Arts & Entertainment

10 tips for holiday portraits at home

As the holidays arrive, so does the opportunity to capture the magic of the season … especially for those of us with children and grandchildren. If you are not having professional portraits made, I encourage you to take them yourself. Here are my top 10 ways to create the best holiday photos (no matter who takes them):

1. Location: Choose a favorite spot at home: the chair where you read to your children, the fireplace or in front of the tree.

2. Timing: Young children are usually morning people, while teenagers prefer a slightly later time. For a successful session, allow plenty of time and work with their schedules.

3. Clothing: Keep it simple and fun! The choice is yours. You can dress up and go glam, since you may not get a chance to go anywhere fancy this season. Or snuggle up in pajamas, if that has been your uniform for most of this year.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.01.2020

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents 'Nothing but Mozart'

A stellar group of Cleveland Orchestra musicians will be gathering together to perform a concert of chamber music by the ever-ingenious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Mozart’s works to be performed are his String Quartet No. 19 in C major, and his Clarinet Quintet in A major.

This will be a virtual concert performed by five artists in the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. The audience will be at home viewing and listening to the concert on either Facebook Live or YouTube. Access to the concert will be obtained by using one of the following links shortly before the beginning of the concert:

In this its 62nd season, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society remains firmly committed to the presentation of concerts for Northeast Ohio audiences, whether virtual or in person. Donations are always welcome. For more information visit the RRCMS website at www.rrcms.org, or follow RRCMS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 2:46 PM, 12.02.2020

Clague Playhouse holds annual jewelry sale

Many in the community look to our annual holiday Jewelry Heist Sale for interesting and quality jewelry, handbags and accessory items at reasonable prices. We will be holding our 11th Jewelry Heist on Fridays and Saturdays, 1-7 p.m., from Nov. 20 through Dec. 12 in the Clague Playhouse lobby.

By diligently following the following COVID-19 guidelines, we believe we can offer our patrons a comfortable and safe shopping environment. Our staff and volunteers will be checking their temperatures each day and we will follow these protocols: limit of 6 shoppers in the lobby at a time; all to wear proper masks or facial coverings; all to wear gloves when handling jewelry; socially distanced displays; cashier available behind a plexiglass panel; all earrings and some other items carefully pre-cleaned, and bags will be available for wrapping.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2020

BAYarts adapts for the holidays

With the cancellation of festivals and holiday bazaars due to COVID, many artists who rely on these events for their income have been struggling to find ways to get their work seen. For decades, BAYarts has provided income for regional artists in the year-round consignment shop and galleries. The annual Holiday Shop alone provides income for hundreds of artists while supporting the local economy. Artists love it for the ease and reward of selling their work. 

“BAYarts does all the heavy lifting – ticketing, marketing, display – I just drop it off,” says Westlake artist Laura Robbins. “I can then spend time in my studio instead of hassling with setting up at a festival with hefty fees that may or may not pan out.”

With COVID mandates for limited capacity and safety, BAYarts has spread out! Wide aisles, timed entrances and multiple checkout points have been implemented. An online shop was launched early this year and private shopping parties have been popular for small “pods.” For more information, visit bayarts.net.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.17.2020

Drive-in movie at Bay UMC

Bay United Methodist Church invites you to sit in your car and enjoy "Akeelah and the Bee," an uplifting, family-oriented film, on Saturday, Sept. 26. The parking lot will open at 7:30 p.m. and the feature will begin at 8:00 pm. Bring your own popcorn and soft drinks.

A freewill offering will benefit Africa University which is a private, fully accredited, United Methodist-related university in Zimbabwe. The university offers 50 cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on meeting Africa’s vital needs, including food security, improved public health, and sustainable economic growth to more than 1,200 students from 36 African countries.

Bay UMC is located at 29931 Lake Road.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:23 AM, 09.15.2020

Diamond Brass Quintet to perform virtual concert

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. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society will present the Quintet's concert virtually. It will include music by Bach, Ewald, Stravinsky, Ewazen and DiLorenzo.

