Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Busy Weekend (10-02/04)

Another great weekend to be living in Northeast Ohio!

Don’t say your have “nothing to do”...don’t complain that “you’re bored”...GET OUTSIDE and explore this amazing place we are lucky to call CLEVELAND!

- Trash to Sailor : takings trash and making a boat to race over Lake Erie.

- Comic Genius : meet the infamous American Splendor-Harvey Pekar live and in person.

- A spooky train trip : Hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a ghost story haunt :

- Now you see you don’t : David Copperfield swoops into playhouse square just in time for tricks & treats :

- Theatre opening : Don’t miss the ribbon cutting and opening of the restored Capitol Theatre :

- Dare I say, football? : Could this be THE WEEK for the Browns? Fingers and toes crossed :

What else is going on? A fun pancake breakfast fundraiser? A local church clambake? A dance recital or high school band competition? Let me know and I will try and squeeze that in too!

Gotta love Ohio in the fall. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Knit one. Pearl one. Party forever! (10/1)

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

This week the cool arrival of fall has everyone shaking out their boyfriend cardigans and argyle socks...knit knit and more knit!

Welcome fall, welcome wool and welcome Stash Style Yarn Room! Thursday evening from 7-10 join the girls at the Chagrin Falls main street store as they unveil their newest yarn store with a big opening party.

The new store will sell the exclusive Rowan and Noro lines of yarn which include hand dyed yards and even yarn specifically for a custom pair of wooly socks. They will offer weekly learn to knit workshops from the basic to the more advanced knit projects. There will be a variety of antique beads and trimmings to add to any project. Start now for that special holiday gift...I would love a pair of fingerless gloves...hint hint!

At this weeks Yarn Room opening party, there will be complimentary drinks and snacks as well as many product specials to kick off this new hang out out. Hope to see you there! Stash Style : 46 North Main Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 440.247.2550

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Bike Rack Bash (10/01)

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Hey all you "hipster wanna be's," you "courier boys," and those of us who just like a great spin around the city, don't miss this weeks unveiling of the Bike Rack at Cleveland Public Art.

The event stems from a call for ideas...30 artists from across Greater Cleveland submitted public art ideas for the facade of a new bike station planned for downtown Cleveland. The submissions were reviewed and winners were chosen by community stakeholders from the Gateway and East 4th Street neighborhood.

Join Cleveland Public Art on Thursday at 5:30pm, to view all the entries and see an installation by the winning artists, Scott Stibich and Mark A. Reigelman II. 1951 West 26th Street, Suite 101.

PLUS, the food is being catered by none other than the best in town...Gatherings Kitchen

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Tupperware Party (9/30)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

This is NOT the story of a typical Tupperware party filled with Jello molds and weird waldorf salads....

Dixie Longate, is a fast-talking Tupperware Lady, who left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Join Dixie as she travels the country throwing ol'fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with tales, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever on a theater stage.

Looks fin and silly. Everyone LOVE a tupperware party, right?

PlayhouseSquare: 14th Street Theatre 8:00p

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Weekend Plans?

Its fall right?

I mean, I've switched over my closet, flip flops to knee hi's, straw beach bags to suede slouch now what? What's with the dog days of summer? The September humidity is enough to make my hair curl like Bernadette Peters.

I mean, I love it! Don't get me wrong, there is till more summer fun to be had this weekend...the questions is, how to fit it all in...

> The Tribe is in town against Baltimore. One last soft pretzel before snowfall?
> Opening weekend at The Great Lakes Theater Festival. I think the Twelfth Night looks super fun!
> Did I mention the party on the Bridge?
> How about a drink at Great Lakes Brewing for Ocktoberfest? Doesn't dumplings, cabbage and pretzels sound dreamy?
> Let's go Brownies! Game time 1:00 against Baltimore.
> Feel like an afternoon movie? This documentary looks amazing, although I'm not sure I want to know about how tuna will be extinct in a few? (sorta yummy!) Playing at the Cleveland Art Museum.
> Or maybe I'll go pick a pumpkin out at one of the many NorthEast Ohio Farms

Guess I'll go try and "mapquest" my plan of attack. I HEART fall!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sips & Dips (9/24)

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Join the gang at Rainbow Babies for a wonderful evening of hors d'oeuvres (they like to call them "dips"), tasty wines (which they call "sips"), silent auction, great prizes and fabulous live music as they raise money for the babies at Rainbow!

