02.07-02.14.2018 A Perfect Package

A Perfect Package

Are we perfect? In a way, yes. Large enough to support world-class assets, yet blessed with easy access. Finally aware enough of our cool destinations, but not overrun with tourists. Rich in history, while training our eyes on the future.

Paczki is king in Parma, the Slovenian Workmen’s Home benefits stray cats, The Music Settlement celebrates community music education, Beck Center mounts a revolutionary HAIR, CoolCleveland correspondent Stephan Haluska interviews surfpopgaragegaze band Forager about their upcoming cassette release, and CoolCleveland writer and author Charles Cassady offers perfectly scary true crime stories at libraries east and west.

Towards a more perfect region: Mansfield reminds us that our relationship with race remains our Achilles’ heel. We still struggle to retrain our felons as they return to society. We can attend events to support women’s rights and the veracity of science. This week, we can make the package even more perfect. –Thomas Mulready

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Is it your dream come true to be in a room full of cat lovers, surrounded by cat photos, cat items and cat love? Come on down to the Slovenian Workmen’s Home on Waterloo for the annual Waterloo Alley Cat Project benefit, where everything is all about cats.

For more than eight years, WACP’s dedicated volunteers have been spaying/neutering and caring for feral and stray cats in the area, cutting down the population of cats with no homes. And six of the kitties managed to finagle themselves a home at Blue Arrow Records, WACP’s HQ. Come in and they’ll help you shop. Sat 2/10.

SPONSORED: Celebrate Women and Girls in Science at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History starting at 10AM on Sat 2/10 on International Women and Girls in Science Day. A full day packed with hands-on activities and opportunities to meet real female scientists from around the region, plus a family-friendly panel discussion and a screening of The Bearded Lady Project. Details.

Parma is a stronghold of Eastern European culture, and Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery has been servicing tastes for their ethnic goodies for decades. Recently, with a younger generation taking over, it’s started doing its popular pre-Lenten Paczki Day, now in its 5th year, with live music, polka, kielbasa, beer and the distinctive pastries called paczki starting at 5am!

What is a paczki? As proprietor Lidia Trempe tells us, it’s “a perfect package of pre-Lent love.” With a whole array of flavors, go crazy. Be prepared to wait in line – and make new friends. Tue 2/13.

With over 2000 orchids in bloom, Orchid Mania 2018 explodes throughout every nook and cranny at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

CoolCleveland spoke with Glasshouse Manager Mark Bir about the many varieties on display. “There’s about 27,000 wild orchids, and about 100,000 new orchids that are introduced every year that we humans have twiddled and made in our garden laboratories.”

Orchid Mania runs through Sun 3/11, showcasing an exhibition of paintings on silk by artist Gunter Schwegler, Fashion Meets The Botanicals with dresses from Kent State University Fashion School students, plus special events like Orchids After Dark with adult beverages, and Ask The Orchid Doctor for your sick orchid plants.

For more than a century The Music Settlement has been introducing children to a lifelong love of music. To find out what they do, come to a Celebration of Community Music Education at the BOP STOP, where you can hear students perform and learn about their programs. Sat 2/10.

* The 1966 film Paddle to the Sea was based on a 1941 children’s book. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Third Coast Percussion will play music to accompany the film, as well as other music that evokes water. Sun 2/11.

* The Cleveland Orchestra’s family concert “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” aims to make the composer accessible to kids. Sun 2/11.

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Sandwich Special: Best of Melt Month- Hungry Hungarian Paprikash Melt + Primetime Prime Rib Melt + Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cowabunga Melt. Seasonal Sides: Cheesy Loaded Potatoes + Kung Pow Broccoli. Bread Pudding: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Goose Island Fulton Street Blend. Cocktail Feature: Cupid’s Arrow.

Melt News: New gluten-free & vegan menu is now here. We are offering a new consolidated menu focusing on gluten sensitivity-friendly and vegan guests. Event booking NOW at Melt Independence & Avon. Plus, 15% discount offered to all present and past military members, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and other public safety personnel.

