Arts & Entertainment

CIM stars will shine in free opera preview

The magnificent voices that captivated audiences at the Cleveland Institute of Music throughout its past season will perform excerpts from some of the world’s most popular operas on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has presented the FYI: Opera program free to the community for 26 years.

The March 28 program will preview CIM’s upcoming Spring Scenes presentation. CIM Opera’s artistic director, David Bamberger, said the Westlake performance will include portions of such well-beloved works as "La Bohème," "Don Giovanni," and "Porgy and Bess."

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.21.2017

BAYarts juried show winners unveiled

With nearly 300 pieces of art received, the BAYarts juried show was a popular choice for submissions this year. Judges Kristen Cliffel and Daniel Levin spent hours looking over each piece, seeing which would make it to inclusion. And the result is a spread of art in many mediums gracing the entire first floor of the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts.

Cliffel, a Cleveland Arts Prize winner, enjoyed the judging process. "Jurying an exhibition is always so exciting because you get to see such a breadth of work that is being produced, sometimes by artists you are familiar with but many times, by artists that you haven’t seen."

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.21.2017

Free essential oils talk at BAYarts March 18

For those seeking rewarding activities that are valuable in education, check out the newly launched BAYarts Storytellers series. They are a collection of free talks that highlight passionate speakers.

The initial session, March 18 at 10:30 a.m., will be "An Essential Journey" with Kimberly J. Go as she shares the story of her journey over the past 25 years of integrating essential oils into both her personal and professional lives. She brings a unique profile with more than 25 years' experience as a clinical counselor and school counselor.

Throughout the morning, Kim will talk about the safe use of essential oils and attendees will have the opportunity to experience them firsthand. The presentation will be both educational and anecdotal as she highlights the experiences she has had.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.07.2017

Rising star is 'easy to love'

When Dan Hoy performs he wraps his talented and natural performance with a genuine love for the music and presents it to his audience with obvious affection. The audience at Westlake Porter Public Library on Feb. 21 caught Hoy’s bouquet of talent and enthusiasm from his first note and responded with rapt attention and wholehearted applause. 

Hoy was featured in the “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital,” a program that has been sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council for the past five years. A third-year student in the prestigious BW Music Theatre, Hoy has an impressive performance record, which he validated to his audience.

From Hoy’s opening number, Sondheim’s "All I Need Is the Girl," an enjoyable evening was promised. His phrasing and interpretation of "If Ever I Would Leave You" by Rodgers & Hammerstein was excellent. He sang "Maria" from "West Side Story" with great feeling and Porter’s "Easy to Love" with a smooth ease. His rendition of "Why God, Why?" from "Miss Saigon" was terrific. Hoy’s program included varying tempos including "Jailhouse Rock," one of Elvis’s signature hits, which spotlighted the abilities of Alyssa Thompson, his talented piano accompanist. Thompson is a BW senior studying music direction in the Music Theatre program.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.07.2017

BAYarts gallery exhibit: Liz Maugans is watching you

People-watching has long been a popular past time, likely even practiced in the earliest civilizations. It's a current activity of Bay Village artist Liz Maugans, who has has taken to cataloging those she's sharing space with in public arenas. Spinning her theories and fleshing out scenarios, Maugans gives life to these otherwise throwaway moments in her exhibition: "The City Pool & People at Church."

The key, it seems, is about the artist and subjects being in a state of organic loosening of both mind and body. "It is a hodge podge of moments in my life where I am actually calm," said Maugans. "These drawing opportunities are most exciting to me because people don't know they are being observed. The subjects I am drawing are also relaxed and in repose and this is an optimal situation for quick drawing like this."

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.07.2017

Non-traditional string quartet to perform in Rocky River

Carpe Diem is not your ordinary string quartet! This boundary-breaking ensemble will present the fifth concert in the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 58th season on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically glorious sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Members of the quartet are Charles Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola; and Carol Ou, cello.  

