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‘The Politician - A Toy’ Gets a Rehab

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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The Politician - A Toy
He’s one of Northeast Ohio’s biggest political figures: a sharp dresser… his hair glistens in the wind… and he recently got out of rehab, looking 15 years younger. You can see for yourself, the next time you’re in the vicinity of East 18th and Chester in downtown Cleveland. In 1994, satirical artist Billie Lawless began work on a mechanical sculpture that he called “The Politician - A Toy”. He designed this enormous political cartoon as a colorful children’s pull-toy, and it has prompted quizzical looks from passers by ever since.  But, after all those years in the rain… and the snow… and the sun, the Politician was starting to look a little shabby, so Lawless has now totally refurbished the piece.

Art Therapy Studio
It’s estimated that one in six of us will experience an episode of major depression sometime in our lives. Experts say that in ten years, depression will be the leading cause of disability - not just in the U.S. but around the world! Medication is the most common treatment for depression. Antidepressant drugs are now the most commonly prescribed class of medicine in the United States. There are other ways to treat depression, including psychotherapy and art therapy. Here in Northeast Ohio, the Art Therapy Studio of Cleveland has been using art to help people since 1967.

Images of America: Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Roots
By now, everyone knows the tale of how Disc Jockey Alan Freed coined the phrase “Rock and Roll,” forever linking Cleveland to the genre. And while Freed’s contributions may be the most widely known, there were a number of other noteworthy events that took place in Cleveland during the hey day of Rock and Roll. Many of which are now chronicled in the new book “Images of America, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots.”

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Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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