Arts & Entertainment

Snap a better selfie with BAYarts classes

With so much of your life photographically shared on social media outlets, why wouldn't you want to improve the quality of those images? Luckily, there is a slew of classes and workshops coming to BAYarts this fall that are directly aimed at this cause. Teachers Al Fuchs and Larry Kasperek of BayLight Studio will be aiding students in creating better portraits, action shots and utilizing posing skills.

The classes include "The Basics" as well as "Photographing for Publication." In these, students will get a chance to discuss each other's work, as well as participate in weekly homework assignments so they can demonstrate what they're learning.

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

BAYarts holds groundbreaking for new ceramics studio

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the BAYarts campus celebrated the groundbreaking for the Karen Ryel Center for Ceramic Arts and Education. 

Ryel, who had always been passionate about pottery, passed away on her 60th birthday in November of 2010. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and student of BAYarts. 

Gallery Director Eileen Stockdale spoke fondly of what Ryel brought to the campus. "She was so generous. And she made beautiful things. We had delightful conversations because her mother-in-law and my mother were friends."

Ryel had a connection to nearly everyone on the BAYarts campus, by virtue of being such a friendly spirit. Many of the current pottery students at BAYarts knew Ryel very well. But you can see how deep the admiration for Ryel goes when you see the deference that those who didn't know her have for her. Faculty member and artist Jessica Ramage had a somber, humble smile as she explained that she'd sadly missed out on knowing Ryel by just a few months.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.03.2014

Clague Playhouse announces 'Jewelry Heist' fundraiser

Clague Playhouse is preparing for its fifth annual fundraiser, “Jewelry Heist,” in support of its 2014-2015 season, opening Sept. 12 with the production “Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestley. 

This fundraiser originated with Clague Playhouse in 2010 as an outgrowth of its production of Moliere’s “The Miser.” Describing the event as a robbery of The Miser’s treasure chest, Clague Playhouse sold donated recycled jewelry to patrons in its lobby before, at intermission and after performances.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.03.2014

Westlake resident creates needlework art

Some artists express their creativity by painting a picture, but Barbara Bilas, a resident of Westlake Village Retirement Community, expresses her creativity with needles, thread and scraps of fabric from dresses her mother made for her when she was a child. She had seen a needlework of a cut-away house and instantly knew it was for her. She sent away for the pattern and began assembling her materials on a double bed. 

Barbara started with the kitchen, where she spent most of her time, and as a child had watched her great-aunt at work in her grandmother's kitchen. Barbara says it was pure pleasure selecting the materials for each room, creating a tapestry of color and texture and reliving memories of her childhood.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.03.2014

Cleveland's One World Festival celebrates cultural diversity

Strolling through the Lakeside Cemetery in Bay Village, one sees headstones memorializing the early settlers of Bay Village. Surnames of Western European origin such as Wolf, Osborn, Foote and Wischmeyer remain familiar to local residents as names on street signs and other geographic features of the community. Since World War II, however, Bay Village has developed a diverse population with ethnic roots from all over the world.  

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 1 p.m. to dusk, the multicultural heritage of Bay Village and all of Greater Cleveland will be celebrated in the One World Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This free event, which takes place along the gorgeous curving contours of Rockefeller Park between Superior and St. Clair Avenues, presents artists, music and lots of surprises with a flotilla of food trucks and vendors offering delicious ethnic food and drinks.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.03.2014

CFA presents art demonstrations, gathering of artists

An opportunity to view an outstanding collection of original art works, now on display at the Community of Fine Arts juried art show, is sufficient reason to plan a visit to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. 

In addition, a schedule of live demonstrations by artists entered in the show and a “Meet the Artists” reception on the show’s final day, Aug. 30, are further motivations provided by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the CFA event.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.19.2014

BAYarts receives Cleveland Foundation grant

BAYarts has received a Cleveland Foundation grant for $25,000 to be used for technical upgrades. It is the third grant of this type that the foundation has awarded BAYarts in the course of their rapid growth.

The first grant was received in 2009 to replace antiquated phone systems, purchase computers and add security systems. In 2011, with the completion of the Fuller House renovation, a second grant made it possible to install a Sonos music system, phones and computers in the renovated building.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.19.2014

Artfully ever after: Artistic couple married at BAYarts

When artists Erin Schectman and Ron Caruso became joyfully engaged, they knew where they wanted their wedding to be. And so, on Aug. 16, the pair met each other atop an outside altar to say their vows on the verdant BAYarts campus.

