What do you do for a living?
A musical tale about Old West legendary performer and Ohioan, Annie Oakley comes to life on Shore Cultural Centre’s stage October 13-22 in Silhouette Production’s presentation of Irving Berlin’s classic musical Annie Get Your Gun. Annie’s (Kate Michalski) natural ability as a sharpshooter is discovered by Buffalo Bill (Clayton Minder) and she is persuaded to join his infamous Wild West Show. Complications ensue when Annie falls in love with the show’s star, Frank Butler (Allen Seely), and her skills put her on top as the show’s star attraction. Annie Get Your Gun hits the mark throughout the show with classic tunes such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “The Girl That I Marry” and “Anything You Can Do”.
Irving Berlin's "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 'will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'
I am always amazed by the seemingly endless inventiveness of artists. They seem to get inspiration from so many different things. Some find excitement in the natural environment, others in a fantastic world. The expressions are equally varied and exciting. In Cleveland and in my experience with SPACES, a non-profit art organization, many find rich inspiration for their artwork in the fading industrial landscape of Cleveland. Often the artists will arrive from foreign lands and other cities and are drawn immediately to the large warehouses and manufacturing centers, and of course the steel mills with their stacks spitting fire over the downtown skyline. When the artists arrive to work at SPACES as part of the residency, HGR Industrial Surplus often comes up as a resource for material and inspiration.
Perhaps you have lately noticed a fresh spot of color acting like a beacon to Waterloo Road. The new mural, designed by French-born and British-educated designer and artist Camille Walala, was commissioned by Jack Mueller, a real estate investor who owns the former bank building on Waterloo Road. The building, upon completion of its interior, will be home to Poplife, a pop-up gallery, health food space, and donation-only yoga studio.
Walala’s work is inspired by the Italian-lead Memphis Movement from the 1980s but is updated with influences from the Ndebele tribe and optical art. She has large-scale works in some of the most important cities in the world: New York, Paris, London, Sydney, and now Cleveland. Mueller said he stumbled across Walala’s work online and was excited about its Memphis influences. From there the artist and the investor developed a friendship over Instagram, both sharing a love of graphic shapes and bold colors. When Mueller saw an opportunity to commission a mural from his favorite artist, he reached out, bringing Camille and her partner Julie Jomaa across the Atlantic for the project.
Mueller has said it is important to him that the building’s exterior reflect its interior, revealing his business’ dedication to the sublimity of bold shapes and bright colors. Simply, he “wants to make the world a more colorful place.” Walala’s aesthetic, bursting with sunny colors like cherry red, millennial pink, canary yellow, and “nifty turquoise” adds a splash of color, hopefully a smile, and a little bit of wonderment to the days of many Clevelanders.
Waterloo is lucky to have an investor like Jack, who believes in public art and in making art as accessible as possible. Amy Callahan, Executive Director at the nonprofit Waterloo Arts, notes that public art is important because: “[if] you live in a neighborhood where there’s poverty, that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be able to see art on their walls just for art’s sake.” Callahan went on to say that every neighborhood deserves something beautiful, something that provides a unique point of pride and helps carve an identity out for residents. In particular, street art is like “having a conversation outside,” and murals act as canvases that humanize our urban landscape. Walala’s piece starts a conversation about the creativity and energy of humanity and about the egalitarianism of street art to passerby.
Working from her dining room table was getting old. Pamela Turos’ children would say, “Remember when we used to eat lunch here?”
If you have not been on E.185th Street in a while, you are missing out! New businesses are opening and adding increased vibrancy to the street. One such business is Jack Flaps Sammich. Owner Randy Carter opened the doors to this sandwich shop and deli - where he sells house made meats– in spring 2017.
Around this same time, Cleveland artist Bob Peck was looking for wall space for his next set of murals. The location had to be right - high visibility from the street, lots of car and pedestrian traffic and a community willing to embrace his abstract, colorful art. Bob’s work can also be seen in the nearby Waterloo Arts District.
The City of Euclid’s Department of Planning and Development saw the potential in a long, blank exterior wall at Sammich and introduced Bob to Randy. It was a match! In June, the City’s Architectural Review Board approved the design for the new mural and during the July 4th holiday weekend it was painted over the course of two days. Many people stopped by to watch the fascinating process of installing a painted mural.
