of Avatar Arts will receive a complimentary Club Cool pass and Toiya Benford scored the Cool Cleveland t-shirt. Kudos to the estimated 800 who attended the A/T/D party on 12/17. Check out the photos of revelery here and stay tuned to the Party Page http://www.CoolCleveland.com for more chances to rollick during the New Year.

Map every thought you think If you run out of things to do this holiday, here’s an instructional site that shows you how to make a map of your thought life. Think of it as taking a walk on the cerebral side; you might learn something about your inner self. http://speakeasy.org/~lion/nb

Generation Jones The largely anonymous, and unfulfilled tail end of the Baby Boomers, born between 1954-1965, has had amazing effects on many things, especially the recent election. This group is identified as “Generation Jones,” (think keeping up with the Joneses, and “jonesing” for more), makes up 26% of the population and voted for George W. Bush in larger numbers than all the other age groups. http://www.JonathanPontell.com/mediacoverage.htm

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Style & substance Living at the WT Grant building opens up a world of entertainment and dining options. Located right next door to the new House of Blues, the WT Grant building provides the very best in live music right outside your front door. These beautifully appointed spaces feature enormous windows and amazing views of Public Square, Lake Erie and historic Euclid Avenue. Unlike other Downtown properties you can enjoy the company of friends and neighbors in the beautiful open-air atriums. We featured this building at our Holiday Romp on 12/17 and it was a hit with Cool Cleveland partygoers. See for yourself by calling Towne Properties today at 216-623-1201 and scheduling a private showing. Mention Cool Cleveland within the next 5 weeks and receive a $100 rent discount on your thirteen-month lease! http://www.towneprop.com/wtgrantlofts
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Cool Cleveland This Week
12.29-1.05

Send your cool events to: Events@CoolCleveland.com

Harvey Pekar Our Movie Year is Harvey’s new book chronicling his life after the hit film American Splendor. Not just famous in the neighborhood anymore, Harvey is now recognized throughout the world and notoriety has its ups & downs! This book is supplemented with illustrations by Robert Crumb, Gary Dumm, Mark Zingarelli and other artists. Get a look at the new lit effort and meet the author while he greets friends and admirers at the book signing event. Also, check out The Best of American Splendor, a new anthology that just came out this month, if you’re looking for an ongoing dose of AS. Come out to converse with Harvey on Wed 12/29 at 6PM. Call 321-2665. Mac’s Backs Paperbacks. http://www.MacsBacks.com

Wish on Wednesdays Ladies can receive the spoiled queen treatment after work with phat manicures and massages from Zen Salon. Lounge to the music of Mister Bradleyp spinning an “exotic” set while melting away the day’s stress, every Wed including this Wed 12/29 from 7-10PM; and there’s no cover charge for the ladies. Call 902-9474. Wish, 621 Johnson Court in the Warehouse District.

Holiday Hike Now that the holiday is over, breathe in, step back and get outside to release that pent up post-yule energy. Roam the Cleveland Metroparks in a wintered landscape for a 1.5 mile hike, then warm up to the campfire with light nourishment. Walk begins on Thu 12/30 from 1-3PM. Event is open to all levels of participants; call 440-734-6660. Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Parkway, Rocky River Reservation in North Olmsted. http://www.CleMetParks.com

New Years Eve Masquerade Ball with Implosion “mashing together” genres, styles, and ethnicity with this culture soul/groove band. Let your New Year’s festive attitude fly with party give-aways, and favors with a casually cool crowd welcoming in the New Year on Fri 12/31 at 9PM. Call 397-2957. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd. http://www.MattGerovac.com or http://www.GrogShop.gs

Kent’s New Year’s Eve It’s the Cleveland alternative to the Downtown rush; bundle up and head to Kent’s bodaciously beautiful 800-person theatre converted to a world-class music venue. Pro lighting and sound is de rigeur, as The Twist Offs will be rockin’ it with Ska and Funk, The Numbers Band will be pumpin’ out Blues, and DJ Evan Evolution will reside over the spinning table with Electronica on Fri 12/31 at 9PM with cash bar and edibles available. Call 330-677-5005 The Kent Stage, 175 East Main St. in Kent. http://www.KentStage.org

