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CIA kicks off its 72nd annual Student Independent Exhibition

Today marks the start of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s 72nd Student Independent Exhibition (SIE). Through March 18, this annual exhibition will be presenting over 100 works of art—from paintings to drawing to ceramics to video—at the Reinberger Gallery. Gallery director Nikki Woods says the exhibition is designed to "remind us of the importance of playful experimentation and the need to take chances, and to question the status quo."  

The jurors for this student-organized exhibition include Chicago artist Claire Ashley, Cincinnati artist and "Shark Girl" creator Casey Riordan Millard, and Athens-based printmaker Art Werger.

The exhibition kicks off tonight with an opening night reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Reinberger Gallery (11610 Euclid Ave.). For more information, click here.


Cleveland named a top city for startup growth by Robert Half Technology

The label “startup hub” is no longer reserved for a few select cities across the nation, and Cleveland is being dubbed a haven for innovation as more entrepreneurs set their sights on our city to put down roots. Robert Half’s list of “Top 10 U.S. Cities Where Startups Are Growing” ranks Cleveland at number eight based off its survey of 2,600 CIOs in 26 metropolitan areas around the country—citing access to skilled technology talent and an attractive quality of life. Other cities on the list include Charlotte, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, and Seattle. Click here to see who else made the list.

Redfin names Shaker Heights and University Circle among "Neighborhoods That Have It All"

Redfin recently dropped their list of “25 Neighborhoods That Have it All,” and this year, two Cleveland neighborhoods have made the cut. In a ranking dominated by the Chicago metropolitan area, Shaker Heights and University Circle throw spotlight on Cleveland, weighing in at numbers 16 and 20, respectively.

The online real estate database combed through 80 major U.S. housing markets—ranking neighborhoods based on affordability, home-selling speed, highly rated schools, transit, and low crime rates. While there continues to be a shortage of homes for sale, home prices in the most sought-after markets have skyrocketed. This dilemma has created a surge in movement from pricey, coastal cities to more affordable destinations, putting Shaker Heights and University Circle on the map.

Redfin predicts that this trend will continue throughout 2018, affording all newcomers the chance to see that Cleveland neighborhoods really do have it all.

Volunteers needed to help make AIDS Quilt panels at MetroHealth this Saturday 11/18

Looking for something meaningful to do this holiday season? On Saturday, Nov. 18, MetroHealth is hosting a free panel-making workshop for those who want to contribute to the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Founded in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world—consisting of 48,000 panels (and growing). Friends, family, and significant others of those who have passed from AIDS-related illnesses are welcome to create a panel in honor of their lost loved one.

The workshop goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will provide artistic guidance, professional sewing instruction, and materials. Parking validation and food will be provided. To learn more or to register, click here.

Residents of Lee Harvard invited to share their stories for posterity

Cleveland's Lee Harvard neighborhood has a rich heritage, and the Cleveland Restoration Society's "Shining a Spotlight on Lee Harvard: Telling Our Story" event will give it a resounding voice. Set for this Sunday, October 29, the event will feature residents and former residents sharing their experiences of living and growing up in the Ward 1 area—specifically the historic Arthur Bussey neighborhood off Lee Road (where a number of houses are still inhabited by their original owners).

This live storytelling event coincides with CRS' effort to nominate the Arthur Bussey neighborhood for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
 Residents will be led in telling their stories by Dr. Todd M. Michney, Ph.D., whose book Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland 1900-1980 explores the ways that African Americans built strong neighborhoods in the face of discrimination. Stories shared will be archived as part of the Cleveland Memory Project and the Cleveland Public Library Digital Collection.

The event takes place this Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m. at Lee Road Baptist Church. Register for this unique gathering here, or call Stephanie Allen at 216-426-3106 for more information. 

Tittle & Perlmuter offering free rides over Halloween weekend

Thanks to Tittle & Perlmuter, trick-or-treat doesn't have to involve the driver's seat. This weekend, the local law firm is offering free rides with the aim of cutting down on drinking and driving activity.

Between 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday, Clevelanders who are 21 and over can get a free one-way ride via cab, Uber, or Lyft to any destination within the Cleveland and Elyria metro areas. Participants can be reimbursed for up to $30 by sending in a copy of the receipt, a picture of a valid driver's license, and a PayPal email address, and there is a limit of one reimbursement per household. For further details, click here.

Cleveland's first Latino Restaurant Week kicks off

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cleveland is celebrating its first-ever Latino Restaurant Week (October 8-15) with five Latino-owned restaurants on board. Participating eateries include Sangria, Barroco Arrepa Bar, El Torito Taqueria Bar & Grille, Luchita's, and Campus Grille, with menu selections spanning from Portuguese to Mexican to Spanish to Colombian cuisine and beyond. Lunch offerings are $15, while three-course meals are $30—not including beverage, taxes, or tips. See all the delicious details and plan your food fiesta here.

Transformer Station gets the NYT treatment

Ever dream of helming a museum? You're not alone. This New York Times article puts the spotlight on collectors who've been there and done that, including Cleveland's very own Fred and Laura Bidwell. In the story, Bidwell details the process behind mounting Transformer Station and the deal they struck with the Cleveland Museum of Art to keep their legacy alive long after their tenure:

After Fred Bidwell sold his advertising firm to WPP in 2010, he began to think seriously about opening a contemporary art museum for the collection that he and his wife, Laura, had amassed. As a result, the Bidwells bought a 1920s power plant on Cleveland’s West Side, renovating and expanding the property to create Transformer Station.

Mr. Bidwell, 65, said the initial cost in 2013 was $2.5 million to $3 million — not including what the couple paid for the artwork — and that annual expenses were about $250,000. He said he knew that running the building and managing the museum and its exhibitions would be challenging, so he struck a deal with the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he is a trustee. The Bidwells makes their exhibition space available to the museum for half of the year.

“We were a little naïve about how much work this would be,” Mr. Bidwell said. “When we lend our galleries to the Cleveland Museum of Art, we challenge them to do exhibitions that are more daring than they normally would.”

Read the full text here.

Crafting the vision for a greener future at Sustainable Cleveland Summit

More than 500 eco-minded enthusiasts will converge on the Cleveland Public Auditorium this Wednesday 9/27 and Thursday 9/28 for the ninth annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit (presented by the Cleveland Foundation). A keynote by The Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek will put an exciting cap on what’s been dubbed "The Year of Vibrant Green Space,” while the conference will also position 2018 as “The Year of Vibrant Neighborhoods.”

Trending topics at the summit will include implantation of the Cleveland Tree Plan, green jobs, sustainable neighborhood projects, and climate change (and how to combat it via the Cleveland Climate Action Plan). The Cleveland Metroparks will also be providing whirlwind water taxi tours of Cleveland, while the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will show attendees the green infrastructure in place at Public Square. At the end of each day, a post-Summit reception will offer up ample networking and noshing opportunities. Click here to register or get more 411 on this zero-waste event.

Say cheese: Melt's Matt Fish appears on "Pickler & Ben"

Melt Bar & Grilled seems to be on a much-deserved roll. Not only has the restaurant recently been named to the Inc. 5000 list and opened its 10th location, but chef Matt Fish also made an appearance today on the new daytime talk show "Pickler & Ben" (which airs locally on WEWS, as well as CMT). Fish showed former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler and media personality Ben Aaron how to make Melt's patented Cleveland Cheesesteak in all its gooey glory. See the cheesy goodness here.

Join Mace for a free self-defense event in Public Square

Tomorrow Public Square will be the safest place in town, thanks to a free self-defense event being sponsored by Mace (which is headquartered in Cleveland).

Safety Town CLE will offer hands-on training and product demos, along with tips and talks by safety and security professionals—including a former Secret Service agent and a Cleveland woman who was inspired to start her own self-defense practice after being shot. Food trucks and music will also be part of the event, as well as free product giveaways. The Safety Town CLE event takes place from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Public Square. More details can be found here.


Read all about it: Cleveland Book Week is in full swing

Paging all local book lovers—it's time for #CBW2017. A lively array of literary happenings forms the itinerary for the annual Cleveland Book Week, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation and Partners.

Among the highlights: author talks by Peter Ho Davies (The Fortunes), Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures); an art book and zine fair at MOCA; a poetry, art, and music event at Karamu House; and the 82nd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the State Theatre. This Saturday, the Cleveland Flea will also host a "#CBW2017 Edition" featuring a pop-up bookshop with rare books and first editions, plus a literary cafe where visitors can mingle with local authors.

In addition, those who use public transportation will be treated to some bookish fun on their commute this week. During the morning and evening rush periods, local artists performing poetry and spoken word pieces at RTA stations around town. (Locations include Airport, Cedar, E. 55th St., Little Italy, Shaker Square, Tower City, W. 25th St., W. 98th St. and Windermere.)

To learn more about the awesome literary lineup, click here.

Same-day grocery delivery service Instacart hits the 216

While we could all use a transformative trip to the Heinen's Rotunda every now and then, most grocery shopping trips aren't always the ideal use of one's time. Enter Instacart, a popular same-day grocery delivery service that is set to expand to Cleveland in early September. More than 764,000 households in 71 local zip codes will have access to the service, which allows reluctant grocery shoppers to place orders online or via mobile app from Heinen's, Costco, CVS, and more for delivery. The expansion will also create 100 new jobs for Instacart shoppers, who fulfill and deliver the orders.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen incredible demand in the Cleveland area,” explains Andrew Nodes, Instacart's Vice President of Retail Accounts. “We work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest quality groceries to our customers. Expansion into Cleveland gives us an opportunity to expand service in the Ohio market. We’re also excited to build a world-class shopper community, where we can offer fun and flexible income earning opportunities for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community.”

First-time users can enter the code HICLEVELAND at checkout until 11/1 to get $25 off orders of $35 or more, plus a free first-time delivery.

Public meeting gives Clevelanders a chance to preview the new Irishtown Bend

A new 17-acre green space is coming around the proverbial bend, and the Plain Dealer says it has the potential to take Irishtown Bend from "weed-infested wasteland" to "one of the most spectacular urban parks in the Great Lakes." After much anticipation, finalized plans for the Irishtown Bend project are being unveiled this week—a joint effort of LAND Studio, the Port of Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, and Ohio City Inc. Key proposed components range from a treetop canopy walk to the Ohio City Farm to a maritime promenade, as well as a "history and ecology zone."

Join designers Michael Baker International and CMG this Thursday 8/31 for a public meeting during which attendees can view and provide feedback on the plans. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm in the St. Ignatius Breen Center in Ohio City (2008 W 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44113). Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Carrie Miller at cmiller@ohiocity.org.


RTA debuts new "Museum Stops" in University Circle

Raise your hand if you've ever gotten lost driving around University Circle. (Us, too.) If that isn't reason alone to consider taking the RTA's HealthLine on your next trip to Cleveland's cultural epicenter, consider this: the RTA has recently reinvigorated the HealthLine stations in University Circle by adding colorful artwork and depictions of local museums—all in hopes of helping riders more easily find nearby HealthLine stops. The two new "Museum Stops" are located on Euclid Avenue at Stearns Road and Stokes Boulevard, and the HealthLine runs 24/7, seven days a week.

The new developments continue the momentum for the HealthLine, which has seen an annual ridership increase of about 60 percent since its debut in 2008 (as well as a nod as "Best Bus Rapid Transit in North America" from the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy). According to RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese, "the HealthLine delivered more than $6.3 billion in economic development along Euclid Avenue since it began operation." And now that progress will be just a little bit prettier.

Cleveland was just named one of America's most affordable cities

Cleveland joins cities like Eugene, Oregon and Fort Walton Beach, Florida in AARP The Magazine's list of "10 of the Best American Cities to Live Comfortably on $40,000 a Year." In tandem with Sperling's Best Places, the magazine ranked cities based on factors like housing affordability, access to work and recreation, transportation, healthcare and safety to create a "livability index" rating. (Cleveland weighed in at 56, with a median housing price of $124,000.) Here's what the magazine had to say about living in The Land:

Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland has experienced a cultural renaissance of late, led by growing populations of baby boomers and millennials alike. The city's robust art and music scene is complemented by lively nightlife and award-winning restaurants, not to mention a renewed excitement among NBA fans with the return of hometown hero LeBron James.

Read more about the 10 chosen cities here in Travel + Leisure.

13 reasons why Travelocity is "obsessed" with Cleveland

Record-breaking amounts of visitors have made their way to Cleveland in recent years, and Travelocity has taken notice—ticking off 13 reasons why it's "obsessed" with Cleveland. (Just 13? We've got at least seven more to add.) Usual suspects like Public Square, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame lead the list, along with tasty trips to the West Side Market and that oozing-with-charm popcorn shop in Chagrin Falls. See which other attractions made the list here.

Raise a glass to the seven local recipients of Wine Spectator's 2017 Restaurant Awards

Wondering where to sip in style? The new class of Wine Spectator's 2017 Restaurant Awards recipients might be a great place to start. The magazine's annual awards celebrate the world's best wine lists, and this year, seven Cleveland restaurants made the discerning cut. Among the local honorees are Lola, Bold Food & Drink, Dante, Pier W, L'Albatros, Edwin's Restaurant, and Morton's, the Steakhouse. The full list of winners can be viewed here. Viva la vino!

Artnet News previews Clevelandís ambitious FRONT Triennial art exhibition

Set to make its splashy debut in summer 2018, the FRONT Triennial seeks to become “the most important contemporary art event in North America,” according to founder Fred Bidwell of Cleveland’s Transformer Station. Aptly titled “An American City — Eleven Cultural Exercises,” the event will span multiple days, venues and forms of programming. (Think lectures, roundtable discussions, films and more.) A roster of 60 artists assures a wide range of voices in the mix. An excerpt from Artnet’s coverage:

The roster of nearly 60 artists (which appears below) ranges from emerging figures like Cui Je, Nasser Al Salem, and Asian Dope Boys to midcareer artists like A.K. Burns and Naeem Mohaiemen to elder statesmen such as Allen Ruppersberg and the late Mike Kelley. The organizing principle of the list, the curators explained, is that the participants are in various ways responding to the idea of cities today.

“Particularly American cities are laboratories for democracy,” said Grabner, who co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial and is a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. “Really interesting things flourish at the municipal level.”

“While Cleveland is a blue city,” Bidwell added, “a 15-minute ride will take you into very Republican territory, so it’s a cool place to talk about the issues of today. It’s at the crossroads of many political, cultural, and economic crosscurrents.”

See the full story and list of participating artists here.


LinkedIn leading the charge to close Cleveland's talent gap in health IT sector

As Ozy put it, "bioscience entrepreneurship has reshaped Cleveland's sagging economy." Yet though the Health-Tech Corridor has certainly become a hotbed for biosience, the struggle to attract health information technology (HIT) employees to the region continues to be real. Luckily, LinkedIn, BioEnterprise, Cleveland State, and other Northeast Ohio agencies are committed to closing that gap—joining forces to provide in-depth analysis and form strategies for fostering local HIT talent.
Government Technology had this to say about the initiative:

"One of the critical limiting factors to growth in Northeast Ohio's bioscience industry today is the availability of health IT talent," Aram Nerpouni, BioEnterprise president and CEO, said in a statement. "Thriving health IT companies are hindered by the dearth of software developers and data scientists. The LinkedIn project should provide meaningful data and analysis to inform how we address this challenge."

With the support of the Cleveland Foundation, BioEnterprise launched HIT in the CLE in 2015 to address the lack of available talent in computer and data science. The project is an important tactic within the larger HIT in the CLE talent strategy, the partners said.

LinkedIn will provide Cleveland with information of the skills local employers need, the skills its workers have and the disconnect between the two.

"The city can use those insights to create a stronger IT talent pipeline, and grow its IT industry," said LinkedIn U.S. Head of Policy Nicole Isaac in a statement.

Read the full piece here.

Reward Expert ranks Cleveland 7th on its list of best staycation cities

Planning your next vacation? You may not have to travel beyond the city limits. Reward Expert has ranked Cleveland 7th on its list of “2017’s Best Cities for Staycations.” The reward travel website compared 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. based on 29 key metrics broken down into three categories: Recreation, Food & Entertainment, and Rest & Relaxation. Cleveland’s sports success and must-sees like PlayhouseSquare and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are cited, as well as Cleveland's “many public pools and its beaches alongside Lake Erie.” (And here's a fun fact: Cleveland has the most public pools per capita. Stay cool, Cleveland!)

Read the full write-up and see which other cities made the list here.

CLE deemed "on the cusp of cool" by LA Times

West Coasters who mistakenly think of Ohio as a flyover state clearly haven't been to Cleveland—but the Los Angeles Times has finally gotten the memo. This in-depth piece by Fran Golden provides an overview of all of Cleveland's greatest hits, from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to 78th Street Studios to the West Side Market. Local movers and shakers like Mayor Frank Jackson, Julian Bruell, and Greater Cleveland Film Commission head Ivan Schwarz all lend their voices to the story, with notable quotables like the following:
Local pride is also a philosophy embraced by young returnee Bruell, who said, "Cleveland shouldn't try to be like New York or Chicago or other cities. It should be unique and different."

Schwarz, of the film commission, compared what's happening in Cleveland to the renaissance of Portland, Ore.

"Old-time Clevelanders may question the cool factor. I see an untapped gold mine," he said. "I think we really should shout from the rooftop the virtues of this city."

Read the full write-up here.

Still in: local organizations vow to honor the Paris Agreement

Mayor Frank G. Jackson is joining the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a network of nearly 200 U.S. mayors representing over 50 million Americans in fighting climate change. The group of mayors is working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking.
Per a statement from the Mayor's office, climate policy in Washington will not affect plans underway in Cleveland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. That goal is part of the Office of Sustainability’s Cleveland Climate Action Plan.
“We’re in support of a worldwide climate action plan and we are committed to doing our part here in Cleveland. It is simply the right thing to do,” said Jackson in the statement. “We have a responsibility to leave for future generation a more green, vibrant and healthy Cleveland."

In addition, Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and Cleveland State University have both signed the We Are Still In open letter, which states in part:
"It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses.
"Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below two degrees Celsius and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health."
CIA President Grafton J. Nunes said of the commitment: “Stewardship of the environment needs to be among our highest callings, and it certainly is a critical challenge for artists and designers," he noted in a statement. "Our faculty emphasizes sustainable solutions with students, although frankly most of our students have grown up with an innate understanding that they were living in an era of a changing climate. But we guide them as they consider what materials and processes they use in their art making. Some of them consider how to use their skills and social agency to improve the environment.
“We also model awareness of our environmental impact, through efforts to reduce the impact of our campus facilities,” Nunes added. The school's green efforts include a 300-panel solar array on the roof of the Gund building, a native-species garden atop the Peter B. Lewis Theater and the ongoing replacement of compact fluorescent lighting with high efficiency LED lights in the Gund building.
Fresh Water realizes that this list is not likely complete. We apologize if other area organizations have committed to the Paris Agreement. Any omissions are unintentional.
The Cleveland Institute of Art is part of Fresh Water's underwriting support network.

St. Luke's garners national spotlight

The National Trust for Historic Preservation shines a light on the stunning resurrection of St. Luke's in Buckeye. From Katherine Flynn for Preservation magazine:

St. Luke’s was vacant for a total of eight years, and things weren’t looking good; it was the target of vandals and copper wire prospectors, and moisture damage severely eroded the plaster on the building’s interior. In 2006, the community development organization Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) came up with what some may have called a far-fetched plan to put it back into use.

“Frankly, a lot of folks in Buckeye had just gotten used to this kind of cultural erasure happening,” says Wayne Mortensen, the director of design and development at the organization. “When businesses or institutions shut down, the buildings would fall into disrepair and they would just eventually be torn down.

“So the ability to bring that [St. Luke’s] back,” he says, “was a pretty big shot in the arm for a neighborhood that was just assuming that it would be lost.”

Read the whole story here.

VIDEO: Sherwin Williams takes hawking paint to a new otherwordly level

There is much more to a new 30-second ad for Sherwin Williams' Emerald paint than meets the eye. The company has been headquartered in Cleveland since 1866, but this effort is bit more technical than the longstanding "cover the earth" directive.

From Angela Natividad for Adweek:

The ad, dubbed “Epiphany,” uses only real Emerald paint. It was made possible with help from a robot arm called Spike, whose precision guidance system helped control camera movement at high rates of speed, even underwater. A Phantom camera, mounted to Spike, shot footage at 900 to 4,000 frames per second, enabling you to see colors splashing together, and creating gorgeous shapes and psychedelic combinations that the human eye can appreciate.

Production buffs will want to read the entire article. Now view the ad for yourself:


Client: Sherwin-Williams
Campaign: Emerald, Epiphany

Agency: McKinney
Chief Creative Officer: Jonathan Cude
Group Creative Directors: Jenny Nicholson, Owen Tingle
ACD, Art Director: Jordan Eakin
ACD, Copywriter: David Sloan
Group Account Director: Lisa Hughes
Account Director: Lindsley Laham
Account Supervisor: Mandy Gatton
Project Manager: Kanika Pendergrass
Executive Producer: Josh Eggleston
Director of Media: Swap Patel
Associate Media Director: Katie Swicegood
Media Supervisor: Virginia Crotty
Media Planner: Alex Grimm
Media Planner: Jimmy Patel-Nguyen
Production Company: PSYOP
Directed by: PSYOP
Creative Director: Eben Mears
Music: Beacon Street Studios
Audio Post: Sonic Union
Mix: Steve Rosen
Producer: Pat Sullivan

A subtle CLE cameo to appear on 'Grace and Frankie'

Art of Cloth, a women's garment company in Chagrin Falls is getting ready for its close up, so to speak.

Lily Tomlin will be seen wearing the shop's locally produced, one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed tunics on Season 3 of the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which begins this week.
Courtesy of months of correspondence with the show's costume designer and stylist, two tunics made it into Lily Tomlin's wardrobe for character Frankie Bergstein: the Emma tunic in the Grape Sky colorway and the Seabreeze Tunic in the Pompeii colorway.
A limited quantity of both garments will be available beginning on this Friday, March 24, to coincide with series season premier. Interested parties can shop online or call 440-708-1116.

Fun: the NYT peeks 'behind the poster' of CPT's 'Barbecue'

The New York Times' Erik Piepenburg asks Cleveland artist Sean Higgins of The Bubble Process about what's going on in his funky poster for the Cleveland Public Theatre's current show, Barbecue, which is written by Robert O’Hara, directed by Beth Wood, and runs through March 11.

From the Q & A:

Why did you render the people in these wonderfully nonhuman colors?

It’s a big thing in illustration now to use different colors of people to make it race neutral. They are obviously different races but not black and white. It’s an oversimplified way to do people: big eyes, the bare minimum, almost cartoony in a way but trying to take a naïve approach to humans without getting detailed.

Read the whole article over at the NYT.

Tribeca taps "Dahmer" for 2017 lineup

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has named 82 of the 98 features for this year’s event. The films are listed under the categories of Spotlight, Viewpoints and Midnight as well as an array of narratives, shorts and documentaries. Special screenings, gala titles and the closing night activities have yet to be announced.

Based on the graphic novel by Cleveland artist Derf Backderf, "My Friend Dahmer," written and directed by Marc Meyers, will be screened as part of the Viewpoints category.

Per Variety:

"This year, the festival’s organizers opted to cut the total number of titles by 20 percent. 'Over the past few years, the festival has grown in a lot of ways and a lot of different directions, and there was an opportunity to think about ways to stay focused and curated in all of our slates,' said Cara Cusumano, Tribeca’s director of programming."

Further reading: Q & A with "My Friend Dahmer" author Derf Backderf

The festival runs April 19 – 30 in New York.

VIDEO: Khloe Kardashian loves .... Cleveland!

Khloe Kardashian, who is in a relationship with Cavs' center/power forward Tristan Thompson talked about life in Cleveland during an episode of The Talk last week.

“Everyone is so nice there,” reported Kardashian to Sharon Osbourne and the rest of the gang. “It’s a normal routine life. I love to cook, so I get to cook dinner every day. It’s this home, family thing that I’ve been craving that I get to have in Cleveland.”

“I love that it snows. I spent Christmas there and it was — snow," added Kardashian. "I’m not used to that. I’m born and raised in California, so everyone thinks I’m crazy for loving the snow. I’m like, ‘It’s snowing! This is so fun!’ and [Tristan's] like, ‘No you’re going to get over it in one year.’

"But I love it.”

Welcome to Cleveland, Khloe. As for the snow, we usually have a good bit more of it. Why not hang around and see what the weather's like next year?


Call for young filmmakers

Hathaway Brown and St. Edward High School have partnered to offer the 2017 iMagine Film Festival.
Hence, through March 31, organizers are accepting film submissions from Northeast Ohio high school students. Films must be no longer than 15 minutes in length. All finalists will receive constructive feedback from area industry professionals. Winners will receive film-related prizes.

iMagine 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Hathaway's Ahuja Auditorium, 19600 North Park Blvd. The event, which will include screenings of the student films, is free and open to the public.

Click here to register and for submission details.

Nine local sustainable products

Between Cleveland's winning sports teams, revitalizing neighborhoods, and thriving food and arts communities, the city is clearly on an upswing. Another key to this revitalization is creating a sustainable economy that benefits all.

From energy efficient LED lighting to windpower, Sustainable Cleveland rounds up nine local company's that help to do just that.

Get the whole list here.

Celebrate love with free skating on Valentine's Day

Courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation, on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 11 p.m., skaters will enjoy free skate rentals and a free 45-minute session on the ice, weather permitting. Tickets are required and will be distributed at Public Square at noon on a first come, first served basis. Up to 150 tickets will be distributed per time slot. Additional activities during the Feb. 14 free skate will be announced.
“The Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink on Public Square has proven to be one of our community’s top destinations during the winter months,” said Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation in a statement. “We wanted to provide a chance for residents to celebrate their love for Cleveland by coming out and enjoying this vibrant gathering place in the heart of our city.”
In November 2016, the Cleveland Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to support ongoing community programming on Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza in Cleveland Public Square. The grant to the Group Plan Commission continued the foundation’s support for the Square, including $8 million for the transformation of Public Square and the creation of Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza. That same month, on Nov. 26, the foundation presented a free day of ice skating on Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink to coincide with the return of Winterfest in Public Square. More than 1,900 ice skaters took advantage of the free opportunity to enjoy the official opening of the skating rink.
The Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink will remain open for the season until Feb. 28, 2017 with skating available for $10 per skater, which includes skate rental. Additional information about Cleveland Public Square programming is available here.

Cleveland cited as up-and-comer on MovieMaker's 2017 'best places' list

From Maggie Gottlieb and Julie Pearson for MovieMaker:

This year, we skewed big, compiling a list of 15 big cities (population 400,000 and up—that’s city population, not metro) along with a shorter list of five small cities and towns, for those who like a more intimate setting for creativity. Each list also ends with three cities that were “On the Cusp.” (Who can resist an honorable mention?) As usual, you’ll see some familiar names and some up-and-comers—and yes, one of the lists has a tie for the top spot. We’re confident that the places on these lists offer the finest array of filmic institutions, backdrops and good ol’ community-driven energy available. Sink your roots into any of them, and you really can’t go wrong. What you can do, we hope, is find your people, and from there help to write the next chapter of North American cinema.

Read why they think Cleveland is getting ready for its close-up here.

Free help available for taxpayers ahead of April 15

Locals seeking help with their tax preparation have options.

—Lakewood Alive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Turkish Cultural Center in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood, 13303 Madison Avenue. Click here for more information.

—Cuyahoga EITC Coalition has a bevy of tax information online, including a list of tax sites where low and moderate income taxpayers can make an appointment for help with filing by dialing 211.

The EITC free tax prep locations will also host several “Super Saturday” events at select locations where a larger number of volunteers will be on hand to provide additional assistance. These include:
February 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saint Ignatius High School (co-hosted by Key Bank)
Library Room
1911 West 30th St., Cleveland
Cleveland Central Catholic High School (co-hosted by Third Federal Savings & Loan)
1st Floor Atrium
6550 Baxter Ave., Cleveland
February 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PNC Fairfax Connection (co-hosted by PNC Bank)
8220 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland
February 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Notre Dame College (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank)
Administrative Building, 2nd Floor
4545 College Road, South Euclid

February 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stephanie Tubbs –Jones Community Building (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank)
3420 Lee Road, Shaker Heights
Required documentation for tax preparation includes: Current photo identification, Social Security cards for each adult and child, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. If the taxpayer purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they should bring 1099 tax credit from the issuing health insurance company.
The EITC Coalition is a volunteer driven program. Free training is available to become an IRS certified tax preparer for community members who want to volunteer to prepare taxes.

Demonstration this Friday to denounce Trump's immigration actions

This Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., a demonstration denouncing Trump’s executive orders on immigration will be conducted at Market Square on the corner of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue.

The following is the complete press release regarding the event:

"Civic leaders will join together for a demonstration in Market Square to denounce the Trump administration's executive actions on immigration. These executive orders, calling for the construction of a border wall and threatening the withdrawal of federal funding from sanctuary cities, prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants without considering the circumstances that drove them to emigrate from their homes. The documents promise to expand Immigration and Customs Enforcement by a combined total of 15,000, but no amount of border control or enforcement will affect whether or not migrants make the difficult choice to leave their countries and seek safety in the US.
There are several push factors existing in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez, co-director of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America, said, “Neoliberal and militaristic US foreign policies are often at the root of the push factors for refugees who are fleeing violent social and economic persecution. If we promoted true democracy in our international relations, rather empirical, unbridled, domineering policies, refugees would have less reason to flee violence and poverty.”
The Trump administration’s executive actions claim to target dangerous criminals, but, in reality, the new policies are vague enough to put at risk the status of families and individuals who, in the administration’s words, “In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.”
Jose Mendez from DreamActivist Ohio, said of his personal experience with immigration policies, “As a Dreamer, I can’t continue to live in anxiety day by day. We need Congress to act and fix our broken immigration system. I will continue to fight for my family and myself no matter how tough the battle gets.”
Civic society will continue to fight for the rights of immigrants. We call on this administration and the 115th Congress to do everything in their power to reverse these executive orders."

Per the statement, attendees will include the following organizations: InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia, DreamActivist Ohio, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Association, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Ohio’s Voice and others.

Global Student Awards Qualifications set for this Thursday

The Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA) will host a Qualifying Competition on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine, 6000 Rockside Woods Blvd N in Independence, starting at 1 p.m. GSEA, a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), is an awards program for student entrepreneurs, providing students the opportunity to form relationships with fellow enterprising students and the judges.
“Over the course of the past several years, the GSEA awards have been responsible for launching and fostering the entrepreneurial efforts of many local students” said Brain Sprafka, Chair of Cleveland’s GSEA Awards, in a statement. “We look forward to hearing the presentations from these enterprising individuals.”
As qualifying criteria for the program, the four student finalists are in currently enrolled in their undergraduate studies of a recognized college or university and have been primarily responsible for operating a business for no less than six consecutive months. The four presenting students are enrolled at Kent State University, The Ohio State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. The presentations will focus on their business efforts in emergency medicine, software, locally sourced food, and fashion with a philanthropic cause.
The winner of this competition will be sent to compete at the Qualifying Competition in Kansas City, MO, on March 8 – 9,  and will also receive business services and prizes totaling more than $20,000 from Brouse & McDowell, Compass Packaging, Licata Law, Northcoast Angel Fund/Todd Federman, Post-Up Stand, Sales Concepts Inc., Studiothink, and Technical Assurance, Inc.
The winner of the Qualifying Competition will attend the GSEA Finals in Frankfurt, Germany on April 27-29, 2017 to compete with the world’s top student entrepreneurs and have a chance to win over US $400,000 in cash and donated business services.

Wilbur Ross, Trump's Commerce pick, offshored thousands of jobs, including some in NEO

From Andy Sullivan for Reuters:

"Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S. jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters.

The article goes on to say that one of those companies, Canton, Ohio, based
International Automotive Components Group, closed in 2016 "and shifted production of rubber floor mats to Mexico, eliminating the final 16 jobs in a factory that once employed 450 workers."

Get the whole story here.

Online event to focus on uncertain future of historic tax credits

Per the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), last month, several people responded when word circulated that the House Ways and Means Committee Republicans were meeting to discuss tax reform legislation. CRS members and staff heard from numerous constituents about how the historic tax credit leverages private investment in underutilized historic buildings and their request for it to remain part of the tax code. 
A very incomplete list of local projects that have benefitted from the state and federal historic tax credits includes the ongoing West 25th Street Lofts, the boutique Kimpton Schofield Hotel, Heinen's Downtown and the Wagner Awning Building.
To follow up on the issue, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding a free webinar on Thursday, January 19 from 2 – 3 p.m. to share the results of interested parties' efforts and to discuss follow-up actions. President and CEO of the National Trust, Stephanie Meeks, will initiate the conversation and describe steps the National Trust is taking to address these and other policy challenges. A panel of top Washington advocates will be on the call to describe the legislative environment and what should be done to protect the historic tax credit.  
The webinar is free but registration is required. Click here to register. Click here for more information.

Monday: Ice Fest, free admissions to Science Center, Rock Hall

Come join the City of Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland Alliance and North Coast Harbor for Ice FEST this Monday, Jan. 16. The wintry action will take place between the Great Lakes Science Center and the Roll Hall starting at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
More than a dozen ice displays will be set up on the walk way between the Science Center and Rock Hall. In addition, both venues will host free admission for the day.
Full details and scheduling here.

Will drilling expand in Cuyahoga Valley National Park under Trump's plan?

From Annie Knox and Kim Palmer, with additional contributors, for Reuters:

President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness.

The U.S. government holds title to about 500 million acres of land across the country, including national parks and forests, wildlife refuges and tribal territories stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. They overlay billions of barrels of oil and vast quantities of natural gas, coal, and uranium.

The article goes on to include the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) as one federal holding pertinent to the controversy. The CVNP is one of the nation's few parks that already allows drilling on account of privately owned mineral rights.

Per this article by Kabir Bhatia for wksu, however, park officials do not foresee an expansion:

Right now, there are 91 wells within Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s 33,000 acres. Last fall, the rules governing those wells* were overhauled to give the parks more control. Lisa Petit, head of resource management for the park, says she doesn’t foresee new wells being added in the next several years; instead the focus will be bringing the existing wells in-line with the new rules.

The greenspace is a local mecca for hikers, bikers and those who enjoy watersports on the Cuyahoga River. It is Ohio's only national park.

Further reading: 100 miles of the Towpath Trail, one step at a time

*link added


Whispers: U2 coming to Cleveland?

UPDATE 1/8/17 12 P.M. EST: oWOW Radio is reporting that details and confirmation may come as early as tomorrow.

Rumors are abounding that the legendary band U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree with a stadium tour of North America. The website @U2 taps Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Washington, DC. In addition, one German website also adds Cleveland's to the roster for a possible summer 2017 date.
Per Google translation: "A source told oWOW Radio that U2 was booked for the summer of 2017 at FirstEnergy Stadium."
Bono, The Edge and Co. have not performed in Cleveland since the band's Dec. 10, 2005 concert at Quicken Loans Arena.
If the whispers pan out, this will prove to be one (ahem) beautiful day for area U2 fans, if not, call it Sunday, bloody Sunday.

The man behind Cleveland Kraut earns slot on prestigious list

Drew Anderson of Cleveland Kraut was named as one of Forbes' "30 under 30" for the 2017 food and drink category. Read why here, then scroll through the rest of the list to see the other lofty young foodie professionals that made the list and what they're offering up. (Think: pancakes, curry, toffee, hemp, grass-fed beef and ... cookies!)

19 reasons to celebrate 2016

From bikes and trees to street festivals and offshore wind, the Office of Sustainability takes a look back at the year that was with a fun and fresh roundup of 19 stories and events that made 2016 great here on the North Coast.

Read the whole list here.

Our most popular stories from 2016

A zoomin' fleet of electric go-karts? The next must live neighborhood? What made the RNC such a success? We've got all that – and more.

Click here for a roundup of some of Fresh Water's most popular stories from 2016.

WSJ: 2016 is the year Cleveland got back on the map

From Joe Queenan for the Wall Street Journal:

Every year, one American city steps up to the plate for the nation’s attention. Some years it is Los Angeles, seething cauldron of glamour and elegance, other years New York, financial powerhouse and cultural leviathan. San Francisco, Boston and Chicago have all had days in the sun, as have Memphis, Tenn., (Elvis Presley), Portland, Ore., (hipsterism) and Miami (the “Miami Vice” look).

This year, it was Cleveland.

No one really saw this coming.

See all the reasons Queenan added our fair city to that venerable list here.

oWOW rings in the New Year with Rock & Roll 50

Fresh Water media partner, oWOW Radio, will ring in the new year with a jammin' look back at 2016 by counting it all down with the Cleveland Rock & Roll 50 this Monday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The countdown will spotlight the best new rock and roll album tracks and singles that gained popularity over the last 12 months.
Artists in the 2016 lineup include The Lumineers, Dirty Vegas, Joe Bonamassa, Sturgil Simpson, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Lissie, the Head and the Heart, the Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Michael Kiwanuka. A number of local performers will also pepper the 2016 Cleveland Rock & Roll 50 including Welshly Arms, Kristine Jackson, Nate Jones, and Brent Kirby and His Luck.
“It was a banner year for new music in the rock and roll genre, including new music from new artists and new music from established artists,” says John Gorman, chief content officer of oWOW.

Broadcasting from the 78th Street Studios in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, oWOW offers local listeners and those from around the globe a unique Internet radio experience with on-air personalities that bring a welcome dimension to an increasingly automated world. Also on Thursdays at around 11:20 a.m. EST, Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien chats up Ravenna Miceli about what's new in the publication's pages.

Renner's "Primrose" on its way to Fox TV

In a forthcoming development, Working Title Television has set up three broadcast drama series projects, one of which includes an adaptation of James Renner’s book The Man From Primrose Lane at Fox.

The Man From Primrose Lane, which has a script commitment plus penalty at Fox, is a co-production with 20th TV. It is being adapted for TV by Renner, the local journalist and author, who penned a spec script.

Get the whole story here.

Tomorrow around the Metroparks: chickadees, pups and snowflakes

For those wanting to take back control of winter after the recent reminder of what ol' Jack Frost can shovel out, here are three activities to choose from around the Metroparks for tomorrow.

All events are free and open to the public. Follow the links for more information.

Chickadee Feeding Hike, Rocky River Reservation, 10 a.m.

Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this gentle creature to your hand. We'll supply the black oil sunflower seed.

Mill Creek Dog Walk, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, 10 a.m.

Take a brisk walk with your pup along scenic Mill Creek. Enjoy the flora and fauna as well as hearing a bit of the history of the area. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs welcome.

Sunday Drop-By: Snowflake Matching, Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation, 1 p.m.

Stop by the Watershed Stewardship Center to celebrate this snowy season with a fun game. Bring your friends to this friendly competition while learning about snowflakes. Are snowflakes truly unique?

Memorial for Senator John Glenn to open this morning at Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center has partnered with the NASA Glenn Research Center to establish a temporary memorial for Senator Glenn.

Members of the public wishing to leave expressions of sympathy may do so beginning Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The memorial exhibit will be in place through Sunday, December 18. (Please note the Science Center will be closed Sunday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 12.) The Glenn memorial will be placed in the Wintergarden atrium of the Science Center, which is a publicly accessible space that does not require admission.

The Science Center is located at 601 Erieside Ave. at North Coast Harbor.

Presentation this week: Icebreaker Wind - what does it take?

This Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn South Cleveland, 6001 Rockside Rd. in Independence, LEEDCo will host an open house featuring the components of the forthcoming Icebreaker Wind project, including information on the associated equipment, materials, services, and labor. The group will also give a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. that will be repeated at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information and to register, please click here.

Local student's prom dress collection gets AP attention

Ashley Wilson had her eye on dresses for a birthday gift and not just one dress. Not even just one closet full of dresses. For her 18th birthday on Dec. 17, Ashley asked for dozens of dresses.

Before you conjure up Veruca Salt in full brat mode, before you think of Ashley as selfish or materialistic, know this: She'll never wear any of those dresses. She wants to give them away to girls who can't afford them.

"I thought what better way to celebrate your birthday than helping other people?" said Ashley, a senior at Villa Angela St. Joseph.

Get the rest of the story from the Associated Press here or here


A busy week for new biz loans and programs

While most Clevelanders were finally finishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers, these organizations were busy announcing loans and programs aimed at helping area small businesses, entrepreneurs and employees with good ideas.
-A unique collaborative of organizations and institutions has launched a small business lending program to help African American and minority businesses create and maintain jobs for residents and build community wealth. With a focus on bringing capital to underserved groups, the National Urban League’s Urban Empowerment Fund, Morgan Stanley, the National Development Council, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County have come together to offer the Capital Access Fund of Greater Cleveland (CAF).
CAF is a three-year program that provides minority business owners with access to capital offering 50 loans totaling $8 million as well as pre- and post-loan counseling to ensure the success of those small business borrowers. With a goal of creating or maintaining a minimum of 300 jobs within those three years, CAF already has completed 8 loans totaling $1.4 million helping to create or maintain 70 local jobs.
Read more here.
-Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland celebrated their fall 2016 graduation and five-year anniversary on November 30th by awarding two $15,000 loans, in partnership with the Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), to the following women entrepreneurs: Liza Rifkin of Liza Michelle Jewelry and Angelina Rodriguez Pata of Blackbird Fly Boutique. Both are located in Ohio City.

-The MetroHealth System hosted its second Think Tank Competition on November 30. Modeled after the ABC show Shark Tank, employees submitted their ideas for a chance to win money to fund projects for the betterment of MetroHealth. Two winners were awarded a cool $150,000 each.
Their projects include one aimed at the development of a strategic approach to reduce the risks of opioid dependence and addiction for patients and the community through integrated pathways, analytics, informatics, and education. The other will create a formal team/department to administer and coordinate all of event medicine needs.

Read more here.


Sherrod Brown on the working class for the New York Times

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown for the New York Times:

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, all work has dignity and importance, whether done by a street sweeper, Michelangelo or Beethoven. People take pride in the things they make, in serving their communities in hospitals or schools, in making their contribution to society with a job well done.

But over the past 40 years, as people have worked harder for less pay and fewer benefits, the value of their work has eroded. When we devalue work, we threaten the pride and dignity that come from it.

Read his entire op-ed here.

Vanity Fair joins list of pubs that cannot write about Cleveland without an opening insult

From Yohana Desta for Vanity Fair:
Tom Hanks' latest role is local hero. On Dec. 2, the superstar actor (and patron saint of missing gloves) will embark on an incredibly daunting mission: to make Cleveland cool. More specifically, he wants to use his fame to help the Ohio city's film and TV industry. The actor will speak at two events sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, according to Deadline, a nice way of giving back to the city that got him his start in the acting world.

"Incredibly daunting mission," eh?

Don't worry, Tom, we don't blame you. Now then readers, do Fresh Water a favor and read the rest of the article for us while we sigh and turn the page.

"One Night Only" film fest to focus on women

The Ohio Independent Film Festival (OIFF) returns for a One Night Only event to be held at the Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Ave., on Friday, Nov. 11. The theme will focus on women with all films either directed by women or passing the "Bechdel Test" (in which two women must talk to each other about something other than men). The OIFF is completely programmed with films submitted directly by filmmakers.

A pre-event mixer on Nov. 10 will feature entertainment by Nate Jones. One Night Only will be hosted by Cleveland filmmaker Robert Banks and is presented by Independent Pictures.

Tickets for the Nov. 11 One Night Only event are $20. Admission to the Thursday, Nov. 10 mixer is free with donations accepted at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

Highlights of this year's line-up include several shorts such as “Bombing” (13 min., Gloria Mercer - A comedian adjusts to taking care of her estranged daughter) and two features including "Search Engines" (1 hr 38 min.,  Russell Brown - Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones).

Independent Pictures has been producing the Ohio Independent Film Festival since 1993. Formed by working filmmakers, the mission is to support the independent filmmaker through quality screening and exhibition events for audiences that might not otherwise have the opportunity to see the films.

One thing the Indians had the Cubs didn't

From Joel Sherman for the New York Post:

The Cubs were looking for a way to psych themselves up with their season possibly nine innings away from termination. But even facing elimination, the underdog motif fit these Cubs as well as a Mini-Me costume does Shaquille O’Neal.

Read the whole story here.

Does fat make you fat? Cleveland Clinic doc weighs in for WaPo

From the Washington Post:

The weight-loss industry has long been saturated with gimmicky, too-good-to-be-true diets, so one could be excused for thinking the main benefit of “Eat Fat, Get Thin” is to burn calories by causing particularly vigorous eye-rolling.

I mean, doesn’t eating fat, like, make you fat?

Actually, the answer is a big, fat no, at least according to Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the man behind the “Eat Fat, Get Thin” plan.

“The misinformation that has been pushed on our population by the food industry and our government, which is that all calories are the same — that’s true in a laboratory, when you burn them,” Hyman said. “It’s not true when you eat them.”

Read the whole story from Des Bieler here.

USA Today: it's all about the Cubs and insulting Cleveland

From USA Today, Oct. 30, 2016, by Bob Nightengale:

Cubs not dead, planning return trip to Cleveland for Game 6 of World Series

The city of Cleveland has never been confused for anyone’s idea of a tourist destination, where even the natives love to poke fun at their two seasons:

Winter and construction.

Yet, despite all of the jokes over the years about their city, and those cold and long winters, there’s nowhere more a group of young men from Chicago would rather be next week than in Cleveland.

“Whoever says they want to go to Cleveland?’’ Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero says. “Especially in November.

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say those words.

“But right now, there’s no place I’d rather be.’’

Fresh Water has a simple response to Misters Nightengale and Montero: Cleveland Indians: 7 runs; Chicago Cubs: 2 sour grapes.


From the Daily Beast: The myth behind the first Cleveland Indian: Louis Sockalexis

"Baseball legend recounts how [Louis Sockalexis] dazzled Cleveland fans in 1897. With the first Native American ever to play pro baseball so dominant, Ohioans started calling his team 'The Indians.' His on-field feats and Apollo-like physique had already inspired a Maine writer and rival manager Gilbert Patten, using the pseudonym Burt L. Standish, to create the mythical scholar-detective-superstar dime-novel athlete Frank Merriwell. The great sportswriter Harry Grayson would judge Sockalexis faster than Ty Cobb, stronger than Babe Ruth, and a better outfielder than Tris Speaker.
Sockalexis’s rookie year was so dramatic, with his .331 batting average, that 18 years later, in 1915, the franchise resurrected that magical moment. Calling the club “The Indians” made a name that’s now considered racist by some actually a salute to honor this hero, this Native American 'Jackie Robinson,' and his people.
Read over the simple story. Savor the legend. Imagine his greatness. Now learn the truth."
Read the whole fascinating story from Gil Troy over at The Daily Beast.

Forbes: Why Cleveland is America's hottest city right now

"Unbeknownst to most outsiders, however, Cleveland’s rebirth is happening at street level as well. This gritty, 'underdog' city is now home to six James Beard award-winning chef-inspired restaurants, a thriving bar, arts, and music scene, and biomedical and 'smart' manufacturing start-ups that are quickly luring America’s youngest and brightest away from Boston, Austin, and Silicon Valley. All of which makes every Saturday night along East Fourth Street just north of Quicken Loans arena look more like SoHo or South Beach than the 'Rust Belt' strip some would conjure up in their minds when anyone says 'Cleveland.' So just who sprinkled the fairy dust on Cleveland this year?"

Find out how Peter Lane Taylor answers that question for Forbes here.

Success rings across Cleveland, national media freaks out

As locals know, from the wins on the court and around the diamond to a nearly incident-free Republican National Convention, things are going very well here in Cleveland

The national press is predictably flummoxed.

- In this one for the Washington Post, for instance, Adam Kilgore seems to believe we're all slack-jawed and blinking doe-eyed at one another, bewildered that anything other than gray skies and doom could befall our unfortunate lot:

"People here are trying to comprehend what has happened over these past few months, how to process a delirious and wholly unfamiliar confluence."

- The incredulous question mark in this headline for Corky Siemaszko's effort for NBC was not lost on us. It's as if to say, can this really be happening? In Cleveland?

The 'Year of Cleveland'? Hard-Luck City's Sports Fans Are Losers No More

- Lastly, this headline and subhead atop this article from Jared Diamond for the Wall Street Journal has us in crisis mode:

Success Is Giving Cleveland an Identity Crisis

The city’s sports fans could experience a second major championship in one year—a 180-degree turn for a town accustomed to losing.

Now then, gentlemen, while we appreciate the concern, not to worry. We can handle it. We suggest you, however, calm down and take a powder.


