Take a Virtual Tour of Full Spectrum: GamerHaven!

A week or so ago, I popped in to Robert Gatewood’s multimedia makerspace in Euclid at 818 E. 185th Street.

Although the space is lined with screens and systems like Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro and virtual reality, the space is not only a “haven” for gamers but, an incubator space for small businesses and creatives of all kinds.

Stay tuned in to their upcoming happenings, like their upcoming NBA 2K18 Tournament via their website or Facebook page (click below flyer)..

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The Symbol of the City – The Cleveland Flag

Interesting..

Tom Horsman

A couple years ago, the Cleveland Indians embarked on a major renovation of Progressive Field that included adding new food stands, relocating the bullcle-flag-at-progressive-fieldpens, adding the Corner bar, along with much more. One addition that did not receive much attention was the installation of three new flag poles- one for each of the flags of the United States, the State of Ohio, and the City of Cleveland. I thought this was a neat addition as it added local symbols of pride to the ballpark. To my dismay, though, when I would attend Tribe games with people, almost no one could recognize the Cleveland flag. Most of the time it wasn’t even noticed, but the most common question I heard was, “Why are they flying the French flag?” It occurred to me that almost nobody I know in Cleveland has an emotional attachment to our flag, despite it being one…

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Cleveland Inkubator, A Week-Long Literary Fest (7/24 – 7/29)

Cleveland Inkubator is a FREE week-long literary festival taking place Mon. 7/24 – Sat. 7/29.

 

Cleveland Inkubator features a wide variety of writing workshops, performances, author talks, a book swap party, open mic, and (last but not least) day-long conference at Cleveland Public Library!

Below is the full schedule of events — just click the links to sign up !

Monday 7/24 
Author talk, reading, and musical performance with poet and composer Janice Lowe 
7-9pm at Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, 2920 Detroit Ave., Cleve OH 44102

Tuesday 7/25 
Book Swap Party featuring readings by local writers Lara Lillibridge and Bernard Harris — a great chance to re-gift old books and pick up some new (to you) summer reads 
6:30-9p at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th St., Cleve OH 44113

Wednesday 7/26 
Home Plate: Fictionalizing Familiar Places; an author talk and reading with Detroit and Ann Arbor all-star authors Kelly Fordon and Laura Hulthen Thomas 
7-9pm at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave., Cleve OH 44106

Thursday 7/27 
Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives; a professional staged reading of original work by Cleveland writers and residents on the themes of immigration and American identity
 7-8p at Cleveland Public Square

Friday 7/28 
Lit Cleveland Live: Open Mic Night — open to performers of all genres. Refreshments and live music provided. 
6:30-9pm at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch’s Eastman Reading Garden, 325 Superior Ave, Cleve OH 44113

Sat 7/29 
Cleveland Inkubator conference; a day-long event featuring a wonderful array of writing workshops, keynote speech by Dan Chaon, craft talks, a Resource Fair, and more! 
8:30a-4:30p at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch, 325 Superior Ave, Cleve OH 44113

Again, all of this is 100% FREE, thanks to generous support from our sponsors and members. We hope you’ll make it to at least one (or two, or three) of these events! We truly believe this week offers something for everyone, and we hope it helps strengthen Cleveland and northeast Ohio’s already vibrant community of writers and readers. 

2017 Greater Cleveland Fireworks Displays

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday this July 4th, but fireworks usually tops the list. With that understanding, I’ve compiled a list of area fireworks displays:

Avon Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 following the Crushers baseball game
Where: Sprenger Stadium
2009 Baseball Bolevard

Avon, Ohio 44011

Avon Lake Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 at 9:00pm
Where: Elmwood park
6200 Elmwood Ave
Independence, OH 44131

Brecksville Home Days Fireworks

Dates:

  • July 1, 2017 at 10:00pm
  • July 2, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Downtown Brecksville
Brecksville Road 

in BrecksvilleOhio 44141

Mayfield Fourth of July

Date:  July 1, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Progressive Campus 2
425 N Commons Blvd 

in Mayfield VillageOhio 44143

North Ridgeville “Star Spangled Celebration”

Date:  July 3, 2017 at 10pm
Where: 7565 Avon Belden Rd
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Warrensville Heights Fireworks

Date:  July 2, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Warrensville Heights High School
4270 Northfield Road 

in Warrensville HeightsOhio 44128

North Olmsted Boom

Date:  July 2, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Great Northern Mall
4954 Great Northern Blvd 

in North OlmstedOhio 44070

Independence 4th of July

Date:  July 3, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Elmwood Park
6363 Selig Drive 

in IndependenceOhio 44131

Bratenahl Fourth of July Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Village Park
in BratenahlOhio 44108

