Flight 04.01 – 04.08.15


It’s no joke. Flight defines us. Refugees from Europe. From the South looking for work in the mills and auto plants. Whites fleeing their fears. And now, thousands flocking to Downtown. Ride the wave.

So we are all Creatures of Flight, as Gallery One Sixty understands. Penguins have never taken flight, to my knowledge, but six of the African black-footed variety have taken up residence at our zoo. Winter flees as farmers markets open for the season. DJ Kishka hosts Dyngus Day and WIZBANG! by Pinch and Squeal appears for kids, then again for adults.

Realizing the Internet Of Things is a real Cleveland [R]IoT. Talent attraction workshops hope to inspire return flights. Rape and abuse are explicated with Extremities by Blank Canvas Theatre, while bodies take flight at DanceWorks. Ready for the best internship of your life? Meanwhile, Mansfield’s pen has been flying for months; can you keep up? –Thomas Mulready

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In honor of International Day of Transgender Visibility, CoolCleveland’s Marty Bielat got the inside scoop on how the event is being celebrated in Cleveland, as well as other upcoming transgender themed events. One of the events, Waterloo Arts’ new “I Am” Exhibit, is opening this Fri 4/3 @ 6:30pm.

The opening is part of this month’s “Walk All Over Waterloo,” which encourages attendees to walk the streets of Waterloo and pop in on multiple community wide exhibitions. In addition to the exhibit, there will also be trans themed performance art, live music, burlesque dancing and a sweet after party!

When William Mastrosimone’s Extremities debuted off-Broadway in late 1982, audiences didn’t know what to make of this rape drama.

The plot involved a woman who, while in the process of being victimized, gains the upper hand against her accuser opening up a Pandora’s Box of possibilities, feelings and insecurities.

Now Blank Canvas Theatre is revisiting the gripping drama with its own production…
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SPONSORED: Last Call at Severance Hall… for CIM in 2015. The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra closes this year’s CIM@Severance Series on Wed, 4/1, performing Corigliano and Tchaikovsky. Hilton Head International Piano Competition winner Shen Lu joins the CIM Orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. Free tix at ClevelandOrchestra.com or 216.231.1111.

Global Cleveland and JumpStart are teaming up to offer a set of unique talent attraction workshops.

The goal is to attract new, diverse talent that will support the growth of start-up companies. The workshops will run concurrently from 5 to 6:30, and will target employers & talent…
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SPONSORED: Bike Aboard! April 4th begins our Bike Aboard! program! Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a pint-sized learner, you can ride your way to better health. You can flag down the train and bring your bike aboard and ride for only $3! Visit CVSR.com/bike-aboard for more information!

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 4/13, conveniently held at the NHS of Greater Cleveland HomeOwnership Center at 5700 Broadway Avenue. Get more details here.

“I’ve always felt that I should run my gallery like it was a refuge. Music, art, free expression. That is why we all do it, right? In all honesty, I want my gallery to be a place where people feel comfortable,” says Bryon Miller, owner of Gallery One Sixty in the Waterloo Arts District.

Brian took over the gallery space three years ago while it was in its second year. This Fri 4/4, Gallery One Sixty presents artist Kerry Lange’s works, Creatures of Flight
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SPONSORED: Kulas or Coolest? Legendary composer Gunther Schuller will attend the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra concert on Wed 4/8 to hear the Orchestra play his Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee and you can too – FREE! How cool is that?! Schuller is CIM’s Kulas Visiting Artist. Details at CIM.edu.

The nominations for the 2015 James Beard Awards — the Oscars of the restaurant world — have been announced. And for the fourth straight year, Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer is one of the five finalists in the “Best Chef: Great Lakes” category.
* Following two-week hospice hootenanny, beloved Cleveland folksinger Tim Wallace dies.
* The Cleveland Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency program has been a huge success, exposing the orchestra — and classical music — to brand new audiences. The orchestra has announced that its third such residency will take place in the Broadway Slavic Village area around E. 55th in the spring of 2015.
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SPONSORED: Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with the Old Stone Church on Public Square! Maundy Thursday worship service with Communion on Thu 4/2 @ 7:00pm. Good Friday service on Fri 4/3 @ 12:00pm. Easter worship on Sun 4/5 @ 8:30am, 10:00am and 6:00pm. For a complete Holy Week and Easter schedule visit OldStoneChurch.org.

