CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY HONORS THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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Lincoln at Cleveland exhibit and events planned for February-May

CLEVELAND, OH – Few individuals have impacted our nation’s history like President Abraham Lincoln. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the final days of the American Civil War and the tragic assassination of President Lincoln, which brought America to a level of grief never before experienced. People across the country paid their respects by the hundreds as Lincoln’s funeral train traveled a solemn route from Washington, D.C. Lincoln’s body laid in state at what is now known as Public Square on April 28, 1865.

“Cleveland Public Library is proud to partner and participate in the events planned for Lincoln at Cleveland,” said Felton Thomas, executive director of CPL. “The commemorative exhibit and events pay tribute to a man whose legacy has become tightly woven in the history of our country.”

Clevelanders are invited to be a part of Lincoln at Cleveland, a four-month commemoration of President Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his final visit to Cleveland. Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is hosting Lincoln at Cleveland, an exhibition along with events, to commemorate this remarkable time in American history together with The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Ohio Commandery, The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, and The Old Stone Church.

The exhibition of documents, books, photographs, and artifacts encompassing the final days of the Civil War and Lincoln’s remarkable life and tragic death will be on display beginning February 2 in the Main Library Building, floors 2 and 3 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 7 at 3 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Additional educational events will take place during the four-month commemoration. For more information about the exhibit and events, visit lincolnatcleveland.org.

For information on visitor and class tours, contact Special Collections at 216.623.2818.

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Cleveland Public Library is the place for all Clevelanders to dream, create and grow.  CPL serves four million patrons annually at 27 branches across the city, lending more than 6.5 million from a collection of more than 10 million items. CPL library services are also available at the Public Administration Library in City Hall, “The People’s University on Wheels” Bookmobile, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and the On the Road to Reading literacy van. CPL is the home for the Ohio Center for the Book, CLEVNET library cooperation, and KnowItNow24x7 virtual reference service.

For more information about Cleveland Public Library, please visit cpl.org.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces series of events for Black History Month celebration

Programming includes Sonic Sessions live concert series, an interview with inductee George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic, and more

CLEVELAND (January 23, 2015) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate national Black History Month with a month-long series of programming, including a live interview with Inductee George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic, film screenings, and a live concert featuring funk musician Sinkane.

RockHall_logox175These programs are part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the return of the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland. Throughout 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a number of events to engage music fans, thank the community of supporters and celebrate the spirit and passion of rock and roll.

The complete schedule is below. Visit rockhall.com/events/black-history-month for the latest updates.

Friday, February 6

Sonic Sessions Concert Series with Sinkane
Klipsch Audio Main Stage, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
8 p.m. Doors / 9 p.m. Show
with Muamin Collective
Tickets: $5.50 (includes tax)
On sale now at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame box office, or online at http://tickets.rockhall.com
This event is general admission, standing room only.
The Sonic Sessions are sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company

About Sinkane:
It’s soul music! And truly universal; uniting rhythm and styles from our world over to help you move, relate and be, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Co-produced with long-time Sinkane collaborator and childhood friend Greg Lofaro, Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time. From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa. This background merges with the lessons learned from Ahmed‘s stints with obsessive craftsmen such as Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal, and especially the monumental task he underwent as musical director of‘ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.’ Gallab excavated and arranged a treasure trove of lost classics from the West African synth-pioneer to put together a now legendary series of performances. Alongside his band-mates in Sinkane (jaytram on drums, Ish Montgomery on bass, Jonny Lam on guitar), he also brought on guests Damon Albarn, David Byrne, The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and Blood Orange.

RSVP INFORMATION FOR FREE EVENTS

Unless noted, all events listed below are free with a reservation at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets for all FREE events will become available to Rock Hall Members on Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Tuesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.

