The Pretty Things
Beauty, and love, can only be found in the eye of the beholder. For the next 7 days, here’s the things we think are pretty cool.
Bowie Weekend is finally upon us, and you’ll be pretty happy if you join us on Fri 1/11 for An Evening With(out) David Bowie, on his entire life, or on Sat 1/12 for The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, featuring his deep cuts and obscure masterpieces, both at the BOP STOP and both spotlighting Cleveland’s prettiest glam punk superstars, Vanity Crash (pictured). Dress up or dress down, but be ready to have some fun.
Who’s pretty? Akron artist Amy Mothersbaugh is mounting her final show, of her own work (finally!) as Studio 2091 in Cuyahoga Falls closes. Organist Todd Wilson presents a 2-day workshop/concert event at BW. Writer Lee Chilcote launches How To Survive In The Ruins at Loganberry. CoolCleveland contributor Kelly Ferjutz releases her new short story collection, Brief Interludes, and we’ve got a review by author Annie Hogsett.
Where’s pretty? Classical Revolution returns to Happy Dog, and Outlab lands at BOP STOP. Bites and Brews at Ohio City Galley features four start-up restaurants under one roof. The Paris Underground Sunday Jazz Series creates the sexy scene of a speakeasy in Chagrin Falls. The Cleveland Play House mounts the blood-soaked Greek war epic The Iliad with a female lead. And The Millennial Theatre Project presents Hairspray at the Akron Civic. Oh, you pretty things. –Thomas Mulready
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Just in time to celebrate David Bowie’s birth (01.08) and death (01.10) anniversaries, Bowie Weekend at the BOP STOP offers two shows for the superfan and casual followers alike.
On Sat 1/12, we’ve prepared a brand new show, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: David Bowie’s Deep Cuts, digging up Bowie’s overlooked classics, epic suites too long for radio, and precious pretties that languished as deep album tracks if they were released at all. It all happens at the wonderfully sounding BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Avenue.
If you really want to savor all the phases David Bowie’s entire life and artistic output from birth to his final album Blackstar (and beyond), get your tickets for Fri 1/11, for An Evening With(out) David Bowie, freshly updated with newly released box sets and rarities, outtakes, demos and just-discovered gems. You won’t be disappointed.
Both nights you’ll enjoy 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 soon, as these shows will probably sell out. Photo of Bowie live in Cleveland 1978 by Janet Macoska.
For the past nine years, Akron artist Amy Mothersbaugh has run the gallery and artist hub Studio 2091 in Cuyahoga Falls. Now, with the building being sold, she’s mounting her last show there – and it’s one that’s been a long time coming. Alit: Bug Studies, a series of small watercolors of bugs, insects, butterflies and moths, is Mothersbaugh’s own first solo show at the gallery.
“I gave shows to pretty much everybody I wanted to and I’m the only one who hasn’t had a solo show there, so the time was right,” she says. Meanwhile, she’s already looking at her next act: creating a children’s picture book series based on her octopus art. Sat 1/2.
Cleveland can be a little desperate to claim any celebrity it can, based on flimsy ties. But it can truly claim Ben Orr of the Cars, who grew up in Lakewood and Parma, and met Ric Ocasek, the band’s other lead singer and songwriter, when Ocasek was briefly living in Cleveland. They eventually landed in Boston, and the rest is history.
New England journalist Joe Milliken zeroes in on Orr in his new book, Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and the Cars, writing, among other things, about Orr’s local success as a teenager and a regular on the nationally syndicated Upbeat Show. Milliken stops at the Music Box to talk about the book at an evening that also includes a performance by Cars tribute act Moving in Stereo. Sat 1/12.
Our columnist C. Ellen Connally, herself a former county official and judge, takes a look at questions surrounding current elected officials. In the city of Cleveland, she zeroes in on city council’s “Teflon Coated Man of Steal” Ken Johnson, and explores how his grifting has been enabled by fellow council members turning a blind eye.
On the county front, she addresses the ongoing scandal at the Cuyahoga County jail, and assigns responsibility to county executive Armond Budish, given his responsibility for appointing overseeing those who run the jail. She calls the situation “Armond Budish’s Vietnam.”
Beloved kids’ show host Fred Rogers has passed on, but his spirit has been kept alive in the new PBS children’s show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, featuring characters with family connections to those on the Mr. Rogers show. Daniel and his friends will come alive on the stage of Playhouse Square’s State Theatre in an all-new production, King for a Day. Thu 1/10.
* Helen Peyrebrune teaches cello at The Music Settlement – and she’s got musical parents and six musical siblings. They’ll be performing together at TMS in a family-friendly show intended to demonstrate how much fun it is to make music together. Sun 1/13.
Ohio City Galley opened this past October in the former Massimo da Milano space in Ohio City, bringing a new idea to the local food scene, a variation on the incubator concept. It features four start-up restaurants under one roof, each offering a different style of food. Its first Bites and Brews event gives guests the opportunity to sample something from each, washed down by an appropriate beer. Thu 1/10.
Sandwich Specials: Potato Bacon Bomb, General Tso’s Delicious Manchu Dynasty Melt, Winter Chicken, Maniacal Macaroni & Cheese, plus Chicken Bacon Ranch. Seasonal Sides: Kung Pow Broccoli & Steak House Potatoes. Bread Pudding: CinnaBOMB! Bread Pudding. Beer Feature: Goldhorn Dead Man’s Curve. Cocktail Feature: New Year’s Resolution.
Melt News: Melt Independence Pinball Tournament on Thu 01.10.19. Melt Bar and Grilled will now refrain from automatically serving a plastic disposable straw with each beverage. Straws will still be available to guest upon request.
The Cleveland Cello Society, which presents and promotes cello music of all types, presents a benefit called iCellisti, an evening of nature-inspired music for different sizes of cello ensembles, taking place at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights. Fri 1/11
Be glad you weren’t Danny Greene. The mobster was in the car pictured when he was killed. Learn about his life and times and that of other notorious Cleveland gangsters at a presentation at the Music Box Supper Club.
The Yards Project’s next show features work by 13 artists, selected from more than 70 submissions by the residents of Worthington Yards, whose lobby serves as the gallery for the Yards Project. They include both new names and established artists such as Lori Kella, whose work is pictured.
Local writer Lee Chilcote left the organization he founded, Literary Cleveland, late last year to focus on his own writing. It was about the same time he released his second volume of poetry, How To Survive in the Ruins, about living and raising a family in the urban core. He’ll officially launch it tonight at Loganberry Books.
An Iliad is a one-act, one-actor adaptation of the Ancient Greek war epic, drenched in masculine blood lust. So it’s interesting that in its Cleveland Play House staging that one actor “The Poet” is played by a woman. It opens tonight and runs through Sun 2/10.
Later this month, The Musical Theater Project will present “Cole Porter in Concert.” Tonight they’ve joined with the CIA Cinematheque to screen the 1953 film Kiss Me Kate, packed with beloved songs. TMTP’s Bill Rudman conducts a post-film discussion.
Outlab at the BOP STOP is a monthly opportunity for musicians of any genre and any level of musical experience, playing any type of sound-producing device, to join with like-minded others to explore sonic frontiers with improvisation and expermentation.
A 34-year career at the Plain Dealer writing about every type of sport and every sporting event you can think of has made Bill Livingston one of the best-known journalists in town. He’ll be talking about local sports heroes he’s butted heads with at a Cleveland Stories program at the Music Box Supper Club.
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