There’s not a single one of us who isn’t a descendent of immigrants and refugees. We’re keenly aware of that in our region, but it’s the same from sea to shining sea. Let’s keep that in mind as we share a cornucopia of coolness happening this week.


Andy Warhol, born Andy Warhola in Pittsburgh of parents from Slovakia, is the subject of our next show, ”When Andy Met Lou,” of the confluence of Warhol, Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground, and their collaborative live show, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Tix are on sale now for shows at BOP STOP and Jilly’s Music Room in September, and are expected to sell out.

Bookstores Against Borders is working with four area book shops, the Learned Owl, Mac’s Backs, Visible Voice and Loganberry, to benefit RAICES, a nonprofit which provides legal services to refugees & immigrants at our southern border. Cleveland illustrator, caricaturist and political cartoonist Ron Hill has four NE Ohio suburban papers running his editorial cartoons, and he’s signing his book, The Usual Suspects, at Coventry Village Library during the Pekar Comic Fest.

Two dozen brilliant teenaged violinistsfrom all around the world will be at Oberlin College vying to win the Cooper Competition. La Placita Marketplace in Clark-Fulton offers Hispanic culture, food, arts and music. Ingenuity’s Ingnite! workshop helps entrepreneurs with their fear of public speaking. Vanity Crash inaugurates the live broadcast of the Rock Hall’s SUN SETS series this Friday from 5-7pm with a free concert. For one and all. –Thomas Mulready


Photo by Unni Krishnan, courtesy Cleveland Photo Fest.

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