Two Divorced Moms make fun at SPACES, the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts turns 20 in Youngstown, the Baseball Heritage Museum celebrates Negro Leagues start Satchel Page, and Poolside Plaid makes a splash at CHC.
Women vets are honored at the Maltz, Chataqua-in-Chagrin explores cybersecurity, and LGBT authors appear at Mac’s Backs. Collective Arts Network created the CAN Triennial as the local component to the Cleveland FRONT Triennial, with a preview this Friday.
You’ll need a net for Burgers & Butterflies, Dogs & Dragons at the Swine Creek Reservation, your reading glasses for the Larchmere Boulevard Festival, and your old videos of rock bands back in the day for the Rock Hall Archives’ Film and Video Preservation Day. Because you always had the best taste. –Thomas Mulready
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Friendship, love and positivity are Peg and Deb’s mantras. These two divorced moms take their struggles and grow stronger from them one day at a time.
Join recent divorcees Peg and Deb, the alter egos of performance artists Ben Oblivion and Marcia Custer, at SPACES Gallery Sat 7/7. They explore having it all, losing it and desperately clawing their way back to self-acceptance at the live filming of Two Divorced Moms… The Talk Show! Complimentary brunch beverages will be served. Hurry, limited tickets are available.
Since its takeover by the Cleveland Metroparks five years ago, Edgewater Park has increasingly become a mecca on the lake, a prime spot for city people to enjoy our greatest natural asset with improvements and additions to the park itself and a plethora of special events such as the weekly summer Edgewater Live concerts.
Now there’s a big new one, called the Taste on the Lake Fest. For two days, people can come down to enjoy local bands, local art, local food and drink, and more. Our reporter John Benson runs down all the details about what’s happening there. Sat 7/6-Sun 7/7.
Two years ago, when the first Cleveland FRONT Triennial was announced, bringing international artists’ work to town for three months, there was griping about our wealth of local talent being overlooked. So Cleveland visual art nonprofit CAN (Collective Arts Network) stepped into the breech with the month-long CAN Triennial at 78th Street Studios.
CAN picked 90 artists to fill the building with work and installations, as well as film and music, but there will be many more in the resident studios and galleries, and exhibition areas hosted by galleries and arts organizations. There’s a preview party Fri 7/6; the show opens to the general public Sat 7/7.
With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at the end of this month, there’s deep concern on the left that the almost-guaranteed appointment of a far-right ideologue to replace him could set back progressive policies, as well as basic human rights, half a century or more – damage that would not be reparable in the lifetimes of millennials.
CoolCleveland columnist Ellen Connally, an avid U.S. history buff, explores the impact of timing on the courts of the late 20th century, what that meant for crucial decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed school segregation, and how these lifetime appointments were distributed among various presidents.
Nature-based artist Susie Frazier is one of the longest-term residents of 78th Street Studios where her showroom draws in visitors with her healing, peace-inducing work made from natural and recycled materials.
Last year, Frazier created TV pilot called Movers & Makers with Susie Frazier that broke the reality show mold by emphasizing cooperation between makers to realize a concept rather than competition. Last week she and her co-producer Gordon Recht won a regional Emmy for the show and are looking toward creating a full series.
The Geauga Park District is making nature-lovers of all ages an offer they can’t refuse. They’ll give you a net to go out in the fields and catch butterflies and dragonflies and a free hamburger or hotdog too. Naturalists will be on hand to offer information about these entrancing insects. Sun 7/8.
Sandwich Specials: Firecracker Chicken (pictured) & Up in Smoke. Summertime Classic Sides: Watermelon Salad & Mexicali Potatoes. Bread Pudding: Campfire S’mores Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Heavy Seas AmeriCannon. Cocktail Feature: Bomb Pop Sangria.
Melt News: Melt Bar and Grilled at Cedar Point is BACK for another season! Try the new Cedar Point exclusive sandwich: Chicken Vengeance Western Club. And at all locations, the Impossible Burger (vegan) is here to stay. Join our Skip the Straws Campaign at Melt Bar and Grilled. Our servers will happily supply a straw by request.
Now that the growing season is in full swing, with new crops coming in each week, the Coit Road Farmers Market is celebrating the arriving harvest with a BBQ. There’s pulled pork, chicken or smoked catfish with lots of sides for meat-eaters and vegans alike. Sat7/7.
* Wondering where to grab those last-minute additions to your July 4th picnic? The Coit Market can help you out there too – they will be open their normal Wednesday morning hours from 10am-1pm Wed 7/4.
It was surely hard to pick only five acts to play Women Rock CLE at the House of Blues with so many talented ladies on the scene. But bands like the Whiskey Hollow, fronted by Maddie Finn (pictured), are worthy choices. Fri 7/6
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You can watch the Cleveland fireworks a lot of places downtown but one of the best views is from the deck of the Steamship William G. Mather at Great Lakes Science Center’s Rock N’ Boom..
Last year, Cleveland arts maven Liz Maugans solicited self-portraits from local artists and got more than 400, which were displayed at MOCA as the Artist Trust. They’re going up again in the Gordon Square Art Space to be on view during the CAN and FRONT triennials.
The Lantern Theatre at Valley View’s Big Red Barn performs a version of the Mark Twain classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, adapted for the stage by Cleveland playwright Eric Schmiedl – with a twist. Huck and Jim are both women in this production. It runs through Sun 7/22.
The Larchmere Boulevard Festival has something to keep almost any family member entertained. There’s food, art and music of course, but also chess, magic, yoga, martial arts, and Loganberry Books’ annual Author Alley, one of the area’s largest gatherings of local authors.
Nashville’s Sarah Potenza has powerful pipes she applies to her blues/soul/rock-influenced tunes. She should blow out the roof AND walls when she performs in an Ohio City living room for the Mechanic Street House concerts.
Mondays are so interesting. If you had a huge weekend, you really don’t feel like doing anything. If you didn’t do diddly, it’s kinda your last chance to make up for it. Mondays are Dart Night at Now That’s Class, where they’re showing off their new dart board.
Two noted local novelists fortuitously happen to have brand new tomes in bookstores everywhere. The monthly Brews + Prose series at Market Garden Brewery has snagged both Paula McLain (pictured) and Thrity Umrigar to be their guests this month.
As more women serve at the front lines of combat, women veterans increasing suffer from the same post-service issues as men do – and more. The film, Served Like a Girl, screening at the Maltz Museum, looks at how they cope. It’s followed by a discussion with a woman vet.
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