Reel Cleveland: Clips from the Baseball HOF coming to Cleveland

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For the past six years, Dave Filipi, film and video curator at Columbus' Wexner Center for the Arts, has presented a program of archival baseball footage at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd., 216.421.7350, This year's program, Dave Filipi Presents Rare Films From the Baseball Hall of Fame includes a collection of short films that includes: motion studies of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson; a documentary about the late, great Roberto Clemente; and a silent clip of Jackie Robinson participating in his first training camp. "It was the first year Jackie Robinson was with the Brooklyn Dodgers in a minor- league capacity," says Filipi. "For the most part, it's a home movie. But then all of a sudden, you see Jackie Robinson walking up to the plate, and he gets a hit and rounds first. I don't know if that's literally his first at-bat with the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers' farm team, but it's pretty cool." There's also a clip from a half-hour film called Baseball: The Now Career, an attempt to recruit young kids into the sport that includes cameos by Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench. The films screen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. Filipi can't attend because of a scheduling conflict, but CMA's John Ewing will use Filipi's notes to introduce the clips. Tickets: $8.

To show it does indeed have a sense of humor, Positively Cleveland has launched its Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video Contest, in response to the fake Cleveland tourism video that's become a YouTube sensation. Opposing sports teams (the Boston Red Sox, for starters) have shown the fake video to put down our city, so Positively Cleveland hopes the entries will have a more positive spin. The day the contest was announced, its site got more than 1,000 hits from prospective contestants. Videos can't cost more than two bucks to make or be longer than two minutes. The deadline is May 27. The two winning videos — which will be announced live at the Positively Cleveland offices (the Higbee Bldg., 100 Public Square, Suite 100) at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28 — will be played in the Cleveland Plus Visitors Center on Public Square and featured on Positively Cleveland's website. Prize packages include everything from Cleveland Indians tickets to gift certificates to local bars and restaurants. Find more information at

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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