Fakes

3.09-3.16.05

Fakes?

In this week’s issue:
* RoldoLINK on Fake Authority, Fake Meetings, Faked Out Public
* Cool Cleveland Red Night Out lowest price tix on sale thru midnight 3/10 here
* Cool Cleveland People internationally recognized finger-style guitarist and ex-pat Pete Cavano
* Cool Cleveland Sounds review of the Jackie Warren CD Near You
* Life’s Varying Degrees of Excruciation on disappearing U.S. dollars by T.L. Champion

RoldoLINK
Fake Authority, Fake Meetings, Faked Out Public
By Roldo Bartimole

I’ve been attending meetings of the Convention Facilities Authority; it’s an easy way to waste your time.

That’s because the Authority, under Bill Reidy, does nothing of any significance at its Show Meetings. The 11-member board is going through the motions. Everyone knows their aim is to tell the community: We Need a New Convention Center!

The meetings run pretty much as the Gateway gatherings, also chaired by Mr. Reidy. The CFA meets merely as a pretense of doing the public’s business in public. In other words, it is a FAKE.

The CFA, the politicians, and corporate leaders behind it have to pretend they have an open and above-board process. They do it because the CFA at some point has to ask the public to pick up the tab – in the hundreds of millions plus annual operating losses.

Make-believe is absolutely necessary.

Therefore, I go to the meetings to document the charade…
Read RoldoLINK by clicking here. Comments? Send them to: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

Cool Cleveland Red Night Out on 4/2
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Did you party with us last Friday in the Warehouse District? See photos here. Now we’re doing it again, fueling Cleveland with fiercely fun entertainment, networking, spirits and energy, with Cleveland’s hottest new classical ensemble, Red {an orchestra} on Sat 4/2 starting at 5:30PM. Featured musical guest that night only is Ethel, from NYC, with a background that reads like a who’s who of 21st century music; their members have played with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Steve Reich, from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Roger Daltry. Treat your ears to this amplified anthem-rock string quartet paired with Red, while you party and lounge with people who’ll sweeten up your social life. For one super low price, you get all this: unlimited drinks at our patented open wine bar, nosh to your heart’s content on hearty hors d’oeuvres by Fire at the majestic Masonic Temple Auditorium, and park for no charge right next door. Low price includes a ticket to the concert by Red and Ethel. Snap up your half-price discount tickets, wear something red, and prepare for Spring in a big way. Click here for the lowest price tix by midnight Thu 3/10. Check the party photos from last week’s Night Out in the Warehouse District here, and sign up for your Red Night Out by midnight 3/10 for half-price tix.

Crocker Park developer has revelation In an ambitious plan to save downtown Cleveland, Robert Stark, developer of the suburban Crocker Park and Eton Collection retail behemoths, is talking about building a massive project of stores, offices and dwellings that would spread out from Public Square and Tower City in Downtown Cleveland. The city is waiting for more than talk, “We have yet to see actual, physical plans,” says Chris Ronayne, Mayor Campbell’s Chief of Staff and former city planner. Stark admitted that his change of heart came after his recovery from a malignant tumor. Read here. Any revelations of your own? Send them to: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

Legacy Village oversold? Over a year has passed since the opening of Legacy Village, and Lyndhurst is far from seeing the financial results it anticipated. During 2000, when the heat was on to push for the shopping center, Citizens for the Future of Lyndhurst claimed that rezoning the TRW Corporation land for the project would generate up to $2.5 million a year for the city. Instead, they are receiving $500K. Read here. Any comments on Legacy Village can be sent to: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

DDR develops big boxes Wondering why developers are so interested in big-box retail, even when it’s not so good for communities, workers, or Downtowns? Study Cleveland’s Developers Diversified Realty Corporation, a REIT (real estate investment trust) that builds and develops shopping centers, mainly with Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s, generating annual dividends of 20% a year for the past 10 years, and 39% for the past five. Their stock has climbed from $11.73 in 2/00 to a high of $45.60 in 12/04. Mainly known for centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Washington, they also own Great Northern Plaza and most of the East Bank of the Flats. Say bye-bye to Downtowns, indoor malls and department stores; say hello to big-box power centers and lifestyle centers. See story here. What are your thoughts on big-box retail in Cleveland? Click here: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

Cleveland rocks proud Steve Popovich, a Clevelander transplanted from Pennsylvania, has spent decades in the music business, starting Cleveland International Records, which was responsible for Ian Hunter’s Cleveland Rocks, as well as Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, which is the 3rd biggest selling album of all time. Reading about his legal struggles with Sony will break your heart, but they haven’t broken his. In fact, his pride in Cleveland culture is inspiring, and something we should all learn from. Read here

Catalyst – Cleveland style See this month’s issue of the most important publication dedicated to the Cleveland Public Schools. Read a slew of great articles: how educators can boost professionalism and performance inside and outside the school room; an overview of the Entrepreneurship Academy (see below); and the Cleveland Clinic’s plan to donate $10 million in services and cash to district schools, possibly instituted to cut off attempts to get non-profits to pay a portion of their taxes. Additionally, check out the eye-opening article about Chicago’s creation of new-breed, “performance” schools. Get the info at Catalyst-Cleveland by visiting http://www.Catalyst-Cleveland.org

Artist as Entrepreneur series The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) are starting a new program in April, and these sessions are led by community leaders focused on helping artists make a living through their artwork. See CPAC here and E-mail cpac2001@aol.com

CMA goes for it Congrats to the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art who voted on Monday to go ahead with their ambitious $258 million renovation of the Museum, adding 40% more gallery space and a glorious canopy connecting the original 1916 neoclassical building with the 1971 modern addition by Marcel Breuer, instantly creating Cleveland’s largest indoor public space and serving as the region’s cultural living room. If you haven’t caught the breathtaking Phillips Collection exhibition on view now, check it out, and revel in the head-spinning pairings of paintings from that esteemed collection and from Cleveland’s. There’s plenty of money in this community, we just need more bold moves like this to inspire the writing of more big checks. Write on. Read here

