Arts & Entertainment

Ikenobo Ikebana floral art on display at Porter Library

The Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Cleveland Chapter, is presenting an exhibit at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, on Friday and Saturday, July 15-16. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. It will be located in the Porter meeting room.

The Cleveland chapter of this Japanese floral art society was established in 1982 with Dorothy Kansaki as president. This exhibit is our way to honor our founder, Mrs. Kansaki, and to celebrate our 34th anniversary. We welcome anyone interested in learning the oldest School of Ikebana (522 years) to join our society. Since Mrs. Kansaki's passing, Linda Kay Johnson has been president. Classes are taught at Linda's home in Westlake, generally the third Saturday of each month, March through December. A two-day workshop is scheduled once a year with an Ikenobo professor from Kyoto, Japan.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:27 AM, 07.06.2016

BAYarts Girls Camp continues local homespun theme

BAYarts has been embracing a local, farm-to-table theme across all departments. This included the annual Girls Camp having a "down on the farm" theme this year. Along with their art and sewing projects, the girls were taught to square dance. The dancing was a highlight they all took to with high energy. 

Other ways this farm theme have been utilized include the Potter's Kitchen gallery ceramics exhibition, the weekly Farm and Art Market, free concert series, and the upcoming (brand new) Dinners in the Dark.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.21.2016

First performance by Bay Village Community Theater a hit

There were smiles all around after the performance of George Bernard Shaw's “Overruled” as part of the “All the World's A Stage[d Reading]” series, by the Bay Village Community Theater.

Director John Hnat oversaw Huntington playhouse alumni Neil Donnelly, Margaret Hnat, Jenny Erbs and Dave Hopkins in the production.

The “All the World's A Stage[d Reading]” series will be performed at Mojo's Coffee & More, 600 Dover Center Road, at 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. The performances are free.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.21.2016

Ortenzi will direct 'Trifles'

Lisa Ortenzi, Great Lakes Theater's director of educational programming, will oversee the second offering in Bay Village Community Theater's "All the World's A Stage[d Reading]" series.

Susan Glaspell's one-act play, "Trifles," will be performed Sunday, July 10, at Mojo's on Dover Center Road. Loosely based on a 1916 murder, this "whydunit" is a suspenseful mystery that pits two farm women against the male sheriff and prosecutor as they all investigate the scene. Will justice be served? And whose version of justice will prevail?

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.21.2016

Dover UCC to host Brahms performance

The Forest Park String Quartet will perform Johannes Brahms’ monumental "Piano Quintet in F Minor" featuring guest pianist Coren Mino on Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at Dover Congregational UCC, 2239 Dover Center Road in Westlake.

Brahms completed the "Piano Quintet in F Minor" during the summer of 1864 and published it in 1865. It was dedicated to Her Royal Highness Princess Anna of Hesse. It is written for piano and string quartet (two violins, viola and cello). Pianist Coren Mino will join the quartet for this performance. Mino holds a degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the late Eunice Podis. Before that her teacher was her father, retired concert pianist Morton Estrin.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 06.07.2016

Community theater returns to Bay Village this month

The Bay Village Community Theater was awarded a $1,000 grant for our inaugural play in 2017 from The Bay Village Foundation. Steve Ruscher, the foundation's grant committee chairman, presented the award to our President John Hnat at the Memorial Day ceremony.

We are excited to announce a new series starting on June 12, titled "All the World's A Stage[d] Reading."

A series of one-act plays will be read at Mojo's Coffee & More the second Sunday of each month starting in June and continuing through December. The free performances will take place at the coffee shop at 600 Dover Center Road, Bay Village. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., giving patrons an opportunity to purchase coffee or other treats before the 6 p.m. performance.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.07.2016

Art entries vie for cash awards

July 11 is the registration deadline for the 2016 Community of Fine Arts Show, the juried art show founded 17 years ago by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. The COFA provides artists an opportunity to display their work to the public for the month of August and offers the possibility of prize money.

The WWAC announced that this year, artists over 18 years old will have work accepted for the show in two divisions: Amateur/Semi-Professional; and Seasoned/Professional. Each division has five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography. Cash awards will be given for Best and Second in each division/category.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:42 AM, 06.07.2016

BAYarts shares stroke story through Bill Forester's exhibition

Six years ago, a stroke robbed artist Bill Forester of his voice, but his need to communicate and be understood remained. Forester found ways beyond words to give him a broader and more nuanced language of creative expression. Through painting the self-portrait, Forester has found his voice. 

