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This weekend In Cleveland: Never-seen photos of rock icon Stiv Bators and more

Stiv Bators

This weekend, view a never-seen-before slice of Cleveland rock history, laugh with the Angry Ladies of Improv, hit the dance floor at Sanctuary, explore the rich history of Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park, celebrate Praxis Fiber Workshop’s grand opening and much more.
 
STIV: 1976 - Lost photographs of Stiv Bators & The Dead Boys by Dave Treat 
Thursday, June 4th - Sunday, June 7th
Gallery One Sixty 16008 Waterloo Rd.
Free

They had nothing to lose — you can see it in their eyes. Before cutting their long hair, moving to New York City and becoming one of many raw and iconic bands to explode from CBGBs, the Dead Boys were just a team of restless Cleveland punks.
 
The Dead Boys singer,Stiv Bators is well known for his confrontational stage antics and signature snarl. During their punk anthem “Sonic Reducer” Bators would tangle himself in his microphone chord and thrash around the stage in a frenzied love-hate relationship with the audience as he’d howl, “I don't need anyone. / Don’t need no mom and dad. / Don't need no pretty face. / Don’t need no human race.”
 
The exhibition explores a different, more personal and vulnerable side of Bators, shot in the summer of ‘76 in a Lakewood apartment, a year before punk exploded, when The Dead Boys were unknowingly teetering on the edge of making history.
 
“There is a comfort level to the photos — you get to see the interiors from the beaded curtains to the garbage. There are a lot of cool little hints of what their lives were like,” said art historian and exhibit co-curator, Brittany Hudak.
 
For nearly four decades, Dave Treat, Stiv’s neighbor and close friend, kept the earliest photos of the Dead Boys in a closet before they were brought to the attention of Hudak and photographer and Gallery One Sixty owner, Bryon Miller, who co-curated the show. Many of the photographs have gone unseen — even by the members of the band -- until now. Miller cleaned the negatives and printed them in Gallery One Sixty’s darkroom.
 
“We decided to forgo digital printing for this project. I like how fuzzy and dirty and how many slight mistakes there are. We chose to print them old school to capture that feeling,” says Hudak.
 
Treat took the photographs over the course of several days for an assignment as a student at Cleveland’s now-defunct Cooper School of Art. The show also includes the first promotional photos of the band, that went unused because they didn’t include the bassist, Jeff Magnum.

The photographs capture the band during a time of evolution. Before moving to NYC and rechristening themselves the Dead Boys, the band called themselves Frankenstein, a short-lived long-haired glam punk band.
 
“It’s an interesting juxtaposition, seeing these photos before Stiv moved to NYC and got a record deal. The images have the intimacy of friends just hanging out in an apartment together. Dave told me that this is how he remembers Stiv,” Miller says.
 
While bands like Peru Ubu and Devo where blowing up the Cleveland scene, The Dead Boys didn’t quite fit into the region’s art-punk scene. Although the band had never been to NYC before the move, they quickly made a snotty punk rock home for themselves at CBGBs.
 
“I think that a lot of people forget that Dead Boys were a Cleveland band,” says Miller. “For the younger people coming to the show, it’ll be a glimpse at something that they’ll never see. Some people that come to the show might have seen The Dead Boys and they can reminisce.”
 
The show is timed with the 25th anniversary of Bators' untimely death in Paris. Limited Edition hardcover STIV:1976 Exhibition Catalogues will be available at the opening. The exhibit runs through Sunday, July 26th.

Angry Ladies of Improv present the Cleveland Improv Comedy Jam
Thursday, June 4th (weekly event)
Sachesenheim Hall, 7001 Denison. 8 - 10 pm
Free
 
Angry Ladies of Improv have hosted the Cleveland Improv Comedy Jam for four years, now the jam is in a new space and on a new night! If you’re looking to become part of the comedy scene, you can sign up at 7:30 and test the waters.
 
James Catullo of Crooked River Improv notes, “The jam is a place for improvisers of all skill levels, experience, and background to meet and play together. It's the breeding ground for new ideas and teams to form and grow. An active jam is the bedrock of a healthy improv scene.”

THREE SISTERS by Anton Checkhov
June 4th - 21st.
Saturdays 7:30 pm
Sundays 2:30 pm
Cleveland Masonic Auditorium 3615 Euclid Ave.
Adults: $22 Seniors: $20 Students: (25 & under) $15
tickets
 
Chekhov’s Three Sisters is an artful depiction of three extremely different sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina as they struggle to let go of their past and to shape their future. It has been said that nothing “happens” in Three Sisters yet, Chekhov fascinates audiences with his ability to articulate the chaos or peace of a single moment.
 
