Monday, November 21, 2016

GENGHIS CON 2016 11.27, 2–7PM

GENGHIS CON 2016 is THIS Sunday, November 27th from 2–7PM at The Lake Erie Building (13000 Athens, Lakewood, Ohio 44107), admission is FREE and open to the public. The regionally focused convention is celebrating its eighth year in a row bringing together the prolific community of cartoonists, comics makers, illustrators, printmakers, authors and zinesters that call the Rust Belt (and Beyond) home. From Detroit to Pittsburgh to Columbus, Cleveland is uniquely situated at the center of a cultural DIY Punk Triangle and the perfect place to hold such an event.

What started small, as a haphazard, informal gathering of less than 40 exhibitors in 2009 on the floorspace at The Beachland Ballroom has grown to one of the most anticipated events of the year in the hangar-like event space of The Lake Erie Building with attendance nearly doubling each year since the move in 2014. Genghis Con was recognized in Cleveland Magazine’s “Best of Cleveland” issue in 2015 as Best Comic Book Convention. It truly is the convergence and celebration of the best of regional small press, independent comics and zines. This year’s show promises to be another stellar year!

Genghis Con is the best opportunity for fans of small press and independent comics, artwork, zines and literature to find those hidden gems being cultivated right here in the region. Attendees can expect to see, and visit with, long-standing Genghis Con regulars like Derf, Gary and Laura Dumm, John G and Jake Kelly, as well as Genghis Con first timers like Noah Van Sciver, whose work has been published by Fantagraphics as well as Ivan Brandon, most recently the writer of Image Comics’ Drifter.

The night before Genghis Con, the traditional Kick-Off Party at Mahall’s 20 Lanes at 13200 Madison in Lakewood. There will be art supplies provided by BLICK Art Supplies for a Drink-N-Draw in the bar, while live panel discussions with a variety of Genghis Con exhibitors happens in the show room. A performance by a gleam of music from the new comic REACH, debuting at Genghis Con will cap off the night.

The show is free, family friendly, and open to the public. Barrio taco truck will be back again this year for delicious snacks. The Lake Erie Building is at the corner of Athens and Halstead in Lakewood, just south of Madison Park.

Lake Erie Building
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Sunday, November 20, 2016

'Spirited Away’ Two-Day Event 12.4 & 12.5

In the fifteen years since its initial release, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film “Spirited Away,” about a 10-year-old girl who enters a mysterious spirit world to free herself and her parents, has been cemented as a modern classic. Universally acclaimed upon release, it became the most successful film in Japanese history and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. This past August, the film was voted as the fourth best film of the 21st century so far by over 177 film critics from around the world.‘

Now, in honor of its 15th anniversary, “Spirited Away” will return to over 400 theaters nationwide for a two-night event this December, courtesy of GKIDS and Fathom Events. On Sunday, December 4th, the film will screen at 12PM. dubbed in English, while on Monday, December 5th, it will screen at 7PM. with English-language subtitles. “Spirited Away” will also screen with an exclusive Studio Ghibli short film “Ghiblies: Episode 2,” a unique 25-minute short featuring several comedic vignettes and caricatures of Studio Ghibli staff as they go about their day. The film has never been released in North America and will make its theatrical premiere at this special screening event.

For more information on tickets and theater locations, visit Fathom Events.

Friday, November 18, 2016

V.A.C. Holiday Sale & Open House 12.9–12.10

Shop Local! Come to Valley Art Center's Holiday Art Sale & Open House! Friday, December 9th, 10AM–8PM and Saturday, December 10th, 10AM–2PM. 

**10% off all Gift Shop Items, 15% off for members! Back by popular demand will be the Ornament Extravaganza in their gift shop. Find that special something for your tree! Artisan and utilitarian gifts at price points for every wallet. All items are handcrafted by local artists. Hope to see you there!

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, OH

(440) 247-7507

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Big Lebowski @Cedar Lee 12.3, 9:30 & MID

Part of the Cedar Lee Theatre Cult Film Series, The Big Lebowski (1998) will be shown this Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 9:30PM and 11:55PM. Remember to wear your bathrobe!

The Coen brothers and their agreeable cast make more fun than sense with this scattered farce about a pothead bowler who is mistaken for a deadbeat philanthropist and drawn into a cluster of kidnapers, nihilists, porn mobsters and Busby Berkeley beauties. Admission is just $6. NO Children under 5.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Oral Histories Documentary Premiere 11.19

Augusto Bordelois In the Studio
Part of AAWR's 20th Anniversary Founder's Exhibition, the Oral Histories Documentary Film Project premieres on Saturday, November 19th, 1–3PM. Running approximately 4 minutes each history documents the lives and careers of 11 AAWR archived artists. The event is FREE but please register on Eventbrite. For more information on the Premiere, please visit

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

1834 E. 123rd Street Cleveland, OH 44106-1910

Brews + Prose at Market Garden 11.15, 7PM

Tuesday, November 15, at 7PM, Brews + Prose welcomes Rebecca Scherm, whose first novel, The Unbecoming, was praised as "startlingly inventive" in the pages of The New York Times; and Anne Trubek, whose new book, The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, is the most exciting and controversial take on the subject of cursive ever written.

As always, those of you who would like to eat before the event should make reservations or arrive early--we'll be setting up shop in the Ohio City Room at Market Garden Brewery. Keep in mind that Amit's books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Mac's Backs. Meanwhile, we continue to offer what we think is the best literary deal in town: buy a book and get a free beer.

Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery
1947 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Morgan Annual Kozo Harvest 11.12–13

This coming weekend is KOZO HARVEST WEEKEND. Join the Morgan Paper Conservatory November 12–13th 10AM–4PM for their Annual Kozo Harvest. No experience necessary; free and open to the public. Come for an hour, come for a day. Experience an ancient tradition by helping harvest kozo from the garden and prepare it for eastern papermaking. Dress in layers as it may be cold, sturdy shoes or boots required. Refreshments provided.

1754 E. 47th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103

Free, Secure Reception Parking: via East 45th Street 'Garden' entrance

(one way running South between Payne & Commerce)

Monday, November 07, 2016

AAWR Founder's Exhibition 11.11

OPENING RECEPTION: 11/11/16 5:30-8:00pm

     The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to present it's 20th Anniversary Founder's Exhibition featuring the work of founder David E. Davisand the other 8 pioneering Archived Artists:  Shirley Aley CampbellDavid A. HabermanWilliam Martin JeanRobert JergensPatricia Zinsmeister ParkerPhyllis SeltzerPhyllis Lester Sloane and Randall Tiedman
     A campus-wide opening including the Sculpture Center and historic David E. Davis Studios will be held on Friday, November 11th at 5:30-8:00pm. For more information visit 

Thursday, November 03, 2016

VAC's Annual Juried Art Exhibit 11.4 6–8PM

This Friday, November 4th, 6–8PM, is the Opening for Valley Art Center's 45th Annual Juried Art Exhibit.

155 Bell St
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Nick Cave: One More Time With Feeling 3D 12.1

One More Time With Feeling 3D, starring Nick Cave, starts 12/1 at The Cedar Lee Theatre.

Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as director Andrew Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination. Filmed in black-and-white and color, in 3D, the result is stark, fragile and raw.