Fusionistas 03.18.15-03.25.15


We have perfected the art of creating fusion. Two or more forces colliding at a super high speed creates a new thing, while releasing a tremendous surge of energy. Cleveland, Akron & Youngstown’s epic industrial legacy, manic entrepreneurial willpower, and the heroic, burning creativity of its artists has manifested itself into a passion that is overflowing onto our streets. These are the fusionistas we celebrate. Ready to join the CoolCleveland team as an intern? We’ve been waiting for you.

foo zh en, the BW festival that mashes up student choreographers and composers, will explore aspects of workplace violence. Local Heroes are at the CIFF and World Water Day is in the Metroparks, where you’ll also find the combo of beer + dinner. Ready to blend your love of animals with your street smart urban sensibility? The Urban Shepherds program may be for you. Lake Erie Ink combines fun with fundraising at their Giant Bananagrams game/raffle/cake walk. Gallerist Bill Busta has redefined the region’s art scene over the past 25+ years, and now upon his retirement, instead of causing us to mourn, he reveals some good news.

Near West Theatre melds art and social justice like no other, so their benefit & gala, There’s No Place Like Home, in their brand-new Gordon Square theatre space, will be especially poignant. Don’t miss our video with CMSD CEO Eric Gordon, immediately upon his return from a private visit with the President, and on Fashion Week Cleveland’s fusion of fashion & retail. NEO Sonic Fest blends classical, rock, blues, choreography and outrageous venues. Are you ready to mix it up this week? Light the fuse. –Thomas Mulready

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Celebrated worldwide, World Water Day is dedicated to the celebration of our most precious resource, water. Created by the United Nations in 1993, it’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues and prepare for how we’ll manage water in the future.

Cleveland’s very own nationally awarded Watershed Stewardship Center is hosting their second annual World Water Day event right here in NEO…
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SPONSORED: Pioneering dance takes center stage at Baldwin Wallace University March 18-22 as the one and only legendary dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison headlines the free Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series on Wed 3/18, while student choreographers and composers perform a fusion of all-original music and movement at fyoo zh en 15: new music + dance, March 19-21. Jamison’s appearance is free, but seating is limited. Tickets for fyoo zh en are available at BW.edu/tickets.

This year’s featured fashion designer Althea Harper joins Fashion Week founder Donald Shingler at their opening event, Retail’s Night Out to talk about Fashion Week Cleveland 2015 with CoolCleveland.

With a renewed focus on downtown retail, FWC 2015 showcases up-and-coming designers, educational programs and a killer black-tie runway event. FashionWeekCleveland.com.

SPONSORED: NHS Annual Luncheon Join us on Wed 3/25 for the NHS of Greater Cleveland Annual Luncheon! Purchase tickets here. Join the Board, Staff, Friends and Partners of NHS of Greater Cleveland to recognize 40 years of achieving, preserving and sustaining the American Dream of homeownership. Keynote Speaker is Jonathan Mintz, CEO of Cities for Financial Empowerment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and use #Lunch4Home to let us know you’ll be there! More details here.

In January, the Cleveland art community was dismayed when long-time local gallerist Bill Busta announced he would be retiring and closing his William Busta Gallery on Prospect Avenue at the end of July. Now Busta has revealed some good news…

* Rock this region. Become a CoolCleveland correspondent & share your love of all things CLE & AKR. Turn others on to what you think is cool.
* Cornucopia honors Scott Duennes at its annual meeting — and you’re invited to the bash on Sat 3/21.

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Homebuyer Education Orientation Take the first steps towards achieving your dream of home ownership. Our classes will show you how to afford your dream home, keep your dream home, and avoid losing your dream home. Begin that journey by seeking the knowledge that will aid you in your quest for homeownership. Before setting off to find the perfect house, know that the certified, professional counselors from Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland are available to help you. See more here.

Next class is Mon 3/23, conveniently held at the NHS of Greater Cleveland HomeOwnership Center at 5700 Broadway Avenue. Get more details here.

Tom Miller, the co-writer and director of the award-winning documentary Limited Partnership, brought his passion project to life last year.

It took over a decade to happen and the cinema world has responded in kind. The film takes a look at real life couple Richard Adams, an American, and Tony Sullivan, the Australian he wanted to marry.

Luckily for me, he agreed to an in person interview and suggested an east side favorite…
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Last year the Cleveland Chamber Symphony debuted NEOSonicFest, a series of performances by northeast Ohio musicians and ensembles, playing new and contemporary classical music. It’s back again, with five cutting-edge performances at different venues around town. Fri 3/20-Sat 3/28.
* Now That’s Class raises the roof for its eighth anniversary. Sat 3/21.
* Young guitarist Lucas Kadish hosts Blu Jazz Akron jazz jam. Fri 3/20.
* Sunny party band Tropidelic debuts new CD at the Grog Shop Sat 3/21
* Lynn Mabry talks about the life of a backup singer at Tri-C. Thu 3/19.
* Another year, another run of Michael Stanley shows at the Tangier. Fri 3/20-Sat 3/21
* Cleveland Jazz Orchestra swings film and stage music. Sat 3/21.

