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Get your word out!

LEI LogoDo you have a kid looking to express herself? Then the Comics and ‘Zines Summer Camp offered by the youth writing space Lake Erie Ink might be what you need. Running July 23, 2018 – July 27, 2018 for youth in grades 6 – 12, the camp will help kids see their stories and drawings come alive on the pages of their very own comics and ‘zines. Students go home with their own 8-page ‘zine crafted from a single sheet of 11″ x 17″ paper. Cost is $150; scholarships available.

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Blue Jacket Books of Xenia, OH is closing!

bluejacketBlue Jacket Books is closing. The book store is a favorite stop on our yearly fossil hunting/camping trip to the rich Devonian beds around Cincinnati, OH. Beginning March 5, 2018 and culminating Saturday, May 12, 2018, Blue Jacket will be discounting heavily. Discounts begin at 40% off for two weeks and then progress by 10% per week until peaking at 80% off. The shop’s 50,000 books cover topics including: Americana, Area Studies, the Fine Arts; Foreign Languages, Books About Books; Literature, Social Sciences, Humanities; Civil War, Poetry, Children’s, and Mysteries. The shop is located at 30 South Detroit Street, Xenia, Ohio, 45385. They are available by phone at 937-376-3522 or online at http://www.bluejacketbooks.com/. Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celestial Pick – Pterosaurs

2-Quetzalcoatlus-ModelPterosaurs swoop in to become this week’s best geek bet in Cleveland. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs has opened. A trip down to enjoy this traveling exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, New York offers flying reptiles of all sizes:

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of your hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs — the first vertebrates to achieve flight.

Not dinosaurs, birds or bats, pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived in the world of dinosaurs 220 to 66 million years ago. This exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, showcases rare fossils, life-size models and activities that bring pterosaurs to life.

While you are there, check out a planetarium show or enjoy the animals as Spring breaks out and warms the ground. The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden offers a delightful collection of active animals this time of year.

otterThe Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located in Cleveland’s museum circle at 1 Wade Oval Drive Cleveland, Ohio, 44106. Their hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm Wednesday, and noon to 5 pm Sunday. Admission rates vary by age, running from $12 to $15, except Wednesday evenings. Drop by after 5 pm . Wednesday for an $8 admission! Parking in the connected garage runs $10 – $16.

Looking for a great Pterosaur to take with you? May we suggest a plush pterosaur sized tiny, small (13″), medium (15″) or large (22″)? They range in wingspans from just two to a massive 22 inches. The medium, 15-inch, is on sale for just $12.99. Trust us, the real thing was far less cuddly.

 

Wieners and Wonder!

29386175_10155461870859021_5800089257183805440_o“The State of the Universe (and Hot Dogs),” is how they put it at the Institute for the Science of Origins. Expect a night of wieners and wonder, cosmology and condiments. Their website says:

Our very own Glenn Starkman, cosmologist and asker of the Big Questions about our universe, (and also the Director of ISO), will give a talk about The State of The Universe, and what we know today about this little part of space-time we occupy. Patrick Amon’s Talk about Assessing Risk will be moved to a later date.

These regular talks are a great way to connect with the latest science and have a really fun meal at The Happy Dog, Cleveland’s best dog shop. Talks feature a compelling topic and friendly people. This talk is Tuesday, March 27 from 7:30 PM to 9 PM at The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

Are You Ready Player One?

51Fk8SWwlLL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_OK, the much anticipated Steven Spielberg film, based on the novel by Ernest Cline, opens Wednesday, March 28 in Cleveland. (We will be at the 7:30 p.m. show at Richmond Towne Square. Message us to meetup (movies@celestialattic.com.) (Buy your tickets to see ‘Ready Player One’ at Fandango and receive a Free Poster!) You might take this opportunity to pick up The Art of Ready Player One by Insight Editions or Cline’s other novel, Armada. Will this movie live up to the novel? Well, there are already notable differences from the original. Just google it, there are a fanalanche of posts and videos about it. If you have not read the book, DON’T at this point. Enjoy the film and then treat yourself to the expanded world of the book, Ready Player One.

Here is a peek:

April Fools?

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Nobody really knows how April Fools Day started. Today is the tradition date of the Greco-Roman festival of Hilaria, which coincides with the vernal equinox. It may be the origin of April Fools day. In that spirit Cleveland, we encourage you to start planning your mayhem now. This will be the last year you can count on Big Fun in Coventry for your gag gift needs. Make the most of it.

No Kidding: We Have No Idea How April Fools’ Day Started

Get involved with the Cleveland Asian Festival!

18588665_10155215036018796_4556441555580011237_o-750x35013012655_10208760465024827_548483966476372362_n-750x350Have you made plans to attend the Cleveland Asian Festival, May 19-20 2018? Volunteers are needed and you can signup here, receiving a food voucher for every four hours of work. Its a great way to enjoy the festival from the inside. There will also be guided tours of Cleveland’s AsiaTown neighborhood Saturday and Sunday the weekend before memorial day. Discover another side of Cleveland.

 

Celestial Pick – “Weird Al” Yankovic

27908155_10159958116920032_4870104798874426893_oWhat’s the geekiest ticket in Cleveland this weekend, “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC: The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour – Special Guest Emo Philips, 8 pm at the Ohio Theatre. That is the Celestial Pick this weekend if you can get tickets. They run $69.50 – $79.50, VIP: $271.25, just click the link and pray.
From their website:
“Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. After his 2016 world tour, including venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, this is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with this legendary performer.
Weird Al’s most recent album Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the BillboardTop 200 chart. In 2018 he will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Can’t make that show? Our backup pick is the Storm’s Angels Carnival at St. John’s Ukrainian Church, 3038 Charleston Ave. Lorain, OH, Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm. This low-key carnival offers fun, food and prizes with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit, Storm’s Angels, an animal rescue and rehabilitation program for companion animals.
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Ctrl Alt Elite Gaming

While you are out that way, you might want to check out Ctrl Alt Elite Gaming at 5204 Detroit Rd, Elyria, OH 44035. CAEG specializes in card based games, Pokemon, Magic and the like, with lots of tournaments and a hoard of rare cards and supplies.

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Recess Games
Recess Games at 26636 Brookpark Road EXT, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Recess offers weekly gaming events, knowledgable staff and a rewards points system that encourages loyalty.

Are you ready for Artemis Armada IV?

627777583Space, the final frontier, and these are the voyages of a dedicated group of geeks, adventuring from their living rooms, dens and just about any place they can squeeze six computers. Armada, this April 6 to 8, is the yearly convention for the computer game Artemis, designed by local programmer and game designer, Thom Robertson.

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Artemis is an intense simulation of starship adventure with players manning the consoles of the weapons, navigation, science, communications and engineering stations, not to mention, the captains chair. Each year, crews from starships across the nation pack their ever-more-complex gaming rigs into the car and make their way to Cleveland for adventure, camaraderie and a battle royal. This year’s Armada theme is “The One With The Whales” and gamers will be attending workshops on making their bridges more complex, adding DMX effects, mission scripting and more. Some bridges are truly approaching cinematic quality. A $25 day pass is a great way to discover this game and experience the best on offer from its most dedicated crews. Got your own crew already? The $270 Crew Pass is the way to go, getting your entire crew in for the entire weekend. Armada will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Beachwood at 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. Learn more:

https://artemisspaceshipbridge.com/armada-2018