Friday, July 20, 2007


Who says Cleveland is boring? The third annual Ingenuity Fest, a celebration of the fusion of technology and the arts, got off to a stormy start (thanks to the weather) in downtown Cleveland, but the skies soon cleared. All of my senses, however, were on full alert, thanks to the plethora of exhibits, musicians, projects for young and old, and, of course, wonderful food.

After a 3-D slideshow and short film presented by the area NASA facility, I walked outside to find a Brazilian drum circle in full array. On a stage behind them, the Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra was assembling for a later performance.

On another street, modern dance troupe 16 [R]evolutions (no, that's not a typo) depicted 100,000 years of human evolution and the tension between our intellectual and animal selves. All without using psychoactive drugs!

Those were just the tip of the iceberg. There were works of art for sale, and demonstrations of technological innovations for blocks and blocks. All the exploring made, of course, made me extremely hungry, so my family and I headed over to Fat Fish Blue. Thankfully, there are three more days to explore. I can't wait to go back and explore and expand my mind some more, and to try to find the world's biggest funnel cake.

-- Chris-Anna @ L.V.

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