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