Party Of The Year

9.15- 9.22.04

Party of the Year

Dear Friend,

In this week’s issue:
* Cool Cleveland Art/Tech/Dance Party on Fri 9/17 you get 25% savings if you buy online by midnight 9/16 here
* Cool Cleveland Commentary by Case CIO Lev Gonick on OneCleveland and Cleveland poverty
* Cool Cleveland Interview with Ensemble Theatre founders Lucia & Licia Columbi
* Cool Cleveland People on CIA prof and interdisciplinary artist Jurgen Faust

Cool Cleveland party this Friday Save 25%! Our sickest party of the year on West 25th Street with belly dancers, hookah pipes, food from a dozen Ohio City chefs, and our famous open bar – there’s still time to save big time if you order online by midnight on Thu 9/16 here. A featured stop on the Urban Gallery Hop, your single admission gets you a free penthouse tour, a pass to the after-party, an exclusive peek at neighborhood vendors, and puts you in front of hundreds of cool urban professionals who know what a great city we live in. Grab a snack at the Cool Cleveland party, then hop on a free trolley and visit one of 100 galleries and open houses in Ohio City, Tremont and Downtown, then come back for the after-party. Bring a friend or meet one at Cleveland’s coolest after-work networking event (click here). Last year’s party on West 25th was off the hook, and this encore event promises to be even more exciting, with entertainment from the best of Cleveland: red {an orchestra} violinists, Gregory Kudlaty on lap steel, Troupe Shabaana belly dancers, and DJ Anonymous spinning eclectic world and chill grooves. Here’s the deal: order online by midnight on Thu 9/16 here, and you’ll save 25% off the walk-up price. Still the best value in town, and where else will you be able to rub shoulders with so many other young professionals? Click here and we’ll see you after work on Friday! Newsletter/Party

Case wired for video Israeli videoconferencing firm Radvision, Ltd. has been hired to build a live video network with thousands of display terminals in classrooms, connecting meeting rooms and student computers, ultimately providing “all faculty, students and staff with a soft video end point on their notebook or desktop computers,” says Lev Gonick, CIO at Case. See CrainTech here. Why the video ubiquity? They plan to offer virtual study groups, seminars, archived teacher lectures and virtual office hours, all possible because of the 1 gigabyte network connection that Case offers every student, plus the free WiFi high-speed access offered to dozens of Cleveland institutions, and any citizen on the Case campus through the OneCleveland program. See Cool Cleveland Commentary by Lev Gonick in this week’s issue of Cool Cleveland below.

Archiving the Avant-Garde All this talk about wiring Cleveland isn’t just science fiction – it’s happening today. Last week, Case hooked up Cool Cleveland’s Thomas Mulready, who founded the Performance Art Festival+Archives, with a live videoteleconference over Internet2 to the Guggenheim in New York, the MARCEL network in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, and other arts groups around the world to discuss archiving avant-garde artwork such as installation, computer art and performance art, and delivering art videos to large audiences over the Internet. See Archiving The Avant-Garde here.

Free admission for volunteers For our Cool Cleveland party on 9/17. Only fun, cool people who like to work hard are sought…we work hard, play hard, and then we clean up a bit. We need ushers, food tenders, and people who know their way around a party. If you want to be on the inside, contact us at

What kids want from a city Professional skateboarder and Ohio native Rob Dyrdek, now living in San Diego, finds that too many cities are still not accommodating the needs of today’s kids, so he’s helping to build a SK8 park in his hometown. He’s sure to incorporate curbs, ledges, steps, and railings rather than the traditional ramps and half-pipes; they’re also lower to the ground and safer for younger kids. “Skaters who want half-pipes and ramps — they’re like, really old — not people our age,” says 12-year-old Tony Augustinack, who helped design and build a SK8 park in Brainerd, Minnesota. See Yahoo here

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Downtown’s for Sale! And you can find out where tonight, by attending the first-ever downtown homebuyers event, a free after-work party sponsored by Historic Gateway Neighborhood and Historic Warehouse District Development Corp; held at Vivo (located at E. 4th and Euclid) tonight, Wed 9/15 from 6-8 PM. Come mingle over tasty hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and find out why over 8,000 Clevelanders have chosen to live 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 with featured artists including Hodge School artists Dana Patterson and Brian Nicholls, Loftworks artist Pamela Dodds, and Cleveland artists Mark Howard and Jen Doss. 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!
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Campbell grows a backbone Mayor Jane Campbell sent out a strongly worded press release this week stating how she “denounced the federal government’s unconscionable position toward the city’s Resident Employment Law (Fannie M. Lewis Law) and Minority and Female Business Enterprise Law,” which the city had passed to insure that publicly funded construction projects of $100K or more hire Cleveland residents for 20% of their positions. Federal agencies have refused to support the Cleveland law, which could certainly help lift the city from its poverty-stricken situation, and the Federal Highway Administration has instead withdrawn $700K from the Kinsman Road project. See release here.

Detroit-Superior Promenade opens After more than four years of visioning, wrangling and arguing with the Federal government, the Veterans Memorial Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Promenade opens with fanfare this Fri 9/17 at 1:30PM. With new parks at either end of the span, Cleveland’s most elegant bridge will now have a stunning pedestrian walkway where the Northernmost two traffic lanes used to be. Along the bridge are seven interactive public art elements and a seating area at the apex. Come help cut the ribbons, and bring your bike. Thanks for the tireless work of Lillian Kuri and Cleveland Public Art, and congrats to the Feds and other officials who did the right thing. 621-5330

Tour de Cleveland Clevelander Shelly Korman is one mighty 67-year old. He took time off from his Euclid dental practice to join two dozen other bicycle enthusiasts following some of the same routes as the Tour de France, including the grueling 9-mile ride straight up the French Alps. Korman rides that same nine miles to work everyday year-round, and averages 5000 bike miles a year. See Cleveland Jewish News here

