04.12-04.19.2017 Longview


We always think about the long game. Maybe it’s the way we were raised. Short-term suffering, long-term gain. Sometimes I wish our leaders did the same. Why are we using hundreds of millions of tax dollars on new upholstery for our stadiums instead of for our students? We won’t be mentioning our baseball team at all in CoolCleveland until the mascot’s gone and the team name is history.

In the meantime, this week offers a number of immediate wins: an all-day polka party, Shakespeare inside & out, an Eggstravaganza for the kids at GLSC, a monthly food swap in Downtown Akron, an Italian film fest at Strosacker, and CoolCleveland writer Charles Cassady speaking at the Music Box about weird and unexplained happenings around the Great Lakes. We always look forward to his point of view. –Thomas Mulready

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DJ Kishka’s Polka Happy Hours at the Happy Dog are dead. Long live The DJ Kishka Show! The musician/DJ/vegan chef aka Justin Gorski gave up his DJ gig when other projects, such as the annual post-Easter Dyngus Day ethnic extravaganza he launched in 2011, became too much.

But at this year’s Dyngus Day, he’s unveiling his new one, The DJ Kishka Show, which will take place at the Capitol Theater while outside in Gordon Square, Tremont and Ohio City, the party will rage on from 10am-10pm. Mon 4/17.

SPONSORED: SFJAZZ Collective @ Music Box The 2016-2017 Tri-C Presents Performing Arts Series wraps up with a performance by SFJAZZ Collective. The eight-piece, all-star ensemble will perform original compositions along with some Miles Davis tunes when it takes the stage at 8PM on Fri 4/21 at Music Box Supper Club. Tickets are available here.

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival has been delighting audiences for the last 15 summers with its outdoor productions on the grounds of Akron’s beautiful Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

Last year, an indoor space, Greystone Hall in downtown Akron, fell into its lap. It’s now concluding an eclectic season of productions and special events there with its first full-fledged indoor Shakespeare production A Comedy of Errors. John Benson talked to managing director Tess Bugler to learn what this new direction has meant for the company. Fri 4/14-Sun 4/29.

Apollo’s Fire assembles 40 of the finest period-instrument specialists of North America for this event – a rare and revelatory opportunity to hear this music performed on period instruments. Beethoven’s epic sense of struggle emerges with fresh intensity as Jeannette Sorrell leads his revolutionary Egmont Overture and Fifth Symphony.

Internationally renowned violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley (the young American concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) makes his period-instrument debut, bringing lyrical transcendence to Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto. Invite your friends from near and far for this weekend of intellectual discovery and joyous celebration! April 27-30. Details

The issue of taxes is contentious. Without them, it’s impossible to fund a civilized society. But they’ve been painted as 100% evil by anti-government zealots, and it was anti-tax sentiment that launched the Tea Party.

But what are we willing to fund, and what are we willing to sacrifice for lower taxes? And who pays? These issues – triggered by Trump’s refusal to release his taxes (as all presidential candidates have for 40 years) to reveal how tax code changes might benefit him personality – are fueling the Tax Day Marches taking place all over the country, including Cleveland. Fri 4/15.

The Great Lakes Science Center likes to hold special days themed to holidays. It’s Easter EGGstravaganza will feature two days of experiments, projects and demonstrations based on the structure of the egg, including one that invites visitors to help engineer ways to keep a falling egg from breaking. All activities are free with regular admission. Fri 4/14 & Sat 4/15.

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The monthly food swaps hosted by the Countryside Conservancy of CVNP offer home growers and food producers the chance to trade their excess for items they don’t grow or make that someone else does.

It’s also a chance to chat and trade tips with others invested in growing the local food network. This month it’s at Jilly’s Music Room in downtown Akron. Tue 4/18.

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

CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska met up with the band Hiram-Maxim to discuss their new album, Ghosts. Ghosts matches its themes of loss, societal regression and righteous indignation with dark textures, punishing noise and pounding beats. By blurring the lines between composition and improvisation, Hiram-Maxim offers a new experience at every performance. There’s a map but they don’t go the same way every time.

Watch as Fred Gunn (vocals), Dave Taha (guitars), Lisa Miralia (electronics), and John Panza (drums) of Hiram-Maxim give an exclusive live performance of a track off of their new album. Join Hiram-Maxim as they celebrate their record release at Now That’s Class with bands Deche, Ex-Astronaut and DJ Marc Lansley.

SPONSORED: The Kent Stage features Richard Thompson, The Psychedelic Furs w/ Robyn Hitchcock, Tim O’Brien, JD Huthison & Jan Fabricius, Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles, Blues Traveler, Garry Tallent of the E Street Band, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett plus Craig Fuller, Justin Townes Earle plus The Sadies, Tom Paxton and The Don Juans, Scott Stapp – Live and Unplugged, Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, Bruce Cockburn, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jonny Lang, X- 40th Anniversary Tour, plus more. TheKentStage.com.

The professional-level musicians who comprise the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and Choir present a Good Friday concert each year. This year, the capstone selection is Mozart’s Requiem. Fri 4/14.

