Arts & Entertainment

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 Playhouse’s 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

Three Westlake teens earn spots on rock music tour

Three Westlake teenagers, all students at Rocky River’s School of Rock, will perform July 3-10 at rock venues throughout the Midwest alongside professional bands and with the franchise’s most talented young musicians hailing from surrounding states. Students landing a spot on School of Rock’s AllStars Tour represent the top tier talent coming out of the national music program.

Westlake teens making the LOVE HOPE STRENGTH AllStars Tour include Westlake High School students Jake Cohen, 17, and Dan Hyland, 16, and recent St. Ignatius graduate Evan Nickels, 18.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 06.26.2012

Popular SJMC arts festival back after one-year hiatus

Now nineteen years strong, the St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts will bring more than 200 fine artists and craftpersons from across the country to Westlake. The 2012 Festival of the Arts will welcome the community on the following dates and times: Friday, July 6, from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To assist with parking issues, a shuttle bus service will drop off and pick up festival-goers at the Church on the Rise (directly across the street from the hospital on Crocker Road). There will be ample parking close to the event, and a small fee for parking.
 
As in the past, admission to the Festival is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items which will be donated to local food banks. Also SJMC's Community Outreach will offer free health screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday only. The free screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. The tradition of an outdoor Sunday Mass on the last day of the Festival will continue this year at 9 a.m. on July 8.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 10:00 AM, 06.26.2012

Annual 'Community of Fine Arts' show accepting entries

The 13th annual "Community of Fine Arts,” a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, will take place August 6-18 at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., during library hours.

Original works by amateur or professional artists, 18 years or older, that are one of a kind, and not previously exhibited in this show, may be submitted by the July 14 deadline.

Four professional artists will judge accepted entries in four categories. A $150 cash award will be given for the first place choice in each of these categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Charcoal/Pastel/Pencil/Ink Drawing; Photography. For further entry information, call Jean at 440-835-1877 or Tom Nowicki at 440-871-0957.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.26.2012

Patriotic band concert and veteran recognition on June 28

The Westlake Music Boosters are presenting the fifth annual Patriotic Band Spectacular on Thursday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake Performing Arts Center adjacent to the high school, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The band features current and alumni members of the Westlake High School Band and Jazz Band in addition to community musicians. The band is under the direction of Mr. Ray Walczuk, Westlake High School's instrumental music teacher.

A special feature of the concert is recognition of veterans in the audience. Veterans are invited to sign in when they arrive and they will be recognized personally and by their military branch. Mr. Tom Mays, president of the Westlake Board of Education, will lead the recognition.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.26.2012

Get ready for Bay Days, June 30-July 4

Bay Village's 60th annual Independence Day celebration, Bay Days, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, will take place Saturday, June 30, shut down on Sunday, July 1 (in accordance with the Cahoon Will agreement), and then resume on Monday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 4 – all at Cahoon Park.

Booths and rides will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, thrill-seekers can enjoy all the rides for the flat rate of $15 with a ride wristband.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 10:02 AM, 06.26.2012

July 15 'Music for Ruth' event honors Ruth Purdy-Leslie

On Sunday, July 15 from 5 to 8 p.m., a benefit for BAYarts' Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund will feature music by local bands Back Bay and Juke Box Heroes (plan to sing along to your favorite oldies). Tickets will include food and beverage, including pulled chicken sandwiches and hotdogs; Mitchell's ice cream, beer and other refreshments will be available for donations. T-shirts commemorating the event were designed by one of Ruth's former students. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for kids if purchased in advance. Call BAYarts at 440-871-6543 or stop in to purchase during regular office hours.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.26.2012

BAYarts Art and Music Festival adds 20 new artists

BAYarts' annual Art and Music Festival will be held June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., across the BAYarts Huntington Campus. With the popularity of the event growing, artist participation has doubled, offering new, unique and affordable original art to purchase.

The event was created to provide an affordable alternative to many local art festivals whose entry fees can be prohibitive for many artists. BAYarts offers an affordable rate and artists keep 100 percent of their sales.

Along with the over 40 artist booths, Mojo’s at BAYarts will be offering summertime fare such as their popular “On the Go Lunches,” kids take-away meals, smoothies and more. Vento Trattoria’s patio will be a popular destination during the festival for the view, the full menu and libations.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.12.2012

Basics of bike maintenance classes offered

Village Bicycle Cooperative is offering a four-class series on the basics of bike maintenance. The series costs $25 (participants may donate more to the cooperative if they would like). There are two offerings, Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

The dates are as follows:
Lesson 1: Talk the Talk – Tuesday, June 19 or Thursday, June 21
Lesson 2: Stop & Roll – Tuesday, June 26 or or Thursday, June 28
Lesson 3: Gearing Up – Tuesday, July 10 or or Thursday, July 12
Lesson 4: Share The Road – Tuesday, July 17 or Thursday, July 19

There are only six spots in each class. Please email jennifer@villagebicycle.org to register.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.12.2012

Collective Arts Journal becomes a quarterly

Hot off the presses, The Collective Arts Network of Greater Cleveland has re-issued its annual all-in-one arts directory. The CAN Journal was conceived by Liz Maugans of Zygote Press in Clevelands Arts Quarter, in response to the lack of media relating to the arts.

