Friday, September 26, 2014

Ingenuity Fest Turns 10, 9.26–9.28

A decade ago, James Levin of Cleveland Public Theatre and Thomas Mulready (Cool Cleveland) created a regional festival  celebrating the creativity of Northeast Ohio showcasing under-utilized venues throughout Cleveland. Levin and Mulready had previously worked together to create the Cleveland Performance Art Festival (CPAF). For more than a decade (1988 to 1999 and 2003), the CPAF brought more than 1,000 artists from 27 countries to Cleveland. It was one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. This year, IngenuityFest turns 10.

Organizers anticipate 40,000 visitors throughout this weekend's festival. For the past two years, the Fest has taken place at the docks (and surrounding area) just north of First Energy Stadium. This year, the Fest returns to Dock 32, but it also sprawls out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center (and the surrounding area).

"As we celebrate Ingenuity's 10th anniversary, it is thrilling to see the festival begin to transform into a multi-venue event," says Ingenuity's executive director Paula Grooms. "It was part of the original vision for the festival and it's a crucial step in realizing our goal to transform the festival into a destination event with multiple weeks and venues!"

And there is plenty to do, so let's run through some highlights.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can expect more than a dozen art/technology installations, dozens of performances, three stages of live music, food vendors and much more. Pinch and Squeal's Voix de Ville mini mobile circus tent returns with unique performances. Get there early; last year there were long lines, and the tent seats only 60 people. Also returning this year are Tesla Orchestra and Medicine Cabinet – with a new "giant bubble" live music venue.

Anthony Castrovano's Kinetic Bonfire is an interactive sculpture installation that requires audience participation to function. Participants pedal stationary bikes around a central bonfire. Each bike activates one small section, so you have to work together to realize the full potential of the piece. Brian Peters' Solar Bytes Pavilion features approximately 90 solar-powered, plastic bricks. The bricks are created using 3-D printers, and each contains a solar-powered LED. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the potential of 3-D printing at an architectural level.

Local artists Rust Belt Monster Collective are back again this year to collaborate on a live mural.  This year, they're taking the experience gained from painting regularly around the region to complete a mural more than double the size while incorporating projected animation into this year's live mural.

Check out for a full schedule.

5PM to 1AM Friday, Sept. 26;

Noon to 1AM Saturday, Sept. 27;

Noon to 5PM Sunday, Sept. 28;

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOFFO! @ Ingenuity Fest, Four Shows 9.26–9.28

The Voix de Ville and Pinch and Squeal! present BOFFO! for four shows this weekend. Step inside the Voix de Ville!! Here is your ticket to a magical one of kind production of cirque,comedy and cabaret inside the enchanting and intimate 60 seat theatre tent created by Cleveland's neo vaudeville duo Pinch and Squeal. 

the show unfolds above, around and even alongside you, see highly acclaimed cabaret performers from Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia and Chicago, such as; Satori Circus, the world's laziest strongman Titano Oddfellow, world-class juggler Will Oltman, international magician Mark Zust and more! This hour-long production takes dizzying and colorful new forms from evening to evening.

Tickets available for purchase and more information. 
Ingenuity fest location N Coast Harbor Walkway Cleveland, OH 44114

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mattress Factory Drop-In Tours Offered

Starting Saturday, September 20, the MF will begin to offer FREE drop-in tours with the price of admission at noon on the first and third Saturday of every month! Interested participants should meet at the Admissions desk at 12PM, where a Museum Educator will greet the group and lead them on an hour-long interactive trip through the museum. A great way to experience the new Artists in Residence exhibition is with the aid of a knowledgeable guide! No advanced registration required.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival 9.20–9.21

The 16th Annual Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival takes place this weekend starting Saturday, Sep 20th at 11AM to 5PM, Sunday Sep 21st. Rumor has it that our friend Tim Herron will have his Manly Pad studio open for the occasion. It's on Professor across from the Turkish restaurant, Dervish.

Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival
1050 Starkweather Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IT FIGURES: Joe Ayala & John W. Carlson @ HEDGE Gallery on Third Friday Art Walk 9.19, 5–9PM

The Black Dahlia by Joe Ayala
Come to Third Friday at 78th Street Studios this week from 5–9PM and visit HEDGE Gallery, where Cleveland artists Joe Ayala and John W. Carlson are currently exhibiting their most recent paintings and drawings which explore the human condition in today's society. The show is on view until October 3rd. The band, Boudreaux's Back Porch, featuring Cleveland guitarist Gary Fallsgraff will be performing in the Gallery beginning at 8PM. Join us for an evening of thought provoking art work and foot stomping music!
1305 W. 80th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Drink And Draw: Lava Lounge 9.18, 7–11PM

It's that time again! Grab your sketchbook and belly up to the bar for the twice-monthly excuse to escape the studio and celebrate with new and familiar artistic cohorts. As usual there are prizes from Carol & John's Comic Shop for the night's best drawings.

No models, but we've got beer AND great Lava Lounge food. FREE. 7–11PM.

Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Urban Abstracts & Dailey Contrasts 9.17, 6–8PM

Join Stuart Pearl on Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 6–8PM for the opening reception of 'Urban Abstracts & Daily Contrasts.'

The exhibit is being held in the Clara Fritzsche Library on the campus of Notre Dame College, located at 4545 College Rd, South Euclid, Ohio 44121. Light refreshments will be served and 'we look forward to your company and conversation'.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cleveland One World Festival 9.13–9.14

Cleveland's One World Festival returns 1–9PM Saturday, Sept. 13th, and 1–-7PM Sunday, Sept. 14th. This two-day festival featuring a parade, art, music, performances, athletic activities and food representing the 100-plus ethnic groups that make up Cleveland. Taking place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park, around Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Boulevard admission is FREE. 

Free shuttle from VA Garage on East 105th Street and Magnolia and Mt. Sinai lots between Ansell Road and East 105th Street. Free parking in Sam Miller Park (across from the Rockefeller Greenhouse) with shuttle pickup, and at Michael R. White School (a one-block walk to East Boulevard.) See map for details. Bike rental available at VA garage for a fee.

Malphonia at Tremont Art Walk 9.12, 6:30–8PM

Join Malphonia this Friday, September 12, 6:30–8PM, for an unsanctioned performance, as they take to the streets* of Tremont (albeit quietly) from the yuppies and the drunks. They will put the art back in the walk, the music in the air, the tempo in your soul, the polka in your poker... Malphonia will go rogue, sans permits, ASCAPs, and protective eyewear.

*due to legal restrictions, the exact locations can not be revealed. Look for the cranky guys playing old time instruments.

HT Campus Participatory Art Happening 9.12, 6–11PM

Friday, September 12th from 6–11PM at House Tremont, 2338 Scranton Rd, there will be a HT Campus Participatory Art Happening featuring: 

Artist-in-Residence Beth Bryan/Mixed Media Installation

Emily Durway/Photography of abandoned spaces throughout the Rust Belt

Rick Ferris/ Surrealism and the power of  words.

Andrew Kaletta/Light Installation

Craig Pearsall/Atmospheric music/soundscapes.

Daiv Whaley/Sound Installation

Patsy Kline
“Home is Where? Join the Conversation.”
Over the past year participants have been asked to write their answer to “Home is Where?” on the palm of their hand with a Sharpie so that it would last all day and they would then have to think about the message, take a Selfie and email it to to be displayed on the walls of HT.

Space is Limited
Please RSVP

Zygote Press '14 Artist-in-Residence: Donald Black Jr.

Friday, September 12th, 6–8PM, is the Opening Reception for Zygote Press' 2014 Artist-in-Residence Donald Black Jr. Exhibition runs through October 4th.

Artist Talk: September 24th 6:30PM.

Zygote Press, Inc.

1410 E 30th St,
Cleveland, Ohio 44114