Nothing makes our readers happier than the onset of festival season. From Dyngus Day in April, all the way through the Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival in October, our popular Festival Guide, updated throughout the year, is one of our most anticipated posts. This year, we’ll be highlighting accessibility at our area festivals. Organizers of our coolest festivals are planning now to include accessible parking, ramps, elevators and facilities. As CoolCleveland travels around week by week, we’ll be checking on festival accessibility.
Our new PODCAST features an interview with Haley Mills, the creator of the Cleveland Bucket List, plus new music from Cleveland’s Michelle Romary and Samfox. The Lottery League hooks up musicians, NEOsonicfest features intriguing collaborations, photographers Joe Kleon and CoolCleveland’s Anastasia Pantsios are auctioning off works for Medina’s Kitten Krazy rescue, and the Hough-based Community Greenhouse Partners are offering a season-long CSA.
We interviewed Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock Hall, backstage in Brooklyn during the star-studded Inductions, and caught the inductees and their presenters on photo and video. Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning drama Art opens at Blank Canvas Theatre. Edible Books Festival returns to Loganberry. Sustainable Cleveland wraps up their 10-year initiative at Great Lakes Brewing’s tasting room. And there’s lots of REVIEWS and PHOTOSTREAMS in Backtalk to make you feel guilty about not getting out enough. After all, festival season is right around the corner. –Thomas Mulready
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Haley Mills, the creator of the Cleveland Bucket List, has you covered when it comes to planning activities in Cleveland. Not only does her website highlight the best events, food and businesses in Cleveland but she has created printable Bucket Lists that are tailored to your interests – whether it be family-friendly, dog-friendly, free stuff or event-related. She joins us on the show to talk some of her favorites in Cleveland.
And we have new music from Cleveland’s Samfox and and ode to Cleveland from Michelle Romary.
Soon there will be no more snow. No, really! Before you know it, every Cleveland weekend will be packed with festivals, fairs, markets, outdoor concerts and special events of all kinds. From late April through early October, most weekends offer multiple choices, so it’s good to start planning ahead and marking on your calendar the ones you don’t want to miss.
So here’s our annual calendar of those special warm-weather events, starting with Dyngus Day the Monday after Easter and running through Ashtabula’s Covered Bridge Festival in October. Our recommendation, in addition to your favorites, is to try a couple of new ones. But be sure to get to the Hessler Fair – it’s the final one ever.
SPONSORED: ONLY @ OBERLIN Well, this is an unexpected surprise. A master interpreter of one of classical music’s most monumental works pays a surprise visit to Oberlin this week. French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Finney Chapel at 7:30PM on Wed 4/3, followed by a Q&A with Oberlin Professor of Piano Robert Shannon. The performance, a part of the 2018-19 Artist Recital Series, replaces a previously scheduled appearance by pianist Piotr Anderszewski.
It’s been 12 years now since the first Lottery League took place: a triennial event which brings together more than 150 local musicians to form completely new bands to do a one-time performance at “The Big Show,” taking place this year Sat 6/8 at the Hamilton Collaborative. While the bands are intended to be temporary, a few (such as Forager, pictured) click and stick around.
Some of those bands will perform at the Beachland Fri 4/5 to kick off Lottery League season; the “draft,” when names are drawn and musicians are randomly assigned to bands with people they’ve never played with before, takes place at the Beachland the following night.
The annual NEOsonicfest offers a week-plus of free events revolving around contemporary music, many of them featuring intriguing collaborations. Local dance company Verb Ballets closes the programming with a concert at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, where they’ll dance to Alegrias for Chamber Orchestra by NE Ohio composer Margi Griebling-Haig, performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
Verbs’ Michael Escovedo choreographed the new work. He says, “I definitely wanted to play off the fierce, whimsical nature of the music. Playing along with the idea of a tango and the whimsical nature of the music, I created three different thruples, and each one represents a different group of people that you might see at a party… doing a little bit of flirting. Doing a little bit of dancing.” Sun 4/7.
SPONSORED: An apocalyptic vision of a play, Marisol tells the story of angels enlisting the aid of homeless people in New York to save the universe from a God who has lost his mind. Presented at Baldwin Wallace University April 10-14. Mature themes. Parental discretion is advised. Directed by Anjanette Hall. Info here.
