Street Level

Welcome to Street Level, where you'll find a fresh perspective on all things 216 when it comes to who to meet and what to eat. We'll also check in with unique local businesses and a few things you may not know about Cleveland venues and favorite haunts. Also, look for our monthly calendar picks in our "Over the river" posts.

GardenWalk Cleveland: Changing neighborhood perceptions through creative landscapes
GardenWalk Cleveland will feature more than 400 gardens in 11 Cleveland neighborhoods this weekend—showing off the work, creativity, and neighborhood pride of local gardeners.
Take a hike: Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Trails Council releases new trail guide
This Saturday, June 29 in Peninsula, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council will celebrate the release of the fourth edition of the CVNP Trail Guide—designed around hikers of all abilities and interests.
Library jam session: East Cleveland Public Library Sunday concert series wows audiences
Live music has been a staple at the East Cleveland Public Library, thanks to former library executive director Greg Reese. A jazz lover and sax player, Reese first started the Sunday Concert Series at ECPL as a way to attract more Black men to the institution in the 1980s, and the series is going strong and will resume in August.
How I became a St. James altar boy: Father Bothe and the magnitudes of religion and war
In his final installment of "How I became a St. James altar boy," Ralph Horner shares his experiences with Father Bothe, assistant pastor to Father Peterson, and compares the magnitudes of both religion and war.
Starlight celebrations: CVNP Conservancy hosts two special events this weekend
Enjoy the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park under the stars this weekend when the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park hosts two evening fundraisers—dinner and dancing to live music at Elevation; and a light hike, cocktails, and elegant dinner at Topography. Proceeds from both events fund the Conservancy's Trails Now Fund to keep CVNP's 140 miles of trails and bridges safe and beautiful.
CMA kicks off Third Thursdays series this week at Transformer Station
The Cleveland Museum of Art and Ideastream Public Media kick off their Third Thursdays series with live local music from Talons' and related conversations, this Thursday, June 20 at CMA's newest venue, the Transformer Station in Hingetown. This week's show is sold out, so don't miss your chance to attend the future free Third Thursdays this summer.
Lucky 13: International Horror Hotel Film Fest to haunt Crown Plaza
The International Horror Hotel Film Festival will screen more than 150 films nominated to win in more than two dozen categories. Held at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, the festival features networking, competitions, and expert advice for both aspiring and successful filmmakers, as well as for horror film fans.
How I became a St. James altar boy: New heights with Father Pete
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and the first time he saw the mansions of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights.
Inkling of Summer: Celebrate Summer Solstice with Zygote Press
Zygote Press, the largest fine art printmaking studio and gallery space between Chicago and New York and the only green nonprofit studio of its kind, will celebrate the Summer Solstice with its Inkling of Summer fundraising event on Thursday, June 20. The deadline to buy tickets is this Saturday, June 15.
Beyond the Fringe: BorderLight Theatre Festival goes big in Playhouse Square
The BorderLight Theatre Festival returns for another spectacular variety of local, national, and international performances on 20 stages in the Playhouse Square District from Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27. Tickets are now on sale now.
Think & Drink with the Extinct: Get Groovy with Lucy at Natural History Museum 
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will be partying like it's 1974 on Thursday, June 20 with a retro version of its Think & Drink (with the Extinct) event: Get Groovy With Lucy. The museum will celebrate the discovery of Australopithecus Lucy, along with partners from Kent State University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in this adult cocktail, 70s themed event. Costumes welcome!
High energy: Excitement grows as the creative team readies for Parade the Circle
The Cleveland Museum of Art's 32nd annual Parade the Circle happens this weekend, expressing "Visions of Harmony" on Wade Oval in University Circle. Excitement and energy are palpable in the parade tent as lead artist Héctor Castellanos Lara and a team of creatives see to the last-minute details. Check out these photos.
How I became a St. James altar boy: God save the king!
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and how his little sister humiliated him one day during mass.
All Out: Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates Pride Month at Friday’s MIX event
This Friday, June 7, the Cleveland Museum of Art will celebrate Pride Month in Cleveland during its monthly MIX: All Out, featuring Cleveland performers DJ Navy Jayde and Dakota Cox, for a night of rainbow light displays, dancing, food and drinks, and drag.
How I became a St. James altar boy: The boat boy and the exploding censer
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and incident during one Mass where the accidentally spilled the incense.
The Yard at StoneWater kicks off summer patio season with award-winning local band 4 Locos
This Friday, The Yard at StoneWater—the neighborhood backyard bar at the Highland Heights golf course—will kick off its summer season with live music, food trucks, games and cocktails. This weekend The Yard hosts musicians 4 Locos and Liverpool Lads, as well as El Patron Tequileria Food Truck.
How I became a St. James altar boy: The first High Mass
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park and how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII.”
Conversations with Amy Tan: Author visits CMNH to discuss her new book, birdwatching, and drawing
Renowned author Amy Tan visited the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week to talk about her newest book, "The Backyard Bird Chronicles"—about Tan’s ventures into backyard birding, nature journaling, and drawing. Before the event, Tan sat down with FreshWater Cleveland to talk about her inspiration and motivation to write and draw about birds, instead of the fiction she is usually known for.
Playing games: Public embraces CarniVike on CSU campus
Last week, Cleveland State University opened its second annual CarniVike to the public and more than 1,000 people came to the outdoor event to blow off steam, play carnival games, and enjoy food, entertainment, and friendship on a perfect spring afternoon.
Cosmic dining: Welcome aboard The Astro Restaurant at Tower City
The Astro Restaurant owners invite guests to take a cosmic voyage at their new outer space and alien-themed eatery at Towner City Center. From the creators of the Haunted House Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, The Astro gives a nod to sci-fi classics like Men in Black, Star Wars, The Jetsons, Star Trek, and more in an out-of-this world atmosphere.