03.27-04.03.2019 Soul


What makes this place special? Some say we’ve got heart and soul. Grit. We use the word authenticity. Whatever you call it, we’ve got it to spare.

The Summit FM has been hosting their annual 330 Day Concert since 2016, now featuring 33 acts from the region. In Cleveland Heights, they’re rolling out the welcome mat for families on Coventry Kids Day. Holden Arboretum explains it all with their interactive exhibit on maple sap, then gives you a taste of the real thing with a sweet pancake breakfast. DJ Red-I and Playne Jayne represent as Fresh Produce, and they drop their 4th release this weekend.

Performance art duo Princess is Out There at moCa, Cleveland Burlesque celebrates 15 at the Beachland, The Pride comes out at convergence-continuum, and we’re talking about the aftermath of the Parkland shootings at Hudson Library. It’s enough to rip out your soul. –Thomas Mulready

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Learn more about the music, the history and the subculture of British mod and northern soul with the 2 British DJs that are bringing it to Cleveland via mod, northern soul, funk and ska music and dance nights – Michael Ridley and Alan Otter. The Resurrection Soul Club dance nights are hosted on the last Friday of every month, with the next one happening on Fri 3/29 at the 5 O’Clock Lounge in Lakewood.

And we have new music from Cleveland’s Beach Stav and Akron’s Chil.

Radio station The Summit FM is based in Akron, but also covers Canton and Youngstown. That’s why its annual 330 Day concert, which has taken place in Akron for three years, is moving to Canton this year and Youngstown in 2020. Starting with six acts in 2016, the event has grown to 33, each of whom will perform one acoustic song on a split stage.

“It’s fun for local music lovers because they get to see so many acts on one stage,” says station marketing & events director Ryan Humbert. “Also, because each artist only plays for four minutes, the rest of the time you get to see your friends and mingle with fellow local music lovers. It’s fun for the bands because there are so many of us that don’t normally get to see each other too often.” Sat 3/30.

SPONSORED: Rock Hall Nights: Put the Needle on the Record Through rock’s history, the music listening experience keeps turning up to the next level. On Wed 4/3 from 6-9PM, bring your favorite record and hear it on our outstanding sound systems, capture a “rockstar” moment inside a mobile recording studio, and explore Rock Hall exhibits. Get your tickets here.

It’s not an April Fool joke. It’s not a joke at all. When Cleveland’s baseball season opens April 1, members of the Native-American community and their allies will again be outside Progressive Field, peacefully protesting the team’s name and its racist logo, which is being phased out verrrrrry slooooowly.

The day before, at Baldwin Wallace University, the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance will hold its 20th annual educational conference, inviting the public to join and learn more about intergenerational racism in Indigenous Nations and the environment. Join these activists for one or both events. Sun 3/31 & Mon 4/1.

Peter Wehner, conservative New York Times columnist, national television commentator and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, presents Baldwin Wallace University’s Spahr Chair Annual Lecture on Ethics Mon 4/1. Wehner, who served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, is completing a book for HarperCollins titled The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump with a June release.

Wehner’s BW talk, In Praise of Democratic Virtue, will lay out a set of common virtues and ethical principles accessible to all of us in politics, business and beyond. His appearance is free and open to the public. Info here.

It’s spring break! If your 2nd-6th grader is making you crazy, drop them off at Lake Erie Ink for a Spring Break Creative Play Day where they can do art and writing activities indoor and blow off steam on the outdoor playground. Thu 3/28.

* The merchants of Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights will be rolling out the welcome mat for families on Coventry Kids Day with kids yoga, karaoke, airbrush tattoos, balloons, carnival games, make & take workshops, story time at the library and a whole lot more. Sun 3/31.

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A lot of organizations are holding pancake breakfasts this time of year to give folks a taste of NE Ohio maple syrup. But Holden Arboretum goes one better: you can not only have breakfast but also tour an exhibition on how trees produce the sap that becomes the syrup – and see the actual trees. Sat 3/30 & Sun 3/31.

* Crowdfunding campaign benefits Bloom Bakery’s nonprofit worker training program.

* There’ll be maple syrup at the Coit Road Farmers Market as well, when it hosts its annual French toast breakfast fundraiser. Sat 3/30.

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

SPONSORED: Eat Local: Now On Sale! Warm up with three-course prix fixe menus during Cleveland Restaurant Week, March 18-30th with Cleveland Independents: 80 locally owned, independent restaurants from Sandusky to Mentor and south to Akron. Visit ClevelandRestaurantWeek.com for participating restaurants, menus and real-time, online reservations.

Kent’s Numbers Band aka 15 60 75 formed in the summer of 1970, making it the longest continually running rock band in the area. It’s led by ferocious guitarist/vocalist Robert Kidney, whose intense performances are legendary, as is the band’s distinctive melding of blues, jazz and rock.

A band with such a long history evokes a lot of memories among local music fans. Our writer Claudia Taller shares some of what she’s experienced and urges those who haven’t experienced them – or who just need another dose – to catch them this week at Kent’s Water Street Tavern or Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall. Wed 3/27 & Fri 3/29.