Carpe Diem’s programming reflects its passion for not only traditional quartet repertoire, but also for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet champions, with fervor, the music of living composers. It has commissioned, premiered, and performed works by a broad spectrum of composers including Frank Bennett, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Gunther Schuller and quartet member, Korine Fujiwara. In its March 20 concert, Carpe Diem will perform Ms. Fujiwara’s fiddle suite "Montana," along with Russian composer Sergei Taneyev’s Quartet No. 9 in A major, and Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” in C minor.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.07.2017

Annual Green & White Revue returns March 24, 25

The Westlake High School PTSA proudly presents the 32nd Annual Green & White Revue on March 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The emcees for this year’s show are Emily Schordock, Jeremy Schwochow and Jeremy McCabe.

The talent and variety show will feature talents of all kinds from Westlake schools students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school.  Some of this year’s acts include vocal, dance, folk & rock bands and comedy. This is a one of a kind show for the city of Westlake!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

Bay alumni invited to participate in bowling competition

Bowling is fun in your spare time! All Bay alumni as well as friends and family of alumni are welcome to join in the fun!

Bay Alumni Madness will be a light-hearted bowling competition event among Bay High graduation classes and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Lanes. Bowl with classmates, friends or family. Knock down pins for your class or your friend's or family member's class. The class with most pins wins! The class raising the most funds will hold the King Pins title for the year.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

Community theater almost ready for 'Almost, Maine'

The good news is that not only is the Bay Village Community Theater going to transform Parkside Hall at St. Barnabas into the fictitious town of “Almost, Maine,” but they will do it without breaking the bank. With the help of The Interlake Steamship Company, The Bay Village Foundation, supportive local businesses and some generous individuals it looks like we will open our doors and be in the black and not the red.

Now the last task is to find 500 residents of the community who wouldn't mind being absolutely delighted for an evening. If you know someone who can use a night out, likes a good laugh and doesn't mind being surprised – direct them to baytheater.yapsody.com to purchase a ticket to see “Almost, Maine.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017

Call for entries: BAYarts' 2017 juried show

Professional and amateur artists, 18 years and older, are once again invited to submit work to BAYarts' juried show that occurs this March.

This year, Kristen Cliffel and Daniel Levin get the honor of selecting the work. Juried awards are given out, as are cash prizes.

Judge Kristen Cliffel is a ceramic sculptor, who has work in many public and private collections, including, University Hospitals, Metro General Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Hahn, Loeser and Parks LLP. With residencies both in and out of the United States, Cliffel enjoys seeing work from artists of every sort. "I look forward to seeing all of the amazing work that is being created in this region. Jurying an exhibition is always so exciting because you get to see such a breadth of work that is being produced, sometimes by artists you are familiar with but many times, by artists that you haven’t seen."

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017

Dispel winter gray: catch 'Rising Stars'

For the fifth year, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre in Recital.” This year’s musical program takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and features the talents of two Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre students.

The vocal and dancing talents of Dan Hoy will be showcased by the piano accompaniment of Alyssa Thompson. Hoy is a third-year Music Theatre student. His performance credits include "West Side Story," "Saturday Night Fever", "A Chorus Line," "Pippin" and "Cabaret." He was the featured dancer with NBC in the 85th and 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.07.2017

Two free concerts to feature Cleveland Orchestra brass trio

After presenting the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in October and Les Délices in November, Rocky River Chamber Music Society returns in February with not one, but two concerts! Both will feature The Cleveland Orchestra’s second-chair brass players – an ensemble with the playful title, “Factory Seconds Brass Trio.” Both concerts will take place in the outstanding acoustical environment of the sanctuary at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River. 

The Society's first concert in 2017 will be its biennial children's concert to be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m.  This interactive children’s concert with Factory Seconds Brass Trio will highlight French composer Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone," and will also include storytelling, audience participation and artwork. This 45-minute concert is appropriate for ages 3 and up.  

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.07.2017

BAYarts nods to Woody Allen film

On Friday, Feb. 3, BAYarts will once again host two opening receptions for two art exhibitions: "Interiors" (featuring work inspired by the Woody Allen film of the same name), and a student show for oil and acrylic paint.

Inside the BAYarts Sullivan Family gallery, "Interiors" will display a show of women artists curated by Karen Petkovic, artistic director of BAYarts. The artists participating in the show were asked to interpret the same theme loosely based on the idea that the physical environment we create for ourselves is representative of one's own psychological interior. Petkovic was initially inspired by the set design in Allen's 1978 film. The film is known for the way the apartments and homes mirror the emotional limitations of the characters, which is what Petkovic honed in on for the exhibition.