New Years with Los Straitjackets these super pro performers have landed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and their tracks have rocked numerous feature films and movie trailers. Their fan following is not just limited to us ordinary people; it includes Hollywood posh people Quentin Tarentino and Rob Zombie. The band has gigged from Moscow and Milwaukee, and Boston to Barcelona. They’ll be accompanied by the grindingly gorgeous sounds of The Tough and Lovely, a band that’s been known to get crowds breaking a sweat. Be there early to get the gourmet Mexican buffet prepared by former Grovewood chef, Tim Ogan, heating up the tavern on Fri 12/31 at 7PM; show begins 9PM. Call for reservations 383-1124. Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Rd. http://www.BeachlandBallroom.com

Velvet Dog New Years Eve 2005 Access the elusive and exclusive 3rd floor VIP Lounge all night, and gorge yourself with the complimentary Sushi Rock appetizer buffet until you burst. A full and open bar pouring champagne promises to pull out the stops while you fall into a buzzed-out, bubbly stupor on Fri 12/31 from 9PM-2:30AM Call 664-1116. 1280 West 6th. http://www.VelvetDogCleveland.com

Night Town New Year’s Sync up with sultry jazz moods, movement and ear-blowing sounds of trumpet phenom Dominick Farinacci & His Julliard Jazz All-Star Quartet. Now in his fourth and final year at New York’s famed Julliard School of Music, Dominick has nailed numerous nightclub and festival appearances throughout the US, was awarded a gold disc award from Japan’s Swing Journal, and has also been designated their musician of the year in 2003. Pick up his new CD for sale at Nighttown on New Year’s Eve; currently that CD is on sale in Japan only. Break away from the usual frantic crowds of the holiday and decompress with the lustrous surroundings of one of Cleveland’s best known and notorious jazz stops on Fri 12/31. Call for reservations at 795-0550. Night Town, 12387 Cedar Rd. in Cleveland Hts. http://www.NightTownCleveland.com

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Grease under your nails We know it sounds tempting…you love to ride your bicycle, so how about learning more about how to maintain it properly? Get ready for spring’s arrival by enrolling now in Century Cycles bicycle maintenance classes. Classes are offered through January and February at all four of their stores: Rocky River, Solon, Medina and Peninsula. There are classes with skill levels specific to beginners and advanced wrenchers as well. Feel more confident when you head out for your ride knowing that you can handle more than just road obstacles. Mention Cool Cleveland – you’ll receive a cool free gift for the mention! Check out the website at www.CenturyCycles.com for all the details on this and other events. Visit a Century Cycles location in Rocky River, Solon, Medina or Peninsula; from first trikes to custom bikes, trust Century Cycles…and remember, browse globally, buy locally! www.CenturyCycles.com
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Seussical the Musical After all those years being stuck on a page, imagine the fantastical literary works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss jumping to life. In this production, you’ll wander into tales of an elephant who finds a planet on a speck of dust, and a bird who grows a tail that is too long to fly. Take a trip back into childhood in this mischievous musical and head out to the closing night Sun 1/2 at 3PM. Call 521-2540. Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave. http://www.BeckCenter.org

Crime Scene Investigation Week at HealthSpace Explore, investigate & discover the fascinating world of criminal investigation and forensic entomology. Fantastic flies, marvelous maggots and beautiful beetles reveal critical details at a crime scene, if you’re up for the experience. The study of forensic entomology relies on insects to help solve complicated crimes, and HealthSpace Cleveland’s popular exhibit, CSI: Crime Scene Insects, demonstrates this underground area of criminal investigation that puts you in the role of the investigator. See it now on display Mon 1/3 thru 1/30; sign up for daily programs focusing on forensic entomology of exhibits, hands-on activities, investigations and live shows. Call 231-5010. HealthSpace, East 89th St. and Euclid Ave. http://www.HealthSpaceCleveland.org

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Cool Cleveland Sounds
Not Tonight Baby, I’ve Got the Blues
Colin Dussault
Erica Records

