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Cleveland Vegan Book Club

August 22, 2014 | 7pm-9pm

August's Discussion:

The Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance's book club meetings take place every other month at Visible Voice Books in Tremont (in their upstairs meeting room). We feature books on various aspects of veganism including health, ethics, environmental issues, social justice, etc.

Join us for some consciousness-raising discussion and a great opportunity to network and build community with others who care about animals, the earth and healthy eating!

Check out our website: https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandVeganBookClub


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: Emma Shepard / Mark Poro / Michelle Morgan

August 22, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Emma Shepard
Singer Songwriter
Emma Shepard started writing songs in high school while skipping class in the band practice rooms (don't try this at homekids- go to class). She wrote over 200 songs her junior year and just gathered 11 of them to release her debut full-length album. Author Chuck Klosterman has said, "it's obvious that Emma is a girl with real talent."
Listen to their music at: http://emmashepard.bandcamp.com/

Mark Poro
Singer Songwriter

Michelle Morgan
Singer Songwriter


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: Let'em Run / Taylor Lamborn

August 23, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Let'em Run
5 mostly competent musicians from cleveland that like bluegrass and punk stuff.
Listen to their music at: http://letemrun.bandcamp.com/

Taylor Lamborn
Taylor Lamborn is Baltimore-born and Cleveland-based singer/songwriter. Her music career started with the retirement of "Chip" - a beat up 1970's Ephiphone - and the purchase of a new guitar at an event appropriately named the "Taylor Guitar Roadshow". With her new purchase and new tunes, Taylor vagabonded her way across the US and Canada for a couple of years and along the way stumbled over a few of state lines and upon many new friends. She set up shop in the Midwest in November 2012 fell in love with the Cleveland blues scene and has since played shows at venues like Mahall's, Beachland Tavern, and House of Blues and was ranked by ReverbNation as the number one songwriter in the Cleveland area.
Listen to her music at: http://www.taylorlamborn.com/music


Monthly Poetry Workshop, lead by Claire McMahon

August 28, 2014 | 6:15pm-8pm

The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side once a 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.

The workshop meets at Visible Voice Books on every 4th Thursday of the month. Contact Claire McMahon with questions and to join the group's mailing list.

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.

Tatiana Ryckman Reading "Twenty-Something"

August 28, 2014 | 6pm-8pm

Tatiana Ryckman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has appeared on Tin House’s The Open Bar, Keyhole Press, The Boiler Journal, theNewerYork, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, matchbook, and Marco Polo. Tatiana was a Yaddo artist in residence, is the managing editor of The Austin Review, and leads Creative Writing workshops through The University of Texas at Austin and Badgerdog.

Advance praise for Twenty-Something:

"The short fictions of Twenty-Something flirt and sparkle through moments--both small and large--of a young life. Tatiana Ryckman's steady hand and clear vision give these stories a sense of beautiful independence, with a pleasing touch of melancholy."
-Kevin Sampsell

"I read these stories eagerly and then felt sorry for myself that there weren’t more of them."
-Chelsea Martin


"Out of Ashes" Book Signing w/ SUTTON L. AVERY

August 29, 2014 | 6pm-8pm


It is 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama.
During this racially charged atmosphere in "the most segregated city in the United States," Peg James, a young black woman from Ohio, relocates to Birmingham when her employer, Dr. Carson, a prominent surgeon and his wife buy a stately home there in an elite, segregated neighborhood.. Peg is repsponsible for the family's move from Ohio, to Alabama,, supervises the household and grounds staff.
Dr. Carson, who was given up for adoption when his parents had a second child toward the end of the Depression and knew they could not provide for two children, purchased a home next door to a man he believes is his biological brother, Ken Stevens, a Birmingham District Attorney and unknown to Dr. Carson,Imperial Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan.
Despite being repeatedly raped by Ken, Peg becomes entangled in an emotional battle when she finds herself drawn to a man she is forbidden to love. Tending to a garden where she uses ashes to grow an array of beautiful flowers, Peg enlists the help of a precocious young black girl and the ailing son of her employer's brother who does not know they are related.
Peg's clandestine sexual encounters that she is forced to continue by threats of violence against herself and her "family" is like her beautiful garden, only showing the beauty on the surface, but not the ashes underneath. Her secret can never be revealed because the lives of the people she loves, incluidng the young Klan member who falls in love with her, are at stake..



September 5, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Moustache Yourself
Gypsy Jazz

As much as a style of music can be created by one person; Gypsy Jazz was created by one man: Django Reinhardt (thats him in the picture above). Of course other people played roles in the formation of this style and it continues to evolve today, but Django's influence is the most celebrated. Django was a Gypsy (Romany), and a guitar player of unusual talents despite a serious handicap on his left hand. As such, Gypsy Jazz centers around the guitar;both ryhthm and lead, although the violin plays an important role in many Gypsy Jazz groups. The violin player that played with Django in the first Gypsy Jazz group,The Hot Club de France, was Stephane Grappelli and he is arguably just as important in the creation of Gypsy Jazz. Most often there is a double bass player and occasionaly Gypsy Jazz groups will include an accordian, and/or a clarinet, and/or a mandolin. If you are interested there are many resources on Django and Gypsy Jazz so I am not going to repeat the same thing here. Ultimately it is impossible to accurately describe Gypsy Jazz in words, in needs to be seen, heard and felt.

Having said that, here are a few attributes of Gypsy Jazz:
- Groups composed entirely or at least dominated by stringed instruments.
- A special form of rhythmic guitar accompanyment called La Pompe. (The Pump)
- Improvisation on all instruments.
- Waltzes, fast tempos, minor keys, exotic melodies.
- Men with moustaches.

Listen to their music at https://soundcloud.com/moustache-yourself


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: J Scott Franklin & Dan Morris

September 6, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

J. Scott Franklin, "man behind the curtain" of Lost State of Franklin, is an accomplished musician originally from Emporia, Virginia. Winner of the 2013 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival in Florida, he has toured extensively, and written over 400 original songs in numerous styles. He typically plays guitar and sings, but holds a degree from BGSU (jazz studies/music ed.) and is a gifted trumpeter. Dan Morris is a native Clevelander, who's been playing pedal steel guitar for over 40 yrs., with such bands as Ida Red, California Speedbag, the Not So Good Ol' Boys, Bobby C3, INTRA, and Thor Platter. Scott and Dan will be perfoming Scott's original Americana music, plus cover songs.



Ft. Artist Dott Schneider

September 6, 2014 |

HEDGE Gallery presents Cleveland artist Dott Schneider, whose work will be on view at Visible Voice from August 15- September 6. Dott is a mixed media artist with a palette has amassed a variety of natural and man-made materials over the years. Schneider’s intent is for the viewer to imagine themselves within these new topographies, which have been steadily growing in scale.
Schneider’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Kölnisch Rundshau, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, Jane Magazine, Las Vegas City Life, Cleveland Scene, and Northern Ohio Live. She studied at the applied arts atelier, AFEDAP in Paris and went on to receive her CEAP from the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Rouen in 1996.
"Stardust" 2014 Mixed media 24" x 24"

Cleveland Jumping Flea Open Ukulele Jam

September 13, 2014 | 1pm

A monthly ukulele meet-up group. Open to beginners AND experts who enjoy playing the ukulele.