11.28-12.05.2018 Maelstrom


Things may seem a bit out of control. And sometimes that’s on purpose.

Get the early scoop on tickets for our David Bowie Weekend at BOP STOP featuring a new show on Bowie’s non-hit deep cuts, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell; or come the night before for an updated Evening With(out) David Bowie covering his entire oeuvre and life, both celebrating his January birth and death anniversaries in wild style, on Jan 11 &12.

Get caught up in the spirit of the season at the Panza Foundation’s benefit and fundraiser this Fri, which helps to support local independent musicians, or with homemade s’mores at Merwin’s Wharf to support Brite Winter Fest, or at the Empty Bowls benefit at the McDonough Museum to help Mahoning Valley’s needy.

Create a storm of your own this week at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts’ season announcement party, “Saturnalia,” or at the first annual Rock Hall Holiday Ball, or at Standing Rock’s Pie Festival, or at Chill & Toast at Van Aken, or at Slavic Village’s Holidazzle, or at one of the many open studio and holiday sales across the region.

Sneak behind the secret doorway at Cleveland Heights’ Speakeasy at Quintana’s Barbershop and Dream Spa as this week’s CoolCLE PODCAST interviews owner Alex Quintana, and along the way, take a sip of music from a couple of female singer/songwriters shaking things up in our region. Just as we like it. –Thomas Mulready

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Step back in time and learn how to make your own prohibition style cocktails at the Speakeasy at Quintana’s Barbershop and Dream Spa in Cleveland Heights. Owner Alex Quintana reminisces on how he and his wife decided to open up a Speakeasy at their barbershop and how we have Prohibition to thank for some of the tastiest cocktails.

Plus pick up on some local music from Cleveland’s Tanisha Salary and Kim Kennedy.

Ever get the feeling that some of your favorite Bowie songs are NOT his hits? Then you’ll love our new show, David Bowie’s Deep Cuts: Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, focusing on overlooked classics, epic suites too long for radio, and delicious gems that languished as deep album tracks if they were released at all. The show is on Sat 1/12 at the acoustically excellent BOP STOP.

But to hear all the inside stories about this groundbreaking artist’s entire life and artistic output from birth to Blackstar, you should also be there the night before, Fri 1/11, for An Evening With(out) David Bowie, updated with newly released box sets and rarities.

Both nights feature rare video, hi-def audio, trivia and giveaways presented and directed by Thomas Mulready. And each evening is capped with a sizzling live music set by Cleveland glam punk superstars Vanity Crash. Get your tickets early, as these shows tend to sell out. Be there to help us create a little maelstrom of our own.

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts launched in 2006 as Theatre Ninjas, an adventurous, nomadic ensemble that made creative use of different spaces. As time passed, their presentations strayed more and more from the bounds of traditional theater.

Settling into a permanent home last year gave the group even more room to experiment and explore. That resulted in collaborations with artists in other disciplines including music, dance and visual arts, as well as breaking away from traditional theater-type scheduling of events. On Sat 12/1, they’ll host their season announcement party “Saturnalia.” Expect the unexpected.

A few years ago Cleveland musician John Panza had an idea. He saw foundations helping various types of artists but not indie rockers. So he started the Panza Foundation to do just that. It’s about to announce its fifth group of recipients at an event at the Happy Dog where last year’s beneficiaries will play.

The board selects four bands each year based on their own knowledge of the scene – you can’t apply. They’re looking mostly for mid-career artists who want to take on a project to get them up another rung on the ladder. “For us, the measure of success for the bands we sponsor is, do they keep playing, do they still enjoy it and are they still able to get out there?” says Panza. Fri 11/30.

Recently, Clevelanders have grieved the loss of several beloved and valuable women at the hands of men who acted on the belief that if a woman did not do what he wanted, it was his right to decide whether she lived or died. About half of all murders of women were at the hands of a domestic partner, present or former. Even men with tenuous relationships with a woman feel this right to decide her fatal fate.