Monday, February 9 at 7pm

Inductee Author Series with George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic
Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), adjacent to the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives
2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland

George Clinton revolutionized R&B, twisting soul music into funk by fusing together influences as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Phil Spector and Sly Stone. His Parliament-Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the seventies, capturing more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums. As a forefather of funk and godfather of hip-hop, samples of P-Funk can be heard on albums by Outkast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Fishbone and many others. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Following this program, Clinton will sign copies of his newest memoir, BROTHAS BE, YO LIKE GEORGE, AINT’ THAT FUNKIN’ KINDA HARD ON YOU? (Atria Books; ISBN: 978-1-4767-5107-8; $27.00), written with New Yorker editor Ben Greenman.  In this memoir, Clinton not only shares a host of astonishing and brutally honest tales about his life and times during the wild sex and drug-fueled ‘70s and ‘80s, but also provides one-of-a-kind insight into the inner-workings of the music industry.

The Rock Hall’s Author Series brings journalists, critics and scholars to the Library and Archives for free readings and discussion sessions. Authors of both new books and classic texts will be invited on a regular basis.

Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm

An Evening with Hip-Hop Photographer Joe Conzo
With special guest Grandmaster Caz of legendary rap group the Cold Crush Brothers
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

Hip-hop photographer Joe Conzo will discuss his photographs featured in the Rock Hall’s latest exhibit, Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold, which documents the pioneering days of hip-hop as well as life in the Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s.  Conzo will be joined by legendary hip-hop MC and DJ Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers.  Joe Conzo was the official photographer of the Cold Crush Brothers and the group is featured prominently in the exhibit.  The exhibit can be seen at the Museum’s Patty, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery. The collection of 26 photographs is courtesy of the Cornell Hip-Hop collection.

This event will also be streamed live on rockhall.com.

About Joe Conzo

Born and raised in the Bronx, Joe Conzo Jr. acquired a flair for photography at the age of nine while attending the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University; later, advancing those skills at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1978, The Cold Crush Brothers would hire Conzo as their official photographer. From there, he would go on to capture images of Latino musician Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, the protests surrounding the film Fort Apache, The Bronx (starring Paul Newman) in 1981 and scenes of life and urban decay in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. Conzo’s images have been used in numerous publications, including VIBEComplex and Esquire, and have also appeared on HBO, VH1 and the 1993 comedy film CB4 starring Chris Rock. His first book Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-hop was released in 2007. Today, Conzo works for the New York City Fire Department, where he is the vice president of emergency services. For more on Joe Conzo, Jr., visit joeconzo.com.

About Grandmaster Caz

The first simultaneous DJ and MC in hip-hop history, Grandmaster Caz is perhaps best known for rhymes he didn’t even perform – namely, the uncredited verses that Big Bank Hank borrowed for the groundbreaking Sugarhill Gang 1979 single “Rapper’s Delight.” The fact that neither Caz nor his group the Cold Crush Brothers ever recorded an official full-length album also doesn’t help shed much light on his legacy.

Grandmaster Caz was born Curtis Fisher and grew up in the Bronx, where DJ Kool Herc began playing block parties in the early 1970s. After honing his skills, Caz teamed up with JDL (aka Jerry Dee Lewis) to form the Notorious Two, and during this period became the first DJ to rap while handling records on the turntables. Both Caz and JDL joined the Cold Crush Brothers circa 1978-1979, with Caz becoming a full-time MC.

Caz did find a measure of underground success with the Cold Crush Brothers. They recorded several singles for the Tuff City label during the early ’80s (compiled in 1996 on Fresh Wild Fly & Bold), and became one of the most popular live rap groups in New York during the pre-Run-D.M.C. era. Most prominently, the Cold Crush Brothers appeared in the 1983 old school hip-hop film Wild Style, which has since become a cult classic; they recorded the theme song and engaged in an MC battle with their chief rivals, Grand Wizard Theodore and the Fantastic Five.

Friday, February 20 at 7pm

Film Screening of Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era and lecture/dance demonstration with director Thomas Guzman-Sanchez
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

This program will feature a film screening of Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era (2012), followed by a discussion and a dance demonstration hosted by director Thomas Guzman-Sanchez and producer Paul Guzman-Sanchez.  Thomas Guzman-Sanchez will also discuss the companion book to the film.

