Friday, December 28, 2007

Martini Five-O opens Rockabilly Holiday @ Beachland tonite

Hi all, 'Smooth' Mike and his Martini Five-O combo open the Rockabilly Holiday at the Beachland Ballroom tonight, Friday Dec. 28th. Show starts at 9pm.

Mike's upcoming shows:

Martini Five-O (current, retro-lounge trio, Annual Rockabilly Holiday) Beachland Tavern FRI 12/28 $8

Capgun Cowboys (founding member, reunion, ‘probably play a few songs) Beachland Tavern SUN 12/30


The Beachland

Martini Five-O

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Thursday Dec. 27th Crookneck Chandler on the radio

This coming Thursday December 27, Crookneck Chandler and the Tibbee Bottom Boys will be performing live on the radio from 10:00 pm — 11:00 pm. This is program is a weekly broadcast on WRUW 91.1 FM (Case Western Reserve University college radio station) called Live From Cleveland. If you wish you can listen on line at Just click the listen live icon.

You can buy their CD at

Friday, December 21, 2007

KB's 7th Annual Holiday Christmas Benefit

The 7th Annual KB and the Riptides Holiday Extravaganza Concert will be held at the Legendary Peabody's Concert Club on Friday December 21, 2008 at 8 PM, with the Belly Dancing Bombshells and Patrick Coleman on Bag-Pipes. This will be a family friendly variety type show with comics, magicians, clowns, dancers and musicians of all styles. There will be lots of special guests including past and present students that KB has taught over the years. As with Cleveland's diversity many styles of music will be showcased. Tickets can be obtained by contacting KB directly.

There will be a charity raffle and among the many prizes will be a Stratocaster guitar given away. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds from the raffle will go to Art House and the Waiting Child Fund

This Annual Holiday Concert is always huge and always an all ages event! You will need tickets to attend this event and you can get them through KB directly [contact info below].

KB has produced a Holiday Christmas show annually for 7 years now; and it always gets great reviews from all who attend. KB has never charged admission for the holiday show, but you will need a free ticket to get in. KB states, “This show is not about making money for me, it's my celebration of a childhood dream that a little boy had so long ago, who followed through with his dream of becoming a guitarist and performing on a lighted stage.”

Please join KB, his band mates, family and friends on Friday December 21, 2007
at Peabody's Concert Club for the 7th annual KB and the Riptides Holiday Extravaganza!

DATE: Friday, December 21st, 2007
VENUE: Peabody’s Concert Club
LOCATION: 2083 E. 21 St Cleveland, OH 44115
SHOW TIME: Doors at 7:00 PM Show at 8:00 PM
VENUE PHONE: (216) 776-9999

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reminder: Party's THIS Saturday!!

Hi all, Here's the OFFICIAL INVITE and reminder. Should be another great one. Remember, it's a potluck so bring something to share...


Black and Blue 2: Decked in the Hall

The Burning River Roller Girls Present:
Black and Blue 2: Decked in the Hall

Friday, December 14th
Doors at 7 p.m.
United Skates of America
30325 Palisades Pkwy
Wickliffe, OH 44092

The four teams don't matter for this night – the league has been mixed up and divided into 2 teams to bring you a repeat of last year's sell-out event! Come check it out!

~~Exhibition bout – the battle for the Punch Bowl~~
~~Full Contact Musical Chairs – Featuring Burning River Roller Girls new recruits and guest skaters from other leagues.~~
~~Open Skate before and in between events!~~

All food donations and 10% of the proceeds to benefit the Greater Cleveland Foodbank

Admission: Buy in advance here or at the door for $7.


Cool video: Mountain Wingsuit

Check out this cool video...
Mountain Wingsuit

Glumbert: Kinetic Sculpture

Friday, November 30, 2007

WinterFest and Lantern Parade this Sunday 12. 2

THIS Sunday is the WinterFest on the Circle. Museums will be FREE all day. This is a good time to visit the Botanical Gardens if you haven't been. The day culminates with the very cool Lantern Parade put on by the museum (kind of a Winter Parade-the-Circle). It goes on at DUSK and lasts for only a half hour or so. Well worth checking out.