There’s a strong connection with lawmakers who propose laws governing women’s bodies, such as the Ohio legislature’s renewed effort to pass the abortion-banning “Heartbeat” bill, as well as the belittling of claims of sexual harassment and assault, whether against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh or former Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil. It’s all part of a mentality that says men are the masters of women’s bodies. It’s an attitude that has to change.

It’s the first night of Chanukah, so the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage invites families and others to come for a free candle-lighting ceremony, storytelling, holiday crafting, game playing and the chance to tour its special exhibit, Israel: Then & Now. Wed 12/5.

* Barberton’s Magical Theatre Company presents a Christmas-themed premiere production, Prancer, in which a little girl find an injured reindeer she believes is one of Santa’s team. Fri 11/30-Sun 12/16.

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Astoria Cafe & Market cheesemonger Tom Leguard will be cracking an 80-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and offering samples, along with wine. Of course he’s tempting you to buy their Mediterranean-sourced goodies, but you would have anyway, right? Sat 12/1.

* The Cleveland Vegan Society’s VegFest gets bigger every year and it’s still free. To fund it, they’re throwing a Winter Wine Fest at CLE Urban Winery with music, dancing, drinking, a silent auction, and, yes, vegan food. Sat 12/1.

* Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market wound down in October, but the vendors are back for one winter market (indoors!) to give their patrons a chance to shop for the holidays. Sun 12/2.

Read more of CoolCleveland’s picks for Eats and Drinks.

The North Coast Men’s Chorus is at their most festive in their holiday program, whose theme this year is “Snowbound.” They’ll undoubtedly have some musical suggestions about what you can do in that situation. Sat 12/1 & Sun 12/2

* No Exit New Music ensemble launches its 10th season with five brand-new works by Cleveland-area composers. Fri 11/30.
* Apollo’s Fire opens its two-part holiday season with Handel’s Messiah. Sat 12/1-Mon 12/3.
* Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” is a holiday tradition at Trinity Cathedral. Wed 12/5.
* The Chardon Polka Band hails the holidays in Hudson. Sun 12/2.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

WED 11/28
The Ingenuity Festival is no longer a once-a-year thing. With its permanent space at the Hamilton Collaborative, it’s able to host year-round events like its Ignite! Speaker Series. Tonight two speakers talk about building a business in your community.

* Jennifer Cochran and the Gateway Band perform jazzy carols at Trinity Cathedral.

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THU 11/29
Literary Cleveland’s Gordon Square Review online journal for emerging writers marches proudly into its third edition. A launch party tonight at the Happy Dog features readings by the writers chosen for this issue.

* Pour some holiday cheer at Kamm’s Corners’ benefit at Puritas Nursery.
* Video artist Brian Bress talks about his exhibit at the Akron Art Museum.
* John Adams conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in his own works and Aaron Copland’s. Through Sat 12/1.
* Forest City Brewery hosts a spirited variety show.
* See the work of the late Cleveland artist Anthony Eterovich at Lorain’s Stocker Art Center through Fri 12/14.
* Peninsula kicks off the holidays with a tree lighting and choirs tonight, and more events on Sat 12/1.

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FRI 11/30
Cleveland Public Theatre is known for its outreach to and partnerships with diverse communities. Its latest partnership is with the Arabic-speaking community. Tonight CPT and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi offer a workshop production of Dream of Home, a chance to see a work in progress. Also tomorrow.