Not Tonight Baby, I’ve Got the Blues is the latest release from popular

Cleveland-based bar and blues band the Colin Dussault Blues Project. The 13 tracks include six band originals, and studio versions of several of the popular party tunes featured in their live shows. Also included are seven very polished studio versions of a handful of the many covers the band has played live over the years. The band’s musicianship, and the high quality of Dussault’s voice and harmonica playing, really shine on the covers that open and close the album. Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” Willie Cross’ “Dead Willie Blues,” and the Robert Johnson standard “Sweet Home Chicago” are outstanding, with Dussault and company making the songs their own. The album closes with four more covers, and again the band, along with some outside help, does a fine job on each of them. Dussault shares vocals with blues diva Becky Boyd on Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line;” Boyd joins Mary Bridget Davis and a full Gospel choir to back Dussault and the band on Billy Joe Shaver’s “If I Give My Soul;” and a beautiful, simple arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now,” featuring Dussault’s vocals and Greg Hurd’s piano, closes the disk. In between the covers are five band originals, and a cover they might as well call their own. Bass player Fred Tobey does a fine job taking over on vocals on his “12 Step, 12 Bar Blues,” and Dussault and his harmonica take over on the autobiographical “I am a Blues Man” and “Killing Yourself Trying to Make a Living.” “Plastic, Fantastic, Inflatable Datable Girl” and “Ballad of Me and Opie” are party tunes from the band’s live sets, and although well done here seem a bit out of place on this album. Not Tonight Baby, I’ve Got the Blues is more great music from Northern Ohio’s hardest working band, whose popularity is slowly but surely spreading farther from their Cleveland home. http://www.ColinDussault.com. from Cool Cleveland reader Greg Cielec cielec@hotmail.com

WCLVnotes There’s more colorful holiday programming to come, thanks to WCLV 104.9 FM. This Fri 12/31, New Year’s Eve, at 1PM, the station presents its traditional broadcast of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. At 7PM, Robert Conrad hosts the station’s On-the-air New Year’s Eve Party which runs to 1AM, interrupted at 9PM for a live two-hour broadcast of The Cleveland Pops’ New Year’s concert from Severance Hall. On New Year’s Day, WCLV takes you to Vienna for the annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert. a Cool Cleveland partner www.wclv.com

Cleveland Crips
A Crip’s View of Cleveland
ADA is Finally Working in Cleveland

What’s it like to be disabled in Cleveland? A Crip’s View of Cleveland will try to answer this. No pity here! Just an insightful, often humorous perspective from a Greater Clevelander who happens to have a disability. This month Rosemary Musachio, confined to a wheelchair due to an accidental birth defect resulting in cerebral palsy, investigates the differently abled in Cool Cleveland. She questions the societal swing of attitudes that are changing because of a law…or because of a handsome companion?! Check out Cool Cleveland’s insider view on the realities of differently abled persons.

Clevelanders are now responding to ADA [Americans With Disabilities Act]; and Lord knows I’ve beaten the topic of attitudinal barriers to the ground since I started my writing career. I have written about how people stared at me while eating in restaurants, how parents used to pull their kids away as if I had the plague, and how some folks used to talk loudly and slowly “at” me. In short, I used to feel like an alien until recently. But a gradual change is occurring within society. I really didn’t notice it until my best friend awakened me to the fact while touring Greater Cleveland during our vacation. People were actually nice and friendly towards me. When we went to KMart and Giant Eagle, customers and employees said, “Hi, how are you?” as they passed us by in the aisles. One gentleman even offered to help us as my best friend was putting me into the car. The same thing happened when we went to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Art Museum. We received smiles and greetings from complete strangers. Even the security guard at the Hall of Fame waited with me while my friend pulled up with the car. Besides being nice and courteous, I’ve also noted now that most people who I encounter don’t treat me as if I was retarded…
Read A Crip’s View of Cleveland by Rosemary Musachio here

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Instant Karma
Quick reviews of recent events
Going out this weekend? Take along your PDA and your digital camera. Scratch out a few notes to send us with a picture of it for our Instant Karma real-world reviews of what’s really happening. We’d love to hear from you. Send your stuff to Events@CoolCleveland.com

North Coast Men’s Chorus @Waetjen Auditorium of Cleveland State 12/18
Aptly enough, the festive and colorful program was called Stocking Stuffers, and anyone whose spirits were not improved between the opening and closing numbers could only be called Scrooge! Although it is not considered a professional chorus, the presentation and showmanship of this group could hardly be better than it is. It’s obvious that many (if not all) of the men have had extensive musical experience (or training) and they are all in possession of wonderful voices. They sing together, in tune, and their words are wondrously clear, and easily understood. The added ingredient that produces the magic in their performances is enthusiasm. “I’m Wishing You a Drag Queen Christmas” provided not only a total contrast in musical styles, but also mood, as nine of the men dressed in impressive drag turned the concert into a mini-beauty pageant. There were sequins and feathers and lots of glitter, and even a Mrs. Santa…
Read the review by Kelly Ferjutz here