"World's longest sports parade" stops in Nebraska en route to Cleveland

A cross-country caravan celebrating the city of Cleveland gathered at the intersection of 40th and -- of course -- Cleveland streets at UPCO Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers took home an NBA title on June 19 for the first time in 52 years, Weston Wride, a Cleveland native living in Provo, Utah, thought celebration was in order. That’s when he decided to take a crew of photo, video and social media gurus on a ride in his 1992 Ford F-150 on a cross-country journey. They call their grassroots movement, “Cleveland is Calling” and the stops along the way are “Believe Rallies.”
The idea is to rally Clevelanders everywhere, alerting people to their coming using social media or word of mouth, or even a good Cleveland vibe. Lincoln was the first visit where they didn't have somebody waiting for them and organizing a welcome. So it was a bit of a whim.
“Everyone in Cleveland truly appreciates and clings on to their roots,” Wride said. “We love that people suffer and celebrate together, and there’s such a good feeling of overcoming when you come from an underdog, middle-class city.”

Get the whole story from the Lincoln Journal Star here.

Is Cleveland the best sports town in America right now?

USA Today poses the question: Does all of the local basketball and baseball success make Cleveland the best sports town in America right now? Watch Luke Kerr-Dineen and Charles Curtis break it down in a short video here.


National spotlight once again on the 216 and winning Tribe

It's much to the delight of Fresh Water staff to roundup some national coverage on the stunning Tribe pennant victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last night.

"The team hasn't won the World Series since 1948." - CNN

"Cleveland had waited so long for this." - USAToday

"Welcome to the October of Tito." ESPN

And perhaps our favorite - a headline from the New York Times: "Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Cleveland Indians: Your Thursday Briefing"

Now who saw that trio coming? Not us. Go Tribe!

County issues utility scam alert

Cuyahoga County’s Department of Consumer Affairs is issuing a new utilities scam alert after learning scammers are posing as electric company employees and calling Cuyahoga County residents, threatening them with immediate utilities shutoffs if they don’t pay.
The threat of losing power can scare people into wiring money or making a phone payment before they’ve had time to think the call through. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs wants you to know it’s OK to hang up on these calls. Any utility that plans to shut off your service will send you a written notice, not spring the news on you during a phone call.  Scammers have in the past used the names of First Energy, the Illuminating Company, Cleveland Public Power, Dominion East Ohio and Cleveland Water.
Consumers who receive these calls should hang up and report them to the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs at consumeraffairs.cuyahogacounty.us or by calling 216-443-7035.
How to protect yourself:
- Don’t panic. Utilities don’t make cold-calls about shut offs. They will always send written disconnection notices.

- Be skeptical of the Caller ID. Scammers may spoof their numbers.

- Know that disconnections are typically not scheduled at night or on weekends.

- Be wary if anyone asks you to pay a bill using a wire transfer, prepaid card or gift card. Those are payment methods most utilities don’t accept, but scammers like because they’re hard to trace.

- Never give account information to someone who calls you.

- If you believe you may owe, contact your utility using the number from your bill, not one provided by a caller.
Follow the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs on Facebook and Twitter to report, ask questions and stay up to date on the latest scams.

Brief online survey gauges transportation priorities for 20-year plan

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is asking area residents to participate in a quick and easy online survey to gather information about what they think transportation in Northeast Ohio should look like over the next two decades, including priorities for commuters, cyclists and transit users. The survey will remain online until October 30.

The effort is part of NOACA’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, a 20-year framework to guide investments for all forms of transportation and the movement of freight throughout the region. The plan is slated for approval by NOACA’s board in March 2017.

“This survey will help us to inform Northeast Ohio’s transportation goals, wants and needs for the next two decades,” said Grace Gallucci, NOACA executive director in a statement. “We’ve been really thoughtful in designing a survey that encourages users to think about transportation differently,” she added. “We hope that this survey will help highlight the need to prioritize transportation wants cohesively, as a region.”

Take the survey here.

Got talent? Save the date!

America's Got Talent invites all singers, dancers, magicians, performers and purveyors of entertainment to come and show them what you've got at an open call audition on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at the Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland.

Details on registration, creating a Performer Profile and auditioning online for the show's season 12 are available here.

“There’s no show on television that changes lives and discovers stars the way that America’s Got Talent does,” said executive producer Sam Donnelly in a statement. “Each year we continue to find new and amazing acts through our open auditions.  We’re excited to visit each of these cities to discover the best talent they have to offer.”

CPAC launches free online business course for Cleveland artist start-ups

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has launched a new online version of its award-winning Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. The business-planning course provides artist professionals with business skills to enhance their creative propensity. The free, online version of the course caters to emerging artists seeking to make a living with their craft as well as offering refreshers for established artist ventures.  
The program includes videos curated from across the web, which are supplemented with tailored activities, templates and reflection questions. Content is organized in several digestible sessions encompassing everything from mission statements to accounting. Each session aims to help participants gain skills to build out their business plan without losing their artistic integrity. The course considers all creative disciplines, even as it delves into a particularly sensitive topic for artists: the art itself as a product or service.
“We’ve heard many reservations artists have around their business practices as stifling, elusive or even contradicting their creative process,” says Megan Van Voorhis, chief operating officer at CPAC and founder of the course in a statement. “The course is not teaching writers how to write better, or musicians how to sound better. It’s designed to help artists find the balance, moreover, the parallel between their business and creative processes. Ultimately we want them to flourish and thrive on their own terms.”
The course was originally conceived in 2003 as a series of cumulative workshops by CPAC and the Council of Smaller Enterprises. The in-person course continues to run via the Akron Area Arts Alliance at Summit Artspace and by the Broward County, Fla. Cultural Division.
“Helping artists sustain themselves is critical to a healthy city,” adds Valerie Schumacher, director of CPAC’s artist services. “Throughout our programming, we are seeing how contemporary arts and culture is telling the stories of today and helping us reflect on our own world. These benefits among the many others are impossible without the artists who create that work.”
CPAC officials believe providing content that artists can access at anytime, free from judgment or time obligations, as one of the primary reasons for building out the course online to supplement the in-person workshops. The course is a cumulative process and can be taken from start to finish using the numbered sessions. With this new content, artists can refresh their skills in a particular area in which they are less comfortable, or they can return to the material as they test and implement new business strategies.

Get started with the online courses here.

Thrillist: Cleveland's most underrated neighborhoods

From Billy Hallal for Thrillist:
There’s a problem with the current discourse on progress in different areas of Greater Cleveland: you can’t describe a neighborhood as “on-the-rise” when it’s already risen. Some neighborhoods and districts have been established for decades. Everyone knows about Coventry’s hippie/hipster vibe and Little Italy’s old-world charm. Some have seen their star rise rapidly in the past decade or so: your in-the-know friends have had an apartment in Ohio City or Gordon Square for years, and even your grandparents know that Tremont is the cool place for dining out.

Yet despite the renaissance of cool Cleveland neighborhoods, there are some that aren’t getting quite the press they deserve. Hang out in them now before the high-rise condos and spinning studios show up.

Now go and read which CLE locales he tags.


Woman discovers decade-old certified LeBron-James-chewed bubble gum

"Along with the gum is a notarized affidavit signed by then Akron Deputy Mayor David Lieberth who chuckled Tuesday when told the 'infamous' LeBron gum had resurfaced."

Chew on the whole story from Ohio.com here.

Lake Erie starts with me ... and you

Though daunting to consider, every action we take affects the water we drink, the water for our crops, and the water we play in. Across the entire Greater Lake Erie region, the phrase “Lake Erie Starts with Me" applies to each of us.
The West Creek Conservancy has worked to protect vital stream and wetland systems, forested areas, as well as open green spaces - all in an effort to protect the waters of Greater Lake Erie. The conservancy's goal is to protect, restore, connect and reclaim important natural areas throughout the Greater Cleveland area.
As the organization continues to raise awareness about protecting the water quality within the Lake Erie watershed, it invites you to become a Stewardship Sponsor. With each individual donation of $20 or more, you’ll receive a “Lake Erie Starts With Me!” shirt.

All proceeds benefit the West Creek Conservancy Stewardship Fund to help the organization continue its great work.
Get more information and order your shirt here.

10 things to do around town in October from free to five bucks

A no-frills cheat sheet. Click through for more information on all the events.

Let's have a great October, Cleveland!

Oct. 1 and 8: Uptown Saturday Nights, University Circle. FREE.
Oct. 2: International Cleveland Community Day, Cleveland Art Museum. FREE.
Oct. 7: Cleveland Institute of Art's Lunch on Fridays: Michela Picchi. FREE.
Oct. 8: Tour Undiscovered E. 40th Street on Lolly the Trolley. $5.
Oct. 12: Concert at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern featuring Dutch Babies, Skim the Reason and Jeremy Porter And The Tucos. FREE.
Oct. 15: Sweet Moses presents a boogie - woogie retro event featuring "The Everley Sisters." FREE.
Oct. 22 and 23: $1 Family Night, Cedar Lee Theatre. "Wallace and Gromit" The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." $1.
Oct. 23: All City Candy's 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza. FREE.
Oct. 23: MOCA: Preschool Play Date: Artsquad Plays! FREE.
Oct. 28: Carpe Diem String Quartet performs at Praxis Fiber Gallery. FREE, donations appreciated.

Flower harvest to bring lush beauty to Spice this weekend

How many fresh-cut flowers can fit in a Detroit Shoreway restaurant? Anyone opting to dine at Spice Kitchen and Bar this weekend will have a chance to find out during the popular eatery's "Flower Field Takeover" event on Friday, Sept. 30th, and Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Staff is harvesting the entire half-acre Spice Acres flower field, which is part of a 13-acre sustainable family farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. All of the blooms will be transported to the restaurant in order to offer up a beautiful farewell to summer while visitors explore the fresh tastes of Spice's new fall menu.

While bouquets will be available for sale, there is no additional cost to attend the event. Reservations, however, are recommended. Call 216.961.9637 or go online to reserve your table.

Register to vote on September 27!

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Cleveland VOTES will partner with local organizations to host a series of events for National Voter Registration Day 2016. The effort is part of a massive 50-state drive to register thousands of voters before Election Day, November 8. The theme for this year’s National Voter Registration Day is "Celebrating Democracy in America."
The day will be marked by an array of registration drives across the city, from a “Pop Up Cook Out” at Moulton/Scoutway Park, East 115th and Moulton Avenue from 2 to 5 p.m., to the “Pan pa’ Casa /Drive Thru Voter Registration” at Walton Elementary School, 3409 Walton Avenue, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
In Ohio, the voter registration deadline for the November 8 election is October 11. Ohioans are encouraged to make sure their voter registration is up to date. If you have moved, changed your name or had any other changes since you last voted, you need to re-register by October 11.

Ohioans must register to vote in person or by mail. Click here for more information, or attend one of the more than 14 local registration activities on Tuesday, Sept. 27, National Voter Registration Day, at locations all over Cleveland and times to accommodate every schedule. Get the full list here.

New York Post: Cleveland amid 15 best places to live

Cleveland's myriad charms continue to get noticed. The Cleveland Clinic and the new Public Square are among the amenities the New York Post cites in this roundup, putting our burg here on the North Coast at number 15.

To the credit of the authors, this group of cities includes towns that don't often get the spotlight - try Hoboken, New Jersey; Charlottesville, Virginia and Bend, Oregon.

Click here to get the whole list.

Residents invited to play superelectric "Pinball with Police" tomorrow in Gordon Square

With the aim to build rapport between local police, residents and businesses, the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Superelectric Pinball Parlor will host “Pinball With Police” is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the vintage pinball mecca, 6500 Detroit Avenue.

This community bridge-building event will feature free pinball, food and refreshments from neighborhood merchants - and an opportunity for neighborhood residents and businesses to meet with Second District Cleveland Police Officers.

For more information, contact Tom Sarago, Principal of Spruce at 216-269-9673 or tom@spruceagency.com.


Franklin Castle to be offered as part of "America's Most Haunted" mini village collection

The Bradford Exchange, purveyors of all things collectible from Thomas Kinkade to Disney, has set its latest sights right here in Cleveland - at Franklin Castle no less.

As part of its "America's Most Haunted Village Collection," the fave local landmark will be offered as Issue Two. Issue One will be the Amityville House. Structures measure 4.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches long by 5.25 inches deep.

Per the company's site: "Each sculpture illuminates and features a wealth of detailing like the ghoulish apparitions that are seen peering out from their windows. Plus, learn about the events that took place in each historic place and what is thought to haunt the space with the included printed newspaper cards."

Full information, including images of the fun and funky miniatures, is available here.

USA Today taps CLE as top city to go car free

For those wishing to ditch the wheels (along with the expensive parking, insurance and not-so-green exhaust), USA Today taps Cleveland as the nation's top place to do so.

While locals may have other opinions of our public transit, the listing cites amenities such as the RTA Redline and the new UHBikes program as boons to those who'd just as soon opt for any mode of transportation over a private vehicle.

See which cities the 216 beat out here.

Thrillist: what you should do in Cleveland literally every day this fall

From Rachel Hunt for Thrillist:

"Fall, arguably the best, most beautiful, and overall most tolerable of our four seasons, is finally hitting Cleveland. It's time to dig up your Dawg Pound mask, pick which Cavs champion (it's "Weeping JR Smith") you'll be for Halloween this year, and take in the changing color of autumn leaves (NEO really does get the most stunning fall trees!) with all the pumpkin beer and hayrides you can handle. On the days you're unsure how to best enjoy our brief yet perfect weather, we've made a list of something to do very literally every day this fall."

Get her crazy exhaustive and fun list here.


Plain Dealer adds opt-out only upgrade with unconventional payment terms

Those with subscriptions to the paper edition of the Plain Dealer will receive a 100-page "Investment & Retirement Guide" with their regular paper on Sept. 18 and will pay $2.99 for the privilege - unless they opt out.

Furthermore, the billing for the addition is rather unconventional. Per the Plain Dealer's Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 paper editions:

"An additional $2.99 will be charged to your subscription for the Investment & Retirement Guide which will shorten your paid-through date. This means your next bill will come sooner than it would have otherwise."

To opt out, call 1-877-486-0726.

Cleveland ranks among top 50 cities for runners

From Runner's World:

We started with a list of 250 U.S. cities with populations of more than 160,000 that had the highest number of households per capita reporting participation in running within the last 12 months (according to the SimplyMap 2014 census study). Then we gathered data from myriad sources to create five indexes of special importance to runners, ranking the cities in each index from 1 to 150. We then weighted the indexes [run, parks, climate, food, and safety] and tallied up the scores to create the final list.

Cleveland clocked in at 35, beating out the likes of Atlanta, Miami and even Honolulu.

Get the whole list here - or if you can't wait to don the Nikes and head out to the Metroparks, no worries. The link will be here when you get back.

Cleveland Museum of Art amid the nation's very best

From Business Insider:

According to the US government, there are upwards of 35,000 museums in America. For comparison, there are about 13,000 Starbucks across the country

These thousands of museums are filled with countless works of priceless art, historical artifacts, and natural marvels. But, which museums are the best?

Using data provided by Foursquare, INSIDER ranked the top 25 museums in America.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) was ranked second only to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Not bad, but for locals, the CMA has always been #1.

Get the whole list here.

Nate Silver has a lot to learn about Cleveland

From this article on fivethirtyeight.com:

First, though, our dear colleague Clare Malone is vacationing in Cleveland this week, so we’re joined today by Anna, who mostly reports on public health for us but has covered the immigration debate pretty extensively too, instead — welcome, Anna!

anna (Anna Maria Barry-Jester, senior writer): Hello!

natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I was going to make fun of “vacationing in Cleveland.” But people from Michigan actually vacation in Cleveland, or at least Sandusky (Cedar Point! Woo-hoo!).

Hilarious, Mr. Silver, and so original, but then again, weren't you the guy who had this to say about a forthcoming Trump GOP nomination?

"For my money, that adds up to Trump’s chances being higher than 0 but (considerably) less than 20 percent."

Um ... as a matter of fact, you were. Funny thing though, it was here in Cleveland where your prediction proved to be 100 percent wrong. Feel free, however, to bring some of "your money" to our fair city anytime and see what we're all about.

And if you're broke, no worries. Our editor will pick up the tab.

Green Party candidate for POTUS coming to NEO

On Friday, Sept. 2, Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President, and Joe DeMare, Green Party candidate for US Senate, will speak at the Natatorium, 2345 4th Street, Cuyahoga Falls. Doors open at 6 p.m. DeMare will speak at 7 p.m. Stein will speak at 8:00 p.m.

During this free event, Jill Stein will discuss her plan to help the American people with the Green New Deal, a stimulus package that will create 20 million new jobs by transitioning to renewable energy by 2030, as well as halting the devastating effects of climate change. Other topics will include her policies such as tuition free higher education, cancelling student debt, healthcare as a human right, $15 minimum wage, and foreign policy based on international law, diplomacy, and human rights.

For more information, visit the Ohio Green Party's page.

Sabor Miami tops Cleveland Hot List

Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien has extolled the virtues of Sabor Miami's rich, creamy and downright decadent Cafe con Leche (Cuban latte) as "the best cup of coffee she's ever had" both publicly and privately. It seems she's not alone.

The shop at 4848 Broadview Road, which we reported on in back in April, has been named the "Best Coffee Shop in Cleveland," by Cleveland Hot List.

Click here to see the list of venerable cafes Sabor Miami topped, but do so at your own risk - peruse this list and you'll be craving a cappuccino in no time.

Congratulations to proprietor Mariela Paz and kudos to all the nominees.

Insider's cheat sheet: LeBron James' Cleveland Hustles debut

Fresh Water was treated to a preview of the first edition of executive producer LeBron James' Cleveland based reality show Cleveland Hustles, which debuts tomorrow night, Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. EST on CNBC. The show features local entrepreneurs and investors - which is something we know a thing or two about. After all, we've been covering Cleveland's biz scene and the people that fuel it for more than five years.

Hence, we offer these fun insider tips to watch for during the show:

- Be on the lookout for Brandyn Armstrong. Fresh Water first broke his winning story about his Studio Stick project back in March.
- One of the primary players on Cleveland Hustle is one Kumar Arora, whom we loved learning all about when we published this one about the edgy Cleveland-based clothing and accessory endeavor iLTHY.
- The man behind CLE's urban winery movement, Mansfield Fraizer … he's in there!

- Do those still photos of Alan Glazen featured in tomorrow's episode look a bit familiar? Of course they do ... Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski shot them for this article.

- And just for fun: how does King James behave when he's amid his royal subjects? Why, we've got a photo essay for that!
- Lastly, if you're looking for the real skinny on the Gordon Arts neighborhood: we invite you to enjoy it as a perfect slice of Cleveland.

Good luck to the entire cast and crew of Cleveland Hustles.

LEEDCo and the Sierra Club want YOU to become part of a giant human wind turbine

In support of  the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 Campaign - an effort to urge the City of Cleveland to commit to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050 - the Lake Erie Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is asking northeast Ohioans become part of a human wind turbine, which will require more than 100 bodies this Sunday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Abbey Road Overlook, 1402 Abbey Ave.

Participants are asked to wear orange or brown to be most visible for the planned aerial photo. Refreshments will be provided.

Sign up here.


Bon Appetit takes a CLE foodie tour

From Bon Appetit:

“People ask me why I left Portland, and I tell them that Cleveland now is very similar to what Portland was 15 years ago,” said Robert Stockham, general manager at the city’s premiere coffee roaster, Rising Star. Except Cleveland is a city with its own swagger, and a cost of living so low that Stockham said, “You can buy a house for less than a car, and you should never pay full retail price for anything here.” Also: Cleveland is the place for a hipster hotdog hangout that puts Froot Loops on its dogs, a brewery that has residents lining up for Christmas-spiced beer, and one of the world’s best symphony orchestras. Come hungry, and let Stockham be your guide.

Take his whole tour here.

School supplies, screening and music to round out "Back to School" celebration

On Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Esperanza Inc., a stalwart local advocate for education in the Cleveland's Hispanic community, will host a "Back To School" celebration for the West 25th Street neighborhood.
The event will include distribution of 1,500 backpacks and school supplies to area students, as well as community dental and medical screenings. In addition, students and families will be able to sign up for Esperanza’s array of mentoring, leadership and tutoring programs. Music and vendors will round out the festivities, which will be held in the parking lot of Esperanza Offices at 3104 W. 25th Street.
Dental screenings will be provided by Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, while MetroHealth System and the Cleveland Clinic will provide health screenings. Local vendors, as well as representatives of educational institutions, human services, and childcare services will also be on hand. Cleveland's Hispanic radio station, La Mega, 87.7 FM, will provide music.
Event sponsors include McDonald’s of Northeast Ohio, and Cleveland Indians Pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
To donate to this event, contact Esperanza’s development director Laurel Wirtanen-Siloy at 216.652.7178 or mail donations to: Esperanza, 3104 W. 25th Street, 4th floor, Cleveland, OH, 44109. Donations can also be made online.

Best of the police scanner in Cleveland during the RNC

An officer's voice came over the police radio: "I have a group of people fighting -- one of them is dressed like a robot."

Another officer, in reference to a group of protesters on Wednesday night: "They’re playing duck-duck-goose in the park."

Such was the radio traffic during the Republican National Convention, where officers' voices on the publicly available radio broadcast conveyed the tension, monotony, and occasional humor involved in keeping Cleveland safe.

Get the whole story from USA Today here.

Wednesdays on the Square to extend Ohio City music, fun through August

Starting this Wednesday, the Ohio City Merchants Association will offer Wednesdays on the Square, a family friendly concert series featuring two local performers from  6 to 9 p.m. in Market Square Park on the northwest corner of Lorain Avenue and West 25th Street. There will be a variety of local merchants selling their goods and activities for kids and adults alike. The event aims to carry on the good vibes from July's Ohio City Stages and keep the community coming together on Wednesdays in August.

The line up is as follows:

August 3: Morgan Mecaskey and Shawn & Shelby

August 10: Jul Big Green and Corduroy Season

August 17: Samfox and The Mason District

Everyone is invited to this free mid-week booster.

Gingrich, Huckabee, Trump family amid RNC speakers

Jeff Larson, CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention, today released a partial list of the speakers who will participate in the week-long event starting July 18th:

Pastor Mark Burns                                                     
Phil Ruffin                                                               
Congressman Ryan Zinke                                        
Pat Smith                                                                  
Mark Geist                                                                
John Tiegen                                                             
Congressman Michael McCaul                                 
Sheriff David Clarke                                                 
Congressman Sean Duffy                                        
Darryl Glenn                                                            
Senator Tom Cotton                                                   
Karen Vaughn                         
Governor Mike Huckabee                                       
Mayor Rudy Giuliani                                              
Melania Trump                                                         
Senator Joni Ernst                                               
Kathryn Gates-Skipper                            
Marcus Luttrell                                         
Dana White             
Governor Asa Hutchinson   
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge    
Michael Mukasey
Andy Wist          
Senator Jeff Sessions        
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn   
Alex Smith         
Speaker Paul Ryan    
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Kerry Woolard .
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Ben Carson
Co-Chair Sharon Day
Natalie Gulbis
Kimberlin Brown
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Peter Thiel
Eileen Collins
Senator Ted Cruz
Newt Gingrich
Michelle Van Etten
Lynne Patton
Eric Trump
Harold Hamm
Congressman Chris Collins
Brock Mealer
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Governor Mary Fallin
Darrell Scott
Lisa Shin
Governor Rick Scott
Chairman Reince Priebus
Tom Barrack
Ivanka Trump
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Chris Cox
Senator Mitch McConnell
Tiffany Trump
Governor Chris Christie
Donald J. Trump Jr.
Governor Scott Walker

Ohio's open carry policy garners attention from national press ahead of RNC

All eyes are on Cleveland, with concerns waxing over Ohio's open carry law.

From the New York Times: Dallas Shooting and Open-Carry Laws Loom Over Cleveland Convention Plans
Cleveland officials are promising increased security during the Republican gathering, with resources from city, state and federal authorities. And within the convention area, the Secret Service will set up a smaller perimeter near the Quicken Loans Arena that will have stricter security and prohibit guns. Delegates to the convention, for example, will not be able to take their guns onto the convention floor.

From TIME: Why Guns Won’t Be Allowed at the Republican Convention

Delegates to the Republican national convention would do best to leave their guns at home.

The Secret Service and the Quicken Loans Arena hosting the convention next week are both barring firearms within the convention, though state law allowing open carry will still apply to unsecured areas within the convention’s event zone.

From NPR: Some Delegates May Carry Guns Around Cleveland During Republican Convention

The list of items banned from downtown Cleveland during this month's upcoming Republican National Convention includes tennis balls, grappling hooks and canned goods.

But not guns.


Forward Cities nominee wins scholarship for "mapping the world" idea

Forward Cities may have had their last convening here in Cleveland last month, but the movement continues to have an impact.

The organization successfully nominated Jerry Paffendorf of Loveland Technologies to receive a scholarship to the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival earlier this month. In addition to be able to attend the event for free, Jerry was invited to pitch his idea of mapping the world, which he discusses here with The Lift on Aspen 82.

The Lift | Jerry Paffendorf from The Lift on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh police team will help Cleveland keep peace during RNC

The city of Pittsburgh will send a team of police officers to Cleveland to help keep the peace during the Republican National Convention via legislation Pittsburgh City Council approved preliminarily on Wednesday.

Cleveland originally requested 70 Pittsburgh officers. After assessing resources available and local needs. Pittsburgh is planning to send 23 city police, including seven traffic officers, 12 SWAT officers, four members of the police command staff, and one legal adviser from the city law department. Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, said an additional 35 crowd-control officers could be sent to Cleveland in the event of an emergency. They all would be part of a security force of several thousand police assembled from various jurisdictions.

Read the whole story from Pittsburgh's Action News 4 - WTAE here.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation makes grant to benefit Orlando terror victims

Trustees of Burton D. Morgan Foundation voted this month to make a grant of $10,000 to benefit those impacted by the recent terror attack in Orlando. The grant was made to Volunteer Florida Foundation, which is administering the Florida Disaster Fund
The Foundation primarily supports entrepreneurship initiatives in Northeast Ohio, but occasionally supports programs unrelated to entrepreneurship that benefit the surrounding community, or communities experiencing natural disasters or unprecedented tragedy. 

“Our Morgan Foundation trustees and staff are deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida," said Deborah Hoover, foundation president and CEO in a release. "We believe it is important to demonstrate our support for the victims, the families affected by the tragedy, and the entire Orlando community, as residents cope with loss and recovery," she added. 

"It is about one community reaching out to another with hope and encouragement."


Politico pokes around for RNC speakers, comes up short

Per Politico:

A slot at the Republican National Convention used to be a career-maker — a chance to make your name on the big stage and to catch the eye of the Republican donors and activists who make or break campaigns.

In the year of Trump: Not so much.
With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking. Only a few said they were open to it, and everyone else said they weren’t planning on it, didn’t want to or weren’t going to Cleveland at all — or simply didn’t respond.

Read the whole story - including who they queried - here.

East Coast sports writer comes home to celebrate Cavs' championship

Cleveland expat and 216 sports fan Krista D'Amore tells Thrillist about her exhilarating journey back home to celebrate the Cav's historic win.

She begins:

After the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 6, the plan was to write an article reflecting on Game 7 as a displaced East Coast Cleveland fan.

I wrote an entire draft assuming they’d lose -- waxing poetic about the values of Cleveland, and how we keep loving despite our continued losing.

And then they won it all.

Read her entire essay on Thrillist.

Adult big wheel relay to roll through Tremont tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 25, from 2 – 5 p.m. in Lincoln Park on W. 11th Street in Tremont, the fourth annual Cleveland Big Wheel Relay to benefit the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center will roll out.

Adult teams have raised funds to compete in a tournament racing Huffy Green Machine three-wheel bikes, which are designed to handle adult bodies. This year, an additional track will allow individuals to participate in timed, individual races. The event is free to attend.
The Big Wheel Relay is organized and hosted by the New Partners of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC), an associate board of young professionals focused on advancing CHSC’s mission both through service and fundraising. For more details about CHSC New Partners and this event, please visit this page.

Cleveland Cavaliers in the news across the globe and beyond

It seems Cavs fever has spread to news outlets far and wide and .... above.

Laramie, Wyoming, loves LeBron as evidenced by this local fan roundup: "Larry Shyatt recently stepped down as the Wyoming men’s basketball coach. In 1964, he was there to see Cleveland win its last championship before Sunday night, when the Browns beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in the NFL Championship Game, two years before it was dubbed the Super Bowl."

Ever concerned about the high and mighty dollar, earlier this month the San Francisco-based Market Watch explained Why it pays to be a Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

And then there was this from the Manila Times ahead of the historic Game 7 win: "Despite the feat of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving pulling the Cleveland Cavaliers within 3-2 in the ongoing best-of-seven series of the National Basketball Association Finals, the majority of Filipino NBA fans see the Golden State Warriors retaining the crown."

Or not.

But perhaps most notably, the Onion reported this from The Heavens: "Despite allowing the Cavaliers to win the city’s first major sports championship in 52 years, God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, confirmed Sunday that He still hates Cleveland fans. 'I just figured that enough is enough, so I decided to throw them a bone and finally give them a title, but believe me, I still can’t stand Cleveland teams or their fans,' said the Lord."

Well then, perhaps we can win God Almighty over for the Indians during this year's World Series.

Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook excerpt: a peek inside the Velvet Tango Room

Tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Market Garden Brewery, 1947 West 25th St., local publisher Belt Books will launch its Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook with readings by Janice Lowe, Sally Errico and Sam McNulty. Several contributors and sponsors will be at this free event.  
As a preview, the publishers have shared the following "Editors' Pick" from the volume, an "homage to The Velvet Tango Room."

Visiting Cleveland for the first time? Have an event to celebrate? Go to the Velvet Tango Room.

Paulius Nasvytis was early to the cocktail trend when he opened this inimitable, only-in-Cleveland bar in 1996. Nasvytis’s staff mix Pisco Sours and French 75s for loyal patrons, suits, local politicos, and out-of-towners who make it a destination spot. Finding it is part of the experience, as the VTR is located on a desolate stretch of a post-industrial street that is always neither here nor there.

Signs outside are off-putting, warning “no big hair” and “no golf shoes,” but everything inside is inviting. Somehow the VTR manages to be pretentious and down- to-earth at once.

Nasvytis is a first-generation Lithuanian immigrant who opened the bar after working for years at Cleveland’s upscale French hotel restaurant, Classics. Many nights he floats throughout the bar, dressed in a three-piece suit, sometimes presenting women with long-stemmed roses. VIPs are ushered into the hidden “members only” back room where, because everything is surprising at the VTR, busts of Lenin, Mussolini and Mao—“deposed dictators doomed to live in this capitalist hell,” Paulius explains — line the shelves.

The backstory, location, and atmosphere of the VTR mix Cleveland ambitions, failures, and distinctiveness, and the drinks are no less complex and delightful. The staff make their own maraschino cherries, ginger ale, and bitters. The bartenders have ripped biceps from shaking cocktails by hand. They flambee orange slices and shake egg whites into soft peaks for Ramos Gin Fizzes. It is expensive (for Cleveland) and cheap (for what you get) at once. At the VTR, some weird alchemy makes it all work.

An open letter to the Salt Lake City Deseret News

Dear fellow journalists,
On June 11, the following headline ran in your admirable publication:
"It looks like Cleveland's championship curse will continue"
What followed was an opinion piece by the venerable Randy Hollis, who went on to suggest that Cleveland was the "City that always weeps" amid other transcendent observations such as "And now, with LeBron James and the Cavaliers just one loss away from succumbing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for a second straight year, it looks like the "Cleveland Curse" is about to continue."
Oh dear ….
Now then, we appreciate your jocularity and have been trying to find a way to return the favor. Perhaps Mr. Hollis is the "writer who shouldn't have said a peep" or the Deseret's good editor, Mr. Paul S. Edwards is the "editor that didn't go too deep," but we can probably all agree those are a bit clunky to say the least.
No matter.
As our esteemed colleagues, we also appreciate that you would step up to the plate – perhaps one in Progressive Field, wherein the Indians (which are leading in the in the AL Central) bested the White Sox in the 10th inning just yesterday – and offer commentary on sports franchises 1,700 miles away. After all, while you do an excellent job of covering high school soccer, we certainly understand the desire to stretch one's legs.
We also note you describe your mission thusly: "to be a leading news brand for faith and family oriented audiences in Utah and around the world."
Hm. Too bad that faith didn't extend to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As you can imagine, here in Cleveland we are busy bathing ourselves in wine and gold, but we felt a need to check in just the same. As for Mr. Hollis, perhaps he should focus on "copy editing and page layout/design" and leave the sports predictions to those who are a little closer to the game.  

With our warmest regards,
Erin O'Brien
Managing Editor
Fresh Water Cleveland

LeBron and the Monsters are all out, Trump gets all in - to the Q

From Jeremy W. Peters for the New York Times:

A series of delays and questions about security and fund-raising are causing Republicans to scramble as they finish planning their nominating convention just weeks before the party gathers in Cleveland.

Among the complications facing Donald J. Trump, the presumptive nominee, and his team is that only on Friday were they finally able to gain access to Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held, because it was being used by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won Game 6 of the N.B.A. finals there on Thursday night. (The series will end on Sunday night, with a decisive Game 7 on the Golden State Warriors’ home court back in California.)

“LeBron, good luck in the series,” Mr. Trump said the other day as he noted the predicament with a sense of resignation. “Of course, the longer it goes, the less time we have. But that’s O.K.”

Get the whole story, including preparation and funding details, from the New York Times here.

Federation of Gay Games' Orlando Tragedy Statement

In August 2014, rainbows bloomed from Lakewood to Akron when the Gay Games came to town. The region asserted itself as welcome and inclusive; and Northeast Ohio's friendship with the Federation of Gay Games and all the people it represents was public and proud.

Hence as the country mourns the Orlando victims, Fresh Water respectfully offers the Federation's formal statement.

As the world mourns the tragic events that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday, 12 June 2016, the Federation of Gay Games family extends its condolences and support to the victims, their families, friends and associates, and the citizens of Orlando, Florida.

This act of violence directly impacts the global Gay Games family. Four years ago, the City of Orlando was a bid candidate to host Gay Games 10 in 2018. Pulse Nightclub was a local supporter of that effort. In addition, athletes and artists from Orlando have participated at each quadrennial Gay Games since 1982.
Whenever the LGBT community and our allies come under attack, as it was in Orlando and the recent murder of activists in Bangladesh and Honduras, we strengthen our resolve to fight on in honor of those lost. The events of June 12 are a reminder to all of us how precious life is, and why we must continue to work together to promote acceptance and inclusion to defeat homophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination worldwide.
The Federation of Gay Games will continue to lead this effort through the use of sport and culture to promote our founding principles of Participation, Inclusion, Personal Best™, and encourage our sisters, brothers and allies to join us for Paris 2018 Gay Games 10 with our message of “All Equal”. Together, we are stronger.
On behalf of the FGG Board of Directors, our Assembly, and Honorary Life Members, we remain yours in sport and solidarity,
Joanie Evans and Kurt Dahl

County: 18 percent of home-improvement stores fail price-check sweep

About 18 percent of home-improvement stores failed a price-check sweep conducted by the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs in anticipation of the summer home-improvements season. Most of the pricing errors found by the county’s Weights and Measures inspectors favored consumers.
The single highest overcharge was $2.74 for a paintbrush at a Sherwin-Williams store in University Heights, while the largest undercharge was $7.59 for a safety vest at Lowe’s Rocky River store.
“Consumers often rely on posted prices to make buying decisions,” said Sheryl Harris, Director of the county’s Department of Consumer Affairs, in a release. “By law, the prices posted on shelves and signs must match the prices that ring up at the register. Discrepancies mean someone – the store or the customer – is losing money.”
The department’s Weights and Measures inspectors checked posted prices of 975 items at 27 home-improvement and paint stores against the scanned prices – the prices that ring up at the register. Five stores failed the test, meaning they had more than the allowable number of errors.
Although the highest dollar error – the $7.59 undercharge – was found at Lowe’s Rocky River store, that store passed the test because all the other prices checked scanned correctly.
Inspectors require stores to immediately correct any errors. Stores that failed will be inspected again. Stores are never given advance notice of a Weights and Measures inspection.
Stores that failed the test are:

--Sherwin-Williams stores in University Heights (80 percent) and Woodmere (84 percent)
--Home Depot in Cleveland Heights (94 percent)
--Ace Hardware stores in Garfield Heights (88 percent) and Westlake (92 percent).
Stores that passed are:
--Ace Hardware stores in Independence (100 percent), Middleburg Heights (100 percent), North Royalton (100 percent), and Rocky River (100 percent).
--Home Depot stores in Brooklyn (100 percent), Euclid (98 percent), Highland Heights (100 percent), Maple Heights (98 percent), North Olmsted (100 percent), Rocky River (100 percent) and Strongsville (98 percent).
--Lowe’s in Bedford Heights (100 percent), Brooklyn (100 percent), Rocky River (98 percent) and Strongsville (98 percent).
--Sears in Parma (100 percent)
--Sherwin-Williams stores in Berea (100 percent), Fairview Park (100 percent), Mayfield Heights (100 percent), North Randall (100 percent), Parma (100 percent) and Shaker Heights (100 percent).
Contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs at 216-443-7035 or visit their page if an advertised price rings up higher at the register or if a sale price isn’t reflected on your receipt.

Serving tea, Islam and understanding in Cleveland

Angelo Merendino of Aljazeera tells the fascinating tale of Ayman Alkayali, the man behind Algebra Tea House in Little Italy. From the feature:

In the early days of Algebra's existence, Ayman faced great opposition. "Many neighbourhood residents didn't want me to be here." There were offers to buy him out, a steady stream of inspectors scrutinised every detail of the shop's renovation, and people shouted racial slurs as they drove by. "I had my struggles and had to go through that for a tough three years in the beginning. Thankfully, there were residents who stood up for me; without them it would have been a much more difficult fight."

Read the whole story here.

Salt Lake City "wordsmith" offers up snarky Cleveland nickname

Perhaps someone ought to tell Randy Hollis of the Deseret News that the Lake Erie Monsters won the Calder Cup Championship last night and that the Cavs haven't lost the series to Golden State just yet.

Instead of recognizing any of that, Hollis wants to hand Clevelanders a tissue from his desk in (ahem) Utah. Here is an excerpt from his latest "effort."

New York City has long been called "The City That Never Sleeps."

And for the past 50-plus years, Cleveland could very well be called "The City That Always Weeps."

Not since 1964, when star running back Jim Brown led the Cleveland Browns to the National Football League championship, has that Midwestern city been able to say it's the home of a major professional sports champion.

The City That Always Weeps, eh? Very clever, Mr. Hollis.

You can read the rest of his "writing" here.

Funding to help tackle infant mortality

First Year Cleveland, an initiative aimed at reducing infant mortality in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, has been awarded more than $2.9 million from the Ohio Department of Medicaid.
The overall infant mortality rate, which includes babies who die before their first birthday, in Cuyahoga County is 8.1 out of 1,000 live births. In Cleveland it is around 13. The national rate is 5.87.
The state funding will support:
Centering Pregnancy – a unique program that provides prenatal care and birth-related information and support to pregnant women in a group setting. The number of women participating in centering pregnancy is expected to increase to 375 women. Funding: $760,000
Home Visiting Programs – through partnerships with MomsFirst, the Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative and other programs, first-time mothers receive valuable knowledge and support in such as prenatal care, breastfeeding, safe sleep and family planning.  Funding: $2 million
Local Fatherhood Initiatives – support and funding to target and teach new fathers how to care for their new babies.  Funding: $200,000
“First Year Cleveland is an important collaboration between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the philanthropic community and area health systems,” said Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley in a statement. “The infant mortality rate in Greater Cleveland is shockingly high and, therefore, demands attention by our entire community.”
Cuyahoga County is one of nine Ohio communities engaged through the Ohio Department of Medicaid to identify innovative projects that connect at-risk women and infants to quality health care and care management.

Historic Birdtown Walk & Picnic set for this Sunday

LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood Historical Society will host the inaugural Historic Birdtown Walk & Picnic on Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at Madison Park.
The celebratory event kicks off with a community picnic from noon to 2 p.m. at the pavilion near Madison Park’s George Usher Field. Food and drinks will be provided, courtesy of The Gorilla Lakewood.
The festivities continue with guided walking tours of the Historic Birdtown neighborhood commencing at 1 p.m. The tours will depart from the corner of Madison and Halstead Avenues every half-hour until 2:30 p.m., affording participants an enriched perspective of this proud, working-class neighborhood in eastern Lakewood.
Following a neighborhood tour, participants will have a chance to walk through the Templar Motors Factory display within the Lake Erie Building at the south end of Madison Park.

More details are available here.

Get innovative at free think[box] Tuesdays this month

Explore all the creative possibilities in Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] this summer at “think[box] Tuesdays. The university’s innovation center, at 11201 Cedar Ave., will host free public events from  5 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in June, welcoming members of the local community to check out the facility and indulge their inner maker through a variety of activities and projects.
Live music and food available for purchase, featuring a different local food truck each week, will be presented. Fawaky Burst, which offers healthy smoothies and wraps, will be on hand at the first event June 7. The band Surf Deer will perform.
Each event focuses on a different theme. The series kicks off June 7 with “Intro to Thinking Beyond the Possible,” where attendees will get the chance to use the laser cutter in Sears think[box] to make a keychain.
Future events include:
June 14: Being Fearless: Let’s Create Together
Using abstract art to help us reimagine Cleveland

June 21: Collaborative Creativity
Discover Sears think[box] through a pinhole camera

June 28: Creative Endeavors in Cleveland
Learn from creative enthusiasts from all over Cleveland
The events are free and open to the public. Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.

First cohort of grads from Comprehensive Reentry Services program honored at Euclid Jail

Last night, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish joined Cuyahoga County Corrections to congratulate the first cohort of graduates of the Comprehensive Reentry Services program. Students have completed more than 165 hours of classroom and hands-on training over the past nine weeks. They learned baseline kitchen, safety, preparation and cooking skills and earned a three-year Servsafe Food Handler certification through the National Restaurant Association.
“Too often, individuals who have paid their debt to society confront many obstacles to good jobs and quality education and training”, said County Executive Budish in a statement.
“It's exciting to see the progress of these individuals and the culinary program”, added Ken Mills, Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Corrections.  
The voluntary program fosters pre- and post-release employment and job readiness for male adult individuals serving court sentences with the County jail and housed at the Euclid facility. 
Euclid service providers are Towards Employment, Recovery Resources and Project Learn. Services to be provided pre-release at the Euclid facility include: employment assessment, individual success plan, career exploration, job readiness skills training, ABLE/GED classes, behavioral health/substance abuse counseling services, Thinking for a Change workshops, and culinary arts training.
To be eligible, inmates must be convicted as an adult and imprisoned under the municipal, county, Federal, or state law but have not been convicted of a sexual offense other than prostitution; and have enough time remaining on the sentence to complete the program.
Post release, previous offenders will continue to receive ongoing services as well as additional supportive services to help them successfully reenter the community and find employment.
“Their accomplishments demonstrate the potential impact of innovative and collaborative programming,” said Mills of the graduates and program.
Partly funded from the U.S. Department of Labor grant; Comprehensive Reentry Services is a collaborative partnership that includes Cuyahoga County Corrections, OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, and Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and Edwin’s Leadership and Institute.

TRANSPORT to feature Groynom, Valdivieso

On Friday, June 10, from 7:30 – 10 p.m., the Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Road, will host the opening of TRANSPORT. Fresh Water contributor and nationally recognized photographer Rebecca Groynom will present her photography alongside artist Rafael Valdiviseo's work. Additionally, New Zealand born, artist and musician Brent Gemmill will exhibit his interactive media.
The opening event will feature an eclectic fusion harp performance by Stephan Haluska. TRANSPORT will be on display through Sept. 2.

For more information, visit the respective pages of Groynom and Valdivieso.

Capitol Theatre to screen doc highlighting rights for intelligent primates: "Unlocking the Cage"

In the wake of the controversial and deeply troubling story of Harambe, the rare silverback gorilla that was killed after a 4-year-old boy fell into the moat surrounding his environment at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Cleveland Cinemas yesterday announced the screening of a film that highlights primates in captivity and animal rights.
From July 1 -7, the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St., will present Unlocking the Cage, which tells the story of Steven Wise, an activist lawyer who brings a unique animal rights case to court. His goal is to get legal personhood granted for a chimpanzee in order to get the animal released from terrible conditions. The documentary aims to make the viewer re-examine how humans treat intelligent animals.
The screening is part of the theatre's Capitol Selects program, which will feature limited one-week engagements that will include a mix of documentaries, foreign films and classic movies on a dedicated screen.  The program begins June 3 and extends though July. In addition to Unlocking the Cage, the 17 associated movies include Viva, Suspicion and Tickled.

Trump to make big play in Browns' or Indians' territory?

"Donald Trump's campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland's big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the planning of the upcoming GOP convention say.
The sources said First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the city's Indians baseball team, are the two sites under consideration for Trump's acceptance speech on the final night of the convention."

Get the whole story from CNN.

Legal firearms not on list of prohibited items in RNC 'event zone'

Earlier this week, the City of Cleveland released a document outlining any number of items that will be banned within the "event zone" during the RNC. They include but are not limited to: light bulbs, containers of bodily fluids, grappling hooks, sledgehammers, canned goods, tennis balls and "any dangerous ordinance, weapon, or firearm that is prohibited by the laws of the State of Ohio."

Legal firearms are not on the list.

While Fresh Water was unable to locate a map of the event zone on the City's pages, Cleveland.com posted an image. Furthermore, the following description ran in the Plain Dealer:

"The boundaries of the event zone will be from West 25th Street on the west, to the Inner Belt on the east, and the corridor between Orange Avenue and 22nd Street on the south."

The rules for the "event zone" are not necessarily the same as those for the "secure zone," which "means the area or areas in the Event Zone to which access is restricted by the United States Secret Service or the Department of Public Safety," per the city's press release.

City officials, however, continue to assert that they are prepared.

"Despite rumors," said yet another May 27 release, "the Division of Police is prepared and is on track with its planning goals. No outside agencies have expressed preparedness concerns directly to the Division of Police or to the City of Cleveland. Requests for staffing have been sent to hundreds of agencies and multiple agreements have been signed and are continuing to be signed."

Complied by Erin O'Brien

Sherwin Williams pitches in to spruce up iconic Coast Guard Station

Earlier this week, approximately 30 volunteers from Sherwin-Williams donated their time to help beautify the historic Art Moderne-style Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Metroparks is overseeing the exterior restoration of the structure, which was built in 1940. The station was staffed for 36 years by the Coast Guard, which moved out in 1976. The Coast Guard Station will ultimately operate as an extension of Wendy Park.
"We are thrilled to be working to restore this structure, which for so long has been an architecturally important part of Cleveland's lakefront," said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman in a statement.
"Sherwin-Williams is always looking for opportunities to give back to our communities where we do business," added Sherwin-Williams Cleveland district manager Taylor Haley. "The team is happy to provide plenty of elbow grease and product to help restore one of our city's special landmarks," she said, adding that the work includes a 65- by 12.4-foot roof stencil saluting Cleveland.
Part of the first phase of the restoration efforts will include the restoration and installation of historically accurate windows. The aim is to have all exterior restoration work completed in time for the Park District's centennial in 2017.
This week's effort represents a donation from Sherwin-Williams of more than $60,000 including labor and 250 gallons of paint. The project is also one appropriate way to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary.
Partners in the restoration project include: Sherwin-Williams, the Burning River Foundation, PNC Bank, the Cleveland Foundation, Oswald CompaniesRitenour Decorators, Inc., and the City of Cleveland.

CAC accepting applications for cultural project grants up to $35,000

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages 501c3 nonprofit organizations offering arts and cultural programs in Cuyahoga County to apply for funding in 2017 through its Project Support grant program for efforts both large and small. Project Support I offers grants up to $35,000. Project Support II includes grants up to $5,000.
An eligibility check, the first step in the application process, is due Thursday, June 30, by 4:30 p.m. Eligible organizations may then submit grant applications, which are due Thursday, August 18, by 4:30 p.m.
“Our Project Support grant program is one of the many ways in which Cuyahoga Arts & Culture delivers on its promise to support vibrant arts and culture offerings with public dollars,” said CAC's executive director and CEO, Karen Gahl-Mills, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to support projects that connect Cuyahoga County residents with arts and culture in 2017 and encourage organizations to apply now.”
Since 2007, CAC has invested $140 million in more than 300 arts and culture organizations in the county. Efforts supported in 2016 include Ingenuity, the Coventry Village Summer Series and 2016 Shakespeare in the Parks.
Complete application information is available here.

Registration open for 2016 Greater Buckeye Fresh Camp

Greater Buckeye Fresh Camp is a free event for kids ages 11 to 18 who live in the Buckeye, Larchmere, Shaker Square, Woodland Hills, or Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. Students will learn beat making, lyric writing, recording, and performance while creating original community-focused songs. Camp is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 – 24 at East End Neighborhood House 2749 Woodhill Rd. Lunch is provided.
Fresh Camp aims to cultivate voice, leadership and health through hip-hop-in-action projects. Register here by June 7 to secure a spot.
To learn more about or register for other future freshcamp programs in the city, click here.

House of Wills to let for RNC?

