Radicals 03.25 – 04.01.15


Is it really that radical to call for social justice? Karamu House turns 100 this year, and in his recent conference keynote, Artistic Director Terrence Spivey asked, “Where are the radicals today? Artists are special people.” Of course, Terrence and his colleagues are the radical, special ones, presenting The Mighty Scarabs through the weekend.

Producer, choreographer, director and designer Jill Chetter is another one, producing Red Satin Cabaret at The 9’s Alex Theatre. Tailspinner mashes up Robin Hood, Snow White, and Shakespeare. The folks at Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed host a theatre/ game/ improv/ workshop to examine and overturn oppression this week in Akron. Radicals? Are you kidding? Crack the window and breathe some fresh air.

We share our close-up with President Obama and local luminaries, we preview BWBeatles doing Abbey Road live, we attend a rehearsal for Case’s Illuminated spring dance concert, and we clue you into Coit Road Farmers Market’s annual French Toast Breakfast fundraiser.

There’s a discussion on GMOs in your food, a benefit for feral cats in the alley, and a multi-day art & music hackathon in Lakewood. Mansfield comments on Obama’s visit, dangerous emails, stupid frat boys and thug life, then suggests, “Lock ’em up! (just don’t throw away the key).” Radical? Anything but. –Thomas Mulready

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Social change may come slow but for those oppressed it can’t come fast enough.

Providing tools for those affected is the simple yet powerful idea the Theatre of the Oppressed provides the less fortunate around the globe. Locally, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed hosts two-day workshops to empower the powerless…
More from John Benson here

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SPONSORED: Only@Oberlin Convocation Series presents New York Times executive editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Dean Baquet on Tue 3/31 at 7:30PM at Finney Chapel. FREE! PLUS: Bass-baritone John Relyea, known for “hair-raising vocal and emotional power” performs with pianist Warren Jones. Songs by Strauss, Ibert, and Mussorgsky on Thu 4/2 at 8PM at Finney Chapel. Tickets.

President Barack Obama addressed The City Club of Cleveland on Wed 3/18, as every sitting President has done since Ronald Reagan.

The President spoke on middle class economics and took questions from the members and guests of the City Club, as is their tradition.

CoolCleveland spoke with some of the local, state and national political leaders in attendance: Former Congressman Louis Stokes, Ohio’s 9th District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, and Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly.

SPONSORED: Abbey Road in Concert With a wink and a nod to the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music’s long-running Bach Festival, an all-student artistic team presents “The Oldest Collegiate Beatles Festival,” featuring one of four Beatles’ albums performed live, in its entirety, on Sat 3/28. The 5th Annual Festival restarts the four-album cycle with Abbey Road. Free tickets available March 1 at BW.edu/tickets.

In November of 2014, the Red Satin Cabaret, a song and dance show designed around the music of the ’40s and ’50s jazz and swing era, was manifested inside the head of Producer, Choreographer, Director and Designer Jill Chetter.

She had the idea and desire to develop a show, that in heart, she knew would be well-received by people who loved and enjoyed great entertainment…
More from Kendall Embrescia-Hridel here

SPONSORED: At Nature’s Bin Catering we bring nature to the table with the freshest, finest ingredients – natural, organic and locally sourced whenever possible. Our wide range of menu choices lets you accommodate everyone’s tastes with local fresh meats, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. For gatherings large and small visit NaturesBin.com to design a menu that reflects your tastes. NaturesBin.com.

Boston’s major daily paper, the Boston Globe, devoted nearly a thousand words to Cleveland as a tourist destination in its Sunday travel section this week, giving a nod to some of our Cool Neighborhoods.

* For Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, its enshrinement aka induction is a major community event that attracts visitors from all over the globe. They’ve added something new this year to make it an even bigger draw: the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Concert for Legends to be headlined by Aerosmith.
* Teens, spend your summer doing something meaningful, like learning how to better your community. Sign up now for the Look Up to Cleveland Summer Session.
* Terrence Spivey of Karamu House gives opening address @ USITT, asks where the radicals are.
* Mansfield Frazier is at it again… First there was a vineyard, now he’s aiming to create sun powered jobs by creating an urban solar farm. Help him raise the funds.

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SPONSORED: It was a race to the top at this year’s “Internet of Things Innovation Olympiad,” co-sponsored by Cleveland’s ultra high-speed broadband nonprofit OneCommunity. The competition took place at CWRU last week, and the winners of the all female competition invented a smart responsive grocery shopping app. More here: OneCommunity.org

Beatles, Beatles and more Beatles! If you’re in the mood for the festival of the ages then you need to check out The Beatles concert happening Fri 3/27 & Sat 3/28 at Baldwin Wallace University. The cycle is starting anew with the Abby Road performance happening at both Fynette Kulas Music Hall and John Patrick Theatre.