5:30 - 6:30 pm VIP Wine Experience
6:30 - 9:00 pm Main Event

Going down at The Hoyt Block, 700 W. St. Clair, in the heart of Cleveland's Warehouse District (next to Blue Point Grille.)
$35 or $75* per person (*includes VIP Wine Experience)

For information on how to make reservations click here!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Fall (9/22)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2009

This past weekend I drove out past Chesterland to attend an "almost-fall" wedding. The leaves were changing and there were pumpkins for sale at every country road inetrsection.

With cinnamon spice and apples gallettes, why not welcome in the first day of fal with an infamous pumpkin spice latte or a kick through the tree lawn leaf pile.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree." - Emily Bronte

Happy first day of fall! :)

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Bridge Party (9/25-26)

Friday September 25th and Saturday September 26th, 2009

So, I get this email from a friend of mine who lives in California..she says I simply "MUST" check out this event. (I think it's great that a West Coast "Clevelander" still keeps up with the happenings of our great city, I sorta think she may have been a bit jealous? Just a tad.)

Anyways, have you heard of the big Bridge Party that happening this week? The summer “Ingenuity” festival will expand beyond its weekend festival and transform one of the most fascinating urban spaces in the City into a center of art and performance. An urban space that lies central to Cleveland with spectacular views of downtown, the Cuyahoga River, the Flats, Lake Erie: the streetcar level of the Detroit Superior Bridge, immediately below and parallel to the vehicular level.

Free to the public it will include arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage vendors (including beer and wine), bands and solo performers positioned across the great span of the bridge with the more complex installations and performances taking place at either end. The event will include, as at all Ingenuity events, most exhibits and performances are family friendly and each night closes with a musical event.

For details on the artists, performers and schedule, visit

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Free Orchestra (9/23)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Did you read the Sunday Arts Section of yesterdays Plain Dealer? The article was about the upcoming season of the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra. They outlined-in detail the musical season and highlighted each of the violin performers, needless to day it was a musical masterpiece. Inspiring!

While I can't honestly say I get to attend the orchestra often...have always wanted too though. This year, I plan to get tickets to one of the Cleveland Institute of Musics concerts. Master students fully staged opera performances, recitals, and other events.

This weeks FREE concert will feature Carl Topilow as conductor and Meredith Clark on harp. They will be performing BERLIOZ Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, GINASTERA Harp Concerto, Op. 25 and DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, E minor, Op. 95 (“New World”) at CIM in Kulas Hall.

While most concerts are free, seating passes are distributed before selected concerts when capacity attendance is anticipated. Free seating passes must be reserved in advance of those concerts by calling the CIM Box Office at 216-791-5000, ext. 411. Passes must be picked up at the Box Office on the night of the concert, no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the concert or they will be distributed to patrons waiting for seats.

I hope to be able to squeeze in a sonnet or two this fall. For additional concert information visit

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

James & Jon

Just in case you missed our own "King" Lebron James on last nights The Daily Show, check it out.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Looking up!

Hi i heart cleveland readers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the gorgeous midwest weather over the weekend. I was out of town and missed all of the sunshine. Just a quick note tot let you know once I get caught up with work and such I will jump back to blogging on all the fun happenings in the area. Until then, check out this image I took from the plane...isn't it fun to see life from a different perspective? Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Missed Calculations (9/11)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Front Room Gallery, BIG OPENING! Missed Calculations is a collection of works on paper, paintings, and sculpture, reflecting the ever-changing relationship between the natural world and the world human influence. The curved lines and blurred contours of natural forms encounter the sharp geometry of industry and calculation. Whether in conflict or in harmony, these works emphasize the power struggles and symbiotic resting places between two worlds.

Featured artwork "Megan Herwig "Cyclops Exchange" 2009

Zachary Coneybeer, Pittsburgh PA
Andy Curlowe, Cleveland OH
Megan Herwig, Pittsburgh PA
Ebenezer Archer Kling, Northampton MA
Aaron Rokjer, Brooklyn NY
Gian Romagnoli, Pittsburgh PA

Opening this Friday from 7-11pm, Show runs through September 27th

For directions and more information on FrontRoom gallery visit

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shooting Stars

Buy the book...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Go Brownies! (9/13)

Sunday, September 13th 2009

Start packing your coolers and preparing your bar-b-q...this Sunday is the good old Browns home opener against the Vikings. Kick off at 1pm. Support the orange and brown!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fresh Figs

It's that time again this year..Fresh Fig time! Perfect alone of sliced with fresh goat cheese...yumm...

