Nan's Notes

Walk All Over  Waterloo     July 5

Waterloo Makes Music: Tower Music Series   7 - 9

Thanks to Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future, Tower Music during WAOW will feature Erin Neal and The Chill Factors and The Crazy Marvin Blues Band.

Erin Neal and The Chill Factors are an eclectic Cleveland based band formed in 2015. Erin Nicole Neal & The Chill Factors, delve into Blues, Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Gospel and Reggae. The band plays all over Northeast Ohio for private and public events. Covers include artists like Aretha Franklin, BB King, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, The Temptations, Bill Withers, Bad Company, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more!

Crazy Marvin is a living Cleveland Blues Legend. “Crazy Marvin” Braxton, born May 30, 1943 in Cleveland Ohio had music put in his soul, as do so many of the greats, by his mother and father who played the piano in church. He got started by blowing on a tuba, but quickly discovered a harmonica, won a talent contest at the famed Leo’s Casino in Cleveland, found himself on stage being introduced by Ray Charles at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, … and has been making folks smile and dance ever since.

Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition 2019 at Waterloo Arts, Praxis and BRICK

  The show juried by artist Anthony Mastromatteo occupies three galleries on the street: Praxis, Waterloo Arts and BRICK, and runs until July 19. Local and national artists contributed a large body of generally high-quality work in several mediums, including ceramic and fiber.

A few personal favorites at Praxis: two pieces by Tatiana Gracyk – “Ocean Fashion,” fluffy fiber molded into the head and shoulders of a woman with a fishhook through her lip, dressed in tattered mesh produce bags, all in shades of blue; and a similar figure in shades of rose, “We Chose Warmth over Wisdom.”  Also Karen Schnell Chisholm’s “Shoreline – to be Hung or Worn,” weaving and mesh, in shades of sand and blue. (I look forward to seeing it being worn at, maybe, an Underground Classical concert.)

While I was at Praxis, I also checked out the indigo banner they were making for Cuyahoga 50, in its final stages of construction. It is enormous. Many, many people heard the call!

Two pieces called out to me from the over-all high-quality show at Waterloo Arts: “Blue Crown” by Marcus Wiltsher – a large portrait  of an African-American woman wearing a vivid blue turban, set against a blank background; the similar “Golden Crown” struck me, also. My other “I’d take that home!” was “Polyps” by Jonas Jacob – a big assemblage of red, orange, pink et cetera woven shapes – a joyful creation.

Framed Gallery

Tracy Bartels has an extraordinary collection of work by African-American artists from all over the country, and many will be on view during WAOW.  The works – mostly figurative, with some scenes – are priced for affordability, with some as low as $20, many from $100 to $500, and a few above $1000. They include  works by well-established artists:  Atlanta -based Charly Palmer, Houston artist Carolyn Crump, Evita Tezeno (also of Texas), Toronto artist Michael Gibson, Hampton Olfus of South Carolina, and many others.

On July 12, Stacy will present “Sensibilities Worth Experiencing,” work by Michael Gibson, who creates reality with a pencil. Opening reception and meet&greet with the artist 6 – 9 pm. Michael Gibson: “I try to push the limits of realism in the graphite medium, simply imitating reality isn’t my primary goal. In fact it’s not about how much detail you choose to put in a piece, it’s what you choose to leave out, that is where the challenge begins".

Article Gallery Presents “Ursuline Invitational”

Which involves five generations of family, friends and faculty, 33 artists in all. The opening is 6-10 pm during WAOW, with an artists’ dialog scheduled for 8 pm.

Other Attractions

Phone Gallery: Check out the new artist in Phone Gallery for June + July 2019! Eleanor’s colorful work “SALAD” relates fruits and veggies to the human body. (Actually a telephone call box and therefore easy to miss: hunt it down attached to Russ’ Auto Care, 1302 Waterloo, on the south side of the street between Calcutta and Shiloh.)

StarPOP Vintage + Modern, next door to Framed Gallery, has Dr Who figures. I rather crave the one with the loonngg scarf.


Underground Classical Presents TMT Trio +2                    July 26, 8 pm

Brooklyn/Cleveland-based jazz group TMT Trio+2 features Juno Award winner Cat Toren on piano, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone, and Anthony Taddeo on drums. Uniquely sans bass, TMT showcases the multifaceted chamber music character of the piano by drawing from modern jazz, new music and avant-rock. Their repertoire features original compositions, collective improvisations and re-imaginings of standards by the three band members. After five years as a band, the trio released their debut album, Star Ballad, in 2017. Joining TMT Trio for this performance are Ohio natives Chris Coles on alto saxophone and Sam Blakeslee on trombone. These five instrumentalists are equally accomplished composers, and this concert will include the premiere of new works written especially for the occasion. (Plus – Anthony Taddeo is one of my nicest neighbors.)

