Arts & Entertainment

Reception to celebrate COFA winners

The 2017 Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show, continues to exhibit over 100 works of art at Westlake’s Porter Public Library through Saturday, Aug. 26. On that last day, Aug. 26, the Westlake Westshore Arts Council will hold a Meet the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m. One and all are invited to meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, and watch the creators of winning works receive awards.

Three art experts, Stuart Pearl, Patricia Hanahan Sigmier and Cathy Welner, judged the 2017 COFA. Works awarded first place in each division and category receive a $100 cash award, second place receives a $50 cash award, and honorable mention receives a gift certificate.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.15.2017

BAYarts visits Wonderland

In the Diane Boldman Education Gallery this August is the work of ceramicist and instructor Jessica Ramage, alongside her student Elizabeth Varis. The exhibition is titled "Teacher Tell Me a Story: The Mad Side of Wonderland," and in it the duo explores the world through the eyes of The Mad Hatter. 

This multimedia exhibition will showcase skills taught and learned by the pair in the ceramics studio and will also include a collaboration between them in mediums beyond clay.

Programming Director Erin Stack is especially proud of this pairing. "Lizzy was one of Jessica's first students in her Middle School Art Club program a few years ago and it seems so appropriate that this mentor and apprentice have come together for a collaborative exhibition. Jessica Ramage is in integral part of the ceramic growth and development among our students at BAYarts, and I look forward to seeing the influence that Jessica has had on Lizzy as an artist. I know that Jessica has worked very hard at trying to get Lizzy to find her own artistic voice and spread her wings."

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.15.2017

BVCT needs help in 'The Dining Room'

Yes, Virginia, community theater does exist in Bay Village. And it needs your help! Bay Village Community Theater is seeking volunteers and donations to help mount its second full production, A.R. Gurney’s hilarious and touching comedy, "The Dining Room."

Whether you are a seasoned community theater veteran or new to the theater scene, multiple volunteer opportunities exist from concessions and ticketing to props, set construction, and costumes. This would be a great opportunity for your teen to earn some service hours! Many hands make light work and add to the fun of community theater involvement!

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.15.2017

Disney insider's book tour stops in Westlake

Do you know anyone who’s escorted a Supreme Court Chief Justice around Walt Disney World? Or anyone who’s been to Michael Jackson’s Neverland home, or coordinated children’s wish-granting with Captain Jack Sparrow? How about someone who calls the creator of Ariel a friend – and the producer of "Beauty and the Beast" (both versions), too?

Jody Jean Dreyer, a 30-year Disney executive, is coming to Cleveland to celebrate the release of her new book, "Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering your Happily Ever After" (Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing). In it, Jody gives readers a peek behind the magic that is both familiar and beloved by many.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.15.2017

BAYarts takes on the Playhouse

Its official! After months of speculation, BAYarts has reached an agreement with Cleveland Metroparks that will save the Playhouse and meet BAYarts' need for more space to bring you more great programming.  

“The Cleveland Metroparks fully supports the BAYarts rehabilitation of the facility,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Cleveland Metroparks. “We sought a viable, qualified entity to develop plans for renovation and vibrant programming for the building. BAYarts brings innovative and valuable arts education and events to the region and enjoys a positive relationship with the Park District.”

BAYarts' plan for the building is to expand on all of the education programming and community events BAYarts already offers and add theater to the class curriculum and performance schedules.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.01.2017

Enjoy artwork, demos and artists reception at Porter Library

Almost half of the 52 artists, whose works have been accepted and are on display at the 18th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show, are new entrants. COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays 107 works in this year's event, which opened July 30 and continues through Aug. 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours.

COFA is a valued showcase of art, drawing amateur and professional artists, whose works are accepted for judging and display. Accepted works were judged in two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Professional. The categories in each division are: Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing/Pen & Ink, Charcoal/Pastel, Photography and Mixed Media. Recipients of first and second place in each division and category receive cash awards and honorable mention recipients are given gift certificates.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:28 AM, 08.01.2017

Playhouse liquidation sale

BAYarts will hold a sale of the Playhouse contents beginning with a members only reception on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 5-8 p.m., with concessions and libations. Board members will be on hand with information and to hear your ideas. If you are not a member, you may sign up online anytime at or at the door. Entry to the sale is free.

