Arts Culture

Grand Opening of Level Three Gallery

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 22:43.
06/01/2007 - 18:00
06/01/2007 - 22:00

It is great to see more progress in the growth of the art scene in the mid-town and St. Clair arts district area, with the opening of Level Three Gallery this weekend... another sign of vibrant life. I like the work of the artists I know from this group so am glad to see them situated again - some showed together at Buzz, on W. 25th, which I liked very much. I look forward to seeing this new space and their new work. So, this Friday, June 1, art and culture lovers should start with a tour through the Hough bakeries, at the Inner Circle, for Happy Hour, then head over to CIA for their opening of Design Values 2, and then to Level Three for their opening, described below. By the end of the evening, you will not have driven far, will have done lots of great, authentic Cleveland things, and had plenty of opportunites for good company, art, food and cheer.


Level Three Gallery
3635 Perkins Ave Minutes from downtown - free parking available
Cleveland, OH
United States

07.05.27 Header of the Day: Edwin at the Inner Circle

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/27/2007 - 01:53.

Edwin at Inner Circle Restaurant

Located in the heart of the historic Hough Bakeries Complex is the Inner Circle, a weekend club and reception facility operated for the past 7 years by the Hot Sauce Williams family. Starting shortly, operation of the Inner Circle will expand to extended hours every day, featuring a cybercafe, meeting space, computer terminals, free wifi, independent film, the Linux Cafe, art, culture, and great food, coffee, and even wine tastings, via a broader partnership of friends. This pan is from the deck and patio area, and features Guyanese chef and reggae performer and DJ Edwin, who will help operate the Inner Circle, shown with Hot Sauce Williams founder LeMaud Williams, as well.

Art of the Day: Mashups by ClevelandSGS

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 22:30.

ClevelandSGS Sign Mashup

I recently received an email from ClevelandSGS giving props to realneo, with a link to the ClevelandSGS space on Flickr. I hadn't heard of ClevelandSGS so I checked it out and was awed - it is an amazing assemblage of scanned historic documents and current photos of signage and scenes in Cleveland - a significant community asset in those respects - and a powerful gallery of "Mash-ups" not to be missed. But I still don't know what is ClevelandSGS. Do you? It is the Art of the Day, so read on


art of the day

Submitted by Susan Miller on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 06:49.

Who is the artist and where is this public art located?
Other images attached.

07.05.18 Header of the Day: "Merging" by Athena Tacha

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 17:59.

Tacha Merging panorama

One of my favorite works of public art in NEO is "Merging", by Athena Tacha, which is a large scale stone and water installation on the campus of Case University, nicely positioned near the Gehry designed Peter B. Lewis Building. The sculpture is part of the Putnam Sculpture Collection, and additional information and other images of this work are found here. This panorama was taken on a beautiful, brisk, sunny spring day, May 18, 2007, from the top of the sculpture.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 13:11.

When I was traveling a number of years ago in Santorini, Greece with a young woman I still know,  I had an experience that doesn’t happen much in this country.   We were eating dinner in a small bistro when volla! The waiter came to our table with a bottle of wine and two glasses, filled the glasses and left the bottle  – announcing that the wine was “compliments to the lady” from two men at another table.  That was great!


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 12:08.

I have a theory that images influence our mood.  In particular, I believe that color and shape  in images impact our daily behavior.  Images certainly may even control more than our mood, but let’s start simply with mood.   There are images we turn our heads away from because we don’t want to view them, and there are images which we return again and again to view.  What does that tell you? 

University Circle Blog on Joe Stanley and "Design for people, not institutions"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 17:46.

Joe Stanley

 It is very nice to see my favorite real urban planner Joe Stanley featured on Lee Batdorff's very informative University Circle Blog - and thanks to Joe for mentioning us here at realneo! We set up and host his site, which is one of the best uses of Drupal in this region, and presents excellent work by a talented planner and designer. Joe is working on all the community development projects I'm involved with, including overall East Cleveland planning and the Star Intergenerational Neighborhood planning and The Intergenerational School, along with other work Joe does independently.

Artworks Deadline April 30th--Applications can be faxed

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 14:57.
04/26/2007 - 15:48
04/30/2007 - 15:48

What is ArtWorks?


Carol Hummel, Pamela Dodds, Ann Bralliar at Asterisk (& Tremont Art Walk)

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/24/2007 - 12:29.
05/11/2007 - 18:00
05/11/2007 - 23:00

Asterisk Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-11 p.m.

(during Tremont Art Walk)

May 11 - June 2, 2007


Asterisk Gallery
2393 Professor Ave. During Tremont Art Walk
Cleveland, OH
United States


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 04/20/2007 - 13:17.