Entrepreneurship Academy Three new projects in Cleveland will receive mentorship and funding worth $90,000 in grants awarded. Selected projects are Entrepreneurship Academy, The Seed Factory, and the Center for Health and Disease Management. Entrepreneurship Academy will adapt the E City principles into a curriculum for students, hoping to tackle some of the key issues of poverty among young Clevelanders. Melissa Williams, Director of Business Development with the Buckeye Area Community Development Corporation, will develop The Seed Factory, matching entrepreneurs with low-cost, vacant office space. Terry Murphy and Jack Kleinhenz will explore the potential for the creation of a Center for Health and Disease Management, working with over ten regional enterprises to create an industry-civic-academic partnership to prevent illness. http://www.CivicLab.org

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Steps Away from University Circle and Rockefeller Park Heritage Lane is a new development featuring spacious and luxurious single-family homes, as well as affordable, contemporary townhouses. Thirteen historic duplexes are being transformed into single-family homes with 4,000+ square feet, 2+ bathrooms, 4+ bedrooms, hardwood floors, magnificently restored exteriors and full front porches. Also included are central air, bedroom level laundry, gourmet kitchen, 1-2 car garage, tax abatement and special financing. The Heritage Lane Townhomes, now under construction, feature 1,300-1,800 square feet, 1.5-2.5 baths, 2-3 bedrooms, finished bonus rooms in some units, tax abatement and special financing. Visit the open house Sun 3/6 2-4 PM at 1445 E. 105th St. For a complete list of properties and open houses this weekend, please visit http://www.progressiveurban.com.
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NASA, Battelle, OAI offer grants The GATE Partnership Award Program supports collaborative research in a new program linking NASA Glenn Research Center, the Ohio Aerospace Institute, and Battelle’s Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (GLITeC). Ohio companies will want to investigate this opportunity, as NASA Glenn will help companies with professional solutions, setting forth collaborative arrangements among the companies and NASA Glenn researchers. Proposals are due Tue 3/15. Visit http://www.oai.org/pages/GATE.html OR http://www.oai.org/PDFs/GATE_Award_Details.pdf.

City ranks low on walking, biking, parks The amount of walking and bicycling people do for daily transportation is connected to how much green space is available, according to a study that investigates the roles of physical fitness in the urban environment. Cleveland rated at the bottom of the list for recreational walking and bicycling, along with Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, and others. Studies like this could start a planning revolution of “livable communities” that would involve multidisciplinary teams of architects, transportation experts, developers, urban planners and policy makers. Read here. Do we deserve such a low ranking? Send your thoughts to: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

State of the City now online Did you miss Mayor Campbell’s State of the City Address on February 18th? The City of Cleveland has posted the complete speech online for you to view here. Read it and then send us your comments to: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

Entrepreneur Gilbert and musician Usher purchase Cavaliers Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans, a Michigan-based online home mortgage company and one of the nation’s largest online lenders, becomes the newest owner of the Cavaliers. Other owners include David Katzman, Vice Chairman of Quicken Loans and Managing Partner for Camelot Ventures, and celebrity recording artist Usher. Promising to leverage Usher’s entertainment chops, this new version of Cleveland’s venerable basketball team may be interesting even if it doesn’t end up as a b-ball champ. See dBusiness News here

OneCleveland connects the digital city The digital topography created with fiber-optic and broadband wireless technology seamlessly connects the digital campus to the digital city, opening up opportunities and new approaches for collaboration and successful projects around its surrounding areas. With the digital infrastructure in place, a redefinition of the city’s ecosystem develops, resulting in a paradigm shift to gradually encourage regional development and growth. Read Case CIO Lev Gonik’s commentary in Educause here

ArtistsChair.com Finally, an online artists’ directory that’s fresh from the developing stage. All artists can begin posting profiles on the site at the end of March, and also use the site as a search directory for talent beginning Fri 4/15. These services are without cost; only 250 pre-launch memberships are available and additional lots will be released as they come available. If you’re an artist interested in reserving your free membership, visit the preview site, http://www.artistschair.com

Angle 19 tips a hat to the 29th Cleveland International Film Festival with brilliant images and a conveniently condensed film listing; Eszter Lazar offers her colorful interview, In Between East and West with Neil Rector, a Columbus collector who has works from NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst). Read Zachary Lewis’ observations in his attractive and informative preview, What is Your Verb?, taking the pulse of Cleveland’s contemporary dance scene. Pick up your Angle at excellent venues around town, or better yet, sign up for your own subscription at http://www.AngleMagazine.com a Cool Cleveland partner

NEO software overview As our region transitions from a sole focus on its manufacturing base to a more highly developed IT and high-tech economy, it’s useful to take a closer look at the software industry in Northeast Ohio, as this series does. See PD here.

Lakewood seeks artists The “Sunday with the Friends” series is now scheduling in performers for their Fall/Winter run that happens Sept. 2005 thru Feb. 2006 for Martha Wood Lakewood Public Library. The audience is diverse, and the programs take place in the library auditorium from 2-3PM on Sunday afternoons. Want to perform? Contact 226-8275, ext. 127 or E-Mail mw44116@yahoo.com

What is America #1 in? The media cleverly markets the U.S. as #1 in everything, but recent statistics may indicate otherwise. Our country ranked 49th in the world in literacy, and 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy. Regardless of the messages the media may push out, there are several areas where the U.S. needs improvement. It’s time for the media to heed the reality and promote awareness. See Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages here

Steelyard Commons developer to speak When developer Mitchell Schneider, president of First Interstate Properties purchased 130 acres of former steel mill property from ISG, he planned to build Steelyard Commons, a $90 million, one million square foot, big-box shopping complex featuring the controversial Wal-Mart. But then Cleveland City Council threatened to disallow grocery sales, fearing economic disruption by the notoriously non-union Arkansas corporation, and now the project is in jeopardy. Next Thu 3/24, come hear Schneider as he addresses a networking event from 5 to 7PM at the Old Denison School, 1700 Denison Avenue, hosted by WIRE-Net, the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network. Register early by calling 631-7330 X114. http://www.wire-net.org Still have comments or questions on the Steelyard Commons project or Wal-Mart? Send them to: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

