05.30-06.06.2018 Shattered


As in shattered expectations, shattered records and shattered limitations.

Working together, Cleveland’s LGBTQ supporters are combining forces for a week of activities, culminating in a day-long celebration and parade. The Gathering Place hopes to exceed 4000 participants in their Race for the Place to help those touched by cancer.

Shattered glass holds meaning for Deanna Dionne and her Cleveland Street Glass Designs, turning victimhood into fortitude. Career columnist Alex Sukhoy offers five ways you can help grads break into the world of work. Breaking tradition and creating a new one, Slavic Village Farmers Market hosts a community meal where everyone eats local for free. Allow us to destroy your preconceived notions. –Thomas Mulready

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Cleveland’s Pride celebration has been in flux for the last two years. In 2016, when Cleveland Pride announced its cancellation after 27 years, the LGBT Center and other community leaders stepped up to launch Pride in the CLE. Last year, both events happened.

This year, they’ve merged for a week’s worth of activities, culminating in the annual parade and day-long celebration on Public Square. The LGBT Center’s Phyllis Harris talks to us about this circuitous history and how Pride ended up bigger and better than ever. Sat 6/2.

The Cleveland History Center’s new fashion exhibit Mad for Plaid isn’t strictly about Cleveland. It includes grunge plaids on loan from the Rock Hall and looks at Queen Victoria’s love of plaid.

But, CHC director Angie Lowrie explains, the show puts plaid in a Cleveland context. There’ll be plaid gowns from prominent local women, plaid jumpers like you wore in Catholic grade school, and of course, contributions from the Kilted Bros in the 5th Street Arcade, where you can go and get yourself a kilt in their registered Pride of Cleveland plaid. Fri 6/1.

The Gathering Place has touched many lives that have been touched by cancer – both survivors themselves and their families and friends. It provides a range of services and healthy lifestyle options beyond just support groups to help people cope.

Maybe that’s why they expect to exceed 4,000 participants in this year’s Race for the Place at Beachwood Place. Kendall Embrescia-Hridel talked to CEO Eileen Saffran and chief marketing office Kristina Austin to learn about the event’s many activities for all ages and what it is about the Gathering Place that makes people so passionate about it. Sun 6/3.

Mushrooms blended with burgers can make them more sustainable and more delicious.

The James Beard Foundation has launched a contest with the Mushroom Council and our own Cleveland Independents organization of approximately 90 locally-owned, independent restaurants to create mushroom blended burgers in our region.

Plus you can vote for your favorite Cleveland chef-inspired blended burger by hitting up the James Beard website between May 28 and July 31 at the site.

If you go out to your car and find someone has shattered your window, your first thought probably isn’t “Look how pretty all that sparkly glass is.” That’s because you aren’t Deanna Dionne who, after getting her car broken into within a week of moving to Cleveland, “started collecting the glass and experimenting with creating jewelry.”

With her business Cleveland Street Glass, she keeps finding new, inventive ways to transform this humble medium. “Victims can wear the pieces as a display of fortitude, something to stand up to the invisible perpetrator they are powerless against,” she says. Find her at events such as the Cleveland Flea and Night Market.

* At a loss for Fathers’ Day presents? Dru Christine Fabrics & Design has an array of unique items including bow ties in Wakanda and Cavs patterns! Sat 6/2-Sun 6/3, Sat 6/9-Sun 6/10, Sat 6/16.

With college graduations filling up calendars in the last month, many parents, aunts, uncles and older friends/mentors of the newly minted grads are asking what they can do to help launch him or her into the world of work.

Our career columnist Alex Sukhoy has some advice for them. No, you’re not going to job hunt for them or take them to interviews, but she shares some tools you can gift them with to help them shine on their own.

The Akron Art Museum’s Family Day: ArtBQ has a summery cookout theme. Among the activities are making sunbaked clay pies, printmaking on-the-cob and painting with edible molasses paint. Kids can even run through a sprinkler to clean up. Sat 6/2.

* At “Dvorak & Donuts” at CIM kids can play music-related games, jump around to live music and even have a snack. Sat 6/2.

* Larchmere Rocks the Blocks is an all-day family-friendly event with healthy activities, music, pop-up shops, food and even a parade featuring two of the area’s best high school bands. Sun 6/3.

* Teens can revel in being nerds at Akron Library’s Geekfest. Sat 6/2.

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Two summers ago, the Slavic Village Farmers Market came up with a great way to welcome the market season: a community meal where neighbors and visitors were invited to eat local food for free at big community tables. The tradition is now in its third year, taking place adjacent to Saucission on Fleet Avenue. Mon 6/4.

* 17 Northeast Ohio restaurants are competing in this year’s James Beard foundation Blended Burger contest to make burgers combining found meat and mushrooms. You can vote for your favorite every day through Tue 7/31.

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Cleveland Metroparks popular Euclid Beach LIVE presented by Sprint is bringing ten weeks of free live music from local artists to Euclid Beach this summer. The weekly concert series kicks off Fri 6/1 @ 6-9pm. Each Friday through August 3rd, a variety of musical talent across various genres will take the stage.

Pack a picnic or sample fare from local food vendors, snap a photo with the Cleveland script sign, and dance as the sun sets behind you. For more information on musicians, dates & location, visit: clevelandmetroparks.com/euclidbeachlive

Linas Johansonas aka Johan (far right) was widely known in Cleveland’s music scene as a radio host and Agora marketing whiz. He was also a passionate Lithuanian activist. He died of a massive heart attack last week.