Christy Walkuski runs the office of community outreach and service learning at Baldwin Wallace University.

What that really means is that she helps BW students connect with the Greater Cleveland community with engagement programs such as Archwood House, where students live in a Cleveland neighborhood and get involved. CoolCleveland met up with Christy at Experience CLE, where groups like the Cleveland Metroparks, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and CoolCleveland!) talked with students about getting involved in the region.

SPONSORED: Only @ Oberlin Remarkable alumni return to Finney Chapel. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri speaks Tue 4/7 at 8PM. FREE. Born in India and raised in Ohio, he’ll share his characteristic recipe of wit, satire, and gravity. PLUS Stunning violinist Jennifer Koh performs her program Bach and Beyond, Sun 4/12 at 4 PM. TICKETS.

The local music scene lost one of the best friends it ever had when Cleveland music fan and promoter Jim Clevo died March 24 at the age of 57. He helped countless area bands release their music on CD and carried word about the northeast Ohio scene to his network of national music industry people. Friends will gather at St. Christopher’s in Rocky River to pay tribute to this tireless Cleveland band booster. Fri 4/10.
* Miss Alexandra Huntingdon performs her extravagant cabaret at the Music Box. Wed 4/1.
* Singers salute springtime at Trinity Cathedral’s Brownbag concert. Wed 4/8.
* Americana pioneer Robert Earl Keen brings his bluegrass project to the Kent Stage. Wed 4/8
* FYI – Operatic bass John Relyea performance at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel has been canceled. Thu 4/2.
* Chinese pipa player Wu Man plays “Ancient Dances” at Cleveland Museum of Art. Wed 4/8.

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SPONSORED: Enjoy Live Music at The Kent Stage! Catch major acts like Robert Earl Keen, Luncheon With George Noory, 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.

Edward Hill moved from small town Ohio to live with his Aunt in Cleveland’s Edgewater Neighborhood. Hill was a troubled student, whose slipping grades and lack of attendance was attributed to his beloved Grandfather’s passing.

Hill was placed into CMSD’s School of One program, a program which assists teens at risk of dropping out, and began riding his bike to school daily. His health and progress in school soared until his bike was stolen. Hill’s counselor quickly reached out to Cleveland Police and Joy Machines Bike Shop to help replace the bike, and the team got him back on track.

The penguins are coming to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Six African black-footed penguins will take up temporary residence at the zoo in their new Penguin Shores exhibit.
* Big Spring is the perfect place to get out some extra energy & say goodbye to winter.

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SPONSORED: Transforming dreams into reality is becoming easier and easier in this day and age. Get together with local leaders at the OneCommunity co-sponsored [R]IoT Regional Summit and discuss the rise of technology in this inter-connected world. Hear from industry experts on Tue 4/7 @ 11:30am at the Global Center for Health and Innovation. RSVP Here: OneCommunity.org.

Sandwich: 4 different hot dog themed sandwiches: Corny Beast, German Street Dog, Chinese Take-Out Dog, War Dog. Seasonal Sides: Roasted Carrots & Parsnips & Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. Bread Pudding: M&M Cookie Dough Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Great Lakes Rally Drum Red. Drink Feature: Hurricane Jackie.

