Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Boomer Bash 2017 – Photo & Video Recap

We had a great time at the inaugural Boomer Bash on November 8, 2017 at Eton Chagrin Boulevard.

Here are some of the smiling faces from the evening. Look for more events from Boomer & Beyond in 2018!



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Cleveland Radio Days

Naked people, over-the-top stunts and bizarre conversations. Yup, that sounds like Cleveland radio. Two new books uncover the good, the bad and the nude. ...
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You Don’t Spell Success with Dollar Signs



Pop Culture Chronicles

You don’t spell success with dollar signs.


What does success mean to you? Look, I don’t try to write about sports. There are plenty of people who know a lot more about sports than me. At least they think they do and I don’t feel like arguing about it.

I want the home teams to win, and after that I watch the World Series or Super Bowl and chant “Wait ’til next year” like a mantra. Have to say I was really proud of the Indians this season. When I was growing up we used to say, “Go Tribe — and take the Cavs with you!”

The Browns were always hot, but at one point the Indians were selling players to make payroll. You went to an Indians game to see some of the greats playing on the other team.

For the past few years you saw the excitement and civic pride grow with each Tribe and Cavs season. Now, about the Browns. Close your eyes, sit in a lotus position and repeat after me: “Wait ’til next year. Wait ’til next year.”

Here’s what I’m getting at. We all have our own concept of success, but that should include celebrating every victory no matter how small it seems. Did you win the office pool? Maybe you got a prime parking space. How about if someone really liked a gift you got them? What if you were just proven right about something?

Another thing: You might be retired, your kids might be grown up, and you sit around in sweatpants all day. The only time you put on regular clothes is to go to funerals for people who exercised.

Now is the time to try something new, maybe something you always wanted to do. I used to work with Ben Holbert over at Channels 19 and 43.

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Akron Art Museum Goes for the Gold (and Other Metals)

Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister said, “Metal is rich in cultural connotations. Regardless of whether they are using gold, copper, silver, iron or another metal, the artists in this exhibition are mindful of the meaning of their chosen materials. Some artists make statements regarding value by disguising cast-off or common everyday items, such as cardboard or clothing, to resemble precious metals.”

Artists whose work is featured in Heavy Metal include Yayoi Kusama, whose wildly popular Infinity Mirrors exhibition is currently traveling across the country, as well as Kent State University School of Art associate professor Mahwish Chishty, and University of Akron associate professor of art Sherry Simms. Additional artists on view in the exhibition include Lynda Benglis, Lorna Simpson, Dale Goode, Michelle Grabner, Sarah Paul, Corrie Slawson and others.

Sometimes weighty, other times lighthearted, the themes expressed in Heavy Metal are articulated both through abstraction and realistic representation. As a playful critique of the fashion and cosmetic industry, Simms created a necklace that presents a cast of her own mouth in lipstick. Kusama’s Chair, part of the Akron Art Museum’s collection, has not been on view for three years and combines elements of domesticity—furniture, sewing—with surreal, metallic phallic protrusions.

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Cleveland Orchestra Individual Tickets on Sale in August

Individual concert tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season and 100th year of concerts go on sale on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, online at, by phone at 216-231-1111, and in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  The season marks the launch of the Orchestra’s Second Century and is the 16th year of its acclaimed partnership with Franz Welser-Möst.

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Concerts & Festival Roundup


Concert & Festival Season

No Excuse to Stay Home

By Breanna Mona

Summer may just be getting started, but it’s already sizzling with these red hot shows and festivals.

Whether you prefer your outings big or small, your seasonal calendar just got a bit fuller. Check out these sensational headliners and something-for-everyone festivals — and good luck picking just one.


Star-Studded Lineup

Quicken Loans Arena is hosting a couple of major milestone performances this season. First up, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond celebrates the big 5-0 with his 50th anniversary 2017 world tour May 30. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are on what may be their final tour, celebrating 40 years. Petty recently confessed to Rolling Stone Magazine, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road.” They’re coming June 10.

Other concerts: It’s always hip to be square with Huey Lewis & The News. Check out their Hard Rock Rocksino performance June 10. Paul Simon’s 2017 tour proceeds will benefit the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Be a part of the effort June 13 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Billy Joel knows how to fill a stadium, after breaking records with over 33 consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden. Perhaps the most anticipated show of the summer, Joel is up to bat at Progressive Field on July 14. Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper will make quite a pair at Blossom Music Center on July 28, right before James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt hit the same stage Aug.

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This is Super, Man

From Cleveland to Krypton

Superman was born on Krypton, but he was created in Cleveland.

The original superhero is getting a supersized tribute at the Cleveland Public Library starting this month and running through the end of the year.

“Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton” honors not only Superman but also his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in an exhibit that stretches across three floors of the main library at 325 Superior Ave.

The exhibit follows the world’s greatest superhero from his creation in Cleveland to his growing international popularity, his influence on the current superhero craze, his connection to social justice and immigration issues, and the pride Cleveland maintains for its homegrown hero.   

Highlights include a supersized Superman statue by David Deming, rare items from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors, and a costume worn by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns.”

Curtis, the writer of the Dick Tracy comic, donated more than 15,000 items to the library.


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Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland Public Theatre

& Teatro Publico de Cleveland present


By Fabio Rubiano Orjuela


Written and Performed in Spanish

With English subtitles


Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) and Teatro Publico de Cleveland (TPC) present the US premiere of Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) by playwright Fabio Rubiano Orjuela. The production is directed by Teatro Publico de Cleveland ensemble member Dante Fernando Larzabal and will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles, by TPC ensemble members to run April 6 – 15, 2017 in CPT’s historic Gordon Square Theatre.


About Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare)

Following their acclaimed productions of Gabriel Calderón’s Mi Muñequita in 2015 and Uz, El Pueblo in 2016, Teatro Publico de Cleveland—CPT’s resident Latin American theatre ensemble—returns to the stage with a third Spanish language production in a magical and wildly dark comedy by Columbian playwright Fabio Rubiano Orjuela. Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) is a play about facing a shameful history. A former military man, Salvo, has committed atrocious acts against thousands of families. Years later, he is haunted by unearthly visitors – a troupe of half-animal/half-human ghosts from his violent past, including a boy with a cleft lip. The boundaries between victim and perpetrator blur in this courageous and poignant new play.


Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles thanks to the generous support of The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund.


**Due to graphic language, sexual references and situations, Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) is recommended for mature audiences (ages 16+).**


About Teatro Publico de Cleveland

Teatro Publico de Cleveland (TPC) is a community-based, ensemble theatre group in residence at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT).

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