Per fusion.net:

"If you plan to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, and were hoping to rent a cheap place on Airbnb, your options are limited. The cheapest, at $200 per night, is the House of Wills funeral home; it sleeps 16 and comes with its own embalming room and crematorium. If that’s not your jam, we hope your pockets are deep: on Airbnb, the average price of listings the week of July 18 is more than $1,000/night, with some nightly prices climbing up to $10,000."

Get the whole story here.

Photo by Christopher Busta-Peck

Cuba Libre fashion show to benefit Nature's Bin

On Friday, May 27 at the Lake Affect Studios, 1615 East 25th Street, the new Spring/Summer 2016 Collection from Tidal Cool, Cuba Libre, will debut. Billed as a fusion of fashion, funk, and freedom, the collection features vibrant fabrics in bold prints that marry classic and Afro-Caribbean style. Attendees can expect more than 50 pieces including fresh dresses, skirts, and sportswear as well as a host of accessories such as jewelry, belts, and hair wraps. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased here.
The event will benefit Cornucopia, which has been successfully providing work adjustment training for people with disabilities since 1975 via conduits such as the Nature’s Bin natural food store and its Vocational Training Center, both on Sloane Avenue in Lakewood, and at four business partners in the community. Last year Cornucopia provided employment training, placement, and support to over 200 persons with disabilities.

KidsDays to feature games, animals and BMX show

On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will offer KidsDays in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children's from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The event will feature special animal enrichment demonstrations with the lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, grizzly bears and sea lions as well as costumed characters, crafts, an interactive Gaming Zone, dancing at the DJ Dance Party and Touch-A-Truck encounters with some of the Zoo's heavy equipment. New this year are BMX Thrill Shows in the Welcome Plaza featuring professional BMX riders.
The Zoo's regular exhibits will also be available for exploring, including the newly renovated seal and sea lion exhibit in Wilderness Trek, Professor Wylde's Live Animal Show, the Circle of Wildlife Carousel, the Nature Discovery Ridge play area, the lorikeet experience in the Australian Adventure and giraffe feeding at the new Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter in the African Savanna area.

All KidsDays events are included in a regular admission, which is $14.25 per person, $12.25 for seniors ages 62 and older, $10.25 for kids ages two to 11 and free for children younger than two and Zoo members.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Extended summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Parking is free.
For more information, call 216-661-6500 or visit the Zoo's webpage.

Urban Community School designated as a National Green Ribbon School

Urban Community School (UCS), 4909 Lorain Avenue, has been named the only National Green Ribbon School in the state of Ohio by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives this distinction to select schools, districts, and educational institutions across the country for success in reducing environmental impact and utility cost, improving health and wellness, and ensuring effective environmental education. UCS was recognized for its ongoing efforts to reduce its ecological footprint while promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
“We commend the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Urban Community School for their efforts in creating a green learning environment and providing leadership to other schools,” said Maureen Dowling, director for the Office of Non-Public Education in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, in a statement.
“Urban Community School is honored to receive this distinction from the U.S. Department of Education,” added UCS principal Lisa De Core. “Our school is dedicated to reducing our environmental impact while also incorporating green principles into our pedagogy and teaching our students the importance being green.”
De Core cited a number of recent initiatives the school has undertaken that demonstrate its commitment to green, sustainable principals and learning, including:
·  Setting up timers on computers and lights to power them down
when not in use
·  Installing refillable water bottle stations and water fountains
with filters
·  Encouraging students to carry reusable water bottles to avoid
disposal of plastic bottles
·  Composting food waste in The Early Childhood wing and recycling
waste throughout the campus
·  Using recycled ink cartridges and purchasing 100% recycled
paper products.
School representatives will travel to Washington, D.C. in July to receive the award.

Last call may move to 4 a.m. for area watering holes during RNC

The City of Cleveland has delivered a list of “major event” waiver permit applications to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. This permit, once approved by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, allows the holder to extend service time from 1 or 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., the following day during a major event. Under the provisions of the new law, the Republican National Convention is considered a major event.
The 28-page list of businesses that have applied for the waiver is available here and includes popular venues such as Fire in Shaker Square, XYZ Tavern in Gordon Square, the Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street and too many others to list.

The deadline for businesses to apply for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control “major event” waiver permit in the city was March 21. By June 17, the Division of Liquor Control will review the list and determine whether to issue a waiver. The Division may remove the name of a permit holder from the list for good cause.

Asian Festival returns with food, fun and a fashion show

The popular Cleveland Asian Festival returns this year from May 21 - 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Payne Ave. between East 30th and 27th Streets with a host of activities, vendors and irresistible food choices. This event is free and open to the public, although event organizers ask attendees to leave their pets at home. Payne Avenue is closed to traffic during the festival, which is in its seventh year.
This year's event will feature cultural enlightenment, fun and health screenings for all ages. Enjoy wonderful Asian cuisines with more than 10 Asian restaurants offering up home-style authentic dishes. Children may learn about Asian cultures inside the Activities Pavilion, while more than 100 vendors will be available offering information and exotic merchandise.
Entertainment will be non-stop on two stages throughout the weekend and will include performances such as a magic show, lion dance and Colors of Asia fashion show. Other activities include a Cosplay 103 competition and the K-Pop Cover Dance competition.
The event has grown steadily since its 2010 inception. The inaugural festival saw 10,000 attendees who spent less than $1 million. The 2015 festival, however, garnered 45,000 visitors who lavished more than $3 million in spending at event.
Visit the Cleveland Asian Festival page for complete scheduling and attraction details.

RTA to maintain service during RNC, offer special pass

During the Republican National Convention July 18-21, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) will operate its current level of service on buses, Paratransit vehicles and trains. Staff will be prepared to increase that level on traditional rail and commuter routes to serve individuals who may not be regular RTA customers, but who may want to be during the Convention week. For added convenience, RTA will sell a $20 special Convention weekly pass for unlimited rides from July 17-23.
RTA realizes that there will be some road closures and possible elimination of some parking complexes for the week. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of RTA's 6,000 free parking spaces at rail stations and use the Rapid to get to the Tower City Station in Downtown Cleveland, or to get across town.
Once Downtown, RTA's free trolleys will help link customers from Public Square to all Downtown venues. The HealthLine operates 24-7 from Public Square to all Euclid Avenue locations.
Although RTA buses will not be used by Convention delegates to get Downtown, increased traffic on the roads and highways could cause delays on regular bus routes and on Paratransit services. RTA recommends that commuters allow extra travel time.

No RTA buses or Paratransit vehicles will be able to go into the established security zone surrounding Convention venues in Downtown Cleveland. The exact perimeter of the security zones is unknown at this time.
If bus service needs to be rerouted, RTA will notify the media as quickly as possible, and communicate that information throughout regular channels.

Cedar Lee District in national competition for $25,000 prize

The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announced earlier this week the quarterfinalists of the 2016 Independent We Stand “America’s Main Streets” contest. The list of just 25 cities includes Cedar Lee Business District in Cleveland Heights.
Per the release from Independent We Stand, "As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000."
"Should Cedar Lee receive enough votes to become the grand prize winner of $25,000, the funds will be used for new pilot programs aimed at filling vacant storefronts in the Cedar Lee Business District of Cleveland Heights," added Andrea Turner, managing editor of FutureHeights, in a statement. "There are only two quarterfinalists in Ohio; Cedar Lee is the only one in Northeast Ohio."
Vote for Cedar Lee up to once a day here. Voting continues through May 29. Winners will be announced June 3.

Photo group's fine art show to benefit Hunger Network

The Kalman & Pabst Photo Group 2016 Fine Art show takes place at 3907 Perkins Ave. and opens Friday, May 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. with a reception featuring food, drinks and live entertainment. The show will also be open to the public on Saturday, May 14 from 1 – 6 p.m. Both events are free. A portion of the proceeds, as well as raffle ticket sales, will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
“The Fine Art Show’s history traces back to more than a decade ago when studio co-founders Jan Kalman and Bob Pabst expressed their desire to promote the creativity and talent here in Northeast Ohio,” said co-owner Craig Brown in a statement. “It was Jan and Bob’s gift to honor the staff who work tremendously hard to serve our clients all year long.” Brown added: “The staff are all accomplished artists, outside of their work in the studio, so the Fine Art Show was created as a way to recognize their efforts by displaying their personal work for art-loving audiences.”
To RSVP for the Friday event, which is strongly encouraged, or for more information click here.

Selfie contest: #imoveCLE

To celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation in 2016, the City of Cleveland is holding a selfie contest to engage the community in sustainable transportation practices and connect residents to the many transportation and recreational opportunities in Cleveland.
To enter:
- Review the complete contest rules.
- Take a fun, safe* selfie while using a sustainable mode of transportation such as biking, carpooling, walking, or kayaking - among many others. Note: resolution must be six megapixels.
- Post on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag: #imoveCLE or upload your photos through the Facebook app or via the contest website.
- Post up to two entries per person per day through July 31. The more selfies you post, the more chances you have to win.
- Vote for your favorite #imoveCLE selfie or encourage others to vote for yours.
Prizes include a host of gift certificates and passes, with the grand prize pack valued at more than $500. Winners will be announced in August and will be recognized at the 8th annual Sustainability Summit on September 21 and 22.
*Sustainable Cleveland encourages all participants to practice safe selfie-ing and use caution while taking selfies. Do not take selfies or use mobile devices while operating a car, bicycle or any other form of motor vehicle.

Filmed in Cleveland, "Dog Eat Dog" tapped to close Cannes Director's Fortnight

Filmed in Northeast Ohio, "Dog Eat Dog" was selected last week as the closing night film for the Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight.

Directed and written by Paul Schrader, the film stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. Any number of northeast Ohioans worked on the film, including a host of Cleveland Institute of Art students.
Filming of "Dog Eat Dog" began last October in Cleveland, which was the principal location. Sheffield Lake also hosted filming, which ended on November 23.
Édouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Director's Fortnight said in a statement that the mission of the section is "to bring new talents to the fore, surprise audiences with new and unknown facets of known talents ... in a word, to show what's most exciting in world cinema and what rises to the top among the new trends."
"The selection of 'Dog Eat Dog' for this honor is global recognition for something we have known for some time here in northeast Ohio," added Greater Cleveland Film Commission president Ivan Schwarz.

"This is a great production destination and an emerging center of excellence in the media industry," he added. "None of this would be possible without the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, or our local crew and actors, many of whom worked on this film."

Sale to feature 70,000 books, prints, maps records, memorabilia and more

On May 21 - 24 in the Adelbert Gymnasium, 2128 Adelbert Rd., the 70th annual Case Western Reserve University Book Sale will feature display tables filled with more than 70,000 items including books, prints, maps and atlases, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, records, play scripts, memorabilia and more. 

Regular sale hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 24, which is $5 Box Day, during which shoppers can bring and fill any size box for that amount.
Regular hours are free. There is, however, a pre-sale preview, admission for which is $20, from 10 a.m. to noon, on May 21. At that time, shoppers may scour the collection before doors officially open to the public.
Highlighted items in this year's sale include:
- An extensive rock ‘n’ roll collection (books, CDs, memorabilia), including a 17-box collection of items donated anonymously
- An unusually large collection of books on the entertainment industry
- 18th- and 19th-century first editions
- A 1973 first edition of Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize-winning Sula
- A Leo Leonni folio published by Verve magazine
- An extensive collection of science-fiction magazines from the 1940s and ’50s
- A four-volume set of The Life of Jesus Christ, illustrated by James Tissot
- A deep collection of plays, playbills and theater-related books and texts
- Collections of Zane Grey and Hardy Boys books
- A wide selection of gun, knife and survivalist’s books
- How-to books, games, puzzles and graduate-level text books

Click here for a more extensive list of items.
Book donations are accepted year round. Drop off is at 10620 Cedar Ave., between Fairhill and E. 105th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please go to the package delivery dock on Cedar and ring the bell. You are responsible for unloading your owns boxes. Pick-ups can be arranged for those who have six or more boxes of books. Encyclopedias, magazines, journals, or textbooks in the social sciences that are more than three years old are not accepted. For additional information, or to arrange a pick-up, please contact the Siegal Lifelong Learning office at 216-368-2090.

"G-Dog" screening part of National Reentry Week

This Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Towards Employment Young Professional's Associate Board will present a screening of the documentary G-Dog at Bloom Bakery, 200 Public Square. The film tells the story of Father Greg Boyle, who became an expert in gang life and transformed the lives of thousands of gang members.
The event is one of the organization's efforts to promote National Reentry Week, a national initiative that endeavors to help formerly incarcerated individuals contribute to their communities.

The film will be followed by a discussion about reentry in our community, the role that young professionals can take, and the possibilities that social ventures like Bloom Bakery offer.
This event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register.

#whatsyouroldbrooklyn campaign kicks off with free Cinco de Mayo bowling party

On Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. the Old Brooklyn neighborhood will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a bowling party at 4233 Fulton Road. The free event is open to the public, but attendees must be 21. Tickets are limited. Click here to reserve up to three.
The event will feature bowling, shuffleboard, cornhole and music. Platform beer and tacos will be available.
The May 5 bowling party will kick off a host of activities and special events that are part of the neighborhood's new #whatsyouroldbrooklyn initiative to promote Old Brooklyn as a unique urban community where people can live work and play.
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corp. is spearheading the initiative, which is supported through a Neighborhood Solutions Award from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

"Road to Hope," dedication of Toni Morrison's "Bench by the Road" at Cozad-Bates House

On Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m., Cleveland Public Theatre presents "Road to Hope" at the historic Cozad-Bates House, 11508 Mayfield Rd., in University Circle. The event will feature numerous music, dance, and theater performances and center around a message of hope inspired by the triumphs of the anti-slavery movement in Northeast Ohio.
At 3 p.m., a ceremony will commemorate the installation of the 19th Bench by the Road, a project of the Toni Morrison Society. The benches serve as places for reflection at historic sites that are significant in African American history. Author Toni Morrison, a Nobel Laureate, was born in Lorain, Ohio.
Participants and Speakers include: Dr. Marilyn Mobley of the Toni Morrison Society, Cleveland city councilman Joe Cimperman, and Chris Ronayne, president, University Circle Inc.
University Circle Inc. (UCI) is the current owner of the historic Cozad-Bates House, the only remaining pre-Civil War structure in University Circle. Working in partnership with Restore Cleveland Hope and the Western Reserve Historical Society, UCI intends to restore and preserve the property, which will include an anti-slavery interpretive center.
Activities will be outside on the front lawn of the home. This event is free and open to the public.

More information is available here and here.

Cedar Lee Theatre to screen "Purple Rain"

With the untimely passing of yet another musical icon this year, the Cedar Lee Theatre will be mourning right along with Prince’s fans as it screens his 1984 classic film Purple Rain on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve shown Purple Rain a few times over the years as part of the Melt Bar & Grilled Late Shift Series,” says David Huffman, Cleveland Cinemas director of marketing and late shift programmer. “It’s a film that captured Prince at the height of his career and I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to this legendary performer than to bring it back to the big screen.”
Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016. Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Fans are encouraged to dress in purple when they attend the screening.
Tickets to see PURPLE RAIN are $6 and are on sale at the Cedar Lee Theatre or online.


CMHA to screen "Our Journey Home," tell real stories of public housing residents

On Tuesday, April 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th Street, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will screen the documentary “Our Journey Home” to narrow the gap between misperceptions and the real stories of people living in public housing.
The effort is part of the ReThink initiative, which fosters awareness about public housing and encourages the general population to realize the benefits that public housing offers individuals as well as the greater community.
Produced by Emmy award-winning film company Stillmotion and narrated by singer-songwriter and ReThink ambassador, Jewel, the documentary examines the role we all play in supporting those who struggle with having a stable place to live, grow and dream. A community panel discussion and Q&A session will immediately follow the film screening.

More information is available here. Purchase tickets here.

History fair to feature historical figures, exhibits and activities

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Bedford Historical Society, the City of Bedford and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will host the The Northeast Ohio Local History Fair at the Ellenwood Community Center, 124 Ellenwood Ave. in Bedford. This free event aims to bring the local history societies, museums and organizations to the public for a fun and educational experience. 

The event will feature genealogy help and resources, arts and crafts and an array of exhibits as well as entertainment. Historical figures such as Annie Oakley and President and Mrs. Lincoln will be on hand to give presentations and mingle with the crowd.

Get more information and details here.

CPL to host teen poetry hip-hop workshops

As part of National Poetry Month, De’John Hardges, a student at Cleveland School of the Arts and member of the prestigious 2015 class of the White House's National Student Poets, is encouraging new audiences of all ages to embrace the art of poetry by leading a series of hip-hop poetry workshops at Cleveland Public Library. The teen poetry hip-hop workshops will take place April 22 and 29 at 4:30 p.m. at Main Library, 325 Superior Ave.

Get all the information here.

Legislation: Ohio's medical marijuana users could be fired

Per Tom Knox of Columbus Business First:

"Ohioans who are legally prescribed marijuana to alleviate symptoms for serious illnesses could still be fired from their jobs under both major proposals to legalize marijuana's use as a medicine.

Republicans in the Ohio House introduced their medical marijuana bill, House Bill 523, late Thursday. It’s an effort for legislators, not outside marijuana advocacy groups, to be in charge of what seems to be inevitable."

The article continues:

"House Bill 523 does not require employers to accommodate employees’ use of medical marijuana, and it doesn’t stop employers from refusing to hire or fire someone because of their use of medical marijuana.

'A person who is discharged from employment because of that person’s use of medical marijuana shall be considered to have been discharged for just cause,' according to the bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)."

Read the full text here.

RNC Host Committee wants YOU for signage

On this Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St Clair Ave NE, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee for the Republican National Convention (RNC) will hold a casting call for area residents interested in being considered to appear on temporary signage that will welcome RNC visitors to Cleveland. Two hundred tickets will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m. for those interested in being photographed that day.
Participants will be asked to sign a waiver agreeing to the terms of the photo shoot:
--Participants must be 18 or older and a resident of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga or Lake counties.
--Participants will not be allowed to select the image they would like us to use.
--Use of photos is not guaranteed.
In addition, participants should note the following:
--Participants will be photographed in the order in which they arrive. Please come prepared to stand in line until your ticket number is called; consider bringing light refreshments.
--Only one person will appear in each image.
--Participants will be asked to provide their name, home address, email address and their career/profession/favorite role in life for possible inclusion on the signage. Participants should wear an outfit that is consistent with that role.
--Participants are not permitted to wear logos, branding or messages of any kind. Solid colors other than white are best; please avoid patterns or bright colors.
--Participants must agree to a background check if selected for final use (consistent with any Host Committee recruitment effort).
--Parking is available throughout the area – including meters and paid lots and garages.
The Host Committee will select the approximately 50 photos to be used on 200 street pole banners Downtown and in University Circle. Those who are selected for the campaign will be notified in late April. Signage will be installed in the weeks leading up to the Convention and will be removed following the event. 

Cleveland Clinic and Panera team up to benefit autism center via ... cookies!

Beginning today, Monday, April 11, through Sunday, April 17, Panera Bread locations in Cleveland, Akron and Canton will bake a batch of specialty puzzle piece shortbread cookies in support of National Autism Awareness Month via the "Pieces of Hope for Autism" campaign. One hundred percent of proceeds from each cookie sold will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism, a leading edge facility dedicated to treatment, education, and research for children, adolescents, young adults and families dealing with autism spectrum disorders.

Get your cookies by pre-ordering online for quick pickup or by visiting your local Northeast Ohio Panera. Not a fan of cookies but still want to show your support? Make a gift here.

NASA Glenn celebrates 75th birthday with free open houses

On May 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a free public open house at its Lewis Field main campus, 21000 Brookpark Rd.
The center will offer plenty of things to do and see on both days, including walking tours and glimpses inside vacuum chambers, wind tunnels and other world-class facilities that have advanced aviation and space exploration.
NASA aircraft will be on display and Glenn engineers, scientists and technicians will be on hand for questions and discussions. The event will also feature exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities and special presentations.
Food, beverages and NASA souvenirs will be available for purchase. This is NASA Glenn’s first public open house since 2008. The event is part of a yearlong celebration of Glenn’s 75th anniversary year.
Complete information is available here.

Trailer released for movie filmed entirely in NEO: "The Bye Bye Man"

Last week saw the debut of the official teaser trailer for the supernatural thriller "The Bye Bye Man," which was filmed entirely in Northeast Ohio.

Plot summary: When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as the Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping the Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

The film stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, and Doug Jones as the titular villain. It was directed by Stacy Title from a script by Jonathan Penner, and is set for a June 3, 2016 release.

View the trailer here. More info on the film and trailer is available via the Hollywood insider publication Variety.

Insomnia Cookies coming to the Warehouse District

Craving something sweet for a late-night snack? In a few short months, Insomnia Cookies will have you covered. The cookie bakery specializing in night owl delivery hours is slated to open a location in the Warehouse District at 1224 W. 6th St. this summer.

The company was founded in 2003 by University of Pennsylvania college student Seth Berkowitz, who was looking for sweet solution to study cravings. “We have seven other locations in Ohio and have received many inquiries to open in Cleveland,” explains Insomnia’s marketing manager Catharine Gatlin.We recently found a great space and everything fell into place from there.”
The company plans to hire 15 to 20 employees to work in the 900-square-foot shop, which will serve popular cookie varieties such as Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the S’mores Deluxe, as well as cookie cakes, brownies and cold milk.
Insomnia Cookies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. Delivery within approximately a two-mile radius will be available from noon until 3 a.m.
Additionally, the bakery ships gift boxes, caters corporate events and offers fundraising opportunities for area organizations. “We’re looking forward to getting involved with the community and local events,” Gatlin says.

Budish bans nonessential travel to North Carolina, cites discriminatory legislation

In an Executive Order dated April 5th, County Executive Budish stated that no officer or employee of Cuyahoga County is authorized to approve any non-essential official travel to North Carolina.
Budish’s order is in response to the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” which was passed on March 23rd. The act prohibits cities and other localities in North Carolina from passing antidiscrimination ordinances that protect lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities.
Cuyahoga County has adopted an Equity Plan that ensures equal treatment for members of the LGBTQ communities.
“A major pillar of this administration is fairness and equity for all persons. We deplore the radical action recently taken by the state government of North Carolina, and we will not support such action with our tax dollars,” said County Executive Budish in a statement. “Moreover, we invite those businesses that share our views, such as Pepsi, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Dow Chemical, IBM and Apple, to bring their business to a much more welcoming location, Cuyahoga County.”
The Executive Order remains in effect until the Act is repealed or amended to allow local North Carolina jurisdictions to enact laws protecting LGBTQ communities from discrimination.

Women's Business Center to host April 19 launch party

On Tuesday, April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th St., the  Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio will host a launch party featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided by Half Moon Bakery and Fire and Ash Catering.

Representatives from Cuyahoga County, Key4Women Resource Center and the Small Business Administration will be in attendance.

Three ticket options are available for purchase: members ($40), non-members ($55), and new membership with ticket ($100). Registration and ticket purchase is available online. Members interested in having a table at the event please may contact  Carrie Rosenfelt.


Happy Hour event to benefit children of Malawi

 On April 30 at Around the Corner in Lakewood, 18616 Detroit Ave., Nanze.org will host its Spring Happy Hour from 6 - 8 p.m. The $25 admission includes unlimited beer, wine, well drinks and assorted appetizers. The event will feature a Chinese raffle, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Prizes include a four-pack of Disney park-hopper passes, Cleveland Browns merchandise and much more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

The organization aims to better the lives of children in the sub-Saharan country of Malawi by improving education facilities, water and sanitation conditions and livelihood opportunities. Nanze's current focus is to build a school in the Chikwasa village of Malawi, where the organization currently provides support to the nursery school and community center, both of which are small one-room buildings that Nanze would also like to expand.

Visit the organization's website for complete information.

Accordion blowout: 34th Super Button Box Bash coming April 10

On Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid at 20713 Recher Ave., the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame will hold the 34th annual Super Button Box Bash.
Attendees are invited to polka and waltz to the sounds of more than sixty accordions, along with jam sessions all day, or bring their own squeezebox, banjo, bass, sax or tuba and join the fun. Billed as "a musical reunion of top button accordionists from across the continent at the largest festival of this kind," the event will also feature awards and performances by notables such as the Hoboes.
Fortifications will be available for purchase throughout the day and will include smoked Slovenian sausage, savory roast beef and strudel, while the Polka Hall of Fame pop-up shop will have items for sale such as polka music CDs and shirts.
Tickets are available at the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd St., which is open Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 216-261-3263, or email polkashop@aol.com.
Visit the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame for more information.

Jonathon Sawyer partners with Mod Meals

James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern, Trentina, Noodlecat) will partner with Mod Meals, the local farm-to-doorstep meal delivery service starting Monday, April 4.
“Our partnership with Chef Sawyer is focused on fundamentally changing the way busy parents put food on their table,” said Mod Meals CEO Bruce Teicher in a release. “Right now every parent wants to provide fresh, wholesome food for the family, but the pressures of our busy, modern lives conspire against us at every turn, and we succumb to pizza and fast food. We’re going to make it easy for families to eat well and give parents the opportunity to be heroes.”
Sawyer’s initial offerings will include Grilled Ramen & Cheese, Classic and Veggie Lasagne, Whole Roasted Eggplant and New England Clam Chowder.

Visit Mod Meals for more information.

Rain garden workshop slated for April 2 at Shaker Lakes Nature Center

On Saturday, April 2, from 10 am to noon at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd., the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will present "Rain Garden Workshop: How to Earn Stormwater Credits."
The timely workshop comes ahead of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's plan to begin billing for stormwater this summer. Tori Mills from the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will explain how impervious areas are measured, how fees are calculated, and give examples of stormwater credit opportunities. Garrett Ormiston from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will explain where, why and how to construct a rain garden and what native plants work best.
For more information and to register online, visit The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, or call 216-321-5935. The workshop fee is $8 for Nature Center members, $10 for non-members.
Get more details here.

Career fair tomorrow: employers looking to fill hundreds of jobs

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will join Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center to host over 500 job seekers at the 9th Annual Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Polaris Career Center, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Hts.
Free and open to the public, the fair is designed to foster the development of a competitive and productive workforce, while providing vital links between employers, job seekers, community organizations, and government agencies.
The event will feature over 75 employers including Hilton Downtown Cleveland hiring 300, Quadax Inc. hiring 200, and Swagelok hiring 75 job seekers. Attendees are advised to dress to interview and bring multiple copies of their resume.
More information is available here.

Call for artists: create art for Cedar Taylor District

The Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA) would like to commission a permanent art installation for the Cedar Taylor Business District. The budget is $3,000.
The art must be installed in the Cleveland Heights portion of the Cedar Taylor business district. Artists are invited to submit any range of concepts, from mural to sculpture. No specific medium is preferred.
The CTDA board of directors will vote on the entries to determine three finalists. Those three proposals will be voted on via the CTDA Facebook page over a one-week period. The finalists will be posted separately and the one with the highest number of “likes” will be the winner. 
Proposals are due by April 30 and should be submitted via email to the president of the CTDA board of directors, Kevin Smith.
Get all the details here.

Brandon Chrostowski named CNN Hero

Local hero Brandon Chrostowski got some national recognition this week. Per CNN:

"Foodies savor the French cuisine at Edwins, an upscale restaurant that's earned a reputation as one of Cleveland's finest eateries. But this high-end establishment provides far more than a good meal. It's staffed almost entirely by people who were once incarcerated.

By day, ex-offenders learn the fundamentals of the culinary arts industry. By night, they put their skills to work."

Get the whole story here.

Local teen punches his ticket to Rio as part of 2016 Olympic team

Nine American boxers stepped into the ring on Thursday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eight were hoping to exit as United States Olympians, but only four accomplished that feat including 18-year-old Charles Conwell of Cleveland Heights, who is now officially off to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"It feels wonderful," Conwell said. "It’s a dream come true."
Get the whole story here.

Studying fire in space - at NASA Glenn - and looking to Mars

Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center are about to start a fire - on purpose.


"Understanding how fire spreads in a microgravity environment is critical to the safety of astronauts who live and work in space. And while NASA has conducted studies aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station, risks to the crew have forced these experiments to be limited in size and scope.

Now a new experiment, designed, built and managed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, will ignite an understanding of microgravity fire on a much larger scale. The Spacecraft Fire Experiment, known as Saffire, is a series of experiments to be launched on three different flights beginning (this month)."

The release continues: "As NASA continues to send astronauts to the space station and continues the path toward a human mission to Mars, improving understanding of the structure of spacecraft fires is critical. 'Saffire is all about gaining a better understanding of how fire behaves in space so NASA can develop better materials, technologies and procedures to reduce crew risk and increase space flight safety,' says Gary Ruff, Saffire project manager."

Get all the futuristic fiery details of this experiment here.

The best Irish watering holes in the 216

Fresh Water contributor Nikki Delamotte for Thrillist:

Call it luck, but Cleveland is rich in great Irish bars. From old-school dives to rowdy nights of live Irish music, it's where you don’t have to wear green to drink the night away. While everyone claims to be a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, all you have to do at these watering holes is pour yourself another Guinness. There may be no rolling hills in Cleveland proper, but there is plenty of beer. So hoist a pint to some of Cleveland’s best with our guide to the Irish pubs that will be more than happy to top off your whiskey.

Get her glittering green list of local Irish haunts here.

Shaker Historical Society to feature work of Leslye Arian

The Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery at the Shaker Historical Society (SHS), 16740 South Park Blvd., will display the work of Leslye Arian via her show “Pushing Paint,” which will be on display from March 25 through May 15.
The opening reception will be held at SHS on April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Arian will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to make a reservation by calling 216-921-1201.
Arian currently serves on the Cleveland Institute of Art's alumni board and in 2015, she initiated the Pocket Park Public Art Project and the Shaker Community Gallery Project in Shaker Heights.
Get more details on Arian and the forthcoming show here.

Big Fun celebrates 25 years on April 1st

On Friday, April 1, Big Fun, the uber-quirky toy store at 1814 Coventry Rd., will mark its 25th anniversary. To celebrate, every item in the store will be discounted 25 percent and customers will be invited to enjoy a slice of cake.

The store will feature special giveaways, gifts and entertainment throughout the weekend, with a 15 percent discount offered on Saturday’s purchases, and a 10 percent discount offered on Sunday.

Get the whole big and fun story here.

Fund for Our Economic Future approves $3m in awards

The members of the Fund for Our Economic Future (the Fund), a philanthropic collaboration, have approved $3 million in funding to advance business development and job creation in Northeast Ohio, with the end goal of growing the regional economy so that all people benefit.

The recipients include:

Team NEO:  a one-year award of up to $650,000 to support the advancement of a shared, regional economic competitiveness strategy, business development and economic research.

BioEnterprise:  a two-year award of up to $800,000 to support its efforts to grow the bioscience cluster.

MAGNET:  a two-year award of up to $900,000 for its PRISM initiative to help mid-size manufacturers with high-growth potential innovate and prosper.

JumpStart:  a two-year award of up to $500,000 for its Scaleup Initiative to support high-growth potential companies; and a one-year award of up to $150,000 to support its startup network. 

Get all the details on this announcement here.

Mobile Growth Cleveland to host March 22 meetup

Mobile Growth, a community of mobile app developers (iOS and Android), mobile startups, and mobile marketers will host a meetup on Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Speakeasy, 1948 West 25th St. This event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature networking opportunities and a panel including Michael Conley of the Cleveland Cavaliers; Matthew Lehman from Keybank, Brian Stein of Pervasive Path and Lauren Kluth of CLEseats. The panel will be moderated by Adam Lovallo, of Grow.co.
Attendees may register and get further details here.

Warren A. Sill Fund annual event to celebrate partnership with CMC and CMSD

On Saturday, April 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Warren A. Sill Fund (WASF) will host "Spring out of Hibernation," at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 1309 Euclid Ave. Two hundred attendees are expected to celebrate the launch of the Fund’s early education program and its past scholarship recipients.Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.
The WASF board of directors will unveil an innovative partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) that will provide quality extra-classroom experiences to 20 underprivileged pre-kindergarten students at Euclid Park Elementary, 17914 Euclid Ave.
“Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Euclid Park PreK-8 School are excited that we were given the opportunity to join this incredible partnership. Through the generosity of The Warren A. Sill Fund, our PreK students will benefit greatly from hands-on, inquiry-based learning through the Children’s Museum of Cleveland,” Qianna Tidmore of CMSD’s Office of Early Childhood Education said in a release.
“The Fund’s greatest quality is its ability to dream – beyond the tragedy of Warren’s passing and now beyond the parameters of traditional education philanthropy,” Tyler Allchin, chair and cofounder of WASF added.

“In partnership with two tremendous institutions, the Fund has the opportunity to deliver an extraordinary return on a strategic investment in Cleveland’s PreK population,” said Allchin in the release.

Registration open for third 4 Miles 4 Water event on May 7 at Edgewater

Drink Local Drink Tap's third 4 Miles 4 Water event will be held on Saturday May 7 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks' Edgewater Reservation. Activities include a one-mile walk, four-mile run, free "All Things Water" festival with concert, and Guinness World Record Attempt. More than 1,500 participants are expected, including more than 500 registered runners and walkers.

Registration fees vary, but all proceeds will go to Drink Local Drink Tap's mission to preserve our fresh water resources and to have a positive impact on the global water crisis by creating more awareness and reconnecting people with the fresh water resources in their own backyards. Here are links to the participant form and the exhibitor form. There are also sponsorship opportunities.

More information is available here.


Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Great Lakes Brewery, offer up free happy hour apps, networking

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 invites everyone to be a part of "The Year of Sustainable Transportation" and get involved in some of the organization's 2016 projects on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, 2701 Carroll Avenue. This free public event will feature networking along with free happy hour appetizers and a cash bar.

Attendees are asked to register for the event here.


Las Vegas cocktails, Cleveland art

Last month, local artist Dana Oldfather completed her second commission for the MGM Resorts International's Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The work consists of two large pieces, Reflexive 1 and 2, which measure roughly 10 ½ by 12 feet each. She completed her previous commission for the hospitality giant in 2013 when she was seven months pregnant.
"I'm sure glad it went well because it provided the opportunity to make the largest paintings I have every made," says Oldfather of this second commission. She finished both Reflexive pieces on February 13 then prepared them for shipping by dismantling and rolling them. The works will eventually unfurl in the resort's exclusive Sky Suites Lounge.
"It's been a long process," says Oldfather, "about two months of planning, building and ordering, and four months of painting. I am so thankful for my family and all the help they provided so that this project would be possible."
Get more details on the artist and her process here.

Cleveland is #2 - in mortgage affordability

According to online mortgage resource HSH.com, a homeowner must earn $32,523 in order to own a home in Cleveland. The only city with a lower threshold was Pittsburgh, for which the figure was $31,134. The highest must-earn income for home ownership was $147,996 for San Francisco.

From HSH.com:

"HSH.com took the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2015 fourth-quarter data for median-home prices and HSH.com’s 2015 fourth-quarter average interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages to determine how much of your salary it would take to afford the base cost of owning a home - the principal, interest, taxes and insurance - in 27 metro areas.

We used standard 28 percent "front-end" debt ratios and a 20 percent down payment subtracted from the NAR’s median-home-price data to arrive at our figures. We've incorporated available information on property taxes and homeowner’s insurance costs to more accurately reflect the income needed in a given market."

Get all the details here.


Cleveland Community Police Commission to hold "Use of Force" town hall

On Wednesday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Halloran Skating Rink, 3350 West 117th St., the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CCPC) will hold a "Use of Force" town hall meeting. This event is free and open to the public.

Per the March 3 press release, "this meeting is focused on the CCPC's mandate to collect the concerns, experiences and values of the community concerning police use of force policies, training and accountability.

Attendees are invited to fill out a questionnaire available here. Contact info@clecpc.org or 216-755-4272 for more information.

CCPL offers Food4Fines throughout March

The Cuyahoga County Public Library invites patrons to reduce their library fines throughout the month of March by bringing in up to four of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's "Super Six" food items, which include peanut butter, cereal and canned soup, vegetables, beef stew, and tuna. Patrons will get a $1 reduction in fines for every food item donated, up to $4 per visit, per account.
Cash donations will also be accepted during the entire Harvest for Hunger campaign.
Get all the details here.

Interest free loans for Mt. Pleasant residents

The Saint Luke’s Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) of Northeast Ohio to provide interest free loans of up to $5,000 to the residents in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood who are in need of home repair or funds to purchase side yards.

Qualifications include income that will allow repayment of the loan, a co-signer and quotes from an insured and bonded contractor. Loan checks will be written directly to the service provider. Perfect repayment of this loan will allow applicants to qualify for future interest free loans.

For additional information click here or call 216-378-9042.

Friday launch party: CAN Journal to feature international Creative Fusion cohort

The Spring 2016 issue of CAN Journal marks the beginning of a partnership between Collective Arts Network and the Cleveland Foundation to broaden awareness of the Foundation's Creative Fusion international artist residency program. The new issue will be released at the Bonfoey Gallery, 1710 Euclid Avenue, in tandem with the opening of Ron Barron's Gleanings with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. This event is free and open to the public.

Each year since 2008, the Foundation has brought artists from around the world to Cleveland for three-month residencies hosted by local nonprofit organizations. The new issue of CAN introduces audiences to the Spring 2016 cohort, which is hosted by Zygote Press, the Cleveland Print Room, Verb Ballets, Inlet Dance Theater, The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, and The Sculpture Center. Artists of the Spring cohort hail from Albania, Pakistan, South Africa, and Taiwan.

In addition to Creative Fusion, the new issue of CAN includes feature stories on two African American artists whose work deals with race matters, Darius Steward and Clotilde Jimenez, and on what the Cleveland Institute of Art's new unified campus means to the organization's past and future, a review of Unfixed at Transformer Station, comprehensive event listings, and previews of upcoming shows at three-dozen galleries

Russo brothers ignite rumors about next "Avengers" effort to film in CLE

Didn't Fresh Water just report on the benefits of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit? Why, yes, we did. And then this pops into our feed from MoviePilot:

"They didn’t share any 'Captain America: Civil War' spoilers, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo told fans that 'Avengers: Infinity War' could land in Cleveland.

'It’s on the list,' said Anthony.

The reveal took place Saturday during a Wizard World Comic-Con Cleveland panel titled 'Let’s Shut Down Some Streets: Bringing the Avengers, Captain America and the Russo Brothers to Cleveland.'

The Russos, who grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Case Western Reserve University, were joined by Ivan Schwarz, director of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. The trio discussed how the region could grow its production slate and how it could attract more features to Northeast Ohio.

The first step, said Schwarz, was getting the Ohio legislature to raise the motion picture tax incentive from $25 million a year to $75 million. That’s legislation will go before Ohio lawmakers this spring."

Get the whole story here.

A tip of the hat to Tom Tenant, who champions films and filmmaking in the Midwest - primarily Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit (but mostly Cleveland), for this great tip. Readers can follow his musings on Midwest Movie Maker.

JumpStart, CWRU and St. Clair Superior among grant recipients

Earlier this month, Burton D. Morgan Foundation Trustees approved more than $3.2 million in grants to organizations that promote entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. 
Beneficiaries include:

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation - $100,000 to develop youth entrepreneurship opportunities that integrate the unique maker culture of the St. Clair Superior neighborhood into Northeast Ohio’s rich entrepreneurship programming (2 years).

JumpStart - $1,000,000 to support the expansion of the Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program to serve companies in new sectors (3 years).

Case Western Reserve University - $193,381 to support the publication of a book and the design and execution of data collection protocols associated with the Beyond Silicon Valley massive online open course (2 years).

Hawken School - $100,000 to support the development of a digital platform for the Hawken Educators Workshop, and provide scholarships for public school educators in Northeast Ohio to attend the workshop (2 years).

Notre Dame College - $100,000 to support entrepreneurship programming in 2016 and 2017 ($50,000) and to secure and improve program space on campus in 2016 ($50,000).
A complete list of grantees is available here.

19th Annual Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit coming March 12

On Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Slavic Village Development invites the public to the 19th Annual Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit at St. John Nepomucene Church, 4906 Fleet Ave.
The event will feature Liz Maugens, executive director of Zygote Press, a social hour and lunch.
Get all the details here.

Call for Earth Day Coalition Volunteers

Parties interested in Earth Day Coalition volunteer opportunities are invited to attend a meeting for EarthFest 2016 volunteer orientations. All new volunteers are required to attend one orientation to be assigned a job. Orientations introduce prospective volunteers to the year-round work of the Earth Day Coalition and the EarthFest event, which will be on April 17 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. All EarthFest volunteers who serve four or more hours are eligible for a free pair of Cleveland Indians tickets through our partnership with Business Volunteers Unlimited. 
Upcoming orientations include:
Saturday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Saturday, April 2, also from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the auditorium of the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1900 Fulton Rd.
Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Oak Room at 3606 Bridge Avenue.
Complete details are available here.

Lakeview Terrace to host free "Road to Hope" program this Saturday

This Saturday, Feb. 27, from 2 – 5 p.m., the City of Cleveland, former Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will present "Road to Hope" at Lakeview Terrace Community Center, 1290 West 25th St.

"Road to Hope" will feature a full program of theatre, dance, music, spoken word and multimedia performance created by Northeast Ohio artists. The program is one of a series of free performing arts events that celebrate hope, honor Cleveland’s Underground Railroad history and addresses modern day struggles for freedom and justice. Activities will take place in six Cleveland-area neighborhoods from January through June 2016, produced in conjunction with Cleveland Public Theatre’s third annual Station Hope celebration on April 30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
"Road to Hope" will give audience members a “sneak peek” of Station Hope, including short excerpts from larger performances, discussion and collaborative activities that address some of the most important issues of our time. Performances will be followed by a community meal.

This event is free and open to the public. Complete details are available here.

Cleveland insider: Lunch on Fridays at CIA

The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), in collaboration with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture is holding a series of free "Lunch on Friday" events, in which CIA invites the public to spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. The lectures are from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis Theater at CIA.
Notably, there's free pizza.
This Friday, Feb. 26, the subject will be "Walking the Talk of Engagement." Come and hear from some of the many CIA faculty members who are connecting their classes to professional engagement beyond the classroom. What are these "engaged practice" classes about? Why are these faculty members interested in this type of teaching? What is the benefit to students?
Get all the details and the full speaker line up here.

Metroparks to hold seasonal job fair

While summer may feel far away, college students will be returning home with their requisite manbuns and proclivity to wear slippers as shoes in a blink. They will soon join area high school juniors and seniors, who are already eyeing residential couches with plans to become one with them from June through August.

It does not have to be this way.

On Sunday March 6 and Saturday March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cleveland Metroparks invites those students, along with anyone interested in seasonal employment, to attend a job fair. The two events will be held at Stillwater Place, 3900 Wildlife Way in the Metroparks Zoo. Opportunities include food service jobs, camp counselor slots, maintenance positions and many others.

Complete details and registration information are available here.

CMSD offers new enrollment portal, survey

Enrollment for the 2016/2017 school year is underway and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has new tools to ease the process including an enrollment portal that allows prospective families to create an account, explore schools and submit their choices online.

Per CMSD: "Choosing the right school matters. CSMD has launched a new and improved school choice portal that empowers all families, whether they attend a district school or not, to make school choices right now. Families can visit ChooseCMSD.org where they can learn about new school options, compare school characteristics, and choose the schools that are right for their family in a matter of minutes."
CMSD also invites enrolling families to take a short survey so it can best serve its constituency in making choices for the 2016-17 school year. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.

The Hard Rock to serve up free dinners to Leap Year "leaplings"

Approximately 200,000 Leap Year babies in the United States celebrate their real birthday once every four years on Feb. 29. This year, if they do so at the area's Hard Rock Cafes' downtown or Northfield Park locations, they'll receive a free entree from Hard Rock Cafe’s "Leaplings Eat Free" menu, items on which include Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese; the Veggie Leggie and the Hickory-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich among others.
Get all the details here.

Zack Bruell named a semifinalist for 2016 James Beard Award

The James Beard Foundation announced today its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards.

Selected from a list of more than 20,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations in ten different regions across the U.S.

Bruell and his restaurant Parallax are named in the "Best Chef, Great Lakes" category. Read the entire release here.

Calabrese advocates for transit funding at Statehouse

Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) advocated for more transit funding in testimony on Feb. 16 at the Statehouse.

"RTA is the largest public transportation agency in Ohio. My employees, who reside in 16 of Ohio counties, serve approximately 50 million customers each year in Cuyahoga and several neighboring counties," said Calabrese in his address.

"Public transit in Ohio is a $900 million industry that supports many manufacturers, suppliers and jobs.

Public transit gets workers to work, students to school, connects important destinations, drives economic development and provides mobility to many Ohioans who have no other mobility option due to economic realities or disabilities."

Read his comments in their entirety here.

It's Time to Talk Essay on Race: Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl

Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl, Director of Development and Marketing for Towards Employment, responds to the question, “Why is an open and honest discussion about race important to you and your community?” in the following essay, which was one of two winners in a contest sponsored by Fresh Water and the YWCA Greater Cleveland as part of that organization's second annual It’s Time to Talk Forum on Race event.

I belong to a community of light skinned girls who carry the baggage of centuries of mixed race parentage, forced and consensual.
I was born to a Nigerian father and a Polish, Scottish, Pennsylvania Dutch mother with a phizo-affective disorder in these United States. My parents were not enraged when the minister would not read marriage banns. In the Church of England “banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry … read out every week in churches across the land for millions of couples, over many centuries.” He asked them and their guests to come in the back door for the service. Their wedding picture was posed by the back door.
Speaking about back doors, I hovered just outside of conversational norms with two cultures, a mother who saw visions, always aware that at least one parent, no matter where we lived, was “foreign.” But talking about the color of my skin was a bigger conversation stopper.
I asked teachers at the Nannie Helen Burroughs Elementary School in Washington DC why there were so many descriptions for Caucasian skin - olive, almond, milky white - I actually made a list. With hours spent listening to peers dissect tonality of brown skin (I was “light skinned but not light enough to pass”), I was puzzled. In the books we read, people of African descent were just black. None of my teachers had an answer – even though I pointed out that each teacher was several shades lighter than me, with different underlying rich tints. Their skin could hardly be described in one word.
Learning to balance when I was “just black” as opposed to “light skinned black,” I took down pictures in my dorm room and apartment to avoid awkward “what exactly are you?” questions. Better to be “just black.” Finding dates, making friends and fitting in was easier. I could also more easily represent the whole race in classroom conversations and work place conundrums.
Now I have pictures in my office. I refuse to represent every black experience but own my experience, often echoed back to me by other women. My children have very light skin and blue eyes. When I enter a public playground, I do a loud third person Mama Call: “Mama will be right here if you need her.” At soccer practice last October in Cleveland Heights, a man told me, after I finished comforting my wailing 10 year old, “that I might want to look for his mother.”  I’m not the only one who has a Mama Call.
I talk to my children about identity. They are proud of their heritage, which includes their African descent. They are already pushed aside in conversations because they are “too light to be black.”
As I become a light skinned elder, I say it’s time for the continuum of conversations to acknowledge actual skin color and heritage that feed the American experience. If we make our children choose to be one thing, we all lose.

It's Time to Talk Essay on Race: Tim Zaun

Tim Zaun, Associate Teacher Counselor for the Positive Education Program (PEP) at the PEP Prentiss Center for Autism, responds to the question, “Why is an open and honest discussion about race important to you and your community?” in the following essay, which was one of two winners in a contest sponsored by Fresh Water and the YWCA Greater Cleveland as part of that organization's second annual It’s Time to Talk Forum on Race event.

In his Aug. 28, 1963, “ I Have a Dream” speech, delivered at the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundation of our nation until the bright days of justice emerge.”
King’s prescient words resonate today, in Northeast Ohio and around the country, as racial tensions persist.
Open and honest dialogue about race promotes transparency among individuals, business, schools, religious institutions, law enforcement, and government, all of which comprise a community. Forthright conversations expose misperceptions, prejudice, as well as commonality. Trust, new ideas, and an understanding of people’s needs are among the benefits of clear communication.
Stephen Covey, famed author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, said, in Habit 4, "Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood." To advance the fight against racism, people of every nationality need to engage in empathic listening. For it’s only when we understand another’s plight can we begin to help them and expect their grace in return.
I’m proud to live in a region committed to addressing the complex dynamics of racial relations. The pledge represents respect for every citizen; and empowers me to be a part of the change. Discovering viable solutions to racial discord affords me the opportunity to live in a thriving community.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.” The YWCA’s “It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race exemplify Northeast Ohio’s ability to advance, not only dialogue, but action plans to address racism, prejudice and discrimination. Those engaged in the process lead the way in helping Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of  “brighter days of justice,” become a long overdue reality.

Valerie Mayen returns to Project Runway

Local fashion maven Valerie Mayen has returned to Project Runway as an All-Star. The show, which debuted Feb. 11, airs at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

When asked, "What makes you All-Star material?"

The humble Mayen replied, "Honestly…I’m not sure. I feel uneasy saying that I’m an All Star. Who decides that? What’s the criteria? I’m a hard worker and I think I have some interesting ideas and I execute them well. If that makes an All  Star, then call me an All Star. It’s an honor to be one… I just hope I can live up to the name."

