Nan's Notes


In the Gallery:   “Look at Me!” Opening February 7

Superheroes created by young patients at University Hospitals. This special exhibit features characters created by African American, Latinx, Arab American, Native American and Asian American kids and teens, reflecting the diversity of our community.  A powerful essay about representational justice by artist activist Amanda D. King accompanies the exhibit.  Families welcome - kids can design their own superheroes. Opening Reception 6 – 9.

The Superhero Project at UH    February 20

Reception 5:30 – 7:30 celebrating the opening of a new exhibit featuring superheroes created by current and former patients of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.  The extraordinary exhibit reveals the transformative quality of imagination as a tool for healing.  All are welcome - light refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Jeremy Cares.  

University Hospitals of Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland.

Playwrights Local Presents:

Two Staged Readings:

THIS IS NOT RAMONA'S FAULT     Monday, February 10, 7 pm

Written by Mara Layne, directed by Christine McBurney, dramaturgy by Les Hunter. Developed in Playwrights Local’s 2020 Play Lab incubator. Ramona, 16, navigates the aftermath of loss as it impacts her friendships, family and intimate life. Featuring Marcella Michalakes, Bre Womble, Elisa Fuentes, and Casey Venema. FREE. No tickets or reservations required.

OBLATUS   Saturday, February 15 at 3:00 pm

Written by Diana Lueptow. Directed by Caroline Jackson Smith. Dramaturgy by Lenora Inez Brown. FREE No tickets or reservations required

In 12th century Germany, the great abbess, intellectual and composer Hildegard of Bingen faces a final controversy as she defies church leaders in a battle of wills from which she refuses to retreat. From an abbey graveyard to powerful cathedral halls, the action follows Hildegard as she fights for her principles and her own authority. At stake: her own creations, the urgency of sacred praise, respect for her decisions, and the nature of evidence against political gamesmanship. Who will win? And who is the mysterious character shadowing Hildegard, with so many unusual insights into her behavior?

And a Workshop Production:

 SANZARU    Friday, Saturday, Sunday Feb. 14, 15, 16 7:30

Written by Greg Smith. Directed by Erik Andrews. A workshop production of a new devised theater piece created in Playwrights Local’s 2020 Play Lab incubator. Featuring Minor Cline, Lauren B. Smith, & Casey Venema. Special post-show audience response session with Dr. Shane Breaux on Sunday, February 16.

Three strangers wake up in an unfamiliar and seemingly inescapable room, with no knowledge of where they are, why they’re there, and--in Morgan’s case--why the hell her eyes have been removed. As their ability to communicate with each other becomes more and more fractured, so too do their relationships and--more worryingly--reality itself. Sanzaru is a thought-provoking and darkly humorous new collaborative work.  TICKETS: ; $8 General Admission with Accommodations Upon Request. | (216) 302-8856.     Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, 397 East 156th Street


“AMALA: She Could Not Stay (In Their Black Bodies)”  February 7th - March 22nd

Opening reception: February 7th, 6:00-9:00pm. Closing reception: March 6th

Artist M. Carmen Lane examines the relationship between loss, displacement, relocation and the cost of accumulated histories on black gendered bodies that give birth. This work is nurtured through the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion: Data Arts Edition.

M.Carmen Lane  is a two:spirit African-American and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk/Tuscarora) artist, writer and facilitator living in Cleveland. Her work ranges from experiential educator to diversity practitioner to organizational systems consultant to experimental artist—all of it integrates ancestry, legacy, and spirituality; and pursues expansion, experimentation, and play. She is founder and director of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership (, an urban retreat center and social practice experiment in holistic health, leadership development, Indigenous arts and culture, which houses the Akhsótha Gallery in Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.

Lane’s work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including the Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink Magazine, Anomaly, and the Lambda Literary Award-nominated Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literatures. Lane’s first collection of poetry is Calling Out After Slaughter (2015). Lane has exhibited work during the FRONT 2018 triennial group show by Michael Rakowitz, A Color Removed at SPACES Gallery and at EFA Project Space’s Spring 2019 exhibition In The Presence of Absence. Lane was a 2018 Creative Fusion artist-in-residence and recipient of the 2019 Room In The House artist residency at Karamu theatre. In January 2020, Lane was awarded a Joyce Award with the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

AMALA Pre-Opening Gathering          February 6

Hosted by ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership and Praxis Fiber Workshop.     Those who have experienced loss at the intersections of race/ethnicity and infant mortality (infant loss, stillbirth, miscarriage) are invited  to engage in conversation and a ceremonial to activate the installation, "AMALA: She Could Not Stay (In Their Black Bodies)," a mixed-media installation with FEMA body bags. While this is a public gathering, attendees are asked to honor both the experience and the confidentiality of all who participate. No registration is required;   6 PM – 7:30 PM.  For questions, please email:

Introduction to Felting Forms                Saturday, February 22, 10 AM – 4 PM   

Instructor : Greg Hatch.   Have you always wanted to learn to felt? Now you can! This accessible course will teach you the basics of wet felting while also exploring the sculptural potential of seamless felted forms. Learn how you can transform wool into functional objects, organic soft sculptures, or even theatrical puppets. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience. $105 per person. Register online.