I offer these flowers for Mr. Bartimole and Mr. Renner to put on their desks.   Their's is the type of reportage which we need more of in Ohio. 

2007 CIA Spring Design Show

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 11:01.
04/27/2007 - 17:30
04/27/2007 - 20:30

  While I don't really care for the Cleveland Institute of Art slogan "Making Art Work" (to me, work is a 4-letter-word, and art is not), the CIA turns out some of the hardest working and most work-force attractive designers in the world, and each year showcases their talent at an annual Design Show. To get a sense of what to expect, here is my preview of the show from 2005 (missed the 2006 show - will be there this year!).

Here's more info from the official invitation...


Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH
United States

2007 CIA BFA Thesis Exhibition

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 10:52.
05/07/2007 - 18:30
05/07/2007 - 21:00

Few occassions in NEO or anywhere offer a more diverse and exciting perspective on life and art than the annual CIA BFA Thesis Exhibitions... from the CIA Website: See exceptional work by the next generation of artists and designers as graduating students present their Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions. The Joseph McCullough Center will be bursting with energy and excitement as the Institute’s graduating seniors challenge the public with fresh ideas and commentaries on our world. Work will be presented in all media including performance and installation art. The senior thesis project is the culmination of a student’s career at the Institute. Please join us to celebrate their achievements!

Exhibition Hours


Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue The Joseph McCullough Center
Cleveland, OH
United States

Music of the Day: George Foley

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 00:35.

Claes and I were picking up Evelyn at the University Circle Arabica Sunday around 5 and I heard one of my favorite sounds flowing over from my favorite area spot - the Barking Spider - roots jazz. I knew who I would find there... the finest roots jazz musician I know in town, George Foley... so we headed right over. George plays and sings, solo and with many area musicians, in every imaginable combo, all over town, and it is always a fun, uplifting and inspiring experience.

Nationally Celebrated Arts and Education Speakers Coming to Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 12:55.
04/27/2007 - 08:30
04/27/2007 - 14:00

Learn how the arts can change everything...from an individual to a nation!  Young Audiences invites you to hear two dynamic and engaging speakers on Friday, April 27th:

  Sir Ken Robinson, a senior advisor for education policy at the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and expert in the development of creativity,education and the economy. 8:30 a.m., the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade.   FREE. 
  Aaron Dworkin , accomplished violinist and the founder of The Sphinx Organization, which works to overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music, and to encourage Black and Latino participation in the field.  12:00 p.m., Jacobs Field Terrace Club.  The cost is $25 and includes lunch. Registration required.


Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
420 Superior Avenue Followed by performance and lunch at Jacob's Field Terrace Club
Cleveland, OH
United States

Ubu Projex in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 15:31.


Ubu Projex NEO is the home of all NEO things Pere Ubu and David Thomas, having strong roots in Northeast Ohio and loyal to the region... playing, creating and recording here often. Whenever a Ubu Projex connection is in NEO, REALNEO will be sure to let the community know and report back on the genius shared at these events.

TRUE ART GALLERY presents Michaelle Marshall, Jeanetta Ho and Laurel Herbold

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 16:40.
04/06/2007 - 18:00
04/06/2007 - 22:00

TRUE ART GALLERY presents Michaelle Marshall, Jeanetta Ho and Laurel Herbold, April 6 – 30



True Art Gallery
410 E. 156th St.
Cleveland, OH
United States

From Groundworks: "a must-see performance"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 21:35.
03/29/2007 - 20:00
03/29/2007 - 22:00

From Groundworks: "a must-see performance". I know my friend Marjorie Talalay is very big on this troup so I believe this must be a must see... I'll try to see... learn more at Cleveland Public Theater... check it out... press release below...


Cleveland Public Theater
6415 Detroit Avenue 216.631.2727, Offices: x500, Box Office: x501
Cleveland, OH
United States

TOD update from Richard McDougald Enty, Planning Team Leader, Programming & Planning Department, GCRTA

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 17:02.

I received an informative email this afternoon from Richard McDougald Enty, Planning Team Leader, Programming & Planning Department, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, about some of their Transit Oriented Development initiatives and vision. It is very exciting to see this as an active subject for discussion and planning here. I am a strong supporter of Transit Oriented Development and consider it the core foundation on which we should rebuild the City of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs.  Here is the vision from RTA:

Screening party for REALNEO feature on WVIZ Applause!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 14:48.
03/29/2007 - 18:00
03/29/2007 - 20:00

Filming of Applause at WVIZ

This week's edition of Dee Perry's arts & culture television program Applause!, on WVIZ, features a segment on REALNEO... so I'd like to invite all the friends of realneo to join us for a screening party for the first broadcast of the program, Thusday, March 29, from 7:30 - 8:00 PM, at the great A.J. Rocco's Cafe, at 816 Huron Road, by East 9th Street. As a special treat, I was pleased to learn that A.J. Rocco's had already planned a very cool and complimentary event for that evening - Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman will be the guest bartender from 6-8 PM.