* The heavy metal community comes together to honor the late Jim Konya at Konyafest. Sat 4/15.
* World music/jazz ensemble Drumplay celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert at the Lakewood Library. Fri 4/14.
* Local experimental electronic artists make up the lineup for Behind Glass Vol. 2 at Tremont’s CODA. Sat 4/15.

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WED 4/12
The Italian Film Festival at CWRU’s Strosacker Auditorium is showing a variety of contemporary Italian films over several nights. Tonight it’s screening 2014’s Italo, a fact-based film about a stray good, and the filmmaker will be in attendance.

* Playwright Local’s PlayLab features staged readings and workshops for aspiring playwrights. Also Sat 4/15.
* Join local poets Lee Chilcote and Damien Ware for a reading and open mic at Mac’s Backs.
* Michigan State Jazz Orchestra performs for Tri-C JazzFest Community Days. Also tomorrow.
* British folk icon Richard Thompson returns to the Kent Stage.
* Classical Indian music duo performs at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
* Cleveland recording engineer Tom Anderson tells his rock & roll stories at the Music Box.
* Look into the Reel Science of The Creature From the Black Lagoon at the Capitol Theatre.

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THU 4/13
Think how many bombs we could build if we wiped out arts funding. A lot of people are thinking about that and going “WRONG!!!” Come to SPACES Gallery this afternoon for an update on what’s going on with federal and state arts funding and a letter-writing session to give politicians a piece of your mind.

* History on Tap happy hour at the Cleveland History Center looks into Cleveland’s comedy high points.
* The Who’s Your Mama film festival at KSU shares a variety of environmental concerns.
* Mississippi-based thriller author Greg Iles talks at the Parma Snow Library.
* Learn what the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
* Multimedia artist Elisabeth Cain Pressler is featured at Shaker Historical Society.
* It’s psych guitar night at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square.
* The Music Box celebrates Loretta Lynn’s 85th with a birthday bash.
* Return to the 80s with the Psychedelic Furs at the Kent Stage.

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FRI 4/14
Local burlesque-hungry fans will be able to feast their eyes at the Beachland Ballroom tonight on four glamorous ladies from New York City, touring as the Twirly Whirly Burly-Q. They’ll be joined by local performers Bella Sin and Shrimp Cocktail.

* Tim O’Brien brings his country/newgrass music to the Kent Stage.
* The weather’s getting nice so come Walkabout Tremont.
* Electro-industrial artist Daniel Myer of Haujobb comes to the Phantasy with his project Architect.

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SAT 4/15
The Akron Art Museum’s book sale, taking place in its museum shop, features duplicates, overstocks and donated secondhand books, including autographed copies. it takes place Fri 4/14 and today, and it’s free to browse.

* The Upcycle Parts Shop is open for its monthly shopping opportunity for artists and crafters to pick up cheap recycled materials to get creative with.
* Waterloo Arts hosts a panel discussion on Cuban artist books on display there.
* Texas’ Brave Combo brings their polka/Latin/rock music back to the Beachland Ballroom.
* Photographer Greg Murray offers tips on shooting pets at Dodd Camera workshop.
* Electro-acoustic and improvisational artists perform at Mahall’s.

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SUN 4/16
If fighting the crowds at Easter brunches doesn’t sound appealing to you, how about heading into the countryside and spending some time in nature? Holden Arboretum in Kirkland is open today, and the tree-topping Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower are open for the season. If you’re down in Akron, the Summit Metroparks F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm has a different kind of egg hunt, identifying various types of eggs and learning about the creatures who laid them.

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MON 4/17
After the changes to individual artist grants that Cuyahoga Arts & Culture tried to push through quickly, artists and others in the arts community realized the important of paying attention. They are urged to attend the next board meeting of CAC, taking place at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights. It’s open to the public.

* Author Peter Guralnick talks about Sam Phillips at the Rock Hall Library and Archives.

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TUE 4/18
Baseball season is underway, and Townhall in Ohio City is getting into the spirit of things with a paint party where artist Cory Manley will guide participants in creating a baseball-themed painting. There’s free flatbreads for the aspiring artists too!

* Head over to the CLE Urban Winery and have a workout before you order that glass of wine.
* Bring the whole family to a contra dance at Chagrin Falls Township Hall.
* Meet others who care about the environment at Sustainable Cleveland’s quarterly meeting at GL Brewing.
* Takacs Quartet closes Cleveland Chamber Music Society season with all-Beethoven program.

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WED 4/19
Local author Charles Cassady brings his humor and unique viewpoint to CoolCleveland. He’s also the author of a couple of books about weird and unexplained happenings around the Great Lakes. Come hear him talk about these as part of the Cleveland Stories series at the Music Box Supper Club.

* Cartoonist/writer Derf talks about his work at Loganberry Books.
* Local library heads consider the future of libraries at CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library.
* Civil rights photographer Matt Herron speaks at The Temple-Tifereth Israel.
* Learn the facts about private prisons at ACLU-sponsored film and discussion at the Lakewood Library.
* British singer Polly Gibbons makes her NE Ohio debut at Nighttown.
* Up-and-coming jazz sax player Noah Preminger appears tonight at Blu Jazz + and tomorrow night at the BOP STOP.

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