03.07-03.14.2018 How To Become Cool

03.07-03.14.18
How To Become Cool

Well, if you have to ask…

But a good place to start is by doing what we do: seek out the awesome people in your community, i.e. our artists and entrepreneurs. Michelle Romary is a versatile singer/songwriter and performer, she creates her own handmade clothing and giftables, and she’s showcasing this week at Music Box. CoolCleveland video correspondent Stephan Haluska sat down with RA Washington of Guide to Kulchur to hear about their newly granted nonprofit status and INCITE, their new year-long series of performative exhibitions.

Oberlin professor and composer Peter V. Swendsen performs an electroacoustic sound collage at SPACES. CoolCleveland correspondent Claudia Taller’s husband gifted her a class to learn how to create blown glass at the Glass Bubble Project, and she takes us behind the scenes.

In a hurry? Meet more than a dozen artists in three hours at the new Watch It Wednesdays at 78th Street Studios as they work on their current projects and talk with visitors about their process. Enjoy a night out with one of our local chefs as Cleveland Independents offers discounts during Cleveland Restaurant Week.

Join the fun as Cleveland’s Burning River Roller Derby ladies lace up their skates to kick off their 12th season. Cleveland’s Amphion’s String Quartet performs at Waterloo Arts to benefit Music for Miles with the DayGloSho on display. See, you’re getting cooler already. –Thomas Mulready

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Like many creative people, Michelle Romary doesn’t focus on just one outlet for that creativity. Many Clevelanders know her from area crafts fairs and markets where she sells intriguing handmade items, including her own clothing and giftables with her distinctive graphic designs.

Others know her as a versatile songwriter and performer who draws on a wide range of styles to capture her personal thoughts and feelings. She’s about to release her third EP, which you can pick up when you catch her at her release show at the Music Box. Sun 3/11.

SPONSORED: What’s the best way to end the winter chill? Warm up with three-course prix fixe menus during Cleveland Restaurant Week, March 5-16th with Cleveland Independents: 90 locally owned, independent restaurants from Sandusky to Mentor and south to Akron. Visit ClevelandRestaurantWeek.com for participating restaurants, menus and real-time, online reservations.

You may have walked by the Glass Bubble Project, with its door off a parking lot behind W. 25th, without every noticing it or being aware of the beautiful objects being made inside.

Writer Claudia Taller’s husband gave her a gift certificate for a glass-blowing class at the garage-like facility. She was entranced by the whole process and she walks us through what she learned while producing four pieces of her own.

Prom time will be here before you know it. That can mean high expectations and accompanying tension for both teenagers and parents. Our fashion columnist, designer Dru Thompson, offers some tips to dial down the anxiety and make the occasion a success.

“In the quest to make this day special, parents are faced with a choice between what is affordable and what’s considered over the top,” she says. She shares some realistic advice for telling the difference.

CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready caught up with busy restaurateurs Brendan Ring, owner of Nighttown in Cleveland Heights, and chef Tim Bando, owner of Grove Hill Restaurant in Chagrin Falls.

They are announcing Cleveland Restaurant Week 2018, taking place March 5-16. With over 90 restaurants and chefs as members, Cleveland Independents is the largest such group in the country promoting locally owned and operated restaurants.

Over half are participating in the Spring Cleveland Restaurant Week and offering a special three-course $33 prix fixe menu or similar. The major annual Cleveland Restaurant Week will take place the first two weeks of November. Members are located from Sandusky to Mentor, and south to Akron. Consult Cleveland RestaurantWeek.com for participants, menus and real-time online reservations.

You don’t know their names now. But there are dancers training at a school in Cuyahoga Falls who will be on stages with major ballet companies, on Broadway, in Cirque de Soleil. That’s been the destiny of previous dancers who have trained at Ballet Excel.

Before these teens move on to bigger things, you can check them out at the Akron Civic Theatre as they perform a ballet version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute Sat 3/10 & Sun 3/11. Our dance writers Elsa Johnson & Victor Lucas drop by their rehearsal space to see what they’re putting in the water down there.

Guide to Kulchur celebrates their newly granted nonprofit status with INCITE, a year-long series of performative exhibitions. This eclectic series of poetry, lectures, music and performance art is designed to create a dialogue between creatives in this region and beyond.

CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska sat down with Guide to Kulchur’s RA Washington to find out more about their past and upcoming INCITE events like their night of music and poetry with Gray Witch, Zenaida Smith, Robert Moses Joyce, Brett Olson and more on Thu 3/8 @ 7pm.

The Coventry Road merchants in Cleveland Heights will be hosting an afternoon featuring all sorts of special free activities for Coventry Kids Day. Sun 3/11.

* Family-friendly Apollo’s Fire concert at the BOP STOP showcases the music of the harp. Sat 3/10.
* Musical Rainbow program at Severance Hall introduces toddlers to the “brilliant bass.” Fri 3/9 & Sat 3/10.
* Cleveland Orchestra concert with the Enchantment Theatre Company tells the story of Scheherazade. Sun 3/11.

Click here for more CoolCleveland Kids events

Sandwich Special: General Tso’s Delicious Manchu Dynasty Melt. Seasonal Sides: Cheesy Loaded Potatoes & Sweet Chili-Garlic Broccoli. Bread Pudding: Electric Blueberry Lemonade. Beer Feature: Breckenridge Mango Mosaic Pale Ale. Cocktail Feature: Melt Mai Tai.

Melt News: New Signature Cocktail List launches March 1, with drinks like Guilty Pleasure, Cucumber Smash & Cream Soda Old Fashion. New Gluten Free & Vegan Menu serves 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 intermittent warm days have probably turned your thoughts toward your garden. If so, you’ll be thrilled to know that Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, the family-owned organic farm in Huron, is open for the season starting Tue 3/13.