A public sale will follow on Aug. 10, 11 and 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with controlled entry. Vaughnteriors, a liquidation firm, has organized and will run the sale with a percentage of the sales benefiting the renovation.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.01.2017

Local chamber music society announces season

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce its 59th season of presenting professional chamber music concerts to Northeast Ohio audiences. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd.

Our concerts showcase an outstanding mix of international, national and regional talent. They are open to all who enjoy live high-quality classical music. There is no admission charge. For more information please check us out on Facebok, Twitter, or  

Oct. 9: Green Mountain Chamber Players

Festival director and violinist, Kevin Lawrence, brings a faculty piano trio from the Vermont Festival to play trios by Beethoven, Brahms, and the Cleveland premiere of "A Hundred Ways" by Evan Chamber.

Nov. 13: Dorian Wind Quintet

Formed in 1961, America’s premier woodwind quintet has performed in 48 states, toured Europe 18 times, played throughout the Middle East and Asia, and was the first woodwind quintet ever presented at Carnegie Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:31 AM, 08.01.2017

Library manager helps BAYarts gets bookish this August

Bay Village Library branch manager Jessica Breslin has been busy at BAYarts. She hosts the monthly book club at the Fuller House, and she will also be the guest speaker for an upcoming BAYarts Storytellers session. In addition to her many work responsibilities, Jessica has also been fielding questions about the exciting new library construction. All this, and the self-described "backyard bookworm" reckons she manages to read at least one new work per week. Despite her busy summer, she welcomed the chance to answer a few questions. First, we delve into the book club...

Not all book clubs thrive, but the one at BAYarts has had success since its inception in June 2015. It has provided what Breslin says has been "two years of dynamic discussions," and has enjoyed a diverse group of loyal readers that give life to the club. So, what's the magic formula? "I believe the success is its overall inviting nature," explains Breslin. "The group members are open minded, very welcoming to new folks and the gorgeous setting of BAYarts truly encourages self-expression."

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.18.2017

4 shows remain in Westlake's summer concert series

The Westlake Recreation Center Pavilion continues to be a favorite spot on Sunday evenings as the home of the City of Westlake Summer Concert Series! The free concerts are on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with performances appropriate for all age groups. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this summer tradition.  

The remaining musical acts this summer are:

  • July 23 – Chardon Polka Band
  • July 30 – Fastlane (Eagles tribute band)
  • Aug. 6 – FM Project (Steely Dan tribute band)
  • Aug. 13 – Smokin’ Fez Monkeys (Rock mix/original tunes)
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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.18.2017

BVCT to present excerpts from 'Inherit the Wind'

Bay Village Community Theater's next offering in its "All the World's a Stage[d Reading]" Series will be excerpts from "Inherit the Wind," written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This is the play that has its genesis in the events of the famous Scopes trial. The squaring off of Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan brings to the forefront the trial that allowed evolution to be taught in public schools.

Tim Peebles directs a talented cast: Bob Kenderes, Paul Runevitch, Michael Strama and Jessica C. Williams.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:30 AM, 07.05.2017

BVCT to hold auditions for fall production

Bay Village Community Theater is proud to announce its second production. A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" will be presented on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30, and a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 1. The show will be held at St. Barnabas' Parish Hall.

Auditions for the show will be held on Sunday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas' Parish Hall. Director Chris Bizub is looking for three men and three women to play a number of roles in the show. All are welcome to audition. Please bring a resume of your acting experience and a head shot. If you do not have any experience, don't let that stop you from coming! We will need help on stage and off stage. Come over if you are interested in auditioning or helping out the theater behind the scenes.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:29 AM, 07.05.2017

BAYarts celebrates Cuba this month

This month, BAYarts' two galleries are hosting two concurrent Cuban-themed art exhibitions.

In the Sullivan Family Gallery will be the "Cuban Invitation 2017," curated by Augusto C. Bordelois. Artists living in and outside of Cuba reflect on their heritage, their nostalgia, their dreams, their pasts, their realities, and their spiritual, political, physical and geographic relationship with the island.

