There’s a touch of art to everything

As we all know, April is National Poetry Month, and so it’s time for the Cleveland Poetry Festival, with 3 days of workshops, readings and open mics. HEDGE Gallery shows Rebecca Cross’ SCORES, to be be performed by musicians responding to her painted marks, silk gestures and shadows, and her large-scale silk installation. Visionary artist Juniper Mainellis hosts a workshop on the power and story of art. Rust Belt Fibershed graces the Botanical Garden with sustainability in a world of fast fashion and unboxing videos.

You can learn how the Buzzard ruled the roost on Cleveland radio when David Helton, who designed the beast that became their logo, their symbol and their rallying cry, talks with his old bosses Denny Sanders and John Gorman after they offer memorabilia at a flea market. The Cleveland Pops Orchestra betrays how rock-inspired musicals have influenced their sound. Ed Raffel’s weird and wonderful work at BAYarts comes from a very specific process but elicits playful results.

CoolCleveland correspondent Liv Ream interviews Akron comic Samantha Archual who believes that trauma plus time makes a comedian. Brazilian composer and one-woman band Badi Assad comes to the Maltz PAC, while the North Coast Men’s Chorus’s Coastliners kick off BELONG at the Fine Arts Center in Willoughby, a new series on the ways diverse artistic gifts are expressed. Around here, art, like poetry, is literally everywhere.

–Thomas Mulready

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