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Dear Friend,

In this week’s issue:
* vYbe Snapshot of designer and artist Arabella Proffer, recently transplanted from LA
* Cool Cleveland People with Linda Goik, owner of Local Girl Gallery in Lakewood
* Cool Cleveland vYbe Commentary: DJ Hellerman on Gen Y’s lack of passion

Cool Cleveland vYbe Snapshot:
Arabella Proffer

In Cool Cleveland’s ongoing vYbe feature, we hook you up with 20-somethings who have something more to offer creatively and intellectually. This month, vYbe introduces Gen Y designer and artist Arabella Proffer, a native of Ann Arbor who spent the last decade surviving Los Angeles’ art scene. Earlier this year, she relocated to C-Town with her husband Ben, who heads Elephant Stone Records, and they’re down with the creative bohemian community of Lakewood. See art of miniature, European-style portraiture of Arabella Proffer, Kristine Lazar and other creative pace setters this Fri 9/10 from 6-10PM at Paradise Gallery, 2199 Lee Rd in Cleveland Heights, as part of the Rising Stars exhibition (See Cool Cleveland This Week below). Cool Cleveland commentator DJ Hellerman sat down with her at Capsule to discuss decadence in art, creating in Cleveland, and our city’s influence on this former West Coast transplant.

Cool Cleveland: Describe the life of an artist in Cleveland versus Los Angeles.
Arabella Proffer: New York and Los Angeles can be considered an “easier” city for artists to live in because there is a higher concentration of wealth, i.e. people to pay big money for your work. So, moving to Cleveland I have had to reduce the prices of my pieces to sell them. That’s cool though because the cost of living is a lot lower. Cleveland rocks because there is an artist’s community. People here are a lot friendlier and less competitive. There is an overall feeling of let’s help each other, instead of the cut throat L.A. and N.Y. attitude. Another thing, in L.A. I was working a full-time job to almost support myself and trying to be an artist. Now, all I have to do is work part-time, 20 hours per week, so that I can live comfortably. You can afford to be an artist here!
Read the Cool Cleveland vYbe Snapshot with Arabella Proffer here

Save 50% on Cool Cleveland party We know you’ve been clicking on the link to check out our next party on Fri 9/17 on West 25th Street, as part of the Urban Gallery Hop (click here), looking at our cool party photos and probably marking the date down in your Daily Planner. Here’s a good reason to firm up your plans today: reserve and pay online before midnight on Thu 9/9 to secure your $10 admission (a 50% savings!). Do it between Fri 9/10 and midnight Thu 9/16 for $15 tickets (still saving you 25% off the $20 cost at the door). Featuring Cleveland’s Troupe Shabaana belly dancers, magic hookah pipes from Kan Zaman, open bar and snacks from the best neighborhood chefs, Cool Cleveland parties are the best deal in town. Get your tickets now. Stick around the party and tour the Fries & Schuele penthouses, hear members of red, {an orchesta}, and get yourself into the after-party at The Garage Bar for free. Register and pay online now: http://www.CoolCleveland.com/index.php?n=Main.Party

Civic Innovation Lab funds 15-year-old entrepreneur Most of our readers know that Cool Cleveland was among the first groups supported by the Cleveland Foundation’s new Civic Innovation Lab, designed to target innovative entrepreneurial projects that spin off civic economic development. Now they’ve announced their third round of awardees, including PolicyBridge, an African-American-led think tank focused on NEOhio; Cleveland365.com, a primary online resource for information and promotion of minority-owned businesses; and BackTalk Magazine, an online ‘zine for teens and pre-teens in the Cleveland area, created by 15-year-old Erin Johnson, and designed to attack brain drain at an early stage. Awardees receive mentoring by volunteer professionals in the fields of technology, law, venture capital and other areas, plus funding of $10-30K. http://www.CivicLab.org

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Live and thrive Downtown! It’s the first-ever, Downtown Homebuyers Forum, a free after-work party sponsored by Progressive Urban Real Estate, Historic Gateway Neighborhood and Historic Warehouse District Development Corp; held at Vivo (located at E. 4th and Euclid) on Wed 9/15 from 6-8 PM. Come enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and find out why over 8,000 Clevelanders live and thrive downtown. Stop by our open houses at the Sincere Building (E.4th and Prospect) and the Pointe at Gateway (750 Prospect) from 5:30-8:30 PM. And, don’t miss the Payne Ave. Lofts Art Show, to be featured on the Urban Gallery Hop! These exciting live/work condos, priced from $129,900, will feature an open house and art show of neighborhood artists. The event will take place at E. 37th and Payne on Fri 9/17 5-10 PM and Sat 9/18 10-5 PM. Come see for yourself and discover the excitement of downtown neighborhood living! www.ProgressiveUrban.com
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Top Ten things to do before you die in Cleveland, according to Citysearch: here

