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Playwrights Local Radio Plays: Hear them on SoundCloud.

AT PRAXIS    Praxis (#Praxis)

AT THE BEACHLAND   Beachland (#Beachland)

Gene Schwartz Trio, The Tufted Puffins, Grateful Dead Revival Brunch with new menu! on Sunday, with DJ Ken Dixon.

AT POP LIFE: Two Ways to Get Grounded for 2020: PopLife (#PopLife) Last Mondays Chanting Chant (#Chant) Aquarian Age Sadhana Sadhana (#Sadhana) In the Juicery AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD  Neighborhood (#Neighborhood) At Kumbaya and Lady Bug  Kumbaya (#Kumbaya) Social-justice discussion series Intimate evening with Reggie Kelly

At The Market   Market (#Market)

Fruit, veg, cheese and cooking demos

Community Greenhouse Partners Interns

Playwrights Local Radio Plays

Hear them on SoundCloud:

Entanglement, A Historical Fantasy of Almost-Love and Almost-Loss, Art History and Entry-Level Quantum Physics  Written by Les Hunter. Directed by Christine McBurney.

Every Play Is a Radio Play When You're Blind, Layers of privilege collide when a naïve bridesmaid meets a semi-famous blind artist on a public bus. It’s Julia’s first time on the RTA and Jason offers to guide her across town. On the way, the unlikely pair discovers an unusual connection that is central to Jason’s art and career, making Julia the perfect subject for his next book. Written by Meghan Louise Wagner. Directed by Constance Thackaberry. Recorded live at The 5th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts on October 12, 2019.

Flame Puppy, a Play for Voices, A beatnik finds peace through visions of a mythic turkey. A legless lout survives a ruthless drug dealer and rises to fame by manufacturing trailer hitches. The origin of the human body is recounted by two friendly anthropologists. And to bring them all together – a house-sized puppy made entirely of flame. Written and directed by Mike Geither.


Praxis Gallery: ”Wild and Bloomin”: work by Deb Berkebile, Joyce Jentoft and Sandy Shelenberger.  “We are friends connected by a desire to share our creativity. Our inspiration for this joint exhibit was the quote “to bloom where you are planted.” We have used a variety of surface design techniques including batik, dye painting, experimental screen-printing processes and Shibori to give voice to our personal and collaborative expressions on fabric. We want this colorful exhibit to bloom and have vitality. Our goal is to inspire those who see our work to not only look more closely at our unique individual marks, but to discover the beauty and strength when our visions are interwoven.”         Gallery hours: Wednesdays & Sundays from noon to 4pm or by appointment. 

AT POP LIFE: Two Ways to Get Grounded for 2020

Last Mondays at Pop Life

If you're interested in chanting, mostly yogic, mantra, kirtan, devotional, etc., put Denys Morgan and Grant Marquit on your calendar. They have gotten the band back together, with their unique blend of workshop and practice of these forms. Join them from 7:30-8:45pm the LAST Monday of every month! Donations accepted but not required, ever. A great way to prepare for 2020, with improved vision, clarity, the end of a cycle.

Aquarian Age Sadhana

Pop Life will host two major workshops on the third Saturday in January. You can start the day at 5 am with , a free three-hour sadhana workshop, which Pop Life describes as a personal spiritual effort shared with a group consciousness, through guided song, chanting, and meditation. The Aquarian Age will demand intuition, stamina (both physical and mental), self-awareness, and a new depth of spiritual experience that can hold our identity in the face of global changes, relentless competition, information overload, and ecological and environmental challenges.

 The ritual will consist of recitation (Japa) of a sacred Sikh prayer,  Japji Sahib (chanting the Naad), a Kundalini Kriya (exercise set), meditation & relaxation, followed by the 7 Mantras for The Aquarian Age (62 minutes of chanting sacred & powerful mantras). Yogi Tea and snacks will be shared afterward. Copies of Japji Sahib and mantras will be available.