Sea kayaking on Lake Erie South Bass and the Lake Erie Islands have received some bad publicity lately for a mysterious illness blamed on some of the water supply. So, “It might come as a surprise that some kayakers have been comparing the Lake Erie Islands, about 35 miles east of Toledo, to the San Juans of Washington — arguably the nation’s most picturesque backdrop for the sport known as sea kayaking,” according to the New York Times. Crediting federal laws regulating pollution and the beneficent invasion of Zebra mussels, each of which clean a litre of fresh water a day, they note that our now-cleaner Great Lake is starting to draw kayakers to the Lake Erie island group that “resemble a miniature version of the Greek Isles.” Jason Bristol, a 28-year-old owner of a Cleveland kayaking tour company says it all, “People think the lake is gross. But several hours from the steel mills, you’re in an island paradise…kayakers are always surprised by how nice it is here.” Sometimes, Clevelanders are surprised by this, too. See NYTimes here

What rush hour? In a new study by Texas A&M University, Cleveland ranks 72nd out of the top 85 as large, medium and small cities for traffic congestion, meaning 71 other cities have worse traffic problems. Cleveland’s measly 11 hours of annual traffic delay time even beats out most mid-sized and smaller cities, while the worst traffic nightmares are in L.A. (93 hours), San Francisco (73 hours), D.C. (67 hours) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (61 hours). Only cities like Buffalo (10 hours), Eugene (9 hours), Rochester (6 hours), or Anchorage (5 hours) have less travel delays. So next time someone whines about Cleveland traffic, ask them if they’d rather live in Little Rock (9 hours). Download the report at here

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Corporate Espionage Security breaches…threat management…corporate identity theft…financial corruption. Recent high-profile information breaches and inaccurate financial reporting (think Enron and Global Crossing) are highlighting the ever-increasing need for organizations to protect their most valuable asset – information. Information security and corporate certification of financial statements keep IT professionals and CPA’s awake at night. Plus, mandatory compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by 2005 means your data must be accurate. Cleveland State University’s Division of Continuing Education Information Security Management System Certificate Program, will get you up to speed with how to safeguard and maintain the integrity of your organization’s data. This program begins October 8 and is perfect for IT, Law Enforcement, Financial and Legal professionals, who are charged with and concerned about protecting their organization’s assets. 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 or call 216.687.2144.
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Kulture Kids Especially with our society’s current obsession with academic test scores in our schools, it’s nice to hear how Cleveland’s Kulture Kids have “actual measurable positive correlations” showing that students who study the arts also improve their proficiency scores in reading, math and other subjects. In one example, all third grade teachers in the Cleveland City School District attended a Kulture Kids workshop and learned how to apply the content of a play their students were seeing at Playhouse Square directly to Ohio’s Academic Standards and received resource guides helping them apply theatre and other arts concepts to enhance any lesson plan or subject matter. Learn more about arts integration workshops or acquiring resource guides by visiting, call 371-2867, or send mail to

Climate Change Knowledge Network connects worldwide activists, business leaders, scientists, and government leaders who research climate change. The website provides and up-to-date overview of the key topics and factors in climate change as well as the status of climate negotiations.

Thursdays at the Met Get connected with fresh-to-the-market antique pieces each week, featuring the fabulous and funky: vintage and contemporary furniture, antiques, porcelain, glass, paintings, jewelry and more. Preview begins every Thursday from 5-6:30PM at Metropolitan Galleries, 3910 Lorain Ave. 631-2222.

Edgy theatre training For the past 21 years, Cleveland Public Theatre has created a reputation for cutting edge and high-quality theatre, performance art and special events. Now they are fast becoming known for their innovative educational techniques that unlock creative power and inspiration in kids, teens and adults. CPT Academy is in its second year, and their upcoming Fall Session offers everything from Acting 101 to Physical Approaches to Character, Ten Minute Playwright to Act Out! for ages 12-17, to The Play Room for ages 6-11, and Fairy Tales for ages 3-5. Taught by area professionals Holly Holsinger, Greg Vovos and Jill Levin, some of our area’s best educators -helping Cleveland learn how to move a little closer to the edge. Maybe the CPT Academy can help. 631-2727 X362.

Gravity Games When greedy executives at NBC pulled out as lead sponsor to start up their own extreme sport event, Gravity’s return to Cleveland was in question. But cable’s Outdoor Life Network came to the rescue, and once again you’ll swoon to the hunky young athletes and the hip young people they attract. Whether it’s the chance to see Bike Vert and Bike Street Gravity Gold medal champ Dave Mirra or his challenger Ryan Nyquist, (who blamed last year’s bad weather on his failure to dominate), or Drake McElroy and Ronnie Renner going hard for the FMX championship, or the 14-year-old skate prodigy Ryan Sheckler showing off for his older peers, you and your teen kids or friends are sure to find something jaw-dropping at this year’s Games. Check ’em on 9/15-19 behind the Rock Hall and Science Center, and don’t forget to turn around and see how great our city looks as a backdrop to this awe-inspiring show.

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Fighting ‘brain-drain’ through music Cleveland Institute of Music is a leading international conservatory and local economic force bringing talented musicians to Greater Cleveland every year. This ‘brain-gain’ for our region is reflected in 26% of graduates who perform, teach and live in Ohio. Other graduates bring focus to Cleveland through their activities around the world. Jason Vieaux who heads CIM’s guitar department, had the No. 2 top selling CD, Sevilla, the Music of Isaac Albéniz, on this summer. Or, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, 2001 graduate, appointed Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony. CIM is proud to have its student body represented world-wide helping to brand Cleveland as an exceptional city to receive an education in music and to make a living as a professional musician. For more information about CIM call 216-791-5000 or visit
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Drawing classes at the cool Loftworks building. Have fun and learn to develop your artistic skills with professional artist Pamela Dodds. Enjoy the small groups and the relaxed atmosphere at 1667 E. 40th Street. Stop by the Urban Gallery Hop this Fri 9/17 & 18, click over to, call 233-0100 or send a note to

How to be a Cool Cleveland partner Wonder how all those great Cleveland companies and groups get to be featured at this week’s Cool Cleveland Art/Tech/Dance party? Affiliating with Cleveland’s online alternative gains your organization lots of positive attention and goodwill, not to mention tons of clicks on your website, e-mail address or promotion. We offer newsletter advertising, event sponsorship and more. If you’ve got a marketing budget, drop us a line to discuss making it more effective

Miami loves Cleveland It’s a familiar tale: they came, they saw, they loved our city. This time Associated Press travel writer Thomas Sheeran leads with one of our most stunning locations anywhere: the Ohio and Erie Canal’s Towpath Trail and CanalWay National Heritage area, where industrial bridges like I-490 soar over the Canal that was Cleveland’s raison d’etre in the first place, while you stroll or bike the parallel towpath like the mules pulling barges used to, stopping for exhibits on how the original settlers farmed the Cuyahoga River Valley, illustrated at The Miami Herald story mentions that you can actually have dinner in a converted warehouse overlooking the River that caught fire, but here’s the story’s real angle: “this canal, nestled between steel and chemical plants, is part of Cleveland’s history as an industrial powerhouse. But like many places connected to this Rust Belt city’s past, it has been cleaned up and reborn.” Thank the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for inviting writers like this to Cleveland, and sending them home with enough happy memories to spread the good word. See Miami Herald here.