Intro to Machine Knitting   Saturday, April 18, 10 AM – 4 PM   

Put aside your knitting needles and learn to use the knitting machine! At Praxis, we have knitting machines ranging from standard to bulky gauge to accommodate every type of yarn. These straight machines operate by moving a handle side to side to create panels of knitted fabric. Learn to choose material, cast on and knit swatches using all 3 gauges of knitting machines in this introductory course. $105 per student. register online.


Gal-entine's Day Prom    February 14

Featuring AJ and the Woods, Kid Tigrrr, Elizabeth Kelley, SexyPigDivas, Sarah Arafat, and Molly Andrews-Hinders. Founded on the sweet nostalgia of delta blues, AJ & The Woods elevates roots rock to a new height. 

Ohio Burlesque Presents the 10th Annual Sweetheart Showcase   February 15

Back at The Beachland Ballroom celebrating the 10th production of their annual Sweetheart Showcase show; this year it is The Ziegfeld Follies. 

Beachland 20th Anniversary

The Beachland's 20th anniversary is coming up during the first weekend of March. During that weekend, they will be revisiting their garage punk roots with Reigning Sound (3/6) and New Bomb Turks (3/7). Additional shows throughout March will touch on all the musical roots that have made the Beachland into the venue it is today.

To celebrate the day, Cindy and Mark are doing serious repair work: a tear off and replacement of the 30-year-old roof and new heating and air conditioning units for both the Ballroom and Tavern, followed by fixing the broken plaster and ceiling tiles that were damaged by leaks in the old roof, and a general tidy-up of the whole venue. Many thanks to the fans who came to the fundraising shows and /or donated!


Six Shooter Coffee’s move into a bigger space next door to Waterloo Arts turns out to be more dramatic than originally planned – because the new space is not just bigger, it’s dramatically bigger. What does a coffee shop do with 1000 square feet of vacant space? Open a Tex-Mex restaurant, it turns out. As soon as they find a chef. They’ve already set the tone with cactus-printed wallpaper – one wall being reserved for art from Maria Neil, of course.

 Tex-Mex food fits nicely with Six Shooter’s name, which reflects Peter’s Texas heritage (his great-grandfather was a cowboy); while he was opening the original shop, he read that the coffee on Lyndon B. Johnson’s ranch was described as so strong, it could float a revolver. And so a brand was born.


In another food note - exciting news for pizza lovers, Citizen Pie is (literally) brewing up “something really good like nothing else out there ... yet !! Be patient, fermentation takes time.” Your guess is as good as mine.


An Evening with Steve Wynn      Friday, April 10

7 PM – 10 PM.  Steve will be playing songs covering the entire span of his  40 year recording career—from “The Days of Wine and Roses,” his debut album with The Dream Syndicate, all the way through selections from his solo records, The Baseball Project, Gutterball and more.  He will be selling and signing copies of his book “Steve Wynn—Complete Lyrics 1982 to 2017” and almost all of those 300 songs will be fair game for playing at the shows. There will be a cash bar with limited selection of beer/wine. Proceeds from the bar will benefit the Waterloo Alley Cat Project, a 501(C)(3) organization that cares for the homeless/stray cats living around Waterloo Road.

Blue Arrow Records is a brick and mortar retail vintage vinyl record store in operation since 2009.


Pop Life promised a life-and-energy building filled with life-affirming partners – and they’re beginning to assemble.

The latest addition is Maeve's All Natural, the maker of beauty products from natural ingredients. The shop in the Pop Life building is open Monday-Friday 9 to 5; Saturday 10 to 4; Sunday 10 to 2. Maeve’s suggestion for a starter visit: grapefruit scrub & body butter, the ultimate duo and the perfect citrus scent to uplift and remind you that warmer days are ahead. Try it in person in the shop. Or Calendula Salve, great for soothing irritation, redness & rashes - a must have for winter or anyone who suffers from eczema. 

 And to complement Maeve’s products, Pop Life provides crystal manicures, community yoga and much much more!  (In case you hadn’t heard - Team Crystal Nails are international champion nail technicians: 3 International Championship victories, 24 gold medals at the London Nailympics, and dozens of gold, silver, and bronze medals at 200 international nail competitions worldwide.  40 types of builder gels and acrylics, over 500 color gels, 300 acrylic color powders, and 300 CrystaLac gel polishes  Goodness gracious! )

1619 Project Discussion Series at Kumbaya: A Reminder

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 - 8 p.m.  January 28 - February 27

The National Institute for Restorative Justice presents The New York Times 1619 Project Discussion Series. Participation is free and open to the public ages 16 and up, but will require registration (email your name and email address to beginning Monday, January 13 through Friday, January 24, in order to prepare individual participant packets for the series. To review previous discussions visit

These discussions – all discussions at Kumbaya – are conducted in a living-room atmosphere in Mittie Jordan’s cosy coffee shop, with coffee, tea and Mittie’s soups and baked goods available to keep up your strength.

