Arts & Entertainment

Christmas comes to Porter Library

The Westlake Garden Club “decked the halls” at Westlake Porter Public Library on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Garden club members arrived at the library with bags, baskets and boxes of holiday trimmings. 

A seven-foot-tall tree was put into place, lights were meticulously attached to limbs, baby’s breath garlands were draped, and the ornaments were hung. A nature theme had been selected and the tree decorating committee met several times, including a workshop to craft some of the unique and creative ornaments. 

Pine cones were decorated with ribbon, dried cockscomb was fashioned into angels, dried gourds became birds, and twigs became critters. Snow people with twig arms, hats, scarves and whole clove eyes add a touch of whimsy. There are owls in abundance, including a large owl gracing the top of the tree. Dried flowers tucked in here and there add color and continue the nature theme.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:45 AM, 12.11.2012

Sculpture, on and off a pedestal

For centuries, works of sculpture, in stone and metals, depicting military or tribal warriors sitting on a horse and statesmen, sitting or standing, were the accepted norm. Unusual paths that innovative sculptors have opened over the past four or five decades were the topic of a panel discussion by four contemporary sculptors on Dec. 5 at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Russian-born artist Irina Koukhanova, who heads the sculpture program at Cleveland State University, described the progression of innovative ideas of art form from the 1930s to the modern broader view that integrates sound, words, light, a myriad of materials and space use. She noted the evolution of classical sculpture from objects of precious metals on a pedestal led to a viewpoint that asks, “What is an art object?” And as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it follows that art is in the eye of the viewer.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:50 AM, 12.11.2012

BAYarts features artist and instructor Andrea Serafino

This winter, BAYarts is highlighting local ceramic artist and teacher Andrea Serafino. The Cleveland Institute of Art graduate has been an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community Collage for eighteen years. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, she taught the young minds of the children’s program for sixteen years and was also on the board of trustees at SPACES Gallery. Serafino also took part in the East/West Alternative Gallery and was director for two years. 

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.11.2012

'The Winter Wonderettes' at Huntington Playhouse

“The Winter Wonderettes” conclude the Huntington Playhouse season with performances through Dec. 16. The Wonderettes are back and they are entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Winter Wonderland” and many other seasonal favorites, to save the day. The result is, of course, marvelous! This entertaining show will delight audiences of all ages.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:37 AM, 12.11.2012

Cleveland Foundation grant funds online registration at BAYarts

With the growing popularity of BAYarts' art enrichment programs came the need to streamline the process. In the past, each time someone registered they had to fill out a new form. If it was for a child, a health form too. If they were renewing their membership there was another form. 

On the staff side, additional steps were taken for recording payments, logging students into master books, updating the master database, filing all the paper, and in the case of adult classes, sending out supply lists. With the new system, it takes one step to accomplish all of this!

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:39 AM, 12.11.2012

Storm-delayed sculpture discussion rescheduled for Dec. 5

The discussion on “Issues in Contemporary Sculpture” which was canceled due to the notorious Sandy, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. 

Ann Albano, executive director of The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, will moderate the panel of highly qualified and gifted artists. Following the panel’s dialog, there will be time for audience questions and responses.

Albano will begin the program with a PowerPoint presentation on the Cleveland-Boston Sculpture Exchange which was held this past summer. The exchange brought the works of ten Boston sculptors to Cleveland while works of 12 northeastern Ohio artists were exhibited in Boston.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:41 AM, 11.27.2012

BAYarts receives grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

On Nov. 19, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced grants to 175 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County.  The grant awards were approved by CAC’s board of trustees after an in-depth application process, a review by a panel of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio and finally the allocation of funds by CAC trustees.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:35 AM, 11.27.2012

BAYarts invites you to meet the artists

To highlight the work of featured artists in BAYarts' annual Holiday Shop, three events will allow you enjoy extended holiday shopping, refreshments and socializing. On Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., best selling author J. Powel Ogden will be on hand to sign copies of "The Guardian's Playlist," her latest book. Virginia (Ginny) Cascarilla will personalize
Nora's Collectible Cards, which feature her paintings and benefit Project ALS. 

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Julie Holmes will present Holiday Sabika jewelry. Proceeds from this event will benefit BAYarts' education enrichment programs. Meet Julie from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House and enjoy extended hours in the Holiday Shop.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:34 AM, 11.27.2012

Experiencing printmaking in the 21st century

One dictionary defines “artist” as “somebody who does something skillfully and creatively.” The people who attended a program by Phyllis Fannin on Nov. 8 at Porter Library were well aware that they were experiencing an artist of skill and creativity who is fired by a passion for her work. 