I went to the Westside Market the other day and bought the most delicate green figs. I swear them must have JUST been handpicked. $1 each was well worth the sweet flavor and one-of-a-kind mouthwatering texture that came packed into the little fruity goodness. They also have fresh figs at Heinen's, the bulbous deep purple ones, perfect for a holiday dish.

This weekend I would like to try this Ginger Fig Tartlet recipe to bring to a Labor Day picnic, looks divine. Fresh figs don't stay around long, so go get yours today!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Taste of Cleveland (9/04-7)

Friday-Monday, September 4th -7th, 2009

The 14th Annual Taste of Cleveland presents Northeast Ohio’s rich tapestry of cultures using a universal language – food! The gastronomical salute to summer’s end takes place this Labor Day Weekend at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City in downtown Cleveland.

From Little Italy and East 4th Street to Tremont and Ohio City, Northeast Ohio has blossomed into a true culinary capital. With top-notch chefs of Food Network fame and mom and pop shops that epitomize an authentic blue-collar menu, the area’s culinary resources have spilled over into a never-ending stream of hidden bistros, notable restaurants, tiny cafes and neighborhood favorites. Restaurant Row at the 14th annual Taste of Cleveland will feature more than 30 establishments serving bite-sized cuisine representative of the town’s many distinctive flavors.

Including the awesome food vendors, some of the headlining entertainers are...
Sept 4: Peter Frampton at 9:15 p.m. with special guest The Elms and Pale Hollow
Sept 5: Lita Ford at 9:15 p.m. with The Breakfast Club
Sept 6: Billy Squier at 9:15 p.m. with special guest Into the Presence and View from Everest
Sept 7: Special afternoon performance at 2:30 p.m. featuring Cowboy Mouthand the Paul Green School of Rock
Sept 7: Michael Stanley and The Resonators at 6:00 p.m. with The Jack Fords

Want to spend your Saturday judging desserts from area Cleveland chefs? Enter to win the guest judge position today.

For tickets, times & more details visit

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

be quiet & SPEAKEASY

A speakeasy was an establishment which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920–1932). During this time, the sale, manufacturing, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcohol was illegal. The term comes from a patron’s manner of ordering an alcoholic drink without raising suspicion—bartenders would tell patrons to be quiet and “speak easy."

Wondered what the glow of light from below Bar Cento on West 25th was? Have you seen the dimly lit staircase leading to the murmur below? Do you know the secret handshake? Hmmm? What's down below?

Located in a dimly lighted basement below Bar Cento/McNulty’s Bier Markt, unmarked with no sign. Speakeasy is open every Friday and Saturday night 8pm-2am. (Thursday Live Music Nights coming this Fall)

“I’ve always thought that going out for a cocktail is a great way to escape the mundane realities of life,” says McNulty. “And I was thinking: What was the ultimate escape? The speakeasy during Prohibition.” The concept started brewing in McNulty’s head last year, 75 years after the repeal of Prohibition, which banned the sale of alcohol for consumption.

Check out the culinary cocktail list inspired by Cleveland’s long history of bootlegging and raved about in the New York Times…

Speakeasy Cocktails
The Rosemary–rosemary gin, dry vermouth
Bee’s Knees–honeycomb gin, cane syrup, fresh lemon
O’Sweet Brandy–brandy infused with toasted honey walnuts
Manhattan Pig–caramelized bacon bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters
Pepperoncini Martini–pepperoncini vodka, fresh lime, seltzer
Rome with a View–Campari, dry vermouth, fresh lime, cane syrup, seltzer
Pimm’s Zingiber–pimms No.1, fresh lemon, cane syrup, fresh ginger root, seltzer
Spanish Lover–cachasa, fresh lime, fresh ginger, cane syrup, seltzer

Speakeasy Punches (serves 4)
Claret Jug–red wine, fresh lemon, luxardo, cane syrup, seltzer
Rum Runner–coconut rum, brandy, cranberry, fresh orange, pineapple

For more information and details about the new kid in town visit

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