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We also welcome our newest writer, Jenna Thomas, a sophomore at CSU, writing this week on why millennials should make the effort to get to the polls (spoiler alert: the list of reasons includes gun safety laws, affordable health care and sexual assault on campus). Regardless of your age, be sure to check if you are registered to vote in the important Tue 11/6 election.
CoolCleveland columnist C. Ellen Connally is excited about the new Cuyahoga County Archives space on Perkins, where it recently moved from a house in Ohio City. Mansfield Frazier tells us why state legislative seats matter in the next election, laments those who feel they can do anything to black bodies, and hopes for a memorial to the victims of Sowell’s house of horrors.
Coventry traces their milestones with a special event, Trinity kicks off their Brownbag concert series, Bread and Puppet Theatre lands on Wade Oval, August Wilson’s Fences opens the Karamu fall season, photographer Johnny Joo discusses ruin porn at the CLE Photographic Society, and you can take a self-guided tour of local breweries on your bike at Bikes + Brews. Hopefully we’ll see you at IngenuityFest. There’s lots going on, if you just listen. –Thomas Mulready
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On this week’s (inaugural!) CoolCLE Podcast show we round up a few choice events for this week, then dive deep to learn about how two companies are hosting events that teach the public about the centuries old skills of blacksmithing and glass blowing.
Your host J. introduces you to Tina Haldiman of Larchmere Fireworks (pictured above), plus Gavin Lehman of Cleveland Blacksmithing. Throughout October and November, the public has the opportunity to make a truly unique object of glass or iron with Larchmere Fireworks and Cleveland Blacksmithing. Plus, enjoy some new music from Cleveland’s Sense of Purpose (pictured), Marina Strah and Shy Moon. Listen here.
Cleveland Heights’ Coventry Village – a compact three-block commercial strip of small stores – has been through many changes. A neighborhood of service businesses such as kosher meat markets, dry cleaners and drug stores became a hippie haven in the late 60s. The hippies (mostly) left and the strip had ups and downs. Currently, it’s filled with restaurants, bars, small shops, hair salons and yoga studios and yes, still a dry cleaner.
One business, the venerable Record Revolution, has survived 50 years, while two others – Mac’s Backs and Passport to Peru – are celebrating 40, and Attenson’s Antiques has reached 30. They and their neighboring businesses are hosting an afternoon of special events, sales and family fun to mark these anniversaries. Sat 9/29.
Retired judge C. Ellen Connally is a history buff – as she puts it she is “all but dissertation for a PhD from the University of Akron.” She’s on the board of the Ohio History Connection. So needless to say she’s excited about the new Cuyahoga County Archives space on Perkins, where it recently moved from a house in Ohio City.
She tells us about some of the revealing information you can dig up there (it’s open to the public four days a week) with some records dating back to the 1830s. She calls it “a virtual treasure trove for those seeking genealogical information.” And for those interested in Cleveland’s political evolution, there’s currently a public display about the Carl Stokes administration.
Stepping into the beautifully designed exhibition Israel: Then & Now, the news of the day fades away as you embrace the sweeping arc of history and trace the milestone moments and historic efforts to courageously build a new society.
CoolCleveland visited with Dahlia Fisher, Director of External Relations for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and caught a sneak peek of the new exhibition, designed right here in Cleveland. It’s packed with interactive exhibits, films, maps and displays, and a collection of multi-media, multi-sensory experiences.
“Israel is known as the start-up nation. It’s innovation in agriculture, technology, medical & health industries is fearless in its attempt to improve the world,” says Fisher. Israel: Then & Now is on display at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage through Sun 5/12/19.
It’s an established fact that younger people eligible to vote do so at a far lower rate than other age groups. And that’s a shame because it’s also an established fact that politicians listen to those who go to the polls. Millennial writer Jenna Thomas looks at some things important to younger voters that might get more attention if they showed up to vote.
They include issues such as gun safety laws, affordable health care and sexual assault on campus. She points out that “Our Secretary of Education Betsy Devos (whose yacht saw more of Cleveland while adrift in Lake Erie than she ever has) pushes a program to protect the rights of those accused of sexual assault.” And Brett Kavanaugh. No matter what your age, check if you are registered by October 9, and show up on Tue 11/6 to VOTE.