About the Film

Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era chronicles a revolutionary period in dance and pop culture from 1965 to 1995.  The film profiles a very special collective of Black, Latino and White individuals who are the innovators, originators and true masters of the Urban Dance forms known as Funk Boogaloo, Robot, Locking, Zigzag, Popping and Rocking/B-boying.

The artists profiled in Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era were rarely seen by a large portion of society, and thus were not afforded much mass media attention. Nineteen years in the making, this feature documentary takes viewers on a guided tour of a forgotten era—an underground culture and lifestyle in which a multicultural collective of urban street dancers created one of the most influential art forms in contemporary history.

Using rare archival footage and interviews that detail the lives and careers of these OG (“Original Generation”) dance groups, Guzman-Sanchez establishes an undisputable timeline that traces the evolution of these Urban Dance forms, showing both the positive and negative sides of this underground scene.

About the Director

Thomas Guzman-Sanchez is a California native (SoCal Latino) born in 1958 and raised in Reseda. Thomas is an OG (original generation) dance master and a co-founding member of the legendary dance group Chain Reaction. Since 1973, he has been both an originator and pioneer of the dance forms of Crossover Locking, Zig-Zag, Popping, and Funk Boogaloo, which have influenced millions worldwide in what the many refer to as Hip-hop dance. He has choreographed and performed in countless TV shows, videos, commercials, and feature films. In 1984, he formed the United Street Force, which has performed at the White House. In 2008 he was the recipient of the prestigious Christena L. Schlundt Lecture Award in Dance Studies at U.C. Riverside and honored as a key speaker and presenter at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association PCA/ACA conference in San Francisco California. Today, he continues to tour the world teaching and inspiring young dancers.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to screen Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield and Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Erar

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Director Bob Sarles to participate in Q&A session on 2015 Inductee Mike Bloomfield

CLEVELAND (Jan. 7, 2015) –The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host two film screenings on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m.  Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield (58 minutes) and Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era (22 minutes) will be shown in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Following the screenings, Bob Sarles, director of both films, will discuss Mike Bloomfield’s legacy, as well as the creative revolution of the 1960s.  Bloomfield will be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the class of 2015 as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall box office. Seating is limited. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 12. General public can RSVP beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13.

This program is part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the return of the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland. Throughout 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a number of events to engage music fans, thank the community of supporters and celebrate the spirit and passion of rock and roll.

About Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield:

“You know, I like sweet blues… I want to be singing. I want to be sweet,” said music legend Mike Bloomfield of his searing, lyrical guitar playing. His awesome instrumental prowess is on full display in this raucous documentary celebrating the legacy of a hard-living, finger-fretting renegade. Described by fellow icon Al Kooper as “not just another white boy [but] someone who truly knew what the blues were about,” Bloomfield drew on African American tradition while burnishing his licks with a radical compositional approach reflecting the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Bloomfield passed away in 1981, but his sterling musicality as the embodiment of Chicago blues lives on through the work of acolytes such as Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Charlie Musselwhite, all of whom testify to the master’s enduring influence in Bob Sarles’ lovingly crafted film. Sweet, indeed. (Steven Jenkins)

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About Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era:

From Kesey’s early “Acid Tests,” to the San Francisco’s Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms, Monterey, LA’s Sunset Strip, and London’s UFO club, culminating with the Woodstock Festival, the birth and evolution of psychedelic music is explored in this documentary film. The film incorporates interviews with the musicians and promoters who shaped the scene with rare and classic performance clips. Produced for exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, this film was part of the Rock Hall’s “I Want To Take You Higher” exhibit in 1997.

With Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Jack Casady, David Crosby, Gary Duncan, David Freiberg, Jerry Garcia, Dave Getz, Bill Graham, James Gurley, Mickey Hart, Chet Helms, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Ray Manzarek, Paul McCartney, Country Joe McDonald, Roger McGuinn, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend and Bob Weir.

