Arts Culture


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 15:02.

The following article has been forwarded to David Ellison (because of Ellison’s co sponsorship – with Sally Levine - of the Marcel Breuer re-design re-use exhibit at Ingenuity Fest which is linked here) by Berlin architectural journalist Ulf Meyer.   The article will appear in    NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG (according to Meyer one of Europe’s best papers). Google translator won’t work on the older windows system from which I am now posting.  A quick translation from someone would be great! 
Perhaps we can embarrass the ignorant and financially arrogant Cuyahoga County Commissioners into backing off of their dogmatic demolition plans…..


Tax-Junkie Pep-Rally for the Arts... And I guess that I just dont know

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 09:43.
08/17/2007 - 08:30
08/17/2007 - 10:00

I just got the email below, from the head of a local arts not-for-profit to remain un-named, to protect the innocent: "Norm -- i just wanted to make sure you knew about the "sales pitch" we are about to get.". I read on to see that tax junkie CPAC - Community Partnership for Arts and Culture - is on the Cuyahoga County junk again, now hustling artists and arts organizations to tax themselves and patrons for the benefit of the dealers. Read on... anyone going to this who can cover for realneo?... Note: " RSVP’s are required!" Now, a little art, in honor of this event and the rush for the MedCon and taxation without sober representation, courtesy of Lou Reed:

I dont know just where Im going

But Im gonna try for the kingdom, if I can

cause it makes me feel like Im a man

When I put a spike into my vein

And Ill tell ya, things arent quite the same

When Im rushing on my run

And I feel just like jesus son

And I guess that I just dont know


Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave.
Cleveland, OH
United States

Next Trip To The Inner Circle, Visit "Inner Circle"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 08:49.
08/10/2007 - 12:00
08/10/2007 - 16:00

An important addition was made to The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection, located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University and the grounds of University Circle, with the installation of a fantastic steel sculpture by masterful sculptor and Cleveland Institute of Art President David Deming, which is titled "Inner Circle". Located by the Case residential village, across from the Starbucks, at the intersection of East 115th, Juniper and Bellflower, this work is a great addition to an important art collection, curated by Evelyn Kiefer, that makes University Circle a much more inspiring and remarkable place, with public art.


The Inner Circle Restaurant, at Hough Bakeries
1519 Lakeview Road
East Cleveland, OH
United States

Film and TV Production Incentives - A Real Example From Today's Plain Dealer

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 15:27.

Once again, Cleveland's daily is excited about the latest “drive-by shooting” of the film industry, reporting that 'visitors to the Rock Hall got an extra treat — watching Rainn Wilson, chief geek from “The Office,” shoot scenes for his upcoming movie “The Rocker.” Once again, however, we are missing the big picture ... literally.  While one day's shooting in Cleveland warrants the media attention, the “The Rocker” will be shooting forty-five days in Toronto, Ontario.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 20:21.

           Tiger Swallowtails  fed in this  morning’s sun with their long straw-hose like proboscis sucking up nectar.  Then summer showed its might  with heat, humidity, huge thunderheads building during mid day  culminating in slamming lightening, rolling thunder and a 2” downpour replete with hail – strange that it is cold enough up above us for ice to form, while at the ground level it is a frying pan.   All the trees received their wild wind pruning. 


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 12:18.

Fools rush in -  if you are for a sales tax to build a con center and kennedy mart - you honestly believe that this will trickle down and improve the NEO economy - then you should READ the resolutions (sales tax, use tax) passed by Cuyahoga County Commissioners Hagan and Dimora.  Look at the second line of either resolution.  "money goes into general fund".   There is no language in the resoluions that says that either the sales or use tax is for a  con center and kennedy mart.  This tax will go on for 20 years sucking in about a million a week.  Where will Hagan and Dimora be in 2008 when their terms expire?  Promises, Promises.  Printed in the Plain Dealer.

And Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who voted "against" the tax is in fact complicit.  If he was really against the tax but for a con center (with support from hotel bed taxes as he said) Mr. Jones would have raised in the public hearings the fact that the resolutions were for money going into the general fund, not into a con center account.  Omitting to exercise this ringing argument puts Mr. Jones in a catagory of strong doubt about being "against" the tax.

So, if you REALLY want a concenter and kenmart you would do well to sign a referendum petition right away to help this spring.  Then you can vote the present resolutions down, and insist that the Commissioners introduce and pass   new resolutions which spell out specifically in the resolutions what the sales tax will be used for. 

But then again, maybe you were born yesterday. 


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 07/31/2007 - 13:43.

I  have been following a thread on BrewedFreshDaily concerning Michael Polensek’s radical letter – and whether recreation centers might make a difference to our kids  Mr. Polensek’s ward has been promising to build a youth rec center for about 17 years but can’t seem to get it done.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 19:34.

Following are images of the concepts which were received by Sally Levine and David Ellison for the reuse of the Marcel Breuer designed Ameritrust Tower in Cleveland Ohio.  I extend my appreciation to the designers for their generous dedication and creativity.  I will endeavor to number each of the entries  so that comments can be directed to  specific designs.  I will also  try to make legible the text which is important on many.  A submission from Italy was especially poignant in its text.   Designers, please feel free to log in and amplify your presentations.   This is very cool that so much volunteer creativity went into this event.   Here's my hoping that all the designers who contributed will reap a referred commission or two from their contributions....

Review of Leading State Film and Video Production Incentives

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 20:53.

How and why do film and video production decision get made? A film trade group recently asked those questions, and the answers are not encouraging for Ohio, which continues to say “no” to the adoption of production incentives that other states now consider routine.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 16:10.

You can find a good letter from Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins regarding the quartercent tax hike proposed by Cuyahoga County Commissioners Hagan and Dimora on Brewed Fresh Daily here.  (Dead Link) >On 2/17/09 I noticed the link to BFD was dead. Here is the letter in PDF in its entirety graciously supplied by the author and posted to Realneo on 2/18/09 by JB






Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 07/23/2007 - 22:29.

My neighbor has a spectacular garden with over 600 varieties of Day Lillies.  Yes, the blooms only last for one day, withering and falling off by tomorrow.  


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 07/23/2007 - 00:31.

Ingenuity 2007 is done.

Thanks to James Levin and his staff at Ingenuity Fest 2007.  


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 07/22/2007 - 12:22.

The IngenuityFest public outreach efforts of Sally Levine  and David Ellison are intended to prevent Cuyahoga County from demolishing Cleveland’s Marcel Breuer designed Ameritrust Tower.    Ms. Levine and Mr. Ellison present a “Right vs Might” poster boy case of passionate public citizens who are “right” going up against “City Hall” “might”.   Except in this case it isn’t “City Hall”,   but “County Hall”.  


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 07/21/2007 - 11:00.

In geologic cadence Troika Ranch developed their dark on-stage anthropology.   Could also be a display of schizoid spousal personality disorder  - views in a mad house.  Womens' forearms definitely became homo erections;  stiletto pumps – maturing desire or just vertical ambulatory evolutionary expression?


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 08:44.


Here's the photo of the Breuer Building which respectfully reflects the Breuer neighboring buildings.    Where has the Cleveland Foundation been during the discussion of the removal of the Marcel Breuer Building out of downtown Cleveland, Ohio? 

The CF hasn't been shy about lobbying for wind energy, for which the Foundation is to be applauded.   And the wind energy issue certainly has a political side – the other side from the republican oil and gas industry.  Why doesn't the CF jump in on this historic preservation issue?


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 22:38.


Beauty inside the mind of the beholder? sure, but education from our peers who know the difference helps get us up the ladder of appreciation.  Here's a shot from the plebian street...GOT UGLY?  Marcel Breuer – do you get it?


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 09:54.