While the art of print making, lithography, dates back to the late 1700s, Fannin works in a relatively new (20 years) method called paper lithography or Xerox lithography. While using modern technology might suggest a quick process, nothing could be further from the truth. Fannin said each of her prints takes about two months to complete.

A display of completed prints revealed Fannin’s creativity, her attention to detail and a compelling strength and beauty. Her slide presentation provided insights on her work and her studio.

But Fannin’s demonstration of paper lithography, producing a print, using toner-based black and white photocopies, rolled with oil-based printers’ ink, in a water resist, drew the complete attention of her audience.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.13.2012

'A little song, a little dance, a little egg nog down your pants': Christmas musical opens at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse presents the area premiere of “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” a delightful and unexpected mix of show-tune song parodies and Charles Dickens’ classic tale. It’s laugh-out-loud, roll-in-the-aisles funny, but it also hews close to the Dickens narrative. Featured in our cast are Elicia J. Bryant as The Woman (Who Also Isn't Scrooge), Justin Edenhofer as The Man (Who Isn't Scrooge), and Mark Seven as Scrooge.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:16 AM, 11.13.2012

Artist to share her journey of expression through printmaking

Artist Phyllis Fannin will present “A Woman’s Journey in Print,” on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. Her program outlines a 20-year focus of feminine emotions of her generation and her lithographic art which captures these emotions.

As part of her program, Fannin who has been specializing in the use of photocopies for her printing plates, will give a demonstration of a hand-pressed version of the “paper lithography” printing process. She describes this 20-year-old process as one that uses toner-based photocopies that roll-up with oil-based printers ink in a water resist, as in traditional lithography.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:32 PM, 10.30.2012

Six CIM voices reveal beauty of 'The Secret Marriage'

David Bamberger, director of opera theater at the Cleveland Institute of Music, described Domenico Cimarosa as the Andrew Lloyd Webber of the 1790s. Then six CIM voice students, who accompanied Bamberger to Westlake Porter Public Library, on Oct. 16, proved Cimarosa’s music still captures audiences.

This Italian opera composer wrote more than 80 operas, including "Il matrimonio segreto" ("The Secret Marriage"), considered to be his masterpiece. Bamberger and company previewed CIM’s upcoming Nov. 7 to 10 production of this work at the FYI: Opera program, presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

Cimarosa’s comic opera is filled with glorious music and funny situations revealing very recognizable traits of human nature. The opera’s voice and drama challenges were more than capably met by the talented, enthusiastic CIM students.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:30 PM, 10.30.2012

Judith Brandon wins top honors in BAYarts' 50th annual juried show

The subject matter of Judith Brandon's work originates from the Weather Channel, travels and experiences. Oceans, rain, mist and ice, water in all of its forms and locations are an endless source of inspiration: tides of the ocean, the power of a tsunami or hurricane, the calm of a wetland – each event and waterscape is an opportunity to explore the earth’s beauty and fragility.

Judith was chosen Best of Show by judges Susan Channing and Del Rey Leven out of more than 100 entries. Best of Show was awarded $500; cash prizes were awarded to several other artists including: James P. Hendy (first place), George Kocar (second) and Gary Schmidt (third). John W. Carlson, James March and Judy Takacs won Jury Awards. The Pat Catan award went to Gail Crum and The Red Dot Project award to Ursula Ryan.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:41 PM, 10.30.2012

Two shows left in Huntington Playhouse season

With two shows remaining in the Huntington Playhouse 2012 season, there is still plenty of time to see good theatre at great prices. On stage currently is the suspense thriller “Deathtrap” playing through Nov. 4.  

A once-successful writer of Broadway thrillers is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from one of his students; a script he recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. Suspense mounts when he suggests collaboration with the student on the script.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:40 PM, 10.30.2012

Call for artists: BAYarts Holiday Shop

Each year, hundreds of holiday shoppers flock to the festive BAYarts Gallery Shop where regional artists of all disciplines sell their hand-crafted, one-of-a kind work – painting, photography, jewelry, fabric, ceramics and everything in between.

Now called "Marge's Shop" the shop has recently been dedicated to the memory of Margaret Conway, mother, grandmother and lover of shopping! The easy-going alternative to the multitude of holiday fairs and shopping malls, BAYarts promises plenty of free parking, no lines, cheerful volunteers and free gift wrap.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:41 PM, 10.30.2012

Four artists to discuss issues of contemporary sculpture

A panel of highly qualified and gifted artists will discuss “Issues in Contemporary Sculpture” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Ann Albano, executive director of The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, will moderate the panel discussion. Following the panel’s dialog, there will be time for audience questions and responses.

