Arts & Entertainment

Janet Wade enhances fiber arts at BAYarts

There has been a resurgence of fiber-based classes in Bay Village the past two years. This is because Janet Wade has returned to BAYarts after living out of state for 20 years.

Wade began teaching at the arts center in 1980. "I taught at Baycrafters (now BAYarts) over a span of 15 years, from 1980 to 1995, and enjoyed it very much. Growing up in Bay Village, I took many classes at Baycrafters so it has always had a very special place in my heart and in my life."

In the late '90s her family moved to Missouri and stayed there for 20 years until moving back a few years ago. Now she is back as part of the BAYarts faculty.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.03.2018

BAYarts' Farm & Art Market expands to include dogs, cars

BAYarts has amped up the Farm & Art Market, going into its fourth year. There will be expanded theme nights running throughout the summer, every Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m.

More vendors will be in attendance, with local produce, cheese, jewelry, bread, massage, honey, ceramics, baked goods, salsa, garden goods and more. Staple favorites will be mixed with new faces.

Market manager Pam Mills says this will be the market's best year yet. "The idea is to shop local and eat local," she explains. "It's a real passion of mine. Thursday nights in Bay Village will be a destination for families to enjoy a variety of activities through the summer."

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.19.2018

Historian captivates audience with ancient masterpieces

Merging modern technology with the works of Michelangelo, historian Sean Crum captivated and enlightened his audience at Porter Library on June 11. Underlining the importance of his subject, Crum said if anyone is asked to name five famous artists, Michelangelo will usually be the first or second mentioned. He added that there has never been, before or since, an artist of the caliber of Michelangelo.

He provided his audience with a handout, “The Touch of Genius,” listing the 31 sculptures Crum discussed in his presentation. Outlining Michelangelo’s early fascination and talent for art, Crum said this brilliant artist was only 16 when he carved his first major sculptures and by 21 was invited to the Vatican in Rome, to produce sculptures. It was in Rome that Michelangelo created the "Pieta."

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.19.2018

Focus is on Michelangelo's sculpture

Art historian Sean Crum offers a discussion and slide presentation on Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, on the work and life of Michelangelo, frequently referred to as the greatest artist of all time. For a third year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring an art presentation by Crum, who readily captivates his audience, and encourages their participation in discussion.

Crum’s focus will be on the sculpture of this well-documented 16th century artist, who created two of his most heralded works ("Pieta" and "David") before he was 30 years old. Though Michelangelo considered painting a lesser form of art, his frescoes on the ceiling and altar of the Sistine Chapel are considered two of the most influential in the history of Western art.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.05.2018

BAYarts June gallery shows

The powerhouse names in the BAYarts galleries this month are Chris Benavides, Jim Osborne and Eileen Dorsey.

Artists and friends Chris Benavides and Jim Osborne will be displaying work in the Sullivan Family Gallery, with an exhibition titled "A New Season." The pair had long and fulfilling careers as illustrators for the American Greetings Corporation where they were co-workers. Now they are both exploring new and varied artistic pathways, distinct from their former lives in the world of commercial art. This collection of personal artwork aims to reflect on what a new season of their lives will bring.

Between the pair of them, they have amassed several accolades and gallery inclusions.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:10 AM, 06.05.2018

BAYarts receives Bay Village Foundation grant for summer 'stay-cation' events

The Bay Village Foundation has awarded BAYarts a grant to help keep its summer events – Farm and Art Market, Concert and Movie Series and Art & Music Festival – free and accessible to all. Over 10,000 people attend these events each year.

On their website, The Bay Village Foundation states that they are "interested in projects or programs that improve the quality of life in Bay Village." This is in line with the mission of the BAYarts summer events, which provide thousands of local residents with a fun "stay-cation" in their own backyard where they can enjoy arts-centered entertainment in a beautiful outdoor space across from Lake Erie.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.05.2018

BAYarts updates community on former playhouse

About 30 people attended an informational town hall meeting at BAYarts on May 9 to learn about progress and plans for the former Huntington Playhouse. Executive Director Nancy Heaton, board President Mary Conway Sullivan and board VP and manager of the project, Peter Winzig (all residents of Bay Village) talked about the history and future of the cultural arts campus. The meeting was held in the lobby of the playhouse and guests were able to peak into the old theater and stage, and see the work that needs to be done in order to reopen the doors.

