Bridging History

The Detroit-Superior Bridge’s lower level, where streetcars ran until 1954, has fascinated James Levin ever since he sneaked in as a teen. Now the Ingenuity Festival presents the Bridge Project Sept. 25 and 26. “It’s a showcase of this space,” Levin says, “enhanced by performances, exhibits and installations.” Here are our reasons to go.

1. secret sights The bridge’s mesmerizing symmetrical archways, framing river-valley and downtown views, are works of art in themselves, while the haunting subway station’s “nooks, crannies, tunnels and inner chambers” are perfect for “art exploration,” says Levin.

2. beer and outbursts Under West 25th on Friday night, the design group PechaKucha Cleveland will show off the work of architects, planners and fashion designers. Each presenter shows 20 slides and can only talk for 20 seconds per slide. “It’s very interactive: The audience yells, ‘This sucks,’ ‘This is great,’ ” says Levin. “There’s usually beer involved.”

3. local flavor The subway’s interesting nooks and crannies will become video and audio installation chambers, Levin says. A highlight: Sometimes City, a voyage through Cleveland neighborhoods by Akron native Tom Jarmusch (brother of indie-film director Jim Jarmusch).

4. risky business Street circus performer Aaron Bonk will entertain with acts just short of death-defying. “It involves stilts and a moving sculpture,” says Levin. The stilts are, wisely, shorter than the bridge’s high ceiling.
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