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Literary thrill: Explore Cuyahoga County Public Library's Writers Center Stage this spring
Cuyahoga County Public Library launched the second half of its Writer Center Stage Series last week with author Hernan Diaz. Attendees can look forward to hearing the stories of Rebecca Makkai, Kiese Laymon, and Imani Perry later this spring.
New tastes: Cleveland Restaurant Week is underway at 40 area eateries
Cleveland Independents has launched its annual Cleveland Restaurant Week, with $39 prix fixe three-course dinners offered by 40 area restaurants, like The Reserve Chagrin Falls and Batuqui, through Saturday.
All about the women: CMA’s MIX celebrates women in DJ culture
Just in time for Women's History Month, the Cleveland Museum of Art will host MIX: Women on Wax this Friday, when groundbreaking DJ Minx and Cleveland DJ Red-I keep the Ames Family Atrium hopping while celebrating women in the DJ culture.
Flying bullets: Local filmmaker Johnny Wu releases newest work
Filmmaker Johnny Wu's newest film, "Bullets, Brothers and Blood," featuring a diverse cast, delves into a gripping tale of mistaken identity amid a crime-ridden town. The film premieres this Saturday.
Keeping it short (and sweet): CLE’s largest short film fest returns for 13th year
The 13th Short. Sweet. Film Fest returns to Shaker Square, featuring nearly 300 short films from 23 countries across four screens at Atlas Cinemas. The event includes a diverse genre range, filmmaker appearances, local talents, and international works, promising something for all. Highlights include Mayfield Heights native Anne Hu’s 'Lunchbox' and the Swiss film 'Lose me not.’
Poetry + Art Intersections: Cleveland Poetry Festival announced for April
Literary Cleveland announced today it will host its third Cleveland Poetry Festival in April at Cleveland Museum of Art's Community Arts Center in Tremont. This year's festival celebrates the overlapping influence of poetry and visual art with workshops and events with local and national poets and artists.
Bringing history to life: Ohio's history museums offer free admission for fourth graders
Earlier this month, officials with America 250-Ohio gathered at Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Center to announce the launch of 4th Grade History Pass. Through 2026, Ohio fourth graders get free access to more than 20 museums and institutions across Ohio as a complement to the fourth-grade history curriculum.
Art, stories, and fun: Lake Erie Ink Kids’ Comic Con returns, bigger than ever
Lake Erie Ink's 12th annual Kids' Comic Con: Ignite you Imagination takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at institutions like Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art's Pivot Center, and MoCa. Kids, teens, and adults are encouraged to ignite their creativity all weekend!
Labor of love: Malley’s Chocolates muses over Valentine’s Day prep
Malley's Chocolates is bustling with activity as Valentine's Day approaches. CEO Mike Malley shares insights on seasonal demand during one of the chocolatiers' busiest times and the joy he finds in selling memories and happiness to customers.
Woof Woof: Destination Cleveland’s ‘Dog’s Day Off’ spot touted the city during Puppy Bowl
During the Puppy Bowl 2024 yesterday—a highlight for many during Super Bowl LVIII between San Francisco and Kansas City—Destination Cleveland aired its 30-second sport "Dog’s Day Off” to promote Cleveland as a great place to live, play, and visit. The ad featured places like North Coast Harbor, Studio West 117, East 4th Street, Grog Shop, and the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District.
Gardening withdrawal cure-all: Nature Center offers class to start seeds now for spring planting
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes recognizes that many people’s green thumbs are itching to get outside and dig in the soil during this cold, dreary period of winter. So, it is hosting a Winter Seed Sowing Workshop, using seeds from the Nature Center's Native Seed Library, to get people ready for spring plantings.
Nature Center, Shaker Historical Society to host tour of sites involved in 1960s 'Freeway Fight'
This weekend, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and the Shaker Historical Society will host a Historical Homes & Building Tour, with presentations from local historians on the 1960s fight to stop construction of freeways over the wetlands and greenspace in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights.
Winter, retreat! It’s time to chase away winter at annual Kurentovanje festival
It's time to scare away winter this weekend with the Cleveland Kurentovanje Festival—when the mythical Kurenti appear, their bells loudly ringing as they dance around a bonfire to chase winter away and welcome spring at the Slovenian National House in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood.
Steps and Stages: Y-Haven Theatre Project, CPT mark 25 years with ‘Troubled Waters’
Celebrating its 25th year, the Y-Haven Theatre Project—a collaboration between YMCA of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland Public Theatre—will present "Troubled Waters," a play based on the lives of Y-Haven Treatment and Recovery Center residents.
Warm your spirit: Orchids Forever returns to Cleveland Botanical Garden
The Cleveland Botanical Garden will be bursting with color on Saturday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, March 17 with Holden Forests & Gardens' annual flower show, Orchids Forever: Golden Hour. Tickets are on sale now and registration is open for classes and activities for every age and interest.
Honoring Dr. King through art: Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates with creative expression
The Cleveland Museum of Art will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15 with its regular free admission, hands-on art activities, and entertainment from WOVU 95.9 FM's DJ Kristyles and Humbly Submitted—all to learn from each other, celebrate humanity, exchange ideas, and spur creativity in a space for reflection.
The Cardalians: Not bragging, just saying, Cleveland is home
In the conclusion of his series "The Cardalians," Ralph Horner reflects on his experiences with his friends from Cardale, Pennsylvania who settled in Glenville and Collinwood in the 1950s. Horner then wraps the series up with a personal note.
The Cardalians: The characters and mischief in Otto’s Bar
Ralph Horner recalls his time as a young man in the 1950s, spending time with Glenville residents from Cardale, Pennsylvania at Otto's Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama in Collinwood.
The Cardalians: Antics at Otto’s Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama
Ralph Horner recalls his time as a young man in the 1950s, spending time with Glenville residents from Cardale, Pennsylvania at Otto's Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama in Collinwood.
Sneak peek: A look at a Cleveland Ballet rehearsal before ‘The Nutcracker’ debut
The Cleveland Ballet will open "The Nutcracker" this Thursday at the Connor Palace in Playhouse Square. FreshWater contributor Tricia Chaves attended a recent rehearsal to witness the behind-the-scenes preparations.