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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Don't Forget To Look Up











Terminal Tower
I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. 
- Charlotte Bronte
Last weekend, between film festival movies, I wandered around Tower City.  This is what I saw.  Looking down you see Foot Locker and the Body Shop.  Looking up you see, well, you see something entirely different.   This is someone's vision.  A dream drawn out to every minuscule detail.  Don't let the mall below fool you, this is a stunningly beautiful complex.  Next time you're there don't forget to look up.  


"Tower City Center (formerly known as Cleveland Union Terminal) is a large mixed-use facility located on Public Square in downtown ClevelandOhio. The facility is composed of a number of interconnected office buildings, including the landmark Terminal Tower, a shopping mall, two hotels, and the main hub of Cleveland's three rapid transit lines. On March 17, 1976, the tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Union Terminal Group." ~Wikipedia




Monday, March 28, 2011

(Stand-By and) Be Part Of The Story

Even Flat Stanley came to the film festival. 






I spent a little time at the Cleveland International Film Festival over the weekend.  Every year it seems to get better and better, which is evident by daily broken attendance records and enormous stand-by lines.  But no one seems to mind.  It's part of the atmosphere, it's part of the story.  We want to be there so like anything that's worth waiting for we adapt and stand by.

My 2 favorite movies form the weekend, Win/Win and Hayfever.

If you get a chance, go see a movie.  Be part of the fun.

Here are a few iPhone shots.  As is the story of my life lately, camera's not allowed.

Michael




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Japantown

Nighttown: A Concert For Japan


Last night at Nighttown a group of very talented Jazz musicians, all with roots in NE Ohio, came together to raise money for Japan.   Thank you for donating your time and talent and a very special thank you Brendan Ring and the staff at Nighttown!  

It was a magical musical performance for a more than worthy cause.

Well done. 










Saturday, March 19, 2011

Second Wife of Nelson Oviatt

I have a morbid fascination with cemeteries.  When I'm driving alone and see one I often have to stop.   I find them peaceful and peculiar.  Peculiar in a good way.   Peculiar like a quirky aunt that you love to be with because you never know what she'll say or do next.  Will she say something naughty or burst into tears?  One never knows.  She's always full of surprises.

Somewhere South of Brecksville, OH.  (Richfield maybe?)

I give you Rachel and Lucy.

Rachel

Lucy N, Second Wife of Nelson Oviatt 



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mend the Soul



Quilts hide so many metaphors for life.  Mending your soul and building beauty from scraps... The remnants of our lives rendered into something new and useful...

These are not your grandmother's quilts. But they warm the soul just the same.  Should you ever doubt that this is an artistic medium you only have to visit this show to be convinced otherwise.  Beauty is in the eye of the needle-holder.

To see the entire set of photos click here.










Saturday, March 12, 2011

Today's Fantasy: Spring

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it`s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life`s realities." ~Dr. Seuss





[laughing]

snow covered cat

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Friend of the Chorus (FOC)





For years I've benefited from having a very dear friend in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.  He knows who he is. Not only has he opened the door for me into a world of classical music by one the world's premier orchestras (and choruses), he has introduced me to others in the chorus who will remain my friends forever.  On both counts I will be forever grateful. 

Last night was a free evening of an open rehearsal with the Orchestra and Chorus.  We watched as Franz Welser-Most put this amazing group of musicians through their paces.  Incredible music and fascinating insight into the process of making world class music.  

I'm no music critic, in fact be assured I know nothing about classical music, but this stuff will make you weep and then want to slay a dragon.  You can't help but be moved in some way.   

And the cherry on the top of all this beautiful music and friendship is being in the presence of this lovely Music Hall.  Whenever I come here I can't take my eyes off her.  Here are a few shots (photos not allowed during rehearsals or performances).

If you get a chance get to the concert this week.


All photos shot and edited on the iPhone 4.







Monday, March 7, 2011

Akron: Impossible Realities

I love Akron, OH.  I do!  I think my true fascination with Akron started with the grandiose Akron Civic Theater. She was built to be gaudy when gaudy was great.  She's a jewel box on steroids.  She's a honey.  She's, well, she's indescribable really. 

More recently I am drawn to the Akron Art Museum, equally as outlandish and bold but of a different time. When you're in the museum it's as if the entire outside world is framed by it's windows.  

We saw the MC Escher exhibit which was very fun.  I never knew he was so prolific and worked in color as much as he did.  Not COLOR!  But, color.  I also really enjoyed the photographs of Herman Leonard.   His images really captured Jazz in the 1950s, not just historically, but romantically too.  And cool, man.  Cool. 

Photography is not allowed in the galleries so I took a few shots around the building.  To me she is a rust belt jewel box.