If  local eyes are shut to the value of the Breuer,  perhaps this iconic eye of the Building will be recognized  by a sophisticated developer as one reason to remove and reassemble the stone and precast concrete elements hung on the steel core of this 1970 structure.

REALNEO, Claes and Evelyn, make Cleveland Magazine this month, at Gallery U-Haul

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 13:45.

I've appreciated having Cleveland Magazine pick up some of my photos from REALNEO for publication in their print edition - last time featuring the Van Duzer show at Convivium and this month featuring Gallery U-Haul, and my wife Evelyn and son Claes, at the April 11, 2007 Tremont Art Walk... I look forward to seeing you at Patsy Kline's homeless gallery at the July 13 Tremont Art Walk, where she will hold a Gas Money Garage Sale.

Level Three Gallery presents “Objectify”

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 15:23.
07/06/2007 - 18:00
07/06/2007 - 22:00

My wife and I are big fans of NEO artist Gina DeSantis - I started buying her functional ceramic pieces when she first showed at Buzz (we love her rice bowls designed with chopsticks in mind). When Buzz closed, we hunted Gina down to continue buying her work. So, when she announced Level Three Gallery it was such good news... be sure to check Level Three Gallery and Gina's work (above) out at their upcoming show, described below...


Level Three Gallery
3635 Perkins Ave
Cleveland, OH
United States

2007 Midtown Brews Series: Sarah Morrison, founder/director of MORRISONDANCE

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 15:04.
07/12/2007 - 17:30
07/12/2007 - 19:30

2007 Midtown Brews Series: Midtown Brews connects innovative thinkers with global perspectives on our regional economy. Join us for our next conversation...Thursday, July 5


2530 Superior Avenue, Suite 600
Cleveland, OH
United States

06.22.07 Header: Spaces Opening on Superior Viaduct

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/23/2007 - 23:10.

Friday, June 22, 2007, "Storage Spaces" opened at Spaces Gallery - continuing their orientation on "Shrinking Cities". It is a very cool show, with many great works in a variety of mediums. And Spaces is a cool arts anti-establishment. As I was up there on the Viaduct, shown in the header attached below, I reflected it has changed character so much, with the growth of condos contrasting with the shrinking cities theme of the moment, since I lived in one of the loft buildings a bit further down... before the viaduct went glass and chrome. I already miss the old days of industrial decay.


Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 14:54.

Why are we so behind in Northeast Ohio when it comes to preservation?

Two articles converged onto my conciousness this week in the midst of an attempt to save the Breuer from destruction.

Brooklyn Waterfront Called Endangered Site

here's a quote: “The buildings really represent an important part of Brooklyn’s heritage, and it would be a tragedy to lose it,” Richard Moe, president of the trust, said in an interview. “We’re very concerned that there’s such a rush on to demolish everything.”


Great Architecture Finds a Home in Indiana

here's a quote: "Columbus (Indiana) is a small town (population 39,000) that just happens to have the most incredible collection of modern architecture in the Midwest (outside Chicago, of course). Everyone from Eliel Saarinen and his son, Eero, to Deborah Berke and Richard Meier has worked there, designing so many schools, churches and libraries that, at least in theory, you can’t walk a single block without stumbling on an elegant glass-and-concrete building or a house of worship soaring like a Euclidean fantasy.

“You actually have to see it to believe it,” wrote Christopher Porter, a reader."

Breuer Building on World Monuments Watch List

Submitted by Susan Miller on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 15:53.

The Central Library in Grosse Point Michigan designed by Marcel Breuer made it onto the World's Most Endangered Monuments list for 2008. Here's an except: "Main Street Modern: Buildings of the recent past that lack a consensus on preservation but are considered worth saving by the monuments fund include Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School, built in 1957 in Sarasota, Fla., and Marcel Breuer's Grosse Pointe Public Library, built in 1953 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich." from the AP today titled, "Warming threatens cultural gems". Yeah, here in Cleveland it is not warming that threatens our Main Street Moderns; it's lack of foresight.