Celestial Picks – Interactive Fiction

What is the geekiest thing going in Cleveland this weekend? It would have to be the Interactive Fiction workshop panel at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts Saturday, May 26 from 11 am until 1 pm. Maelstrom is located at 5403 Detroit Road in Cleveland, Ohio, 44102, but don’t rush straight there, they request an RSVP via this link.

They say:

Dive into the twisting maze of interactive fiction design with this free workshop panel. We will discuss popular tools for writing Interactive Fiction, strategies for planning for branch narratives & multiple endings, and tips to avoid common pitfalls (aka how to not make your players/readers hate you)! Whether you are a coder, a writer, or a player who doesn’t want to be eaten by a grue, you’ll learn more about this fun and innovative genre that is more relevant than ever.

Panelists: Marie Vibbert, Mike Substelny, Steven Swiniarski
Moderator: Jeremy Paul

It’s FREE but, please RSVP for a free ticket at maelstromcollaborativearts.org/tickets

Hope to see you there!

All workshops at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts are free or offered on a sliding scale, and donations are always accepted and appreciated to help keep our Monthly Workshop Series strong. Upcoming topics include Intro to Illustration (June), Contact Improv (July) and Immersive Performance (September).


Looking for something else Saturday, possibly after the workshop? How about the sidewalk sale in Cleveland’s Larchmere neighborhood all day Saturday?

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The normally vibrant neighborhood is already brimming with delightful shops, wonderful antiques, unique restaurants, and one of the city’s best bookshops, Loganberry Books. Add to that dozens of local vendors, and you have quite the shopping experience. Sandy Clark once pulled a load of Britain’s Spacemen from a quarter box there. You too should own a hoard of wee little astronauts for a $2.75.


While you are there, eat at:

Barroco Arepa Bar & Concert Cafe
Eclectic & Vibrant atmosphere with Award Winning Menu
12718 Larchmere Blvd
Hours: Open daily 11:00AM
Live Music every Monday, Friday & Saturday 7PM


Where is Larchemere, they say:

The Larchmere district starts at East 120th Street and extends east to North Moreland – one block north of the Shaker Square shopping district.

Celestial Attic Podcast – May 23, 2018

Sidewalk Sale

512celestialatticWe have a couple of great Celestial Picks for this weekend, the Interactive Fiction workshop panel at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts  and the Larchmere Sidewalk Sale. Also, your Geek Calendar and more from local author Weston Kincaid, all on today’s Celestial Attic Podcast.

Interactive Fiction workshop panel at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts

Larchmere Sidewalk Sale

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Porco Rosso – Join us!


Ok, it is flying pig time. One of Sandy’s favorite films is Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso. We’ll be at Wednesday’s 7 pm showing at Richmond Towne Square, and probably meeting up for dinner at the food court ahead of time. Fathom events has listings for showing nationwide, perhaps near you. The film is showing as part of their Studio Ghibli film festival on Wednesday night at 7 pm. This is the DUBBED showing. Why should you see it? Action, adventure, romance, air pirates!

They say:

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a dazzling aerial adventure set in and above the scenic port towns of the Adriatic Sea.Porco Rosso is a world weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he infuriates a band of sky pirates with his heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a hotshot American rival, to get rid of him. But with the help of the teenage girl Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and sultry lounge singer named Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.

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