Albano will begin the program with a PowerPoint presentation on the Cleveland-Boston Sculpture Exchange which was held this past summer. The exchange brought the works of ten Boston sculptors to Cleveland while works of 12 northeastern Ohio artists were exhibited in Boston.

The panel of four Cleveland-based artists who will share their expertise are Elizabeth A. Emery, Irina Koukhanova, Nancy Prudic and Robert Thurmer. Each of their life stories, schooling and experiences are as unique and individual as their art, which was included in the Sculpture Exchange.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.16.2012

'Deathtrap' opens at Huntington Playhouse

The Huntington Playhouse season continues with a production of the suspense thriller “Deathtrap,” opening on Oct. 18 and playing through Nov. 4. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Nov. 4 at 2p.m.

A once successful writer of Broadway thrillers is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from one of his students, a script he recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. Suspense mounts when he suggests collaboration with the student on the script.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.16.2012

Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters to host Halloween costume party fundraiser Oct. 20

Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters will host a Halloween costume party for adults on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7-11 p.m. at St. Clarence Church Hall, 30106 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Cost of the event is $25 per person and ticket includes heavy appetizers, beer, wine, pop, music and dancing. Event proceeds support Bay High School and Bay Middle School athletic teams and programs.

Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters President Steve Kowalski said, “We decided it would be fun to throw a Halloween party for adults and came up with the tag line, ‘Why should the kids have all the fun?’"

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.02.2012

Creative, versatile, humorous Chris Morris shares stories behind newspaper illustrations

A photo of two Winsor & Newton paint brushes – one with only a few bristles left and the other with its ferrule full. Guess which one was used by Plain Dealer visual journalist Chris Morris as he created 2,000 drawings? The audience at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council quarterly event Sept. 18 at Westlake Porter Public Library saw an impressive body of Morris’ artwork as well as the sparsely-bristled brush that had been used for nearly 2,000 of his ink drawings. That number, however, is just a percentage of the art that Morris has created. The 542 figures he inked over the course of eight weeks to honor each Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee may offer a clue regarding the size of his portfolio.

Chris Morris opened his presentation with: “I like drawing.” He also likes Cleveland. He admires how The Plain Dealer embraces visuals and is “fearless” when it comes to size of the art on a page. He is complimentary of his colleagues. He likes to draw people. He likes to tell a story in visual form.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.02.2012

'The 39 Steps' playing at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse presents “The 39 Steps” through Oct. 7. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

In "The 39 Steps," a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! Don't miss this laugh-filled suspense thriller where four actors play over 100 different roles!

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.02.2012

Invitational art exhibit showcases CFA award winners

The Winners Circle, an invitational juried art exhibit of award-winning art will be held at the Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 28105 Clemens Rd., Westlake, from Oct. 12 through Nov. 8. The event is a collaboration of efforts between the sports club and the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

A “Meet the Artists” wine and cheese opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Five Seasons. A popular choice award will be voted on at the opening reception. Tickets for the reception are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.02.2012

Unleash your inner artist in 'Art for Adults' classes

The Westlake Schools present Art for Adults, three fall evening classes – take one or all three – on Tuesdays in November.

Charcoal & Chocolate will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, Batik Art & Bakery will be held Nov. 20, and Art & Appetizers will be held Nov. 27. All classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. at Parkside Intermediate School and cost $30 each ($35 for non-residents).

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:29 AM, 10.02.2012

FYI Opera gossip is 'The Secret Marriage'

An opera so popular at its premier, the cast was asked to do an encore of the entire opera, will be previewed on Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. 

Domenico Cimarosa’s comic opera "Il matrimonio segreto" ("The Secret Marriage"), considered to be the composer’s greatest masterpiece, will be given form and dimension through the expert handling of David Bamberger, director of opera theater at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Bamberger not only provides intriguing (and sometimes juicy) background details of the opera’s time period and the composer’s life, but he also brings talented CIM student vocalists to perform selected arias from the opera. Regular FYI: Opera attendees eagerly anticipate the delightful experience of hearing gifted voices singing great music in an intimate space within the framework of Bamberger’s knowledge and humor.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.02.2012

Call for entries: BAYarts' 50th annual juried show opens Oct. 12

BAYarts continues the tradition started 50 years ago by Baycrafters with an annual fall juried show opening Oct. 12 in the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House. This year's exhibition is expected to draw a record number of entries for cash prizes and other awards.

