Ingenuity Fest

When: Fri., Sept. 24 2010

In recent years, the annual Ingenuity Fest of the arts has kicked off with a massive drum jam. This year they're kicking it up a notch or two with the "Wild Music Marching Band." Bands from throughout the region — and anybody else with an instrument — are invited to join in. They'll start from Playhouse Square at about 4:30 Friday, parade to Public Square, then head over to the subway level of the Detroit Superior Bridge, where this year's festivities are slated to unfold over three days. Bands, dance companies, a digital graffiti wall, and artists of all stripes will populate the half-mile span where the city's streetcars used to run. One of the scheduled highlights: Thousands of gallons of water will be dumped off the Detroit Superior Bridge all weekend, like a waterfall into the Cuyahoga — a profligate display of Great Lakes water wealth, pointing to the fact that lots of folks around the world don't have it so good. Ingenuity runs from 4:30 Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, noon Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It's all free this year, so you've got no excuse not to go hang out in the underbelly of forgotten Cleveland. The Detroit Superior Bridge is accessible on the west bank of the Cuyahoga off West 25th St. at the Superior Viaduct, and on the east bank off West Ninth St. For information go to ingenuitycleveland.org or call 216-589-9444. — Michael Gill

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