Monday, December 5, 2011

Downtown Cleveland Christmas Holiday Lights

Here’s a video of the Christmas and holiday displays in downtown Cleveland’s Public Square, in Tower City at Terminal Tower and at The Arcade. I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!




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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Newly Discovered "Indian Combat" by American Artist Edmonia Lewis Acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art Press Release

Newly Discovered Indian Combat by American Artist Edmonia Lewis Acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art

Neoclassical masterpiece crafted by first non-white sculptor to gain international acclaim

Edmonia Lewis (American 1842-1907). Indian Combat, c.1868. 
Marble (Carrara); 30 x 19 x 14 3/8 in. 2011.110

CLEVELAND (November 1, 2011) — An outstanding American neoclassical work by the renowned 19th century sculptor Edmonia Lewis has been acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The multi-figured Indian Combat ranks among the most ambitious of all free-standing American neoclassical sculptures. Born circa 1842 of African American and Native American (Objibwa) descent, Edmonia Lewis holds the distinction of being the first non-white American sculptor to achieve acclaim internationally. Indian Combat had been in the private collection of a Massachusetts family since the 1950s, and remained unknown to the art world until it surfaced late last year. The acquisition enhances the museum’s distinguished American art holdings and demonstrates the museum’s dedication to add works that strengthen its historic commitment to artistic excellence.

“Edmonia Lewis’s Indian Combat is a remarkable discovery. Its acquisition builds on the museum’s commitment to collect works of art that are both seminal to the careers of individual artists and also significant benchmarks in the history of art,” said C. Griffith Mann, the museum’s deputy director and chief curator.

Indian Combat depicts three Native American men engaged in spirited—yet graceful and balletic—combat with each other. Very few examples of neoclassical sculpture feature more than two figures, and virtually no other work exhibits such a complex integration of multiple protagonists. Conceived fully in the round, Indian Combat’s dynamic composition encourages the viewer to circumnavigate the piece in order to discover the details of the action. Having carved the marble herself—without the use of assistants that was the custom at the time—Lewis rendered a wide variety of complex textures, which can be seen in the moccasins, animal hides and loin cloths worn by the figures.

Lewis specialized in Native American themes, which were widely popular in 19th century American art and literature. Her most common subjects were inspired by The Song of Hiawatha, the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was her acquaintance. By contrast, Indian Combat seems to be entirely a product of the sculptor’s own imagination.

Mark Cole, PhD, Cleveland Museum of Art associate curator of American painting and sculpture, has studied Edmonia Lewis’s work since the early 1990s. “When I first saw Indian Combat, I recognized it immediately as a masterpiece, and truly Lewis’s tour de force,” he stated. “It’s a defining work by an artist who led such a fascinating and remarkable life.”

Lewis spent the bulk of her career in Rome during the mid-19th century and earned great renown for her marble carvings. She studied at Ohio’s Oberlin College— one of the first institutions of higher learning in the United States to admit women, as well as persons of color—from 1859-1863, and subsequently apprenticed in Boston before relocating to Italy in 1866. Her studio became an important destination for wealthy Americans and Europeans on their Grand Tours, several of whom became patrons. Highly sought-after in the marketplace, Edmonia Lewis’s works are in private and public collections in a number of countries, including the United States, England, Scotland and Germany.

Indian Combat will go on view in November 2011 (date TBD) in gallery 207 of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 1916 building.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top five comprehensive art museums in the nation, and the only one that is free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art has a membership of more than 21,500 households and is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

“The Whale” Documentary Opening In Cleveland November 4, 2011

The documentary film “The Whale” has a Cleveland connection – the Executive Producer, Eric Desatnik, is from Beachwood Ohio. The film, which is narrated by Ryan Reynolds, was named a Critics' Pick by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. The film is rated G and appropriate for all ages.

The film will be opening in Cleveland on November 4, 2011 at Chagrin Cinemas and the Capitol Theatre. Here’s the trailer; the film tells a powerful and emotional story that moves people to care about animals and the environment without overt advocacy.