Cleveland On The Edge The three major Cleveland private sector civic organizations (Cleveland Tomorrow, the Growth Association and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable) combined to form the Greater Cleveland Partnership in March 2004 in order to “mobilize leadership…to create jobs and wealth and improve the economic vitality of the region.” One of their first accomplishments has been the just-released report Cleveland On The Edge!, available in full on their website here. Their conclusions? Ratchet up innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting NorTech, Ohio Aerospace Council, OneCleveland and JumpStart; Strengthen our brain power through educational reforms in the Cleve Public Schools, aligning workforce training with industry clusters, support NOCHE (Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education); Building places that enhance our quality of life by creating an Exploratory Gaming Coalition, supporting Cleveland’s Lakefront Development Plan, advocating for a new convention center; Retaining and attracting jobs and companies by supporting TeamNEO, creating a single marketing campaign for the region, pursuing tort reform, package deals and development financing; Ensuring full participation by minorities in job and wealth creation by positioning the GCP as a “model of diversity and inclusion.” If you want to know what’s on the mind of the power structure in Cleveland, including their timelines and where the money’s going to flow, you should download and read the actual report here.

PlanSoft merges, leaves town The Twinsburg start-up with the slick software for meeting planners has merged with competitor seeUthere Technologies of Santa Clara, CA, becoming OnVantage, Inc., combining their complementary product lines and customer bases. Reportedly, it was a true merger where, “we split every single hair straight down the middle,” according to PlanSoft CEO Ed Tromczynski. As to why the new company will locate in Santa Clara and not Twinsburg, Tromczynski said, “there’s a perception that you’re a stronger entity if you’re in Silicon Valley.” See CrainTech.com here

PR = Word of Mouth How do you stimulate the best public relations for your organization? Get people talking about you. And one of the best ways to do that is to appear in Cool Cleveland, the source for those in the know. Contact Cool Cleveland today and start people talking about you tomorrow: Info@CoolCleveland.com

West Side Leadership mural The Ohio City Leadership Mural is a 36 by 8 foot outdoor mural displaying themes of leadership, as told by members of the Ohio City Neighborhood. Come check out what a piece of art can do to help a community understand its history and identity, when the mural is unveiled at the opening reception 9/10 from 5:30-7:30PM with the mural dedication at 6PM. St. Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd. St. http://www.StPaulsCleveland.com

Digital Museum of Modern Art on politics An exhibition of political caricature art has helped The Digital Museum of Modern Art to break attendance records for the eighth straight month in a row. Their new exhibit, Presidentially Speaking: Cronies, Nannies, Fautors & Fops features the cartoons of the Wizard of Whimsy, together with statements by Bruce Springsteen and Chris Lamb, associate professor of Communications for the College of Charleston, South Carolina. DMOMA is a virtual museum which serves cyberspace from Richfield, “a small town in the outfields of Cleveland, Ohio,” reaching audiences worldwide. To see the exhibition, click on the DMOMA site here.

Art volunteering is sexy Put yourself in the pulse point of Cool Cleveland and get into the center of what goes down behind the scenes at our infamous Art/Tech/Dance events, Urban Gallery Hop, Gravity Games, and other cool events. Volunteers are needed for a couple hours of fun and action-oriented activity. Contact us to find out how you can help; you’ll receive comp entry while you meet new people and make new connections. Send us a note at info@coolcleveland.com

The Garage Bar opens with a new concept: classic rock, trucker caps, and a chrome, two-tiered stage featuring bands and house DJ Larry Szyms. Look behind the bar for tap beer flowing from a pair of custom-deisgned auto fuel pumps. The Garage Bar is also the site of the after-party for the upcoming Cool Cleveland Art/Tech/Dance party on Fri 9/17. Reserve your spot here by midnight Thu 9/9 and save 50%. http://www.TheGarageBar.net

Cleveland’s hardship The Rockefeller Institute released their report, An Update on Urban Hardship, and Cleveland ranked 7th worst of 86 major US cities. Here’s why: the factors used in figuring hardship rankings included: Unemployment: the percentage of the unemployed civilian population older than 16; Dependency: the percentage of the population younger than 18 and older than 64; Education: the percentage of those older than 25 with less than a high school education; Income level: per capita; Crowded housing: the percentage of occupied housing units with more than one person per room; Poverty: the percentage of people living below the federal poverty level. Only Detroit, Gary, Newark, Hartford, Miami and Santa Ana, CA were worse. http://www.RockInst.org