Heaton introduced the discussion with a brief history of the arts organization, now in its 70th year. BAYarts and the former playhouse organizations are affiliates of Cleveland Metroparks, which means they have a collaborative relationship for construction projects and the footprint of the park.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.15.2018

Clague Playhouse barn sale returns June 9

Spring Cleaning time is here! Please remember to save all of your no longer wanted, gently used household items for Clague Playhouse's Annual Barn Sale. Our version of a rummage sale will be held Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will accept donations of tables, lamps, decor items, small appliances, lawn and garden equipment, furniture, pictures, kitchen and bath items, toys and games, books, crafts and sports equipment.  Please, no clothes.You may drop off items at the theater Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2, from 1-6 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 6, through Friday, June 8, from 1-8 p.m. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.15.2018

Bay Village Community Theater presents 'The Bear'

Russia’s well-known playwright Anton Chekhov may be most famous for his serious plays like “The Seagull,” but did you know that he also wrote hilarious one-act farces about life and love in Russia in the 1800s?

Bay Village Community Theater will perform Chekhov’s “The Bear: A Joke in One Act” as part of its “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series. There will be two performances: Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, 605 Bradley Road; and Sunday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Mojo’s Coffee and More, 600 Dover Center Road. The play features Tim Peebles, Michael Strama and Jessica Williams and is directed by Tim Jones.

Both performances are open to the public. Admission is free; donations for Bay Village Community Theater will be accepted at both performances.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

BAYarts presents annual ceramic exhibition: 'Body of Work'

May marks the return of the BAYarts annual ceramic exhibition. Moira Beale, head of BAYarts' ceramic department, curates the exhibition, which is in its 10th year. The theme this year is "Body of Work," inspired by the human form both literally and figuratively.

When it comes to the literal use of the exhibition name, Beale describes the elements of a piece. "The interesting thing about ceramics is that every part of a pot is named after a body part ... you have the feet, the belly, the neck. We talk a lot about the human form in ceramics." It's a matter of language. But "Body of Work" also has a thematic visual aspect.

Visually, ceramics present plenty of ways to convey the human form. "Not only are ceramics named after the body, but it's very sensual. You may have a classic pot from Japan that might have a full belly and a neck. You could look at that, and to me, that can be very human-like." In this knowledge, Beale had found her inspiration.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.01.2018

'The Explorers Club' concludes Clague's 90th season

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful and has discovered a legendary lost city, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?

Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, carnivorous plants, irate Irishmen and gravity-defying libations.

"The Explorers Club" is by Nell Benjamin and is directed by Anne McEvoy. Our cast features Curt Arnold, Mike Frye, Robert Hawkes, Assad Khaishgi, Corey Knick, Colin P. McCauley, Mark Rabkin, Tyson Douglas Rand and Tiffany Trapnell.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.01.2018

BAYarts holds 'Encore' fundraiser

BAYarts kicked off its fundraising campaign on April 28 to renovate the Playhouse on the BAYarts campus.

The Fuller House crowd was treated to food, drinks and the extraordinary vocal talents of 20 performers from northwest Ohio who volunteered to perform at the evening's event.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.01.2018

Grandparent shenanigans at Bay Village Community Theater

Nick’s grandparents will do anything to prevent him from moving to the other side of the country, including setting him up on a blind date in Bay Village Community Theater’s "Over the River and Through the Woods" May 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and May 6 at 3 p.m. Order tickets online: baytheater.yapsody.com or call: 440-847-8494.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.01.2018

Clague hosts summer playwright workshop for grades 7-10

Clague Playhouse presents the second annual Barnstormers: Workshop for Aspiring Young Playwrights from June 18 through June 30. This is a two-week, hands-on workshop where students in grades 7-10 can collaborate with each other and professionals in the fields of Creative Writing and Dramatic Arts to create, produce and ultimately perform original one-act plays for a live audience on the Clague Playhouse stage.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.01.2018

Bay Community Theater opens season with comedy

Bay Village theater-lovers are headed back to their seats. The Bay Village Community Theater players will stage “Over The River And Through The Woods,” by Joe DiPietro, in five performances in Bay Village during the last week in April and the first Sunday in May, as their opening salvo for area live theater-lovers this season.