For more info on "The Aquarian Age Sadhana," visit:  

Learn more about "The Art of Wellness" at and @poplifecle

Full-day Workshop on Goal Defining and Productivity

Join Side Project Sessions, Free Period Press and Pop Life to kickstart your 2020 with a special full-day workshop, 10 am – 5 pm.

Side Project Sessions is a regular monthly event series designed to help people put their labor of love – and themselves – first. Free Period Press is a Cleveland-based stationery company with products designed to help you slow (way, way) down, take care of yourself, and focus. Their representatives will lead a reflection and goal-refining workshop, and offer productivity tips. Pop Life will offer a special gentle movement time at lunch (bring your own, or order a catered detox lunch from Ritual Juicery which includes a Detox Salad (sweet potato falafel, cucumbers, kale, and beet tahini dressing) and a Detox organic cold-pressed juice (apple, kale and lemon). Please purchase the lunch ticket if you'd like this option.

What to expect:

 Insights into productivity and accountability

Guidance on goal setting and planning for your project

Resources to help you plan, prioritize and beat overwhelm

Distraction-free work sessions to help you start, finish or make way on your project

All-important breaks to rest, refresh and sustain your work

The chance to meet and mingle with fellow attendees (without the pressure to share your work, or any forced networking exercises – eep!)

And a Free Period Press workbook!

Complimentary bottomless coffee and light snacks to ensure you maintain your energy and focus throughout the day. Coffee drinks, juice, and smoothies will also be available to purchase from Ritual Juicery

 What to bring:

Laptop, charger, headphones, notebooks, pens, pencils – anything you need for your project, tasks or work! Plus your lunch and/or money to spend at the incredible Ritual Juicery cafe or to purchase additional items from Free Period Press.      Pop Life, 15619 Waterloo Road, FREE parking in the lot adjacent to the building.

In the Juicery

Cleanses for the new year. Raw brownies - gluten free, dairy free, sugar free – but chocolate makes up for everything. Bowls, salads, puddings.


At Kumbaya and Lady Bug

If you’re a social-justice warrior (like Mittie, who has many talents besides baking Friendship Bread) mark your calendar for a January-February discussion series: Tuesdays & Thursdays starting January 21, 6 – 8 p.m. These are based on The New York Times 1619 Project; for more information, visit the Education page at

And if you’re more of a romantic soul, make time for An Intimate Evening with Jazz & NeoSoul Balladeer Reggie Kelly: Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14. For all these events, check with  Thursdays & Fridays, 2 - 7 p.m. Saturdays, Noon - 7 p.m.; 216.376.9692


The Christmas greens have all been sold, Chandra’s gluten-free cookie frenzy is over – but the market still has just what you need after all that holiday eating: plenty of vegetables. Also eggs and cheese, and pickles and jam . . . and just a few cookies, cupcakes and brownies, to go with your Fair Trade coffee. Usually in stock in January:

Apples, Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, Turnips, Lettuce, Mixed greens, kale, collards, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Cabbage, Spinach, Garlic, Cauliflower, Winter squash, Microgreens, Radishes.  

Community Greenhouse Partners Is Looking For Interns

Community Greenhouse Partners (a big part of the Coit Road market) is a sustainable urban farm at E 67th and Superior in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood.  This will be their ninth season of growing food for neighborhoods that need it. Their interns care for the crops and day-to-day farm chores, doing such jobs as:

▪ Build and maintain raised garden beds and hoop houses.

▪ Plant seeds and starts.

▪ Water and care for plants, prune and weed beds.

▪ Feed and care for cats and chickens. (Interesting combination.)

▪ Work with volunteers and staff on farm projects

▪ Attend Farmers Markets and do Community Outreach.

All interns are asked to take on a "special project";  previous examples:

▪ Building a new chicken coop

▪ Experimenting with increasing microgreen production

▪ Writing an "Interns Handbook."

▪ Developing an outreach program with a local school.

All that is required is a strong interest in urban agriculture and a willingness to get one's hands and feet dirty. Must be a junior, senior or recent college graduate. Agriculture-related degrees or specialties are preferred, but not required; ditto permaculture certification. A commitment to stay until at least September 2020 is preferred.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 5:13 PM, 01.12.2020