02.20-02.27.2019 Youth


Our children are our future, and that’s not just a slogan. There’s never been a better time to be young around here.

There’s always a lot for the little ones in the NEO, including the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes’ Pancake Breakfast with the Birds, and a Breakfast with Scientists where girls can spend time with seven women who work in different scientific fields at CMNH.

Brite Winter turns 10 this weekend, and our own CoolCleveland correspondent Jenna Thomas talks with Emily Appelbaum, who serves as artistic director of both Brite Winter and Ingenuity. We also have a feature on Niights, heading out on a national tour, but not before dropping their second LP, Hellebores, at a show at Mahall’s.

And as you’ll learn when you listen to our latest CoolCLE PODCAST, Junior Achievement helps our local communities and youth, which you can support at their JA Bowl-a-Thon taking place next week. Take care of our youngsters, and they will take care of us. –Thomas Mulready

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Junior Achievement (JA) is dedicated to educating our youth about business, economics and personal finances. JA programs are taught by volunteers in class and after school in over 270 schools and organizations throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. This week, we’re joined by Joe Faulhaber, president of Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, to learn more about how it impacts our local community and youth.

And we have new music from Cleveland’s the Tom Katlees and indie rapper C.A.L.

The Brite Winter festival, taking place indoors and out on the West Bank of the Flats, has evolved since it began 10 years ago, not only exploding in size but also expanding in opportunities for creative engagement and kid-friendly opportunities. Visual arts and installations were always part of it – it’s never been just a music festival – but with a series of workshops leading into the main event, that side of the festival has grown.

Our reporter Jenna Thomas talked to Emily Appelbaum, the artistic director of both Brite Winter and Ingenuity Cleveland, to learn how Ingenuity’s community of artists, the Ingeneers, has reached out to help turn Brite Winter into something more than a one-day experience, a chance for artists to build new networks and spinoff projects. Sat 2/23.

SPONSORED: Breakfast with Scientists at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, an extension of Women in Science Day, is an opportunity for young girls, grades 6 to 12, to have in-depth one-on-one conversions with CMNH female scientists about research, education, experiences, and inspire future scientists. Be there Sat 2/23, from 11AM and meet the following CMNH scientists: Denise Su, Nicole Burt, Nicole Gunter, Courtney Brennan, Amanda McGee, Roberta Muehlheim, and Meghan Strong.

The music of Cleveland quartet Niights can be hard to describe, although some have likened them to Smashing Pumpkins, with a full sound that’s simultaneously heavy and dense, and hypnotically dreamy, topped by front woman Jenna Fournier’s aggressively droning vocals.

The group has been kicking around the local scene for a while, and even done some touring (Fournier has taken the music to Japan). Now they’re ready to drop their second album, Hellebores, and heading out on a national tour. But first they’ll introduce the new album to Northeast Ohio with a show at Mahall’s. Wed 2/27.

It’s that time again. Devoted theater lovers need to pull out their calendars and start planning their trip to Canada’s Niagara-on-the-Lake for the annual Shaw Festival, which kicks off Sat 4/6 and continues through October, with a couple of Christmas shows in November & December.

Eleven shows (excluding the holiday ones) are on the schedule, ranging from the obligatory Shaw – Getting Married and Man and Superman With Don Juan in Hell are the choices this year – to Cyrano de Bergerac, The Glass Menagerie and the Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes‘ Pancake Breakfast with the Birds not only offers three types of pancakes with sausage, but a live bird show, an outdoor walk to look for winter birds, and bird-inspired crafts activities. Sat 2/23.

* If you took your daughter to the Women in Science Day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History a few weeks ago and she was enthralled by the possibilities, treat her to a ticket to Breakfast with Scientists where girls in grades 6-12 can spend some quality time with seven women who work in different scientific fields at CMNH. Sat 2/23.

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Pretzels and bagels require alkalinity to give them that distinctive browned crust. Do you know how that’s done? Learn the science behind baking these tasty snacks at the Coit Road Farmers Market at its weekly cooking demo. Pick up some locally growing veggies (long-storing root crops and year-round greens are available) and baked goods while you’re there. Sat 2/23.

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SPONSORED: ONLY @ OBERLIN Britain’s Doric String Quartet brings pieces from recent acclaimed recordings — Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Britten — during their international tour celebrating 20 years together. Fri 2/22. Next, the Grammy-winning Joyce DiDonato and her top-flight backing ensemble brings Songplay to town. Catch classical-jazz fusions of music from Italian Art Songs to Broadway. Wed 2/27.

David Bowie is gone but people are still hungry for his music. That’s why pianist Mike Garson, who played with Bowie longer than any musician, has put together “A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour,” which stops at the Agora Theatre this week, and also features Bowie alum Earl Slick and Carmine Rojas among its lineup.

Garson’s first performance with Bowie was also Bowie’s first performance on American soil – taking place in Cleveland September 22, 1972. And he played his last performance in 2006. Garson talks to us abut his Cleveland experience and what it was like having such a long-running relationship with this unique individual and artist. Sun 2/24.