"Initially when I started thinking about the show two years ago, it was in a very narrow way – based on what I was going through and the work I was starting at that time. I had some life changes and realized that the inside of my home had evolved to represent those changes. Once I invited the participating artists to interpret the theme I was struck by the diverse way they interpreted it. The work in the show will showcase the unique approach each artist took in a number of mediums including installation work."

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.24.2017

Buzz building for 'Almost, Maine' production

There has been a flurry of activity around Bay Village Community Theater's first full-length theatrical production “Almost, Maine.” Rehearsals, set building, advertising, fundraising are all happening concurrently.

The show will be directed by Chris Bizub, a Program Reservationist at French Creek Theatre who received a bachelor's degree in theatre from Baldwin Wallace College in 2009, and is working to complete a master's in arts administration from the University of Akron. An avid movie enthusiast, Chris owns 1,500+ DVDs and spends much of his free time acting and directing in the Cleveland/Akron area. Chris is currently appearing in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” under the direction of Fred Sternfeld.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.24.2017

Bay Village Community Theater seeking donations, sponsors for first play

Chosen as the first full production of the Bay Village Community Theater, "Almost, Maine" offers a lot for our organization to be excited about. It consistently sells out and in 2014 was the most-produced play in North American high schools for the third time in the last five years.

The New York Times called it "a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) ... [and] a touch of good-natured magic realism.”

Almost, Maine, is a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States – it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of the town will never be the same. Almost, Maine: It’s love. But not quite.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.10.2017

BAYarts SOUPer Bowl to benefit programming

The latest BAYarts benefit will keep you well fed. For those unfamiliar with what a SOUPer Bowl is, it's just as it sounds.

For a $10 ticket, visitors get a drink, crusty bread from Breadsmith of Lakewood, a handmade bowl (crafted in the BAYarts ceramic department) and, of course, soups. The event will be a bit of a soup cook-off, with caterers, private chefs and restaurants all offering their best recipes. Votes will be tallied as the day progresses. Want to prove your soup is a winner? Email Pam Mills, pam@bayarts.net, to get involved. 

Tickets for the Feb. 4 event are expected to sell out, and can be purchased by calling 440-871-6543 or online by visiting the bayarts.net "upcoming events" page. The event will be open between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with an ability for ticketholders to stop by any time during that span.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.10.2017

Conclusion drawn: artists' workshop a total success

The return of a respected artist to Westlake High School on Dec. 8 was “bread cast upon the waters.” And for Martin O’Connor his return to the place where his talents were honed proved to be a satisfying and rewarding experience.

Several weeks ago, Jean Driggs, Westlake Westshore Arts Council president, contacted WHS art teacher Kelly Atkinson to propose that a visiting artist spend a day with art students. Following some discussion and meetings, the WWAC proposal was accepted and O’Connor, a 1990 WHS graduate, was commissioned to conduct the day-long workshop. 

Art students recognized to have exceptional abilities were invited to participate and 27 students, from all four grade levels, enrolled for the day-long workshop.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.13.2016

BAYarts spotlights watercolor in January

BAYarts will start the new year off with an adult student exhibition from the watercolor classes of Bernie D'Ettorre. It will have an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 6, from 7-9 p.m., and run until Jan. 28.

D'Ettorre was once taught by Diane Boldman, for whom the BAYarts Education gallery is named. As a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, D'Ettorre has won several awards at all levels that include the "Best of Show" ranking.

She began teaching at BAYarts around 2010, and this show will feature her intermediate/advanced students. No specific theme will be employed. Instead, D'Ettorre says they will choose their best pieces of work from a number of subjects.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.13.2016

WordStage to perform at Westlake Porter Public Library

"Thy breath be rude," William Shakespeare famously told winter in "As You Like It," invoking a common complaint about the season: winter is cold, windy, bleak and awful. Five centuries later, poets have much the same complaints. WordStage celebrates the season with a performance of Winter Words on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

WordStage Literary Concerts is dedicated to the presentation of works with special literary, historical and musical merit, employing professional local artists whose talents will illuminate the texts and music of some of the most fascinating and remarkable figures in the realms of history and the performing arts. Using letters, diaries, recorded conversations and contemporary chronicles, underscored with musical compositions of the era, a WordStage performance entertains, informs and educates audiences who love literature, the humanities and the performing arts in their purest form.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.13.2016