The mural can be considered a success in many ways, including the fact that public art along E.185th Street emerged as highly desirable from the preliminary implementation recommendations presented in the City of Euclid’s Master Plan, which wraps up this summer with a Public Meeting on Wednesday, July 12th from 6:30-8pm. Public art was also favored in the TLCI planning for the same corridor.
Check out the new mural the next time you are hungry: a parking lot for Sammich is conveniently located in front of the mural off of Abby Avenue.
Cleveland writer, Annie Hogsett’s mystery, Too Lucky to Live – #1 in her Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead series – made its debut on May 2 through Poisoned Pen Press,an independent mystery book publisher and one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. The book is available at Cleveland bookstores as well as online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Poisoned Pen Press’s website.
Get your band on the road to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
As we enter our sixth year of M4M concerts, we’re feeling called to expand the horizons, and travel further into the many-splendored world of “classical” music – without losing sight of the favorites that brought us here in the first place.
The Scoop on Summer is looking to hire an artist for its 11th edition, which will see 10,000+ copies printed and distributed in and around Collinwood. Selected artists will create the cover art, as well as images for the interior of the publication. Examples of previous editions are online at www.bit.ly/scoopart.
North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 23rd season in 2017 with the beloved theatre show Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Tickets to all three performances of this Broadway-style musical can now be purchased online. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
Three Spring concerts at Waterloo Arts
When the working day is done Girls, they want to have fun
I sat down with Malena Grigoli, to discuss her art project, that she's bringing to South Collinwood. Malena, an 18 year old student, knows the value of art and having a mentor in her life. She attends Ohio Virtual Academy (But she take all of her classes at Tri-C through the College Credit Plus program)
Critically acclaimed play on the 2014 Tamir Rice shooting in Cleveland to be remounted for four weeks only. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the ensemble-written work returns from February 17 through March 11 at Waterloo Arts.
Cleveland, OH; December 19, 2016
Playwrights Local is pleased to announce the return of its critically acclaimed documentary play, Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the original staging of this ensemble-written work will be remounted for four weeks only. Performances will run from February 17 through March 11, 2017 at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts. Additional information, including details on tickets and special post-show discussions, can be found at http://playwrightslocal.org/.
Objectively/Reasonable was hailed by The Plain Dealer as “electric, probing and uncomfortably raw…a play that needs to be seen.” By Cool Cleveland, it was praised as “a work that should travel to theaters all over the country…a catharsis.” Talkin’ Broadway pronounced it “a show that begs to be seen by police officers and citizens alike,” while Broadway World proclaimed it “a must-see experience for anyone interested in the real world around them.” The original production received national coverage from NPR, American Theatre, and HowlRound, and has been commissioned for special presentations by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and YWCA Greater Cleveland. Playwrights Local is proud to bring this powerful new work back to Cleveland audiences by popular demand.
New one-person show portrays the tragicomic coming of age of playwright/performer Amy Schwabauer. Directed by Dale Heinen, the production runs January 13 through 28 at Waterloo Arts.
The painting class, held at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries 15706 St. Clair Ave, is selling 2017 calendars depicting their paintings of Collinwood landmarks. This is a wonderful gift of memories of Collinwood for your family and friends who still hold this area dear. The Calendars are $10.00 each and will make a great holiday gift. To purchase a calendar, stop in at 15706 St. Clair or call at 216 481 8182 to reserve a few
Perhaps you would like to participate in the next project. The painting classes will meet on the following Saturdays in 2016: September 17th; October 1st, 5th and 29th; November 5th and 19th; and December 3rd. Come at 10:00am and leave about 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome. No art experience is necessary. For more information, please call 216-481-8182 or 216.408.0214.
Families picked rainbow chard and basil from the new Children’s Vegetable Garden Box painted by Ballot Box Grantee, Linda Zolten Wood, with many of the kids’ veggie superheroes. The box will have basil available for another few weeks: come by and pick some for your pizza or salad!
About 60 people attended, from regular library attendees, staff and grant supporters; the neighborhood turned out to play! 20 children turned into teams to play throughout the afternoon: 4 games were played in about 2 hours (averaging 30 minutes each) in the dappled shade next to the garden.
