Chimaira singer Mark Hunter shares his personal story of bipolar disorder in the new film, Down Again. The inaugural Wearable Art Market, a project of CMA’s Textile Art Alliance, takes place at Eton. And the new CoolCLE Podcast #03 is worth a listen.
Discover a riot of herbs at the Western Reserve Herb Society’s annual herb fair at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Coats and winter gear are needed for the American-born kids left behind by the Norwalk ICE raids this summer. Great Lakes Brewing Company hosts a first-time benefit for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Tremont’s 818 Gallery throws open its doors with a star-studded show. The doc Dark Money, showing how our elections are broken, screens at West Shore UU Church. But it’s not time to riot yet.
I hope you are registered to vote, and are planning to vote absentee or at the polls for the upcoming Tue 11/6 election. We continue our ENDORSEMENTS by recommending Betsy Rader for Congress in OH-14. Be sure to get out and vote. It’s easier than rioting. –Thomas Mulready
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This week’s CoolCLE Show looks at a John Lennon Tribute concert, with proceeds going to Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future, at the Beachland Ballroom on Sun 10/14. Cleveland Rocks supports and preserves Cleveland’s popular music culture and enriches local economic development by stimulating music-centered initiatives.
Cleveland’s Chimaira exploded onto the scene in 1998 and for 15 years were the city’s biggest metal export this side of Mushroomhead. But fans couldn’t help noticing the internal chaos and turnover that left vocalist Mark Hunter the only constant member prior to its 2015 breakup, and may have suspected there was an untold backstory.
That story is now being aired in a new documentary Down Again in which Hunter comes clean about his struggles with bipolar disorder, its release timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day Wed 10/10. While he was initially reluctant to do the film, thinking his story wasn’t that interesting, he now feels it has a helpful message: “Recovery is possible. It’s about how you can turn your life around, your career around. You can rekindle old friendships even though they were at one point demolished.
SPONSORED: ONLY @ OBERLIN A magnificent violinist meets a spectacular instrument: Oberlin welcomes Grammy-winner James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong for works by Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, and Corigliano. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Oberlin in the fall – and the first performance in nearly two decades on Oberlin’s gloriously restored 1722 Stradivarius violin. Sun 10/14.
NE Ohio fashion mavens will be excited about the inaugural Wearable Art Market, a project of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Textile Art Alliance, taking place at Eton in Woodmere. Nearly 50 vendors (more than half from the Cleveland area) will be selling a variety of unique clothing. and accessories. It’s a spinoff of TAA’s popular Wearable Art Fashion Show held from 2004-2016.
“The fashion show’s primary purpose was to benefit the CMA textile acquisition fund,” says event chair Judy Pfancuff. ‘The market, on the other hand, is not a fundraiser. Its primary purpose is to support textile artists by generating interest and excitement around wearable art. The market is for everyone who likes interesting clothes and accessories.” Sun 10/14.
Ohio’s 14th congressional district, which covers Lake, Ashtabula and Geauga counties, as well as pieces of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull, has been represented for most of the decade by a flip-flopping jellyfish named David Joyce, who tries to be as vague as possible to be all things to all people, while voting for far-right policies. That needs to change.
Betsy Rader is the perfect person to replace him. She is a civil rights attorney specializing in employment issues, and she is focused on such core issues as health care, job creation, education and training, the environment and fair, safe elections. And she has plenty of specific, practical ideas for getting things done.
As if Melt Bar & Grilled wasn’t doing enough cheese already, they’re doing even more! In addition to its mouth-watering, signature grilled cheese sandwiches, Melt rolls out an entire new menu dedicated to macaroni & cheese!
CoolCleveland’s Stephan Haluska met up with Melt owner & founder Matt Fish at Melt in Independence to talk about the 15 brand new mac & cheese creations at Melt. Some of the new mac & cheese dishes include the classic cheesy cheddar, broccoli chicken alfredo, chicken parma, cheesy chicken tortilla, smokey pork BBQ, and so much more! Go to your nearest Melt location to taste the newest Melt creations.
Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow and the most fun, given all their culinary and other household uses. Buy herb products, talk to experts, and attend workshops and talks at the Western Reserve Herb Society’s annual herb fair at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Sat 10/13.
* Every harvest starts with seeds. But with the advent of “big ag,” seed stock diversity has diminished with 94% of varieties disappearing in the last century. The documentary SEED: The Untold Story follows the efforts of a group working to save seeds. It screens at Forest City Brewery, with a discussion following the film, sponsored by the Cleveland Seed Bank. Wed 10/17.
Classical Revolution has been named Gordon Square Arts District’s first “musician in residence.” In that role, they’ll be doing a series of informal and popup concerts in odd spots around the neighborhood including a kid-oriented one at Near West. Theatre’s cafe area Sun 10/14.
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Coats and other winter gear is needed for the American-born kids left behind by the Norwalk ICE raids this summer. Donations can be dropped off at Cleveland’s La Plaza Supermarket today through Sat 10/20.
Great Lakes Brewing Company, a longtime local leader on environmental issues, hosts a first-time benefit for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a Chicago-based nonprofit (with a Cleveland outpost) that does research and education to protect the Great Lakes and sponsors beach cleanups.
Artist Martha Cliffel constructs beautiful, complex assemblages from flea market-type detritus – doll parts, broken toys, dice, religious medals – to reflect on women’s many facets in sculptures than can read like irreverent altars. Her show Re-Source-Ful opens at BAYarts tonight and remains on view through Sat 10/11.
Over a THOUSAND cats in one big room? Yup, that’s the CFA Cat Show at the I-X Center, where purebreds will be competing for ribbons and some non-purebreds will be vying for adoption. There’ll also be education programs, activities for kids and a vendor village with stuff for you and your cats. Also tomorrow.
George Forbes was one of the most commanding presences in late 20th century Cleveland politics, one who helped usher in an era of black power in the civic scene. Now 87, he’s donated his papers to the Western Reserve Historical Society, which celebrates his legacy today with a new display, entertainment and special activities for all ages.
Who started the #MeToo movement? While the hashtag cropped up only last year, New York-based activist Tarana Burke was using the phrase to refer to the prevalence of sexual assault more than a decade ago. Burke speaks about her work with girls and young women at CWRU’s Maltz Performing Arts Center.
Do extremely large rodents gives you the creeps? Then the documentary film Rodents of Unusual Size, depicting how 20-pound nutria took over Louisiana swamps, may be just the thing to get you in the mood for Halloween. It screens at the Capitol Theater.
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A few weeks ago I made a joke to a friend that I was going to start a new business: I would buy a bunch of bulletproof vests and have people stand outside of nightclubs in the ‘hood – especially topless bars – and rent them out to patrons as they entered the establishments…
* Fighting for my Schwinn Something from my childhood that I’ve never really discussed with anyone was the subject of conversation at dinner the other night: I was bullied as a child. But upon reflection, it might have been a good thing…
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