Make a difference Make a difference in your community and share your wisdom to promote civic change at “Engaging for Civic Change,” a special volunteer program supported by the Cleveland Foundation’s Successful Aging Initiative. They are seeking seasoned individuals moving into a new phase of their lives to support causes they care about. Support services and technology volunteer opportunities are available at these four organizations: Community Shares, ACLU of Ohio Foundation, Adoption Network Cleveland, and Hard Hatted Women. Put your creativity to work in a place where your experience will be valued and appreciated. For info E-mail contact@acluohio.org or visit http://www.CommunityShares.org/eecc.shtml

JazzFest volunteers Tri-C JazzFest is looking for energetic volunteers who have day time hours available to welcome guests and assist JazzFest staff in a variety of ways. For an application form or more information, please call 216-987-4400. For those of you who are available or know someone who would enjoy volunteering during the day, check out this schedule. Day time hour volunteers are needed on Thu 4/15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. Receive perks such as concert tickets, t-shirts, and make new friends while hearing massive music from Marsalis, Jarreau, Caldwell, Mendes and lots more. Call Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland for a form at 987-4400.

Film Fest fires up The 29th Cleveland International Film Festival is rejuvenating the underground film culture in Cleveland; find intellectually inspiring entertainment and globally-driven film right here in our own city. Get out of the cold weather and enclose yourself in the impressive Tower City Cinemas; it’ll improve your appreciation for both the upstart film makers and respected artists of the film world. With all the grand selections, it’s one of the best things to happen in Cleveland this year, and you can make plans to see a movie each night, or just sample one cool local film (if you’re not into subtitles), from the “Hometown Heroes” series of Cleveland-based films. Mark your calendars to see it all starting Thu 3/10 through 3/20. Call for tickets at 866-865-FILM. For information visit http://www.ClevelandFilm.org

This Affordable Old House Homeowners will receive tips for maintaining their older home, organizing rehab projects, selecting a contractor, exterior painting, improving energy efficiency and more. The Cleveland Restoration Society and Preservation Resource Center of Northeastern Ohio (CRS) are offering an expanded program of free workshops this spring at Northeast Ohio locations, with individual consultations available. Workshops, are open to the public, this month’s sessions are scheduled for Wed 3/9 from 7-8:30PM, Chagrin Falls Public Library, 100 East Orange Rd. and Thu 3/10 6:30–8PM, CH-UH Public Library, University Heights Branch, 13866 Cedar Rd. More sessions begin Tue 3/15 from 7–8:30PM, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Independence Branch, 6361 Selig Dr. and 3/16 from 1–2:30PM. Cleveland Public Library, Walz Branch, 7910 Detroit Ave. More opportunities happen in April and runs thru May. The Cleveland Restoration Society/Preservation Resource Center of Northeastern Ohio is the region’s largest non-profit preservation organization or more information and additional locations and dates, call 426-1000 or visit http://www.ClevelandRestoration.org.

Northeast Ohio Show: so cool it’s hot is offering area artists the biggest publicity opportunity in the state of Ohio. Formerly known as the May Show, the NEO Show reinvigorates the CMA’s collection by selecting a work of art to be purchased by the museum for inclusion in its collection. Check out the call for entries; all media are eligible for submission, and the winning artist will receive substantial cash for their work. Deadline is Fri 3/18. Obtain an entry form by calling 707-6833 and receive complete info at http://www.ClevelandArt.org/NEO.

Forums on discount online tix The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) of Greater Cleveland will be hosting two forums to present a concept for development of an online marketplace for the sale of discount surplus tickets to events in Cleveland CVB to Host Forums on Discount Ticketing. Eliza Wing, President, Cleveland.com and King Hill, Principal, Director of Marketing Services, Digiknow will be in attendance to give an overview of the proposed online model. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland want to see you there and would appreciate your feedback on the proposed model. The two forums will be held on Thu 3/10 at Cleveland Playhouse, in classroom #2, 8:30AM at 8500 Euclid Ave. and 3/31 at Cleveland Public Theatre, beginning 8:30AM, 6415 Detroit Ave. RSVP to cpac2001@aol.com or call 575-0331 and indicate the day you plan to attend.

Bruce Blog On a regular basis the Cleveland-based Hotel Bruce, and its weekly update BruceBlog, continues to impress with smart news coverage and commentary on issues that really matter to the region. Read the current blog for comments on Forest City’s retail intentions, University Circle’s economic development politics, Wal-Mart’s withdrawl from the Steelyard Commons project, and details on Ohio’s zoning and land-use policies. Good stuff and good reading. See Bruce Blog here

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“Downtown” New York comes to Cleveland as Ethel joins Red {an orchestra} in a unique collaboration between two ground-breaking ensembles. Ethel, an avant-garde string quartet from New York, has been called a mighty amplified force that has style, breadth, power, chops and rock-n-roll spirit. This unique, high energy concert will transform your image of classical music concerts with its eclectic mix of sound and light completed by the more traditional sounds of Bartok. Experience Ethel/Red on Sat 4/2 at 8PM in the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Avenue. Concert tickets start at $15. For more information call Red {an orchestra} at 440-519-1733 or visit http://www.redanorchestra.org.
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Cool Cleveland This Week
3.09-3.16

Send your cool events to: Events@CoolCleveland.com

The Legacy of Lynching: Why African-Americans Distrust the Rule of Law will be the topic for guest speaker and Georgetown Law Professor Emma Coleman Jordan, one of our nation’s pioneering African-American scholars and civil rights activists. Jordan has championed the rights of women and minorities: in 1991 she served as counsel to Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’ U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Listen to this seasoned activist uncover hard truths on Wed 3/9 at 5PM. Call 687-6886. Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, East 18th St. and Euclid Ave. http://www.law.CSUohio.edu

