12.26.2018-01.02.2019 A New Day

A New Day

And with it comes new hope, responsibilities and opportunities.

So turn the page and check out Hungerlust, the new offering from the Cabaret Project at Akron’s Blu+ Jazz. Take the kids to Winter Wonder Days at GLSC, or Hot Cold Creative Play Days at Lake Erie Ink. Catch the mixologist competition at Shaker v. Skillet. Join the swing dancing with Get Hep Swing, come “Ohm for the Holidays” with yoga and live guitar, or be there at the Rainbow Ball at the Akron Civic and support Akron Pride.

Bowie Weekend approaches on Jan 11 & 12 at BOP STOP, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there. Experience it with someone you love, and start the new year off right. –Thomas Mulready

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You probably know someone who loves David Bowie. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s a parent or a kid. Bowie’s legacy grows year by year since his untimely passing in 2016. he’s influenced generations of artists and fans. He said, “watch out all you rock and rollers…”; “we can be heroes, just for a day…” and “put on your red shoes and dance the blues…”

On Sat 1/12, get psyched for 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 amazing sounding BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Avenue.

But if you need to hear every detail about David Bowie’s entire life and artistic output from birth to his final album Blackstar (and beyond), you need to also be there the night before, 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. Prepare yourself.

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 a ticket for yourself and a loved one soon, as these shows are selling briskly. Photo of Bowie live in Cleveland 1978 by Janet Macoska.

Hungerlust, the lastest offering from the Cabaret Project, was a major undertaking, any months in the planning with auditions in the summer to pick the more than 20 vocalists who will perform with a full band at Akron’s Blu Jazz+ this weekend. They were chosen for their ability to finesse the solo vocals, harmonies, choreography and body percussion required by this eclectic, multi-discilinary show.

Co-producers and directors Alexandre Marr and Merissa Coleman (who also perform in the band) chose tunes from such sources as the musical Hamilton, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Florence + the Machine to explore “repertoire revolving around the impulses, wild desires, instincts and natural tendencies of human beings without limiting the music to genre,” says Marr. Sat 12/29.

There are so many upsides to the five days of special programming at the Great Lakes Science Center, dubbed “Winter Wonder Days.” There’s the balance of fun and education it provides kids and families. And it could even instill a positive attitude toward Cleveland winters!

Guests can skate on carpet, help build a fort, join in a snowball fight, learn how snow globes work, and of course, watch explosions (an always-popular attraction at GLSC) at the CryoBlast Big Science Show. And on the day before New Year’s Eve, celebrate the coming of 2019 with a balloon drop. Wed 12/26-Sun 12/30.

Are the kids nagging you about staying up until midnight to welcome the new year? Luckily, there are a number of opportunities around town for them to celebrate earlier in the day – at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Merwin’s Wharf, as well as the Akron Zoo and Summit Metro Parks – and hopefully be too tired out to whine later. Mon 12/31.

* That school vacation can seem awfully long to bored kids. Luckily, Lake Erie Ink in Cleveland Heights is offering a pair of afternoons called Hot Cold Creative Play Days where kids can romp on their playground and then come indoors for creative art and writing activities and hot cocoa. Thu 12/27 & Thu 1/3.

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It’s been almost 50 years since tenor sax player Joe Lovano, a 1971 Euclid High grad, left town to pursue his dream – which quickly became a reality – of a career in jazz, starting at the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston, followed by a stint with the Woody Herman Orchestra and a move to New York City, where he still lives. He’s recorded three dozen albums as a leader or co-leader and many more as a sideman.

But he hasn’t been a stranger to his hometown. He performs here frequently, and will once again do so at the BOP STOP where he’ll be recording his two-night stand for an NPR special, Jazz Night in America, and celebrating the impending release of a new album Trio Tapestry. Both nights are sold out so keep an eye on the TV listings. Fri 12/28-Sat 12/29.

Here’s the deal: Astoria Market & Cafe’s chef and a mixologist from Middle West Spirits will be challenged to come up with small plates and cocktails using secret ingredients at Shaker v. Skillet. Who will win? Buy a ticket, have a taste and find out. Thu 12/27.

* Gordon Square’s Happy Dog adds biscuits and gravy to its menu for its annual New Year’s Day brunch. Tue 1/1.

* Dried beans are a healthy veggie you can use in cooking year-round. If you’re clueless as to how, Coit Road Farmers Market has a free demonstration today that will answer all your questions. Sat 12/29.