Little Italy ArtWalk this weekend 11.30, 12.1 & 12.2

Hi all, it's time for Little Italy's Holiday ArtWalk this Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by the Tricia Kaman studio in the Schoolhouse where we do our 'thang' and say 'hi' to Tricia. Many galleries on Murray Hill Road and Mayfield will be open. Be sure to stop at the Verne Gallery next to Valentino's, too. Great Japanese-inspired prints.

April Azhar performs at the new Kanzaman

April Azhar wants to 'invite you to the Grand Opening of the new Kanzaman!'

When: This Saturday, December 1, 2007, 10:30pm
Where: The new Kanzaman is located on the corner of W.25th and Franklin. 2 blocks from the West Side Market.

There will be performances from some of the finest dancers around Cleveland, live Arabic music, and a great new atmosphere for all to enjoy!

I hope to see you there!


April Azhar
Middle Eastern Dance Artist

Friday, November 23, 2007

Martini Five-O opens for Devil Doll Sat. 11.24

Hi all, 'Smooth' Mike and his Martini Five-O combo opens 'an evening of sin and salvation' at the Beachland Ballroom this Saturday night. Uncle Scratch and Devil Doll [look for her pic in today's Friday magazine] fill out the bill. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. We have a group going. Hope to see you there!

Martini Five-O

The Beachland

Devil Doll
(the headliner)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Upcoming Sharlene Green shows

Gallery West at Cuyahoga Community College West is hosting their Faculty Art Show November 13—December 8, 2007. The Public Reception is Wed., November 28, 5-7pm. Gallery West is located on the 2nd floor of the Campus Library in the Student Services Bldg., 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma. (She has 3 new pieces in this show.) Gallery West phone: (216) 987-5322,

Gallery East at Cuyahoga Community College East is hosting our Tri-Campus Faculty Art Exhibition from December 6-January 17, 2007. The Opening Reception is Thursday, December 6, 6-8:30pm. Gallery East is located in Rm. EEC-135 at the Eastern Campus, the Fine Arts building..corner of Richmond and Harvard Roads in Highland Hills. (Sharlene has 3 new pieces in this show.) Gallery East phone: (216) 987-2473

Featured artist: Fat Cats in Tremont for the December ArtWalk (2nd Friday in December, the 14th.) Fat Cats is nestled on the Northern end of W. 10th St...2061 W. 10th. (216) 579-0200... GREAT FOOD. (11 landscapes... 3 of them are brand new.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Juan's Art Group Party: Sat., December 15th

If you're cool enough to be reading this blog, you're cool enough to be invited.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Art House's Holiday Sale this Saturday 11.17

Art House's Holiday Sale is this Saturday, November 17th, 11AM to 5PM. Event is FREE and open to the public.

FEATURING local artists in the following mediums: Ceramics • Jewelry • Glass • Prints • Photography • Textiles • Cloisonne Enameling • and More

Art House– Where Art Lives
3119 Denison Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Bob Raack Opening @BW Nov. 16th 5—8PM

Reception Friday November 16th, 5—8PM
Fawick Gallery
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 East Bagley Road, Berea OH 44017

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tiny Alice featured at John Bassette memorial concert

From George Woideck: 'Cleveland singer/songwriter and independent label pioneer John Bassette passed away just one year ago after a long illness. For years John was a fixture in local music circles and was most notably identified with Hessler Road in University Circle. Lake Erie College in Painesville Ohio is presenting the first annual John Bassette Memorial Folk Festival at Morley Music Hall on the Lake Erie campus this Wednesday November 14 at 8pm. The concert, featuring performers Alex Bevan and the Tiny Alice band from the 70's is free and open to the public. Both Alex and Tiny Alice will be performing music by John Bassette as well as other original and traditional tunes. As a member of Tiny Alice and a friend of John's I'm inviting you to join us for an evening of great live music.'

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Kent State folk fest this and next weekends

Tickets are on sale for the Kent State Folk Festival, which will include more than a week of performances featuring Melanie, David Bromberg, Steve Forbert, Rosanne Cash (cancelled due to illness), Dr. John and others. Go to Call 330-677-5005, or go to Some of the highlights include:

Thursday, Nov. 8: Melanie, with Steve Forbert, at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St.

Friday, Nov. 9: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and a tribute to Folk Music History at the Kent Stage.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Rosanne Cash (CANCELLED) at the Kent State Ballroom, on the campus of Kent State University.

