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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival Likely to Return in 2019

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 5:03 PM

Earlier today, organizers for the inaugural Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival that took place last month at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield sent out a press release that proclaimed the festival was a success. The event hosted over 18,000 fans, raised over $6,000 for local charities and made an estimated $2.5 million local impact.

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Greater Cleveland Aquarium to Again Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 2:29 PM

  • Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Way back in 1995, John Bauer and Mark Summers proclaimed Sept. 19 should forever be known as a day when we should all talk like pirates. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has embraced the resulting International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) and makes it a point to celebrate the date each year.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, if you come dressed as a pirate or read a randomly selected phrase while doing your best pirate impression, you'll receive $5 off of your admission that day.

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CWRU Announces 2018-19 Think Forum Speakers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 1:43 PM

  • Courtesy of Case Western Reserve University
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Presented annually by Case Western Reserve University, Think Forum aims to allow the campus community and Greater Cleveland residents to “engage with prominent academic leaders and international experts.” Each presentation includes a lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The series returns this fall to Silver Hall in the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple-Tifereth Israel. It continues into 2019. All lectures are free and begin at 6 p.m.

Reserve general admission tickets by contacting the Maltz Performing Arts Center Box Office at

Here’s the schedule along with descriptions provided by Case’s PR team:

Jonathan Haidt, Thursday, Sept. 20

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures––including the cultures of American progressives, conservatives and libertarians. Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Tarana Burke, Tuesday, Oct. 16

Founder of the seismic ‘me too.’ Movement  Tarana Burke shares a powerful message of unity, empathy and outreach in support of survivors of sexual trauma. The ‘me too.’ Movement inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse and puts the focus back on survivors.

Julia Ioffe, Tuesday, March 5

Julia Ioffe, a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a former Russian correspondent for The New Yorker, is a leading authority on Russian-U.S. relations. Born in Moscow, Ioffe’s family moved to America when she was seven years old. Ioffe conveys Russian-American relations from both sides with clarity and insight, providing colorful, character-rich discussions of Russia’s socio-political structure, its tempestuous historical relationship with America and how Russia will affect U.S. politics and policy.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thursday, April 11

A literary scholar, writer and professor at the University of Southern California, Viet Thanh Nguyen explores how depictions of the Vietnam War—and the refugees it displaced—often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity as well as the sacrifices and savagery of participants on both sides of the conflict. His bestselling novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With his collection of short stories, The Refugees, Nguyen continues his exploration of the tensions, traumas and conflicting loyalties that endure far beyond a war’s end.

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August Means Plenty of Outdoor Classical Music in Cleveland

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 1:07 PM

  • Courtesy Cleveland Orchestra
As the last few weeks of summer play out, every one of our classical music picks except one will take place outdoors. Time to enjoy the weather while it lasts.

Cleveland Opera Theater is planning three al fresco events: on Friday, August 17 at 7:00 pm on the steps of Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy (it’s the annual Feast of the Assumption), on Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm in the Grove Amphitheatre in Mayfield, and on Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 pm at Dunham Tavern. All performances are free and will feature members of the company in opera and light opera favorites. For the August 26 event, food trucks will be on site beginning at 5:00 pm.

Arts in August at Lincoln Park in Tremont will launch its free annual series with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm and follow that with opera in the open air performed by members of ContempOpera Cleveland on Friday, August 24 at 7:00 pm.

The Cleveland Orchestra is at home all month — in both of its venues. At Blossom on Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 pm with James Gaffigan at the helm, British polymath Stephen Hough will be featured in Mendelssohn’s first piano concerto along with Barber’s Essay No. 2 and Sibelius’ second symphony.
The repertory moves to the popular side on Sunday, August 19, when vocalists Carpathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare (who will also play piano) salute Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald under the baton of Randall Craig Fleischer.
The Orchestra moves back indoors on Friday, August 24 for the third Summers@Severance concert with guest conductor Jonathan Cohen and pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in a program of music by Handel, Haydn (Piano Concerto No. 11), and Mozart (Symphony No. 25, featured in the film Amadeus).

It’s back to Blossom for the rest of the summer season. On Saturday, August 25, Carl Orff’s ever-popular Carmina Burana will feature soprano Audrey Luna, tenor Matthew Plenk, and baritone Elliot Madore, baritone, led by Adrien Perruchon and backed up by the Blossom Festival Chorus. Copland’s Statements opens the evening.

And for the grand finale to the Blossom Festival, Vinay Parameswaran will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a live performance of John Williams’ score for Star Wars: A New Hope (along with a screening of the film, of course). There are three performances from Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, all at 8:30 pm.