A. J. Rocco's
816 Huron Road if you can't attend, tune in on WVIZ at 7:30 PM
Cleveland, OH
United States

REALNEO to be featured on WVIZ Applause, premiering this Thursday, March 29, 2007

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 12:33.

Screenshot for Applause program featuring REALNEO

I was quite honored to be contacted, a few weeks ago, by the producer of one of my favorite television programs, Dee Perry's "Applause", asking for information about REALNEO. Seems he was doing research on the spectacular Convivium 33 Gallery, which we have featured extensively on REALNEO, covering Christopher Pekoc here and Clarence Van Duzer here (photos from which were featured in Cleveland Magazine), so REALNEO came up in search results. The producer saw REALNEO as in interesting source of insight on arts and culture in NEO and suggested to his staff doing a segment on Applause about REALNEO. Even though we scheduled the interview, this seemed very abstract until I just saw a promotion on WVIZ for the show, featuring a scrolling view of the REALNEO home page.

Spring Suzuki Workshop at the Windermere United Methodist Church in East Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:22.

A Spring Suzuki Workshop will be held at the Windermere United Methodist Church on Euclid Avenue, from April 9 - 13th, in East Cleveland. Our guest faculty will be Arvilla Rovit.

  Arvilla Rovit has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory and Hsin-yun Huang.  A graduate of the internationally acclaimed School for Strings Teacher Training Program (New York), a two-year apprentice program in Suzuki Pedagogy, and having attended numerous Teacher Training Workshops, Ms. Rovit is Suzuki Teacher Certified to teach violin and viola.  Her Suzuki viola teachers have included William Preucil, Sr., and Betsy Stuen-Walker.  Upon graduating from Juilliard Arvilla was awarded a Special Award for Achievement by Drs. Marilyn Pearl and Norman Roland.

At the CPL - Art: Trilogy, Anonymity, and Eclecticism

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 21:57.

Proud to see my parents support this exciting expression of the arts in NEO, hosted at the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library - thanks to Charles Burkett for pointing out this notice about the show on the CPL website. - it is worth checking out this exhibition, organized by the very cool Elmer Buford

Art: Trilogy, Anonymity, and Eclecticism

100 pieces of African Art and African American Art


Submitted by Normal on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 23:29.
04/10/2007 - 21:30
04/10/2007 - 23:30

The great NEO-roots arts Champion David Thomas - driving force behind the amazing Pere Ubu, Rocket From The Tombs, and all things Ubu Projex - brings his Two Pale Boys to Cleveland for their only show in the United States. REALNEO will be there to share the excitement... see some brief notes from my interview with David Thomas from his last RFTT tour through Cleveland here. Make your plans now to turn out for this remarkable event and support the most innovative musical genius ever to rise from our region... and support the Beachland! More below:



David Thomas and two pale boys continue to support their last release
titled, 18 Monkeys On A Dead Man's Chest (Smog Veil).  The album is the
group's fifth release and their third studio album.  It takes the group's
extraordinary sonic lexicon, the trademark soundscaping of  electronic
trumpeter Andy Diagram and guitar/synthesist Keith Moliné, and injects it
with a furious rock urgency. Check the zigzagging riffs and knife-edge
angularity of the blistering "Numbers Man."  There are no drums on this
track and no drums at all during the band's live performance of the material
from the album.

April 10th
at Beachland Ballroom
in Cleveland, Ohio
9:30 pm set time

18 Monkeys On A Dead Man's Chest contains the following nine tracks 1) "New
Orleans Fuzz," 2. "Numbers Man," 3. "Little Sister," 4. "Habeas Corpus," 5.
"Brunswick Parking Lot," 6. "Nebraska Alcohol Abuse," 7. "Sad Eyed
Lowlands," 8. "Golden Surf" and 9. "Prepare for The End."

"Ceaselessly inventive"
- Sunday Times

"Twisted and inspired, it is like everything and nothing you've ever
heard...beautiful and haunted stuff in which to both lose and find
- Time Out

"His otherworldly, slightly deranged voice...bears comparison with no other
voice: child-like, full of guilt, pitched somewhere around, although not at,
falsetto, but - and this is the fulcrum of his appeal, around which his
whole oeuvre pivots - it has a serene, mournful quality. Nick Drake and Ian
Curtis had that quality too, but Thomas's palette is broader, his
inclination more avant-garde."
- The Guardian


Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH
United States