The show will be judged by Susan Channing, former SPACES director, educator and artist; and Del Rey Loven, a professor at University of Akron and artist. Artists can download entry forms with guidelines at www.bayarts.net/gallery, request via email at info@bayarts.net or pick one up at BAYarts.

The awards will be announced at the opening reception on Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m. at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Rd. The show will run through Nov. 2.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.02.2012

'The 39 Steps' opens at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse's 2012 season continues with “The 39 Steps,” opening on Sept. 20 and playing through Oct. 7.  Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and one Sunday matinee on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

In "The 39 Steps," based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! Don't miss this laugh-filled suspense thriller where four actors play over 100 different roles! The show has been described as "the Marx Brothers meet Hitchcock.”

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.18.2012

The mystery 'Tainted Justice' opens Clague Playhouse's 85th season

"Tainted Justice" by Don Nigro is drawn from facts surrounding a real murder mystery on Cape Breton Island in 1913. By turns funny, haunting and frightening, this intricately plotted investigation into what can truly be known about other people and their motives weaves memory, testimony and scenes of twisted confrontation into a compelling tapestry of darkness and light. 

The production is directed by Ron Newell and is on stage now through Oct. 7 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (sold out on Sept. 27). Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors (60+) and students and may be purchased by calling the box office, 440-331-0403, Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Cash, check, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.18.2012

Art Academy for kids begins at BAYarts

Art Academy is designed for children with a real passion for the arts. Beginning Sept. 22, two groups of children, ages six to eight and ages nine and up, will meet on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for eight weeks. Arts Exploration is the theme this fall as students will have the unique opportunity of working with four different instructors for two weeks each, giving them a variety of different art experiences. The eight-week class will conclude with a Gallery Show celebrating the work of each student. Cost is $150 for BAYarts members, $165 for non-members. Space is limited, call 440-871-6543 to register.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.18.2012

They don't just teach art, they're artists

BAYarts staff and faculty teach and exhibit the work of others, but often are not recognized for their own work. The Dianne Boldman Gallery is dedicated to exhibits by faculty, students and staff working on the campus.

Opening on Sept. 7 in conjunction with "Three Views" in the Fuller Gallery, "Pathways" is a mixed media exhibition by education assistant Julie Cikra and faculty member Kiane Padrutt.

"Pathways" documents the routes and pathways we travel. Ms. Padrutt examines the back roads and the routes less traveled with her large scale paintings and ceramic work. Through small encaustic (hot wax) paintings and large mixed media works, Ms. Cikra looks at our human pathways through technology and transportation.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:55 AM, 09.05.2012

PD's 'visual journalist' to present program in Westlake

The Plain Dealer’s talented illustrator Chris Morris will present a program at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Quarterly Event on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library. His presentation, “Chris Morris, Visual Journalist,” will include a 22-foot-wide drawing of all Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

He describes his journey into journalism as accidental. “I am an illustrator at heart. I just stumbled into journalism after college,” Morris said. With his creativity and skill, Morris has fused the two spheres using a wide range of media and style.  When he worked as a one-man department at a Las Vegas newspaper, he was told: “I thought your paper had a team of artists because there are so many different styles of illustration."

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:54 AM, 09.05.2012

Three painters, three views

Opening Friday, Sept. 7, in BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery, three award-winning painters, David Ward, Edward Beyer and Ken Smith, exhibit their paintings.

The painters have all had long careers as professional artists and are members of BAYarts Open Studio Group. Although they work in many media and on many subjects, this show is devoted to their plein air studies and studio works. The show runs through September. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:53 AM, 09.05.2012

Huntington Playhouse announces fall classes and productions

Huntington Playhouse still has openings for their Fall Children’s Theatre program which starts on Sept. 8, and runs each Saturday until Oct. 27. The class will be taught by Judith Mazur and will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The classes are performance related and conclude with a mystery/Halloween production. Cost is $95.

“The All Night Strut” continues its run through Sept. 9. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the production concluding on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. Swing's the thing – and nowhere more than in this classy, sassy musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s. Here is a two-act bonanza filled with jazz, blues, bebop and standards from such legendary songwriters as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins. Tickets are $20, with senior rates on the Friday and Sunday show.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:54 AM, 09.05.2012

Annual CFA art show award winners named

Choosing winners from the rich deposit of entries for the "Community of Fine Arts,” the annual juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is always a challenge. This year judges faced the added dimension of dealing with the largest collection of works in the show’s 13-year history.

Four professional artists, Neil Doren, Mike Guyot, Bill Mannion and Robert Moyer, judged the entries in four categories. A $150 cash award was made for the first-place choice in each of the categories. The awards were made as follows.