* Cleveland rock trio Bro Dylan debuts its new EP at the Beachland Tavern. Fri 6/1.
* Underground Classical offers an evening of traditional American folk music at Praxis Fiber Workshop. Fri 6/1.
* The Lighthouse and the Whaler end their tour home in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom. Sat 6/2.
* Local pop singers Anne Cochran and Abe LeMarca keep their duet going at Nighttown. Fri 6/1.

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VIDEO: Re:Sound Festival on the CUSP of New Music

New music is often hard to pin down. While new music represents the cutting edge of classical music, it can incorporate elements from many different genres, including jazz, rock, world music, free improvisation and others. New music is simply music that is newly created.

Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project or CUSP presents the new music festival Re:Sound. CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska met up with Noa Even and Gabe Pollack to find out more. This four-day, seven-concert festival running from Thu 6/7-Sun 6/10 showcases local and regional pioneers in the arts with diverse programming at venues throughout Cleveland.

WED 5/30
When the Monkees’ movie Head came out in 1968, a lot of people were scratching their heads and/or mocking it. Now it’s considered a creative classic. It screens at the Rock Hall tonight.

* Local professor/comedian Ken Schneck celebrates the release of his new book LGBTQ Cleveland: Images of Modern America at Jukebox in Hingetown.

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THU 5/31
It seems like every fledgling film maker out there wants to make a horror film. So it’s no wonder that events such as Horror Hotel in Richfield are reliable draws. The four-day event screens horror films from around the world and offers presentations by those who have been there, done that. Through Sun 6/3.

* Toon in to Japanese animation at ColossalCon in Sandusky, through Sun 6/3.
* Drag queens and more rock the Grog Shop for a pre-Pride party.

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FRI 6/1
Little Italy’s Summer Art Walk is a great time to rediscover Cleveland’s original art neighborhood where, admit it, you haven’t been in a while. But it’s flourishing with restaurants, coffeeshops, bars, boutiques and yes, art galleries. Through Sun 6/3.

* Praxis Fiber Workshop holds a community party at its new dye garden.
* With new albums out, Diana Chittester and Marc Lee Shannon share the stage at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.
* Kent’s Standing Rock Cultural Arts displays painted skateboards in Decks for Days.
* Beck Center presents Bent, a story of homosexuals trying to survive in Nazi Germany.
* The 40th annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival presents its winners at the Dobama. Through Sun 6/3.

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SAT 6/2
The Hessler Street Fair started 49 years ago, and to look at some of the tie dye-clad people with flowers in their hair, you’d swear it was STILL 1969 during this two-day festival of homemade food, handmade crafts, good causes and music with good vibes. All free, of course. Also tomorrow.

* Find your perfect pet match or buy something for the ones you have at the Akron Pet Expo.
* Ride and bike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Cycle Canalway.
* A wine and food tasting outdoors at Holden Arboretum makes good use of a summer evening .
* Do some open-air shopping at the Peninsula Flea.
* The Kent Art & Wine Festival offers shopping and tasting opportunities.
* Volunteer to help clean up a river bank at Big Creek or Rocky River.
* Summit StageFest returns for the second year to showcase Akron area performing groups.
* Take a guided tour through the Akron Art Museum’s Jun Kaneko exhibit which closes tomorrow.
* Young bluegrass duo the Page Turners land at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall.

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SUN 6/3
The Countryside Farmers Market’s Highland Square edition is open for the season, and to celebrate, it’s holding Park Rokr in Will Christy Park with music, kids’ activities and even yoga for early arrivals.

* Gay Games reunion brunch invites all who took part in, or attended, the 2014 event to party at Merwin’s Wharf.
* Maltz Museum’s Holocaust Remembrance Day educates about the past, lest we repeat it.

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MON 6/4
Mike Olszewski wrote the definitive book on Cleveland’s influential radio station WMMS-FM. He and his wife Janice also co-authored Cleveland Radio Tales, full of obscure, weird tales of long-forgotten stations and personalities. They’ll talk about it at the Bay Village Library.

* Up-and-coming young pianist Drew Petersen performs at CIM during Cleveland International Piano Competition.

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TUE 6/5
The 2016 Croatian film The Constitution is the first in a monthlong series of films on LGBT themes that the Capitol Theatre is showing to celebrate Pride month. In it, a diverse group of individuals learn to find humanity in people who don’t share their ethnicity or sexual orientation after one of them is beaten.

* Two area poets read their work at the month’s Brews +Prose at Market Garden Brewery.
* Author Andrew Revkin talks about the weather at the Hudson Library.
* Mac’s Backs hosts an evening of spoken word and world music with Jeffrey Bowen and John Spuzzillo.

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WED 6/6
Meet artists such as sculptor Charmaine Spencer (pictured) at 78th Street Studios’ Watch It Wednesday. Artists who work in the building and some guest artists gather in the big event space to work in public and chat with visitors.

* MOCA hosts reception and panel on anthology responding to Trump’s vision of America.
* Watchers of the Sky, a film looking at the issue of genocide, screens at the Maltz Museum.

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The owners of the National Football League voted to adopt a policy that requires all players to stand during the playing of the national anthem, ignoring the fact that the song loved by so many Americans contains verses that are a paean to our nation’s slave past. …

* Morgan Freeman and “Reckless Eyeballing” Time was, in the American South, a black man could wind up on the end of a rope for looking too long at a white person – especially a white woman. Custom dictated…

* More on Morgan Freeman and Women’s Rights What’s going on in society today is a reeducation process; some males have to reassess and reform the way they think about and interact…

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BOOK REVIEW: Ballots and Bullets by James Robenalt, reviewed by Ellen Connally

This new book by Cleveland historian Robenalt is subtitled “Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland.” In it, he explores this critical transitional year. Retired Cleveland judge and retired county council president Connally explains the insights this book offers into Cleveland’s culture and politics today.

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