Arts & Entertainment

Landscapes highlighted in April gallery exhibitions at BAYarts

BAYarts is hosting two gallery shows this April that heavily feature inspiring landscapes.

In the Diane Boldman Education Gallery, the art of Marge Gulley and Bernie D'Ettorre are featured for "April in Paris." This show has a heavy focus on key places of Paris that both women have connected with. "From the king’s crypts deep under Cathedrale de Saint Denis to the heights of the Tour Eiffel, I found every section a never ending supply of visual material for drawing," Gulley said.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.07.2015

All-American cast enchants FYI: Opera audience

When the essence of great music is delivered by a beautiful voice the level of enjoyment for fortunate listeners cannot be measured. And certainly the singer’s country of origin is irrelevant.

David Bamberger, artistic director of Opera at the Cleveland Institute of Music, who assembled the March 31 FYI: Opera program, originally scheduled an international foursome of CIM voice students from three countries to perform. But health problems forced two singers to withdraw and their able replacements turned the foursome into an All-American cast.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.07.2015

New creative insight class at BAYarts

BAYarts is now offering the Creative Insight Class with Christina Evans. The class originated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and runs for eight weeks. It is meant to be a transformational class for personal development.

Evans believes the class can be beneficial to anyone. "Everyone has creativity in their soul, whether it is creative problem solving in a career, or creative problem solving when creating a beautiful piece of art. This class is about finding your unique creative process, paying attention to it, quieting your inner critic, and harnessing the power of it to use in all aspects of your life."

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.07.2015

BAYarts Winter Kids Show brings smiles

Secure a good mood for your day when you visit the Dianne Boldman Education gallery this March, to view the BAYarts Winter Kids Show that's on display through the 21st.

Featuring the work of children in Art Academy, Telling Comics and Lego Creator classes, there are over 50 young artists who have contributed to this exhibition. Bright colors, exceptional self-portraits, and bold patterns adorn the walls.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.17.2015

FYI: Opera offers international music and voices

An international blend of music and voices will be presented at the FYI: Opera program on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, when singers from three countries will perform arias from French and Italian operas.

David Bamberger, artistic director of opera at the Cleveland Institute of Music will narrate the program which includes music from Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love" and Massenet’s "Werther." The CIM voice students, who will sing various arias are: mezzo-soprano Erika Rodden and tenor Kevin Adamik (Americans), soprano Kristen McConnell (Canadian), and soprano Charlotte Ushela (Peruvian). Accompanying the singers at the piano will be John Simmons, musical director of CIM’s Scenes Program.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.17.2015

Registration has begun for BAYarts' popular Mini Mosaics classes

Have you discovered a haven for your young children to show off their artistic side as of yet? Mini Mosaics at BAYarts is a completely customizable art program for children, ages 3-6. Classes are picked "a la carte" based on your child's interests and the time that works best for you. 

While your children are having fun, you know that they're doing so much more than that. Director of Programming at BAYarts, Erin Stack, has made a concentrated effort to ensure that this program is beneficial on several levels. "Our Mini Mosaics program is invaluable to a young child's development. We believe preschoolers benefit from participating in hands-on and creative experiences that foster self-expression, motor development and individuality."

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.17.2015

'Rising Star' wins audience; melts hearts with 'Frozen'

The audience that braved February’s frigid temperatures to attend Hannah-Jo Weisberg’s performance at Westlake Porter Public Library was rewarded by her talented performance. They then had their hearts completely melted when this “Rising Star” from Baldwin Wallace University spontaneously ended her program with an unscheduled rendition of "Let It Go" for her youngest fan.

Upon completion of her lively program, followed by questions from the audience, Weisberg was asked to do an encore. Exchanging a quick look with Jake Turski, her skilled piano accompanist, she agreed. Weisberg then turned to 4-year-old Beatrix Healey, who had watched the program with rapt attention from a front row seat, and asked, “What is your favorite Disney movie?” The shy, but prompt, reply was "Frozen." The thoughtful act sealed the little Westlake girl’s awe for the lovely performer and won the hearts of all the adults.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.03.2015

The fine art of illustration on display at BAYarts

“The Best of NOIS” opens in BAYarts' Sullivan Gallery on Friday, March 6, and runs through April 3. Comprised of illustrators, fine artists, designers, students and instructors, Northern Ohio Illustrators Society (NOIS) formed more than 20 years ago when a group of Cleveland area illustrators, faced with rapid changes in their field, felt a need to get out of the studio, meet in an informal setting and exchange points of view.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.03.2015

Clague Playhouse presents 'One Slight Hitch'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will present the comedy "One Slight Hitch" as the fourth production of its 87th season. It's Courtney Coleman's wedding day. Her family knows the event will be glorious. Everything is ready: the church, the cake, the happy couple. Then an unexpected guest arrives and the misunderstandings and witticisms begin to fly.

Comedian Lewis Black's script blends the best of old-fashioned farce with modern-day romantic comedy and tops it with a dollop of emotion. The result: an evening of great theatrical entertainment.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.03.2015

BAYarts launches CAN Journal spring issue

The CAN Journal kicks off the spring issue on Friday, March 6, at BAYarts to coincide with the opening of "The Best of NOIS" in the Sullivan Gallery (see related article). Now in its third year, the spring issue of CAN is the largest to date as more and more art organizations and artists discover the value of a "one stop" directory for the visual arts in the greater Cleveland area. It is written by Collective Arts Network members and edited by writer and BAYarts artist Michael Gill. 

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.03.2015

Catch the Westlake performance of a 'Rising Star'

For a third year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star … Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital." Hannah-Jo Weisberg will present a musical program on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

No stranger to the stage, this BW senior is a music theater major with a minor in theater. Some of Weisberg's favorite roles include: Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," Meg Brockie in "Brigadoon," Brooke/Vicki in "Noises Off," Eurydice in "Eurydice," and Kristine in "A Chorus Line." Weisberg will soon be playing Annette in "Saturday Night Fever" at Playhouse Square.

Her Westlake performance will include the songs “I Dreamed a Dream," "How are Things in Glocca Morra" and "At Last."

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

BAYarts exhibition highlights one mother's struggle

Erin Stack is one of the four artists featured in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts during the month of February. The exhibition, "Still Small Voice," focuses on very personal journeys of the respective women involved. For Stack, this was a story about being strong during her first pregnancy. 
"When I was 19, I became pregnant," Stack wrote in her artist statement for the show. "Young, unmarried and in my first year of college I found myself in a place that I was not yet ready to visit: motherhood. After listening to the opinions of others, I chose to listen to my own inner voice that convinced me that I could wholeheartedly, without question, change the course of my life and still do everything I dreamed of doing. The only difference was that I would now have someone to join me on my personal journey."
The Sullivan Family Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-3 p.m. This exhibition will be on display through the end of February.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 02.17.2015

Call for Entries: BAYarts Art & Music Festival

BAYarts' Annual Art & Music Festival gets bigger and better every year as the demand and appreciation for locally made goods continues to grow. Last year, hundreds of visitors attended the daylong event for local art, live music and great food. 

On June 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the festival kicks off BAYarts' summer of fun, including the free summer concert series, art camps and the new farmers market. To assure quality and variety, artists who submit applications will be reviewed by a panel for originality and craftsmanship. 

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.03.2015

Historical society offers Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and the Westlake Historical Society is celebrating by offering weddings and renewals of vows at the historic Clague House Museum (1371 Clague Road, Westlake). The museum, built in 1876 and listed on National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of the Clague family.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:39 AM, 02.03.2015

Huntington Playhouse preps for 2015 season

The Huntington Playhouse season doesn’t start for a while but there is still a lot of activity taking place in preparation of the 2015 season which starts on June 4 with a production of the musical revue “My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.”

The season will include “The Producers,” “Boeing, Boeing,” “Death By Design,” “The Addams Family" and a holiday show. Currently the theatre is offering an opening night subscription package with substantial discounts available to new subscribers.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:46 AM, 02.03.2015

BAYarts' latest exhibitions: 'Small Still Voice,' 'Fleeting Moments'

Don't let the snow keep you isolated this January. Your go-to, local arts spot (BAYarts), has two new exhibitions that will be holding opening receptions on Friday, Jan. 30, from 7-9 p.m.