Should Cleveland Bet on a Casino? Community leaders are considering gaming as an economic development tool for the city, but is this a wise option and what are the issues involved? Has Detroit done well with its casinos, and can we learn from this city’s model? Hear what’s brewing from speaker Mark Rosentraub and Robin Boyle, as the Ruth Ratner Miller Center for Greater Cleveland’s Future hosts this event on Thu 3/10 from 4-6PM. Call to register at 523-7330. Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Atrium of Glickman-Miller Hall, Cleveland State University, 1717 Euclid Ave. http://urban.csuohio.edu/ruth_ratner_miller/casinos.htm

Hometown Heroes Cleveland on film hits the highlights at the 29th Cleveland International Film Festival. There’s a bright light covering our region’s film scene, and this week you can view several movies by area and regional filmmakers at the CIFF. Pick up a film guide, and you’ll find them under the category “Local Heroes” in the Preview Guide. Be part of the motion-picture madness; the opening night gala hits on Thu 3/10 with the film, Lonesome Jim at 7PM. The festival runs thru 3/20. Call 866-865-FILM. Tower City Cinemas on The Avenue at Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Rd. E-mail media@clevelandfilm.org or visit http://www.ClevelandFilm.org

The Dark Room See new works develop in a new program from the Cleveland Theatre Collective. Let your mind run wild; bring your performance art, monologues, dance, plays, songs – you name it, just make sure it’s original. The writer must be in the room, ready to serve up one ten minute piece; come prepared to play, perform the work yourself or bring your own performers. This creative expression outlet effort will be a regular event every second Thursday of the month, beginning Thu 3/10 with rehearsals from 7-7:45PM. Show starts at 8PM. Arrive with enough copies of your work for each performer and one for the stage manager, props, instruments or whatever you need. Then network, buy concessions, hang out and have fun. The Clubhouse (basement), Old Parish Hall on Cleveland Public Theatre’s campus, 6205 Detroit Ave. http://www.ClevelandTheatre.com

Hot jazz with Laura Varcho is delivering proof positive that jazz in Ohio is lighting up the nightlife. Her recent highlights include an appearance at the Columbus Jazz Festival, opening for Kenny Rankin to a sold out room at Nighttown, concerts at Cain Park and Cleveland State University, and several appearances on cable and regional television. Her style and delivery are reminiscent of a young Sarah Vaughan, and her debut CD Desire was released in the fall of 2001 and it’s being picked up by radio stations throughout the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions. Hear this self-taught musician with a powerful ear for melody and rhythm on Thu 3/10 at 8PM. Call 795-0550. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd. in Cleveland Hts. http://www.NightTownCleveland.com

Fast Tracking Industrial Projects in Northeast Ohio Join in a super educational session and open discussion on how to fast track industrial real estate projects. Learn how other regions have been successful in creating ready-to-go, pre-permitted properties for development, and talk with others about how Northeast Ohio can expedite the local permitting processes and work towards improving the availability and accessibility of industrial properties in our region on Fri 3/11 from 7:30-10AM. Don’t miss the Q&A sessions, breakfast, and dynamic speakers. Seating is limited; please register in advance by emailing kroth@teamneo.org. Call 570-5519. Event happens at HealthSpace Cleveland, 8911 Euclid Avenue. http://www.HealthSpaceCleveland.org/education/education.asp?detail=9

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Discover the World with Cleveland’s Arts & Culture Leaders Travel to some of the world’s most interesting places with some of Cleveland’s most interesting people. Organized by The Cleveland Zoological Society, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, these trips will offer once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Pack your bag for adventure and choose your destination – Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya, the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and an Atlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2. Travel preview nights are scheduled for those wishing to learn more about each of the trips offered: 4/27 at 7PM in the Cleveland Botanical Garden; 6/15 at 7PM in the Natural History Museum; and 10/26 at 7PM at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. To attend one of these free informational sessions call (216)635-3324. http://www.clevelandzoosociety.org
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Trinity Cathedral: History and Community Tour a gorgeously historic cathedral and become familiar with green building principals, which incorporate environmentally safe practices. Trinity also works collaboratively to support businesses and the community; come out and learn about free trade and the global store 10,000 Villages on Fri 3/11 from 9:45-11:45AM. It’s part of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Sustainable City events; find out where to meet up and register by calling 206-1000. http://www.ClevelandMetroParks.com

AIGA at the City Club of Cleveland It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with Cleveland’s “creative class,” as well as other world-class designers from around the country. Learn how creativity can be an economic engine, with a panel discussion on design including Don Hollis, Kevin McConkey, Caroline Kavanagh, and Tan Le. Hear these professionals who hail from San Diego, Chicago, Tennessee and Seattle respectively, bringing a national perspective to Cleveland design. Be there Fri 3/11 with a spirited happy hour at 6PM and discussions following. Register in advance by calling 556-5919. City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave. http://www.CityClub.org

Ladysmith Black Mambazo runs hot and furious with vocal percussions and rambunctious rhythms, touched with humor, gospel, and reggae – in an a cappella style. This group has been honored with two Grammy Award nominations; hear the cultural sounds that will set you up into the Spring state of mind on Fri 3/11 at 8PM. Call 987-2045. Performing Arts Center, Tri-C Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd. in Highland Hills. http://www.Tri-C.edu/ca/docs/visions.htm

Coming Into My Years: Voices from the Heart of American Music She was once known as “the hillbilly Edith Piaf,” and the recently deceased writer Hunter S. Thompson once had this to say about songwriter Rosalie Sorrels, “Some of her songs are so close to the bone, I get nervous listening to them.” You can get nervous listening to her in concert Fri 3/11 at 8PM. Then, on Sat 3/12, she teams up with Peggy Seeger, the half-sister of folk legend Pete Seeger, for “Traveling Ladies and Thoughts of Time: Stories and Songs From The Road,” at 1PM, swapping songs and talking with the audience in a free event. On Sat 3/12 at 8PM, Seeger does a solo show, accompanying herself on 5-string banjo, guitar, English concertina, piano and autoharp. It all takes place in the Old Parish Hall at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6203 Detroit Ave. For tickets or more information, call 321-9350, or send mail to Roots-Of-American-Music-AT-AOL-DOT-COM. http://www.PeggySeeger.com and http://www.RosalieSorrels.com

