Neighborhoods: Hingetown

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee Co-Chair

Courtesy of Urban Orchid.

Hingetown is located on the “hinge” between Ohio City’s Market District, Gordon Square, and the Warehouse District. On their website, they lay claim to a “kick ass art museum, unbelievably delicious coffee, the best florist, dynamic residential opportunities, & much much more.” Businesses includes the Urban Orchid, Dean Rufus House of Fun, Harness Cycle, and Ohio City Dog Haven, as well as Rising Star Coffee Roasters, the Beet Jar, Cleveland Tea Revival, and the Jukebox bar.

The historic Transformer Station has been renovated into a contemporary art gallery. The Transformer Station’s collections and summer concerts draw thousands to the area.

Definitely stop by Hingetown next week!

Courtesy of the Beet Jar.
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Neighborhoods: Coventry Village

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

These days there may be more tattoos than tie-dye, but Coventry still retains the quirky independence that made it Cleveland’s hippie haven in the ’60s.

About 2 miles east of University Circle, in Cleveland Heights, Coventry Road between Mayfield Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard is two blocks of restaurants, bars, and shops.

You can find burgers and fries, vegan, Thai and Japanese cuisine, comfort food of all varieties, and one of the best milkshakes you’ve ever had (Tommy’s). Besides a wine bar (La Cave du Vin), Coventry offers concerts (Grog Shop), and numerous happy hour venues.

Coventry has, not one, but two, independent bookstores (Mac’s Backs and Revolution Books). You can find vintage toys and collectibles (Big Fun), vinyl records (Record Revolution), clothing and accessories — for you and your pets, Cleveland souvenirs and work of Cleveland artists (In the 216), and a real hardware store (Heights Hardware).

Be sure to visit Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park. Even if there’s no yoga or outdoor movie showing, it is a fun place to finish your Coventry visit.

More details are available at http://coventryvillage.org, including a Google Map.

 

Other Cleveland Heights shopping and dining districts include

Cedar Fairmount

Cedar Lee 

Fairmount Taylor

Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)
Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

Rockin’ in the CLE

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee cochair

Beachland Ballroom concert. Courtesy of This Is Cleveland.
Beachland Ballroom concert. Courtesy of This Is Cleveland.

The Northeast Ohio music scene is flourishing, and you’ll definitely get a taste of it while you’re here! Aside from the dessert reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a number of national acts are in town that week. Offerings include everything from Alice Cooper and the farewell tour of Mötley Crüe to Social Distortion, Chicago, Daris Rucker, Rasputina, and 5 Seconds of Summer — along with a whole lot of wonderful jazz and orchestral music and local rock and punk! Check out the list of shows we’re compiling for you. We’ll continue to update the list as more information becomes available!

Robyn Hitchcock at the Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, November 20, 2014. Courtesy of Jennie Thomas.
Robyn Hitchcock at the Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, November 20, 2014. Courtesy of Jennie Thomas.

The Heart of Rock and Roll

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee Co-chair

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Announcement of the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena, March 1952. WRHS. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.

Northeast Ohio played a significant role in the history of popular music. Beginning with WJW deejay Alan Freed’s radio show on which he first coined the phrase “rock and roll” to refer to the musical style and his staging of the earliest rock concerts (the Moondog Coronation Ball), Cleveland continued to play an important role through the promotion of significant national artists and the development of FM radio during the 1960s and 1970s. It was also a mandatory stop for touring musicians as rock evolved beyond rockabilly, blues, and rhythm & blues.

The region as a whole has produced seminal performers in rock music, including the Raspberries, Hall of Fame Inductees Joe Walsh (Eagles) and Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), Devo, Pere Ubu, the Dead Boys, Hall of Fame nominee Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Kid Cudi, the Black Keys, Cloud Nothings, and many more.

Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys, undated. The Dead Boys were one of the most violent and rowdy of the first wave of U.S. punk rock bands. Photograph by Anastasia Pantsios. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Jane Scott of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was one of the most beloved writers of the rock and roll genre; a journalistic legend whose fame as one of the first rock critics spread far beyond Northeast Ohio. At a time when the newspaper business was challenging for women writers beyond those writing for the society pages, Scott was not only a woman writing about the male-dominated rock scene but was also at least a generation older than most of its performers and fans. She took seriously what was commonly considered music for teenagers, bridging the gap between generations, and bringing legitimacy to the field with her enthusiastic writing style. For nearly five decades, she wrote about the music and reviewed artists ranging from stadium headliners to obscure local bands, documenting thousands of people, places and events that otherwise would have been lost to history.

Jane Scott. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and its Library and Archives. While everyone has an opinion regarding who should be in the Hall of Fame, most can agree that the collections and exhibits of the Museum and Library and Archives — which exist to collect, preserve and interpret the impact of rock music and not just to document the history of the Hall of Fame or its Inductees — are world-class institutions. The Library and Archives holds the preeminent collection of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll, and sees an increasing number of visiting scholars every year from as far away as Paris, Hong Kong, and Australia. Its collections include books, dissertations, periodicals, commercial sound and video recordings, and thousands of boxes of archival materials, including personal papers, correspondence, photographs, song manuscripts, business records, contracts, press kits, posters, flyers, clippings, bootleg audio and video recordings, and original content created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including the complete recordings of the Annual Induction Ceremonies, as well as educational programs and series created by the Museum, like Music Masters and Songwriters to Soundmen, among others. The institution is also home to the local music collecting initiative, the Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives, or NEOPMA.

