The edge has returned. It’s time to take off the gloves and look ourselves straight in the eyes. If we do, here’s some of what we might see:
The role of oil in the Persian gulf will be examined as the Happy Dog Takes on the World. Kent musicians remember artist Halim El-Dahb on his 4,098th birthday. The acerbic artist collective challenges the comfortable at Brews + Prose. The Beachland celebrates their 19th birthday: their last as a teenager, it seems.
The Rock Hall hosts a panel on opportunities in the local black music business. Joyce DiDonato blends opera, jazz, pop and tango at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel. The Noise Lunch at Now That’s Class gets Lost in Time and Space. The Cleveland Democratic Socialists of America point out how white nationalism has functioned here in Cleveland and how we can successfully combat it. Time to reclaim the cutting edge. –Thomas Mulready
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We’re about a month away from the start of the regular baseball season. And we have a special guest in Marty Gitlin, a local author who has recently finished a book about the Cleveland Indians called The Ultimate Cleveland Indians Time Machine which is available from his website from March 1st and then from retailers on April 1st. Gitlin joins us to talk about the unusual events he details in the book about the Indian’s history from its inception in the late 1800s to the demise of the offensive Chief Wahoo.
And we have new music from Cleveland’s Window Dogs and Jivviden.
Michael Suglio, who created the Short.Sweet.Film.Fest, taking place at the Alex Theatre at the 9 this weekend, wants to dispel the idea that a funny clip of a cat playing in the snow is a short film. “All good short films have your basic story of a beginning, middle and end. They’re just short-form stories, no different than features.”
What he’s really excited about is that the festival has reached a long-time goal: of the 118 short films screening over three days, half are by Cleveland-area filmmakers. “When we started eight years ago there wasn’t as a vibrant of a film community as there is now,” he says.”We were part of fostering that.” Fri 3/1-Sun 3/3.
One of Cleveland’s newer festivals, the seven-year-old Kurentovanje is also one of the most fun. It’s based on a Slovenian festival in which furry costumed “kurents” try to chase away winter with their clanging bells. And while Slovenian food, traditions & culture are at the heart of this celebration, which takes place in and around the National Slovenian Home on St. Clair, the family-friendly festival attracts a cross-section of Clevelanders.
It kicks off at noon with a short parade, featuring dancers, bands, and delegations from local businesses and organizations, before everyone troops into the Slovenian Home to enjoy a lots of food and drink, vendors, entertainment on several stages, bocce and a kids’ activity area. Sat 3/2.
SPONSORED: Rock Hall Nights: Rock Off the Rack No aspect of popular culture has shaped fashion the way that rock and roll has. On Wed 3/6 from 6-9PM, explore some of the coolest fashion pieces in our collection and see how our favorite artists have inspired looks through the decades. Rock star dress code optional! Get tickets here.
The book Ari & Abigail’s Passport to Israel was created to help children navigate the Maltz Museum’s current exhibit Israel: Then & Now. The author and illustrator of the book will host a reading and signing event at the museum with crafts, snacks and a kid-friendly gallery tour. Sun 3/3.
* Lake Erie Ink’s ComicCon for kids ages 8-18 offers the chance to meet and work with writers and illustrators in a day-long series of workshops that cover every aspect of comic book creation. Sat 2/2.
As the number of downtown residents has increased in the last decade, so have the number of restaurants downtown that do more than just cater to the lunch crowd. So Downtown Restaurant Week includes more options than ever. Check out more than one you’ve never tried before. There’s also a kickoff party at the Arcade Thu 2/28 with cooking demos & food from two dozen establishments. Fri 3/1-Sun 3/10.
* For its final month of indoor winter markets, starting Sat 3/2, the North Union Shaker Square Farmers Market moves east to the Van Aken District Food Hall. It reopens outdoors for the summer season on Shaker Square with its annual sheep shearing on Sat 4/6.
Mike Garson holds a special place in his heart for Cleveland. He auditioned as pianist with the Spiders From Mars for Mick Ronson in New York in 1972, and earned the gig after sight reading “Changes” for seven seconds. Four days later, he was on stage performing David Bowie’s first-ever U.S. gig at Cleveland’s Music Hall on September 22, 1972. “It was my first show and it was shocking.”
Garson brought special guests, Bowie alums Earl Slick and Carmine Rojas, among others to the Cleveland Agora for A Bowie Celebration, and spoke with CoolCleveland backstage about his 30 years, 20 albums and 1000 performances with Bowie.
Retired KSU professor and internationally renowned composer Halim El-Dahb died in 2017 at the age of 96. His friends & colleagues always celebrated his birthday at Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Kent, and they see no reason to stop now that he’s moved to another plane. Sat 3/2
When NYC photographer Ruddy Roye spoke last year at the Cleveland Print Room, more than 75 people sat enthralled for three hours. Now he’ll be back to share more about his work shooting in NY, Jamaica, Milwaukee, Louisiana and other places, while his show, When Living Is a Protest, is on display.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Neighborhood Connections invite artist and makers, as well as employees of arts organizations and arts lovers, to an informal evening of networking at the Agora to help build and strengthen the local creative community. It’s free and open to all.
The new Yards Project show Trade Marks features nine local artists who work in both commercial and fine art, and explores how they juggle clients’ demands with their own creative impulses.
The heroic husky Balto led a team of sled dogs to bring life-saving serum to a remote Alaskan village in 1925. His preserved body is on view at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Learn his story and how he came to Cleveland at the museum’s celebration of his 100th birthday.
Eleven sonic adventurers explore the outer limits of sound in Lost in Time and Space, the theme of this month’s Noise Lunch at Now That’s Class.
Songwriter Summit is an Akron-area group that meets regularly at the 2 Girls Cafe & Bakery in Stow to share songs and offer each other “gentle” input, advice and suggestions. Both members and non-members working in any genre are welcome at the free event, which typically attracts a couple of dozen people.
This month’s Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery is a little different. Instead of just a couple of authors sharing their work, three artists who comprise a collective called acerbic – a poet and two photographers – will present their work about community, race and power.
If you are seriously disturbed by the rise in bigotry, racism and hate-inspired violence in the U.S., then maybe you’ll want to come to a presentation by the Cleveland Democratic Socialists of America which explores how white nationalism has functioned here in Cleveland and how we can successfully combat it.
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