Read the whole Q&A here.

Hunger Network to raffle luxe handbag

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is raffling off a Chanel dark red quilted lambskin new medium Boy Bag that retails for $5,200. Tickets are $20 each, with three for $50. The winning ticket will be pulled at the group's annual "All About The Bag" fashion benefit on Feb. 25. Winner does not have to be present to win. 
Get all the details here.

These are the coolest jobs in Cleveland

Fresh Water contributor Nikki Delamotte for Thrillist:

"Admit it, you’re probably reading this while you’re bored at your desk avoiding work, listening to "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta" on your headphones and trying not to go all Office Space on the printer. As you're waiting around for your conference call with that cranky client, scrolling through Twitter one more time, and trying to minimize the screen before your boss realizes you’re watching that cat video (again), feel free to lust after 11 of the sickest jobs in the rock and roll city."

Take her advice and get her entire list of cool CLE gigs here.

The Daily Meal names The Velvet Tango Room to list of 150 best bars in America

"Proprietor Paulius Nasvytis and the bartenders of The Velvet Tango Room are 'torchbearers of tradition.' Since 1996, the bartenders here were serving classic cocktails long before it was trendy. There are more than 80 cocktails on the menu; about 30 of them are house creations, including the India Lime Fizz (a rich, creamy, and powerful cocktail that combines gin, rum, flora India limes, vanilla, and a whole egg). The bar is housed in a space that was once a speakeasy — bullet holes can still be seen in the ceiling. The bar and back bar are made of refinished mahogany and the front room feature a baby grand piano at which music is played nightly by a three-piece jazz combo and a late-night pianist. The second room is reached by walking through a mirror in the coatroom. There's another baby grand piano there, along with a cozy fireplace, comfy leather chairs, and, further beyond, a patio where some of the bar's cocktail ingredients are grown. Both rooms have an old-fashioned black-and-white TV that shows classic movies with no sound. There are limited snacks, like speck, which is locally sourced smoked pork belly made by a German family in Cleveland."

Read the full story here.

Vibrant City Awards attract sold-out crowd, celebrate urban champions

On Tuesday, over 500 guests gathered at the Victory Center in the Health-Tech Corridor for the first-ever Vibrant City awards, hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

CNP President Joel Ratner told the crowd, “The facts are there. Data shows that our region is gaining brains and income, our city schools are making terrific improvements, and Cleveland’s population loss is ending. We are headed into an era of exciting growth.”

City of Cleveland Community Development Director Daryl Rush was honored with the inaugural Morton L.Mandel Leadership in Community Development Award.

Other recipients were:

CDC Catalytic Project/Program Award
Fairfax Renaissance Development -- Intergenerational housing

Urban Realtor Award
Keith Brown and Dave Sharkey – Progressive Urban Real Estate

Developer Award
Keith Sutton and Dave Territo, Sutton Builders

Neighborhood Branding & Marketing Award
Downtown Cleveland Alliance – You and Downtown Video

Community Collaboration Award
Gordon Square Arts District (DSCDO, NWT, CPT)

Corporate Partner Award
Third Federal Saving

Huff Po names Cleveland the # 1 beercation destination

"Cleveland has become the San Francisco of craft beer with small batch startups dominating the scene. Check out local offerings from Nano, Market Garden and Platform to make the most of your Cleveland stay."

Read the full story here.

The artists still waiting for their deserved Rock Hall nods

"Each year, a new crop of rock, hip-hop and pop acts becomes eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Next year, some of the bands that could be nominated for the first time include alt rockers such as Smashing Pumpkins and Hole as well as the Brit-pop icons Blur, grunge rockers Alice in Chains and pop singer Mariah Carey. But there are a number of quality acts that have yet to be inducted (and some of them have never even been nominated!). Here's a list of some of the bands that have been snubbed along with our take on why they should be inducted."

Read the full story from Scene here.

Jetsetter names Cleveland one of 10 great new food cities

"For years, the bold and the bearded poured into Portland, Ore., embracing craft spirits, farm-to-table fare and all things artisanal. Is Cleveland next? Local chefs like Michael Symon say yes, taking advantage of low rents and the Midwestern bounty like Iowa prosciutto at casually brilliant restaurants and urban breweries, including Great Lakes Brewing Company and Buckeye Brewing. At Lola Bistro, owner Michael Symon celebrates butcher cuts like calves hearts with preserved lemon. Jonathon Sawyer, whose Greenhouse Tavern is one of Symon’s favorite haunts, recently opened an opulent Italian spot called Trentina, where the bread course includes an edible beef candle (not a typo) made from aged beef tallow."

Read the full story here.

Thrillist: West Side Market is a 'definitive American destination'

"There are great food markets all over America these days, but few are as ingrained in the community (it’s 100+ years old) or as representative of it (some of the same vendors have been there 60 years or more). Cleveland native Phoebe Connell explains in this quote we had to excerpt the bejesus out of because she gave us two pages of loving notes:

'The West Side Market, THE JEWEL OF CLEVELAND. This isn't a farmers market -- it’s a place where everyone's grandmother used to come to get cabbage and a roast for Sunday dinner. Think of it as being in Williamsburg before Williamsburg was fancy: still in the city, but in an actual neighborhood with working class homes.'"

Read the full story here.

Buzzfeed names Cleveland one of 29 cities 20somethings should move to

"It's cheap, their museum is on point, and they have excellent taste in beer." So says Buzzfeed.

Check out what other cities made the list. Read the full story here.

Travel + Leisure readers rank Cleveland one of America's best food cities

"The rust belt city offers some old-fashioned, even old-world, charms. Readers ranked it at No. 5 for its rich food halls, like West Side Market—with spices, baked goods and delis—which dates back to 1912, when it catered primarily to the city’s immigrants."

Read the full story here.

Greater Cleveland Film Commission announces 'My Blind Brother' to film in Cleveland

"The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is happy to announce that the film 'My Blind Brother,' a new comedy starring Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll and Adam Scott, will be filmed in Greater Cleveland starting in early May," the Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced this week. "The film, from writer-director Sophie Goodhart, is being produced by Tyler Davidson's Chagrin Falls-based Low Spark Films, along with Safehouse Pictures. It is also being cofinanced by Think Media Studios in Mayfield Heights."

Read more here


Small Box wins Community Impact Award

"Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation (HWDDC)is proud to announce that Dominion East Ohio and Inside Business have recognized Small Box project with a 2015 Dominion Community Impact Award," the organization announced in a press release this week. "Each year, Dominion East Ohio and Inside Business recognize nonprofits whose projects are making an impact in our local communities."

Read about the project here.  

slavic village announces return of 'rooms to let: cle'

Rooms to Let: Cleveland is returning to Slavic Village on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th this year. 

"Artists will create a temporary art exhibition using vacant homes as their medium," the website states. "The event, free and open to the public, will also include a neighborhood block party with live music, hands-on art activities and local food."

"Led by Slavic Village Development, Rooms to Let: Cleveland seeks to continue the conversation around vacancy and the plight of Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. This year’s event will expand this dialogue to a new group of visual and performance artists to further interpret the evolution of community and recovery."

Click here for more information on how to donate to the project and how to apply to become a Rooms to Let artist. 

midwest living highlights weekend getaway along the ohio and erie canalway

"Begin at the Canal Exploration Center in the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a lush woodland few visitors expect to find 10 miles south of Cleveland. The drive follows the twisting Cuyahoga River (crooked river in the local Native American dialect) past stands of towering oak, hickory and maple trees and through rocky ravines carved by glaciers millennia ago. Exhibits at the center explore this watery highway."

Read the full story in Midwest Living here

must-read politico story critiques greater university circle initiative

"Today, though, University Circle’s boosters describe a community where felons are getting jobs, hospitals are hiring from the neighborhoods, dilapidated houses are being refurbished and banks are making loans to collectives of the previously unemployed," writes Keith Epstein in this illuminating Politico story. "A 'health technology corridor has given birth to 170 startups, many located in new office space on brownfields cleansed of contamination. 'Uptown' is hot: A new retail and residential real estate development bustles with students, their parents, doctors, and people from the nearby neighborhoods who dine, shop and attend concerts before walking back to their homes."

"The Cleveland program, now entering its 10th year, expands on preexisting models—from recent initiatives in West Philadelphia to a priest’s campaign to empower Basque workers after the Spanish Civil War. It has been in place long enough that it has seen its share of successes and experienced invaluable setbacks that have forced a rethinking of approaches when economic realities didn’t align with the vision. Buffalo, Atlanta, Amarillo and at least a dozen other cities are closely monitoring the program."

Read the full story here.

city club ceo asks: can cleveland overcome its race problem?

"As chief executive of the City Club of Cleveland—a 102-year-old institution created to foster dialogue about local, national and international issues—I often find myself in the midst of conversations about the city. So when I—a white guy—am in a meeting about policing or witnessing the inability of some white people here to understand why Tamir’s death catalyzed such vocal and visible protests, I remember what a divided city this really is."

Read the full story here.

gay games donated record-high $150k to lgbt funds, report says

Gay Games 9 made history with donations of $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Final numbers were released this week at the “2014 Gay Games Lessons and Legacies” panel discussion hosted by The City Club. The donations represent the net profit from the Games, making the event the most profitable in the event's history.
“The ability to give back to the community is a testament to the Gay Games 9 board’s leadership, which placed importance on operating in a fiscally responsible manner, as well as the tremendous corporate and individual donor support,” said Gay Games 9 Executive Director Tom Nobbe in a statement.
Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, said when the Cleveland Foundation opted to become the first presenting sponsor in Gay Games history, it also made the commitment to launch the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund in partnership with GG9. “We’re thrilled the fund is able to launch with such a significant donation from the Games themselves. It’s a great continuation of our century-long commitment to social justice in our community and we’re excited to have the fund grow and make a difference in Greater Cleveland.”

Read the full report here.

cleveland playhouse named one of the 10 best regional theatres in u.s.

"The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Play House, the country’s first professional regional theater. Over the decades, the company has created more than 1,300 productions, seen by more than 12 million people."

Read the full story here.

good magazine on 'the incredible story of chateau hough'

"Chateau Hough, one of the first American vineyards set on reclaimed urban land, was started in 2010 with a $15,000 grant from the city and about $8,000 of Frazier’s own cash. Frazier’s main objectives were to beautify the lot across from his house (hopefully raising its value) and help out parolees, who often have trouble finding work. But he also wanted to see if Cleveland’s most notorious neighborhood could maybe make a pretty damn good wine."

Read the full story here.

country living names cleveland flea one of the 7 best flea markets

"Not your average flea market, this pop-up event serves as a business incubator for small businesses and has helped spur development in the neighborhoods where it's held."

Read the full story here.

cle film fest announces opening night and closing night films

"The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival, presented by Dollar Bank, is proud to announce its Opening Night film on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 will be I’ll See You in My Dreams," CIFF announced in a recent press release.

"Directed by Brett Haley, the film had its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Blythe Danner as a widow who’s settled into her life and her age, until a series of events propel her into a renewed engagement with the people and the world around her. The film also stars Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place. The film was written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch, and produced by Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, and Brett Haley."

The closing night film will be Danny Collins, CIFF stated in the release.
"Danny Collins was written and directed by Dan Fogelman and produced by Jessie Nelson and Nimitt Mankad. The film stars Al Pacino as Danny Collins, an aging 1970s rocker who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love, and begin a second act."

You can purchase tickets at www.clevelandfilm.org.

uptown district one of five finalists for urban excellence award

"The vibrant redevelopment of a corridor linking art, educational and healthcare institutions with surrounding neighborhoods, creating lively outdoor gathering spaces, retail shops and restaurants, student and market-rate housing, and public transit connections," stated the Bruner Foundation its website.

Read the full list of winners here.

near west theatre announces grand opening events, including free open house

Near West Theatre is planning a flurry of events to celebrate the grand opening of its new home in the Gordon Square Arts District.

"Everyone’s invited for a free sneak-peek inside during Near West Theatre’s Community Open House on Saturday, February 28 from 1-5 pm," the organization stated in a press release issued this week. "The celebration will feature tours, fun photo booths, refreshments, arts activities, grand opening merchandise and giveaways. A special opening ceremony ritual is planned for 3pm with Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Matt Zone, Gordon Square arts, business and community colleagues and NWT’s family of supporters."

The new marquee entrance sign is set to be installed before February 28th, and rehearsals for Shrek the Musical will also take place in the new space.

Opening celebration events will continue in March. Near West Theatre is organizing a "Blowout Dance Party" on Saturday, March 14th featuring popular soul band Westley Bright and the Hi-Lites. Near West Theatre's annual benefit and gala will take place on Saturday, March 21st. Finally, the organization's intergenerational production of Shrek the Music will run from April 24th-May 17th.

For more info, check Near West Theatre's website.

chef zack bruell announces details of eighth restaurant at flats east bank

Cleveland chef and restauranteur Zack Bruell's eighth restaurant will feature "open spaces, expansive views of the Cuyahoga River and open-air dining to take advantage of Cleveland’s all-too-short summer season," according to a news release that was issued this week.

Alley Cat oyster house, as the venue will be called, will be accessible by foot and by boat, since it will be located adjacent to the boardwalk in the new Flats East Bank development.

The release dubs it a "piscatorial paradise" (say that 10 times fast) that will feature "oysters, peel–and–eat shrimp, mussels, clams and fresh fish. A variety of pasta dishes, chicken, chowders, soups and salads will accompany the seafood selections, in addition to vegan menu items."

“This isn’t a big-ticket restaurant –it’s an oyster bar that you’d stroll into in a coastal town, like Santa Barbara or Nantucket; yet Alley Cat is right here on the Cuyahoga,” said Bruell in the release. “Our goal is to draw attention and visitors to Cleveland’s latest up-and-coming entertainment district, similar to what we’ve done in recent years with Chinato on East 4th Street or Cowell & Hubbard in PlayhouseSquare.”

Bruell is partnering with The Wolstein Group and Fairmount Properties to build the 170-seat restaurant, which will be his first venue to be constructed from the ground up.

As mentioned earlier, outdoor space is one of the driving themes here -- the new venue will feature a lower level patio and rooftop patio.

columbus dispatch: study of slavic village recovery says it's working

"With a foreclosure rate among the nation’s highest, Cleveland’s Slavic Village was a prime example of the country’s housing crisis. What had been a relatively stable neighborhood in a city struggling with industrial decline became one filled with blighted, vacant houses.

But a renovation and resale effort that began in 2013 and was led by two for-profit businesses and two nonprofit groups has proved fruitful and could be duplicated elsewhere in the state, including Columbus, according to a report by the Greater Ohio Policy Center."

Read the full story here.

healthline cited as model of bold, beautiful bus rapid transit

"Unlike standard bus stops, which are situated along the curb on opposite sides of a street, BRT stations function better in the center. There are practical reasons for this design, the biggest being that it's cheaper to build one nice station per stop than two. But it all comes back to presenting BRT more as a train platform than a bus stand (below, a rendering of a central station in Vientiane, Laos, and a finished one on the HealthLine BRT in Cleveland)."

Read the full story here.

conde nast traveler names cleveland the best beer city in america

Here's what Conde Nast Traveler has to say about Cleveland's already-risen beer scene:

"The Midwest--American beer's ancestral seat--is finally stealing the spotlight back from the craft brew-sodden coasts. The freshest flavors and most creative styles pour in places like Cleveland, home to super-small-batch start-ups such as Platform (try their Anathema series, aged in local cider barrels), Nano, and Market Garden.--William Bostwick, author, The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

Read the full story here.

forbes says midwest can lead the wearable tech revolution

"One region that might benefit from the rise of wearables the most, interestingly, is the Midwest," writes NorTech's Rebecca Bagley in this insightful article.

"'The rise of wearable and embedded electronics is driven by advances in printed and flexible sensor technology,” says Rick Earles, director of cluster acceleration at Team NEO. “Midwest companies are at the forefront of sensor innovation and many already offer cutting-edge products and applications.'"

Read the full story here.

international photography mag praises lake view cemetery book

"Since its founding in 1869, Lake View Cemetery has been tagged with many descriptive titles: silent suburb, outdoor museum, green island, arboretum, bird sanctuary, sculpture gallery, public garden and Cleveland’s best address. The 285 acres spread across three municipalities is all that and more, a place established from the start to serve both the living and the dead."

Read the full story here.

bloggers say rollback of clean energy laws is hurting ohio

"State lawmakers first started talking about rolling back Ohio’s Clean Energy Law in 2012, when the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) circulated model legislation to repeal state clean energy standards. In fact, Ohio was just one of fifteen states that saw the introduction of clean energy standards repeal bills in 2013. But, Ohio would be the first – and so far the only – to actually move forward with a bill that dismantled clean energy progress."

Read the full story here.

michael symon is cleveland's real king, says huffington post

Michael Symon is as unpretentious as they come -- despite the fame he's garnered as one of America's top chefs. That's the opinion of one Huff Po writer.

"What you don't see on TV or hear on the podcast, is the darker side of the Culinary Revolution," writes comedian and foodie Mark DeCarlo. "The egos, the screaming, the pretentious posturing that happens when chefs start to believe their own PR. That's what you don't see, unless you're watching Hell's Kitchen -- because you think 'reality TV' is really 'real.' It's not."

"But Cleveland's Michael Symon is the real deal -- even though now, he's a big TV star on ABC's 'The Chew' ... "

Read the full story here.

brite winter festival announces its 2015 music lineup

A music festival in Cleveland ... in the dead of winter ... yes, this is a thing! Headliners of the sixth annual Brite Winter Festival are Cleveland’s own Welshley Arms, national act Maps & Atlases out of Chicago, Baltimore’s Sun Club, and locals The Modern Electric and Cobra Verde.

“We increased our music budget by fifty percent to allow us to draw bigger talent,” said Program Director Justin Markert in a release. “We’re also throwing some new ideas into the mix this year by booking a number of hip-hop and electronic artists to diversify the festival and fill a void from past years.”

All in all, the festival will feature 60 bands on eight stages. Check out the full lineup here.

fodor's names cleveland a top 25 travel destination

"Rust Belt-chic town for art and culture vultures, basketball fans, and stalwart foodies."

That's how Fodor's Travel describes Cleveland in its new list of top 25 travel destinations in 2015.

The article also praises "culinary kings like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, an orchestra rated one of the top five in the nation, and a major new wing at The Cleveland Museum of Art."

Read the full story here.

travel + leisure names cleveland one of top 50 places to travel in 2015

Cleveland makes the cut along with far-flung places like Morocco and Portugal in Travel + Leisure's newly released list of top places to travel in 2015.

"Revival is well under way in downtown Cleveland, as young professionals move in and historic buildings are repurposed," the article states, citing projects such as The 9 and the foodie treats awaiting visitors in Ohio City.

Read the full story here.

slavic village plans cash mob at seven roses polish cuisine

Seven Roses is one of the gems of the city, but like other businesses on Fleet Avenue, it's suffering right now due to the street construction.

Stop by the cash mob on Wednesday, Dec. 17th to support Seven Roses and grab some amazing, authentic Polish food.

From the event posting:

"Wednesday December 17, 2014 11am-7pm
6301 Fleet Ave.

The cash mob is planned for the entire day, stop by to experience the most authentic Polish buffet, grocery, and deli in the City of Cleveland. Ward 12 Councilman Tony Brancatelli will be at hand as a special guest server and head maître d along with Mark 'Munch' Bishop from ESPN Cleveland WKNR 850 AM.

Grab lunch or dinner from the buffet, and buy some pierogi and kielbasa to-go from the deli, browse the grocery for unique Polish items. Also, Slavic Village Development and CLE Clothing Co. will be selling their exclusive Slavic Village t-shirts for $25.00, limited quantities available."

design sponge offers cleveland city guide by navy pr's mary peffer

"Cleveland native and Navy PR founder, Mary Peffer appreciates all of the assets, features, and amenities a big city has to offer. As a previous NYC and LA dweller, it was actually her hometown of Cleveland that kept calling her name, and this past year she finally decided to return to her roots and reintegrate into the metropolitan city that is having a 'rebirth' of its own right now."

Read the full story here.

mayor jackson announces plans to introduce $100m bond to city council

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced this week that on Monday, December 8th, his administration will be "introducing to Cleveland City Council an ordinance for a $100 million bond as an investment in the future of the City of Cleveland."

The bond, the city stated in a press release, will be used to invest in four areas: roads and bridges, the city’s emergency response fleet, city-owned facilities and new neighborhood projects.

According to the release, the Jackson administration believes it can stimulate investment in neighborhoods beyond those usually cited as examples of success -- such as Ohio City and University Circle -- and especially areas that have not alrady seen recent private development.

"The final $25 million will go towards new city neighborhood projects and investments outside of the city’s central business district," the press release states. "Previous public investments in city neighborhoods have resulted in positive private investment occurring; however, some neighborhoods, in spite of public investments, have not seen equal private investment."

"The City of Cleveland believes that, through focused neighborhood planning and continued investment in the city infrastructure and facilities, the $100 million bond issue will provide essential public capital intended to leverage private investment in neighborhoods where it has been lacking," the press release continues.

Mayor Jackson is quoted as saying: “With this investment, we will not only have better roads, bridges, facilities, vehicles, and recreation centers, but it will also stimulate economic growth, and promote more private investments in the city’s neighborhoods that have the greatest challenges to private investments."

To read the complete press release, click here.

the cleveland foundation's final centennial gift is a day of family fun

The Cleveland Foundation has announced that its December centennial gift will be a Day of Family Fun offering "a variety of healthy activities at more than three dozen sites in six counties throughout Northeast Ohio on Tuesday, Dec. 30."

According to the press release, the gift includes: 

·         Free tobogganing at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville
·         Special tours and activities at three sites in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
·         Free ice-skating at The Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle
·         Free ice-skating at the city of Cleveland’s Halloran Park, free roller-skating at the city’s Zelma George Recreation Center and extended hours at all 20 city recreation centers
·         Free admission and special programming at all 12 branches of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland
No tickets will be required for this particular gift, according to the release.

The Cleveland Foundation provided nearly $18 million in support to five partner organizations for the December centennial gift. More details on activities will be announced on Dec. 15 and posted here.

gay games pumped $52m into regional economy, study says

The  total economic impact of Gay Games 9 was $52.1 million, according to a study released this week.

“The Gay Games provided an important economic impact for the local Northeast Ohio economy, including higher revenues generated for local businesses and new local jobs,” says Shawn Rohlin, who co-authored the study with Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley. The two are professors of economics at Kent State University.

Read the complete report here.

cleveland metroparks hosts public meetings on future of lakefront parks

Cleveland Metroparks, which took over management of the lakefront parks in June 2013, is working on a strategic plan for the future of these regional assets. Here are three public meetings where you're invited to participate.

"The public is invited to attend any of the scheduled meetings to provide input on the proposed improvement projects, including plans for a new beach house at Edgewater Park, renovations to the pier at Euclid Beach Park and the proposed new pedestrian bridge over Euclid Creek linking Villa Angela and Wildwood parks.  Additionally, attendees will have access to the latest Cleveland Metroparks updates and are encouraged to provide feedback on their recent visitor experiences at the lakefront parks.
All three of the public meetings are open house style from 
5-7 p.m., with special presentations at 5:15 and 6 p.m. The first meeting is Tuesday, December 2 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, in the gymnasium, 1355 W. 70th St., Cleveland, followed by Wednesday, December 3 at Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Management Center, 8701 Lakeshore Blvd. NE, Cleveland, and then Thursday, December 4 at the Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland. 
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call (216) 635-3200."

cleveland, ohio is the most affordable housing market in the u.s. (duh!)

The national media is beginning to figure out what Clevelanders have always known -- when it comes to housing costs, your dollar stretches a lot farther here than on the coasts.

"Cleveland is the country's most affordable market, where the average price of a four-bed, two-bath homes comes in around $64,993," writes Carly Ledbetter in this November 15th story in the Huffington Post. "California, which lays claim 9 out of the 10 most expensive markets, also has the most expensive market in the U.S. with Los Altos (aka Silicon Valley), California as the most expensive market, as average houses list for about $1.963 million. Big surprise -- San Francisco is only the 6th most expensive market."

"Just to put things in perspective, for the price of just that one "average" Los Altos home Coldwell estimates that a home owner could purchase about 25 homes in Cleveland. Yikes."

Read the full story here.

balance and brews pairs hour-long yoga session with a beer tasting (yes, this is a thing)

There it was, nestled in between the press releases about "how to de-ice your car in winter" and "quick breakfast recipes." Hell, we almost deleted it.

The best story pitch that we received all week.

An eager entrepreneur named Melissa Klimo Major is launching a series called Balance & Brews that "introduces yoga and beer events at local Cleveland breweries."

Yes, this is really a thing. We googled it, and apparently it happens in other cities as well. And this is Cleveland, after all, where our post-industrial economy is entirely fueled by beer. Beer will save us. And if it doesn't, the t-shirt and cupcake shops will.

Never mind that the pace of job growth in Northeast Ohio continues to lag behind the nation. Toast Cleveland's renaissance with another $6 pint of ale!

(If you haven't noticed the sarcasm here, then we'll try harder. We actually think this could be a cool idea -- though we only plan to show up for the drinking part.)

(Seriously, folks, this is actually a thing -- we checked out the bios of the instructors, and they're legit. They even have a mission statement: "To create balance by joining two inspired worlds: we see unity and yoga, and beauty in a great beer." A Hindu yoga guru said that, surely.)

From the press release:

"Events consist of an hour long, all-­levels yoga practice, followed by beer and a brewery tour. First hosted by Butcher and the Brewer, with onsite Cleveland Brewing Co, Balance & Brews has five remaining events scheduled in 2014:

Saturday, November 22 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer
Tuesday, November 25 at 6:00pm: Market Garden Brewery
Saturday, December 6 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer
Saturday, December 27 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer
Tuesday, December 30 at 6:00pm: Market Garden Brewery

Balance & Brews was founded by local yoga instructor and craft beer enthusiast Melissa Klimo­ Major as a way to present both the yoga and craft beer worlds in a more accessible way, and to inspire a balanced lifestyle."

Cheers, Melissa! Thanks for making our week with this news. Now, go and do a downward dog or something, and then chase it with a pint of Thirsty Dog ale ...

discover cleveland's neighborhoods through cle city life tours

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has announced that it will be hosting two CLE City Life tours on Saturday, November 29th and Saturday, December 27th.

"Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is pleased to offer citywide bus tours to introduce (or re-introduce) you to some of the coolest and most unique places to live in Northeast Ohio," the website states. "Join us and see why Tremont and Ohio City receive so much publicity. We’ll show you why University Circle is considered the most intellectual square mile in the nation. And you’ll understand why demand is so high for Downtown living options. All this and more!"

The cost is $12. You can register here.

there's life beyond beer in ohio city, say brewery district leaders

These days, news not only frequently breaks on Facebook and Twitter, but social media can be used for crowdsourcing ideas about a neighborhood's future, too.

Sam McNulty, owner of a half dozen restaurants and bars on the increasingly flourishing West 25th Street, announced on his Facebook page last week that he and his business partners are purchasing the former Orange Blossom Press Building. Now they're looking for suggestions as to what kind of tenant should go there, and they're specifically not seeking a bar/restaurant.

That's right, the people who have made their money selling you $5 pints and touting Ohio City's beer-driven renaissance say there's too much of a good thing.

Here's what McNulty -- who might be considered Ohio City's unofficial baron of beer and prince of pints -- wrote to his followers on Facebook:

"so we bought another building in ohio city ... our good neighbors and dear friends at orange blossom press had a great 30+ year run and decided to retire. when they told us the bittersweet news, we immediately put on our city planning hats and started thinking about what use would be best for this neighborhood that we love dearly and want to leave more fun than we found it.
so the four of us partners, mark, Michael, and Andy agreed that ohio city has enough restaurants and bars. we all know so many people want to move to ohio city but can't find cool housing and so that's a definite need, but this building wouldn't work for that use ... so that left us with some sort of exciting retail use or dynamic office tenant or.....?

here are the basic details on the building:
1935 west 25th street
-approximately 4,300 square feet first floor
-approximately 3,00 square feet basement
-probably the best foot/bike/vehicle traffic of any location in the city

we're open to any and all suggestions. feel free to send a direct message if you'd like as well. here's to bringing a great new neighbor to this great neighborhood!"

Got suggestions? Contact Sam McNulty via his Facebook page. And you can drop us a line, too -- we're interesting in knowing what you think Ohio City needs.

huff po blogger writes that 'cleveland, ohio is a magical place'

"My 30 hours in Cleveland was magical," writes Stacy Bare, Director of the Sierra Club Outdoors, in this Huffington Post article. "And while I'm not sure that's a word a lot of people use to describe Cleveland, it still seems apt a few weeks removed from my visit."

The writer praises the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rockefeller Park, Little Italy, Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Browns. They won that day!

Read the full story here.

city lab says you can buy 1 home in silicon valley -- or 30 in cleveland

A November 12th story in The Atlantic's City Lab says that Cleveland has emerged as the most affordable housing market in the country, and we are undergoing a "revival." Buy now!

"For the second time in three years, Los Altos, California, ranks as the most expensive housing market in the U.S.," writes Kriston Capps. "How expensive? If you're thinking about buying a family home there in Silicon Valley, you may want to keep looking: A four-bedroom, two bathroom home in Los Altos is going to set you back nearly $2 million. For that money, you could buy 30 homes that size in Cleveland. Or, as the report notes, 25 homes plus Cavs tickets for 50 neighbors for nine years."

Read the full story here.

cle orchestra selects slavic village as the site of its next 'at home' residency

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that its next neighborhood residency will take place in Broadway Slavic Village.

From the press release:

"'The Cleveland Orchestra At Home in Broadway Slavic Village' will consist of community activities, musical performances, and education presentations throughout the community in Spring 2015.

Broadway Slavic Village was chosen because it is a Cleveland neighborhood that symbolizes both the history and the future of Cleveland. The Broadway Historic District at the intersection of E. 55th street has ethnic roots in the Czech and Polish communities with rich musical heritages.  Broadway Slavic Village was once the center of the foreclosure crisis, but today it is a national leader in reimagining urban land use and is home to people of all ages, races, and income levels, active families, young professionals and empty nesters.

The centerpiece of the Orchestra's neighborhood residency in Broadway Slavic Village will be a free, public Cleveland Orchestra concert on Friday evening, April 10, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The residency activities will also include solo and chamber performances in unique locations, education programs at local schools, and a series of new artistic collaborations with neighborhood arts and cultural organizations."

become a part of soup: cleveland celebrates its second grassroots micro-grant dinner party

There are various ways for Clevelanders to apply for grant money for creative projects, but few are as simple, community-driven or tasty as SOUP, a grant program designed for funding small to medium sized creative projects over a yummy potluck meal.

Cleveland’s inaugural event began with 100 guests packed into the Ohio City home of Marika Shioiri-Clark and her partner and soup co-host, Graham Veysey. “SOUP builds excitement around community. It’s all about talking about great ideas over dinner,” says Shiori-Clark.

The first SOUP event resulted in a $2,000 micro-grant to Rust Belt Riders, a pedal-powered waste removal company that delivers compost to local community gardens.
You’re invited to meet your Cleveland neighbors and pitch an innovative project to the community at SOUP, Vol. 2 on Thursday, November 20th. Pitches can range from fixing a pothole to funding a community art project to building sustainable housing.
Here’s how it works:
Attendees donate $20 (cash please) at the door, meet, mingle and bring a dish to share. Participants can submit proposals for community projects in Cleveland that they would like funded. Shiori-Clark and Veysey will pick about five projects to present at the dinner. Selected projects will have four minutes each to pitch their project during the dinner and four minutes to answer questions from the audience. Attendees vote anonymously during dinner on the project they think will most benefit the community. The entry donations are given directly to the winning project!

Here are the details:
Thursday, November 20th, 6-9pm 
St. John's Episcopal Church parish hall (the building on the left)
2600 Church Street, Ohio City
Please RSVP to clevesoup@gmail.com and include the dish you plan to bring.

If you're interested in pitching a project, please also reply with “Cleveland SOUP Pitch” in the subject line by November 15th. 
Below are four questions to briefly answer in your email if you have a project you'd like funded:

1. What is your project? (try to explain a tangible outcome you would be able to achieve with the money you would receive at SOUP)
2. How does this project benefit the Cleveland community?
3. What is your time frame for the project and how could you report
progress/completion at a future SOUP dinner?
4. How will you use money raised from SOUP?

cleveland institute of art exhibition explores practice of socially-engaged art

The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is exploring the role that artists play in shaping communities and other aspects of socially-engaged art in a new exhibition entitled "Community Works: Artist as Social Agent" that opens on Friday, November 7th at 5 p.m.

“It’s quite a lineup," said Bruce Checefsky, director of CIA’s Reinberger Galleries, in a press release. "By bringing in visiting artists who represent a huge variety of perspectives and backgrounds, we hope to present a comprehensive look at the range of expression that may be considered socially engaged art."

From the press release:

"The exhibition, Community Works: Artist as Social Agent, opens on Friday, Nov. 7 with public panel discussion from 5-6 pm in the Aitken Auditorium of CIA’s Gund Building, 11141 East Boulevard. Members of the public will hear from all six of the artists featured in the show: four international artists and two New York artist-activists. From several different angles, these visiting artists will address the question: what is socially engaged art. After the panel discussion, the doors to CIA’s Reinberger Galleries open with a public reception from 6-8 pm.
Reinberger is also in the Gund Building. The exhibition runs through Dec. 20.
Community Works will explore multi-layered narratives of identity, exile, and displacement through works of photography, video, installation, and other media by the following six artists:
  • Maj Hasager (Denmark)
  • Ch-Yu Liao (Taiwan)
  • Dor Guez (Israel)
  • José Carlos Teixeira (Portugal)
  • Caroline Woolard (USA)
  • Susan Jahoda (USA)
The Community Works exhibition opening coincides with an interdisciplinary conference at CIA set for Nov. 6-8 that is attracting academic, curatorial, and independent scholars as well as practicing artists and designers. Participants in this conference, titled 'Unruly Engagements: On the Social Turn in Contemporary Art and Design,' will explore what constitutes socially engaged art and design in contemporary culture."

For more information on the conference, click here.

step out, cleveland invites you to 'shake off the rust'

As part of the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues, LAND Studio and Cleveland Public Library invite you to a weekend filled with dance workshops, discussions about dance and a nighttime community dance party.

The event, which is called "STEP OUT, Cleveland ... SHAKE OFF THE RUST!", takes place November 8th-9th at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

Presenters, workshop leaders and performers include DJ FreQ Nasty, an electronic music producer and developer of The Yoga of Bass, a study of the spiritual connection between yoga and dance; Ana Rokafella Garcia, a B-girl and filmmaker who broke into dance in New York City during the early days of the hip hop scene; and Ragen Chastain, a dancer, marathoner and Health at Every Size advocate who travels, speaks and blogs at danceswithfat.org about self-esteem and body image.

Clevelanders who will be presenting include Jasmine Dragons, Cleveland Exotic Dance, and DJ Red-I and Daniel Gray-Kontar of Sanctuary Cleveland.

All events are free. In a press release, LAND Studio invites participants to:

"SPEAK UP at a live, interactive discussion with experts who will open up about struggles, successes, and finding their voice through dance.

SHAKE LOOSE with free public classes at varying levels, aimed at letting the inner dancer – experienced or not – break out.

GET DOWN with a nighttime dance party that's open to all!"

There will also be a cash bar and food trucks on site. C'mon down and shake it!

small box celebrates grand opening of three container stores

The Small Box Cleveland project has now achieved critical mass, with three retail tenants officially open for business. Now the retailers and organizers behind the project are ready to celebrate, and you're invited to join the festivities.

The Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation, Cleveland Browns, Banyan Box and The Wardrobe are hosting a grand opening party on Thursday, November 6th from 4:30-6 p.m.

Small Box is a marketplace featuring shops made from converted shipping containers. The creative project is located at West 6th Street and St. Clair Avenue. Small Box also features a unique green space called The Lawn.

The grand opening event will feature live music by the Shivering Timbers, shopping, snacks and refreshments. Find out more information here.

larchmere merchants celebrate completion of streetscape with 'unblock the street' party

Anytime orange barrels get rolled away, it's a cause for celebration, right? The merchants on Larchmere certainly think so. After a summer filled with jackhammers, construction workers and blocked-off streets, they're finally ready to celebrate the completion of a new $3m streetscape.

That's why they're holding an "UnBlock the Street" party on Thursday, November 6th from 3-7 p.m. According to the press release, merchants, residents, artists, ODOT, Perk Construction and Mayor Frank Jackson will be on hand to celebrate.

"This $3m project includes a newly paved asphalt road, refurbished storm sewer basins, curbs and sidewalks, permeable paver and logo sidewalk bricks, new honey locust trees, benches, trash cans, and colorful chair-back-styled bike racks designed by Tom Hubbard," says Harriett Logan of Loganberry Books in the release. "The street is looking good! We’ll have music with a live DJ, nibbles, raffles, face painting, and community camaraderie.  Come celebrate with us!"

The ribbon cutting and formal ceremony takes place at Larchmere and East 127th at 4 p.m. There will be kids activities and free hot dogs at Shaker Quality Auto body (12916 Larchmere) from 3-7 p.m. For those who want to keep on celebrating, the after-party is at Felice (12502 Larchmere) beginning at 7 p.m.

the cleveland foundation's latest centennial gift is a free day of theater

As part of its centennial celebration, the Cleveland Foundation has anounced that it is giving away a free day of theater at Playhouse Square. The gift includes 2,300 free tickets to five holiday performances by the Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre and Cleveland Public Theatre on Sunday, November 30th. To be eligible, you must enter your name into an online ticket lottery system for the chance to receive up to four tickets to a single show.

From the press release:

"The Cleveland Foundation Day of Theater will include the following productions at PlayhouseSquare:

·         'A Christmas Story' by Cleveland Play House at the Allen Theatre at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (family-friendly show)
·         'A Christmas Carol' by Great Lakes Theater at the Ohio Theatre at 3 p.m. (family-friendly show)
·         'The Santaland Diaries' by Cleveland Public Theatre at the Outcalt Theatre at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (adults-only show)

Beginning today, people can enter the online lottery at www.playhousesquare.org/giftlottery. The website is currently open and will remain open for 100 hours or just over four days, until 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. This lottery is not first-come, first-served; residents will be randomly selected to attend the performances."

The Cleveland Foundation has helped to sustain and bolster all three theater organizations, and officials decided to use this latest centennial gift as a way to expose more Clevelanders to the gift of theater.

cle and other urban centers are attracting increasing numbers of young people, says nyt

The Times reports that as the population as a whole has become less mobile, “young, college-educated people continue to move at a high clip — about a million cross state lines each year, and these so-called young and the restless don’t tend to settle down until their mid-30s. Where they end up provides a map of the cities that have a chance to be the economic powerhouses of the future.”

Check out the full story here.

the music settlement announces concerts at the bop stop

Upcoming concerts at the Bop Stop include Mark Russo's Art Blakey Project on Friday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m.

According to the website, "Mark A. Russo is a freelance jazz trumpet player and music educator in the Greater Cleveland area. He currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (Magna cum laude) from Kent State University. Mr. Russo is currently promoting his latest project, 'Buhaina's Delight: The Music of Art Blakey,' which is a group dedicated to the continual awarness of the music of The Jazz Messengers. He has shared the stage with such artists as Ken Peplowski, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, John Bailey, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Randy Johnston, Wayne Bergeron, and Mike Lee."

For a complete schedule, click here.

cnn says cleveland is one of the 10 most innovative cities in america

In the story, CNN.com mentions Sustainable Cleveland, the double value produce perks program at farmers' markets, and the HealthLine as among the reasons why Cleveland is an innovator.

The story also links to another feature on CNN.com, which covers the urban mowing program in St. Clair Superior: "In Cleveland, sheep could be key to city's renewal."

Check out the full story here.

the midwest is on track for its strongest year in startup investing

"From Chicago’s city of big shoulders to the new businesses bolstering Detroit’s renaissance; in Cleveland and Cincinnati and Kansas City and St. Louis, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest," writes Jonathan Shieber in TechCrunch.

"The proof is in events like Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a whistle-stop paean to entrepreneurship whose first leg wrapped up over the summer. Case just finished his second turn through the Midwest this month, writing $100,000 checks to winners of pitch competitions in cities like Madison, Wis., Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City."

Read the full story here.

downtown residents want input on shaping the stanley block space

Downtown Cleveland Residents Association and Young Professionals Senate invite you to an evening of dialogue about how to shape the former Stanley Block space downtown.

According to the invitation, "Ideas generated here will be formulated into suggestions that will be given directly to the Horseshoe Casino officials."

For more information, click here.

ny times: 'mass mobs' are the latest trend in rust belt catholicism

According to a New York Times article on Sunday, October 12th, "mass mobs" are breathing life -- and money -- into under-attended churches in cities throughout the Rust Belt.

The Times describes a Mass mob as "part heritage tour and part mixer" that brings "thousands of suburban Catholics to visit the struggling, in some cases closed, urban churches of their parents and grandparents." Social media is used to organize groups that will join together to attend Mass at a given parish.

The Mass mob movement began in Buffalo, NY in November 2013 and has quickly spread around the Rust Belt to cities like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago.

Holy Ghost Church in Tremont is profiled in the article. To read the full story, click here.

etsy artist draws tolkien-esque maps of cleveland, other cities

It's amazing what some people can do with their artistic talents, isn't it? A faculty member at Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock University has created this cartographic art of Cleveland.

"Those who fancifully refer to their daily commute as 'there and back again' will likely be excited to learn that Stentor Danielson, assistant geography professor by profession and whimsical cartographer at heart, has been creating maps of major American cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the style of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien."

"In addition to his de riguer Etsy store, a seeming must for endeavors of this nature, Danielson also maintains a densely-illustrated Tumblr called Mapsburgh, where he showcases his own work as well as that of other fantasy-minded artists and creators of odd, impractical things."

Read the full story here.

tedxcle is now accepting nominations for 2015 event

TEDxCLE wants you!

"What creator, entrepreneur, artist, technologist, designer, scientist, thinker or doer do you think we need to highlight at TEDxCLE 2015?" ask event organizers on the website of the popular annual event.

Nominations are being accepted through Sunday, November 29th at 11:59 p.m.

For more info, click here.

ESPN writer says debate over hoyer vs. manziel pits old vs. new cleveland

In a story that appears in ESPN The Magazine's October 13th Cleveland issue, writer David Fleming weighs in on the debate between Hoyer and Manzel for Browns quarterback.

"There has always been a deep connection between the way this town sees itself and the characteristics of its quarterback, from regal Otto Graham, who led the team to 10 straight championship games (winning seven) during Cleveland's heyday from 1946 to 1955, to scrappy, overachieving Brian Sipe and his Kardiac Kids of 1980, to the Rust Belt fatalism of Bernie Kosar," writes Fleming. "And now, the choice between hometown kid Hoyer and media superstar Manziel has grown to signify much more than just touchdowns or wins. The choice to lead the Browns has become a cultural capstone on Cleveland's rebirth."

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forbes profiles dan gilbert's aggressive efforts to rebuild motor city, calling it 'gilbertville'

Forbes dubs Detroit "Gilbertville" in a probing features on the Cavs' owner's efforts to remake the city.

"As you’ve likely heard, over the past four years Gilbert has become one of Detroit’s single-largest commercial landowners, renovating the city with the energy and impact of a modern-day Robert Moses, albeit bankrolled with his own money," writes Joann Muller. "He’s purchased and updated more than 60 properties downtown, at a total cost of $1.3 billion. He moved his own employees into many of them–12,000 in all, including 6,500 new hires–and cajoled other companies such as Chrysler, Microsoft and Twitter to follow."

Read the complete story here.

new york times touts detroit shoreway revitalization

A feature titled “In Cleveland, Adding Life Where Grit Once Prevailed” in the New York Times Travel section outlined recent developments in the near-west neighborhood of Detroit Shoreway. Writer Erik Piepenburg, who frequently covers Cleveland developments, penned the feature.
“About two miles west of downtown Cleveland, the gritty Detroit-Shoreway was once a vibrant neighborhood before it was hit hard by the exodus of big manufacturing companies in the early decades of the 20th century,” he writes. “Lately, new businesses, arts groups and residents have settled in the Gordon Square Arts District, a revitalized mile-long stretch of Detroit Avenue. A recent $30 million capital campaign included new streetscapes and signage. Visitors can catch a show at the Cleveland Public Theater, walk through galleries at 78th Street Studios or grab a late-night bite at XYZ Tavern. And this spring, the Near West Theater will have a $7.3 million new home.”

Mentioned in the piece are Yellowcake, Toast, Sweet Moses, Happy Dog, and Capitol Theatre.
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positively cleveland president shares travel, tourism best practices to conventioneers

In a Quad-City Times feature titled “Cleveland tourism chief tells of visitor successes,” writer Jennifer DeWitt reports about a keynote speech that David Gilbert of Positively Cleveland gave at the annual Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting.
“In his keynote speech at the annual Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting, David Gilbert offered lessons on how his Ohio hometown and surrounding region have rewritten the travel and tourism strategy and found success attracting major tourism events and economic development activity,” DeWitt reports.
"You need to take a look at places like Cleveland and the Quad-Cities and think: 'How do you look and feel like a traveler destination?'" the president and CEO of Positively Cleveland told attendees.
“In the past five years, Cleveland has seen a significant transformation in its travel and tourism industry with $2 billion in new visitor-related infrastructure, including a new convention center, a new casino and nine new hotels, six of which are in its downtown area,” adds DeWitt.
“Thorough research with visitors and residents showed Cleveland needed to "connect the dots" to make the typical traveler's experience as good as its amenities, he said. The research found the region was perceived as difficult to navigate for visitors, had a poor reputation for cleanliness, safety and friendliness, and a low level of residents who would recommend it as a destination for visitors.”
"We had to look at ourselves through the visitor lens," Gilbert said, adding that some changes included signage, streetscaping and encouraging the hospitality industry to promote its strengths.
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trentina among 'best new restaurants in midwest'

Conde Nast Traveler has included Trentina restaurant in University Circle among its list of “15 Best New Restaurants in the Midwest.”

Here’s the entry:

Cleveland, Ohio

Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s new Cleveland restaurant, Trentina, is an homage to the cuisine of Italy’s Trentino region, his wife’s ancestral home. Sure, there’s house-made pasta, but there’s also “egg cooked in a spoon over embers” and edible beef suet candles. Sit on the patio to order from the a la carte menu, or head inside for the 12-course tasting menu—provided, of course, that you’ve purchased a ticket to the meal in advance.

Read about the rest of the restaurants here.

cle named by mag as one of nation's 'best up-and-coming nightlife cities'

Women's Health magazine teamed up with Yelp to find the “fittest, artsiest, foodiest, and just plain coolest cities on the rise in America.” The results of their research landed them this list: Social Climbers: 5 Best Up-and-Coming Nightlife Cities. Cleveland is among the best.

“For our first ever Social Cities package in the October 2014 issue of Women's Health, we teamed up with data scientists at Yelp to help us find the best (and most surprising) cities across America for different types of social scenes. For cities to rank high for nightlife, we looked at bars of all types --champagne bars, dive bars, gay bars, hookah bars, Irish pubs, sports bars, wine bars... you name it! We also looked for cities with a ton of dance clubs, night clubs, a solid karaoke scene, pool halls... and so much more. The five fantastic cities that we named our top up-and-coming nightlife hotspots had a LOT of all of the above on offer. If you're looking for a seriously fun road trip with your closest girlfriends, you should definitely add any of these bumping cities to your must-visit list.”

2. Cleveland, OH

“Sure, Cleveland has always rocked. Now, thanks to three reinvigorated neighborhoods, the city's nightlife pulses with a new sophistication. We're not talking cookie-cutter poshness: The after-dark ambience in these trendsetting locales are decidedly diverse.”

Mentioned in the item are the Horseshoe Casino, Ohio City's West 25th Street, Uptown, Cleveland Orchestra's Severance Hall, Cleveland Heights and The Grog Shop.
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travel writer discovers 'the quirky side of cleveland'

In feature titled “Discovering the quirky side of Cleveland,” travel writer Katherine Calos of the Richmond Times-Dispatch focuses on the less conventional side of some Cleveland hotspots.
“You really know a city when you know its quirks. So, let’s get to know Cleveland,” she leads off.

“Where else would you find the world’s largest chandelier hanging over a city street, Froot Loops on hot dogs, religious statues lovingly restored by a makeup artist, a leg lamp in the Christmas house that made it famous, a portrait featuring eye protection from whale-oil lamps and a museum that’s enshrined the remains of a disc jockey?”

Highlighted for inclusion are:

The Happy Dog: “Chili cheese dogs seem a little lame when compared with the Mobile Home-Wrecker, the Sunday Night Special, the 1:45 AM Special and East Meets West -- a few of the suggestions for combining the 50 available toppings for the $5 hot dogs.”