"I died Aug. 17, 2009, in the evening. Before I died, I watched myself in my dresser mirror... I was grabbing things to make noise, because I realized I was talking, but no sound was coming from me. When I woke up, I didn't know what had happened. I was paralyzed. I could only manage a few words, with no sense of grammar. The doctors said, 'Bill is lost.' They wanted to know if I had a living will for organs."

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.07.2016

Ann Gilbert & Friends play to enthusiastic crowd

The overflow audience, which gathered at Porter Library for the program “Bass Extravaganza,” required a last-minute call for more chairs. But the outstanding performances of Ann Gilbert “and friends” riveted their audience through the mix of music from Mozart to Strayhorn, earning a spontaneous standing ovation. 

With an easy, friendly manner Gilbert provided a description of three of her bass instruments that would be used in the program. They included her newest acquisition, a carbon fiber bass that uses ultra-modern materials and technology initially developed for modern aircraft and NASA. “You don’t have to worry about getting it wet and you can even use Windex on it,” Gilbert added with a smile. She also brought a traditional wood orchestral bass, a Bandini, and an electro-acoustic instrument “GELbass”by G. Edward Luthier. 

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.07.2016

Dinners, movies and opera under the stars

In response to the popularity of BAYarts' Thursday night Farm and Art market, foodies will be pleased to know that the newest addition to BAYarts' summer "stay-cation" lineup are Dinner in the Dark events, farm-to-table meals under the stars. Dinners will be served on the lawn on farm tables handmade by BAYarts' event planner extraordinaire Diana Brewer. Brewer upcycles donated wood doors, palettes, and windows to create all the furniture used at BAYarts events.

On Friday, Aug. 5, Ben Bebenroth's Spice Kitchen will be featured, complete with artisan drinks and live music by The Tim Joyce Band. On Thursday, Aug. 18, local girl Brittany Reilly's Leaf Farm to Table Catering will serve up a vegetarian/vegan dinner following the farm market.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.17.2016

Hear bass in a multitude of dimensions

Enjoy “Bass Extravaganza” on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Ann Gilbert, whose resume resembles a “Who’s Who” of bass studies, performance and teaching from the highest regarded classical levels to pop celebrities, will present a unique program that explores different ways in which the bass can soar.  

Gilbert urges all to come with open ears and minds as she serenades her audience on a carbon fiber bass, an upright electric Gel Bass and a modern Italian string bass. She will bring several friends, including two Suzuki bass students (5 and 7 years old), a jazz trio, and an all-carbon fiber instrument string quartet. 

Currently, Gilbert plays principal bass with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and is a member of Firelands Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches Suzuki and traditional bass for the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Her résumé includes appointments as principal bass with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico, assistant principal bass with the Oregon Symphony, and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.17.2016

Singer Karen Drucker performing at Unity

Unity welcomes singer/songwriter Karen Drucker for a concert on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center. Unity is located at 23855 Detroit in Westlake. Cost is $25 with free coffee and desserts following the concert.  

Growing up in California, Karen's life was changed when, in her youth, the famous songwriter Carole King moved onto her street and Karen became the babysitter for Carole's two small children. Karen was thrilled when Carole let her borrow her piano during Carole's home remodel. With King as her role model and mentor, Karen Drucker began a long and meaningful career in music as she created song after song of positive affirmations, healing and self empowerment.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.17.2016

Far West Center, Clague Playhouse partner for play, paintings

Far West Center and the Clague Playhouse formed a unique partnership this month when original art works from the "AHH! Art Helps and Heals" program at Far West Center are displayed during the Playhouse’s performance of "Panache." The play runs through May 29.

Both community nonprofits discovered common ground and a chance to combine their talents in the performing and the visual arts. A meeting between the Playhouse’s board president, Rich Lynch, and Far West Center’s mental health recovery coordinator, Denise Ayres, led to this one-of-a-kind project.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.17.2016

Plaque for Sally Price a gift from the community

As the director of Baycrafters for 30 years, Sally Price was the visionary responsible for many community projects and events that still resonate today. To honor her contributions, artist Paula Blackman of Blackbird Fine Art is creating a plaque that depicts the unique accomplishments of a unique woman.  

Paula, a nationally celebrated artist known for her large scale public works in bronze and stone had a special relationship with Sally. The group is reaching out to friends and family of Sally to fund the plaque as a community gift to Sally. Paula has waived her usual fees but materials and firing are costly; one-third of the goal of $3,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe campaign and donations made directly to BAYarts.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.03.2016

BAYarts' annual May ceramics show

The Annual Advanced Ceramics Exhibition at BAYarts will take place this spring, starting on May 13 with an opening reception that night from 7-9 p.m.