WCLV Notes Since 1970, WCLV 104.9 has been the home of classical music radio’s most listened to program – Karl Haas’ Adventures in Good Music. As many people know, Karl died recently, but his legacy lives on in the hundreds of programs that he produced over the years. And his legacy is timeless. Consequently, WCLV will continue to broadcast Adventures in Good Music far into the future, as well as continue to distribute the show to stations around the country and to Australia. WCLV carries Karl Haas weekdays at 10AM. a Cool Cleveland partner. http://www.wclv.com

Writing at the Keyboard Are you lacking luster in your writing? The Cleveland Society of Professional Journalism is offering workshops that are customized to inspire, inform and enable reporters to increase their skills in the demanding areas of writing, reporting and career development. Sharpen your skills and awaken your potential to become a better journalist, as Stuart Warner, Deputy Features Editor and writing coach for The Plain Dealer, will introduce narrative writing. A panel of editors will be available to identify key problems in young reporters’ writing; specific exercises will follow to help with concise writing on Sat 3/12 from 9AM-Noon. Call 447-0160. Independence Public Library, 6361 Selig Dr. in Independence. Register at tmoore56@msn.com and visit http://www.SPJ.org/cleveland

Hand Painting on Silk Workshop The newly reborn Cleveland Botanical Garden has been pushing their own envelope lately. Last month, they presented an acclaimed dance program with artist-in-residence David Shimotakahara of GroundWorks Dance Theatre. Now they’re exhibiting Cleveland artist Gunther Schwegler’s silk paintings, on display for Orchid Mania, and you can join the fun. This Sun 3/13 from 9:30AM-4:30PM, the artist will teach a hands-on workshop for all levels of artistic ability, so you can create your own silk paintings. Call 721-1600 to register, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. http://www.CBGarden.org

National author of mystery, Sara Paretsky Her always sharp and provocative plots that border on social commentary have set apart this fiction writer from the masses of indistinguishable authors. You might recall her character that made it to the Hollywood screen, V.I. Warshawski; Paretsky’s work has achieved significant acclaim and a readership that is loyal to the core. Meet the writer at Cleveland Public Library’s Writers and Readers Series on Sun 3/13 at 2PM. Call 623-2800. Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, East 6th St. and Superior Ave. http://www.CPL.org

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Sister Sleuth Sara Paretsky The Cleveland Public Library welcomes award-winning author Sara Paretsky to its Writers and Readers series, Sun 3/13 at 2PM. The free and open to the public event will take place at the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue. A founder of Sisters in Crime, an association for women mystery writers, Paretsky has won numerous awards and honors for her gritty fiction and female heroines. Her independent, creative female characters, as well as her own rich experience and perspective, make her a natural guest for the Library’s celebration of Women’s History Month, an international celebration created to recognize the diverse and historic accomplishments by women. For more information on this program contact 216-623-2800 or http://www.CPL.org
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Portrait of the Artist as the Virgin of Guadalupe The visual artist, Yolanda Lopez, is well-known for an investigation of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a powerful female icon; in her piece, Portrait of the Artist as the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lopez’s work on the Virgin serves as both a critique of traditional Mexican women’s roles, religious oppression, and an opportunity for social change through self-fashioning of new identities for Chicana women. Meet for an informal discussion with the artist about culture, politics, language and art on Tue 3/15 at noon, with an informal lunch at the Center for Women Conference Room, 303 Thwing Center on the Case Campus, 10000 Euclid Ave. Later that day she will present a slide show on her life and work at the Artefino Gallery Café, located at 1900 Superior Ave., from 5:30-7:30PM. On Wed 3/16 at 7PM she’ll provide a lecture and slide show titled “The Virgin of Guadalupe as Role Model” in the Allen Memorial Medical Library’s Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Ave. Call 368-0985. http://www.case.edu/provost/centerforwomen

First Annual March Musical Magic Get close to the famous voice of Robert Conrad, as he hosts a unique afternoon of chamber music favorites performed in inter-generational ensembles with Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert, and more rich composers to empower your imagination. Members of Fairmount Spanish Dancers and students from the award-winning Instrumental Music Department, along with members of the Cleveland Orchestra will be putting the sounds out on Tue 3/15 at 3PM. A concert dessert reception follows the performance; this event benefits Heights High Instrumental Music Department. Call 371-3344. Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Hts. For info visit http://www.HeightsArts.org

Writers Center Stage Series with Francis Mayes The author of Under a Tuscan Sun and her passion of all things Italian has managed to attain the famed New York Times bestseller list for two years, and her story was recently made into a feature film that celebrates her love of Italy. The author excellently communicates sense of place, and her books on Italy touch upon personal observations and memory painting. This event includes an informal Italian meal before her appearance, giving you an opportunity to vicariously live her extraordinary experiences on Tue 3/15 at 5PM, at Star in Playhouse Square. Speaking begins 7:30PM. Call 749-9486 for tickets. Playhouse Square Center’s, Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave. http://www.PlayhouseSquare.com http://www.CuyahogaLibrary.org

Yoga in the Garden is scheduled to take place when the Garden is closed to the public with super energizing Satyananda yoga, a form of classical, integrative yoga that makes yoga accessible to anyone. Taught by teachers from the Atma Center in Cleveland Heights, beginners to experienced students alike are welcome to participate regardless of fitness or flexibility. Come prepared in comfortable clothing and bring a mat to stretch out on Tue 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5. Classes are from 5:30-6:45PM. Register in advance by calling 721-1600. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. http://www.CBGarden.org