CityMusic Concert           March 11, 12, 13, 14

“New World Revisited”

Conductor: Amit Peled. Soloist: John Clayton. Spoken Word: Orlando Watson.

Antonín Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony was profoundly influenced by the music of the old plantations, which he learned from Henry T. Burleigh, his student from Erie, Pennsylvania. Dvořák’s great Symphony is complemented by a work commissioned from acclaimed jazz bassist and composer John Clayton, which he said represents “a continuum of Dvořák’s compositional influence by African-American music” — “The New World Revisited.”

Local Cleveland lyricist artist Orlando Watson will be featured as a spoken word artist.

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Jazz selections played by The Spirit of the Groove

KIRTLAND Wed, March 11 – 7:30 PM***

Lakeland Community College, Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, D Building, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland

UNIVERSITY CIRCLE Thu, March 12 – 7:30 PM**

Milton and TamarMaltz PerformingArts Center, 1855Ansel Rd.,

LAKEWOODFri, March 13 – 7:30 PM*

LakewoodCongregationalChurch, 1375 WestClifton, Lakewood

SLAVIC VILLAGESAT, MARCH 14 – 8:00 PM*Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649

East 65th St., Cleveland

Zerolandfill Winter  Pick-Up Dates

February 22, 2020 9:00am-12:00pm

February 28, 2020 3:00pm-6:00pm

Come find expired samples from the Interior Design industry that can be repurposed into classroom materials, art projects, or after-school activities.  Everything is available at no cost - bring a friend or colleague to join the fun and help reduce waste.

Zerolandfill is located at Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District; 4750 East 131st Street, Garfield Heights.

Cuyahoga SWCD Is Selling Trees

The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce its inaugural (hopefully) annual tree and shrub sale for the fine residents of Cuyahoga County. They

have teamed up with Licking SWCD, which already has assembled an extensive list of native trees and shrubs of all sizes.

Ordering will be through the Licking SWCD website and will go live on February 1st, and close on March 24th. Pickup will be at the Cuyahoga SWCD office, located at 3311 Perkins Ave, Suite 100. Check with the organization’s blog at for a hyperlink to the order form when it becomes available – and be sure to use the “Cuyahoga SWCD” dropdown when ordering. (This will be the single way for all parties involved to know that Cuyahoga County citizens’ trees get delivered to Cuyahoga SWCD).

Pickup will be on April 17th from 8AM-4:30PM and April 18th from 9AM-5:30PM with no exceptions at the Cuyahoga SWCD office. Natural Resources Conservationist  Justin Husher will be coordinating all things tree sale this year. All questions should be directed to him at 216-524-6580 x1007 or


LaSalle Apartment

The apartment for rent above the refurbished La Salle is subject to “income restrictions and requirements”; not sure what that means, trying to find out from Cleveland Housing Network, who so far have explained that a tenant’s maximum income limit is 80% meaning…one person income cannot exceed $41,280, two persons income cannot exceed $47,200. Eighty percent of what, I don’t know – but I’m sure someone out there will tell me.   

Walk & Roll

East 185th Merchants Association has received a grant for the Walk and Roll festival this summer, partnering with the Old World Festival and holding the event in a vacant lot on the north end of the street. Local merchants will contribute tickets and prizes - Waterloo merchants might be able to participate. Stay tuned.


Robert is pausing the development of his gaming-centered world to consider fresh options, and has moved out of the current space. Stay tuned for a re-invented business, again on E185, and again thoughtfully creative.


The market had to close last Saturday because of a heating problem – but It Has Not Closed for the Winter. It will, as always, be open every Saturday year round. And you will find that you can make a surprising variety of meals using mostly what the market has in stock (this will test just how devoted you are to sourcing locally).

Produce offerings, of course, are not what they are in July and August, but there are lots of root veg and greens (spinach! kale!), along with eggs and cheese and baked goods, pickles, jams and honey. If you froze that wealth of beans and zucchini and eggplant back in the summer, you have no more to wish for.

And to while away the cold weather, Kelvin has an interesting list of demos, which he describes below:

Fresh Mozzarella: Feb.15th, 11am

The following demo will be covering mozzarella from scratch. You'll have the opportunity to go home with what you need along with your gallon of milk so that you could make your own fresh mozzarella.

Fresh Pasta: Feb.29th, 10am

  On that elusive February 29th we will be doing our always-popular pasta making demo. It's a hands-on demo where you'll make your own pasta from scratch and have an opportunity to taste your handiwork. Everybody plays at this one.

Pressure Cookers: Mar.14th, 11am

  On March 14th we're going to cover the still-underappreciated pressure cooker. With the enormous success of the Instant Pot it's time to get pressure cookers of all types back into the kitchen. There is nothing to be afraid of.

Tamales: Mar. 28th,

And we round out the winter session with tamales. The importance of this class over its expensive counterparts is that you're actually going to learn how to make your masa from scratch at this one. We'll also make some tortillas from scratch.

REMEMBER ... cooking classes are always FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! All you have to do is be at the market on that Saturday morning. And if there's something else you want to learn let us know and they'll produce that demo for you.

Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 5:31 PM, 02.05.2020