Returning to last season’s venue at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Parkside Hall in Bay Village, the play, a family-friendly Italian-themed comedy, pits a footloose young man against his cagey Italian grandparents, who are intent on keeping him from moving away from them to the other side of the country.

Young Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. He sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner, but tells them during one meal that he is going to take his dream job in Seattle. They resort to all-out warfare, including bringing the lovely – and single – Caitlin in to help him change his mind. BackStage called it, “A hilarious family comedy that is even funnier than his (DiPietro’s) long-running musical review, ‘I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change’.”

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.17.2018

FYI: Opera, a gift to its audience

The ageless music of five renowned composers was beautifully performed by four gifted singers to an appreciative audience on April 3 at Westlake Porter Public Library. The event marks the 27th year that the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has sponsored FYI: Opera, an invaluable gift, offered free to the community.

From Bizet to Bernstein, with Donizetti, Mozart and Verdi mixed in, David Bamberger, Opera Artistic Director at Cleveland Institute of Music, offered introductions and interesting asides for each of the CIM voice students and their selections.

Kaylee Norris enhanced her lovely soprano voice with cunning actions to interpret an aria from Mozart’s "Cosi Fan Tutte," suggesting women should have the ability to wrap men around their finger.  Following his beautiful rendition of Donizetti’s popular tenor aria “Una Furtiva Lagrima,” Benjamin Liu acknowledged the expert piano accompaniment of John Simmons, CIM’s coach-accompanist.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.17.2018

Departing Bamberger names Jane Mueller key player

All of northeastern Ohio opera lovers and aspiring opera singers from near and far owe more than they know to David Bamberger. But recently, when he was being honored and thanked by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, he quickly pointed out the immeasurable contribution made by Jane Mueller, longtime Westlake resident and WWAC member.

In 1991, when Mueller was fairly new to the WWAC, she suggested a program that would preview upcoming Cleveland Opera productions, which would provide information to those who might attend or just be interested in learning more about opera. Mueller said she recalled that in past years when the Metropolitan Opera toured and performed in Cleveland for a week each spring, Lakewood Library had a similar program.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.17.2018

BAYarts' annual juried show on display

On the weekend of April 6, nearly 300 pieces of art entered the Sullivan Family Gallery on the BAYarts campus. After careful selection, judges Bellamy Prinz and Jason K. Milburn selected nearly 60 pieces to adorn the walls.

The exhibition has a range of art pieces in all mediums, including oil paintings, mixed media, encaustic, ceramics and more. Artists 18 and older were invited to submit. It will be on display through April 27.

BAYarts would like to thank all participating artists.

Best in Show: Donna K. Bargar, "Robin #1"
First Place: Chris Gray, "Missing in Action"
Second Place: Sharon Pomales, "1540 Broadway NYC"
Third Place: Lisa Schoenberg, "Earth Vista, Coral and Blue Moon"
Honorable Mention: Misty Hughes, "Hoboken"
Director's Prize: Larry Kasperek, "Patriotic Youth"

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.17.2018

Music spices menu at Jazz Brunch

Three outstanding musicians will provide gourmet notes to delight their audience and enhance the delicious food and the lovely setting at this year's Jazz Brunch sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club.

In addition to fine food, guests will be treated to the blended sounds of the bass by Ann Gilbert, piano by Joe Hunter and drums/percussion by Bill Marx. Gilbert is the principal bassist with Cleveland Pops, Akron Symphony and Blue Water Chamber Orchestra. Pianist Joe Hunter is a member of Red Light Roxy, Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band and The Musical Theatre project. Drummer and percussionist Marx has his own jazz ensemble, plays in area big bands, local orchestras and Brazilian ensembles.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.03.2018

The Cleveland Opera visits Clague Playhouse

The Cleveland Opera will visit Clague Playhouse on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. to present "Marriage by Lantern-Light," a comic opérette in one act by Jacques Offenbach. This adventurous and comic production will be sung in English and feature four new voices – Elizabeth Frey, Brian Skoog, Danielle Bendjy and Caroline Bergan.