In the Sullivan Family Gallery, artists Moira Beale, Sue Peplin, Jessica Ramage and Erin Stack will present "Small Still Voice." Textural elements are at play in works of ceramic and mixed media pieces.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.20.2015

It's audition time at Clague Playhouse!

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will hold auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 7-9 p.m. for "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)" by Donald Margulies. Rougemont was a real man who told a not-so-real story that so captivated and entertained audiences that he derived a living from its telling for much of his life.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.20.2015

BAYarts offers special watercolor workshop with Yuki Hall

Reference your calendars now, and mark down Saturday, April 25. BAYarts is offering a special, one-day workshop for those interested in pursuing their watercolor skills.

Visiting artist Yuki Hall will be leading the day of hands-on education. Hall is known for her particularly beautiful and proficient impressionistic watercolor work.

Participants in the workshop will be learning to achieve stronger atmospheric moods in their landscape, waterscapes and cityscape paintings through the studied use of "reducing the subject matter into a simple pattern of shapes and tonal values, and expressing it with one’s personal visual language without being bogged down with unnecessary details."

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.20.2015

Who says theater is not real life?

Clague Playhouse’s production of "Trying" delights audiences with its humor and the strong acting by Robert Hawkes and Debbie Jenkins.  Playwright Joanna McClelland Glass writes about her real-life experience as secretary to Judge Francis B. Biddle who had been U.S. attorney general from 1941-1945, serving first under Franklin D. Roosevelt and then Harry S. Truman. 

“What gives the distinct sound of truth to the script,” said Director Douglas Farren, “is that the story comes out of a real life experience.” Farren believes that the short relationship Glass had with Biddle led her into the world of writing.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.20.2015

Porter Library program focuses on taking better pictures

Do you want to take better pictures? Do you have questions about cameras, lenses and software processing?

Then you should attend a program open to the public on photography presented by members of the Lakewood Photographic Society. The meeting is open to anyone interested in photography and will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., in Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:54 AM, 01.06.2015

Clague Playhouse presents 'Trying'

Clague Playhouse will present Joanna McClelland Glass's drama "Trying" as the third production of its 87th season. This highly acclaimed play follows the attempts of a young Canadian woman and an aging Philadelphia aristocrat to understand each other in what the old man knows will be the last year of his life. The work is based on its author’s real-life experience working for former U.S. Attorney General and Nuremberg Trials chief judge Francis Biddle in the late 1960s.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.06.2015

So this is Christmas

My favorite Christmas song, narrowly edging out “The Little Drummer Boy,” is “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” written and performed by John Lennon.

I love those first words of the song – “So this is Christmas.” They speak to me, not of gifts, parties, trees and dinners, but of that magic moment when, sometime in the midst of that special day’s chaos, we feel the love and joy – ah, so this is Christmas!

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:35 AM, 12.09.2014

Auditions for 'One Slight Hitch' at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road in Westlake, will hold auditions on Dec. 9 and 10 for "One Slight Hitch." This smart, modern farce from comedian Lewis Black is a wild and oddly romantic trip down dysfunctional lane. Life is rolling along for Doc and Delia Coleman as they plan to throw their eldest daughter the plush wedding they never had – at which point her ex shows up.

Director Fred Gloor seeks actors to play three male characters (two in their early 30s and one 50s-60s) and four females (one age 16, two 20s-30s, one 50s-60s).

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

BAYarts receives Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant

Just in time for a happy Thanksgiving, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced grants of more that $27 million to 196 cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. The grant awards were approved by CAC’s board of trustees after an in-depth application process, a review by a panel of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio and finally the allocation of funds by CAC trustees. The awards were announced on Nov. 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the majority of the recipients in attendance.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

Jingle Bell Rock: Two nights of music to benefit Village Project

‘Twas the night after Christmas … and it’s time to throw off your ‘kerchief or cap and get out of the house to enjoy some rock 'n' roll.

Spending time with family and friends during the holidays can be merry and bright and jingly and jolly, but let’s face it, all that preparation for the big day can leave you very stressed out. What better way to let your hair down after the Christmas rush, than a night out (or two) at a local watering hole to listen to some live rock 'n' roll for a good cause.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:35 AM, 12.09.2014

'It's A Wonderful Life' at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse will close the 2014 season with a production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” featuring WKYC-TV news reporter Will Ujek as George Bailey leading the cast of 17 performers. The show is under the direction of Douglas F. Bailey II.