Concerts without cost over Northeast Ohio CityMusic Cleveland travels around the area to provide complimentary concerts; they’re open to all and conducted by James Gaffigan, the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Drink up the “Spring” program which includes Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Piazzolla’s Primavera Portena from his Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, and Haydn’s Violin Concerto #1 in C Major, along with others. The soloist virtuoso violinist, Jinjoo Cho, is a student of Paul Kantor’s in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program; she has performed with the CIM Orchestra as winner of the 2004 Concerto Competition. Bring your fave companion on Tue 3/15 at 7:30PM. Plymouth Church, 2860 Coventry Rd. For a complete list of events, visit http://CityMusicCleveland.org

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Passport Project Vibration Series touches down with amazing jazz innovators: Ayer Records artist and bassist, Henry Grimes, and Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen. These accomplished musicians played with Charles Mingus, Sonic Youth, and Digable Planets; hear them locally rock the room on Tue 3/15 at 8:30PM. Call 721-1055. Passport Project, 12803 Buckeye Rd. http://www.PassportProject.org

Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits is a charged-up interview series which gives audiences a glimpse into the music business. This month, Memphis producer, writer, and musician, Chips Moman is on board; his credits read like a history of popular music since 1950. He has produced or written for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. Moman holds the record for the most #1 singles and gold records produced from a single studio, his legendary American Studios, which went on to revitalize Elvis Presley’s career. Hear what the insiders say about the inner world of the music industry on Wed 3/16 at 7PM. Call 368-2402. Harkness Chapel at Case Western Reserve University, 11200 Bellflower Rd. http://www.case.edu/visit/tours/mather/6.html

Human Ecology, Following Nature’s Lead The basic elements of human interaction with the environment will be examined as Frederick Steiner, Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, explains the theoretical approach of human ecology, as well as its policy and practical implications. He’ll share from his book which represents important work concerning the relationship between humans and the environment; uncover the issues of nature and culture for a sustainable future on Wed 3/16 at 7PM. It’s presented by the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative; space is limited, please RSVP at 443-3700. Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave. N.E. E-mail tpatton@cuyahogacounty.us

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Cool Cleveland Sounds
Jackie Warren
Jackie Warren Industries

Over the last fifteen years pianist Jackie Warren has been playing around town, as a solo artist and in a variety of ensembles from trios to salsa bands to pops orchestras. She has finally put out her first disc, Near You, and it is outstanding. Warren’s musical resume is quite impressive; she was trained in jazz studies at Oberlin, has a graduate degree in classical music from Cleveland State, and further studies with jazz legends Neal Creque and Kenny Davis. She has chosen to play acoustic solo piano on her first release, and does an outstanding job covering a wide range of jazz and pop standards, as well as presenting one of her own compositions. She more than holds her own on the Miles Davis compositions “Blue in Green” and “Nards,” as well as Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk.” She then shifts gears and does a beautiful job with the pop standards “My One and Only” and “I Thought of You.” She also does an impressive job on such diverse numbers as a Cuban traditional called “Tengo Me Flores,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time.” Throw in her own “Liquid Blue,” and she makes each song her own as one track compliments the other. Near You shows off Jackie Warren’s immense talents, as a pianist, as an improviser, as a composer, as a jazz interpreter. Here’s hoping she doesn’t wait another fifteen years to do another CD, because her first one is terrific. See the roster of her upcoming live performances at http://www.jackiewarren.net

from Cool Cleveland contributor Greg Cielec cielec@hotmail.com

Life’s Varying Degrees of Excruciation
Growth Incentives: 25% Off the U.S.A. Now!

Cool Cleveland contributor TL Champion shares her humorous frustrations with the idiosyncrasies of human beings in Cleveland and beyond.

When I was a kid and the economy fell on bad times, I would hear that the dollar just wasn’t buying what it used to and that Americans were having a hard time making ends meet. At the time, the answer to this dilemma came to me in two concise ways. The first idea was to have the President command the U.S. treasury to make more money. Since I heard repeatedly that it didn’t grow on trees, this seemed an obvious answer. Then they could hand out the cash to people on the street, who would then stimulate the economy by buying stuff they needed, but couldn’t afford. I’m sure this economic package would be popular among the voters who would definitely vote this president in for a second term. The other sure-fire method, in my mind, was to mark everything in the country 25% off so that the money people do have buys more. I thought that if the president mandated such an act and everybody from realtors to car dealers to grocery stores owners followed it, it could strengthen the dollar because you could get more stuff with it. (Hey, I was ten years old and it seemed plausible at the time.)

Okay, so I didn’t major in Economics for a reason. But creative thinking is what makes this country great. And my childhood ideas for economic recovery don’t seem too far-fetched considering that reform packages take years to develop and decades to derive benefit from. And in rethinking my strategy, free money and nationwide discount mandates would produce short term benefits with immediate gratification. What could possibly be wrong with that?
from Cool Cleveland contributor TL Champion TLChampion@sbcglobal.net

Cool Cleveland People
Pete Cavano
By Norm Gates

A guitarist who has acquired international acclaim as one of the best finger-style guitarists around, Cavano has a good idea of what he speaks. Teaching professionally for over three decades, he masters diverse styles such as Delta Blues; Chet Atkins; Classical and Jazz, teaching techniques that comprise each genre’s foundation of musical culture. Pete has participated as a Main Stage Performer at the yearly Chet Atkins Society, and recorded with Jimmy Hoare, drummer and vocalist who performed with Robert Lockwood, Jr. Pete has seen the city’s musical landscape rise in the creative boom of the ’60s, explode with a country music revival, and then gradually settle into its current state. After living in the dynamic, musically-drenched city of New Orleans for a number of years and traveling to a few other spots on the map, Cavano returned to his native city of birth in 1987, and has lived here ever since. According to Cavano, “The thing that really makes Cleveland great is that there’s such an honest attitude here. It’s knowing we’re not hip, but being cool with it.”

