04.04-04.11.2018 Saving Lives

Saving Lives

Because, really, what is your life all about? Art and culture tells us who we are and what it means to be alive. Culture saves lives and makes our lives worth living.

Cut through the fog and revel in the Super Button Box Bash at Euclid’s Slovenian Society Home; dig into the Edible Books Festival at Loganberry Books; be enthralled by sheep shearer Geoff Baldwin at the North Union Market; and immerse yourself in NEOSonicFest at venues all over town. CoolCleveland columnist Alex Sukhoy talks with filmmakers Lisa Klein and Doug Blush about their upcoming doc The S Word, using film and humor to save lives.

We’re endorsing candidates and issues in the important upcoming Primary Election on Tue 5/8, beginning with Nickie Antonio for State Senate in District 23. CoolCleveland columnist C. Ellen Connally questions why an RTA trustee has been serving since 1992. And CC columnist Mansfield Frazier suggests there are no easy, quick answers to saving lives in the black community if we’d rather spend more housing criminals in jails than on proven training programs. What do we think we’re saving for? –Thomas Mulready

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There’s nothing quite like the Edible Books Festival which takes place every year on the first Saturday in April at Loganberry Books. Community members are invited to come up with an entry based on a book or literary theme – made from consumable materials.

That’s because after judging winners in several categories, attendees get to dig in and make those carefully crafted constructions disappear. John Benson talks to Loganberry owner Harriet Logan to find out what the heck this is all about. Sat 4/7.

SPONSORED: Single tickets for Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank, are now on sale! This year’s festival runs June 28-30, 2018 at Playhouse Square, and the lineup is smokin’. Make sure to get your tickets early so you don’t miss out on seeing your favorite artists, or buy a festival pass to really immerse yourself in the festival atmosphere. View our lineup and start planning your weekend today!

Filmmakers Lisa Klein and Doug Blush are bringing a new documentary film, The S Word, to this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. Like their previous film Of Two Minds, which looked at bipolar disorder, it tackles an aspect of mental health – suicide.

Cleveland mental health advocate & comic Deena Nyer Mendlovitz was also involved with the film and is hosting a special event following the film’s first CIFF screening with Klein as her special guest. CoolCleveland’s Alex Sukhoy talks to all three to learn about the genesis of the film and how they hope it can make a difference. Thu 4/5 & Fri 4/6.

Lakewood’s Nickie Antonio, a tireless advocate for working people, public education, access to health care, LGBT rights and more, is term limited from the state House. So, as is common practice, she’s running for the State Senate.

But she’s being challenged in the May 8 primary (which determines the winner in the heavily Democratic District 23) by a state representative who is not term limited, has lukewarm interest in state policy, and was accused of sexual harassment. And shamefully, HE was endorsed by the county party. Why?

RTA trustee and board president George Dixon III announced his resignation last week. Allegations about failure to pay health care premiums have arisen against Dixon, who has served on the board since 1992.

CoolCleveland columnist Ellen Connally looks at the situation and suggests that, regardless of the truth of the allegations, that’s just too long for an individual to serve on a citizens’ board and that such a lengthy tenure is bound to compromise independence and objectivity and encourages coziness with those the board is tasked with overseeing.

Talespinner Children’s Theatre has made a huge impact on the local theater scene with its creative productions, based on myths and folktales from around the world, brought to colorful life with dance, movement, music, costumes, masks and puppets.

Its latest, The Oba Asks for a Mountain (A Tale of Nigeria), features a king intent on enriching himself by taking what belongs to others and a trio of young people who block him nonviolently. Hit too close to home? This play has a happy ending! Sat 4/7-Sun 4/29.

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Sandwich Special: Old Skool Burger Season- choose from 8 awesome burgers. Summertime Classic Sides: Melt Potato Salad & Kung Pow Broccoli. Bread Pudding: Strawberry Shortcake Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: North Coast Steller IPA. Cocktail Feature: Hurricane Melt.

