“Pedaling Art: A Celebration of Bicycle Art & Culture.” Opening Fri 5/18 @ 6 – 10pm. Celebrate bicycle art & culture with Pedaling Art, a new exhibit opening @ Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. View visual art in a variety of media, as well as wearable art and crafts, “all of which are made from recycled bike parts or have a bike focus.” Free, secured bike parking for those riding to the event (go for it!). “A portion of Pedaling Art sales will be donated to OCBC to help support their mission to promote cycling in Greater Cleveland. The opening night will also feature food, drinks and music.” Also open Sat 5/19 from 12 – 4pm. http://www.ohiocitycycles.org
5.19 +20 “Hessler Street Fair.” Sat 5/19 + Sun 5/20 The Hessler Street Fair, now 43 years young, is Cleveland’s unofficial kickoff to the summer festival season. This 2-day event of food, poetry, politics, handmade goods and tie-dye is always packed with Clevelanders dying to get outside and, well, enjoy a good festival. Open 11am – dusk. http://HesslerStreetFair.org
“Cleveland Asian Festival.” Sat 5/19 & Sun 5/20 You know that the Third Annual Cleveland Asian Festival will have awesome food. That’s what over 31,000 people enjoyed at last year’s Festival. And you probably know to expect cool exhibits like martial arts demonstrations, games, competitions, free health screenings, merchant booths, artwork and live cultural performances. This year, you won’t believe your eyes. Originating from Taipei, Taiwan, the California-based “Instant Noodles” dance crew will perform on the stage and show how they’ve been impressing judges at all the big international dance competitions. They placed in the Top 5 at MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, they’ve starred on Disney’s “Shake It Up” and on several top Taiwanese variety shows. The Festival is free to the public and takes place on Sat 5/19 & Sun 5/20 from 11AM-7PM each day! http://www.ClevelandAsianFestival.org/2012
“Drawn and Quartered 4.” Sat 5/19 @ 7pm. Grab Cleveland’s top life drawing groups, throw them in a room, and pit them against each other for your entertainment. That’s “Drawn and Quartered,” now in its fourth year. The Pretentious Tremont Artists, The Murray Hill Drawing Group, Dr. Sketchy Cleveland and Northern Ohio Illustrator Society compete at Loren Naji Studio and Gallery 2138 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, Oh. It’s an all-ages show (models keep their clothes on); the afterparty offers drinks, food and music.