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This Weekend in Cleveland: The Sun Ra Arkestra, SPACES Benefit & More

The Sun Ra Arkestra

This weekend, Space is the place: take a cosmic journey with The Sun Ra Arkestra and visit SPACES for their out-of-this-world Galaxy Annual Benefit. Don’t miss flower-infused fun at CMA’s MIX, a live broadcasted podcast with Belt at the Beachland and more. 
 
The Sun Ra Arkestra - Cosmic Jazz from Outer Space
Friday, November 6th. Doors: 6 pm Showtime: 8 pm
Music Box Supper Club 1148 Main Ave.
$22 in advance, $25 day of
 
In some far off place
Many light years in space
I’ll wait for you.
Where human feet have never trod,
Where human eyes have never seen.
I’ll build a world of abstract dreams and wait for you.
— Sun Ra
 
In a world where it is difficult to proclaim that anything is entirely unique, there was Sun Ra.
A composer, poet and godfather of experimental jazz whose immeasurable creativity was undoubtedly otherworldly. Perhaps his cosmic creativity was fueled by the belief that he was actually from Saturn.
 
His band The Sun Ra Arkestra ensemble began in the ‘50s and toured with a wide array of musical line-ups. When Sun Ra passed away (from the earthly dimension) in the early ‘90s, his band carried his legacy.
 
“Marshall Allen leads the band now and he always puts together an outstanding lineup -- they’re going to come fully outfitted and ready to blow people’s minds,” says Mike Miller, vice president of Music Box Supper Club. “To me this is big band jazz boogie woogie with a touch of blues to it -- there’s dancing, singing, chanting and a horn section -- it’s a huge band with 15 to 20 performers on stage.”
 
The band is currently directed by saxophonist and original member, maestro Marshall Allen. They have toured extensively worldwide, however it’s been numerous years since The Sun Ra Arkestra has made an appearance in Cleveland.
 
Before opening Music Box Supper Club a year ago, the venue’s president and program director, Colleen Miller actually booked the band multiple times at the Chicago nightclub, Biddy Mulligans. She is looking forward to re-introducing the band to a Cleveland audience of both new and old fans who are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
 
MIX: Bloom
Friday, November 6th. 5 - 10 pm
The Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd.
Tickets $18 (includes free admission to Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse) CMA members: free
 
This Friday, pretend that spring isn’t a Cleveland winter away. The Cleveland Museum of Art will be bursting with flowers on canvas and in vases. A ticket includes admission to the Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition which features over 100 garden-inspired masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Matisse. Enjoy real-life floral arrangements by Cleveland artists that were inspired by works in the collection and will be on display during the event exclusively.
 
Spaces Guide to the Galaxy Annual Benefit
Saturday, November 7th. 6:30 pm - 1 am
SPACES 2220 Superior Viaduct
Tickets $10 (dance party) $50 (general admission)
 
Take a trip to outer space at SPACES this Saturday! Celebrate the gallery’s annual benefit, art auction and costume party. Guide to the Galaxy will be celebrating the out-of-this-world projects presented at SPACES with cosmic cocktails and an exhibition featuring the work of 75 artists.
 
SPACES is also excited to honor longtime Cleveland curator, William Busta and his wife, Joan Tomkins, the retired former finance director for the Cleveland Public Library, who have promoted the careers of dozens of the region's best artists and supported SPACES through the light-years.
 
Belt's First Podcast--Live!
Saturday, November 7th. 12 pm
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern 15711 Waterloo Rd.
Free
 
It’s a trivial Cleveland question: “East Sider or the West Sider?” But, have you ever contemplated why there’s such a distinction? Belt is partnering with Beachland’s Super Duper Saturday Show to host brunch accompanied by a live podcast broadcast. The topic will be "The East/West Side Divide--What's Up With That?" and will feature Belt Publisher, Anne Trubek alongside Lawrence Daniel Caswell, Nikki Delamotte and Afi Scruggs.
 
THE FIRST International Comedy Show and Foosball Tourney!
Saturday, November 7th. 6 -10 pm
Canopy 3910 Lorain Ave.
$5
 
Join Canopy for an extraordinary pairing of comedy and foosball! Comedian Joe Whelan and Canopy present the first (at least, the first that we’ve ever heard of) International Comedy Show and Foosball Tournament. Eight comedians, music and a healthy dose of foosball competition.
 
Chakaia Booker: Take the Highway
Now through Friday, December 18th.
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 5 pm. Friday 10 am - 9 pm.
Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery 11610 Euclid Ave. 
Free
 
Chakaia Booker is an American artist that uses shredded NASCAR tires to create interesting textural sculptures. She recently visited CIA for a week-long residency, during which she met with students in their studios and installed her solo exhibition that showcases 12 pieces including sculptures and prints.
 
Maize: Free Fall Festival
Saturday, November 7th. 11 am - 7 pm
Flats East Bank
Free
 
Enjoy free family fun at Scene’s inaugural fall festival in the Flats! Maize features local food, a beer garden, music and vendors. Adults can watch college football on the jumbotron while kids enjoy a pavilion full of fun activities. Proceeds Benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
 
Good Food Gathering
Sunday, November 8th. 12 - 4 pm
Happy Days Lodge 500 W Streetsboro St., Peninsula
Free
 
Do you have a passion for local and organic food? Door to Door Organics welcomes you to the first annual Good Food Gathering in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There will be delicious chili, music, activities for all ages and local artisans presenting samples of their handcrafted foods.
 
 

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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