News: Melt Bar and Grilled Stand Grand Opening Celebration at Progressive Field on Sun 4/12. Melt’s Parmageddon named to PETA’s list of the 2015 Top Five Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! Market at the Food Bank Sun 5/3. Get all the details at MeltBarGrilled.com

It’s a sure sign of spring when the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square heads outdoors again for its regular-season opening day. A truckload of sheep gets sheared throughout the morning, shedding their winter coats as kids look on wide-eyed. Meanwhile their parents are welcoming back all their favorite local farmers and food producers. Sat 4/4.
* A few years ago the monthly Local Food Mondays series at Great Lakes Brewing’s tasting room connected people interested in the area food scene and helped launch many home-grown projects many projects. The series has started again, and hopefully it will germinate the next generation of food-related ideas . Mon 4/6.
* Melt’s Parmaggedon sandwich makes PETA’s list of top vegan grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Over its 100+ year history, The Music Settlement has turned out remarkable musicians such as Tracy Chapman as well as musicians who make up ensembles like the St. Louis and Cleveland Orchestras. Their Fascinating Rhythms benefit on Sat 5/2 raises money for music scholarships to programs like their 5-week summer intensive with the Berklee City Music Network. The top ensemble at TMS, the Dameron Institute, performs at the benefit.

CoolCleveland caught a Dameron rehearsal and spoke with Ken LeeGrand, the program director of J@MS, Jazz at The Music Settlement, about their high level of musicianship and the opportunities offered to generations of area students.

WED 4/1
Theater Ninjas’ latest offering is part play, part party. The Grand Celebration of the Celestial Mystery bills itself as a mashup of contemporary civic politics, conspiracy theories, TED Talks, Kungfu movies & mythology. Can’t lose there.

* Battle of the Sexes comedy show seeks to find out who’s funnier — men or women.

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THU 4/2
DanceWorks is back, brings a month of dance to Cleveland Public Theatre. See new works & old favorites from the likes of MorrisonDance, Ohio Dance Theatre, Verb Ballets, Inlet Dance Theatre & others.

* Enjoy an evening of good convo & ekphrastic poetry at the Impermanence curator’s talk @ Heights Arts.
* See the thriller Backcountry followed by Q&A w/ Harvey Webster, Dir of Wildlife Resources @ CMNH.
* They Came. They Saw. They Printed! closes w/ an informal panel discussion @ Zygote Press.

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FRI 4/3
Can we age gracefully in an era of selfies and Twitter? That’s the question at the heart of Christopher Durang’s zany, Tony Award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike @ CPH.

* The Suffers show Cleveland their rockin’ soul @ the Music Box.
* Le Femme Mystique Burlesque hosts spring fling strip @ the Beachland.
* A “bacon” themed food & wine tasting for only $5?! Check it out at @ Nature’s Bin.

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SAT 4/4
Variety! Circus! Mayhem! That’s the gist of WIZBANG!, a show put on by Cle’s old-timey vaudeville entertainment crew, Pinch and Squeal. The day features two shows — one for the kids & one just for the adults.

* Edible Books Festival is back bringing a delicious twist on literature @ Loganberry Books.
* The Beck Center’s Lend Me A Tenor is a tale of mistaken identities, misunderstandings & mixed signals.
* Enjoy a Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter & Fargo double feature at @ the Capitol Theatre.

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SUN 4/5
Feufollet is from Lafayette, Louisiana, a hub for Cajun music. And that’s what this band are rooted in. But, as part of a younger generation of Cajun musicians, the five-piece band reaches beyond the traditional sounds.

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MON 4/6
Dyngus Day brings polka dancing to the streets. Lent is over, Easter is done… now it’s time to have some fun with Polish music, beer, and cuisine. Think of it as a Polish Mardi Gras, hosted by CLE’s own DJ Kishka.

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TUE 4/7
It’s an exciting time for technology, & for CLE. Join the movement and be a part of the Cleveland [R]iot Regional Summit, an event bringing together local leaders to discuss creating a smarter, more inter-connected world.

* The Bishop/Cleaver/Flood Trio features three talented jazz musicians from the Detroit @ the Bop Stop.

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WED 4/8
How many great singer-songwriters have come out of Texas? You could spend all day counting. Houston’s Robert Earl Keen is one of a large group of such legendary performer/composers whose work is revered by fans and colleagues and has been covered by numerous other artists. He’ll be at the Kent Stage.

