Blue Sky

 

If you’re a biker, you eventually learn this secret: wherever your eyes go, that’s where your head goes; wherever your head goes, that’s where your shoulders go; wherever your shoulders go, that’s where your bike goes. So you keep your eyes on where you want to go. And you don’t go peeking over the cliff. Or that’s where you end up.

It’s all blue sky in our region this week, with late summer events charging ahead like back to school wasn’t just around the corner. Akron’s Hot Pepper Festival at Shanti Community Farms benefits the Bhutanese refugee immigrant community in Akron. Kamm’s Corners’ Saymo Gallery presents The Power of Word. Women and Wine at BOP STOP spotlights three women comics.

Vote for Clevelander Bob Frank, who’s up for a BluesBlast award, then go check out some of the 130 bands performing at Akron’s PorchRokr Music & Art Festival. The annual Blue Sky Folk Festival makes a big move to Willoughby’s Fine Arts Center. Downtown Painesville’s Art in the Park showcases local artists and craftspeople. After the Burn at Artists Archives of the Western Reserve looks at the aftermath of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire.

Columnist C. Ellen Connally implores the Democrats to cease their circular firing squad, SPACES hosts a timely exhibition on guns, and Mansfield Frazier wonders what it will take to “rouse such public outrage that Congress would be forced to finally act on gun control.” The National Assn of Black Journalists is observing the 400th anniversary of the first Africans arriving, against their will, in America. Interestingly, that’s much earlier than the ancestors of those shouting, “Send ’em back.” Our eyes are raised to the sky, but our feet are firmly planted in our community. –Thomas Mulready

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