About Bob Sarles:

Bob Sarles directed films that are displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the EMP Museum in Seattle, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis. Sarles was a producer and editor on VH1’s Behind The Music television series, and directed and edited DVDs about Jefferson Airplane, and John Lee Hooker.  He produced the triple platinum selling, nine-DVD box set, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live! for Time Life, edited the music documentary series Unsung for TVOne and produced and co-directed the concert film Phil Lesh & Friends Live at the Warfield. Since 1995 Bob Sarles has produced and edited artist tribute films for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  Sarles divides his time between his home in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he has a busy career editing documentaries and unscripted television series and running his own production company, Ravin’ Films, Inc., with his partner and wife Christina Keating. They are currently in production on a documentary about American satirist Paul Krassner.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visithttp://www.rockhall.com.  The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host FREE admission day with special events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Cleveland (Dec. 23, 2014) –The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host the 14th annual FREE admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Museum will offer a day filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voice and create a sense of community. Visitors are invited to experience the Rock Hall’s many exhibits that showcase how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and other artists have used popular music to communicate ideas to a wide audience and bring about social change.  The day of events is sponsored by KeyBank.

In addition to free admission, visitors will be able to enter for a chance to win a Museum membership, as five Family Roller memberships will be raffled off during the day. The Rock Hall will be open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to tour the facility free of charge until closing. For a list of current exhibits and for more information about this and other Rock Hall events, visit http://www.rockhall.com.

Klipsch Audio stage entertainment lineup:

Jason Walker of Sounds of Entertainment will emcee the events.

The Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, an acclaimed co-ed choir from Antioch Baptist Church who focus on spirituals, folk and gospel music.

West Side Community House’s Summer of Sisterhood program began in 2010 under the leadership of Ali McClain, youth services director.  The program teaches girls ages 10-18 how the power of creative expression can positively change their community and even the world.  The girls work intensively for eight week with professional teaching artists to create original songs, music videos, and live performances of their work.

The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a powerful performance arts and spoken word group comprised of adolescent males (age 12-19) from various inner city Cleveland communities.

Inspire *1* One, a band comprised of former students from Cleveland School of the Arts.

Lake Erie Ink, a writing space for youth is a non-profit that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the greater Cleveland community.  LEI works with youth from different socio-economic, cultural and academic backgrounds, using creative writing to increase literacy and social engagement. The organization offers creative expression workshops onsite and off, to youth of all ages, including an after school program, weekly evening workshops for teens, and monthly weekend workshops and open mics.

Foster Theater Programming:

Programming will be taught by the Rock Hall’s award-winning education staff.  Seating is limited. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Special Family Presentation:  “Cleveland is the City”
This program will explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores the artists and venues that helped to create the city’s culture. The class is designed to connect young people to the music of their home communities as a way to showcase how music helps create and sustain communities.

Special Presentation:  “Rock and Roll and the Civil Rights Movement”
This program will explore how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society. Young people of all races flocked to their performances and embraced their music, which helped to break down the walls and barriers that the Civil Rights movement was fighting against.

Album Spotlight: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On
This special presentation will focus on the making and impact of Marvin Gaye’s landmark 1971 album, which still resonates for listeners today. The full album will be played, with no interruption, with discussion to follow.

Film Screening: Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory (1997)
The documentary explores the life and music of the gospel singer and 1997 Early Influence Inductee; includes interviews and rare film clips featuring Reverend Jesse Jackson, Louis Armstrong, historian Studs Terkel and Mahalia Jackson.

Programming will also including a special presentation by Rock Hall curatorial staff spotlighting key artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

Forest City/RMS Theater Programming (Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall):
Footage from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the 1963 March on Washington will be shown throughout the day.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.?

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Award Winning Master Ice Carver Returns To Loudonville

Just because it is January, does not mean the adventures are over. In fact, they are just beginning! If the almanac is correct, then January will prove to be the perfect time for arts, outdoor and history in Mohican-Loudonville.

