Arts & Entertainment

'Summerland' a 19th-century ghost story

In the final play of Clague Playhouse's 2018-2019 season, history meets mystery as the intriguing account of real-life spirit photographer, William H. Mumler, unfolds. Mumler, a popular photographer in the post-Civil War era (when the country was mourning the loss of over 620,000 Americans), built his reputation on his ability to capture images of departed loved ones in the pictures he took of the living who made their way to his studio.

Mumler is aided by his mysterious wife and business is thriving ... until they come under the scrutiny of Inspector Tooker who's determined to expose the couple as the charlatans he believes them to be. But when Tooker sees the photograph Mumler's taken of him, things get a bit more complicated for the inspector ... and a whole lot more interesting for the audience.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.16.2019

Young voices bring great music alive at FYI: Opera

FYI: Opera, on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, is an exceptional program provided free to the community by the Westlake Westshore Arts Council. It offers an opportunity to hear great music rendered by gifted singers.                            

Three talented Oberlin Conservatory of Music voice majors will perform musical gems from great composers. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Opera Theater, said that Shawn Roth, tenor, Gabriela Linares, mezzo, and Caitlin Aloia, soprano, will be performing some Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Mozart and a bit of Bernstein.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.16.2019

Sitting in midlife on your way to vintage

One day our mother started speaking her mind rather directly. She had always spoken her mind but not to this extent. At first, it was shocking. Then it was funny, but then it was shocking again. When asked about it she replied, “I am 'blank' years old and I have earned the right to say what I want.”

Who knew she had so much to say? Usually, she was quite ladylike. If she had something colorful to say, she would soften it a bit. So, what happened?  

When does a person reach that point where things start flying out of their mouth, without a thought about how it may sound? It got me thinking about the signs of aging and entering the next phase of our lives. Here are some scenarios, from my perspective, that are sure signs.

One day you’re driving down the street listening to the radio, and a song comes on that you love, but you’re on the old-people station.  

A piece of mail comes addressed to you from AARP, and you think someone is playing a joke on you.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.16.2019

BAYarts features Nicole Schneider's 'Negotiations'

"Some people say I have great attention to detail," starts off artist Nicole Schneider. "But really, I think I just have OCD," she finishes with a laugh.

When it comes to decision making, the artist explains that she has to "think through even the most basic decisions a thousand times before I make a move. I am constantly considering the question of 'What If?'" And thus, her art for the BAYarts exhibition "The Color of Walls" was born. The work is from a series called "Negotiations" and has been honed through "endless variations in similar visual elements" for the end result to form.

Each piece of work began as scribbles in sketchbooks that were photocopied into different sizes. Through layers of silkscreen prints and reliefs, the pieces evolved.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.02.2019

'Jazz Brunch' defines a musical gem

The Britannica Encyclopedia declares that trying to derive a “precise, all-encompassing definition of jazz is probably futile.” But on April 28, three outstanding musicians will present a gourmet menu of jazz music and provide an opportunity to define jazz as sheer enjoyment for those in attendance.

The Jazz Brunch, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club, marks the third year that the WWAC is sponsoring this distinctive musical event. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, which aids area high school students pursue another level of education.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.02.2019

Behind the paint of American art masterpieces with Sean Crum

On Tuesday, March 26, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presented artist, art teacher and historian Sean Crum. Mr. Crum gave a wonderful presentation about American art titled "American Art: From Benjamin West to The Wild West."

Mr. Crum knows a great deal about art. However, he presents information about paintings so that it is easy to understand, even for non-artists. Mr. Crum’s enthusiasm for his area of expertise and lively personality is evident in his presentations; this one was no exception. His explanation of American masterpieces, both common and uncommon, helps the viewer see a painting differently, especially the goal of what the artist was trying to convey in the work.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.02.2019

A day at the beach

Check out Bay Village Community Theater's "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" April 5-6 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 468 Bradley Road.

