Coventry summer music and movie series ends with tribute to Harvey Pekar

The Coventry neighborhood will honor the memory of writer Harvey Pekar on Thursday, Aug. 12 as part of the Party in the P.E.A.C.E. Park, a community picnic and the final event in this summer's Coventry Village Music & Movie Series.

The movie "American Splendor," based on Pekar's life and work, will screen, preceded by locally produced film and video trailers featuring Pekar. Some of his friends and collaborators will speak and provide anecdotes. There will be a table where community members can draw and write their own tribute to memory of Harvey Pekar. These will be posted in Coventry Village shop windows and on the website,

Pekar made Cleveland Heights and the Coventry neighborhood his home, and wrote about their characters and personalities (and a lot of other stuff) in his comic, American Splendor. The first issue came out in 1976 and the comics were published almost yearly through 2009.

The tribute is part of a larger event, sponsored by Coventry Village and FutureHeights, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park at the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road. The evening will feature music by Mo Mojo, an energetic zydeco jam band, and activities for the whole family.

Suzanne DeGaetano is the owner of Mac's Backs on Coventry and a friend of Harvey Pekar.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 8:53 AM, 07.26.2010