The artists will perform on Monday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River. The rest of us will be at home listening and/or viewing on either Facebook Live or YouTube.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.15.2020

BAYarts' gardens are a westside destination

Today, in the time of shutdowns, BAYarts' campus has even more meaning and value to the community, providing serene open spaces within its many garden "rooms" to safely social distance, practice yoga or just find a few moments of solitude. Although it may seem like fairies come in the night to tend the gardens, in reality, a devoted and skilled team of volunteers meet weekly to weed, water, plant and prune – all with the kind of joy and community that makes BAYarts unique.

A little history: when BAYarts began to renovate the vast campus spaces for public use back in 2006, it was under the guidance of Bay Village resident Julia Shutt. Julia got her first design clients years before at a Baycrafters fair and has since been devoted to giving back to the community that helped launch her career. With her partner, Byron, their company Maple Leaf Landscaping designed and installed the foundation of the ever-evolving landscape in conjunction with Cleveland Metroparks' sidewalk and lighting improvements and the Fuller House renovation.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 9:32 AM, 09.01.2020

BAYarts honors the Purdys

BAYarts' Moondance at Home benefit will honor longtime supporters, Westlake residents Linda and Tom Purdy. The Purdys and their extended family has a rich legacy of service – generation after generation volunteering and donating their collective creative spirit to the fabric of the organization.

The Purdy family has been part of the organization since its inception in 1948. Ruth Purdy, married to Tom's brother, George, was one of the first teachers when it was Baycrafters. She also taught for years at Bay Schools and when she retired, she had planned to return to teaching at BAYarts. Sadly, she passed away before that became a reality so her friends, family and students founded the Ruth Purdy Garden on BAYarts campus (adjacent to Vento in front of the caboose). Ruth's mother, Marion Hosler, was one of the original founders of Baycrafters.

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 9:19 AM, 08.18.2020

BAYarts' Thursday Market returns with new hours

Times they are a-changin' – and with new rules for social distancing and safety, BAYarts is making a conscious effort to roll things out slowly this year.

Delayed classes finally began this week and now the Summer Market returns – with new daytime hours, for the time being. Thursday Market will be held every second and fourth Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. beginning July 9.

"With the abundance of visitors to the park this year, we have taken extra precautions for safety and crowd control as we slowly reopen," explained BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "We have worked very closely with [landlord] Cleveland Metroparks, following the guidelines of the CDC for during this unusual year."

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.07.2020

A private concert

Choosing from what must be thousands of memorized pieces of music, violinist Mary Beth Ions created an hour of fun and enjoyable music on Guildord Court in the Woods of Westlake on Sunday, June 28.

From "Baby Shark" for the young ones to "Daisy, Daisy" to "The Phantom of the Opera" to Beethoven's 9th Symphony and patriotic music, she filled the hearts of the audience with her singing violin.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.07.2020

The show must go on!

While live performances have been put on hold, at Bay Village Community Theater, the show must go on! Via the technological magic of Zoom, the group will present a free reading of “The Big Sister,” a "Dragnet" radio script from 1955, on Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, at 3 p.m.

"I was disappointed that we had to cancel our spring production of 'Bleacher Bums,'" said board president John Hnat. "But we realized that our staged reading series was perfect for this new medium."

The cast has been rehearsing via Zoom from their own homes. Director Judith Mazur noted, “There are different considerations to take into account when performing on Zoom instead of live, so we did a test run with a limited audience last week, so we could get some constructive feedback.”

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 06.16.2020

Ode to the Trillium

The gentle three-petal flowers shine brightly low to the earth from which they nudge up each spring. No need to show any grandeur or largesse as daffodils do in their abundance. No colorful display is needed as do the bright red tulips not far away. No, the trillium is simply beauty and as white as the long-departed snow. They last longer and treat us with smiles long after the daffodils have died off and the tulip petals have fallen. Thank you, Trillium, for your simple consistency each year under our river birch.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.16.2020

'The Lighter Side': George Kocar at BAYarts

Bay Village native George Kocar takes a look at the lighter side in a new exhibition of his intensely colored and satirical paintings at BAYarts.

