While the sun shines, get to the Zoo to see the new snow leopard cubs and vote to select their new names. CoolCleveland’s wine maven Claudia Taller preps you for the wealth of Ohio wineries showcasing at the annual Vintage Ohio festival at Lake Metroparks. The 4th annual Sand Festival happens on the beach at Edgewater. The big Cuyahoga County Fair is on, along with street festivals in Lakewood, Twinsburg, Parma, the Warehouse District and neighborhoods beyond.
But you and I know that the real fun begins late at night. The Ohio Burlesque Festival has grown to over 70 acts in its 8th year as it celebrates diversity. Films are screening at night all over town: in Beachwood, Berea, Cleveland Heights, Playhouse Square. And music plays late into the night at the Rock Hall, at Blossom, in Oberlin, at CIM, in the National Park and at the Happy Dog. Even Twilight at the Zoo is open till midnight, creeping and crawling all night long. –Thomas Mulready
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Cleveland photographer Herb Ascherman has become known in the last couple of decades for creating his exquisite, time-consuming platinum prints. He’s also found time to travel extensively and develop friendships with other artists such as Kerala, India’s Unni Krishnan Pulikkal.
Now the two are doing their first Cleveland show together at Loftworks Gallery in Asiatown. Called East Meets West, it features Ascherman’s direct-from-negative contact prints and Pulikkal’s platinum prints made from digital files. John Benson chats with Ascherman about their relationship and its fruits. Fri 8/3.
Alisa Feingold is hoping to take a selfie with Tina Fey. And a lot more.
The director of content for Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 company based in the Cleveland area, is planning to attend the big Content Marketing World conference scheduled for September 4-7 at the Huntington Convention Center in Downtown Cleveland.
Between the skill development, the informative vendors, and the chance to rub shoulders with the best in the business, Alisa didn’t need to think too hard about returning. And there’s always that chance that she’ll bump into keynote speaker Tina Fey.
The Ohio Burlesque Festival, now in its 8th year at the Beachland Ballroom, gets bigger and better each year. This year, more than 70 acts from around the country (as well as Canada and Panama) will perform over three days, bringing glamor, humor, beauty, outrageousness, agility and even an occasional serious message to the stage.
Festival founder Bella Sin (who also performs on Friday) likes to emphasize one thing in particular that sets the event apart from many others: it strives for diversity in all aspects – racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identity and body type. The next big burlesque star could be anybody! Thu 8/2-Sat 8/4.
Are you experienced? The Murch Canopy Walk, a 500′ long elevated walkway built 65′ above the forest floor, offers guests a unique perspective on forests and the animals that inhabit them. The Kalberer Emergent Tower takes guests above the trees to a height of 120′ where on a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Erie.
Each Thursday through 8/9, the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Tower will remain open until 8PM with reduced admission, allowing guests to witness the beauty of the changing light as the sun starts to set over our natural areas. Details.
Let’s say you’ve heard about the wealth of wineries in NE Ohio and you’d like to check them out but don’t even know where to start. A good place is the annual Vintage Ohio festival at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland.
Not only is it a beautiful setting, but it brings together in one place lots of area wineries so you can taste their products and learn more about them and the history. Keep a checklist of those you’d like to visit! Our wine maven Claudia Taller shares some ideas about what to look for and how to get the most out of your visit. Fri 8/3-Sat 8/4.
SPONSORED: Join Ingenuity Cleveland and the City of Shaker Heights for the first Moreland Roll ‘N Stroll, a free, family-friendly event on Sat 8/4 at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, with a self-guided tour and scavenger hunt through the Moreland neighborhood from 10Am – noon. Written and oral histories bring the neighborhood to life. Games and crafts continue until 2PM. More info.
On April 22, an exciting event occurred at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Snow leopard Sombra gave birth to three cubs, two males and a female. They’re now romping in their own special “cub yard” at the new Asian Highlands exhibit. Damn, they’re cute.
