June 20, 2013 | 6pm-8pm
The Price of Honor is an honest discussion about one man's effort to work within a system that fails to honor people's values as a priority in running government. John believes the system is often governed by self-serving opportunists with an eye on themselves and not the people’s interest.
June 22, 2013 | 7pm-9pm
Storytelling + Song
Come hear Nic and Todd capture the stories of your Rust Belt city through literature and music.
The Rust Belt Rising Almanac is a collection of snapshots and stories from writers and artists in America’s Rust Belt Cities published by The Head & The Hand Press in Philadelphia. In our first volume you, Courteous Reader, will read about escapes, remains and models of growth. You’ll learn about projects that are working & the people who aren’t, find a road map for wandering and green your thumb with an industrial soil-strength planting guide. Our almanac may not serve strictly as a meteorological or agricultural guide, but we hope it will help to measure the kind of atmospheric pressure felt between jobs, between communities, between the friends who are still here and the ones not so lucky, bound together by a common question: what’s next for the rust belt?
Todd Henkin, Philadelphia musician from the band The Great Unknown.
Nic Esposito, professional storyteller and founder of The Head & The Hand Press.
Book Event: The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-192
June 26, 2013 | 6-8pm
Since the founding of professional baseball, few teams have risen above years of mediocrity only to see their fortunes interrupted by war and tragedy. Fewer still have then rallied to win the World Series. In the early twentieth century, the Cleveland Indians brought the world championship to their city of passionate fans in a spectacular style that has yet to be replicated.
The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and team owner who resurrected this proud but struggling franchise. Although the Cleveland ball club had been an active part of professional baseball from the late 1860s and a charter member of the American League, by 1915 the team was on the brink of collapse. Into this dejected
atmosphere came new owner James C. Dunn. Despite lacking baseball experience, Dunn had the business savvy to bring his club to the forefront, acquiring superstar center fielder Tris Speaker and other great players. But during the rise of the franchise, the outbreak of World War I interrupted baseball. Then, in 1920, as the Indians were leading the pennant race, shortstop Ray Chapman died after a pitch fractured his skull. The outpouring of sorrow from teammates and fans alike made the Indians more determined than ever to fight their way to the top.
Scott H. Longert’s entertaining and poignant narrative traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of America’s most beloved baseball teams.
June 27, 2013 | 6-8pm
The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side every fourth Thursday of the month. Poets of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to bring a work-in-progress and receive recommendations for improving it. Our goal is friendly, yet serious critiques by emerging and experienced writers. Improvement of craft through reading, writing, and workshopping with Instructors Claire McMahon and a guest host.
Claire McMahon has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and a Ph.D. in 20th Cent. American & British Poetry from Kent State University. She is co-editor of MoonLit poetry journal (Drag City Press, Chicago) and the author of a book of poems entitled, Emergency Contact (Van Zeno Press, Cleveland). She has taught English writing courses locally at Lake Erie College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Chancellor University. Currently, Claire is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Bowling Green University’s Firelands campus.
June 27, 2013 | 6-9pm
Come and share some talent with us in the store on Thursday nights.
June 27, 2013 | 6:30-9:30
Come join TC and the crew in tasting our new feature wines. Costs $10.00 a head.
June 28, 2013 | 7-9pm
"This book had me absolutely hooked from the first page. It’s written in a classic true crime format and it’s quite a gruesome read...Sberna paints an incredibly powerful picture of the area in Cleveland where Sowell lived and killed his victims..."
--- True Crime Reader, April 27, 2013
June 29, 2013 | 7pm-10pm
Come out to celebrate Poetry on the Visible Voice Garden Courtyard as writers from the first issue of the new National literary project PEA RIVER JOURNAL descend from three states to speak their powerful voices. Readers include publisher and editor Trish Harris from Michigan, and Cleveland’s local poetry guru and author Joshua Gage, plus Sara Walton, Suzanne McWorter, and Robert Daniels, as well as Greg Brown from Erie, PA and kicking it off will be internationally renowned poet and performer Sean Thomas Dougherty. Come down and have a glass of wine under the stars and listen as this group of powerful poets speak their razor winged words. Copies of the first issue of Pea River Journal will be available for purchase and signing after the reading.
July 6, 2013 | 7pm
Line Assembly is a collective of six emerging poets from all over the country who promote literacy and the arts in schools—Adam Atkinson, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Zach Harris, Ben Pelhan, Anne Marie Rooney, and S.E. Smith. They are embarking on an ambitious, unique tour of readings and workshops in summer 2013. Oh, and they’re filming the whole thing, too!
Here are the links to their Kickstarter page and their website with some great information on what they are all about:
July 12, 2013 | 7:30-10pm
Come enjoy our patio and some nice evening weather on our patio with acoustic blues performers Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O, long-time friends and supporters of Visible Voice. Bring some friends, browse some books, grab some beer or wine, and enjoy some tunes!
July 12, 2013 | 7pm-10pm
The story kind of goes like this: I spent an afternoon looking back into all my photo archives. I realized that I had years of negatives just sitting in boxes. The reality of it all collecting dust was pretty ridiculous. Instead of shelving it (again), I began the long process of organizing all the content. The idea was to publish the work into some kind of a zine format. The enthusiasm in seeing how the work would come together led to me quickly shooting specifically for Anie — aside from the existing work. It was at that time I looked to Anthony for the design and writing work. He's always had an understanding of how to design around my photography. His words are also unique and thought-provoking, which when paired with my photographs start to tell the written story the images suggest.