Sunday, Nov. 11: Mountain Heart and Tim O'Brien at the Kent Stage.

Saturday, Nov. 17: Free informal workshops noon to 5 p.m. in Kent State Student Center on campus; and David Bromberg and the Angel Band with Dr. John at the Kent State Ballroom.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dance Du Soleil presents 'A Belly Dance Odyssey'

Dance Du Soleil presents 'A Belly Dance Odyssey'.

A Unique Glance Into the Art of the Dance.

November 9th @ 8pm Admission $7.

Mocha Maiden
17 Maiden Lane
Akron, Ohio 44308

Performances by Leyla Soleil and the Midnight Soleil Dance Company

For more information please visit

Performances also by: Cassandra Al Warda and the Wind and Sand Dance Company, Angela Prato, April Ahzar, Mariah, Gypsy Soul, Kate White, Love 2 Dance, Lena and Kha, Kelly Belly, students of Dance du Soleil, Leyla, Babette and Midnight Soleil.

Open dancing between performances!

Check out Rose Marincil's new web site at:

Some very strong images.


Order The Waiting Child Fund coffee and help a child

Here's an easy way to help the non-profit The Waiting Child Fund. Order some of their tasty coffee. The Waiting Child Fund House Blend is a carefully balanced mix of lightly roasted Guatemalan, Brazilian, and Colombian coffee beans. This is a medium-bodied coffee that is wonderfully rich in flavor with a hint of a chocolate finish. Their House Blend is a wonderful way to start your day.

Here is the direct link to the store:

The Waiting Child Fund is a non-profit organization that was founded in April of 2005. Their mission is to promote the creation of partnerships and collaborations between agencies by raising community awareness and funds to facilitate the adoption of children with special needs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Belly Dance Classes by April

April wanted me to let you know that these classes can be attended on a 'drop-in' basis if you wanted to give it a try...

Just a reminder that Beginning Belly Dance Classes are starting this Monday, September 17, 2007.

Where: Enchanted Grove 4122 Erie St. Willoughby, OH 44094

When: 6:30pm—7:30pm

Wear something comfortable and bring a hip scarf! For more information please visit my website at

Hope to see you there.


Treat yourself to relaxation

Jeanine Trojan, one of our bellydancer friends, is now a licensed massage therapist. She is giving a half-price discount for your first appointment.* Call 440.317.0471.

Swedish Relaxation Massage
60 min...$60
Myofasial release techniques incorporated

Benefits include: Relaxed muscles and increased joint flexibilty; Improved posture; Reduced spasms and cramping; Enhanced immunity due to stimulation of lymph flow; Improved circulation; Relief from tension headaches; Recovery from strenuous exercise; Reduces stress, depression and anxiety.

*Appointments are available on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and some weeks on Friday evening or Saturday morning/afternoon.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Butane Variations @Wilberts 10.5

Butane Variations. Brooklyn alt-country six-piece. Soul ballads, road-weary escape anthems, garage stompers, and more. Mixed and mastered by Bryce Goggin [Pavement, Clem Snide] and Alan Douches [Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective]. RIYL: Wilco, The Band, the melodic side of Pavement early '70s era Neil Young, sung in a voice like Paul Simon.

This from Chris, cousin of Elizabeth Kenney:

Since I graduated with my Master's Degree I've been sure to go the true artist's route and choose to do something that will inevitably NEVER make me any money, play in a band. I'm sure my father is very proud...

Anyway, I'll get my act together some day, and better the world, but in the meantime, I've been geeking out in a basement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with some of my closest musical friends, in a band called Butane Variations. What has come of it are 2 records, both of which we think are pretty cool. Our full-length record, self titled "Butane Variations", hit stores today, and since our PR company sucks, (or we just couldn't pay them enough) we have had to take up the slack and do some shameless self-promotion. Anyway, if you want to check it out, I have included the link for our record company, where you can buy the CD in hard copy. I also am including 2 tracks for you to check out, and if you are "New School" you can buy the record on itunes. Let me know what you think...


Burning River Roller Girls Championship 9.22 6PM

If you've been wanting to check out the Burning River Roller Girls you only have a ONE more chance...


Takes place at the Soccer Sportsplex in North Olmsted, 31515 Lorain Rd. (440) 979-9997

Use the link below to purchase tickets. Buy early, this will sell out...