6 Player pennant vests were created in bright colors by Waterloo merchant Dru Christine Fabric and Design, 6 more are ready for the next game release at Grovewood Salvation Army’s Grand Opening in November, for permanent play.
A beautifully painted Splice Cream Truck was in the parking lot under the trees, helmed by Ballot Box Grantee, Ben Smith, recording Collinwood Family Histories were and will be mixed and posted on his website, and possibly pressed as vinyl records.
Silhouette Productions 2016 Musical at the Shore Cultural Centre is "The Music Man"
Ballot Box Project award winner Stephen Bivens will bring his project, This is Collinwood: History in Everyday People, to a close at the end of this month. Bivens has been photographing local businesses and families in the Collinwood community. As an entrant and awardee in the History category, Bivens hopes to capture, on film, the unique people and places that make Collinwood the neighborhood we are proud to call home.
The painting class, held at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries 15706 St. Clair Ave is selling 2017 calendars depicting their paintings of various Collinwood landmarks. After the class decided which landmarks they wanted to incorporate into the calendar, a photographer took a photograph of these sites. Under the direction of Mr. William Denihan and Mr. Doug Rothschild, they drew and painted these landmarks on canvas and chose the best paintings to include in the calendar. The Calendars will be selling for $10.00 and will make a great gift for Collinwood residents and Collinwood buffs.
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Creativity runs deep in this extended family. Article Gallery brings the return of two artists Steven Lewis and Craig Main, to the Cleveland art scene. Joining them is local artist and director of the Waterloo’s Article Gallery and studios, Louis Ross.
Lewis, Main and Ross are brothers-in-law, related by marriage. All three are recently retired and enjoying the renewed pursuit of their mature vision and art.
Craig Main is a graphic artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His recent work “Lake Superior Vistas” are digitally recreated recollections of his early life on the Great Lakes. “They are a vivid expression of a moment in time … I am trying to put the viewer at the place and moment of the vision, even to the point of being in the water or among the leaves.”
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Operation: Vegetables - The Giant Board Game of Yummy Health
Documentary play captures community response to the shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland in November 2014. Features contributions from six playwrights and direction by Terrence Spivey. Runs August 18 through September 4 at Waterloo Arts.
Stephen Bivens, neighborhood resident and recent Ballot Box Project winner, will be hosting a free photo session for Collinwood families this summer. Bivens will provide a 10-minute photo session. Two prints (4x6 and 5x7) will be available for pick up the following weekend. Images can also be emailed to participants.
All levels of artists and visual art forms are on view at Phone Gallery - Cleveland's smallest gallery - from elementary school students to eminent professionals.
Offers Free Photo Shoots to Collinwood Families
Local photographer and Ballot Box winner, Stephen Bivens, will be photographing local business owners and staff members throughout the month of May.
The Trillium Woodwind Trio will perform on Sunday, May 8 at 4 pm at Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road; 216-692-9500; waterlooarts.org. The event is free.
Margaret Craig is a longtime resident of North Collinwood and storyteller working to better connect arts with the wider community.
A lifetime Cleveland resident and 25 year community member of North Collinwood, Craig employs storytelling to engage with her fellow residents. She uses singing, acting, performance - just about any medium - to engage with other community members. She's even a professional clown.
Exposing children to art is her passion, especially the connection of the spoken word with the written word. It's easy to see the roots of this dedication in both her personal and professional background.
Craig taught preschool for 20 years before working for the Salvation Army, Northeast Shores Development Corporation and even Waterloo Arts (then Arts Collinwood). She's currently the Learning Zone Director at the Salvation Army on Grovewood Avenue, where she is in charge of after school programming. To all the kids, she's "Ms. Margaret."
Music for Miles Brings Rousing Classics to Waterloo Arts
The Impreza Piano Trio, Sunday April 10, 4 pm
How did the Austrian army lure peasants to its recruiting stations? With music! And the Impreza Trio will demonstrate, in its April Music for Miles concert at Waterloo Arts.
Eric Charnofsky is at the piano in this newly formed Cleveland-area ensemble, with Emily Cornelius on violin and Lauren M. Dunseath playing cello. All three of these musicians have a wide background of performance experience as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, and are also active as teachers at all levels. Their debut program comprises trios from the standard chamber music repertoire, including works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn.