The Playhouse Square Chandelier: “The world’s largest outdoor chandelier, according to the Guinness World Records, became the centerpiece of Cleveland’s theater district in May. It’s already become an icon for Playhouse Square.”

A Christmas Story House: “If you’ve ever marveled at the supreme tackiness of the leg lamp in the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story,” you’ll love it in its natural setting.”

Cleveland Museum of Art: “Put on your coolest shades for a ‘selfie’ with Nathaniel Olds. That’s what he did when he sat for a portrait in 1837. His fashionable green-tinted eyeglasses offered protection from the bright light of Argand lamps, which produced about 10 times as much light as other whale-oil lamps.”
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charlotte writer visits home -- supermanís home that is

In a travel feature titled “At home -- really -- with Superman,” Charlotte Observer writer John Bordsen spends some quality time in the Cleveland home where Superman was born.

“Superman, the story goes, was born on the planet Krypton and sent to Earth in a small rocket by his father when that planet was about to explode. He was actually born in 1933 in a two-story bungalow in a scruffy neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland, probably in the attic.”

The home, in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, was the residence of the Siegel family, whose son Jerry created most famous superhero. Jerry wrote the story while his neighborhood friend Joe Shuster drew the cartoon. Superman’s inaugural appearance was in Action Comics’ first issue, published in 1938.

“Drawing from Tarzan books and comic strips and Tarzan movie star Johnny Weissmuller, plus Dick Tracy, Buck Rogers and other pop idols, their Superman gradually evolved from a villainous mastermind to a good guy with super powers and a secret identity.”
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travel industry news outlet digs into cleveland's tourism revival

In a TravelPulse feature titled “Cleveland's Tourism Renaissance Goes Way Beyond LeBron,” writer Ryan Rudnansky goes beyond the LeBron headlines to uncover causes behind the rise in the Cleveland travel and tourism bottom line.
“Cleveland has gotten a bad rap over the years, but the national perception of the Ohio city finally appears to be shifting, boosted by tourism numbers that speak for themselves,” he writes.
“Positively Cleveland -- the official tourism authority of Cleveland -- recently reported visitor expenditures of $7.4 billion for 2013, up 6.7 percent from 2011. That’s in addition to a 4 percent increase in both visitors (15.6 million to 16.2 million) and jobs (63,394) from 2012 to 2013.”
Key developments include a new convention center, hosting the National Senior Games and the Gay Games, and the upcoming Republican National Convention in 2016.
“It was not about politics,” Positively Cleveland President and CEO David Gilbert is quoted in the piece. “It was about, 'We’re going to embrace these 50,000 people that are going to come to our town because they are choosing to come to our town, and it’s our job to make sure that they feel welcomed.'”
“You can argue that Cleveland was in a 40-year recession and, quite frankly, under a lot of pressure. It was the butt of a lot of jokes, starting in the 1960s with Johnny Carson. I think what has come of it is this combination of sophistication and grit. You have this city with great arts and culture, a great culinary scene, pro sports, tremendous parks and Lake Erie in the backdrop of this old manufacturing town. Without the world-class ego. We’re sort of proud of the fact that it’s not all shiny and brand new. It’s a polished-up version of a beautiful old city. And it has a real depth of character and depth of soul to it.”
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chef mytro shares his personal and professional journey with daily meal

In an essay for the Daily Meal, a national food and drink publication, Matthew Mytro offers a personal look at his journey to becoming chef-partner at Flour Restaurant.
"If you’d asked me a few years ago, I would have told you that the moment I became a chef was when I put on my crispy white chef’s jacket with my name coupled with ‘executive chef’ at a now-defunct Cleveland restaurant. Looking back, not only was I in fact not a chef, but I really had no idea what I was doing. My chef’s jacket today is blank. The jacket -- or even the title -- does not define me. An inscribed jacket can make you too comfortable. And comfort is a chef’s worst enemy.”
Mytro recalls the precise moment in his life that he knew he wanted to become a chef.
“I was reading Kitchen Confidential on the bus heading home and happened to look up to see a bunch of chefs standing outside in their jackets, talking and smoking. It was this perfect trifecta of events and I was sold. I wanted this life -- or rather, the life I perceived those chefs to have.”
Ultimately, he landed at Flour in Moreland Hills, where he currently is chef and partner.
“I made my way to Flour where I met chef Paul Minnillo, a very well-respected, old school chef. We had instant chemistry. He taught me to take a step back and really focus on the details. He’s made me a better man and a much better chef.”
“I have no regrets about not going to culinary school and think my training and type of education can stack up to any. I learned long ago that school in the traditional sense does not make someone a chef. Discipline, passion, integrity, camaraderie and literally doing whatever it takes, no matter how long you’ve been sporting the coat… That is what makes a chef a chef.”
Read the rest of his recipe for success here.

gay games fostering diversity, garnering good will for cleveland

In a Washington Post item titled “The Gay Games are underway and they’re winning Instagram and Twitter,” Kiratiana Freelon reports on the events currently taking place in Cleveland and Akron and how they are filling social media feeds with positive imagery.
“There’s only one place in the world right now where you will find cheerleaders, track and field athletes, chorus singers and singer Boy George in the same place. That’s the Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio,” Freelon writes.

“For the host cities, it’s an opportunity to bring gay communities closer to straight communities, since Akron and Cleveland are not traditionally hailed as gay-friendly cities.”

Tom Nobbe, one of the Games lead organizers, is quoted in the article saying, “The Games are about diversity, about changing hearts and minds.”

“Over the next four days more than 8,500 people will compete in 33 sports, including the traditional ones like track and field, volleyball and wrestling. The competitors will also compete in cultural events like chorus and cheer.”

Read the rest and check out the social media pics here.

cnn reports on cle heartlab and health-tech corridor

In a CNN Money feature titled “Cleveland: Booming in more ways than Lebron,” Tom Thriveni reports on the work being done at Cleveland Heartlab specifically and the Health-Tech Corridor in general.

“[Jake] Orville is the CEO of five-year-old Cleveland Heartlab, which has licensed several innovations from researchers at nearby -- and world-renowned -- Cleveland Clinic. The partnership was initiated by the clinic as part of its mission to turn its inventions into commercially viable medical products, generating profits for both parties. To date, besides Heartlab, 66 neighboring companies have spun out from Cleveland Clinic ideas since 2000. All told, the clinic has 525 patents and 450 licensing agreements,” Thriveni writes.

“The 1,600-acre Health-Tech Corridor acts as Cleveland's biomedical nerve center, housing three major health-care institutions besides the Cleveland Clinic, four higher education institutions, more than 130 biomedical and other technology companies and eight incubators that lease space and provide consulting and other business development services. This is where the Cleveland Clinic and other partner organizations, such as incubator BioEnterprise, interact with researchers, clinical caregivers, academics and business executives. State-funded groups like Team NEO (for North East Ohio) were launched to help attract new business to the region. Since Cleveland Heartlab opened in the Health-Tech Corridor's first building, eight additional buildings have opened for tenants. A ninth will open soon.”
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cleveland museum of art enjoys most visitors in years

 On the heels of its multiyear, $320 million renovation and expansion project, the Cleveland Museum of Art is already reaping big gains. Nearly 600,000 visitors came to the museum between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, which was the highest in over a decade and represented a 19% increase over the previous fiscal year.

Museum membership, meanwhile, increased 18% to 23,094, with more than 3,300 new introductory-level members.More than $46 million was raised to support museum operations and programs.

“We are gratified by the continued growth in attendance and membership support, which clearly reflects the excitement being generated by our outstanding new facilities and programming,” said Fred Bidwell, the museum’s interim director.

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'prodigal son' and award-winning director comes home to find revitalized cleveland

Antwone Fisher began life in Cleveland as a Ward of the State, raised in foster care until the ripe-old age of 18. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and ended up in Los Angeles.

Twenty four years later, he returned to Cleveland to film “Finding Fish,” the story of his life along with director Denzel Washington, cast and crew. 

“My hometown welcomed me back with all the ceremony of a much-loved native son. Each day of filming brought out bigger and bigger crowds,” he writes.

“Clearly, the city was moving into the future, readying for a big comeback. This was evident when I arrived at the city's theater district that's now revitalized with businesses, restaurants, shops and boutiques. The old buildings that I remember have been sandblasted, steamed clean and remodeled as apartments and condominiums for downtown living.”

“LeBron will only add to this revival,” he notes.

“The truth is Cleveland belongs to all of us who have ever had roots there. I know that every city has its issues, but this great American city has given the world so much from the Industrial Revolution to this brand new age and it's still ‘the best location in the nation.’”
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lebron in the bag, cleveland now seeking mvp entrepreneurs

An item in the Huffington Post titled “They've Got LeBron, But Now Cleveland Seeks MVP Entrepreneurs,” writer Daryl Rowland outlines the hard work being done at Shaker LaunchHouse to attract other types of talent to the region.
"Where Los Angeles can be said to be about beauty and fame, or New York about ambition or talent, Northeast Ohio has a long history of manufacturing and celebrating the excellence and hard work required to make or do things well," Rowland writes.
Shaker LaunchHouse hopes to build upon the strong and growing biomedical products and business services technology industry by growing a hub for technology hardware.
“While many parts of the country are trying to attract tech startups, LaunchHouse, a business accelerator in Shaker Heights… is among the first to focus its efforts on tech hardware and interface technology.”
"With its rich history in manufacturing, Cleveland has become the perfect place for the intersection of technology and hardware," Todd Goldstein, CEO and managing partner at LaunchHouse is quoted in the piece. "We're encouraging the undiscovered MVPs of manufacturing to be like LeBron and set up shop in Northeast Ohio -- where we know how to build and distribute manufactured goods."
LaunchHouse has a track record for launching successful startups, with investment in 51 companies that have raised more than $15.5 million in follow-on funding and created more than 70 jobs in Northeast Ohio.
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long before lebron's return, cleveland on the upswing

In an Los Angeles Times article titled “Cleveland has been on the rebound even before LeBron James news,” writer Alana Semuels details our town’s renaissance, explaining that the city has been hard at work getting back on the map long before the recent media attention as a result of LeBron, Manziel, and the GOP convention.
“The GOP and LeBron are going to grease the skids on a process that's already started," Richey Piiparinen, a senior research associate at the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University, is quoted in the piece. "People are realizing it's not your grandpa's Rust Belt anymore."
Semuels writes, “Changes are already evident in the city, where new construction is booming. Hammers and drills sound at all hours on the Flats East Bank, a onetime hip area that fell into disarray a decade ago and is experiencing a renaissance. Downtown, a new convention center just opened, and developers are rushing to build hotels and luxury condos to keep up with demand. Ohio's first casino opened downtown in 2012. And restaurateurs are following in the steps of Cleveland native and James Beard Award winner Michael Symon, opening bistros where you can get entrees such as frog legs and rabbit pie with Parmesan and prosciutto crust.”
Semuels goes on to explain how the changes occurring in Cleveland are attracting young people that had previously fled to larger, trendier cities.
“But as those cities became more crowded with transplants, costs began rising and many people were priced out. Now, he said, there's a push-back against the Brooklynization of these big cities, and people are moving home. And not just to Cleveland -- to Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Buffalo, N.Y., as well.”
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new york times takes a shine to cleveland's reuse policies

In the Travel section of the New York Times, writer Peter Larson details the robust reuse approach to development taking place in Cleveland. Titled “Cleveland, a City Repurposed,” the article describes various projects in the city that made use of vacant historic structures.

“If there had to be a slogan to describe Cleveland as it is today, ‘what’s old is new again’ would undoubtedly be it,” Larson writes. “In the last few years, locals and businesses in this Midwest metropolis have been repurposing historic buildings from its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and turning them into restaurants, stores and draws for both residents and tourists. Many of these structures had sat empty for a decade or more before restoration efforts began infusing a vibrancy into this once-somewhat-downtrodden city.”

Examples given include Cowell & Hubbard, Zack Bruell’s upscale French restaurant that opened in a former jewelry boutique of the same name. The Horseshoe Casino, which now occupies the first four floors of the former Higbee’s department store. Ohio City’s Transformer Station, which was built in 1924 as a power-converter station for the local streetcar line. And the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, also built in a defunct power station.

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wall street journal digs into cleveland's lakefront development plan

In a feature titled, “In Cleveland, Developer Puts Down Stakes by the Lake,” Wall Street Journal scribe Chelsey Dulaney writes about the ambitious lakefront development plans currently taking shape in downtown Cleveland.
“Cleveland's longtime dream of developing its Lake Erie waterfront took a step forward last month when its City Council approved plans for a $700 million development,” she writes.

Spurred by increasing residential demand from new residents interested in a more urban lifestyle, the project is on its way to fruition.

“The downtown's population has risen by 88% since 2000 to more than 12,500, according to a Downtown Cleveland Alliance report published in April. Restaurants, microbreweries and art galleries dot Cleveland's once-lifeless streets.”

Among the plans is a school, boutique hotel and restaurants. Apartment rents will range from $1,000 to $2,000 a month, “making them affordable to young professionals, empty-nesters and families.”

"When I left Cleveland after college, downtown wasn't the place to be," Mr. Halloran said. "Now everybody coming back to Cleveland wants to be downtown. There's life there."

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university study ranks cities' walkability; cleveland in top 10

In a recently released report by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with Smart Growth America, the 30 largest U.S. cities were ranked by how walkable they are. This is key indicator on how cities are shifting from suburban sprawl to urban infill.

“The researchers, including Leinberger, first looked at Walkscore heat maps, focusing on areas that scored high. They then looked at areas with significant regional importance, meaning they have at least 1.4 million square feet of office space and more than 340,000 square feet of retail space. They combined these factors to determine areas they call "walkable urban places" or WalkUPs.”

But the report doesn’t just evaluate the present; it looks ahead.

“Researchers then tried to predict how these areas would grow in the future by looking at trend lines and pricing premiums in rent space, which indicate demand level. For example, demand around train stations in places like Washington, D.C. is so high commercial and residential renters can pay a premium of between 50 and 80 percent, said Emerick Corsi, president of Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises Real Estate Services.

Coming in at No. 10 is Cleveland.

“Ohio's largest city hangs on to the bottom spot in the Top 10, but that may change soon. It's set to plummet to No. 24 in the future. Cleveland is one of a handful of older industrial cities where walkability is largely rooted in the past, where a strong city center is walkable while the rest of the surrounding suburban area lacks any kind of walkable urban space.”

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time out calls cleveland 'a road trip for food lovers'

In a Time Out Chicago feature titled, “Road trips for food-lovers: Cleveland,” writer Rebecca Skoch offer road-trippers a quick weekend itinerary for food-focused visitors to our fair city.

“With a mix of old school restaurants and ambitious chefs, the Ohio city is an up-and-coming culinary destination,” she writes.
“Cleveland's restaurant and bar scene has been gaining momentum over the past few years. Celebrity chefs like Michael Symon of Lola and Lolita have taken the lead in championing local dining, and long-standing favorites are finally gaining the recognition they deserve.”

“Here are a few places not to miss during a summer weekend on the shores of Lake Erie.”

Among the places highlighted in the piece are Flying Fig, West Side Market, Sokolowski's, Greenhouse Tavern and Porco Lounge.
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cleveland shakes off the rust thanks to influx of educated, young new residents

In this Forbes article written by Joel Kotkin titled “Shaking Off The Rust: Cleveland Workforce Gets Younger And Smarter Between 2000 and 2012,” Kotkin examines the growing trend of a younger, well-educated generation shying away from expensive “coast cities” to instead take up residence in the Rust Belt, especially Cleveland. 
“The Cleveland metro area logged a net gain of about 60,000 people 25 and over with a college degree while losing a net 70,000 of those without a bachelor’s, according to a recent report from Cleveland State University. The number of newcomers aged 25 to 34 increased by 23 percent from 2006 to 2012, with an 11 percent increase from 2011 to 2012 alone. Most revealingly, half of these people came from other states. When it comes to net migration, Atlanta, Detroit, and Pittsburgh were the biggest feeders for those arriving with a bachelor’s degree, while Chicago, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh sent the most net migrants with a graduate or professional degree.”
Kotkin goes on to explain the changing demographic of Clevelanders from past perceptions.
“The picture of Cleveland that emerges from the Cleveland State University study is a very different one from that to which we are accustomed. Rather than a metro area left behind by the information revolution, Cleveland boasts an increasingly youthful workforce that is among the better educated in the nation. In 2009. notes University of Pittsburgh economist Chris Briem, some 15% of Cleveland’s workforce between 25 and 34 has a graduate degree, ranking the area seventh in the nation, ahead of such “brain centers” as Chicago, Austin and Seattle. Old Clevelanders as a whole will remain undereducated, but likely not the next generation.”’
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newsweek highlights lee road, the 'bitcoin boulevard' in cleveland heights

In a Newsweek article titled "Bitcoin Makes the Jump to Brick-and-Mortar in Cleveland," reporter Joe Kloc describes the details of a new digital currency, Bitcoin, and how numerous retailers on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights have adapted the system.

"Most of the customers at Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, are locals who have been reared from birth on its chocolate-covered marshmallows, pecan turtles and half-dipped apricots," Kloc writes. "But lately, says Bill Mitchell, the shop’s 54-year-old proprietor, there have been some new faces."
Mitchell goes on to describe a fresh-faced couple who recently shopped at his store, and while the visit was unremarkable, the payment was anything but.
“I couldn’t even tell you what they bought,” the Mitchell confessed. But what he does remember is how the couple paid: "with about 0.12 bitcoins."

"Mitchell is one of a dozen shop owners on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights who have joined together to accept the controversial digital cryptocurrency in the hope of attracting new customers, and as a way to avoid credit card fees. Since May 1, bitcoiners have traveled to the tree-lined street in northeast Ohio from as far away as North Carolina. Here, they trade their bitcoins for ice cream cones, haircuts and handmade Colombian bracelets, and are sent off with a 'buh-bye now,' the local parlance on what bills itself as America’s first Bitcoin Boulevard."

“We don’t expect a windfall,” says Nikhil Chand, founder of the bitcoin consultancy CoinNEO, who conceived of Bitcoin Boulevard late last year. “This is about so much more -- about the hurt from the fees through traditional payment.”

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philanthropist's efforts to boost young audiences at orchestra in new york times

In a New York Times post titled, "Maintaining a Classical-Music Miracle in Cleveland," writer Craig Duff covers efforts by local philanthropist Milton Maltz to increase the number of young audience members at Cleveland Orchestra performances.
"When Milton Maltz looked down from his box seat in Severance Hall -- the stately home of the Cleveland Orchestra -- he used to fear for its future," writes Duff.
"Where are the young people?" Maltz is quoted in the article.
The aging of audiences is something all orchestras are contending with, but Maltz decided to do something about it. He and his wife donated $20 million to help the orchestra build a younger audience, with the ambitious goal of attracting the youngest audience of any orchestra in America by 2018, the band's 100th birthday.
Incentives include "FanCards" that allow young concertgoers to attend as many concerts as they like per season for $50. Additional deals include free admission to summer outdoor concerts at Blossom for those under age 18. Students also can attend any concert during the subscription season for $10.
Efforts are paying off: in 2010, students made up 8 percent of the audience. Last year, that figure was 20 percent.
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introducing cleveland, the 'entertainment capital you never knew about'

In a Travelers Today feature titled "Five Reasons Cleveland is the Entertainment Capital You Never Knew About,' writer Will Walker calls our fair city "one of largest and most underrated cultural hot-spots in the country."
According to Walker, here are five reasons Cleveland is the entertainment capital that's "ripe for exploration by any traveler adventurous enough to take a chance on it."
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
"Opened in 1995 by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, the Rock Hall marks a must-see destination for anyone interested in Rock & Roll, music, or pop culture in general.
The Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque offers what the New York Times called one of the country's "best repertory movie theaters."
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland has one of the "best and most important art museums in the country, boasting works from artists as diverse as Caravaggio, David, and Monet."
Playhouse Square
"The second largest theatrical complex in the country (outside of New York) Playhouse Square's nine theaters sprawl over two city blocks, casting an impressive shadow of cultural sophistication that the rest of the city can't help but take note of."
Cleveland Orchestra
According to the British music periodical Gramophone, the Cleveland Orchestra ranks as the seventh best in the world, topping every single United States orchestra outside of Chicago.
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playhouse square chandelier attracting glow of national media

In a Gizmodo feature titled, "The World's Biggest Outdoor Chandelier Beckons You to Cleveland's Stage," writer Andrew Tarantola describes the past and present of Playhouse Square, and some technical info on the new chandelier.
"For a time in the Vaudeville Era, few theater districts outside of Broadway were hotter than Cleveland, Ohio's. But as the decades rolled on and times changed, the district fell upon hard times. But now, after a concerted revitalization effort, the the crown jewel of the district is back in business -- and it sports the world's largest outdoor chandelier to prove it," he writes.
The world's largest permanent crystal chandelier is "comprised of more than 4,200 crystals and illuminated by 70 GE LED Infusion Modules. The 20-foot tall crystalline (actually acrylic resin, not glass) structure is suspended from steel trusses some 44 feet off the ground at the corner of E. 14th Street and Euclid Avenue."
"And don't worry about the snow," he writes, "this installation has been designed specifically to cope with the frigid conditions presented by Cleveland's harsh winters, and has been thoroughly stress tested."
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as cleveland goes: how the local craft beer scene is shaping up

This is the first of a three-part series written by Columbus-based Kyle Kastranec that chronicles the state of craft beer in Ohio, and how it could lend insight into national trends and future growth for the entire industry. He begins with Cleveland.
"Over the last few years, a new wave of breweries has been reshaping the craft beer landscape along the shores of Lake Erie," he writes. "It's not the most mature market in the country; it's not even the most mature market in the region. But Cleveland, with its fleet of fledgling and developing breweries, is becoming a bellwether for national trends and craft beer's narrative arc across the country."
Kastranec writes how beer and breweries directly affect the local economy and the revitalization of neighborhoods.
"[Andy] Tveekrem returned to Cleveland in 2010 and partnered with a local entrepreneur, Sam McNulty, to launch Market Garden Brewery, a venture that kick-started the transformation and revitalization of West 25th Street and the entire Ohio City neighborhood. "When we opened, there was about 75% vacancy on West 25th between these three blocks," Tveekrem says. "Now it's zero."
Of course, Great Lakes Brewing played a major role in launching the craft beer scene in Cleveland and Ohio. "But more than that, the GLBC history has shaped the very fabric of the local brewing community. Everyone is connected, and all roads lead back to Great Lakes, whose culture and attention to detail has prepared the current generation of brewers to innovate, to adapt, to grow, to anticipate market demands, and most importantly, to ensure quality through it all."
Read the rest of this great beer feature here.

downtown rental boom covered in wall street journal

In a Wall Street Journal feature titled, "Developers Turn Former Office Buildings into High-End Apartments," writer Eliot Brown covers Cleveland's downtown rental boom and efforts to ease that demand by converting former commercial space into residential space.
"Historically, office space has commanded substantially higher rent than residential space," Brown writes. "But that is starting to change, especially for older buildings that have lots of architectural charm -- often located in urban downtowns -- but are no longer desirable as top-notch office space."
"The Residences (in the East Ohio Gas building) are in the vanguard of a major realignment taking place in cities across the U.S. as landlords repurpose their buildings from spaces where people work to spaces where they sleep."
With demand for downtown rental apartments so strong, developers are racing to repurpose buildings.  
By 2015, Downtown Cleveland Alliance "projects that the area will have 7,071 residential units, up from 2,881 in 2000. That includes nearly 600 units in seven office-to-apartment conversions that are under way -- the most ever at one time for the city."
Read the rest of the story here.

cleveland clinic's new herbal therapy ward highlighted in time mag

In a Time feature titled "Cleveland Clinic’s New Medicine," Alexandra Sifferlin writes about the Cleveland Clinic's nonconforming efforts to incorporate Eastern herbal medicine with traditional Western medical practices.
"Though herbal therapy has been practiced in China for centuries, it is still an afterthought in the U.S., in part because pharmaceutical remedies are usually easier to obtain," Sifferlin writes. "Now that’s beginning to change: in January, the Cleveland Clinic opened a Chinese herbal-therapy ward."
In this small division, therapists at the clinic treat patients suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, poor digestion, infertility and sleep disorders.
“Western medicine may not have all the answers,” Daniel Neides, the clinic’s medical director, is quoted in the piece.
A certified herbalist runs the unit under the supervision of Western-trained doctors. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their doctor, who must oversee their treatment for at least a year.
Executives at the Cleveland Clinic say the clinic "is the first of its kind to be affiliated with a Western hospital."
“We’re incorporating ancient knowledge into patient care,” says in-house herbalist Galina Roofener.
Read the rest of the news right here.

entrepreneur mag says 'think like cleveland' to boost biz growth

In an Entrepreneur feature titled "Think Like Cleveland: 6 Ingredients to Boosting Business Growth," Jane Porter writes how Cleveland went from being on the bottom of the list in terms of startup-friendly cities to being near the top.
"In an Entrepreneur ranking of startup-friendly cities in 2002, Cleveland came in 61 out of 61. At the time, entrepreneurs had little by way of funding options and the startup economy was suffering," writes Porter.
But thanks in large part to the formation of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization focused on helping idea-stage tech companies gain access to funds and resources, things began to turn around -- quickly.
The feature goes on to enumerate the six key ingredients that helped propel Cleveland forward, including innovators, advocates and storytellers.
Read the entire feature here.

cleveland clinic exports marquee brand to abu dhabi

In a Reuters article titled, "Cleveland Clinic exports marquee Ohio brand to Abu Dhabi," by Robin Respaut writes about the Clinic's plans to open a hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.
"For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided healthcare to the upper echelons of Middle Eastern society who fly halfway across the world for treatment at the Ohio-based private medical center," she writes. "Soon, they can skip the trip."
Early next year, the Cleveland Clinic will open an ultra-modern, 364-bed hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. The Clinic currently helps manage the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City facility in Abu Dhabi, but this will be the first time it puts its name and personnel in the region.
"We look at it as our petrodollars coming home to Cleveland," Cleveland Clinic's chief executive officer Dr Toby Cosgrove said during an interview. "It's money coming back to us."
Read more about the state-of-the-art facility here.

crop bistro included in listing of cool restaurants in converted spaces

In a Thrillist feature titled, "Drinking in Banks and Jails: 21 Restaurants/Bars Converted from Very Different Buildings, Crop Bistro in Ohio City earns a spot.
"We've all been in a Thai restaurant that was obviously once a Pizza Hut, but even the ghost of a stuffed-crust pizza haunting your pad Thai has nothing on a cool, old building that's been converted to a place where you can stuff your face or give your liver a workout," writes Andy Kryza. "From an old elementary school to a jail and an airplane, these 21 joints keep their historical roots while also keeping you fat and happy."
Crop Bar and Bistro
Cleveland, OH
What it was: A gigantic 1925 bank, complete with marble columns, huge arches, and 17,000 feet of floor space.
What it is now: "One of Ohio's most-lauded restaurants, Crop has kept the integrity of the space intact -- from the remastered columns to the gigantic murals over the bar -- while cooking up high-end cuisine in an open kitchen set up right in the middle of the packed floor. In the basement, meanwhile, you can rent out the vault space, which is great for parties or, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, survival."
Read the rest of the listacle here.

cleveland selected as one of nation's most underrated food cities

Thrillist, the digital magazine for men, recently published a feature on the "The 7 most underrated food cities in America." Writer Dan Gentile included Cleveland in the listing.
"What makes a great food city isn't necessarily Michelin stars or food trucks per capita," he writes. "While NYC, LA, and Chicago have always shined brightest, and upstarts like Austin and Portland might be the kings of meals on wheels, there are a ton of cities out there where tradition and innovation mix into unique melting pots... full of melting food."
To compile the list, the writer reached out to community experts to state why their cities are considered underrated, and what spots you should be sure to try when you visit. For the Cleveland entry, that honor fell to Sam McNulty of Market Garden Brewery.
"Cleveland has been punching very far above its weight in the food and craft beer scene in recent years," McNulty states. "Having traveled all over the world and been a food and beer tourist on most continents, I am still thrilled when the plane touches down here in Cleveland, and I'm back in this Mecca of local food and local beer."
"Forbes magazine just wrote a piece about Cleveland being the new Brooklyn. And while they meant it as a compliment, we're actually much more a new Cleveland with our own authentic and edgy flavor."
Read the rest right here.

thriving playhouse square neighborhood profiled in new york times

In a New York Times feature titled, "Cleveland’s Thriving Theater Hub Lures Residents," writer Erik Piepenburg outlines how Playhouse Square continues to evolve from an entertainment-only district to a 24/7 community.
"Residents of Midtown Manhattan are accustomed to walking to the Theater District to see what’s new on Broadway," Piepenburg writes. "But Mr. Hawley’s trip to and from Cleveland’s gilded Palace Theater was something much more significant. It was a sign, decades in the making, that this city’s efforts to create a thriving residential real estate market in its downtown core was starting to look more like a box-office hit than a flop."
The article ticks off positive statistics, supplied by Downtown Cleveland Alliance, that state that roughly 12,000 residents now call downtown Cleveland home, double the amount in 2000. Rental occupancy hovers near 95 percent.
"Almost 40 years after the closing of Jacque Brel, and after millions of dollars in renovations and area development, people are not just being entertained in Cleveland’s theater district," notes Piepenburg. "They’re calling it home."
Read the rest of the good news here.

another record-breaking year for cleveland international film festival

The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), which ran for 12 days in March, again boasted record-breaking attendance figures. This year, CIFF showed 186 feature films and 168 short subjects from 68 countries to 97,804 attendees, which represents a 4.9 percent increase from 2013.

The Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film went to Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, directed by Michele Josue.

Read the rest here.

the jake, er, progressive field chosen as one of best ballparks for craft beer fans

In a Daily Mail feature titled, "Best Baseball Stadiums for Craft Beer Around the Country," Cleveland's Progressive Field makes the grade.
"As the weather warms up, there’s not much we’d rather do than spend a Saturday at the ballpark," writes Clare Goggin Sivits. "Going to a game is always thrilling, from the rush you feel the first moment you walk through the tunnel and that emerald green field opens up before you to the memories brought back from games you experienced years ago. Even for the casual sports fan, baseball is the perfect excuse to chow down on a hot dog, nibble some nachos, and wash it all down with a beer… or three."
Sadly, most parks charge way too much for beer that is way below our standards. Some parks, though, buck trend by offering up great craft beer choices.
"Granted, you should probably have to have a reason aside from beer to actually go to these places -- say, you want to see a baseball game? But if you end up at one of these ballparks, you can count on finding a good pint of beer instead of the lame beer options you’d have to settle for elsewhere."
 #13: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Home Team: Cleveland Indians
"The Indians can boast a new partnership with the likes of the New Belgium Brewing Company (makers of the amazing Fat Tire), and Great Lakes Brewing Co (who can boast the killer Great Lakes Eliot Ness). This season is looking up -- the stadium lowered its (previously pretty exorbitant) concession stand prices last year, and also offers ultra-cheap PBRs, just in case."
Read the rest right here.

melt bar & grilled among '21 best sando shops in usa'

Thrillist, the digital magazine for men, recently published a feature on the "The 21 Best Sandwich Shops in America." Writer Adam Lapetina included Melt Bar & Grilled in the listing.

"The perfect sandwich is hard to find," Lapetina writes. "But when you do find it, you have to pay homage. From superior ingredients to the freshest-baked bread and sauces that make you say, "Dammit, I kind of want to drink that!", the ideal sammie has to strike a delicate balance, and the people who make them have hit upon something way more important than just a portable meal."

In his entry for Melt, Lapetina writes:

"Cleveland’s got its fair share of interesting people, but not all of them open tattoo-friendly, punk-rock-playing alternative grilled cheese joints, like Matt Fish did when he first founded Melt Bar & Grilled in 2006. Offering patrons who get a Melt tattoo 25% off for life is only the second of his selling points -- the first is grilling up insane grilled cheese sandwiches that keep Ohioans coming back time and time again. The Parmageddon, for example, rocks potato & onion pierogi, sauerkraut, sharp cheddar, and sauteed onions and is every bit as face-melting as its name would suggest."
Read the rest here.

humble wine bar on eater's list of '21 hottest pizza places'

Eater, an online repository for the nation's restaurant news, published its latest listing of "The 21 Hottest Pizza Places Across the US Right Now." Humble Wine Bar in Lakewood made the cut.
"Here are the 21 hottest pizza restaurants in the country. Please note these are not necessarily pizzerias, but rather restaurants that serve pizza and have opened in the past year or so. By and large, these restaurants were recommended by local Eater editors, in addition to Eater National's Heatmap correspondents."
Humble Wine Bar
Cleveland Scene dining editor Douglas Trattner wrote in his November Eater Heatmap: "On the heels of his successful gastropub Deagan's, Dan Deagan added this urban wine bar to his portfolio. Gleaming white subway tile, warm woods, concrete floors, and a 500-bottle mahogany wine cellar offer an update to the classic mold. The fare is limited to meat and cheese boards, finger-friendly starters, and thin-crust pizzas, which exit the blistering stone oven hot and crisp."
Check out America's best pies here.

toledo blade previews cleveland international film festival

In an article in the Toledo Blade titled, "Cleveland to heat up for film lovers," Kirk Baird previews the Cleveland International Film Festival, which he labels as Ohio’s biggest such event.
"The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) line-up of more than 350 independent films isn’t for everyone, particularly those who prefer movies with celebrity names in the credits," Baird writes. "But for those open to the concept of film as true art rather than commercial enterprise, the long-running festival has much to satisfy the soul and mind."
Baird goes on to offer a rundown of the offerings, noting the staggering growth of the decades-old event.
 "Now in its 38th year, CIFF is a prominent regional -- and certainly Ohio’s biggest -- film festival, with a combined audience of 95,000 film lovers and filmmakers from around the world expected to attend -- a staggering growth in audience from its first year in 1977 when only eight friends watched a few weekend films at the festival’s first home, Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights."
Read the entire article here.

#thisiscle promo video goes viral in 3- 2- 1...

On Wednesday, Positively Cleveland, the convention and visitors bureau for Cleveland, announced a new destination brand, presented new plans for its destination development initiatives, unveiled a local social media movement and highlighted a series of organizational accomplishments.
But without question, the most buzzed about element of the package was the following video, "A Cleveland Anthem," which promotes the theme: "Cleveland doesn’t follow anyone’s rules – it makes its own."

ceo of breakthrough schools testified to u.s. house on education reform

On March 12, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), held a hearing entitled, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education.” During the hearing, members discussed ways charter schools are empowering parents, pioneering fresh teaching methods, encouraging state and local innovation, and helping students escape underperforming schools.
Alan Rosskamm, CEO of Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland, described Breakthrough’s success in raising the bar on student achievement.
“In 2012-2013, Breakthrough students, on average, outperformed their peers across the city, county, and state in every subject,” Rosskamm said. “Nationally, Breakthrough Schools were recognized as 1st in reading growth and 4th in math growth among urban charter school networks in the United States in a study by the CREDO Institute at Stanford University.”
Mr. Rosskamm’s remarks underscore the unique relationship that Breakthrough Schools has with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The district sponsors eight of Breakthrough’s 10 schools, including Lakeshore Intergenerational School, which will open in Collinwood this August. Four of Breakthrough’s schools are housed in former district buildings and a fifth, Near West Intergenerational School, is in space leased from the district for $1 a year. 

“Half of Cleveland’s top performing schools are public charter schools,” John Zitzner, President of Friends of Breakthrough School, added in a release. “Replicating high performing charters like Breakthrough Schools is critical to turning Cleveland into a championship city for education.”

Read more about the hearing here.

museum's receipt of $10m anonymous gift in the news

Antiques & Fine Art magazine writes that "The Cleveland Museum of Art announced that it has received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor to further strengthen the institution's mission and core principles, which focus on scholarships, artistic excellence and community engagement. Thanks to the donation, the museum has established two endowments -- one to support community engagement activities and another for interpretation of its permanent collection."
Fred Bidwell, interim director, was quoted as saying, "This incredibly generous gift really touches upon the fundamental initiatives of the Cleveland Museum of Art."
Check out the entire article here.

the logistics of moving 100 cleveland orchestra musicians, instruments

In advance of the Cleveland Orchestra's upcoming performance in Austin, Texas, the Austin Chronicle published a sort of behind-the-scenes peek at the logistic of travel.

"The Cleveland Orchestra is known around the world for its rich sound, but some of the most important members of the organization don't play an instrument and are never seen or heard by the audience: They're with Operations, the team responsible for all of the behind-the-scenes planning for the orchestra," writes Natalie Zeldin.
That work falls on the lap of Julie Kim, director of operations of the Cleveland Orchestra, whose job it is to oversee transportation, hotel bookings, meals…
"But that's only the easy half. There's a second whole itinerary for the cargo: the assortment of precious cellos, basses, harps, gongs, and even all of the tuxedos that need to be transported for the performances."
"The goal," Kim is quoted as saying, "is always to make sure the cargo and people get there before the concert!"
"So when you hear the Cleveland Orchestra play -- and you should -- don't forget to clap for the people you don't see, too."
Read the rest of the article here.

pittsburgh post-gazette writer 'gets market buzz in cleveland'

In a feature titled, "Getting a Market Buzz in Cleveland," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Diana Nelson Jones compares the West Side Market to her city's eclectic Strip District, as that city plots a course for a grand future marketplace of its own.
"Except for the selection of dried beans at Urban Herbs, the West Side Market in Cleveland doesn’t sell anything you can’t find in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. What they have that we don’t have is a grand work of marketplace architecture," she writes.
She adds that "the trip prompted many thoughts about what we have and don’t have and led to a rumination on the potential of the Pittsburgh Public Market and the Terminal Building on Smallman Street to be long-term additions to the scene."
"As I toured the West Side Market, I caught myself oohing and aahing, wondering why at first and then realizing why -- the intensity of consolidation. It is Wholey’s, Penn Mac, Stamolis, Parma Sausage, Sam Bok, Stan’s, Labad’s, La Prima and every farmers’ market all together in one big teeming, gleaming -- and at times overwhelming -- place."
"But the certainty I came away with from Cleveland was that a great city needs a great indoor market scene and any city that still has its old-world market house is blessed, lucky, farsighted or all three."
Read the rest of the story here.

publication takes a winter road trip to cleveland

Writing for Trib Total Media, Mark Kanny takes his Western PA readers on a winter-themed road trip to Cleveland.

"Perhaps the only way Pittsburgh doesn't mind being beaten by Cleveland is in annual snowfall," he writes. "Located on Lake Erie, Cleveland always wins that contest because of lake-effect precipitation."

"Taking challenge as opportunity, Cleveland Metroparks offers many winter activities, including tobogganing. In addition, there's a free skating rink in University Circle and the local Boston Mills/Brandywine ski resort just south of the city."

Also highlighted are the Rock Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall.
Check out all his great wintertime suggestions here.

author, huff post writer tracks progress of 'sustainable cleveland 2019'

Michele Hunt, who attended the 5th annual Summit of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, is tracking the progress of this bold 10-year initiative, which began in 2009. In a feature for Huffington Post titled "Sustainable Cleveland 2019: A Community of DreamMakers Creating a 'A Thriving Green City on a Blue Lake,'" she offers a comprehensive look at the halfway point.
"The people of Cleveland are mobilizing around a compelling vision to transform their communities into a flourishing city. They have the courage to dream a magnanimous vision for their city in the face of tremendous challenges," she writes.

"At the Summit, I was surprised to see hundreds of people from diverse sectors of Greater Cleveland working together. They came from the local neighborhoods, businesses, government, education, nonprofits, as well as advocacy groups from the sustainability community. They were highly engaged, enthusiastic and clearly committed to transforming their vision into reality."

These are not merely dreams, she adds, five years into their journey Clevelanders are delivering on their vision. Their results are impressive:

• Last year the 50-member Climate Action Advisory Committee, published the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, which has six focus areas, and 33 actions Clevelanders can take to strengthen the economy, clean up the environment and improve health and wellness.

• There has been a 50 percent increase in recycling since 2006.

• LEEDCO (Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation) is building the first offshore freshwater wind project in North America in Cleveland.

• Over 200 community gardens and local food initiatives have grown up around the city.

• Cleveland is transforming abandoned buildings and vacant lands into green spaces, local parks, urban gardens, as well as restoring homes.

Read the rest of the green news here.

downtown cleveland restaurant week continues thru weekend

This Friday, the seventh annual Downtown Restaurant Week begins. Hosted by Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the promotion runs from February 21 through March 2 and will feature approximately 50 participating restaurants.

Most participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus for $30, plus $15 lunch option at some restaurants.

“Downtown Cleveland offers a unique experience because of the tremendous density of walkable dining and entertainment options,” says Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance. “The prix fixe menus offered during Restaurant Week give visitors the ability to pair a first-class meal with unique entertainment options without breaking the budget.”

The list of participating restaurants and menus is updated daily on the Restaurant Week website.

During Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week, ABM Parking is offering $3 off parking at select locations for Downtown diners. Print out the voucher here by clicking on the icon and present it to the parking lot attendant prior to paying.

Participating parking locations include:
  • Warehouse District – 1371 W. 6th Street (W. 6th & St. Clair)
  • Gateway District -  740 Euclid Avenue (entrance on both Euclid and Prospect Avenues)
  • PlayhouseSquare – 1520 and 1600 Euclid Avenue
RTA’s free trolleys are also a great way to explore town for free. Schedules and additional information are available here.

cleveland goes from butt of hollywood jokes to a hub of innovation

In a lengthy feature titled "Hiding Out in Ohio: Bioscience," Tom Thriveni, writing for the digital mag Ozymandias, covers the burgeoning bioscience industry in Cleveland.

"Just as robotics companies in Pittsburgh and high-speed fiber-optic networks in Chattanooga have helped transform the economies of those cities, bioscience entrepreneurship has reshaped Cleveland’s sagging economy," he writes.

"The [Cleveland Heartlab and Cleveland Clinic] partnership was initiated by the clinic as part of its mission to turn its inventions into commercially viable medical products, generating profits for both parties. To date, besides Heartlab, 66 neighboring companies have spun out from Cleveland Clinic ideas since 2000. All told, the clinic has 525 patents and 450 licensing agreements."

Read the rest of the good news here.

forbes profiles local 'edisons' nottingham and spirk

In an article titled "The Invention Machine: Cleveland Duo Churns Out Ideas Worth Billions," written by Michael Nemeth and published in the March issue of Forbes, the founding partners of Nottingham Spirk are profiled.
"The closest thing in America to Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory is a decommissioned Christian Science church in Cleveland. It’s here that John Nottingham, John Spirk and their team of 70 inventors, tinkerers and support staff have cooked up the Swiffer SweeperVac, Crest Spinbrush, Dirt Devil vacuum and nearly 1,000 other patented products. No, nothing as momentous as the light bulb or the phonograph, but in their nearly anonymous way -- even in Ohio, almost no one has heard of them -- Nottingham and Spirk have proven themselves as good at making money as the Wizard of Menlo Park himself."
“We’re probably responsible for more patents than any other company our size,” says Nottingham.
Read the rest right here.

brite winter fest previewed in indy star

In an article titled "Cleveland embraces cold with Brite Winter Festival of music, art," Indy Star Correspondent Ashley Petry features a preview of this weekend's Brite Winter Festival, to be held in Ohio City.
"All winter, Cleveland residents endure cold temperatures and lake-effect snow, but that doesn’t mean they stay cooped up inside."
"Instead, the city celebrates blustery weather at the annual Brite Winter Festival. Now in its fifth year, the outdoor event features live music, art installations and carnival games -- along with gallons of free hot chocolate."

"On Saturday, Feb. 15, more than 20,000 people are expected to pack the hip Ohio City neighborhood. The schedule includes more than 70 performances by local, regional and national bands, who will perform on 10 stages, including four outdoor stages."
“There are fires outside, outdoor beer gardens and food trucks, and it’s just a magical scene,” said Thomas Fox, the festival’s director of programming and marketing. “It was 19 degrees and a blizzard last year, and we doubled the attendance.”

Read the rest here.

though poorly timed, united runs massive business feature in latest in-flight mag

In the latest issue of Hemispheres, United Airlines' in-flight magazine, there was a massive Dossier on Cleveland and the region. These special supplements give readers an in-depth overview of the economic development activities in a region, including the unique initiatives that shape its industry and commerce and the influence it has on the global economy.
Read the comprehensive report here.

cleveland metroparks zoo passes million-visitor mark for 21st year in a row

During the calendar year of 2013, 1,123,660 people enjoyed the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, making it the 21st year in a row that the attraction passed the million-guest mark.
Heavy rains brought the total down from the previous year, which welcomed 1,170,443 guests.
2014 is shaping up to be another banner year thanks to the new Circle of Wildlife carousel ride and accompanying Nature Discovery Zone in the area known as Savanna Ridge. Both are slated for a late spring debut. The carousel will feature 64 hand-carved wildlife figures and two chariots in a three-season pavilion.
Read the rest of the good news here.

play house poster draws attention of new york arts blog

In a New York Times Arts Beat post titled “Behind the Poster: Yentl”, writer Erik Piepenburg interviews Cleveland Play House creative director Brian Tatsumi and graphic designer Michelle Berki regarding the compelling artwork for the recent production of "Yentl."
Tatsumi shares his vision of keeping the posters stark and eye-catching with a pop of color while Berki wanted to touch upon some of the more gripping moments in the play.
“One of the defining moments is where she cuts off her braids and decides to live as a man, so we focused on that. We wanted to show both the male and female sides within one person. That’s where the braid and payos in one hat came from.”
Read more of the insightful interview here.

sawyer's trentina kickstarter campaign gets eater's attention

In an Eater.com post titled “Ohio’s Jonathon Sawyer to Launch Kickstarter for Trentina,” writer Hillary Dixler shares Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat chef-owner Jonathon Sawyer’s plans to use crowd funding in an effort to raise a little cash for his upcoming Italian eatery, Trentina.
Trentina will occupy the 36-seat space previously belonging to beloved Cleveland chef Sergio Abramof, who passed away in 2012. The new restaurant aims to open in May.
“[Sawyer] says he's attracted to the idea of a "city-based shareholder system" in which the best customers can really become "benefactors of the restaurant." To that end, he says that he will only be asking for a portion of his overhead costs, to keep the fundraising goal in line with what his Cleveland customers will be able to support.”
Check out the full story and Sawyer’s YouTube video about the project here.

wsj highlights cma's asian collection

In a Wall Street Journal article titled “Cleveland Gives Asia Its Due,” writer Lee Lawrence details the recently completed eight-year, $350 million renovation and expansion at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Lawrence writes of Cleveland’s reputation for having one of the country’s finest Asian collections, while noting that many of the works were squeezed into less frequented spaces in the basement.
“The art now has the crowd-attracting galleries it deserves," he writes. "Taking up the entire west and half of the north wings, a suite of large, airy galleries accommodates close to 600 treasures, some 10 percent of the museum's Asian holdings.”
The piece goes on to detail various time periods and geographical locations of the vast Asian collection.
Check out the full story here.

huffington post highlights work of cleveland seed bank

In a Huffington Post blog post titled “Galvanized into Positive Action: This Week in Seeding the Change,” contributor Ari Nessel writes of the various projects taking place across the globe in an effort to create a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Cleveland gets a nod thanks to the work of Christopher Kennedy and Marilyn McHugh, who together created the Cleveland Seed Bank.
“Cleveland is home to a growing local food movement, including urban farms, but lacks a local resource to promote, grow and build a seed saver network. Working with the Cleveland Public Library, The Cleveland Seed Bank will host a number of 'seed libraries' around the city, as well as an extensive social media campaign to educate the public on these resources.”
Check out the rest of the post here.

cleveland gets noticed as green meetings and events locale

GreenBiz, a publication devoted to helping companies integrate environmental responsibility into their operations, included Cleveland in a recent listing of "Top 10 U.S. Cities for Green Meetings in 2014."
Thanks to the massive environmental footprint of air travel, audiovisual equipment, food waste and more, the meetings and event industry is one of the most wasteful sectors in the US.
But the news is not all bad, states the article. "A handful of destinations recently debuted new or renovated meetings facilities with an environmental focus, making the new year a particularly exciting one for green meetings."
"These 10 cities in particular stand out as top choices for sustainable events in 2014:"
10. Cleveland
"Last year, Cleveland welcomed two neighboring meeting venues along its revitalized waterfront: the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation, which hosts medical events. Both were designed with an eye on sustainability; features include 138 bike racks, water-efficient landscaping, motion sensors and low-flow washroom fixtures. The convention center has a green roof with extensive plant life and soil materials, while the Global Center includes a white reflective roof. Half of the nearly nine-acre site used for the buildings has been preserved as open space, and 97 percent of debris was recycled during construction. The venues are currently seeking LEED Silver certification."
"Sustainability is not just addressed in the design of these venues -- sustainability is the design of these venues," says Sarah Blanchard, spokesperson for LMN architects, which designed the facilities. "Displaying the future of health and health care and welcoming visitors from across the globe to a state-of-the-art convention center are civic hallmarks that demand a design centered on efficiency and technology."
Read the rest of the green news here.

playhouse square's outdoor chandelier shines bright already

Gizmag, a long-running technology publication, recently highlighted PlayhouseSquare's forthcoming outdoor chandelier in a feature titled, "World's Largest Outdoor Chandelier to Illuminate Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare."
Writing for Gizmag, Brian Dodson states, "PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland's historic theater district is erecting what is claimed as the world's largest outdoor crystal chandelier. With a height of 20 ft (6 m) and comprising some 4,200 crystal pieces."
The 20-ft tall chandelier will contain 4,200 crystal pieces and tens of thousands of LED lights and lighting modules. The chandelier will be permanently suspended 44 ft (13.5 m) above the street from a special steel support system.
"The biggest surprise is that General Electric, which is designing the chandelier, believes it will stand up to Cleveland's extreme weather."
That includes temps that range from -20° F (-29° C) to 104° F (40° C), with winds as high as 85 mph (137 km/h) – not to mention the occasional severe thunderstorm, tornado, and roaming hurricane.
The unveiling is scheduled for May 2, 2014.
Read the rest of the story here.

cleveland foundation to commemorate centennial year with gifts to community

This month, the Cleveland Foundation -- the world’s first community foundation -- officially kicked off its year-long centennial celebration by unveiling the first in a series of monthly “Cleveland Foundation Day” birthday gifts.
The foundation's first gift is a day of free ridership for all on the Greater Cleveland RTA, which takes place today, Thursday, Jan. 16.
“We feel the best way to honor our 100th birthday is to give back to Greater Cleveland, to celebrate the generations of donors who have supported us through the years and partnered with us to give $1.7 billion in grants to our community,” Ronald B. Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation said in a statement. “Through the organizations involved in our monthly surprise gifts, we’ll be highlighting community assets the foundation and our donors have played a role in building or enhancing through the years.”
Upcoming “Cleveland Foundation Day” birthday gifts will be announced on or around the second of each month.
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $1.86 billion and 2012 grants of $91 million.

botanical garden enjoys busiest year on record

In 2013, the 83-year-old Cleveland Botanical Garden attracted more people than ever to its University Circle properties. During the past 12 months, 188,669 people visited the Garden, marking a 17 percent increase over the prior year’s record attendance figure of 160,000. It marks the sixth straight year of attendance increases.
Garden President Natalie Ronayne attributes the growth to the success of two new seasonal events, Big Spring and the holiday spectacular Glow.
“It’s really great to see Northeast Ohioans embracing the Garden as relevant to their lives,” Ronayne says. “One of the most appealing things about the Garden is that it can be many different things to many different people -- a place of celebration, a place of solace, a place for making new family memories. I love that people are taking advantage of that.”
Next up on the schedule for the Garden is the 11th annual Orchid Mania, slated to run February 1 through March 9.

