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Next Trip To The Inner Circle, Visit "Inner Circle"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 08:49.
08/10/2007 - 12:00
08/10/2007 - 16:00

An important addition was made to The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection, located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University and the grounds of University Circle, with the installation of a fantastic steel sculpture by masterful sculptor and Cleveland Institute of Art President David Deming, which is titled "Inner Circle". Located by the Case residential village, across from the Starbucks, at the intersection of East 115th, Juniper and Bellflower, this work is a great addition to an important art collection, curated by Evelyn Kiefer, that makes University Circle a much more inspiring and remarkable place, with public art.


The Inner Circle Restaurant, at Hough Bakeries
1519 Lakeview Road
East Cleveland, OH
United States

Bloggapalooza and Arts Collinwood featuring at Beachland Tavern

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 12:07.
07/28/2007 - 11:00
07/28/2007 - 19:00

Here's a worthwhile event notice from one of the Founders of Meet The Bloggers, George Nemeth, for their BLOGGAPALOOZA. Now at the Beachland Tavern, mixing with Arts Collinwood, this should be an amazing gathering - need to check this out for sure:


Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH
United States

REALNEO, Claes and Evelyn, make Cleveland Magazine this month, at Gallery U-Haul

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 13:45.

I've appreciated having Cleveland Magazine pick up some of my photos from REALNEO for publication in their print edition - last time featuring the Van Duzer show at Convivium and this month featuring Gallery U-Haul, and my wife Evelyn and son Claes, at the April 11, 2007 Tremont Art Walk... I look forward to seeing you at Patsy Kline's homeless gallery at the July 13 Tremont Art Walk, where she will hold a Gas Money Garage Sale.

Level Three Gallery presents “Objectify”

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 15:23.
07/06/2007 - 18:00
07/06/2007 - 22:00

My wife and I are big fans of NEO artist Gina DeSantis - I started buying her functional ceramic pieces when she first showed at Buzz (we love her rice bowls designed with chopsticks in mind). When Buzz closed, we hunted Gina down to continue buying her work. So, when she announced Level Three Gallery it was such good news... be sure to check Level Three Gallery and Gina's work (above) out at their upcoming show, described below...


Level Three Gallery
3635 Perkins Ave
Cleveland, OH
United States

06.22.07 Header: Spaces Opening on Superior Viaduct

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/23/2007 - 23:10.

Friday, June 22, 2007, "Storage Spaces" opened at Spaces Gallery - continuing their orientation on "Shrinking Cities". It is a very cool show, with many great works in a variety of mediums. And Spaces is a cool arts anti-establishment. As I was up there on the Viaduct, shown in the header attached below, I reflected it has changed character so much, with the growth of condos contrasting with the shrinking cities theme of the moment, since I lived in one of the loft buildings a bit further down... before the viaduct went glass and chrome. I already miss the old days of industrial decay.

Grand Opening of Level Three Gallery

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 22:43.
06/01/2007 - 18:00
06/01/2007 - 22:00

It is great to see more progress in the growth of the art scene in the mid-town and St. Clair arts district area, with the opening of Level Three Gallery this weekend... another sign of vibrant life. I like the work of the artists I know from this group so am glad to see them situated again - some showed together at Buzz, on W. 25th, which I liked very much. I look forward to seeing this new space and their new work. So, this Friday, June 1, art and culture lovers should start with a tour through the Hough bakeries, at the Inner Circle, for Happy Hour, then head over to CIA for their opening of Design Values 2, and then to Level Three for their opening, described below. By the end of the evening, you will not have driven far, will have done lots of great, authentic Cleveland things, and had plenty of opportunites for good company, art, food and cheer.


Level Three Gallery
3635 Perkins Ave Minutes from downtown - free parking available
Cleveland, OH
United States

07.05.25 Header of the Day: Steelyard Outlot Pan

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/25/2007 - 01:52.

Steelyard Commons

As a contrast to yesterday's Header of the Day, of Beechwood Place Mall, here's a new pan from a shoot at new Cleveland Big Box Mall Steelyard Commons, still in development, on April 20, 2007.

NEO Excellence Roundtable with Bruce Perens, on making NEO a global center of excellence with FOSS

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 15:01.
05/22/2007 - 08:00
05/22/2007 - 09:30
Bruce Perens  Bill Callahan and I are pleased to offer a last moment opportunity to join an important conversation just beginning on making NEO a global leader in the use of Free Open Source Software, with the man who wrote the Open Source Definition, Bruce Perens. Bruce is Vice President of Developer Relations and Policy for FOSS-related SourceLabs, of Seattle. NEO is fortunate to have a local connection with Bruce, as the Director of Marketing for SourceLabs, Athena Diamantis, lives in this region. Digital Vision Director Bill Callahan and East Cleveland CIO Abu Alli met with Bruce and Athena last week to discuss how to make NEO a world FOSS leader, and we decided that is a topic deserving much broader and more open attention. So tomorrow we continue growing the dialog.


