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Plus we’d invite you to give a listen to our new CoolCLE Podcast as our host J. throws the spotlight on some upcoming events, and on a few cool local bands you should hear.
The new Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest is coming to the Magalen and Forest City Brewery, and we’ve got an interview with co-creators Deena Nyer Mendlowitz and Sam Dee. Goblins in the Garden at Holden offers treats without the tricks. Local trumpet god Dominick Farinacci brings his new “Modern Warrior” project to PHS. Cleveland’s LGBT Blazing River Freedom Band celebrates “B” composers in concert in Tremont. A Parade of Guitars at the BOP STOP raises money for The Music Settlement.
CoolCleveland writer Charles Cassady focuses on local ghostlore at the North Coast Info Quest meetup at the W. 150th St. Denny’s. In the meantime, you’ve really got to listen to the new podcast and get yourself registered to vote. It’s that important. –Thomas Mulready
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On this week’s episode of the CoolCLE Show, J speaks to the Greater Cleveland Chorus (left, above), a 60-strong, all female barbershop choir, about its free concert Come Fly with Us (Info) happening Tue 10/9 at the Independence Civic Center. The bird-themed concert showcases its repertoire of songs being performed at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in St. Louis, Missouri.
She also previews two of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties (Info) with Cleveland authors, Anastasia Pantsios and Dave Schwensen. Pantsios is the editor of CoolCleveland and photographer whose photographic portfolio is part of a new book called Women to the Front: 40 Years of Women in Rock. Her photo of Pat Benatar is right, above. Schwensen, who wrote The Beatles in Cleveland, also talks about how the Fab Four’s two concerts in the city back in the 60s were unlike any other. Plus, you can hear the brand new single from Cleveland’s Seafair (Info) called Try, as well as music from Thor Platter (Info) and The Boom Shakalakas (Info).
Women don’t have a whole lot to laugh about right now. But that didn’t stop Deena Nyer Mendlowitz and Sam Dee, the co-creators of the inaugural Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest, who knew a lot of talented women they wanted to showcase, along with men. “Our tag line is created by women, for everyone because we want to emphasize female voices, but don’t want to diminish the male members of our community,” says Dee.
The three-day event is welcome because improv tends to be very male-centric – all those groups with five or six men and two women! The troupes performing at Mass Hysteria, at the Magalen in Slavic Village and Forest City Brewery, are diverse in membership and style. And there are workshops for those who want to take the plunge. “I hope people walk away knowing how to listen and express themselves a little better than before,” says Dee. Thu 10/4-Sat 10/6.
Only 6 days left! You must be registered to vote by Tue 10/9 in order to vote in the upcoming November election. 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.
Ever had an evil monkey? No, it’s not a primate hellbent on destruction. It’s a banana-flavored chocolate brownie, just one of a multitude of intriguing brownie flavors whipped up by Cassandra Fear, proprietor of Lakewood-based Fear’s Confections. The brownies are at the highlight of her cozy shop, along with her “geek” chocolates in nerd-friendly shapes.
She’s been in business almost a decade now, but her Lakewood shop is four years old, so she’s celebrating – especially since Halloween is her favorite season. She’s hosting a party in and around the shop, with many of the other cool little businesses on that stretch of Madison participating in a scavenger hunt. There’ll be art and fire breathers too! Sat 10/6.
Thanks to gerrymandering, parts of Cuyahoga County are in four different congressional districts. Two of those seats, held by Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur, aren’t competitive; they are safely Democratic. But OH-14, which includes a piece of the far east side, and OH-16, which weaves through parts of the west side, are. With luck, all four districts could be held by women after Election Day November 6, an exciting prospect.
Susan Moran Palmer is running in Oh-16 for the seat being vacated by Jim Renacci to run against Senator Sherrod Brown. With a long, diverse background in health care – what voters are citing as their top concern by a large margin – she’s well-positioned and well-qualified for the seat. Her opponent is a former pro football player, a sport that embodies the toxic masculinity now on display in our culture and politics. It’s an easy choice.
Can you imagine spider webs stronger than steel? Fish that can bite through bricks? Explore the world of biomechanics to discover the most fascinating marvels of natural engineering – how plants and animals have evolved to survive.
