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Thursday | 07

Funny Stuff

Working Blue at Hilarities

Comedian Josh Blue doesn't mince words: "I've been doing this for ten years, and I'd like to think I'm pretty fucking good at it," he laughs. He's earned that confidence: Following his 2006 win on Last Comic Standing, Blue went on to a regular guest slot on Mind of Mencia and has made repeated appearances on radio shows like NPR's Talk of the Nation. Did we mention that he's done all that while living with cerebral palsy? "I incorporate [my disability] into my act to bring awareness and positivity. Also, if I didn't say anything, people in the room would be like 'What in the world is going on?!?'" Blue returns to Cleveland for six shows tonight through July 10. Just be sure to check your preconceived notions at the door. "My show is interactive, cutting edge, in the moment, and very funny," he says. "If you're expecting something different, you're going to be disappointed." Tonight's show begins at 8; tickets are $20. Snag them at or by phone at 216-736-4242. Hilarities is at 2035 East Fourth St. inside Pickwick & Frolic. — Max Hayden

Family Fun

Walk the Historic Warehouse District

Did you know there's an old theater marquee buried beneath the sidewalk on West Ninth Street? Or that Abraham Lincoln stayed in the nearby Rockefeller Building in 1861? Well, it's true. Explore the Historic Warehouse District tonight with Downtown Cleveland Walking Tours, and find out all the secrets hidden within the 'hood — an area bordered by West Ninth Street, West Sixth Street, Superior Avenue, and St. Clair Avenue. You just might run into the world's first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, or share a moment with Daniel Burnham, the lauded Chicago architect whose Cleveland work included West Ninth's Western Reserve Building (home base of this somewhat trusted news source). Tourists and Clevelanders alike are welcome to take part in the 90-minute stroll, which comes complete with tales of the district's history, architecture, and notable residents. Meet in front of Constantino's Market, at 1278 West Ninth St., and look for your tour guide in a bright yellow shirt. Reservations are not required, and the tours are free — although donations are suggested. The rain-or-shine strolls step off every Thursday at 6 p.m. through September 18. For more information, visit — Courtney Kerrigan

Friday | 08

Rolling Stone's first photographer:

Shooting From the Start

"It was one of those things you could never plan for," says Baron Wolman, the guy who landed the plum gig as Rolling Stone's first chief photographer. "I just thank the photo gods I was there to receive it." When the Columbus-born Wolman left the job in 1970, it was with thousands of portraits of iconic musicians: everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Pete Townshend, and Grace Slick (right) to Jerry Garcia. Recently, Wolman compiled scores of those photos into a 176-page book. Every Picture Tells a Story: Baron Wolman, the Rolling Stone Years won't be released until September. But this weekend Wolman will be autographing hot-off-the-presses copies at the Majic 105.7 Rock Art Show at Legacy Village. Also on display: a rare collection of original photos, posters, animation, drawings, and handwritten song lyrics from classic artists like Paul McCartney, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd, as well as some of Wolman's own photos. "Guys like Jerry and Jimi didn't think they were stars," Wolman recalls from his home in Santa Fe. "They were our friends and neighbors. When we hooked up with them, it was just us going to see our friends play music. It wasn't until years later, when musicians started restricting access, that I realized what a gift I had received." The show takes place in space directly above Starbucks. It is free and open to the public through Sunday; today's hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Legacy Village is at 25001 Cedar Rd. in Lyndhurst; for directions or more information, go to — Elaine T. Cicora

Buy Buy

Arts Fest in Cain Park

Hold onto your paycheck: The Cain Park Arts Festival is back again. Since its inception in the late 1970s, the juried arts and crafts show has grown into a three-day event, invariably held during the hottest, sweatiest weekend of the year. But who cares if the relative humidity tops 98 percent when you're surrounded by 150 of the most skillful artisans in the country, selling everything from watercolors and photography to jewelry, hand-blown glass, pottery, and sculptures? Today's hours are 3 to 8 p.m., and admission is free. The fest continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; wait until then, though, and admission will set you back five bucks. Cain Park is at 14591 Superior Rd. in Cleveland Heights. For more information, call 216-291-3669 or visit — Kerrigan

