Monday, May 24, 2010

teach me tiger

The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre.
D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) poet, novelist and essayist

although we were home this weekend, it felt as if we were on holiday with all the special activities that we took in. saturday the first special event f and I checked out was the "1st annual cleveland asian festival" - am I alone, or do others think it's somewhat cheeky to call something the 1st annual? actually, what really surprises me is that this year was the first year cleveland has held an asian festival. the city has a rich and established asian community so I wonder why it took so long for an asian festival to get organized! well, regardless, the festival was definitely a good time; I look forward to incorporating attending future festivals into my annual rites of spring in all the years to come!

for several years the st. clair superior development organization has sponsored an annual public art project celebrating the chinese lunar calendar. this year is the year of the tiger--- the year of the tiger began on the 14th of february 2010 and will end on the 2nd of february 2011; just this past week cleveland's tigers were unveiled and installed in various locations around the city. since the year of the tiger is a big deal in my house - my f was born in the year of a tiger - we went on a tiger prowl this weekend, my goal was to "capture" all the tigers. the asian festival made finding the tigers easy as ten of the twenty-five tigers were grouped together at the festival site. on saturday and sunday I found the rest of the tigers (with the exception of the tiger that is missing from its location - the ohio technical college). and yes, if you are curious about this public art project, you can see my snaps just check out my flickr set here (by the way, information as to the name of the sculpture and the artist can be found if you click on "show info" )

after saturday's tiger hunt, the cat theme continued and f and I went and checked out another possibly 1st annual event - this one was held in the collinwood neighborhood and was a benefit to help the feral cats in north collinwood. debbie gulyas, co-owner of blue arrow records and some of her cat-caring friends organized an evening to help the cats with a reception, 'chinese raffle' and a series of concerts by local bands.

this was also the weekend for the hessler street fair - another good time and this year was the 41st year for this community art and music festival.

april stevens sings her 1959 hit teach me tiger. the song caused quite an uproar when it came out considering its sexual suggestiveness; consequently the song had limited airplay with many radio stations refusing to play it all together.

photos: top tiger 'green ti-gore" created by joann depolo, the sponsor for this tiger is st. martin de porres high school; insert - at the reception and raffle from the cats of collinwood


Roy said...

Wow! That's a pretty hot song, especially its delivery, even now, but I can imagine the storm it must have caused in 1959. Move over Marilyn Monroe!

Sound like you had a fun weekend.

Alan Burnett said...

Lovely images, fascinating descriptions. For some reason your post made me go and look up on the atlas where on earth Cleveland (and indeed Lakeside) are. You have no idea what a disadvantage it can be having only a cursory knowledge of American geography.

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Betsy Brock said...

Interesting 'earth' eyes on that big green tiger!

Betty said...

Funny how a song that was banned by some radio stations then, just comes across as funny now. Times have changed.

Meri said...

Wonder how many of Mr. Woods' mistresses sang that song to him?

Watson said...

Loved that tiger, mouse! I was born in the year of the tiger...I won't say which one! The song is hilarious!

Glad you had a good time!

Baino said...

Sounds like fun. Interesting though what constitutes "Asian". Here we regard mainly the Chinese and south eastern nations as Asian. In Europe they also include India and Pakistan and surrounds. I' with Alan, had to brush up on my US geography! Looks like fun. No photo walks for me this week, it's uncharacteristically pouring!