First of all, Happy 4th of July. Have a good holiday and think of all the stuff we celebrate as Americans, both good and bad, while you enjoy cans of cold light beer, grilled foodstuffs, and the company of friends. I know that's what I'll be doing.
This week has been a quiet one at CB HQ, which has been great. I've totally been digging the cool, moist weather, though I'm getting the impression that I'm in the minority camp on that issue. The coming week will be more exciting, especially if I can get a couple productive days to begin the week in.
Sunday, July 5 - Get up bright and early at noon and head over to the Beachland for a head-clearing brunch. Afterwards, head over to the CIA to visit that Warhol exhibit you've been meaning to get to, then catch the screening of Sin Nombre at the Cinematheque.
Monday, July 6 - I got nothing for you. Do what I'm gonna do - sit my ass in a chair at my desk and get some work done.
Tuesday, July 7 - See what I have for Monday. One difference, though - The Cave Weddings are playing a show at Now That's Class that you might dig.
Wednesday, July 8 - Two big choices for Hump Day. 1) Catch Man Man and Mystery of Two at the Rock Hall for FREE. 2) The Fiery Furnaces show at the Grog. Either way, you can hit up the casual cocktail hour at MOCA between work and whatever show you decide to hit.
Thursday, July 9 - Have your ass firmly planted in one of the Cinematheque's oh-so-comfy seats (OK, that part isn't serious) by 7 PM for the screening of Frontiere de L'Aube (Frontier of Dawn).
Though the title might make you think of a weak afternoon Sci Fi channel time-killer, the film is actually the new release by acclaimed French film-maker Philippe Garrel. According to the Cinematheque's own blurb (no points for creativity on my end, folks), the film is "elegantly, sensuously shot in black and white" and is a "haunting love story" where a young photographer falls for a tempestuous actress, and then for a less volatile woman who promises him a child. This is an ambitious film by a leading post-New Wave film-maker. So, you should see it. Plus, there isn't much else going on Thursday. Friday, however, is a completely different story.
Friday, July 10 - Fridays during the summer in Cleveland are a thing of awesomeness, plain and simple. There are a ton of things for you to do. For the record, I'll be hitting the Bask exhibit closing party at William Rupnik Gallery before heading over to the BBQ: Backyard and Beyond show curated by Cleveland Art Riot at Low Life Gallery on Waterloo Road.
In addition, a couple of worthwhile multi-day events start on Friday. Local leading curator Dana Depew has put together a MASSIVE show at Ingenuity Fest that opens on Friday and goes through July 13th. I'll be the first to argue that last year Ingenuity Fest was a waste of time and money (especially the Cleveland Foundation's money), but if there was one thing to make me rethink my non-attendance this year, it would be a massive art exhibition curated by Dana, so this one will be worth your attention.
If you hated Ingenuity Fest last year so much that no promised curatorial excellence will get you there, you always have the Cain Park Arts Fest, which kicks off Friday and promises not only juried work of more than 150 artists, but also totally crazy hours for the three days it is open (Friday 3-8, Saturday 10-8, Sunday 10-5). OK, maybe those aren't as crazy as they first seemed to me. Nevermind. Check it out.
Saturday, July 11 - Lots going on this Saturday, too. If you are into animals, there is a dog wash at Nature's Bin in Lakewood to benefit the Lakewood Animal Shelter. If you are into live music, there is a Double Dagger show (with openers Clan of the Cave Bear and Sun God) at Now That's Class. If you are into art, check out the Afterwood Art Swap at Wobblefoot Gallery in Lakewood. If you are into literature, you can go to the Erin O'Brien reading where she will read from her late brother John O'Brien's (best known for penning Leaving Las Vegas) newly published novel, Better, at Mac's Backs at 7 PM. If you are into none of these things, then WHY IN THE HELL are you reading this still?