The couple has long been a familiar, sunny fixture in the Northeast Ohio art world. Caruso is an accomplished photographer, and Schechtman is an artist who has taken part in many gallery shows at BAYarts. Additionally, two colorful murals from her Rust Belt Monster Collective grace the campus. Those art pieces that have captivated and intrigued the imagination of many visitors served as a perfect backdrop for the festive nuptials.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.19.2014

'Community of Fine Arts' opens 15th exhibit

The "Community of Fine Arts" has opened with a display of over 100 original works of art that will remain on exhibit for four weeks. The CFA, a juried art show presented annually by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is open for public viewing through Aug. 30 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge road, during library hours.

Jean Povinelli, chair of this event, said original works by amateurs and professionals were accepted from 44 artists. Only works that are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show are accepted.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:34 AM, 08.05.2014

Sam Sheppard case explored in BAYarts exhibit

When you stand on the front porch of that iconic green Victorian house on south side of Lake Road, you're standing where Sam Sheppard was arrested for the murder of his wife, Marilyn. The house is part of the BAYarts campus, and formally known as The Irene Lawrence Fuller House, named after one of the original owners. Sam Sheppard's parents lived in the house when it was in its original location on the east side of Bay Village, prior to being sent down a barge on Lake Erie for relocation in the mid-'80s.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.05.2014

From garage to gallery: Bay artist curates exhibit this month

It's hard to believe when you see his largest canvases, but John W. Carlson once had his art studio in his Bay Village garage. He shared it with the garden tools and other garage stuff and it had no heat. But he never let Mother Nature or the guilt he felt over the unused lawn mower deter him, producing some of his best known early work. In fact, one of his favorite mediums is house paint, so it all seemed to work.

That was then; today John works in a well-lit, spacious studio in the Arts and Crafts building in Cleveland, but he's never lost his loyalty to BAYarts community where he teaches adult drawing classes, attends gallery events and supports fellow artists. This month, he will bring together some of these artists when he curates an exhibit in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:36 AM, 08.05.2014

It's time to secure your tickets to BAYarts' Moondance

It'll be the perfect night for a Moondance, but only if you have tickets to the event. On Sept. 13, BAYarts will host their annual Moondance event. Tickets are now on sale, and you are encouraged to purchase yours as soon as you know you'll be attending. BAYarts' Executive Director, Nancy Heaton, says the event always sells out and tickets are not for sale at the door.

The event hosts 10 of your favorite local eateries, so you'll be well fed. There will also be open bars with Great Lakes beer and Euro Fine Wines, as well as music by Joe Bell and the Swing Lizards. My personal favorite addition to the night? The glowing twinkle lights, of course. Together, all of these components help create the dreamlike atmosphere that makes this a buzzworthy event. 

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.05.2014

SJMC Festival of the Arts

Thousands of visitors from across the region enjoyed beautiful weather and a serene setting as they browsed more than 200 artist and craft booths nestled among the trees on the St. John Medical Center campus July 11-13. Now in its 21st year, the festival is a popular mid-summer highlight.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.22.2014

Perfect evenings with the Bay Village Community Band

Why do we love Bay Village? One reason is because it offers a delicious small-town atmosphere, especially during the summer months.

Picture this perfect Sunday evening in Cahoon Park: The lake breeze is picking up and blowing through the slats of your reclined lawn chair. The sky is turning different shades of gold and rose and people are beginning to arrive around you, exchanging pleasantries and spreading out their picnic blankets on the grass. You close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you – birds chirp, the leaves rustle, children laugh, and suddenly there’s music. You chuckle under your breath because the scene unfolding in front of you is just too perfect.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:59 AM, 07.08.2014

BAYarts ventures into Wild West with girls summer camp

This June, the BAYarts campus was under the law of the Wild West, as the annual Girls Summer Camp began. The popular camp is a four-day event that takes place twice during the summer, with 132 girls in each course. The first day of registration saw a landmark 264 girls sign up for the event. If you can't read between those lines – this is a popular festivity among the young, artistically-inclined female artists in our midst. 

Activities that filled the six-hour days included painting on authentic barn wood, creating self-portrait "Wanted" posters, lessons in square dancing, getting the chance to sew a real Western skirt, and even creating a ceramic horse of their very own.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:58 AM, 07.08.2014

Martin O'Connor showcases vivid portraits at BAYarts this month

The BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery is now hosting the artwork of Martin O'Connor. A 1990 graduate of Westlake High School, O'Connor has remained a local resident. His oil paintings for his series, simply and astutely titled, "New Work", are all portraiture.

Gallery director Eileen Stockdale says of O'Connor, "He has an artistic insight into design and composition but he is also disciplined about the technique of portraiture and oil painting. When he combines all of this, he has a very sophisticated approach."