Aaron Costic and his crew from Elegant Ice Creations Inc., are returning for the 10th Annual Mohican Winterfest January 9th – 10th.  Aaron Costic has participated in and won medals during the Olympic Games in ice sculpting. His list of accomplishments does not end there, he has also won several World Championships and has been coming to the Mohican Winterfest for nine years. When asked what keeps him coming back, he says, “We love the Loudonville/Mohican area. My wife and I have a houseboat on Pleasant Hill Lake and we spend plenty of time there.” Watch Aaron and his crew display their talents with ice carving demos, including kids’ names in ice and many other sculptures in ice throughout the downtown area. Activities and demos will begin January 9th from 4-8pm and January 10th from 11am-5pm. Visit DiscoverMohican.com or LoudonvilleChamber.com for more information and other scheduled events.

Nature is not completely asleep. Join the Mohican Trails Club and Mohican State Park for the Winter Hike on January 11th beginning at 10am in front of the Mohican State Park Commissary. Enjoy a 5K or 10K hike along the scenic Clear Fork Gorge. The free event includes warm fire, hot soup, cookies and drinks after the hike. Make sure to dress for the weather. DiscoverMohican.com and MohicanTrailsClub.org has more information.

winterfestIf being outside is a bit much or just looking to enjoy some downhome fun and old time music, then come down to the Mohican State Park Lodge & Conference Center January 16th–18th  for the Appalachian Acoustic Music Weekend! Appalachian Music or Old Time Music, was brought to America by the Scottish, Irish and English immigrants and other tunes developed in the Appalachian Mountains. Barb Mast, one of the event’s organizers, says, “We hope that everyone would like the music they hear over the weekend- whether it is a new style of music for them or one they’ve enjoyed for years. There will be jamming all weekend and anyone who wishes to listen or to play in a jam session is welcome.”  This free event that is open to the public will incorporate open stages, workshops and concerts. Saturday, January 17th, the lounge will be open to Cajun music by “Bayou Rhythms.” 7pm grab a seat and tap your toes while listening to a simple blend of old time music with a light mix of folk and Celtic with “JMJ Crescent” from central Ohio. Then continue with Andy Carlson and Casey Cook from Dennison University Music and Bluegrass Departments featuring various American music styles. For more information, visit the Appalachian Music Weekend on Facebook for a schedule of events.

For more information on these events and more, visit DiscoverMohican.com. Discover Why Mohican Rocks!

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Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches New Website

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Youngstown, OH – The Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, http://www.youngstownlive.com.  The new website, which is mobile friendly, offers a clean design with easy-to-navigate functionality.  The extensive content is organized by Events, Visit, Stay and Dine tabs assisting not only visitors to Youngstown and Mahoning County but local residents also.

The expanded events listing on the new website provides event details with website link and Google Map information for each listing.  In addition, the site now includes local community events for the month.  Currently, the homepage features two feature boxes where Holiday Events and Holiday Light Displays are highlighted. “We hope our Events pages will become a great resource, not only for our visitors, but for local residents as well. We want our website to become the “go-to” source for information on what’s happening throughout Mahoning County, said Linda Macala, executive director.

The Visit tab includes information on local attractions, golf courses, wineries, performing arts, parks and recreation, family fun, shopping, sports and visitor information.  Local hotels and inns/bed & breakfast are organized by geographic area as well as by name on the Stay page.  The Dine page highlights the flavor of our local restaurants in Youngstown and Mahoning County, as well as the familiar tastes of national chain restaurants located here.

videoThe highlight of the website is a new short promotional video for Youngstown & Mahoning County featuring award winning actor Ed O’Neill, world boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, International fashion designer Nanette Lepore, and Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel and First Lady Ellen Tressel – all proud to help promote the Mahoning Valley.  A full length, in-depth video highlighting all there is to do and see in Mahoning County is being completed to be included on the new website by the end of the month.

The new website also provides social media integration and direct links to the CVB’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages, which can be followed @YoungstownLive. Visitors to the site can also download a Visitors Guide, sign-up for a monthly e-newsletter, and contact the CVB.