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

Even after 25 years, Mushroomhead’s masked and costumed shows, fueled by their distinctive mashup of metal, hip hop, progressive rock and industrial music, are eagerly awaited by area fans. They’ll perform a “Krampus Christmas” show at the Agora. Sat 12/29

* Singer/songwriter Anne E. DeChant imagines 2019 in a cabaret performance at the Akron Civic Theatre. Sat 12/29.
* Detroit’s Thornetta Davis brings sweet soul music and smoky blues to the Music Box Supper Club. Sat 12/29.
* Three area music veterans hook up for “Boomers in the Night,” an evening of mostly acoustic music at the Beachland. Sat 12/29.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

WED 12/26
Things can get a bit dreary once the presents are opened and the festive meal is eaten. Extend the holiday magic with a trip to Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens for Deck the Hall, featuring a light show synched to music and a giant tree outside and rooms decorated in winter wonderland themes inside.

* Those more cold averse might want to check out the newly opened exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art featuring NE Ohio artist Charles Burchfield’s youthful Ohio watercolor landscapes. Through Sun 5/5/19.
* The P.L.U.S. Band and Big Ship bring post-Christmas good vibes to the Music Box.
* Take the family to Summit Metro Parks’ Seiberling Nature Realm & Visitor Center to play nature bingo and go for a hike.

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THU 12/27
There’ll be a whole lotta blowin’ going on when “Crazy Marvin” Braxton and his Blues Express meets MoKo BoVo, fronted by Dan Bode, in the Collinwood Holiday Harmonica Summit at the Beachland Ballroom, as Braxton and Bode bring their best moves to the little blues instrument.

* Pianist Cliff Habian plays Peanuts Christmas music and his own with his trio at Nighttown.
* Get creative at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s open studio.
* Two L.A.-based songwriters – one from northeast Ohio – share the stage at the BOP STOP.

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FRI 12/28
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s special exhibit Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern explains though 140 paintings, photos, objects and garments how the artist shaped her own image and the world’s impression of her. Today you can see how the 2009 film Georgia O’Keeffe lines up with this when it screens at the museum. Also Sun 12/30.

* You’ve still got time to check out the spectacular holiday show Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, running through Sat 1/5.

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SAT 12/29
What better way to work off holiday overindulgence than to come to a swing dance sponsored by Cleveland’s Get Hep Swing? An hour lesson before the music starts gets novices acclimated and experts brushed up. The dance at North Collinwood’s Lithuanian Hall is open to all, regardless of skill level – no partner needed!

* Do some relaxing yoga to live guitar music at “Ohm for the Holiday” at the Beachland Ballroom.
* Immerse yourself in the Purple One’s music at the Grog Shop’s Princemas.

Click here for more events on Sat 12/29

SUN 12/30
All you adult Harry Potter superfans will want to hustle out to Lakewood’s LBM Bar. For two days, it will be transformed into a wizarding world with decorations and food that will transport you to Hogsmeade’s Hog’s Head Inn for a total Potter experience. Also tomorrow.

* King Chip brings hip hop to the Grog Shop for a pre-New Year’s Eve party.

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MON 12/31
Among the many party/entertainment choices tonight is the Rainbow Ball at the Akron Civic Theatre, a benefit for the recently launched Akron Pride celebration. Food, an open bar, dance music and over-the-top entertainment will fuel the dressed-to-impress revelers in one of Akron’s most stunning venues.

* Here are some more places to hang out to greet 2019.

Click here for more events on Mon 12/31

TUE 1/1
Prosperity Social Club in Tremont serves delicious variations on comfort food. But they really pull out all the stops for their New Year’s Day brunch when they offer a variety of dishes from different regions and ethnicities – and a “Hey, Nineteen!” cocktail designed especially to greet the new year.

* Enjoy a New Year’s Day jazz brunch at Nighttown with singer Evelyn Wright and pianist Dave Thomas.

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WED 1/2
If you can hardly wait for summer to hit the coasters at Cedar Point, let the twin toboggan chutes at Cleveland Metroparks’ Mill Stream Run – Ohio’s fastest and tallest – take up the slack. They’ve got extended holiday hours now through Sat 1/5 starting at noon and going all the way to 10:30pm for some night riding.

* Gypsy Beans coffeeshop in Gordon Square celebrates its 12th anniversary.

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As the noose tightens around the necks of the elected and appointed officials that allowed the Cuyahoga County jail to degenerate into a cesspool, more people will be running for the exits, as did Armond Budish’s chief of staff Earl Leiken, who by all accounts is a good and decent straight arrow…

* The Plot Sickens As the sickening saga of the Cuyahoga County Jail continues, one thing is being overlooked: It’s so damn easy to run a jail the right way. It really, really is, since it’s a closed, controlled environment. In fact, it takes a real concerted effort…

* A National Day of Forgiveness Some very qualified people are increasingly reluctant to enter the public spotlight because of some minor incident from their past. But in these challenging times we need our best and brightest taking on the mantle of leadership free from the fear of the past….

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