Tickets are $14 general admission; $12 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling 440-847-8494 or online at

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.02.2019

Special Event: Ghost Investigations

Join us on Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. when Mark and Carol Nesbitt visit Clague Playhouse for a special event.

Mark Nesbitt, originally from Lorain, and his wife, Carol, will show photos, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) evidence, share stories and other information about “our” ghost(s) from their visit to Clague Playhouse in 2018.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.02.2019

Bay Village Community Theater presents 'To Gillian'

An island beach house may be one widower’s escape but throw in a teenaged daughter, her best friend, and a matchmaking sister in-law and reality soon comes tumbling down in the romantic drama, “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" by Michael Brady.

Presented by Bay Village Community Theater, the play “gives off a warm, affirmative glow,” wrote Variety critic Richard Hummler. Frank Rich of The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Brady … writes with a rueful sophistication that keeps his story’s sentimentality at bay.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.19.2019

BAYarts Juried Exhibition's Best of Show resonates deeply

The March 8 opening reception for the BAYarts Juried Exhibition was packed with artists, art lovers, and their friends. From 200 submissions, 93 entries were selected and grace the walls of the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House.

Familiar names from BAYarts faculty included: Mike Adams, Keegan Adams, Chris Benavides, Tina Benavides and Jo Ann Giovannetti Rencz.

There is a mixture of contemporary, abstract pieces by artists like James March, Cherry Rappoli and Susan Shafer, which are juxtaposed against traditional portraiture by Dave Ward and Ken Smith. Everything in between is also displayed, from photographs and monoprints to encaustic and ceramic works.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.19.2019

Local chamber music society hosts Diamond Brass Quintet

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to present a Cleveland all-star brass ensemble in celebration of the Society’s 60th anniversary! The Diamond Brass Quintet is comprised of players who are passionate about brass and have appeared in many local and regional concerts, including their popular annual Christmas concert. The RRCMS concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. Diamond Brass Quintet will perform a special commissioned piece by Andrew Rindfleisch as well as works by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Cheetham, and Malcolm Arnold.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.19.2019

Devon Gess and father fund music room at BAYarts

Devon Gess, Bay High School's choral director, has touched the lives of many, whether winning all those countless awards highlighted on the district's electronic marquee or for the annual holiday concert with the "singing tree." Gess has inspired both students and the community.

"Mrs. Gess loves music but even more so when other people enjoy the music," said former Bay High Choraleer C.J. Hightland. "She challenged us to be better, but more importantly she wanted us to enjoy the music."

Now, in loving memory of her mother, Gess and her father, William Bonds, have established the Carleen Herring Bonds fund, for music lesson rooms to be part of the renovation of the former playhouse at BAYarts.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.05.2019

The musical 'Suds' opens March 8 at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse continues their 91st season with "Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera." Set in a laundromat, "Suds" is a delightful story of a young teenage girl and three guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love. The show is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts of the 1960s.

The play is written by Steve Gundersen, Bryan Scott and Melinda Gild and is directed by Jeff Lockshine with music direction by Jayne Bartish-Kacik and choreography by Kaylea Kudlaty. Our cast features Ellie St. Cyr as Cindy, Eileen Canepari as Marge, Kate Klotzbach as Dee Dee and Matt Cuffari as Everyone Else.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2019

A bright shining star performs

The audience sat in polite silence as the young artist began, but soon it was obvious the silence continued out of astonishment and admiration for Courtney Hausman’s performance. Excellence is a norm for graduating seniors in Baldwin Wallace’s prestigious music theater program, but Hausman has worked to finely tune her talents to an amazing level.

For her nearly hour-long performance on Feb. 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, Hausman offered an array of musical show tunes that revealed her vocal strengths and her ability to personalize the emotions of the lyrics. 

Included in her repertoire were selections from classic hit musicals such as “Funny Girl,” “South Pacific,” “Carousel” and “Sound of Music.” But numbers from “Waitress” and “Avenue Q,” which are currently on Broadway, were also included.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.05.2019

Bay Theater's fundraiser is not just beer!