Joining TMT Trio for this performance are Ohio natives Chris Coles on alto saxophone and Sam Blakeslee on trombone. Both musicians have worked closely with the trio, and Sam (who now resides in New York) is featured on their album Star Ballad. These five instrumentalists are equally accomplished composers, and this concert will include the premiere of new works written especially for the occasion.

Praxis Classes

Intro to Weaving: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1   $240. Instructor: Trey Gehring. 6 – 9pm

Interested in learning how to create your own cloth? Or do you already have a loom at home but have no idea where to start? In Intro to Weaving you will learn how to weave on floor looms, from yarn to cloth. By making a color-and-weave sampler scarf using simple woven structures, you will become comfortable with all of the steps in the weaving process -  and you’ll have a beautiful scarf. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience. It is also a great course for anyone who has learned to weave in the past, but needs a refresher.

At BRICK Ceramic&Design

Open studio hours - come make with us! Mondays 5-9 pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays 12-4pm.

BRICK offers a full working ceramics studio, fully equipped with kilns, wheels, glaze facilities, tables and so on. Experienced artists are welcome to work independently on clay projects. $25 fee per session includes 3 lbs of clay and initial bisque firing.  Additional clay $1/lb. Second visit to open studio is $25 and includes glaze materials and firing in cone 10 gas reduction kiln. BRICK also offers studio space to full members.

BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio, 420 E. 161st St. Open Studio Hours: Mondays 5-9pm, Wednesdays 12-4, Saturdays 12-4.


Ladybug by the Beach Summer Sale

Shady hats, summery bags, pretty seasonal outfits – Mittie Jordan has an eye for summery accessories. Her little shop Ladybug has them on sale (at 25% off) Thursdays and Fridays (2-7 pm) and Saturdays (11 – 7). 15226 Lakeshore Boulevard at the corner of Huntmere.  Visit her Web site,, to view some of her stock.

This little shop, lurking in a mini strip mall on Lakeshore Blvd at the corner of Huntmere, is this neighborhood’s best kept secret – the soon-to-be coffee shop/bookstore/event space Kumbaya (a place for peaceful pastime) and its companion – Ladybug by the Beach, a seasonal boutique stocked with holiday gifts in December, and now offering Fun in the Sun, clothing and accessories designed for days in the park or on the beach, and gifts and home décor geared toward the summer wedding season. .

 This is all the work of Mittie Jordan, who for 14 years owned Deuteronomy 8.3 on E105, providing daily retail offerings of books, beverages, baked goods, soups, sandwiches (and the founder’s popular Amish recipe-based Fellowship Bread) along with book signings, exhibits, live music, cultural celebrations, film screenings, and extended spring and fall book discussion series, bringing college faculty from throughout Ohio and beyond.  D8:3 was also a setting for community meetings, and programmed and hosted seven restorative justice summits

Deuteronomy was urban-renewed out of existence, and Mittie Jordan is now pursuing social justice, and providing a little very attractive shopping, in Collinwood. Starting over from scratch is never easy; Mittie has also launched a GoFundMe site to provide the capital she needs to fit up a coffee shop to official standards; visit if you’d like to help establish a neighborhood gathering spot on Lakeshore Blvd.

But first visit Ladybug, the little shop, and talk to Mittie. You’ll most likely leave with a treasure and a conviction.

Collinwood Splash at the Rec Center           Thursday, July 25

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Food, neighborhood information and outdoor activities. Meet and greet with Councilman Polensek and Commander Morris. Vendors welcome to help showcase neighborhood services and organizations (No Food Vendors). Non-profit organizations $15.00 / table. Vendors $20.00 / table (forms available at the Rec Center). Check or money order to be paid with application, due Saturday, July 20.  To benefit the Friends of Collinwood Recreation Committee. Call Kawana Little at (216) 420-8323.                 Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lakeshore Boulevard

Walgreen’s Is Moving

The Walgreen’s store and pharmacy on the north side of Lakeshore at E156 will close on October 31, and move across the road to the former Popeye’s, where it will focus on pharmacy services, plus basic health and beauty aids,  rather than miscellaneous retail – which seems to have been taken over by dollar stores. This model change, they say, is happening across the country; besides the dollar stores, people do more shopping on line, and pharmaceutical reimbursements have been dropping. Councilman Polensek, unthrilled by this news, is talking to Walgreen’s management about smartening up the Popeye’s building and parking, and to the building’s owner about opportunities for reuse. If you want to comment, he can be reached at  (216) 664-4236 or at


Summer Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance     July 10 and 17, 6:30 - 8:30.

