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Lori Ingram

Hough Native’s Rock Star Life

Last month I was invited to one of the most fantastic venues in Cleveland -- The House of Blues -- to hear a talented lady pursuing her musical career in a band named Wish You Were Here. The house was packed and the crowd set their imagination to the music of Pink Floyd as played by Wish You Were Here. Wish You Were Here’s impeccable reputation is.
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Let’s Put Women and Children First

Women and children first? For the past few months, many people have been concerned about violent crimes against women in Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. The severity of the crimes and the media attention this spring and summer were overwhelming and scary. They highlighted the fact that many other women and children are trapped in abusive situations and need help. What can we do? The Federation.
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Learning about Mayoral Candidate Ken Lanci

Last month, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and mayoral candidate Ken Lanci visited the Commodore Place Apartments in University Circle. Mayor Jackson talked about the economy and the great job he has done for the city in diligently making sure Cleveland did not turn upside down in the same way cities like Detroit did. And, I agree, he should be commended for that. But when Ken Lanci spoke,.
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New Theater in Garden Valley

The Garden Valley neighborhood has a great new gem in the form of an intimate theater located in Garden Valley Neighborhood House. New African Theater has already performed two pieces to great acclaim. The first piece was "Meat" written by Mary Weems about the Sowell murders, and this past week, to a sold-out crowd, August Wilson's "Jitney" was performed. The theater is the brainchild of Michael Oatman, former.
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Last Chance to Play Pianos on the Street in University Circle

Have you seen pianos stationed on the sidewalk in different places around University Circle? They are an art exhibit called "Play Me, I'm Yours" by artist Luke Jerram. Anyone can sit down and play one of the pianos. The exhibit is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Since 2008, the exhibit has visited more than 35 cities. In Cleveland, there.
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On Structural Racism

Last month I had an interesting conversation at the monthly Network Night held by Neighborhood Connections. Every first Thursday of the month, there is a Network Night that draws about 70 people for interesting conversations, exchange of ideas and resources and great connections.  Last month, one of the conversations was about identifying movie clips that raise awareness about racial dynamics and understanding racial oppression and privilege. The.
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Reading the News

I was moved to tears by the issue of Shawken News that was inserted into the April issue of Neighborhood Voice last month and produced by stalwart, hopeful and brave students from Shaw High School and Hawken School. I wonder how hard is the fight for equality gonna get? What will be the prize? It inspired poetry that seldom comes to me now. Reading the News I remembered what.
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Race Relations Forum

I attended the third in a series of Race Relations Forums, sponsored by the City of Cleveland and MetroHealth Hospital, last month at the Church of the Covenant in University Circle, close to where I live. To those who came to the forum, I say “Hurray! Kudos for having an interest in a change!” Coming out to the forum was the first step to eradicating the arcane.
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Bessie Had the Blues

The Cleveland Play House has always brought the area great entertainment and sometimes rapid history lessons, as well. At the opening night of "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," I learned about a different type of establishment that was available in the 1920s. It was called a “buffet flat” and is the setting in which the famous singer is introduced. As Smith's story.
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Women Work to Eliminate Racism

For the past two months, several women in my network have been participating in a program called “YWCA ChangeMakers 2012-2013.” Our goal? To identify and eliminate racism. During our first session, we were introduced to Margaret Mitchell, president and CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland, and our facilitators, Erica Merritt and Adele DiMarco Kious. Several group members are leaders within their own work organizations, and all members.
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Chatting and Connecting in Greater University Circle

Last week I went to a phenomenal meeting led by Lisa-Jean Sylvia of Neighborhood Connections.  It was the first in a series of community meetings simply named Network Nights. Network Nights will be held once a month in the Greater University Circle area.  The purpose of the meetings is to bring residents together from the neighborhoods in Greater University Circle.  It is not just for those.
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Another Gem

Sometimes I just have to talk about businesses in our area that support the arts and can be good for everybody in our community.  GreaterIsHe Publishing Company is one such business. How many people do you know that have great stories but they haven't written their memoirs so no one will ever know?  Well, if you have a story to tell this may be a.
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Little Italy Hosts its Annual Feast

Imagine that you live in a cultural garden of rich heritage steeped in religious tradition.  For 114 years, Italian immigrants carved businesses and neighborly connections with each other in Cleveland's Little Italy. They lived side by side in a small "grotto" or neighborhood in the huge city. They learned the new language from each other, yet settled down at home to speak to each other in a native.
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Cleveland’s 48HR Film Project

So, July is coming to an end and what do us artsy Clevelanders have to look forward to every year? Is it back-to-school blues? Is it Indian Summer? No, it is the Cleveland 48HR Film Project. "What?" you ask. "Never heard of it," you say. The Cleveland 48HR Film Project is part of the world's largest timed film competition. Hosted and produced in Cleveland by Brian Bowers, the competition takes place.
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Angels Unaware

I have been blessed to be a member of The Greater University Circle Innovation Team. We are a team of residents and other community members who are experimenting with ideas. We’re working to nurture an exchange of ideas to nurture communication between regular folks and the big institutions in the area — the businesses, museums, universities and hospitals. We want to talk about how, when and what.
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