The theme this year has been "The Potter's Kitchen" with students tackling the theme by creating sushi platters, cutting boards, cheese plate accessories, spoon rests and tons of bowls. Gallery coordinator Eileen Seifert-Stockdale has overseen the popular ceramics exhibitions for the past 10 years, and it has become one of the most popular times for the Sullivan Family Gallery. Seifert-Stockdale says the variety of artists and items is part of what makes this exhibition special.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.03.2016

Clague Playhouse shows some 'Panache'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road in Westlake, will present Don Gordon’s quirky and heartwarming romantic comedy "Panache" as the fifth and final production of its 88th season.

Kathleen, a Scarsdale socialite, has tracked down Harry, a short-order cook from Brooklyn, in hopes of convincing him to sell his one-of-a-kind vanity license plate. In the course of their negotiations, two people from dissimilar backgrounds discover that, in their quests for life’s intangibles, they may not be so different after all.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.03.2016

BAYarts gallery talk with photographer Jack Koch

The first thing you should know is that Jack Koch's last name is pronounced "Cook" – as it might otherwise stump you with the pronunciation. The second thing to know is that Koch is a highly personable and accomplished photographer whose works often astound people for their unique nature.

This unique nature comes into play with the use of printing crisp images on a reflective aluminum that gives shiny life to pieces with glass and water. This Cleveland-born photographer pays homage to his beloved city by capturing images of many of "the Plum City's" iconic images. This includes The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Great Lakes Science Center, The Arcade (with the massive ceiling of glass), and cityscapes of Key Bank and Terminal Tower (lit in vibrant colors) with Lake Erie gleaming in the foreground.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.19.2016

BAYarts' April exhibitions take on both city and country

With the two solo shows at BAYarts this month, visitors can expect to see two drastically different points of view. 

In "Poetic Landscapes," Susanne Dotson presents what she has seen over the past 30 years as she has driven down I-70 for her work as a multi-line manufacturer's representative. Sharing oil paintings with both real and imagined details, vibrant colors like cardinal red and warm olive gold are everywhere.

Trading in bold colors for bold shapes, the other exhibition at BAYarts this month is about cityscapes. In "Urban Elevation: Skyline to Street," photographer Jackson Koch explores the urban environment of "bold skylines to abstract architectural studies to gritty black-and-white street scenes." Especially unique is his method of printing his work on metal. 

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.05.2016

Powerful performance enthralls audience, earns enthusiastic response

The power of beauty, exemplified by four talented voice students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, captivated a large audience when they performed at the FYI: Opera program on March 29 at Westlake Porter Public Library. The beautiful voices were expertly accompanied on the piano by John Simmons, music director of CIM’s “Sensational Scenes,” its upcoming production which the FYI program previewed.

CIM Opera Artistic Director David Bamberger narrated the program, which was presented with skill and an ownership of the music and its interpretation. Bamberger expertly weaves opera themes with composer lore, creating the setting as he introduces each artist and the aria to be performed. Caroline Bergan, who opened the program with an aria from Handel’s "Alcina" lived up to Bamberger’s description of a young woman on an island intent on finding and keeping male company. Bergan’s lovely voice and demeanor were excellent.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.05.2016

Stand-up comedy coming to Westlake

Why did the chicken walk into the bar, after it crossed the road?

Who knows! It is impossible to determine the intentions of a chicken. They lack advanced cognitive skills and are not capable of explaining themselves. But if the chicken was in or near Westlake or Bay Village, one might say it was looking for something fun to do!

As an alternative for people to get out and have fun, there is a series of stand-up comedy shows coming to Dave & Buster's in Westlake. The project is being called Laugh Series CLE and the goal is to produce live entertainment (and better jokes than the one you read above) for anyone interested in enjoying an evening in an affordable, convenient and hilarious way! It may even give the chicken more options as well. Most of the performers are professional and tour throughout the Midwest, however there are plans to include local and amateur comics well as other forms of live entertainment.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:04 AM, 03.15.2016

FYI: Opera's silver year shines (and sounds) like a diamond

Magnificent music and outstanding voices will blend for the climax of the FYI: Opera program’s 25th season on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Public Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has enriched the community for a quarter of a century by offering FYI: Opera without charge.