Bring renewable energy to developing countries The Solar Electric Light Fund put up this website where you can calculate your own carbon dioxide emissions for specific road trips, and find out how you can offset emissions and support SELF’s projects which bring renewable energy to third world countries.

Check Linda @ The Kennedy Center Cool Cleveland theatre correspondent Linda Eisenstein has just returned from Washington D.C. where her show Becoming George received a staged reading as the opening production in their Page To Stage Festival. For a vision of how exciting the experience was, check the professional video here

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Upscale city living can be found at The Bingham, Downtown Cleveland’s newest renovation for city living. Located in the historic Warehouse District, The Bingham offers unique loft living with full-scale amenities. Enjoy the cityscape views from the huge new windows in this beautifully restored warehouse – hardwood floors, original high ceilings and exposed brick walls complete the scene. And all models feature neutral decors, modern kitchens with all conveniences, T1 internet capability and free basic cable. Add the brand new market (opening this Fall!) and you’re set! 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 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. The Bingham, 1278 W. Ninth St.
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Re$tore Cleveland A new e-zine produced by the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation, helping Cleveland area community groups improve their business districts by improving physical appearance, developing community partnerships, providing marketing assistance and creating economic growth. Get the free newsletter here, celebrating the free Asphalt Cinema series at Kamm’s Corners, four new businesses in Detroit Shoreway, new sculpture and hanging baskets at Lorain Station, a planned mural on Waterloo Road, a visitor’s guide to Tremont, and other essential projects.

Angle 16 Check out Angle’s coverage of “the hippest show ever” at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Needful Things: Recent Multiples, curated by Jeffrey Grove and showing in Project 244), highlights of the past year’s theatre season by Linda Eisenstein, and a review of Spencer Tunick’s recent installation in Cleveland, plus more good reading and beautiful images to sink your intellectual teeth into. A Cool Cleveland partner.

Call for emerging sculptors Cleveland is fortunate to have The Sculpture Center, which focuses on renovating great Cleveland public sculpture, and promoting the art of sculpture in our region. If you’re an Ohio artist who has graduated from an Undergrad or Graduate program within the past 10 years (or have equivalent experience), you’re eligible for their annual Window to Sculpture Series, offering you 1000 square feet of gallery space to work on a solo show. Deadline is Sun 10/31. Find the forms online at, or call 229-6257.

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Intuition Reshaping nature into fine art, it’s a visual art experience like nothing you’ve ever seen before by Susie Frasier, in her solo exhibition of ecology art and written verse. Authentic earth fragments are transformed into organic art for the home or office, as this show represents two years worth of walks in the woods, prairies and beaches. It’s now on view Wed 9/15 through 10/8 at Art Metro, and then at the Holden Arboretum 10/18 thru 11/14. Call 696-1942. 530 Euclid Ave.

CAAO Corps of Volunteers Program to provide your organization with skilled volunteers to assist with various projects: Project Management, Technology Assistance, Administrative, Strategic Planning, Special Events Management and Fundraising on Wed 9/15 from 5:30-7PM. It’s designed to train and deploy teams to assist your organization in various projects or assignments. Please R.S.V.P. to or come by the CAAO office, 1761 East 30th St.

Peer critique of artwork Artists will have the opportunity to bring 2-3 examples of artwork for a professional critique by fellow artists. A panel of 3 will be on hand to facilitate the event on Thu 9/16 from 7-9PM. Reservations are required due to limited space available. Contact Art House for details. Call 398-8556. Art House, 3119 Denison Ave.

Las Mujeres y el Dinero Women and Money is a one-day financial planning conference for Hispanic women, which is free of charge, and will cover budgeting/credit & debt management, home ownership and investment/retirement planning on Thu 9/16 from 9AM-4:30PM. Sponsored by The US Department of Labor, Women’s Division in collaboration with the State Treasurer’s Office. Columbus State Community College in Nestor Hall. Call 614-387-0310 Registration is encouraged at

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Cleveland’s Biggest Art Buffet! Don’t miss the most exciting weekend for discovering the Downtown art scene. This Fri 9/17 from 5–10 PM and Sat 9/18 from 10–5 PM, Sparx in the City’s Urban Gallery Hop presents an open house of over 100 galleries, art studios and cultural events in the core of our city. Park in the Warehouse District, The Galleria, the Plain Dealer Building, or near E. 4th & Euclid and pickup FREE trolleys to take you across 7 districts! Click here to see all the trolley stops and plan your own custom experience. Explore the Quadrangle and Midtown area in the City Artists at Work Preview of over 45 professional art studios. On Sat 9/18 ONLY, dive into the outdoor festival atmosphere of Playhouse Square’s Centerfest and the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival with live performers, artist booths, food, and fun for children. There’s so much to love in this cultural spread, you’ll want to go back for seconds!
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Around The Corner 30th anniversary Thirty years ago, Mickey Krivosh started small with a big idea of serving the customer at a little place called Around The Corner, located at the West End of Lakewood, just around the corner from Rocky River. As their anniversary approaches, it’s going to take more than one night to celebrate. Thu 9/16 kicks off the official 30th anniversary party with entertainment by Rock Shop, and 1974 prices are in effect at the bar. An all day buffet will be served on Fri 9/17, and they’ll be giving out 500 commemorative t-shirts at 3PM. On Sat 9/18 take a look at the vintage car show from noon-5PM in the Around The Corner parking lot, at the corner of Mathews and Detroit Avenues in Lakewood. Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave. 521-4413.

