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Fresh Start: Week of August 23

Fresh Start: Week of August 23

Acts of devotion

They are DEVO.

They are DEVO.

This week’s Fresh Start is all about freedom of choice – and we’re not just referring to a smashing 10th anniversary party for an iconic Akron band. With a pair of comfy all-terrain shoes, you can take part in a marvelous scavenger chase for charity or catch an eyeful of the Cuyahoga River and bridges on either side of said fan fest. Grab those energy domes and go forward, move ahead and whip your calendar into shape. 

Through Being Cool

Northeast Ohio is home to a number of long-standing rock and rollers (and their fans): Southside Johnny, Meat Loaf and Todd Rundgren, among them. Yet, no devotion to a band quite measures up to that of Akron’s legendary DEVO. Thanks to a handful of folks who are very much dyed-in-the-wool over them, the region serves as ground zero for a Spud convention every year. This year’s two-day DEVOtional 2010 hits the Beachland Ballroom this Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28. It’s a preservation society anniversary party with many highlights, including chats with Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, a live performance by the Spudboys and Rev. Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius. There’s also the first new DEVO album in 20 years, Something for Everyone, to celebrate.   

Strange Pursuits 

Think you’d know your way around Cleveland blindfolded? If so, you and your friends should head to Lincoln Park in Tremont this Saturday, August 28 for RoadFest10. The inaugural scavenger hunt is informed by the CBS reality TV series The Amazing Race, with teams of up to four individuals racing around the city, and following clues along the way to earn fab prizes. A rollicking after-party with live music and more follows the race, which benefits West Side Ecumenical Ministry (WSEM), the Cleveland hunger assistance and outreach nonprofit that works to improve quality of life for many Clevelanders. There’s a giant oversized check for the winners, but everyone who races is likely to feel like a million bucks afterwards. 

March On 

Keep that blood pumping and those feet moving Sunday, August 29 with Take a Hike in Canal Basin Park! With a 10 am start from the Settler’s Landing RTA Station (1025 West Superior Ave., down the hill to the Flats), this 90-minute walking tour is part visual tour, part historical cryptograph and all Cleveland, offering hikers insights into the future plans for the Canal Basin Park and Towpath Trail. Word is that you might even “meet” Mrs. Alfred Kelley along the way! Many start their summer Sundays with a walk, so why not learn and see something in the process? Check-in happens 10 minutes before start; parties of 10 or more are asked to register in advance by calling 216-771-1994. Donations, which will be used by Historic Gateway to fund future hikes, are appreciated.

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