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Shift Happens Do you wish that your organization’s customer service skills were consistently awesome, rather than frequently awful? Don’t blame your frontline employees – they’re only part of the equation…customer service begins at the top! Cleveland State University’s Division of Continuing Education will help you exceed your customer service expectations with their program Shift Happens: Leadership Strategies for Superior Customer Service. There are four shifts that must occur in order to create and foster a customer service culture throughout your organization. Meeting once weekly, for four weeks, this intense course begins October 5 and is perfect for management leaders who seek to create, communicate, model and lead their staff to a defined vision of superior customer service. Cleveland State Continuing Education — your first and best resource for certification, recertification, professional programming and customized training; with convenient and accessible locations near you. Check out their fall course offerings now at www.csuohio.edu/ce or call 216.687.2144.
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WiFi cities When Case installed 4000 wireless Internet access points covering their entire campus, it promised to create the largest contiguous wireless (WiFi) area in the country. And it’s been something to be proud of. But now, other cities may be overtaking Cleveland in the race to establish themselves as leaders in new technology and the New Economy. For the relatively modest investment of $10 million (“less than what it costs to build a small library”), Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street is considering offering free WiFi to all 135 square miles of the city by wiring lampposts, garnering glowing reports in CNN, Forbes, and others. Last week, he created a 14-member “Wireless Philadelphia” committee to work out the details. See Yahoo.com here. See “Vision” link on the City of Philadelphia site: http://www.Phila.gov Meanwhile, Michigan plans to make WiFi available at 10 Michigan state-owned parks, docks, rest areas and welcome centers (see story here). Let’s hope this isn’t another lost opportunity for Cleveland to move closer to the cutting edge by leveraging CWRU’s investment in WiFi and the OneCleveland project, the ultra-broadband fiber optic network that connects Case, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Schools, area colleges, non-profits and health care organizations (see OneCleveland here.) We certainly have the vision; all we seem to lack is the political will.

Recycle your used office equipment Check out this site to find out where to send your used equipment by state, county, and city, courtesy of the Electronic Industries Alliance. The databse lists hours of operation, contact information, what electronics they accept and free information for each program. http://www.EIAE.org

Synesthesia: Weird links with words and colors A condition in which people make bizarre sensory associations, probably relies more on the plasticity of the brain. People with synesthesia often say that letters, words and numbers have innate colors, but no one really knows why or how these strange associations form. A recent study of blind and blindfolded people by colleagues at the University of Oxford suggests that genes may almost certainly play a role. See New Scientist here

Windpower The Cleveland Foundation has put a special focus on developing windpower for this region, and others in the region have realized this issue could be key for our region’s future. We’ve written about it repeatedly (see the Cool Cleveland archives here and search on “windpower”). Now the Science Center is applying for $160K to build a small 65 kilowatt demonstration wind turbine on their property on Lake Erie to illustrate the benefits of windpower. The American Wind Energy Association provides resources for implementing small wind systems and allows visitors to search for wind projects by state. Educators can also access The Power of Wind, a guide for wind energy and other educational resources. http://www.AWEA.org

Short women more successful with men Shorter women are more likely to have long-term relationships with men, according to a British study. The study also found that women prefer men who are taller than average, but why men should prefer smaller women is unclear. See New Scientist here

Case cancels both Latino radio shows Radio station WRUW, broadcasting from the campus of Case Western Reserve University has canceled both of their Spanish radio programs: Planeta Latino and Latin Perspective, apparently because of scheduling conflicts. The shows offered the opportunity to educate and inform Latinos in our area, and other Clevelanders, of the world affairs in Central America, South America and the Latin Caribbean cultures. “This is a complete injustice, and once more an epitome of how a “city” such as Cleveland will never become a main city neither national nor internationally,” stated Susana Weingarten de Evert, born in Mexico City, trained in dance in New York City, and a Cleveland resident since 1985, specializing in Latin American dance styles with husband dancer Tom Evert. See WRUW Fall schedule here, and pop WRUW General Manager James Eastman an e-mail here: GM@WRUW.org, and cc: Cool Cleveland here: Letters@CoolCleveland.com

What does it mean to live with a writer? What makes the arrangement work – or not work – and why? How does life at home contribute to the creative process? What is the cost of a masterpiece and how does it affect a caring relationship? You’d be surprised at the challenges. See The Guardian here

Buffalo arts drive economic development Cleveland’s not the only town to start realizing that making it easy for artists to come back Downtown will stimulate the regional economy. Minnesota-based Artspace plans to renovate a still-undetermined Buffalo building into low-rent living and work space for more than three dozen artists, as part of the city’s long-range plan realizing that “a visible, collective presence of artists – from sculptors to photographers, musicians to graphic designers – will help spark more development and bring more of that creative, edgy energy to downtown.” See Buffalo News here.