La Vida Local

Cooking Under the Stars

Fire-roasted corn and black bean salsa, vegetable pappardelle seasoned with fresh garlic and shallots, and summer berries with Grand Marnier whipped cream: That's the menu tonight at Cooking Under the Stars, an evening of culinary instruction with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients — some of them sourced from the gardens of the Shaker Historical Society. "We're focusing on all the things that deal with those gardens, old and new," says Lynn Hutchison, the society's director of education. "We wanted to emphasize healthy eating with fresh-from-the-garden food." At the stove will be Cleveland chef and cooking instructor Robin Blair, owner of Cooking with C.A.R.E.; after Blair demonstrates the dishes, she'll let you eat them. Single attendees pay $50, couples cost $85, and members get a discount. For reservations, call 216-921-1201; visit for more information. The Shaker Historical Society is at 16740 South Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights.


Saturday| 09

Music in the Valley

Jam Like It's 1869

The phrase "There's music in the air!" is usually hyperbole; but today and tomorrow at Hale Farm and Village, it's a statement of stone-cold fact. The outdoor living history museum in the Cuyahoga Valley is holding its 36th annual Music in the Valley days: Its streets, greens, orchards, barns, and benches will be jam-packed with acoustic folk musicians and those who love to hear them. Bring your own fiddle or lap dulcimer and prepare to join an informal jam session; or tote along a lawn chair and just listen in. In addition to the music, you can enjoy glass-blowing, blacksmithing, and candle-dipping demonstrations, as well as the farm animals, gardens, and historic structures that make up this museum of mid-1800s lifestyles. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10, and less for members and children. For more information, call 330-666-3711 or visit Hale Farm and Village is at 2686 Oak Hill Rd. in Bath. — Hayden

World Premiere

Derby Film Debuts at the Akron Civic

Since 1936, the All-American Soap Box Derby has been run at Derby Downs in Akron. A new film by writer, director, and actor Corbin Bernsen honors that tradition — and at the same time may help to keep the derby alive for generations to come. Tonight marks the world premiere of 25 Hill, the story of a boy whose quest to win the soap box derby leads to an unlikely friendship. Starring Bernsen (perhaps best known as playboy lawyer Arnie Becker in TV's L.A. Law) and 13-year-old Nathan Gamble (The Dark Knight), 25 Hill was shot last year in and around Akron, making the Civic Theatre the obvious site for its 8 p.m. world premiere. The derby's real-life money woes were part of what prompted the film, and a portion of the movie's proceeds will go back to the derby. Tickets are $25 and include a special-edition DVD; get them through Ticketmaster or at the box office at 330-253-2488. For more information, visit The theater is at 182 South Main St. in Akron. — Lydia Munnell

Christmas in July

Swine Smash Comes to Lakewood

A "Christmas in July" party? You know you want it! And this one comes fully decorated with a pig roast, sumo wrestling, and a dunk tank. Swine Smash in the Alley kicks off today, and it's got a lot more to offer than just a jolly old fat man. Yuck it up with comedian Bill Squire and special guest Chad Zumock from The Alan Cox Show. Get your dance on to the sounds of bands like Carlos Jones, the Burning River Ramblers, and Hawkeye. Dig into roast pork, pulled pork, and pigs in a blanket — then wash it down with a Great Lakes Christmas Ale! Also on the bill: a cornhole tournament and a free T-shirt for the first 100 patrons who show up when doors open at 1 p.m. If all that is not reason enough to head to the alley behind Around the Corner and Dewey's Pizza, there's this: Admission is free, and proceeds from the sale of food and drinks support the Solter Foundation and Malachi House. The celebrating lasts till 8 p.m. or later at 18616 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Check it out at — Kerrigan