Movie Links:
"The Whale" Website
"The Whale"Facebook Page
"The Whale" Twitter Page


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Friday, September 9, 2011

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument – Updated Photos

Here are a few updated photos of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Cleveland’s Civil War memorial. It stands at the southeastern corner of Public Square near the Terminal Tower. The monument underwent a restoration in 2010 that brightened the interior, which includes stained glass windows and bronze reliefs. (Click on any image for a larger view.)









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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"The Best Things In Life Are Right Here in Cleveland"

Long time Clevelanders will enjoy these videos set to the tune ”The Best Things In Life are Right Here in Cleveland.” The first video is tongue-in-cheek; Clevelanders all know how brutal the weather can be here. The three other videos feature clips of the many TV personalities and news anchors in Cleveland over the years. ("Home grown" NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell, and NBC weather king Al Roker, can be spotted in Part 2 and 3, respectively.)




Part 1


Part 2


Part 3




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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fun with Cleveland’s Free Stamp

Cleveland celebrates rock music and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum with large Fender guitar sculptures for “GuitarMania”. But, since GuitarMania only happens every few years, the city needs something that we can decorate for special occations every year.

Think about it – what would it be like if we could take the giant ”Free Stamp” sculpture and dress it up for the holidays or for special events? Maybe a little like this:



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Friday, June 17, 2011

The “Hot In Cleveland” Stars Visit Cleveland (Video)

Here is a short video of the stars of the TVLand series “Hot In Cleveland” -
Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick – as they visited Cleveland yesterday. They each received a key to the city.




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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Arcade

While Cleveland has a few building called arcades (see “Cleveland’s "Other" Arcades”), there is only one building that Clevelanders refer to as ”THE Arcade.”

Opened in 1890 and placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1975, The Arcade serves as a connection between Euclid Avenue and Superior. As these streets are not at even levels – the difference being about 12 feet - it can be a little confusing when one enters on Euclid at street level but then must take the stairs down to exit at street level on Superior.

While some shops and stores remain, most of the rooms overlooking The Arcade now are rooms for the Hyatt hotel. Sadly, the Hyatt has blocked off access to any views of the Arcade from the upper floors to anyone who is not a hotel guest.  (I asked nicely and was curtly rebuffed.)

Here are some photos that I took while visiting The Arcade last weekend. It is one of the most beautiful spaces in downtown Cleveland. It may also be one of the most beautiful arcades in the world.
























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Friday, June 10, 2011

The Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist

It was a beautiful day for a walk in downtown Cleveland last week, and as we strolled about the city we decided to make a quick stop in the Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist, located on East 9th Street. This is also home to the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. Here’s a photo!



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Cleveland City Hall & Rotunda

We were out for a stroll downtown last week and decided to stop in Cleveland City Hall on Lakeside Avenue. The Beaux-Arts style building was completed in 1916 and was part of the 1903 Cleveland Group Plan. The 2 story great hall (also called the rotunda) dominates the interior entrance.

If you’re wondering about the colorful rabbit sculpture at the outside entrance, it’s part of a “year of the rabbit” sculpture project that are scattered about town, primarily in Asia Town.









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Friday, May 27, 2011

Cleveland Museum of Art (Video)

Here’s a new video from “Positively Cleveland” of the Cleveland Museum of Art. It looks like they moved my favorite sculpture, “Terpsichore, Muse of Choral Song and Dance” since I last visited.  (I also included my own video from that visit below.)







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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cleveland International Beer Fest Wows the Crowd First Year Out, Official Winners List (2 News Releases)

News Release #1
For Immediate Release
Cheers to a Great Event!
International Beer Fest Wows the Crowd First Year Out

(Cleveland, OH) The I-X Center can cheerfully raise a glass to another successful event. International Beer Fest, the largest showcase and competition of world beers in the Midwest, lived up to the hype. The festival and beer competition featuring 200 stellar breweries and upwards of 800 beers drew 8,567 visitors to its three tasting sessions, gaining instant fan loyalty from both brewers and attendees alike.

“For a first-year show, we were thrilled with the attendance and overall positive comments about the International Beer Fest,” said Robert Peterson, president of the I-X Center. “We will definitely hold the event in May 2012 - dates will be announced soon.”