Cool Cleveland Art/Tech/Dance party Cool Cleveland’s Tenth Art/Tech/Dance party is ready to rock at the Market 25 space on West 25th Street, across from the West Side Market. The energy’s infectious as we close down summer Cool Cleveland style with a party that’s so big we had to take it to the streets Fri 9/17 at 1948 West 25th Street. We’re joining forces with the Urban Gallery Hop, and you can drop in on galleries and eclectic restaurants at this wide-ranging affair. CC will have the open bar flowing, while Cleveland’s Troupe Shabaana belly dancers do their swaying, and you can sample hors d’oeuvres from the neighborhood’s finest eateries. Suck in the magic hookah pipes from Kan Zaman while enjoying the ultra smooth grooves by DJ Anonymous. Hit the gig after work at 4PM and come by for the camaraderie and culture of Ohio City, then head out to the after-party at the brand new Garage Bar at 8PM. Our $10 tix have sold out; reserve and pay online before midnight on Thu 9/16 to secure your $15 admission that’s saving you 25% off the $20 cost at the door. Newsletter/Party

Theater District Discovery Tour Now in its fifth year, you’ll want to tour all of Cleveland’s best theatres, from the well known to the quirky. You’ll also savor meals and fine beverages as you experience performance art treasures on Fri 9/17 at 5:30PM. For reservations call 348-5273. Playhouse Square Center, 1501 Euclid Ave.

Ears on a Beatle: John Lennon Direct from an Off-Broadway run, this was the hit of the 2003 Berkshire Theatre Festival. The story starts out with two FBI agents conducting an undercover surveillance on John Lennon, and it makes for thought inducing theatre as this play looks into life and liberty in the ’70s. Discover what it was like when both peace and paranoia swept through the nation; get out to see it on opening night Fri 9/17 at 8PM. Call 932-6838. Dobama Theatre, 1846 Coventry Rd.

Wine, Wilcox, Warshawskya See dozens of works never before seen in Cleveland, including early Wilcox works. Supplementing this exhibit are important, large-scale Paul Travis works, and a major wall relief in enamel on copper panels by Hungarian American artist Kalman Kubinyi. Be there for the tribute to two Cleveland School legends, Abel Warshawskya, who authored Memoirs of an American Impressionist and Wilcox’s effulgent paintings on Fri 9/17 from 5-9PM. Corcoran Fine Arts, 13210 Shaker Square.

Queen Bee Productions presents The Kathy & Mo Show The New York hit comedy is fabulously outrageous; see the hilarious two woman tour de force, raking over such subjects as men, women, feminists, love, sex, guilt, family and religion. The women play more than 15 roles, comic to serious, transforming themselves right on stage. Written and originally acted by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Veronica’s Closet), witness the transformational drama in the variety of characterizations, the quick wit of the dialogue and the creative flexibility of the two actresses. Opening night is Fri 9/17; show runs till 10/2. Call 241-6000 for tickets. Kennedy’s Theatre at Playhouse Square Center, 1501 Euclid Ave.

Gravity Games Get up close to street contests: men’s and women’s skate boarding, biking and freestyle motorcross. Participants will be executing daring skills and stunts and will be judged based on flow, speed, and variety. Entertainment will be off the hook with SUM 41, The Donnas, Terror Squad, plus a list of others in live concerts on Fri 9/17 and Sat 9/18; musical performances will get started at approximately 9:45PM. Tickets for the Gravity Games are available through Ticketmaster at 241-5555. At the North Coast Harbor, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Party’s in Ohio City It’s time again to get out this Fri 9/17 from 4-8PM at Market 25, 1948 W. 25th St. and celebrate in Ohio City at the Cool Cleveland party! And while you’re mingling and meeting your fellow Cool Clevelanders, why not take an opportunity for a free tour of The Fries and Schuele building. Only one Townhouse and two Penthouse Condominiums remain with the following luxe features: 2 terraces, 3 floors of living space (3200sf), a vaulted 2-story living room, 2 indoor/heated parking spaces, a fitness center, an oversized roof deck, a courtyard and expansive windows offering spectacular 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 9/18 from 11AM-4PM, or call 392-2742 to schedule an appointment.
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Stiv Bators Tribute with The Deadboys, Cynics & Cobra Verde It’s harsh sonic fun with reunited band members from the Deadboys on stage for the first time in 17 years, and it’s guaranteed to kick your ass. Helping them with the ass kicking will be Rainy Day Saints’ gritty garage rock, and Cobra Verde, a band that’s getting *really* popular in NYC. Prepare for an audial hangover as the Beachland morphs into a punk fun house from hell. See the photo exhibit on display featuring iconoclastic images by Jim Lanza, Anastasia Pantsios and Theresa Kereakes while you’re at the show Sat 9/18; doors open 8PM, show begins 10PM. Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Rd. Get tix before they sell out at 383-1124 or get info at 623-1226. and

Espress-o café: multimedia + creativity Ease back in the September weather and get into a real evening of interaction. Inside you can move to live DJs and meet creative company. You can also make art on your own with black-light paints, or strut it during a b-boy competition, or bring your paints to compete in a graffiti showdown. Chill with espresso, homemade desserts and get hit with diverse musical performances on Sat 9/18 from 7-midnight. Call 481-1241. Espresso Cafe, 13434 Cedar Rd. at the corner of Cedar and Taylor across from the Rhythm Room in Cleveland Hts.

Discover dunes in the fall As summer turns to autumn, Headlands’ Dunes is a wonderful place to experience one of Ohio’s best coastal dune communities. Whether your interest is botanical or avian, there is plenty to see: rare plants growing on the dunes and a variety of shore birds can be seen. Embark on a nature walk with bird hikes and comfortable guided tours Sat 9/18 from 8AM-3PM. Call 440-632-3010. Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, west of Fairport Harbor on the north end of Rt. 44 on the east end of Headlands Beach State Park.

Fusion: where faith and art collide is an arts publication that will explore the place where faith and art meet in their new local magazine. Check out their launch while you drink up, enjoy light snacks and peruse a copy of their first issue. An art exhibit will also be shown during the evening, with most art available for sale in a silent auction Sat 9/18 6-9PM. All proceeds will go towards funding of the magazine. At 1300 Gallery, 1300 West 78th St.

