Arts & Entertainment

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

BAYarts annual holiday trunk show in review

The annual BAYarts Trunk Show took place on Dec. 11 and was highly attended. Vendors included Lake Girl, The Leaf, Alchemary, Bellatrix Jewelry and Images in Bloom. With festive music, lights, and handmade goodies, the BAYarts campus was a destination for all community members that night. For those who were unable to attend, or still need gifts, the Tall Walls exhibition of affordable wall art, and the holiday shop, are both open at BAYarts until Christmas Eve.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.15.2015

Youth Challenge honors top volunteers

The Youth Challenge Dance and Drama program celebrated the season with a holiday show on Dec. 13 at the St. Ignatius High School Breen Center for Performing Arts. The event also included a volunteer recognition to honor the year’s top teen volunteers and the adult Volunteer of the Year.

Youth Challenge, which is headquartered in Westlake, offers free, year-round programs to 180 participants throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The participants are children with such disabilities as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and hearing or vision impairments. Transportation to and from programs is also provided at no charge. 

Dance and Drama is one of almost 350 programs that Youth Challenge offers each year thanks to the help of over 450 teen volunteers who gave close to 10,000 hours of service. The teen volunteers are trained to work with children with physical disabilities and are paired one-on-one with participants at each program.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.15.2015

Clague Playhouse auditions for 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will hold auditions for Tom Dudzick's comedy-drama, "Miracle on South Division Street," on Dec. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. This is the story of the Nowak family, a lovable blue-collar clan of four dysfunctional adults from Buffalo, New York, whose matriarch, Clara, fervently protects the family’s 20-foot-tall shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue was built by her father, who claimed to have once had a vision of Mary in his barbershop. But now, a deathbed confession begins to test the family’s faith. 

Performance dates will be March 11 through April 3. There are parts for three adult females and one adult male. All four characters are beautifully developed and nuanced. Clara, the mother, is in her 60s and her children, Beverly, Ruth, and Jimmy, are in their 30s. Auditions will involve readings from the script. Hope to see you there!

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.15.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: End, middle and beginning

Update: "Christmas at Aunt Ida's," the final show scheduled to run at Huntington Playhouse, has been canceled due to production issues.

It's December and the Huntington Playhouse will close this month. One more show is scheduled, "Christmas at Aunt Ida's," then it's time to sell off any remaining items of value, pay some bills, turn off the lights and hand over the keys. The end.

The middle of this story is the end of one story and the beginning of another. 

The announcement came in August to close the theater. The current managing director, Tom Meyrose, decided to continue operation until the end of the year. Meanwhile Bay Village resident John Hnat decided to try and keep community theater alive in his city.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 12.01.2015

BAYarts' Tall Walls exhibit offers easy art shopping

Quite literally using the entire towering expanse of the gallery walls, the BAYarts Tall Walls exhibition will be showcasing generous handfuls of art from many of the organization's artists.

BAYarts Artistic Director, Karen Petkovic, is excited for this inaugural year of the concept. "The idea is that an overflowing amount of art will be filling the walls up to the high ceilings and down to the floors." And there's a large amount of artists who will be supplying the art.

Featured artists include: Chad Cochran, Al Fuchs, Larry Kasperak, Christopher Gray, Mary Burkhardt, Susanne Dotson, Angela Oster, Jack Koch and many more.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.01.2015

BAYarts Holiday Shop experience has expanded

BAYarts' annual Holiday Shop begins this month with a two-day open house on Nov 21 and 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The shop is then open through December.  

Familiar names represented include Freckle Face jewelry, Images in Bloom and Allie M. Designs. In addition, newer names that will be on display, such as Bellatrix Jewelry, Chart House Candles and Shabby Shore.   

"We are always so proud to put on our Holiday Shop," says BAYarts' artistic director Karen Petkovic. "It's a great way to bring the Westside community together in showcasing local artists and letting people discover amazing, personalized gifts. The first two days of the open house weekend are huge, so you don't want to miss that." 

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:08 AM, 11.17.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: On angels' wings

Part three of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

The director, Tom Castro, called three hours before curtain. "Can Moira be an angel tonight?" he anxiously asked my wife, Eileen.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, began the last weekend of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," the holiday show at Huntington Playhouse. My son Jack, who was 11 at the time, had been cast as Ollie Herdman, one of a family of "rotten" children that bully their way into a church Christmas pageant, but to the surprise of everyone, their disastrous interpretation of the Christmas story turns out to be quite touching.