Sunday | 10

At the Library

Jingle Sticks and Jug Bands in Lakewood

With members sporting names like "Glarly Snag" and "Uh ... Clem," the Smokin' Fez Monkeys are no ordinary gypsy-jazz jug band. And those odd stage names are just the beginning of understanding what this one-of-a-kind group is all about. Consider this: In the early 1930s, many jug bands originated along the Ohio River playing a mix of traditional and homemade instruments. The Fez Monkeys honor that tradition with their own homemade "jingle sticks," which they'll be bringing to the Lakewood Public Library today at 2 p.m. And just what is a jingle stick? Well, it's sort of a "garage sale on a stick," explains Uh ... Clem, the band's upright bass player. You'll find out what that means during this afternoon's concert, where you can see the whole gang play their quirky, original tunes. It's free, family-friendly, and held in the main auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library, at 15425 Detroit Ave. No registration is required. Call 216-226-8275 for more information. — Ryan Young

Neigh Sayers

Horse Show Gallops Into Moreland Hills

Feel like horsing around with Cleveland's equine elite? Hoof it on over to Moreland Hills today to take part in the annual Chagrin Valley Hunter-Jumper Classic, a AA-rated horse show and competition that includes food, shopping, family activities, and canine events. While the event runs through July 23, today's competition focuses on hunters, and includes children's, adult amateur, and pony events. The horse show is coordinated by the Chagrin Valley Professional Horsemen's Association and attracts riders from around the country; the "AA" rating means competitors stand to win big cash prizes. Today is one of several competition days with free general admission. For more information, visit or call 330-903-9915. Rain or shine, the show begins at 8 a.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, 3841 Chagrin River Rd. in Moreland Hills. — Munnell

Cultivation Nation

Food & Farm Speak at SPACES

Urban capitals are going country, and Cleveland seems poised to jump on the hay, er, band wagon. Inner-city activist and worm wrangler Maurice Small is leading the charge to pave plots with produce rather than asphalt. "Locally grown food in the city is a peace bringer," says the self-proclaimed master composter. "And peace brings people together as a community." Sounds like a recipe for success in our book. Small will join forces with Oberlin professor Johnny Coleman at SPACES tonight for a free dinner discussion about the importance of bringing agriculture into the city. Enjoy a modest meal of locally grown collard greens and learn how Small's favorite dirt dwellers turn our trash into treasured humus. Get your fill of food and farm-speak from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Check out for more info, or call 216-621-2314. — Phil Barnes

Monday | 11

Big Questions

Mars, Microbes & Dortmunder Gold

Is there life on Mars? Good question. Is there beer on Mars? A better question yet! While answers to these burning issues remain in short supply, you can learn about plenty of other intriguing topics tonight at 6:30 at Case Western Reserve University's Science Cafe, held in the Tasting Room of the Great Lakes Brewing Company. On tonight's menu: Dr. Ralph Harvey, CWRU's associate professor of planetary materials, presenting a program dubbed "Mars, Meteorites, and Microbes: An Update on the Continuing Search for Life on Mars." Harvey, currently working on mission support for future Mars explorations, will lead tonight's participants through explorations of Martian history and the planet's relation to Earth — all over a nice, cold brewski. (The event is free, but budget in extra bucks for a Dortmunder Gold or two.) For more information, call 216-368-5176 or visit The tasting room is at 2701 Carroll Ave. in Ohio City. — Hayden

Monday | 11

Family Fun

Rocket Girls Launches at IWASM

The end of the space shuttle program seems like a fitting time to launch a retrospective on women in space, says Marcy Frumker of the International Women's Air & Space Museum. After all, prior to the shuttle program, no American woman had ever left the earth's atmosphere. The museum's new exhibition, Rocket Girls: Women Astronauts & the Space Shuttle, aims at recognizing these brave pioneers: the pilots, doctors, scientists, engineers, and military officers who went on to become space shuttle astronauts. To help tell their story, IWASM is displaying never-before-seen images from NASA's archives that help visitors "go behind the scenes" of the space program. The free exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through November 13. For more information, call 216-623-1111 or visit The museum is inside the Burke Lakefront Airport terminal building at 1501 North Marginal Rd. — Maile