The story tells the tale of a young farmer, Guillot, who has been entrusted to look after an orphan cousin, Denise, by his uncle. He treats her off-handedly to hide his feelings for her. Both write to the uncle, she in misery, he asking for money.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.03.2018

BAYarts partners with the Cleveland International Film Festival

BAYarts is a proud community partner for the 42nd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival. The film that the Bay Village arts campus has partnered up for is "The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales."

This 2017 French animated film was directed by Benjamin Renner ("Ernest & Celestine") and Patrick Imbert. It has been adapted from a lauded graphic novel created by Renner. The sweet piece follows animal outcasts on a farm in the countryside. As a three-part anthology, it features a cast of earnest characters including a duck who wants to be Santa Claus, and a fox who plays a reluctant mother to chickens.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.03.2018

Concert series hosts Cleveland Orchestra members

From time to time, Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents concerts that do not feature a known ensemble, but rather bring together highly talented musicians who are colleagues that delight in the joy of performing with one another. On Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, the Society will present just such a concert featuring two Cleveland Orchestra musicians and a pianist who has often recorded with Orchestra members. The ensemble will perform music by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, contemporary composer Jőrg Widmann, and Argentinian composer Astor Piazolla.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:37 AM, 04.03.2018

FYI: Opera offers beloved music, brilliant voices

FYI: Opera, a unique program offered free to the community by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council for over a quarter century, will again provide a tantalizing menu of songs and singers on Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

David Bamberger, Opera Artistic Director at Cleveland Institute of Music, organizer and narrator of the program, said several selections from Bizet’s "Carmen," including the famous “Habañera”, and the drinking song “Libiamo” from Verdi’s "La Traviata" will be included as well as an aria from Mozart’s "Cosi Fan Tutte."

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.20.2018

St. Ladislas 50+ Club

The St. Ladislas 50+ Club at 2345 Bassett Road in Westlake offers a variety of entertaining programs for seniors. You don't have to be 50 to belong to the club. We offer wonderful entertainment on the third Tuesday of the month from September to June. The meetings usually start around 10:30 a.m. and wrap up around 1 p.m.

The meeting includes quality entertainment and a delicious catered meal by Novotny Catering. The April 17 entertainment is Billy Kay on the accordion. He likes to sing and add some humor. Billy performs in several nursing homes and at Ames Hospice. Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with the meal at noon. Cost is $11.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:12 AM, 03.20.2018

Ghosts of the North Coast

Have you ever wondered, “Do ghosts exist?” Or “What is a ghost?” Or even “What does science say about ghosts?”

Visit Clague Playhouse on Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m. when Doug Dziama and his daughter, Jennifer Dziama Teed, authors of the book, "Ghosts of the North Coast: Legends, Mysteries and Haunted Places of Northern Ohio," present an hourlong discussion entitled “Ghosts of the North Coast.” They will answer those questions and more, including an explanation of ghost behavior and other paranormal activities.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:17 AM, 03.20.2018

Jenniffer Omaitz has 'Constructions' at BAYarts

Through a thoughtful blending of paintings, assemblage and site-specific installation, artist Jenniffer Omaitz tackles chaos and form in her new exhibition, "Constructions." This is the first time she has displayed her 2D and 3D work together, and with it, she has overlapped weighty themes of architecture, boundaries, movement and geometry.

Juxtaposed against a cleaner sense of order, is what Omaitz refers to as a presentation of "harnessed and frozen chaos." This is shaped by her interest in states of change as they relate to the architectural trends, the environment and politics.

