Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cleveland West Arts League Show @78th St. Studios

Cleveland West Arts League: Populous Landscapes. Arlo Moon and Raphael Valdivieso paint symbolically rich canvases with high population density, but to different ends. Moon makes use of a Chagall-like palette of white, green, and primaries to create realistic faces and storybook imagery. Valdivieso summons crowds of brown- and gray-clad figures crowned in halos, creating troops of could-be saints. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 21st from 6–10PM. Through October 19th at 1300 West 78th St. Go to

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rust Belt Revised 78th St. Studios 9.21, 5–9PM

'Underpass' Acrylic on Arches Cover 8"x10"
A show of 27 paintings by Randall Tiedman featured in conjunction with the book Rust Belt Chic co-edited by Anne Trubek & Richey Piiparinen. The book will be available for sale and many of the writers will be attending. Also, the work of Michael Nekic in the adjoining hallway featuring aspects of Cleveland and urban plight.

Kokoon and Hilary Gent Gallery
West 78st Studios
78th Street Studios' next Third Friday is this Friday Sept., 21st from 5–9PM.

Waiting Child Fund 3rd Annual Scrabble Tournament

You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Scrabble Tournament Fundraiser to benefit the Waiting Child Fund! The event will be hosted by Vikki & Todd Webster and is on October 27, 2012 at 3PM at Rockefeller’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights.

Registration is limited to 60 players and prizes will be given to top winners. Sponsorship options are also available.

Los Straitjackets/Big Sandy @Beachland 9.29, 8:30 PM

Los Straitjackets (feat. the return of Daddy-O Grande) plus Big Sandy and His 
Fly-Rite Boys play the Beachland Ballroom Sat., Sept. 29th, 8:30 PM.

Los Straitjackets, from Nashville, Tennessee offer a unique brand of instrumental/
surf/garage music. When combined with their goofy stage antics and personalized Mexican wrestling masks it becomes fun and exciting for all ages. Original Straitjackets member Daddy-O Grande (aka Danny Amis) has won his battle with cancer and will be back with his piledriving, lucha libre-powered riffs lucha libre-powered riffs. Come celebrate the return of this beloved guitarist with not just a set by the Straitjackets, but by another Beachland fave, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, the legendary West Coast band who 'do a swingin’ thing the best it’s ever been done!'

Tix $20.00

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Afrobeat's Antibalas Plays The Beachland 9.17 8:30PM

Antibalas, Afrobeat's premier second-wave ensemble are back and at The Beachland Ballroom Monday, Sept. 17th, 8:30PM.

'After a five year hiatus—during which its various members worked on a wide variety of projects, including the hit Broadway musical Fela!—this politically-charged and funk-laden group returns to the Beachland wielding the unstoppable power
of Afrobeat.' Opening is CLE’s New Orleans-inspired horn and rhythm group, the Revolution Brass Band. Price: $15–$17

Friday, September 14, 2012

CMA Chalk Festival 2012 Sat. 9.15 and Sun. 9.16

THIS YEAR'S Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival, is being held Saturday, Sept. 15th, 11AM–5PM and Sunday, Sept. 16th, Noon–5PM (rain or shine.)

Children and adults alike enjoy this great annual event where regular folks join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, the festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy, in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries, using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.

Large square (approx. 3 x 4 ft.) and 24-color box of chalk: $16
Small square (approx. 2 x 3 ft.) and 12-color box of chalk: $8
Individuals, families, schools, and neighborhood groups are all invited to participate. Children under 15 must be accompanied by supervising adults. 
For questions contact Nan Eisenberg at 216.707.2483 or via e-mail.

Sparx City Hop Saturday, 9.15, 11AM–9PM

THERE ARE FOUR distinct trolley routes on this year's Sparx City Hop, Saturday, Sept. 15th, 11AM–9PM. As you loop through neighborhoods on trolleys, tour guides will share interesting facts and points of interest about architecture, culture, history and the talented residents who embody the visual and performing arts, and a thriving culinary scene. No two neighborhoods are quite alike, and this is the perfect time to explore them!

The Four Routes are: Campus District, Art Quarter and Asia Town, Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods. Start at either East 4th Street at Prospect Avenue or 200 Public Square. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

'The Wilma Smith Project' at Brandt Gallery 9.14

During this week's Tremont Art Walk be sure to check out Dana Depew's "The Wilma Smith Project", currently at the Brandt Gallery. 'The work that I do is highly reliant upon concept, making fleeting ideas come to fruition, and the nostalgia of childhood memories. I have several conceptual projects pertaining to the exhibit to honor Wilma Smith that I am exploring.'
—Dana Depew

Dr. Sketchy's Pencil Riot! @IngenuityFest 9.14

Pencil Riot! is Dr. Sketchy on the move: They bring the models (for those who can't get enough of the lovely Faith Mcfluff, I understand she's one of the models) and will move throughout this year's Ingenuity Festival. Models will pose and interact with bystanders. Come prepared to 'draw on the go,' comfortable shoes are recommended. From 7:30PM until 11:45PM and here's the general starting location.

TangoNovo One Year Anniversary Celebration 9.14

Dance to a variety of modern tango music (with some traditional favorites too) in a high energy, club style atmosphere with custom lighting. We'll also spin unique salsa, cumbia, cha-cha, and merengues with a Euro vibe.

