Saturday, July 14, 2018

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop

A Chinese painting and calligraphy event was held at the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University on June 2, 2018. Three artists made presentations on different Chinese art forms to a group of college students and staff from Marietta College, Ohio.

See more of the Chinese painting and calligraphy event at the Confucius Institute 

Putting the head on a 200 foot dragon

How do you put the head on a 200' dragon?

Very Carefully.

A highlight of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be the nearly 200-foot-long and 20-foot-tall Chinese Dragon that sprawls across Waterfowl Lake. #asianlantern

Click on the white arrow in the image below to watch a video of the head being put on the huge dragon.

See more photos of the dragon getting its head at the Asian Lantern exhibit

Asian Lantern Festival preview - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is transforming into an all-new summer experience beginning Thursday, July 19th during the first-of-its-kind Asian Lantern Festival, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's. Each Thursday through Sunday for five weeks, hundreds of large-scale, colorful lanterns will illuminate the Zoo and offer an amazing and unique look in an exclusive, after-hours setting.

When you enter the Zoo you will see this beautiful Asian entrance and just inside is a 100-foot-long entrance pathway in the Welcome Plaza.

Asian Lantern Festival #AsianLantern will feature more than 40 displays and hundreds of lanterns across several destinations of the Zoo.

More details and photos and videos of the Asian Lanterns at the Zoo

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art has done it again. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is an amazing world-class exhibit that is nothing like you have ever seen, or experienced, before.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the U.S. debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul.

Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to experience seven of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, including Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016), exclusive to Cleveland. Additionally, a stunning array of large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, installations, works on paper and rare archival materials can also be seen.

Yo really need to experience it yourself if you are local but if not, check out photos and videos from my visit to Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field

The Infinity Mirror Rooms in the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art are amazing. You, and maybe 1 to 3 other people, enter a small room and stand in a small area in the center of the room. Mirrors and lights and sculptures and effects take place as you gaze at infinite copies. It's like a fun house mirror room on steroids. In 20 or 30 seconds the door will open and the next group will be invited in.

One of my favorites was the Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field. In 1965, Kusama integrated mirrors into her art for the first time, using the reflective material to line the interior of Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field. Through the kaleidoscopic relationship between the mirrors and the materials inside the chamber, complex patterns emerged, appearing to extend infinitely in all directions.  #infinitekusama

Photos and videos of the Phalli's Field Infinity Room 

The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama at Cleveland Museum of Art

One  of my favorites at the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art was was The Obliteration Room.

It's a large room, all in white, with white furniture, toys, appliances and so on. Visitors are given some colorful round stickers and are encouraged to place them on anything in the room. So the pure white room will be "obliterated" with the colorful stickers that visitors place.

As an early visitor, there was still, plenty of white space. As the days and weeks progress, the room will be more and more covered in colorful stickers.

See photos and videos from the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit.


Friday, July 06, 2018

AIPNO Medical Yatra 2018

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last.

AIPNO also provides service and aid to underserved areas and disaster affected sites.

'Yatra' is a holy pilgrimage. For years, Dr Jaya Shah and Ramesh Shah have led an AIPNO Medical Yatra to tend to the needs of the poorest in different areas of India. Many of the people that the team of doctors see and treat have never had any contact with a medical professional.

Two years ago Sandhya lost her leg. Today she took her first steps with her new prosthetic leg, Jaipur foot; “I am happy, I can walk, I can go to work, my family is very happy.” 

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit

Global Ties U.S. and its members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of Diplomacy Begins Here Summits across the United States to bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world.

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) celebrated women in leadership in Northeast Ohio through the Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit on Thursday, June 28, at the Drury Plaza Downtown. In partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, CCWA welcomed local leaders in civil society, government, and business, along with leaders in international exchange programming throughout the country, to highlight our region's public diplomacy initiatives and specifically how women have played a key role as Citizen Diplomats.

The morning keynote was given by Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Deputy Director of NASA John H. Glenn Research Center.

Dr. Marla Perez-Davis

She highlighted some of NASA's work and discussed women in STEM and presented some interesting statistics.

Next, Dr. Evalyn Gates, former CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, moderated a panel title Women in STEM.  The panelists were Feowyn MacKinnon, Head of School of MC (squared) STEM High School and Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Deputy Director, NASA Glenn Research Center.

Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Feowyn MacKinnon and Dr. Evalyn Gates 
See video and photos of the Women in STEM panel

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

After an 80th anniversary program including singing of the Himnusz, a retrospective on the Garden and introduction of dignitaires and people present at the 1938 dedication, Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh turned the program over to Vera Holczer, founder and president of the Aurora School of Music.

Several performers played pieces by Liszt, Bartok, Debussy and Brahms.  

A highlight was the piano duet of the popular Hungarian Dances Number 5 by Liszt by Vera Holczer and  Ruth Desiree Logan.

Click on the white arrow to watch the video of the Hungarian Dances. 