Cartooning workshop An opportunity to learn a new skill and have fun during the process. In this two day session, you’ll learn basic cartoon drawing techniques and the art of character creation. Bring your prior drawing expertise, as these sessions are for those with some drawing experience. Check it out Sat 9/18 from 11AM-2PM and Sat 9/25. Call 398-8556. Art House, 3119 Denison Ave.

Auction for the Artists The tradition continues! This is the fourteenth year for the auction; last year over 40 artists participated, and this year promises to have even more. Meet many of the creators who will be on site, from novices to the well seasoned. Be there for the hype and auction excitement on Sat 9/18 at 7:30PM. Located at 2180 West Eleventh St.

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Pandemonium II: The Divine Comedy is the tagline for this year’s Cleveland Public Theatre’s Second Annual Gala Benefit. Don’t be stuck in limbo, mark off your calendar for this one and get ready in advance for a hell of a party, with honoreees Louise Gissendaner of Sankofa Fine Arts and Tom Schorgl, President and CEO of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Rub elbows where the arts and business worlds collide and network all night long on Sat 9/18 at 7PM. RSVP at 631-2727 ext.211. Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave.

Fall fine wines at the Falls Celebrate fall and raise funds while sampling an array of international wine presented by Chuck’s Fine Wines, while you indulge in a “Taste Chagrin” buffet paired with silent auction. Then walk and browse the scenic streets or stroll over to the waterfall Sat 9/18 at 7:30PM. Call 440-247-1895. Proceeds will benefit the Main Street project in Chagrin Falls. Hamlet Village, 200 Hamlet Hills Dr. in Chagrin Falls

Hollywood Film School in Cleveland It’s a 2 day event where you can learn everything you need to know in easy to understand terms that enable you you to produce, sell and profit from your first feature, whether it’s a no-budget digital shoot or a quality 35mm studio shoot. You’ll also receive a filmmaker’s workbook and find out about the movie industry as well as the independent filmmaking process Sat 9/18 from 9AM-6PM and Sun 9/19. Presented by Cuyahoga Community College. Call 987-3075. 2415 Woodland Ave.

Ticket to Hell An afterlife view of site specific installations created for Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium II: The Divine Comedy. Curated by Kristin Bly-Rogers, it promises to be an unexpected and arresting layout, with installations by Cavana Faithwalker, Daiv Whaley, Kristen Baumlier, Robert Banks and a slew of others. Event is free and open to the public on Sun 9/19 from 5-8PM. Call 631-2727. Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave.

Classic Cleveland Poetry Slam This month’s feature from Worcester, MA is Morris Stegosaurus, a highly charismatic performer in the full slam poetry tradition. The through-lines of his poems often relate symbolic and surreal situations as dialogues with personified objects, without regard for whether those objects are concrete or abstract. Hear east coast-style slam on Sun 9/19, doors open at 7PM, slam begins 9PM. Call 383-1124. Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Rd.

Ride of Silence A silent bike tour that honors fallen cyclists, and a reaffirmation of bikers rights to share the road. Cyclists will travel a 10 mile route, two abreast, no passing, no talking and hand signals only; the demeanor is that of a funeral procession. Wear black arm bands or red if you have been involved in a bike/motor vehicle accident; event happens Sun 9/19 at 6PM, please submit names and hometowns of those killed by a motor vehicle, names will be read prior to the start. Call 513-5040. Location is at Public Square downtown. For info email

Cesear’s Forum starts off the 2004-2005 season with a fab evening of entertainment: Jazz ‘n Bloom, a semiformal benefit with cabaret chanteuse Adina Bloom, followed by The Roland Paolucci Jazz Trio. Dip into wine & cheese, drop some cash at the art raffle and dance the floor off to aid local theatre with immediate operating expenses on Sun 9/19 at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased at the event, Hilton Garden Inn, 8971 Wilcox Dr. in Twinsburg. For info email

6th Annual Day of Music at Severance Hall The music doesn’t stop all day during this five hour marathon of exceptional music of various cultures. If you’re a music enthusiast, you’ll thrill to the spirited sounds of Voces y Danzas Colombianas at 12:30PM, African Dance Extravaganza, and Roberto Ocasio’s Tropical Jam Orchestra with Ritmo y Raza Dance Company. There’ll also be activities for children, so you can take along the family on Sun 9/19; doors open at noon. Call 231-1111. Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave. See info here.

WCLVnotes The annual WCLV/Cleveland Orchestra Marathon takes place this coming week, Mon 9/20 through Thu 9/23, originating from The Arcade in downtown Cleveland. WCLV will be on the air each day from 11AM-5PM, featuring interviews with Orchestra players and representatives. Music during the period will preview the upcoming season. And from noon to 2PM, there’ll be live music both in the Arcade and on the air at 104.9. There will be even more live music on Thursday evening at 8PM, when WCLV broadcasts live the opening night concert of the new Severance Hall season. Franz Welser-Moest will conduct a whole passel of participants in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. a Cool Cleveland partner

The Weakerthans These Epitaph recording artists are bona-fide, sonically sinister purveyors of punk with influences from rock to folk to alt-country and beyond. Their lyrics hedge contemporary literature and politics, and now you can hear material off their third recording effort, Reconstruction Site mixed by Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age). Get stoked with these smart mouthed, buzz worthy musicians Tue 9/21 at 10PM. Get tix at 440-775-8169. Dionysus Discoteque, Wilder Hall at Oberlin College, 135 West Lorain St. in Oberlin.

Hermeneutic Circle Catch this media installation of Jurgen Faust, and scroll down to read more about him in Cool Cleveland’s interview. His enigmatic work communicates the significance of all parts and how it connects to the whole, now on view Wed 9/22 noon-10PM at Heights Arts Contemporary Community Gallery. Call 371-3457. At 2173 Lee Rd in Cleveland Hts.

