Arts & Entertainment

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 clagueplayhouse.org.

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

Westlake-Westshore Arts Councilís FYI Opera hits a high note

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council hosted its semi-annual FYI Opera event at Westlake Porter Public Library. Tony Chow, opera coach and accompanist of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, presented opera students Diane Schwann, Magdalena Kuzma and Dae Won Seo. Ms. Schwann and Ms. Kuzma are sopranos; Mr. Dae Won Seo is a baritone. The three promising singers performed arias from "La Boheme," other operas and songs from the Broadway show "Wonderful Town."

Always a crowd-pleaser among Porter Library patrons, the FYI Opera series has been presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) organization founded 34 years ago to promote arts and culture on the west side of Cuyahoga County. All of W-WAC's programs, including FYI Opera, are free and open to the public.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.06.2018

Jewelry Heist returns to Clague Playhouse

Our ninth annual Jewelry Heist fundraiser is being featured once again this year during performances of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)." At this event you will find an ever-changing assortment of beautiful and unique jewelry and accessories donated by friends of the theater. The displays are restocked daily so you never know what treasure might await you. A special feature this year will be a Pearl Extravaganza!

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

Local chamber music society hosts conductor James Feddeck

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society continues its 60th anniversary season with a gala evening of serenades by Antonin Dvořák and Johannes Brahms. Maestro James Feddeck, former assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, will lead a chamber ensemble of 21 members of The Cleveland Orchestra and friends on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.06.2018

BAYarts October art exhibitions focus on the unexpected

The October gallery exhibitions at BAYarts are unified in their coincidental theme of finding beauty in unexpected, overlooked places. For "Re-Source-Full," Martha Cliffel uses discarded items to create her masterpieces. And in "Tall Walls," Allison Polgar focuses on the allure of overlooked scenes of life.

Finding cohesion in the mix, Artistic Director Karen Petkovic says, "Martha is an intuitive builder and gleans meaning from the juxtaposition of disparate and sometimes haunting objects – quite like the objects and scenes depicted in Polgar's paintings."

Cliffel's exhibition in the Sullivan Family Gallery displays assemblage work shown both as wall hangings and sculptural pieces. Petkovic shares, "We will be exhibiting work of all sizes and price points. Our hope is that everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the work and add it to their personal collections."

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.16.2018

Wells vs. Welles

When two bigger-than-life personalities cross paths something interesting is bound to happen.

On Oct. 28, 1940, KTSA radio in San Antonio, Texas, arranged for an on-air meeting between a 74-year-old H.G. Wells, commonly referred to as the father of science fiction, and Orson Welles, a 25-year-old stage actor that had become rather famous two years earlier when he preformed a radio adaptation of "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells which was originally published in 1897 in serialized form in Pearson's Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan in the U.S.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:07 AM, 10.16.2018

Jump-start your creativity

Westlake Porter Public Library will be hosting a free interactive workshop on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2-3:30 p.m. with author and speaker Nancy Christie who would like to invite aspiring writers of all levels with these words:

"Are you in a writing rut? Has your muse moved and left no forwarding address? Are you having trouble deciding what to write when you sit down to write? Not to fear! 'Jump-Start Your Creativity' will help you rev up your inspiration engine so you can continue on your writing journey!"

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:06 AM, 10.16.2018

Bay Theater presents 'War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast'

Treat yourself to a piece of history. In 1938 a 23-year-old Orson Welles broadcast an adaptation of the H.G Wells classic, "War of the Worlds." Afterward it was widely reported that panic resulted when listeners mistook this as real news.

“War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry is a play about the events surrounding the live radio broadcast that turned Orson Welles into a household name overnight.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:52 AM, 10.02.2018

Superheroes and friends return for Halloween season

As some readers may remember, my homemade cartoon and superhero characters are displayed in front of my house each October for Halloween.

They will be out again the first week of October with two additions.

Ta-da! New this year are: Spiderman, jumping off my lower roof shooting his webbing and, my favorite superhero, Abe Lincoln, life size, standing on a stump giving his Gettysburg Address.

