Sparx Gallery Hop displays various types of art citywide this weekend...(plus free screenings of Resident Evil and Eastern Promises)

This week, experience the many cultural happenings around the city, as the Sparx Gallery Hop occurs simultaneously citywide in many locations. You can also chalk it up at the Museum of Art this weekend at the Chalk Festival, where there will be featured artists creating chalk creations. There are 2 more free preview screenings taking place this week as well, notably that of Eastern Promises, which has received rave reviews. Read below to see how you can pick up passes.

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Events of the Week(end)

Sparx Gallery Hop (FREE)
This city wide arts festival takes place in numerous neighborhoods and will feature trolleys that will run back and forth between all of the different events going on all day Saturday and Sunday, including the 18th annual CMA Chalk Festival, the 2nd annual GCAC Festival in the Galleria at Erieview, the 9th Annual Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival, open art studios in Tremont, live entertainment by Street Beats artists, and galleries and studios in Little Italy, all of which are FREE. For a full list of the Street Beats performers, who have been performing in the East 4th neighborhood on Thursdays for weeks, click here. Click here for a listing of who will be performing when. Passes for the trolleys for the entire weekend are only $5. For a complete listing of destinations, click here. The Gallery Hop will run from 11 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, and 12 PM – 5 PM on Sunday.

Chalk Festival
This weekend long event put on by the Cleveland Museum of Art is inspired by the I Madonnari Italian chalk tradition where beggars in 16th century Italy would use chalk on the plazas outside of cathedrals to copy paintings by the artists of the time. See all of the art produced, or make your own! FREE to see, $8 for a 12-color box of chalk to make your own drawing! The Chalk Festival will take place in the Museum of Art’s Fine Arts Garden. Click here or here for details and pictures of last year’s Chalk Festival. There will also be a workshop for those interested in learning chalk art, including materials, and a square to create your own drawing, as well as live musical entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tremont ArtWalk & Arts and Cultural Fest
The monthly Tremont ArtWalk coincides with the Arts & Cultural Festival and Sparx in the City for a weekend of arts celebration across the city. Tremont’s many restaurants and art galleries will be featuring work of some of the area’s best artisans. For details on what locations will be featuring what works, click here.

Friday
Cleveland AIDS Walk Kickoff Rally
This after-work party will take place at the Blind Pig on Friday 9/14 from 5:30-7:30 PM. After-work food, music, and the opportunity to meet others who are fighting to end HIV/AIDS will be provided. There will also be a cash bar, and the opportunity to sign up for the first Red Ribbon Ride Ohio on 9/23, which is a family-friendly bicycle ride of 5/15/25 miles through Rockefeller Park and various Cleveland sites including Euclid Beach, Wildwood State Park, Downtown, Edgewater Beach, Whiskey Island, The Flats, and other parts of the Lake Erie shoreline. The bike ride is $20 for students, but the party on Friday is FREE.

Latino-style Music Dancing, and Storytelling
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Cleveland Public Library branches from 9/13-10/31. Programs are free and open to the public. The kickoff event will take place on 9/14 from 6-9 PM at the Carnegie West Branch located at 1900 Fulton Road, and will include music, dancing, and storytelling. Other events later in the month will include music, craft workshops, Latin dancing demos, and a film festival, all at no charge. Search the site using the term “Hispanic” for a full listing of all of the month’s events. Details on Friday’s event are here.

Theater District Annual Block Party & Tour
Come experience what the 2nd largest theater district in the country has to offer at this party that returns for the 8th time. Block party guests will begin the night at the State Theatre with check-in/registration. East 14th Street and Star Plaza will be transformed into an city street experience with food, wine and martini samplings, along with cash bar, street games. An entertainment stage will provide live music throughout the evening. Dance Showcase will give a free performance at the Allen Theatre. There will also be a area wide Treasure Hunt with a cash prize for the winner. Tickets are $25 and can be bought here.

Saturday
Metropolitan Experience
Come see what Akron’s new Northside development has produced, as the city hosts Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders fame in her hometown. There will be a living tour showcasing 14 housing options around downtown Akron, as well as an Art Walk, local Blues and Jazz bands performing, and the grand opening of Chrissie Hynde’s new restaurant, VegiTerranean. The new acclaimed Akron Art Museum will have a new look, and in the evening, there will be a Food Fest and a concert put on by Chrissie Hynde and local musicians. For details on all of the events of the day, click here.

4th Annual Sausage Festival
Vote for the top klobasa at the 4th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, a benefit event for the National Cle-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday 9/15 starting at 1 PM. This 8-hour party of non-stop music and munching will include six competing Slovenian sausage makers who will vie for your votes. Dance to the finest Cleveland polka bands while munching on treats and refreshments. The 2007 king of klobasa will be announced at 7 PM. The Festival will take place at 11000 Health Road in Kirtland on the far east side of Cleveland (3 miles east of Route 306, off Rte. 6/Chardon Road). Click here for details. The festival is only $6 in advance, and $7 at the door.

Sunday
Icons of American Photography
If you haven’t had a chance to catch this exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art yet, this is your last chance! 116 iconic photographs representing every major American photographer from 1850-1960 are featured. Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Click here for details.