Bush pops into Chagrin Falls and Popcorn Shop owner Dewey Forward sent us photos and this missive: “In my attempt to carry the liberal dogma in the ever so Republican Valley of Chagrin they are attempting to sway me. They sent their biggest star. Nice guy, like to have him over for a Bar-B-Que sometime, but run the country, I’m not so sure. I was of course thankful for the press corps, the military helicopters and snipers located on building tops, bomb sweeps of the Popcorn Shop, secret service everywhere and all the publicity… Laura got some of her Christmas shopping out of the way.” See photos and Dewey’s notations here.

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Urban apartment living Quiet and spacious loft apartments in the center of downtown Cleveland’s busiest neighborhood! The Bingham, located in the revitalized Warehouse District is premiere loft living with full-scale amenities. Unique spaces abound in this first class renovation – exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, original posts, high ceilings and large new windows that offer fantastic city views. All models feature neutral decors, contemporary kitchens with all conveniences, laundry hook-ups, T1 internet capability and free basic cable. Plus, enjoy amenities such as indoor parking, and a brand new market (opening this Fall!), complete with gourmet deli and coffee shop. Plus, if you sign a lease by 9/30, you’ll receive one month totally rent free. To take advantage of this offer, send an e-mail to leasing@TheBingham.com with the message ‘Cool Cleveland one month free offer’ in the subject line. Or just call 216.579.4000 and mention the ‘Cool Cleveland one month free offer’ on the phone. http://www.thebingham.com. The Bingham, 1278 W. Ninth St.
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Verse and Vision Project Thanks to the inspired folks at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, bus and rapid train riders in Cleveland will be greeted with artwork and poetry designed to demonstrate the value of creativity in our everyday lives, posted right on the interior bus and train cards. Moving Minds: the Verse and Vision Project, will be featured at a free reception on Thu 9/9, from 5-7PM in front of the RTA offices, 1240 West Sixth Street, with all 12 artists on hand to present their work and talk with the public. This town is starting to get the hang of it! www.RideRTA.com

Cool Cleveland This Week

Send your cool events to: Events@CoolCleveland.com

Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre performs select works from its diverse repertory in an informal, outdoor dance under the open skies. Prepare yourself: this troup will show you what aerial movement is all about. Event is open to the public and free, Thu 9/9 at 6PM. Sponsored by ParkWorks and brought to you by Young audiences of Greater Cleveland. Mall C, on Lakeside Ave. between Ontario and East 9th. http://www.ccdt.com/main.html

Altan Direct from Ireland, the legendary Celtic group in an exclusive Ohio appearance. With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, they have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Their commitment to traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, moves contemporary audiences in a big way. See the performance Thu 9/9 at 8PM and 10PM. Nighttown, http://www.NightTownCleveland.com or visit http://www.Altan.ie

Cleveland Reads Their Second Annual Reading event brings in local leaders and celebrities who read from their favorite books. Find out about local literacy organizations, register to vote, sign up for a library card, and discover how you can make a difference in the literacy effort. You’ll enjoy a free lunch courtesy of Panera Bread on a first come, first served basis on Thu 9/9 11:30AM-1:30PM. Star Plaza in Playhouse Square. http://www.ClevelandReads.org/News.htm

It’s Not How Green You Make It – It’s How You Make It Green We are led to believe that “green” design is an inevitable good – for the environment, for business, and for people. However, the benefits of sustainable design depend to a large extent on the successful integration of technology, human and social factors, and business needs. This talk will look at how three design domains – efficiency, effectiveness, and occupant experience – can be used to analyze the potential human and organizational benefits of sustainable solutions. Get the real info about it Thu 9/9 with a 5:30PM networking recepetion and 6:30PM presentation followed by a reception at Trinity Commons. Event is free, registration is required. Call 961-8850. Trinity Commons, Cathedral Hall, 2230 Euclid Ave. http://www.Clevelandgbc.org

