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A. J. Rocco's Sunsplash Party

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 08/23/2006 - 12:10.
08/23/2006 - 17:00
08/23/2006 - 19:00

Reggae Sunsplash Pre Party on the patio.

Going to the show at Tower City?


A. J. Roccos
816 Huron Road 216-861-8358
Cleveland, OH
United States

More to come soon, from Rocket From The Tombs (and, yes, it was the best)!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 00:58.

To Clevelanders who missed RFTT at the Beachland - oops. To Pittsburgh and the rest of the tour, see Rocket From The Tombs... more to post when my ears stop ringing...


Preview: If you don't Rocket From The Tombs, you don't rock Real NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/26/2006 - 05:31.

How would you describe (Rocket From The Tombs) show to someone that has never seen you playing live?

It is truly one of the great rock experiences you will have. We wouldn't bother otherwise. The people in this band do not belong together. Touring with this band has been the most miserable experience of my life. The only reason I do it is because what we do on stage is so satisfyingly hot.

RFTT have been described as one of the godfathers of punk, a kind of a bridge between the Stooges, hard rock and a more arty sound. What's your opinion about that?

RFTT was, in my opinion, not a punk band. We were a logical step along the progression and evolution of rock music. Our roots seem very obvious. People say the music is so angry you must be rebellious. Yeah, I don't know. It seems to me, as I remember it, what we were angry about was ordinariness. The mainstream rock bands who played in all the clubs were SO ordinary and unambitious, were satisfied with so little when there so much that could be done. That's what I remember. That doesn't seem too punk to me. But I'm not a chicken-hawker either.

What kind of reaction from the crowd did you get while touring? Which kind of feedback from your performances?

Audiences were stunned and extremely happy.


- David Thomas, of Rocket From The Tombs, Pere Ubu, and Cleveland


These quotes, from the liner notes from the 2004 RFTT Rocket Redux release of luminary Cleveland-honed, UK-based David Thomas, founder of globally significant Rocket From The Tombs (RFTT) and Pere Ubu, offer Clevelanders just a hint of what is in store for them tonight, July 26, 2006, at the Beachland Ballroom - the first show of RFTT's 2006 fast-track blast across the other words:

Walk and Roll Cleveland Festival 2006... Aug. 13th: MLK/Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 23:26.
08/13/2006 - 11:00
08/13/2006 - 17:00


THIS IS A FIRST TIME EVENT: See Cleveland in a whole new way: WITHOUT YOUR CAR!

Rockefeller Park and the Cultural Gardens will be open for you to enjoy


because MLK Dr will be closed to cars... TWO SUNDAYS IN AUGUST!


New for 2006, “Walk and Roll Cleveland” will be Sunday August 6th and Sunday August 13th, from 11am until 5pm. MLK Drive between Rockefeller Greenhouse and the tennis courts is 2.1 miles which is a perfect distance to encourage bicycle riding, rollerblading, walking, jogging, picnicking and exploring.


Rockefeller Park and Cleveland Cultural Gardens
MLK Boulevard Between the Rockefeller Greenhouse and tennis Courts - 2.5 miles
Cleveland, OH
United States

Real NEO new economy began with tribes: the origins of REALNEO.US

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 14:52.



The origins of REALNEO.US live at where I first organized this revolution, while I was based in Northern California and fighting to help the real NEO economy from afar. Read the manifesto that was the CAUSE for REALNEO.US  below... the very first copy sent to my friend and co-conspirator with REALNEO.US, Louis Carl Edwards, via on December 21, 2003 at 4:19 AM, West Coast time:

Art of the Day: Steve Cagan

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 20:57.

Copyright © 2005 by Steve Cagan. All rights reserved. Reservados todos los derechos.

I'm a big photography fan and the photographer who best captures Cleveland and has the voice I find most powerful here is Steve Cagan, who recently showed work of local steelworkers at the CSU gallery and had work in the NEO 2005 exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art - his bio there is:

Steve Cagan

Art of the Day: Derek Hess

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/11/2006 - 12:03.


No recognition of the arts as important to the world, much less Cleveland, may overlook Derek Hess, who first was widely known for powerful, angst-filled figurative music posters promoting shows he was then booking at the old Euclid Tavern, which became a fine art business for Derek, which allowed him to grow his global impact to a level few artists in Cleveland have ever achieved, all while staying in and investing in Cleveland, organizing the Strhess Tour, and Strhess Clothing, and making Gallery 1300 happen and happening (opening there this Friday, July 14th). Read more about Derek below, visit the links, and if you are smart buy some of his work while you still may.