"We think this is just what we all need at this time," says BAYarts Artistic Director Karen Petkovic. "You cannot help but feel good when you look at the humor and the wonderful vibrant colors of George's work."   

A professional illustrator for American Greetings for nearly 20 years, Kocar's work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, The New York Times, Playboy and The Washington Post. His work is in many national private and corporate collections. Now retired, he works out of his Bay Village studio and is a prolific participant in local galleries and festivals and shops like BAYarts.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

BAYarts kicks off summer

In spite of the having to cancel many of BAYarts' signature "stay-cation" summer events, the campus is now open.

"Of course we are biased," says BAYarts General Manager Beth Milli, "but we think BAYarts' campus is the best place in town to reconnect with friends and take in some culture while social distancing."

Typically in summer, the arts campus is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has thousands of visitors for concerts, festivals and the Thursday market. But while those are on hold and with fewer classes as we slowly reopen, there will be shorter hours and no weekends to start. "We want to make sure we are ready to address the flow of park visitors," says Milli. "We have seen record numbers of pedestrians since the COVID-19 shut downs. It'll be interesting what the summer weather brings."

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.02.2020

How BAYarts supports artists in the time of COVID

BAYarts' mission to support artists comes in many forms. The Annual Art & Music Festival was conceived as an alternative event to other festivals that often charged large entry fees.

“The intent of this event has always been to make it affordable for artists who make their livings in this short window of summer festivals,” said BAYarts Artistic Director Karen Petkovic, “and also to keep it local and handmade.” Unfortunately, in the current crisis, this event was cancelled for the year.

BAYarts' Sullivan Family and Boldman galleries have always showcased local artists, both emerging and professional. Although BAYarts will continue to feature artists on their walls and through virtual exhibitions; the traditional gallery openings, where hundreds attend and socialize, are on hold.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:45 AM, 05.19.2020

What's happening at BAYarts

Guided by “Wine with DeWine” sessions, BAYarts' staff has been doing what they do best: innovating and finding new ways to engage the community within the new mandates outlined for safety.

BAYarts' popular classes for youth and adult will go on with many new programs rolled out. Although BAYarts has been offering online options, the mission for community and in-person engagement is where the challenge lies. During the closing, Art to Go kits, creative projects for home, have sold out to many grateful families looking for an alternative to online learning at home.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.05.2020

Masks for the whole family

In response to COVID-19 and guidelines for safety in social and workplace gatherings, the newest fashion staple is ... ta-da! Face masks! With all kinds of tutorials, do-it-yourselfers and professional sewers are working overtime to supply friends, family and front line workers.

Keeping up with the demand is going to be a challenge. But there is nothing local artists like more than a challenge and you can be sure you will see more variety and choices now that masks will be around for awhile.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.05.2020

Chamber music concert to be livestreamed May 18

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society had to postpone our April 20 concert and change it to a livestreamed event on Monday, May 18, at 7:15 p.m. Also due to the pandemic, our original artists are unable to perform this concert. Instead, we will present five local artists, including two members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Freelancers, and faculty members from Baldwin Wallace University. The music to be performed will include works by Max Bruch, Paul Creston, Henry Purcell, Joseph Turrin, and Vittorio Monti.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.05.2020

Community is everything at BAYarts

BAYarts' initial (optimistic) response to the COVID-19 news was to remain open – a request by many students and families – even if local schools closed, providing a sanctuary for the community to gather. But of course, as the information about the virus became more grim and restrictions were rolled out, the doors were closed and financial cuts had to be made with the hope that the organization will reopen on solid footing in time for the usual summer “Stay-cation” that locals have come to love.