Artists participating in the show include: José Andrés Mato Alonso, Orlando Bofil, Ramón Carulla, Juan Miranda, Luis Molina, Abisay Puentes, William Riera, Otalio Soca and José Toñarely.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:29 AM, 07.05.2017

BAYarts' first Market & Movie night is June 29

For anyone seeking a unique summer experience in their own backyard, turn to BAYarts. The first of three Market & Movie nights starts on Thursday, June 29. Following the Farm & Art Market, which goes from 5-8 p.m., the movie "The Incredibles" will start as it gets dark. It is offered to the community for free. 

The 2004 Pixar Animation Studios film follows a superhero family that has retreated and hid their powers. They are pulled back into the superhero lifestyle as Mr. Incredible takes up the fight against his biggest enemy, Syndrome. Familar voices in the mix include Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter.

It's a good time to brush up on the film, as the sequel, "The Incredibles 2," is slated to come out next summer.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:21 AM, 06.20.2017

BAYarts' June galleries focus on home

Reflecting on a sense of home, two local artists have combined forces to take over both BAYarts galleries this June. In "Relics of Memory: Assembled Visions," Chad Cochran and Debra Sue Solecki will be showcasing mixed media assemblage artwork.

Solecki's collaged compositions are all inspired by a specific location. "I was intrigued by the strong connection people feel towards their homeland," says the artist. "I started this series based on the observation that humans seem tied to specific places they call home."

Her pieces employ actual maps that are then layered for a "dreamlike vision of the location." Says Solecki: "A viewer who is familiar with that location will draw deeper meaning into the piece building a stronger connection to the images they see."

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:12 AM, 06.06.2017

Westlake Summer Band prepares for music programs

The Westlake Schools are planning a special summer band program in July. We are gearing up for the return of the Westlake Summer Band Program. The offerings this year are Concert Band for fifth- and sixth-graders with one or two years of school band experience, and the very popular Jazz Band and Blues Improvisation Workshop for sixth- to eighth-graders.  

The bands will run July 10-20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lee Burneson Middle School. This is our 17th year of offering summer bands.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:12 AM, 06.06.2017

Art historian shares 'The Glory of the Gothic' at Porter Library

On Tuesday, May 16, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council hosted art historian Sean Crum, who presented a thrilling program titled “The Glory of the Gothic: The Great Gothic Cathedrals." Mr. Crum transported the audience to France, then England and Italy, to discover the art and architecture behind these amazing structures.

The crowd learned about tracery, sculpture and the making of stained glass. Not only did Mr. Crum talk about the features of the cathedrals and the technique behind their construction, he also delved into the historical and religious aspects of the cathedral in the gothic age.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.06.2017

St. John Medical Center unveils student art project

UH St. John Medical Center extended an invitation to several area high schools to participate in a thought-provoking art project. Students were asked to share their perspective on interpreting interpret compassion.

Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville was the first to respond and their art piece will be unveiled Wednesday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the walkway between the hospital and Building 2. This painting will be displayed for several months.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:03 PM, 05.26.2017

Clague Playhouse's season wraps with satirical farce

Clague Playhouse will close its season with "Incorruptible, A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages." In this bawdy farce written by Michael Hollinger, the clever satire pokes gentle fun at a group of 13th century monks trying to survive by selling relics – bones of saints – to any church which will buy them.

The problem is they don't have enough dead saints to go around, so they become quite innovative in order to continue their business. The story is set in a monastery in Priseaux, France, and has monks, a one-eyed minstrel, a nun, a young woman and her pesky mother – not to mention lots of dead bones!

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.16.2017

WWAC launches scholarship awards

Following four years of fundraising, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council initiated the awarding of scholarships to Westshore graduating seniors planning to pursue studies in art-related fields. Samantha Ann Illius from Westlake High School and Leah Borzak from North Olmsted High School each received a $500 scholarship from the WWAC.

Illius, who earned a 4.6 high school grade point average, will attend Baldwin Wallace University this fall, majoring in creative writing and theater, with a minor in French. In her recommendation of Illius, Westlake High School English teacher Kimberly Sullivan said, “Anything Samantha does, it is to the best of her ability. She never hesitates to do more than what is asked of her.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Art historian puts Gothic cathedrals in the spotlight

The knowledgeable and engaging art historian, Sean Crum, will enlighten and entertain his audience on “The Glory of the Gothic: the Great Gothic Cathedrals” on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library.

