Thursday, December 8, 2016

Local Photographer Bob Perkoski Will Showcase Clevelanders in Motion

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 7:34 AM

For years, local photographer Bob Perkoski has been documenting everyday life in and around Cleveland through both his personal and professional work. Currently, Perkoski is Fresh Water Cleveland’s managing photographer, as well as a freelancer through the Sun News and event photography for Playhouse Square. In his first gallery exhibition, opening with a reception this weekend at Negative Space Gallery, Perkoski offers a glimpse into his massive portfolio of street photography.

“As I have been riding around the city, mostly to and from photo assignments, I occasionally would see something interesting and shoot from the car,” says Perkoski. “So about four years ago, I started to consciously be more aware and prepared to shoot as I’m driving by something/someone interesting. I keep my camera on a very high shutter speed so it’s ready to capture something quickly without getting blurred images. This show is called These Walks of Life as these are all of people walking. I have hundreds of these as well as shots of people at bus stops, bikers, just basic everyday street scenes captured in a very quick instant as I’m driving by or sometimes as I’m at a light or something. I’ve been keeping them in a folder I labeled ‘Drive By’ over the years, and am just now starting to do something with them with this show that Gadi [Zamir, founder of Negative Space] asked me to do last summer.”

Through these photographs, Perkoski presents a subconscious idea: the idea of movement. Each walking subject is going from somewhere to somewhere else. From where are they coming and to where are they going? As viewers wander through the exhibition, the questions become more important than the answers, and the photographs become a meditative reflection on where we are coming from and going to, both individually and collectively.

"These Walks of Life features photographs taken throughout Cleveland's landscapes: urban, suburban, and outskirts,” says Zamir. “This exhibition is a new step in Perkoski's photography career, bringing his years of experience, publications and numerous awards into the gallery setting. Over the years, Perkoski has helped document Cleveland's happiest and most significant moments, and his impact on regional artists and arts organizations has been tremendous. Negative Space is honored to host this event.”

Perkoski studied photography at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, PA, whose alumni also includes famed graffiti/pop artist Keith Haring. From 2003 until early 2008, Perkoski was the co-owner and co-publisher of Balanced Living magazine. During his tenure, he produced the layouts, as well as many of the ad designs and some of the photography, including many of the covers. Balanced Living magazine continues under new management.

These Walks of Life opens with a reception this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Negative Space Gallery at Asian Town Center. Following the reception, stick around for a performance by Maura Rogers and the Bellows, Honey & Houston and Rebecca Wohlever. Perkoski’s reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance through Eventbrite or $20 at the door.

(Negative Space Gallery at Asian Town Center) 3820 Superior Ave., 216-485-3195,

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Indie Rockers Handsome Ghost Expand Their Sound on New EP

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 3:56 PM

When Handsome Ghost singer-guitarist Tim Noyes taught high school English classes for three years a Bronx high school, he made sure he didn’t exploit the fact that he had a built-in audience for his folk tunes.

“I brought the guitar in once or twice,” says Noyes via phone from New York where his hip indie rock band was rehearsing for a short tour that includes a stop at the Beachland on Dec. 16. “I tried not to be the teacher with the guitar. I had a teacher when I was in high school who was always playing guitar, and I tried not to be that guy. I don’t think the students really knew that I was pretty serious about it. I still get notes from students who follow along on Facebook. They were nice about it. They were kind to me.”

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Cleveland Museum of Art Donates Art Supplies to Every Third Grader in Cuyahoga County

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM


During a special press conference on Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Museum of Art announced a major gift for local kids as one of the final celebrations of its centennial year. As announced this morning, the CMA will donate “Create It Kits” to every third grader in Cuyahoga County. Nearly 14,000 art kits will be distributed to third graders at more than 130 public, charter and parochial schools in Cuyahoga County. That includes 80 schools in Cleveland, as well as 30 school districts and 53 private and parochial schools throughout the county.

“By donating these kits to all third graders in the county, we hope to share the gift of art with as many families as possible and provide them with another creative resource for family learning, just as the museum itself has been for millions of people since its founding 100 years ago,” says William M. Griswold, museum director.

The kits include art supplies, a custom-made “Get Creative” sketchbook with art-making activities, a free children’s “Art Explorers” membership to the museum, five Collection Cards featuring objects from the museum’s permanent collection and a DIY paper glasses cutout inspired by the museum’s prized Portrait of Nathaniel Olds by Jeptha Homer Wade.

“Research indicates that early experiences with art can teach children problem solving, creative thinking and literacy skills,” says Cyra Levenson, the museum’s director of education and academic affairs. “The kits are just one opportunity the museum can provide to help families have fun with art together and to encourage visual expression at an age when many children give up on drawing.”

The gift is a collaborative effort between the museum and several local organizations. The kits are being distributed in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Additionally, the kits were designed through a partnership between the museum and Cleveland-based American Greetings. The project is also made possible by KeyBank, presenting Sponsor of the museum’s centennial celebration.

“The museum values our northeast Ohio partnerships,” Griswold adds. “Together we are creating a city and region that is a vibrant place to live, learn and create, and the museum is proud to continue to be a resource for the community for a second century.”

