09.02-09.09.2015 Participation


If there’s one thing that defines CoolCleveland readers, beyond age, race, income, gender, sexual preference, beyond even psychographics, it’s their willingness to participate in their community. CoolCleveland is simply their favorite tool for finding out what they want to get involved in each week.

Looking to get your hands dirty? Mansfield Frazier can use some help with the abundant harvest at his breakthrough Vineyards & Biocellar at Chateau Hough this Sat, and you might walk away with a rare bottle of the famous urban grape. Ingenuity is lining up volunteers now for their Oct event. Wanna make art history? Join our workshop at SPACES and help us archive performance art.

Kids can get involved with Healthy Kids Challenge Day at CMNH, and the whole family can join Believe in CLE at the giant free yoga sesh at the NC Harbor. Music is a participatory sport when done well, and this week you can mesh with musicians from the Revolution Brass Band to Mary Bridget Davies to Jivviden to Hillbilly Idol to Charlie Musslewhite to the Stumpy Valley Volunteers.

Art-making your thing? Walk All Over Waterloo has all that, plus a “Salute to Summer” block party with Jake Kelly’s first major show, new art shops, outdoor music, and a closed-off street for peds, bikes, boards and blades. If your favorite end-of-summer activity leans more towards books, check out the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, and come out to support Guide To Kulchur’s new expanded location in Gordon Square.

If it’s time to get serious and be involved in a life-changing internship, then CoolCleveland might be ready for you. Mansfield suggests you put your foot down and boycott one of our local TV stations for their shameful (non) coverage of the important stuff happening in the region. We agree and that’s why we try hard to be informed, engaged and active. Glad to have you on board. –Thomas Mulready

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The annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, taking place Thu 9/10 at PlayhouseSquare, turn the eyes of the book world to Cleveland. It also means performances around town by the year’s winners, such as poet Jericho Brown (pictured), who will be reading from his work at Trinity Cathedral. Hear the award-winning words come alive. CoolCleveland writer Claudia Taller tells you why you should check him out and what else this literary week has in store. Wed 9/9.

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SPONSORED: Learn how to live a water-friendly lifestyle when you check out Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House happening on Sat 9/19 @ 9AM – 4PM at their Environmental and Maintenance Services Center. Tour the Southerly Wastewater Treatment plant, enjoy workshops and special presentations, take home tips, kids crafts, and more. Exhibits, food, games, and surprises make up the free fun for friends and families. Register today.


As they ready for a ride, Cleveland Metroparks Chief Operating Officer Joe Roszak updates CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready on all the latest cool projects they’ve been busy with: building mountain bike trails, collaborating with regional park systems, organizing the incredible NEOcycle urban cycling festival, and their designation as a Gold Medal Finalist for the National Recreation and Parks Association.

Joining them on the ride are folks from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Bike Cleveland, CAMBA, Ray’s MTB, and the City of Medina.

The tiny Gordon Square bookstore Guide to Kulchur has been a hub for underground literary projects for several years now, with retail sales, a small press, public events and a “Books 2 Prisoners” project. With so much going on, it’s outgrown the space and it’s expanding into one up the block (It will still use the old space). As G2K prepares its grand opening party, CoolCleveland’s John Benson learns about its plans for the future. Fri 9/4.

Chances are if you’re reading our newsletter, you’ve heard of Ted Talks. However, if you’re still in the dark, Ted Talks are online lectures that aim to broadcast “ideas worth sharing.” Check out a talk happening locally, hosted by Ursuline College, at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on Fri 10/23 @ 1PM – 5PM.

CoolCleveland met up with Ursuline’s Katherine Jackson to announce who’s officially speaking this year. Among the six amazing participants is highlight Carl Wilkens, the only American to stay behind in Rwanda during genocide. See him, along with other greats, at this year’s TedxUrsuline event.

Cleveland started to notice the work of artist Jake Kelly 15 years ago when flyers he did for shows at the Grog Shop and Beachland started appearing around town, telling little stories that may or may not have had anything to do with the band. Since then, he’s expanded his scope, creating posters and murals for Melt Bar & Grilled, graphic novels, zines and decorated upcycled furniture. He’ll have his first major show in a decade at Waterloo’s Gallery One Sixty with an opening reception during Walk All Over Waterloo. Fri 9/4.

Yoga is not merely a physical exercise but a pathway to mindfulness and a greater appreciation of the world around us. That appreciation — specifically of what Cleveland has to offer — is the mission of Believe in CLE. It’s sponsoring a giant free yoga session at the Northcoast Harbor outside the Rock Hall to help people get in touch with their inner selves and with the city. What a spectacular way to kick off the holiday weekend. Ignore the airshow planes flying overhead. Fri 9/4.