The March 29 program previews the Cleveland Institute of Music opera program “Sensational Scenes from Operas – Grand and Light.” CIM Opera Artistic Director David Bamberger promises a potpourri of marvelous selections of great works from the whole history of music theater. 

Accompanying Bamberger will be four stars of recent CIM productions. Caroline Bergan and Matthew Maisano, Susanna and the Count in Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro," will reprise selections from “Figaro,” considered a masterpiece of Italian comic opera. They will also present highlights from the opening scene of Jules Massenet’s most popular and enduring opera, "Manon."

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.15.2016

BAYarts' juried exhibition Best of Show goes to 'Scream of the Butterflies'

Married artists Laura and Gary Dumm took Best of Show in BAYarts' recent juried exhibition. The bold piece juxtaposes film villains against environmental concerns. Their acrylic piece, "Scream of the Butterflies," shows The Bride of Frankenstein (wearing a beauty queen sash reading "Ms. Monsanto") spraying a can of Raid into her mouth, as vividly orange monarch butterflies fly out of frame.

In describing the process, Laura Dumm makes it sound seamless. "First we discuss what subject we want to paint. Then Gary draws out the idea, we discuss it more and do a bit of fine tuning, then he transfers that to the canvas and hands it over to me to paint! It's great working together; we bring our different strengths and the finished painting shows that."

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.15.2016

Art historian bares colors of the Impressionists

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents a program on “Impressionism from Manet to Monet” by art historian Sean Crum on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Four 18th-century artists and their works will be Sean’s focus as he shares his knowledge and experience on Impressionism and its repercussions in the art world. His spotlight will be on Edouard Manet, Pierre August Renoir, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, contemporaries who were born within a nine-year span – 1831 to 1841, all central figures in the Impressionist Movement.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.15.2016

Stamps, stamps, stamps

As a budding stamp collector, I received a huge bag of stamps about 40 years ago from the attic of an old house my in-laws bought. I eagerly started to examine them and bought a guide, only to discover that this takes more time than I ever had to do something of this sort. So I stashed them away until recently when we caught the de-clutter bug that is going around – only to find that I had even less enthusiasm for sorting them. There are thousands of stamps, many non-descript U.S. stamps all from the 1920s and '30s. There were some pages where a person sorted and attached them to a catalog page.

Not being sure how to describe them, I read a few articles about stamps. I learned quickly that a stamp collection is quite different from a stamp accumulation.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.15.2016

Performer woos audience and grandma

Rising star Mike Cefalo displays an energy and talent that easily wins an audience. His musical program of jazz standards, classical and contemporary musical theater songs, as well as pop songs, was sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and presented at Porter Public Library on Feb. 16.

Cefalo’s program took off with his rendition of the upbeat "Volare," followed by the smooth ballad "You’d Be So Easy to Love." His warm, rich voice, expressive delivery and easy communication with his audience reflected Baldwin Wallace Music Theater’s excellent voice and theater training. But his genuinely friendly nature and ready smile enhance his ability to strike a chord with his audience.     

Midway through his program, Cefalo shared that he is from Pittsburgh and some of his family, including his grandmother, surprised him by driving in for the program. His grandmother, Carmella Distazio, was enthusiastically welcomed with applause and Cefalo captured every heart in the room when he sang an Italian ballad for her.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.01.2016

Clague Playhouse presents 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Clague Playhouse will present Tom Dudzick’s heartfelt and hilarious family comedy "Miracle on South Division Street" as the fourth production of its 88th season.

Meet the Nowak family, a lovable clan of dysfunctional Polish-American adults on the East Side of post-industrial Buffalo. The family matriarch, Clara, fervently protects the family’s 20-foot-tall shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary, a statue crafted by her father, who claimed to have had a vision of Mary in his barbershop in 1942. But now, a deathbed confession begins to test the family’s faith in miracles.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.01.2016

BAYarts explores diversity this month

This March, BAYarts is hosting two gallery shows that put an emphasis on diversity.

In the Sullivan Family Gallery is the 2016 BAYarts Juried Exhibition, judged by Corrie Slawson and Susan Squires. Gallery Coordinator Eileen Stockdale says the juried show is exciting because it brings in a variety of local artists and displays media of all sorts, including combinations of mixed media they haven't seen much of before.

In the Diane Boldman Education Gallery is the spring exhibition "Pattern & Design," curated by Darrelle Centuori and Shari Wilkins. The work in this show strives to demonstrate the way patterns connect threads in a purposeful way. Centuori has been passionate about exploring this topic. "Understanding patterns is a matter of perception, and perception is often interpreted as reality. Somewhere between perception and reality is where art lives, and where new patterns may begin to be discovered."