Sadly, most people probably couldn’t name their state senator or representative. That’s not only a shame, it’s short-sighted and dangerous, since state legislators can have a bigger impact on our lives than anything Donald Trump tweets. They vote to defund Planned Parenthood, cripple renewable energy, let payday lenders run amok and allow guns virtually anywhere, knowing you aren’t paying attention.
In addition, they influence who we send to Congress with their input on redistricting. And while Ohio has done redistricting reform, it will need elected officials who will uphold those reforms. Mansfield Frazier explains how this all works: we’d do well to remember the old Thomas Jefferson [2nd from left above] adage: “The government you elect is the government you deserve.” Next, go online, find out who represents you in Columbus and be an informed voter on Tue 11/6.
The story of The Wizard of Oz has captivated multiple generations. Families can now enjoy the version put on by Cincinnati’s MadCap puppets which combines large puppets with human actors to present a colorful retelling of the story of Dorothy and her friends on the Yellow Brick Road. Sun 9/30.
* There’s a ton of fall fun going on at the Frostville Museums’s Pumpkinville in the Valley. That includes games, pony rides, an obstacle course, a balloon artist, a castle slide for toddlers and tours of the historic buildings for mom and dad. Sun 9/30.
Explore the challenges facing classical music and symphony orchestras in the 21st century, along with innovative efforts to reimagine the orchestra experience right here in Cleveland! The Cleveland Orchestra (TCO), the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, BW Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) and BW Arts Management & Entrepreneurship Program present the fourth annual Arts Innovation Summit on Tue 10/2 at 4PM.
Panelists for the event, which kicks off BW’s year-long residency with TCO, include Andre Gremillet, TCO executive director and Afa Dworkin, president & artistic director of The Sphinx Organization. Moderated by Jesse Rosen, president & CEO of the League of American Orchestras. Info/free tickets here.
Cleveland chamber ensemble Les Delices presents a concert/lecture/workshop program devoted to the fortepiano at Plymouth Church. Sat 9/29
Read more of CoolCleveland’s picks for Cool Events.
Bread and Puppet Theatre, known for their radical activism and their free sourdough rye bread, formed in the early 60s and were at countless demonstrations during the Vietnam era. Still alive and kicking and protesting, they’ll be performing on Wade Oval. There will be sourdough rye.
Playwright August Wilson’s Fences reminds us that the 1950s, viewed so nostalgically by MAGA types, were not golden for everyone, especially if they had darker skin. Karamu mounts the classic 1985 play to open its 2018-2019 season, now through Sun 10/21.
“Ruin porn” photography is a big thing these days when there’s lots of decaying schools, theaters, factories, amusement parks and apartment buildings to shoot. Photographer Johnny Joo has found some intriguing locations such as an abandoned waterpark in the California desert. He’ll talk about his work at the Cleveland Photographic Society.
There’s a new cat rescue in town called House of Mews, and that’s a good thing, given that there’s never a shortage of cats needed help. Tonight the group hosts Kitten Ka Noodle in Wickliffe, its second annual dinner benefit to help its network of fostered, adoptable cats.
Remember when taking a family of four to an amusement park for the day didn’t cost a month’s rent or mortgage, and there were no hour-long waits for rides? Remembering the Sights & Sounds of Euclid Beach Park, which takes place at the park’s former North Collinwood location, takes visitors back to those days when going to an amusement park was cheap and casual.
Western Reserve Historical Society curator of costumes and textiles Patty Edmundsen oversees the organization’s vast collection of historical and contemporary garments and creates exhibits such as the current Mad About Plaid. She’ll talk at the Rocky River Public Library about the 150 years of garments in the collection.
Lots of “Young Adult” books deal with serious social issues. What’s unusual about All American Boys, which tackles racial [in]justice, is that it was co-written by a black author and a white author. Both will be speaking tonight at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights in a program presented by the CH-UH Library.
An evening devoted to sewers may not sound exciting. But if you care about the environment, clean water and the protection of the lake, you will probably find Sewer University, sponsored by the NE Ohio Sewer District and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (where it takes place) fascinating.
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It’s one continuous loop of lies, disrespect and ill-treatment, from slavery until today. Some whites feel they can do anything to black bodies – and it’s a feeling that’s being encouraged in myriad ways from high places in American politics…
* Last Year Without a Memorial This should be the last year that a memorial service is held at the site of the empty field that Sowell’s house of horrors once occupied. If the families take the first step, I’m sure that others in the community will join in…
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