Watercolor: First place - Marie Sovacool, “Dusty Job.” Honorable Mention – Polly Barrett, “Abstraction”; Christine England, “Jane”; Mary Ann Popovich, “Cyclamen”; Ken Marshall, “Pacific Northwest”

Oil/Acrylic: First place – Barbara Hall, “Frozen Vapor.” Honorable Mention – Gusztav Veres, “Still Life with Eggs”; Barbara Cawley, “East 4th Blues”

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.21.2012

Women's Board invites you to an 'All Night Strut'

Each year, the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board sponsors a play at the nearby Huntington Playhouse as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Center. This year, they are pleased to present "The All Night Strut" on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 each and are on sale now at the Center's welcome desk during regular hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by phone daily at 440-871-2900.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.21.2012

'The All Night Strut!' and fall classes at Huntington Playhouse

“The All Night Strut!” opens at Huntington Playhouse on Aug. 16 and will play through Sept. 9. Performances of this musical review will be on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

A classy, sassy musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s, “The All Night Strut!” struts its stuff in a two-act bonanza of the way things were during the depression, World War II and the post-war boom. From the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco and the romance of the Stage Door Canteen, this is an evening filled with jazz, blues, bebop and classic songs. An international hit, “The All Night Strut!”  has delighted audiences old and young with its sublime music and sheer energy. Famous songs include "Minnie The Moocher," "In The Mood," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Hit That Jive, Jack" and "As Time Goes By."

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.21.2012

Clague Playhouseís 85th season begins in September

Clague Playhouse is pleased to announce their 2012-2013 lineup. The season kicks off with “Tainted Justice” from Sept. 14 to Oct. 7, followed by “A Broadway Christmas Carol” from Nov. 9 to Dec. 9; “Gulf View Drive” from Jan. 11, 2013, to Feb. 3; “Almost, Maine” from March 8 to 30; and “Black Tie” from May 3 to 26. 

Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for all shows are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors and students, and may be purchased by calling the box office, 440-331-0403, Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Cash, check, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Rd. in Westlake.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:29 AM, 08.07.2012

Annual CFA art show has largest showing to date

When the 2012 "Community of Fine Arts” opens on Aug. 6, it will mark the largest collection of works in its 13-year history. CFA is a juried art show presented annually by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

This collection of original works by amateur and professional artists will be on display through Aug. 18 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., during library hours. Following the two-week exhibit, a “Meet the Artists” reception, which is open to the public, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:19 AM, 07.24.2012

The art of papermaking on display at BAYarts

For the first time, the Morgan Art of Paper Making Conservation and Educational foundation will exhibit their archives devoted to the art of papermaking in the Sullivan Gallery in the Fuller House at BAYarts.

Director Tom Balbo along with Bruce Taylor will curate the exhibit of prints, paper and altered books featuring the work of Maggie Denk-Leigh, Margaret Bakke, Shelly DiCello-Ahearn, Claudio Orzo-Giacone, John Thorp and others. The show opens with a reception Friday, August 10, 7-9 p.m., and continues through August 30. Fuller House hours are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.24.2012

'1776' on stage now at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse currently is running the patriotic musical “1776” now through August 5. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on August 5 at 2 p.m.

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! With a brilliant score by Sherman Edwards, this musical follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they try to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:12 AM, 07.24.2012

Celebrating the life of Ruth Purdy, the arts and the perks of being a Westsider

There are several reasons that people love living on the west side of Cleveland: great communities, excellent schools, world class dining, art and music, as well as an appreciation of nature. The Westshore is a wonderful region of the country on a beautiful lake, with a focus on the family and a solid appreciation of how fortunate we are. Perhaps no one understood this better than Ruth Purdy Leslie, and on Sunday, July 15, her life and contributions to our community will be honored.

Ruth Purdy Leslie was a member of the local educational community as an art teacher at Bay Village Middle School. She taught hundreds, maybe thousands of children in her time, passing on the gift of art appreciation, leaving a lasting impression. When she passed away unexpectedly last year, her friends and family created a scholarship fund to allow children ages pre-K through grade 12 unable to pay for BAYarts art enrichment offerings a means to do so.   

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:50 PM, 07.10.2012

Diabetes fundraiser to be held July 20

Join friends of Lakewood Hospital for Starry Night: All Jazzed Up! Recognized as one of the west side’s premier events of the summer, Starry Night brings together the community to make a difference in the fight against diabetes.  

Held outside under a large tent on the hospital campus, highlights of the evening include food stations with a variety of delicious offerings prepared by the staff of Aramark, a silent auction and raffle, and entertainment by Killer Watt Hours.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:49 PM, 07.10.2012