Be part of something cool. You may have heard about Chateau Hough which grows wine grapes in the middle of the city. Those grapes are ripe now, and Chateau Hough needs pickers. Come down, spend a few hours and get to taste some of the wine made from these grapes on Sat 9/5.

* Also seeking volunteers: the annual festival of creativity, Ingenuity Cleveland, at North Coast Harbor Fri 10/2-Sun 10/4. Jobs range from pre-event construction to greeting and running errands during the event. Go to Ingenuity’s volunteer page to sign up.

* Hear what you’ve been missing at the region’s first free hi-end audio listening party on 10/9-10 at the Aloft Hotel.

* Ready to make art history? Join us at SPACES on Thu 9/3 for a free workshop on archiving performance art.

This isn’t your average festival: this is the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House. Held on Sat 9/19 @ 9AM-4PM at the Environmental and Maintenance Services Center, NEORSD is opening their doors and letting visitors tour their Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant and lab, play games, conduct hands-on experiments and much more. All free of charge, and good fun for family and friends.

Seeing a sewer’s inner workings not cool enough? See our lab behind the scenes, explore the Metroparks NatureTracks mobile exhibit, learn from workshops and register for cost-saving programs, and enjoy Cleveland’s favorite food trucks, games and treats. So get ready to get your hands dirty, and to learn what happens after the flush.

Kids need to be healthy to learn and grow strong. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History makes that into a fun game with its Healthy Kids Challenge Day where kids can win prizes for visiting stations to participate in activities about exercise and eating well. Put down that video game and get moving! Sat 9/5.

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Where is this nation going in terms of food? Find out the answer to that question and many more when you attend Nature’s Bin’s “State of the Union” on healthy eating at the University of Akron in Lakewood on Wed 9/9 @ 7PM.

Hosted by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a specialized dietitian, the free lecture will cover where we are today in terms of health, wellness and making better choices to live a healthy life. CoolCleveland met up with Jamieson-Petonic and got the scoop. Check out the video, attend the lecture, and walk away with a life changing action plan.

If spending the holiday cooking burgers on a grill isn’t your thing, head down to Little Italy for La Dolce Vita Bistro’s Peaches & Wine Summer Harvest Party. Not only will there be peaches and wine, but also pastas and pizzas made with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, onions and basil from local gardens and farms. Mon 9/7.

* Also making use of all that local harvest, now at its peak, is the Coit Road Farm Market. Its Cinco de Setiembre Taco Party will offer tacos with salsa and toppings made with produce available from the vendors a few steps away. Sat 9/5.

Read more of CoolCleveland’s picks for Eats and Drinks.

Sandwich: German Oktoberfest Melt- pork schnitzle, cheesy egg noodle kuegel, braised red cabbage, spicy brown mustard, muenster. Seasonal Sides: German Potato Salad & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower. Bread Pudding: Chocolate Stout Pretzel. Beer Feature: Ayinger Oktoberfest. Drink Feature: Barbarossa.

New Melt Bar and Grilled Menu begins September 1st! Half Sandwiches offered for the first time! Melt Day and Vegan Cheese at Progressive Field on Sun 9/13. Log on for more:

Mike’s Barn the venue no longer exists but its spirit lives on. One of its signature shows was its annual Broadside of the Barn, with some of the area’s most talented women performers. It’s back for the 10th year at the Music Box, with Mary Bridget Davies (pictured) returning form NYC to join a roster of the event’s past regulars plus newcomers. Sun 9/6.

* Blues-based Cleveland band Jivviden releases cassette preview of new album at the Beachland. Fri 9/4.
* Todd Rundgren and band perform two different programs with the Akron Symphony. Sat 9/5 & Sun 9/6.
* PlayhouseSquare summer concerts wrap up with hot Cleveland rockers Welshly Arms. Thu 9/3.
* Aaron Civil War plays Music Saves’ Alley Cat Friday. Fri 9/4.

* Hillbilly Idol & friends throw a Hank Williams birthday bash/tribute at the Music Box. Sat 9/5.

Read more of CoolCleveland’s picks for Cool Events.