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring Crum’s presentation, which will review the development of Gothic cathedrals of late Middle Ages in Europe as masterpieces of art, architecture and engineering. His ability to colorfully present information and elicit smiles enables Crum’s audience to absorb and enjoy his topic.

Gothic architecture references a style of architecture used in Western Europe between the 12th and 15th centuries. Pointed arches, flying buttresses, and high curved ceilings characterize this style. A visit to a gothic cathedral would be a common item on an itinerary for European tourists.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.02.2017

BVCT's staged readings continue with 'The Twelve Pound Look'

Bay Village Community Theater will perform the next reading in its 2017 “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]" series with a performance of J.M. Barrie’s "The Twelve Pound Look."

Written in 1910, Barrie (more famously known for penning "Peter Pan") takes a thoughtful and humorous look at women’s rights in early 20th-century England.

On the eve of his knighthood, Harry Simms is full of the great things he considers he has achieved. A typist has been hired to answer the messages of congratulations. She turns out to be his former wife, Kate, now a freelance typist hired by his current wife. When Harry and Kate meet, the fireworks begin!

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 05.02.2017

Lights, camera, action: Tri-C grads make movie magic

Two Westlake residents — Brian Bowles and Stephanie Chrin — used training at Cuyahoga Community College to land behind-the-scenes jobs filming "White Boy Rick," a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey now shooting in Cleveland. Bowles is working as a set production assistant while Chrin is a casting production assistant.

Both earned certificates earlier this year from Tri-C’s Film Crew Training Workshop. The College created the intensive five-week course to build the workforce needed to support Northeast Ohio’s fast-growing film industry.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts show features preschool art

Highlighting the work of BAYarts' preschool programs, "A Lifetime of Art Begins Here" art show is on display now through May 8. The children with works in the show are ages 3-6, which is a prime creative time. Visitors are welcome to come see the show, Monday through Saturday, from 9-5 p.m.

The BAYarts preschool classes are offered in areas of ceramics, studio art and music therapy. They are taught by a group of preschool teachers. The curriculum stays mindful of Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards, and makes use of hands-on activities that encourage gross and fine motor skills. Other areas of importance are the development of social skills, movement, creativity and fun.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.02.2017

Jazz Brunch hit all the right notes

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council attracted a large gathering for its Jazz Brunch on April 23 at Westwood Country Club where the guests enjoyed fantastic music, socializing, delicious food and drink, as well as prizes galore. The proceeds of the event benefited the Westlake-Westshore Scholarship Fund.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts' Storytellers series features serendipity talk

Serendipity is when things happen by chance in a way that is especially good for you. Lizbeth Wolfe (owner of Metta Flows Yoga & Art Studio) will be giving a free talk at BAYarts on Earth Day about this life-affirming concept and how it extends to all of our lives.

Wolfe has provided creativity, community and yoga in hospitals, schools, museums and more. "Art and yoga can meet each of us where we are on our journey. It can teach us patience, passion, compassion and resiliency. By being present with ourselves we can be present for each other, and create a more loving world."

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.18.2017

BAYarts' advanced cartoonists exhibit work

"The sole purpose of cartooning or illustration is to tell a story," says Jim "Rev" Giar, BAYarts' advanced cartooning instructor. "In this class we explore not only telling a story, but expressing individuality through the use of illustration techniques which can be applied in any medium." The class, designed for high school students with a strong foundation in drawing and cartooning concepts, meets every Thursday evening throughout the year.

With a focus on perspective, drawing the human figure, placing it in an environment and, of course, storytelling, students participate in class critiques as they work together, discuss each other’s work and support one another’s growth. Giar is an award-winning comic book artist and one of the founding members of the Rust Belt Monster Collective, a collaborative group of six artists whose work is on view on the sides of BAYarts buildings. The group creates a new panel each year at BAYarts' Art & Music Festival in June and can be seen across northeast Ohio major festivals throughout the summer.  

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.18.2017

Jazz is main course at WWAC brunch

Three outstanding musicians will provide a gourmet serving of jazz at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday, April 23, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River. In addition to fine food, guests will be treated to the blended sounds of the bass by Ann Gilbert, piano by Dan Maier, and drums/percussion by Bill Marx.