These kits are just the latest in a series of gifts from the CMA to the community as part of its centennial year. The museum and United Way partnered to provide 2,000 RTA bus passes to students as well as the Create It Kits to third graders at H. Barbara Booker Elementary and other Cleveland schools participating in United Way’s wraparound initiative, which places a coordinator in each school to help provide students and families with crucial resources.

For more information about the museum’s Create It Kits, visit

(Cleveland Museum of Art) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7340,
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Ohio State Legislature on Lame-Duck Warpath, Looks to Pass Expanded Concealed Carry Law

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Simon Pegg got to carry a whole bunch of guns in "Hot Fuzz."
  • Simon Pegg got to carry a whole bunch of guns in "Hot Fuzz."
Carrying a gun on college campuses? Sure, why not. Places of worship? Not a problem. Child day care centers? Of course.

And why stop there?

A recent bill in Ohio, House Bill 48, would allow concealed carry in those places and more, including certain airport terminals and some governmental buildings in the state of Ohio. The bill, which is expected to be voted on in the Ohio Senate this week, was introduced in early 2015 by Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, and passed in the Ohio House by a 68-29 margin last November.

Under the bill, college campuses can still make their own rules and disallow guns on campus, but the bill would make the penalty for carrying more lenient, going from a felony to a simple minor misdemeanor.

Proponents of the bill believe that concealed carry will lead to the prevention of some crimes. There is little basis for this belief, as the studies to show that guns reduce crime have largely been funded by the gun industry. In fact, the majority of studies, including one by Harvard Medical School, show that fewer restrictions on carrying guns actually leads to an increase in violent crime. According to the Center for Disease Control, nine of the top 10 states that had the highest rate of firearm deaths received an “F” grade for their gun laws.

All of this is further complicated by the fact the NRA has had a stranglehold on studying gun violence for decades.

The state bill is opposed by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

If the bill passes in the Ohio Senate, it will then go on to Governor John Kasich for approval, who will then decide whether to be a shill for the gun lobby under the guise of safety or to keep Ohioans away from guns in places they are currently banned.
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Pedestrian Struck by RTA Bus Turning Left Around Public Square; Victim in Critical Condition

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 11:49 AM

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At roughly 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, an RTA bus struck a female pedestrian at the intersection of East Roadway and Rockwell Avenue.

An RTA spokesperson reported that the #39F bus was traveling northbound on East Roadway, and made a left-hand turn on Rockwell (right in front of Key Tower), and that the injured pedestrian was transported to Metro Hospital.

RTA said the accident is under active investigation. Cleveland 19 reports that the 69-year-old woman is in critical condition. The TV station characterized her injuries as "head injuries."

The collision comes during a heated ongoing debate about buses through Public Square. One argument for buses on Superior Avenue is the consequent reduction in dangerous left-hand turns on the perimeter. Due to re-routing around the Square, RTA buses will take more than 1.1 million more turns per year, about half of which are left turns.
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Singer Michael Bolton Brings His Greatest Hits and Holiday Favorites to Hard Rock Live

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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The idea of writing a song with Bob Dylan is something that would make anybody a bit nervous. Michael Bolton received some helpful advice when the opportunity came along and knew that he had one shot to make it count.

“There was never any guarantee that ‘Steel Bars’ was going to get completed. When I received the call to go work with Bob Dylan, I was told I better try and finish the song in one session because he seldom asked people back for a second go,” Bolton recalls in an email interview. “So when we weren’t quite through with the song that first day, I was very nervous I wouldn’t get a chance to finish. But sure enough, he was happy with the song and we finished it quickly [later] and it became a big hit.”

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Gary Norton's RTA Board Seat Won't Be Affected by Recall

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Classic Norton sneer.
  • Classic Norton sneer.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, who was recalled by a 20-vote margin in a low-turnout special election Tuesday, will retain his seat on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board of Trustees.

The county confirmed Wednesday morning that though Norton's term doesn't expire until March, 2018, County Executive Armond Budish "expects and hopes" that Norton will serve out the remainder. The recall has no bearing on his appointment, a spokesperson told Scene.

The RTA Board is a 10-member body with four appointments from the city of Cleveland, and three each from Cuyahoga County and the county Mayors and City Managers Association. Norton is an appointee of the County. The County's other two appointments are Nick Nardi, a labor leader, whose term is up in March of 2017; and Karen Gabriel Moss, an immigration attorney, whose term is up in March of 2019.

On Monday, county officials refused to speculate on the possibility that Norton would be recalled in the Tuesday election, an outcome that might call into question his board seat, Scene suggested. A spokesperson said the county wasn't even entertaining the idea.

But Wednesday, the question proved to be irrelevant. As far as the County is concerned, Norton's Mayoral status was not a significant factor in his appointment. The County Executive's other two appointments aren't Mayors, a spokesperson reminded Scene. And when we speculated that Norton probably would never have been considered if not for his Mayoral status, the spokesperson disagreed.

"His appointment is about his qualifications, not about his being an elected official," they said.

According to the RTA, Norton, regardless of his position, may serve until his term is complete "or until he chooses to resign."

And the county, for the record, said they were not expecting Norton to resign: "So he will serve out his term."
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