SPONSORED: Summer’s not over yet at The Kent Stage: Charlie Musslewhite, Randy & Mr. Lahey of Trailer Park Boys, Spyro Gyra, Rhiannon Giddens, Zappa Plays Zappa, Hot Tuna Acoustic, Joshua Davis, Over The Rhine, Hey Mavis with Hal Walker, The Wood Brothers, Saul Williams, Arlo Guthrie’s 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant Tour, and more, all at the acoustically superior Kent Stage in 2015. Get your tickets now for

WED 9/2
Reed player Ken Vandermark and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two of the most respected names in avant-garde jazz. Like many such players, they perform in many configurations, but the duo format really gives them room to stretch out and explore. They’ll be at the Beachland Tavern.

* John Hiatt & Taj Mahal share the stage at the House of Blues.

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THU 9/3
Its official name is “The Great Geauga County Fair,” and this late-season fair lives up to the word “great.” At nearly 200 years, it’s Ohio’s oldest fair, and it packs the fairgrounds in Burton with more of everything that makes a county fair an occasion — exhibits, animals, food, entertainment and, of course, demolition derbies. Through Mon 9/7.

* Guitarist Bob Niederriter comes back to BluJazz Akron with his trio.

Click here for more events on Thu 9/3

FRI 9/4
This month’s Walk All Over Waterloo art walk includes several new shows, some continuing shows and a chance to check out the street’s new art-related businesses. It’s also a “Salute to Summer” block party with a section of the street closed for outdoor music, food, art-making, and a film and smores at dusk. Bring your bikes, skateboards and rollerblades!

* Newly remodeled Heights Arts Gallery reopens with two new shows.
* Enjoy a night of old and new Cleveland reggae with Carlos Jones & JR Blessington at the Grog Shop.
* Get down with some local bluegrass with the Stumpy Valley Volunteers at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* The MultiMusicFest at the Galleria offers diverse music to raise money for services for those in need.
* New mixed-media work by Scott Goss opens at the Maria Neil Art Project.
* Cle artists Patti Fields’ and Ray Juaire’s print-based work goes on display at Zygote Press.

Click here for more events on Fri 9/4

SAT 9/5
If you have not checked out the colorful neo-burlesque scene yet, head down to the Beachland Ballroom for Oddi-Tease, an evening of diverse entertainment featuring both local and out-of-town stars, including Florida’s Vita DeVoid and Chicago’s Gigi De Luxe (pictured).

* Everything will be coming up drag queens in a tribute to Broadway at Cocktails Cleveland.
* Nashville fiddle duo 10 String Symphony plays at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* Local poets will write you your own verse at Market Square Park.

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SUN 9/6
The name will tell you that Taste of Hudson in downtown Hudson is about food, particularly food from the city’s multitude of diverse dining establishments. But it also hosts an arts & crafts fair, a luxury auto show, seven stages of music and a kids’ village with enough activities to keep them busy for the festival’s entire two days. Also Mon 9/7.

* Revolution Brass Band and bluesman Austin Walkin’ Cane join forces again at the Music Box Supper Club.
* Queen of Hell and Murderedman bring the heavy music to the Happy Dog.

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MON 9/7
While this year’s 11th Congressional District Labor Day parade is sure to be a little sad this year, since it was started by Lou Stokes who died August 18, the huge annual gathering of labor unions, community groups, high school bands, fraternal organizations, elected officials and others walking down Kinsman Road is a tribute to his influence.

* Virtuoso prog/fusion drummer Virgil Donati comes to Nighttown with his quartet.

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TUE 9/8
The work of the NE Ohio photographers selected to be part of Photo Now, the juried show sponsored by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, go on display at the Tri-C East Gallery. See the work of both newcomers and respected veterans at the opening reception today, where the show’s prizes will be awarded.

* Hear a presentation about a new approach to experimental music & join in an electronic jam at Mahall’s.
* Literary Cleveland, a new group for writers & readers, officially launches with author event at the Happy Dog.

Click here for more events on Tue 9/8

WED 9/9
Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli has made a career of covering and writing traditional pop ballads and turning contemporary songs into material for his jazz-inflected pop style. His new album takes on Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles work, a project he undertook at McCartney’s request. He’ll do two nights, four shows, at Nightgown. Also Thu 9/10.

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When I turned on the news, at 5pm to watch the coverage on the day Louis Stokes was laid to rest I was shocked, disgusted and outraged by WEWS Channel 5. I sometimes have more than one news broadcast…

* Free Apples That’s Marvin standing under “our” apple tree. I say “our” but it’s really not since it’s on a public city tree lawn across the street from the vineyard we spend our days tending….

* A Fool’s Errand If the allegations in the killing of Harris County, TX Deputy Darren Goforth prove to be true, Shannon Jaruay Miles, the 30-year-old black man who stands accused of shooting….

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