Balkan Beat Box coming back to Cleveland! 10.01 9pm

10/01 - Balkan Beat Box 9pm $12 Balkan Beat Box is steeped with an intense lifetime of research into their own non-Western roots as well as other cultures. A quasi-circus event, BBB performs with a core of 6 musicians, collaborating with artists from Bulgaria, Morocco, Spain, Israel, and Turkey who draw on a variety of styles from around the world. Every event keeps the audience guessing what the next surprise will be. BBB makes connections that politics often keep separate. Jewish, Gypsy, Arabic, and American are united by hip hop beats and dancehall toasts. BBB’s musical hitch-hiking continues as they mix things up with dub and electronics, juxtaposed with ancient Moroccan and Mediterranean melodies. The band’s uncategorizable sound gives equal weight to soulful acoustic timbres and digital rhythms creating a uniquely organic sound with electronic elements.

Here is the link to buy tix:

Check out a fun concert video by Balkan Beat Box that can be found at their web site This is much like the Grog Shop show I saw last Summer.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Bees - Who Cares What The Question Is?

Hi all,
A GREAT video. Thought I'd share.

FREE Event at the MATTRESS FACTORY! 9.30

RADical Day
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
12:30pm - 5:30pm
Free Community Day at the Mattress Factory

For those NOT in the know the Mattress Factory is the only large-scale installation art gallery in the country. Located in Pittsburgh, it is now a complex that features nearby buildings showing student work. It also houses a couple of permanent pieces by 'light artist' James Turrell. [It was also the site of many free-wheeling Illustrators parties during my school daze...]

For more information visit

Friday, September 14, 2007

2007 Sparx Gallery Hop

On Sat 9/15 and Sun 9/16 Cleveland's art community will be hopping as Sparx Gallery Hop, Ohio's largest art walk, celebrates its 5th anniversary. The gads of art events all across the city are connected by public trolley and that for more info on the Hop weekend—including locations and times—you can contact the Downtown Cleveland Alliance at 736-7799 or go to their official website

Tremont ArtWalk & Arts and Cultural Fest

The Fri 9/14 edition of the ArtWalk joins up with the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival and Sparx in the City for a weekend of arts celebration across the City of Cleveland.

James Messina March opens with new paintings at Asterisk* Gallery, which also features the Postcard Diaries—prints by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo. Mostly Men and an exhibition of photos by Larry Coleman is on display at Studio 11, in Lemko Hall, along with The Language Foundry—"a temple of poetics not for sale." Ebb, new prints by Pamela Dodds opens at Brandt Gallery, and "Exposure Cleveland" is closing at Kelly Randall. And then there's all the great food and entertainment.

For more info and details visit or call 522-0006.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

9.14 Tremont Art Walk: Alane Sandoval @ Fat Cats

Tremont Art Walk
Friday, Sept. 9th

Paintings by Alane Sandoval

Fat Cats
2061 West 10th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

Paintings on display during Art Walk and throughout the month of September.

Tremont Art Walk: Pamela Dodds Prints @Brandt Gallery

Relief Prints by Pamela Dodds

Brandt Gallery
1028 Kenilworth Ave.
Cleveland, OH

Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Roots Acoustic Pickin’ Circle, Sunday 2PM

September’s “Roots Acoustic Pickin’ Circle” will be one week late due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. We’ll meet instead on Sunday, September 9th. Hope you can make it.


Roots of American Music
3475 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

Here is a brief explanation of what they do: Roots of American Music is dedicated to ensuring that today's young people and our communities remain connected to the history and spirit of our country. Through preservation, performance and education through traditional music, we respect our nation's diverse heritage by building bridges of understanding between different generations, races and ethnic groups. Thanks, hope to see ya!

Rick Sockel

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Sept. 8th CD release party: Crookneck Chandler & the Tibbee Bottom Boys

THIS Saturday, September 8th check out the CD release party for Crookneck Chandler & the Tibbee Bottom Boys (Americana music) featuring Hank Mallery, Rick Sockel and Mike Chipchack.

Winchester Tavern
12112 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

9PM $5.00
opening will be: Twisted Creek (pop bluegrass)

Slap jazz band and an uninvited guest singer

The Slap jazz band was playing at Market square in front of the West Side Market in Cleveland when a total stranger walked up on stage and started singing with the band. 9/2/07. The stranger wasn’t all that bad of a singer...