'best things in cle' called out in atlantic cities

In an Atlantic Cities end-of-year feature titled “The Best Thing My City Did This Year,” the editorial staff highlighted the Cleveland Museum of Art birthing a magnificent new atrium that doubles as public gathering space as one of the major highlights of the year for the city.
"My Cleveland 2013 was full of energy, risk-taking and community-based huzzahs. Culturally, high came to mass at both the Cleveland Museum of Art, where a stunning new atrium became our public gathering place, and the Cleveland Orchestra did a neighborhood-based residency,” shares Anne Trubek, founding editor of Belt magazine.
Other items of note mentioned include developments in Waterloo, St. Clair-Superior, and Detroit-Shoreway that will build the foundation for 2014.
Check out the full piece here.

cleveland, the next brooklyn, says forbes

In a CNN Money feature titled "The Fortune Crystal Ball," the publication offers up its prognostications for the coming year, among them: Which cities will be the next Brooklyns, and which the next Detroits. Spoiler alert: Cleveland is pegged as a "Brooklyn."
"The American geography of prosperity has been driven by two big narratives in the past few years. On the one hand, there's Detroit, with its $18 billion in debt, pension mess, and population loss. On the other, there's Brooklyn, with its rocketing real estate prices, hip-luxe condos, and freshly foraged food stores," notes the money pub.
So, just what cities are deemed a "breakout town"?
New Brooklyns
Cleveland. The city is in the midst of a downtown revival that has seen not one, not two, but three Williamsburg-esque neighborhoods emerge: Tremont, Ohio City, and Gordon Square.
Odds of it becoming the "next Brooklyn" are placed at 63%.
Read the rest here.

writer offers solution to silicon valley tensions: cleveland

Tongue firmly in cheek, Slate writer Matthew Yglesias offers up a solution to the rising tensions between tech giants like Google and Apple and the rest of the residents in San Francisco: relocate the companies to Cleveland.
"The Bay Area is sick and tired of the antics of entitled techies, and the nouveaux riches want a place where they’ll be appreciated. It’s time for federal authorities to step in and move the show someplace else. Cleveland, say," he writes.
"Cities such as Buffalo, N.Y., or Pittsburgh come to mind, although unlike Detroit and Cleveland, they lack a major airport. Plans to save Detroit, however, are a bit cliché at this point, and I worry that any tech hub you tried to build there would naturally drift over to Ann Arbor, Mich., anyway. But Cleveland’s got plenty of affordable housing, plenty of available office space, flights to every important North American city, and even its own Federal Reserve bank."
Read the rest of the article here.

rock hall inductees ripple across media landscape

In a Reuters announcement shared on Huffington Post titled “2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Include KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana,” writer Mary Milliken shares the list of six new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chosen from 16 nominees.
“Nirvana, the influential Seattle grunge band founded by the late Kurt Cobain, and the flamboyant 1970s rockers from KISS were among six new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the organization said on Tuesday.”

“British singers and songwriters Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens, folk-pop singer Linda Ronstadt and rock and soul duo Hall and Oates completed the list of performer inductees to the prestigious Hall of Fame, chosen from 16 nominees.”
While the Museum is based in Cleveland, the induction ceremony will take place in New York City this year on April 10.
Read the full release here.

cle chef profiled as charlotte-based fahrenheit gears up for opening

In an article titled "Rooftop Chef," Charlotte Observer writer Sarah Crosland interviews Cleveland chef Rocco Whalen as he prepares for the grand opening of his Fahrenheit export.
"When Food Network star chef Rocco Whalen announced that he was expanding his culinary empire from Cleveland, Ohio to Charlotte, local food lovers rejoiced. Not only is the enthusiastic chef bringing his beloved recipes south, but he’ll be serving them up from the roof of the 22-story Skye Condominiums in Uptown. The 4,000-square-foot Farenheit Restaurant features a pool, garden, and panoramic 360-degree views of Charlotte."
Asked if his celebrity clout will put the Charlotte food scene in the national spotlight, Whalen responds, "If being a celebrity chef means getting the opportunity to bring in Food Network friends to do some dinners, then that’s great -- we can have fun with that. And maybe we can have a Top Chef Charlotte. I’m sick of Charleston getting all the credit.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

two cleveland eateries make top 15 list of 'most memorable restaurant meals'

Larry Olmsted, the weekly "Great American Bites" restaurant columnist for USA Today, eats out a lot, and his yearly Forbes list of standout restaurant meals from the past 12 months is filled with choice bites from around the globe. Two out of the 15 are meals in Cleveland spots.
"One reason these lists remain pertinent is because unlike most food publications, I don’t confuse 'new' with good, and just because I ate someplace this year for the first (or fifth) time doesn’t make the restaurant better or worse. What matters is simply how good the restaurant is," he writes.
Red, The Steakhouse
"Red succeeds at the high-end steakhouse game – where so many others fail -- by getting four key things right. 1. They make a great steak, using exclusively Certified Angus Beef that is mostly dry aged, and cooking it perfectly. 2. The appetizers are amazing, especially the Oysters Rockefeller and Red House Salad. 3. The classic steakhouse sides are perfected, like creamed corn and the only mac & cheese I have ever had that might actually be too rich, as the four cheese blend includes creamy Swiss raclette – and is offered with or without lobster. 4. The desserts are stunners and the Apple Pie Croissant bread pudding was OMG!"
Greenhouse Tavern
"Chef-owner Jonathon Sawyer is a hometown hero in Cleveland for his eateries, and if you visit his flagship Greenhouse Tavern it is easy to see why. He does many of the trends that are being embraced from Portland to Brooklyn, but he does them better: he makes an extensive array of his own vinegars, breaks down his own pigs and cows for snout to tail eating and completely embraces local farmers and ingredients. But while many pay lip service to these ideals he lives them, and the food shows. It is fun and wacky fine dining that puts twists on classics from around the world: his lunch menu includes a take on iconic Quebecois poutine called “gravy frites,” which covers a platter of fries with mozzarella curds, veal gravy and sometimes fried eggs. He has gotten a lot of press for his “Properly butchered rib steak,” cut in house of course, but the must-have signatures are the crispy chicken wings confit and roasted pig’s head served with little brioche buns to make your own pig’s head sliders.
Check out the entire list here.

new york times travel section checks into new aloft

In a hotel review in the travel section of the New York Times, writer Erik Piepenburg checks into the new Aloft hotel on the East Bank of the Flats and files a glowing review.
"The Aloft Downtown gives Cleveland a major boost of bright, colorful and contemporary hotel design in an area -- and a city -- not known for style-centric accommodations," he writes.
The article covers the rooms, amenities and available dining options. "A Saturday night meal at Willeyville included delicious vegetarian options for me (grilled sweet corn, baked gnocchi), plenty of meat for a friend and a mind-blowing fried peach pie," he notes.
The bottom line, concludes the author, the new Aloft is a "terrific place for design geeks, foodies and fans of rust-belt chic who like their boutique hotel on the industrial side."
Read the rest right here.

urban bike mag covers cle's 'guerrilla stripers'

In the latest issue of Urban Velo, a magazine devoted to urban bike culture, writer Joe Baur covers the events leading up to the recent guerrilla striping incident along Detroit Avenue. The photographs in the piece were taken by Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski.
Because the officially sanctioned 1.7-mile bike lane along Detroit Avenue took a year longer than promised, local bike activists decided to get creative.
"The frustration became painfully public for city officials when a group of five 'guerrilla stripers' took it upon themselves to create a bike lane along a highly trafficked thoroughfare for cyclists in the near west side," Baur writes.
"Speaking under the condition of anonymity, one of the stripers explains that nobody even attempted to stop them during the hour they spent creating the lane."
Read the rest right here.

forbes praises great lakes brewing, ohio city

In a Forbes feature titled “Beer Entrepreneurs Fuel Comeback of Struggling Cleveland Neighborhood,” staff writer Dan Alexander explores the history of Great Lakes Brewing Company and the birth of other small breweries in the area.
From humble beginnings to what the Ohio City neighborhood is today, Great Lakes Brewing Company has a lot to do with the area’s revival, the story confirms.
"Since 1986 the Conways have bought four buildings in the neighborhood, called Ohio City. They are the beer men who became unlikely leaders of the neighborhood’s revival. In the last decade, other entrepreneurs have joined the Conways in Ohio City. Since 2005, the crime rate in the neighborhood has plummeted 24%, and real estate values have more than doubled."
“It was a struggling neighborhood,” adds Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. “Twenty years later, you go over there, nighttime Friday or Saturday night, it’s going to be packed. Cars can’t move, people just everywhere.”
Alexander goes on to detail his meet-up with Sam McNulty, owner of six local establishments in the area. McNulty remains optimistic of the area, with everyone agreeing there is no reason he shouldn’t be.
Check out the full piece here.

new study on regionalism comes at ideal time, says next city

In a feature titled "Three Lessons on Regionalism," Bill Bradley, writing for Next City, outlines the findings of a report recently released by Fund for Our Economic Future.
"Regionalism, from Paris to Portland, offers cities with closely woven outlying suburbs opportunities to broaden their tax bases, increase minimum wages and develop unified approaches to transit -- which could, in turn, give low-wage workers better access to jobs. Advocates have touted these benefits for years. Now, a new report explores how regional collaboration can help spur economic growth."
The Northeast Ohio-based Fund for Our Economic Future, which along with the Knight Foundation, released the report.
In sum: "Data is hugely important, investing in groups that find funding can enlarge your pools of grant money, and big thinkers must be instrumental in turning those grand ideas into reality."
Read the rest here.

nbc news covers 30th anny of 'a christmas story'

In a light-hearted feature titled, "Oh fudge! Cleveland celebrates 30 years of ‘A Christmas Story,’ NBC News contributor Rob Lovitt outlines the story of the film's popularity and the events surrounding its 30th anniversary.
"If you want to experience true fandom, consider a trip to Cleveland this weekend, where several thousand people are expected to gather to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that kitschy classic of holiday cheer and childhood trauma: 'A Christmas Story,'" he writes.
Friday and Saturday's anniversary celebration will feature tours, theatrical performances and appearances by cast members, including Ian Petrella (Ralphie’s brother Randy), Scott Schwartz (Flick the flagpole-licker) and Zack Ward (aka, neighborhood bully Scut Farkus).
Attendees will also be able to buy signed copies of Tyler Schwartz’ new book, “A Christmas Story Treasury,” attend a charity luncheon and see if they can avoid shooting an eye out with a genuine Red Ryder BB gun and target.
All told, Jones expects 4,000 to 5,000 people to attend the weekend festivities, which is certainly a testament to the movie’s continued appeal for both kids and adults.
Read all about it here.

museum of contemporary art boasts impressive first-year numbers

In an Art Daily feature titled "MOCA Cleveland releases metrics of strong inaugural year in new building, Uptown," the art publication shares impressive numbers from the museum's first year in its new building.

"In the first year in their new building, MOCA delivered significantly expanded audiences and benefits," says the article.
Among them:
55,997 visitors took advantage of MOCA’s offerings, up 284 percent from recent years
650+ new members, tripling membership in MOCA’s new home
The numbers also show how MOCA’s impressive new building at the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue acts as a beacon to draw people to University Circle and Uptown.
82 percent of MOCA’s visitors are coming to University Circle specifically to visit the Museum
70 percent of MOCA’s visitors are eating at a surrounding restaurant
24 percent are shopping while in the area
Read about the rest here.

recent melt opening featured in columbus dispatch

In a Columbus Dispatch business piece titled “Cleveland grilled-cheese sandwich chain arrives in Short North,” writer Denise Trowbridge highlights Matt Fish’s Melt Bar & Grilled and his decision to test the waters by opening a location in Columbus.
“I am nervous, but we had to take the plunge. That’s just part of growing,” Fish was quoted in the piece. “We want to become a regional restaurant group and open a couple more in Columbus, but we have to start with one and make that one the best we can.”
Trowbridge goes on to detail many of the aspects we Clevelanders already know and love about Melt, including its signature sandwiches, fabulous beer selection, infamous Melt Challenge, and the 25 percent discount for life for those who add a melt tattoo.
Check out the full story here.

heights libraries claim top rating from library journal fifth straight year

For the fifth year in a row, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library system has received the highest possible rating in the Library Journal’s 2013 Index of Public Library Service. Library Journal is a trade journal that reports news about the library world and has a nation-wide circulation of 100,000.

The five-star rating is given to the top U.S. libraries each year. Heights Libraries has earned five stars in five out of the six years that Library Journal has published the ratings, starting in 2008.

Libraries are rated on four criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance and Internet terminal use (public computers).
“This shows what we’ve known all along: People in our community are using the library regularly,” says Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “For many customers we’ve become that 'third place,' the place besides work and home where they like to be. We are always busy, and I don’t see that trend reversing anytime soon.”

Heights Libraries wasn’t the only other Cuyahoga County area library receiving Star Awards; other area libraries to win are Cleveland Public (4 stars), Cuyahoga County (5 stars), and Lakewood (4 stars).

Read the rest of the report here.

input wanted for design of new convention center hotel

County residents are being asked to share their opinions as they pertain to the new Convention Center Hotel. The 650-room hotel will replace the Cuyahoga County Administrative building at Lakeside Avenue and Ontario Street and serve as the main hotel for the nearby medical mart and convention center.
Representatives from the architecture firm Cooper Carry will be in town on Wednesday, November 20th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to share preliminary designs for the new Convention Center Hotel and solicit input from local residents.
The hotel is on a fast track, with County Executive Ed FitzGerald stating a goal of a 2016 opening.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Cleveland Public Library
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium
325 Superior Avenue East
Questions and registration (not required): info@LAND-studio.org

writer praises city's artist recruitment program

In an International Business Times story titled “Cleveland Is Ready To Rock: Are You?” writer Ellen Killoran shares details of her experience at a recent artist recruitment weekend, during which out-of-town creatives were invited to see a plethora of benefits the city has to offer for artists seeking to relocate.
“”Welcome to Cleveland Weekend," which took place in early August, was a self-described experiment spearheaded by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, or CPAC, a well-endowed nonprofit dedicated to strengthening Cleveland's artist community," Killoran writes. "The clear objective of the event, the first of its kind, was to persuade these artists from other, often bigger and more expensive cities, to make Cleveland their home base.”
Killoran goes on to detail some awe-inspiring features of both the city and the program that should make Cleveland an opportunity too good to pass up.
Enjoy the lengthy feature here.

time out chicago loves it some christmas ale

In a Time Out Chicago blurb titled “Drink this now: Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale,” blogger Karl Klockars raves about the liquid gold we Clevelanders know simply as "Crack Ale."
“The Christmas Ale is a revered beer in the Rust Belt. Criminals in Cleveland recently broke into the brewery and stole 500 feet of copper wiring, but left the Xmas Ale untouched," Klockars writes. "I choose to believe that this is less an indication of the idiocy of thieves, and more a belief that not even scofflaws would dare touch the Christmas Ale. As such, it’s perfectly okay to crack a few of these open well before the holiday.”
Klockars goes on to give a beer nerd’s detailed description of the brew, including this nugget: "This beer sets the bar once again -- as it does most years -- for what a winter warmer beer should be: It’s rich without being overwhelming. It's complex, spicy, savory and subtly sweet. And it's very drinkable."
Enjoy the full piece here.

standing ovation for cleveland orchestra performance at lincoln center

In a New York Times review titled "Beethoven and One of France’s Musical Mystics Strive for Glimpses of the Divine," classical music critic James R. Oestreich writes of the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst's New York performance during Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.
"Still, it was the Messiaen performance that will undoubtedly live longest in memory: an imaginative conception expertly realized. A vibrant scrim of sound -- pinging celesta (played by Carolyn Gadiel Warner), virtuosically percussive piano (Joela Jones), eerily swooping ondes Martenot (an early electronic instrument, played by Cynthia Miller) and chiming vibraphone (Marc Damoulakis) -- spanned the front of the stage, an effective foil to all manner of activity behind it."
Read the rest of the review here.

fast co. digs into 'world's first biocellar' in east cleveland

In a Fast Co. feature called "Turning A Vacant Cleveland House Into A Fancy Farm," California-based sustainability writer Adele Peters details the plans and construction of the world’s first BioCellar, located in East Cleveland.
"The BioCellar, the brainchild of a Cleveland biologist named Jean Loria, will use just the basement of the house -- the rest was torn down -- and will top it with a greenhouse so crops can grow inside. Why a cellar? At depths below four feet, the ground stays at a constant temperature, so even in the middle of a harsh Cleveland winter, the room won't get colder than 50 degrees. With light flooding in from the glass roof above, food can grow year round."
Read the rest of the crop report here.

cle's start-up friendly landscape featured in atlantic cities piece

In an Atlantic Cities feature titled "The Passion of Young Cleveland," New York-based writer Nona Willis Aronowitz covers both the start-up friendly nature of Cleveland as well as its political importance.
"Cleveland is one of those Rust Belt cities that's too often held up as a symbol of the fall of American industry, but a critical mass of diehard young Clevelanders are either staying or coming back to turn the place around. While I was there, I heard two common reasons why Cleveland natives were staying loyal: It's an ideal place to start a business or a new project, given the low overhead and unusually strong, cohesive community support. But it's also in one of the most politically influential places in the country, in a bellwether, "real America" state that offers young people an opportunity to move the national needle."
In the feature, the writer chats with Ohio City developer Graham Veysey and his girlfriend, Marika Shiori-Clark, who says that it's “much easier to be an entrepreneur here. There’s a much lower threshold in terms of risk and price."
Read the rest right here.


san fran dining editor praises cleveland food scene

Michael Bauer, the influential restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently penned a feature titled "Cleveland is a city that rocks to food."
"Last week I spent a few days in Cleveland, looking at a half-dozen high-profile restaurants. I wish I could have done more," is how Bauer kicks off the lengthy travel piece.
During his visit, the food editor and restaurant critic hit Sokolowski's, Dante, Greenhouse Tavern and the Velvet Tango Room, where "I had the best whiskey sour I can remember."
Of course, he also visited the West Side Market: "I also fell in love with the West Side Market, a city-owned facility that has been in business for more than 100 years."
He concludes the piece with this nugget: "Cleveland has the energy of a food town on the rise. And, for anyone who loves music and rock and roll -- after all, it’s the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- it’s a city worth checking out."
Read it all right here.


st. louis food writer eats his way through the north coast

Reporting for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, food writer Ian Froeb shares details of his recent visit to Cleveland, where he enjoyed stops at Greenhouse Tavern, West Side Market, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Another Cleveland must is the West Side Market. This gorgeous (inside and out) building houses more than 100 vendors including more butcher shops than you ever thought could fit under a single roof. “
Read the full story here.

as gay games approach, cleveland increasingly in lgbt spotlight

EDGE, the largest network of online gay publications, recently published a lengthy look at Cleveland as the city prepares for the Gay Games. The feature, titled "Cleveland Prepares for Its Gay Close-Up," covers a lot of ground, giving our city a welcome nod of approval in a myriad of topics.
"For years Cleveland has been known among visitors as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Next year, Cleveland will add another notable event to its history when it hosts Gay Games 9," writes Heather Cassell. "I was instantly charmed by Cleveland. The Midwestern city is endearing and modern at the same time that it celebrates its history."
"It’s not a plain vanilla city," David Gilbert of Positively Cleveland is quoted in the piece. "There’s a real sort of grittiness and a little bit of a quirkiness about Cleveland that makes it really a special place to visit."
"It’s a great thing for gay people and it’s an excellent thing for Cleveland," adds Jim Miner, who owns the Clifford House Bed and Breakfast. "I’m glad they picked the Midwest place. It’s going to rock a few people’s boats a little bit, but so what?"
Read the rest of the good news here.

d.c. streets covers major policy shift at local planning agency

In a DC Streets Blog post titled "In Cleveland, An Old-School Planning Agency Sees the Light," writer Angie Schmitt writes of the dramatic turn around currently talking place at Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), a topic Fresh Water recently covered in depth.
"NOACA was so notoriously averse to change and ineffectual that it acquired the nickname NO ACTION," Schmitt writes. "But as impossible as it seemed even a year ago, things are changing at NOACA. They’re changing fast, and for the better. Last year the agency hired a new director, Grace Gallucci, who had been the head of finance for the Chicago Transit Authority. Since the Cleveland native assumed her role at the head of the NOACA, the region agency has adopted a completely different tenor."

Read more about how the local planning agency is shifting gears here.

local printing co.'s record-setting blaze covered in new york daily news

In a New York Daily News feature titled "Cleveland’s burning: 21 set themselves on fire for Guinness World Record," writer Doyle Murphy covered Hotcards' sizzling attempt to raise awareness -- and funds -- by setting the most people ablaze simultaneously.
"Cleveland printing company Hotcards staged the spectacle as a fiery fundraiser on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a waterway once so polluted it famously caught fire in 1969," Murphy writes.
“We take a lot of heat in Cleveland as the Burning River City," Hotcards’ CEO John Gadd is quoted as saying. "Yet, it became the catalyst for a lot Cleveland pride, including environmental movements, breweries, and a whole lot of 'Hot in Cleveland' fame. It’s a unique part of our legacy that we can embrace and give new meaning with such a magical spectacle.”

Read the rest of the hot news here.

cleveland international piano competition tops in writer's book

In a Huffington Post article titled "Ranking Summer's Classical Music Competitions: Cleveland Comes Out on Top," writer Laurence Vittes says that among all of the summer classical music competitions he attended this year, the Cleveland International Piano Competition was the undisputed champion.
"Between the middle of June and the first week of August, I attended major classical music competitions in Montréal, Indianapolis, Fort Worth and Cleveland," writes Vittes. "In the end, it was two titanic performances in the concerto finals, with the participation of perhaps the country's greatest orchestra and hall combination, which separated the Cleveland International Piano Competition from the rest of the pack."
"Severance Hall, where George Szell once led another era's mighty Cleveland Orchestra, hosted the finals," he adds. "It's an awesome, iconic hall that during the Competition was like hearing the music being almost spontaneous combusted by a phalanx of young pianists who played Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Chopin and Beethoven relentlessly, with the occasional Bach or Liszt to sweeten up the pot."
"Best of all, the connection between conductor Stefan Sanderling, the contestants and the Cleveland Orchestra itself was brilliant, and most brilliant when first prize winner Stanislav Khristenko played the winning Brahms D Minor, and second prize winner Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev played Rachmaninov."
Read the rest of the score here.

as preview to own bus rapid transit, michigan paper covers rta healthline success

In the Macomb Daily, the paper of record for Michigan's Macomb County, an article titled "Cleveland's bus rapid transit offers glimpse into metro Detroit proposal" gives locals a taste of what they can expect based on Cleveland's success with the HealthLine.
Writer Ryan Felton states that, "the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has vastly improved public transportation in the region so dramatically that it commonly receives high marks from national groups and observers for making use of its system a breeze."
"At the core, the authority’s HealthLine, a 6.8-mile bus rapid transit route that spans bustling Euclid Avenue in this city’s downtown, offers a glimpse of an example that metro Detroit residents could expect from a similarly proposed system the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority has floated in recent months."
Calling the BRT system "one of the biggest catalysts for new development" in the area, the RTA's Joseph A. Calabrese states, “In the midst of the worst recession we’ve ever seen, almost everything positive happening is happening on Euclid Avenue."
Check out the rest of story here.

waterloo's krege grant in the news

In a Nonprofit Quarterly story titled “Innovative “Placemaking,” Kresge Grant Makes Use of Opportune Moment,” writer Eileen Cunniffe details how the Northeast Shores Development Corp. in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood has received a $1 million grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District.
“Most of this grant will go toward permanent improvements: creating a ceramics co-op studio, further developing artists’ live-work spaces, and converting vacant spaces into homes for artists. But a portion of the grant will support temporary programming aimed at keeping the district open -- and lively -- during the construction phase.”
Cunniffe goes on to outline the mission of the Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture program and why they felt the Collinwood neighborhood was a worthy recipient.
Read the full story here.

asiatown neighborhood an example of immigration as job creator

In a Slate post titled “Cleveland Chinese immigration: New people create new jobs,” Matthew Yglesias writes of his experience eating some Chinese food in Cleveland’s “Asiantown” neighborhood -- an area occupied by a growing collection of Asian restaurants and markets.
“I had a meal there that probably exceeds any Chinese cooking you can find in DC proper and would count as quite good even by the standards of the more immigrant-heavy suburbs in Rockville or Northern Virginia," the writer boasts.
Yglesias goes on to detail how the newcomers create “new jobs” by offering an “authentic experience” that might not otherwise be available. And while opponents to immigration fear “outsiders” might appropriate available jobs, consider the possibility of additional job creation that comes with fixing up buildings and delivering supplies.
Check out the full piece here.

'this is downtown cleveland' video a viral hit

The latest video in the "Downtown is Moving" series by Downtown Cleveland Alliance is, as they say, blowing up on the web. The artfully directed and produced short film by Cleveland-based Fusion Filmworks already has been viewed approximately 40,000 times in under a week. That's more than previous DCA videos have been viewed in one or two years, given the film.
Give it a look-see right below.

port of cleveland snags environmental award for clean river

For the second year in a row, the American Association of Port Authorities honored the Port of Cleveland with its Environmental Impact Award, this year for its Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River clean-up.
“The Cuyahoga River is cleaner and more beautiful after the first full season of operation for the sister work barges Flotsam and Jetsam,” wrote the AAPA. “They were designed and put into service to restore and protect the environmental quality of the Cleveland waterways, to improve the aesthetic condition of the water­ways and improve overall safety for industry and recreational users of the waterways.”
In 2013 alone, the boats have removed more than 133 million pounds of floating debris from the water, including everything from tree trunks to plastic bottles. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy alone the twin boats cleaned up more than 40,000 pounds of floating debris.
 Will Friedman, President & CEO of the Port of Cleveland, said that Flotsam and Jetsam are just one example of the Port’s commitment to improving the environment, which is part of the Port’s strategic focus on developing civic assets and leading critical initiatives for river renewal and infrastructure improvements.
“Clean, attractive, and inviting waterfronts help position our region for the new economy, serving as an economic engine and center of gravity that draws in people who value the water’s natural beauty and allure,” Friedman said. “We at the Port believe that our region’s future is tied to thriving waterfronts, which are directly related to the cleanliness and environmental health of our lake and river.”

cle orchestra declared 'world's favorite orchestra' in poll

Bachtrack, the largest online classical review site and concert finder, declared The Cleveland Orchestra as the winner of the "World’s Favourite Orchestra 2013" contest. Following a month of voting, with 11,895 votes for 417 orchestras from 97 countries, Cleveland Orchestra roundly beat the competition.
The Cleveland Orchestra took 20.3 percent of the vote, with the next closest orchestra garnering just 12.4 percent of the vote. 46 percent of the votes came from North America and 48 percent came from Europe.

“We want to thank our fans for voting for The Cleveland Orchestra," says Ross Binnie, Chief Marketing Officer of The Cleveland Orchestra. "We have 60,000 social media followers whom we invited to vote, and they clearly were engaged. We are proud to be one of the world’s finest orchestras, thanks to the support of all the communities we serve.”
Read the rest of the results here.

toast chefs horvath and plank praised in industry mag

In a Restaurant Hospitality feature titled “Toast: One of Cleveland’s most exciting new restaurants,” editor Michael Sanson highlights the amazing job chefs Joe Horvath and Jennifer Plank are doing at their farm-to-table restaurant in the Gordon Square neighborhood.
“Recent menu items that have thrilled diners and critics alike include a rolled egg crepe filled with smoked perch, pickled strawberries and a dill crème fraiche; lamb ribs with pickled red cabbage and cucumber yogurt sauce; and mini French toast topped with sausage, a spicy maple glaze and a fried egg.”
The young pair -- recently engaged to be married -- are expats from Jonathon Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat restaurants.
Read the full story here.

cle extends a welcoming hand to immigrants

In a New York Times article titled "Ailing Midwestern Cities Extend a Welcoming Hand to Immigrants," writer Julia Preston highlights cities that have launched programs like Global Cleveland to attract immigrant newcomers and their work skills.
"Other struggling cities are trying to restart growth by luring enterprising immigrants, both highly skilled workers and low-wage laborers," she writes. "In the Midwest, similar initiatives have begun in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Lansing, Mich., as well as Detroit, as it strives to rise out of bankruptcy."
"We want to get back to the entrepreneurial spirit that immigrants bring,” said Richard Herman, a Cleveland immigration lawyer who advises cities on ideas for development based on attracting and retaining newcomers.
Read the rest here.

ny post explores the local scene, lauds city's 'revival'

In a New York Post feature titled “Cleveland is Seeing a Revival,” writer Jennifer Ceasar explores some of Cleveland’s attractions, which increasingly are garnering attention outside of Northeast Ohio.
“If you were an Ohioan back in the early ’80s, you might remember 'New York’s the Big Apple, but Cleveland’s a Plum,' an ad campaign to rebrand the failing Rust Belt town. Though it never stuck, today’s Cleveland is earning laurels for its homegrown talent, like Iron Chef Michael Symon, along with farm-to-table eateries, award-winning craft breweries and cool art spaces.”
Some of the writer's many stops included Ohio City, home of Flying Fig, Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Transformer Station, Tremont, which houses some of the city’s best eateries, and University Circle, where many of Cleveland’s top cultural attractions reside.
Check out the full piece here.

cle and pit battle it out on bicycles

In a Pittsburgh NPR story titled “Bike Pittsburgh Ahead in Competition with Cleveland Cyclists,” Jessica Nath reports on the friendly cycling competition between the two cities in the National Bike Challenge.
"This year, Bike Cleveland challenged Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) to see which city could log the most points in the National Bike Challenge, and with four days to go, BikePGH is in the lead."

Bicyclists earn a point for every mile they ride and 20 points for every day they ride. The friendly competition began May 1 and finished up earlier this week.

“There’s really no city that we have a more storied rivalry with than Cleveland, and it seemed to make the most sense demographically -- we really match up really well with them,” said Lou Fineberg, BikePGH program director. “Of course, the big difference is we’re incredibly hilly and Cleveland is very flat.”
Cleveland was lagging in the competition, and it looks like victory went to our rivals to the east. However, there's always next year!
View the entire story here.

art mag covers first cma exhibit at transformer

A feature in the arts-based blog ArtDaily covers at length the latest exhibit at the new Transformer Station in Ohio City, which is the first for co-curator Cleveland Museum of Art.
"The Cleveland Museum of Art presents The Unicorn, its debut exhibition at Transformer Station, a new contemporary art venue owned by the Bidwell Foundation on Cleveland's west side. The Unicorn refers to the book of the same title by Martin Walser, an author whose work often questions how humans continually reshape the past."
The group exhibition includes the work of five internationally renowned contemporary artists: Neïl Beloufa, Martin Soto Climent, Shana Lutker, Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer. The work, some created specifically for this exhibition, explore how memory is constructed by individuals looking backwards from a constantly shifting point.
Read the rest right here.

huffpo praises efforts by cle orchestra to attract young audience

In a Huffington Post article titled "In Tune With the Next Generation," Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras, praises the Cleveland Orchestra's efforts to be the band with the youngest audience.
"The Cleveland Orchestra, best known as one of the world's finest orchestras, with an equally outstanding hall and decades of extraordinary musical leadership, now has a new goal: to be the orchestra with the youngest audience. An audacious goal, but by the looks of the audience in Severance Hall last Friday night at the concert I heard, they are well on their way," he writes.
"The performance I heard in Cleveland was one of a three-concert set on their opening weekend. The uncompromising programs included works by Mahler, Beethoven and Schumann. Twenty seven percent of the audience at those three concerts were young people. You read that right, 27 percent. I am one year shy of enjoying senior discounts and I can tell you that concerts, like many things, are more fun with young people around. The vibe in the hall was fantastic."
Read the rest of the feature here.

local designer has shot to take it all in martha stewart maker awards

If you've shopped at Banyan Tree, CLE Clothing Co., Bizaare Bazaar or Native Cleveland -- and you have an eye for design -- than you doubtless have spotted the work of Brian Andrew Jasinski. His design-minded line of prints and social stationery, which are sold under the brand Grey Cardigan, feature an instantly recognizable aesthetic that is clean, modern and timeless.
For the past couple weeks, Jasinski has been on a social media blitz to drum up support for his participation in the American Made Audience Choice Awards, where Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers.
Well, it's worked, as the designer has made it to the finalist round, where he is one of just six, whittled down from a beginning pool of more than 2,000 nominees. His category, Design, joins Food, Style, Craft, Garden and Technology.
"To make it as one of six finalists in a competition with 2,000-plus nominees is an honor and an accomplishment," says Jasinski , a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art. "Friends and fans truly stepped up to the plate daily in their voting and promoting."
The final round of voting, which runs now through September 29, pits Jasinski up against the other five finalists. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 for their business, a feature spread in Martha Stewart Living, a feature on her popular radio show, and an audience with the Domestic Goddess herself.
"To win this competition would bring my work to an incredible spotlight that its connection with Martha Stewart would offer," says Jasinski.
To support Jasinski and his quest, vote up to six times a day right here.

ohio city selected as 'best old house neighborhood' in this old house

Ohio City continues to attract attention both locally, regionally, and nationally for a wealth of positive reasons. The latest praise comes from the editors of This Old House magazine.

In the latest issue, Ohio City was included in the magazine's annual "Best Old House Neighborhoods" issue. What's more, the west side hamlet was deemed an Editor's Choice thanks to its Victorian-era homes that range from simple vernacular worker cottages to Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Stick-style, and Italianate homes.
"This former shipbuilding center just west of downtown Cleveland had a growth spurt in the latter half of the 1800s, when workers and managers for the area's docks, distilleries, and mills settled there," the editors write.
Garnering specific attention was Ohio City's walkability.
Read the rest right here.

ny post promotes pair of cleveland art museums

In a New York Post feature titled “Hit up Ohio’s many art museums,” writer Jennifer Caesar highlights the wealth of masterpieces one can enjoy in the great state of Ohio, including those exhibited by The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and MOCA Cleveland.
"Ohio and the arts are not such strange bedfellows: Flush with cash in the early 20th century -- from industries like steel, rubber and soap -- Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Cincinnati built grand museums, and acquired masterpieces to fill them."
Highlighted at CMA is the "stellar Islamic art, fine European paintings (JMW Turner, Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso among them) and excellent contemporary pieces by the likes of Christo, Gerhard Richter and Chuck Close."
Over at MOCA is, "a rotating series of cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions (the museum does not have a permanent collection), which lean heavily toward video and performance art."
Check out the full story here.

ny times gives ink to new rust belt mag 'belt'

In a New York Times Arts Beat post titled “New Magazine Celebrates ‘Rust Belt Chic,’ With a Wink,” writer Jennifer Schuessler details her conversation with Belt magazine editor Anne Trubek about a new publication dedicated to fostering a new journalistic beat in Cleveland.
"The decaying cities of the post-industrial Midwest can sometimes seem like a museum of things America used to make: cars, refrigerators, steel, televisions. But if a start-up in Cleveland gets its way, the region may help rebuild the market for another endangered product -- long-form magazine journalism," Schuessler writes.
The magazine offers up a collection of essays and reporting that seeks to explore the regional identity that is known as the Rust Belt.
“I cringe at words like ‘authentic,’” Trubek says in the article. “But the rust belt aesthetic isn’t about the ephemeral global economy, it’s about boots on the ground and things hidden in grandma’s attic. We want to explore that.”
Check out the full interview here.

rta healthline praised for cost/benefit ratio in forbes

In a Forbes feature titled “Bus Rapid Transit Spurs Development Better Than Light Rail or Streetcars: Study,” contributor Jeff McMahon writes of an upcoming report by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy that explores the cost/benefit ratio of various types of urban transportation.
“For example, Cleveland’s Healthline, a BRT project completed on Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue in 2008, has generated $5.8 billion in development -- $114 for each transit dollar invested. Portland’s Blue Line, a light rail project completed in 1986, generated $3.74 per dollar invested.”
The report goes on to discuss the many variables going into the study and its relation to the urban environment.
Read the full piece here.

men's journal drops into cleveland for a visit

In a Men's Journal travel feature titled "Visiting Cleveland, on Purpose," writer Robert Reid manages to enjoy himself during an action-packed visit to town -- and also manages to trot out a few hackneyed affronts as well.
"Spread out on the south shore of Lake Erie, 'The Forest City' -- called the 'mistake by the lake' by the sort of people who talk like that -- is a pleasant surprise for visitors who actually make the trip," Reid writes. "Just the names of the neighborhoods, including Slavic Village, Little Italy, and Asiatown, are a tribute to the city’s melting-pot roots, which manifest in great fusion cuisine."

In the piece, Reid mentions Happy Dog, Beachland Ballroom, the Orchestra, Big Fun, MOCA, Melt and others.
Read the rest of the (back-handed) compliment here.

business traveler covers westin hotel and land studio's local art program

Business Traveler covers the Westin Cleveland Downtown innovative program to bring local art into the soon-to-open hotel. The hotel is partnering up with LAND studio, a local nonprofit, to select area artists.

"Artwork from established and emerging Cleveland artists will adorn the hotel’s 484 guestrooms, lobby and public spaces. The program’s main event will be a signature large scale artwork from local artist Sarah Kabot in the lobby. The piece is slated for a February 2014 installation."

LANDStudio is working with Sage Hospitality, which owns the Westin Cleveland Downtown.

Read the rest here.

symon empire expanding into metro detroit

In a Detroit Free Press story titled “Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers coming to Rochester Hills in December,” restaurant critic Sylvia Rector writes of celebrity chef and Cleveland native Michael Symon’s decision to expand his culinary presence in the Detroit metropolitan area, where he already owns a restaurant, Roast, in the Detroit Westin Book Cadillac hotel.
“We are off and running, and we are very excited to be there,” Doug Petkovic, co-owner of the company with Michael and Liz Symon, was quoted as saying.
The company signed a lease in August and has been touring some of developer Dan Gilbert’s downtown Detroit buildings.
“We are a down and dirty burger joint,” Petkovic added. “Our concept is meat on meat. We do some interesting combinations. We’ll take our beef and top it with bologna or pastrami, or corned beef at times. We do some with pulled pork.”
Check out the full story here.

cleveland among top metros for college grads

In a The Atlantic report titled “The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking For Work,” writer Richard Florida shares a lengthy report on which areas in the United States offer the best opportunities for the newly minted young and educated looking to start life in the “real world.”
While the standard San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Austin metros continue to receive high marks, others such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles leave much to be desired for they younger generation.
Cleveland may not have broken the Top 10 just yet, but it does place in the Top 20, and is on the move.
“The good news is that Rust Belt metros like Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland appear to have turned the corner. These metros have a lot to offer highly educated recent grads: affordable housing, a low cost of living, authentic neighborhoods, and revitalizing cores, as well as a relatively high level of job openings for in fast-growing highly-educated fields.”
Enjoy the complete report here.

travel writer swoons over cleveland visit

In a Huffington Post travel feature titled "The American Grandeur of Cleveland," contributor Sally Fay was so smitten by our city that she writes, "There are many reasons to visit Cleveland, enough to swing the vote right into moving there!"
She writes that "Cleveland has a character that appreciates its past while embracing the renewal of the future. In 2013, the city has a different kind of American grandeur than it did in its industrial heyday of the early 20th century, but rather than get stuck in the past and not learn the lessons from it, Cleveland has aged well into a modern, global and down-to-earth city."
Stops on her exhaustive visit through town included Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Cleveland Art Museum, Severance Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, PlayhouseSquare, West Side Market and many other stops.
She closes out the piece with this resounding endorsement:
"If you are looking for opportunities, reasonably priced real estate, cultural diversity, high culture, top medicine, professional sports and mid-western charm, pack your bags and discover the American grandeur and quality of life of Cleveland has going for it!"
Read the rest right here.

clinic's cosgrove aims to improve health of residents and city

In a lengthy Forbes feature titled "City Surgeon: Can The Cleveland Clinic Save Its Hometown?" writer Matthew Herper reports on Delos “Toby” Cosgrove's tenure at the Cleveland Clinic and his efforts to leverage healthcare to improve the Clinic's neighborhood and the region's economy.
"The rough old neighborhood is a distant memory, replaced by a gleaming testament to modern medicine stretching out over 46 buildings and covering 167 acres. Protected by a dedicated 141-trooper force of state police, there is a conference center, a fancy hotel and a farmers’ market. Over Cosgrove’s tenure the clinic’s revenues have nearly doubled to $6.2 billion."
But Cosgrove's biggest brainstorm was to build a "giant mall for hospital buyers." 
"Think about the things that go into a hospital. Shades, televisions, chairs, tables, wall coverings, all the medical gear, the operating tables, you name it,” Cosgrove is quoted in the piece.
"What is emerging is an Epcot Center for med tech. GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips Health Care and Cardinal Health are among the 22 confirmed tenants in the soon-to-be-completed center. Next door, Bennett has already booked conventions that will bring 89,395 attendees this year and 100,400 next. By the end of 2016, he says, bookings should be enough to pay back the $465 million it took to construct both buildings."
“It will begin to influence the city as it comes back and make it a destination medical city,” Cosgrove predicts.
Read the rest of the article here.

the atlantic praises new online rust-centric magazine

In The Atlantic, a story titled “A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes” and written by Bonnie Tsui shares information on a new Cleveland-focused “Rust Belt Chic” online magazine titled Belt.
"Rust Belt Chic is a movement," the piece begins. "That’s according to a new online magazine out of Cleveland, Belt, that aims to address the highly specific and often superficial attention paid to a wide swath of deindustrialized America."
In a meaty interview, editor Anne Trubek says the publication will focus on what they can do consistently well: intensely and well-edited long-form journalism, commentary, and first-person essays.
“Our first issue is queued up and ready to go, and it’s fantastic," she explains. "We have a deep dive on the Anisfield-Wolf Awards, a 78-year-old Cleveland-based book award for works that address issues of racism, which has an incredibly high caliber of past and present awardees and famous jurors but an oddly low profile in town and the nation. And we have a hilarious essay, 'S&M in the CLE' by novelist Alissa Nutting, whose book 'Tampa' has been the talk of the literary world this summer.”
Check out the full piece here.

case nabs number four spot on prestigious college rankings list

In the 2013 edition of its annual National Universities Rankings, Washington Monthly awarded the number four spot to Case Western Reserve University. In fact, with an overall school of 93, Case shares the number three spot with Texas A&M.

The ratings are unique in that they rank schools not on various academic statistics but rather on their contribution to the public good.  Specifically, they look at three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Check out the complete rankings here.

cle painter's new york exhibit covered in the times

In a New York Times story titled “Bringing Some of the Rust Belt to Sag Harbor,” Erik Piepenburg writes of Cleveland artist Frank Oriti, whose work currently is on display at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY, in an exhibit titled "Homeland."
“The paintings depict 20-somethings, mostly men, dressed casually in T-shirts and baseball caps, gazing out impassively, or with an edge of aggression. Mr. Oriti repeats motifs of the suburban homes like the ones his subjects grew up in, in gray-toned backgrounds, then paints over them in messy white acrylic. In many cases the subjects have returned not just to Cleveland, but also to their childhood houses. It is an unsettled homecoming, resignation etched on young faces.”
The rest of the piece is written in a Q&A format, in which Oriti goes into greater detail about his work, inspiration, and the financial differences between creating art in Brooklyn versus Cleveland.
Describing what it's like to work as a painter in Cleveland, the artist responds:

"I have a lot of studio to move around in. A friend told me the average rent for a Brooklyn art studio is like $1,200 a month for 500 square feet. I share 1,400 square feet and we each pay $400 a month. I couldn’t even come up with how much that would cost in Brooklyn."