This was Jack's second show at Huntington after my wife had seen him through the children's theater program there the previous summer. His sister Moira, who was four years younger, had actually been "acting" longer than her brother. She appeared as a mouse, two different lions and a frog at various times in a show that ran 24/7 from the time she was 3 until my wife had the brilliant idea to buy her a "school kid costume" so she wouldn't wear a tail to kindergarten.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.17.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: O Captain! My Captain!

Part two of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

Who is Keith Stevens and why is there a pirate ship in his yard?

"O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip begun; This demon vessel in our path, was placed here just for fun."

The poet Walt Whitman might have used these words to describe the Halloween display, in a Bay Village neighborhood, that looks as if had been created by Walt Disney.

Keith lives with his wife, Carol, on Elmwood Road and works as a senior lung transplant coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic. When this father of two is not working his regular job, he likes to volunteer.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:13 AM, 11.03.2015

Huntington Playhouse announces final production

The current show at Huntington Playhouse is the musical “The Addams Family.” Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m.

This musical features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.03.2015

Clague Playhouse presents 'Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical'

Clague Playhouse will present Dan Goggin’s comedy "Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical" as the second production of its 88th season.

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back! The nuns of Mount St. Helen are preparing for their first Christmas television show in the convent basement, but when things don’t go as planned, mayhem ensues. Packed with parodies of favorite holiday carols, this light-hearted romp offers a high-spirited spoof of all things Christmas.

"Nuncrackers" is directed by Kim Mihalik, with musical direction by Jayne Kacik. The cast includes Ian Atwood, Marthan Brown, Grace Davis, Kate Miller, Sarah Rish, Philip Sutherland, Abby Twining and Susan Weber.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.03.2015

BAYarts hosts 'Ornithological Photographs' during November

The images from Todd. R. Forsgren's "Ornithological Photographs" exhibition display birds that have been momentarily caught in mist nets. Scientific research is then able to be collected and applied by biologists.

Forsgren says he is drawn to the idea of seeing birds before they become "known" by the measurement numbers that scientists will use to define it. "My photographs are ... a reflection on our desire to name, classify, and quantify diversity."

Mist nets act like huge, invisible spider webs to detain birds. Much like fences, the nets catch birds but inflict no physical pain. "During this moment, the birds inhabit a fascinating conceptual space between our framework of ‘the bird in the bush and the bird in the hand.’" Forsgren's works has allowed him to study a detailed emotional component. "The captured creatures are embarrassed, fearful, angry, and vulnerable."

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.03.2015

Porter Library to host watercolor art show

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society is displaying its annual art show of original watercolor paintings at Westlake Porter Public Library through Nov. 28. The art show consists of paintings by the members of the Society. Many of the paintings are for sale by the members. Any sale includes a commission for the library services. The gallery is open every day that the library is open during business hours.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.03.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: View From The Tower

Part one of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

On Saturday evenings, John enjoyed looking through his telescope from his perch on the water tower that had been built to irrigate the vineyards and orchards located on the 100-acre parcel of land where he would spend weekends. He looked over the gray-green water speckled with seagulls that appeared like white dots on the surface. Even on clear days, he could not view the shore that was miles past the horizon in front of him.

The winds shifted and the water moving as if breathing deeply, reminded him of the voyage he had taken after his 20th birthday with his brother Hugh. Together the Huntington brothers left their family home in England and started a roofing business in America. Turning his telescope away from the sunset, John could see the city where he became a wealthy man.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.20.2015

A cast of Halloween characters

One of my hobbies, evolving over the past 10 years or so, is making figures of various characters to display on my front porch on Sperry’s Forge Trail in Westlake for Halloween month. Many people have been kind enough to tell me that they look forward to them so I continue, usually adding a new figure or two each year.

When I began, I used a real pumpkin as the head of each of my homespun statues – these included: Elvis, Lincoln, Toy Story’s Woody, Spider-Man, The Joker, Captain Jack Sparrow and several more. However, as time passed, I grew more and more reluctant to have to eventually toss their decaying heads into the trash each year. I then used artificial pumpkins, switching in recent years to various other construction as I made full bodies and not just heads on stands. This way I get to keep the figures and they get to return every year.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2015

Opera preview program served cake, history, gifted voices and inspired acting

Twenty-five years ago, David Bamberger presented the first FYI: Opera program sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and earlier this month he happily presided over a celebratory cake cutting, prior to narrating a program marking the beginning of FYI: Opera’s 26th year.               

