Set It Afire
James Levin and the folks at the FireFish Festival in Lorain know this. Check out the performers and art installations in the abandoned storefronts along Broadway in downtown Lorain this weekend. Then they set the giant fish on fire sculpture in the Black River, while you can burn your negative energy at the same time. Cleveland’s Sustainability 2019 project looks to next year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire.
The Cleveland Urban Film Festival will be flickering at the Breen Center, the Apple Festival lands in Elyria, and Negative Space marks a year since their move. We celebrate The Beatles with a closer look at their Revolver album on Fri 9/21 and The White Album on Sat 9/22. Whatever lights your fire. –Thomas Mulready
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The Revolver album is now considered by many to be The Beatles’ best record. We’ll make a good case for that with a track-by-track exploration of the entire LP, along the way visiting Abbey Road studios where they invented ADT (Automated Double Tracking), experimented with LSD, and recruited a double string quartet for Eleanor Rigby. On Fri 9/21.
The Beatles (known as The White Album) is considered the finest double album ever recorded. A rare demo has surfaced with nascent versions of 19 of the 30 songs on The White Album, plus a few that didn’t. We’ll follow the Beatles on their trek to India with the Maharishi and Mia Farrow (including an exclusive interview with her sister Prudence), all the way through the blistering avant-garde multi-track session that resulted in Revolution 9, the album track Revolution 1, and the sizzling single Revolution. On Sat 9/22.
Tickets are on sale now, and these shows are sure to sell out in the intimate and comfortable BOP STOP. Discover their personal anecdotes, their innovations in the recording studio, the drugs they experimented with, and the cultural context as CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready presents rare video, needle drops, trivia and fun contests. Both shows feature a blistering live music set by Vanity Crash featuring a couple Beatles tunes (this is not a tribute!), and their own original material. Grab your seat now! Choose your favorite: Revolver or The White Album, or come to both!
While the races for governor and senator are the high-profile ones on the November 6 ballot, the race for Ohio secretary of state is equally important. This is the office that oversees elections, and its current occupant Jon Husted has worked hard to put obstacles in the way of voters who tend to vote for Democrats.
Without fair elections that make the ballot equally accessible to all valid voters, policies made by officeholders won’t reflect the greatest good for the most people. That’s why it’s essential that we elect Democrat Kathleen Clyde, who is committed to expanding voting opportunities and making sure that race, age, gender, place of residence and socioeconomic status don’t create barriers to voting.
The feelings of Jewish people around the world toward Israel are complicated. Certainly there’s pride that this, the first Jewish nation in modern history, created one of the world’s most prosperous countries virtually out of whole cloth. That’s the Israel celebrated in the Maltz Museum’s new exhibit, Israel: Then & Now, which opens this week and remans on view through 5/19/19.
The museum’s managing director David Schafer promises, “It’s learning about Israel and its people, its diversity, its culture, its innovations, its ideas. It’s the closest thing than getting on a plane and going to Israel. Overall, it’s a multi-sensory engagement of a fascinating and special country.” Sun 9/23.
SPONSORED: ONLY @ OBERLIN Welcome fall with an unforgettable evening of music: The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Most open Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series with Swan Lake and piano soloist Alexandre Tharaud on Fri 9/21. Seven great concerts follow, ranging from chamber music to vocal music to jazz. Subscriptions available. Single tickets: $30-$35. Students just $10.
James Levin is known for founding events and organizations that seek to activate underused, forgotten spaces. Most famously, he fueled Gordon Square’s revival with Cleveland Public Theatre. In the past few years, he’s been doing the same for downtown Lorain with the FireFish Festival.
This arts fest presents performers and art installations in some of Lorain’s abandoned storefronts and other deserted spaces to lead people to discover them. It culminates with the burning of a giant fish sculpture alongside the Black River – and this year, says Levin, people will be invited to burn their negative energy along with it. Fri 9/21-Sat 9/22.
IngenuityFest is back with a blast from the future/past. This year’s theme celebrates innovation and technology throughout history and looking forward to what has yet to come. Hundreds of artists, musicians, makers, performers and volunteers been working around the clock to create an immersive environment at the Hamilton Collaborative.
IngenuityFest features performances by musical acts Dressy Bessy, Squonk Opera, Mourning [A] BLKstar, Obnox and more across its five stages with a headlining performance by hip-hop soul duo OSHUN. In addition there will be dance performances, featuring MorrisonDance, variety shows, puppet shows, burlesque, and all sorts of performances, music, art and dance. IngenuityFest runs from Fri 9/28 through Sun 9/30 at the Hamilton Collaborative.
When the Akron art Museum says it has programs for all ages, believe it. It’s “Art Babes: Drivers on a Roll” opens its galleries to babies (and their caregivers) up to 12 months to soak in art they probably don’t understand yet while playing simple games, engaging in sensory play and listening to music. She may not be Picasso yet, but you can give her a head start! Thu 9/20.
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In the next month, you’ll want to be planting your garlic. Fortuitously, Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Huron is having its annual garlic festival this weekend, where you can pick up your seed garlic, take in demos and workshops on planting and using garlic, and try garlicky treats including Mitchell’s garlic ice cream. There’s even a classic car show. Sat 9/22-Sun 9/23.
* The Slovenian Grape Festival at Kirtland’s SNPJ Farm is all about Slovenian culture: folk costumes, accordions, polkas and food – there will be Slovenian sausages, of course! Sun 9/23.
Peninsula’s Music on the Porches has a folkie acoustic vibe, fitting the country, small-town location, with informal music performances and workshops in every now and cranny. Sat 9/22
Seventeen years ago, when he was 19, Kevin Hines tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Now he’s the center of the film Suicide: The Ripple Effect, which aims to prevent others from taking the same path. It has a one-time screening at the Capitol Theatre.
For the FRONT Triennial, New York-based artist Nichlas Buffon created drawings of iconic LGBTQ locations in both New York and Akron – which he had never visited. Hell be at the museum to talk abut his work and interact with members of the organizations and businesses he depicted.
Today is the work day of the final Sustainability Summit at Public Hall, the annual gathering for Cleveland’s Sustainability 2019 project. It wraps up with workshops focused on looking back on successes and making plans for the future – such as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire on June 22, 2019.
The Negative Space Gallery in Asian Town Center has been hosting a variety of creative endeavors – visual arts exhibits, fashion shows, music, comedy, theater, poetry, open mics – for the last six years. Tonight it holds a party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its move into a new, larger space in the same building.
The Woollybear Festival in Vermilion is a uniquely northeast Ohio event. Founded by longtime weatherman Dick Goddard, the theme is provided by the namesake caterpillars – you’ll find folks dressed up as them for the opening parade. There’s also food, music, vendors, crafts, clowns and fundraising for animal welfare groups.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the beneficiary of the Taste of the Browns fundraiser, now in its 20th year. Browns players will be there, but the real celebrities are the participating chefs – among them Michael Symon, Rocco Whalen, Zack Bruell, Dan Deagan, Eric Williams and more.
Cleveland Book Week culminates with the annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Thu 9/27. Tonight 2018 AWBA poetry winner Shane McCrae headlines an evening of poetry, music and art at Karamu House.
Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is the subject of Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance, which screens tonight at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. It’s followed by a talkback with Pam Young of DanceCleveland.
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