05.16-05.23.2018 Envision


Can you see the bridge? It takes a sharp eye, and a desire to connect one side of town to the other.

Guitarist Mark Lee Shannon has kept his eye on the prize and is now releasing his sophomore solo record. Flying Horse Farms sees their mission as hosting camps for kids dealing with serious medical issues, and this week they take over Tenk West Bank for their benefit. Uno Lady Christa Ebert layers her own solo voice in an intimate house concert in Ohio City.

Commentator Mansfield Frazier takes a closer look at Donald Glover’s This Is America, and commentator Ellen Connally sizes up the fading political power of Marcia Fudge. Someone has to keep an eye on these things. –Thomas Mulready

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Anyone who has followed the work of Cleveland’s Derek Hess since he began distributing his underground concert flyers in the ’90s sensed the tension and struggle in his powerful drawings. Recently he has come out about his own mental health struggles.

His latest project, a book called 31 Days in May, features a series of his drawings, old and new, with an entry for each day of Mental Health Month, with Derek’s own descriptions of what the drawing means to him. He’s doing a national book signing turn which comes home to his own gallery at 78th Street Studios this week. Fri 5/18.

Guitarist Marc Lee Shannon is well-known to NE Ohio audiences as a member of Michael Stanley’s band for the past 23 years. He released a solo album in 2006, but then life got in the way until his new sophomore release Walk This Road, out this week.

It details all he’s been through in between, including leaving his corporate job and getting sober. He drew on a team of great local musicians including guitarist Ray Flanagan and the members of Welshly Arms. He’ll debut it with a show at the Tangier in Akron. Sat 5/19.

SPONSORED: Nature In The City, featuring beer by Butcher and the Brewer and cocktails by Cleveland Whiskey, explores the intersection of urban agriculture, sustainability, conservation and biodiversity. Learn about backyard beekeeping, native gardening, hydroponically grown produce, painted rain barrels, upcyclying and more. Enjoy cash bar and food by Exploration: A Zack Bruell Restaurant on Wed 5/16 at 7PM. Secure your now for this Explorer Lecture Series event.

Benefit event Campfire at Tenk West Bank in the Flats is a fun-filled evening of food, drink and international touring dance ensemble the Bluewater Kings Band. But it involves more than fun: it’s raising money for Flying Horse Farms, which hosts camps for kids dealing with serious medical problems.

“Campfire is an event for anyone who likes to have a good time and feel inspired!” FHF president/CEO Nichole E. Dunn told CoolCleveland reporter Kendall Embrescia-Hridel. “This is such an awesome event, but I’m most excited for guests to hear stories from people touched by camp.” Sat 5/19.

Has your kid been eying fishermen along the lakeshore with curiosity? If she seems like she’d like to give it a try, come on out to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village for Family Fishing Day. After a session in the basics, the group will head down to the lake to try cast their lines. Don’t worry – equipment is provided. Sun 5/20.

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Sandwich Special: Old Skool Burger Season Continues! Melt’s 8 famous signature burgers are here for another month! Summertime Classic Sides: Melt Potato Salad Homemade & Kung Pow Broccoli. Bread Pudding: Strawberry Shortcake Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Founders Solid Gold. Cocktail Feature: Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita.

Melt News: Grand Re-Opening of Melt Lakewood. Tons of amazing upgrades and changes happened to bring this beloved location up to our standards of excellence! Please plan to visit the new and improved Lakewood location during the Grand Re-Opening celebration month of May. All Melt Bar and Grilled locations will be CLOSED Mon 5/28 to allow our staff and guests to observe Memorial Day.

Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen has given a start to many of the food product entrepreneurs you meet at area farmers markets. At its Spring Showcase you can sample and purchase some of their products and check out who the next hot Cleveland food producers will be. Thu 5/17.

* It’s food truck season! For the rest of the summer, you can start your week off with Food Truck Mondays at Legacy Village’s Main Street. Mon 5/21.

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Christa Ebert aka Uno Lady creates her songs solely by layering her own voice. Powerhouse 5 performs music by cartoon soundtrack composer Raymond Scott. They’ll share the stage … er, living room … at an Ohio City house concert. Sun 5/20

* Wesley Bright and the Honeytones release a new single of their sweet soul music at the Beachland Ballroom. Sat 5/19.
* BlueWater Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland Chamber Choir close their season with “Vocal Verve”. Sat 5/19 & Sun 5/20.
* oWOW radio kicks off its free summer concert series at the Music Box with bluesman Travis Haddix. Wed 5/23.

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WED 5/16
Akron’s Latitude poetry series is a year old. They’ll mark the occasion with a poetry karaoke and open mic reading at Compass Coffee. All are welcome to read or listen.

* Learn about the guy who discovered Metallica in a documentary film at the Rock Hall.
* Chcago blues/rock/punkabilly band the Claudettes return to smoke the Happy Dog.
* The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s monthly Think & Drink with the Extinct focuses on environmentally friendly activities.