The Northeast Ohio music scene is still flourishing, and you’ll definitely get a taste of it while you’re here! Aside from the dessert reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a number of national acts are in town that week. Offerings include everything from Alice Cooper and the farewell tour of Mötley Crüe to Social Distortion, Chicago, Daris Rucker, Rasputina, and 5 Seconds of Summer — along with a whole lot of wonderful jazz and orchestral music and local rock and punk! Check back in a couple days for our global list to music shows during the week of SAA!

Additional Sources:

Carlo Wolff, “Hello Cleveland: The City’s Rock and Roll Legacy,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Cleveland’s Rock History, Destination Cleveland.

John Petkovic, “Lost Cleveland: Rock ‘n’ Roll Landmarks that Made Music History,” Cleveland.com.

Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.

SAA Week: Cleveland Happenings

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned for so much more!

FOR THE KIDS

“Small Ball” Sundays
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood OH 44122
Phone: 216-593-0575
Times: August 16 and 23, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Included with regular Museum admission
Every Sunday, bring the little ones to explore the Chasing Dreams exhibition and create their own make-and-take baseball-themed craft!

EXHIBITIONS

Beyond Rubiks Cube
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland OH 44114
Phone: 216-694-2000
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Science Center: $14 (adults), $12 (ages 2-12)
Beyond Rubik’s Cube is a multi-sensory experience that celebrates the world’s bestselling puzzle toy. Visitors will learn why the Cube became, and remains, a phenomenon that resonates with a global audience. Highlights include the poetry composition tool, Haikube; the music-making Cube Symphony; the programming challenge Robot Command; an interactive touch table where guests can collaborate on incredible digital patterns; and a giant working cube that visitors can manipulate.

Branch Out: Treehouses, Adventure and Exploration
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland OH 44106
Phone: 216-721-1600
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Members free; Non-member adult $11; Non-member child (ages 3 – 12) $6; Children ages 2 and under free
Imaginations run wild at Branch Out where kids can leave behind phones and tablets and explore a magical world of treehouses and adventure this summer. Five locally designed, interactive treehouses will be installed throughout Cleveland Botanical Garden beckoning guests of all ages to come up and play.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood OH 44122
Phone: 216-593-0575
Times: August 16 – 23, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15 non-member; $10 member
Baseball’s legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and its moments of triumph tell our national story. Explore the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities.

Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits
Floors 5 and 6
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Museum
30 never-before-seen photographs, original video footage, contact sheets with Ritts’ red-pencil markings, new video interviews, and other well-known portraits from this revolutionary photographer and filmmaker’s collection.

Paul Simon: Words & Music
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Museum
Exclusive candid commentary gathered from hours of filmed interview footage that walks the audience through the personal story of Simon’s life and his creative process, as well as video of select performances highlighting Simon’s five-decade career and a collection of more than 80 artifacts spanning his early life and time with Simon & Garfunkel, through his solo career and to the present.

MUSIC

Mötley Crüe
Quicken Loans Arena (the “Q”)
1 Center Court
Cleveland OH 44115
Times: August 18
The Final Tour with Alice Cooper

Music in the Meadow
4040 Riverview Road
Peninsula OH 44264
Phone: 330-657-2909
Times: Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8pm
Admission: Free
Featuring the New Barleycorn (John Delaney and Alec DeGabriele). Raised in Ireland, this duo performs contemporary folk and traditional Celtic songs with vitality, passion, and a touch of humor. Grab a blanket and a picnic dinner, and bring your family and friends to hear free music in the national park!

THEATRE

Guys and Dolls
6941 Columbia Road
Olmsted Falls OH 44138
Phone: 440-235-6722
Times: Sunday, August 16 2:30pm
Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

DANCING

Line Dancing
Thistledown Racino
Slush Bar and Patio
21501 Emery Road
North Randall OH 44128
Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7pm
Admission: Free
Bring your friends and dance the night away at ThistleDown Racino’s weekly line dancing party.

Tango Wednesday
Taverne of Richfield
3960 Broadview Road
Richfield OH 44286
Phone: 330-554-8462
Times: 7pm – 8:30pm Tango class; 8:30 – 10pm Practice what you learned!
Admission: $10.00 for the entire evening
Learn to dance Argentine Tango. No partner required, Have fun, meet new people and do something good for you!

FRESH FOOD

Chagrin Falls Farmers Market
Next to the Bandstand & Triangle Park
Chagrin Falls OH 44022
Phone: 440-247-0900
Sunday, August 16 and 23, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
This is the 8th year of the market. The Chagrin Falls Farmers Market was voted #1 in the small market category (16-30 vendors) in the state of Ohio and #11 nationally in the same category in a contest held by the American Farmland Trust in 2011. The Market offers seasonal fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, bakery, fresh pastas, meats, cheeses, herbs and flowers. On the last Sunday of each month, celebrity chefs will prepare special recipes with fresh foods from the market.

Summers @Severance

The Cleveland Orchestra, as part of their 2015 Friday Concert Series, wishes to extend a special discount to attendees of the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting! On Friday, August 21, at 7 p.m. one of the premier orchestras in the world will be performing:

      Handel – Suite No. 2 from Water Music
      Hayden – Cello Concerto in C major
      Schubert – Symphony No. 5

…and you’re invited! Use the special promo code: ARCHIVES for a 20% discount at http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/tickets/2015-summersatseverance-series/. See the attached flyer for additional information on the program!