It encompasses art venues from Orange to Bay Village. The journal is free to the public and is paid for by CAN members, the Ohio Arts Council and advertising. The journal will now be available quarterly at all participating arts organizations, libraries and other art venues in the region in an easier to read format.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.12.2012

I'll Have Another wins again

"It's Bodemeister! No! It's I'll Have Another! I'll Have Another wins!"

I love horses and I love to watch racing. At the Kentucky Derby, I was betting on Union Rags, but it was a battle between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another. On May 19 was the Preakness. We sat down to watch the race and it became clear that it would be another battle between Bodemeister and  I'll Have Another.

Bodemeister came out immediately from the gate and so did I'll Have Another. I'll Have Another slowed a bit and went back to about fourth or fifth place. Bodemeister kept going strong the whole race. It was between Bodemeister and Creative Cause for about 10 seconds, but then I'll Have Another came up with a sudden boost of energy and he passed Creative Cause.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.30.2012

'Nunsense' opens Huntington Playhouse season

Huntington Playhouse will open their 2012 season with a production of “Nunsense.” The musical will open on May 17 and play through June 3. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. with one Sunday matinee June 3. The production is directed by Tom Meyrose and features David Coxe as the musical director with Josh Landis doing the choreography.

Due to an unfortunate accident in the kitchen of the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent, some 52 nuns have gone on to their “reward.” Unfortunately, the nunnery lacks the funds to bury them all. With four sisters still in cold storage, the Reverend Mother decides that she and her remaining nuns will put on a talent show, with the proceeds going towards the Little Sisters' funeral fund.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 05.15.2012

Remember Clague Playhouse during your spring cleaning

It’s Barn Sale time again at Clague Playhouse! We will gladly accept your gently used donations of household items, outdoor equipment, antiques, collectibles and baked goods! PLEASE no children, spouses or clothes!

Donations may be dropped off at the theater June 6-9, from 1-6 p.m., and June 13-15, from 1-8 p.m. The date of the sale is Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover will be accepted. Proceeds will be used towards the purchase of a new street sign. Questions, contact the box office at 440-331-0403.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 05.15.2012

Celebrate summer solstice with two spiritual mediums!

Join a live demonstration of mediumship and participate in a gallery-style Message Event on Saturday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Clague Playhouse!

Your guides, Susan and Marjorie, are multi-faceted, Lilly Dale-trained professionals. In a group setting, many spirits are able to “get through”! Although not everyone receives a personal message, you will be taken on a guided meditation to help you learn to connect with your loved ones in spirit!

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 05.15.2012

Meeting Madeleine Albright a memorable experience

Interest in former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was piqued when I discovered she had written “Read My Pins,” a book about her vast collection of brooches. Feeling not completely dressed without a brooch, my purchasing that book was a must.

“Read My Pins” provided insight to Madeleine Albright’s persona. Katie’s Heart Pin, a ceramic heart created by her daughter Katie, is one of her most “precious brooches.” To reflect her mood while meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat about the need for compromise in the Middle East, she wore a bee pin (knowing that she was going to "stir up a swarm"). In a meeting where there was a need to feel or express hope, she would select a sunburst design, made of gilded brass.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:39 AM, 05.15.2012

BAYarts' annual ceramics show inspired by 'Sacred Vessels'

Each year, BAYarts' advanced pottery students conceive, create and curate a show of their work inspired by a central theme. In past years, the shows were inspired by Tuscany, Asia and Mexico.

This year's theme is "Sacred Vessels." Most pieces are for sale at affordable prices and help support the ceramic studio at BAYarts. Moira Beale, head of BAYarts' Ceramic Department and instructor of the advanced students, feels the "soup to nuts" planning and executing of the yearly show teaches students how a gallery works and how to present their work.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:38 AM, 05.15.2012

Community and alumni band musicians invited to join summer band

Experienced band musicians from Westlake and surrounding communities are invited to join with high school musicians to perform in the Westlake Music Boosters’ 5th Annual Patriotic Band Spectacular at the Westlake Performing Arts Center. 

This special summer concert will be held on Thursday, June 28. It features patriotic music and a special recognition of veterans. Four rehearsals will be held in June. If you would like to participate, please contact Mr. Ray Walczuk at 440-250-1014 or walczuk@westlake.k12.oh.us for further information.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:34 AM, 05.15.2012

Exhibition connects artists across generations

Shortly after the reception opened, the room was filled with students of all ages, eyes searching for the familiar colors and strokes of their masterpiece. When found among the many pieces of artwork at the Bridging Across Generations art show, shouts of “Look, there’s mine!” rang out.

So began the fifth annual exhibition of Westlake students’ artwork at Rae-Ann Suburban Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on April 24. Pieces ranging from watercolor scenes to penciled self-portraits to ceramic sculptures were judged by local artists Marge Widmar, Christine England and Mary Lou Ferbert. Rae-Ann Suburban’s residents also had a good time selecting two winners of their own, and the students voted for their favorite from a display of the residents’ artwork.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:07 AM, 05.01.2012

Aquarelle Society Art Show

The Aquarelle Society is exhibiting watercolor paintings of some of its members in the main hallway in Westlake City Hall. The show contains 37 original watercolors painted by society members from the West Shore. The Aquarelle Society has been active for 16 years meeting weekly with art teachers to improve skills through instruction, learning from each other and painting for personal enjoyment and artistic fulfillment. The show runs until May 18 at Westlake City Hall located at 27700 Hilliard Blvd. and is open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:29 AM, 05.01.2012