There’s no reason to hibernate. Except that it’s damn cold out, it’s been a long winter, and spring is right around the corner. How do we know? Because Mulberry Creek Herb Farm opens for the season this week. Ingenuity’s spring Ignite! series for artist-entrepreneurs also kicks off in about a week.
So for now, there’s plenty to do. Performance poets Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook have teamed up with drummer/visual artist Scott Pickering on a new book, Dreaming Big and Small, and the launch event at Loganberry promises “great performances and random acts of art.” The Chef’s Garden in Huron is hosting a carrot/potato dinner. Guitarist Lucas Kadish returns to CLE from NYC as part of Tri-C’s “Flying Home” series. Rock Hall Nights explores fashion, and Art House serves chili in handmade ceramic bowls.
Dial up this week’s CoolCLE PODCAST featuring music from Akron’s Coup de Grace, while Irish accordianist John Whelan and Americana outfit Low Lily collaborate on an early St. Pat’s party at G.A.R. Hall. If you’re still hibernating, you’re going to miss it. –Thomas Mulready
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Playhouse Square is an exciting and entertaining destination in our city. We�re joined by Cleveland blogger and board member of Playhouse Square Partners, Jen, to preview some of the cool things happening at Playhouse Square this Spring including Broadway Series, Flanagan�s Wake, Michelle Obama and School of Rock as well as the Disney Musicals in Schools program.
And we have new music from Akron’s Coup De Grace (pictured).
The brand new Cleveland Kennel opens this week, and Becca Britton, director of the nonprofit Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, which promotes adoptions, couldn’t be more excited. “It’s hard to adopt animals out of the old kennel building because of the way it’s set up. There are no meet-and-greet rooms. It’s not very people-friendly.”
The old 40-year-old kennel is being replaced with an up-to-date 15,587 SQ facility with natural light, better ventilation and secure outdoor space. “We hope the opening of the new kennel leads to even more dogs getting adopted and more dogs getting out of the kennel,” Britton says. Mayor Jackson cuts the ribbon Thu 3/7 @ 11am. There’ll be tours Fri 3/8-Sun 3/10.
A little more than 41 years ago, an upstart label run out of a house in Willoughby Hills birthed what would prove to be one of the best-selling rock & roll albums of all time. Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell on the Cleveland International label eventually sold more than 40 million copies. The label was helmed by unforgettably passionate music mogul Steve Popovich, who ran the label through 1986 and revived it from 1995-2003.
It also left behind a huge mess of lawsuits when Popovich died in 2011. His son, Steve Jr, has finally sorted out his estate and re-launched the label to reissue the old music and sign new bands in the spirit his dad loved: heartland American music, and of course, polka. It all starts April 5 with the re-issue of the 1995 Cleveland Rocks compilation, featuring Meat Loaf, Southside Johnny, Ronnie Spector, Ian Hunter and more.
Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger are local educators, author and poets with backgrounds in performance poetry. Scott Pickering is an artist/musician known for his vibrant, irreverent cartoon-like drawings. The trio has hooked up to create a book for older kids called Dreaming Big and Small, and they’ll be hosting an all-ages event at Loganberry Books which, we’re told, will feature “great performances and random acts of art.” Thu 3/7.
* The much-traveled Talespinner Children’s Theatre heads for northern Africa where it touches down in Morocco for About a Ghoul a story about deceptive appearances and forging friendships. Sat 3/9-Sun 3/31.
Starters & Snacks: Melt Jumbo Chicken Wings. Fresh chicken wings double fried and extra crispy tossed in 1 of our delicious signature sauces. Tossing Sauce: Buffalo, BBQ, Sweet Mustard, Sweet Chipotle, Spicy Thai Chili Lime, Peanut Sesame, Kung Pow, Korean BBQ, Garlic Herb Romano, Diablo Dry Rub or Melt Awesome Sauce.
Melt News: Pinball and arcade games at select Melt locations. Now taking reservations at ALL Melt Bar and Grilled locations. Online ordering makes take-out even easier. Join our Skip the Straws Campaign and help prevent millions of straws and plastic from entering our Great Lake and waterways.
The Chef’s Garden in Huron is known across the country for the sustainably grown veggies and herbs it grows, used by some of the top chefs. Its affiliated Culinary Vegetable Institute hosts programs to teach chefs, as well as regular people, about raising and using these crops, and special events such as its carrot/potato dinner Sat 3/9.
* Starting this week and for all seven Fridays of Lent, Tremont’s Prosperity Social Club brings back its special fish fries for the 11th year, offering belly-filling comfort food to those who like the custom but aren’t giving up on indulging themselves. Fri 3/8-Fri 4/19.
Tri-C’s “Flying Home” series brings back former students from its renowned jazz program who have gone on to stellar music careers elsewhere. Guitarist Lucas Kadish returns from NYC to play at the BOP STOP. Sat 3/9
Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, which has its Cleveland premiere at Dobama Theatre, looks at a near future when the Internet has become an immersive fantasy world, giving rise to some very dark fantasies. It opens with previews today and tomorrow and runs Fri 3/8-Sun 3/31.
What’s out there in our galaxy and others, trillions of miles away? CWRU’s Dr. Bill Janesh will talk about dwarf galaxies and the light they shed on the workings of the universe at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s “Frontiers of Astronomy” lecture series.
Shirley Aley Campbell, who died last year at age 93, was one of the founders of Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. They’re honoring her with a pop-up show of her vivid portraits of ordinary and offbeat people, through Sat 3/16. There’ll also be a celebration of her life there Sun 3/10.
For a decade the Waterloo Alley Cat Project has been caring for stray and feral cats in its neighborhood, and spaying and neutering them to make sure the population of homeless animals doesn’t keep growing. They’ll celebrate at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home with their 10th annual benefit party, and ALL the cat lovers will be there.
Pitcher Addy Joss, who played baseball for Cleveland teams from 1902-1910, had one of the lowest ERAs in baseball history and pitched a perfect game. He died young and was quickly forgotten. The documentary Addie Joss Revealed shows at the Baseball Heritage Museum with its writer/producer Matt Underwood on hand.
The touring cast of the Broadway musical School of Rock, with actors ranging from age 9 to adults, is making a stop at Nighttown to perform a special cabaret evening of jazz, rock, pop and musical theater classics to raise money for an AIDS-related charity.
Here’s how you know winter won’t last much longer: Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, the family-owned organic farm in Huron, opens for the season this week. It’ll be a while before you can start planting outside, but wouldn’t it be nice to get a couple of fragrant pots now to have in your kitchen? Starting today they’re open Tuesday-Saturday @ 10am-5pm.
Since settling into the Hamilton Collaborative, Ingenuity has evolved from a once-a-year festival to present year-round programming such as its Ignite! series, aimed at helping entrepreneurs in creative and arts-related fields get up to speed in the business aspects of what they do. The spring series starts tonight.
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Most nights I’m comfortably tucked in bed by 9pm with a good book or magazine. But every now and then I go out for a beer with an old or new friend in the evening, just as long as it’s somewhere near my home. And that nearby place for me is a dive bar off of Chester named “Becky’s”, which has been in the same location for decades….
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