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No matter what you might say about this region, and many have said plenty lately, one thing is for certain: space around here is still relatively available and relatively affordable. That keeps the cost of housing and workspace low, and that keeps our cost of living comfortable. We predict that artists and creatives and entrepreneurs will continue to flock here for that reason; they can work 20 hours a week to pay rent, and spend the rest of their time on their craft.

Space will be on the minds of science fiction fans, space geeks and socialites at this week’s Yuri Space Party at GLSC. Good chamber music is all about the venue, and Lyndhurst will be the place for the NEO Youth Chamber Music Competition. The Short. Sweet. Film Fest won’t take up much time or space at The Alex. Kristine Jackson fills the beautiful Akron Civic with her rocking blues, and the Monster Drawing Rally takes over SPACES. Get outside, strap on your basket and Slow Roll CLE. Superstar chef Jonathon Sawyer is busy as can be, but still is giving time and space to Noodle Kids at CPL.

If you’re ready for the best internship of your life, then CoolCleveland is ready for you. Break down the Federal budget with Cleveland Peace Action. Then catch up on Mansfield’s greatest hits this week, including his refusal to allow our baseball mascot on the grounds of his Vineyards and BioCellar. We spoke with Philip Yenyo of the American Indian Movement and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed about plans to protest Opening Day, for the 24th year in a row. When will we give our people the respect they deserve? –Thomas Mulready

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It’s been 100 years since the Cleveland baseball team started naming themselves the Indians, and 68 years since they started using the now-infamous Chief Wahoo mascot. It has now been 24 years that Native American groups have demonstrated and protested, asking the team to abandon the mascot and logo and name.

CoolCleveland spoke with Philip Yenyo, Executive Director of the Ohio chapter of the American Indian Movement and co-chair of The Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance, and Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed who spoke out against the use of the symbols at a recent City Council meeting.

A march from W. 25th Street & Detroit Avenue to Progressive Field begins at noon on 2015 Opening Day, Fri 4/10. The next day, the All Nations Conference will take place at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ at 2592 W. 14th Street on Sat 4/11 from 8AM to 2PM featuring guest speakers Charlene Teters, Clyde Bellecourt, David Narcomey and others.

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SPONSORED: Dinosaurs at the End of Earth: Antarctica and Argentina The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Explorer Series features Dr. Philip Currie of the University of Alberta. He will discuss dinosaur fossils found worldwide that provide unparalleled information on dinosaur biology that helps us understand why dinosaurs lived for so long. Fri 4/10 at 7PM.

The Yuri Space Party is back in all its glory for its annual intergalactic affair.

No other event in Cleveland allows science fiction fans, space geeks and socialites the opportunity to dress as an intergalactic traveler or fearsome space creature, all in honor of celebrating space exploration and partying the night away…
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SPONSORED: Must Be Scenes Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater presents an interesting array of select opera scenes for CIM’s popular Sensational Scenes program, running Fri 4/17Sun 4/19. Enjoy select scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore and Massenet’s Werther, just to name a few. Tix: or 216.795.3211.

Cuyahoga Community College student Magdalis Galarza wins CLE’s Culinary Clash, will represent city in finals in San Fran.

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SPONSORED: In 1989 Trisha Meili became known to the world as The Central Park Jogger after being brutally assaulted and raped. Trisha details her story of recovery and survival at Cleveland Public Library’s Writers and Readers Series of Hope, Sat 4/18 at 2PM, Main Library.

There’s no doubt that chamber music is to the classical repertoire what playing unplugged is to rock ’n’ roll.

It’s this intimacy and intricacy that the Cleveland Chamber Music Society is hoping to promote with its inaugural Northeast Ohio Youth Chamber Music Competition. The free event takes place Sat 4/11 at the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church.

* Hang up your finest scribbles on gallery walls at the Lil’ Monster Drawing Rally Sat 4/11.

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SPONSORED: It’s Spring and Chamber Music is in the Air… at the Cleveland Institute of Music thanks to a series of free concerts being presented between Mon 4/20 and Wed 4/29. Performances include brass, woodwind and percussion ensemble recitals and gala concerts by talented CIM student trios and quartets. Details at or 216.795.3211.

The room was packed, lunches were eaten and innovation was in the air at OneCommunity’s [R]IoT Internet of Things Regional Summit that happened at the Global Center for Health and Innovation. The summit was designed to bring together industry representatives, makers, and developers to collaborate on the expansive potential of the IoT.

CoolCleveland caught Jim Benson, Leader for Global Marketing at GE Lighting, before he took the stage to give his address. Benson gave us some insight into some new GE projects that the company is pushing for in 2015, in addition to how they work closely with OneCommunity.

In honor of the upcoming Rock Hall inductions, the Music Box Supper Club has put together Rock Week: Decade by Decade. Both local performers and touring artists will celebrate a decade a night from the ’50s through the present, with one night devoted to Cleveland hitmakers and another to the music of inductees. The Chardon Polka Band (pictured) will be doing polka versions of ’90s hits. Fri 4/10-Fri 4/17.

* Beloved local folksinger Tim Wallace dies following two-week hospice hootenanny. Sun 3/29.
* Deliciously Wicked North Coast Men’s Chorus performs spring concerts. Sat 4/11-Sun 4/12.
* The Calder Quartet continues its Transformer Station residency. Tue 4/14
* The Akron Symphony celebrates freedom at E.J. Thomas Hall. Sat 4/11.
* Local indie rocker Alam Madej debuts new CD at the Euc. Sat 4/11.

