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New Definitions

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Judy's Hand sculpture by Tony Tasset

This summer is Cleveland's inaugural FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. The Judy's Hand sculpture by Tony Tasset is located at Toby's Plaza at Case Western Reserve University and will remain as one of FRONT's lasting impacts on the community.

Judy's Hand sculpture by Tony Tasset at Toby's Plaza at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland

Judy's Hand sculpture


More photos and video of Judy's Hand sculpture in Cleveland


Countess Markievicz and Grace O'Malley - strong Irish women

At the 36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, Guinness shared some Irish history along with their beer. Countess Markievicz was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist and suffragette. Grace O'Malley was the 16th Century Pirate Queen of Ireland.




Asian Lantern Festival preview - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is transforming into an all-new summer experience beginning Thursday, July 19th during the first-of-its-kind Asian Lantern Festival, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's. Each Thursday through Sunday for five weeks, hundreds of large-scale, colorful lanterns will illuminate the Zoo and offer an amazing and unique look in an exclusive, after-hours setting.

Frog Asian Lantern at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


In this preview of the Festival you will see a lot of colorful photos and videos of the lanterns.

Photos and videos of the Asian Lantern Fest preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Putting the head on a 200' dragon

A highlight of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a nearly 200-foot-long and 20-foot-tall Chinese Dragon that sprawls across Waterfowl Lake. Click on the white arrow in the image below to watch a video of the head being put on the huge dragon.



Photos and videos of the 200' Dragon


Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art has done it again. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is an amazing world-class exhibit that is nothing like you have ever seen, or experienced, before.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the U.S. debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul.

Infinity Room by Kusama that you peek in at Cleveland Museum of Art

Peering into an Infinity Room by Kusama at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to experience seven of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, including Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016), exclusive to Cleveland. Additionally, a stunning array of large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, installations, works on paper and rare archival materials can also be seen.

Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field

Inside the Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field


See photos and videos from the Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit


Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit

June 28, 2018


Global Ties U.S. and its members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of Diplomacy Begins Here Summits across the United States to bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world. The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) celebrated women in leadership in Northeast Ohio through the Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit on Thursday, June 28, at the Drury Plaza Downtown.

In partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, CCWA welcomed local leaders in civil society, government, and business, along with leaders in international exchange programming throughout the country, to highlight our region's public diplomacy initiatives and specifically how women have played a key role as Citizen Diplomats.

Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Feowyn MacKinnon and Dr. Evalyn Gates

Women in STEM panelists Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Feowyn MacKinnon and Dr. Evalyn Gates


See photos and videos of the Women in STEM discussion



Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

The Hungarian Cultural Garden was formally dedicated in 1938 making 2018 the 80th anniversary of the Garden. The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Hungarian community and friends gathered in the Garden on June 24 for a look back and a look forward. Several people who were at the 1938 dedication were also on hand for the 80th celebration.

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary


See photos and videos from the 80th anniversary Hungarian Cultural Garden event


Franz Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

After the 80th anniversary program including singing of the Himnusz, a retrospective on the Garden and introduction of dignitaries and people present at the 1938 dedication, Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh turned the program over to Vera Holczer, founder and president of the Aurora School of Music, for a concert.

Students and faculty from the Aurora School of Music performed works by Liszt, Brahms, Bartok, Debussy and more.

Vera Holczer and Ruth Desiree Logan

Vera Holczer and Ruth Desiree Logan piano duet
of Brahm's Hungarian Dances Nmbr 5


See photos and videos from the Liszt concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden


Asian Highlands Exhibit Opening at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Asian Highlands, the new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is now open to the public.

Asian Highlands now open

The immersive addition is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin.

Takin at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Takin at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Red panda at Asian Highlands at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Red panda at Asian Highlands at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


One of Asian Highlands’ residents, the Amur leopard, is the most endangered big cat species on Earth with fewer than 100 animals estimated to remain in the wild.

Amur leopard at Asian Highlands at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Amur leopard at Asian Highlands at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

See photos and videos of the new Asian Highlands exhibit


Traditional Hmong Dances at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opened a new Asian Highlands exhibit and celebrated with some Asian performances. Paj Tawg Tshiab (which directly translates to "blooming flower" in Hmong) is a traditional dance group focused on preserving the performing arts of the Hmong people. Paj Tawg Tshiab is based in Akron, Ohio.

Paj Tawg Tshiab (blooming flower) traditional Hmong dance group  at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Photos and videos of Paj Tawg Tshiab at the Zoo


Asian Lantern Festival Preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced Asian Lantern Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's that will light up the zoo for five weeks this summer. The limited engagement will take place evenings, Thursday thru Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., from July 19 to August 19, 2018.

Asian Lantern Festival at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Guests will enjoy more than two dozen large-scale, colorful lantern installations placed throughout the zoo that will illuminate starting at dusk. Guests will be immersed in Asian culture, dining on Asian inspired cuisine, watching Asian performers on the Fifth Third Bank stage, and shopping an authentic marketplace sponsored by T-Mobile.