The exhibition runs throughout the month of July, and the opening reception takes place on Friday, July 11, from 7-9 p.m. Live on stage will be He-Chaw Funk. Interestingly, a member of this self-described "dark hillbilly rock" band is one of the subjects of O'Connor's portraits.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.08.2014

Atelier 252: A community of artists

An art workshop in the attic. Well an atelier doesn’t have to be in an attic but I like to think of it that way. An atelier is an artist work group, where one teacher mingles among the artists and helps individuals with their paintings. Atelier 252 isn’t really an attic, but it is the sunny third floor room of the Bay Presbyterian Church (the 252 in the name comes  from the street number of the church).

What began some 20 years ago in the home studio of Virginia Cascarilla has evolved from a group of art students to a community of caring artists. Under Ginny’s mentorship and guidance, students have the opportunity to learn from her talents and expertise. Each Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will find us there, usually 8 to 10 artists, painting landscapes and portraits in oil.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.08.2014

'Catch Me If You Can' now playing at Huntington Playhouse

The Huntington Playhouse season continues with a production of the musical “Catch Me If You Can” which opens on July 10 and plays through Aug. 3. The musical is based directly on the very popular Tom Hanks and Leonardo DeCaprio movie of the same name.

A young boy, not even out of high school, becomes an expert check forger, airline pilot, doctor and lawyer making millions of dollars along the way, all the while being chased by an FBI agent. The fascinating thing about this story is that it is true!Frank Abagnale Jr., the main character in the musical, even sent a good luck card to the Huntington cast at the beginning of the rehearsal period!

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:06 AM, 07.08.2014

BAYarts wins 2nd place in duct tape parade

Aliens and duct tape? They go together better than you'd think. A group of young artists from BAYarts walked in The Avon Heritage Duck Tape Parade on Father's Day weekend, and successfully scored a second-place ranking.

This is only the second year that BAYarts has participated in the festival, and in the previous year they garnered the title of "Most Creative."

Students ages 8-14 from the Spring Duck Tape class at BAYarts worked diligently under the guidance of teacher Melissa Moon, adhering to the 2014 theme of "Out of this World!"

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:19 AM, 06.24.2014

Bay High grad returns to Cleveland to headline at Hilarities

When Rob O’Reilly graduated from Bay High School in 2003, he had a dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. So, he went off to Boston University to study communications and began to do stand-up at Boston venues – for free – just to get the stage time.

Since then, Rob has had appearances on "The Tonight Show" as Jay Leno’s correspondent, NBC’s "America’s Got Talent," and Comedy Central’s "Live at Gotham." He was named one of LA Weekly’s Top Ten Comics to Watch and has performed at over 300 colleges. Now 29, Rob currently lives in Los Angeles and is in his third season working as writer for the hit MTV show “Ridiculousness.” 

In July, Rob will be returning to Cleveland to headline at the comedy club Hilarities, which is downtown on East 4th Street – an upscale comedy club that is located in the basement of Pickwick and Frolic.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.24.2014

BAYarts Art + Music Festival once again a success

The annual Art + Music Festival, a free day of "food, fun, art and music" on the BAYarts campus, took place on June 14. The celebration boasts a way of sharing "affordable art" with the community at large.

The party featured upbeat reggae music by Umojah Nation, food from the newly christened Fuller Porch Cafe, BAYarts board members working a busy grill, and over 70 vendors of artistic wares. BAYarts gallery director Eileen Stockdale coordinated the event, and said that the 2014 festival was their largest year yet. They bumped up the amount of vendors with nearly 20 additional tents. Attendance for the pre-Father's Day event was also higher than average. "It was a beautiful day both weather-wise and crowd-wise," she explained with enthusiasm.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:15 AM, 06.24.2014

Crocker Park art fair a fun day of culture

The stores at Crocker Park had some extra competition the weekend of June 14-15 when the Fine Arts Fair lined the middle of Main Street from Bar Louie up to Trader Joe's. Howard Alan Events took over running the show from The Guild, though fortunately, there were still some Guild veterans in the line-up. There was more variety than usual with artists working in many different mediums. As always, there were a lot of jewelry designers, but they were scattered throughout, not clumped together as in some places.

My sister and I marveled at the imagination shown by so many of the artists. There were paintings of a penguin building a sandcastle, little girls fishing from pails and others dressed as Amelia Earhart with her head in the clouds, whimsical alphabets, glass pumpkins, giant sculptures of manta rays and swordfish, metal figures of athletes which looked as if they were running, photos of exotic places and creatures and Lego characters interacting. No worries about traditional mediums being overlooked, plenty of acrylics and watercolors were for sale, even the ancient art of encaustic painting. It was a cornucopia of creativity!