How would you like to win some Nike golfwear and a couple of passes for Sweetbriar golf course? A collection of Mary Kay skin care products? Or how about two passes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with some vintage WMMS items? Bay Village Community Theater’s “Raise a Glass – Raise the Stage” fundraiser will feature raffle baskets worth anywhere from $50 to $300 and will be up for grabs for the cost of a $1 raffle ticket!

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.05.2019

BAYarts will honor Gary and Pamela Ebert at Moondance

Each year at BAYarts' annual fundraiser Moondance, a person (or people) who has made a difference in the community and in the arts gets a chance to "shine in the moonlight." On Sept. 14 this year, BAYarts will honor Gary and Pamela Ebert, who individually and together have contributed a lifetime of service to Bay Village and to BAYarts' continuing expansion.

In 2006, when BAYarts was forming a new board and hurdling other challenges, Gary stepped up with legal counsel and a genuine interest in seeing the new organization succeed. He has remained on the board ever since (only occasionally leaving a meeting early for another city meeting or a grandchild's sporting match). Pam was the creative force behind BAYarts' sold out ENCORE! last year, a benefit for the playhouse renovation, raising twice the targeted funding goal (while making it look incredibly easy).

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.19.2019

BW "Rising Star" debuted at age 4

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council will sponsor "Catch a Rising Star," a program showcasing the talents of Courtney Hausman, a senior student in Baldwin Wallace University's prestigious music theater program. This musical presentation, which is offered free to the community by the WWAC, is at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Beth Burrier, BW associate professor and music director, will accompany Hausman on the piano to provide the audience a delightful array of musical show tunes. Citing "West Side Story" as her “favorite show to date,” Hausman said, ”Jerome Robbin’s choreography was the perfect personification of the music, always boiling right under the surface.”

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.19.2019

BAYarts' Mardi Gras to benefit renovations

If you can't make it to New Orleans this February, BAYarts has a Mardi Gras party you'll want to attend. Born out of talks between Pam Mills (BAYarts Special Projects) and Scott Pohlkamp (BAYarts board member) the event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2.

"Scott Pohlkamp has always enjoyed hosting Mardi Gras parties," explains Mills. "He thought it would be a fun late-winter event at BAYarts, giving guests the opportunity to experience the newly renovated Phase One of the former Playhouse."

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.19.2019

BAYarts 2019 SOUPer Bowl

Thanks to all who helped make BAYarts' third annual SOUPer Bowl, a benefit for the BAYarts Scholarship Fund, a success. Sue Peplin of Westlake took first place with her Zuppa Toscana. Second place went to Sgt. Robert Gillespie of the Bay Village Police Department with Sausage Tortellini Soup. Third place went to Marianna Orro with Vegetarian Corn Chowder. The event was one of the first to be held in the new Hearth Room of the former Playhouse. For more events, please check

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.19.2019

'Suppressed Desires' just in time for Valentine's Weekend

Come see the new stage in action when Bay Village Community Theater presents a reading of Susan Glaspell’s “Suppressed Desires,” as part of its “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series.

Written in 1914, “Suppressed Desires” is a highly amusing travesty about misapplied psychology when Henrietta’s obsession with psychoanalysis leads to a completely off-the-wall interpretation of a dream that very nearly leads to divorce before the absurdity of the situation is realized.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.05.2019

Set sail for 'Treasure Island'

Great Lakes Theater: Classics on Tour will visit Clague Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. to present "Treasure Island" by Eric Schmiedl, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

What is the price of adventure? Venture out on the high seas with young Jim Hawkins as he searches for the lost treasure of Captain Flint. A brave band of actors embrace clowning, slapstick, puppetry and music in the greatest pirate story ever told!

Recommended for ages 6 and up. Join us for this free presentation followed by light refreshments. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.05.2019

Raise a glass to raise the stage!