Lane Cooper’s show “What Dreams May Come” will be hanging in the gallery, and the Callaloo will be ready as always with glasses of wine and flavors of the Caribbean. Or it might be the time to try Waterloo’s new coffee shop – Six Shooter, at the corner of E161.
Waterloo Arts’ Music for Miles chamber concerts are back for their Spring season, starting with the Bayard String Quartet on Sunday March 13. Kimia Ghaderi and Victor Beyens, violins, Christine Sherlock, viola, and Eric Graf, cello, will play Vivaldi, Bach and Bizet; Massenet, Mozart and Fritz Kreisler; and Argentine dances, a tango and traditional music from Veracruz – a multi-faceted program.
As always, the afternoon will be multi-sensory: the Waterloo Arts gallery is hosting the All-City Art Show, and the adjoining Callaloo Café will be ready with glasses of wine and light Caribbean fare. Children are welcome, if quiet, and conversation with the musicians is encouraged.
And as always, the concert will be free, thanks to our partnership with the Local 4 Music Fund, the Music Performance Trust Fund, the Waterloo Arts Friends Committee, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Ohio Arts Council.
Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road, 216-692-9500, waterlooarts.org.
If you blink, you might miss Cleveland’s smallest gallery housed inside a once vacant pay phone box annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care in the west end of the Waterloo Arts District.
Originally conceived in 2013 by another artist and myself, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise underutilized "space" into an inventive place for art display. For nearly three years the diminutive gallery has exhibited emerging talent and preeminent Northeast Ohio artists and is the darling of my 2016 CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship (thank you again to those who supported Issue 8 on the ballot last fall!).
The transformation from empty metal box to white walled gallery (with a shatter resistant, tamperproof “viewfinder”) required imagination and great partnerships with a local handyman and Russ’ Auto Care, from whom we siphon a little electricity every time someone walks by the motion-sensor operated LED lights retrofitted inside the pay phone box. The brick wall recess behind the box is painted bright yellow to grab your attention while the existing etched, graffitied pay phone box housing is left untouched, a relic of its former utility.
Classical Meets Folk: CityMusic at Waterloo Arts
CityMusic’s second chamber concert at Waterloo Arts turns to folk music, which was part of the audible landscape for classical composers. Their string trio will play duets for two violins, by Haydn, Mozart and Bela Bartok; and trios by Haydn and Beethoven for two violins and double bass. Masha Andreini and Aniela Eddy are the violinists; Tracy Rowell plays bass.
The concert is in the Nan and MilesKennedyCommunityArtCenter at Waterloo Arts (enter at 397 E156 St) on Friday, February 19, at 7 pm, and will include a short intermission. Like the M4M concerts, CityMusic concerts are free. And when they’re held at Waterloo Arts, they include (sometimes) a gallery show and (always) the possibility of a glass of wine or some such from the Callaloo Café.
The full CityMusic orchestra will perform at St Jerome church on March 17 and May 12. The M4M series at Waterloo Arts begins in March, with the Bayard String Quartet, followed by the Charnofsky Piano Trio in April; the Trillium Trio (flute, clarinet, bassoon), which was our very first M4M concert, in May; the Tower City Brass Quintet in September; the Silver Keys Clarinet Quartet in October; and Joe Parker with his sitar in November.
Where did the folk influence come from? Haydn’s parents were working folk – musical working folk – and he grew up singing folk songs with them and their neighbors. He also adapted some of the Landler, the immensely popular German dance, as did Beethoven and Mozart.
Beethoven wrote 179 folk-song arrangements, many of them English, Scots or Irish – although he never visited Britain. A Scots collector paid him by the song (possibly one British pound apiece, which apparently had been Haydn’s rate) and Beethoven obliged generously – despite the difficulties of smuggling goods between Austria and Scotland during the Napoleonic War. The songs didn’t sell well in Scotland – not simple enough.
Bela Bartok, after hearing a peasant woman singing, began to record (on an Edison phonograph) hundreds of songs from small villages in rural Hungary and Romania. His intention was preservation, but the process had a profound influence on his own compositions.
North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 22nd season in 2016 with the beloved theatre show Shrek the Musical Jr.