Bamberger, who is the artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, is a name synonymous with opera in Northeast Ohio. As founder and director of Cleveland Opera for 28 years, he and other music authorities have presented entertaining and informative FYI: Opera programs on upcoming productions around the area.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.20.2015

BAYarts' first Farm + Art Market season a success

This summer, BAYarts hosted its first season of the Farm + Art Market. The event was coordinated by Pam Mills. Having been employed at BAYarts for several years, Mills' passion for cooking and local produce was what compelled her to tackle this new project. With the support of Executive Director Nancy Heaton, the market was launched with high hopes.

The market was a popular weekly event on Thursday evenings throughout the summer and into fall, with a steady supply of consistent vendors and community locals. The market was so popular that many new vendors are already asking to be added to the rotation.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:07 AM, 10.20.2015

'Drawing into Nature' unveiled at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

A new exhibit at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will draw visitors even closer to wildlife thanks to a local artist inspired by the Center’s living collection.

Danielle Cammuso, an artist working in soft pastels, has created “Drawing into Nature” which showcases the wildlife of the Center in Cammuso’s bold and beautiful style.

“We know that the Center has a powerful impact on those who are part of our community,” says Executive Director Catherine Timko. “Visitors often share stories about coming to our programs as children and how the Center has encouraged their educational path and career decisions. Danielle also found great inspiration in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center which she is now using to inspire others through passionate and vivid art. This exhibit is a celebration of her talent and ability to capture the fascinating qualities of wildlife.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

Clague Playhouse to host 'Two Mediums at Large'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will host “Two Mediums at Large” on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. As Halloween approaches, come for an evening of “spirited” fun!

Have you ever seen a live demonstration of mediumship? In a group setting, many spirits are able to “get through” – join us to participate in a gallery-style message event! Your guides, Susan Averre and Marjorie Rivera, are multi-faceted, Lily Dale-trained professionals.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

BAYarts pop-culture trio shines this month

A humorous, pop-culture-loving trio of artists present "Triple Lindy" at BAYarts this month. Randy Crider, Ryan Finley and Jim Giar are three popular teachers of cartooning and comics that BAYarts provides for young children and teens. They have joined up to present an art exhibition which features individual artwork as well as collaborations.

The three all find inspiration from their students. Crider explains, "Everything I am putting in this show was executed with the help and influence of my students. Over the past year, they've been a very powerful engine in choosing what to draw, and honing the hand drawn style that until this year I was too afraid to try."

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:51 AM, 10.06.2015

BAYarts' Moondance still the party of the year

What rain? In spite of the wet forecast, more than 1,200 guests filled the BAYarts campus on Sept. 12 for the ninth annual Moondance benefit, raising over $90,000 for the non-profit. Funds raised by this event make it possible for BAYarts to keep other events free throughout the year, including gallery exhibitions, summer concerts, the new farmer's market and the annual art festival. The event chair is Mary Conway Sullivan, vice president of BAYarts' board and development chair; it is executed by Diana Brewer and BAYarts' special events team.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:59 AM, 10.06.2015

Huntington Playhouse faces final season

The Cleveland Metroparks has announced they are terminating the affiliate agreement with Huntington Playhouse effective Dec. 31, 2015. While we are extremely disappointed by this decision, we plan to conclude our 2015 season as scheduled and celebrate the past 57 seasons of performing plays and musicals.

Many have asked what can be done. The best thing is for the community to attend a performance to make a case to those looking at future options that there is a need and market for a theatre in this area. It is our hope that the community will continue to support our performers, technicians, musicians and volunteers by attending any of the remaining performances at the theatre.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:00 AM, 09.15.2015

Citizens group forms to keep community theater in Bay Village

In response to the recent announcement of the closing of Huntington Playhouse, a grassroots effort has surfaced to ensure that community theater lives on in the city. A group of residents, led by John Hnat, have formed the Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater, and created an online forum for public discussion. The Facebook page in the group's name will record the thoughts of Bay Village residents regarding the closing of the Playhouse and the preservation of live theater in the city.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 8:58 AM, 09.15.2015

Clague Playhouse kicks off season with 'The Ghost Train'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, will present Arnold Ridley’s classic comedy thriller "The Ghost Train" as the first production of its 87th season.

A group of passengers are left stranded at a New England train station in 1926. Forced to spend the night in the dingy waiting area, the travelers soon learn of the station’s eerie past and the phantom train that appears to haunt the tracks at the same time every night. Tempers flare and tensions mount as the commuters try to come to grips with the impending doom settling in around them.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:10 AM, 09.15.2015

BAYarts honors watercolorist Robert Moyer

Join BAYarts this month as they celebrate a lifetime of watercolor work by Robert Moyer.