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Bass
The Cleveland Institute of Music Concert season begins with a FREE recital by double bass faculty members. Click here for details. The concert will begin at 4 PM. Click here for details.

Get Away from the Stress of Everyday Life
Visit the Holden Arboretum, one of the most beautiful locales in Northeast Ohio. Kids will love the Holden Express Garden Railroad from now until next Sunday 9/23, which has 2000 feet of winding track of model trains through the gardens, including replicas of many of Northeast Ohio’s bridges, including the Detroit-Superior bridge. Admission to the Arboretum and Holden Express for members is free, and $6 for adults and $3 for kids 6-12 for non-members. The Holden Arboretum is located at 9500 Sperry Road in Kirtland, and you can get full details and directions here.

Ongoing Events/Places previously featured

Muddling Mojitos 101- Learn to make mojitos on Fridays from 5-7 PM

Sparx Street Beats-street performances Thursdays and Fridays

Something Dada!-improv comedy Friday and Saturday nights a la "Whose Line is it Anyways?"

Chucklef*ck Comedy Night- Mondays at 8 in Lakewood at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison Ave. Lakewood.

8/22/2007 -Blue Planet Cafe Grand Opening- the new Cleveland Museum of Natural History cafe.

8/22/2007 -Silk Nightclub-new nightclub features 5 specialty bars, huge dance floor, lounge areas, VIP bottle service, Video DJs and ability for private parties, with full access to Shooters on the Water.

8/22/2007 -Mapleside Farms-Local farm known for its apples

9/6/07-Lake Metroparks Farmpark Corn Maze

Dining Gems Around Town

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar
Experience Nuevo Latino cuisine at this relatively new eatery which has a selection of food from Central and South America, Cuba, and the Latin Caribbean. Though slightly pricier than the usual restaurant for a student budget, this hotspot features food which you will not find elsewhere in Cleveland, and guacamole that is made fresh to order. Paladar is run by the same people who run Boulevard Blue in Shaker Square. Click here for their website. Paladar is located at 28601 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 900.

Next week: Cheese lover’s paradise on Detroit Avenue: Melt, Cheddars

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED:

9/6/2007 – Machu Picchu
8/29/2007 - Zocalo
8/22/2007 - La Tortilla Feliz, Around the Corner Cafe
8/15/2007 - Original Pancake House, Cafe Limbo
8/8/2007 - Sokolowski's University Inn, India Garden
8/1/2007 – Tea House Noodles, Dish Global Deli, Wunderbar

Free Movie Screenings of the Week
Remember to sign up and show up early! (usually about 30-45 minutes before the show)

For a free pass for 2 (while supplies last) to see a preview screening of Eastern Promises, starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, and Vincent Cassel, stop by the information booth at the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival, which will be located in Lincoln Park, between 12-6 PM on Saturday or 1-5 PM on Sunday. The showing will take place on Thursday September 20th at 7:30 PM at AMC Westwood Town Center. Arrive early to guarantee seating! Eastern Promises opens 9/21, and details on the movie can be found on its website here.

For a free pass for 2 (while supplies last) to see a preview screening of Resident Evil: Extinction, the 3rd and final Resident Evil installment, starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti, and Mike Epps, visit Shinano Japanese restaurant, located at 5222 Wilson Mills Road on Monday 9/17 after 5:30 PM. No purchase necessary. The showing will take place on Thursday September 20th at 7:30 at AMC Richmond Town Square. Arrive early to guarantee seating! Resident Evil: Extinction opens on 9/21, and details on the movie can be found on its website here.

Dealin' around the city

Get a FREE round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf here!

Coming Soon
September 20 – Cheese Lover’s destinations featuring Cheddars and Melt
September 28 - Cool Cleveland Pack Your Bags party
October 6 – Lake Erie Monsters

Many other things to do at the following page:
CoolCleveland

More things to win:
Cleveland.com (includes concert tickets, trip to Vegas, rounds of golf, and more)
Cleveland Scene (includes Cedar Point tickets, Mr. Woodcock tickets, and more)
WOIO.com (includes 32" TV, Put-in-Bay ferry tickets)

Permanent deals/specials around the area worth a try

Click here for some of the city’s happy hour specials, brought to you by the Cleveland Scene...

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED:

9/6/2007 – Lava Lounge Happy Hour featuring $4-$5 dishes, $3 drafts, and $5 martinis.
8/22/2007 - Cleveland Indians College 360 ID Half-price Nights
Get Lower Reserved, Upper Box, Mezzanine, Bleachers and Upper Reserved tickets for half price - 9/18 at 7:05 PM; Enter "STUDY" as promotional code or go to box office.
McNulty's Bier Markt - $3 Stella, Hoegaarden, Warsteiner, Brooklyn IPA, $2.50 Blue Moon/Labatt Blue, and $2.50 Long Islands. Free pizza from Pizza Pan is offered at happy hour on Fridays from 6-8 PM.
Momocho - half price margaritas and taquitos Tuesday-Friday 5-6:30.
Lolita’s - $5 food specials, $4 wines, $2 Sierra Nevadas, 5-6:30 and 9:30-close Tues-Th., 10-close on Fri-Sat, and 4-9 on Sun.

The Dealfinder is a Case grad student that is continuously exploring to "create" more of this city by the day.

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