We welcome visits to 1988 Sperrys Forge, Westlake, and love to have photos taken, especially with children in them.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.02.2018

BAYarts call for entries: 'Gratitude'

This holiday season, BAYarts will be displaying a gallery exhibition that gives back to those whose lives are currently being touched by cancer.

Artists and members of the community are being asked to donate 8-by-10 original works of art that will be displayed in the Sullivan Family Gallery. The theme of the pieces should be "gratitude."

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:54 AM, 10.02.2018

'Murder Room' opens 91st season at Clague Playhouse

"Murder Room" will begin Clague Playhouse's 91st season. In this crime thriller spoof, Mavis and her lover plan to rub out her wealthy husband, and they seem to have succeeded all too easily. But have they? A sophisticated and witty gem of a play. 

The play is written by Jack Sharkey and is directed by Ron Newell and our cast features Nancy Allen as Mrs. Lottie Molloy, Caitlin Halstead as Susan Hollister, Debbie Jenkins as Mavis Templeton Hollister, Simon Sedmak as Barry Draper, Terry Smith as James Crandall and Lou Will as Edgar Hollister and Abel Howard.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:09 AM, 09.18.2018

The art of fake news: Looking back at 'War of the Worlds'

Let's take a moment to look back 80 years to see how a 23-year-old Orson Welles awoke to find himself the most talked about man in America as his face and name appeared on newspapers from coast to coast.

The book, "Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News" by A. Brad Schwartz, describes the scenario that caused some listeners to mistake the Mercury Theatre on the Air performance as a real alien invasion.

In the aftermath of the broadcast, Welles went before dozens of reporters to answer a question that followed him for the rest of his life. Did he intend or anticipate, that "War of the Worlds" would throw its audience into panic?

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.18.2018

BAYarts Moondance: a zero-waste event

Why were there no garbage cans at BAYarts' annual Moondance fundraiser on Sept. 8? Because attendees were participating in a zero-waste event.

"Everything [guests] use to enjoy the evening was composted by Rust Belt Riders," says BAYarts' special events coordinator Diana Brewer. "From the food to the plates, napkins and forks. We work with all of the restaurant vendors to encourage they bring nothing that isn't in those parameters. People really get on board."

As soon as someone placed their empty plate on a table, the trained staff was there to take the refuse and sort it into the proper piles of what is compostable or recyclable.

For those who had questions during the event, they could talk to the point people manning the two large stations where items were sorted. This was led by Amy Coursen and Kathy Boehnlein of the Bay Village Green Team.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 9:14 AM, 09.05.2018

Center for Artful Living hosts unique art experience

An exciting exhibit by local artist JoAnn DePolo is coming to the Center for Artful Living in Westlake. The exhibit features recent abstract works by DePolo and a selection of paintings from “Display the Music” which is inspired by original orchestral music composed by her twin sons, Jared and Andrew DePolo.

The Display the Music collection combines visual and musical art forms as sound is captured in multihued layers of paint. Visitors can fully experience this exhibit by bringing earbuds or headphones so they can listen to the sounds that accompany each painting.

This exhibit is truly unique for many reasons. DePolo is an artist who is internationally known among art collectors for her unique paintings of cityscapes, water scenes and bold abstracts. Widely regarded as a visionary, JoAnn’s art can be found hanging in the homes of several celebrities, including world renowned artist Peter Max.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.18.2018

Concert series celebrates 60th anniversary

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will be celebrating its 60th anniversary all season long, and everyone is invited! The kickoff concert, on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, will applaud the extraordinary young talent in our region’s distinguished music schools. 

The Society will present an ensemble comprised of violinist James Thompson, a Cleveland native and Artist Diploma student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with his CIM classmates cellist Anna Hurt and pianist Sarah Ha. This ensemble will perform works by Mozart and Shostakovich.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.18.2018

Bay Theater takes first step to next level

Our fundraising efforts in 2018 center around our “Taking Theater To The Next Level” campaign.

In an effort to increase the quality of our productions and give the audience a more enjoyable and enriching experience watching live theater, Bay Village Community Theater is raising funds to purchase a portable stage to improve patrons' ability to see clearly when attending our shows at Parkside Hall behind St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:12 AM, 09.05.2018

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