Tuesday | 12

On the Wall

Exhibit Examines the Fabric of Life

Fiber artist Libby Chaney grew up in Lakewood, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, then hopped aboard a Greyhound bound for California. She stayed there for 25 years, teaching art classes, raising a family, and developing a distinctive quilting style that she likens to painting with fabric. Now Chaney — who has taken up part-time residency in the area — has more than a dozen of her quilted works on display at Tregoning & Co. The exhibit — her first in Ohio since 1967 — spans nearly 20 years of work, starting with 1993's serene "Jimmy" to this year's "Valley of the Shadow," a grim meditation on grief created in the wake of a devastating personal loss. Some pieces emphasize texture, others are studies in color, and some even drift toward the traditional — although that's the exception. "I'm more interested in relating my work to art technique than to quilting," she cautions. Regardless of the specifics, Chaney's works mirror the process of living. "It's about creating problems you need to solve," she says. "And about doing it using materials you love." Chaney's exhibition, I/Travel/Eye, remains on view through August at 1300 West 78th St.; today's gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition will also be open during upcoming Third Friday events at the 78th Street Studios, July 15 and August 19. For additional hours and information, visit or call 216-281-8626. — Cicora

Wednesday | 13

Party in the Park

Jazz It Up at Wade Oval Wednesday

Wow! It's time again for Wade Oval Wednesday, the weekly summertime party in University Circle. Tonight's family-friendly concert features Mojo Big Band swinging the standards of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, and the premier composers of today. Chances are, you won't be alone: Every year, more than 10,000 visitors bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to these free Wednesday-evening concerts, where they relax, dance, or just dig the music. This year's series continues through August 31. Mojo will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.; find them in University Circle at 10831 Magnolia Dr. For more information, call 216-791-3900 or visit — Maile

See, Food

Walk & Dine in the Gateway District

Check out luxurious condos and apartments, sample fine foods and beverages from neighborhood restaurants, and get your exercise too at tonight's 14th annual Walk & Dine tour in the Historic Gateway District. Some of tonight's stops include the Park Building, Residences at 668, and the Tudor Arms. Coordinator Marcia Mandell says the event always attracts a diverse group, including tourists, locals, and the just plain curious. "Some people may be thinking about buying and some are seeing what's available for the future, so it attracts a lot of different types." When you're done walking and dining, finish the night with a reception at Fat Fish Blue. Tickets are $60 at 216-771-1994. The tour steps off at 5:30 p.m. from the old Arcade at 401 Euclid Ave. — Kerrigan


Phil Ochs' Flick Returns

When the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune made its Cleveland debut in April, both screenings sold out in record time. The biopic about the late singer-songwriter returns to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall tonight at 7 p.m. Seats may still be scarce, so be sure to reserve early. Ochs was an important singer-songwriter of protest songs in the 1960s with a strong Ohio connection: He studied for a time at Ohio State and lived briefly in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid, before taking his considerable talents to N.Y.C.'s folk-music scene. Always beset by mental health problems, Ochs nevertheless surpassed the usual Greenwich Village circuit, going on to perform at the Newport Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall before taking his own life in 1976. Directed by Kenneth Bowser, the 96-minute film, which is named after one of Ochs' best-known songs, includes interviews with Joan Baez, Sean Penn, and Pete Seeger, as well as a number of Ochs' compositions. Tickets are $9, with discounts for seniors and students. Reserve in advance at or in person at the museum box office; a limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. The museum is at 11150 East Blvd.; call 216-421-7350. — Munnell

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