Don't Miss: Hammer Regatta This Weekend

The Hammer Regatta is a unique blend of athletics, music and art being held this Sunday at St. Ignatius’ Murphy Field House from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hammer has partnered with members of the Cleveland arts community that have been part of recent Ingenuity Festivals. The Hammer is free to attend, and if you decide to participate, your entry fee will go towards the Rivergate Park campaign fund. The Hammer is also serving as a fundraiser for a new home for rowing in Northeast Ohio as the current Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse location is currently within the planned footprint of a new casino complex.

For a look at ’36 Views of a Bridge’, a video installation by Alex Boxerbaum that will be shown above the competition line, click on the below links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cLX2urmPQc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mIq6NXS6CY

The Hammer has also secured the services of Andrew Kaletta, director of lighting for Oberlin College’s theater department and technical lighting advisor to Morrison Dance. Andrew has been involved with many Ingenuity Festivals and his efforts will create a unique visual landscape for the Hammer. There will also be a DJ playing music that H.S. and college kids have requested when they registered for the Hammer. Each of the 26 competition ergs will be linked to a computer and large display screen, allowing spectators to view the race (typ. 8 minutes long) and position of individual participants as the race progresses. Hammer promoter Jim Ridge promises there is nothing quite like watching 4 kids tied with 500 meters to go sprinting for the finish line.

More information on the Hammer can be found at http://clevelandrows.org/annualevents.php
Link to Rivergate Park fundraising campaign is at http://clevelandrows.org/rivergate_park.php
Link to video from the 2010 Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championships (to give you an idea of what an ergatta is) http://row2k.com/video/view.cfm?vid=8953

Also check out the ‘Hastily Made Hammer Promotional Video’. Hammer staff had a lot of fun making it as they are just a bunch of rowing fans that want to throw a fun indoor rowing party in February for their fellow Clevelanders. http://clevelandrows.org/2010HammerVideo.php

Please feel free to share this information with folks you think would be interested in this unique event, and I GREATLY appreciate you assistance in spreading the Hammerword. See you Sunday!

Help Vote Ingenuity as #1 Festival in Cleveland

We’ve got nothing against the National Hamburger Festival, but we think we’re tops when it comes to Festivals in the area. Here’s the thing…somehow we were overlooked in the nominations for Best Festival in Cleveland from Metromix! Here’s how you can help us rectify the situation:

Go to this link: http://cleveland.metromix.com/events/best-of-award/festival/1701856/content

And ‘write-in’ Ingenuity in the comments section. Or vote for the Hamburger festival. We don’t want to sway the democratic process, just keep people informed. But seriously, write-in Ingenuity.

Also, if you could include http://www.ingenuitycleveland.com in your comment so much the better. Something along the lines of “I really enjoyed the Hamburger festival, but check out ingenuitycleveland.com. Those folks know how to put on a non-hamburger festival.”

That’ll do just fine… Thanks!

Amazing Things People Are Saying About Us…

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Lisa Lock Performance in February

Ingenuity favorite Lisa Lock will be presenting Concentric Cycles, a piece that she choreographed and will perform at the Cleveland Public Theatre February 19 – 21.

Concentric Cycles
Choreographed by Lisa K. Lock and Performed by Amy Compton and Lisa K. Lock.

As time passes, memories weave a fabric that connects with the present, shaping every moment of our lives. A mysterious karmic tale that spans a life time repetitively gives second chances and allows for grasping wisdom through mistakes made in the heat of passion.

Choreographer and performer Lisa K. Lock’s new work ponders questions about the privilege of owning a body, in a fable of incarnating souls. Memories are made visible with an unrolling large red train, at times decorative and at times limiting, it is a metaphor for the fabric of life, the red thread, and a bloody past.

Collaborators include Larry Coleman (video and PR), Paul Gurgol (artistic advisor) and Russ Borski (costume designer).

This piece will be presented along with other terrific pieces at CPT’s Big Box Series.  It’s 11 pieces presented over eight weekends.  Read about all of them here and go see them!

Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs

This is a very cool talk that highlights what can happen when science, medicine and art come together.  Mullins turns the idea of disability on its head and has redefined her missing legs around the needs of her life rather than the other way around.

From TED.com:

Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs — she’s got a dozen amazing pairs — and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height … Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and activist for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.