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Get Wilde this weekend Oscar Wilde is throwing a party of wit and you’re invited as Great Lakes Theater Festival kicks off it’s Fall Repertory with The Importance of Being Earnest on Fri 9/10 at the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square Center. Discover to what ends two dapper gentlemen will go to woo the women they love. A masterpiece of modern comedy, Wilde’s wit will delight and entertain, revealing “the pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple”. GLTF’s Fall Repertory shifts into high gear when the same company of actors opens William Shakespeare’s political thriller, Julius Caesar two weeks later and performs both shows in rotating repertory through October 16. One company. Two plays. One stage. Six Weeks. Come discover Shakespeare’s Great Company. Great Tickets are on sale now at great prices; $20 tickets for any show; plus, $11 student tickets – any show, any seat. For more information, please visit www.GreatLakesTheater.org
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Rising Stars Exceptionally arresting visuals from emergent artists and audial vibe from Acoustically Blue, providing background sounds. See abstract expressions and emerging symbolic figures from a mind’s eye view, Arabella Proffer’s classical Elizabethan style with a hint of the sinister in her “Neo Reality” portrait series, and Carnegie Mellon grad Krisztina Lazar shares her spiritually inspiring visionary imagery on Fri 9/10 from 6-10PM; show runs till 10/2. Call 554-5548. Paradise Gallery, 2199 Lee Rd in Cleveland Hts.

Modern Midwest: Cleveland multimedia Get your tech on and jump into a revelatory evening; hear Thursday Club improvising noise, Reese spinning house, techno tweaking, Digital Cowgirl screens original video, JDAT mixing video feedback, Cloud Ten doing the lights, Sophate amping the room while you create the vibe Fri 9/10 at 11PM. The theme is “everafter.” Bring a picture of peoples’ faces to create a collage that reminds us there are billions of other lives turning our world. Orthodox Cleveland, 6205 Detroit Ave. Details, mp3s, and a picture scrapbook at http://www.midnightmixer.com

Back from SPACELab:10 Years of Innovation Run in for the opening to recognize and celebrate their accomplishment of 10 years worth of experimental art spectacles, all created within ordinary spaces. Open your eyes to new installations that incorporate risk taking ideas, presented alongside photographic documentation of the artists’ original projects; event is free and open to the public to inform the community on crucial and emergent art. Opening happens Fri 9/10 from 5-9PM. Call 621-2314. SPACES, 2220 Superior Viaduct. http://www.SpacesGallery.org

Q Burns Abstract Message is hailed by artists and critics as one of the smartest, most talented producers in electronic music, and he’s reknowned for doing remixes for artists as diverse as David Byrne to Lisa Shaw. Catch him in MOCA’s fresh space, spinning downtempo on Fri 9/10 at 8PM. Call 421-8671. Museum of Contemporary Art, 8501 Carnegie Ave. http://www.MOCAcleveland.org

Chalk Outline Party, Black Tie Revue, Kill City Kills Pittsburg is coming to town, with COP’s combination of intelligent sleaze and raw rock ‘n roll power that gets into your head and your pants, like great rock and roll should. Their newest release, a self-produced EP Shiny Penny Things has earned FM radio play, and comparisons to Cobra Verde and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The Pittsburgh City Paper noted their sounds of “bar-shaking distortion and Ziggy Stardust bassy-Bowie vox a la Pete Murphy.” Show some Cleveland love for their primal, unsettling noise Fri 9/10 at 9:30PM. The HiFi, Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. http://home.comcast.net/~chalkoutlineparty/about.htm

Films by the Falls Relax and wind down with an evening of silent shorts and classic films with the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, and others on Fri 9/10 at 7:30PM. Admission is free, so bring a group of friends and family. Call 739-0523. Films will be shown outdoors at the Mill Creek Falls History Center, 8404 Webb Terrace.

Soul of the Americas Embrace Hispanic culture and see the unveiling of a collaborative mural, as eleven local Latino/Latina artists work in tandem on a large scale work commemorating the life of Roberto Ocasio, the celebrated local Hispanic jazz artist who passed last winter. In addition to the mural, each artist will exhibit two new works not associated with the project, projecting each individual artist’s style and medium Fri 9/10; stop in for the opening reception from 5-7PM. Call 687-2103. Cleveland State Art Gallery, 2307 Chester Ave. http://www.csuohio.edu/art/gallery

Maurice Silver Retrospective A lifetime of work by a watercolorist who gets his inspiration from nature and news events, and check out this unique co-op gallery of paintings, photographs, 2&3 dimensional art, jewelry, wearable art, ceramics & hand-painted furniture. Drop in on their opening reception Fri 9/10 from Noon-9PM. Call 707-9390. Panello Gallery, 12404 Mayfield Rd. http://www.PennelloGallery.com

