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Dyngus Day

Mike Wolfe of HISTORY’S American Pickers to Appear at the Variety Theatre to announce winner of This Place Matters campaign

(Plain Press, May 2017)       Mike Wolfe, creator and star of HISTORY’s popular TV series American Pickers, will appear at the Variety Theatre, 11835 Lorain Avenue, on June 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., to announce that the restoration of the theatre and complex is the official winner of his This Place Matters national competition. The … Continue reading

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Fellows

Reader recommends Citizen Police Academy as means to bridge gap between police and community

To the Editor, (Plain Press, March 2017) Regarding the photo exhibition put together by Al Wasco and featured in the February issue of the Plain Press– in 1999, I had an idea similar to Mr. Wasco’s so I enrolled in Cleveland’s Citizen Police Academy, hoping to encourage communication between police and minorities, outcasts, the psychiatrically-labeled … Continue reading

Offended by Black and Blue Side By Side

To the  Editor: (Plain Press, March 2017)             I attended the discussion at the Black and Blue Side By Side exhibit which you pictured in the February 2017 Volume 44 edition of the Plain Press. Portraying black male subjects with police officers seems to be an attempt to gloss over the many instances of the crimes … Continue reading

Metro West celebrates its annual meeting & introduces its new logo

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2017)        The Metro West Community Development Office’s annual meeting on January 26th began with Managing Director Adam Stalder talking about the organization’s new name and how happy he is not to have to say Stockyard, Clark Fulton, Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office anymore. The meeting ended with Stalder unveiling … Continue reading

Black and Blue Side by Side

La Villa Hispana Action Plan unveiled at Community Engagement Town Hall

(Plain Press, February 2017)        Over 100 people gathered in the former Blessed Sacrament Church at the Family Ministry Center 3389 Fulton Road on January 19th to participate in a La Villa Hispana Community Engagement Town Hall. Each attendee was given a copy of “Cleveland’s La Villa Hispana: The Intersection of Culture and Commerce 2017-2022 … Continue reading

Wintertide at Gordon Square

Variety Theater rehab is key to fate of Lorain Avenue Master Plan in Jefferson neighborhood

by Nathan Purdom (Plain Press, January 2017)          The beautiful marquee of the Variety Theater, recently lit up for the first time in years, is visible evidence of a brighter future for the Lorain Avenue neighborhood at West 118th Street. Earlier generations of neighborhood residents, who visited the Variety in its heyday, saw vaudeville acts, Sunday … Continue reading