Built to Survive: Biomechanics features interactive exhibits, immersive media and scientific objects help you understand how wonders of the plant and animal kingdoms eat, move, avoid predators and process information to take them to a higher gear above their competition. Open now, the show is included with General Admission and runs through Mon 4/29/19.
If your kids are still little enough to be frightened by Halloween ghosts and monsters, take them to Holden Arboretum for Goblins in the Garden. The grounds will be decorated; they’re encouraged to wear costumes; and the “Scarecrow Row” features figures built by families, clubs and other teams. There will be treats but no tricks – not nasty ones anyway. Sat 10/6.
Starters & Snacks: Melt Pierogi. Grilled Cheese: Voodoo Zombie Jerk Chicken, Parmageddonator, Parmageddon. Seasonal Sides: Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli, Herb Roasted Potatoes. Bread Pudding: Cookies & Cream Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Great Lakes Nosferatu. Cocktail Feature: Undead Tiki. Awesome October Beer Feature: Rogue Brewing Dead n’ Dead Ale Tapping October 15th.
Melt News: New Melt menu launches October 1: new starters, soups, salads, grilled cheese, burgers and more. Melt Tattoo Family Halloween Reunion Party: on Fri 10/26. Melt Independence Pinball Tournament on Thu 10/4. Skip the Straws Campaign: Melt Bar and Grilled will now refrain from automatically serving a plastic disposable straw with each beverage. Simply request a straw.
The nonprofit Coit Road Farmers Market is NE Ohio’s only year-round market with its own building, serving one of the area’s poorest communities. To fund its work and that of Care-a-Van, which holds monthly health/cooking/arts events at the market, it’s hosting its annual Taste of Autumn benefit at Collinwood’s St. Mary’s Church. Mon 10/8.
* More than two dozen local food trucks will be making their way to Crocker Park today, hoping to win titles in the 4th annual Food Truck Challenge. The real winners are the visitors who have an impressive array of food choices. Sat 10/6.
* Hingetown hangout Jukebox always has pierogis on the menu. But for National Pierogi Day, Mon 10/8, it’s adding some special varieties, including vegan options.
Cleveland Opera Theatre opens its fall season with a fully staged version of funny, tuneful The Barber of Seville, the perfect starter opera, at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. Sat 10/6 & Sun 10/7
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The new season of Reel Science, the Cleveland Cinemas/Cleveland Museum of Natural History collaboration where the screening of a sci-fi film is followed by an expert poking holes in the “sci” part, kicks off at the Capitol Theatre with Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home.
CPT’s Latin theater ensemble, Teatro Publico de Cleveland, presents its new plays festival, three evenings of staged readings of works in progress in both English and Spanish, along with food, music, dancing and socializing before and after the performances.
Cleveland’s biannual Cinema Wasteland is a feast of what some might consider “trash” – grade Z movies that once graced drive-in under bills and exploitation houses. Horror hosts and scream queens, pro wrestlers and paranormal investigators make this event a feast for those into the fringes of pop culture. Through Sun 10/7.
Hale Farm and Village, with its replication of 19th century buildings and Ohio life, is the perfect place for a Harvest Festival, since the 19th century was predominantly agrarian. Come on out for two weekends of pumpkins, cider, apple butter, cats demonstrations and live music. Also Sun 10/7, Sat 10/13 & Sun 10/14.
The Baseball Heritage Museum shares the story of Oberlin student Moses Fleetwood Walker, who may have been the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues – back in the late 1800s before there was a Negro League.
The sad story of Flint, Michigan put lead poisoning in the headlines. But Cleveland has its own issues with lead contamination, especially in the paint in old houses. Come to the monthly Science Cafe at the Music Box to learn what the problem is and what can be done to mitigate it.
Jeff Bridges’ new documentary Living in the Future’s Past explores how human beings have related to the environment and changed it, accompanied by some spectacular photography. It screens tonight at the Capitol Theatre.
CoolCleveland editor Anastasia Pantsios recently released a book of her photos of rock and roll women, based on her show at the Rock Hall last year. Her book is Girls to the Front: 40 Years of Women in Rock.‘ She’ll talk about her encounters with some of these stars at a Cleveland Stories program at the Music Box…
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