Show organizers noticed right away that the attendance seemed to grow with each session. Many patrons that had planned to attend only one session soon found themselves purchasing tickets for the next. The site’s Facebook page became flooded with positive comments and “can’t wait until next year” postings. Fans have already been asking for dates and tickets for 2012!

The judged competition was easily a crowd favorite. “Best in Show” went to The Brew Kettle Production Works from Strongsville, Ohio. The brewer’s White Rajah wowed a panel of beer experts and garnered the brewery top recognition. As the ceremony ended, the Beer Kettle crew happily walked away with a total of nine medallions that graced their booth until the end of the show.

Other Northeast Ohio brewers also faired well in the judging, giving the Buckeye State plenty to brag about with a grand total of 36 medals earned between them. Hoppin’ Frog Brewery of Akron, Ohio, and Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon of North Olmsted, Ohio, both walked away with five and four medallions respectively, including two golds for each. Great Lakes Brewing Company and Buckeye Brewing Company from Cleveland, Ohio, and the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company out of Akron, Ohio, each won three medals in various categories. The Willoughby Brewing Co. of Willoughby, Ohio, went home with two, including a bronze for their Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. A complete list of winners may be viewed on the International Beer Fest website, www.ixbeerfest.com.

International Beer Fest will be held next May, 2012 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information call 216.265.7468 or visit us online at www.ixbeerfest.com, or http://www.facebook.com/internationalbeerfest.

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News Release #2
For Immediate Release
International Beer Fest
May 13 & 14, 2011
Judged Competition Official Winner’s List

(Cleveland, OH) International Beer Fest’s judged competition is sanctioned by AHA/BJCP, a recognized certification program that promotes beer literacy and evaluation skills. Using the AHA/BJCP standardized judging protocols and the 2011 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines with permission of the Brewer’s Association, a representative cross-section of brewers, beer experts and ranked judges from around the country came to the I-X Center on April 29 and 30 to judge hundreds of beer submissions. Based on submissions received, similar styles were combined into 24 categories that were used for judging and determining first, second, and third place within each category. Gold medal winners for each category were then judged to identify the Best of Show. Medals for all categories and Best of Show were awarded at 2pm on Saturday, May 14. A complete listing of winners may be found on www.ixbeerfest.com.

Judged Competition Medals

CATEGORY 1: ENGLISH PALE ALES
Gold: Shoals Pale Ale, Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Silver: 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Goose Island Beer Company
Bronze: Brooklyn IPA, Brooklyn Brewery

CATEGORY 2: IRISH, SCOTTISH AND ENGLISH BROWN ALES
Gold: Turbodog, Abita Brewing Company
Silver: Bed Head Red, Lager Heads Brewing Company
Bronze: Engine Mild, Buckeye Brewing Company

CATEGORY 3: PORTERS AND STOUTS
Gold: Robust Porter, Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Silver: Steel Valley Stout, Ohio Brewing Company
Bronze: Black Jack, The Brew Kettle Production Works

CATEGORY 4: IMPERIAL STOUTS AND STRONG ALES
Gold: D.O.R.I.S. Double Imperial Stout, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Silver: B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Bronze: Tunguska, The Brew Kettle Production Works

CATEGORY 5: AMERICAN PALE ALES
Gold: Headwaters Pale Ale, Victory Brewing Company
Silver: Burning River, Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Bronze: Four C’s, The Brew Kettle Production Works

CATEGORY 6: AMERICAN ALES
Gold: Ithaca Nut Brown Ale, Ithaca Beer Co.
Silver: Hoppus Maximus, The Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Bronze: Nut Brown Ale, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

CATEGORY 7: AMERICAN IPAs
Gold: White Rajah, The Brew Kettle Production Works
Silver: Moonshadow IPA, Willoughby Brewing Company
Bronze: Head Hunter IPA, Fat Heads

CATEGORY 8: IMPERIAL IPAs
Gold: Old 21, The Brew Kettle Production Works
Silver: Hop Juju, Fat Heads
Bronze: Imperial IPA, Anderson Valley Brewing Company

CATEGORY 9: HYBRID AND INTERNATIONAL ALES
Gold: Alt-ernative Amber Ale, Ohio Brewing Company
Silver: Genesee Cream Ale, North American Breweries
Bronze: Madison, Buckeye Brewing Company

CATEGORY 10: BELGIAN ABBEY ALES
Gold: Rochefort 10, Rochefort Monastery
Silver: Merry Monks, Weyerbacher Brewing
Bronze: Cerberus, The Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.

