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At Waterloo Arts


Music for Miles 2019 Fall Season

September: Howie Smith in Concert         September 8, 4 pm

For more than twenty-five years, one of the classes Howie Smith taught at Cleveland State University was Jazz Survey, a course designed to acquaint non-music majors with some of the major musicians associated with that style of music.  The final class of every semester was an hour-long, completely improvised solo concert that utilized any and all of the instruments and electronics he had on hand at the time.

In a number of the thirty concerts that were part of his annual Concert in Progress, he was the sole performer, again utilizing a variety of instruments and electronics.

His performance at Waterloo Arts will probably include a few of the solo pieces from the Concert In Progress series, plus some new ones.  Then again, it may be an hour or more of completely improvised music . . . or a combination of both.  Either way, the afternoon promises to be different from anything previously presented at Waterloo Arts. Or most other places.

Adding to the pleasure of these afternoons: a glass of wine or other light beverage, and the latest Waterloo Arts gallery show. In September, that will be Dan Miller’s “Some Disassembly Required.”

October 13: Celebrate October Anniversaries with Bill Meyer and the Silver Keys

The Silver Keys clarinet quartet are clarinetists Emily Lada, Alix Reinhardt, and Lindsay Wile, and bass clarinetist Bill Meyer. For their program on October 13, they will recognize some notable days of the month, including National Animal Day ("Swan Lake"), United Nations Day ("America" from "West Side Story"), and Halloween ("Danse Macabre").

The centerpiece will be the celebration of the birth of the US Navy (1775), which occurred on October 13, 1775. In its honor, the Silver Keys  will perform "The Navy Hymn" and"Anchors Aweigh", in a premiere of an arrangement by Lake County composer Marjorie Rutherford. As a final touch, they’ll hand out free Navy Flags. (I’ve long suspected that Bill is a thwarted stage producer.)

November 10: Chris Coles with Quartet BLU +

Michael Orenstein (piano), Kevin Martinez (bass), Anthony Taddeo (drums). Chris is a Cleveland-based saxophonist & recording artist who has performed with many local and international jazz musicians: such names as Eddie Baccus Sr., Melvin Burks, Kenny Davis, Glenn Holmes, and others; he recently was accepted to perform in Italy with the Ohio Youth Jazz Orchestra, and has taken part in the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative music in Alberta, Canada; the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Festival in West Virginia with the Dana Saxophone quartet and the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington DC. At the Whitney Art Museum Composers Workshop, Chris premiered a commissioned work by John Hollenbeck, going on to record it on Hollenbeck’s album “Rainbow Jimmies,” released in 2009.

Music for Miles Concerts are held in memory of Miles Kennedy and presented FREE due to the generous support of AFM Local 4 Music Fund, the M4M Committee & Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

In the Waterloo Arts Gallery: “Some Disassembly Required” till September 21

This surprisingly witty show chronicles Dan’s very narrow escape from death in a motorcycle accident – depicted in a series of very precise little drawings, every one containing blood, every one brooded over by a black cloud, every one conjuring survival, not despair. Visitor comments tell the story: "I can relate to this. The way he does it is so honest and intriguing."  "He literally wrote and illustrated several things I have thought or said to myself. I had to hold back tears at times."  "I am moved beyond words."

Dan will be at the gallery to tell his story on Wednesday, September 11, 6-8 pm; light refreshments will be served (hopefully made by Adam.) The show will be open through September 21. Gallery hours are Wednesdays from noon to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from noon until 4:00 pm, with other hours by appointment. For more information, visit or

Playwrights Local Fall Roundtable Series

Staged readings of new plays, Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts (397 East 156th Street).

September 16   INISFREE

Written by Margaret Lynch. Directed by Caroline Jackson Smith

September 18  Tribunal

Written by Mark Milo Kessler. Directed by Christine McBurney

September 23  MAMA'S OVEN

Written by Gail F. Young. Directed by Ashley Aquilla.

These evenings are all free, no tickets or reservations needed.


New works from the members of Playwrights Local's Young Playwrights Collective. A special fundraiser for this group of emerging writers! Tickets will go on sale soon. Open to the Public | Recommended for Adults & Teens.

Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road. Creative Center 397 E156 St.