If that hasn’t caught your attention then you need to check out our CoolCleveland exclusive preview with Michael Simile and Patrick Peralta. Hear the passion in which they describe the concert, in addition to the “Oh Darling” preview performed live. See you then!

SPONSORED: Palm Sunday at Old Stone Church on Public Square. The Old Stone Choir, soprano soloist and chamber orchestra will perform John Rutter’s beautiful Requiem during the worship service on Sun 3/29 @ 10:00am. For a complete Holy Week and Easter schedule visit OldStoneChurch.org.

If you’ve been hearing about GMOs in your food being bad and you don’t know what people are talking about, come to Townhall in Ohio City, which now has a 100 percent non-GMO menu. They’re hosting a discussion to explain why. And it’s on vegan Monday when they offer an expanded menu of yummy plant-based dishes, so you can munch as you listen. Mon 3/30.

* The Coit Road Farmers Market is hosting its annual French Toast Breakfast during regular market hours to raise money for its nonprofit operations. Come support the area’s only year-round permanent farmers market. Sat 3/28.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

SPONSORED: Live in Concert at The Kent Stage! Catch major acts like Carbon Leaf, Donna The Buffalo, Robert Earl Keen, Big Leg Emma & Tropidelic, Madeleine Peyroux, Jonathan Edwards and Brewer & Shipley, Joan Armatrading, The BoDeans, Dailey & Vincent, Ekoostik Hookah, and Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, all at the acoustically superior Kent Stage in 2015. Get your tickets now for TheKentStage.com.

For 30 years Scott Duennes has watched over Cornucopia & Nature’s Bin. From his original position as produce manager at “The Bin” on Madison, to the construction and move to Sloane Ave., and with the newest success of opening the vocational training center, Duennes has helped transform the organization every step of the way.

CoolCleveland Correspondent Marty Bielat met up with the retiring man of the hour at Cornucopia’s annual meeting last week, and got in a word or two. It was amazing hearing such a legacy first hand, in addition to finding out more on the organization’s inspiring mission.

Time River Returns
Video Etiquette at Mather Dance

Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima) rolls out of the speakers, filling Mather Dance Center like a shimmering stream.

The rehearsal of Time River proceeds smoothly as the choreographer, Chun-Jou Tsai, watches via Skype from Boston as the 8 dancers spiral around the floor of Cleveland’s 100-year-old dance space. The actual Skype connection worked fine but there had been some adjustments, all laughably non-technical…
More from Elsa Johnson & Victor Lucas here

Back in the ’40s, dancing to the music of the best jazz musicians was a normal thing. Some of Cleveland’s best jazz players form Red Light Roxy who will play for the latest Get Hep Swing monthly swing dance at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home. Great music should fuel some great dancing from beginners and experts alike. Sat 3/28.

* Take a musical trip to Italy with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Fri 3/27.
* Grammy-winning gospel artist does Ohio City house concert. Sun 3/29.
* Dance the night away at the Music Box with the Polka Pirates. Sun 3/29
* The Mivos Quartet plays contemporary classical music at the Transformer Station. Sat 3/28.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

There will be thieves, clever disguises, princes & unexpected outcomes in Talespinner Children’s Theatre’s performance of Rosalynde & The Falcon, a mash-up of Robin Hood, Snow White, and Shakespeare. Of course, hilarity will ensue. Sat 3/28 – Sun 4/19.

* Go on an Easter egg hunt in Ohio’s City Fairview Park. Of course the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Sat 3/28.

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Students from CMSD’s new Cleveland High School for Digital Arts took their education on the road last week to Cuyahoga Community College’s Hospital Management Center to film a Cleveland celebrity cooking show! Area chefs took part in “Food Fight Revolution” where they competed to create Revolutionary War-era food in an educational cooking show. The challenge integrated history, match, chemistry, film and was entirely orchestrated by students.

Digital Arts High, co-launched by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, is a new CMSD school that believes in merging core academics with the study of filmmaking, recording arts and game design.

WED 3/25
Just a few weeks ago, Greek singer/accordionist/ keyboard player/composer Magda Giannikou was in Cleveland for one of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Fridays @7 concert. She must like it here because she’s coming back, bringing along her band Banda Magda.

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THU 3/26
The Mighty Scarabs “new and improved production” continues at Karamu House through Sun 3/29. See the story of the venerated East Tech High School.