* Even those who never go see a musical stage production undoubtedly know many of Broadway’s greatest hits. Enjoy an evening of them @ the Music Box.

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Way back in 2011, students at Baldwin Wallace University decided to perform live The Beatles’ Abbey Road album straight using their own instruments and voices and arrangement in a 99-seat recital hall.

The next year’s student musical body followed up with Sgt. Pepper, then Magical Mystery Tour and finally The White Album. In 2015, the current students, led by festival coordinators Patrick Peralta & Michael Simile, begin repeating the cycle with Abbey Road, in the fashion of BW’s legendary Bach Festival, this time selling out two shows in the 500-seat John Patrick Kleist Theatre within 24 hours.

Basheer Jones is a “Morehouse Man.” In the national black community that term carries a tremendous amount of honor, dignity, and responsibility. Long considered the “black man’s Harvard,” virtually all black intelligentsia concur that it’s the most prestigious college in America for the scions of the black upper classes…

More coverage from Mansfield Frazier:

The Hits Just Keep on Coming: No matter how fast and furiously Cleveland cops try to separate themselves from the incident in which Jessica Ferrato claims she was roughed up by an RTA transit cop on her way home from the Cleveland International Film Festival, the statement by her lawyer, Peter Pattakos, that the treatment mirrors the kind of violations Cleveland cops are being charged with by the feds is going to stick like glue…
* Another Log Goes on the Fire: One thing Cleveland cop Aaron Reese (who has, in the last five years, twice been suspended from duty and accused of steroid use and fraud) should have learned is that you don’t get into a pissing match with someone as wealthy and powerful as businessman Tony George… especially if you’ve got a ton of skeletons in your closet, since he’s going to make sure that eventually they’re all going to come tumbling out…
* A Perversion of Justice: Other forms of law enforcement brutality that’s increasingly coming to light is the railroading of innocent individuals, who oftentimes serve decades behind bars due to false convictions…
* The City’s Catch 22: Novelist Joseph Heller’s unsolvable situation, commonly known as a Catch 22, aptly describes the situation the City of Cleveland finds itself in as it supposedly is attempting to fix its broken police department. The catch is, how do you fix something that no one at City Hall will admit is broken?…
* The Sellout – A novel by Paul Beatty: ‘Ol Willie Shakespeare wrote: “Ah, the comic, now there’s a dangerous man.” Indeed. And the original true comics were not only dangerous with the words they used, they actually lived their lives in danger, oftentimes daily courting it…

Read this story and others from Mansfield Frazier here

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PHOTOSTREAM: Waterloo Alley Cat Project Benefit by Anastasia Pantsios

REVIEW: Rosalynde & the Falcon Charms the Crowd @ Talespinner Children’s Theatre by Sarah Valek

REVIEW: Beck Center’s LEND ME A TENOR – Farce At Its Funny Best by Roy Berko

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RIP: Tireless Cleveland Music Booster Jim Clevo Dies
Just got the call on this this morning… may God go with him. He suffered enough in this life…

I will miss you my dear friend!…

Words cannot express the gratitude I, my band mates or area bands have for Jim. His endless selflessness is unsurpassed by any promoter, manager or any other role he placed himself in. My band (The Attitude) will be forever in his debt. God bless you Jim Clevo. Just think of the great shows that will be put on in heaven with the musicians now at his disposal…
george shiner jr

The Cleveland music scene has lost one of its best in Jim Clevo. Jim was one of the most dedicated promoters and believers in the Cleveland music scene and he did everything he could to promote local bands and original music He was a great guy and a true original, he will be missed by many. Rest in peace my friend…
Billy Capuano

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1) The @BostonGlobe Hails Cleveland as a Travel Destination

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5) MANSFIELD: He Came, He Saw, He Had Fun

They let it fly every week: John Benson, Roy Berko, Marty Bielat, Kendall Embrescia-Hridel, Mansfield Frazier, 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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