A couple things to know about the zine are this: Anie is a completely analog photography zine, however printed by digital processes, of course. All the photographs are shot on film. The images come from 35mm film cameras, Polaroid, medium-format, and large-format. All black and white images are hand developed in Aperture's darkroom. The film ranges from current Kodak, Ilford, Agfa, and Fuji, to expired Polaroid film. Polaroid film is once again being manufactured, this time by a company called The Impossible Project, with whom we are 'partners' — Aperture is an official 'partner store' of The Impossible Project.
Anie offers it's readers photographs related to fashion, travel, and Cleveland. 90% of all the photographs are taken in the Cleveland area, and all the 'models' are friends and at least Clevelanders.
July 13, 2013 | 7:30-10pm
Pete began playing guitar in 1962, learning from such influences as Norm Strelka, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins, Andres Segovia and the late Robert Lockwood Jr. . He continued honing his craft while attending Cleveland State University.
Pete began performing at 15 years old, and as a professional guitarist for over 40 years, he is no stranger to the local music scene. He has had the honor of performing with artists as diverse as the late Robert Lockwood Jr., local legend Anne E. Dechant, Aces & Eights, Holywood Slim, Kelly Wright and Laura Varcho. His resume are perfomances with Wallace Coleman, Mr. Stress, and Colin Dussault, to name just a few.
Not only recognized on a local level, Pete has been an annual performer at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention held in Nashville. This is a showcase of the best solo guitarists from around the world.
For the past twenty years, Pete has concentrated on solo guitar. Covering everything from Bach to the Beatles, he has recorded 4 solo guitar cd’s. He can also be heard on 2 cd’s with Anne Dechant and 1 with Kelly Wright.
July 20, 2013 | 7-10
Chris Allen is the former lead singer, songwriter, heart and soul of the Cleveland-based band Rosavelt, who Paste Magazine calls a "first-rate chronicler of life's minor ups and downs," while the Cleveland Plain Dealer noted, "[Allen's] songs read like Raymond Carver short stories."
July 20, 2013 | 7-9pm
After the mysterious disappearance of his parents on a cruise ship, Bart Roberts had his whole life turned upside down. With the help of his friends, Bart was able to get back to a normal life with a normal job in his normal home in Miami, Florida. After receiving a package early one morning, Bart’s life changes in one fatal swoop. Bart finds himself thrust into a war that has been going on for hundreds of years between two of the most infamous pirates to ever ply the trade. He is the last of the bloodline of Bartholomew Roberts, who reportedly took over 400 ships while he was an active pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy. Bart gains the knowledge and skills of lifetimes past, which make him vastly more powerful and wealthy beyond anything he could imagine. With power and wealth come all the problems and enemies. Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is filled with greedy malice for Bart Roberts' birthright and hopes to end the Roberts’ bloodline once and for all. When one line is ended the power and knowledge passes to the one that ended that line and Blackbeard wants the knowledge and the power all to himself. In an epic battle to gain what is rightfully his, Bart must accept his lineage and fight for the lives of his friends and for the bloodline that he has had thrust upon him.
July 26, 2013 | 7:45-9:45p
"I'm a singer-songwriter in a more folk tradition with layers of sound live".
"I use samples and loops under a more traditional folk sound. This new album will be more stripped down and more acoustic instruments, string arrangements and that type of thing. Previous releases, there were some rock tracks on it, and now it's going more into folk and less into the rock world. I see this going more Jose Gonzalez, Bon Iver."
August 6, 2013 | 6-8pm
The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation is a full-color illustrated look at Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, the bloody battle of the Civil War that prompted it, and how they led to a defining point in the history of America.
Most of us can recall "Four score and seven years ago," but much of what we know about this historic speech, and what it has to say about the Civil War itself, has been lost since we left grade school.
The Gettysburg Address offers a revolutionary way to experience Lincoln's masterwork. Striking at the underlying meaning of Lincoln's words, it uses the Address to tell the whole story of the Civil War. We see how bitter seeds sown by the Founding Fathers sprouted into a bloody war, and ultimately blossomed into the progress and justice of the Civil Rights era. The book depicts pivotal events that led to the upheaval of the secession crisis, the crucial Battle of Gettysburg, and the conflict's still-unfolding legacy with firsthand accounts from Americans from all walks of life: slaves, soldiers, citizens, and, of course, Abraham Lincoln himself—the most transformational president in U.S. history.Writer Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Aaron McConnell illuminate history with vibrant, detailed graphics and captions that will give you a fresh understanding of this vital speech, which defined America's most tragic war and marked a new path forward.
August 9, 2013 | 7-9pm
Set in the era between Buddy Holly and Joan Jett, this “rock ’n’ romance” suspense novel tells the story of an ill-fated love affair between a Southern boy and Midwestern girl, and a long-held secret that threatens the legacy of a beloved music icon and future of his rock-star daughter.
Check Deanna's bio at the link below
August 16, 2013 | 7pm-10pm
Derek Paul DePrator is a 12-string acoustic guitarist from Cleveland, Ohio with roots in Western PA. His music demonstrates a unity between rock, metal, blues, folk, and classical styles all in the same song or instrumental piece. After having played guitar and bass in many Cleveland bands since the late 90's, DePrator went solo in mid 2012. He's since released Spiral EP in Oct 2012, The Animal Suite (EP) in March '13, and his self titled album will be released in late Summer.
September 27, 2013 | 7-9pm
MORTAL ARTS, Lady Darby Book 2
Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue-in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn't quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator-and romantic entanglement-Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.
Anna Lee Huber is the author of the award-winning Lady Darby historical mystery series from Berkley Publishing. Her debut, THE ANATOMIST’S WIFE, has been nominated for numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. The second novel in the series, MORTAL ARTS, releases September 3rd. She was born and raised in a small town in northwest Ohio, and graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Psychology. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband and troublemaking tabby cat. When not hard at work on her next novel, she enjoys reading, singing, travel, and spending time with her family.