Capturing the true spirit of the season, here is the story of George Bailey: A man whose hopes and dreams have been so shattered that he is prepared to end it all when, in a magical turn of events, his guardian angel appears to show him what a wonderful life he really has had and how the world would have been different without him.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.25.2014

Clague Playhouse presents 'Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will present a holiday favorite, Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" as the second production of its 86th season.

This ensemble production draws on the writings of Robert Fulghum, author of the best-sellers "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" and "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It." By turns tender and humorous, lively and thoughtful, its sketches and songs explore the many facets of the Christmas season in America.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

BAYarts' holiday shop inspires

Each year, the entire first floor of BAYarts' Huntington House transforms into a festive Holiday Shop, featuring handmade holiday goods from over 100 local artists.

Items featured in the holiday shop include jewelry, furniture, stationery, soaps, framed photography and paintings, holiday decor, headbands, tutu's, ceramics and much more. Shop manager Karen Petkovic says you can anticipate seeing lots of cool refurbished furniture "with vintage flair" from Vintage Novella, while Kiowa will be offering tables and frames made from re-claimed barn wood.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.11.2014

Aquarelle Society Art Show on display at Porter Library

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society is displaying 44 original watercolor paintings at the Westlake Porter Library through Nov. 29. The Society show consists of paintings by 13 of the members: Linda Borton, Al Buchta, Phyllis Firalio, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Annabelle Keller, Suzanne Kizzen, Bob Parry, Marge Strimbu, Barbara Swasey, Jenne Vetrone and William Wilder. Most of the paintings are for sale. The gallery is open every day that the library is open during business hours.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.11.2014

BAYarts exhibits 'The Insistent Now'

Examining ephemeral experiences of the present moment, "The Insistent Now" is the latest exhibition to grace the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts.

It is curated by Michael Abarca of Forum Artspace and features the work of Lane Cooper, Andy Curlowe, Sarah Kabot, Liz Maugans, Michael T. Meier, Dante Rodriguez, Royden Watson and Nikki Woods. These Cleveland-area artists command attention to the here and now. Whether it's through interpreting elusive experiences, creating spacial interventions or constructing idealized perennial landscapes, these artists explore, address and confront the demands of the ever-expanding present.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Visitors may visit the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., through the months of November and December.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.11.2014

Art historian focuses on Italian Renaissance

Art historian Sean Crum will speak on “The High Renaissance in Italy: The Triumph of Classicism,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Crum brings vast knowledge and experience to offer substance and shape to the great artists whose names top the list of renowned talents of an incomparable era.

Enjoy the exploration of how the ancient ideal of perfection is realized in the works of Italian artists Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael and Giorgione and Donato Bramante’s architecture.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

BAYarts offers marbleizing paper workshop

Do you love the look of richly marbleized designs? This November, channel your inclination for an artistic outlet in a workshop taught by Peggy Wertheim on Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at BAYarts.

The art of marbleizing designs on paper and silk is a process that is simple and gratifying for artists of any level. Students will explore how paper and silk can be marbleized using traditional water baths, acrylic paints and powdered seaweed. They will be learning patterns such as Feather, Bird Wing and Chevron. Between 12-15 marbled paper silks will be created by all, which can then be utilized in holiday cards, scrapbooks, journals and any of your other ongoing, and future, projects.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.28.2014

Edward Beyer awarded Best of Show in BAYarts exhibition

BAYarts held their 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition this year. Edward Beyer won the Best of Show award for his black pastel piece, "Early Morning." First place was awarded to Jessica Ramage for her ceramic piece, "Fun & Frills." Second place went to Glenn Morisue with an oil painting titled "Real Housewives of Conneaut." In third place was "The Boat Launch," a photographic piece by Jackson Koch.

Four jury awards were also given out, to Susanne Dotson ("Rte 301 at Homerville," acrylic), Patricia Hannahan Sigmier ("Winter Solstice," watercolor), Jim Osbourne ("Zach in Black," oil) and Darrelle Anne Centuori ("Even Before We Met, I Knew You Were Out There Somewhere," acrylic and ink).

