- You really don't have to be in your 20s or 30s to hang with this bunch.
Adam Tomlinson likes to see his friends move up the corporate ladder. As president of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, the 24-year-old salesman holds court at the group's social powwows, which take place on the first Thursday of every month. At the tiki bar on the Velvet Dog's top deck, as many as 75 professionals talk shop and swap business cards. "It's something to walk up to the CFO or CIO of a company, and here's measly me talking to them," Tomlinson says.
But the club's name is a misnomer. First of all, you don't have to be in your 20s or 30s. Secondly, you can be out of work and just want some place to go to hit an employer up for a job. "Just as long as you have the right attitude," Tomlinson says. "Everything we do helps [stop] the brain drain in Cleveland."
And while it's not designed to be a pick-up club for singles, the chance for romance is always around. "It's a possibility," Tomlinson says. "There's a lot of beautiful people there." Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club meets for happy hour between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Velvet Dog, 1280 West 6th Street. Admission for prospective members is free; if you eventually want to join, you'll have to shell out $50 for annual dues. Call 216-774-1220 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
Rising Star is calling all singers and dancers.
Lora Workman knows talent when she hears it. Do your thing for three minutes, and she'll tell you if you have the goods to get past the Rising Star Talent Preliminaries. Singers and dancers (solo or groups) can try out. Winners progress to the September 20 finals. At that time, the best singing and dancing acts will each win $100, then face off against each other for an additional $200 prize. Last year, nearly 100 acts participated. "Some of them were really good," she says. "They had the costume, had a good look, and knew how to sell it." Auditions are 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. There's no entry fee, but advance registration is required; call 216-771-4444. -- Cris Glaser