Join us, if you may... 8 AM breakfast tomorrow at the Juniper Grill.


Juniper Grill
1332 Carnegie Ave (@ E 9th)
Cleveland, OH
United States

FON is Dropping Microsoft, Adopting Ubuntu

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 14:56.

Martin Varsavsky, founder of FON, and author of his "Blog of an Entrepreneur", posted there an interesting letter he sent to all his employees: "FON is Dropping Microsoft, Adopting Ubuntu". I had seen, on some of his earlier blog entries, that Martin had a major Windows crash and lost his whole hard drive (been there) and so after 20 years with Microsoft he switched to Ubuntu (done that) and also Apple - after a month he settled on Ubuntu. It has been fascinating reading Martin's celebration of discovering FOSS - I remember having the same awakening. It is very exciting to now see Martin move his company FOSS, and to highlight how he is doing this and why - read his personal account here... and think about how this could be happening all over NEO...

University Circle Blog on Joe Stanley and "Design for people, not institutions"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 17:46.

Joe Stanley

 It is very nice to see my favorite real urban planner Joe Stanley featured on Lee Batdorff's very informative University Circle Blog - and thanks to Joe for mentioning us here at realneo! We set up and host his site, which is one of the best uses of Drupal in this region, and presents excellent work by a talented planner and designer. Joe is working on all the community development projects I'm involved with, including overall East Cleveland planning and the Star Intergenerational Neighborhood planning and The Intergenerational School, along with other work Joe does independently.

ECOSSystem - Extending Community Open Source System

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 17:20.

While not currently a powerhouse in Free Open Source Software (FOSS), Northeast Ohio is positioned to begin excelling with FOSS in some very strategic ways that may add great value to the regional economy. 

Because of FOSS, we may now bridge the digital divide more quickly and completely here than has any other large urban center in America, we may soon have the highest percentage of workforce properly educated for the new economy, and we may lead the world in some fields of application development and technology innovation with global, open standards, all if the region now embraces FOSS..

Carol Hummel, Pamela Dodds, Ann Bralliar at Asterisk (& Tremont Art Walk)

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/24/2007 - 12:29.
05/11/2007 - 18:00
05/11/2007 - 23:00

Asterisk Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-11 p.m.

(during Tremont Art Walk)

May 11 - June 2, 2007


Asterisk Gallery
2393 Professor Ave. During Tremont Art Walk
Cleveland, OH
United States

2007 CIA Spring Design Show

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 11:01.
04/27/2007 - 17:30
04/27/2007 - 20:30

  While I don't really care for the Cleveland Institute of Art slogan "Making Art Work" (to me, work is a 4-letter-word, and art is not), the CIA turns out some of the hardest working and most work-force attractive designers in the world, and each year showcases their talent at an annual Design Show. To get a sense of what to expect, here is my preview of the show from 2005 (missed the 2006 show - will be there this year!).

Here's more info from the official invitation...


Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH
United States

2007 CIA BFA Thesis Exhibition

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 10:52.
05/07/2007 - 18:30
05/07/2007 - 21:00

Few occassions in NEO or anywhere offer a more diverse and exciting perspective on life and art than the annual CIA BFA Thesis Exhibitions... from the CIA Website: See exceptional work by the next generation of artists and designers as graduating students present their Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions. The Joseph McCullough Center will be bursting with energy and excitement as the Institute’s graduating seniors challenge the public with fresh ideas and commentaries on our world. Work will be presented in all media including performance and installation art. The senior thesis project is the culmination of a student’s career at the Institute. Please join us to celebrate their achievements!

Exhibition Hours


Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue The Joseph McCullough Center
Cleveland, OH
United States

Ubu Projex in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 15:31.


Ubu Projex NEO is the home of all NEO things Pere Ubu and David Thomas, having strong roots in Northeast Ohio and loyal to the region... playing, creating and recording here often. Whenever a Ubu Projex connection is in NEO, REALNEO will be sure to let the community know and report back on the genius shared at these events.

What a difference voters make: State of Ohio Files Suit Against Paint Makers over Public Nuisance of Lead Poisoning

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 13:35.


YES - this is a huge story... the State of Ohio is suing Sherwin Williams and other paint manufacturers over the public nuisance caused by lead paint they sold here over decades... the state is joining five Ohio cities in this battle for our citizens - this case could very well take over the battle for the cities - very exciting times for our down-trodden state.  It is exciting to see the new Ohio leadership in action, after so many years of poor performance by past administrations.