BVCT ends staged readings with Christmas theme, announces March show

Bay Village Community Theater is ending its 2016 "All the World's A Stage[d Reading]" series on a holiday note. BVCT will be performing two readings that will bring audiences back to simpler times: Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

We will be reading both pieces at Mojo's Coffee and More, 600 Dover Center Road, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Admission is free. We will also be reading at O'Neill Healthcare's Main Lounge, 605 Bradley Road. "A Christmas Memory" will be read on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. "A Child's Christmas in Wales" will be read on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Admission is also free and the general public is encouraged to attend the readings at O'Neill. Free tickets to all readings are available online at baytheater.yapsody.com.

We plan to continue the staged reading series in 2017; we will be announcing a partial list of performances by the end of the year.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.29.2016

BAYarts Holiday Shop opens for the season

The annual and much-anticipated BAYarts Holiday Shop kicks off the season with an open house weekend on Nov. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Alongside the usual shop offerings, BAYarts has expanded the experience with their "Deck the Walls" gallery experience of affordable art on display that can be purchased right off the walls. And as always, there will also be the Fuller Coffee Kiosk serving handmade pastries and warm drinks, including the special Hot Chocolate bar. 

Vibrant new shop manager Linda Goik is bringing many new artists into the shop, as well as including the traditional favorites. Look for: Toot Sweet Soap Shack's natural sugar scrubs, stuffed animals by Whimsy Folk, original watercolor illustration by Angela Oster, beaded earrings by Arts Paradis, wooden home decor pieces by The Crafty Buggar, photography by Al Fuchs and Larry Kasperak, and printed goods by Fourfishink.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:43 AM, 11.15.2016

Ohio Views at BAYarts

BAYarts is hosting a closing reception for the Christopher Leeper and Dan Knepper's exhibition, titled "Ohio Views: Light & Shadow." From sky-filled vistas of western Ohio to the rolling hills and woodlands of the Northeast, this exhibit highlights the bond of friendship, plein air painting and the diversity of the Ohio landscape.

Join us for the reception on Friday, Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m. at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.01.2016

Two melodic courses served to FYI: Opera audience

The expectations of regular FYI: Opera attendees are consistently met and exceeded by the expertise and depth of talent showcased by the Cleveland Institute of Music. But a double serving of lyrical dessert was served to the audience at Westlake Porter Public Library when the Westlake Westshore Arts Council presented its Oct. 4 program.

CIM Opera artistic director David Bamberger announced the first half of the program would be a “Song Fest of Favorites” followed by a preview of the CIM’s upcoming production of two one-act operas.

The audience was quickly captivated by the commanding performances of the “Song Fest,” which included four arias from four of opera’s greatest hits. Merav Eldan, mezzo-soprano, sang Stephano’s aria from Gounod’s "Romeo and Juliet"; Soprano Renée Richardson brought Puccini’s "Turandot" to life; Jennifer Robble, soprano, sang the aria of Oscar, the page from the Verdi’s "A Masked Ball"; and Xiaoyang Zhang, baritone, ended the Song Fest with an aria from Donizetti’s "Don Pasquale," a perfect antidote to tragic opera. The fifth voice, Carmen Michael LoPresti, a tenor, sang a 1932 composition by American composer Earnest Charles titled "My Lady Walks in Loveliness."

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.18.2016

Halloween characters

I didn’t realize some years ago when I made our Halloween pumpkin Batman’s head that I was taking on a new hobby and an annual tradition. Lincoln’s head followed, and then over the next years, the Joker, Spiderman, a Ghost and others. Making "Toy Story’s" Woody required a full body, beginning a new stage of my creations.

SpongeBob SquarePants showed up the following year. After him, I regretted the decomposition of my figures and switched to using artificial pumpkins so they could be saved. SpongeBob was converted and became the first of permanent figures that followed.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.18.2016

BAYarts and BVECPTA connect again

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA kicked off their season with a meeting at BAYarts. This marked the second year the BVECPTA attended the arts campus as a group event.

For the evening, BAYarts programming director Erin Stack hosted a presentation that included information about the art options for preschool-aged children. Other BAYarts preschool teachers were also on hand to meet with the parents.