SLAP: Jazz/jam trio

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Review: Americana Music Festival, 9.2.07

The Americana Music Festival held Sunday featured 'Smooth' Mike's new combo Martini Five-O, Magnolia's band Cleveland Country Band AND Jennifer Parker (billed as Zahira) belly-dancing. They helped to make it a diverse and strong line-up.

Check out the online gallery:

In 2005, Clint Holley played a pivitol role in organizing Cleveland’s first Americana music festival. The event was a raging success and so he is pleased to announce that a celebration of twang is returning to the Lake Erie city in 2007. The Cleveland Americana Music Festival takes place at Cleveland’s Parish Hall (W. 62nd and Detroit Rd.) on Sunday, September 2nd and features live performances by local and regional Americana acts.

5—5:30pm: Bill Crompton (side stage)
5:40—6:25pm: Cleveland Country Band (Magnolia's band)
6:25—6:55pm: Martini Five-O (Smooth Mike's band)
7—7:45pm: Tabloid Twangers (main stage)
7:50—8:20pm: Ryann Anderson (side stage)
8:30pm—9pm: Miss Firecracker (main stage)
9:10—9:25pm Bellydancing (Jenn)
9:30—10:15pm: Hayshaker Jones (main stage)
10:15—10:30pm: Belly Dancing (Jenn)
10:30—11:15: The Silvertones (main stage)
11:30—12:30: California Speedbag (main stage)

Americana Music Festival
Parish Hall Cleveland
6205 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102 • 216-939-9099

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

April Azhar, Middle Eastern Dance Artist

April Azhar will be teaching:

A new 8 week session is starting August 2, 2007

Beginning Belly Dance - Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm
$64 for 8 week session or $10/walk-in

Pilates : Tone and Strengthen - Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm
$80 for 8 week session or $15 for walk-in

*Tuesday classes are held at One More Step Dance Studio 4431 Mayfield Road (2nd floor) South Euclid Ohio. (Above Hilcrest academy).

Starting September 17, 2007

Beginning Belly Dance - Mondays 6:30-7:30
$64 for 8 week session or $10 for walk-in

*Monday classes are held at Enchanted Grove 4122 Erie St. Willoughby, OH 440.942.0506

For more information or to register for classes, please visit or contact April at the number below.

Hope to see you there!


April Azhar
Middle Eastern Dance Artist

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Check out Samara's new website

Hello Friends-

This is an invitation to visit my new website featuring old & new Photography and Art from Samara...

I would love any and all comments/suggestions...

And they are all for sale... so if you see something you like... just ask!

and check back often for new additions...


peace & love-


Friday, August 10, 2007

CONGRATS!! Ken and Susan 8.10.07

Ken Gross—former head of the Murray Hill Group's Akron Bureau (soon to be Darryl Nichols)—met Susan Mathias at one of the debaucheries Mark Common calls his Big Music parties. Lo, this short year and change later they are getting married! Best wishes, both of you, from your 'Art Homies'.


Monday, August 06, 2007

Car and Bike Cruise-in w/KB and the Riptides Sat Aug 11th

Car and Bike Cruise-in at Zeleznik's Tavern with KB and the Riptides Sat., Aug 11th. 4002 Jennings Road, Brooklyn OH. Surf, Blues, Twist.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Great Lakes Burning River Festival, Sat., August 11th

Saturday, August 11th, 1pm — 9:30pm: Great Lakes Burning River Festival.

Doug Wood will be performing at the Acoustic Stage @ 3pm.

For directions to Whiskey Island, go here:

Roots Acoustic Pickin’ Circle Sunday August 5th at 2:00

It’s time for another “Roots Acoustic Pickin’ Circle”.

Last month’s circle was a lot of fun! We had some new faces in the crowd which was great!

The next pickin’ circle is this coming Sunday August 5th at 2:00pm.

Hope you can make it.


Roots of American Music
3475 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

Here is a brief explanation of what they do: Roots of American Music is dedicated to ensuring that today's young people and our communities remain connected to the history and spirit of our country. Through preservation, performance and education through traditional music, we respect our nation's diverse heritage by building bridges of understanding between different generations, races and ethnic groups. Thanks, hope to see ya!