Large architectural elements in the ceiling of the BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery were the catalyst for the main installation that Omaitz has created. "When I initially saw the space, the ceiling was one of the most distinguishing features about the site," she explained.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.06.2018

'Silent Sky' continues Clague's 90th season

"Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson tells the story of real-life female astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her co-workers at the Harvard Observatory in the early 20th century. She and the ladies of her department were “computers” for the male astronomers, doing important research, measurements and calculations for the men, but getting no credit for their work nor access to Harvard’s telescope, “The Great Refractor.” However, Henrietta and her contemporaries, Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming, went on to gain access to the telescope and to make important discoveries of their own.

Showing some of the roots of feminism in the United States, the play is ideal for Women’s History Month. These ladies’ stories are similar to others throughout American history, including the “code girls” who deciphered enemy messages during World War II and the female NASA employees, also called “computers,” in the early space program (depicted in the award-winning film “Hidden Figures”). Annie Cannon also became a dedicated suffragette, marching for women’s voting rights.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:35 AM, 03.06.2018

World renowned clarinetist and quartet will perform in Westshore area on March 5

Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to present a concert showcasing a long and brilliant musical collaboration on Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s beautifully refurbished sanctuary, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

World renowned clarinetist Allan Ware and the Ciompi String Quartet have been performing together regularly since 1998, building a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to contemporary composers. Their concert in Rocky River will feature a traditional program of two quintets for clarinet and strings by Weber and Brahms, and a quartet for strings by Mozart.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.20.2018

Patricia Heaton kicks off Playhouse fundraising

A generous donation by actress Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Middle") and her husband, David Hunt ("The Dead Pool," "24"), has been made to BAYarts in the amount of $50,000 to jumpstart the Playhouse renovation fundraising. Heaton hopes the seed money she donated will inspire other donors to follow suit to make the project a reality. In a letter accompanying her pledge, she wrote, "I was thrilled to hear that the Playhouse will get a second act thanks to the efforts of the BAYarts community and Cleveland Metroparks."

Heaton, who grew up in Bay Village, has a personal connection with the Playhouse. "The Playhouse has always held a special place in my heart as I took summer acting classes there and performed in the choruses of 'Bells Are Ringing' and 'Showboat' when I was 14; I also watched my sister perform in 'Bye Bye Birdie' and high school friends in 'Brigadoon.'"

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:20 AM, 02.06.2018

Well-traveled performer stops at Porter Library for 'Rising Star' recital

For the sixth year, "Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital" will be sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. This free program, which showcases the musical talents of Michelle Pauker, takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Pauker’s program is an inviting mix of show tunes, including "Phantom of the Opera," "West Side Story" and "The Light in the Piazza," sprinkled with contemporary classics including the Beatles’ "Let It Be." Beth Burrier, BW associate professor and music director, will provide piano accompaniment for Pauker.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Parade the Circle meeting at BAYarts

Join BAYarts staff for refreshments and an informational meeting to learn about getting involved in the Parade the Circle at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Fuller House on the BAYarts campus.

This is the 29th year of Parade the Circle. BAYarts will join international, national and local artists, families, schools and other community groups for this spectacular parade experience of handmade masks, giant puppets, floats, music and celebration, creating their own entry over several workshops.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:00 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Community Theater kicks off 2018 season

Bay Village Community Theater explores love and sex in life’s golden years in its “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series featuring two sketches from Robert Anderson’s comedy, "You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running."

The first sketch, “In the Footsteps of Doves,” focuses on a couple married 25 years who have come to a store to purchase a new bed. A touching, comic debate ensues regarding the merits of twin beds versus a double bed.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:19 AM, 01.23.2018

BAYarts exhibition: 'Generations' by Mike and Keegan Adams

Inspired by familial bonds, two Cleveland artists are using their history and passion to inform the DNA of their current work.

Father and son duo Mike and Keegan Adams are the focus of the latest gallery exhibition in the Diane Boldman Education Gallery at BAYarts. They are part of a family printmakers, which includes Thomas F. Chouteau (father to Mike) and Kaden James Adam (nephew to Keegan) who is 5 years old. Both of these family members are honored with a piece each in the exhibition.

As graphics design teacher at BAYarts, Mike Adams also has a connection to the community by being a Bay Village resident. Both he and his son are accomplished artists who have been in several galleries and garnered awards.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.23.2018

Great Lakes Theater brings 'Huck Finn' to Clague Playhouse

Great Lakes Theater will bring its free outreach touring production of "Huck Finn" to Clague Playhouse in February.

