Northeast Shores Community Development Corporation — the CDC in the North Collinwood neighborhood — has launched its own version of an art walk, Walk All Over Waterloo, from 6-10 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 3 and 10. It emphasizes the arts, but it's more expansive than that, including a wiffle-ball game. Don't miss Fragments, an exhibit of work by Geoff Sallay, at the Waterloo 7 Gallery (16006 Waterloo Rd., schmidtsculpture.com). The Elyria native and 2007 Kent State University graduate makes his free-form, abstract acrylic paintings on splash- and puddle-shaped cutouts of paneling. They're edged with a molded border of foam rubber, which seems to contain the pools of layered and splattered paint. It's free.
The White House power grab that took place during the Bush years inspired author David Swanson to refer to W's two terms as "the Imperial Presidency." But more importantly, it inspired him to write a book about reversing the damage. Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union went on sale yesterday. It's billed as "a citizen's guide to the long-term task of removing power from the hands of one person, placing it in the body of the representatives and making sure that body truly represents the American people." Nothing radical here: just a roadmap for returning to representative democracy. Swanson is co-founder of AfterDowning.org, creator of ConvictBushCheney.org and was press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 Presidential campaign. He'll talk and sign copies of the book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Mac's Backs (1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.2665, macsbacks.com). It's free.
It hasn't been as painful as the Indians' infamous trades to the Yankees, but the Cleveland Orchestra seems to have played a key role in the development of music directors for the New York Philharmonic. First came Lorin Maazel, music director from 1972-1982 (and not back since). He held posts with the Vienna State Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony before taking over as music director in New York in 2002. His successor is Alan Gilbert (young for the job at age 42), who was assistant conductor here from 1995 to 1997, before becoming principal conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He begins his tenure with the New York Philharmonic September 16, with a concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming.