Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Drawn & Quartered VI Saturday, 5.24, 7PM–11PM

FIGURE DRAWING as spectator sport? Drawn & Quartered VI takes place Saturday, May 24th, 7–11PM. This year The West Side Markers join the fray and take on Dr. Sketchy Cleveland, The Murray Hill Life Drawing Group, N.O.I.S. (Northern Ohio Illustrators Society) and The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Cafe. The now FIVE groups will meet and draw against time and each other for the amusement of an engaged audience. Think World Wrestling Federation meets Art School meets Cabaret.

Hosted by Loren Naji Studio and Gallery, prizes by Carol and John's Comics and MC’d by poet/educator Michael
Salinger this is the event of the art season!

Friday, May 23rd from 6–9PM
Loren Naji Studio Gallery
2138 West 25th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Summer 2014 CAN Journal Launch / Undercurrents Closing Reception 5.23, 6–9PM

Since early this year, CAN has planned to launch its Summer 2014 issue Friday, May 23rd at Loren Naji Studio Gallery. The Board of Liquor Control raid and events orchestrated to shut the gallery down have not changed this plan.

Please join in the launch of the Summer issue of Northeast Ohio's collaborative, gallery-driven art magazine, to show support for Loren Naji, and to celebrate Undercurrents, the exhibit of works by Steve Ehret, Bob Peck, and Ron Copeland, which was marred by the raid during its opening reception.

This issue of CAN Journal includes: a forward-looking story about galleries and liquor laws; Fred Bidwell's answer to our previous story about the May Show; Henry Adams' article about Cleveland-born Monuments Man James Rorimer, and Douglas Max Utter's behind-the-scenes look at Cleveland Arts Prize judging, Herb Ascherman's ArtFace portrait of Augusto Bordelois, as well as a multitude of summer event previews, and festival listings.

Invite your contacts. Bring your friends.

Friday, May 23rd from 6–9PM

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

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hessler Street Fair 5.17–5.18

The Hessler Street Fair, the yearly Cleveland fixture, is back this weekend. Located on Hessler Street, of course, in the University Circle neighborhood, festivities boast arts and crafts you can’t find anywhere else, local music acts and booths dedicated to various alternative lifestyles. Local, independent food vendors will  offer everything from ice cream and coffee to vegan faire to fresh, straight-from-the-farm items. New for the kids this year are pony rides (benefitting a pony rescue farm) at Harmony Park. It all starts at 11 and runs until dusk, both Sat. and Sun.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rooms to Let: Cleveland Block Party 5.17, 1–6PM

Developers in Slavic Village are encouraging the creative process with Rooms to Let: Cleveland (RTL). Local artists living in Slavic Village have been given a vacant house to decorate and/or curate as they see fit. Participating artist-curators include Barbary Bachtell, Director of Broadway School of Music & the Arts, Westleigh Harper and Michael Horton of MAKER Design Studio and local painter Scott Pickering (all of whom live in Slavic Village). Over two dozen local artists will be participaiting – including Justin Brennan, Jeff Chiplis, Dan Corrigan, Sean Kelly, Loren Naji, Cynthia Penter, Liz Maugins and  more.

In total, more than 30 artists will participate. RTL homes include 6626 Forman Avenue, 6801 Forman Avenue and 6818 Fleet Avenue.

THE DAY'S EVENTS include the debut of two exhibitions at two of the neighborhood’s new galleries. Just a Glimpse Gallery (3722 e.65th Street) will host a group show of local artists’ work, and Elevate Gallery (3675 e.65th Street) will debut an art installation by local artist James Jenkins; in addition to an art market, crafts for kids and food for purchase. The walking tour and block party will go from 1–6PM. The Lavender Garden will host the official block party with an interactive art project, live music and food merchants.

First Dry Third Friday @78th St Studios 5.16 5–9PM

Every Third Friday gets bigger and better, with no history of problems. Nevertheless, at a meeting in the wake of the ridiculous police “raid” on Loren Naji’s Ohio City gallery 78th Street’s studios and galleries agreed to have a DRY Third Friday for the first time.

During The Third Friday at the 78th Street Studiosthe largest art and design complex in Northeast Ohio, filled with over 40 retail galleries, artist studios, design showrooms, and other creative spaces— tenants open their doors to the public for a free art walk from 5–9PM. 