$10 per person, BYOB. Wine and cheese provided.
TangoNovo, a nuevo tango experience! -- Every 2nd Friday, hosted by KB and Carmen and Umberto Amante

All About Dancin' Dance Studio

2115 Freeman Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

Friday, September 07, 2012

Ingenuity 9.14 – 9.16 @New Lakefront Location

Ingenuity, the Cleveland Festival of Art & Technology, announces a new location for 2012. The Festival will take place on September 14 – 16 at Docks 32 and 30, on the lakefront north of Browns Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center. 

Two warehouses will provide over 120,000 sq/ft of indoor space with ample outdoor space directly on the lakefront with stunning views of the city. This new location is made possible through a strong partnership between the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority and IngenuityFest, allowing the Festival audience a rare chance to enjoy the lakefront in a completely new context. With cutting edge art installations, performances, and exhibitions populating the space, the area will be completely transformed and will offer a glimpse of the long-range lakefront development plan unveiled by the city earlier this year. Check out the Preview Lineup.

Space Odysseys @ Loren Naji Gallery 9.7, 9.9

A Cleveland's favorite, writer-art critic-artist Douglas Max Utter is curating Space Odysseys at Loren Naji Studio Gallery, featuring art by Douglas Max Utter, Tom Yody, Erik Neff and blind stone carver, Chappelle Letman. The show opens Friday, September 7th from 5:30PM–Midnight.

ALSO, on the following Sunday morning, Sept 9th at 11AM Loren Naji Studio Gallery is hosting—of all things!—a PANCAKE BREAKFAST with an artist and curator talk! You must RSVP for the Sunday morning breakfast event.

Of course there will be wine, beer, food, music and the outdoor patio! EASY PARKING in the lot across the street from the gallery! Two not-to-be-missed events!

Loren Naji Studio Gallery
2138 West 25th Street, Cleveland OH 44113

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Proximity Cleveland's It's Only a Paper Moon 9.7

The nine artists in It's Only a Paper Moon, on view at Proximity from September 7th through October 6th, have distinctive and creative ways of manipulating a flat piece of paper from a conveyance of information to an object, communicating on it's own.

Co-curated by Dante RodriguezIt's Only a Paper Moon features work by: Patricia Alvarez Leon, Tom Balbo, Angela Bohley, Lisa Cheng, Laura Cooperman, Rachel McPherson, Kenneth Melendez, Ana Luisa Sanchez and Robin Van Lear. Tonight's opening is from 6 –10PM. Check it out.

Proximity Cleveland
1667 E 40th Street
Cleveland OH 44103
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Some Spirits at Zygote Press 9.7, 6 – 9PM

Johnny Coleman, 2003 Cleveland Arts Prize winner and professor of studio art and African American studies at Oberlin College specializes in installation pieces that use architectural constructions, audio, and even smells to immerse audiences. Part of Zygote Press' artist-in-residence program, Coleman presents a series of printworks he calls Some Spirits: The Free Side of the River. In Some Spirits, Coleman strives to memorialize some of the slaves whose search for liberty brought them to Northeast Ohio. He has both success stories and chronicles of loss to tell.

An opening reception will be held Friday, September 7th, 6 – 9PM with an artist talk Thursday, September 13th at 6:30PM.

Some Spirits: The Free Side of the River, 9.7 – 10.6
Zygote Press
1410 East 30th St.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Murray Hill Group Workshop and Pot Luck Party 9.8

THE DATE selected for the Murray Hill Group Workshop and Pot Luck Party at Larry Zuzik's place is Saturday, Sept. 8th. Hopefully it'll be nice enough to have a model outside. If not, pack supplies accordingly since inside space is limited. Format will be the usual; drawing from one or two models starting at 1PM and breaking out the food about 6PM.

Please bring something to share. EVERYONE is welcome for the potluck that starts at 6PM (or come with an artist and hang out, read etc. til 6PM.)

Booker T. Cleveland Society for the Learned 9.7

The Booker T. Cleveland Society for the Learned strives to unite through books. Inspired by the Book Club in Paris, the rules are simple: Bring a book that you have already read, and be prepared to swap it with another member of the society. Friday, September 7th at 6:30PM, will be a night of fun, conversation, and new friends.

From Andrew: 'We think it would be fun if people dressed up absurdly fancy. In costumes or three-piece suits and gowns and such; codpieces and monocles and whatever else you can imagine. The pictures would be hilarious. So, if you're looking for an excuse to get dressed up and drink in an old bank vault, this, 'mis amigos', is it.' But, it's not required. What IS Required, though, is: 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

CPT's Annual Pandemonium Benefit 9.8

Pandemonium, Cleveland Public Theatre's annual benefit features dozens of area theatre, dance, visual and performance artists along with fabulous food and drink. Pandemonium is a benefit like no other and an evening not to be missed. Pandemonium's action takes place in unexpected places throughout the campus as guests decide how they choose to experience this innovative and unusual benefit!

Help support Cleveland Public Theatre and enjoy The Party of the Year.
While you're waiting, check out the video of Pandemonium 2011!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Chalk Festival 2012 Prep Workshops 9.9 and 9.12

GET READY for the Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival 2012, this year being held Saturday, September 15, 11AM–5PM and Sunday, September 16, noon–5PM (rain or shine) by attending one of the museum's Preparatory Workshops on Chalk Making and Street Painting (choose one session):

Sunday, September 9, 2–4:30PM
Repeats Wednesday, September 12, 6–8:30PM

Make chalk using an old world recipe with new world materials. Practice professional techniques for masking, stenciling, shading, and enlarging a picture.
$25/individual, $75/family. Children under 15 must register and attend with someone older. Fee includes materials and reserves chalk and a square for the Chalk Festival. For questions contact Nan Eisenberg at 216.707.2483 or email