The opening reception is in the Sullivan Family Gallery on Friday, Sept. 18, from 7-9 p.m., and the exhibition extends through Oct. 10. A gallery talk is then slated for Sunday, Sept. 27, from 2-4 pm.

Moyer continues to teach watercolor classes at BAYarts. Executive Director Nancy Heaton refers to Moyer as "one of BAYarts' rockstars." She continues, "In light of his multitudes of accomplishments and the undeniable talent honed through years of work, we are so pleased to have BAYarts offering this retrospective exhibition to the community. He creates some of the best and most respected watercolor work you'll ever see."

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:07 AM, 09.15.2015

Oct. 5 program previews one of opera's 'top 10'

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" was a hit when it premiered in 1786 and over 225 years later it is on a “top 10” list. Mozart’s captivating comedy is listed among the top 10 most-performed operas worldwide on Operabase, the online database.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, spotlights Mozart’s “Figaro,” considered a masterpiece of Italian comic opera, at the FYI: Opera program on Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 8:59 AM, 09.15.2015

COFA awards celebration set to music

The climax of the 16th Community of Fine Arts Show on Aug. 29 at the Meet the Artists Reception combined pleasant socializing and the presentation of prizes with a musical background.

The COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays original, one of a kind art works that are judged in five categories: Watercolor; Oil/Acrylic; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography. The 2015 event, which was open for public viewing throughout August at Westlake Porter Public Library, presented nearly 80 pieces, representing the work of 35 artists.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

BAYarts faculty exhibition celebrates diverse talents

The expansive talent of the BAYarts faculty members will be on display this month. From Sept. 4 through Oct. 3, visitors can see "Outside the Classroom" in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. 

A wide variety of artists are contributing their artwork to the exhibition. There will be drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and jewelry design.

Programming director Erin Stack is proud of the curated collection of talented educators she has amassed. "This show represents the talent and diversity in BAYarts faculty. We are fortunate to have instructors that bring so many different talents to BAYarts curriculum; with programs for 3-year-olds on up to to adults of any age. Although every instructor may not be represented in the show, they all plan to be at the opening to celebrate not only the works on the wall, but the relationships and partnerships they have built over the years."   

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

BAYarts launches new website, registration system

With social media now becoming the most popular source for up-to-the-minute news and events, BAYarts' website – its main source for information on programming, events and donations – needed to be updated to accommodate the more frequent use of smaller devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The site,, has a new look and is easier to maneuver and click through. The redesign was made possible by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation, also the source of funding for an updated online registration system. BAYarts operations manager Sarah Goldsberry, who helped implement the new system, says, "It is easier and more efficient for us and for our users, providing feedback which our customers appreciate." The website was designed by Dan Fauver of Lakehouse Publishing, a frequent BAYarts design collaborator.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 10:27 AM, 09.01.2015

Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra continues at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse is up and running with “My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” The very talented cast, which includes Holly Feiler, Jarred Nichols, Keli Schemilpfenig, Tim and Lisa Herzel, sing songs in the Sinatra style in a tribute to “Old Blue Eyes." Over 40 songs are performed including "Summer Wind," "Strangers in the Night," "All of Me," "I Love Paris" and "New York, New York."

The production runs through Sept. 6 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults with senior tickets available on Fridays and the Sunday matinee. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling the box office at 440-871-8333. Box office hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and opens two hours before each performance.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Nature's Night Out is an event not to be missed

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host its annual benefit on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and all are invited. The event is now known as Nature’s Night Out, a fresh update on what was previously The Bake near the Lake.

“We are very excited to welcome all to this year’s benefit. It is our pinnacle event focusing on nature education for children,” says Catherine Timko, Executive Director. “Every aspect of the evening and its theme reflects this distinct mission.”

Guests will enjoy this unique event with heavy appetizers, a signature cocktail, live music by Funkology and more. The Center’s animal ambassadors will also be present at the event and the planetarium will be offering special programming.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.04.2015

COFA fills August with art

The works of 35 artists, amateur and professional, were accepted for judging and display at the 16th annual Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. COFA is open for public viewing now through Aug. 29 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours. The nearly 80 original works are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show.