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CoolCleveland caught up with Eric Gordon, the CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, just as he arrived from a private meeting with President Barack Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and eight other school superintendents and board members.

The President announced that High School graduation rates in the U.S. are the highest on record. And that increase is reflected in Cleveland, where graduation rates have increased 12.1% over the past 3 years, and are also at a record high. ClevelandMetroSchools.org

The competition will be fierce (yet friendly) at Lake Erie Ink’s Bananagrams Tournament @ Cleveland Hts HS. Teams have already been assembled but there’s plenty of fun to be had for everyone Sat 3/21.

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Ever thought being a shepherd was the life for you but couldn’t figure out how to work it into your urban lifestyle? You can now. With ruminants like sheep and goats increasingly being used to manage weeds in vacant lots, Urban Shepherds is training people to start their own grazing programs. There’ll be a workshop this week at the COSE office downtown to explain how it works. Thu 3/19.

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WED 3/18
Rossini’s 1819 opera, La Donna del Lago (Lady of the Lake), was based on a Sir Walter Scott poem of a few years earlier. It offers a romanticized version of Scottish medieval history. Watch it on the big screen.

* The Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off today, much to the delight of pretty much everyone.

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THU 3/19
fyoo zh en combines new movement, new music & sociology into one inspiring performance. For this year’s installment, Baldwin Wallace student choreographers and composers will explore aspects of workplace violence.

* What makes something beautiful? Artists dissect this topic in five “fun, moving, unexpected & accessible” @ Slide Jam.
* Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas will have you dancing @ the Music Box.
* Columbus jazz quartet Magically Delicious visits Blu Jazz.
* Kent’s David Mayfield comes from a talented family. He’ll bring his talents to the Beachland.
* Matthias Ziegler pushes the limits of the flute @ Transformer Station.

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FRI 3/20
Start your AM right with CreativeMornings CLE. This month’s topic: INK. Hear from Joseph Makkos who curates a collection of 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers.

* Spring is finally upon us. So celebrate with some gelato @ the Sweet Spot in Lkwd.
* View paintings of mystery & connection in Aerial Landscapes @ Moonstruck CLE.
* Mouth of Babes have fun w/ stereotypes about lesbians. They’ll play CVNP.
* Adventurous vocal group Roomful Of Teeth performs @ CMA.
* Queens of the Iron Mic 2015 showcases woman rappers & singers @ NTC.
* Six in Studio kicks off a month of local artists collaborating to transform a gallery.
* Extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebration w/ music by Top O’ the Hill Band.
* Longtime CLE favorite Southside Johnny sings @ HOB.
* GroundWorks DanceTheater premieres new works in Breen Center performance.

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SAT 3/21
Near West Theatre knows there’s no place like home. After all, they just got a new home in Gordon Square. We’re betting their annual Benefit & Gala will be the best one yet, aptly themed “There’s No Place Like Home.”

* Fashion Week Cleveland takes to the runway for its popular runway show & official after-party.
* Discover indie handmade wares at the spring Avant Garde shows.
* West Virginia’s Hillbilly Gypsies play traditional bluegrass at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* Detroit soul rocker Jessica Hernandez & her Deltas blow into Musica.
* Asleep at the Wheel keeps western swing alive @ the Kent Stage.
* The WinterStar Ball pays homage to Jeff Rosenbaum, founder of The Association for Consciousness Exploration.

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SUN 3/22
The annual FROM WOMAN show at Lakeland Community College is an impressive exhibition of work created by women, of women, and about women. Meet some of the 36 artists at today’s artist reception.

* Unpretentious acoustic duo Squirrel Hillbillies plays Lkwd Library.

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MON 3/23
It seems clear that Leon Russell, now on the verge of 73 and suffering from some health issues, intends to die in the saddle. He’s still touring, doing what he clearly loves to do more than anything else: make music. He’ll be @ the Kent Stage.

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TUE 3/24
Cleveland Week of Wine, which starts Friday, includes tastings, pairings & a champagne toast under the chandelier. Today enjoy a special dinner at Press Wine Bar or 87 West.

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WED 3/25
Frida Berrigan speaks @ Trinity Cathedral about being raised by anti-war activists. She even wrote a book: It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood & will sign copies for you.

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It’s the most wonderful 12 days of film and we’re so fortunate to have this world class festival right here in Cleveland.

There’s a lot of buzz and excitement for the 39th Cleveland Film Festival (CIFF) and for good reason – more films, more neighborhood theatres, more energy and more magic. With 193 feature films and 234 short films, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival…
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It’s always beer season in Cleveland, and there’s a new Beer Dinner Series this season being hosted by the Cleveland Metroparks that’s getting a lot of attention…
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In the Black Baptist tradition in which I was raised — although I now operate on a spiritual level — a “Come to Jesus” moment is an opportunity for a sinner to wash their sins away by admitting them to the Lord and asking His forgiveness…

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* Pandora’s Box: The fact is, when Pandora’s box opens up you just never know what’s going to come tumbling out. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, who staunchly defended his police force and city manager, found that out the hard way…
* Stalling and Stonewalling: For police reform to work, here in Cleveland and across America, we have to enter into a new era of transparency…

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MANSFIELD: Ferguson — Not a Complete Loss
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