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Smoking hot: Proof Barbecue’s resilient journey to Ohio City
Despite earning praise and a strong following, Proof Barbeque had to overcome bad timing with the COVID-19 pandemic and an inconvenient location before finding the perfect home and atmosphere in Ohio City. Four years after it first opened, then closed, Proof owner Dave Ferrante relaunched last month.
The birth of Rock & Roll: From 1950s doo-wop, a new sound in 1970s California rock emerges
After discovering his love for rhythm & blues in the early 50s, Ralph Horner reflects on the transition into doo-wop later in a the decade, and eventually into the Rock & Roll sounds emerging out of California in the 1960s and 70s.
MCPC, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland Zoological Society to hold E-Recycling event
As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement, MCPC will be holding its fourth annual E-Recycling event in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland Zoological Society this Friday at the Zoo. People can bring their electronics to the event for safe and environmentally-responsible recycling, while also helping the Metroparks Zoo's gorilla conservation fund.
Sacred works: CMA’s international loan exhibit ‘Africa & Byzantium’ examines early empires
Experience nearly 160 works of secular and sacred art from across geographies and faiths in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Africa & Byzantium, running through Sunday, July 21 in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit explores the great civilizations that created their own unique arts while also building a shared visual culture across the regions linked by the Mediterranean and Red Seas, the Nile River, and the Sahara Desert.
Let’s Go Cavs! CLE gets ready for round one of NBA playoffs
The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading into the NBA playoffs this Saturday when they will host the Orlando Magic at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in the first two games of the seven-game series. The Cavs marketing team is building excitement all over town with signage, building wraps, swag, rallies, and other events.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 9th Street
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Make It Home: A plan to support homeownership, stabilize east side CLE neighborhoods
In early April, the City of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, Cuyahoga Land Bank, CHN Housing Partners, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless united with Rocket Community Fund to unveil the Make It Home Cleveland program. Aiming to address tax foreclosure and improve Black homeownership rates in East Side neighborhoods, the initiative offers renters the chance to become homeowners through financial support and housing stability services.
Photos: Bouncing around Tourney Town
The thousands of people who descended on downtown Cleveland last weekend for the NCAA Women's Final Four were also treated to two free events: Bounce and Tourney Town, where Bob Perkoski caught all the fun.
How are Black women faring in Cleveland? Project Noir 2024 aims to find out
In response to Cleveland's 2020 ranking as the worst city in overall outcomes for Black Women, Enlightened Solutions' initiated Project Noir—a study to assesses local disparities. Now the organization has launched Project Noir 2024 to reassess if, and how, things have changed.
The birth of Rock & Roll: Teenage music gods of the 1950s that nobody ever heard of
Ralph Horner recalls an up close and personal encounter with Big Jay McNeely's saxophone when McNeely played an Ohio City bar in the 1950s, as well as other rock legends of the era who simply faded into memories.
Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Enterprise, Cleveland Restoration Society, Shaker Heights
Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply.
SCORE Cleveland needs seasoned business professional to help drive local small business success
April is National Volunteer Month, and SCORE Cleveland needs additional volunteers to help entrepreneurs and startups in Northeast Ohio realize their lifelong dreams of starting and owning a successful small business.
CIFF lights up Playhouse Square: Opening night highlights, what to catch this week
The 48th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) lifted the curtain to a packed house last Thursday, April 4 in Playhouse Square's Connor Palace Theatre with the unveiling of the annual CIFF trailer and a screening of the action/comedy “Thelma.” Read about opening night and learn what to catch this week at CIFF.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Superior Avenue
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Cosmic parties: Where to celebrate the eclipse today
Planners have been hard at work, creating events, parties, and celebrations for the total solar eclipse over Cleveland today—the first time Cleveland has been in totality since 1808. If you haven't made your viewing plans yet, check out what University Circle, Inc., the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes have going on today!
Gift of darkness: Literary Cleveland names winners of eclipse-themed blackout poetry contest
Literary Cleveland last week published an online special issue of blackout poetry tied to the solar eclipse in its literary journal “Gordon Square Review.” After receiving more than 150 submissions for the Blackout Poetry Contest, 15 finalists were published. Lisa Turner was named the winner, with Sarah Ferrato and Sarah Nichols named as runners up.
The 1806 total eclipse of the sun: Cleveland's last moment of totality
The last time Cleveland experienced a full eclipse of the sun was June 16, 1806. While there are apparently no first-person accounts of the event, Western Reserve Historical Society historian John Grabowski shares his insights.
From darkness to light: Photographer Jason Toth uses art as a therapeutic comeback
Jason Toth's 2022 photo of a willow tree at Edgewater Beach sparked a transformative journey as he dealt with his POTS diagnosis. Two years later the former marketing exec has a booming career in Photographic Pop Art with J Toth Art in City Goods, and currently has an exhibit at Kaiser Gallery in Hingetown.
Our CIFF48 picks: Two films with local connections
With hundreds of feature and short films to choose from at the upcoming Cleveland International Film Festival, We chose two films with Cleveland ties to highlight: "What's Next?," the story of a 101-year-old physician, and "American Delivery," a documentary on the vital work of nurses in addressing the country's maternal mortality epidemic. The MetroHealth System is featured and Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing worked on the film's advisory team.
Lee Harvard transformation: Community vision a vital facet of neighborhood master plan
In Cleveland's Lee-Harvard neighborhood, a collaborative effort between the Harvard Community Services Center, residents, local organizations like Classic Cuisine Catering, and Ward 1 officials are beginning to execute Lee-Harvard Community Master Plan to drive revitalization.