See more photos and videos of the Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

The Hungarian Cultural Garden was formally dedicated in 1938 making 2018 the 80th anniversary of the Garden. The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

The Hungarian Garden held an 80th anniversary event with singing of the Himnusz, retrospective on the Garden's history, introduction of dignitaries and more.

It was great that several people who were in attendance at the dedication in 1938 were at the 2018 event.

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish
were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary

Friday, June 22, 2018

Asian Highlands Exhibit Opening at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Asian Highlands, the new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is now open to the public.

The immersive addition is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin.

Takin at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Red panda at Asian Highlands at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

One of Asian Highlands’ residents, the Amur leopard, is the most endangered big cat species on Earth with fewer than 100 animals estimated to remain in the wild.

Amur leopard at Asian Highlands at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

See photos and videos of the new Asian Highlands exhibit 

Asian Lantern Festival Preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced Asian Lantern Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's that will light up the zoo for five weeks this summer. The limited engagement will take place evenings, Thursday thru Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., from July 19 to August 19, 2018.

Guests will enjoy more than two dozen large-scale, colorful lantern installations placed throughout the zoo that will illuminate starting at dusk. Guests will be immersed in Asian culture, dining on Asian inspired cuisine, watching Asian performers on the Fifth Third Bank stage, and shopping an authentic marketplace sponsored by T-Mobile.

More about the Asian Lantern Festival at the Zoo

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Traditional Hmong Dances at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opened a new Asian Highlands exhibit and celebrated with some Asian performances.

Paj Tawg Tshiab (which directly translates to "blooming flower" in Hmong) is a traditional dance group focused on preserving the performing arts of the Hmong people. Paj Tawg Tshiab is based in Akron, Ohio.

Pictures and videos of the Hmong dances at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bharathanatyam Classical Indian dance at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

A new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is called Asian Highlands and is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin. The new destination includes significantly larger and more complex habitats for the animals. Asian Highlands will also feature several glass viewing areas where guests can get nose to nose with some of their favorite animals. The architecture of the structure is designed with elements representative of central China, the region these species are native to.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Asian Highlands destination there were several Asian performances including a Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India by 7th grader Deepa Raman.

Performing in front of a bear habitat, Deepa began by balancing and dancing on a mudpot and then told the story of the 10 avatars of Vishnu and three animals - deer, peacock and snake - in her dance.

See more photos and video of the Bharatanatyam dance 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

James Beard Blended Burger Project™

On Memorial Day weekend select Cleveland Independents’ members kicked-off the James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project™

Chefs are challenged to create their best burgers blending 75 percent ground meat (beef, venison, bison, turkey, etc.) with 25 percent cultivated, chopped mushrooms. According to the Mushroom Council, these sustainable burgers are healthier, lower in calorie and cholesterol and juicier than traditional burgers.

Now entering its fourth year, The Blended Burger Project™ runs nationally from May 28 through July 31. Participating restaurants are encouraged to generate votes for their burgers at (No purchase necessary.)
In the past, the promotion was as much a popularity contest as an effort to promote awareness as the top five chefs earned the opportunity to cook their burgers at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. This year, however, things have changed.

Pursuant to the public voting, a panel of food experts selected by the James Beard Foundation will determine five winners from the top 20 entries with the most online votes. Experts will determine the top five winners based on (1) most creative use of mushrooms, (2) best flavor profile and (3) presentation. From a public perspective, voters will automatically become eligible to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2018 James Beard Blended Burger event at the James Beard House. The public is encouraged to vote on a daily basis.

Cleveland Independents’ members participating in the 2018 James Beard Blended Burger Project™ are: Alley Cat Oyster Bar, Astoria CafĂ© & Market, Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, Creekside Restaurant, Der Braumeister, L’Albatros Brasserie, Nuevo Mod Mexican-Akron, Nuevo Mod Mexican-Cleveland, One Eleven Bistro, Parallax, Table 45, Thyme2 and Tremont Tap House.
According to trade magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News, more than 50 billion burgers are served in this country each year and are continuing to rise in their popularity. More than 700 restaurants competed in The James Beard Blended Burger Project™ in its first two years.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Polish Constitution Day Celebrations in Cleveland

The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. It is celebrated in Cleveland with events including a parade and ceremony in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neigh neighborhood and Parma's Polish Village.

On April 29 a parade marched down Fleet Ave. in Slavic Village and ended at the Polish American Cultural Center at 65th and Lansing. See video and photos of the Slavic Village Parade 

After the Parade, a ceremony was held behind the Polish American Cultural Center which included dances, music and youngsters reciting in Polish.  See videos and photos of the event

Then on May 6, a Parade marched through Parma’s Polish Village.  See video and photos of the Parma Parade 

This was followed by a ceremony

Don’t miss the Polish recitations by students from the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School under the guidance of their principal, Ewa Wiechec.

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