Ripe & Juicy
Get fresh with the Cleveland Tomato Festival in Collinwood, the Caterpillar Extravaganza in Geauga County, a chef’s dinner in the CVNP, a look at the American city at Akron’s Harris-Stanton Gallery, and a celebration of the blues, bikes and BBQ at the Rock Hall.
Catch ’em while they’re hot: Brent Kirby at Oberlin’s Riverdog Barn, Eric Seddon’s Hot Club at BOP STOP, Lee Chilcote with Poetry + at Art on Madison, a performance/discussion on LGBT rights at the Maltz, PorchRokr all around Akron’s Highland Square, Yellowcake Shop’s final Hullabaloo party preview, and Liz Maugans addressing Creative Mornings Cle at the Edgewater Beach House.
So, are you registered to vote in the upcoming November midterm elections? Check if you’re registered here, register here if you need to, then read below for how you can help your community get ready for this very important election. We are all ripe for change. –Thomas Mulready
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With 84 days until the election, be sure to leave no stone unturned. First, check if you are registered to vote. The recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling states that you could need to register again if you haven’t voted in 2 general elections. Check if you are registered at the official Secretary of State page here.
If you are not registered, then register to vote at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections site here, or at a local voter registration location on that page. In order to vote, you must be registered 30 days before the Tue 11/6 election.
Next, you can get trained to be a volunteer to help your neighbors register to vote. For example, there’s a training session this Sat 8/18 at the Cleveland Heights Public Library from 10AM-11:30AM hosted by the non-profit Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (NOVA). Other volunteer training sessions can be found on this handy calendar. Get registered, then get active.
Cavotta’s Garden Center in Collinwood is known for the vast array of heirloom and specialty tomatoes it grows from seed to offer starter plants to local gardeners looking for something different.
While the planting season is long past, you can start planning for next year by attending Cavotta’s annual Cleveland Tomato Festival. There you can sample multiple tomato varieties and note your favorites, as well as enjoy food made with tomatoes by a dozen local chefs. The event also features tomato-based drinks, live music, and the garden center’s beautiful setting, with goats to pet. Sun 8/19.
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No one would have believed a quarter of a century ago that Mushroomhead, formed as a side project by prominent members of the local metal scene, would still be active today. But those players’ “main bands” are long gone, while Mushroomhead continues to tour and release new material.
While writing its next album, the group has released a DVD Volume III, featuring videos of the tracks on its 2014 The Righteous & the Butterfly. They’ll share it with local fans at a special screening at the Cedar Lee Theatre Wed 8/15 and a meet-and-greet at the Exchange in Parma Thu 8/16.
Don’t miss this free event Sat 8/18 from noon-4pm at the Watershed Stewardship Center, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive in Parma.
Join naturalists to enjoy interactive nature stations, live music, wagon rides, food trucks, native plan sale nature and more. The Watershed Stewardship Center is open year round to the public Tuesdays-Sundays.
Visit clevelandmetroparks.com for information.
What’s that fuzzy little thing on that leaf over there? Yup, it’s a caterpillar. And if you want to see more of these critters and learn all about them, come on down to the Caterpillar Extravaganza at Geauga Park District’s West Woods Nature Center. Hold them, photograph them and bring that one from your backyard to be identified. Kids can go home with caterpillars and butterflies painted on their cheeks. Sun 8/19.
Chef Larkin Rogers’ Dinners in the Valley chef’s dinner at Cuyahoga Valley National Park this month will draw from the array of produce now at peak season on area farms, including those in CVNP. She”ll prepare a “Vegetarian Harvest” meal using all that local bounty. Wed 8/22.
SPONSORED: Get Your Tickets and Your Inner Artist On at Beck Center An Act of God, featuring Mike Polk Jr., opens Beck Center’s 85th season that includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Shrek The Musical, Once, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, King Lear, and Matilda The Musical. Tix on sale now! Fall registration is now open for 140 classes in dance, music, visual arts, theater, and creative arts therapies for early childhood, teens, and adults. BeckCenter.org
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Porostosky is still an active member of busy Cleveland indie band The Lighthouse and The Whaler. But he’s also got his own band Poro, which releases its second EP this week at a Beachland Tavern show. Fri 8/17
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The outdoor global dance parties City Stages move to yet another location, Mall C downtown, where Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabate will play his African/American fusion sounds.
The theme of the current FRONT International Triennial in NE Ohio is “An American City.” Opening tonight at Akron’s Harris-Stanton Gallery, a group of mostly locally based artists will give their take on urban settings in a variety of media.
Artist/Zygote Press co-founder Liz Maugans has probably been the driver of more local art scene activity than any other single individual. She’ll talk about her advocacy for the arts community at the monthly Creative Mornings Cle breakfast program, taking place this month at the Edgewater Beach House.
Akron PorchRokr returns to the Rubber City’s Highland Square neighborhood with more than 130 acts in a dizzying array of genres from classical to rap to Celtic to metal. Food, vendors, artist displays, yoga and even a silent disco make this festival a major event.
When NEO Comic Con returns to the North Olmsted Soccer Sportsflex for the fourth year, it’s time to break out the superhero costumes and go down to meet some of the most gifted writers and artists in the field, shop memorabilia vendors and, if your cosplay is a little weak, attend workshops on how to rock the gear.
Literary Cleveland founder Lee Chilcote focuses on his own work tonight when he takes the stage at Art on Madison’s monthly Poetry + night where a writer shares his or her work in depth with the audience. Chilcote will be reading from his new chapbook How to Live in the Ruins.
Lakewood’s Side Quest Bar is always looking for ways to liven up off nights with events such as its YouTube Bingo on the third Tuesday of the month with a different theme for each edition. This month’s theme should be boffo, considering it’s the Internet’s most popular subject after porn: cats.
As part of its mission to confront bigotry of all types, the Maltz Museum has joined with the LGBT Center of Cleveland to present “Stolen Moments,” a performance/discussion event addressing the LGBTQ community’s fight for civil fights and inclusion.
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