This is where the true meaning of community shines: everyone, including (unpaid) staff members, faculty, board and volunteers have been devising ways to engage students and keep the community intact.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.07.2020

BAYarts announces winners of annual Juried Exhibition

The annual BAYarts Juried Exhibition is once again hung in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts this March. 

The judges this year were Cleveland artists John W. Carlson and Shari Wilkins.

Part of the BAYarts community for 10 years, John W. Carlson currently teaches Figure Drawing and The Basics and Beyond courses. Prior to judging, he revealed the diversity of the work was exciting. "As in most juried shows, it’s just plain difficult because there is so much good work and limited space in which to show it."

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 AM, 03.17.2020

Children's theater to be featured in BVCT's 2020 season

Bay Village Community Theater is excited to announce its 2020 season!

New this year will be a children’s theater production May 16 and 17 at 1 p.m., with auditions to be held in April for children ages 7-14. Directed by Judith Mazur, the two short plays, “Standing By” and “Romeo and Juliet’s Excellent Relationship,” both deal with school relationships. “Standing By” addresses schoolroom bullying and how various children handle the situation. “Romeo and Juliet’s Excellent Relationship” is a spoof on Shakespeare’s classic tale set in a classroom.

The theater also will continue its free “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]" series held the third weekend of even-numbered months. Next up is “A Wife for a Life” in April, followed by “Dragnet” (June), “Wurzel-Flummery” (August), “Sorry, Wrong Number” (October), and “The Shop Around the Corner” (December).

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.03.2020

Clague Playhouse presents 'An Act of the Imagination'

"An Act of the Imagination" by Bernard Slade is a masterful suspense tale involving a successful mystery writer Arthur Putnam (played by Robert Hawkes), whose latest work has strangely turned into a romance – a vivid and adulterous romance. His son Simon (Nate Homolka), his second wife Julia (Mary Alice Beck), and his editor Holly (Lainne Davis) marvel at the truthfulness of the work, remarkable since it is inconceivable that he could ever have had such an affair.

Enter a woman, Brenda (Jenny Erbs), intent on blackmail: it appears that Arthur has been trysting away from home. Death stalks: the other woman disappears and evidence incriminates Arthur in her murder. There is a conspiracy to do Arthur in, a conspiracy that entails cunning, deceit and ingenious plotting. The cast also features Kirk Brown as Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt and Pam Matthews as Brooke Carmichael and is directed by Rose Leininger.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 AM, 03.03.2020

Cleveland Philharmonic to perform concert in Westlake

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westlake Performing Arts Center. The concert will be led by guest conductor Renchang Fu, the conductor of the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. He is traveling to the United States from Germany to conduct the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a cultural exchange with the orchestra's music director, Dr. Victor Liva.

The concert will feature Shuai Wang, a member of the faculty of Cleveland State University, performing Brahms' Piano Concerto No 1. Also being performed is Lu's "Good News from Beijing" and Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.03.2020

Sample Oberlin's 'Cosi' and more at FYI: Opera

On March 12, the FYI: Opera program offers the gift of listening to great music and outstanding voices from the Oberlin Opera Theater. This event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and is provided free to the community by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

Director of Oberlin Opera Theater Jonathon Field will bring three singers who are featured in Oberlin’s upcoming full production of Mozart’s "Cosi fan Tutte." These voices are Anthony Anderson, bass; Rosamund Dyer, mezzo soprano; and tenor Gabriel Stefanides.

Oberlin Music Director Tony Cho will accompany the singers on the piano. In addition to three arias and a duet from “Cosi,” Field promises other selections from opera’s classical repertoire will be performed.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.03.2020

Demon Drama Club to stage 'Spelling Bee'

After November’s hit of "Oklahoma!", the Westlake High School Demon Drama Club is back in March with another amazing, fun-filled musical! "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" tells the story of six elementary/middle school students who are competing in a contentious match for the top prize at their county spelling bee.

The show will be directed by high school choir director Jennifer Butler and stars students Madeline Mogyordy, Jaden Beekman, Corinne Wilson, Casey Cipollone, Elliot Lockshine, Kari Adkins, Cami Wilson and Ollie Roberts, as well as high school teacher Christina Mars.

