Friday, May 19, 2017

4th Annual Slavic Village 'Rooms to Let' 5.20–5.21

Slavic Village Development presents its fourth annual Rooms to Let: CLE. The event originated in Columbus with a similar theme, but Cleveland’s event has outlived its southern predecessor.

Rooms to Let returns to Slavic Village from noon to 7PM on Saturday, May 20, and noon to 5PM on Sunday, May 21. This year’s event includes more than 100 art installations in vacant homes and empty lots on three streets throughout the neighborhood. In addition to the installations, the weekend includes live music, as well as interactive and performance art. This year’s curators are local artists Dana DePew, Loren Naji, Dott von Schneider and Omid Tavakoli, and the transformed homes are located at 6627 Lansing, 6808 Gertrude and 5804 Hosmer Avenue.

The epicenter of this year’s event is the Polish American Cultural Center at 6501 Lansing Avenue, with an artisan market, live music, food, beverages and parking. Saturday’s performances include p.stoops at 12:30, the Admirables at 2PM, Doc Robinson at 3:30PM and HoneyBucket at 5PM. Sunday’s music lineup is headlined by Mourning [A] Blkstr at 3:30PM, preceded by Marcus Alan Ward at 12:30PM and Curtail at 2PM.

Not far away, local photographer Steve Mastroianni hosts an open house for Silver Scuro, his new photography studio at 5322 Fleet Avenue. A longtime resident of Tremont, Mastroianni moved into Slavic Village just last month. One of the only studios in Cleveland offering traditional film portraits, shot and hand-processed on black and white film and silver gelatin paper, the new, larger space allows for more in-house portrait and studio work.

Stop in to see the new studio from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday during Rooms to Let, and become part of a new portrait collage being created for the event. On Sunday, Malphonia will be performing on the sidewalk outside the studio.

For a complete list of participating Rooms to Let: CLE artists, visit
6501 Lansing Ave., 216-429-1182 ext. 141

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