While they won’t have all their plants on hand for another month or so, you can still pick up a pot of something fresh and growing to keep on your window sill to remind you that spring will be here before you know it.

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

To accompany a video installation of ice formation on Lake Erie, Oberlin professor/composer Peter V. Swendsen will perform an electroacoustic sound collage at SPACES. Thu 3/8

* Three “Guys with Guitar” play acoustic music at the BOP STOP. Thu 3/8.
* Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci & pianist Joe Hunter team up for an evening at Nighttown. Wed 3/14.
* Folknet concert in Lyndhurst hosts Michigan duo Max & Ruth Bloomquist. Sat 3/10.
* CityMusic Cleveland premieres commissioned pieces linking faiths. Wed 3/14-Sun 3/18.

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WED 3/7
If Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios are too mobbed for your taste, come experience this art hub in a more intimate way on Watch It Wednesday, when you can watch artists at work and talk with them.

* Reel Science at the Cedar Lee Theatre looks at whether we were right to be scared by Jaws.
* Film documenting Lady Gaga’s last album and 2017 Super Bowl show screens at the Rock Hall.
* Oberlin Opera Theater does Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, through Sun 3/11.
* Refresh Collective hosts a hip-hop benefit at BOP STOP for its Fresh Camps.

Click here for more events on Wed 3/7

THU 3/8
Euclid-based PetFix works to address pet overpopulation through low-cost spaying and neutering. Join them at Boss Dog Brewing Cleveland Heights at Bark Madness, a party to raise money for their work.

* Towpath Tappening party at Forest City Brewing updates guests on the Towpath Trail.
* Pianist Andreas Haflinger performs Mozart and Beethoven at E.J. Thomas Hall.
* Chilean jazz singer/guitarist Camila Meza plays Nighttown tonight, the BOP STOP tomorrow & Akron’s Blu Jazz + Saturday.
* Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the Cleveland Orchestra for Prokofiev concerto. Through Sat 3/10.

Click here for more events on Thu 3/8

FRI 3/9
NE Ohio artist Jenniffer Omaitz has shown her wide-ranging work at many venues around the region as well as in Denver. Now, in her new show Constructions at BAYarts, she’ll display geometric abstractions in 2D and 3D, and her first-ever site-specific installation.

* The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra honors Judy Garland at the Music Box.
* Fish fries are the centerpiece of this month’s Walkabout Tremont.
* Cure your Comic Con withdrawal at Cleveland Concoction in Aurora. Through Sun 3/11.
* Nashville indie filmmakers come to Forest City Brewing for Emerge pop-up film night.
* The theme of Hudson’s first Art Hop of 2018 is “a breath of fresh air.”
* Pogues tribute band The Boys from the County Hell begins its St. Pat’s run at the Music Box.
* The Symphony West Orchestra plays music from Spain at Baldwin Wallace.

Click here for more events on Fri 3/9

SAT 3/10
The ladies of Burning River Roller Derby are lacing up their skates for their 12th season of high-energy action at the North Olmsted Soccer Sportsplex where they’ll be taking on Detroit’s Downriver Roller Dolls.

* Cleveland’s Civil War veterans played a crucial, but unknown role in Irish nationalism. Learn more at Cleveland Public Library.
* The Near West Theatre celebrates “40 Seasons of Love” at its annual benefit.
* A horror podcast goes live at the Kent Stage.
* Maple Sugar Festival and breakfast rises & shines at Hale Farm & Village. Also tomorrow, Sat 3/17 & Sun 3/18.
* Ten types of chili are ready to go for Chili Cook Off benefit at Art House Inc.
* GLO Cleveland and Lab Studios host a multimedia “Human” party.
* The Way Down Wanderers infuse roots/folk with youthful energy at Happy Days Lodge.
* Les Delices chamber ensemble looks at the story of Dido & Aeneas tonight at Lakewood Congregational Church and tomorrow at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.
* Join Literary Cleveland at the downtown library to learn about their resources for writers.
* The Wooks bring the sound of Kentucky bluegrass to Oberlin’s Riverdog Retreat.

Click here for more events on Sat 3/10

SUN 3/11
It’s the Chinese Year of the Dog, and who doesn’t like to celebrate dogs? Join the OCA Greater Cleveland Dragon Dance team as they wend their way through Great Northern’s food court, hailing the New Year.

* Enjoy a rare revival of Slovenian film classic Valley of Peace at the Cinematheque.
* Celebrate the seven deadly sins at Nighttown with Cleveland Opera Theater.
* Local string quartet plays informal family-friendly concert at Waterloo Arts.

Click here for more events on Sun 3/11

MON 3/12
This month’s Science Cafe at the Music Box Supper Club thinks small – nanotechnology small. Learn how it’s being used to help control blood clots, explained in layman’s terms.

* Have an Indian dinner and watch Slumdog Millionaire at Shaker Square.

Click here for more events on Mon 3/12

TUE 3/13
Detroit Shoreway CDO launches a series of films on racial inclusion and equity with The Rape of Recy Taylor at the Capitol Theatre, followed by a discussion at XYZ the Tavern across the street.

* The Desertion Trio brings their experimental music to the BOP STOP.

Click here for more events on Tue 3/13

WED 3/14
Young NY jazz musician Ben Rosenbaum, who plays piano and accordion and composes, is only a few years out of Columbia University. Recently he released his debut album Instead, and he’ll be coming to the BOP STOP to share that music with Clevelanders.

Click here for more events on Wed 3/14

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