Thank Goodness for Rain Dates: Tomorrow is Take Two for the Walking Tour of Industry, Art, and Architecture   06.08.12

From 12:00-2:00 tomorrow, everyone gets a second chance to go on local historian Christopher Busta-Peck's walking tour along Euclid Avenue. Check out this story on Fresh Water Cleveland for more info. The tour is free and open to the public.

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Image: The Luster Tannery: A stone building, built between 1848 and 1858, at 16360 Euclid Avenue, in East Cleveland. It was built as a tannery by Samuel Luster.
Image: The Luster Tannery: A stone building, built between 1848 and 1858, at 16360 Euclid Avenue, in East Cleveland. It was built as a tannery by Samuel Luster.

Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

Tomorrow Night at SPACES, the SGS Plot Thickens   06.06.12

Perhaps you are among those confounded by Cleveland SGS's current installation at SPACES, a full-frontal sensory attack meant to help visitors calculate their odds for success using the mystical implications of games and luck.

Though we can't promise that SGS's appearance tomorrow night will provide any clear explanation of what this elusive band of Cleveland artists is up to, we can guarantee that those who show up will be invited to dig more deeply into the mystery of it all.

An Evening with Reverend True @ SPACES
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm

"Essence Unique," Cleveland SGS, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

Keywords: cleveland sgs, essence unique shrine and showroom, reverend true
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

Bike Tour This Saturday   06.01.12

In honor of this Saturday's "Ohio City Bike Co-Op Social Ride to Cleveland-Area Crime Scenes," taking place from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (meet at the Co-Op at 1840 Columbus Rd), we have a collection of fun facts about bicycles and crime scenes. YAY BICYCLES!


  • Before the bicycle, a German baron named Karl von Drais invented a contraption called the "draisine," which had two wheels. It looked a lot like a bike, but it didn't have pedals, so to operate it you had to push your legs off of the ground. It's an important predecessor to the bicycle. But aren't you glad that bicycles have handbrakes and pedals now? I sure am!

  • As you probably know, the Wright brothers owned a bike repair shop in Dayton, Ohio. They used it to build their airplane in 1903.

  • Every year, 100 million bicycles are manufactured! That's 273,973 bikes a day!

  • The longest tandem bicycle ever made could seat 35 people. While not especially practical with a length of 67 feet, it certainly was a sight to see!

BONUS UNICYCLE FACT: Emerson Elementary School in Lakewood has a unicycle club. They make an annual appearance in the Fourth of July Parade. It's one of the most popular activities at the school.


  • In 1924, the Cleveland Police Department founded the Women's Bureau of the Cleveland Police Dept. This was the only opportunity for women to serve as police officers. There was a law restricting the number of women in the force to 50 until 1973, when the ruke was repealed.

  • My personal favorite Cleveland area crime is the Daniel Kaber murder of 1919. He was stabbed 24 times. During the autopsy, they found a ridiculous amount of arsenic in his body. But that's not the interesting part. When police interrogated his wife, she said that she hired men to dress up as ghosts to drive the evil spirits out of his body. Four women were tried in this case. During the trial, his step-daughter cried when asked to testify against her mother. This girl, Marian McArdle, was in the company of a touring musical called "Pretty Baby" but was forced to leave in order to deal with all the business surrounding the murder trial.








By Kevin Ritter, SPACES Intern

Keywords: bicycles, bikes, cle, cleveland, crime, events
Author: Kevin Ritter,
Category: Events

SPACES's Coming Attractions   05.30.12

SPACES has several exciting events around the corner, as part of The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Opening of Alison Pebworth's Beautiful Possibility
Friday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. - Midnight
At the Loren Naji Studio Gallery (2138 West 25th Street)

San Francisco artist Alison Pebworth is spending the month of June in Cleveland as part of Beautiful Possibility, her traveling cross-country exhibition. Beautiful Possibility uses the 19th century American Traveling Show as inspiration for engaging people across the country about what it means to be American. At every tour stop, Pebworth sets up a display of hand-painted posters that use the elaborate graphics of Wild West show posters to re-tell American history.

Beautiful Possibility will open at the Loren Naji Studio Gallery this Friday, from 5:30 pm to midnight. There, Pebworth will be surveying people on their thoughts about "Americanitis," a curious 19th century nervous condition resulting from rapid modernization. While in Cleveland, Pebworth is partnering with urban farmers to make special "Cleveland Elixirs" for Americanitis, which you can sample all day at the West Side Market on Saturday, June 23.

Ohio City Bike Co-op Social Ride to Cleveland-area Historical Crime Scenes
Saturday, June 02, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
With Historian Katie Schanz
Meet at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op (1840 Columbus Road)

SPACES partners with the Ohio City Bike Co-op for its June Social Ride, which will visit the scenes of some lesser-known Cleveland crimes. Held on the first Saturday of every month, the Social Ride is a short, easy, sight-seeing bicycle ride in Cleveland's Flats and Downtown neighborhoods. Loaner bikes are available, and more info can be found at:

Cleveland SGS Anonymous Artist Talk
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
At SPACES (2220 Superior Viaduct)

Have a chat with this elusive Cleveland-grown group of street artists and archivists, whose installation, Essence Unique Shrine and Showroom, is now on view at SPACES.

An East Cleveland Walking Tour of Industry, Art, and Architecture: Take Two
With Christopher Busta-Peck, Founding Editor of Cleveland Area History
Saturday, June 9, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
At New Life Cathedral (16200 Euclid Avenue)

Attendees loved last weekend's walking tour to some spectacular (and forgotten) places along Euclid Avenue. So much so that we're doing it again on June 9! Come see the remnants of Cleveland's early industry, in the massive stone tannery (c. 1850) on Nine Mile Creek – the nucleus of this neighborhood's settlement, and some of the oldest homes in the county. Christopher Busta-Peck is the founding editor of Cleveland Area History. His first book, "Hidden History of Cleveland", was published by History Press last November.

America: Beautiful Possibility.  Alison Pebworth, 2008.  Courtesy of the artist.
America: Beautiful Possibility. Alison Pebworth, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

Keywords: alison pebworth; beautiful possibility; ohio city bike co op; cleveland sgs; essence unique shrine a
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

SPACES Got a Brand New Roof!   05.30.12

Thanks to the State of Ohio through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and Harbor Roofing Company, SPACES finally has a new roof after decades. Goodbye leaks, hello safe art and many more years without that headache!

I bet you always wondered how our rooftop sign was attached as well. Now you get a behind the scenes peek.

We'd also like to thank the Ohio Governors since this entire process initiated years ago: The Hon. John R. Kasich, The Hon. Ted Strickland and The Hon. Bob Taft.

Keywords: roof, rooftop sign
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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