Tickets to all three performances can now be purchased online. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library Auditorium, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44119
$8 in advance
Online Ticket Ordering
Tickets may now be purchased through WWW.SHOWTIX4U.COM.
More Music at Waterloo Arts
Amy Callahan and the Music for Miles committee have announced their 2016-17 dates for the chamber series named in honor of Miles Kennedy, a Waterloo Arts founder and Waterloo benefactor. As usual, the concerts will be varied, informal – and free.
March 13 – piano chamber; April 10 – string quartet; May 8 – The Trillium Trio (flute, clarinet, bassoon - and our very first M4M concert in November 2011); September 11 – brass quintet; October 9 Silver Keys Clarinet quartet; and November 13 – sitar.
The concerts always begin at 4 pm in the WaterlooArtsNan & MilesKennedyArtsCenter; families with musical children are invited to arrive early so their offspring can watch the professionals set up. They run for about 90 minutes, with an intermission, and refreshments may be found in the adjoining Callaloo Café.
This year’s season will be extended by two CityMusic chamber concerts, in the same setting.* CityMusic has added North Collinwood to the Cleveland neighborhoods where it performs – chamber concerts will be played at Waterloo Arts on January 15 and February 19, and the full orchestra will perform at St Jerome on March 17 and May 12.
Artist, Jonah Jacobs is part of an exhibit entitled “Bottled Water”, which was held at Waterloo Arts Gallery this fall. Bottled Water is an experimental installation, which explores the human relationship to the natural world. “Artists draw inspiration from: the bottle- representing something man-made that is encapsulating, controlling and which commercializes an element; as well as water- representing the life giving quality or the eroding and violently destructive quality of water as an element of nature beyond human control; also, man's manipulation of material, both natural material into art and mundane manufacture materials back to a seemingly organic state.” I had the opportunity to stop by Waterloo Arts and talk to Johah about his work, how he got started in his career as an artist, and the processes that he uses.
BOOK REVIEW: "Circumstantial Evidence" by Frank Secich
I feel I should preface this review by saying that I do not ordinarily review books. It just happened that I was given the opportunity and, hey, I'm all about local music, and that's what this book is about, so here you go. "Circumstantial Evidence" is an autobiography written by Frank Secich, of many great bands from Ohio or with Ohio connections (Blue Ash, Dead Boys, Club Wow, Deadbeat Poets, etc.). There's plenty of great tales from his time with these bands and others, such as Blue Ash's time opening for the infamous final Stooges show, captured on side two of the live album "Metallic K.O.," as well as great stories about touring around the world and living in Sharon, PA and Youngstown, OH. There were funny stories, interesting anecdotes, lots of info, and cool/rare photos, such as outtakes from photo shoots that produced picture sleeves and shots from recording sessions. In terms of the category "autobiographies of esteemed Ohio musicians," it was a different side of the music scene, refreshing in its way, as it didn't have the sordid tales of alcohol and drug abuse like, say, Cheetah Chrome's or Mike Hudson's, though like these, it was a from the heart, honest take on the life of a musician. I learned many things I didn't know before about the Ohio music scene. I also really appreciated the inclusion of a full discography, with a lot more info that I didn't know about. The book also includes full sets of lyrics for songs written about events described within the book, telling the story from a different angle, which was great. If you like learning about Ohio music, power pop, or just enjoy funny stories about Stiv Bators, I'd recommend this book to you. I know I certainly enjoyed it.
On Saturday, November 14, the spirit flags will fly above the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District and all Collinwood and Greater Cleveland community members are invited to gather at Waterloo Arts Gallery from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to celebrate the culmination of the “Who we are, Where we live” program. “Who we are, Where we live” is a multi-faceted creative arts program, funded by the Institute for Poetic Medicine and designed to give voice to the residents of the diverse Collinwood community. For some, stories and memories of life and work in Collinwood date back to the 1940’s and before. Pat Nevar, Vice President of the Slovenian Workmen’s Home, and her husband Fred began dancing together in the Hall’s ballroom decades ago. For others, like Gladys Burnett, a recent transplant from Youngstown and avid member of the Collinwood Rec Center, these memories and stories are just beginning to unfold. Together, they tell the larger story of a place that has endured through hard times and good times, a place where people still live, raise families, make art, run businesses, and go to school.