CATEGORY 11: BELGIAN ALES
Gold: Leffe Blonde, InBev
Silver: Brooklyn Local 1, Brooklyn Brewery
Bronze: Brooklyn Local 2, Brooklyn Brewery

CATEGORY 12: BELGIAN FARMHOUSE ALES
Gold: White Cap Wit, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery
Silver: Samuel Adams Rustic Saison, Samuel Adams
Bronze: Holy Moses, Great Lakes Brewing Co.

CATEGORY 13: WILD AND SOUR ALES
Gold: Lambic, The Rivertown Brewing Company LLC
Silver: Timmermans Framboise Lambic, Timmermans Brewery
Bronze: Quick Kriek, The Brew Kettle Production Works

CATEGORY 14: GERMAN WHEAT AND RYE ALES
Gold: Brau Weisse, Ayinger Brewery
Silver: Wheat Cloud, Buckeye Brewing Company
Bronze: Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Warsteiner USA

CATEGORY 15: LIGHT EUROPEAN LAGERS
Gold: Keller Helles, Fat Heads
Silver: Organic Lager, Sam Smith
Bronze: Warsteiner, Warsteiner USA

CATEGORY 16: VIENNA LAGERS
Gold: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brewery
Silver: Lomza, Lomza
Bronze: Stawski Premium Lager, Stawski

CATEGORY 17: DARK EUROPEAN LAGERS
Gold: Shiner Bohemian Black, Spoet’zl Brewery
Silver: Dortmunder Gold, Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Bronze: Barn Burner, Lager Heads Brewing Company

CATEGORY 18: BOCKS
Gold: Samuel Adams Double Bock, Samuel Adams
Silver: Celebrator, Ayinger Brewery
Bronze: Andy Gator, Abita Brewing Company

CATEGORY 19: AMERICAN LAGERS
Gold: Stella Artois, InBev
Silver: Michelob AmberBock, Anheuser Busch
Bronze: Budweiser, Anheuser Busch

CATEGORY 20: AMERICAN WHEAT AND RYE BEERS
Gold: Chief’s Rye, The Brew Kettle Production Works
Silver: Dundee Summer Wheat, North American Breweries
Bronze: Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Samuel Adams

CATEGORY 21: FRUIT, VEGETABLE AND HONEY BEERS
Gold: Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Silver: Wild Blue, Anheuser Busch
Bronze: Shiner Ruby Redbird, Spoet’zl Brewery

CATEGORY 22: CHOCOLATE, COFFEE AND SPICE BEERS
Gold: Mean Joe Bean, Fat Heads
Silver: CafĂ© B.O.R.I.S. Stout, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Bronze: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Willoughby Brewing Company

CATEGORY 23: WOOD- AND BARREL-AGED BEERS
Gold: 4TH Dementia Olde Ale, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Silver: Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Stout, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Bronze: Barrel Aged Wee Heavy, The Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.

CATEGORY 24: SPECIALTY AND EXPERIMENTAL BEERS
Gold: Dark Helmet, The Brew Kettle Production Works
Silver: Ithaca 13th Anniversary, Ithaca Beer Co.
Bronze: Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA, Rogue Ales

BEST OF SHOW
Gold: White Rajah, The Brew Kettle Production Works
Silver: Lambic, The Rivertown Brewing Company LLC
Bronze: Leffe Blonde, InBev

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Foggy Morning In Cleveland (Time Lapse)

It was a very foggy morning in downtown Cleveland today, and what better time for an Innerbelt Bridge time lapse video. Keep an eye out for the faint fog bow that quickly appears at 52 seconds in, toward the center and upper right of the screen.