Cleveland concert photographer Joe Kleon is a major cat lover. That’s why he started donating his photo services to Medina’s nonprofit Kitten Krazy rescue, which has found homes for more than 5,500 cats in 15 years – and spayed/neutered tens of thousands of cats and dogs.
He’s also helping to raise money for their work with his 5th annual photo auction on eBay featuring some of his most iconic concert shots. (In the past four years he’s raised nearly $5,000). He’s also offering some classic shots by fellow music photographer (and fellow cat lover) Anastasia Pantsios. Fri 4/5-Mon 4/15.
At the Apollo’s Fire interactive family concerts, taking place at the Hudson Library, Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art, kids can chat with the musicians, play games and quizzes, and come up onstage and try out the instruments at the “instrument petting zoo.” They’ll learn all about J.S. Bach’s big, musical family too. Sat 4/6 & Sun 4/7.
For April, Melt Bar and Grilled features the Fried Green Tomato BLT (pictured), melting together Cheddar cheese with fried green tomatoes, Hickory bacon, Southern herb remoulade, and romaine lettuce, also available as Vegan or Vegetarian option. Bring it on with a Great Lakes IPA and a side of Garlic Herb Roasted Broccoli or Crispy Queso Potatoes. Finish it off with and Electric Blueberry Lemonade bread pudding.
Melt News: Melt Independence Pinball Tournament: Thu 4/18. Skip The Straw: Melt Bar and Grilled will now refrain from automatically serving a plastic disposable straw with each beverage. Please request a straw if you so desire.
It’s a sure sign of spring when the North Union Farmers Market returns outdoors to Shaker Square. Come down and see the shearing of the sheep, enjoy cooking demonstrations and some live music by Brent Kirby, and shop for locally grown, raised, baked & produced edibles. Sat 4/6.
* Hough-based urban farm Community Greenhouse Partners is offering a CSA share you’ll actually use: all greens of various types, for only $200 for five months. You can sign up through Fri 4/5.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris talks with CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready backstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY at the 2019 Rock Hall Inductions.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails inducted the Cure, David Byrne of Talking Heads inducted Radiohead, Janelle Monae inducted Janet Jackson, Harry Styles inducted Stevie Nicks, Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles inducted the Zombies, John Taylor and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran inducted Roxy Music, and Brian May of Queen inducted Def Leppard. Special guests included the members of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie VanZandt, Don Henley and Ian Hunter.
Cleveland International Records is back in business, and the Rock Hall’s “Cleveland Rocks Day” honors the label that broke Meat Loaf and released the local anthem “Cleveland Rocks!” by Ian Hunter (pictured). Sun 4/7
Long-running Cleveland sketch comedy group the Public Squares has come and gone over the years. Now they’re coming to Brothers Lounge where an ensemble of these veterans will perform a revue of “adults only” comedy.
Get a team together and test your world knowledge at the Cleveland Council of World Affairs’ Global Gauntlet World Trivia Challenge at Market Garden Brewery to raise money to send a student team to D.C. for Academic World Quest.
Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winnng drama Art looks at the fractures that develop in a three-man friendship when one of them purchases a pricey painting another finds artistically valueless. It opens tonight at Blank Canvas Theatre and runs through Sat 4/20.
The Edible Books Festival is celebrated by hundreds of bookstores worldwide on the closest practical day to April 1. Participants are invited to make food-based literary-themed creations, which are judged in various categories and then eaten. Loganberry Books is the host in Cleveland.
The “Backfire Theory” holds that some people, when confronted by facts that challenge their beliefs, cling to those beliefs more strongly. Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin will be at this morning’s forum at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Cleveland to talk about how this impacts our politics and elections.
Quantum Mechanics is a contradictory, puzzling and rapidly changing field of research. At the monthly Science Cafe at the Music Box Supper Club, CWRU physics professor Dr. Harsh Mathur will try to make it comprehensible to the layman.
The Cleveland Museum of Art opens a new exhibit today called Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. To celebrate, Miyajidake Jinja Shrine will do two free dance performances of the ancient art of Tsukushi Mai in the museum’s atrium.
All environmentally minded people are invited to Sustainable Cleveland’s quarterly meeting at Great Lakes Brewing’s tasting room where you can learn about ongoing efforts to build a stronger, more thriving city as its ten-year Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative comes to an end.
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In other words, when a lie can’t get any bigger, forever more it’s going to be known as a “Jussie,” thus providing this sick little boy with the fame he so eagerly pursued. Hell, this could end up being bigger than “sandwich…”
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