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Cool Cleveland Commentary:
OneCleveland and the War on Poverty
by Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer, Case Western Reserve University

The headlines scream a frank and brutal reality. The OpEd pages are predictable with “I told you so” insights. The number of children living in poverty has increased by 11 percent over the past three years. The number of children receiving welfare has declined by 10 percent over the same period. Adding to the gloom, median family income – $44,853 in 2000 – fell by $1,535 over the past three years while the number of Americans without health insurance, according to the Census Bureau, grew by 5.2 million, to 45 million in 2003… The central public policy opportunity is not to report the facts, bemoan them, debate them, parse their meaning, point fingers, or invoke sentimentality and choruses of “if only…”. Rather, if ever there was a clarion call for a third-way (non-partisan), a new coalition (not just the rehash of business versus government with or against organized labor), a new generation of leaders who are attuned to the 21st century rather than being preoccupied with the view from the rear view mirror – this would be the opportunity… There is, in this hour of structural crisis, a very human response to reject the new, untried, and risky option of strategic deployment and use of information technology to reinvent our city as a prototype of the connected digital city. While we embrace and affirm the key role of schools, religious and other 19th century institutions, we need to look forward to establishing, nurturing, and grow new institutions relevant to the challenges of the information age…
Read the Cool Cleveland Commentary by Lev Gonick here

Cool Cleveland Interview:
Lucia and Licia Colombi

Lucia and Licia Colombi are Cleveland-born sisters at the helm of Ensemble Theatre, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary season this year. Lucia’s production of Our Town – featuring a panoply of well-known area actors, including Ron Newell as the Stage Manager — opened on September 11th at the Cleveland Play House’s Brooks Stage. Identical twins, the two nevertheless have different personalities and aesthetics that manage to complement each other. Lucia, Artistic Director and company founder, is ebullient, sunny, bluntly candid. Associate Artistic Director Licia is quietly professional. They talked with Cool Cleveland correspondent Linda Eisenstein about the long, strange trip it’s been.

Cool Cleveland: How has theatre changed in Cleveland since you started out?
Lucia Columbi: Theatre has become more of a business. Audiences are more spontaneous about what they go to, you don’t get subscribers the way you used to. We also have to try to reach out and embrace younger audiences. With arts education so cut back in the schools, many never get to experience a live performance. We need to shake up programming and do more partnerships – not just arts, but community-based. We’re one of the only theatres in the area that has a senior outreach program.
Licia Columbi: Having been away until 1989, I really see how the theatre community here has grown. There used to be no small professional theatres – nothing between the Play House and community theatres. Now there are more grassroots opportunities for audiences to try the performing arts without mortgaging their house for a ticket.
You two are the only twin sisters running a professional theatre company in the US.
Lucia: Really? I never thought about it.
Licia: Maybe we should make more of it.
Read the Cool Cleveland interview with Lucia and Licia Colombi here

Cool Cleveland People:
Jurgen Faust

Jurgen Faust is the Dean of Integrated Media and Chair of T.I.M.E. (Technology and Integrated Media Environment) at Cleveland Institute of Art. An educator for twenty years, he’s focused on integrating arts and science, and he’s an independent artist who has exhibited works around the United States and Europe. He was the main founder of the Kunstseminar Metzingen, Freie Hochschule, in Metzingen, Germany and has led numerous lectures on art, theory, and digital installation art. His newest show, Hermeneutic Circle, is a media installation combining work that communicates the significance of all parts and how it connects to the whole, on view noon-10PM at Heights Arts Contemporary Community Gallery until October 3.

Cool Cleveland: What has your best contribution to Cleveland been?
Jurgen Faust: I can be proud that people say I was able to start a digital art and design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art which now educates the greatest talent. To quote one of the most famous web designers in US, Hillman Curtis, who recently saw the work of one of our students he said this is the greatest and best undergraduate work he ever saw. And for sure we also got the accreditation of our new graduate program in digital arts which we start in August 2005. One of the legs of this program is called the Professional Partnership Program, a very advanced co-op program, I got in place too.
Who’s on your list of most-admired & why?
Joseph Beuys, a German artist. Why, because if I look at his work and his life and then I read that he was able to put his life in service of a bigger idea: that his life was a social sculpture, something he invented. Life and art shouldn’t be separated, it should be one entity…
Read Cool Cleveland People on Jurgen Faust here

Instant Karma
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La Turista @ convergence-continuum 9/9
What: Sam Shepard’s off-beat 1967 comedy about a couple suffering from Montezuma’s Revenge during a surreal trip to Mexico — complete with witch doctors and live chickens.
Reasons to go: It’s worth the trip to Tremont to see the very funny first act, which seems to be Shepard’s fever- and/or drug-inspired riffs on how American tourists deal with third-world encounters and fantasies of “exotic” native people. The witch doctor segment is hilarious, and features live chickens. Director Clyde Simon keeps the company transforming on a dime, through all the many genres the piece touches on – from monster movie to spaghetti western to faux National Geographic special.
Caveats: The 2nd act doesn’t have the same directorial clarity of the first, although there are still high points. It finally spins out of control with Geoff Hoffman’s physically demanding but rambling monologue about Frankenstein’s monster’s relationship with his doctor/creator.
Backstory: This is convergence-continuum’s return to early Shepard. La Turista is his first “full-length” play, which won an Obie Award — although it plays more like two marginally-related one-acts.
Target audience: Those adventurous beings who value highly theatrical moments over rationality or sense.
Details: thru 9/25 at convergence-continuum, The Liminis,
from Cool Cleveland contributor Linda Eisenstein

Page-To-Stage New Play Festival — Washington D.C., 9/4
Why write an Instant Karma about a D.C. event? Because the Kennedy Center’s PAGE-TO-STAGE New Play Festival is an impressive undertaking, and something that Cleveland theatres should think about emulating. I was there last week, when a concert reading from our new George Sand-Sarah Bernhardt musical Becoming George was presented on Sept. 4, sponsored by Alexandria, Virginia’s MetroStage. PAGE-TO-STAGE brings together all of Washington D.C. area theatres under one roof, in a free showcase of all the new work that is being done in the upcoming season. It takes place in 6 of the Kennedy Center’s theatre spaces over the Labor Day Weekend. The benefits are many: it’s diverse and low-budget (they’re all readings, each organized by its sponsor theatre), people get excited about new work coming to the community, and theaters get season flyers into the willing hands of new audiences. See Kennedy Center here. This year more than 25 area theatres were represented, with works by Joyce Carol Oates, Michael John LaChiusa, Arthur Kopit – as well as us. Because Becoming George is a musical, we were scheduled on the Millennium Stage, a large public space just outside the opera house, which does a webcast of its popular daily 6 pm concerts. We got an enthusiastic spillover crowd of 450. To see a video of the concert from the Kennedy Center archives, click here.

