Why? Culture in Cleveland!

Our family has packed a ton of cultural activities into three days! We’ve hit some of the biggest cultural events happening in town right now. So, here’s what we’ve been up to…

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The three of us all went to see the incredible Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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The exhibition includes many of Kusama’s paintings and early work, as well as seven of her immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms.

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There is even a room called Where the Lights in My Heart Go, which is exclusive to the exhibition in Cleveland.

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Your time in each room is limited to 20-30 seconds, as the artist intended, which is just enough time to take it all in and snap a few pictures.

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The final room in the exhibition is the Obliteration Room. Each guest receives a sticker sheet and can add their own personal mark to the room. Jeffrey especially loved this hands-on part of the exhibition!

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Infinity Mirrors is truly an amazing sensory experience! The exhibition is at the Cleveland Museum of Art through September 30. Each Monday of the exhibition, the Museum releases a limited number of tickets at 9am. Click here for more details.

Hamilton: An American Musical

Matthew and I couldn’t wait to see one of the most talked about musicals in history: Hamilton: An American Musical.

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On the advice of pretty much everyone who has seen the show, we both listened to the wordy, complex, fast-paced soundtrack before seeing the performance. It definitely helped to keep us focused and let us absorb more of the sets, staging, and amazing choreography.

Without giving too much away, Hamilton is compelling, funny, heart wrenching, and thought provoking. We enjoyed every moment of the nearly three hour performance and will certainly be talking about it for weeks to come.

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It’s extraordinary that we have a performing arts center like Playhouse Square that could book a six-week run of this celebrated show! Hamilton is here through August 26. Every day, there is a lottery for 37 tickets to the show. You can get more details on how to enter here.

Asian Lantern Festival

We rounded out our cultural trifecta by taking Jeffrey to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Even though it was pouring, we still enjoyed the colorful, unique festival, although we got fewer pictures than we would have liked!

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The Asian Lantern Festival features 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, featuring everything from Asian animals to architecture.

 

There are also nightly performances of acrobatics and music, plus the chance to see the zoo creatures after hours.

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The Asian Lantern Festival takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through August 19. Tickets can be purchased here.

All of these cultural events made me think how lucky we are to live in a city with world-class cultural institutions that can attract world-renowned exhibitions and performances. Plus, so many of these incredible cultural happenings are great for the whole family! If you’re a Hamilton fan, you’ll understand why I say, “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now…in the greatest city in the world!”

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