The show runs at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center from March 20-22. Tickets are $7 at the door. Come out and see this hilarious and talented cast, and maybe get an opportunity to participate on stage in the show!

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.03.2020

An evening of art songs and solo piano

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is thrilled to welcome back Spencer Myer, piano, and Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone, for an evening of art songs and solo piano on Monday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. Their program will feature works by Beethoven, Debussy, Barber and Bolcom.

An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer is well known to northeast Ohio audiences. He studied at Oberlin College Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in 2005. He has served on the faculties of conservatories at Baldwin Wallace University and Oberlin College. Since his time in Ohio, Spencer Myer has become known as one of the most important American artists of his generation, having reaped critical acclaim from around the world. He has won many international prizes and competitions and has numerous recordings including Bolcom's Piano Rags, and Brahms' Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Brian Thornton.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.03.2020

A transgender journey explored in detailed self-portraiture

"In September of 2018 I legally changed my name to Max Lukas Markwald and began painting myself once a month for a year as a way of documenting my gender transition." So begins the artist statement accompanying Markwald's latest exhibition at BAYarts, titled "Skin."

The show boasts large-scale oil paintings where Markwald showcases "obscured portraits" as a way of "hiding in full view." To accomplish this they are cropped, darkened, or perhaps show only the back of the head. One piece has fabric over the entire face, while another shows only a splay of hairy legs. The details shown are all quite masculine. "Painting a self-portrait series became a way for me to come out professionally," he explains. "I wanted to be male passing in all of the paintings, and obscuring the portrait became a natural way to achieve that."

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.18.2020

Calling all artists: Westlake's art festival is back!

The Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club is bringing back the Westlake art festival this year! Plans are already underway for the Rotary host the festival on Saturday, July 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Westlake Porter Public Library in cooperation with the Westlake Public Schools.

The Rotary is looking for top artists in Northeast Ohio to participate in exhibiting their creativity and unique artwork in a quality summer festival. In addition to artists, the Rotary is welcoming Northeast Ohio business sponsors interested in supporting this premier summer event.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.04.2020

From backyard to center stage for this 'Rising Star'

"Catch a Rising Star" is a unique musical preview of budding talent ready to blossom that will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

For the eighth year this exceptional program, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and offered free to the community, will showcase the talents of a senior student in Baldwin Wallace University's prestigious music theater program. Sydney Howard, who will perform on Feb. 18, is a "Rising Star" completing her studies in the BW program.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.04.2020

Pam Mills explores 'Wanderlust' at BAYarts

Pam Mills is displaying her exhibition, "Wanderlust: Faces from Places," this month at BAYarts in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. In it, she shows candidly captured moments from all over the world, inviting viewers to join in her spirited wandering.

Mills has always been fond of travel and started her adventures early in life. "Living in the U.K., European travel was pretty accessible. My first trip, I was 16 ... I was invited by my Auntie Olwen who had bought a villa on the island of Menorca. That was the start of my wanderlust! She is 94 this spring and has traveled the world until six years ago. I hope I can continue in her footsteps!"

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.04.2020

For one day only: Meet Catherine of Aragon at Clague Playhouse

Catherine of Aragon was Queen of England from June 1509 until May 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Henry’s elder brother, Arthur.

The daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was 3 years old when she was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales. They married in 1501, but Arthur died five months later. Catherine subsequently married Arthur’s younger brother, the recently ascended Henry VIII, in 1509.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.04.2020

Emma Wolpert explores her Chinese roots at BAYarts

This month, BAYarts has an exhibition that hits close to home. In "Finding My Home, Finding Myself," photographer Emma Wolpert displays images taken on a return visit to Huazhou, China. It was there that she was abandoned at a bus stop and taken to an orphanage.