UpStage Players’ Announce Shrek The Musical Jr. for Early-January 2016; Will Hold an Open House/Audition Workshop in December
UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s most enduring non-profit children’s theatre companies, invites area youths, ages 7 to 15, to audition for the troupe’s Spring 2016 musical, Shrek the Musical Jr. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
Waterloo Arts is thrilled to host another Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion international artist this fall. Kuenlin Tsai is from Taipei, Taiwan and works in a variety of media depending on the project. He has designed and installed many public art sculptures in Taiwan, China and Japan, which are site specific and often incorporate a "sound" element.
While in Cleveland, Tsai has been getting to know the city and has designed a sculpture for the Waterloo Tower in response to his experience here. The sculpture references the cycles of decay and growth - whether in a forest or urban neighborhood - and the hope that is emerging in Cleveland today. Tsai is building the sculpture in his studio at Waterloo Arts and install it during the next few weeks.
On Wednesday, October 28, Tsai had a workshop with students from OH Perry to build their own individual sculptures, some of which will be incorporated into the Treesure House tower installation. He is also hosting screenings of quintessential Taiwanese films, on Wednesday evenings, in order to introduce the city of Cleveland to the culture and history of Taiwan.
Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.
Another Mother's Milk - Milk Money - self-released - 22 songs - CD
Quick note: I've been told they're working on getting a download together as well, but right now it's just on CD. Onto the content. "Milk Money" is a good solid 50 minutes of trashy garage pop/rock. A couple songs, such as "Kirtland" and "My Own Scum," go into a folk kinda territory as well. And whatever you'd like to count "Robot Noises" as, kind of a, well, robotic stomp. Good male-female vocals as well. My favorites were the opener, "Little Cellar Girl," "That's When She Cursed Me" (which sort of reminded me of a loopier Stray Cats), the bluesy-ish "Bomb Shelter," and the crazy, stalker song "Follow You Home." Also includes their great track from the "Short Shorts Vol. 1" 7", "Drone." There were quite a lot of songs, but they were catchy and mostly short, so what's there to complain about there? 4/5
We are all busy. So busy. Too busy.
What is something else most of us have in common? We commute to work, to shop, to play, to dinner. For those of us who use public transportation waiting for the bus is the least productive and most annoying part of the commute (well, aside from potholes).
Coming soon to a bus shelter near you is an art project that challenges our community to join together in exercise and make great use of that idle time waiting for the bus!
Thanks to a grant funded in part by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and awarded by jury selection through Northeast Shores Community Development Corporations’ “COLLINWOOD 2015” health initiative, this Fall three bus shelters in the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood will be transformed by a printed, clear vinyl wrap illustrating simple, easy exercises along with preventive care facts and tips on health habits.
This spring, a group of University School seventh graders took part in a week-long field study of the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood. Among the things the students saw while in the neighborhood were the Zoetic Walls, Cleveland’s first organized street art project.The students came to understand that among the goals of the project were a visual enlivening of the neighborhood, a contribution to the neighborhood’s sense of identity, and the aspiration that residents might become attached to abandoned infrastructure in hopes that these buildings would not be demolished. Nonetheless, as the students interviewed neighborhood residents, they heard contrasting opinions regarding the walls: The neighborhood residents generally love the idea of public art, but some feel that the murals do not properly represent the neighborhood’s identity – its history, its future, or its residents. Others feel that these murals are, indeed, representative of these things. The boys were intrigued by the way in which art inspired such a rich conversation on the topic of Collinwood’s identity.
Sometimes, bigger isn’t better. This is the case with ‘Phone Gallery’ - Cleveland's smallest gallery - annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care in the west end of the Waterloo Arts District.
Originally conceived in 2013 by another artist and me, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise vacant and underutilized "space" - in this case, an abandoned pay phone booth - into an inventive place for art display.
The transformation from empty metal box to white walled gallery (with a shatter resistant, tamperproof “viewfinder”) required imagination and a great partnership with a local handyman and Russ’ Auto Care, from whom we siphon a little electricity every time someone walks by the motion-sensor operated LED lights retrofitted inside the pay phone booth.