Lakewood 4th of July Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 9:45pm
Where: Lakewood Park
in LakewoodOhio 44107

Bay Village Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 9:45pm
Where: Cahoon Memorial Park – West
Cahoon Memorial Park 

in Bay VillageOhio 44140

Solon Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Solon Community Park
6679 SOM Center Rd 

in SolonOhio 44139

Berea Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Coe Lake
in BereaOhio 44017

Cleveland 4th of July Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Shot from where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River in the Flats
in ClevelandOhio 44113

Strongsville 4th of July

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Foltz Athletic Fields
Foltz Parkway 

in StrongsvilleOhio 44136

Westlake Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Clague Park
Clague Road and Hilliard Blvd 

in WestlakeOhio 44145

Home Days On The Green

Dates:

  • July 6, 2017 at 10:00pm
  • July 7, 2017 at 10:00pm
  • July 8, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: 9543 Broadview Road 
in Broadview HeightsOhio 44147

Fairview Park Summerfest

Date:  July 8, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Bohlken Park
West 210 Street 

in Fairview ParkOhio 44126

Brook Park Home Days

Date:  July 9, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Behind Ford Middle School
17001 Holland Rd 

in Brook ParkOhio 44142
As always, have a safe and enjoyable 4th!

Browns Release Their 2017 Training Camp Schedule

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In addition to an upgraded training camp layout that includes more than twice as many seats as previous years, the Browns have modified the ticketing process to ensure as many fans as possible are able to receive an up-close and personal view of the team’s preparations for the 2017 season.

Browns fans may secure prioritized access by registering for tickets online and downloading the Browns Mobile App. Once registered, fans will receive their tickets through the Browns Mobile App to access practice. While registering for tickets is strongly recommended, the team will also grant Cleveland fans admittance to practice sessions on a walk-up basis, as space permits.

Browns 2017 season ticket members will have an exclusive window to register for open practices from June 20-21 prior to public availability opening at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 22.

All tickets to training camp will be accessible through the Browns Mobile App. Printed tickets will not be available for training camp in 2017.

On Friday, Aug. 4, FirstEnergy Stadium will host the Orange & Brown Scrimmage, offering fans a unique chance to enjoy practice in the heart of downtown Cleveland. The stadium practice will be a full-pads scrimmage format in 2017.

The Browns’ largest open session returns to Cleveland after extending opportunities to fans in nearby regions through the Orange & Brown Scrimmage in Columbus the past two seasons and the 2014 Family Day at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

Free registration for the Orange & Brown Scrimmage opens to season ticket members on June 27 and to all fans on June 29. The practice will begin at 5 p.m. and will conclude with select autograph opportunities.

Fans will have the opportunity to register for prioritized access for up to three practices in Berea, along with a maximum of four guests, as space permits. Parties wishing to attend more than three practices or book for groups of six-or-more people are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-824-3434).

When arriving to open practices, fans can access the Browns training facility through the Beech Street entrance, with gates opening one hour before each session starts. Membership-services stations will also be available to all visitors inside and outside the complex to assist fans.

Parking is available on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, near the intersection of Beech Street and Bagley Road.

Source: Cleveland Browns

 

Win Tickets To The 38th Annual Tri-C JazzFest!

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Eight power-packed performances in Playhouse Square’s historic theaters. Nearly 24 hours of live music under the sun and moon. Children’s activities. Cooking demonstrations. Shopping and good eats.

That’s just a glimpse at what’s happening June 22-24 at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.

Downtown’s largest music festival promises to be bigger and better than ever in its 38th year. A full list of shows and scheduled events, plus ticketing information, can be found at www.tri-cjazzfest.com.

Here is the concert lineup, with show times and locations; ticketing information follows:

Thursday, June 22
Dianne Reeves/Chris Botti — 7:30 p.m., Connor Palace
With a buttery-rich and fluid voice, the legendary Dianne Reeves has won five Grammys for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Trumpeter Chris Botti also is a Grammy winner, with four albums having reached No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz charts.

Friday, June 23
Terence Blanchard’s Blue Note Sessions — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and a few musical friends – Kenny Barron, Ravi Coltrane, Carl Allen and David Pulphus – perform music he composed for the Robert DeNiro film The Comedian, in theaters Feb. 3.

Boney James/Norman Brown — 8 p.m., Connor Palace
Saxophonist Boney James fused a love for vintage soul music with mastery of modern production to become one of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade for the 2000s. Norman Brown – a guitarist, composer and singer – has offered tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz for two decades.

