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As human beings, living in this so-called free and secular nation, we have the ability and the right to question, examine and dissect all things religious, all things political, all things philosophical, all things cultural, even all things scientific.

Any attempts to silence freethought will only make us think louder!

Upcoming events (5+)

42nd Annual FFRF Convention 2019

Monona Terrace

You’re invited to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation at our 42nd annual national convention on the weekend of Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, in Madison, Wis. As always, it will be a weekend of great speakers, awesome people, good food, irreverent music and a chance to recharge your secular and freethinking battery. You won’t want to miss it! Please make your hotel reservations early to avoid disappointment. Click the links below for more information: Speakers https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/2019-convention/2019-speakers Hotel reservations: https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/2019-convention/2019-hotel Convention site General schedule https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/2019-convention/2019-schedule Menu https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/2019-convention/2019-menu Freethought Hall reception

Oddmall: Hallowondrous

Lakewood Masonic Temple

https://www.oddmall.info/hallowondrous/ WHAT: It’s the HALLOWEEN edition of Oddmall. Dozens upon dozens of fantastic artists and vendors mob the scene at Lakewood’s lovely Masonic Temple. There’s live entertainment, trick or treating, some really incredible artists, monsters, makeup and way, way more. WHEN: October 19-20, 2019 WHEN WHEN: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. WHERE: Lakewood Masonic Temple – 15300 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107 HOW MUCH: Free to get in. Five dollars to leave. Nah, I’m just playing with you. It’s free (but we do appreciate and depend on your donations). HOW: Maybe ride a broomstick or that awesome car the Munsters drove around in. HUH: Vendor information can be found here. WHY: Seriously? It’s Oddmall and Halloween. Do you even need a reason? TRICK OR TREAT! All the little whippersnappers, sprites, urchins, and chillunzes should come in costume and get there Trick or Treat on a bit early this year. Vendors are encouraged to keep a bowl of something tasty or interesting to hand out. Trick or treating takes place all day both days. Just wear a costume and say the magic words. You know what to do… HALLOWEEN STUFF! Not sure what yet, we’re still in the planning stages, but there will be some very cool Halloween jazz happening at the show. Hallowondrous Entertainment Schedule Saturday 11pm-TBD 12pm- TBD 1pm- Shuvani Dance Studio 2pm- Electric Violin Wunder Justin Curry 3pm- Cosplay Contest 4pm- TBD 5pm- TBD Sunday 11am-TBD 12pm-TBD 1pm-TBD 2pm- Electric Violin Wunder Justin Curry 3pm- Cosplay Contest 4pm-TBD

Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala

P.F. Chang's

It's on a THURSDAY this month! Gals and Guys come on out to "think freely" while eating good food, catching up with friends and meeting new ones! This is a monthly Meetup, held primarily on the last Thursday or Friday of each month, but the day might change some months. RSVP by: Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm MENU: https://www.pfchangs.com/menu?storeid=8100 PARKING: in parking lot I will be getting there at about 6:45pm, so feel free to come early too if you like. Reservation will be under my name and "Cleveland Freethinkers." Hope to see you there! Suzy Wernet

Buckland Museum of Witchcraft: William Mortensen exhibit

Admission starts at $7 per adult, kids 3-12 $5, seniors 60 + $6. "The Mortensen photos depict a supernatural world rarely seen, where witches not only exist in the shadow but radiate within the light. His genius techniques enhance reality, bringing to focus the liminal space that esoteric imagery needs for success." Born in 1897 in Park City, Utah, William Mortensen was a self taught photographic artist who along with the actress Fay Wray made his way to Hollywood in 1921. There he worked with such notable directors as Cecil B Demille, Tod Browning, John Griffith Wray and Ferdinand P. Earle as still photographer, and costume and mask maker. He was given a whole floor at the Western Costume Company to work in and used the resources the perpetuate his own art. His fascination with occult subject matter began when he saw the film "Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages", a 1922 Swedish-Danish documentary-style silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. William Mortensen's was highly sought after as a photographer in Hollywood until 1929, when a scandal involving his relationship with Fay Wray was the subject of an article in Motion Picture Magazine, he was forced to leave Hollywood and relocate his practice to Laguna Beach, where he open the Mortensen School of photography, and took the opportunity to develop his techniques of manipulated photography, publish a dozen books on various subjects of photographic techniques and philosophies, and attracted several thousand students from all over the world. Despite his successes, Mortensen was engaged in a public feud with Ansel Adams, who called him "The Anti-Christ", and as a result his acknowledgement as an artist was relegated to less than a footnote, and Mortensen sadly died frustrated and obscure in 1965. It is only in the past 15 years or so, since the advent of digital photography, that William Mortensen has been recognized as a seminal American artist, and in 2014 the late Adam Parfrey's Feral House published a book "William Mortensen: American Grotesque" which increased Mortensen's visibility by orders of magnitude, and William Mortensen now is recognized as a national treasure, the status he rightfully deserves. In 2018, William Mortensen's first solo exhibition outside of the USA was mounted in Tasmania at the Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania, attracting over 6,000 visitors over 10 days. Located in Cleveland’s historic Old Brooklyn neighborhood. 2155 Broadview Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109

Past events (925)

Irrational Ideas: To Accommodate, or Not?

Richmond Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library

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