Director Bernadette Clemens notes: “Only Chekhov lets us laugh this way at the very things that are so frustrating, so mysterious about living. In Three Sisters, as in all of Chekhov’s plays, life is never about the future. It is inevitably, torturously, gloriously, and comically about the present moment.”

MIX: Fusion at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Friday, June 5th. 5 - 9 pm
The Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd.
$8 pre-sale $10 at the door Members: Free
 
Enjoy a night of fusion hosted by CMA and Tri-C JazzFest! Brooklyn-based band Red Baraat will heat up the evening with a dance-able fusion of New Orleans jazz, Punjabi Bhangra music, go-go and hip-hop into a big band sound. Make sure to also explore the fusion of art and technology in Gallery One, CMA’s innovative and interactive gallery.

Wood Engravers Network’s Bundles, Collaborations and a Guest
Friday, June 5th.
The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory 1754 E 47th St
Free
 
Admire intricate wood engravings and wood cuttings from around the world. Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation are presenting two concurrent exhibitions in the main gallery featuring Claudio Orso’s Tavola Lunga and Wood Engravers Network‘s Bundles, Collaborations and a Guest. The exhibition runs through Saturday, June 18th.

Sanctuary Cleveland Presents: Gemini Soul, v3
Saturday, June 6th. 10 - 2 am
The Bevy in Birdtown 12112 Madison Ave.
Free
 
If music is your sanctuary, let The Bevy in Birdtown be your paradise! Grab a drink and hit the dance floor for hip-hop, house and afrobeat and a special emphasis on ‘70s Soul music by DJ Eso, DJ Red-I, DJ Kinetik and Daniel Gray-Kontar.

ICE BREAKER (Dance Party, Art Show, + Bonfire)
Saturday, June 6th. 8 pm - 2 am
Land of Plenty 339 W. Market St. Akron
Free
 
Bon fire + art show + dance party is an equation for an off the chain good time! Stop by Akron’s eclectic boutique, Land of Plenty for a night of dope djs and funky dancing.
 
Guided hikes through Rockefeller Park and Doan Brook Gorge
Saturday, June 6th. 3 - 5 pm
Rockefeller Park Lagoon gazebo (near intersection of MLK & East 105th St.)
$5
Explore the rich geologic and cultural history of Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park with archaeologist Dr. Roy Larick. This hike, called Rockefeller-on-Doan, will show where bubbling springs and gristmills sustained University Circle’s early settlers. To register, call 216-325-7781 or email welling@doanbrookpartnership.org.
 
Tacos & Tequilla
Saturday, June 6th. 1- 5 pm
Tyler Village 3615 Superior Ave.
Free admission
 
This delicious outdoor event hosted by Cleveland Scene features the finest tequilas and Cleveland’s best tacos! There will be over a dozen different tequila varieties, food trucks, art and live music. Tickets & more info here.

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire 2015
Saturday, June 6th. 10 - 4 pm
Cleveland Public Library 325 Superior Ave.
Free
 
Cleveland’s maker market is on the rise! Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. The goal of the event is to connect makers of all ages and backgrounds, including technology enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, and scientists.

Praxis Grand Opening!
Saturday, June 6th. 10 - 5 pm
Praxis Fiber Studio 15301 Waterloo Rd.
Free
 
Praxis Fiber Workshop is officially opening! Praxis is part of the Waterloo Arts District’s next wave of arts leadership in Northeast Ohio. Praxis is an arts nonprofit organization specializing in the making, exhibiting and educating of Fiber Art. Visitors are invited to participate in a community weaving and to bring scrap fabric and test out the dye lab! In the backyard, visitors can also learn to how to create felted artwork. There will be live musical performances throughout the night on the Praxis stage.
 
Taste Of Lakewood
Madison Park, Lakewood.
Sunday, June 7th. 1 - 7 pm
Free
 
When it comes to food and drink, Lakewood offers the full package. Taste of Lakewood features an eclectic mix of local restaurants, live music, beer, wine and much more. A portion of the event’s proceeds funds the Chamber’s annual scholarship program that rewards and assists college-bound high school seniors from St. Edward and Lakewood High Schools.
 
Maker's Market at Mahalls
Sunday, June 7th. 12 - 6 pm
Mahalls 20 Lanes 13224 Madison Ave.
Free
 
Stop by Mahall's new Makers Market during the Taste of Lakewood! Shop vintage clothing, records, electronics, jewelry, crafts, movie posters, beauty products, art, photography, ceramics, vintage cameras and more.

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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