Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Slavic Soul Party! Announces Cleveland Show 5.3

The Brooklyn, NY-based brass band Slavic Soul Party! (SSP!) has just announced a special one-night-only appearance in Cleveland. The concert and dance party takes place Saturday May 3rd, 2008 at the St. Sava Cathedral Hall located at 6306 Broadview Road in Parma, Ohio. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 PM. Admission is only $10 [free admission 16 and under].

The New York Times describes them as “Fiery Gypsy brass, soulful Balkan anthems, and hip-grinding American funk: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says.” Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, killer Gypsy accordion, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! New York City's official #1 brass band for Balkan Soul Gypsy Funk. With Mexican, Asian, Jewish, Gypsy, and American roots, SSP! makes new music out of the unplanned results of immigration, proximity, and globalization, pumping a strong Balkan brass sound through the filter of life in New York's outer boroughs.

The band has set audiences on their feet all across the U.S., Europe, and beyond. They have performed at Babylon (Istanbul, Turkey) with the Karandila Orkestar, at Irving Plaza (New York City) with Gogol Bordello, on the Warped Tour (US), and in virtually every major New York club. No strangers to Cleveland, SSP! have performed at a number of venues across the city including being featured at the 2006 World Music Festival.

For more information, check out

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Eileen Dorsey closing reception April 3oth 8pm-10pm

Eileen Dorsey, sometime member of the MH group, is having a closing reception April 3oth 8pm-10pm at Phoenix Coffee, 15108 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Dorsey’s artistic oeuvre, a scrapbook of drunken college memories and females in sex-laden poses, serves her goal to √Épater la bourgeois through painting. By choosing scandalous subject matter, she delights in people’s unsure and sometimes uneasy reaction to her work. ALSO visit

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Martini Five-O Fri continue their run of Prosperity 4.11

Hi all, 'Smooth' Mike and his Martini Five-O retro-lounge trio will continue their reign as 'house band' for Prosperity Social Club, 1109 Starkweather, Friday April 11th. Tremont Art Walk night. Show starts after 9pm. They've had excellent crowds there the past few months. Stop by after the art walk...

Martini Five-O

Putting a Price Tag on Your Artwork 4.10

This quick panel discussion will provide you with practical pricing strategies that'll work right here in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Hosted by the Kent State University Museum, the panel will be moderated by Anderson Turner, director of the Kent University Galleries.

Panelists include William Busta, owner of the William Busta Gallery, Judith Mansour Thomas, director of the Lit, Cleveland's Literary Center, and Steve Frumkin of Jim Wadsworth Productions (the producers of Nightown's entertainment).

"Determining Your Artistic Value"
Date: Thursday, April 10
Time: Discussion: 4-6 p.m.; Reception: 6-8 p.m.
Place: Kent State University Museum
Price: $5 members, $15 non-members

Pre-register HERE.

Roots Acoustic Pickin’ Circle, Sunday 4.13 2PM

Due to a recital for the Fairmount School of Music,this month’s Roots Acoustic Pickin’ Circle will be one week later on April 13th at 2:00. ALSO: next month’s will be one week late due to a special event at ROAM.


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.

Belly dance and Drum Show 4.11, Seminars 4.12—4.13

April 12-13 there will be a Belly dance and Drum seminar with Master Percussionist, Souhail Kaspar, from California. Here is the chance to study with a master on understanding and interpreting Middle Eastern Rhythms and incorporating this understanding into your dancing or your drumming. Souhail is a fantastic teacher and performer.

For more information please visit
Hope to see you there!


April Azhar
Middle Eastern Dance Artist

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Check out Susan Mathias' newly completed web site. She and her husband, Ken Gross, put together a cool site,

While you're at it check out Ken's site for Rustbelt Cartography,

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Stroke of Insight: an amazing story about the brain & consciousness

When you have time, well worth the 18 or so minutes. You should have a high-speed connection, however. Of course, what I got out of it is that everyone should become a writer, artist or musician!

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.