Arts & Entertainment

Clague Playhouse announces 91st season

Clague Playhouse is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 season. Our 91st season will open with the comedy/mystery, "The Murder Room" by Jack Sharkey and directed by Ron Newell. The play runs Sept. 14-Oct. 7. 

Our holiday show, Nov. 9-Dec. 9, will be "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)" by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton and James FitzGerald and directed by Rob Gibb. 

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:16 AM, 09.05.2018

'Mother/Daughter/Friend' show at BAYarts

Currently on view in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery at BAYarts is work by a trio of women who have painted everything from adorned chickens to ornate teapots. The women are Harriet Wise, Susanne Dotson and Mary Burkhardt. Wise is mother to Dotson, and Burkhardt is their dear friend. The exhibition is aptly titled "Mother/Daughter/Friend." And their story is a sweet one. 

Burkhardt and Dotson met in the commercial interior design industry in 1989. "Susanne was a manufacturer's rep and I was an interior designer," explains Burkhardt. "We both had art backgrounds, but our careers left little time to devote to doing art. We both took a few evening drawing and painting classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art, but it wasn’t until 2004 when we started painting regularly together. Susanne’s mom, Harriet, has a wonderful studio space in her basement in LaGrange, Ohio. The three of us met there almost every Saturday during the winter months from 2004 until 2018. I treasured our Saturday painting time so much I would drive through snowstorms in order to paint with Susanne and Harriett. The three of us have painted together and inspired each other for the past 14 years."

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:14 AM, 09.05.2018

BAYarts Moondance honors Bay resident

Mary Conway Sullivan is the 2018 Moondance honoree. She has been part of BAYarts for 12 years now and is the current BAYarts board president.

Moondance is the cultural arts center's annual fundraiser, which features live music (Mike Petrone for 2018), over 15 different restaurants, five local breweries, fine wine and bonfires under the stars of BAYarts' Huntington Reservation campus. Each year someone who has made contributions to the arts or quality of life for Northeast Ohio is honored. Past honorees have been Brian Zimmerman (Cleveland Metroparks), Tom Schorgel (Community Partnership for Arts & Culture) and another Bay resident, Liz Maugans (YARDS Project.)

Living in Bay Village for 21 years, the 2018 honoree is also a world traveler. Conway Sullivan loves going to Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain and Costa Rica. "But anywhere," she says. "Everywhere! It's a big wide world out there."

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:50 AM, 08.21.2018

Art, artists and awards reception has taste

Art, artists and awards will headline the Saturday, Aug. 25, reception marking the close of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Community of Fine Arts Show, currently exhibited at Westlake Porter Public Library. But the three big “A”s are framed in an array of tempting snacks and beverages for the “all are welcome” attendees to the 2 to 3:30 p.m. event.

The COFA, a juried art show, offers the public an opportunity to enjoy 100 pieces of art during its four-week exhibit and the reception allows the public to meet artists and applaud their achievements. Artists whose works are awarded a first-place in each division and category will receive a $100 cash award, second place receives $50, and honorable mention receives a gift certificate.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:48 AM, 08.21.2018

Bay Theater would like you to be our billboard!

Bay Village Community Theater invites you to help them promote their fall show.

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles's radio adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel "The War of the Worlds" and the Bay Village Community Theater is gearing up to celebrate.

MoArt Designs has created several T-shirts promoting the upcoming production of “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry. If you get one of our shirts and become a human billboard for this show, we guarantee you'll look great!

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:46 AM, 08.21.2018

19th annual Fine Arts Show underway

The Community of Fine Arts Show is currently displaying 100 pieces of art at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Works from 52 artists have been accepted for this juried art show, which is presented annually by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

The current exhibit continues through Saturday, Aug. 25, during library hours. In addition, live art demonstrations will be given in the lobby of Porter Library by artists whose works are on display. On Saturday, Aug. 11, Sean Crum will demonstrate Ink Drawing and on Saturday, Aug. 18, Ken Marshal will demonstrate Watercolor. Both programs are from 10 a.m. to noon.

The WWAC also invites the public to a Meet the Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.07.2018

Comedy featured at BAYarts Farm + Art Market

Get a glimpse into love (and sex) during life’s golden years when Bay Village Community Theater presents “I’m Herbert” at the BAYarts Farm + Art Market on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village.

Featuring Lanie Richardson and Tim Peebles, this comedic sketch by Robert Anderson shows an elderly couple reminiscing on previous marriages … and perhaps a few flings. Hazy on the details, the couple don’t realize, of course, how funny they are! First produced on Broadway in 1967, The New York Post wrote that Anderson’s “notably fine comic and dramatic episodes” are “written with skill and insight.”

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.07.2018

Bruce Checefsky's blooms visit BAYarts

The Sullivan Gallery at BAYarts will be botanical from Aug. 10 through Oct. 6. Bringing in the blooms is Cleveland artist Bruce Checefsky, with his show titled "Garden Scans."

Images in this showcase accomplish the impression of flowers in motion. Checefsky manages this by taking a digital flatbed scanner out into his Tremont garden and uses it to photograph the area. The scanned images are made in 30-second intervals, on up to several minutes.

Once the piece is scanned, Checefsky sometimes does some reformatting in a photo editing program, but hardly ever alters the color, density or saturation. This is because he is a master of perception.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.07.2018

Global artists bring paintings of compassion to BAYarts

Currently on display in BAYarts' Sullivan Gallery is an exhibition titled "Paintings of Compassion" by the Artists in Bloom Community, founded by Virginia Maloof Cascarilla.

Cascarilla says her mission is to "mentor people into translating their life experiences into visual poetry." The community is comprised of people from several different countries, including Iraq, India, Syria, Bahrain and the U.S. Along with translating their life experiences into art, the group aims to "raise consciousness about global and personal issues and interests." And so for this exhibition, they focused on compassion.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.17.2018

Westlake Music Festival is Aug. 11, 12

Celebrate summer and the Westlake community with a FREE weekend of music at the Westlake Music Festival! This family-friendly two-day event features live music, entertainment, fun and food trucks. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2-7 p.m., at Porter Public Library and on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2-8 p.m, at the Rec Center.

On Saturday, families can enjoy face painting, or buy some custom cookies from a Westlake bakery. On Sunday, family activities include inflatables, balloon clowns and a face painter. Popcorn will be available both days! The music lineup has something for everyone. Come hear our kids' musicians at 2 p.m. both days, and stay for dancing and fun for the rest of the afternoon!

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.17.2018

Celebrate Mark Twain with Bay Village Community Theater

In 1865 the notorious American humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, wrote down a story he had heard in a California mining camp. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” launched his career as an author and propelled him to fame and fortune. Bay Village Community Theater pays homage to this bit of American literary history with a staged reading of “Mark Twain & His Jumping Frog.”

Adapted and directed by Preston Postle, the reading features this famous Twain story along with material from Twain's journal and a speech he gave on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The reading features the talents of John Hnat, Tim Jones, Bob Kenderes, Patrick Meehan and Leigh Ann Spratt.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.17.2018

BAYarts Concert Series boasts rocking sounds

The popular free concert series at BAYarts has already begun and will wind through into the end of August, bringing a mix of new and familiar acts.

New this year are Maura Rogers & the Bellows, who played on July 1, and Moustache Yourself, a gypsy jazz band, playing on July 8.

Returning favorites include Bay Village locals Lazy Ted and the Big Hurry, Moko Bovo from Seattle, the Portersharks and B Side Jazz. Also returning this year is the Cleveland Opera Theater, who will be performing from the Great American Songbook.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

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: 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