Enjoy the full story here.

detroit transit draws more inspiration from rta health line

In a Detroit Free Press story titled “Metromode: From freeway to busway? The call for bus rapid transit,” writer Kim North Shine details Detroit’s M1 light-rail line, which is set to begin construction shortly.
Shine writes of the inspiration Detroit’s BRT drew from cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, Portland, and Cleveland.
“We were very impressed. We came away thinking if Cleveland can do it, so can we.” [Southeast Michigan Council of Governments transportation planner] Carmine Palombo says. “When you were on it, it felt like a bus, but it looks more like a rail vehicle. Most importantly, it ran quickly. Getting on or getting off was much different than a bus. There are much larger doors, no steps, curb boarding. You could see the economic development. It was clean. You sort of got the best of both worlds there. … You could see how it would work for us.”
Check out the complete article here.

katie holmes in cleveland garnering media buzz

In a RadioTimes item called "Katie Holmes shoots new movie in Cleveland," the media outlet writes that the actress has had a busy summer shooting multiple films.
"Katie Holmes has snuck into Cleveland to film low budget Hollywood indie movie Tootaloo. The Dawson’s Creek star has had a busy summer, filming Paul Dalio's Mania Days in New York, with co-star Luke Kirby, about two depressed lovers, who meet in a psychiatric hospital."
The Tootaloo crew has been spotted in and around University Circle, including at Judson Manor and at United Methodist Church.
Read all about it here.

classical pianist tickles every ivory in town

In an ArtsJournal blog post titled “I played every piano around the town,” Norman Lebrecht writes of classical pianist Zsolt Bognar and his visit to every piano installed around town as part of the International Piano Competition taking place this summer in University Circle.
“On the shores of America’s so-called North Coast of Lake Erie, at the heart of a recent Rustbelt cultural renaissance fueled by ingenuity in education, medicine, food, and the arts -- has placed 25 pianos outside around the city.”
"Construction workers, mothers, fathers, children, friends, coworkers on break -- all seemed to have a tune to sit and play in solo or duet performances, and I added my own throughout the day on various pianos."
Lebricht continues, writing about an impromptu mini-concert at ABC Tavern by Bognar followed by recognition from a construction worker while walking through Little Italy the following day.
Enjoy the full story here.

usa today writer praises noodlecat

In a USA Today feature titled “Great American Bites: Top-notch Asian flavors sourced from Ohio,” writer Larry Olmsted praises Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer and the two-year-old Noodlecat, inspired by Tokyo and New York noodle houses.
Olmsted opens discussing the unique atmosphere and its popularity in the community, but like all food writers, focuses much of his attention on the important aspects: the food.
"A former downtown pizzeria has been turned into one of Cleveland's hippest casual eateries. Two-year-old Noodlecat, inspired by Tokyo and New York noodle houses, is the work of beloved Cleveland chef Jonathan Sawyer, renowned for his focus on local and sustainable ingredients, food sourcing and extensive in-house, from-scratch preparation."
“While there are a handful of dinner entrees, the bulk of the menu is small plates and noodle dishes, each of which is available as a large full portion ($11) or a half order ($6). This makes Noodlecat great for grazing or tapas-style dining, though the entrees are quite good as well.”
Check out the full travel piece here.

classical mag says cleveland is place to be this october

In a San Francisco Classical Voice feature titled "The Place to Be in October: Cleveland," writer Janos Gereben highlights the unique and compelling program that is taking place this fall in Severance Hall.
"Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead a fascinating five-day Cleveland Orchestra program in Severance Hall, Oct. 22-26. Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich is an orchestral festival, in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, including concerts, film screenings, pre-film and pre-concert talks, and a chamber music performance by members of the orchestra."
On tap for this very special event is a Cinematheque screening of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, which features music from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and a Cleveland Museum of Art screening of The New Babylon, a revolutionary 1929 silent film featuring Shostakovich’s first film score.
Read the rest of the article here.

atlantic tells story of maron family and east fourth

In a recent The Atlantic piece titled “If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown,” writer Sophie Quinton tells the story of how the Maron family transformed a vision into the East Fourth Street Clevelanders know and love today.
"When the Maron family decided to redevelop an entire city block in downtown Cleveland, the area was so blighted no restaurateur would lease space there. A decade later, the East Fourth neighborhood is home to Food Network personalities, a House of Blues, and free Saturday yoga classes. Café-style seating spills into the pedestrian-only street. Apartments on the block are fully leased, and a 100-unit building under construction across the street has already reached full capacity."
The article discusses at length the history of the Maron family and the work it took to get the project off paper and onto the street. All the hard work has paid off as East Fourth Street has become a major attraction, with quality restaurants, store fronts, activities, and downtown living that is luring young professionals who want to live and work in the middle of all the action.
Enjoy the full piece here.

west side market defying trend of waning markets

In a Salon article titled “Fight the farmers market backlash!” Henry Grabar outlines the fate of traditional central markets, which sadly are becoming a dying breed.
Long the heart, soul and larder for every great city on the planet, central marketplaces are vanishing from modern life.
"As wholesale markets were reimagined, a parallel shift occurred in retail food delivery, as one-stop-shops replaced butchers and bakers, and supermarkets absorbed the customer base of traditional markets. Now, online shopping in turn is eroding the support of brick-and-mortar groceries. Urbanites have fewer encounters with the food supply today than at any point in history.
Bucking that trend is the West Side Market.
“That’s not to say that permanent, public markets are a thing of the past. Those that have survived, like Cleveland’s West Side Market, have ridden the current wave of popularity through financial difficulties.”
Read the complete article here.

artvoice explores downtown population growth in rust belt cities

In an ArtVoice article titled "A Good Mystery," writer Bruce Fisher explores the trend of downtown population growth in Rust Belt cities like Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit.
"The key to Cleveland’s micro-rebound is a spike in the number of people between 22 and 34 who are choosing to live there. Downtown Cleveland leads the inner core’s “brain gain” movement -- even though that age group is declining in metro Cleveland, just as it’s declining in metro Buffalo. But that’s not the story in downtown, which is a net importer of young adults."
"This is the phenomenon that is also occurring in Detroit, and in Buffalo, and in other Rust Belt cities that are experiencing varying degrees of central-city rebound."

Read it all right here.

young companies and startups aid both local and state economies

In a Techli story titled “Greater Cleveland Startups Improve Ohio With Jobs, Tax Dollars and Impact,” writer Annie Zaleski explores how important startups and young companies are to the success of a region’s economy.
In a study from Cleveland State University, a report found that 127 young companies generated $270 million in economic benefits for Ohio in 2012 alone.
“The companies in the report -- a group comprised of businesses that successfully leveraged things such as business assistance or seed capital -- helped create and retain 1,100 in-state direct jobs (with a total Ohio employment impact of 2,140). In the last three years, these very young companies are already contributing significantly -- more than $688 million -- to Ohio’s economy.”
The story goes on to discuss that the figures only represent a small portion of development in the region and do not encompass all of Northeast Ohio. Taking that into account, the importance of startups and young companies on the economy becomes even more significant.
Enjoy the full piece here.

npr takes close look at cleveland's image

In an NPR story titled “Making Sense Of Cleveland’s Good And Bad News,” Nick Castele writes of the national attention Cleveland has gotten due to its recent high-profile crimes.
Castele shares Colette Jones of Positively Cleveland’s thoughts on our fair city as she states, "I think most people have outdated perceptions of Cleveland. Most people don't really know much about the city. I think the things they see typically relate back to what they see on television, whether it has to do with our sports teams or something else like that."
While some feel a changed image will be the entire fix Cleveland needs to become a booming town again, others are not so optimistic.  Focus still needs to be placed on poverty, vacancy, and dwindling populations.
Check out the full feature here.

weekend escape plan for cleveland

In its regularly occurring travel feature "The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan," New York magazine highlighted a contemporary arts-focused trip to Cleveland. Titled "See Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art in Cleveland," the article touches on where to stay, where to eat, what to do and other insider tips.
"This Rust Belt city is transforming into a thriving art hub thanks to two stunning new museum openings and a growing number of galleries," the article states.
Featured within is the Cleveland Hostel: "which feels more like a hipster haven than a grungy dorm."
Ginko: "Be wowed by extra-large cuts of exotic sushi."
The Transformer Station: "The original brickwork and chains contrast with a new addition made of dark-gray polished concrete, providing an industrial-chic setting for shows."
Steve's Lunch, "a 24-hour greasy spoon opened in 1953."
Explore the rest of the itinerary here.

huffpo calls attention to cle-area national park

In a Huffington Post travel feature titled “America’s Best Secret National Parks,” writer Alex Pasquariello explores the top national parks not named Yosemetie, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains. 
“While the masses migrate to the most popular destinations, smart travelers can have the lesser-known (not necessarily smaller: Wrangell-St. Elias is bigger than Switzerland) parks all to themselves. Many offer comparable scenery, and you can avoid traffic, lines and other impediments to enjoyment.”
Cuyahoga Valley National Park ranks among the top parks in the country due to its scenic hiking trails, 15-foot waterfall, and 20,339 acres that follow along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron.
Enjoy the full story here.

university circle development praised in ny times

In a New York Times travel story titled “Culture Blooms in Cleveland,” Ceil Miller Bouchet writes of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood and how it is experiencing a “cultural renaissance” of sorts. 
“More art-centric expansion is to come, with the Cleveland Institute of Art breaking ground last month on the 80,000-square-foot George Gund Building, which will house the Cinematheque art-house film theater as well as galleries and classrooms.”
Bouchet goes on to explain it is not just large-scale expansion that is causing this revival but also a thriving business district and refurbished galleries mixed in with city icons such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Botanical Garden, and Severance Hall.
Check out the full tribute to the neighborhood here.

great lakes brewery helped transform ohio city

In a Massachusetts Republic feature titled "Craft breweries help transform 6 cities," writer Tali Arbel explores how craft breweries have helped to transform the neighborhoods around them.
"Small business owners tackled the hard work of transforming industrial buildings, many of which had sat empty as demographic changes pulled manufacturers and residents to the suburbs," she writes.
Here's a look at six breweries whose presence helped to change their surroundings:
"Great Lakes opened in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood in 1988. The downtown neighborhood was "perceived as dangerous and blighted" into the 1980s, says Eric Wobser. He works for Ohio City Inc., a nonprofit that promotes residential and commercial development while trying to preserve the neighborhood's older buildings."
"Great Lakes built a brewery and a brewpub. Other breweries and businesses -- a pasta maker, a bike shop, a tortilla factory, as well as restaurants and bars -- followed. Newcomers flock to the neighborhood, even though Cleveland's overall population is still declining. The city repaved the quiet street next to the brewery, Market Ave., with cobblestones, and poured millions into renovating a nearby 19th-century market."
Read the rest here.

move over silicon valley, here comes the rust belt

In a Forbes feature titled "The Surprising Rebirth Of America's Industrial Centers," Natalie Burg reports on the continued trend of former industrial cities transforming into today's hotbeds of entrepreneurial innovation.
"Move over, Silicon Valley. The American Rust Belt is going fiber optic. Though local economies built on manufacturing may not sound like the perfect candidates to transition into the new economy, cities like Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh are proving otherwise."
Why would tech-minded entrepreneurs choose to live and work in Detroit, Pittsburgh or Cleveland instead of the sunny Silicon Valley?
“They want to see things being made,” the article contends. “These academically high achievers love making things.”
That's not all.
“There’s been an acceleration of restaurants, urban farms, are everything the tech industry require,” Russo said. “Chefs from other regions are relocating here.”
Read the rest of the news right here.

pnc smarthome is ohio's first certified passive house

In an Akron Beacon Journal item, writer Mary Beth Breckenridge writes about the PNC SmartHome, which has just been certified by the nonprofit Passive House Institute as the first "passive house" in Ohio. The house originally was built as an exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History before being moved off site, where it now is a private residence.

"A passive house is designed to be heated and cooled naturally as much as possible and to use far less energy than a conventional building. The Cleveland house, called the PNC SmartHome Cleveland when it went on display in 2011, was built with ecologically sensitive materials and contained such features as high-performance windows, generous insulation and a ventilation system that captures heat from air that's being expelled from the building."

"Not only did we meet the certification standard, but we did it in Cleveland's cold and cloudy climate, which is one of the most challenging climate zones in the country for a passive house," project coordinator David Beach said in a news release.
Read the rest here.

columbus news crew road trips to cleveland

In an ABC 6 report titled “Road Trippin #3: Cleveland,” Columbus reporter Ashley Yore headed north on I-71 to Cleveland to explore our city’s $2 billion worth of new tourism related developments and improvements.
“According to Cleveland representatives, most of the improvements are on the East 4th Street, one of the city’s entertainment districts. Some of the projects include a new casino, a museum of contemporary art and a new aquarium. In addition, The National Senior Games are coming to the city on July 19, as well as “The Rolling Stone: 50 years of Satisfaction,” an interactive exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Other stops along the route included Melt Bar and Grilled, The Western Reserve Historical Society, and the Great Lakes Science Center.
The full story and a video broadcast of the report are available here.

cleveland clinic, university hospitals make best hospitals list

In a Huffington Post report titled “Best Hospitals: US News releases 2013-2014 Ranking,” Kimberly Leonard of US News shares the year's best hospitals, with two of Cleveland’s own making the list.
Among the best, University Hospitals Case Medical Center ranked at No. 18, while the Cleveland Clinic came in at No. 4 behind the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The Cleveland Clinic did receive the top honors for Cardiology and Heart Surgery.
“Just five metropolitan areas have more than one Honor Roll hospital. New York City and Boston achieved this feat last year as well, and were joined this year by Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Cleveland, due to the additions of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (which landed on the coveted list for the first time), and University Hospitals Case Medical Center respectively.”
Read the full piece here.

great lakes, ohio city highlighted in usa today feature

In a USA Today article titled "Build a craft brewery, urban revival will come," writer Tali Arbel describes the positive effects that craft breweries often have on their surrounding neighborhoods. In the piece, Great Lakes Brewing and its host Ohio City are given robust attention.
"The arrival of a craft brewery was also often one of the first signs that a neighborhood was changing. From New England to the West Coast, new businesses bubbled up around breweries, drawing young people and creating a vibrant community where families could plant roots and small businesses could thrive. It happened in Cleveland."
Great Lakes Brewing, which opened in 1988, built a brewery and a brewpub from historic structures.
"Other breweries and businesses -- a pasta maker, a bike shop, a tortilla factory, as well as restaurants and bars -- followed. Newcomers are flocking to the neighborhood, even though Cleveland's overall population is still declining. The city repaved the quiet street next to the brewery, Market Ave., with cobblestones, and poured millions into renovating the West Side Market, whose origins date back to the 19th century. Today, more than 100 vendors sell produce, meat, cheese and other foods there."
Read the rest of the article here.

eaton corp praised for green building

In a GreenBiz story titled “Megatrends: The power behind Eaton’s global green growth,” writer Anna Clark explores Cleveland’s history as a major manufacturing center since the time of John D. Rockefeller and its subsequent decline. 
But one of the city’s largest companies, Eaton Corp., is a proponent for efficiency, reliability, safety, and sustainability that is leading to a potential “green renaissance” in the Rust Belt.
The company has built a larger campus to focus on more growth locally.  Their commitment to green initiatives was a primary focus during the initial build.
“Consistent with Eaton's commitment to sustainability, the new building was designed to consume 40 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than a conventional building of smaller scale. The rainwater reuse system is expected to significantly cut water consumption, and a high-efficiency glass-curtain wall system maximizes the use of daylight while optimizing thermal comfort within interior spaces. Eaton Center eventually will accommodate more than 1,000 of the 1,800 Cleveland-area employees, and is expected to earn its LEED certification within the next few months.”
Enjoy the full story here.

writer discovers cleveland is nothing like stereotypes

In a Post-Searchlight story titled “Cleveland -- from gritty to gleaming,” Dan Ponder shares his pleasant surprise upon discovering that Cleveland is far from the dark and dismal stereotype so prevalent among the uninformed.
Ponder writes how he came to the city on a dreary and rainy day, which only served to reinforce his opinion of what our city is like. But once he arrived downtown from his drive from the airport, those opinions quickly changed.
“From that point on, everything we saw and did was a pleasant surprise," he writes. "Cleveland, once the fifth largest city in the United States, is now the 45th largest city. However, they have literally transformed their downtown area into a bustling area full of public parks. It was clean and felt safe. There were interesting restaurants everywhere and downtown seemed alive -- full of people living in converted loft apartments.”
Ponder goes on to talk about the various sports stadiums, the new convention center, and many other attractions that make Cleveland special.
Read the full article here.

pgh praises cle healthline, wants one of its own

In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story titled “Cleveland’s HealthLine bus route could be a model for Pittsburgh,” writer Jon Schmitz praises Cleveland for its dedicated route that connects downtown with the Cleveland Clinic.
The new line transformed a 46-minute trip along the nine-mile corridor into a route with its own reserved lanes, and through traffic lights that are programmed to give the busses priority. Fares are paid via vending machines at the 40 stops along the route. 
“The $197 million project literally remade Euclid Avenue, replacing ancient underground infrastructure and crumbling sidewalks, reconstructing the road surface, adding station kiosks and landscaping medians between the stops.”
Schmitz goes on to detail other aspects that make the line a benefit to both riders and the surrounding community.

Enjoy the full piece here.

writer proposes dream rapid system for region

In a RustWire post titled “Imagining a Dream Rapid for Cleveland,” Christopher Lohr explores the impact that expanding the rapid transit system would have on the greater Cleveland metropolitan area.
Lohr was inspired by a pair of articles that related to the Baltimore and NYC systems in a somewhat playful fashion.  He opted for a more serious approach when creating the “Dream Rapid” for Cleveland that would both serve the community and allow for continued economic growth.
“These articles inspired me to create what I called the Dream Rapid. Rather than base it on existing Subway routes or plans from decades ago, I instead set out to base in on plausible rail and interstate corridors that could accommodate transit.”
The article goes on to detail the various routes and communities served by this dream expansion.
View the full piece here.

nytimes writer reflects on 'big five' orchestra designation

In a New York Times story titled “The Big Five Orchestras No Longer Add Up,” James R. Oestreich explores days of old when the newspaper would refer to the premier orchestras of the day (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra) as the "Big Five."
Other city’s representatives, namely the San Francisco Symphony, would argue against the term claiming it to be outdated. However, as a term of journalistic creation, it tended to stick despite the strength and quality of those not included in the “club.”
The Times was by no means alone in using it. At least by the mid-1960s, soon after I had started to follow classical music, the term had become common coin in discussions of the American orchestral scene. And it proved remarkably persistent, even as the mighty handful started to suffer setbacks and other orchestras grew in budget and artistic stature, notably the St. Louis Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.”
The piece goes on to detail the struggles all orchestras are facing in modern days and touches upon Cleveland’s own orchestra and steps they have taken to remain relevant.
Enjoy the complete feature here.

local writer questions cleveland development boom

In a Rust Wire blog post titled “Questioning Cleveland’s Undying Faith in Development,” local writer Angie Schmitt discusses the appropriation of funding for public projects all in the name of “development.”
“We’re just emerging from the biggest real estate bust in a generation, but the lust for development doesn’t seem to have abated. Economic development officials have taken to touting how downtown Cleveland, or Cleveland, is currently seeing $5 ($7, $12?) billion -- as if that were indisputable evidence the city is rebounding.”
The story goes on to highlight one argument that public funds could be better used to help the communities this “development” is most affecting while shedding light on different trains of thought.
“I was complaining about this on Twitter recently and one of my followers asked: Is Cleveland growing? To which I replied: Ha! His response was: If Cleveland isn’t growing, it’s not really development, “but a spatial change in active/abandoned land distribution.” Which I thought was a pretty compelling point.”
Check out the full piece here.

award-winning chef proud of his cleveland roots

In an Aspen Times article titled “Hello, Cleveland! Best New Chef Jason Vincent represents hometown,” Stewart Oksenhorn writes that while Cleveland may have its own culinary superstars living and working in the city, it also has some that profess their love for the great city while sharing their talents elsewhere.
“Vincent also is a huge fan of his hometown, Cleveland, going so far to call it the greatest city in the country. Vincent is aware that this is a minority opinion. Growing up there, he assumed that no one outside of Cleveland had any idea of what was going on in the city. So Vincent was amazed to learn, in 1998, that a local chef, Michael Symon, who had earned a following at the Caxton Cafe and then opened Lola, was named as one of the best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine.”
This year, Vincent joined Symon and Jonathon Sawyer as one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs.
“The chefs were maybe the scariest people I’ve ever met. But also kind and patient,” Vincent said. He recalls being chewed out by Shannon for some misdeed. “He said to me, ‘Do you know how big my world is?’ He was telling me I need to use my brain, not use him as a crutch. That statement was really influential.”
Read the full story here.

great lakes' efforts to brew 5000-yr-old brew covered by times

In a New York Times feature titled "For Its Latest Beer, a Craft Brewer Chooses an Unlikely Pairing: Archaeology," writer Steven Yaccino covers the efforts by Great Lakes Brewing Co. to replicate a 5,000-year-old Sumerian beer.

"By contemporary standards, it would have been a spoiled batch here at Great Lakes Brewing Company, a craft beer maker based in Ohio, where machinery churns out bottle after bottle of dark porters and pale ales," the article says. "But lately, Great Lakes has been trying to imitate a bygone era. Enlisting the help of archaeologists at the University of Chicago, the company has been trying for more than year to replicate a 5,000-year-old Sumerian beer using only clay vessels and a wooden spoon."

“How can you be in this business and not want to know from where your forefathers came with their formulas and their technology?” co-owner Pat Conway is quoted in the piece.
Because no detailed recipes have been found, attempts to recreate it have been based upon cuneiform texts and an ancient poem, Hymn to Ninkasi, that hints at the recipe.
Great Lakes has no plans to sell the beer, but rather use it as an educational exercise. The brewing vessels are a popular addition on the guided tours of the brewery, and they intend to showcase the Sumerian beer at events in Cleveland this summer.
Read more about the process here.

cle discussed in book excerpt on how cities fix broken networks

In a Next City feature titled “The Post-Hero Economy,” writers Jennifer Bradley and Bruce Katz share an edited excerpt from their upcoming book "The Metropolitan Revolution."
While the book (and Next City feature) does not solely focus on Cleveland, it does pay a fair amount of attention to our city when it comes to economic development.
In an effort to boost the economy the Cleveland Plain Dealer offered a solution. “Talk to civic leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, builders, business people,” then-editor Doug Clifton wrote in 2001. “They all agree: Greater Cleveland must get serious about creating and backing a master plan for economic development or face economic extinction.”
"The problem was, 'Greater Cleveland' didn’t exist. There was no single, overarching entity charged with creating a plan for Cleveland and its neighbors in the northeast corner of Ohio -- and just as importantly, it was hard to imagine any single entity that could take on the task."
Read the rest of the feature story here.

writer shares his love for cle as a vacation destination

In a Huffington Post Travel blog post titled “Instagram Tour: Five Reasons to Heart the Rust Belt, Courtesy of Cleveland,” Jason Clement highlights his recent mini vacation/sabbatical to Cleveland.
“Long story short: I get Rust Belt cities... and I think they get me. While a blanket on the beach is certainly nice, I look to places like Cleveland when I need a creative reboot, not just a cocktail with an umbrella in it. So before I pack my bags (again), I thought I'd share five reasons why I love this region so much.”
In the post, Clement goes on to highlight what it is about cities like Cleveland that recharge his batteries, including: space to dream big, exciting street art, good building stock, and a can-do attitude.
Check out the complete post here.

cleveland among '20 best beer towns in usa'

In this feature from the travel publication Matador, Cleveland is hailed as one of the 20 best beer towns in America.
"Craft beer in America is more popular than ever," the article states at the outset. Not only that, it's becoming increasingly common for travelers to book trips around craft beer and brewery tours.
Cleveland is fast becoming a beer-lover's destination thanks to old and new breweries.
"Across the river from downtown lies Great Lakes Brewing, a well-respected brewery with strong Midwest pride."

"Hoppin’ Frog Brewing in nearby Akron made a splash on the craft scene in 2008 by winning a gold medal at GABF in the hotly contested Russian Imperial Stout category. Odd name, great beer."

"The Brew Kettle sits just north of the I-80/I-71 intersection, which makes this brewpub a dangerously convenient pit stop for road warriors."

Drink up the rest here.

dan gilbert pledges $1.5m to lure top grads

In a The Detroit News business section feature titled “Gilbert pledges $1.5M to bring college grads to Detroit, Cleveland,” Michael Martinez shares how Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert has pledged big bucks to lure top college grads from around the country to work in downtown Detroit and Cleveland over the next five years.
“We’re thrilled to bring a host of the country’s top college graduates to support Dan Gilbert’s vision to revitalize Detroit and Cleveland,” said Andrew Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America. “Our Fellows have been hard at work helping to build businesses in Detroit this past year. With this commitment, Venture for America will be in Detroit and Cleveland the next five years and beyond.”

Martinez goes on to highlight Gilbert’s commitment to Detroit and Cleveland where he is actively involved in business in both cities.
Read the full story here.

cleveland schools trying new educational approach

In a CBS News story titled “Public, charter schools team up in Cleveland,” Dean Reynolds writes of Cleveland’s historically poor performance in standardized testing and efforts to improve such data through specialized charter schools.
“The classrooms are quiet and small -- 15 kids or less. There's individual instruction from teachers on everything from public speaking to personal etiquette.”
While the traditional schools are struggling with behavior issues, large class sizes, and overall poor performance, Alan Roskamm, CEO of a group of charters, shares that in the right environment the children can thrive.
"Many people will say you have to fix poverty before you can fix education. We believe it is upside down. The only way to fix poverty is to provide our children with a quality education," Roskamm was quoted in the article.
Read the full story here.

forbes takes a sip of cleveland whiskey's novel methods

In a Forbes feature titled “Cleveland Whiskey Ages Bourbon In One Week,” science, technology, and culture writer Alex Knapp explores the unique process Tom Lix developed to bring his product to market.
“After making the spirit, a distillery places it into charred, American oak barrels to age. Usually for several years, with premium bourbons often aging for nine years or more,” Knapp writes. “But in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom Lix aims to disrupt the traditional aging process of bourbon. He’s developed a process to accelerate the aging process of whiskey from years into about a week.”
While the story does not go into details of the proprietary aging process for obvious reasons, a bare-bones explanation of how it works is revealed.
“It definitely does not taste like a young whiskey, a common snark you’ll see at some whiskey tasting websites, where Cleveland Whiskey is seeing plenty of detractors,” Knapp continues.
Enjoy the complete feature here.

rta healthline praised as major job creator

In a Huffington Post blog item titled “Transit Initiatives Boosted by Employers,” Laura Barrett writes of the vast amount of good that follows support and investment in public transit.
In the piece, Barrett highlights numerous benefits, including job creation, as one of the key factors in drumming up support for new transit creation.
“For every $1 billion investment in transit, 60,000 jobs are created, making transit one of the best job generators in our economy.”
Our fair city was cited as an example of success when public support paired with corporate involvement work together for the greater good.
“Cleveland's two largest employers, The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland, were involved in a campaign for the HealthLine, one of the nation's most successful Bus Rapid Transit lines.”
Read the full post here.

lou reed gets life-saving transplant at cle clinic

"Lou Reed is recovering after receiving a liver transplant last month," an article in the Rolling Stone begins. That life-saving surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic.

The 71-year-old rock god chose the Clinic over facilities in New York because of the "dysfunctional state of hospitals in New York," his wife reported.
"I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry," Reed said. "I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever."

Read the rest of the news here.

rib cook-off makes top-10 list

In a Huffington Post Travel list titled “America’s Top 10 Memorial Day BBQs,” the editors tout the last weekend in May as the beginning of summer, and the unofficial way of celebrating is by firing up the grill and enjoying a cold beverage.
“Across the country on Memorial Day weekend, the BBQ tradition carries on in regional and national barbeque competitions and festivals, so wherever you'll be spending the long weekend, there's bound to be a smoker near you.”
Cleveland’s own Great American Rib Cookoff gets a nod thanks to its plethora of delicious offerings plus its rocking musical lineup featuring Buddy Guy, Rick Springfield, and Bret Michaels.
Check out the full list here.

bbc covers cle orchestra's efforts to reach new audiences

The BBC's Jane O'Brien covered the Cleveland Orchestra's novel efforts to reach new (read younger) audiences by performing outside Severance Hall. In this video, O'Brien follows the orchestra from Severance Hall to Happy Dog in Gordon Square as they perform to enthusiastic young crowds.
"It is often easier and cheaper to experience great orchestras online and while older music lovers might shudder at the idea, research shows that most Americans under the age of 30 actually prefer it. But Cleveland, Ohio, boasts one of the world's top orchestras and rather than accept the empty seats at Severance Hall, the musicians decided to seek out new audiences in an unlikely venue."
Enjoy the video here.

home of the browns earns praise for stadium food options

In a Travel + Leisure article titled “America’s Best Stadium Food,” Rathea Tep covers the multitude of culinary creations available at stadiums and arenas across the country. Gone are the days of simple peanuts, Cracker Jack, and hot dogs, replaced by the likes pulled pork sandwiches in Brooklyn and lamb & goat burgers in Minneapolis.
FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland gets a nod thanks to chefs Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, who run B Spot and Street Frites, respectively.
“Head over to Sawyer’s Street Frites (from Jonathon Sawyer) for modern renditions of Cleveland classics like the Carnegie Dip, made with beef brisket that’s been smoked at the stadium for three weeks and topped with caramelized onions, aged cheddar, and jus.”
“At Michael Symon’s B Spot, all burgers are made with a Pat LaFrieda blend; the Fat Doug is topped with pastrami, coleslaw, and Swiss cheese.”
Enjoy the full feature here.

art museum kudos continue for innovative use of technology

In a Christian Science Monitor story titled “An art museum uses technology to lure young patrons,” writer Nicole Wallace explores Cleveland Museum of Art's use of technology to attract younger audiences.
"As cultural institutions across the country struggle to attract young visitors, the Cleveland Museum of Art is embracing cutting-edge technology to try to lure new audiences to its collection of masterworks," she writes.
“The goal is to make the museum more welcoming, especially to young people who mediate the world through the screen,” David Franklin, director of the museum, is quoted in the piece.
Wallace goes on to highlight the 40-foot touch-screen wall, the ability to create personal tours via an iPad, and even touches upon Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period in the La Vie exhibit.
Check out the full story here.

evergreen coop praised in new york times

In a New York Times post titled “The Cure and Feeding of Small Business,” writer and economics professor at UMass explains that while big business is still able to garner generous grants and tax incentives by promising jobs within political boundaries, it often comes at a price to small business and other civic services.
Once such model that is working well to foster success for the smaller enterprise as well as create jobs for the community is the worker-owned cooperative, like those at Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland.
“Promotion of worker-owned cooperatives is a way to create entrepreneurs and jobs at the same time. The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland represent a stellar example, recently called out by the Federal Reserve Board member Sarah Bloom Raskin as an effective model of local economic development.”
Check out the full story here.

clevelander pens aching sports essay in ny times

Writer and Cleveland resident John Hyduk offers up a personal tale of what it means to grow up a sports fan in this town and -- spoiler alert -- it ain't pretty. In the poignant New York Times essay, Hyduk shares an emotion shared by many here: We've been disappointed since 1964.
"As a Cleveland sports fan, I hold these truths to be self-evident: no matter how promising the plan or how high the draft pick, someone will screw it up," he leads off with.
Sure, there's mention of The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, Red Right 88… but also that glimmer of hope that rolls around with the start of each season.
"The first pitch of spring slaps leather, the Indians hang around first place in May, and sports again becomes something beyond a balance sheet. A kickoff sails high into the autumn air, and for a moment, anything’s possible. This year will be different. And for a few hours, you hardly notice the days of your life piling up at your feet."
Read the rest here.

rust belt cities reach out to immigrants to boost population

In a The Wall Street Journal feature titled “Rust-Belt Cities Reach Out for Immigrants,” writers Mark Peters and Jack Nicas touch upon how rust belt cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit were a draw to immigrant workers who knew they would be able to find manufacturing jobs.
As time went on, those jobs disappeared, populations began to decline, and immigrants no longer looked to those cities to begin their new life in the United States.
“During the fresh immigration surge in recent decades, however, newcomers largely bypassed Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis as manufacturing there -- and other cities in the region -- dwindled. They opted instead for cities such as Phoenix and Dallas.”
Peters and Nicas go on to explain the steps many rust belt cities are taking in an effort to grow their populations, one of which is luring immigrants back into the area through various grants and other programs.
Read the full feature here.

salon features slavic village in housing bubble feature

In a Salon story titled “Cleveland: Ground zero for the housing bubble,” Edward McClelland shares a compelling tale of how the housing collapse hit Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood with a first-hand account from a lifelong resident.
“If houses go to heaven, then Classen Avenue, in the Cleveland neighborhood of Slavic Village, has been the scene of a mass Rapture. Ted Michols watched it all happen. A retired trade magazine editor, a bachelor, a man who likes to sit on his porch and share the neighborhood with passersby he’s known fifty years, Michols has lived his entire life in a little square house his grandfather bought in 1923.”
McClelland writes of Michols experience from the very beginning of the end up to modern day troubles and turmoil in his lengthy feature.
Read the complete piece here.

new york times covers rust belt food revival

In a thoughtful piece on farm-to-table cooking in the Rust Belt, New York Times writer Julia Moskin covers the mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and chefs that has helped boost our region's image from dead zone to world-class food destination.
"Until recently, the American food revolution seemed to bypass this region, leaping from Chicago to Philadelphia without making stops in places like Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Pittsburgh," Moskin writes. "Now, the region is linked by a group of educated, ambitious chefs who are building a new kind of network."
Greenhouse Tavern chef-owner Jonathon Sawyer is singled out for fostering relationships with area farmers -- specifically those growing in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as part of the Countryside Initiative.
"Convinced that the relationship between chefs and farmers is one of the keys to bringing the city and the region back to life, Mr. Sawyer has cooked and coaxed a new local food system into being."
Read the rest of the tasty news here.

cle vs. pit in battle for bike title

In a Pittsburgh-based NPR post feature titled “Pittsburgh and Cleveland Square Off Again… In Biking?” Nick Jovonovich explores the traditional CLE/PGH rivalry that includes the cities’ football teams and museums -- however, a different type of competition is brewing as they battle it out for the title of “Rustbelt Champion” within the National Bike Challenge.
Registering the most riders and logging more miles than the opponent will determine the winner.
“The free and friendly competition encourages all people to get out and ride, no matter their age or reason -- whether as daily commuters, weekend warriors or somewhere in between. Smartphone users can even download a free app to directly track and log trips for the National Bike Challenge.”
Discover more about the battle here.

nbc sports covers nfl-related film in town

In an NBC Sports story titled “Draft Day descends on Cleveland this week,” Mike Florio shares that filming is ready to get underway on the NFL-related movie Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, with the storyline centered on the Cleveland Browns.
“The bulk of the filming starts in and around Greater Cleveland on [May 8]. Shaker Heights and Berea, where the Browns are headquartered, appear on the list of sites where scenes will be shot. FirstEnergy Stadium will host some of the filming, too.”
Draft Day is not the only filming ready to get underway as Captain America: The Winter Soldier will soon begin production here as well.
View the entire blurb here.

preservation nation covers story of playhouse square restoration

In a Preservation Nation Blog post titled “Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare Theaters Set Stage for World’s Largest Theater Restoration Project,” guest writer Linda Feagler highlights the efforts of Ray Shepardson, who took a struggling and decrepit collection of theaters and began the process that has turned PlayhouseSquare into the second-largest performing arts centers in the nation.
“Today, Shepardson’s once improbable effort is Cleveland’s crown jewel: His rescue not only initiated the world’s largest theater restoration project (totaling some $100 million), it transformed that quartet of crumbling venues into a revitalized PlayhouseSquare, one of the largest performing-arts complexes in the country (second only to New York’s Lincoln Center).”
Feagler continues to share additional background story and further explain the enormous project the restoration was.
Enjoy the full feature here.

cle museum of art included in item on upscale museum dining trend

In an Indystar piece titled “Fine art, fresh fare: Museum restaurants revamp menus to meet diners’ expectations,” Jolene Ketzenberger explores how museums are transforming dank snack bars into upscale dining experiences.
Museums across the country are revamping their food offerings, including Cleveland’s Museum of Art, where chef-partner Douglas Katz designs special menus around featured exhibits at the newly unveiled Provenance restaurant.
“It takes a lot of energy to put these menus together,” says Katz in the piece, who is also chef-owner of Cleveland’s Fire Food and Drink. “But it’s bringing people to the restaurant and giving people a reason to come back again and again.”
Check out the full piece here.

wine mag highlights trio of local gems

In a Wine Enthusiast Magazine story titled “Hot in Cleveland: Three Wine Bars to Visit in Cleveland,” the editors point out that Cleveland is attracting the likes of young artists, artisans, and web entrepreneurs due to modestly priced real estate and an above-average food and beverage scene.
“And while the food and beer scenes have always been strong (C-town is home to Michael Symon's empire and the Great Lakes Brewing Co.), this recent trend is raising the culture quotient and energizing the wine scene. There is life beyond the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.”
Market Avenue Wine Bar, La Cave du Vin and Lola Bistro each provide a unique draw to the young and old alike, from high ceilings, parquet floors, and easy access to the West Side Market for Market Avenue Wine Bar to the genius of Michael Symon’s culinary team at Lola, Cleveland has plenty to keep folks returning for more.
Enjoy the full story here.

art daily touts cma's beckmann acquisition

In an Art Daily feature titled “Cleveland Museum of Art acquires dramatic painting by seminal 20th century German artist Max Beckmann,” the editors continue to praise the Cleveland Museum of Art for their ongoing work in building some of the most comprehensive collections in the country, including the recently added painting by German artist Max Beckmann.
“The acquisition of the Beckmann marks the successful conclusion of a decade-long hunt for a major work by the artist and adds a fascinating and challenging picture to the museum’s holdings of modern European art,” explains C. Griffith Mann, Ph.D, the museum’s deputy director and chief curator. “The African textiles are notable not only for their quality but also for their provenance, and the gifts speak eloquently to the impact our collectors and donors are capable of making across our collections.”
The feature goes on to highlight the life and career of Beckmann, including the nature of his work for which he is most known.
Explore the full feature here.

cleveland clinic cmo credited for making brand most recognizable

In a Forbes Magazine post titled “Behind the Brand: CMO Paul Matsen On Cleveland Clinic’s Strides As A Global Marketer,” Jennifer Rooney explains how Paul Matsen has taken his experience from prior endeavors such as Delta Air Lines and worked to establish Cleveland Clinic as one of the most recognizable healthcare brands in the world.
From the use of digital, social and traditional media, Matsen's primary goal is to increase brand awareness and ultimately get “those who don’t even need its services yet -- but may someday -- to “get consumers to find out who we are and then in the future for them to consider us as one of their first choices.”
Read the full piece and watch the interview here.

man of steel celebrates 75th birthday

In a NPR story titled “Cleveland Celebrates Superman, Its Hometown Hero,” Brian Bull explains Cleveland’s historical past in relation to the comic book hero Superman, who turned 75 years old on April 18.
“Less well-known is that the superhero is not native to the lost world of Krypton, nor the rural Kansas burg of Smallville. Superman is Cleveland's native son -- at least as far as the city's residents are concerned.”
Bull goes on to explain the history of Superman’s creation and some of the inspiration behind the story, including some of the main characters such as Lois Lane.
"The Man of Steel in a steel town, the strength that he had, that's all part of what Cleveland is," Mayor Frank Jackson was quoted. "We're a tough community that has overcome many challenges and obstacles, and Superman is a good representative model of Cleveland."
Check out the entire piece here.

rust wire discusses 'clevelandish' life of harvey pekar

In a Rust Wire feature titled “The Oh-So-Clevelandish Life of Harvey Pekar,” Angie Schmitt shares her thoughts on the late Harvey Pekar in an article than does not necessarily honor his accomplishments as a writer, but the genius behind his work.
“Here is this creative genius and intellectual and he won’t follow his doctor wife out of the region because he has a civil service job -- a steady, reliable government job. That is the most Cleveland, the most Rust Belt, move ever. In a scary economy, get that government job and cling to it for dear life,” Schmitt writes.
“That is the Cleveland way. The dream. It’s a pretty freaking sad one, if you ask me, but one that still holds a powerful appeal in this region, especially for older people. And I guess if you have a mortgage and a family and you’re watching your regional economy unravel, it makes a lot of sense,” Schmitt continues.
Enjoy the full tribute here.

cle's hodgson to appear on next food network star

In a PR Newswire item posted in The Wall Street Journal titled “New Roster Of Hopefuls Vie For Culinary Stardom In Season Nine Of Primetime Competition Series Food Network Star,” the release announces the finalists for the upcoming season in addition to some background on the show.
Cleveland’s own Chris Hodgson of Hodge's Restaurant and food truck fame is among the finalists.
The finalists for season nine are: Nikki Dinki (New York); Andres Guillama (Waynesville, NC); Rodney Henry (Baltimore); Chris Hodgson (Cleveland); Connie "Lovely" Jackson (Los Angeles); Russell Jackson (San Francisco); Danushka Lysek (New York); Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Haw.); Viet Pham (Salt Lake City); Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.); Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego) and Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.).
Hodgson is no stranger to Food Network stardom as he finished in second place in the second season of The Great Food Truck Race.
View the full release here.

survey says: cle is a small-biz friendly city

In a Thumbtack.com survey titled “United States Small Business Friendliness,” the editors grade Cleveland an “A-“ in overall friendliness to small business. They also gave Cleveland an “A” in ease of hiring and an “A+” in training and networking programs.
“Starting a business is one of the greatest risks I have undertaken. I have the good fortune of starting that business in Ohio. The State gave me an entire website guiding me so that the odds of success are greater. I am not sure I can qualify starting a business as easy, but the support in my state made certain that it wasn't too painful,” shared a Cleveland-based marketing consultant.
Cleveland did have some areas for improvement despite its high overall grade. Regulations and tax code issues can sometimes be challenging for small business owners according to the findings.
Check out the complete survey here.

atlantic says city, county taking a step back with skywalks

In a The Atlantic piece titled “If Other Cities Are Demolishing Skywalks, Why Does Cleveland Want a New One?” Sarah Goodyear writes of Horseshoe Casino’s plan to erect a skywalk connecting the gaming center and the parking garage. This plan has the full support of the city and its administration but not from all of the urban dwellers.
In it Goodyear quotes local writer and Fresh Water contributor Joe Baur, a 26-year-old who moved downtown and has started a group called OurCLE to fight the skywalks.
"I’m not typically the activist type," says Baur. "I’m more a satirist. But this is like -- well, you may not like kids, but if you see a kid about to touch a hot stove, you’re going to stop them." Baur explains that in this analogy Cleveland is the kid and the skywalk is the stove.
The proposed skywalk would not only alter sightlines in the area downtown but also hinder local businesses due to the anticipated reduced street traffic. Also mentioned in the piece is Cuyahoga County's plans to keep and refurbish another skywalk at its new administration building.
Read the full argument here.

melt included among best grilled cheese sandos

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, a Relish listicle rattles off “America’s 10 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.” Cleveland’s Melt Bar and Grilled makes the list with multiple locations throughout the area.
“Boring thin-sliced white bread and American [cheese] are things of the past,” says Melt Bar and Grilled owner Matt Fish of his forwarding-thinking sandwich philosophy. “The more attitude and adventurous you can make the grilled cheese the better.”
Check out the full write-up here.

playhouse square's multi-million dollar facelift gets attention

In an Associated Press story published on Vindy.com titled “Playhouse Square theater district in Cleveland to get $16M exterior upgrade,” editors write of the streetscape upgrade in the works for Cleveland’s famed PlayhouseSquare Theater District.
“The nonprofit PlayhouseSquare Foundation plans to spend $16 million over the next year to upgrade the district with bright signs, gateway arches and digital displays,” the article states.
The highlight of the proposal would be the installation of a 24-foot-tall glass and crystal chandelier over the district’s prime intersection. Other features would include gold-colored signage that span entrances to the district and architectural lighting that highlights details of the historic buildings.
Enjoy the full story here.

a tale of two cities' newspapers

In a The Editor's Room feature titled “The Times-Picayune Fiasco: Newhouses Give Cleveland a Better Deal Than New Orleans,” Errol Laborde explores in his commentary why the Cleveland Plain Dealer did not get sliced and diced nearly as badly as New Orleans’ Times-Picayune in their restructuring.
Laborde details how both city's citizens were vocally passionate about saving their dailies, however Cleveland was somehow spared whereas New Orleans suffered massive cuts.
“New Orleans may have gotten the shaft and Cleveland spared simply because our town came first. The protesters down here may not have saved their daily but they got a message across and that ultimately may have helped The Plain Dealer,” Laborde writes.
Read the full passionate commentary here.

eater dishes with sawyer re: ramen

In an Eater.com feature titled “Noodlecat Chef-Owner Jonathon Sawyer on Cleveland, Expansion, and the Ramen Boom,” Amy McKeever talks to local chef Jonathon Sawyer regarding the one-year anniversary of the Noodlecat spot in Cleveland’s historic West Side Market.
In her lengthy interview she touches on all aspects of the satellite location, from opening to inspiration, to the difficulties of working in a cramped 45-square-foot space. Despite focus on Sawyer and Noodlecat, the West Side Market comes across as the star thanks to outstanding vendor relationships and supplying the ingredients used at both the stand and the brick-and-mortar restaurant downtown.
“I would say if anybody comes to Cleveland and doesn't go to the West Side Market, that would be an absolute shame,” Sawyer states.
We agree wholeheartedly.
Check out the full interview here.

clinic doc reveals new dangers of red meat consumption

In a New York Times article titled “Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat,” Gina Kolata explains how Cleveland Clinic Dr. Stanley Hazen led a study that discovered a new explanation regarding why red meat may contribute to heart disease.
“The researchers had come to believe that what damaged hearts was not just the thick edge of fat on steaks, or the delectable marbling of their tender interiors. In fact, these scientists suspected that saturated fat and cholesterol made only a minor contribution to the increased amount of heart disease seen in red-meat eaters,” Kolata writes.
It was proposed that the real issue with red meat is a chemical released by bacteria in the intestines after eating red meat that quickly gets converted by the liver and released into the blood. This little-studied chemical is called TMAO.
The piece goes on to detail findings of the study and their correlations to red meat consumption.
Read the complete piece here.

huffpo reports on plain dealer woes

In a Huffington Post story titled “Cleveland Plain Dealer To Cut Daily Home Delivery,” staff writers share the harsh reality of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s decision to cut home delivery to three times per week while continuing to print a daily edition.
“The Plain Dealer announced the change, along with a reorganization of the company, on Thursday. The newly formed Northeast Ohio Media Group will handle "all advertising sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com and Sun newspapers," as well as provide content for all print and digital products.”
In November the publisher announced significant changes to the paper. Rather than daily printing being cut to three days per week like some had feared, home delivery will take the biggest and most noticeable hit.
View the full post here.

cleveland streets set to host captain america

In a Screen Rant post titled “Captain America 2 Begins Production: First Photo & News Synopsis,” Rob Keys shares how production is underway for Captain America 2 dubbed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Already released is the first official photo from the sequel as well as casting confirmations and a new synopsis.
“The film has begun shooting in Los Angeles for in-studio work and will move to shooting on-location in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. this summer.”
There was plenty of excitement throughout the city when "The Avengers" was shot here two summers ago. It is almost time to gear up for more of the same.
Enjoy the full story here.

gayot priases cleveland's st. patrick's day hoopla

In a Gayot post titled “The Best St. Patrick’s Day Parades of 2013,” the editorial staff names Cleveland among the best in the country.
“More than 10,000 people participate in bands, floats, drill teams, marching units and novelties in Cleveland's popular parade, which began in 1867.”
Cleveland is ranked up there with some of the nation’s greatest celebrations including Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.
Check out the full list here.

mr. conway goes to washington

In a New York Times feature titled “Riding Wave of Popularity, Craft Brewers ask Congress for a Tax Cut,” Andrew Siddons writes of brewers from across the nation gathering in Washington D.C. for their industry’s first conference. In addition to meeting to discuss their trade, plenty of lobbying took place as well.
“For every 31 gallons that we brew, $7 goes to Uncle Sam,” said Jeff Hancock, a co-founder of DC Brau. These small brewers feel they need a break.
Cleveland’s own Patrick Conway of Great Lakes Brewing Company was there as well.
“We are the victims of our own success,” said Patrick Conway, owner of the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland. Mr. Conway brought a delegation of 12 employees to Washington to network and publicize his brews with tap takeovers at local bars. “We’re always being courted by distributors,” he said. “It’s not our intention to sell in every state, but we are flattered.”
Enjoy the entire feature here.

rick steves enjoys visit to cleveland

In a Huffington Post blog post titled “Road Trip USA: Late-Night Drives Dodging Snowflakes in New England, and Cleavage in Cleveland,” Rick Steves shares of his experiences traveling on the final leg of his road trip visiting the likes of St. Louis, Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland.
“Enjoying Cleveland's impressive skyline on the taxi ride into town, I passed Progressive Field, where a banner trumpeted the good news for Indians fans: '18 days until the first game of the baseball season!'"
Steves goes on to talk about other gems of the city including the Horseshoe Casino and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Later, during autograph time, a woman made her plunging neckline a little deeper and asked for my John Hancock on her chest -- the highlight of my Sharpie's day.”
Stay classy Cleveland!
Read the full piece here.

local writer shares city's riches with canadians

In a Canadian Globe and Mail feature titled “Why you should be hot for Cleveland,” local writer and Fresh Water editor Douglas Trattner details the splendor that is Cleveland while tossing around fancy spellings like kilometre and neighbourhood.
“While it’s no secret that Cleveland has experienced a large population decline since its peak in 1950, when it was the seventh-largest city in the United States, things have begun to turn around in a big way,” Trattner writes. “Oft-repeated jabs about burning rivers, blundering sports teams and infinite winters are giving way to reports of bike-friendly infrastructure and a world-class dining scene. Heck, city folk here are even allowed to raise chickens and bees.”
Trattner goes on to share his picks for what to see, where to eat, where to drink, where to sleep, and where to shop for members of both sides of the border.
Check out the full “international” story here.

aol travel detects new life in old cleveland buildings

In an AOL Travel piece titled “Cleveland Classics: Five Stylishly Repurposed Buildings,” Sophia Dembling writes of five of our city’s historical buildings that have been transformed and given new life.
Among them are the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which once housed the former power-generating plant for streetcars and railways located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River.
The former Higbee’s department store has been transformed into the Horseshoe Casino. The building can best be remembered by some as the scene of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story.
“If you've seen A Christmas Story (and who hasn't), you've seen Higbee's department store, where Ralphie has his horrible Santa experience.”
Check out the rest of the buildings on the list here.

nytimes says all eyes on cma in the museum world

In a New York Times feature titled “Technology That Serves to Enhance, Not Distract,” Fred A. Bernstein explores the attention the Cleveland Museum of Art has been garnering for its groundbreaking Gallery One exhibit.
“In the museum world, everyone’s watching Cleveland right now,” said Erin Coburn, a museum consultant who has worked at both the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Though other museums have experimented with interactive technology, the extent of Cleveland’s program is unprecedented, she said. “They’ve put a lot out there for other museums to learn from.”
The museum also treats iPads users to more and different information by giving an interactive feel to the displays, while still keeping focus on the artwork itself. If you do not have an iPad, one can be rented from the museum for just $5 per day.
Read the entire feature here.

cleveland strives to create new energy from old trash

In a Waste Management World story titled “Recycling and Waste to Energy Project Evaluated in Cleveland,” Ben Messenger explains how Cleveland is putting great effort into transforming the city’s waste into a form of locally produced energy.
“Cleveland has been investigating the use of municipal solid waste (MSW) for the production of energy since at least 2007,” explained Ken Silliman, chief of staff for Mayor Frank Jackson.
“Our goals, in part, are to reduce Cleveland’s dependence on fossil fuels, develop local energy generation capacity, and recover marketable by-products, such as recyclables, from MSW," he continued.
The story goes on to explain the vast scope of waste collection from 155,000 homes and a plethora of public buildings, including the West Side Market, fire stations, the Justice Center, and City Hall.
Learn more in the full story here.

forbes recognizes the emergence of cleveland's downtown

In a Forbes list titled “15 U.S. Cities’ Emerging Downtowns,” the fine staffers rank our fair city at No. 15.
“Cleveland began revitalizing its downtown in the mid-1990s. Today, more than $3.5 billion is currently invested in furthering the area's redevelopment.”
The Global Center for Health Innovation slated to open this summer is mentioned as a huge boon for downtown, as well as a multitude of other recreational projects such as the finished aquarium and the up-and-coming recreation center.
Forbes also notes that downtown has seen its population nearly double over the last two decades ending in 2010.
“From fourth quarter 2011 through the fourth quarter of 2012, the number of housing units grew about 13%, according to the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Another 715 units are expected to come online in 2013.”
Check out the full list here.

rta healthline among nation's best in rapid transit

In an Architect’s Newspaper blog post titled “Cleveland Leads U.S. Cities in Bus Rapid Transit,” Chris Bentley shares that Cleveland was the only American city to earn a “Silver Standard” ranking from the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP). None made the “Gold Standard.”
Cleveland was praised for its HealthLine, which in turn has helped spawn billions of dollars in investment to the city’s economic centers.
“Cleveland’s HealthLine, formerly The Euclid Corridor, is a 9.2-mile transit corridor connecting Downtown, University Circle, and East Cleveland with 40 stops along the way. [The] hybrid articulated buses ferry passengers 24-7.”
Four American cities made the ITDP “Bronze Standard.”
Read the full post here

harp recognized as one of top-10 Irish pubs in nation

In a Fox News list titled “Top 10 Irish pubs in the US,” the fine folks at Gayot share that regardless of the time of year and one's heritage, a pint of Guinness and a plate of corned beef and cabbage is available anytime of year.
Cleveland’s own The Harp located on Detroit Ave. earns the honor of joining the list.
“The Harp sets itself apart with live music nights, an Irish/American menu, and a huge patio offering views of the Lake Erie shore and Cleveland skyline.”