The mission of EDWINS Restaurant is to train returning felons for food service jobs. The film Knife Skills, which tells its story, has a special screening at Shaker Square Cinemas followed by a Q&A with EDWINS founder Brandon Chrostowski and some of the people appearing in the film. Thu 2/8.

* Bring your honey to the Music Box Supper Club for a special five-course early Valentine Dinner with Chef Dennis – the concert afterwards with Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials is included. Fri 2/9.

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

The musical HAIR took the theater world by storm when it premiered in 1968 with energetic music, youthful vigor and in-your-face political messages.

50 years later, the show couldn’t be more relevant. “I think it’s more relevant today than it ever has been,” says Victoria Bussert, director of Baldwin Wallace University’s Music Theatre department, who is directing the production. “As artists, you can also be extremely political.”

The Beck Center recently joined the Actor’s Equity Association, raising its professional status. “One of the great things is that now all of these students will qualify towards their Equity card by working at Beck Center,” says Beck’s artistic director Scott Spence. HAIR runs February 9-25.

R&B singer Donnie Lynee, a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts, is on a roll with her 2nd EP, which she’ll debut at the Beachland. Thu 2/8

* Apollo’s Fire is back with four more evenings of Bach. Thu 2/8-Sun 2/11.
* Folksinger Charlie Mosbrook celebrates his 50th birthday with his friends at Nighttown. Sun 2/11.
* Cleveland Jazz Orchestra brings the love to Akron’s Blu Jazz + and PlayhouseSquare. Thu 2/8 & Fri 2/9.
* Folknet opens its 2018 concert series with local performer Kate Kooser and open mic in Lyndhurst. Sat 2/10.

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Very few bands have what it takes to last, especially bands that were created through sheer dumb luck. Local “surfpopgaragegaze” band, Forager were formed during the 2016 Cleveland Lottery League. This eclectic five piece of multi-instrumentalists (including electric cello) crafts brightly colored hooks that’ll surely get stuck in your head for a while.

CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska sat down with Forager to get the inside scoop on their upcoming EP and release party. Come party with the band at the Happy Dog with special guests Sweepyheads and Mild Animals. Forager’s EP will be available for purchase on cassette with a digital download code included, along with t-shirts and more. Sat 2/10.

WED 2/7
Artist Mahwish Chishty and playwright George Brant have work currently on view in Cleveland, based around the implication of the use of drones. They’ll talk about their work at SPACES.

* Celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday with an evening of reggae at the BOP STOP.
* Reel science at the Capitol Theatre looks at whether baby dinosaur movie The Land Before Time is scientifically accurate – or just cute.

Click here for more events on Wed 2/7

THU 2/8
With women’s rights under attack from every quarter, unity has never been so essential. Roe Together 2.0 at Trinity Cathedral is an evening of education, advocacy and action for those who support reproductive rights.

* The American Dream becomes a game-show lottery in Cleveland Public Theatre production. Through Sat 3/3.
* Meet some of the artists whose work is on display at Worthington Yards at Art Bar.
* Get a head start on Paczki Day at the Magalen in Slavic Village.
* Author Dave Eggers brings coffee-growing monk, subject of his latest book, to Parma-Snow Library.
* Sassy Mamas is an entertaining evening of theater at Karamu. Through Sun 3/4.
* Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and the Cleveland Orchestra are back together for more Mozart. Through Sat 2/10.
* Graduate students’ work debuts at convergence-continuum NEOMFA Playwrights Festival. Through Sat 2/10.

Click here for more events on Thu 2/8

FRI 2/9
For the last two years the nonprofit Kids Book Bank has been getting hundreds of thousands of books into the hands of kids from low-income families. It’s celebrating its anniversary and raising money for its work with a party at Vosh in Lakewood.

* Don’t party too much at the Kurentovanje Eve Kurent Jump at the Hamilton Collaborative – save some energy for tomorrow!
* Baldwin Wallace students tackle hippie-era classic Hair at the Beck Center. Through Sun 2/25.
* Akron Symphony and Neos Dance Theatre pair up for Petrushka at E.J. Thomas Hall.
* Ensemble Theatre’s Jelly Bean looks at the tough choices of urban life. Through Sun 2/25.
* Broadview Spotlights puts on cult-y Off-Broadway show Almost, Maine. Through Sat 2/24.