1305 W. 80th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Small Business Week Celebration 5.15, 5:30–7:30PM

COSE invites entrepreneurs to join us during Small Business Week for burgers, beer and live music! Nearly half of the US workforce owns or works for a small business, and Small Business Week is a nationwide effort to recognize and build awareness around their impact on our communities and our country. Network with fellow entrepreneurs and raise a glass in the heart of the theater district to celebrate small business!

Small Business Week Celebration
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

AH Exhibition and Ice Cream Social 5.10, 1–3PM

Community Work: Urban Bright + Creative Fusion. Join Art House this Saturday, May 10th from 1–3PM for their Community Exhibition, ice cream social and Mother's Day workshop! This event is FREE and open to the public!

Art House, Inc.
3119 Denison Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Closing Reception of DRIFT 5.16, 6–10PM

Bruno Casiano Gallery presents DRIFT curated by Dante Rodriguez and featuring artists 
Todd Hoak, Pita Brooks, David Masters and Adam Siefkas.

Closing Reception: 
May 16th, 2014
From 6—10PM
Show ends May 16th, 2014

Bruno Casiano Gallery
5304 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102

Monday, May 05, 2014

Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery 5.6, 7PM

Named the "best reading series" in Cleveland by Cleveland MagazineBrews + Prose returns this Tuesday, May 6th by welcoming Kristin Ohlson and Ben Stroud. The reading begins at 7PM in the Ohio City Room of the Market Garden Brewery. The authors' books will be available for sale  during the event AND every book sold comes with a free beer. It is recommended that those who would like to eat at the event make reservations or plan to arrive early.

Kristin Ohlson's new book is The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet (Rodale, 2014). Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Discover, and elsewhere. An article about burning coal mines was featured in Best American Science Writing 2011. The author of Stalking the Divine, winner of the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ 2004 Best Nonfiction Book award, and coauthor of New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ben Stroud is the author of Byzantium: Stories (Graywolf), which won the 2013 Story Prize Spotlight Award and the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize. His work has appeared in Harper's, One Story, Antioch Review, Boston Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and New Stories from the South, among others. He lives in Ohio and teaches at the University of Toledo.

1947 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Bal Ingenieux, 5.3, 6PM–1AM

Bal Ingenieux, Ingenuity's (now) annual homage to the Kokoon Arts Club. Come out and express your creative spirit on a night like no other. 

6 – 8PM: The Syncopated Sin Swing Band raises the roof with the music that set the early twentieth century on fire, scandalized the establishment, raised hemlines, and defining the jazz age. They’ll be hanging around all night to keep the party going.

8PM – 1AM: Enter the main ballroom for a fantastic rotation of vaudeville, circus, burlesque, and more.

Slovenian National Home
6409 Saint Clair Ave
Cleveland, OH 44103

Thursday, May 01, 2014

CMA MIX: Jazz 5.2 5–9PM

Friday, May 2, 5–9PM celebrate Cleveland’s vibrant arts community as the Tri-C Jazzfest and CMA team up for MIX: Jazz, a night of world-class music and art. Groove to the Creole soul sounds of Etienne Charles, one of today’s most exciting young jazz artists who is ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory. This trumpeter and bandleader seamlessly fuses the Afro-Caribbean influences of his native Trinidad with American jazz music’s R&B soul. Reservations strongly recommended.

Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 day of event; CMA members FREE. This is an 18+ event.

Free Comic Book Day @ Carol & John's 5.2–5.3

Carol and John’s Comic Shop, 17462 Lorain Ave. in Kamm’s Plaza Shopping Center, will give away 25,000 comics specially created for Free Comic Book Day. Last year more than 3,000 people went to the store for their free comics and this year they  expect even more.

Marvel writer Marc Sumerak will sign and give away 200 copies of his graphic novel, “Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius” featuring the son of the leader of the Fantastic Four. The store will also sell lithographs of Spider-Man fixing a water main break at Public Square. Twenty area comic book artists will display their comic book work in a gallery set up at the store.

As always, Carol and John's goes way out to present a cool weekend: From 10PM Friday (May 2) to 2AM Saturday, 24 Cleveland artists will create free sketches on a first come, first served basis. Visit the store's website for a list of the artists and more.