The entries are accepted and judged in five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/ Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; Photography. A $100 cash award is given for best in each division/category and a $50 cash award for second place in each division/category. Honorable mention ribbons and/or gifts are also awarded as determined by the judges.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2015

'Unseen Cleveland' revealed at BAYarts this August

The allure of Cleveland's past speaks loudly to artist Marge Gulley.

A Bay Village resident and award-winning artist, Gulley is presenting a new exhibition at BAYarts this August. "Unseen Cleveland" explores the original, untouched Cleveland that was seen by Moses Cleaveland and the Erie Indians. Modern life has layered itself onto the land over the course of several decades, but when this debris is erased the original land can then be visually explored. Of course, quite a good deal of work goes into revealing this sort of view.

Indeed, an incredibly thorough and vast amount of historical research was involved in creating these works of art. Interestingly, Cleveland at large hadn't been the original target.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.04.2015

Sinatra tribute opens Aug. 13 at Huntington Playhouse

“My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” will open at Huntington Playhouse on Thursday, Aug. 13, and play through Sept. 6. Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with one Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. 

The show features five performers singing over 40 songs in the Sinatra style. There is no Sinatra impersonator as who could duplicate the original! The song list includes “Summer Wind,” “Chicago,” “Just The Way You Look Tonight,” “New York, New York,” “My Way” and many more.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.04.2015

BAYarts honors Bay Village's Liz Maugans at Moondance

BAYarts' Moondance fundraiser provides a a unique opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who help promote a quality of life that is dear to the BAYarts mission. Past honorees include Tom Schorgel of Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) and Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks' visionary CEO. In this important year, with the renewal of the much publicized art-tax levy, it is even more important to shine the light on the individuals that directly or indirectly have been influential in BAYarts' growth and reputation as the west side destination for cultural and community events. 

Bay resident Liz Maugans, with her hands-on approach and inspiring energy, has been BAYarts' greatest cheerleader, as she is for countless organizations she believes in. A tireless advocate for the power of art for economic and social change, her signature can be seen on projects throughout northeast Ohio.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.04.2015

BAYarts lines up more food vendors for annual Moondance benefit

Big white tents, great food, live music and bonfires are just a few of the signature features of BAYarts' annual Moondance benefit. Each year this sold-out event raises funds that help BAYarts maintain the campus buildings, gardens and continue to provide free community events year round. This year's event, set for Saturday, Sept. 12, features the band Cats on Holiday, known for their upbeat danceable style that covers all the bases. 

"People tell us they love our event because, like everything else we do, it's fun," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "No speeches, no hands out. Once you arrive on campus, the beautiful venue speaks for itself. None of what BAYarts does would be possible without this kind of support and the community gets that. So its a win-win for everyone."

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

Rewarding invitation for artists has deadline

The opportunity for artists to display their work in the Community of Fine Arts Show for the month of August provides exposure of their work for sale and a possibility of prize money. But registration for the 2015 COFA, a juried art show, which the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council founded 16 years ago, has a July 13 deadline for art work submission.

The W-WAC accepts works for the COFA from amateur/semi-professionals, 18 years or older, and in five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

Modern art: Instagram exhibition at BAYarts through July

This month, the duo of gallery exhibitions at BAYarts will examine themes at the opposite ends of the spectrum. 

In "Head 2 Head," Milan Kecman delves into the past. "Always having an interest in history, I decided to explore some of the faces and personalities of the past and the parallels their lives took. Their lives at times touched, as they took divergent or similar paths. I hope to give the viewer insight into some historical figures who have left a profound effect upon today's culture." 

Taking the modern route, Christopher Gray has curated a selection of Instagram images in "Squared Up." "I'm amazed at the work I see on Instagram, mostly from people who do not consider themselves artists. I chose artists for this show based on their photos and feeds." Gray indicates that experiencing the exhibition will be as if the viewer were scrolling through Instagram, but in a much larger capacity. As for subject matters? They will vary. "The show is not tightly curated, but rather allows for happenstance that occurs in this community. The artwork will encompass a range of subject matter from food to portraits to a bit of whimsy."

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

It's audition time at Clague Playhouse!

Auditions for the first show of Clague Playhouse’s 88th season will take place on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Arnold Ridley’s gripping "The Ghost Train" (1923) is set in a gloomy English train station, where nine stranded travelers become increasingly more uneasy about the phantom the stationmaster claims appears on the tracks each night.

Director Ron Newell is casting seven men aged early 20s to 50s, three women in their 20s, and one woman aged 60 or over, as well as two male walk-on roles. Brief character descriptions are available on the Auditions page at Review copies of the script are available at the Box Office for a $10 deposit.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.16.2015