December 13, 2013 | 6-10pm
Lolly the Trolly will be available around Tremont from 7-10:30pm
December 21, 2013 | 3pm
A monthly ukulele meet-up group. Open to beginners AND experts who enjoy playing the ukulele.
December 24, 2013 | 6-8pm
The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side every fourth Thursday of the month. Poets of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to bring a work-in-progress and receive recommendations for improving it. Our goal is friendly, yet serious critiques by emerging and experienced writers. Improvement of craft through reading, writing, and workshopping with Instructors Claire McMahon and a guest host.
Claire McMahon has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and a Ph.D. in 20th Cent. American & British Poetry from Kent State University. She is co-editor of MoonLit poetry journal (Drag City Press, Chicago) and the author of a book of poems entitled, Emergency Contact (Van Zeno Press, Cleveland). She has taught English writing courses locally at Lake Erie College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Chancellor University. Currently, Claire is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Bowling Green University’s Firelands campus.
January 1, 2014 | 6-8pm
** THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR **
Internationally lauded for its heroic role chronicling the death, destruction and public ineptitude during and after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, The Times-Picayune's unofficial rallying cry became "We publish come hell and high water." Despite plummeting circulation and ad revenues after the storm and during the Great Recession, the newspaper remained profitable and boasted the country's highest readership in a city its size.
But New Orleans in 2012 faced "Katrina without the water," as one veteran reporter described it, when the newspaper's owner, New York media conglomerate Advance Publications, put the then-175-year-old The Times-Picayune at the center of a risky experiment in American newspaper journalism. It would become a three-day-a-week publication and instead shift focus and resources to its much derided website, making New Orleans the largest U.S. city without a daily newspaper. Advance and the newspaper's brass then proceeded to slash its veteran newsroom in a mass layoff, antagonize much of the city and state, and ultimately jeopardize The Times-Picayune's vaunted reputation.
This is the story of the eclectic mix of uptown elites, the owner of the New Orleans Saints NFL team, raucous community activists, and newspaper employees and alumni around the country who waged a vociferous grassroots battle to save the daily paper. In a seemingly quixotic twist, they have been joined by a billionaire New Orleans businessman who is financing the type of ferocious newspaper war the region hasn't seen in decades.
It is also the saga of Advance Publications and its controlling billionaire Newhouse family, which began their "forced march to digital," as one newspaper analyst described it, with their eight small newspapers in Michigan, and now have continued it at larger newspapers stretching from Portland, Oregon, to Mobile, Alabama. As newspaper owners ranging from investor Warren Buffett to the nation's largest newspaper chain, the Gannett Company, reject Advance's "digital first" strategy, the future of print newspaper journalism remains uncertain. Author Rebecca Theim examines the upheaval and trials at The Times-Picayune and other Advance newspapers in the context of the rapid-fire digital age, and documents a pivotal event in the newspaper's--and the industry's--history
Rebecca Theim is a former staff writer with The Times-Picayune and the Tribune Company's South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and freelanced extensively for The Chicago Tribune. Following a 15-year career in corporate publication relations after her departure from the newspaper business, Theim in the spring of 2012 became involved in the ultimately unsuccessful effort to save daily publication of The Times-Picayune. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book