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.24.2014

Clague Playhouse hosts annual Barn Sale

It’s Barn Sale time again at Clague Playhouse! We will gladly accept your gently used donations of household items, outdoor equipment, antiques and collectibles. Please, no clothes.

Donations may be dropped off at the theater, Wednesday, June 11, through Friday, June 13, from 1-8 p.m. The date of the sale is Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover will be accepted. Proceeds will be used toward the operating costs of the theater. Questions, contact the box office at 440-331-0403.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.10.2014

A Medium at Large returns to Clague Playhouse

Join a live demonstration of mediumship and participate in a gallery-style message event on Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Clague Playhouse!

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

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.10.2014

Crocker Park to transform into outdoor art exhibit June 14-15

Festival promoter Howard Alan Events, producer of many award-winning juried art fairs throughout the country, has taken over the reigns as coordinator of the Crocker Park Fine Art Festival, slated for June 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This two-day juried event will transform Crocker Park into an outdoor gallery style art exhibit. Festival patrons can expect to see bold and vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:12 AM, 06.10.2014

Gallery shows and music June 6 at BAYarts

Two exciting shows are opening at BAYarts on Friday, June 6,  from 7 to 9 p.m. Both shows will run through June 30.

In the Dianne Boldmann Education Gallery is the "Friends of BAYarts Collectors Show." The show features works of the friends and artists of BAYarts on loan from their private collections. The work will not be for sale.

The show's goal is to encourage people to consider collecting art and will share the personal stories of those who collect and why their piece is significant to them. There will be a gallery talk on June 11, 7-9 p.m. in the Dianne Boldmann Gallery which will feature gallery artists and owners with personal stories and tips for anyone interested in collecting art.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.28.2014

Trash Talkers deliver, delight & impress

The 13 young men who performed at Westlake Porter Public Library on May 20 proved beyond a doubt that banging on trash cans attracts people of all ages, male or female, and results in smiling faces, tapping feet and clapping hands.

Of course, the St. Edward High School students who are members of the school’s Trash Talkers team have taken their banging skills to an entirely new level and their remarkable reputation drew the attention of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. In keeping with its commitment to present all facets of art to the community, the WWAC made arrangements for the Trash Talkers’ Westlake performance.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:00 AM, 05.28.2014

Music and art merge at BAYarts' free summer events

BAYarts has become a popular summer destination for free music and gallery events. The summer concert series, now in its seventh year, kicks off on June 6 with Colin Dussault and the Annual Art and Music Festival on June 14 highlights world music with reggae band Umojah Nation and the Passport Project drumming group, in which the participants “travel” the world via the arts – studying music, dance, visual art and drama. Passport project will offer drumming workshops during the event.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:20 AM, 05.28.2014

Huntington Playhouse to celebrate Shakespeare

The 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth will be celebrated when Huntington Playhouse opens their 2014 season with a production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged-Revised” on June 5.

The comedy is directed by Mark Moritz and features three young men attempting to perform all of the works of William Shakespeare. It is a fast-paced “Tour de Farce.” The comedy will run through June 29.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.28.2014

WWAC Festa spawns fun, connections, scholarship funds

Expectations of sharing an Italian feast in the company of friends and others, who value the commitment of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council to promote art for the future, drew enough people to fill Daddona’s Fine Italian Restaurant for the second annual “Festa di Primavera” on April 27. 

Conversation, laughter and good food were seasoned with raffles and auctions of unique and artistic items that drew interest and friendly competition. But the primary benefactor was the WWAC arts scholarship fund. The proceeds from the group’s 30th Anniversary Year fundraiser benefit the Council’s Student Arts Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.13.2014

Trash Talkers bang into Porter Library May 20

Many parents, dreaming of peace and quiet, hope the years when their young children bang on any surface to create noise are over. But some young men from St. Edward’s High School in Lakewood have set a new standard for banging on surfaces, and they bring their unique style of music to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, on Tuesday, May 20. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.13.2014

Purdy scholarship winners announced at BAYarts

Grace Harms and Aubrey Theobald from Bay High School and Nina June Ripich of St. Joseph Academy, all 2014 graduating seniors, were this year's recipients of the Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts. All other applicants received a $50 gift certificate for Pat Catans/Prizm to purchase art supplies.