Did you play a lot in New Orleans?
Actually, I did more listening than playing. I ended up managing a restaurant for work, and I spent my spare time seeing bands like the Neville Brothers, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

What was it like listening to a young Stevie Ray Vaughan?
It was wild. Because he would play so loud, we used to sit outside Tipitina’s, which is a pretty famous club, and listen from there. A lot of the “traditionalists” didn’t like Stevie because he played a mix of rock and blues. But the history of blues is only about 80 years old — hardly enough time to have a “tradition.” Like all great musicians, he pissed off the establishment, played with that edge, and was able to communicate something deep to a lot of people….
Read Cool Cleveland People with Pete Cavano here

Cool Cleveland Preview
The Dark Room on Thu 3/10

I can’t pretend to be objective about new plays. As both writer and producer, I’ve spent some 22 years trying to get new work – my own and others’ – onto area stages. It has never been easy, but lately it seems even more like pushing rocks uphill. Which is why I’m excited that a group of writers and performers are banding together to try, yet again, to make something happen here.

“A theatrical community that doesn’t develop new works cannot grow,” says Cabaret Dada veteran Mike Martone. “And right now, Cleveland is a cover band.”

Martone is one of the founding members of The Dark Room – tagline: “where new works develop”. It first opens its doors on Thursday, March 10, at the Old Parish Hall next to Cleveland Public Theater. Part cabaret, part vaudeville, part Our Gang clubhouse and networking event, it’s intended to bring together folks from different disciplines to get new works on their feet, and mix it up in front of an audience. Inspired in part by the University of Iowa’s and L.A.’s “No Shame Theater”, it’s an open mike format: Sign up at 7 pm, perform at 8 pm. Poets, songwriters, playwrights, solo performers, actors – all are welcome. The basic rules are simple: keep each piece under 10 minutes, and the work has to be original, with the writer in the room…
Read the preview by Linda Eisenstein here

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Fast Forward @ Cleveland Museum of Art 2/25
NightOwls of Coventry, by Director Laura Paglin, attracted a full house during its showing at the Cleveland Museum of Art. NightOwls is a touching film that provided several good laughs, while giving the audience a chance to relive the nuances of the seventies in Cleveland. Screened in a rough cut at the 2003 Cleveland International Film Festival, this film, now in its finished 35mm version, was funny, light-hearted, and entertaining. The storyline was based around the regulars that visit a local, all-night deli (including hippies, bikers, and fretful neighbors) intermingled with the lives of a temperamental wait staff. After the movie, the museum offered the opportunity to listen to one of several featured bands, while snacking on sushi and sipping martinis. And their newest exhibit, Masterworks from The Phillips Collection, was open to FF party goers. The collection included incredible works of art by Renoir (including his famous Luncheon of the Boating Party), Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Matisse among others. This exhibit is a definite must-see for fans of the Impressionist era.
from Cool Cleveland correspondent T.L. Champion tl@coolcleveland.com

Yr Turn
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On Improving Cleveland I love your publication and I turn many individuals on to it. Keep up the great work. I have 3 tests to determine how well Cleveland is doing. 1) Is Cleveland expanding or contracting economically? – unfortunately this is a rhetorical question. 2) Is Cleveland seen as a positive or negative place outside of NE Ohio? – again rhetorical. 3) Do Clevelanders and NE Ohioans have pride in themselves and the region? Unfortunately this is also a less than positive answer. I have made up a laundry list of ways to address issues number 2 and number 3 which as an economist, I believe will help with question number 1. Unfortunately some of the institutions in town are less then willing to listen. Maybe you can simply post these 3 questions and ask the readers how they feel about them. An example of an idea for question #3 is a few years ago I asked staffers from one of the politicians in town how they responded when someone said to them in reference to Cleveland, “Mistake on the Lake.” Each looked down and didn’t say anything. I asked them to please retort next time with “At least we have a Lake…” We have a great deal to offer compared to most cities and we need to stand up for it!!! keep up the great work.
from Cool Cleveland reader Chris Whipple CWhipple@JBandR.com

On the sorry state of Cleveland radio Why isn’t there more of an outcry in this town about the sorry state of radio programming, especially in regards to commercial music formats? In a city that houses the Rock Hall, I consider it a disgrace that I can’t find a local station that plays intelligent, cutting-edge music round the clock. Yes, there are decent college programs if you know where and when to tune in. But I’m talking about a format that would be Rock Hall worthy and unique to this town, one that might play anything from early R & B to modern rock (not nu metal or whatever 92.3 or even 100.7 is playing). Don’t think such a blend of old and new could work? Check out the streaming audio of Paradiseradio.com. Just last week, John Gorman wrote an article in the Free Times about an independent FM station in Kansas City that plays an amazing mix of rock & roll not heard on local airwaves. Truth is, I’d be thrilled to death just to get a station that plays alternative music if nothing else. Since it seems that corporate radio giants like Clear Channel and Infinity could care less about creative local programming and are only out to make a buck with their cookie cutter formats, perhaps our only hope is if the Rock Hall and other local institutions get behind an initiative to provide innovative programming not carried on the commercial stations. From what I’ve been told, such a proposal was made to the Cleveland board of directors for the Rock Hall a number of years ago and they showed little interest. Well, maybe its time for the community leaders that make up the Cleveland board to reconsider this idea. Doesn’t the Rock Hall have a state of the art broadcasting studio that hardly gets used? Isn’t it high time for our so-called community leaders on the Rock Hall board and in positions of influence in this city to develop a plan to provide the kind of quality radio programming that Clevelanders deserve and can be proud of?
from Cool Cleveland reader Robert Sulzmann rjsulzmann@yahoo.com

On the proposed Lakewood smoking ban [here] Have been reading all the fuss about the proposed smoking ban in Lakewood. For the record, I’m 48, don’t smoke, single, female. That said, until we clean up the factory( I know, not that many left here anymore) pollutants and car emissions lets leave the poor smokers alone. I’ll bet not one of those so in favor of this ban will say one word in favor of cleaner cars and cleaner factories. That’s taboo, might cause jobs–more jobs. Well, those are big, health threatening air polluters, not the cigarette smoker sitting next to you. Personally, it’s never bothered me.
from Cool Cleveland reader Debra Newell DebAnnN@aol.com