* Holiday Circlefest at University Circle expands to three days of events including the traditional Sunday lantern parade and free museum admissions. Through Sun 12/2.
* Cleveland Print Room’s annual Off the Wall exhibit/sale features members’ work. Through Sun 12/2.
* Rockefeller Greenhouse holds its annual poinsettia sale, with local artists and food. Also tomorrow.
* Come to Cleveland’s longest-running art walk in Little Italy, through Sun 12/2.
* Dobama Theatre presents the regional premiere of family-friendly Ella Enchanted. Through Sun 12/30.
* Local jazz musicians celebrate the late Roy Hargrove at the BOP STOP.
* Holiday market at Hale Farm & Village offers handmade treasures.
* Make some s’mores to support the Brite Winter Festival at Merwin’s Wharf.
* The City of Euclid welcomes the holidays at Shore Cultural Center. Santa will be there.
* Come and meditate at the Hamilton Collaborative every Friday through December.
* Bonfoey Gallery group show features nine Cleveland-area “Artists to Watch.”
* Art House Inc hosts local filmmaker Ted Sikora at its Community Culture Night.
* Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare in Love in Akron. Through Sun 12/16.
* Convergence-Continuum explores women’s mid-life regrets in Rapture, Blister, Burn. Through Sat 12/15.
* Ensemble and Shaharazad theater companies take audiences Around the World in 80 Days. Through Sun 12/16.
* Slavic Village’s Holidazzle at the Magalen includes a potluck, caroling, tree lighting, a maker’s market and both Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

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SAT 12/1
They’re decking the hall – the Rock Hall, that is, for the first annual Rock Hall Holiday Ball, an evening of gourmet food, drink, music and special holiday rock stories scattered throughout the exhibits.

* Meet the artists at the Tower Press Open House & Holiday Sale.
* Superior Arts District buildings hold holiday open houses.
* Empty Bowls benefit at the McDonough Museum of Art benefits Mahoning Valley’s needy.
* Chill and Toast in Shaker Heights’ Van Aken district has music, bonfires, ice sculpting and free yoga.
* Take a trolley tour of art installations in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.
* Kent’s Standing Rock Cultural Arts throws a Pie Festival.
* Light up with a holiday lantern tour at Hale Farm & Village. Through Sun 12/23.
* Light Up Lakewood is in its 12th year of holiday festivities.
* Cleveland Dragon Boat Association holds its holiday party at Forest City Brewery.
* Local trio Celloentric plays instrumental holiday and pop tunes at the downtown Cleveland library.
* There’s a Tuba Christmas tonight in Canton and tomorrow in Youngstown – and more to come!
* The Burning River Roller Derby gals skate for charity at the North Olmsted Sportsplex.
* Be the star yourself at a Hamilton sing-along at Brothers Lounge.
* Praxis Fiber Workshop benefits yet another new project for the growing organization.

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SUN 12/2
Prohibition repeal parties have become a thing at bars. But few do them with the style of Tremont’s Prosperity Social Club, with big band music, 30s-style “throwback” food and vintage/retro beverages straight out of the Depression era (Repeal happened in 1933).

* The Seamus Egan Project headlines an Irish cocktail soiree and concert at Happy Days Lodge.

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MON 12/3
A lot of Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre students have gone on to Broadway success, so don’t miss the chance to catch the junior class when they present “Gold Standards,” a program of classic Broadway music, at Nighttown.

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TUE 12/04
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a poet – and the poetry coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. Tonight, she’s the guest of Brews + Prose, the monthly literary program at Market Garden Brewery

* Canadian Brass spreads some holiday cheer at the Akron Civic Theatre.

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WED 12/5
The Rock Hall Nights evening is all about music on TV this month, with a TV theme contest and a chance to impersonate a TV variety show host – maybe Ed Sullivan introducing the Beatles?

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The devastating report on conditions in the Cuyahoga County Jail that was just issued by the U.S. Marshal depicts the facility as a pure hellhole, which the more mean-spirited citizens among us loudly applaud….

* More on the County Jail One thing to keep in mind is there are prisoners (and probably guards) in the county jail you wouldn’t have over as guests for Thanksgiving dinner. The facility most likely has the largest number of individuals with a mental illness…

* A Piece of Paper Can’t Stop an Abusive Predator What’s mind boggling is the fact that it’s safe to say that the vast majority of the murdered women had some sort of protection or restraining order in place due to previous violence….

Read other stories from Mansfield Frazier here

A look back at the last week
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BOOK REVIEW: Becoming by Michelle Obama, reviewed by C. Ellen Connally

THEATER REVIEW: Boogieban @ None Too Fragile by Roy Berko

PHOTOSTREAM: Happening at the Hamilton at the Hamilton Collaborative by Anastasia Pantsios

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–Thomas Mulready



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