TRUE ART GALLERY presents Michaelle Marshall, Jeanetta Ho and Laurel Herbold

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 16:40.
04/06/2007 - 18:00
04/06/2007 - 22:00

TRUE ART GALLERY presents Michaelle Marshall, Jeanetta Ho and Laurel Herbold, April 6 – 30



True Art Gallery
410 E. 156th St.
Cleveland, OH
United States

NEO Knows Johnny Mango brings World-Cafe-cool to Ohio City

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 20:13.

Johnny Mango World Cafe and Bar is a love at first and each sight, bite and margarita restaurant for me - creatively well decorated, eclectic environment, friendly staff, and always a great crowd... whether just a few tables of regulars or packed with anyone or everyone in town (generally on weekends... especially when the weather is great and sidewalk patio is open). The reason is a fresh juice bar, meaning some of the best drinks and smoothies possible, along with a great selection of Tequila... along with Momocho (which is next door), they have the best margaritas in town... along with a "world-cafe" menu of fun, unusual foods, cooked fresh, with fresh ingredients, in the open kitchen... and location, location, location in beautiful, vibrant Ohio City.

Screening party for REALNEO feature on WVIZ Applause!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 14:48.
03/29/2007 - 18:00
03/29/2007 - 20:00

Filming of Applause at WVIZ

This week's edition of Dee Perry's arts & culture television program Applause!, on WVIZ, features a segment on REALNEO... so I'd like to invite all the friends of realneo to join us for a screening party for the first broadcast of the program, Thusday, March 29, from 7:30 - 8:00 PM, at the great A.J. Rocco's Cafe, at 816 Huron Road, by East 9th Street. As a special treat, I was pleased to learn that A.J. Rocco's had already planned a very cool and complimentary event for that evening - Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman will be the guest bartender from 6-8 PM.


A. J. Rocco's
816 Huron Road if you can't attend, tune in on WVIZ at 7:30 PM
Cleveland, OH
United States


Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 22:49.


REALNEO to be featured on WVIZ Applause, premiering this Thursday, March 29, 2007

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 12:33.

Screenshot for Applause program featuring REALNEO

I was quite honored to be contacted, a few weeks ago, by the producer of one of my favorite television programs, Dee Perry's "Applause", asking for information about REALNEO. Seems he was doing research on the spectacular Convivium 33 Gallery, which we have featured extensively on REALNEO, covering Christopher Pekoc here and Clarence Van Duzer here (photos from which were featured in Cleveland Magazine), so REALNEO came up in search results. The producer saw REALNEO as in interesting source of insight on arts and culture in NEO and suggested to his staff doing a segment on Applause about REALNEO. Even though we scheduled the interview, this seemed very abstract until I just saw a promotion on WVIZ for the show, featuring a scrolling view of the REALNEO home page.

REALNEO is proud to have Derek Arnold at the global IT bleeding edge, in Sunnyvale, CA this week

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 23:59.


It is a great pleasure to have our original Drupal developer Derek Arnold back in the server seat for REALNEO and all tech things 7gen (shown here at my favorite wifi and human friendly coffee house in town, Talkies). Besides already cleaning up months of tech messes, less than two weeks back on track, Derek is now in Sunnyvale, California, as probably the only NEO representative at the Yahoo sponsored OSCMS (Open Source Content Management System) conference, the Drupal Performance and Scalability Seminar and the Drupal Hackfest - March 22-25, 2007. We've been touching base while he is there and it is clear he is learning lots of great insight, spreading NEO love in the open source world, and showing all that we are serious about making this a real open source domain (and I mean realneo and this region, in that).

Be Leav'in Cleveland? Read today's "Journal" of record PD

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 07:33.

It has always bothered me to see full page ads in the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the traveling "Collectibles Buyers" who come into town for a few days to prey upon the most desperate citizens of our region, setting up shop in some seedy motel to buy jewelry, coins, watches, etc... the family treasures... from anyone they can scam. Recently, a local TV investigator did a segment on this sad practice, showing that the brokers offer their victims low values only the most pathetic fools would accept.

Organic Juice Sails Ahead ;-)

Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 18:53.

A snippet from Palm Beach Post on organic juice sales.   Though I consume it in tandem with organic milk, organic juice availability just has not kept pace.   Looks like they finally are waking up in the Orange belt.  Tropica (worlds largest juice guru) only got into the game this Feb.   See how behind the ball the big boys can be.   Looks like it wont be much longer now.  I wonder what is next?