After the introductions and presentations were delivered to the 30 mothers of the BVECPTA in attendance, wine, cheese and s'mores were available at the outside bonfires.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.18.2016

BAYarts delivers environmental monsters exhibit

Venerated Cleveland artists Laura and Gary Dumm will be showing an exhibition at BAYarts this October, titled "Here There Be Monsters." Within the series of acrylic paintings, film villains meet current environmental concerns for an apt collaboration.

Humans are set up to embody the classic roles such as Frankenstein's monster, the Creature (from the Black Lagoon) and Dr. Jekyll with Mr. Hyde. The destruction being wreaked includes genetic engineering, animal extinctions caused by compromised habitats, and (of course) the monumental concern of climate change.

The piece "Frankenstein's Bride" is featured in "Scream of the Butterflies," which won Best of Show in BAYarts' Annual Juried Show of 2016. And the Bay Village campus is well suited to the environmental matters at hand.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:05 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake PAC to feature music for Halloween

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra is performing a concert of music for Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 9, 3:00 p.m., in the Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The concert features music by Dukas, Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Berlioz and Grieg, with pieces that are scary and entertaining. A highlight will be music from the films "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Harry Potter." 

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:06 AM, 10.04.2016

Choir members needed

The TrueNorth Chorale is welcoming new members this fall. This auditioned chamber choir performs a variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary. Our three primary concerts of the year are Christmas, Lent and Patriotic with a number of community outreach concerts as well.

Rehearsals take place at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road on Sunday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:02 AM, 10.04.2016

Oct. 4 FYI: Opera previews works of tears, farce

Works of two Italian born composers, whose lives slightly overlapped, will be center stage when David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, brings talented voices to the FYI: Opera program on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.  

The focus of this FYI: Opera program, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, are two one-act operas to be performed by CIM Opera at its November season opening. From these operas, "Suor Angelica" (“Sister Angelica”) by Giacomo Puccini and "Amelia Al Ballo" (“Amelia Goes to the Ball”) by Gian Carlo Menotti, selected arias will be performed on Oct. 4.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.20.2016

Porter Library to host Hitchcock lecture

Good evening. We are pleased to welcome local historian Bill Rafalski to Westlake Library for an engaging presentation on the director and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. From the chilling violin screech in "Psycho" and the flapping wings of "The Birds," to his classic voice and presence, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most iconic names in film.  

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.20.2016

Folk music at Porter Library

Andy and Judy Daigle are coming to Westlake Library! We are very excited to join this folk-duo for an afternoon of music and fun on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Andy and Judy have been peforming together since 2009, and make regular appearances at libraries, coffeeshops, and concert venues. They have been featured artists, openers and headliners blending popular folk covers with their growing list of original songs.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.20.2016

Record crowd attends COFA awards celebration

Westlake Porter Public Library’s Porter Room overflowed with an appreciative audience for the meet-the-artists reception and awards ceremony that climaxed the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s 17th annual Community of Fine Arts Show. The Aug. 27 event combined lively socializing and the presentation of prizes with tempting desserts and a musical background.

The 2016 COFA, a juried art show, displayed 110 original, one-of-a-kind art works, submitted by 61 artists. Cash awards were presented to first and second place winners, judged in four categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Ink, Charcoal, Pastel Drawings, Etchings, Wood Block Prints; and Photography.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.07.2016

BAYarts hosting Ohio Plein Art Society sale

The Ohio Plein Air Society’s (OPAS) Annual Competition will take place in Cuyahoga County on the weekend of Sept. 23. The event will draw over 75 Ohio artists painting outdoors anywhere within the county.  

This year, the OPAS is collaborating with BAYarts. Community members are invited to see judging and a painting sale at the BAYarts campus on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First, from 10:30-12:30, artists will take part in a "QuickPaint" challenge, where they complete a painting within the two hours. There is then a contest (judged by nationally recognised artist Ken DeWaard of Viroqua, Wisconsin) of one painting per artist, with an award ceremony at 1 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.07.2016

Bravo to community theater group!

What a great idea! A new theater group is offering free live theater readings of short classic plays at various Bay Village outlets. In August, the members began offering readings of plays that are in the public domain and therefore can be offered free. So far three excellent readings have taken place to full-house audiences.

