11.01-11.08.2017 Independents


We’re not trendy. We go our own way around here. And we actually don’t care what other people think.

Cleveland Restaurant Week, started by Cleveland Independents, the largest collaboration of independent chefs in the country, kicks off today and runs for two weeks. It’s the best time of the year to get a taste of the best our region has to offer.

Post-punk was about the DIY aesthetic, and bands ranging from the Pagans to the Dead Boys to the Generators were always temporarily out of control. Attend a seed-saving workshop at the Watershed Stewardship Center in Parma, or a Thanksgiving-themed wine pairing in Grand River.

Break out with a Dvorak-Palooza Brownbag at Trinity, and help kick off the Ohio Independent Film Festival at BOP STOP. Just don’t fall in line. –Thomas Mulready

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For a brief period from 1979-1982, all eyes and ears in Cleveland were on the Generators, touted as “the next big thing” that would put Cleveland music on the map.
While that never happened for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with the quality of the music, they left their mark on the minds of their fans.

Now the Generators are the latest in a series of influential artists to get the “In Celebration of, a Tribute to” treatment, a series of concerts honoring key local musicians organized by local musician/humorist Charlie Weiner. They’ll be feted by fellow musicians at the Beachland Ballroom. Sun 11/5.

SPONSORED: Music, dance, laughs and the age-old tale of “boy meets girl” – no musical puts it all on stage better than Anything Goes, running at Baldwin Wallace University November 8-19. An hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, Anything Goes is delightful, delicious, and de-lovely. Tickets here.

It’s the most anticipated week of the year for foodies in Northeast Ohio. And it’s actually TWO weeks long, from November 1-15, 2017.

Cleveland Independents is the largest consortium of local chefs in the nation, and they started Cleveland Restaurant Week to allow the community to taste the best of our local cuisine without breaking the bank.

Chef TJ Hamilton outlines the program and the discounts: generally 3 courses for $33, with variations per restaurant. For details, check the site: ClevelandRestaurantWeek.com or http://www.ClevelandIndependents.com. Reserve now!

A great photograph by a talented photographer can evoke the sounds and experience of a memorable concert. Many such Cleveland memories will be evoked during Rock/Roll Perspective, a three-day showing of the work of music photographers Anastasia Pantsios, who shot in the 70s and 80s, and Joe Kleon, who’s been shooting for the last 15 years. It takes place at AsiaTown’s Loftworks Gallery.

John Benson talks to Kleon about how he got started in concert photography and how he gets his powerful shots in spite of the crazy conditions he encounters. Fri 11/10-Sun 11/12.

YOUNG LOVERS & YOUNG PHENOMS: Take the plunge with Oberlin Opera Theater in Mozart’s sophisticated and stunning comedy The Marriage of Figaro. $8-$10. Wed 11/1-Sun 11/5. Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series continues with two outstanding young performers: British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor (“If you haven’t heard him, hear him now” -L.A. Times) plays Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Debussy’s L’apres midi d’un faune, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, and more. Sun 11/12.

Violinist Tessa Lark (hailed by VIOLINIST.COM for her guts and intensity) takes on Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, sonatas by Ravel and Strauss, and more. $10-$35. Sun 11/19.

The Cleveland dance community comes together for the second year in a row for the Cleveland Dance Fest ’17. Organized by modern dance company the Movement Project, this weekend-long event builds support for local and outside artists by providing a space for performance, education, and strengthening connections in the community.

CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska met with the Movement Project’s Megan Gargano at Pilgrim Church in Tremont, where the festival will be held, to get the festival details. There are two nights of different shows, Fri 11/10 @ 7:30PM and Sat 11/11 @ 7:30PM. In addition, there will be an informal showing on Saturday@ 4:15PM where the audience will get to meet emerging artists and see works in progress as well as a series of masterclasses that same day.

The Cincinnati-based Madcap Puppets will tell the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and its fearsome headless horseman at the Akron Civic Theatre, although in this production for kids the horseman won’t be quite that scary. Sun 11/5.

