Watch CoolCleveland’s Cool Video Recap of 2011 put together a terrific slideshow of IngenuityFest 2011’s first night.

Set to the searing improv of Dixon’s Violin, this video/slideshow of Day One of IngenuityFest 2011 includes just some of the highlights of the coolest festival in the country: Life Currents, The Victory Project, Washed Out, Muamin Collective of Friends, The Revolution Brass Band, Zack Orr, Pecha Kucha, Tropidelic, Uzizi, Red Giant, Cats on Holiday, Ascent, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Trenchcoat Manifesto, Ray McNiece, Michael Palascak, Chucklfck Showcase, The Akronistrocrats, Midnight Magic, Nicky English, OldBoy, Peachcake and more… Not everyone made it into the slideshow (hey it’s hard to see everything!), but a good time was had by all.

DJs for Speakeasy July 23rd Fundraiser

Ingenuity’s Speakeasy 2.0 is coming up fast! The 9 PM to 1 AM party will feature drinks, dancing, and a lineup of some fantastic DJs. If you haven’t been to the bridge space you’re in for a treat. The cavernous, industrial space opens out onto an open air bridge span with fantastic views of the city. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. That includes two drink tickets! It’s a great deal for what’s going to be one of the most talked about parties of the year.

8:30-10pm = Misterbradleyp

10-11pm = Stout XTC

11-12am = Fuzz

12-1am = P-10

"At Last" Performance May 8 @ CPL

Don’t miss a performance of “At Last” which you can catch at the Cleveland Public Library.  Details are below and an interview with the creators to the right.


The celebration of black women’s voices takes center stage this May with the production of “At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Sisters of Soul”

Singer/songwriter Dr. Elaine Richardson – known to her fans as Dr. E – shares the stage with profound poet, spoken word artist, and author of the play, Dr. Mary Weems, in a two woman production that pays honor and tribute to the innovation and creativity of black women artists.
“At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Soul Sisters” will take place on May 8, 2010 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, East Sixth and Superior Avenue. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the performance will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. The performance is open to the public, free, and no reservation is required or accepted. The seating is first-come, first-serve.

The powerful voices of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Phyllis Hyman will be invoked through the talented Dr. E, while the audience is transported through space and time via the dynamic, oral and prophetic poetic expressions of Dr. Mary Weems.

“What better way to honor the voices of Black women than through the voices of two of Cleveland’s Ohio’s finest female artists,” says Tony Sias, director of the production. “To celebrate the lives of Black women artists is to celebrate the lives of those who inspire us beyond measure. ‘At Last’ is a perfect way to show our gratitude to all the women who have helped us find our voices.” Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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 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 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:,

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
Link to Rivergate Park fundraising campaign is at
Link to video from the 2010 Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championships (to give you an idea of what an ergatta is)

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.

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!