Tech Czar Ingenuity bash Thursday, July 13th at Fat Fish Blue

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 07/10/2006 - 09:29.
07/13/2006 - 17:00
07/13/2006 - 21:00

Just a friendly reminder of the great bash coming up this next Thursday - July 13th at Fat Fish Blue. Thomas Mulready of Cool Cleveland had this fantastic idea of setting an event will help sponsor the Ingenuity Festival. The Ingenuity Festival is the premier event that helps blend (or blur) technology and art together. As part of this event you will get a free ticket to Ingenuity Festival. As always, I am looking to bring people together to celebrate our world class artists and technologists. So please join me!


Fat Fish Blue
Corner of Prospect and Ontario
Cleveland, OH
United States

Ingenuity Festival 2006: Seize the dates... July 13-16

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 07/10/2006 - 09:17.

Hear the sound of 1,000 Drums. Listen to live jazz, hip-hop, folk, techno, classical, rock, polka, & more. Experience opera, theater, ballet, step dancing, breakdancing, contemporary dance & more. Enjoy exhibits, concerts, poetry slams, stilt walkers, jugglers, parades, food, flowers, & activities for kids, all transformed by technology. That’s Ingenuity 2006 & it’s happening this July in The Festival Village at Prospect Ave. & East 4th St. Seize the dates, at the Ingenuity Festival website and in this book, as the festival comes alive.

Art in the Village at 5700 art opening: Natalie Lanese

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/06/2006 - 01:35.
07/06/2006 - 17:30
07/06/2006 - 19:30

Art in the Village at 5700, the gallery space located at Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland (5700 Broadway Avenue) in the Slavic Village Historic District, will be hosting an art opening on Thursday, July 6th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 


Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland
5700 Broadway Avenue Slavic Village
Cleveland, OH
United States

Thanks for NEO's highest compliment: appreciation from Cool Cleveland x 2

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 03:55.

I am really appreciative, this morning. After posting what was certainly the saddest news I can imagine, about the hardship my staff has suffered as a result of a lack of appreciation from my former business associate, Peter Holmes, I opened up this week's CoolCleveland and found that their crew had featured TWO postings from REALNEO. I am very touched and thankful to Thomas and his team for noticing REALNEO and taking an interest in the thoughts posted here - thank you. Please show appreciation back to CoolCleveland... if you are not a member, see what you've been missing... subscribe at CoolCleveland - all free - this is a real NEO must,  and send feedback to CoolCleveland letters at the links below, and supporting the upcoming CoolCleveland/Tech/Ingenuity party at Fat Fish Blue, July 13, and the Ingenuity Festival, as described below... but first, here's the nice write-up about REALNEO from CoolCleveland today, July 5, 2006:

Tale of two Clevelands will determine if we see worst or best of times ahead

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 09:08.

While at a meeting in the City Hall Red Room last year, among portraits of many past Cleveland mayors, I asked then Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell's Chief of Staff Chris Ronayne who was Cleveland's best mayor ever, and he said without hesitation Tom Loftin Johnson (b. July 18, 1854 - d. April 10, 1911), who was mayor from 1901 to 1909. I didn't know much about Johnson nor think much more about him until I grew completely disgusted with the inane puffery in the Cleveland Plain Dealer demanding we the public bend over and take ODOT's obliteration of downtown Cleveland, Wolstein's destruction of the Flats, Stark's WalMarting of the Warehouse District, Carney's corruption of the Port Authority, and now Volpe's Disneyfication of Public Square, driving me to stand up and seek reality at the roots of this one-paper-chase misplanting of bad planning seeds into our social subconsciousness, so greedy developers may destroy our civic  mind, heart, and soul. So, I ask you the public to consider, will any of these corrupt land-grab developments serve the masses. or have we strayed so far from the world Tom Johnson left us that we are again just a low-class, groping, leaderless, blind, selfish, forsaken party to few, as Tom Johnson found and fought at the beginning of the last century? For the answers, join me at Public Square below...

Mayor Jackson knows where to find the Prospect of Music in NEO... do you?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 00:01.

Located next to A. J. Rocco's, the coolest coffeehouse and microbar in downtown Cleveland, in the Caxton Building, at 810 Huron Road, Prospect Music is a compact explosion of instruments and good old fashion small business vibe, still attracting the big international talent when it's in town... where do you find your musical voice, superstar

For the past two years I've loved having an office in the Caxton Building, because there are a few cool local businesses there keeping Cleveland real - A. J. Roccos, Wilberts, Camera City, Gerrard Optical and of course Prospect Music. I was a Prospect Music customer 20+ years ago, searching for a musical voice - I haven't found it yet (I think my calling is drums... still need to try for real) - so I'm glad there is a music store in town that makes a beginner feel like everyone can be a star. Of course, owner Michael Rubin knows about stars, being one himself, all through life and now with top rated jazz band Blue Lunch, and Prospect Music is definitely the only place in town for local and international stars, as you will see if you visit the store and their guest book, featuring legends from John Coltrane to Joe Walsh... so many of the greatest musicians in history have signed in and said thanks...who may you join on your way to the big stage or inner peace of musical glory? Mayor Jackson knows, as he shops here for his family regularly.