* Trains may seem a tad old-fashioned now, but generation after generation of kids remains enthralled by these transportation behemoths. Great Lake Science Center’s new exhibit All Aboard! The Science of Trains will teach kids (and their parents) about the technology that makes the trains run. Fri 11/3-Mon 2/19/18.

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Sandwich Special: The New Bomb Turkey. Seasonal Sides: Green Bean Casserole. Bread Pudding: Cookies & Cream Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Cocktail Feature: Liquid Pumpkin Pie.

Melt News: Our new Canton location at Belden Village Mall will officially open on Mon 11/6 at 4199 Belden Village Mall Circle NW, Canton, Ohio 44718! Artist John G. has created posters for more than 200 Melt sandwiches, and compiled the best into Sandwich Anarchy: The Cult Culinary Posters of Melt Bar and Grilled. Get your copy at any Melt Bar and Grilled location. MeltBarAndGrilled.com.

Seed saving is the next step for farmers/gardeners who want to take their growing to another level of earth-friendly sustainability. The Cleveland Seed Bank is holding an all-day seed saving workshop for these serious agri-nuts. Sat 11/4.

* Five Grand River wineries host “Turkey Trot” where you can go from one to another and taste Thanksgiving-themed treats, paired with appropriate wines. If you like what you taste, they’ll be handing out the recipes too! Sat 11/4.

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Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded and they will arrive in Northeast Ohio with a corps de ballet of Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

The Russian Grand Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Thu 11/16 at 7PM at the Stocker Arts Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035. This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans. Details.

Cleveland punk rockers Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz of the legendary Dead Boys have big mouths so they’ll have plenty to say when they speak at Tri-C Metro’s LiPuma Center. Sat 11/4

* Cleveland punk rocker/dog lover Pagans frontman Mike Hudson dies in Los Angeles.
* Oberlin Opera Theater tackles Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Wed 11/1 & Fri 1/3-Sun 11/5.
* Time Canvas Trio performs baroque and contemporary music “in the round.” Fri 11/3 & Sat 11/4.
* Local rockers pay tribute to Tom Petty in “Won’t Back Down” at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. Sat 11/4.

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WED 11/1
Jim Jarmusch’s films have an indie rock sensibility so it’s no surprise he has a band with drummer Carter Logan called Squrl. They’ll perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art to silent films by surrealist artist Man Ray.

* Vibrant Brooklyn funk rockers Turkuaz are back at the Beachland Ballroom.
* Cleveland Restaurant “Week” is actually two weeks to check out some new eateries. Through Wed 11/15.
* Trinity Cathedral’s free Brownbag Concert is a Dvorak-palooza today.
* Natural History museum experts will tell you if there’s real science behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Cedar Lee.
* Learn about the influence of “Big Data” at MOCA Cleveland.
* Les Delices performs its “Myths and Allegories” program at St. John’s in Ohio City.
* The monthly poetry workshops are back at Tremont’s Visible Voice Books at its new location.

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THU 11/2
Detroit Shoreway’s annual benefit party is a little bittersweet this year. In addition to celebrating the neighborhood’s ongoing resurgence, it will be paying tribute to local boy, housing judge Ray Pianka, who died in January.

* Cleveland Public Theatre’s Y-Haven Project explores greed and friendship in Golden. Through Sun 11/5.
* The Ohio Independent Film Festival at the BOP STOP kicks off with a reception tonight prior to full slate of films tomorrow.
* Master photographer Dawoud Bey comes to Cleveland to engage youth in Glenville Conversation.
* Benefit at the Winchester raises money to send Cleveland drag queens to Texas festival
* Pop Art-based gallery E11even2 throws itself a party for its 4th birthday.
* Karamu and Ensemble theaters collaborate on Ohio premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect. Through Sun 11/26
* Husband-and-wife banjo duo Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn play the Kent Stage.
* Cleveland-based Future Vision Foundation shows film about its work restoring sight.