Patrick Meehan, a trustee of the Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater, said, “Our 'All the World’s A Stage[d Reading]' series monthly live readings began at the generous invitation of Mojo’s Coffee House; and now include a second venue, O’Neill Healthcare on Bradley Road. Manager John O’Neill has also offered free space for auditions and rehearsals.”

On Saturday, Aug. 27, I attended, and truly enjoyed, the excellent reading of Eugene O'Neill’s “A Wife for a Life” at O’Neill Healthcare's newly renovated facility.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:04 AM, 09.07.2016

BAYarts presents Mary Ann Sedivy's 'Intuitive Variations'

Not willing to surrender to a rusty routine, artist Mary Ann Sedivy has titled her BAYarts gallery exhibition, "Intuitive Variations." Though Sedivy usually paints landscapes in oil paints, she shook that around for this collection by making room for a new technique in her arsenal.

It was a new class that gave way to the shift, says Sedivy. "A few years ago I took a workshop which introduced me to the process of painting with acrylic on paper while layering in collage media. Usually I paint landscapes in oils. Since taking the workshop, while still pursuing landscape painting, I’ve continued playing with acrylic painting on paper." The playful feeling comes across in the exhibition, which is housed in the BAYarts' Diane Boldman Education Gallery. And though seeped in abstract forms, there's still a semblance of landscape to the pieces.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.16.2016

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival stages delightful summer performance at Cahoon Park

Actors from the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival performed "The Tempest" on Friday, Aug. 5, at Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park. The park was an idyllic setting for the magnificent, free outdoor theater performance. All summer long, the theater troupe has been staging Shakespeare’s plays around the Greater Cleveland area and Bay Village residents were graced to have the talented actors perform here.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

Community theater finds a venue at health care facility

The Bay Village Community Theater is a non-profit group that formed after the closing of the Huntington Playhouse in order to preserve community theater in Bay and the surrounding communities.

O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village has offered them a “home” to practice and produce staged readings and other performance art. The troupe will be performing their first production, a staged reading on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. and 6 pm.  The production, “A Wife for a Life,” is a Eugene O'Neil classic written in 1913 and tells the tale of two miners who have struck pay dirt. Complications ensue as they both love the same woman.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:13 AM, 08.02.2016

COFA overflows with art

Forty-six artists, amateur and professional, had their works accepted for judging and display at the 17th annual Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. COFA is open for public viewing now through Aug. 27 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours. The 119 original works are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show.

A "Meet the Artists" reception is planned on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., to provide an opportunity for the public to meet and speak with the people who created the works on display.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:08 AM, 08.02.2016

BAYarts hosting free opera concert

"Many people are quick to dismiss classical music, particularly opera, as archaic and irrelevant." This is what Megan Thompson, executive director of the Great Lakes Light Opera (GLLO), admits when she's asked about the general public's outlook on traditional art forms. Make no bones about it, opera can be a hard sell. But that's why GLLO works to improve this relationship. And Thompson is not yet discouraged.

"What I've noticed in my experience as a singer, teacher and director is that this dismissal is usually a result of lack of exposure and understanding. You can very quickly engage a teenager in opera simply by pointing out that many are filled with revenge, sex and murder. Once the barrier is removed and a basic understanding takes hold, it's easier to appreciate the beauty of the delivery."

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:10 AM, 08.02.2016

Huntington Playhouse Stories: The future of Bay's playhouse is unclear

It is a distinct possibility that the Huntington Playhouse may never have another opening night.

Almost a year ago the Cleveland Metroparks announced they would not renew the lease on the Huntington Playhouse. Since then, the last show of the season had been cancelled and most anything of value had been sold off or otherwise disposed of. What's left is the shell of a building full of moldy costumes, standing water and what appears to be a long list of repairs. Even the main curtain is gone.

The Huntington Playhouse building itself is the property of the Cleveland Metroparks and, until last year, was operated by an affiliate. Affiliates are non-profit organizations that are supported, but not operationally funded, by Cleveland Metroparks. These non-profits must be financially stable on their own and usually raise money a variety of ways. BAYarts and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center are two examples of the dozen or so affiliates that operate within the Metroparks.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:06 AM, 08.02.2016