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.01.2016

Artists of the Westlake Garden Club

Some members of the Westlake Garden Club not only enjoy growing flowers in their gardens, they also paint them. If you visited the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibit "Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse," you know that many of the impressionist painters were inspired by their own gardens. 

Four artists of the Westlake Garden Club will exhibit their work in the lobby of Clague Playhouse for the duration of the show “Miracle on South Division Street.” The play opens to the public on March 11 and closes on April 3. The four artists featured are Lillian Bialosky, Bill Hock, Robert Pearl and Jean Smith. Each has their own unique style and works in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.01.2016

Join grassroots effort to bring community theater back to Bay Village

The Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater invite you to participate in their first production scheduled for July this summer. If you have enjoyed seeing a play but can't picture yourself in the spotlight, here's your chance to become involved. Right now we are looking for some key players to work behind the scenes in an organizational capacity. Required skills are a sense of adventure, some common sense and a positive attitude. Optional skills include the use of a telephone, calendar and email.

Two positions are available immediately: production coordinator and box office coordinator. For production coordinator, the group is seeking a detail-oriented person who will act as manager for all elements of the production for our upcoming show in July. He or she will oversee the search for a theatrical director and be a point of contact for all department heads involved in production and may assign duties to department heads. May also assist in locating shop facilities.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.16.2016

Clague Playhouse presents free Agatha Christie matinee

Clague Playhouse will present a free performance of Great Lakes Theater’s world-premiere production of Agatha Christie’s classic thriller "The Secret Adversary," adapted by David Hansen and directed by Lisa Ortenzi, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m.

Agatha Christie introduces her young adventurers, Tommy and Tuppence, in this free, 80-minute touring production. Jazz-era hero and heroine Thomas Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley decide to become adventurers for hire and swiftly find themselves embroiled in an international plot to bring down the British government.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:34 AM, 02.16.2016

International artist Paul Beel to visit BAYarts

One of Cleveland's own will be returning to Ohio this March. In the early '90s, artist Paul Beel traveled to Italy for a full scholarship at Studio Art Centers International in Florence. And after receiving his MFA degree in painting from Bowling Green State University, he returned to Florence to paint and teach. Since then, he's put down roots overseas, having become a dual citizen of the USA and Italy.

Currently, he lives in the Pfaelzer wine region in Germany, known, he says, as Germany's Tuscany. "The Pfaelzer region is a really great place to live. I live in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. On the hill above my house I can see Hambacher Schloss, a castle which is credited with the founding of German Democracy. On the other side of us sits a great plain made by the Rhein river. Across that plain on a clear day you can see the town of Heidelberg."

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:31 AM, 02.16.2016

BAYarts offers 2 chances to join a parade

A couple of local parades will benefit from the inclusion of Bay Village's very own BAYarts students and families. Two BAYarts workshops this spring will focus on creating artistic entries in Cleveland's Parade the Circle and Avon's Duck Tape Parade.

Programming director Erin Stack is thrilled to be able to offer these parade experiences to students and families alike. "I believe we not only have a great facilitating team, but we also have the interest from BAYarts families. I think it's pretty cool that we can get kids out of the classroom and on the streets to showcase their creations in a fun and engaging way."

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:30 AM, 02.16.2016

BAYarts' latest exhibitions explore transformations

Artist Timothy Joyce doesn't believe in waste, and his method of using recycled materials was born out of a desire to show there's no aspect of human life that doesn't have some continued worth and message to express.

The components of the art vary in the exhibition "Facing Forward." Joyce says, "I use materials found in junk shops, painting over cheap reproduction pictures, house paint, spray paint, you name it." The purpose of this is rooted in renewal. "It pleases me to give what is discarded a new life. My single intent is to make the viewer feel what the expression of  the pictures contain. I don’t look away from all kinds of human life. Every single person on earth matters."

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016

Huntington Playhouse Stories: In the Darkness

Mary Kahelin dims the lights after Act 1, then slowly fades the sound of the siren as the darkness sets. Unseen in the tech booth at the Clague Playhouse, she listens for the cue that the actors performing the play "Proof" are ready to proceed. The stage manager, in a distant part of the theater, lets her know through a headset that the actors are ready. The theater brightens, this time looking like morning sunlight rather than the late evening illumination from the first act.