Enjoy some brews and help provide the “boards” on which the actors will tread at a fundraiser benefiting Bay Village Community Theater on Saturday, March 9, 7-10 p.m., at Sibling Revelry Brewery, 29305 Clemens Road, Westlake. Each $30 ticket includes two drink tickets (good for beer, hard seltzer or soft drinks) and a buffet featuring wings, pizza and more.

You will be entertained by a performance of Susan Glaspell’s hilarious one-act comedy, “Suppressed Desires,” and a preview of our spring mainstage production of Michael Brady’s romantic drama, “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday.” In between performances, sideboards and a Chinese basket raffle featuring local goodies and gift cards will capture your attention.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.05.2019

BAYarts' February gallery openings

New to the BAYarts galleries this February are two exhibitions that feature five different artists. 

In the Sullivan Family Gallery is Tina Elkins and Patty Flauto with "Intuitions," a showing of abstracted, dreamy landscapes. Their description is as follows: "There is a long, close relationship between landscape and abstraction in modern painting. Landscape can be simultaneously intellectual and formal as well as intuitive and emotional."

They continue on to talk about how the elements in nature can all become interpreted and blurred away from the more traditional, realistic rendering. "Land, sky, and water all lend themselves easily to the visual language of abstraction whether through a systematic exploration of composition, or an emotional expression of color and surface. Tina Elkins and Patty Flauto use landscape as a metaphor for other ideas."

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.05.2019

Chamber music series presents evening of art songs

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society continues its gala 60th concert series on Feb. 25 with "Late Romanticism in Transition," an evening of art songs featuring soprano Amelia D’Arcy and pianist Hyunsoon Whang. The first work to be performed, "Arabeske" by Early Romantic composer Robert Schumann, will set the scene for works of such Late Romantic composers as Richard Strauss, Charles Ives, George Gershwin and Francis Poulenc.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.05.2019

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt at Clague Playhouse

Dubbed “The First Lady of the World” by Harry Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt held the post of first lady of the United States from March 1933, when her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as president, until April 1945 when he died during his fourth term in office. She was thus the longest serving first lady in the history of the United States.

As first lady, Eleanor transformed that role from social hostess to an active political partnership with her husband. She was a champion of civil rights, an advocate for women, and supported government funded programs for the arts.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.22.2019

BAYarts SOUPer Bowl to benefit scholarship

The annual SOUPer Bowl is upon Bay Village once again. It is the event at BAYarts that coincides with a date close to the actual Super Bowl; this year it will be Saturday, Feb 2, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The concept is as it sounds: a soup tasting event. However, being an art center with a new ceramic center, BAYarts goes a step further. With every ticket, people are also given a handmade ceramic bowl.

"It is our third year for this popular event. It brings families in to enjoy a wide range of delicious homemade soups that chase away the winter chills!" said Pam Mills of BAYarts Special Projects.

The event benefits the BAYarts Scholarship Fund this year. "It supports our BAYarts Scholarship Fund for students to attend BAYarts classes," said BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "The fund was founded in memory of Ruth Purdy, an artist and teacher at Bay Middle School, by her friends and family and has served dozens of families since 2013."

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.22.2019

'Other Desert Cities' continues Clague's 91st season

Clague Playhouse begins 2019 with a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Other Desert Cities." As dysfunctional family plays (and aren't they all?) go, this is one of the smartest, funniest, most moving to have played on Broadway in recent memory.

The Wyeth family is at war over daughter Brooke's writing of a memoir that lays bare all the family secrets. But this is a family that is united by deep love and compassion, and hope wins the day. Political divides also run deep between the conservatives and liberals in this family. Considering it opened on Broadway in 2011, it is remarkably predictive of the state of things in our country right now.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.08.2019

BAYarts' Future: Why it will take a village

Twelve short years ago, BAYarts almost didn’t exist. The beloved Fuller House, John Huntington House and Train Depot (now Vento) were in need of substantial repairs. Fast-forward to today, BAYarts is a thriving cultural destination likened to the Chautauqua Institute in New York.  

