6/20: Peace Show Fundraiser

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It’s another crazy-busy June weekend, what with festivals like the Larchmere Porchfest and BigCoolCats at Cain Park, Gay Pride and the Summer Solstice party celebrating the opening of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new wing. But if you’re seeking peace — a peaceful evening benefiting the area peace movement — there’s a laid-back evening of coffeehouse music from 6-9 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul’s Community Church (4427 Franklin Ave.). The Cleveland Nonviolence Network, the Network of Spiritual Peace Activists and Artists for Peace are sponsoring the evening on behalf of the eighth annual Peace Show, taking place at the Free Stamp at East 9th and Lakeside on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Four veteran area performers will offer up their acoustic music on behalf of the cause — alternative folk artist John McGrail who has released numerous albums in the last two decades, singer/songwriter/theatrical music director Evie Morris, hammered dulcimer folk/bluegrass player Ian Heisey, and one of the Peace Show’s founders, Tim Smith, whose music is in a classic ’70s folk vein (Cat Stevens, James Taylor). There is no admission; a freewill offering will be taken. The Peace Show, a free event designed to counter the militaristic message of the National Air Show taking place at Burke Lakefront Airport at the same time, features music, speakers, information tables, kids’ activities and crafts. — Anastasia Pantsios

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