Cleveland hip-hop duo FreshProduce – a pair of young women who call themselves DJ Red-I and Playne Jayne – has been rocking their beats for four years, running a label and a record store along the way. Their fourth release is in the pipeline ready to be dropped at the Grog Shop Sat 3/30.

* Experimental jazz quintet Teiku dissects traditional Ukrainian Jewish music at Ohio City house concert. Thu 3/28.
* Young Kent band Post Saga celebrates their debut release at the Beachland Tavern. Sat 3/30.
* Local rockers Oregon Space Trail of Doom release their first CD at the Happy Dog. Sat 3/30.
* Check out some Cleveland jazz legends at Beachland Ballroom matinee. Sat 3/30.

Read more picks by Anastasia Pantsios here

WED 3/27
Playwrights Local calls the new script The Demon on the Mountaintop by Robert M.K. Daniels, an “adult fairy tale.” It’s giving the work a one-night-only staged reading at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts.

* Miss Sharon Jones! screening at the Rock Hall, depicts the late-life success & tragically early death of soul singer Sharon Jones.

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THU 3/28
Cleveland artist Rita Montlack’s photo-based work goes on display in Woke at the University Hospitals’ Trudy Weisenberger Gallery with a reception tonight.

* Meet artist JoAnn DePolo for a breakfast opening reception at Bloom’s Bakery on Public Square.
* Akron singer/songwriter Zach Friedhof performs the last two of his four CD release shows tonight & tomorrow at the Center in Akron.
* No Exit New Music presents concerts with percussionist Patti Cudd at Appletree Books tonight, the BOP STOP tomorrow & Heights Arts Saturday.
* Karamu produces local playwright Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn through Sun 4/21.
* The Escher String Quartet performs the world premiere of a commissioned piece at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall.

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FRI 3/29
Performance art duo Princess will perform live music to video when it does its multi-disciplinary presentation Out There at moCa Cleveland, as it explores what role men should play in the current cultural discussion of misogyny.

* The stars come out for Cleveland Burlesque’s 15th anniversary show at the Beachland Ballroom.
* The Pride at convergence-continuum tells the story of same-sex relationships 50 years apart. Through Sat 4/20.
* The Morgan Conservatory opens its 7th annual juried exhibition, on view through Sat 4/27.
* German violinist Carolin Widmann makes a rare U.S. appearance at the Transformer Station.
* Artists Archives of the Western Reserve showcases its members in annual show, on view through Fri 5/4.

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SAT 3/30
SPACES’ annual Monster Drawing Rally gives the public the opportunity to see local artists at work and purchase art they’re watched be created. It’s also a great party for the art community where everyone shows up and hangs out.

* Get down with two stages of groovin’ bands at the Agora’s Jungle Boogie.

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SUN 3/31
Yes, Trump’s crazy-tweeting again. But what’s going on in Columbus has more immediate impact on your life. Join state representative Janine Boyd and her guests at the Shaker Historical Society to learn what nefarious things are being done in the state legislature, especially relating to women.

* Young French organist plays Bach, Brahms and contemporary composers at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
* Move to Amend hosts meeting at Cleveland Heights library about getting money out of political campaigns.

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TUE 4/2
It’s National Poetry Month. In celebration, the monthly Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery presents a pair of poets: 64-year-old David Baker, who’s published 12 volumes of poetry, and 28-year-old Leila Chatti, whose first book is due this year.

* Author Dave Cullen talks about the aftermath of the Parkland shootings at the Hudson Library.
* Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens opens for the season with the theme of “Lasting Impressions” and paintings by founding matriarch.
* CWRU program looks at the climate-saving power of soil.

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WED 4/3
You can bring the music to the Rock Hall when this month’s Rock Hall Nights party invites guests to bring their favorite record to be played on the museum’s state-of-the-art sound systems.

* Literary Cleveland’s spring mixer is at -where else? – Bookhouse Brewing in Ohio City.
* Polish Pianist Piotr Anderszewski takes on two challenging works at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel.
* Chilean guitarist/composer/singer Camila Meza performs at the BOP STOP.
* Reel Science at the Capitol Theatre screens X-Men: First Class & examines its scientific accuracy.

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In the Sierra Day/Aniya Day-Garrett case, the overly harsh sentence was handed down by one branch of government – the court – to take the heat off of another branch – Cuyahoga County’s Department of Children and Family Services – an agency where overwork and understaffing is, unfortunately, considered business as usual…

* City Council Shoots Itself in the Foot With buzzards circling over City Hall eager to pick off some members of city council via a reduction in its numbers, what do some councilpersons do? Well, they start squabbling over how the money for street repairs is allocated…

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A look back at the last week
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PHOTOSTREAM: Raul de Nieves’ Fina @ Transformer Station by Anastasia Pantsios

PHOTOSTREAM: Nick Cave & more @ Akron Art Musuem by Thomas Mulready

PHOTOSTREAM: Rhythm in Repetition @ Harris-Stanton Gallery Akron by Thomas Mulready

PHOTOSTREAM: Hi, Fashion @ Gordon Square by Anastasia Pantsios

THEATER REVIEW: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill @ Beck Center by Laura Kennelly

MUSIC REVIEW: The Rake’s Progress @ Baldwin Wallace by Laura Kennelly

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