Rick Sockel

Friday, July 20, 2007

Pin-Up Paradise! Friday, July 20, 9 pm—2 am

Come help support Tonya Yanok and her team, the Rolling Pin-Ups, of the Burning River Roller Girls league ( Donations goes towards venue rental for practices, uniforms, supplies, etc. (They pay to play!) "Help some girls out and have a great time!" presents:
Pin-Up Paradise!
Friday, July 20
9 p.m. — 2 a.m.
FREE event, but donations appreciated.
Proceeds to benefit the Rolling Pin-Ups team.

Edison's Pub
2373 Professor Street
Tremont, Ohio 44113

Costume contest for best Pin-Up costume! (Yes, drag is welcome!)
Winner chosen and announced at 12:30 a.m.

Rolling Pin-Up merch! Raffle prizes... tickets for raffle $5 each or 3 for $10.

Sponsored by Southside Cleaners and Edison's Pub

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Postcard from France

Hi all, A video hello from Debbie and Alan Steytler of dinner preparations at Juliette's mom's country cottage:

GOOD NEWS on the Nicolas and Juliette front as well. Looks like they can stay longer on their way back thru Cleveland the last week of August. SO, Save-the-Date: Saturday Sept. 1st will be a Murray Hill Group Workshop/Party. Friends are invited to join us for the party/bonfire about 6pm. Hope you all can give them a great send-off to sunny LA!


Ingenuity, Cleveland's Art and Technology Festival 7.19—7.22

The 2007 Ingenuity Festival of Art & Technology starts in earnest Thursday with "Samba for 1,000 Drums," an outdoor percussion performance and parade. Brazilian drummer Marcus Santos is the composer and conductor of a performance that will bring together professional percussionists with local drum lines. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the gathering of drummers at the student pavilion at Cleveland State University, East 22nd Street and Euclid Avenue. A parade of performers will move west on Euclid toward Playhouse Square at 6:45 p.m. The festival continues with evening dance, drama, musical and art performances at venues throughout the neighborhood. Weekend hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Square, Euclid Avenue between East 14th and East 18th streets, Cleveland. One-day pass, $10; four-day pass, $25; all outdoor events free.

4th Annual TASTE OF TREMONT Sun. 7.22

Come down to the fourth annual Taste of Tremont. Professor Ave. is closed to car traffic and the street is lined with Tremont's finest restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Be sure to visit our friend Ricardo Sandoval at the Fat Cats booth. Also, enjoy the jazz 'musings' of SLAP. Fun for the whole family!

Cool music: Balkan Beat Box

Check out a fun concert video by Balkan Beat Box that can be found at their web site This is much like the Grog Shop show I saw last Summer.


Friday, July 13, 2007

"Fuzzy" Mike showing @Cain Park Arts Fest 7.13—7.15

Come out to this year's Cain Park Arts Festival this weekend and stop to see "Fuzzy" Mike Pomerantz. He'll have his original oils and prints for sale. A group of us will be meeting about 1pm Saturday. Join us if you can, or go tonight or Sunday. Check out his web site,, for a preview of Mike's work.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

COSE Arts @ Ingenuity, Cleveland's Art and Technology Festival 7.20

In the spirit of Ingenuity, Cleveland's Art and Technology Festival the COSE Arts Network is teaming up with NEOSA, COSE's Technology Network, to host an evening of stimulating networking, great entertainment and fun!

Join us for cocktails and appetizers on July 20, and celebrate the connection between the two worlds. Event admission includes a free pass to the evening's Ingenuity Festival events.

COSE Arts and Technology Happy Hour
Date: Friday, July 20
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kennedy's at Playhouse Square
Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members (includes Ingenuity admission)
Register online today here or call 216.592.2222

Friday, July 06, 2007

KB and Carmen performing tango 4th of July weekend

Friday July 6th, 7:00 pm til ? The Jay Rossi Project 2007 Network Fundraiser Party, $7 admission includes appetizers,
at The Clevelander Bar and Grill, downtown Cleveland.
Tango performances by KB and Carmen with guest Pat Tamburro on accordion,
plus several music acts and magicians.
(we are extending an invitation to the local tango community to patio/sidewalk tango with us just like in the streets Buenos Aires Argentina, so please come out and join us). There will be a camera crew there filming for the Jay Rossi Time Warner Cable TV show !