At the Beachland

MoKo BoVo      Thursday, September 12

Ballroom, $10, all ages, primarily seated, general admission. Singer/harmonica player Dan Bode has been kicking around the Cleveland music scene for nearly 30 years. From the late ’80s through late '90s, his bluesy rock band MoKo BoVo was a mainstay in area clubs, and released two albums: their self-titled 1991 debut and “Up” in 1996. After moving to the Waterloo neighborhood, Dan reformed the band with two of the original members, bassist Rick Kodramaz and guitarist Al Moses, as well as John Stebal on drums. Dan has been temporarily living in Seattle, so this will be a special home for the holidays show. (Welcome home, Dan!)

Walk All Over Waterloo: Friday September 6

On the first Friday of every month, Waterloo’s galleries, merchants and food spots hang exhibits, hold sales,  play music – and generally hold open house from 6-9 pm, depending on site. (Start time is adjusted to sunset.)

While the weather cooperates, Cleveland Rocks: PPF hosts FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS featuring local bands and musicians on the Tower Stage (at the corner of Waterloo and 156th St.) Friday September 6th features local music act Goodmorning Valentine at 7pm and singer-songwriter Lawrence Daniel Caswell opening at 6pm.

Goodmorning Valentine began in Cleveland, and were influenced by an eclectic mix of music from the last four decades, from Motown to 60's rock and pop, to late 70's songwriters such as Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, and modern groups like Wilco and Belle & Sebastian.

Collinwood’s own Lawrence Daniel Caswell has been performing and DJing in Northeast Ohio since 1994. You may know him as a member of Clevo punk stalwarts This Moment in Black History, or maybe as a long-time voice on 90.3 WCPN. As a singer-songwriter, Lawrence blushingly admits that attempts to square the circle between Bobby Womack, Neil Young, and Nina Simone.

Expect Food Trucks

 Along with Tower music, food trucks are now part of the WAOW scene (not to say you should forget about Citizen Pie). Dang Good Foods and Smoke This - Craft Pit BBQ will both be in attendance again, along with a dessert pop-up: Big Mouth Donuts.

Signs of Life at Pop Life

Pop Life people will be hanging out in front of the Pop Life building (no directions needed, that’s the building you can’t miss) with Ritual Juicery, handing out free juice samples and class passes. Stop to say hi, sign the mailing list and enter to win a FREE one month yoga membership. They promise – promise – that they really will be opening soon.  (The thing is, yoga produces such a sense of peace and detachment . . . )

At BRICK Ceramic and Design: Ceramajama

The staff of BRICK Ceramic&Design will show their mettle at the September WAOW, when the pottery presents Ceramajama Staff Showcase on the first Friday in September, 6-9 pm. The next show in the gallery will be a donation show, and all proceeds will go to the studio. That will open in October, first Friday. 

Studios at Article Gallery

Painters, printmakers, crafters, photographers, sculptors, fiber artists, Sign a one-year lease for an artist studio, with first month’s rent due January 1, three months free to get your work going. ....Then the December Holiday Gallery Sale, commission-free. A great opportunity to join a friendly, supportive, creative studio group on Waterloo. All amenities included, security, parking, storage, WIFI, kitchen. One  studio has a sink; cupboards at $350/month and one studio at $300/month. Email for a visit.

Citizen Pie Does Mondays

FYI: If you live on the other side of town and crave a pizza on a Monday (when CP’s W25 St store is closed), the Waterloo location is open. And while we’re on the topic of open, Six Shooter Coffee is also open seven days a week. Waterloo foodies, you have refuges.

Matt Shiffler Photography Beer Tasting and Walk over Waterloo

Invitation from Matt: “Please bring at least 3 craft beers to the gallery and we will share and sample everything! It's nearing holiday season so if you want to bring a good autumn/pumpkin beer or if you see a Christmas ale, bring it! I will have a few beer growlers out and ready to go.

“Since it's over the course of the night, it will be laid back and unstructured; just bring a couple beers and be ready to try some new ones. Last time, everyone that stayed tried at least 20 different beers. It was a good one. LOL  Music will be playing, food and drinks a plenty.”

A Warning from StarPOP

“ PSA: Never store toys, collectibles, or other electronics with batteries in them. This is one of the saddest sights we see here at STAR POP vintage + modern. Batteries will leak over time and sometimes the damage isn't fixable.”

Defending Summer at Six Shooter

The coffee mavens at Six Shooter, fighting for every last drop of summer,  are enticing you with a Collinwood Tiki. Not quite sure what it is, but it appears to be served in a coconut shell.