Our Town @ Ensemble 9/11

What: Thornton Wilder’s classic look at the human condition – examining life and death in a small turn-of-the-century New England town. Ensemble’s production emphasizes the philosophical aspects, turning it into a Buddhist parable on transience and beauty.
Reasons to go: As the young Emily, who goes from stern student to terrified bride to conscious ghost, Bernadette Clemens slowly builds a character that is riveting by the evening’s end. Other strong turns are Ron Newell’s folksy Stage Manager, Robert Hawkes’ abstracted Doc Gibbs, and Michael G. Regnier’s dark, tormented choir director.
Caveats: The emphasis on mimed business and New England accents gets in the way of characterization for some on stage. Colombi’s take, especially in the first act, is languid and gentle – a pastel rather than full colors, a portrayal of a town as distant sleepwalkers. But Clemens’ deeply poignant third act revelation – that we don’t fully participate in life or recognize its fullness ‘til we’ve lost it – makes those choices seem conscious and earned.
Backstory: This is Lucia Colombi’s 56th directorial outing at Ensemble, which begins its 25th season. It’s also an on-stage homecoming for actors: 12 of 20 cast members have been in over 30 Ensemble productions.
Target audience:. An audience that wants a fresh look at a classic play.
Details: Ensemble Theatre, Brooks Stage of the Cleveland Play House, thru 9/26.
from Cool Cleveland contributor Linda Eisenstein

Importance of Being Ernest @ Great Lakes Theatre Festival 9/11

GLTF’s Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee, in charge of The Importance of Being Earnest, maintained a sprightly pacing, allowing the one-liners to proceed at a fun-filled gait, and the laughs merrily tumbled over each other. The casting was superb, although the characterizations were almost too mannered. As the two young dandies at the center of the play, Douglas Frederick as John (Jack) Worthing was suitably bewildered about his family tree, while David A. Smith as Algernon Moncrieff came within a hair of chewing up the scenery as well as all the available cucumber sandwiches or muffins, as available. Aled Davies made a substantial Aunt Augusta/Lady Bracknell, a role frequently played in drag.

Algy’s cousin, the Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax was given vibrant life by Laura Perrotta while Kelly Sullivan made a charming, if somewhat empty-headed Cecily Cardew, Jack’s ward. The supporting cast consisted of Lynn Robert Berg in the dual butler roles of the ancient Lane and suave Merriman, Wayne S. Turney as the slightly dithery Rev. Chausible and Nan Wray as the absent-minded Miss Prism.

Great Lakes utilized a set piece stage design by Gage Williams, which with suitably different trimmings for each act served as Algy’s drawing room and Jack’s country house garden or drawing room. Lighting by Rick Martin and Sound by Peter John Still enhanced the production without being especially noticeable (a very good thing) while the costumes of Kim Krumm Sorenson were simply smashing.

Once you understand that Mr. Fee believes Oscar Wilde to be the godfather to Monty Python, rather a lot of previous murk suddenly clears. Thus the rock music played (too loudly) during intermissions. Wilde himself may well have liked the concept, but it somehow jostled against the staid Victorian costumes and behavior. Nothing, however, can ruin Wilde’s wonderful words.

To see Wilde at Great Lakes, playing in repertory through October 16, call the ticket office at 241-6000 or the web-site: or from Cool Cleveland contributor Kelly Ferjutz

Leading Ladies @ Cleveland Playhouse 9/12

All too often, people are judged by their names or their clothing, or indeed, by the very faces that they present to the world. Perhaps this helps to explain the current fascination of the media for those persons considered to be “celebrities”. Just who IS the person underneath, really? An entire culture has developed in the last few years, devoted to that very question.

Last weekend, Cleveland’s two major professional theater companies opened their fall season with plays that are very similar in nature, yet wilde-ly dissimilar (pun intended), all at the same time. The Cleveland Play House presented the World Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s very American farce Leading Ladies is just simply hysterical. There are a few sight gags, a few slightly bawdy gags, some fancy dancing, and a whole lot of laughs. An enormous amount of laughs, actually. In fact, I’m not sure when I’ve laughed so hard and so consistently at any show in the last few years as I did during this one. Midway through the final act, a gentleman seated behind me remarked to his companion, ‘This is a good show’. That it is…
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On Children’s Games Response to dad drinking beer with his ten-month old son. In response to David Sharkey’s editorial in Cool Cleveland, as he described his annoyance at being escorted out of the beer garden with his ten-month old son, you mean to tell me your baby never, ever grabbed anything out of your hands, quick as lightning? Do you really feel your baby could distinguish the fact that what you are drinking that appears tasty to you is not good for him? What also concerns me was that you made reference to the fact that maybe you are “bad parents.” That implies the mother was present also. So why in the heck did you two simply not take turns quenching your thirsts in the roped off areas? Although you paid for your tickets to get in, you were guests to an international event and representatives of Cleveland to the world. What type of role models did you depict to those you heard speaking foreign languages that you referenced and to Cleveland’s children? When I read your letter, I simply cringed. You sounded as if you had no self-control, because you said other guests were confused and that tells me you must have caused a scene. Let us zoom twenty-one years into the future. The International Children’s Games return, and look who’s at that beer garden now. Why it’s your child, all grown up and without much self-control, because look at what the old man taught him.
from Cool Cleveland reader Mary Lou Budziak, mother of three,

On Cleveland being an “adjustment” from SF I am a recent transplant to Cleveland from San Francisco. Yes, its been an “adjustment”. I thought I would get that out of the way. Originally from Chicago, so the midwest is not a total shock to my system….Now, I just wanted to put it out there that I love your news e-zine and I hope that it’s generating the buzz that’s needed for the Cleveland scene? Keep up with the interesting happenings around town, I have turned quite a few people on to
from Cool Cleveland reader Jennifer Erwood

On Gen Y I’ve often said they were called that to shorten it from generation whY can’t we be more like generation X!
from Cool Cleveland reader Thea Schwonek

On recycling computers locally Computers Assisting People (CAP) has been collecting, refurbishing and donating computers and other office supplies and equipment to over 225 non-profits right here in Cleveland. Check out for the ever-growing list. We also have a cell-phone collection program for victims and potential victims of domestic violence. Keep it in Cleveland!
from Cool Cleveland reader Dan Hanson