Pass this info on to other Milongueros and Milongueras you may know...

For more information, please go to:
or phone 216.749.3878

Friday, June 22, 2007

Sat., June 30th—Play until Dark @ Wendy Park

Play until Dark @ Wendy Park: Get the Towpath to the Lake. Cleveland’s only Sport and Recreation festival benefiting Wendy Park Foundation initiatives including getting the Towpath to the Lake! Includes live music and children's festivities and features Wendy's Ride, (at 10am) a FREE ride that takes participants along the proposed path to connect the Towpath Trail from Downtown Cleveland to Lake Erie. Advance tickets for Play Until Dark available online for $5.00, at the gate price is $8.00. Kids under 10 free.

Hodge Open Studios Fri. and Sat. June 22 and 23

The Hodge Artists' Live/Work Studios

Open Studios and Open Forum: A Group Exhibition

Friday, June 22 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 1 to 6 p.m.

In conjunction with Artspace/Cleveland's Trolley Tour of Live/Work Space.

The 1905 Hodge Elementary School classrooms were converted into live/work units in the 1980s. The wide hallways now serve as gallery space in which the diverse, and ever-evolving group of resident artists present individual or collaborative exhibitions. Come explore a wonderful building, visit eight artist's studios and see the current group exhibition of guest artists. Plus, walk the Community Labyrinth created by artist Rafala Green.

Directions: The Hodge Artist Studios is located at 1075 E. 74th St. in the St. Clair-Superior Neighborhood. Entrance and parking in the back on East 76th. From St. Clair Ave. turn south on E. 76th St. Go one block. The Hodge School is the first right in the next block. Plenty of parking available!

Resident Artists: Kevin Busta makes welded steel sculpture. Recently he has been combining sculpture and painting to create unique installations. Pamela Dodds' large-scale representational paintings depict critical moments in relationships. They were exhibited recently at Asterisk Gallery in Tremont. Three paintings are also currently on view at Convivium 33- Josaphat Arts Hall. Well-known local ceramicist Andrea LeBlond is a member of Terra Vista Studios. Her larger, sculptural work will be on exhibit. SAFMOD Performance Ensemble creates a fusion of movement, enchanting audiences of all ages. The remarkable constructions of sculptor Charmaine Spencer, created from simple wood, rope and other utilitarian materials, has been exhibited at Spaces, Cleveland State University Gallery and Groop. Painter and draftsperson Lolita Wilson works in still life and abstraction.

Guest Artists: Bernadette Glorioso creates mystical abstract portraits. Jody Hawk's boxes of reconstructed photographed mementos evoke new perspectives on the familiar. Michel Ina collaborates with his clients to create unique custom furniture. "A chair is one of the most exciting things to design...," he says. Lorraine Johnson-Davis paints engaging genre scenes of family life. Michaelle Marschall's body print/paintings were recently on view at True Art in Collinwood.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Parade-the-Circle Online Gallery

Hopefully you made it to Parade the Circle June 9th. For those that went or those that wanted to go but couldn't make it; some of my best Parade the Circle pictures on an online gallery that can be found at:

Doug Wood Upcoming (local) Schedule


Fri, June 8: The Galleria, Cleveland, OH
performing 11:30am-1:30pm @ the summer in the courtyard concerts

Fri, July 20: Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland, OH
tentatively performing @ Kennedy's 5:30-8:30, part of COSE networking event @ the festival

Sat, August 4: Open Air Market Square, Cleveland, OH
performing 10am-12:30pm @ the square across from West Side Market

Sat, August 11: Burning River Festival, Cleveland, OH
performing TBA @ the Acoustic Stage at the Festival

early Fall tour starts Aug 29th @ Nebraska/Colorado

Doug Wood
Progressive Acoustic Guitarist from
Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Burning River Roller Girls 2007 Bout Schedule








All events will take place at the Soccer Sportsplex in North Olmsted, 31515 Lorain Rd. (440) 979-9997

Tickets went on sale 3.26 for their 1st bout on April 22nd and for Season Tickets. Please use the link below to purchase tickets.

Buy early, they are hoping—and expecting—to sell out!