More about the Asian Lantern Festival


7th grader's Bharathanatyam Classical dance

A new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is called Asian Highlands and is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin. The architecture of the structure is designed with elements representative of central China, the region these species are native to. To celebrate the grand opening of the new Asian Highlands destination there were several Asian performances including a Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India by 7th grader Deepa Manikandan.

Performing in front of a bear habitat, Deepa began by balancing and dancing on a mudpot and then told the story of the 10 avatars of Vishnu and three animals - deer, peacock and snake - in her dance.

Deepa Manikandan performing Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Deepa Manikandan performing Bharatanatyam dance

See video of the Bharathanatyam dance and more photos


Sister Alicia Alvarado inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Sister Alicia Alvarado was born in Villalba, Puerto Rico and came to the mainland as a 6 year old child with her older sister Carmen and her sister Lourdes. Sister Alicia entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, from San Juan Bautista Parish, Cleveland in 1979. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession in 2007. Sister Alicia has ministered with the Hispanic communities most of her religious life and before entering.

She was inducted by 2012 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee and fellow Puerto Rican José Feliciano who called her the "Patron Saint of the Hispanic community in Cleveland.

Jose Feliciano and Sister Alicia Alvarado

Jose Feliciano and Sister Alicia Alvarado


See more from the induction ceremony including a video of Sister's acceptance speech.


The Blended Burger Project™ - Vote for a Cleveland Chef

On Memorial Day weekend select Cleveland Independents’ members kicked-off the James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project™

Blended mushroom burgers

Chefs are challenged to create their best burgers blending 75 percent ground meat (beef, venison, bison, turkey, etc.) with 25 percent cultivated, chopped mushrooms. According to the Mushroom Council, these sustainable burgers are healthier, lower in calorie and cholesterol and juicier than traditional burgers.

Chef Zack Bruell

Chef Zack Bruell


Now entering its fourth year, The Blended Burger Project™ runs nationally from May 28 through July 31. Participating restaurants are encouraged to generate votes for their burgers at https://www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote. (No purchase necessary.)

In the past, the promotion was as much a popularity contest as an effort to promote awareness as the top five chefs earned the opportunity to cook their burgers at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. This year, however, things have changed.

Pursuant to the public voting, a panel of food experts selected by the James Beard Foundation will determine five winners from the top 20 entries with the most online votes. Experts will determine the top five winners based on (1) most creative use of mushrooms, (2) best flavor profile and (3) presentation. From a public perspective, voters will automatically become eligible to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2018 James Beard Blended Burger event at the James Beard House. The public is encouraged to vote on a daily basis.

Blended mushroom burgers

Cleveland Independents’ members participating in the 2018 James Beard Blended Burger Project™ are: Alley Cat Oyster Bar, Astoria Café & Market, Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, Creekside Restaurant, Der Braumeister, L’Albatros Brasserie, Nuevo Mod Mexican-Akron, Nuevo Mod Mexican-Cleveland, One Eleven Bistro, Parallax, Table 45, Thyme2 and Tremont Tap House.

According to trade magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News, more than 50 billion burgers are served in this country each year and are continuing to rise in their popularity. More than 700 restaurants competed in The James Beard Blended Burger Project™ in its first two years.

At a preview event, Steve Solomon of the Mushroom Council explained the 2018 James Beard Blended Burger Project™



Four chefs prepared blended burgers and explained them at the preview event. Zack Bruell/Andy Dombrowski, of Zack Bruell Restaurant Group, John Kolar of Thyme2 (Thyme Squared), Corey Kobrinski of Astoria Café & Market and Travis Bletsch of Creekside Restaurant.



The Blended Burger Project™ runs nationally from May 28 through July 31. Let’s have a Cleveland winner! Vote daily at https://www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote. (No purchase necessary.)

Cleveland Blended Burger chefs


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What a Night!
9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions

Well over 500 people attended the induction of the 9th class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Tuesday April 17, 2018.

Ralph Perk, Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina, Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Ralph Perk Jr., Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina,
Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

It was an inpsiring evening. Look for photos and videos up soon.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame


Wisdom of the Chalkboard

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ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
The Girl on the Train



The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson

The Girl on the Train: A Novel


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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of repeated physical, sexual and emotional violence and behaviors that one person in a relationship uses to exercise power and control over the other. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have many resources for victims of domestic violence.

Main Domestic Violence Page including:

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Domestic Violence and Children

Domestic Violence and Immigrants

Housing Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Civil Protection Orders for Victims of Domestic Violence


Special Deals and Shopping for Cleveland Women and Girls

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Cleveland On-line Store.

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On-line store for Cleveland Women and Girls

Take a look. You can always get back to the Store by clicking on the Shopping & Specials link on the left hand side of the page.

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