Cold Weather Fun
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes,” may be a famous Scandinavian saying, but it’s just as appropriate here. So layer up, venture out, and have an adventure worth telling the grandkids about.
Frozen Fest at Geauga Parks District’s West Woods Nature Center features Siberian Husky sled dogs, snowshoeing, ice princesses and reindeer, plus cocoa and cookies. Stay up late and view the total lunar eclipse at Geauga Park District’s Observation Park on Sunday. The next day get it all explained by umbraphile and science writer David Baron at the Hudson Library.
Indoor fun rules this time of year. This week’s PODCAST lifts the lid on the 44th annual CWRU’s Sci-Fi Marathon (bring your sleeping bag). Vinyl junkies can go crate diving at The Dig record show at the Winchester in Lakewood. The Somatic Center wants people to feel “challenged and connected on all levels of mind, body, and spirit.”
Warm up indoors at 78th Street Studios Third Friday, while the Maltz Museum, CMA, Akron Zoo, moCa and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, among others, are offering free admission on MLK Day. Think and Drink with the Extinct at CMNH explores the brain with “Mind Funk.” CPT’s New Entry play festival presents 13 new works over 3 days. Or hear chamberfolk trio Harpeth Rising at Happy Days Lodge. Now doesn’t that sound like fun? –Thomas Mulready
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For 44 years, Case Western Reserve University’s student-run film society has hosted a weekend Sci-fi Movie Marathon. This year boasts a lineup of 18 movies including Wallace and Gromit animations, Gremlins, Space Jam and the classic 1910 Frankenstein and takes place on January 18-19. Casey Braun, representative of the CWRU Film Society, joins us on the CoolCLE show to talk about the decades-long tradition, what attendees can expect from the event and how to get tickets.
We also have music from Kent’s Xtra Cripsy, ahead of their performance in Beach City, and the brand new single from Cleveland R&B singer Donnie Lynee called “Starting Over.”
SPONSORED: Think and Drink: Mind Funk Do you know how your own brain works? Of course you don’t … unless you’re a scientist! Join us at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Thu 1/17 for a sampling of food and drink from Saucy Brew Works, Cleveland Whiskey and CLE Urban Winery, and challenge your brain: Form a team and do a puzzle hunt; try science-based activities & games to overcome worries, stress & life’s challenges; check out human brain specimens from CSU. Tickets here.
Sarah Villanueva’s goals for her new space, The Somatic Center, on Larchmere Boulevard, are ambitious. The Cleveland native returned to town with her husband last year and began to look for space to serve as a hub for dancers to take classes, rehearse, share ideas and present work such as Layers, which the Terra Dance Company performs there Sat 1/19 @ 6pm.
Her vision is even more expansive than that, reflected in the variety of events and classes the space hosts for all types of people, from pilates to Kung Fu. “I want The Somatic Center to be known as a place where people feel safe, supported and inspired,” says Sarah. “I want students to leave and feel that they were challenged and connected on all levels of mind, body, and spirit.”
Human trafficking is an issue that may not impact many of us directly, but it’s happening all around us. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, so the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, which provides services to victims and survivors, and the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic, are hosting the Human Trafficking Awareness Conference at Notre Dame College Fri 1/18.
“Human trafficking is something that happens in our own backyard, and the only way we are going to stop it is by educating people,” says Jones. “Education saves lives. The more you know about something, the more you can prevent it from happening to other people – the tricks of the traffickers and what the red flags are.”
If you want to see brand-new theater works in Cleveland, one of the first places you check out is Cleveland Public Theatre. CPT has a long history of presenting work at various stages of development. Its New Entry play festival catches them early, presenting 13 new works in progress over three days to get audience feedback and see what works and what doesn’t, and whether the piece has what it takes for more developed staging down the road.
“These are nascent pieces, and it serves a really important platform because oftentimes people will have ideas and works that they want to bring to life, but they don’t really know how to jump from the brainstorming idea to a workshop production or full production,” says CPT Entry Point line producer Molly Andrews-Hinders. Thu 1/17-Sat 1/19.
Ice princesses! Reindeer! Siberian Husky sled dogs! Cocoa and cookies! Hiking! Snowshoeing! And of course, face painting (required by law at family events, apparently). They’re all part of the indoor and outdoor fun at Frozen Fest, put on by the Geauga Parks District at their West Woods Nature Center. Sun 1/20.
* Many area museums, including the Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, are free for the MLK holiday, with special programming for families. Mon 1/21.
When the 15th-century Leuven Songbook surfaced in 2016, the discovery of the “new” music rocked the early music community. Cleveland’s Les Delices has joined with Chicago’s Newberry Consort to perform selections in Akron, Lakewood & Cleveland. Fri 1/18-Sun 1/20.
If you need a midweek pick-me-up, head down to the Akron Art Museum to check out Brian Bress’s Pictures Become You, which runs through Sun 4/14. One room is filled with his sui generis video art works, in which masked and costumed characters manipulate their surroundings. You could spend hours watching them.
The human mind works in mysterious ways, as anyone who follows the news knows. But some of its ways aren’t inscrutable to scientists. Learn what they know at this month’s Think and Drink with the Extinct at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History when the theme is “Mind Funk,” the topic is neuroscience and the drinks are locally produced.
Photographer/videographer LaToya Ruby Frazier considers herself an activist and an artist in equal parts. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty member speaks at CWRU’s Tinkham Veale Center as part of its annual MLK Day celebration.
It’s a big month for cat lovers, with the new cat cafe Affagato opening in Tremont and now the Persian Cat Show at Baron’s Arena in Parma. It’s not all about Persians: there will be all types of purebreds, along with not-so-ordinary housecats: more than 200 cats in all. Heaven! Also tomorrow.
If you are a vinyl junkie, there’s nothing like crate diving in hopes of finding that treasure you’ve been seeking for years. The Dig record show at the Winchester in Lakewood offers that opportunity. Plus there’ll be live music and DJ’ing by local celebs such as former Mushroomhead singer Jason Popson.
Did you watch the eclipse last night and get excited and curious about the phenomenon? Science writer and dedicated “umbraphile” David Baron will speak at the Hudson Library about the eclipses he’s seen and his book about three individuals who went on an arduous journey to view an eclipse in 1878.
Gather your team and come play the Scrabble-like game Bananagrams at Lakewood’s Bottlehouse Brewery and Mead House. No experience is needed,d and the entry fee goes to a good cause: the youth writing programs at Lake Erie Ink.
Writer Claudia Rankine’s book-length commentary/poem Citizen: An American Lyric not only won widespread praise and numerous awards, it became the only book of verse to make the New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction. Rankine will speak at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Library.
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When the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference hosts its annual dinner this week, it will honor county executive Armond Budish with its “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Given the conditions at the jail under county control, and the eight deaths there in the last year, our columnist C. Ellen Connally thinks that’s a mistake.
“The Cuyahoga County grand jury is currently deliberating as to who if anyone should bear criminal responsibility for conditions in the jail or for the deaths of the inmates,” she writes. “I’m not here to beat up on Budish. He just doesn’t qualify for this award. Spend five minutes in the county jail and that message will come across loud and clear.”
I have to question the wisdom of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference honoring Armond Budish with their “Humanitarian of the Year” award at their 18th Annual Scholarship Gala this year. This is as mindboggling as if a national woman’s organization were to give R. Kelly a “Gentleman of the Year” award, isn’t it?…
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