Brite Winter Festival – Saturday, February 27, 2010, 5-10pm

Brite Winter Festival Saturday, February 27, 2010, 5-10pm

Forecast: 30 F and snowy.  Perfect for a winter festival

Join us as we celebrate winter in Cleveland (yes, you heard that right, we’re celebrating – take that Forbes!) at the Brite Winter Festival on Saturday from 5 – 10pm in the Flats!

Cleveland bands, Cleveland sponsors, Cleveland food, Cleveland Plays, Cleveland neighborhood and community groups, and Cleveland artists make this event, well, very Cleveland.  And that’s a very good thing.

There is honestly too much being offered to go into in this short blurb, but here are the highlights:

Music: This Moment in Black History with the Uncanny Xe La and The Hot Rails.

Art: Lots of local artists displaying and creating all sorts of cool stuff, including a BlowUp PopUp Chill Dome.  What is that, you ask?

Fire: Self-explanatory and totally necessary

Food: Warm drinks and eats from Gypsy Bean Coffee & Baking.  Italian goodness and cheap booze from Sainato’s Restaurant.

Sporting fun: Cornhole organized by Cleveland Plays, giant skeeball, ice bocce ball, chalkboard graffiti, Bridge War snowball fight reenactment.

For more details, visit us at www.britewintercleveland.wordpress.com or on Facebook.

Stay warm and be cool in The Best Location in the Nation at Brite Winter Festival.  Hope to see you there!

The nitty-gritty:

The FREE festival will take place at the corner of Columbus and Merwin on the East Bank of the Flats at Hart Crane Memorial Park, near Hoopple’s and the lift bridge.  For a map and directions, click here.  Parking is $1 at the lot on the corner of Columbus and Center.  Flat Iron Café will be running a shuttle bus to and from the event and around the Flats.  The event runs from 5pm until 10pm.

Presented by Pop Up City, CWRU graduate and professional students, the Ohio Canal Corridor, Sainato’s Restaurant, and the Flats-Oxbow Association.

Bloggers On The Bridge

Hi Cleveland Bloggers! Have you blogged about Ingenuity in the past or plan to in the future? Want a sneak peak into what’s going on at Ingenuityfest 2010? We’re inviting bloggers to take a tour of the Bridge Space with our Artistic Director James Levin and Executive Director Paula Grooms to ask questions, take photographs, poke around, send a tweet or two…we’ve even got some free t-shirts for you!

We’ll be doing this in March on a date TBD, but please (ASAP) send a note to jkrouse@ingenuitycleveland.org with your name and the name of your blog for further details.

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!

How Video Games Can Save the World

Interesting video from CNN on Jane McGonigal.  She’s an online game designer that is working on games that can solve real-world problems.   It’s an interesting  take on how creativity and fun tap into some very serious issues of our time.

Thoughts on the Detroit-Superior Bridge Reuse

From Shrinking Cities comes a post comparing the reuse of the Detroit-Superior Bridge to New York’s High Line:

Continue the schedule of temporary events begun with the Bridge Project in fall 2009, but analyse these to decide what uses or combination of uses are likely to work as permanent occupants of the span. One success of the Bridge Project is in 2010, Ingenuity Fest, billed as “Cleveland’s cutting edge festival of arts, music, and technology,” is holding its yearly week-long event the lower level of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. It is important to remember that the Bridge Project and other Pop-Up City efforts generate “buzz” precisely because they are temporary, so it is vital to understand what will work on a long-term basis.

What do you think?

Read and comment at Shrinking Cities