Call for Artists: University Park Art Fair at Grace Park

Be a part of the Second Annual University Park Art Fair at Grace Park!
Visit for more information and to download the 2007 Artist Registration form.

WHAT: Presented by the University Park Development Corporation (UPDC), the University Park Art Fair at Grace Park is a one-day fine art and fine craft event to be held August 18, 2007 in the heart of the University Park district in downtown Akron. Expected to draw more than 100 artists and thousands of guests, the fair will feature ceramics, glass, wearable art, furniture, drawings & graphics, fiber, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor, wood art and more.

In addition, there will be a large-scale, community participation art project, entertainment and a food and beverage pavilion. Admission is free.

WHEN: University Park Art Fair at Grace Park
Saturday, August 18, 2007
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Grace Park
Perkins/SR 59 & Prospect Streets
Akron, Ohio 44304

ARTIST REGISTRATION: Registration is $75/artist and must be submitted by July 7th.
SPECIAL OFFER! EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: Pay just $65 if you register before April 1, 2007 (payment must be received before 4/1/07).
SPECIAL OFFER! Students pay just $25 with valid university ID.
Checks, Visa and MasterCard accepted.
Call 330.972.7846, Email or visit for more information and to download the 2007 Artist Registration brochure and form.

ABOUT UPDC: The University Park Development Corporation (UPDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the renewal and rebirth of the University Park neighborhood and serves the people who live, work and play in the area.

UPDC strives to strengthen the economic, civic and environmental capabilities the University Park district through residential development, rehabilitation of the area and renovation of existing housing stock.

The University Park Art Fair at Grace Park is sponsored by University Park Alliance, Summa Health System, the City of Akron, Boomerang, LLC, TRIAD Communications, and iMMiX Studio (as of 2/18/07).

Friday, March 16, 2007

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 3.15—3.25

Here's my suggestions if you're looking to do a film festival movie. We're doing the 1:45pm showing of First Snow tomorrow, probably The Bothersome Man 9:45pm Friday and definately the Short Jury Awards 11:30am Sunday, the 25th.


Saturday, March 17th
1:45 Looking for Leonard LOOK17 p 46 or
1:45 First Snow FIRS17 p 39
9:45 Alexandra's Project ALEX17 p 28

Sunday, March 18th
7:30 World's Best Commercials COMM18 p 72 or
7:15 What Means Motley WHAT18 p 71

Friday, March 23th
9:45 The Bothersome Man BOTH23 p 33 or
9:45 World's Best Commercials COMM23 p 72

Sunday, March 25th
11:30 Short Jury Awards JURY25 p 78
4:45 Pre-feature Shorts Compilation PREF25 p 79

MorrisonDance @CPT 3.15—3.18

Our friend Sarah Morrison is celebrating 10 years of her dance company MorrisonDance throughout this weekend at Cleveland Public Theatre (Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Rd.). Tix are $10—$18. Thurs—Sat. 8pm and Sun. 3pm. The Sunday matinee is the one I'm contemplating.

Box office: 216.631.2727

Eat Your Art Out, Monday, March 19th

Present your flyer--email me and I'll send you one--to your Johnny Mango server and 20% of your sales will benefit Art House. I plan to go around 6pm. Hope to see you there.

Valid at 3120 Bridge Avenue
Ohio City

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Call for Artists: COSE and Guitar Mania 3.8.07

This from Abby Maier:

Hello everyone:

I am hoping you can assist us with an artistic challenge. COSE is a sponsor of the Guitar Mania project and we need your help and ideas.

We are looking for a unique guitar design that reflects the importance of small business to the local economy, and/or how business is key to the growth of this community. We are focused not only on Cleveland, but on the 8 county area of northeast Ohio, and would like a design that somehow celebrates the importance of business to our region. We would be thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the talents of a local artist who can help us express this concept.

After the public display period, the guitar will be displayed in the lobby of the new COSE offices in the renovated Higbee’s
Building in Public Square. There is only a short window for submissions- designs are due by next Thursday, March 8th, and the artist will then have a month to complete the guitar. Designs will still be submitted to the Guitar Mania jury for final approval. Artists will be paid an honorarium. Please download the attached form [email Juan for PDF] to apply (ignore the past deadline) and submit your design electronically to

or mail to:

Abby Maier
50 Public Square, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44113

Please email me with any questions or clarification on the theme.
Thank you!