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THU 5/17
Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual five-week DanceWorks series gives audiences a chance to check out up-and-coming young companies and new work by established company. This week Verb Ballets debuts new works by company dancers, through Sat 5/19.

* Get up close and personal with local artists whose work is on view at the Akron Art Museum.
* The jazzy Ben Geyer Trio debuts a new album at the BOP STOP.

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FRI 5/18
The Tower Press Building was a pioneer in creating live/work spaces for artists on the edge of downtown. The artist-inhabitants will be showing their work in various media in the ground floor Wooltex Gallery in a group show called, appropriately, Home.

* 78th Street Studios Third Friday offers a flock of new shows for May.
* The Holden Arboretum plant sale kicks off with a member event tonight; the public is invited tomorrow and Sunday.
* Grateful Dead fans meet-and-greet at Networking Is Dead at the BOP STOP.
* convergence-continuum presents Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood through Sat 6/9.
* Tremont’s Merrick House holds its annual benefit at the Music Box.
* Burning River Baroque explores relationships in three concerts, through Sun 5/20.
* Larchmere Arts celebrates its second anniversary with an art show opening tonight and a concert tomorrow evening.
* Young Americana quintet the Way Down Wanderers opens the Riverdog Retreat barn season.

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SAT 5/19
Cleveland’s come a long way since its “Chinatown” was a one-block street and a few restaurants. The two-day Cleveland Asian Festival now offers entertainment, wares and food from an array of Asian cultures. Also tomorrow.

* The 14th annual Art Fur Animals at Grays Armory benefits Friends of the Cleveland Kennel.
* Lorain’s Better Block event envisions a more people-friendly downtown.
* Akron Portage ‘n’ Paddle gives you a chance to show your stuff with canoe foot races.
* The BAYarts GET OUT! festival celebrates outdoor life with artists, vendors, yoga, martial arts, a bike rodeo and Iive music.
* Volunteer to help clean up the Cuyahoga on River Day.
* Yuri’s Night Out space party returns to the Great Lakes Science Center.
* SPACES celebrates its 40th birthday with the annual Artwood Derby races.
* The Corn Potato String Band plays their rustic music at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* The Burning River Roller Derby girls return to Euclid’s CE Orr Rink.

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SUN 5/20
Pups in the Park at Kamm’s Corners’ West Park Station is all about helping the animals the Rescue Inn in North Olmsted. You can bring your own dog – but he’ll have to stay out on the patio, which will be the best place to be if the weather’s nice.

* Benefit at Ohio City’s Speakeasy helps Cleveland Shakespeare Festival keep its outdoor productions free.
* Monthly 720 Markets kick off at Canton’s Gervasi Vineyard.
* The Duck Island Art Show takes over Forest City Brewery.
* World Turtle Day comes out of its shell at Summit Metro Parks in Twinsburg.

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MON 5/21
CSU student filmmaker Najada Davis has completely his first festure-length film Legion of Lyricists. The storyline takes place in the local hip-hop scene and features music written and performed by local rappers. Catch it tonight at the Atlas Cinemas in Mentor.

* The Contemporary Youth Orchestra and Kenny Loggins collaborate at Severance Hall.
* The Akron Library’s Portage branch offers a program of spooky stories from the Chippewa-Rogue’s Hollow area.

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TUE 5/22
Life, the Universe and Hot Dogs, the monthly free science lecture at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square, deals with bite-sized topics like … “The State of the Universe”? It’ll take two of the Happy Dog’s signature hot dogs to deal with that!

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WED 5/23
Art collective Soda_Jerk’s new film TERROR NULLIUS stirred controversy in their native Australia with its collage commentary on political and social power dynamics. The film will screen at the Capitol Theatre, sponsored by SPACES (where another Soda_Jerk piece was shown last year), with the artists in attendance.

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Marcia Fudge inherited the congressional seat, centered on the east side of Cuyahoga County, once held by Louis Stokes and Stephanie Tubbs Jones, both of whom were powerhouses on the local political scene. But what role does she play today, if any?

CoolCleveland columnist Ellen Connally looks at the results of last week’s primaries where Fudge endorsed a number of candidates (some in opposition to the party’s choices). Some won, some lost. Connally reads the tea leaves to see if she can discern whether Fudge’s influence is waxing or waning.

Donald Glover’s recent release, “This Is America” was an instant Internet sensation that garnered over 10 million hits within the first 24 hours of its release, and for good reason…

* The Willie Lynch Letter and Another Fable The “discovery” of the letter caused quite a stir when it surfaced at the height of the Black Power movement, but alas, it’s been proven to be a hoax…

* Here’s to the Losers Nothing is worse for democracy than for a candidate to run unopposed; every race, for every seat should be contested, vigorously but fairly….

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