Enjoy FREE urban line dance instruction on Wednesdays in July. Each evening will include new moves, great music and helpful instruction. Meet at Euclid Beach parking lot.

Birding At Wildwood     July 12, 10 – 11 am.   

The diverse habitat of Euclid Creek Reservation is great for viewing birds both large and small. Search the creek, meadows and lake shore with Naturalist Jeff Riebe for waterfowl, raptors and more. Please bring binoculars, limited numbers available to borrow. Meet at Wildwood Shelter parking lot. 

Summer Sprouts: The Beach    July 15,  10:30  - 11:15 am.

There’s so much to discover under the waters of our Great Lake! Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at Euclid Beach for some fun in the sun and learn about the animals that call this unique habitat home. Meet at Euclid Beach parking lot. 3 - 5 years with adult. 

Birds, Blooms & Butterflies    July 17,  2 – 4 pm

The banks of Euclid Creek are teeming with life. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a trip upstream as we search for birds, blooms and butterflies in the wetland, under the bridges and through the meadow. Meet at Wildwood entrance parking lot.

Food at the Park

Wildwood Concessions are open 11am-7pm daily. The menu features the usual snacks – French fries, onion rings, nachos – plus burgers, hot dogs . . . and Buffalo-fried cauliflower. Kids’menu for under-twelves. Wildwood also has a Ship Store (7am-7pm daily during the season), where you can find live bait and tackle, snacks and drinks,  and the highest quality non-ethanol marine fuel as well as diesel. 216.481.5771.

Euclid Beach Concessions are open Fridays 3 – 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm, during the Euclid Beach LIVE concert series. They also serve snacks, Humphrey’s Popcorn Balls and kisses, hot dogs and chicken fingers . . . and Honey Hut ice cream. There’s a kids’ menu, too.

I’m impressed that the Metroparks sell beer and wine for on-site consumption. I have a vivid memory of a Cleveland Heights policeman in Cain Park ordering us to pour out our bottle of delicious Gewurtztraminer. After that, we brought our wine on soft-drink bottles.


The market has cherries! Sweet cherries first, most likely sour cherries very soon.

There is quite a selection of produce coming in ... finally. Both farmers and shoppers have been fretting over the delayed season – the lettuce is lovely, but where are the tomatoes? Now we can have both, along with bok choy and other cooking greens, masses of salad greens, turnips (plus greens), mushrooms, potatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, garlic, a little spinach, and the usual butter, eggs, cheese, cookies and brownies, jams, pickles, ramp butter (!), all manner of gluten-free baking (my son-in-law swears by it) and a modicum of meat. And coffee.

Also special events: on July 13, the market will welcome the Northeast Ohio Regional Cast Iron Enthusiasts Annual Gathering (all day); Care-A-Van at 10 am, and the Annual BBQ Lunch Fundraiser at 11am.

The market is open year-round on Saturdays, and on Wednesdays during the season: 8 1m – 1 pm.  15000 Woodworth Rd. East Cleveland


Silhouette Auditions in July

Open auditions for Anything Goes, at Silhouette Productions. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton, and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman. Produced by Charlotte Mirabile. Directed by Laura Hart. Musically Directed by Alex Ulle. Choreography by Jen Justice

The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES!

For full synopsis and character list visit:

When: Sunday July 21 from 12-3pm and Monday July 22 from 7-9:30pm No appointment necessary. Please be signed in by 8pm.

Callbacks by invitation only: Tuesday July 23 from 7-9:30pm and Wednesday July 24 from 7-9:30pm. Be prepared to move and sing.

Where: Shore Cultural Centre 291 E. 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123 Room 241

What to prepare: Two 16-32 bar selections in the style of the show. A joke or short comedic monologue. Please bring your own sheet music, there will be no a capella auditions. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a headshot or be prepared to take a photo at auditions.

Productions dates: October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

Read through Sunday August 18 from 12-3pm

Rehearsals will being Monday August 26th, and run Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:30 PM. Dance rehearsals Sundays from 12-3pm

There are no AEA contracts for this production. ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE.

Questions? Contact the director at

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.07.2019