this week in cleveland: hope for the city and much more

This week, join Sustainable Cleveland at Old Stone Church for the kickoff of the Hope for the City series, see Booker T. Jones at the Music Box, view three versions of Blade Runner at the Cinematheque, and sample local brews.

Hope for the City
Wednesday, Feb. 25th, 12-1 pm
Old Stone Church 91 Public Square

The burning river was quite possibly Cleveland’s biggest reputation setback. Keeping Lake Erie clean is hugely important. This year, Sustainable Cleveland is celebrating the Year of Clean Water. On Wednesday, Old Stone Church will hold the first of a four-part series of discussions about water issues. This is one of the many events that are being held in association with the Year of Clean Water.
Bob Health, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University, will speak on the topic, “Could Cleveland completely run of out drinking water?” Health was President of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and in 2008 he was awarded the Ohio Lake Erie Award by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission for his “significant contributions and dedication to the protection and restoration of Lake Erie.” Upcoming topics of discussion include  “Holy Rollin’ on the River: Water from the Rock,”  “Green Infrastructure: Lake Erie, Combined Sewer Overflows & Urban Spaces,” and “Making Waves from Cleveland to Uganda.” Tickets are limited and online registration is required.
Booker T. Jones
Wednesday, Feb. 25th, 8pm
Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave. Doors 6 pm, show 7:30 pm.
$38 advance $42 day of (all ages)

“Green Onions” is the name of the song. And although you might not know it by name, you'd recognize it if you heard it. Booker T. Jones wrote this instrumental classic while still in high school and it became a huge hit in 1962. Jones is a multi-instrumental musician and producer who is a huge player in the development of soul music and is best known as the front man of Booker T. and the M.G.’s. He earned a Grammy award for lifetime achievement and is also a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
His soulful spirit will hit the stage after a special pre-show presentation by Terry Stewart, former Rock & Roll Hall of Fame CEO and Pesident. “Stewart will spin some records from his collection and talk about Booker T’s impact on music, society and culture. The lively multimedia presentation -- which is moderated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Vice President of Education & Public Programs -- begins at 7:30 p.m,” says Music Box’s website.
Blade Runner X3
Original release -- Friday, Feb. 27th, 9:25 pm
Director’s Cut -- Saturday, Feb. 28th, 9:10 pm
The Final Cut -- Sunday, Feb. 29th, 9:25 pm
Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.

Let the future freak you out, intrigue you and seduce you with its shadowy imagery and cast of cult actors. Get lost in the dystopian future this weekend as Cinematheque screens all three U.S. theatrical versions of Ridley Scott’s neo-noir sci-fi thriller, set only four years from now in a Los Angeles that is overflowing with smog, corporate advertising and flying cars. Harrison Ford plays an ex-cop enlisted to track down four robot androids called replicants who have come to earth.

Cinematheque will be showing the original release followed by the director's cut with an alternative ending, and the final cut in which Scott executed full artistic control. The film is over 30 years old -- yet it has only deepened with time. Are robot android replicants human because they feel emotion? The film is a shadowy visual wonder that is sure to leave you with a lot of philosophical questions to ponder.

Local Brews Local Grooves
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 5-10 pm
House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave.
Admission $10, sampling wristbands $15 ($60 VIP)

Craft breweries are bubbling up all over the city, and here's your chance to try them all in one location. This Saturday, taste beers from Greater Cleveland and beyond at Local Brews Local Grooves inaugural festival. The event features twelve breweries, fourteen bands and DJ's and the city’s tastiest food.
The event will feature some well-known and well established breweries, such as Great Lakes Brewing Co., Fat Head's Brewery (North Olmsted), Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. (Akron) and Revolution Brewing (Chicago) as well as younger, rapidly growing breweries including Cleveland Brewing, Rust Belt Brewing (Youngstown), Griffin Cider Works and Adam's Revenge Cider (Westlake), Cellar Rats Brewery (Madison), Platform Beer Co. (Cleveland), Portside Brewery (Cleveland), and Jackie O's Brewery (Athens), which recently began canning and distributing widely around Cleveland. Click here to purchases Local Brews Local Grooves tickets and here for a list of ongoing Beer Festival events.

Read more articles by Jacqueline Bon.

Jacqueline Bon is a freelance writer that has been contributing to Fresh Water Cleveland since 2014. As a journalist by trade and self-taught photographer, she has a lot of curiosity in people and their stories. She is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has pursued film and digital photography for a decade. She is likely to be the first person on the dance floor, especially if you put on Prince.
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