Based on the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, it has been adapted by Eric Schmiedl. Two runaways – a boy and a slave – team up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi. Huckleberry Finn finds freedom on the run, out-thinking colorful con-men, narrowly escaping a family feud and even passing as a girl as he and Jim make their way down the “big river.” On the journey, they learn lessons of integrity, dignity and friendship.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:19 AM, 01.23.2018

Bay alumni class bowling competition

What do you most hear at class reunions? We need to get together more often! Bay alumni are invited to return to Bay Lanes for a light-hearted class bowling competition on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. Bay Lanes will be closed for this private event and you must be 21 to attend. Advance registration is encouraged. Register online or download a form at: bayalumni.com/events/alumni-madness-2018.

Bowl with classmates, friends or family. Knock down pins for your class, your friend’s or a family member’s class. The class with most pins wins. The class raising the most funds are King Pins for the year. The top classes to beat from last year are ‘66, ‘75, ‘78 and ‘83. The Class of '75 took it all and trophies have been displayed in the sports hall of the high school. Take them on! A bowling ticket is $35 and includes two games, shoe rental and food.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.23.2018

String quartet from Prague will perform Czech compositions

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents its first concert of 2018 on Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the magnificent acoustics of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s refurbished sanctuary at 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Musical guest of honor will be the Bennewitz Quartet from Prague, Czech Republic. 

Formed in 1998 and named after renowned Czech violinist, Antonin Bennewitz, the Quartet’s current members are Jakub Fišer (violin); Štěpán Ježek (violin); Jiří Pinkas (viola); and Štěpán Doležal (cello). 

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:21 AM, 01.23.2018

Book group looks back at 1960s, decade of turmoil and transition

Put on your bell bottoms and grab your granny glasses, tie-dyes and beads. Let's do a little back-to-the-future time travel to the seminal decade of the 1960s.

Utilizing a compilation of articles originally published in The New Yorker, our discussion group will re-examine the confrontations over civil rights, economics, Vietnam, and lifestyles. We will review the tragedies of the all-too-common assassinations and the problems and promises of psychedelics and protests. We will re-experience the highs of Telstar and Apollo 11 and the lows of poverty in "The Other America" and the environmental damages echoed in "The Silent Spring." The entertainment and cultural icons of the era will be looked at as well.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:37 AM, 01.09.2018

'Godspell' begins second half of Clague's 90th season

"Godspell," conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, "Godspell" boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.”

As the cast performs “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side,” the parables of Jesus come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, "Godspell" is a groundbreaking and unique theatrical experience, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Featured in Clague Playhouse's production are Rick Dawson as Jesus, Isaiah Blue as John the Baptist/Judas with Michelle Cha, Kiara Durbin, Noah Furin, Kara Mincik, Amber Revelt, Nick Salazar and Michael Stolar.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:39 AM, 01.09.2018

Meet Florence Kling Harding at Clague Playhouse

Come celebrate Presidents Day with Clague Playhouse on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 p.m. We will highlight Florence Kling Harding, an Ohio native, who became the first lady of the United States upon the election of her husband, Warren G. Harding (who served from 1921 until his death in 1923).

Mrs. Harding was an outspoken advocate of the rights of women, veterans, animals and immigrants. She was a strong woman, made stronger by the difficulties and tragedies in her life.

This first lady will be portrayed by Craig Schermer, a graduate of John Carroll University with a major in Russian Imperial History. He has studied the first ladies most of his life and spent nearly 10 years as the historian for the National First Ladies' Library in Canton, Ohio.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:32 AM, 01.09.2018

BAYarts teacher Ryan Finley makes it big

Lakewood artist Ryan Finley is more than just a casual fan of "Star Wars." The sci-fi series has always captivated him and is a prevalent theme of his pop-culture inspired artwork. 

After submitting artwork from "The Last Jedi" to Topps, the trading card company included this accomplished artist in their recent batches of trading cards. The packs contain a collection of art from several artists, and the inclusion is a high achievement.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.09.2018