* Billy Strings & Don Julin play high-energy old-time string band music, gospel, bluegrass & Appalachian folk ballads.
* Erin Burke, a new face on the Cle singer-songwriter scene, holds EP release show.

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FRI 3/27
Hit the streets w/ Cleveland Critical Mass, which is about to get popular w/ the warmer weather. Ride on… from the Malls to the Nash in Slavic Village for a fish fry.

* Sound Bomb calls all art & music hackers to Mahall’s for a multi-day hackathon.
* What’s the true value of water? How can we use of access to fresh water to our advantage? Discuss @ the City Club.
* Chaos ensues in Lend Me a Tenor, a classical farce set in a zany 1930s hotel, @ the Beck Center.
* Chris Coles Quintet pays tribute to Coltrane & Cannonball @ Blu Jazz.
* Virginia’s Carbon Leaf blends folk styles @ the Kent Stage.

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SAT 3/28
Being a feral cat is no easy life. But the plucky cat lovers who comprise the Waterloo Alley Cat Project will never give up on their babies. And they’re ready to bring fellow cat aficionados together once again for the annual Waterloo Alley Cat Project fundraiser.

* Donna the Buffalo shares the grooves with its herd @ the Kent Stage.
* Youth speak up at the at a poetry slam written, produced, hosted, marketed & promoted BY youth FOR youth.
* Tall Heights & Darlingside bring vocal power to Happy Days Lodge.
* Celebrate a birthday for Betty & help Voices in the Dark Animal Rescue save other homeless pets.

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SUN 3/29
How often do you get to hear a Grammy-winner perform in someone’s living room? That’s what Mike Farris will be doing on his next visit to Cleveland when he does a solo concert for the Mechanic Street Concerts.

* Get the full story of one of Broadway’s iconic figures — Jerry Herman — with a free screening @ the Maltz Museum.

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MON 3/30
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food sources are a hot button in conversations & something all of us should be more educated about. That’s why TownHall has partnered with the Mustard Seed Market to educate people on the topic.

Click here for more events on Mon 3/30

TUE 3/31
Pianist Wu Han and her husband, cellist David Finckel, are extremely well known to aficionados of chamber music. Also extremely well known to classical music fans are the three Beethoven piano trios, which is what Finckel, Wu Han and Setzer will be playing when they come to E.J. Thomas Hall under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Association.

* Outlab: Experiments in Improvised Music aren’t your typical open mic/jam nights; they’re for anyone interested in exploring the far reaches of improvised music in any style.

Click here for more events on Tue 3/31

WED 4/1
Who’s funnier — men or women? Find out at the Battle of the Sexes comedy show at the Bop Stop. The night’s battles include women & men going head-to-head in a quest for the most laughs. A perfect way to spend April Fool’s Day.

Click here for more events on Wed 4/1

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There’s a reason federal judges are appointed for life: It’s the only way to keep them immune from public pressure. Of course some will say the practice takes accountability out of the hands of the governed, but others counter the trade-off is worth it…

More coverage from Mansfield Frazier here

* Lock ‘Em Up! (Just Don’t Throw Away the Key): Republicans in the Ohio Legislature have proposed tougher new laws to get violent felons off the street, but Senate Bill 97 probably is in need of some tweaking…

* Thug Life: Eighteen-year-old Brandon Jones was a thug; his grieving mother admitted as much and his being shot twice in as many years proves it. Now Brandon Jones is a dead thug, shot and killed by a cop as he was exiting a convenience store he had broken into at 2 am to steal whatever he could get his hands on…

* Hung by the Tongue: Our modern means of communications — the Internet with its emails, and cell phones which facilitate text messaging and instant videos — that were rightly credited with the success of the Arab Spring (the wave of revolutionary demonstrations, protests, riots, and civil wars that rocked the Arab world beginning in December of 2010) is also playing a role in forcing America to come to grips with the subject many in this country would like to keep on the taboo list…

* He Came, He Saw, He Had Fun: On yet another stop of his victory lap around the country, President Obama came to Cleveland and had a great time. He deserves the warm welcome he received if for no other reason than he has survived…

* Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining: The continuing uproar over the video depicting a group of University of Oklahoma students, all members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, singing a racist song about not allowing black students to join their organization is, in a counterintuitive way, good for America. And here’s why…

Read this story and others from Mansfield Frazier here

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Thanks to our own radicals: John Benson, Roy Berko, Marty Bielat, Kendall Embrescia-Hridel, Mansfield Frazier, Elsa Johnson & Victor Lucas, Kameelah Muhammad, Anastasia Pantsios, Sarah Valek & Elisa Vietri. And lastly, though certainly not least, thanks to our readers 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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–Thomas Mulready


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