Tickets to all Cleveland Orchestra performances can be booked online.

We’ll be back with more classical music picks the first week in September.

Check out details of these and other events on our Concert Listings page.

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Dee Jay Silver Excited to Return to Blossom With Country Superstar Jason Aldean

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 12:32 PM

  • Courtesy of MSO PR
Several years ago, Dee Jay Silver met country superstar Jason Aldean at one of the various Academy of Country Music Awards events that take place during the infamous “Week Vegas Goes Country.”

It proved to be a fortuitous meeting.

That was nine years ago. Silver’s first gig with Aldean took place in Little Rock, Arkansas; the two have been tour mates ever since. Silver will once again open for Aldean when he performs on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Blossom Music Center.

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Kelley Britt Resigns From RTA Board After Ohio Ethics Commission Ruling

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 12:12 PM

ATU President William Nix speaks at CPT rally, (7/23/2018). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • ATU President William Nix speaks at CPT rally, (7/23/2018).

Though she disagreed with its ruling, Kelley Britt resigned from the RTA board this week after the Ohio Ethics Commission said she couldn't hold that role in addition to her job as a senior transportation planner with the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency.

Britt had been appointed three months ago by Frank Jackson after longtime board chair George Dixon III resigned in March amidst an internal investigation that discovered he'd likely failed to pay premiums on his RTA-furnished health insurance for years.

Jackson will appoint a replacement.

The move comes amid a particularly bumpy period for the transit agency. Westlake mayor Dennis Clough was recently elected board chair as Valarie McCall withdrew her candidacy. The board voted late last month to rapidly accelerate what's being politely called a "leadership transition," which will boot CEO/GM Joe Calabrese from the organization's top position and transfer him to a senior advisory role at the end of August.

Calabrese has come under fire recently for his leadership during a prolonged scandal involving board chair George Dixon III and, by riders and activists, for his failure to adequately prepare for dramatic funding shortages, which have led to fare hikes and service cuts in recent years.

The board also last week decided against placing a tax levy on the November ballot to address RTA's staggering economic needs, much to the chagrin of vocal transit advocates, as well as board member Trevor Elkins, who said that 2018 was the ideal year for a ballot measure. Voter turnout is expected to be strong in Cuyahoga County, the state's Democratic stronghold, with both Senator Sherrod Brown and Governor Richard Cordray seeking election.

"Furthermore, even if unsuccessful, this election offers an opportunity to revise a proposal and go back to voters in a future election," Clevelanders for Public Transit said in a statement. "The continued lack of funding will result in additional cuts and fare increases for the 150,000 Cuyahoga County residents that use transit."

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From Baseball to Beaches, Climate Change Squashes Summer Fun in Ohio

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 11:53 AM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - As summertime begins to wind down, a new report outlines how climate change is putting a damper on many of the popular summer experiences enjoyed by Ohioans.

The research released today by the National Wildlife Federation found that excessive heat, toxic algae and increases in ticks, mosquitoes and noxious weeds are disrupting swimming, fishing, hiking, camping and other favorite outdoor activities.

Frank Szollosi, manager of the federation's Great Lakes Outreach Campaign, said the changing climate is even impacting America's favorite pastime.

"In some parks, the humidity and the heat means more home runs," he said. "While that's great for the fans and for the batters, I'm certain the pitchers don't like pitching in conditions that make it more conducive to the long ball."

He said heavy rainfall and other extreme weather events caused a record number of postponed Major League Baseball games this season. Popular vacation spots also are threatened by the warming climate, as the report notes sea-level rise, flooding and more severe and frequent storms are hurting beach quality. In Florida alone, nearly half the state's beaches are seeing critical erosion.

Excessive heat in summer months also is a burden on Ohioans, said Szollosi, especially those who have health conditions or struggle to afford air conditioning.

"It puts their health at risk," he said, "or they have to make some decisions about, 'Do we pay the electric bill, or pay the rent or buy food?' These are the types of real-world impacts that people need to understand."

Retired National Wildlife Federation senior scientist Doug Inkley said there are solutions to address these problems and ensure safer summers for the future.

"We not just can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, but we have the means to actually use alternative energy sources," he said. "Now's the time; the sooner we do it, the better. If we wait too long, it's going to be much, much harder to do and the impacts of climate change are going to be much greater on all of us."

The report recommended policies that cut pollution from power plants, reduce vehicle emissions, expand renewable energy and reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

The report is online at

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