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Cleveland Rocks

Your guide to the Heart of it All.

Sometimes it’s inevitable, you have to go to Cleveland even though former Mayor Jane Campbell’s efforts in 2003 to turn the city’s resuscitated downtown into a virtual Wall Street were all for naught. Thinking practically after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, Campbell felt it would be better to have to have the financial institutions of Wall Street relocate their back office operations to a location 400 miles a way, rather than 40. Apparently the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Street, didn’t agree. Still it could happen and we want you to be prepared if and when your boss taps you to be the company’s emissary on a trip to what was once considered one of the state’s bleaker, industrialized cities.
Now, thanks to a new downtown decorated with restaurants and a hearty nightlife, Cleveland rocks.
What To Do...
The famed Rock and Roll Hall of Fameand Museum, designed by architect I.M. Pei, is honoring Roy Orbison with “Haunting and Yearning: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison” through December, and from June 14-18 will host CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest. Through May 21 is FusionFest, the city’s first art festival, which will feature works presented by the Cleveland Opera, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Verb Ballets, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Dobama Theater, Karamu House, the Jewish Community Center, City Music Cleveland, Cleveland School of the Arts and Shaker High School. Jacob’s Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, is one of the oldest downtown stadiums. Much of the city’s renaissance is attributed to the decision by the city in 1994 to make the stadium the centerpiece of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex. The Indians are home all next week.
... & Where To Eat

Though microbrewery’s have lost some of their cachet since brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway founded the Great Lakes Brewing Company, Ohio’s first and most famous microbrewery, in 1988, its still worth visiting for an Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Elliot Ness Amber Lager. Fat Cats (2061 West 10th St., Phone: 216.579.0200.) in the city’s Tremont district offers respectable Mediterranean fare.

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