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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, and The Kent Stage Folk Festival featuring Jeff Austin Band and The Stray Birds all at the acoustically superior Kent Stage in 2015. Get your tickets now for

When Cleveland star chef Jonathon Sawyer, owner of the Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th, Noodlecat around the corner on Euclid and the upscale University Circle restaurant Trentina, decided to write his first book, he looked no further than his own family for inspiration. That’s how Noodle Kids: Around the World in 50 Fun, Healthy, Creative Recipes the Whole Family Can Cook Together got started.

* With the first hints of green poking up in the garden, maybe you’ve got the urge to learn something new to do this year. Grace Brothers’ annual Sustainable Living weekend offers free classes in backyard beekeeping and chicken raising, decorating with succulents and integrating edibles and ornamentals. And this season’s seeds are in! Sat 4/11-Sun 4/12.

* No one in the whole region is more excited about the benefits of hemp as food than Jeremy Koosed of Plant Kingdom Snackery — guarantee! Let him tell you all about Let It Grow, his hemp specials weekend. Thu 4/9-Mon 4/13.

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WED 4/8
Chinese musician Wu Man is known as a master of the pipa, a pear-shaped four-stringed traditional Chinese instrument similar to the lute. She’ll do a solo performance of “Ancient Dances” when she comes to CMA.

* Enjoy an evening of Broadway tunes @ the Music Box.

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THU 4/9
CLE audiences just can’t get enough of Uchida and Mozart. So she’s back to reprise a couple of favorites.

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FRI 4/10
Think film fest time is over? Think again. The ultra independent Short. Sweet. Film Fest is back, showcasing the best local, national & international films from up-and-coming filmmakers @ the brand-new Alex Theater in the 9.

* The Music Box hosts Rock Week: Decade By Decade to celebrate the Rock Hall Inductions.
* Kristine Jackson rocks the blues @ Akron Civic Theatre.
* Retro Roadkill will be on display at Studio 2091 Mothersbaugh-Roos. Can you stomach it?

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SAT 4/11
Art will be created fresh on the spot at SPACES’ popular Monster Drawing Rally. For the 5th year in a row, over 100 of Cle’s freshest artists will create drawings before your eyes.

* The Cleveland Flea kicks off its 3rd season back at Tyler Village.
* Rock Hall Induction Week kicks off w/ concerts, special exhibits & fireworks.
* Chef Jonathon Sawyer shows off new book Noodle Kids @ CPL.
* Enter the Dreamhouse for a collaborative fundraiser for MOCA Cleveland & Dobama Theatre.
* Rising young Russian guitar star Vladimir Gorbach plays final Cleveland Classical Guitar Society series concert.
* Get back to country’s roots w/ Kim Richey at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* Kent Paranormal Weekend takes over the Kent Stage. But will there be paranormal activity?

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SUN 4/12
Native Clevelander Clarence Bucaro was already earning comparisons to writer/performers like Van Morrison and Jackson Browne for his intimate, soulful singing and deeply personal and slightly quirky songwriting when he was still playing locally. Bucaro returns to the scene of that raw inspiration — CLE — when he plays the Beachland Tavern.

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MON 4/13
Spring is here. That means it’s time to get on your bike. And what better way to do it than riding w/ Slow Roll CLE? Meet up in Ohio City & join their opening party ride.

* Afro-Peruvian rhythms will fill Nighttown w/ the Gabriel Alegria Sextet.

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TUE 4/14
Break down the federal budget & find peace at the pub. Join Cleveland Peace Action to follow the money from your pocket to the Pentagon, hear about the role of military spending in our country & more. Food for thought for your Tue evening.

* Gerald Clayton, one of the rising stars of jazz, performs lunchtime concert.

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WED 4/15
Saul Williams has a rich & complex background. Highly educated, he first came to public attention as part of NY’s slam poetry scene. He’ll be performing twice in one evening here in CLE and, given his range and his backlog of material chances are the shows will be very different.

* Trinity Cathedral’s weekly Brownbag concert series features work by French romantic composer Ernest Chausson.
* Rootsy acoustic duo Gillen & Turk perform at the Barking Spider.

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An article I wrote a bit over a week ago asked if we were about to witness The Rebirth of the Black Republicrat? It caused more of a stir in the black community than anything I’ve written of late…

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* Chief Wahoo — Banished and Banned: Every year for the last three years we’ve gotten hundreds of visitors to our Vineyards of Château Hough, and with the opening of our BioCellar we’re expecting even more. And every year I have to ask one or two people to leave their Chief Wahoo cap or T-shirt in their vehicle…

* The Worm Has Turned: In Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Lord Clifford states, “The smallest worm will turn being trodden on, and doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.” In other words, anyone will eventually say, “Enough is enough!”…

* Prosecutor McGinty Can’t Lose: No matter what verdict Judge John P. O’Donnell hands down in the trial of Cleveland cop Michael Brelo (who jumped on the hood of the car of the two unarmed individuals, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, and fired 49 shots as part of the infamous circular firing squad of 13 officers that fired a total of 137 shots), Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty — and justice — comes out the winner…

* A Door of Despair… or Hope?: Driving down Carnegie Avenue one would hardly notice the somewhat decrepit doorway pictured above, and if you did, it’s only because it looks so out of place in a downtown environment, where standards for the upkeep of buildings are usually higher than somewhere out in one of Cleveland’s ‘hoods…

* 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…

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MANSFIELD: The Rebirth of the Black Republicrat?
REPUBLICAN MARCH SATURDAY The Republican Party, using the wolf in sheep’s clothing strategy, is planning to sow confusion in Cleveland’s African American community Saturday…
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Beloved Cleveland Folksinger Tim Wallace Dies
Northeast was so lucky to have the irrepressable Tim Wallace close by. He was a treasure. He shall live on in song, as they say…
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Mr. Mansfield perhaps you should take a break from writing your column. I use to admire your writing. In the past you had a keen perspective on issues. Now you are biased and bigoted. I am curious why you did not cover the St. Patricks day riot…

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