Saturday, June 24
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque/Alicia Olatuja — 1 p.m., Allen Theatre
Saxophonist Jane Bunnett, a Juno Award winner, routinely launches creative and exciting projects with Cuban artists such as the five young women in Maqueque. Newcomer Alicia Olatuja earned praise from the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.”

Diego Figueiredo/Anat Cohen Choro Ensemble — 3:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre
Guitarist Diego Figueiredo fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical in a way that made him a winner of the Montreux Jazz Competition and VISA Prize. Anat Cohen, a clarinetist and saxophonist, blends Latin-infused original jazz with the rich musical traditions of Brazil in her Choro Aventuroso program.

Kamasi Washington — 6 p.m., Allen Theatre
Kamasi Washington and his band, The Next Step, offer a modern spin on a big band with two drummers, two acoustic bassists, keyboards, three horns, a pianist and a vocalist. He recently worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Boz Scaggs/Catherine Russell — 8:05 p.m., Connor Palace
Boz Scaggs performed with the Steve Miller Band in the ’60s before embarking on a solo career that produced classic albums such as Silk Degrees (1976) and Middle Man (1980). Catherine Russell’s musical resume includes six chart-topping albums and a Grammy as a featured artist on the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack.

Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective — 10:15 p.m., Allen Theatre
Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective offers a socially conscious journey into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues. He recorded his next album, Caravan, during live performances with the E-Collective in Cleveland, Minneapolis and Dallas earlier this year.

These talents and more fill the Tri-C JazzFest schedule, which features outdoor concerts. Tickets start as low as $25

Music festival scheduled for June 22-24 at Playhouse Square

Get “Keyed Up”
The festival’s outdoor kickoff party — Keyed Up! — begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 23. The event, sponsored by KeyBank, will feature street musicians, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle puppets and more.

Al Fresco Music
Seventeen bands will play on the outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage during JazzFest, with the free performances taking place between 2:30 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. The artists’ stage will be located on Euclid Avenue, with a dance floor under the theater district’s GE Chandelier.

Jazz Talk Tent
Listen to JazzFest artists talk about the music industry and their work in the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent. Casual interviews and meet-and-greets give festival patrons rare, behind-the-scenes access to some of the jazz world’s top performers.

Late-Night Jam Sessions
The JazzFest music and fun extend into the a.m. hours during events hosted at Bin 216, located at 1515 Euclid Ave. at Playhouse Square. Catch legendary Cleveland sax man Ernie Krivda for a Tri-C Jazz Workshop on Friday night, while Saturday brings trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and bassist Johnny Parker. Both events run 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Family Fun
The U.S. Bank KidBop! children’s tent — which will be located in the Cleveland State University gallery at East 13th Street and Euclid Avenue — offers crafts, balloons, face painting, storytime sessions, steel drum performances and pop-in visits by some of the headlining performers.

Shop Talk
Vendor Village will showcase more than 20 local makers selling their wares. From Cleveland-themed T-shirts and barware to fine art and artisanal jewelry, something for every taste awaits.

When Hunger Hits
Food trucks along East 14th Street will provide an assortment of great eats and drinks. In addition, eighteen theater district restaurants will be open for pre- and post-concert dining.

Appetite for Learning
Want to learn how to make bacon-wrapped corn on the cob? Or grilled shrimp with coconut-lime sauce? Or adobo-braised chicken lettuce wraps? Then stop in the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center tent on Euclid Avenue and catch cooking demonstrations from Chef Jack Ahern of the College’s culinary program.

Yoga Session
Find your Zen during a free yoga session under the GE Chandelier at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24. The session will be led by Brianna Halloran of Nirvana Yoga in Mayfield Heights. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and a growing list of donors and members.

Gifts from the George Gund Foundation and Strassman Insurance Services helped stage the outdoor shows.

Updated List: City Recycling Drop Off Sites

Straight from City Hall

The City of Cleveland has completed its roll out of the curbside recycling program and has removed recycling drop-off bins around the city.

As residents take advantage of the convenience of curbside recycling, drop-off sites have seen a decline in usage. Many sites have become locations for illegal dumping.

The City will continue to to accept bulk recycling at its Ridge Road Transfer Facility, located at 3727 Ridge Rd. The facility is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Accepted items include glass, paper, plastic, metals and cardboard.

In addition to the Ridge Road facility, the following recycling drop-off sites will remain available:

Cadillac Music 36th Street & Carnegie Avenue
Captains Grill 6102 Storer Ave.
Cleveland Clinic – DD 10900 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland Clinic-behind florist 10465 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland Clinic-Chester Conf 1945 East 97th St.
Cleveland Clinic-Children’s Hosp Shaker Boulevard & East Boulevard
Cleveland Clinic-Health Space 8911…

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