To listen to our own mythology, Cleveland is a great town if you're married,
have kids and a steady job; but heaven forbid if you're young, single and a
Yes, young people might be attracted to Case, Cleveland Institute of Art or
Kent State. But once they get their cap and gown, they're gone. And while we
like to think our problems are unique, all towns with universities must wrestle
with similar cases of brain drain.
Part of Cleveland's struggle centers on its bear-hug affection for big institutions
from Fortune 500 companies (the few that remain) to cultural temples such
as Severance Hall. Admittedly, it's a tough hold to loosen, but something that's
necessary to clear some space for the up-and-comers.
In fact, a simple, no-cost way to help keep kids interested in Cleveland is
to show an interest in them. Universities and arts and cultural organizations
consistently feature the work of our region's talented doers. Unfortunately,
the media and public alike often ignore student work.
But not here. Be sure to check out these cool January events.
Young and Emerging Composers Because of internal politics, this may
be the last season for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, known for its "adventuresome
programming of contemporary music" Mnd its "commitment to new American music."
Check out this Emerging Composers concert, conducted by Marilyn Shrude, with
performances of works by Northeast Ohio's most talented student composers, on
Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University, 2001 Euclid Ave.,
(216) 687-9243, www.clevelandchambersymphony.org
Art Rock It's a live-wire exhibition comprising young Cleveland artists
who are musicians and musicians who are artists supplying their unique brand
of creative outbursts. Jason Byers, artist and front man for the Cleveland punk
band Disengage, will curate the exhibit. Opening night is Jan. 24 at Lake Erie
College's B.K. Smith Gallery. (440) 375-7056, www.lec.edu/finearts
58th-annual Student Independent Exhibition Cleveland Institute of Art's
annual student show is a juried gallery exhibit managed and curated by CIA students
and showcasing select work from its student body. This year's jurors are Charles
LeDray, Jeanne Dunning and Patty Chang. Free and open to the public, it begins
Jan. 30 with an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Institute's Reinberger
Galleries, 11141 East Blvd. The show runs through March 14. www.cia.edu/galleries/reinberger