Melt News: 4 New Melt Menus launching on April 2. April Hunger For Harvest Charity Drive to benefit the Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Dayton & Columbus Food Banks. Lakewood location closed April 1-26 for 26-day renovation project. Grand Re-Opening celebration starting Fri 4/27.

Sheep shearer Geoff Baldwin will enthrall the kids (and adults) with stories as he divests sheep of their winter coats to launch the North Union Market at Shaker Square’s outdoor season. There’ll be live music and cooking demos too. Sat 4/7.

* Come to the Coit Road Farmers Market for their annual French Toast Fundraiser, featuring local ingredients. A few dollars extra gets you sausage or bacon. Sat 4/7.

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

It’s the fifth year for NEOSonicFest which hosts a week-long series of concerts at different venues around town focusing on newly composed work. Thu 4/5-Wed 4/11

* Dozens of musicians gather for the Super Button Box Bash at Euclid’s Slovenian Society Home. Sun 4/8.
* Dana Brass Quintet closes Music from the Western Reserve’s season in Hudson. Sun 4/8.
* Singer/songwriters Michelle Romary and Mallory Sanmarco play an intimate evening at Tremont’s CODA. Fri 4/6.
* Akron indie rock/ hip hop artist Floco Torres brings his new single to the Grog Shop. Thu 4/5.

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Melt in Lakewood is tearing it up! After 12 years, the original Melt location is undergoing major renovations. While keeping the same cool look and Lakewood charm, the space is being gutted and rebuilt as a new, modern Melt Bar and Grilled.

CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska met up with Melt’s owner and founder, Matt Fish on day one of the 26-day renovation. Some of the bigger modifications are a redesigned kitchen, new unisex restrooms, and a whole lot of cosmetic work in the dining room. Come check out the brand new look on Fri 4/27, for the grand reopening! In the meantime, you can always eat the same great food at Melt’s other Cleveland area locations in Avon, Independence and beyond.

WED 4/4
Come down to the Music Box Supper Club and learn the stories behind the making of the 1989 film Major League, which centers around the Cleveland indians even though most of it was shot elsewhere. Of course.

* Natural History museum’s Reel Science series critiques Frogs at the Capitol Theatre.
* Create with string at Art Night at Forest City Brewery.
* Watch It Wednesdays at 78th Street Studios offer a closeup look at the creative process.
* New play Weimar at Baldwin Wallace comments on contemporary politics. Through Sat 4/7.
* The Cleveland International Film Festival’s 42nd season starts tonight at Tower City Cinemas and runs through Sun 4/15.

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THU 4/5
Brooklyn-based Haitian-American author Ibi Zoboi was a National Book Award finalist for her debut novel, American Street, a young adult coming-of-age story. She’ll talk about her work at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern.

* The Cleveland Orchestra pairs Brahms Violin Concerto with obscure Suk symphony. Also Sat 4/7.
* Harris Stanton Gallery Akron’s ART-tini auction is back for year 25. Through Thu 4/12.
* Support Case Western Reserve radio station WRUW 91.1 FM at a benefit at Mahall’s.
* Data Days Cleveland returns with a fascinating conference on civic tech. Also Fri 4/6.
* Jazz trumpeter John Raymond shares his new CD tonight at the BOP STOP and Sat 4/7 at Blu Jazz + in Akron.

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FRI 4/6
Graphic artist Stephen Cup’s cartoon-like drawings have a serous purpose: commenting on the divisiveness in our politics and civic affairs. His show Breaking Point opens tonight a Waterloo Arts.

* Get a big pop culture fix at Cinema Wasteland at the Strongsville Holiday Inn. Through Sun 4/8.
* Comedy Club Night at the Music Box raises money for Ohio Guidestone.
* Cleveland Museum of Art’s monthly Mix party pays tribute to Rodin on the centenary of his death.
* The Cleveland Pops Orchestra pays tribute to New Orleans jazz at Severance Hall.
* Wake up to Holden Arboretum’s pancakes breakfasts, through Sun 4/8.
* Philippe LeJeune Trio plays boogie-woogie blues and jazz at the BOP STOP.
* Willie Wonka fans invited to Wonka Winchesterfest at Lakewood’s Winchester.
* Time for Bike Cleveland’s spring social at Joy Machines bike shop in Ohio City.
* Cleveland Jazz Orchestra members perform the classics in Chagrin Falls.
* Loftworks Gallery shows photography by Rebecca Groynom.