From now through August 7, you can help name them, choosing from five names the zoo has already picked. Go to the zoo to vote (you know you want to see them!) or vote online for a small donation that goes toward the protection of snow leopards in the wilds of Central Asia.
Hard to believe but in a few short weeks, the kids will be going back to school. Bummer! In the meantime, give them another day-long beach outing in our own backyard – Edgewater Beach – where the 4th annual Sand Festival will be going on. Wander among the fantastic constructions and vote for your favorites between going for a dip and grabbing a bite to eat from one of the food trucks that will be there. Sat 8/4.
Sandwich Specials: Firecracker Chicken & Up in Smoke (pictured). Summertime Classic Sides: Watermelon Salad & Mexicali Potatoes. Bread Pudding: Campfire S’mores Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: New Belgium Citradelic. Cocktail Feature: Loki’s Lemonade.
Melt News: Melt Independence Game Room and Pinball Tournament Launch Party on Sat 8/18. Join our Skip the Straws Campaign at Melt Bar and Grilled. Our servers will happily supply a straw by request. Melt Bar and Grilled at Cedar Point is BACK for another season! And at all locations, the Impossible Burger (vegan) is here to stay!
Corn doesn’t keep well so it’s best to enjoy it while it’s in season – like NOW. That’s why Coit Road Farmers Market is holding its annual Cliff Schultz Memorial corn roast this week. Get it while it’s fresh! Sat 8/4.
* Tremont’s beloved Lilly Handmade Chocolate closed in May, announcing its plan to reopen in Old Brooklyn in July. They’re running a few weeks late so they’re holding a couple of pop-ups in South Euclid and Ohio City to feed their patrons’ sweet tooth. Sat 8/4-Sun 8/5.
EarthQuaker Devices effects pedals are used by big-name musicians around the world. And they are made in Akron. EarthquakerDay at the Akron facility and Lock 3 is a combination open house and music festival. Sat 8/4
The Music Settlement’s new west side campus at the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue features programs in early childhood, music instruction and music therapy tailored to the specific needs of the community.
Save the date for the Open House celebration on Sun 8/26 presented by Calfee featuring family-friendly entertainment, instrument discovery, great food from local vendors, and tours of the facility. Music Instruction and Music Therapy classes will begin in September. Early childhood classes begin as early as Thu 8/16. Apply online at TMSKids.org or call (216) 421-5806.
Head over to 78th Street Studios for another Watch It Wednesday, where artists who live and work in the building (and some of their friends) bring their work out to the main event space to chat with visitors as they create.
The annual Cinema on the Square at Playhouse Square kicks off today, showing classic films on the big screen at the Connor Palace Theatre through Sun 8/19. A special event with actor/director/writer Chazz Palminteri with the screening of his 1993 film A Bronx Tale takes place this Sat 8/4.
The Superior Arts District – a small stretch between E. 19th and E. 26th – is home to more than 150 working artists. For its Avenue of the Arts tonight the buildings and businesses on the street open their doors for pop-up shops, food, exhibits, live music and more.
Back in the 60s and 70s, the Shaker Lakes were very nearly lost to freeway construction. Enjoy what was saved at the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership’s annual Take to the Lake event, with paddling classes, yoga, geocaching, music and the chance to launch your own or a rental kayak or canoe.
The Warehouse District Festival features music, dance, crafts, food and, best of all, tours of some of the former industrial buildings rehabbed into elegant urban living spaces in Cleveland’s most respectfully preserved neighborhood.
All over Ohio county fairs are happening, and now it’s Cuyahoga’s turn. Head out to the fairgrounds in Berea all week to soak in everything you love about fairs: rides, 4H exhibits, antiques, unhealthy food, cover bands, and of course demolition derbys, whose absence would likely provoke boycotts. It even features performing seals. Seriously. Through Sun 8/12.
Back in the late 70s, the film Those Lips, Those Eyes, about behind-the-scenes life in community theater, based on the writer’s experiences at Cain Park in the 50s, was filmed at – Cain Park. And today it screens at – Cain Park. Go and check out how it’s changed since then.
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