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.14.2014

Handel's closet holds only music, no skeletons

No caveat was necessary for the exquisite music of George Frideric Handel sung brilliantly by four voice students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, at the FYI: Opera program on Oct. 8 at Porter Library.  

But the lack of juicy gossip from the composer’s life (1685-1759) prompted David Bamberger, who narrated the program, to advise the audience that historians and biographers aggressively looked for salacious details in Handel’s life, but could find none. He coupled that news with consideration of Handel’s enormous amount of music and observed, “Evidently, he did nothing but write and direct music.” Therefore, there is no point in discussing Handel’s life, he added.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 9:59 AM, 10.14.2014

BAYarts 'library guru' finds inspiration in art books

As a BAYarts volunteer, Katy Wilson has focused on managing the Eric Dillemuth Library in the Alice McGinty Painting Studio. Books in this collection are organized and curated for quality, as well as arranged in a method that makes it easy for faculty and students to borrow the books.

While working in the library, Wilson has managed to grow fond of several different book inclusions. One of these is “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.14.2014

International cast to perform excerpts from Handel's 'Alcina'

The FYI: Opera program on Wednesday, Oct. 8, features four talented voices from three countries, who will present an enticing menu of music created by George Frideric Handel almost three centuries ago.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will narrate the convoluted tale of love that Handel’s music relates and music director John Simmons will accompany the voice students at the piano.This exceptional music event takes place at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. 

Be it 1735 or 2014 love and lovers are a fascinating subject. Handel saw possibilities in the plot set on an enchanted island, ruled by a beautiful sorceress who wins lovers by casting spells over them, prompting a deserted fiancé, determined to recover her man, to infiltrate the island.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.30.2014

BAYarts exhibition explores Cleveland's endurance

Cleveland is cool again, or didn't you know? Artist Julie Cikra has noticed that Cleveland now has promising potential in the eyes of new generations who are invested in building up the city. For her first solo show, "Migration," Cikra explores this very theme. "I wanted to comment on the state of my resilient, little homestead." And the message presented might surprise some who are still not ready to embrace this plum of a city.

Working out of Cleveland's West Side, Cikra's job puts her in a place that's key to local arts. Since 2010, Cikra has been with BAYarts, and she now holds the title of Education Assistant and Class Registrar. Inspiration has not been difficult to harness in this environment of community love and artistic support.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.30.2014

BAYarts Huntington House classroom gets a facelift

The second floor of BAYarts' historic Huntington House has been used as a classroom for art programming since the early '60s. Now, thanks to a generous donation from the family of Virginia Beach, one of the original founders of the organization in 1948, it has finally been renovated. On Sept. 12, a celebratory reception in the newly christened "Virginia Beach Art Studio" was attended by Virginia's three children: Ann Preston of Petersborough, N.H.; Jane Wessel Lang of Bay Village; and Dr. George Beach with his wife, Barbara, of Madison, Va.  

BAYarts Education Director Erin Stack explained how important the renovation was. "The room felt busy and cluttered. It was like the 'teenager's bedroom' of our campus." To remedy this, the floors were sanded and refinished while the walls and trim were painted. Along with new tables and chairs, a new sink and floor-to-ceiling cupboards were installed.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.16.2014

Clague Playhouse presents 'An Inspector Calls'

Clague Playhouse will present J.B. Priestley’s classic mystery "An Inspector Calls" as the first production of its 86th season.

The play is set in the home of a prosperous family in an English mill town in 1912. The Birlings and their prospective son-in-law react coolly to the news that a young village woman has killed herself. But was Eva’s death really a suicide, and are the family members as law-abiding and moral as they appear? With a police inspector inquiring into each person’s past, it is only a matter of time before the exposure of the guilty party – or parties.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.16.2014

Huntington Playhouse to stage 'Spelling Bee'

Huntington Playhouse's 2014 season continues with a production of the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," opening on Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 12. 

This hilarious musical comedy celebrates the mania of competition as the funniest, most lovable and sardonically nerdy contestants compete for the spelling bee title. Six wacky misfits with steely ambition strive to define themselves apart from their crazy families as they confront the pitfalls of puberty.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.16.2014