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SAT 4/7
Are you a dancer – or just want to look like one? Come to the Dancers Flea Market at Negative Space Gallery in AsiaTown where you can buy, sell & swap dance apparel and enjoy performances, tutor card readings, henna tattoos and more.

* Dig out your typewriter! Mac’s Backs hosts a type-in, paying tribute to old-school writing machines.
* Mulberry Creek Herb Farm celebrates its grand re-opening for the season.
* Artist Gloria Plevin talks about her work at ARTneo.
* Kent’s Standing Rock cultural arts opens its annual environmental art show.
* Akron Civic Theatre holds SNL-themed fundraiser.
* Aaron Hynds pushes the limits of the tuba at KSU.
* Hear voices from the Rust Belt at the Happy Dog as Belt Publishing showcases new book.

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SUN 4/8
If you like to enjoy extreme sports and outdoor adventuring without the risk of bodily harm, watch them from the comfort of a theater seat at the Capitol Theatre where the Banff Mountain Film Festival takes place through Tue 4/10.

* Cleveland Opera Theater brings Harps and Heels to the Music Box.
* Jazz pianist Monika Herzig comes to Nighttown with her all-woman band SHEroes.
* No Exit New Music performs for Music for Miles at Waterloo Arts.

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MON 4/9
Dr. Jackson Katz teaches and writes about gender violence and inequity and how men can take responsibility. He’ll be giving two free talks at Trinity Cathedral today and tomorrow on this timely topic.

* The Science Cafe at the Music Box explores the neuroscience of insects.
* Baldwin Wallace marks National Poetry Month with improvisational poetry and sax jam.

Click here for more events on Mon 4/9

TUE 4/10
Enjoy a creative session with Artists Uncork’d at the Firehouse Grille & Pub in Willoughby. Order something to eat or drink while you learn to paint a pet silhouette.

* Queen of southern fiction Karen White visits North Royalton Public Library.

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WED 4/11
Spring has already arrived full-blown at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Its first Spring Blooms show is a riot of blossoming bulbs – nearly 10,000 of them – in both outdoor gardens and indoor arrangements. It’s on view through Sun 5/13.

* 80s blue-collar rocker Willie Nile resurfaces at the Winchester Music Tavern.
* NYU professor talks about Islam and homosexuality at Baldwin Wallace.

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What we in the black community must do is to frame solutions to the problems of crime we live with that actually can and will work and then strongly advocate for them to be implemented. But these are solutions that take time to implement…

* The Downside of Texting On the upside, someone sent me a video of a cockatiel that sits on the edge of a couch and bounces up and down and spread its feathers magnificently to its favorite songs…

Read other stories from Mansfield Frazier here

A look back at the last week

OPERA REVIEW: Il Matrimonio Segreto @ Baldwin Wallace University by Laura Kennelly

THEATER REVIEW: Macbeth @ Great Lakes Theater by Roy Berko

THEATER REVIEW: Macbeth @ Great Lakes Theater by Laura Kennelly

THEATER REVIEW: My First Time @ Beck Center by Laura Kennelly

THEATER REVIEW: The Oldest Profession @ convergence-continuum by Roy Berko

DANCE REVIEW: CSU Spring Dance Concert @ Playhouse Square by Elsa Johnson & Victor Lucas

Read and comment here: http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog

Tabletop Puppet Theater by Thomas Mulready

The Story of Revolver @ Baldwin Wallace Beatlesfest by Anastasia Pantsios

Seed Swap @ Room Service Boutique by Anastasia Pantsios

Monster Drawing Rally @ SPACES by Anastasia Pantsios

We’re going to have to save ourselves,

–Thomas Mulready



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