On Gen Y needing more passion by DJ Hellerman [here] Some questions for DJ Hellerman: Why is your passion for travel and art more important than my passion for family and work? Why must my passions be outwardly directed in order to be valid? I’m in school, I study, I work. Isn’t that enough to be passionate about for the moment? What exactly does it mean to be passionate about art? That you like it a lot, visit museums and talk about it? Does that really matter? Are “DJ” your initials or is it a title? The fact that his “passion” for art and people was established without his control leads me to believe that they’re not very personal…in fact, perhaps not his passions at all. The roles that DJ plays in his life…art lover, world traveler, snob, were impressed upon him as easily as the desire for drink and material goods might be impressed upon his friends. This identity will almost certainly be discarded for the next one somewhere down the road as life places new demands, and options, in front of him. Saying that our generation is “so far from what really matters” might be a valid point. I wonder though, just what does really matter? He doesn’t bother to say. DJ touches on a large number of ideas, many of which may deserve some thought and comment. One, however, struck me a bit more personally and I thought I’d wrap up with it: As for role models, it is acceptable and certainly productive to model oneself after another person. Our world might be a bit more, well, passionate if everyone strove to be like…Jesus Christ…for example. Or Woody Guthrie. All in all, “DJ” Hellerman sounds like a kid that’s not invited to have a drink or sex very often. Although his intentions are clear and his own personal passion for the subject are to be lauded, his judgements about an entire generation (and more specifically, me) are dimwitted at best. A far more productive approach might include less criticism of his peers and more focus on ideas, instead of leaving us with an unanswerable question.
from Cool Cleveland reader Bill Cook

On Gen Y needing more passion by DJ Hellerman [here] I’d like to reassure DJ Hellerman, after reading his commentary about Gen Y’s lack of passion and their rather passive interest in smoking and drinking, that he needn’t worry. Gen Y doesn’t at all hold any sort of monopoly on this type of goal-less, activity. Every age group and generation has those who are actively involved in their environment, their community and the broader issues that our world faces. Every age group also has those who keep away from these meaningful activities. Most fortunately, though, are those in every age group who do both – they/we find a balance between pursuit of fun, the arts, socializing, and local and global issues and helping others and trying to protect the earth and its neediest from the ravages of modern life and corrupt politics. That balance is what keeps many of us going. Some people simply grow out of the goal-less, self-oriented activities into an awareness of others and their role in a greater world. Others don’t. Some grow out of activism and involvement due to burnout, discouragement or just the inability to devote the time and energy. Does it sound like I’m describing a diverse culture full of different people with different needs, ideals and interests? Right!
from Cool Cleveland reader David Berenson, Green Party of Cuyahoga County and Green Party of Ohio, as well as other worthwhile organizations such as Cleveland Peace Action; Joining Forces Network; Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice (WSOPJ); SPAN Ohio (Single Payer Action Network); Ohio Coalition against the Misuse of Pesticides (OCAMP). (But still enjoying life in Cleveland!)

On Uncool Cleveland See I’m 5’7″ tall – too tall for a man – I knew it!! [see Short women more successful with men here] Isn’t this a load of hooey!! But whats worse is knowing that some foundation granted money for such a study!! Even worse is this is an article on Cool Cleveland, a site that is supposed to report on cool happenings locally, but left out all the cool things e-mailed to them 2 weeks ago that are happening on Sept 11th.
from Cool Cleveland reader Pat Kellogg

On the PlanSoft merger I love the Cool Cleveland newsletter, and look forward to reading it each week. However, I think you dropped the ball with your take on the PlanSoft merger (PlanSoft merges, leaves town – 9/8/04 [here]). According to the article in CrainTech, PlanSoft isn’t going anywhere. The Twinsburg office will remain open and all the employees there will keep their jobs. Your alarmist headline is something I’d expect from the Plain Dealer or Free Times, not Cool Cleveland.
Keith Kopko

Cool Cleveland responds: We were referring to the management of the combined company, which is departing Cleveland for the new HQ in Santa Clara, CA

On Cleveland’s proposed smoking ban Just wanted to send you a copy of the letter I sent Mayor Campbell. I was not trying to flame her, but I honestly have been raising the money to come back home and go into business myself as a tavern / music venue owner. If the smoking ban goes into effect, I will get more investors and go to Chicago. There will not be a smoking ban there. I guess this is just for your FYI: Mayor Campbell, My name is Patrick Staunton. I helped on your mayoral campaign. Currently I am an engineer, who was transferred to work in Mississippi. My goal is to return to Cleveland as quickly as possible. For the past year I have been working on securing financing for opening a restaurant and tavern company. I am over half way to my goal. If there is a smoking ban I will not come to Cleveland. I want to keep my right to decide for my business if I want it to be smoke free or not. The fact that several businesses are already smoke free proves that it is a successful plan for some businesses. Not all. Please consider the economic effect your honestly good intentions will have on the city. I know I am just one person, looking to open one business. But I am not the only one who feels this way. If Cleveland takes a big hit in its hospitality / convention business what will we have left?
from Cool Cleveland reader Patrick Staunton

On Cleveland attitude towards marriage My brother just moved back from Denver, CO with his partner. They were shocked to learn that Ohio does not recognize common marriage. What really stinks is that, on top of Ohio’s conservative ways, the City of Cleveland was downright rude to them when they tried to find out how to get their common law marriage rights transferred. The person at City Hall who answered the phone when my brother called with his inquiry hung up when my brother was mid sentence. If Cleveland/Ohio doesn’t get more progressive with “the basics” in order to compete with other Brain Gain regions, we might as well forget trying anything else. The least anyone can do to show they are interested is simply to be courteous. Poor Cleveland, we have such a long way to go. p.s. Oh, my brother is moving West once his partner graduates from her masters program.
from Cool Cleveland reader Jeasung Jay Yoo

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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) Ten things to do before you die in Cleveland If you haven’t done these activities yet, try to do them before you bite the dust.

2) President Bush at the Popcorn shop in Chagrin Falls We heard it was quite the surreal experience. President Bush At The Popcorn Shop

3) Garage Bar new club with a new concept: classic rock, trucker caps, and a chrome, two-tiered stage featuring bands and house DJ.

4) 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, and it’s going to be off the Richter scale. Newsletter/Party

5) Short women more successful with men Strange, but true, according to British research, and what’s more, shorter women also prefer men of taller stature.

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