Mary now follows along in the script because her cues will come from the actors' dialogue rather than the stage manager. Her clothing is dark and the color melts into the walls of the room behind the window where she sits. The only illumination is from the computer screens and a pair of tiny flexible desk lights that shine on the pages she watches. The dialogue from the actors on stage comes through a tiny speaker mounted over the window that allows a view of the stage.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

Multi-talented rising star to perform in Westlake

For a fourth year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital.” On Tuesday, Feb. 16, BW Music Theatre major Mike Cefalo presents a musical program that showcases his innate talents, his polished skills and a love for his art form. Cefalo will perform at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Jazz standards and music of the '40s and '50s have a special appeal to Cefalo. He enjoys performing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli and other “amazing artists” of that era. But all aspects of theater, singing, acting and dancing, specifically tap dancing, are to his liking. “Performing for me is just as much about telling a story as it is to entertain anyone and everyone,” he said.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.02.2016

Clague Playhouse auditions for 'Panache'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, will hold auditions for Don Gordon's quirky romantic comedy, "Panache," on Feb. 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. This heartwarming play pairs Harry, a short-order cook from Brooklyn, with Kathleen, a Scarsdale socialite – two people from different backgrounds who, in search of life’s intangibles, find that they are not so different after all.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

Clague Playhouse presents 'Proof'

Clague Playhouse's third production of its 88th season is underway: David Auburn’s compelling drama "Proof."

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, "Proof" is the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant yet mentally unstable father. Upon his death, his two daughters and a gifted protegé struggle to identify the author of a ground-breaking mathematical proof discovered among his papers, raising questions of how much of her father’s genius Claire may have inherited, and how much of his madness. The intellectual, familial, and amorous tensions among these finely-drawn characters weave a suspenseful story of duty, loyalty and the pursuit of truth.

"Proof" is directed by Anne McEvoy. The cast includes Nicholas Chokan, Robert Hawkes, Rachel Krolls and Renee Schilling.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 10:19 AM, 01.19.2016

Local photographers' work on display at Porter Library

Eleven photographers from the Lakewood Photographic Society are displaying over 40 photographic enlargements in the art gallery at Westlake Porter Public Library throughout the month of January. The photographers in the show include: Peggy Thompson, Peter Nintcheff, Donna Seemuth, Andre LeBlanc Sr., Linda Nellis, Judy Medina, Annabelle Keller, Jack Seemuth, Lloyd Keller, Robert Parry and Michele Schneider.

Many of the photographs have won awards in local club competitions and at juried shows. The Lakewood Photographic Society serves the western suburbs. The club meets the first three Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at 16024 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Meetings include programs on improving photography and judged competitions.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.19.2016

BAYarts displays local woman's memories of Maine

Eliza Wing has lived in Bay Village since 1994, but ask her to talk about Maine and she admits, "I have always considered Maine my true home." It is this strong sense of home that Wing has conveyed in her artwork for the BAYarts exhibition, "Memory Served."

There's a reason why Maine is so cherished by Wing. "I've been going every summer for as long as I can remember and my father and grandparents before that," she shares. "It's in my heart. Monhegan Island, which has long been an artist retreat (since the early 1900s), was always a magical, faraway destination for me. We sailed the coast for weeks at a time and the island (which is about 10 miles off the coast) was always this faraway, alluring beacon. In recent years I've been lucky enough to be able to spend time out there plein-air painting and just capturing images that I want to use later in my studio." And the inspiration proved plentiful for her exhibition in the Diane Boldman Gallery.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.05.2016

Huntington Playhouse Stories: 'Nicely' done, Pat Miller

Recent reviews about Pat Miller in the lead of the critically acclaimed "Bat Boy: The Musical" at Blank Canvas Theater were full of compliments like, "an actor who is willing to throw himself bodily and every other way into the role," "creates a completely believable character" or "the ever-intriguing Pat Miller."

Pat began taking classes at Huntington Playhouse in the summer of 2003. He played Nicely Nicely Johnson in "Guys & Dolls Jr." under the direction of Tom Castro, featured recently in my story, "On Angel's Wings," published in the Nov. 17 issue of the Observer. 

Pat enjoyed the experience and resumed classes the following summer while playing the role of Drake in "Honk Jr." I had seen that production and can attest Pat had a focus and intensity one would expect in a seasoned actor, but was surprising in someone so young. By 2006 he graduated from "Jr." shows and was in the ensemble of Neil Simon's "Sweet Charity" under the direction of Tom Meyrose.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:44 AM, 12.15.2015