Enjoy the full piece here.

local company making most of exporting opportunities

In a Huffington Post story titled “ It’s a Small (Business) World: The Benefits of Exporting,” Karen Mills, an administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, shares a story about Cleveland’s TLC Products and its success in exporting through the assistance of the program.
“I recently visited TLC Products -- a Cleveland business which manufactures live bacterial products used for environmentally-friendly water treatment in ponds, septic systems and aquariums,” Mills writes.
“The company credits SBA Express loans and other products with transforming their business. Today, they have export opportunities to eight countries and expect to increase sales significantly next year with additional sales to China, India and Mexico.”
Check out the detailed piece here.

national design praise continues for moca

In a SmartPlanet post titled “Perfectly detailed, perfectly gorgeous (and perfectly dull),” C.C. Sullivan explains the behind-the-scenes processes that take place when it comes to museum design and/or renovations.
“Museums usually turn out to be just as conventional as the corporations and socialites who run them," Sullivan writes. "These one-percenters are also corporate directors, university trustees, hospital board members and generally busy-busy folk.”
While these talented people can organize a well-run competition, their results tend to disappoint as they focus more or “marketability” rather than design.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland earned praise for “doing it right.”
“It is a truly progressive cultural achievement. The design was radical enough to scare the pants off the museum’s own leadership. We applaud the choices and challenges behind this new, magnetic public place.”
Check out the full story here.

rust belt breweries revitalizing the region

In a Craft Beer story titled “Craft Brewers Revitalizing the Rust Belt,” Joe Baur writes that the Rust Belt cities of Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis have become thriving areas for local breweries to open operations and bring life into their respective neighborhoods.
In Cleveland, the Ohio City neighborhood is home to Cleveland staple Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden Brewery and the newer Nano Brew.
Sam McNulty, owner of Nano and Market Garden Brewery, sees brewery-based neighborhood revitalization as a perfect fit with Rust Belt history.
“Brewpubs and breweries are essentially light manufacturers,” he explains. “There’s a certain romance to it. The same way people like milling with their chef or farmer, people really appreciate milling with their brewer, knowing the bar they’re sitting at is a short distance away from where the beer was brewed.”
Read the rest of the Rust Belt news here.

economist writes of beer and beethoven at local dive bar

In a The Economist article titled “Beethoven with Your Beer,” writer A.T. shares the irony of heading out to a dive bar to hear extraordinarily talented classical musicians play while scarfing down hot dogs and chugging beer.
“The idea for the sextet -- piano, flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello -- to perform at the bar came from a meeting of minds," the article states. "Joshua Smith, principal flautist at the orchestra and lead member of Ensemble HD, had long been interested in reaching out to people who don't go to classical-music concerts; and Sean Watterson, owner of Happy Dog, is similarly interested in mixing high- and low-brow culture.”
The first performance of the ensemble occurred in June 2011.  There was concern and low expectations but as it turned out, patrons were lined up down the block.
“They stayed for the entire three-hour performance; a hush falling over the usually noisy space. Then at one point a group of bearded hipsters wearing flannel shirts raised their lighters and chanted "Beethoven! Beethoven!" in appreciation.”
Enjoy the complete article here.

chef chris hodgson nominated by food & wine magazine

In a Food & Wine post titled “The People’s Best New Chef: Great Lakes,” Cleveland’s own Chris Hodgson is a nominee for the magazine’s well-known award.
He is among 100 outstanding chefs, divided into 10 regions, who will compete for votes from the general public. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist and the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef. The winner will be featured in the July issue.
Hodgson’s bio gives him kudos for being appreciated “because he pioneered Cleveland’s acclaimed food-truck scene with his quirky takes on American comfort food, now featured at this brick-and-mortar spot,” referring to his restaurant Hodge’s.
The post goes on to talk about his culinary background training at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale and his work at Christopher’s Crush (Phoenix) and The Spotted Pig (New York City) before returning to Cleveland to found Dim and Dem Sum Truck.
Fans are asked to vote for the Cleveland chef. Voting runs now through 3/18/13. Visit here to cast yours  http://www.foodandwine.com/peoples-best-new-chef/great-lakes

fast co. praises cle art museum's gallery one

In a Fast Company story titled “5 Lessons IN UI Design From A Breakthrough Museum,” Cliff Kuang proclaims the Cleveland Museum of Art as a case study for blending physical and virtual worlds thanks to Gallery One.
The museum's goal was to utilize technology in a way where it was interactive and fun, but still let the artwork shine and remain the focal point.
"We didn’t want to create a tech ghetto," says David Franklin, the museum’s director. Adds Local Projects founder Jake Barton, "We wanted to make the tech predicated on the art itself."
From getting people to wiggle and smile, to shaping the content to the medium, to looking through the tech, not at it, Gallery One and the CMA had a challenge on their hands, and met it head on.
Enjoy the full feature here.

columbus writer enjoys slice of cleveland history

In a Columbus Dispatch piece titled “Host with the Most,” writer Steve Stephens highlights the Brownstone Inn, innkeeper Robin Yates, and the amazing transformation the area has made in the past few decades.
While Yates has been through his share of rough times, he sincerely believes Cleveland is making a comeback.
Stephens writes, “During my tour, we drove by or stopped at many attractions I knew only vaguely at best: the historic Dunham Tavern, the oldest building in Cleveland and now a museum; the fanciful and exclusive Hermit Club, the haunt of performers at PlayhouseSquare; and the Cleveland Arcade, one of the earliest indoor shopping malls, restored to its Victorian-era splendor.”
Stephens goes on to discuss the transformation of the area on Prospect where the Brownstone is located. Yates adds, “In 16 years, I called the police over 10,000 times. Now my guests can walk to PlayhouseSquare; it’s completely safe.”
Check out the full story here.

huffpo story touts ecdi commitment to green city growers

In a Huffington Post blog post titled “Cleveland Start-Up Seeing Green,” Emily Sullivan explains how the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) is assisting Evergreen Cooperative’s latest venture, Green City Growers Cooperative, in operating a 3.25-acre hydroponic greenhouse and packing facility on Cleveland’s east side.
“The Greenhouse, and its employee-owners, will produce over 6,000,000 heads of lettuce and other leafy vegetables a year, all intended for local consumption,” Sullivan explains.
The choice for ECDI to support the cooperative was simple due to the fact its business model stood out.
“The opportunity to work with Green City Growers' cooperative provided the perfect starting point for ECDI to get involved in healthy food initiatives across the Northeast Ohio region.”
Read the full story here.

ny times writer gives props to cleveland network affiliate

In a New York Times story titled “Cleveland TV Station Celebrates Andy Griffith After Oscars Snub,” James C. McKinley Jr. applauds Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC for canceling its prime-time lineup on Thursday, Feb. 28, instead airing a two-hour episode of “Matlock” after the Oscars failed to honor Andy Griffith in the yearly obituary reel.
“The Academy did snub Andy Griffith,” said Brooke Spectorsky, the president and general manager of the station, WKYC. “We thought it would be a nice tribute.”
While the entire obituary piece is slated to take three minutes, there is traditionally tough competition. Griffith is known mainly for his television work but did appear in feature films.
“Mr. Griffith lost out to Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning, Nora Ephron, Tony Scott and Marvin Hamlisch, among others,” McKinley concludes.
Check out the full piece here.

mpr acknowledges med mart as top competitor for mayo

In a Minnesota Public Radio feature titled “How does Mayo stack up against its competitors?” Elizabeth Baier explores how Cleveland’s own Cleveland Clinic and Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly known as the Medical Mart) is hindering Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic’s aspirations to be the leader in the healthcare industry.
Baier states that while the Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top medical facilities, its competitors are growing by leaps and bounds as well.
“The center, officially the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Convention Center, is publically financed through a quarter-cent local sales tax passed in 2007. The one-million-square-foot campus will house big-name health manufacturers and service providers like GE Healthcare and the Cleveland Clinic.”
The project alone is expected to draw an additional tens of thousands of visitors to Northeast Ohio each year.
Explore the full story here.

clinic doc chimes in on robot-assisted surgery debate

In a Wall Street Journal articled titled “Study Raises Doubts over Robotic Surgery,” writer Melinda Beck explores the use of robotic surgery for hysterectomies and its growth in popularity in recent years and it’s cost/benefit ratio.
"Robotic surgery does help me when I have to go really deep in the pelvis or use a lot of sutures," Cleveland Clinic gynecological surgeon Marie Paraiso, who uses both procedures, is quoted in the article. "But we haven't really defined which patients it helps most and it's never been shown to be cost-effective."
Paraiso goes on to explain that she has found no significant differences in blood loss or pain between the robotic method and the laparoscopic method, but the robotic method does take longer on average, which can bring added cost.
View the detailed story here.

yahoo calls tremont, ohio city 'hot places to live'

In a Yahoo! News feature titled “Hottest Cleveland Neighborhoods for 2013,” writer Paul Rados describes the improving real estate environment in Cleveland, while highlighting the Tremont and Ohio City neighborhoods as an area ripe with potential.

Both are popular, trendy neighborhoods that are a major draw due to their walkability and proximity to downtown, dining and entertainment.

“There is a friendly attitude everywhere you go," Sarah Urbancic of Howard Hanna explains. "People like being in the thick of things and also appreciate the fact that if your city is strong, the neighborhoods will be stronger. Everyone supports the effort to make each building [and] each block stronger and more welcoming."

Check out the full piece here.

agnes gund professes love for cle museum of art

In a Huffington Post piece titled “About a Museum,” Agnes Gund, President Emerita and Chairman, International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, writes of her childhood growing up learning to appreciate the arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

“That museum -- inspired by a band of prominent citizens, designed by local architects on donated land -- opened in 1916 as an achievement and adornment of its city. It was Cleveland through and through, not least in the motto it proclaimed for itself: "For the benefit of all people, forever."

The post continues into warm tribute to a place that has become a part of Gund herself.  It is a very intimate account of the importance the museum has played throughout her life.

Enjoy her full account here.

zillow calls cleveland a 'hotspot for singles'

In a Zillow Blog article titled “Single No More! Where to Move for Love in 2013,” Alison Paoli lists Cleveland as #4 on the list of Top 10 cities for men seeking women age 35 and under.

Cleveland also ranks #8 for the top 10 cities for men seeking men age 35 and under and #3 for the top 10 cities for women seeking women age 35 and under.

“Zillow ranked the 150 largest U.S. cities based on the Zillow Rent Index versus the median income, walkability and the ratio and abundance of single males to single females aged 35 and under. The resulting cities are geographically diverse, with median rents ranging from $800 to $2,500 per month.”

Check out the full list here.

huffpo discusses vacant school building uses

In a Huffington Post report titled “Cities have hundreds of empty schools,” Philip Elliott writes of the nation’s largest cities struggling to sell valuable property while still incurring costs to keep them secure while empty.
Elliot notes that Cleveland already has found uses for 25 former buildings, bulldozed seven other buildings to turn into parks, but still has 27 additional properties up for grabs.
“The number of idle buildings does not include properties that the districts are holding on to but are not using. Cleveland, for instance, kept several buildings at the ready to fill in for others they plan to renovate in the future, officials there said.”
Read the full report here.

ibm's watson being trained as a med student at case

In a New York Times feature titled “Software Assistants for Doctors Are Making Progress,” Steve Lohr highlights how doctors are struggling to keep up with the information overload when it comes to decision making in medicine and how technology is working to keep medical professionals up to date.
“The information overload for doctors is only growing worse," Lohr writes. "Medical information is estimated to be doubling every five years, and surveys show most doctors can find only a few hours a month to read medical journals.”
Lohr notes that a prime example of technology gearing up to assist medical professionals is I.B.M.’s supercomputer Watson, which currently is being trained as a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
View the complete feature here.

cleveland well represented in beard award semis

In an Eater.com article titled “JFB Announces 2013 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists” Raphael Brion shares the most recent “long list” of semifinalists for the coveted James Beard Foundation Awards.
Cleveland finds itself well represented with four local chefs up for various honors.
Michael Symon for Outstanding Chef
Jonathon Sawyer for Best Chef: Great Lakes
Zack Bruell for Best Chef: Great Lakes
Matt Danko for Outstanding Pastry Chef
The finalists will be announced on Monday, March 18, 2013 with the winners announced on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Check out the full list here.

chef sawyer's local-food efforts grab attention of new york times

In a New York Times feature titled “Locally Grown Gets Tricky in the Cold,” writer Dan Saltzstein discusses the difficulty chefs face when trying to keep their menus locally focused at a time of year when not a whole lot is being grown.

"Locally grown. Market-sourced. Farm to table: These phrases have become the mantras of the American menu, promising ingredients that are supremely fresh, in season and produced within a tight radius of the restaurant," writes Saltzstein. "But what can they possibly mean in the dead of winter, in northerly climes where farms are battened down and the earth is as hard as a raw cabbage?"

Cleveland’s Jonathon Sawyer takes the winter months in stride.

“We sort of look at winter the way an old-school chef looks at frugality,” said Jonathon Sawyer of the Greenhouse Tavern, in Cleveland. “We take more time with dishes because we have less to put on the plate.”

Saltzstein also mentions Sawyer’s “Sustainability Initiatives,” including the bottling of his own vinegar and pantry full of preserved items.

Check out the rest of the interesting piece here.

fast co. looks at tech behind cma's gallery one

In a Fast Company piece titled “Local Projects and The Cleveland Museum of Art Use New Tech to Connect the Classics,” Cliff King explains the technological aspects behind the new Gallery One exhibit at the Museum and the role company Local Projects played in its development.
"Museums must compete for attention in a second-screen world," writes King in this richly illustrated feature. "One venue embracing the challenge is the Cleveland Museum of Art, which worked with Local Projects to design new interactive galleries."
Items of note:
A 40-foot screen displays every piece in the museum. When a work is touched, an iris opens to highlight broader relationships. You can then drag works to a provided iPad to create a custom tour.
By holding an iPad up to certain pieces, you’re presented with an overlay of information. Your focus remains directed on the art, not down at a plaque.
Check out the full story here.

clinic doctor shares risks of teen pregnancy

In a CBS News feature titled “Teen birth rates hit historic low in U.S.,” Ryan Jaslow notes that teen birth rates are at historic lows due to teens waiting to have sex and the use of more effective birth control and the various risks associated with teen pregnancy.
In the piece, the Cleveland Clinic’s own Dr. Ellen Rome, head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine, discusses the various risks associated with teen pregnancy versus those occurring in women over 20. 
“One of the biggest risks is that teen moms are less likely to engage in proper prenatal care and more likely to have poor nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases or substance abuse issues that can risk the pregnancy,” Rome is quoted in the piece.
Check out the full informative piece here.

buffalo orders up big platter of cleveland dining awesome-sauce

In a Buffalo News feature titled “Chow down on Lake Erie,” food writer Andrew Galarneau highlights the thriving culinary scene in Cleveland and wonders how and why it differs from Buffalo’s own food scene.
Galarneau, questioning local food scribes like the PD's Joe Crea and this pub's own Douglas Trattner, delves deeply into the likely causes for Cleveland's disproportionate maturity when it comes to food and dining. Many of the city's finest chefs are mentioned in the piece.
"How did Cleveland get so awesome?" Galarneau muses aloud.
“When Symon said, ‘Cleveland is awesome, check it out,’ he wasn’t lying,” Trattner, a restaurant critic and author, is quoted in the piece. “Anybody can get up there and talk about their hometown, but he had stuff to back him up, so it wasn’t just ‘Here’s what I’m doing’ but ‘Here’s what Cleveland’s doing as a dining town, I’d think you’d be surprised.’ ”
The scribe notes that “[Eric] Williams won the undying love of tattooed hipsters and blue-collar types with Happy Dog, a bar that serves 75 beers and $3 boats of Tater Tots with as many of the 19 sauces, ranging from black truffle honey mustard to Oaxacan chocolate mole, as you want. And live polka happy hour on Fridays.”
Check out the full tribute to Cleveland and get a sneak peak at Buffalo’s budding scene here.

cleveland named by msn as 1 of 10 coolest cities in the midwest

In an MSN slideshow titled “10 coolest cities in the Midwest,” Chelsea Lin proclaims our fair city of Cleveland as one of them due to its musical history and art.  Oddly enough, nothing about the phenomenal dining scene is mentioned as a factor of coolness.
In proclaiming what’s cool: “There’s more than just rock ’n’ roll culture at play. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland’s brand-new mirrored digs, is a lesson in modern art itself, a stunning piece of interesting architecture.”
Read the full blurb and check out the other cities on the list here.

dispatch covers ohio cities experiencing urban growth

In a Columbus Dispatch story titled “Cities’ hearts beating strong in Ohio’s three C’s,” writer Steve Wartenberg describes the various ways Ohio’s three largest cities are experiencing urban renewal and growth and the benefits that go along with it.
“In Cleveland, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance has helped spur $5 billion in investment, including about $3 billion in the central business district,” Michael Deemer, vice president of business development, was quoted as saying.
The $350 million Horseshoe Casino has been credited for drawing over a million visitors in its first two months, while the $465 million Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center is expected to draw thousands of health-care professionals to Cleveland permanently.
“It’s the first of its kind, a medical-innovation showplace,” notes David Gilbert, chief executive of Positively Cleveland.
Enjoy the tale of three cities here.

next city explores cleveland's future in casino gambling

In a Next City post titled “Downtown Roulette: Will Casinos Be a Win for Ohio Cities?” writer Anna Clark questions if casino gambling belongs in urban centers such as downtown Cleveland.
“Last year, after Ohio became the latest state to legalize casino gambling, its first gaming complex opened in downtown Cleveland. Casinos in Toledo and Columbus appeared soon thereafter, and another is slated for Cincinnati. But will these glitzy institutions deliver the new tax revenues that political and business leaders expect?”
Can the casino industry continue to flourish and will Cleveland be among the cities to benefit from the industry?
Find out the answers here.

wsj calls cleveland an 'overlooked entrepreneurial hub'

In a Wall Street Journal post titled “For U.S. Startups, ‘Times They-are-a-Changing,’” Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship and trends that are changing nationwide, including Cleveland.
“I’m convinced that we’re beginning to see a regional 'rise of the rest' as cities like Washington D.C., Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Raleigh, Cleveland, Detroit and many others experience unprecedented growth in startups. Silicon Valley will continue to be our nation’s most vibrant entrepreneurial hub, but a growing number of companies will start up in these often overlooked places.”
“America was built by risk-taking entrepreneurs who throughout history have turned dreams into new businesses, disrupted industries, created new ones and inspired the world.”
Check out the full piece here.

league park project hailed in the new york times

League Park, in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood, was home to the Cleveland Indians until 1946. And it was the site of many of baseball's finest moments, including Babe Ruth's 500th homer and the only World Series triple play.

In this New York Times feature, writer Hillel Kuttler describes efforts to reopen the historic site.
"The site has remained virtually untouched since the stadium was razed in 1951. But it is expected to reopen in turn-back-the-clock glory, featuring a baseball diamond aligned as it was during its major league heyday. The field will be made of artificial turf to reduce postponements in Little League, high school, college and recreational baseball games. It may also be used for soccer and football games, as well as concerts and other events. A second baseball diamond and a children’s water park, surrounded by a winding walking track, are to be built on the property."
The article describes how this one single project can reinvigorate the entire neighborhood.
“I can see things beginning to change,” Robert Denson, an insurance manager and vice president of the League Park Heritage Association, is quoted in the piece. “I think League Park will also be an attraction. Maybe people will think, ‘I can come in and start a business.’ ”
Read all the great news here.

horseshoe casino buzzed about in usa today

In a USA Today special titled “All in: Gambling options proliferate across USA,” Matt Villano discusses the increase in casino gambling and entertainment options across the nation.
As the numerous casinos vie for entertainment dollars, many are going a step beyond slot machines and gaming tables. For example, Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino, currently housed in the historic Higbee building, gets props for its architecture.
“Smack in the middle of the Public Square neighborhood in downtown Cleveland, the Horseshoe's claim to fame is the building in which it occupies. The Art Deco Higbee Building dates to 1931, and was the city's first department store. The building (and surrounding Tower City Center complex) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.” Villano notes.
Check out the full piece here.

whopperjaw jaws about lottery league

In a Lottery League of Their Own
In an awesome post on Whopperjaw, an online music and arts blog, writer Sam Fryberger interviews the founders -- Jae Kristoff, Michael Pultz and Ed Sotelo -- of the popular Lottery League event on the unexpected success of their wacky idea.
"Lottery League is a large-scale recurring experiment that brings together diverse Cleveland musicians and forces them to form new bands on the spot with people they definitely have never played with and may never have even met before. Each new group gets two months to come together, develop their band’s identity and, of course, practice for the Big Show on April 13 (which is free and open to the public)," Fryberger writes.
The numbers are staggering: nearly 200 participants in the event are randomly matched to create 42 brand new bands.

 “At the end of this you are booked for a gig. You aren’t getting paid, but you have a show and you are expected to perform,” the musicians are told.

Regarding the creation, Kristoff says: Ed Sotelo had posted a long rant on there about the lousy music he had seen the night before and about how he thought all city’s bands should break up and be part of sports-like draft. I was like, “Holy shit.” Then, Nate and I started talking about it. Eventually I ended up calling Ed and said, “Remember that thing you posted earlier? We can totally do that.”

Sotelo: I don’t remember, but I am pretty sure I said, “Whatever, dude.” But it was definitely a fun idea even then when he laid it out. Jae was assuring me, “It’s going to happen.”

Sotelo continues: Here’s a chance to completely take a risk and have fun. Some cats are really hungry for something like that. I can go play my own stuff for three hours or I can play someone else’s stuff for three hours. But you know what would be great? If I could just say “fuck it” and hang out with people I’ve never met for a while and do something completely different musically. I believe that every musician, regardless of genre, deep down inside would like to be challenged and wants to create.
Check out the rest here.

cma among museums that give back 'looted' art

In a New York Times story titled “The Great Giveback,” Hugh Eakin writes how major American museums are relinquishing antiquities due to foreign claims that various objects were looted.
The piece goes on to talk about the aggressive nature of some foreign governments and the demands they make on the museums to give back what they claim is rightfully theirs. 
“Other museums across the country -- including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Cleveland Museum of Art -- have also given up prized antiquities,” Eakin writes.
What's more: "In nearly every case, the museums have not been compelled by any legal ruling to give up the art, nor are they receiving compensation for doing so. And while a few of the returned works have been traced to particular sites or matched with other fragments residing in the claimant country, many of them have no known place of origin."
"Foreign governments’ tactics have become so threatening that some museums are now combing through their permanent collections and pre-emptively giving up works that might become the targets of future claims."
Read the lengthy feature here.

cleveland public theatre recognized for production of women's work

In a Huffington Post feature titled “Women Playwrights Applaud Theaters,” Monica Bauer reports on theaters that make an effort to feature the work of female playwrights, but are not considered a female-centered establishment.
“The Applause Awards are based on the previous year's season, so the first awards go to theaters for their 2011-2012 productions," she writes. "Theaters whose mission is to produce women's work were not eligible. The winners are: Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH; Little Colonel Theatre, Pee Wee Valley, KY; Nora Theater, Cambridge, MA; Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY; and, Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley, CA.”
While women have been making great strides, still only 18 percent of productions done in the U.S. are from female playwrights. 
Enjoy the full feature here.

art daily talks up cma's tech-heavy gallery one

In an Art Daily article titled “Gallery One: A new, unique and interactive gallery opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art,” the journal highlights the level of technology and its role in art appreciation in the new exhibit.
“Throughout the space, original works of art and digital interactives engage visitors in new ways, putting curiosity, imagination and creativity at the heart of their museum experience. Innovative user-interface design and cutting-edge hardware developed exclusively for Gallery One break new ground in art museum interpretation, design and technology.”
It is certainly a break from the standard observation and appreciation of artistic pieces enjoyed in the traditional manner.
“It’s very important to us that visitors interact with real objects, rather than digital reproductions,” David Franklin is quoted in the piece. “We want visitors to look closely at original art works and to make personal connections to what they are seeing.”
Check out the full story here.

clinic's efforts to control type 2 diabetes with bariatric surgery touted

In a Richmond County Daily Journal piece titled “Bariatric surgery may help send Type 2 diabetes into remission,” Laura Edigton reports on the Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to control Type 2 diabetes and how Bariatric surgery might help.
The Cleveland Clinic said that diabetes experts now believe that bariatric surgery “should be offered much earlier as a reasonable treatment option for patients with poorly controlled diabetes -- and not as a last resort.”

The Cleveland Clinic discovered the correlation and released it in their Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2013 list.
“Bariatric surgery can have a profound effect on diabetes, and many published studies have looked at the effect,” bariatric surgeon Raymond Washington is quoted. “Surgery can account for almost an 80 percent remission of diabetes. Oftentimes, patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes will leave the hospital off of their oral medications after only a few days.”
Read more about this exciting discovery here.

usa today features cleveland's historical fairfax neighborhood

In a USA TODAY feature titled “Historic black neighborhoods climb from recession,” Melanie Eversley explores the influx of investments and resurgence of historically black neighborhoods including Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.
“In Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood, where poet Langston Hughes once lived and where a 98-year-old theater launched his plays, a bank is investing millions.”
Eversely goes on to explain that as the country recovers from the recession, communities are calling attention to what made them famous to begin with.
In Cleveland, she explores the renovations of the Karamu House, the new Langson Hughes center, and others.
"One of the reasons that PNC [Bank] chose Fairfax was because there's such a rich culture there."
Examine the full feature here.

greater cleveland rta's ridership gains championed in rail mag

In a Progressive Railroading feature titled “Greater Cleveland RTA posts ridership gain in 2012,” the transportation mag covers the positive news.
"Ridership on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) rose 4.3 percent to 48.2 million in 2012, marking the second consecutive year of growth, agency officials said in a prepared statement."

"Every service mode registered an increase, but the biggest gain was posted on the Red Line rail corridor, where ridership climbed 9.1 percent. The Blue and Green rail lines posted a 4.1 percent ridership gain."

"Customers are making a choice to ride, especially on the rail," CEO Joseph Calabrese is quoted in the piece. "With our recent increase in frequency on the Red, Blue and Green lines, and 8,000 free parking spaces at rail stations, we have room for more Northeast Ohioans to make the green choice and ride RTA."

Average daily trolley ridership rose 5 percent to 3,840 trips.

Read the rest right here.

draft mag drinks to cleveland beer bars

Once again, Draft Magazine has included multiple Cleveland watering holes in its annual round-up of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars: 2013.

"As craft beer has exploded, so has the number of incredible places that serve it. This list celebrates those special haunts with less than three locations and one passionate focus: beer. There might be darts and a jukebox or candlelight and a turntable; there might be five beers or 500. But in every spot on our list, you’ll find an excellent brew in your glass and people -- staff, owners, barflies -- who care about that as much as you do."
Among the list is:

Buckeye Beer Engine

"Grab a seat at the horseshoe bar, order up a cask-conditioned pint from local brewery Indigo Imp, and marvel at the inventive displays of beer paraphernalia -- like the beer-bottle light fixtures illuminating this upbeat watering hole."

La Cave du Vin

"A flicker of candle flame and the glow from the bottle coolers is all the light you have to go by in this subterranean beer mecca, which means the handful of taps, discerning bottle selection and vintage list under lock and key are best enjoyed on a date -- leave your beer notebook at home."
Bier Markt

"Rich, dark wood tones and soft lighting set the mood for this swanky, Belgian-enriched bar, while bottles of 3 Fonteinen Oud Gueze circa 2009 and plates of pickled pork shoulder help make this joint one of the classiest beer spots in Cleveland to bring a date."

Drink up all the good news here.

moca in the running for london-based design competition

Each year, Pillow Magazine -- an edgy London publication -- presents a Designs of the Year exhibition during which the best ideas from all over the globe are rounded up for consideration. The exhibition features nominees from seven categories including Architecture, Digital, Fashion and Furniture. In the end, winners from each category plus one overall winner will be announced in April.

Among the nominees in the Architecture category is the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. The already iconic University Circle structure is up against The Shard in London, the Kukje Art Center in Seoul, and the Galaxy Soho in Beijing.

Check out all the nominees here.

huffpo features successful cleveland women helping one another

In a Huffington Post story titled “How Women Entrepreneurs Succeed in the Midwest,” Lynn-Ann Gries chronicles the emergence of high-profile startups and companies founded by women in the Midwest, especially Cleveland. 
Gries’ piece details everything from networking opportunities to female-focused financial support and resources to the availability of role models to encourage further growth and development.
In the Cleveland area, Laura Bennett, CEO and Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, formed a mentoring community for female entrepreneurs leading high-growth-potential companies, called the Burning River Coffee Community. "I feel there is a place for a community to mentor women to build our numbers," Bennett says. "Women are no less driven, focused and capable of running high growth companies than men; there just aren't many examples to look to. The BRCC is another way to encourage and support women in building these companies."
Check out the complete informative and inspiring story here.

art journal highlights cma's 2012 accomplishments

In an Art Daily piece titled “Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates significant accomplishments from 2012,” the online arts newspaper highlights the remarkable year the museum experienced. From an increase in attendance to the opening of a dining facility featuring cuisine from a prominent local chef to educational programs, it was an exciting year.
"The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today that 423,640 visitors came to the museum in 2012. This attendance statistic represents a 38% increase year-over-year and brings the museum’s annual attendance in-line with pre-renovation figures, the first time such an accomplishment has occurred since 2005. Attendance drivers included the blockbuster special exhibition, Rembrandt in America, as well as the highly anticipated openings of the stunning Ames Family Atrium, dining facilities featuring cuisine by Chef Douglas Katz, the museum store and new galleries showcasing the Late Medieval, Renaissance and Islamic collections."
“As the museum approaches the final stages of our transformational renovation project and looks towards its centennial in 2016, we do so with a new vision for the future, led by director David Franklin,” Steven Kestner, chairman of the Board of Trustees, is quoted in the piece. “We are very pleased with the progress made by David and his team thus far and look forward to celebrating even more accomplishments in 2013.”
In the big business that is fine art, the CMA was also thankful to members and donors who make it possible to bring such experiences, exhibitions, films, and other special programs throughout the year. 
Read the full piece here.

velvet tango room's manhattans touted in chi-town tribune

In a Chicago Tribune article titled "Mad for a Manhattan," writer Zak Stambor explores the virtues of the iconic cocktail.

"Two parts whiskey to one part sweet vermouth, add a dash or two of Angostura bitters and stir. That's all there is to making a Manhattan. And yet the classic cocktail has endured since the 1870s. It's iconic. And for good reason. Like every great cocktail, the finished product is even better than the sum of the individual components -- no matter how good those ingredients are."

For the article, Stambor hits up Velvet Tango Room owner Paulius Nasvytis for some information.

"It's supposed to be powerful, it should rack (sic) you up in a warm dark liquor embrace," says Paulius Nasvytis, owner of Cleveland's Velvet Tango Room, which helped pioneer the chic cocktail lounge trend when it opened in 1996.

"Even though rye is traditional, Nasvytis prefers the more mellow bourbon. At the Velvet Tango Room, where the bar's three variations on the Manhattan are its most popular drinks, he uses Maker's Mark because of its smooth, honeyed flavor with notes of caramel and dark fruit."

Drink up the rest right here.

cleveland among 'american cities that brew the best beer'

AMOG, an online magazine geared to men, included Cleveland in its recent listing of "The 10 American Cities that Brew the Best Beer."

"There’s a lot to consider when planning a vacation. The cost, climate, and sightseeing, are of course, major factors. But what about the beers that are brewed in that city? Regardless if you want to party like a frat boy or sip on a craft beer during dinner, beer can say a lot about the city of its origin. Whether it’s a revolutionary technique used for brewing, unique flavors or just a local favorite, each city that brews their own beer puts their own stamp on beer. So, before you book anything, check out the 10 American cities that beer the best beer."

Cleveland gets nods for Nano Brew Cleveland, which will “pour you a bready amber ale while they tune your bike.” As well as Market Garden Brewery, Fat Heads, the Brew Kettle and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

"Even towns nearby, like Strongsville and Akron, are great places to check out if you’re a beer enthusiast."

Read the rest here.

clinic ceo cosgrove shares transparency lessons with forbes

In a feature titled "Five Lessons in Transparency from Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove," Forbes magazine discusses the Clinic's unique approach to medical transparency.

"Cleveland Clinic is the health care industry trailblazer when it comes to publishing its clinical outcomes. As discussed in this earlier story (“How To Report Quality To The Public”), the Ohio hospital system annually publishes Outcomes Books that detail the clinical performance of each of its departments."

Writer David Whelan spoke to CEO -- and "unofficial transparency officer" -- Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, who personally developed the Outcomes Book concept in the first place.

"Almost thirty years ago when he became chair of heart surgery -- and 20 years before he ascended to his current role -- he started measuring and sharing surgical outcomes as a way to hold staff accountable."

The feature goes on to share five lessons from Dr. Cosgrove on how to run a hospital in an increasingly transparent world of health care.

Read the rest here.

wall street journal discusses affordable care act with clinic's dr. cosgrove

In an article titled "Cleveland Clinic Diagnoses Health-Care Act," the Wall Street Journal sits down with CEO Delos "Toby" Cosgrove to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

Anna Wilde Mathews writes, "Just over a year from now, the Affordable Care Act is set to unleash enormous change in the health-care sector, and Cleveland Clinic Chief Executive Delos 'Toby' Cosgrove is preparing his institution by expanding its reach and striving to make caregivers more cost-conscious.

Dr. Cosgrove sat down with the newspaper to discuss the coming changes and how the Clinic is preparing for them.

Read the entire exchange here.

real estate mag announces school district's plans to auction hq

In a Commercial Property Executive feature titled “Cleveland Metropolitan School District to Auction Off Headquarters in March,” Adrian Matties explains the history behind the district’s prime real estate and potential opportunities it affords the buyer upon its sale.
“The historic building was constructed in 1930. It stands six stories high and is located at 1380 E. Sixth St. The property sits on 1.75 acres in the heart of Cleveland, with 209,359 gross square feet of space. It is surrounded by development projects totaling more than $2 billion, among them the Medical Mart, the Flats East Bank Development, the Horseshoe Casino and numerous residential projects.”
For a district that is struggling to make ends meet after state budget cuts, the sale of the property should help to fill gaps remaining in the budget.
“This offering is a truly rare opportunity to acquire a property that is considered the centerpiece of Cleveland’s downtown lakefront redevelopment,” said Douglas Johnson, managing director of CBRE Auction Services. “The potential demand for truly unique hotel, residential, office and mixed-use space, as well as a growing parking need in the CBD, makes the CMSD site one of the most exciting redevelopment opportunities in Cleveland.”
Read the entire post here.

cleveland clinic dietitian explains kids' health study

In a KYPost.com article titled “Study: What your kids snack on could determine how full they feel,” Christian Hauser explores the correlation between snacking habits of children and its relation to overall caloric intake.
“A new study finds that children who swap foods like potato chips for more nutrient-rich choices like vegetables or cheeses actually consume fewer calories when snacking,” writes Hauser.
While idea may appear obvious to some, the study explained that the children needed significantly fewer calories in order to feel satisfied.
"Snacks that are higher in fiber and have more protein, like we find in cheese and vegetables, leave your kids feeling fuller and they're likely to eat less,” explains Carrie Gonzales, a pediatric dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic.
"I think it always goes back to what's being offered in the home. So, if we do offer more healthful choices like vegetables or cheese versus potato chips, your child will actually eat them. It's just about what you have available,” concluded Gonzales.
Read the entire article here.

moca gets attention for green building, approach to art

In an Earth Techling piece titled “Minimalist Cleveland Art Museum Seeks LEED Silver,” Randy Woods describes how MOCA is not only a uniquely designed building, but energy efficient as well.
“Designed by British architect Farshid Moussavi, the new 34,000-squaure-foot MOCA provides 44 percent more exhibit space than its previous home and is vying for LEED Silver status with a geothermal HVAC system, efficient LED lighting, a compact floor plan that utilizes virtually every square inch for exhibits and easy accessibility to rapid transit.”
The efficiency does not stop in design and operation alone: The museum's approach to art holdings is also "green."
“In true green fashion, MOCA is applying a minimalist aesthetic to its operational model, focusing not on acquiring permanent collections but on custom-made installations and community programming. By having almost no space available for storage, the museum relies instead on a rotating schedule of artists to create works that can incorporate elements of the museum’s design, including stairwells. This flexible model also makes the $27 million museum less costly to operate.”
Explore the entire piece here.

clinic doc makes strides in cowdon syndrome research

In a Science Codex report titled “Cleveland Clinic researcher identifies 2 new genetic mutations associated with Cowden syndrome,” the post highlights Charis Eng, MD, Ph.D., Chair and Founding Director of the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute's Genomic Medicine Institute’s research and discovery that could lead to better management of Cowden syndrome.

"Gene-enabled risk assessment and management begins with the identification of all the genes that, when mutated, account for as many or all the individuals with a particular syndrome, in this case CS," said Dr. Eng. "We started with only PTEN, and now we know that SDHB/D, KLLN, PIK3CA and AKT1 account for CS. Each also brings differing risks of breast, thyroid and other cancers, and so this discovery directly aids genetic counseling and clinical management."
This comes as great news for individuals carrying an increased cancer risk.
“Until now, only four clinical factors were known to predict an inherited PTEN mutation -- and this study's blood test out-predicts them all. Future studies testing thyroid tissue itself may reveal additional biomarkers.”
Read the full blog post here or the American Journal of Human Genetics research paper here.

la times shares secret to market garden's sweet potato pie

In a Los Angeles Times column titled “Culinary SOS: Divine medley of flavors,” Noelle Carter answers a reader’s question about her experience with Cleveland’s own Market Garden Brewery and shares their recipe for sweet potato pie.
“A while ago, on a visit to Cleveland, our son took us to eat and drink at the Market Garden Brewery. I believe it is near the interesting Garden Market on the near west side of Cleveland. I ordered the sweet potato pie. It was out of this world! I was glad I had eaten lightly before devouring it.”
Not sure what the "Garden Market " is, but Carter soldiers on and, after some research of her own, provides the secret to its awesomeness as well as the recipe.
“This is no ordinary sweet potato pie. Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are lightly spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla paste, and sweetened with a touch of honey, sugar and muscovado brown sugar -- a rich, dark, unfiltered brown sugar -- for a wonderful medley of flavors. Not too sweet and not overly spiced. In a word: perfect. This is one pie I'll be making again and again.”
View the full column and recipe here.

rust wire examines ways to draw young professionals to cleveland

In a Rust Wire feature titled “Cities: Rather Than Patronizing Young People, Give Them What They Ask For,” Angie Schmitt writes about the ongoing battle cities face to attract young people to call urban areas their home -- for the long haul.
“There is a new initiative called Global Cleveland and it started out as some kind of civic effort to attract immigrants," writes Schmitt. "But one of the major goals of this initiative apparently, is also to attract boomerangers back to Cleveland. Boomerangers, you see, are youngish, well-educated people that split for places like New York and D.C. For some reason, these guys have been identified as 'winnable' and Global Cleveland’s working on promoting a wholesale reversal.”
This effort, according to Schmitt, has not been as successful as originally hoped. But what should Cleveland be doing?
“The places that are succeeding, they aren’t making a riddle of their methods. They are working very hard to make their environments hospitable to young people. How are they doing that? Through a whole movement called livability.”
Read the complete feature here.

art daily covers natural history museum's expansion plans

An item in Art Daily titled, "Cleveland Museum of Natural History announces capital campaign, leadership team," covers the latest news about the museum's future plans to renovate and expand.
"The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has tapped two well-known corporate leaders to serve as co-chairmen of the fundraising campaign for the transformation of the Museum's campus in University Circle. Executive Director and CEO Evalyn Gates, Ph.D., has announced that A. Chace Anderson, the Museum's board president and a partner of CM Wealth Advisors, and Museum trustee James L. Hambrick, chairman, president and CEO of The Lubrizol Corp., will direct the Museum's first significant capital fundraising campaign in its 90-year history."
"Remaking and expanding a leading natural history museum is a rare opportunity for Northeast Ohio," campaign co-chair James L. Hambrick was quoted in the piece. "I am delighted to help make a difference on this very important initiative for science education."

"The Museum's collections encompass more than 5 million artifacts and specimens, and research of global significance focuses on 11 natural science disciplines. The Museum actively conserves biological diversity through the protection of more than 5,000 acres of natural areas. It promotes health education with local programs and distance learning that extends across the globe. Its GreenCityBlueLake Institute is a center of thought and practice for the design of green and sustainable cities."
Read the rest here.

penguin to expand e-book offerings to cuyahoga cty libraries

In a CNET News piece titled “Penguin looks to Los Angeles, Cleveland to expand e-book lending,” Don Reisinger shares the “hardships” many publishing houses are facing now that e-books are commanding a larger share of the market.
“The company [announced Nov. 19] that it is expanding its e-book lending program to Los Angeles and Cleveland, the New York Times reported. Penguin launched an e-book-lending service to New York public libraries in September. The success of that program has prompted it to expand elsewhere.”
Publishers have cited security issues in the past regarding lending procedures by public libraries and are taking steps to ensure they maintain profitability in this new digital environment.
“With this new lending initiative, Penguin has teamed up with a digital book distributor, Baker & Taylor. According to the Times, the Los Angeles County library system, alone, will allow Penguin to reach 4 million people. The company plans to make the service available to folks in Los Angeles and Cleveland in the coming weeks.”
Enjoy the complete interesting read here.

ny times covers local effort to save the plain dealer

In an article titled "A Cleveland Newspaper Takes Steps to Prevent Cuts," New York Times writer Christine Haughney covers local efforts by the Plain Dealer staff and its readers to stave off further layoffs and service reductions.

In January, a three-year agreement between the paper and the guild will end, opening the door for further cuts.

"While workers at many newspapers owned by Advance Publications have tried to brace themselves for what seems to be the inevitable -- layoffs and the end of a daily print product -- reporters and editors at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland are fighting back in an unusual way: they are taking their case directly to the public," Haughney writes.

"The staff there has started a campaign to rally community support and to try to prevent cuts like the ones Advance has made in other cities. Using money provided by Local 1 of the Newspaper Guild and a grant from the Communications Workers of America, organizers have produced a television commercial, created a Facebook page that has attracted nearly 4,000 “likes” and started a petition that has nearly 6,000 signatures so far."

“We’ve been surprised and gratified and really humbled by the amount of response we’ve gotten,” said John Mangels, a science writer for the paper, who was quoted in the article.
Read the rest here.

rock hall changing of the guard covered in l.a. times

Writing for Pop & Hiss, the L.A. Times music blog, Randy Lewis reports on the changing of the guard at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. At the end of this year, current vice president of development Gregary Harris will take over the top post from Terry Stewart, who is retiring after 13 years.

"Overall, we want to take what’s a wonderful regional treasure and make it a little more national without giving up the great regional base,” Harris is quoted as saying in the article. "One goal will be boosting attendance at the Cleveland facility itself, which sees about half a million visitors annually."

Also in Harris' plans is expanding the base.

"We’ve been building this great base and want to make it better,” Harris said. “We want to expose more people to it, and we’re working to find ways to be relevant and to stay relevant to younger audiences. By definition, this museum focuses on older acts, in that to be inducted you have to have made a record 25 years ago. So that’s part of what we’re looking at.”

Read the rest of the liner notes here.

'do good, eat good' raffle can turn $5 into lots o' dining dollars

For four years now, Michelle Venorsky has organized a delicious raffle that benefits Veggie U, the non-profit arm of the Chef's Garden that educates fourth-graders around the country on making better eating choices. The program funds education kits and lesson plans for teachers in our area and others.
To date, the raffles have raised $11,750 for the program.
As always, Venorsky -- aka Cleveland Foodie -- has assembled an impressive list of participating restaurants, all of which have generously donated gift cards.
Here's how it works: By donating as little as $5 to Veggie U, you will automatically be entered to win one third of $1,850 worth of gift cards. By upping the donation to $10, $25, $50 or more, you can increase your odds of victory. The more you donate, the better the chance of winning.
To donate and enter, simply call Veggie U directly (419-499-7500, M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and reference Cleveland Foodie when donating. Or, click here to make your donation online.
Deadline is Noon on December 21. The drawing will take place shortly thereafter.
Here's the tasty lineup:
Fahrenheit $100
Paladar $50
Noodlecat $50
Greenhouse Tavern $50
Fire $50
Western Reserve Wines $50
Blue Canyon $50
Pura Vida $50
Light Bistro $50
Spice Kitchen & Bar $50
AMP 150 $50
Flour $50
Umami $50
Momocho $50
Hodge’s $50
Washington Place Bistro & Inn $50
Mahall’s $50
Melt $25
SOHO $50
Urban Herbs 14-jar gift set
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fast co. takes a deep look at new moca digs

In a Fast Co. feature titled "Cleveland’s Sparkling New Museum Of Contemporary Art," Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan writes about the new museum and its non-collection programming. A slideshow offers stunning shots of the museum -- inside and out.

"Welcome to the new museum: an organization that eschews acquisitions and permanent collections for a smaller building and leaner operation, focusing on in-situ installations and community programming," writes Campbell-Dollaghan.

"That’s the mission behind the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened its first permanent building in October. The MoCA is a non-collecting museum, which means it has no permanent collection, which in turn means that it needs less space and money to operate. The museum’s new 34,000-square-foot building, designed by Iran-born, London-based architect Farshid Moussavi, cost only $27 million."

"Because MoCA needs very little storage space, almost all of its four floors can host exhibitions -- even a fire stairwell that has been turned into an audio art gallery."

We'll spare you Campbell-Dollaghan's trite platitudes about Cleveland's poverty, foreclosure rates, and "urban revitalization-by-the-arts."

See the article here.

steelers fans offered taste of cleveland

Offered as a sort of travel guide to travelling Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently ran a feature titled "On the road with the Steelers: Cleveland."
Writer Gretchen McKay does a great job providing tips on where to eat, drink and enjoy the scene in Cleveland.
"A growing foodie destination with a landmark public market and a lively arts community, there's plenty of fun in store for the weekend traveler. So much, in fact, that Travel and Leisure named it one of America's 'favorite cities' in 2009 for affordability and its rockin' music scene: in addition to one of the world's best-known music museums, it boasts a renowned orchestra," writes McKay.
As for foodie-friendly spots, McKay writes:
"Many of the best tastes of Cleveland can be found in its historic West Side Market in an arched NeoClassical/Byzantine building in the Ohio City neighborhood. In October, the public market celebrated its 100th birthday with a parade, but every day here feels like a celebration for food lovers. Home to more than 100 vendors that show off the city's ethnic diversity -- you'll find everything from Old World smoked meats