On a Pittsburgh Art Weekend by Linda Eisenstein [here] Linda, I enjoyed your article on your weekend in Pittsburgh, and would have liked it even more if we could say the same for Cleveland. “What I liked best: a tourist can’t get lost in Pittsburgh. There’s great signage throughout the city, arrows pointing out all its funky neighborhoods.” I own an art gallery in Tremont and our most common phone call is, “How do I get there?”, and then the question once they get here is, “How do I get back to the Freeway?”. Maybe once City Council is done running Wal-Mart out of town, we could get some signage made for Cleveland. We have plenty of “Funky” neighborhoods right here in Cleveland. I could only suggest that on your next trip you take Jane, City Council, and ODOT (since they want to close the W. 14th exit to Tremont) with you. I don’t know how it would come together, but I would love to be part of a comprehensive map to Cleveland and our “Funky” neighborhood offerings.
from Cool Cleveland reader Timothy Garton, Owner of Pavanna Gallery, Tremont tagartman@alltel.net

On the NEO Barometer [here] The results of the Gallup poll indicating that more African-Americans favor regional government than Caucasians may not be the whole story. Did Gallup conduct this poll by phone? If so, it would be hard to contact young people who primarily use cell phones, low income persons who do not have phones, and people who move so frequently that their phone numbers are unavailable. These segments of our population would certainly influence the ultimate findings. Politicians may be considering the needs of these folks in forming their positions on regional government. More research needs to be done.
from Cool Cleveland reader Sue Nelson snelson466@ameritech.net

On Steelyard Commons and Wal-Mart [See Wal-Mart pulls out of Steelyard Commons project here] This project would have been a major non-subsidized investment for the City of Cleveland. Developers, retailers and investors will take their investment dollars elsewhere. The mayor, the council and the unions can pat themselves on the back for having protected the integrity of the poorest city in the nation. The sheer stupidity boggles the mind!!!
from Cool Cleveland reader Timothy B. Thompson Timothy_Thompson@SBK.com

Wal-Mart has recently pulled out of plans to develop stores in New York City, Brooklyn and Queens. The Food Marking Institute reports that last year supermarket store openings hit a 10 year low nationwide. Wal-Mart pulls out of a location when it’s not good for Wal-mart. They don’t care about citizens buying locally. It’s time to stop using this change in the Steelyard plans to blame city council, unions or anyone else. Let’s think about what we do want in that location and ask not wait for it.
from Cool Cleveland reader Susan Nelson snelson466@ameritech.net

The region’s struggle for renewal is symbolized by the forsaken dirt patch of the failed Steelyard/Boneyard Commons. Dick Feagler wrote emphatically in the March 2 Plain Dealer that the town is dying. His voice rightly calls it as it is. We are at rock-bottom. I propose that this region recognize and claim its own spiritual roots in the recovery movement, that is to say, the tradition of 12-step movements that first flourished in Akron, in and through north east Ohio. The world is being healed from the degradation and addictions of the 20th century through it. Imagine the land itself as an addict. Ruined and grasping for what worked in the past, what is desired runs deeper. The so-called “dirt-patch” is the prodigal daughter. She longs to be restored to her inherent dignity. Declare in that space a ground zero, a center of recovery and create there a center for healing, for gardens, for gatherings. Invite healers, teachers, spiritual leaders to make a stand upon the rock-bottom of our ruined land. Invite musicians, artists, architects, poets, writers, dancers, creators to send a raspy but vital voice into the world. We are here. We are alive. We have found transformation.
from Cool Cleveland reader Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed. www.urrealist.com Spiriman@aol.com

On Ohio charter teachers not certified [here] What are your thoughts on Ohio’s educational problems and the role of charter schools? Funny thing about State Teacher Certification. My fellow peers from Catholic and other “non-public” schools who didn’t have the “privilege” of having 100% “certified teachers” (as well as myself) didn’t seem to turn out too badly. And, as for our public school brethren who enjoyed the full benefit of all of their teachers holding the oh-so-sacred honor of having a State certification attached to their resume? Well I’ll let those statistics speak for themselves if someone has the time to find those out. My non-certified teachers gave me a top-notch education with a subsequent job and I don’t have that kind of time.
from Cool Cleveland reader Dan Wolters DWolters@JBandR.com

The hoops you have to jump through for “full” certification are a bureaucratic joke. My wife is 31 and has taught at a small charter school for 3 years on her original Ohio certificate. Now in order to renew her license she has to take all kinds of graduate level courses – thousands of dollars that she can’t afford because she makes next to nothing. She loves her job but I can’t see her staying when she can make more money working at Borders.
from Cool Cleveland reader Scott Ditzenberger scottditzen@yahoo.com

On Voices and Choices [here] You did a better job of capturing the essence of what we are attempting to do with Voices and Choices in one paragraph than anyone else has in much longer write-ups! Thanks. Jump in.
from Cool Cleveland reader David T. Abbott, Executive Director, The George Gund Foundation dabbott@gundfdn.org

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Top 5
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1) Cool Cleveland Night Out lights up the Warehouse District with the hottest after-work networking event. Newsletter/Party

2) RoldoLINK Big Projects Don’t Produce Big Enough Paybacks by Roldo Bartimole. www.CoolCleveland.com

3) Wal-Mart pulls out of Steelyard Commons project Wal-Mart this week dropped out of the planned $90 million Steelyard Commons project. www.Cleveland.com

4) NEO Barometer The most recent “Northeast Ohio Barometer of Economic Attitudes,” conducted annually by Gallup and CSU, and paid for by the Cleveland Foundation, has some surprising responses. http://www.FutureFundNEO.org

5) Rip at the fabric Last week, Daniel Saltzman, VP of Dave’s Supermarkets, wrote a cautionary op-ed warning that the Steelyard project “could prove devastating to nearby neighborhoods.” www.Cleveland.com

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