Many don’t realize that BAYarts receives no funding from the city or Metroparks (free rent aside, all renovations and maintenance are on us). Although we do receive support from the Ohio Arts Council and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, other funders (such as the Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation) will not fund organizations outside of the inner-Cleveland circle.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.18.2018

Patricia Heaton can act AND cook

Bay Village native Patricia Heaton is best known for her acting roles ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Middle," a new series coming this fall called "Carol's Second Act") and now she has published a book of her favorite recipes.

"Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life" draws on Patricia's roots of growing up in Ohio. Her mother cooked simple, good food like meatloaf and pot roast. Having raised four sons, Heaton is a fan of budget-friendly recipes like the ones she grew up with. Signed copies of the cookbook are available for holiday gift-giving at BAYarts and will benefit the renovation of the former Huntington Playhouse, a place close to Patricia's heart.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.18.2018

Community invited to holiday concert

Talented musicians from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church will present a holiday concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church, 24607 Wolf Road.

The concert will feature Matthew Dion, a native of Somerset, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate organ performance major at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Matthew is a recipient of the YOI (Young Organists Initiative) Scholarship from the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Matthew is the organist at Bethesda.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:21 AM, 12.04.2018

Clague Playhouse presents youth holiday show

We adults all appreciate the real meaning of Christmas, but isn't it fun to see the holiday season through the eyes of a child as well? This year at Clague Playhouse, we are very proud to present two of our new children's groups, The Barnraisers: Clague Playhouse Youth Chorus and the Red Barn Youth Theater.

On the evenings of Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, these two groups will give their first ever performances at the theater beginning at 7 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:25 AM, 12.04.2018

Herb Guild displays wreath at Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Herb Guild Garden Club has decorated a wreath for the GLOW display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle. Every year area clubs are invited to decorate Christmas trees or wreaths at the botanical garden to exhibit to the public during the holiday season.

This year's GLOW theme is "Remember When?" which is a nod to the nostalgic days of Cleveland. The Herb Guild wreath is decorated with candies and sweets from the past and is titled, "How Sweet it is."

Visitors can see the club's wreath, as well as other clubs' decorations, from now until Jan. 5, 2019. Visit for hours, admission rates and tickets.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:21 AM, 12.04.2018

Interactive murder mystery hits Bay Village

BAYarts is once again presenting an interactive murder mystery event after last year’s was so popular. The title is "A Winter’s Tale" and it is set in the 1930s.

Actress Kaylea Kudlaty has been organizing the local Cleveland acting talent from the TrueNorth Cultural Arts center. The cast list has 12 in the murder mystery, all functioning as possible suspects. Joining Kudlaty are Tim Hale, Alicia Spurlock, Bridget Messaros, Emmy Cohen, Lyda Santa, Martin Carlton, Matt Dodds, Nick Yuric, Rich Phillis, Sam Seawolf and Shea Hopkins. Actor Fred Munkachy will once again be emceeing the event.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:23 AM, 12.04.2018

Christmas music festival Dec. 8 at St. Paul Westlake

St. Paul Lutheran Church will present its annual Christmas Music Festival from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church, 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake.

Admission to the event is free, however, a free-will offering will be accepted to benefit Valor Home Lorain, which provides transitional housing to homeless male veterans in Lorain County.  Valor Home Lorain is a drug-free, alcohol-free and smoke-free facility which serves more than 100,000 people each year through its programs.

“We are very excited to partner with the Valor Home Lorain for the first time this year as the beneficiary of our annual Christmas concert,” said Jodi Stevens, St. Paul Westlake Director of Contemporary Music. “This is a wonderful opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ to our veterans for their service and ensure that no local veteran is homeless this Christmas.”