For the second year, seniors from northeast Ohio schools pursuing degrees in art-related fields were eligible for funds.Students were asked to discuss their goals and what inspired them artistically; creativity was encouraged. The difficult task of picking only three recipients was in the capable hands of Janet Purdy, daughter of Ruth Purdy-Leslie, former Bay Village art teacher and namesake of the fund. The fund was created in Ruth's memory by family, friends and former students in her true spirit: to encourage a lifetime of art.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.13.2014

WHS musicians create unique rock band

Most teenagers love sleeping in on school “snow days.” Five sophomores in Westlake, however, saw them as opportunities to expand their musical horizons, by forming a unique rock band – ATLAS. Their passion for playing music, at a time when school music programs face downsizing, is inspiring.

“At school one day, we joked about forming a band," Jack Routhier said. "We looked around and realized that the five of us could play about eight instruments. Our parents laughed when we first got together, because of the weird mix. We had a drummer [Nate Hofford], a pianist/trumpeter/ukulele dabbler [Jack], an acoustic/electric guitarist and alto/tenor saxophonist [Ryan Zubricky], and two violinists [Taeho Kim and Alex Ikezawa].”

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.29.2014

'A is for Arab' exhibit At Tri-C Westshore

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will host the traveling “A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture” exhibition Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18.

This powerful and compelling exhibit reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. It provides historical context about these images, which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons. This traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.15.2014

Audience thrills to opera at its best in an informal setting

The highs and lows of love and romance, as defined in ageless music, were served up in an extraordinary style by six talented voices to a large, receptive audience at Westlake Porter Public Library on April 1. The FYI: Opera program, narrated by David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, featured selections from CIM’s fully costumed spring production, "Opera Scenes."

The program opened with a scene from the "Marriage of Figaro." Soprano Jessica Hollick as Susanna and Alejandra Martinez, contralto, as Marcellina, rivals for Figaro, did justice to Mozart’s music and convincingly mirrored the feline behavior of two females fighting over a man.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.15.2014

Handbell musicians to perform at Westlake UMC

Three Rivers Ringers, Pittsburgh’s premier community handbell ensemble will perform at Westlake United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Three Rivers Ringers will present "Shall We Dance?", a concert exploring the varied world of dance music. Transport yourself to Vienna and waltz along The Beautiful Blue Danube. Strike up the mariachi band and whirl to the Mexican Hat Dance. Swing in the 1940s jazz clubs with Duke Ellington and then hit today’s dance floor with Lady Gaga!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Two very personal shows opening on one night at BAYarts

On Friday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. you will have the opportunity to see two shows with very different themes on the campus of BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village.

The first show appearing in the Sullivan Family Gallery features the work of Arabella Proffer and is titled “Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited.” The show explores the fascinating and misguided aspects of old medicine. Each figurative painting is accompanied by a biography written by Proffer. The paintings while inspired by old-world mannerist portraiture and medical illustrations, and maintain Proffer’s distinctive Punk Goth style.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.01.2014

Fundraiser to boost student arts scholarship fund

With its second edition of its spring fundraiser “Festa di Primavera 2” on Sunday, April 27, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council renews its commitment to invest in art for the future in the form of an Arts Scholarship Fund. The WWAC announced that all proceeds from its 30th Anniversary Year fundraiser will benefit the Council’s Student Arts Scholarship Endowment Fund. 

“Festa di Primavera 2” (Spring Celebration and Feast), will reflect the winning forms of last year’s sold-out spring fundraiser. The April 27 event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Daddona’s Fine Italian Restaurant, 29580 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The backdrop of spring colors, with an Italian flavor, will be enhanced by the dinner music of harpist Cecilia Ilg McKay.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:11 AM, 04.01.2014

BAYarts scholarship exhibit winners announced

More than 70 students participated in the 2014 Ruth Purdy Leslie Scholarship Exhibition "Black & White" in BAYarts' Dianne Boldman Gallery in March. Judges for this years event were Loren Naji, artist and owner of Loren Naji Studio Gallery, and Karen Menyhart, photographer and BAYarts instructor.

"All of this work was amazing," said Naji. "It was so inspiring to me as an artist to see the creative work of these students."

Submissions were from schools across northeast Ohio with the theme "Black and White" as the only guideline. The exhibit is open to students in any school district in grades K-12 each March. See BAYarts' Facebook page for more photos of this year's exhibit.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.01.2014

Group fundraising at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse has opportunities for groups wishing to raise funds by holding  a theatre party. Each year, Huntington Playhouse offers certain Thursday night performances and Sunday matinees to groups for fundraisers.

A group can reserve a theatre performance for $825 and they will receive 250 tickets for their group to sell. Not only will they get the performance, but the theatre’s Brass Lounge will be available for pre-show or post-show receptions for those attending. There are dates still available throughout the season and those interested should contact the theatre for details.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.01.2014