The Lake Erie Folk Fest returns to Shore Cultural Center, with an afternoon featuring more than 50 workshops, mini-concerts, dances and jam sessions, and an evening concert with Americana duo Richie & Rosie, the Chardon Polka Band and more. Sat 2/23

* The Cleveland Opera stages the Franz Lehar operetta The Land of Smiles in Slavic Village, Shaker Heights & University Circle. Wed 2/20, Fri 2/22 & Sun 2/24.
* Experimental jazz trio Togishi celebrates new release at the BOP STOP. Sun 2/24.
* The Akron Symphony’s popular “Gospel Meets Symphony” returns to E.J. Thomas Hall with a 200-voice choir. Sat 2/23.
* No Exit New Music duo performs an intimate concert at Appletree Books. Fri 2/22.

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WED 2/20
LAND Studio and Soulcraft Cleveland are creating an open-air pavilion called Forum using a process called marquetry, and are inviting the public to submit applications to help build it. There’s an open community meeting at Soulcraft tonight for those who want to learn more.

* Former Scene writer Kyle Swenson returns to speak at Visible Voice Books about his book about three men falsely accused of murder who were exonerated after 40 years.
* The Rock Hall celebrates the work of Dylan/Velvet Underground producer Tom Wilson as part of its Black History Month programming.

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THU 2/21
Tomorrow evening When Living Is a Protest, a show of the work of activist photographer Ruddy Roye, opens at the Cleveland Print Room. Tonight he’ll talk about his work and how he goes about making his street portraits of marginalized people.

* Learn the ins and outs of Google Cloud at “Going Google” in Lakewood.
* Go on a virtual archaeological dig at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Think & Drink with the Extinct.
* Bluesman Wallace Coleman and his band perform at KSU’s Stark campus for Black History Month.
* Fela’s son Seun Kuti leads Afrobeat band Egypt 80 at the Shore Cultural Center.
* Doan Brook Watershed series helps home gardeners be environmentally friendly.
* Learn how to combat white nationalism in a discussion at the Lakewood Library.
* Zack Friedhof kicks off Cabin Fever Music Nights at Hale Farm & Village.
* Enjoy an evening of Oscar-winning songs at Nighttown.
* The Cleveland Orchestra performs nature-inspired symphonies by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Through Sat 2/23.

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FRI 2/22
Local actors Peter Lawson Jones and Greg White star in a reading at Shaker Heights Christian Church of The Meeting, a script which imagines a meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. King that never happened .

* Dr. Mary Weems’ At Last explores the lives of 11 black women at Ensemble Theatre. Through Sun 3/3.

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SAT 2/23
After a year of change that focused on moving into a new home, Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels ensemble celebrates its annual fundraiser, A Night at the Races, for the tenth year, at Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s School in North Collinwood.

* Refined festival at the Cuyahoga Fairgrounds showcases Ohio distilleries & benefits local cat shelter.
* Master lutenist Paul O’Dette performs at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.
* Join Bike Cleveland at their winter social and get involved in building better cycling infrastructure.
* “Blackout: The Showcase” at the Akron Civic Theatre features local black talent.
* Chicago artist Nick Cave’s mixed media work opens at the Akron Art Museum.
* Claudia Rankine’s Citizen inspires writing workshops at the Cleveland Public Library’s Carnegie West branch. Also Sat 3/2.
* Texas singer/songwriter Gina Chavez, who mixes genres & languages, performs at CVNP Happy Days Lodge.

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SUN 2/24
If you are absolutely fuming at how Ohio politicians have taken away women’s right to control their own bodies, you’ll want to be at the Planned Parenthood Action Forum at the Happy Dog this afternoon where you can learn what you can do to help push back.

* The Music Settlement celebrates Lithuanian culture with music and more.
* Obscure 70s jazz film by Cleveland-born filmmaker screens at the Cinematheque.
* Americana trio Lula Wiles brings new music to Riverdog Gallery.
* Mignarda Duo and friends perform music by William Byrd at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

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MON 2/25
What’s at the bottom of Lake Erie? Hundreds of shipwrecks holding historical secrets! Shipwreck archaeologist Carrie Sowden will talk about the importance of locating, preserving and exploring these shipwrecks at the Westlake Porter Library.

* Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents an evening of art songs with soprano Amelia D’Arcy.
* Kurentovanje is Sat 2/23 but the weeklong celebration of this Slovenian festival kicks off with a benefit dinner tonight and a new exhibition at the Slovenian Archives opening tomorrow.

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TUE 2/26
Mary Frances Berry served on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission under four presidents from Carter to W – although Reagan tried to oust her. The professor/author/activist speaks at KSU’s Stark campus as part of Black History Month.

* Chicago’s cutting-edge jazz trio the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble performs at Nighttown.

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WED 2/27
Joyce DiDonato is one of opera’s biggest stars, having performed everything from Handel & Mozart to contemporary opera. Her new project Songplay enlisted musicians from opera, jazz and tango to put their stamp on a range of music, from Italian art songs to Edith Piaf to Broadway tunes. They’ll perform it live at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel.

* Classic Hitchcock film North by Northwest is up next in Capitol Theatre’s Happy Hour series.

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