Condensing the musical profiles of these exceptional musicians, does not diminish their weight. Gilbert is the principal bassist with Cleveland Pops, Akron Symphony and Blue Water Chamber Orchestra. Maier is a former member of Blood Sweat and Tears and is currently a member of the North Coast Jazz Collective. Marx, who has his own jazz ensemble, plays in area big bands, local orchestras and Brazilian ensembles.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:20 AM, 04.04.2017

Five voices transport Porter Library audience

At the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library on March 28, five Cleveland Institute of Music voice students did a wonderful job transporting the audience to different worlds in the opera scenes they performed.  Their voices were enhanced by the vocalists’ exceptional acting, especially in scenes with more than one person.

Daniel Fridley had great fun as Don Giovanni’s servant listing all the girls Don Giovanni had “conquered” in his book. Renée Richardson’s powerhouse of a voice gave Margarita’s torment extra emotion in a selection from "Mephistopholes." Coraine Tate wonderfully captured Gershwin’s bluesy jazz style in “My Man’s Gone Now” from "Porgy and Bess." Jennifer Robbel reprised her role as the maid Despina from "Cosi fan Tutte" with a delightfully fun aria. Caroline Bergan’s emotion, coupled with her vocal control and dynamics in her aria, captivated the audience during her aria as Micaëla from "Carmen."

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:16 AM, 04.04.2017

Aquarelle Watercolor show at Porter Library

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society returns to the Westlake Porter Public Library gallery for its annual art show of original watercolor from April 1 through April 28. The Society art show consists of paintings by 13 members of the Society and most of the paintings are for sale by the members. The art gallery is open every day that the library is open.

The Aquarelle Society was organized in 1996 and today the membership consists of 18 local watercolor artists. The 50 paintings on display are the works of Linda Borton, Phyllis Firalio, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Annabelle Keller, Suzanne Kizzen, Robert Parry, Barbara Swasey, Jenne Vetrone, Nan Wendrowski, Annebelle Keller and Kay Bees. 

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.04.2017

Diana Brewer redecorating BAYarts by hand

As special events manager at BAYarts, Diana Brewer knows certain things that come with the job of coordinating about 30 weddings each year in the historic Fuller House. For instance, it's not surprising to see her fiddling with electric cords as she installs new sparkle lights to project on the ceiling of a romantic gazebo, nor is it surprising to see Brewer move around displays of candles on tiered tree-ring slabs.

These skills come with the territory, and she has an extensive background of working events. In fact, it is why she was hired to coordinate the special events at the arts campus, and her reputation speaks for itself.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.04.2017

CIM stars will shine in free opera preview

The magnificent voices that captivated audiences at the Cleveland Institute of Music throughout its past season will perform excerpts from some of the world’s most popular operas on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has presented the FYI: Opera program free to the community for 26 years.

The March 28 program will preview CIM’s upcoming Spring Scenes presentation. CIM Opera’s artistic director, David Bamberger, said the Westlake performance will include portions of such well-beloved works as "La Bohème," "Don Giovanni," and "Porgy and Bess."

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.21.2017

BAYarts juried show winners unveiled

With nearly 300 pieces of art received, the BAYarts juried show was a popular choice for submissions this year. Judges Kristen Cliffel and Daniel Levin spent hours looking over each piece, seeing which would make it to inclusion. And the result is a spread of art in many mediums gracing the entire first floor of the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts.

Cliffel, a Cleveland Arts Prize winner, enjoyed the judging process. "Jurying an exhibition is always so exciting because you get to see such a breadth of work that is being produced, sometimes by artists you are familiar with but many times, by artists that you haven’t seen."

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.21.2017

Free essential oils talk at BAYarts March 18

For those seeking rewarding activities that are valuable in education, check out the newly launched BAYarts Storytellers series. They are a collection of free talks that highlight passionate speakers.

The initial session, March 18 at 10:30 a.m., will be "An Essential Journey" with Kimberly J. Go as she shares the story of her journey over the past 25 years of integrating essential oils into both her personal and professional lives. She brings a unique profile with more than 25 years' experience as a clinical counselor and school counselor.