Blaxpoitation Costume Cabaret           September 13

Come out to Allen Wine Bar on the 13th in your best 70's era Black Film Costumes (Think Super Fly, The Mack, and the like) and enjoy Motown music, drink specials, a Black traditional dinner (Fried Chicken is a given, more details soon), and prizes for the best costumes!   6 – 10

Update from Scotti’s

“Thank you so much to all our wonderful customers and community who have been supporting us and enjoying our hospitality and showing their support in wanting us to stay open and continuing to serve this wonderful neighborhood. We are getting done what we need to slowly but surely and your patience and understanding and continued support is what keeps us going. We are going to remain open for the near future and hopefully for a long time. It has been a great 20 years and Scotti thinks its best for the place to step back for a second so we can recharge and come back strong to continue to serve you all. So we will be on a vacation from Sunday August 25th thru Labor day and re-open on Tuesday September 3rd for lunch at 11:30. Please share so everyone knows and we look forward to seeing you when we get back. Thank you again...... Scotti and staff.”

Not only is Scotti’s still open, with half-price pizza on Mondays and all the rest, Scott has once again managed to get his hands on the Impossible Burger. (Now that I’ve tried Impossible Sausages – surprisingly good, with about a quarter of the ingredients of the dominating brand – I’m more excited about this. Although I could do without beet-juice blood.)

At the Coit Road Farmers’ Market

The market got off to a very slow start this year – 2019 set a record for unplanted acres, soaked by the early summer rains – but they’re making up for lost time with corn, peppers, squash, beans, peaches, melons, berries, plums, apples, cauliflower, and and and . . . Not to mention the year-round butter, cheese, eggs, jams, pickles. And the ramp butter and black garlic. And baked goods and coffee.

To encourage you to try all the produce, not just the familiar, the market also does weekly cooking demos: how to make cheese, what to do with ramps, the best pizza dough. And that’s not all.


The market is also a center for Dept of Ag food programs and food-related community outreach: Care-A-Van, for instance, which appears twice a month (10:00am-1:00pm, April through October, with music (loud), give-aways (books, information), job and workforce programs; arts and crafts; live music; health screenings; group fitness; gardening; wellness consultations; nutrition education; They’ll be at the market September 14th and October 12th.

The market holds events of its own: the annual Cliff Schultz Corn Roast, the Cast Iron event, and coming up soon, its annual fundraiser.

Save the Date: October 14th /Annual 'Taste of Autumn' Fundraiser 

This is the night when the market rounds up local chefs, who in turn round up the market’s choicest produce and convert it to the most delicious food. Stay tuned for location and tickets.

Coit Road Farmers' Market, 15000 Woodworth Rd (just west of E. 152nd St)

Pet Care at Five Pointe

In late August 2019, Neighborhood Pets will be opening a satellite "Outreach Hub" at the Five Pointe Community Center on E152 St. Each Saturday, residents of east side Cleveland can access a Pet Food Bank, low-cost flea meds & dewormer, and basic pet supplies, information/resources for pet care, and appointments for free spay/neuter and low cost wellness. 5:00-7:00ish (or as long as the presenters last!)

Program members include senior citizens on fixed incomes, single mothers, U.S. veterans, and disabled and unemployed Cleveland residents.

Thanks for support from Petsmart Charities Foundation, Councilmen Anthony Hairson and Michael Polensek, and Greater Collinwood Development Corp.

For more information on services available to Cleveland residents, visit Neighborhood Pets Outreach & Resource Center at

Congratulations Jergens Inc. for the North Coast 99 Award

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event, created and presented by ERC, now in its 21st year, that honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. To learn more about the award and to see more of this year's winners, click the following link:

Plaza park updates

Cindy is inquiring to find out if we need a permit for the plaza project. We need a drawing to be able to move forward.

The cars present were not registered in Cleveland, but rather Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights, etc. Cindy reached out to the property owner, and efforts will be made to block off the parking lot, add no trespassing signage, and hopefully prevent future incidents. If anyone can help support, we will gather on Monday, August 26 at 6pm to blo

Other projects: Begin place mapping the district for public spaces we could positively impact (community gardens, mural projects, painting projects, landscaping, cleaning, etc.) Organizing a slow roll style, biking event, going up and down streets in the Arts district to jot down addresses and snap photos of public spaces.

NEOCanDo is a tool that we could use to assist with this plan. Greg can look into the owners of each property as well. Jessica can reach out to Ed, and potentially organize the bike ride. We also need to get a handle on the wayfinding sign grant.

Nan Kennedy

Resident of neighborhood since 1956. Worked on East 185th street since 1970.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 5:20 PM, 09.08.2019