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FRI 11/3
It’s going to be a bubbly weekend in downtown Cleveland, with”Bubbles Under Glass,” a three-day celebration of champagne at Heinen’s in the former Cleveland Trust building. More than 40 varieties will be available, along with fine food. Through Sun 11/5.

* Baldwin-Wallace’s Culture Night invites you to explore the world.
* Freeway Fighters historical marker is unveiled in Shaker Heights.
* Local ensemble Elu Dance celebrates its 5th anniversary at Vosh in Lakewood.
* Heights Arts opens its 16th annual holiday store. Through Sat 12/30.
* Gallerist Mindy Tousley shows her own work at the Shaker Historical Society. Through 1/5/18.
* Ursula Korneitchouk’s cut colored-paper works go on view at Judson’s Howson Gallery. Through Sun 12/31.
* Ursuline College shares its costume collection with the public in Glitz and Glam. Through Fri 12/29.
* Valley Art Center’s juried art show is back for the 46th year. Through Sun 12/17.
* Independence Community Theatre assets “It’s a Wonderful Life,” through Sat 11/18.
* Take an artsy stroll during Walk All Over Waterloo.
* Scientist Geoffrey Landis explores what killed the dinosaurs at Baldwin-Wallace’s Burrell Observatory.

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SAT 11/4
Black Lightning is only one of the many superheroes you will encounter at Akron Comicon at the Knight Center downtown. Writers, artists, editors and memorabilia dealers will be on hand to introduce you to the full gamut. Also tomorrow.

* Dancing Wheels shows Cleveland how they conquered New York at the Breen Center..
* Locally made movie about anorexia offers food for thought in Mentor-on-the-Lake.
* Stretch your creative muscles at the Mini Maker Faire at the Cleveland Public Library.
* Panel at MOCA talks about how the arts can address homelessness.
* SPACES’ annual benefit will take you down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.
* Traditional America folk duo Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno play Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* Upcycle Parts will help you decorate your door for the holidays.
* Women’s Air and Space Museum holds pancake breakfast cum author event.

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SUN 11/5
Come to Waterloo Road for a full evening of socializing, starting with a clambake and live music at Rust, Dust & Other 4-Letter Words and going on until late across the street at the Milliard Fillmore.

* Model TRAINing Day arrives at Lorain’s Black Water Landing.
* Find “Lost Cleveland” with author Laura DeMarco at the Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights.
* Savor fall colors and fine chocolate on Doan Brook Gorge Hike.
* Korean musician Ji Aeri performs at Cleveland Museum of Art as its show of Korean screens comes to an end.
* Veteran folksinger John Gorka plays at CVNP’s Happy Days Lodge.
* Kent State University student orchestra plays Mozart, Grieg and Schubert.

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MON 11/6
Women’s rights are under assault in Washington D.C. and Columbus. But women are speaking out. At Breaking Our Silence, the annual event hosted by Preterm at the Beachland Ballroom, you’ll hear readers tell the real-life stories of why women had their abortions.

* Meet the men who went wild for Oscar Wilde at the Beachwood Library.

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TUE 11/7
Author Mark Z. Danielewski is known for his genre-defying novels with their complicated storytelling devices. He’ll be at the B-Side Liquor Lounge in Coventry Village to talk about the strange worlds he creates.

* Classical Revolution livens up a Tuesday evening at the Euclid Tavern.
* Author Dava Sobel talks about the gorgeous ladies of astronomy at the Hudson Library.

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WED 11/8
TV personality Neil Zurcher’s “One-Tank Trips” are a Cleveland institution. He’ll be talking about some of the weird stuff he’s stumbled upon just a short drive from Cleveland at the Cleveland Stories program at the Music Box Supper Club.

* Hear Shakespeare sung by soprano Cecilia Nam at Trinity Cathedral’s Brownbag concert.

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