Look closely. Since February, the space at left has been occupied, more often than not, by a photograph taken by Elisa Vietri. This Fri 7/29, Cool Cleveland is proud to present her work in a one-woman show at the Beck Cafe. You can get more info here.

But don’t stop there. Click below for our exclusive video interview with Elisa and preview of her show. Read about The Cleveland Review, Cleveland’s walkability score, the new Writing Knights Press, and previews of Long Road at Cain Park and Tom Evanchuck at the Beachland. Watch exclusive videos of the short-course bike race The Lakewood Criterium, and a new 5K race created by a UofA student. And, yes, you can do it all on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with our new mobile app. Snap that. –Thomas Mulready

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VIDEO: Meet Photographer Elisa Vietri
View Her Work at CC Event Fri 7/29

When Elisa Vietri moved to Cleveland and crossed over the Hope Memorial Bridge 15 years ago, she beheld the city and said to herself, “This is my home now.” She’s been making photographs of C-town ever since, and now Cool Cleveland and Travel Art are proud to present her first one-woman show, with an opening on Fri 7/29 at Beck Cafe starting at 6PM.

Watch the interview as she talks about how she began appreciating photography at a young age, and how she uses a digital camera and her iPhone to make images that define her unique perspective of Cleveland. If you’ve seen Cool Cleveland in the past six months, you’ve seen Elisa’s work. The opening will feature Elisa’s work, a selections of wines and cheeses. Click here for more information and registration for this FREE event.

The Cleveland Review
Enthusiasm & despair go hand-in-hand in Rust Belt literature

The Cleveland Review (CR) bills itself as “one part slack-jawed enthusiasm, two parts nonchalant despair,” which seems less a description of an online literary journal than an unusually accurate depiction of what it’s like to be a Clevelander.

CR launched its first issue last January and will release its second installment of Rust Belt literature on Sun 7/31Read more from Susan Petrone here

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VIDEO: U of Akron Student Founds 5K
Runners of Cleveland Unite! Help Two Area Students Memorialize Friend

Steven “Dobi” Dobranetski loved to run. The young man who grew up in Rayland, Ohio was known by his teammates for his bright spirit and passion for cross country. They still trade stories of his many exploits on the track, including the most famous, where he lost his shoes in deep mud, but continued on for nearly two miles to finish the race barefoot.

Steven left this world far too young in 2008, but his memory lives on in the minds of his teammates, family and friends. He made such an impact on the lives of others that two of his teammates, University of Akron student Sean Tuttle and Kent State University student Jonathan Tomolonis, decided to create a 5K race in his memory. The two young men have been working tirelessly to coordinate the Sat 7/30 event, find sponsors, gather donations and to build a race that is worthy of their friend Steven. Watch the video of Sean Tuttle here.

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New Walk Score ratings are out And, of the 50 largest cities in the US, Cle was ranked 17th most walkable city. Lakewood is still the most walkable city in Ohio. Walking rules.

* Transparency Action Plan Summit Discuss on Fri 7/29 & Sat 7/30 how to get OpenGov & develop trust in government.
* CPAC chooses N Collinwood for its Artists in Residence initiative.

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VIDEO: Lakewood Criterium
World Class Bike Race Debuts

The Lakewood Criterium is a short-course bike race around a large city block in the west end of Lakewood, Ohio, scheduled for 1-7PM on Sat 7/30.

Watch the video as Cool Cleveland correspondent Michael Gill talks with Criterium organizer Brian Limkemann about this exciting race.

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Light the Night Beach Campout @ Fairport Beach. Spend the night of Sat 7/30 on the beach! Pitch a tent, gather ’round a bonfire & play on-shore games.

* Mudpies & Ice Cream @ CBG Ah, the good life.
* Preschool: Water Life Find frogs & explore water life @ the Canal.
* Bicycle Safety @ Tri-C Bike skills tests, face painting & pony rides.

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Introducing the Writing Knights Press
Bringing poetry down to earth

Inspired by a spoken word series at Bela Dubby, Southern Ohio native and Mentor resident Azriel Johnson decided to start his own poetry-based evening at the Lakewood club in hopes of attracting up-and-coming writers from the NEO scene. The result is the Writing Knights Press debut event Sat 7/30 @ Bela Dubby… Read more from John Benson here

WED 7/27
Lockbottom Blues & Jazz Club @ LOCK 4 presents free music every Wed in Akron. On Wed 7/27 hear from the Underworld Band. Plus, nosh on great food from Urban Eats.

* Dobama Emerging Actors present Blood Wedding & Almost, Maine.