Throughout the morning, Kim will talk about the safe use of essential oils and attendees will have the opportunity to experience them firsthand. The presentation will be both educational and anecdotal as she highlights the experiences she has had.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.07.2017

Rising star is 'easy to love'

When Dan Hoy performs he wraps his talented and natural performance with a genuine love for the music and presents it to his audience with obvious affection. The audience at Westlake Porter Public Library on Feb. 21 caught Hoy’s bouquet of talent and enthusiasm from his first note and responded with rapt attention and wholehearted applause. 

Hoy was featured in the “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital,” a program that has been sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council for the past five years. A third-year student in the prestigious BW Music Theatre, Hoy has an impressive performance record, which he validated to his audience.

From Hoy’s opening number, Sondheim’s "All I Need Is the Girl," an enjoyable evening was promised. His phrasing and interpretation of "If Ever I Would Leave You" by Rodgers & Hammerstein was excellent. He sang "Maria" from "West Side Story" with great feeling and Porter’s "Easy to Love" with a smooth ease. His rendition of "Why God, Why?" from "Miss Saigon" was terrific. Hoy’s program included varying tempos including "Jailhouse Rock," one of Elvis’s signature hits, which spotlighted the abilities of Alyssa Thompson, his talented piano accompanist. Thompson is a BW senior studying music direction in the Music Theatre program.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.07.2017

BAYarts gallery exhibit: Liz Maugans is watching you

People-watching has long been a popular past time, likely even practiced in the earliest civilizations. It's a current activity of Bay Village artist Liz Maugans, who has has taken to cataloging those she's sharing space with in public arenas. Spinning her theories and fleshing out scenarios, Maugans gives life to these otherwise throwaway moments in her exhibition: "The City Pool & People at Church."

The key, it seems, is about the artist and subjects being in a state of organic loosening of both mind and body. "It is a hodge podge of moments in my life where I am actually calm," said Maugans. "These drawing opportunities are most exciting to me because people don't know they are being observed. The subjects I am drawing are also relaxed and in repose and this is an optimal situation for quick drawing like this."

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.07.2017

Non-traditional string quartet to perform in Rocky River

Carpe Diem is not your ordinary string quartet! This boundary-breaking ensemble will present the fifth concert in the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 58th season on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically glorious sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Members of the quartet are Charles Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola; and Carol Ou, cello.  

Carpe Diem’s programming reflects its passion for not only traditional quartet repertoire, but also for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet champions, with fervor, the music of living composers. It has commissioned, premiered, and performed works by a broad spectrum of composers including Frank Bennett, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Gunther Schuller and quartet member, Korine Fujiwara. In its March 20 concert, Carpe Diem will perform Ms. Fujiwara’s fiddle suite "Montana," along with Russian composer Sergei Taneyev’s Quartet No. 9 in A major, and Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” in C minor.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.07.2017

Annual Green & White Revue returns March 24, 25

The Westlake High School PTSA proudly presents the 32nd Annual Green & White Revue on March 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The emcees for this year’s show are Emily Schordock, Jeremy Schwochow and Jeremy McCabe.

The talent and variety show will feature talents of all kinds from Westlake schools students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school.  Some of this year’s acts include vocal, dance, folk & rock bands and comedy. This is a one of a kind show for the city of Westlake!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

Bay alumni invited to participate in bowling competition

Bowling is fun in your spare time! All Bay alumni as well as friends and family of alumni are welcome to join in the fun!

Bay Alumni Madness will be a light-hearted bowling competition event among Bay High graduation classes and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Lanes. Bowl with classmates, friends or family. Knock down pins for your class or your friend's or family member's class. The class with most pins wins! The class raising the most funds will hold the King Pins title for the year.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

Community theater almost ready for 'Almost, Maine'

The good news is that not only is the Bay Village Community Theater going to transform Parkside Hall at St. Barnabas into the fictitious town of “Almost, Maine,” but they will do it without breaking the bank. With the help of The Interlake Steamship Company, The Bay Village Foundation, supportive local businesses and some generous individuals it looks like we will open our doors and be in the black and not the red.

Now the last task is to find 500 residents of the community who wouldn't mind being absolutely delighted for an evening. If you know someone who can use a night out, likes a good laugh and doesn't mind being surprised – direct them to to purchase a ticket to see “Almost, Maine.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017