Arts & Entertainment

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 cbgarden.org 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

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

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

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 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