Click here for more events on Fri 2/9

SAT 2/10
If you want to get your loved one something handmade and one-of-a-kind for Valentine’s Day, the place to be today is the Valentine Bazaar at the Lake Affect Studios.

* The Kurentovanje parade steps off at noon but the festivities begin at the Slovenian National Home at 10am.
* 7th annual Sweetheart Showcase kicks off Le Femme Mystique Burlesque troupe’s 2018 season.
* Two artists unite for one weekend installation/exhibit Sweet on Fleet at Slavic Village’s Silver Scuro gallery.
* Nashville singer-songwriter Rod Picott returns to Oberlin’s Riverdog Gallery with a new album.
* The North Coast Men’s Chorus celebrates Mardi Gras in style at Windows on the River.
* The Mammals bring an impression folk legacy to Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* Join a community of readers and writers at Lit Cleveland’s winter mixer at Visible Voice Books.
* Cleveland prog-rock favorite Paul Fayrewether returns to the House of Blues.
* Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a 50s flavor at the Lorain County Historical Society. Also tomorrow.
* The Canton Museum of Art’s World Day brings together food, music & art form around the globe.
* The Cleveland Museum of Natural History connects women scientists from Cleveland to Australia.
* Dip your own Valentine gift at All City Candy in Mentor and Richmond Heights. Also tomorrow.
* Get your sap flowing on the Doan Brook winter tree ID hike.
* History on Tap at Cleveland History Center celebrates historically black Cleveland neighborhoods.
* Check out the amazing creating at the Kent ice carving festival.
* Learn about buzzards, hawks, owls & eagles at Birds of Prey weekend at the Rocky River Nature Center. Also tomorrow.

Click here for more events on Sat 2/10

SUN 2/11
Want to give your sweetie a bouquet that never fades and is environmentally friendly as well? Come to Upcycle Parts shop for its bottle blossoms workshop and learn how to turn discards into beautiful keepsakes.

* Carlos Jones is back at the Parkview for his annual regge brunch.
* Two-thirds of Cellocentric, sans cello, performs at the Lakewood Public Library.
* Third Coast Percussion interprets children’s classic Paddle to the Sea at Cleveland Museum of Art.

Click here for more events on Sun 2/11

MON 2/12
Artificial intelligence has been the topic of science fiction books and films. Join CWRU engineering/computer professor Dr. Wyatt Newman at Science Cafe at the Music Box to hear how it might play out in real life.

* Preterm hosts free financial planning evening for women.
* Prague’s Bennewitz Quartet plays Czech music for the Rocky River Chamber Music Society.

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TUE 2/13
Time to party! Tomorrow’s Lent and tonight is Mardi Gras. Soul/rock/jazz/fusion ensemble Daddy Longlegs Homegrown Revival will preside over a party at Brothers Lounge that includes Louisiana-style food, belly dancers, costume contests and even face painting. Kids are welcome!

* Local historian John Grabowski shares “Cleveland A to Z” at the Happy Dog.
* Black film classic Carmen Jones screens the Cedar-Lee Theatre. Also Sat 2/17.
* True crime author Charles Cassady terrorizes audiences at Mayfield & Lakewood libraries with his grisly tales.

Click here for more events on Tue 2/13

WED 2/14
Take a vigorous hike in the Summit Metroparks while a naturalist shares information about the love lives of critters, including ones that court and mate well before the snow melts.

* Lakewood’s Yuzu holds an American Psycho-themed Valentine party.
* Add some glitter to your Valentine’s Day with Burlesco at the Alex Theatre at The 9.
* Hear Tinder Tales and sad sweet love songs at the Grog Shop.

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While Plain Dealer columnist Phillip Morris did kinda, sorta, write that it was time for the “racist” (my word, not his) Chief Wahoo to be relegated to the dustbin of history, he then went a bridge too far by suggesting…

* Misplaying the Race Card The fact is, the anti-abortion crowd has once again shown they have no shame when twisting the truth. They’ll support alleged pedophiles…

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