So it's Halloween weekend and I don't know what to do? The weather is going to be awful so that will certainly play into my plans.
Do I really want to walk around the streets of Kent in a cold rain watching the people, all dressed up for our amusement, parade about town? The same goes for bar hopping in any of the entertainment districts in Cleveland. A costume just doesn't look the same if you have to add an umbrella, poncho or Hefty trash bag.
There's something about being on an island for a night like Halloween Saturday. So Kelley's or Put-in-Bay on South Bass is tempting. Hmmm, I'd have to look into a place to crash for the night though.
Chuck Berry's being honored at The State Theatre Saturday night as part of the week long Rock Hall Masters series for the rock legend and inductee. The line up of acts paying homage to the man from St. Louis is one of the better I've seen in recent years for the series. Still, I'm not so sure I want to have my image of Chuck Berry spoiled by seeing the reality of a feeble old man. And speaking of his image, well, it is his week of honor so I won't get into that. I might just make a last minute decision to attend, if just to see M Ward and David Johansen, two of my favorites.
I could attend Brewzilla, the feather in the cap, closing ceremony if you will, of another outstanding Cleveland Beer Week. I was sitting at Lizardville in Rocky River Wednesday night drinking some special craft beers and the guy next to me was asking the bartender if he had any craft beer that tasted like Miller Light. Swear to God. He doesn't like the dark stuff he said. Oh boy. That event takes place at the Galleria with 75 brewers enticing us to have a taste.
Have you seen the new atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art? The official grand opening celebration is this Sunday. I've been there twice now. It's jawdropping. The massive space has surprisingly good acoustics, beautiful ambient light and creates an entirely new way to experience the art museum, with sliding glass doors that lead you to various periods of art. The Cleveland Museum of Art is free and if you've never taken advantage of that, shame on you. Now's the time to rectify that situation. The first time I strolled the atrium, I spun around giddly, blurting out "this is ours, all ours". Consider being a member it's worth it for the pride alone.
Or I could pull the trigger and drive to Pittsburgh with the hope of scoring a last minute ticket for Bruce Springsteen. I know the city well, have good friends there and have not been in the new arena yet. I've seen Bruce three times on this tour, once here in Cleveland and two nights at Wrigley in Chicago. I could easily enjoy it once more.
So there's some of my choices. Help me make the decision. I'm easily swayed.