Sometimes it takes a lot of work and mental energy to get a "Fresh Start." Sometimes you don’t have “it” – that important get-up-and-go to make the most essential of things happen. It’s not exactly The Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays,” but coffee, work and family life is about all you have the gumption for. That’s where we come in. With a cool images-and-words exhibition, odd art-theater in an odd space, and a loaf of marble rye, we can help put you back on top of the world… looking down on creation… that’s the only explanation we can find. Grab a friend or two and hit these to-do’s.
If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words
I know, this whole thing already reads like an “Easy Rock” TV commercial. But all Bread (and kidding) aside, here are great things about two great art forms. Writing has the ability to conjure stories within a person’s subconscious and photography often leads its viewers to come up with a translation of what is seen (and unseen) within the frame of a photographer’s sightlines. These notions make the collaborative exhibition between Zygote Press and The Lit such a thrill. Intersections opens this Friday, January 21 from 6-9 pm and pairs poems and print in a way that’s sure to stun. The exhibition runs through late February, but with some artists on hand for the opening, light is likely to be shed on some of the subject matter.
Theater of the bizarre is a good thing. To wit, edgy stage works have become de rigueur for the Cleveland Heights OddyFest, a twice-monthly short theatrical display spearheaded by local playwrights Matt Greenfield and Ian Adler. The latest installment, OddyFest #29, goes squarely for the post-modern and post-narrative approach with a compilation of monologues from nearly two dozen different plays. The second January installment hits Friday, January 21 at 7 pm, with selections, including “All My Wars” from Black Jack, “The Verdict” from Anarchist on the Bench and more. Cleveland Heights Library’s Brody-Nelson Room serves as the palette for these expressional, exceptional brushstrokes. GPS yourself to 2345 Lee Road and check out how that much odd evens out.
The Marble Rye
Tastes run a bit more mainstream? Well, his television show may be long in the rearview, but Jerry Seinfeld is still inescapable in syndication. If you love the New York-based comedian, but have grown tired of the Soup Nazi, Mango, Chicken Roaster, Puffy Shirt, Marble Rye and other crazy scenarios, perhaps some new material would suit you. Rest assured, Seinfeld offers a whole lot more than rehash in his stand-up this Friday, January 21 at Playhouse Square Center’s State Theater. Hailed as “the master stand-up comic of his generation,” Seinfeld is one of those acts you’ll say “I saw him back then” a long time from now and likely to show you how he’s inspired the comedic generation behind his own.