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Ohio City’s Open The Fries and Schuele building in Ohio City’s Market Square district offers a great opportunity for urban living. Only one Townhouse and two Penthouse Condominiums remain and include the following features: a fitness center, an oversized roof deck, 2 terraces, 3 floors of living space (3200sf), a vaulted 2-story living room, 2 indoor/heated parking spaces, a courtyard and expansive windows offering great city views. The convenient Ohio City location gives walking access to a grocery store, the West Side Market and great restaurants, clubs and coffee houses. Spacious loft rentals start at $875 per month. Visit our open house this Sat 9/11 from 11AM-4PM, or call 392-2742 to schedule an appointment. Come to the Cool Cleveland party on Fri 9/17 and a free tour is included. http://www.ProgressiveUrban.com
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Political Bazaar One stop political shopping! Event is a non-partisan community event giving voters the opportunity to explore a range of political issues and information; join in for positive and balanced discussions on candidates and issues. It will also honor the victims of September 11th; food and speeches will lend to the picnic atmosphere, plus booths and presentations Sat 9/11 from 11AM-6PM. Call 373-7462. West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd.in Rocky River. http://www.RaucousCaucus.org

Soundoctrine Listen up to an alternative Christian funk band performing with a purpose; the band will donate proceeds from the evening’s performance and CD sales to the United Way and The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley. Their new show will honor the fallen heroes and salute the families and children of the 9/11 tragedy on Sat 9/11 at 9PM. Call 330-673-6606 Club Khameleon 626 N. Water St. in Kent. http://www.SounDoctrine.com

Intergenerational Conservation Club for families Put into practice your conservation knowledge or learn more; meet monthly to learn about different environmental issues: water issues, land restoration, how natural systems work and using less energy. It’s an opportunity to learn as a family and spend time outside helping the environment Sat 9/11 from 1-2:30PM. Call 321-5935. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd. http://www.ShakerLakes.org

Cash Tribute Four local “Americana” bands have teamed up to pay tribute to one of the most influential pop, country, and cross-over musicians of the last 50 years, as September 12 marks the 1-year anniversary of the death of Johnny Cash. Hosted by The Cap Gun Cowboys, the CASH Tribute features Hayshaker Jones, The Cap Gun Cowboys, The Staggs and Lonesome & Blue taking the Beachland Tavern stage in what’s sure to be a grand hootenanny, outlaw country style. Come prepared for a night of traditional country spirituals, brash tales of whiskey-tinged heartache, and lovelorn cowboys riding the somber range of the common man on Sat 9/11 at 10:30 PM. Call 383-1124. Beachland Ballroom, 15711 S. Waterloo Rd. http://www.CapGunCowboys.com or visit www.beachlandballroom.com

Studio-A-Rama Our fave annual event is slammin’ the outdoors with 9 local bands who are contributing original music, making Cleveland a truly alternative music destination. Stick around the entire day to hear I Sing The Body Electric, Sputnik, Kroch, J.Scott Franklin, Smokin Fez Monkeys and the New Lou Reeds. It’s going on all day on Sat 9/11 starting at 2PM and running till midnight. Call 368-2208. Mather Memorial Courtyard, the corner of Ford and Bellflower Road, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. http://www.wruw.org/news/disp_item.php?t=1&id=101

Greening Your Home Series: Greening Ventilation Sit in on discussions covering topics on installing controlled spot and/or whole house ventilation to evacuate moisture and stale air, while bringing in fresh air with minimal heat or cooling losses. Make your new or existing home healthier by hearing the basics on ventilation on Sat 9/11 from 9-11AM. Call 961-8850. Cleveland Environmental Center, 3500 Lorain Ave. on the lower level. http://www.Clevelandgbc.org

American Heroes Day Honor our American Heroes and celebrate the American spirit at the Lake View Cemetery, as they dedicate a monument in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11. The monument symbolizes the tragic events in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and its design includes a piece of steel girder from the World Trade Center. The mayors of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland will also participate. Following the Commemoration Service there will be a gathering for all citizens to share in fellowship, food and the unity of our greater Cleveland communities at the free CommUnity cookout on Sat 9/11 from 3:30-6PM. Call 421-2687. Lake View, 12316 Euclid Ave. http://www.LakeViewCemetery.com

Cleveland Clinic Sports Health River Run/Skate We’re always happy to see racing events that feature not only runners, but skaters too (are you listening at the Cleveland Marathon?). The fifth annual race starts at Wallace Lake and heads though the Metroparks finishing at Memorial field in Rocky River on Sat 9/11 and Sun 9/12 with a two-person half marathon relay, 5K, a kids run and a 12 mile skate race. If you’re lookin’ to spin your wheels this weekend, here’s where you can do it. Wallace Lake in Rocky River, off Valley Parkway, south of Bagley Road in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Berea. For more information visit http://www.hermescleveland.com/River_Run/index.html

The Story of Musicarnival John Vacha, author of Showtime in Cleveland will be discussing his latest book and exploring the pioneering tent theatre. For 22 seasons it offered popular musicals and even a few operas to northeast Ohio audiences. Many alumni of Musicarival went on to distinguished careers in the theatre, including Beverly Sills, and William Boehm (founding director of the Singing Angels). Visitors can view slides of scenes from productions and backstage candids and meet Musicarnival alumni on Sun 9/12, at 2PM. It’s free and open to the public. Call 623-2881. Cleveland Public Library’s Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, E. 6th St. and Superior Ave.