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SPONSORED: This is the year for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and WCLV will be at the Bolton Theatre with live coverage, wall-to-wall beginning Wed 7/27 at 1PM with the first of the solo rounds, and later that night at 7PM. This pattern continues through the week and into next. The four finalists will play concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra on Fri 8/5 and 6th. And on Sun 8/7, the Winners Recital will air at 3PM. Yes, itÂ’s all live on WCLV. Details at

THU 7/28
No Sleep Till Blackbird Bicycles are beautiful. Especially those made by award-winning framebuilder Dan Polito. View an exhibition of his process & craft in “No Sleep Till Blackbird” opening Thu 7/28 @ Blackbird Bakery.

* Music, movies & bikes under the stars Ride yr bike to Coventry for a “ride-in” movie.
* The immensely talented Tom Evanchuck plays the Beachland.
* Summer Fun Yappy Hour @ Pet-tique. Where pooches & humans mingle.
* Historical Psychic Ghost Tours @ Bohemian Nat’l Hall.

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FRI 7/29
Fencepiration reception @ Heights Arts Meet artists Carol Hummel & Debbie Apple Presser, the artistic genii who beautified the giant fence on Cedar in Univ Hts. Fencepiration was created w/ all recycled materials, like pop cans & grocery bags. Hear their creative process on Fri 7/29.

* The Summer Market Vintage, beachy fest featuring handmade goods.
* Cleveland Wine Festival with over 270 wines.
* Funny-man Colin Kane @ Big Dog Theater. Will he prompt you to LOL?
* Downtown Farmers’ Market @ Public Sq feat cooking class w/ Chef Dimitri Ragousis of Battery Park Wine Bar.
* SYNERGYFEST 2011 GLBTS multiple sports & cultural event.

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SAT 7/30
Family Unity in the Park Free family fun @ Luke Easter Park on Sat 7/30. Event features the largest health fair in NEO, fireworks & a concert by George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic! A positive force for Mt. Pleasant.

* The Lakewood Criterium High speed bicycle racing comes to Lkwd.
* Pets for the Elderly fundraiser art auction @ Waterloo 7 Gallery.
* Writing Knights Press poetry & music @ Bela Dubby.
* Keyhole Gallery 1st Anniversary Bash Art, music & giveaways!

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SUN 7/31
The Human Fund Summer Benefit Concert w/ Small Black and Hot Tuna @ the Beachland Ballroom on Sun 7/31. All proceeds will be directed to the All-City Arts program in the Cle Metropolitan School District.

* Dancin’ in the Streets Eight hours of non-stop dancin’.

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MON 8/1
Midnight Syndicate premiere listening party Cle’s own Midnight Syndicate has been creating instrumental Halloween music & gothic horror tracks for 14 years. Their music has appeared everywhere from video games to Barbara Walters specials. Hear their new album Carnival Arcane on Mon 8/1 @ The Boneyard.

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TUE 8/2
North Coast Entrepreneurs Tenth Annual Beach Bash @ Whiskey Island on Tue 8/2. Pig roast (with veg option), open bar, steel drums & networking on the beach.

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WED 8/3
Future Days / The Luxuries / Palindrome @ Happy Dog on Wed 8/3. Haven’t heard of Future Days? You may know ’em by their old moniker — Clovers. Eat a hot dog & listen to their re-named sound.

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You’ll Fly Away
Take a Trip Back in Time Sat 7/30 @ Cain Park

Instead of writing a paper for a history class, I sat down and read the latest issue of Hootenanny magazine. Most of the famous early mid-’60s folk music artists were in there.

But the article I was most interested in was the one about Carolyn Hester, who was folk music’s first big female star of the ’60s. She was the female face of folk before Joan Baez and Judy Collins… Read more from David Budin here

You see them roll in — three, four, and five deep — usually around 5:30-6PM. Every year, for seven years now, they always come around the same time… and usually from the same direction, from the west, up Dickens Avenue…
Read this story from Mansfield Frazier here

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A veteran of the Cleveland music scene for the past few years, Perry native and Chardon resident Tom Evanchuck has been working hard at his craft.

First as a solo artist and now paired with his cousin Anthony Evanchuck on drums in The Evanchucks, the folk-blues-Americana artist recently upped the ante with the release last month of an eye-popping three records. Hear him on Thu 7/28Read more from John Benson here

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MANSFIELD: In the Land of the Blind The first sensible opinion piece about the street fair/curfew I’ve seen!…
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Yup, that’s it… glad to see you are utilizing one of brother Art’s rules on race-baiting…
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This seemed interesting and balanced — until you devolved into the same kind of behavior! A CURFEW VIOLATION IS NOT A FELONY…
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I’m glad to see that the main point Mansfield seems to be making here is that we need to transcend some of our own racial hang-ups and partisan habits to look at the sources of why these movements are occurring…
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