So who are you following into Prospect Music and down the road to music stardom or karmic bliss? Escape wonkdom and visit Prospect Music... see a few of your friends who have signed in here...

REAL NEO Graffiti now May Show at Star Complex

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 03:42.

Graffiti at the base of the Cold Storage building at the west end of the Central Viaduct, which Cleveland planners and ODOT intend to demolish

I love "aerosol art" - the PC term for graffiti. So, I've long wanted to put a sustainable model together to allow graffiti artists to create works of art for the public and make money doing it - if they still are going to tag they are going to tag, but I believe the aerosol art aspect can be turned into a competitive advantage for NEO, if we channel the creative energy of graffiti artists into strategic objectives like political change, or even just help artists get paid to paint as an artist. The annual graffiti festival shows the range of great art that comes from aerosol artists - so does a trip on any rapid... all along the rail line there are grafitti images and the artists clearly can't be stopped by enforcement. But, being able to make a living doing this type of art is not in the current equation. I'd like to help restructure this situation so we don't have any bad graffiti art in our space, and we welcome more good artists to participate as they like. Some ideas on how graffiti may become a compeitive advantage for NEO...

2006 Cleveland Fine Art Expo this Weekend

Submitted by Charles on Wed, 05/17/2006 - 22:19.
05/19/2006 - 16:00
05/21/2006 - 18:00

Love In Transition--Commemorative Lithograph 2006 Featured Artist Anthony Armstrong


Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus
4250 Richmond Rd •
Highland Hills, Ohio, OH
United States

The economic value of pro sports surfaces at A.J. Rocco's

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/15/2006 - 12:52.

While I'm not a pro sports expert, I was very pleased to see today, having coffee at A. J. Rocco's, a friendly table of local sports experts including at least one of the Cleveland Cavliers - probably the only one I'd recognize out of uniform (and I don't mean King James). I asked if they minded me taking a picture but they weren't dressed for the press. So, if you want to hang out with the Cavs, in their hangouts, you'll have to come downtown to A.J. Rocco's yourself. Or, you could reach out to them...

Cleveland Museum Of Natural History Presents The Natural History of Wine

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 04/15/2006 - 18:53.
04/29/2006 - 19:00

More than 7,000 years ago, humans discovered how to make wine. Since then, the history of this beverage has been intertwined with that of human civilization. Attend a reception and lecture by a local sommelier. Then enjoy a seven-course dinner by Sammy's paired with wines from around the world and served in elegant, relaxed surroundings at the Museum. Seating is limited to 100 (tables of eight). Please notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have when you make your reservation. Valet parking will be available.
Tickets: $150 per person. Please call (216) 231-1177 or 800-317-9155, ext. 3279, for reservations... see


Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive University Circle
Cleveland, OH
United States
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take Danny Pho's quiz...

Submitted by Sandy Kristin P... on Thu, 04/06/2006 - 23:31.

Do you know this famous Cleveland-area company? When was the last time you saw someone using some of their lip gloss?

2006.02.28 NEO Film Excellence Roundtable at the City Club

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 08:06.

Please join a casual collaboration of Northeast Ohio leaders interested in supporting "Film" as a cultural, educational, technological and economic engine of this community. "Film" is an important factor in the NEO economy, with many talented "film" professionals involved here in management, production, creative and other roles, creating $ millions in spending and wealth and making NEO a more interesting and fulfilling place to grow up and live. But, what is film, and what matters to the community and our economy?

B-Side Lyrical Rhythm draws Stomp

Submitted by Adrienne Klein on Thu, 10/06/2005 - 14:42.


Each Tuesday night, at Cleveland Heights "B-Side Lounge", below the Grog Shop, a house band sets the stage for poetic lyrical rhythms in whatever form wants to join in the act. Last Tuesday, October 04, 2005, the crowd was fortunate to have drop-in members of Stomp - shown above in their impromptu performance.

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06.15.05 City Club: A New Convention Center: Civic Hope or Civic Hype?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/31/2005 - 08:54.
06/15/2005 - 11:00

A New Convention Center: Civic Hope or Civic Hype?
Coyne, Chair of Cleveland Planning Commission, and Heywood Sanders,
Public Administration Professor, University of Texas


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Fl.

06.21.05 Tuesday@REI: "Regional Marketing: New Frameworks for a Global Marketplace"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/31/2005 - 08:18.
06/21/2005 - 15:00

June 21: "Regional Marketing: New Frameworks for a Global Marketplace"


Peter B Lewis Bldg room 201

check out Vision Downtown

Submitted by Sandy Kristin P... on Mon, 02/28/2005 - 06:05.

Check out this site: Vision Downtown -- it sounds like it is reporting on grassroots activism going on to redesign downtown Cleveland into a quality, connected place.

Local Business

Submitted by Ted Takacs on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 11:59.
Local Business
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