The orphanage Wolpert was taken to is called Huazhou Social Welfare Institution, founded back in 1930. Prior to 1995, children had to live there until age 18 when they got a job, or else they stayed at the orphanage. But in November 1995 the orphanage allowed some of the children to be adopted. That April, Wolpert was adopted (at 8 months old) and then raised in Bay Village.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.21.2020

'Heroes' continues Clague's 91st season

It is August 1959, France, in a home for retired military men, where World War I vets Henri (played by Bob Goddard), Philippe (Ron Newell) and Gustave (Robert Hawkes) pass their days gossiping, reminiscing and exasperating one another with harebrained schemes to escape.

The play is a softly heroic treatment of three war heroes for whom death is a familiar presence. They decide to take on one final adventure – granted, an impossible and faintly ridiculous adventure – before the outside world completely forgets them.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.21.2020

Phaeton Piano Trio from Germany to perform local concert

After years of touring Europe, Asia and South America, the Phaeton Piano Trio is making its first tour to the United States where it will perform at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Frick Collection in New York City, and the San Jose Chamber Music Society in California. Notably, between New York and California, the Trio will also perform at the Rocky River Chamber Music Society! The Trio will play classic works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák on Monday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.21.2020

Warm up at BAYarts this winter

Stay tuned for the expanded 2020 BAYarts calendar this winter, thanks to renovations on the former Playhouse.

"The new Hearth Room and patio have enabled us to offer year-round events," says BAYarts Creative Programming Director Pam Mills.

BAYarts Events Coordinator Karry York agrees. "The Hearth room has given us a new space with greater capacity. It allows for more and bigger events."

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:09 AM, 12.17.2019

Just Breathe: Bay resident Eliza Wing launches new book

Looking for peace and calm in the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle? Bay Village resident of 25 years, Eliza Wing has the answer in her recently published book, "Just Breathe: A Simple Guide to Mindful Meditation."

Wing, who is a longtime meditator and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, teaches workshops and classes in the area. When asked about how long it took to for her to become proficient in meditation, Wing is careful to emphasize that there's never a finished perfect product. "It sort of presupposes an 'end state,' so it's a tricky question."

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:14 AM, 12.03.2019

The heART of Cleveland at BAYarts this December

Courtesy of curator and local artist Scott Kraynak, "The heART of Cleveland" is coming to BAYarts for the holiday season. The exhibition is based on the book of the same name, which was released last year. Artists from the current book, as well as a future book, will be featured.

It was at the Grand Canyon that Kraynak came up with the idea for the project. "I was just thinking about home, which was a common occurrence, and thought about all the great features of the city, but even more so, thought about all the great artists born and bred in Cleveland." This lead to the idea for a book of Cleveland artists of "all styles in all fields who are from the city."

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.19.2019

BAYarts Holiday Shop expands with food mart

Each year, BAYarts opens up its doors wide for the holiday season. It all kicks off with the Holiday Shop Open House on Nov. 23 and continues through December.

Artistic Director Karen Petkovic loves the handmade and local aspects of the shop. "We are so proud of our Northeast Ohio artists and love that we have the ability to showcase them in our shop throughout the year and provide more space for them to do what they do for us during the holidays."  

This year, Kili Watson-Samad of My Turquoise Kitten will be offering whimsical jewelry like no other, featuring mini items made into earrings. Bringing in repurposed handbags and accessories is Girl's Best Trend, who finds that neckties work as the perfect purse strap. Petkovic says, "They're always original works, beautifully designed and executed."

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.05.2019

'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' is a mid-autumn opera delight

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council hosted its FYI Opera event at Westlake Porter Public Library. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Conservatory of Music-Opera Theater, presented opera students Colin Anderson, Maggie Kinabrew and alumnus Andrew Lipian. Tony Cho, music director, accompanied the singers. Mr. Anderson is a bass baritone; Ms. Kinabrew is a soprano; Mr. Lipian is a counter-tenor. 

The three promising singers performed arias from their upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Benjamin Britten’s 20th century opera adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.05.2019