Yr Turn
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On Cleveland’s lakefront Many would think a city nicknamed the home of rock and roll would be bustling with activity. On the contrary, Cleveland, Ohio, primarily the lakefront area, is a ghost town and quite unpleasant after dark. This area needs a nightlife landscape to bring in visitors and people from the outside communities. City planners are once again meeting and deliberating about the future landscape in this section of the city. The controversy stems from the lack of development and activity in the area. There is minimal housing available on the lakefront, and downtown attractions standing solo with no activity around them. The city planners want to take away even more activity from the area by planting trees rather than constructing buildings. Whatever the planners decide, it will impact the city and surrounding communities. Cleveland is in desperate need of a facelift and city planners should open their eyes. The current lakefront area consists mainly of concrete, concrete, and more concrete. Burke Lakefront Airport occupies more than 12,000 feet of prime lakefront property. This area should be used for housing or attractions…
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Top 5
Cool Cleveland uses Opticast tools to track which articles were clicked the most. Here are the Top 5 from last week’s issue, with one more chance for you to click.

1) Cool Cleveland Night Out in January Did you have fun at Cool Cleveland’s wild Art/Tech/Dance party the other Friday? Check out the photos here. Now make plans for a Cool Cleveland Night Out on Fri 1/14 with an unbeatable package. Start off with a Cool Cleveland Warm-Up Party from 5-7:30PM with open wine bar, hot hors d’oeuvres, tours of cool area economic development projects, and self-guided tours of the art and murals at Playhouse Square. Then, get an unbeatable deal on tickets to the dream-like dance performance by MOMIX, presented by DanceCleveland. Newsletter/Party

2) Forbidden Library This site features books some people consider dangerous; take a look at what people find offensive. You might marvel over it. http://www.forbiddenlibrary.com

3) Airport scanner ‘undresses’ you Don’t be shy about being naked, ‘cos there’s a new X-ray machine at Heathrow that sees anatomically exact images through clothes; imagine the airport being too hot for TV! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6443356

4) East vs. West: why can’t the media get over it? An entire special section of Cleveland Magazine this month fixates on Cleveland’s divide. The more useful and critical observations surfaced in Catalyst Cleveland writer Daniel Gray-Kontar’s article delineating outmoded thinking and parochialism, pointing out that the East/West divide represents as an unspoken euphemism for the white/black sides of town. http://www.clevelandmagazine.com

5) Case purchases key property to create “college town” This desireable patch of land attached to the Case campus is a four-acre site locally known as the Triangle, at the southeast corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue, including two apartment buildings, two commercial buildings and a parking lot. http://www.case.edu

Are you a change motivator for Cleveland? At Cool Cleveland, we’re enlisting you for positive involvement in our city. Join us in the movement to lift up our city to a new level. Reading CC gets you positioned in the right direction to get motivated while living in our region. We’d like to thank our appreciative and engaged readers who support our endless work, ‘cos it’s all about keeping everyone in the city connected, creative, and fulfilled with life in Cleveland. Now you and your friends can scope out our website, and take in the latest on life in Cleveland. Send along friends and co-workers to register for the no-charge e-zine at http://www.CoolCleveland.com or have ‘em send an e-mail to Signup@coolcleveland.com

Hard Corps get it accomplished It was a banner year for us at CC as we cranked out more in 2004 than we could’ve ever imagined. All our appreciation goes out to the people who introduced us to sterling interviews, news, events and reviews which spiffed up our readers selections in Cool Cleveland. Props to all our tastemakers and taskmasters at CC: Tisha Nemeth, Marc Majercak, Rosemary Musachio, Deb Remington, TL Champion, Greg Cielec, Bill Nagode, George Nemeth, Ivan Jackson, Kelly Ferjutz and everyone who partners with us. Want to volunteer and contribute your writing to Cool Cleveland? Send your reviews, articles, or story ideas to: Events@coolcleveland.com

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