Sunday Sessions Musicians in our region know about the legendary jam sessions and musician showcases that take place on a regular basis at Mike’s Barn in Elyria, which is an actual barn with four stages and dozens of organs (he restores and sells them). This Sun 9/12, he’s pulling out all the stops for his end-of-summer blowout, featuring a set by Cool Cleveland faves Cats On Holiday, appearances by Becky Boyd and Mary Bridget Davies, plus rumors of others who may join in: the Numbers Band, Madison Crawl, Walkin Cane, Kristine Jackson, E.T. King, Colin Dussault, Robert “Redtop” Young, Glen Schwartz, and who knows who else. The free event starts around 5PM and is strictly BYOB, food and beverages. For directions, send an e-mail to Mike at michaelyates@alltel.net

Vehicle Technology, Northeast Ohio’s Economic Development Engine a 90 minute interactive discussion to talk about alternative fuels, propulsion systems and vehicle-related advanced materials. The purpose of the conversation is to raise the community’s consciousness of how much activity related to transportation technology is already going on in Northeast Ohio, and brainstorm strategies for leveraging knowledge networks within this community of practice to drive job creation and economic development. Do you see yourself behind the wheel of an energy efficient “Sparrow”? Take a look at http://www.smartmeetingdesign.com/rei/index.php/Main/REITuesdays and get a sneak preview of it on Tue 9/14 from 4-5:45PM. Peter B. Lewis Building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

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WCLVnotes Next Tuesday morning, September 14th, WCLV takes its First Program with Jacqueline Gerber to the Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital in University Circle. Jackie will be on the air from the Clinic, 6AM-10AM, with her usual “time to get up” mix of music, news, weather and traffic reports. WCLV’s broadcast is all part of a special promotion for the Children’s Hospital by The Plain Dealer. The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Day of Music open house at Severance Hall takes place on Sun 9/19, and WCLV will be there to report on the activities, pick up some of the live music being presented, and at 4PM, broadcast from the stage of Severance what has become an annual event, a dialogue between Music Director Franz Welser-Moest and WCLV’s Robert Conrad. a Cool Cleveland partner www.wclv.com

Cool Cleveland People: Linda Goik

Local Girl Gallery owner Linda Goik opened her space this May with unexpected contemporary, iconoclastic black and white photography of the female form, industrial-feel sterling silver patina jewelry, and recycled stained glass panels. Her eye is trained in the art of identifying up-and-coming work that includes 3-D framing and mixed media. Goik is an artist as well, known for her delicate and intricate hand painted silk. This Lakewood native also supports area youth art creation, and she’s been a featured artist at several art festivals. Her latest exhibition, Body Beautiful: Human Form in Mixed Media, opened weeks ago to rave reviews. Cool Cleveland correspondent TL Champion talked with this intrepid gallery owner about why she’s in Lakewood and the challenges of being an arts entrepreneur in Cleveland.

Why did you choose the city of Lakewood to open your gallery?
I live here, but I’ve always loved Lakewood. I love the diversity and the community feeling. The people are out strolling, and you always see people out talking to one another and the city has a great community feeling. My goal in creating the gallery was to make sure it wasn’t intimating. I want people to come in and browse. Many are surprised when they recognize a neighbor’s name on the wall next to a piece of artwork.

How much of the work is created by local artists? And by women?
About 80% is created by local artists. Then I scout around at different art shows for other items to round out the selection. I’m not limited to Lakewood artists. The majority – roughly 75% – is created by women…
Read the Cool Cleveland People interview with Linda Goik here

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Cool Cleveland vYbe commentary:
Gen Y Needs Passion
vYbe is Cool Cleveland’s focus on Gen Y, people born in 1979 to 1995, igniting the Cleveland Gen Y scene, tipping off 20-somethings to some of the coolest events, alt culture, music, personalities and slammin’ pursuits. vYbe is connecting our region’s talented youth, their contributions and tracking their future in Cleveland. This week, Cool Cleveland vYbe commentator DJ Hellerman explores his age group’s lack of passion, and questions the direction of their future.