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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The West Side Market (Video)

Here’s a short video of Cleveland’s West Side Market, which is located on the corner of W. 25th Street and Lorain.

The West Side Market will celebrate its centennial in 2012. It’s a wonderful place to shop for all kinds of produce, meats, fish, breads, bakery and sweets. The building itself is a great space to visit.

The West Side Market is not open every day of the week; for hours of operation and further information, check out westsidemarket.org.




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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cleveland’s Tall Ships Festival, July 2010 (Video)

With winter on the way out and spring on the way in, it’s time to think about warmer weather in Cleveland and the wonderful things that living on the shores of Lake Erie can bring. Here’s some video footage of the Tall Ships Festival from July of 2010 – enhanced to look like an old movie. Enjoy!





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Friday, February 18, 2011

Retrospective: Cleveland Public Square Implosion (Video)

Here’s a video from Cleveland’s WEWS Channel 5 of the October 3, 1982 implosion of the Cuyahoga and Williamson buildings on Public Square. The buildings were demolished to make way for the Standard Oil (AKA "Sohio") Building, later named the BP Tower, now known as 200 Public Square.




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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Cleveland Museum Of Art 2011 Exhibition Listings

It’s never too early to plan for a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art! Here’s a press release from the The Cleveland Museum Of Art with their 2011 Exhibition Listings:


Landscapes from the Collection
March 26 – August 14, 2011

This show contrasts iconic rivers, mountains, and valleys with landscapes that emphasize humanity’s presence and intervention. From Ansel Adams’s pristine views to Robert Adams’s pioneering photography, the show will feature around 40 images from the museum’s permanent collection.


The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art
March 27 – August 28, 2011

The Lure of Painted Poetry presents spiritual freedom as interpreted in Japanese and Korean art using Chinese classical poetry as an international cultural symbol. The show features about 80 masterpieces from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection, including paintings, calligraphy, craft art, and contemporary collage.


CLE OP: Cleveland Op Art Pioneers
April 9, 2011 – February 26, 2012

Op Art—short for Optical Art—features abstract compositions, dynamic patterns, and art with a pulsating rhythm. Several Cleveland artists were internationally recognized during the Op Art movement that peaked in the 1960s. Their works are featured here in an exhibition that draws from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s permanent holdings as well as loans from private collections.


The Art of Daily Life: Portable Objects from Southeast Africa
April 16, 2011 – February 26, 2012

"This exhibition features a variety of objects made by pastoral peoples belonging to different southern African cultures. The art of this vast region comprises exquisitely designed everyday objects, including snuff containers, staffs, clubs, beer vessels, and beaded garments, all characterized by their stylistic diversity and rich cultural meanings. Many of the works in The Art of Daily Life, the first exhibition of its kind organized by a major art museum in the United States, have never before been exhibited or published."


Indian Kalighat Paintings
May 1 – September 18, 2011

These rarely displayed paintings are considered the beginning of Indian modernist art. They were originally created as souvenirs for nineteenth-century tourists and sometimes mock the newly affluent with their high stylization and bright colors.

Brian Ulrich
August 27, 2011 – January 16, 2012


Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965)
October 16, 2011 – January 8, 2012

In a first collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Nanjing Museum, this comprehensive exhibition of the modern master Fu Baoshi gives a detailed look into the transformation of traditional-style painting in an age of national crisis. From landscapes and figure paintings to political artwork manifesting state ideology, the show examines the artist’s struggle and political reconciliation as well as the search for an artistic language that speaks for both the self and the nation. It reveals the complexity of artistic creativity in China’s turbulent twentieth century.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

“Trust for Public Land” Features Cleveland Flats Rejuvenation

The Trust for Public Land’s Fall/Winter issue of “Land & People” has an interesting feature on the rejuvenation of the Cleveland Flats area. It brings attention to the trails and parks that will link the Cleveland's Flats area to areas surrounding the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, including the Towpath Trail. This is a wonderful development project that should bring much enjoyment to residents and re-invigorate the area. You can read this segment of the magazine at the following link:

Cleveland parks and trails link lake, river, and residents: Land & People – Cuyahoga Connections



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