For more information contact:

Linda Macala
Executive Director
Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau
21 W. Boardman Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330.740.2130 X7107
Fax: 330.740.2144
Email: lmacala@mahoningcountyoh.gov
Website: www.youngstownlive.com

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Celebrates Legendary Songwriter and Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Simon in New Exhibit Chronicling His Life, Career and Music.

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“Paul Simon: Words & Music” paints a portrait of the artist through first-person
narrative and items from the artist’s personal collection.

CLEVELAND (Oct. 29, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is launching a
new exhibit chronicling the life, career and creative inspiration of two-time Hall of Fame
inductee Paul Simon, opening in Cleveland on October 30.

“Paul Simon: Words & Music” will feature exclusive candid commentary gathered from
hours of filmed interview footage that walks the audience through the personal story of
Simon’s life and his creative process. This opening marks the Museum’s first-ever exhibit
anchored by first-person narration by the artist. In addition to the autobiographical
films, there will be videos of select performance highlights from Simon’s five-decade
career and a collection of more than 80 artifacts spanning his early life and time with
Simon & Garfunkel, through his solo career and to the present.

“When Mr. Simon visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a tour last year, our idea to
honor him with an exhibit was ignited and the process of creating this exciting new
exhibition began,” said Greg Harris, CEO and president of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Simon’s narrative guides the visitor through the story of his life using an illustrative
timeline to explore who he was as a young musician, his songwriting and creative
process, and his experimentation and love of world music.  The museum curators
worked for over eight months to create the exhibit, which will speak to generations of
fans, as Simon’s music continues to do.

The exhibit will also showcase more than 80 artifacts including several iconic guitars like
Simon’s 1967 Guild F-30-NT-Spec used to write and record most of Simon & Garfunkel’s
canon, and his first-ever guitar; handwritten lyrics spanning his career; personal
summer-camp correspondence between a teenage Paul Simon and his friend Art
Garfunkel; classic jackets and accessories; rare photos; historical documents; and other
items. The exhibit is curated by Craig Inciardi and Karen L. Herman, who recently joined the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as Vice President of Collections and Curatorial
Affairs. In this newly-reimagined curatorial role, Herman leads initiatives to integrate
the Museum’s archival resources with its artifact collections to place rock history in a
cultural context, engage visitors in the Museum’s exhibits and increase worldwide
access to both physical and digital artifacts within the institution’s priceless collections.
“Paul Simon: Words & Music” coincides with the 50th anniversary of Simon’s musical
career. His first LP with former band mate, Art Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM,
was released on October 19, 1964.

In addition to the Museum exhibit, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library
and Archives is hosting a small exhibit highlighting one of Simon’s best-loved songs,
“The Boxer.” The exhibit includes multiple drafts of the song lyrics — giving visitors a
detailed look into Simon’s songwriting process.

The exhibit is presented by Sony Legacy.

About Paul Simon

Simon is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a member of the
Songwriters Hall of Fame, a winner of 12 Grammy Awards (three of which were albums
of the year) and a 2003 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his
work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. His song “Mrs. Robinson” from the motion
picture The Graduate was named in the top ten of the American Film Institute’s 100
Years…100 Songs. He was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was
named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” in 2006. In 2007,
Simon was awarded the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
Song. In 2011, Simon was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire
through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice
to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through
Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions,
and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 squarefoot
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing
North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters,
and year-round educational and concert programming.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and
Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is
$22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13
for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support
Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members
are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call
216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit
www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with
state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural
enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County
residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About the Library and Archives

The Rock Hall’s Library and Archives is the most comprehensive repository of materials
relating to the history of rock and roll.  Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide
access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general
public in order to broaden awareness and understanding of rock and roll, its roots, and
its impact on society. The Library and Archives is at 2809 Woodland Avenue in
Cleveland, Ohio and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact:
Carl Harp, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, (216) 515-1503, charp@rockhall.org

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