The absence of passion among Generation Y is a frustrating phenomenon I’ve experienced with my peers in Cleveland. Without a passion there is nothing to keep one motivated and progressive; and the result is Gen Y engaged in mindless activities of smoking and drinking. It’s a mindset that doesn’t stretch for possibilities, doesn’t want or need to improve or move beyond anything other than using brainwaves for work and little else. To my disappointment, this kind of thinking is holding up my generation’s progress…
Read Cool Cleveland vYbe Commentary here

Yr Turn
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On the Children’s Games I had the opportunity to check out the Festival Village at the International Children’s Games with my wife and 10 month old son. While there we ate some great food, bought some great art and enjoyed different ethnic dance and entertainment while listening to the people around me speak languages from around the world. What I did not appreciate was being told to leave the beer garden because my son was under 21. I don’t think a 10 month old would be much of a threat for underage drinking. Maybe we are bad parents for wanting to enjoy a beer at a great event on a beautiful day, but I don’t think so. While I understand that this event was centered on children and that drinking should not be a focus, I also feel that it was a bit odd to invite people from around the world, most of who do not have issues with public drinking, to our city and then treat them like Puritans. One of the guards at the beer garden told me that many of the European visitors, not to mention Clevelanders, were annoyed and perplexed by the situation. Since the whole event was cordoned off and there was security everywhere I see no reason why a person of age should have to stay in a cage in order to have an alcoholic beverage. For me it was a sour note to an otherwise fantastic event.
from Cool Cleveland reader David Sharkey dsharkey@progressiveurban.com

Instant Karma
Quik 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

The Boys From the County Hell @ The Harp 9/2
Travel to Dublin without the hassle of packing bags or, for that matter, visiting an airport. Check out The Harp Restaurant’s full “getaway” package featuring delicious Irish food, spirits and live music from the Boys From the County Hell. A Pogues cover band from Cleveland, the Boys From the County Hell offers a cross-pollination of ballads and drinking songs, mesmerizing their audience with rhythm-inspired guitars, whining violins and a unique Irish punk band sound. Their specialty includes an interesting mix of vibrating rock fused with a lighthearted Irish lilt that is sometimes played at a hyperjig pace. This intriguing, high-energy hybrid approach is created by six twenty-somethings led by Doug McKean, a steely lead singer and acoustic guitar player. Other members include his brother Dave, who supplies a thrashing pulse on the drums, Nick Stepanovich with a wailing accordion, melodic banjo, Tomer Prebish’s grooving beat on bass, and Chris Yohn’s impressive mastery of the tin whistle, violin and electric guitar. Their next gig is October 2nd at The Harp’s Octoberfest, happening at 4408 Detroit Ave. Or see them at Beachland Tavern’s Halloween costume party on Friday, October 29th. Check ’em out. http://www.boysfromthecountyhell.com
from Cool Cleveland contributer T.L. Champion tlchampion@sbcglobal.net

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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) Urban Trolley Hop You are invited to join Cool Cleveland on Friday, September 17 as we swoop into Ohio City and one of Cleveland’s most exciting districts. Join Cleveland’s creative and business elite to enjoy the after-work networking party that takes you to the hottest spots in town. www.CoolCleveland.com

2) Cool Cleveland Interview with John Ryan He’s the Secretary of the Cleveland AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions in Northeast Ohio. www.CoolCleveland.com

3) They just love Cleveland, don’t they? We know that Cleveland rocks, but have you ever considered Cleveland as a world-class, avant-garde center of arts and culture? www.BootsnAll.com

4) Sexhibition Now in its second year, it’s an erotic exhibition celebrating sex and sensuality in the arts, and it’s very, very hot. http://www.13hundred.com

5) Ohio City Xpressionz Aerosol and Urban Art Festival Graffiti writers came out of the dark to leave their marks in broad daylight. http://www.clevelandpublicart.org

New journalism on the block Do you live for new experiences and love to learn about the newest projects, events and people in town? Then you’ve come to the right place. We appreciate our readers who are getting involved with us by checking out CoolCleveland.com. Go ahead and tell people you regularly engage with to visit our website and discover what’s new in town. Send along friends and co-workers to register for the e-zine at http://www.CoolCleveland.com (and check out the new site) or have ’em send an e-mail to signup@coolcleveland.com

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Hard Corps dedication These people are the heart and soul of Cool Cleveland, thanks to Tisha Nemeth, TL Champion, DJ Hellerman, Deb Remington, Bill Nagode, George Nemeth 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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Keep it local,

–Thomas Mulready
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