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 11.20.2018

Blind jewelry artist showcased in BAYarts shop

Jennifer Stringer has a unique story. Once upon a time in her life, she was a professional graphic designer. Her work in the realms of drawing and printmaking earned her recognition by The Plain Dealer when they dubbed her an "artist to watch." She had a clear path in life.

However, this life path changed in 2014 when she woke up unable to see because of a rare medical reaction. It was wire wrapping that she eventually turned to as an outlet, which was something she'd enjoyed as a child. Her sense of touch was heightened, and she used that strength as she created jewelry.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.20.2018

Celebrate Christmas with Bay Village Community Theater

A ghost story for Christmas? Come celebrate the holidays with Bay Village Community Theater’s staged reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted and directed by Preston Postle. Written for Christmas 1843, Dickens’ tale of the possibility for wondrous change will delight audiences of all ages.

Presented as part of the “All the World’s A Stage[d] Reading” series, performances will take place at four venues this year: Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House (following Cahoon Christmas); Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village; Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at BAYarts; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Apartments. All performances are free and open to the public.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.20.2018

Local photographer Neil Doren exhibits at the Center for Artful Living

Neil Doren, a local award-winning nature and landscape photographer, is exhibiting at the Center for Artful Living in Westlake. Mr. Doren, who has presented his photography in the area, including Cleveland Hopkins Airport, The Breen Center for the Performing Arts and several juried art shows, describes himself as a nature and travel photographer who strives to “capture those moments in time” that speak to him. Of course, he is passionate about the capture but more so when those moments can be shared with the public. 

Mr. Doren says that beauty exists everywhere like in the veined wing of a damselfly or the magnifying effects of raindrops on the veins of a leaf. For some of his pieces, Mr. Doren has taken inspiration a step further; he has even written haiku poems about the image. The haiku appears on the back of the framed work.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:33 AM, 11.20.2018

A look at stained glass artist Judy Kean

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presented stained glass artist Ms. Judy Kean, owner of Creative Space Avon and The Glass Studio.  Ms. Kean did a wonderful presentation about stained glass artists, the different kinds of stained glass and various locations in Cleveland which have stained glass, including Tiffany stained glass. She gave a very thorough explanation about different methods like copper foil and lead.

In addition to the presentation at Porter Library, Ms. Kean displayed various kinds of stained glass artwork as well as books on the subject. She showed a short segment of "Let There be Light," a film which highlights the work of Rowan LeCompte and Dieter Goldkuhle who both made their last stained glass window in Washington National Cathedral. Both men are interviewed describing the work and captivating beauty of their creation with the light shining through the large rose window. This was an excellent aspect of Ms. Kean’s talk, offering a personal glimpse of the creative process and end result.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:33 AM, 11.20.2018

Black Friday comedy special

On Black Friday, Nov. 23, at 8:00 p.m., three Cleveland/Pittsburgh area comedians will join up for an evening of family-friendly laughter they’re calling “Chuckle at the Church.” The humor ranges from Erick Williams’ hilarious combinations of silly and morbid, dark and absurd, death and ranch dressing to Tim Cornett’s heartfelt humor that engages audiences with an uproarious blend of characterizations and spot-on observations.

Headliner Erick Williams tells stories and gives observations from his life in his own defiantly awkward style that he describes as optimistic nihilism. He has performed at clubs, coffee shops, and any place with a mic all over the tri-state area. He hosts a monthly all-ages mic at the Brookline Teen Outreach Center, co-hosts and produces the podcast POVincent on River’s Edge Radio, and volunteers at his local library where children laugh at him regularly.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 11.20.2018

Clague Playhouse announces holiday show

Clague Playhouse’s holiday show will be “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!).” Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told. A madcap romp through the holiday season, the play is written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez and is directed by Robert Gibb. Our cast features Michael Frye, Bob Goddard and Don Knepper.

The show runs Friday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 9, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no performance on Thursday, Nov. 22. Limited tickets are available. Show tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), and $10 for students (any age with a valid ID) and may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-331-0403 Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. or visiting

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.06.2018