Street Level

Welcome to Street Level, where you'll find a fresh perspective on all things 216 when it comes to who to meet and what to eat. We'll also check in with unique local businesses and a few things you may not know about Cleveland venues and favorite haunts. Also, look for our monthly calendar picks in our "Over the river" posts.

Lucky 13: International Horror Hotel Film Fest to haunt Crown Plaza
The International Horror Hotel Film Festival will screen more than 150 films nominated to win in more than two dozen categories. Held at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, the festival features networking, competitions, and expert advice for both aspiring and successful filmmakers, as well as for horror film fans.
How I became a St. James altar boy: New heights with Father Pete
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and the first time he saw the mansions of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights.
Inkling of Summer: Celebrate Summer Solstice with Zygote Press
Zygote Press, the largest fine art printmaking studio and gallery space between Chicago and New York and the only green nonprofit studio of its kind, will celebrate the Summer Solstice with its Inkling of Summer fundraising event on Thursday, June 20. The deadline to buy tickets is this Saturday, June 15.
Beyond the Fringe: BorderLight Theatre Festival goes big in Playhouse Square
The BorderLight Theatre Festival returns for another spectacular variety of local, national, and international performances on 20 stages in the Playhouse Square District from Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27. Tickets are now on sale now.
Think & Drink with the Extinct: Get Groovy with Lucy at Natural History Museum 
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will be partying like it's 1974 on Thursday, June 20 with a retro version of its Think & Drink (with the Extinct) event: Get Groovy With Lucy. The museum will celebrate the discovery of Australopithecus Lucy, along with partners from Kent State University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in this adult cocktail, 70s themed event. Costumes welcome!
High energy: Excitement grows as the creative team readies for Parade the Circle
The Cleveland Museum of Art's 32nd annual Parade the Circle happens this weekend, expressing "Visions of Harmony" on Wade Oval in University Circle. Excitement and energy are palpable in the parade tent as lead artist Héctor Castellanos Lara and a team of creatives see to the last-minute details. Check out these photos.
How I became a St. James altar boy: God save the king!
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and how his little sister humiliated him one day during mass.
All Out: Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates Pride Month at Friday’s MIX event
This Friday, June 7, the Cleveland Museum of Art will celebrate Pride Month in Cleveland during its monthly MIX: All Out, featuring Cleveland performers DJ Navy Jayde and Dakota Cox, for a night of rainbow light displays, dancing, food and drinks, and drag.
How I became a St. James altar boy: The boat boy and the exploding censer
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and incident during one Mass where the accidentally spilled the incense.
The Yard at StoneWater kicks off summer patio season with award-winning local band 4 Locos
This Friday, The Yard at StoneWater—the neighborhood backyard bar at the Highland Heights golf course—will kick off its summer season with live music, food trucks, games and cocktails. This weekend The Yard hosts musicians 4 Locos and Liverpool Lads, as well as El Patron Tequileria Food Truck.
How I became a St. James altar boy: The first High Mass
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park and how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII.”
Conversations with Amy Tan: Author visits CMNH to discuss her new book, birdwatching, and drawing
Renowned author Amy Tan visited the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week to talk about her newest book, "The Backyard Bird Chronicles"—about Tan’s ventures into backyard birding, nature journaling, and drawing. Before the event, Tan sat down with FreshWater Cleveland to talk about her inspiration and motivation to write and draw about birds, instead of the fiction she is usually known for.
Playing games: Public embraces CarniVike on CSU campus
Last week, Cleveland State University opened its second annual CarniVike to the public and more than 1,000 people came to the outdoor event to blow off steam, play carnival games, and enjoy food, entertainment, and friendship on a perfect spring afternoon.
Cosmic dining: Welcome aboard The Astro Restaurant at Tower City
The Astro Restaurant owners invite guests to take a cosmic voyage at their new outer space and alien-themed eatery at Towner City Center. From the creators of the Haunted House Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, The Astro gives a nod to sci-fi classics like Men in Black, Star Wars, The Jetsons, Star Trek, and more in an out-of-this world atmosphere.
Early bird special: Towards Employment fundraiser offers ticket discounts, California trip raffle
Towards Employment is hosting its annual fundraising event, "A Chance to Advance" in June, with early bird tickets now on sale through May 14 for $25 off per ticket to an evening of musical entertainment with jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci.
Cleveland Sews to host Sew-A-Thon to reduce single-use plastics, discourage textile waste
Cleveland Sews will host a Sew-A-Thon this weekend at St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center to repurpose 654 pounds of old drapery material into tote bags to combat single-use plastics and promote sustainability.
Korean flair: K-pop and Korean couture merge at Art Museum’s new exhibit, monthly MIX
Earlier this week, the 'Korean Couture: Generations of Revolution' exhibit opened at the Cleveland Museum of Art, showcasing more than 30 historical and modern Korean fashion pieces. Tomorrow, MIX: K-pop will keep the theme going with a dance party, featuring DJ Big Sana and K-pop dance group PinkSoda.
How I became a Saint James altar boy: Meeting Father Pete, finding religion, and getting a job offer
Ralph Horner writes about growing up next to St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park and how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII.”
How I became a St. James altar boy: Observing Sunday rituals
In Ralph Horner’s newest series, “How I became a St. James altar boy,” Horner writes about growing up in the 1950s next to St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park and how he got drawn into being an altar boy and, eventually, “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII.”
Step right up: Cleveland State’s CarniVike returns, opens to the public
CarniVike, Cleveland State University's carnival-like festival that started last year as a way for students to bond and blow off steam before finals, returns to the campus lawn. This year the festival, designed to foster inclusivity and community, is open to the entire Cleveland community.