This Weekend in Cleveland: April Flea, Danceworks & more

Gear up for an action-packed weekend! Shop the Cleveland Flea’s April Market, enjoy Danceworks at Cleveland Public Theatre, run a 5K to benefit colon cancer, learn tips for maintaining a beautiful yard without chemicals and more.

April Flea
Saturday, April 11th. 9 - 4 pm
Tyler Village 3615 Superior Ave.

The Cleveland Flea is back and it’s bigger and badder than ever. The spring kickoff market features 160 vendors, 26 of which are first time vendors, 6 food trucks, local bands ITEM and Deerpeople, DJ Genna P. and big news about making the Flea an even better place to shop moving forward.

Come hungry because The Flea is continually expanding and diversifying its food options. It has also expanded regionally with new vendors coming from Akron and Canton. This season’s market also includes new salvaged and vintage vendors and expanded shopping options for guys including locally-made motorcycles by Whiskey Grade.

On Saturday, The Flea will launch its crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign aimed at growing its permanent infrastructure that will go throughout the month. The Flea hopes to continue its pattern of growth with custom-designed, Cleveland-made tables and benches that will be designed by Second Shift Design Studio and produced by Soulcraft Woodshop.

“We want it to look less like a popup market and more like something we take seriously that has a physical home. I went to college for architecture and I always wanted the Flea to distinguish itself by how it feels on site and the engagement it creates with shoppers,” says Stephanie Sheldon, founder of The Cleveland Flea and consulting business Indie Foundry.

The Flea launched in 2012 and has currently grown into a five employee and one intern operation that includes a marketing manager, director of operations, administrative assistant and continued collaboration with Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photography, who creates the event’s striking visual language.

“We are trying to create content in a more intentional and artistic way that can link everything together month to month. We really want people to feel like we are creating something different for them month to month,” says Sheldon.

Thursday, April 9th - Sunday, May 3rd. 7:30 pm
Clevleand Public Theatre 6415 Detroit Ave.
$12 - $28

Celebrate the joy and power of dance at DanceWorks 2015 annual showcase of contemporary dance. This is the second weekend of the four weekend festival featuring six dance companies from Northeast Ohio, including Inlet Dance Theatre, MorrisonDance, The Movement Project, Ohio Dance Theatre and Verb Ballets.

This weekend features a double bill offering the premiere of Blood Stripe by Ohio Dance Theatre and Top 10 performed by Cleveland Dance Exchange (CDX) featuring 10 original works by 10 choreographers. Next weekend, see Verb Ballets’ Spring Series and Inlet Dance Theatre’s Four Elements the following weekend. Also make sure not to miss CPT’s special event, The Neighbors Grief is Greener, The Visual Theatre of Emanuella Amichai (on tour from Israel).

Important details to keep in mind: DanceWorks 2015 performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 on Thursdays, Student and seniors receive $3 off Friday and Saturday performances. Every Friday is Free Beer Friday at CPT, audience members are invited to mingle with the artists after the show and enjoy a drink on CPT! Purchase tickets and view full schedule online.

2015 Cleveland Undy Run/Walk!
Saturday, April 11th. 9 am
Edgewater Park
$20 - $40

Strip down to your skivvies and run for a cause! Cleveland Clinic is sponsoring a national fundraiser to take on Colon Cancer. Funds raised will support the organization’s cancer research efforts and will also support national prevention, research and patient support initiatives at the Colon Cancer Alliance.

In Ohio, there have been 5,450 diagnoses and 2,140 colon cancer deaths in the past year alone. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. In 2014, nearly 140,000 Americans were diagnosed and more than 50,000 died from this disease.

The event aims to spark a clever twist on a serious topic — tutus, capes and goofy costumes are highly encouraged. Participants will also receive a free pair of boxers and have the opportunity to stroll through a larger-than-life giant inflatable colon. You can save $10 by registering here before the race.

The Great Healthy Yard Project
Friday, April 10th. 9 - 10:30 am
Saturday, April 11th. 1 - 2:30 pm
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Members $20. Nonmembers $35.

Pollution by chemicals used on yards and gardens contaminates our drinking water and can feed the widespread algae blooms that are impacting our lakes. Join Diane Lewis, M.D., author and founder of the nonprofit organization, The Great Healthy Yard Project, to learn to maintain a beautiful yard without synthetic chemicals. The event will be followed by a book signing by Dr. Lewis.

Cleveland Public Library Welcomes Chef Jonathon Sawyer
Saturday, April 11th. 2 pm
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, Cleveland Public Library

Chef Jonathon Sawyer is best known for his popular and award-winning restaurants including The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat and Trentina that have helped transform Cleveland into a foodie destination. Culinary enthusiasts might also recognize him from appearances on national cooking shows including Iron Chef America, Dinner: Impossible, Unique Eats and Best Thing I Ever Ate.

Chef Sawyer published his first cookbook at CPL while he was an Author-In-Residence: Noodle Kids: Around the World in 50 Fun, Healthy, Creative Recipes the Whole Family Can Cook Together.

“Chef Sawyer is not only an incredibly talented chef and spokesperson for our city, but he and his family are true ambassadors for Cleveland Public Library and libraries in general,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “We are honored that he used the resources available here at the library to write his first book, and are excited to share it with our patrons.” Sawyer’s books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program. Click here for more info.

Free Day for Cleveland Rock Week!
Saturday, April 11th. 9 am - 9pm
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Don’t let the price of Rock Hall admission divert you from enjoying the remarkable destination in your own backyard! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee exhibit opens Saturday and you can be a tourist in your hometown with free admission, live music, food trucks and a free fireworks show at 8 pm in celebration of Cleveland Rock Week. The celebration concludes on April 18th with the 30th annual induction ceremony. Click here for a full list of events

Jacqueline Bon
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About the Author: Jacqueline Bon

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