Arts & Entertainment

The stars come out in March

The Westshore Arts Council (WAC) kicks off the 2024 season on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. with Catch A Rising Star at Westlake Porter Public Library. Enjoy an evening with Jessi Kirtley and Richard Morgan, both senior Music Theatre majors at Baldwin Wallace University.

Jessi most recently performed as Natasha in "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812," for which she received a Cleveland Critics Circle Theater Award. She has also appeared in "Ghost" and "Lizzie" at the Beck Center for the Arts, and "Mamma Mia," "Something Rotten" and "Kinky Boots" at The Forestburgh Playhouse.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 9:19 AM, 03.05.2024

Dover UCC to screen film linking Italian culture to diaspora

Dover Congregational United Church of Christ is proud to host a screening of the award-winning documentary, "La Mia Strada: My Road."

Six-time Emmy Award recipient, Michael Angelo DiLauro will be on hand to share his feature-length documentary. The program offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart. It’s a discovery of how fragile the bonds are that connect a family from generation to generation, from country to country, even as they search for ways to adapt to an ever-changing world.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 9:22 AM, 03.05.2024

What is a sensory garden?

A sensory garden is a unique and therapeutic space designed to engage the senses, particularly touch, smell, sight, and sound. These gardens are carefully planned and structured to provide an immersive experience that promotes relaxation, mindfulness, and emotional well-being. They cater to individuals of all ages and abilities, making them a wonderful addition to the community, and public parks.

The idea behind a sensory garden is to create an environment that stimulates the senses, allowing visitors to connect with nature in a deeper and more meaningful way. This is often achieved through the use of a variety of plants, flowers, and other natural elements that appeal to the senses.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 9:22 AM, 03.05.2024

Celtic music at Clague Playhouse

Join us on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. as Tiffany Schaefer (harp, vocals) and Kristen Capp (fiddle) share their passion for the music of Ireland and Scotland. Together they will captivate listeners with traditional foot-tapping Celtic dance tunes and exquisite slow airs. They will also provide a brief history of the music as well as some information about their instruments.

The performance will be 90 minutes with a short intermission.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2024

Quirky comedy continues Clague Playhouse's 96th season

"The Language Archive" by Julia Cho is a quirky, comic drama about communication – its potential and its limits – in this romantic parable for our times. It features a linguist at a loss for words, especially the vocabulary of the heart.

Balanced delightfully between affection and adversity, it is the whimsical, life-affirming chronicle of a brilliant scientist who fights to preserve the dying languages of far-flung cultures, only to neglect the promise and passion of his own.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.16.2024

Bay Village Garden Club creates 'Enchanted Forest' wreath

The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s "Frost: An Ice-Capped Garden Experience" features colorful, magical frozen winter landscapes. The show runs through Dec. 31 so you still have an opportunity to enjoy the many festive displays.

When you go, please take time to enjoy the Bay Village Garden Club entry, "Enchanted Forest," created by BVGC President Erika Mittermeier. The wreath is adorned with shimmering emerald green peacocks, pale green iridescent hummingbirds, and golden glistening snowflakes.

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 9:44 AM, 12.19.2023

Art exhibit at Center for Artful Living

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation’s Center for Artful Living is exhibiting the work of Daniel Pruitt, MFA, in its gallery through February. The Center, located at 26633 Detroit Road in Westlake, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to view and purchase his artwork.

The exhibit reflects milestones in Pruitt’s career as a professional artist. Included are mixed media, watercolor collages and various techniques of fused glass works.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 9:44 AM, 12.19.2023

Bay student takes the stage at Playhouse Square

Since 1989, the Great Lakes Theater’s production of "A Christmas Carol" has become a holiday tradition for many Northeast Ohio families, and it has become a new tradition for 8-year-old Finn Haselswerdt, who is featured as “Tiny Tim” in the 2023 showing of this holiday classic.

“When I first heard I was in the play I was so excited because it's a really, really, really old classic,” exclaimed Finn, a Westerly Elementary third-grader, “and then when I found out I was cast as Tiny Tim I could barely believe it!”

Among the youngest in the cast, Finn is actually double-cast in the dual roles of Master William and Tiny Tim because of the time commitment of more than 40 total performances through the holiday season. Despite the rigorous schedule, when asked what he enjoys most about the production, he says, “Everything! The singing, the dancing, the other actors … it’s just so much fun!”

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.05.2023

Opera comes to Westlake

The Westshore communities will receive an early holiday gift when The Westshore Arts Council brings the FYI Opera program to Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Stephanie Havey, Oberlin Opera Theater director, said the four accomplished students will perform various pieces from their upcoming opera season. 

Peter Juengst, tenor, is a fifth-year student studying under Salvatore Champagne. His past opera roles include Einsenstein in "Die Fledermaus," Michael in "Emporer Norton," and Maximillian in last year's "Candide." Peter has also performed scenes from "Die Zauberflöte," "Carmen," "The Rake's Progress," and "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," among others. Peter has appeared as a featured soloist performing Bach Cantatas with Oberlin Baroque Orchestra.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 9:11 AM, 10.17.2023

The Guys

The Guys are back for Halloween again this year – on display at 1988 Sperrys Forge Tr in Westlake. They enjoy visitors. Helping to put them out are Jeff Maurer; his sons, Alex and Eric; Eric's kids, Rowan and Audrey; with thanks from Grandpa Maurer.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 9:14 AM, 10.17.2023

Special exhibit at the Center for Artful Living

David Noss will hold a special art exhibit and sale at the Carolyn Farrell Foundation’s Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Road in Westlake. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The artwork may be viewed and purchased Monday through Friday at the Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Richard Skerl, art gallery director at the Center and artist in residence for the Foundation, is curating the exhibit.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 9:15 AM, 10.17.2023

A reimagining of Dickens' classic at Clague Playhouse

"Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol," by Tom Mula, a reimagining of Dickens’ classic from a decidedly different perspective, started life as a novel that was later adapted into a radio drama and then into a one-man play.

What will appear at Clague Playhouse, however, is an expanded four-actor version of "Jacob Marley," which premiered in 2003 and has been delighting regional and community theaters across the country ever since, but that is just now having its Northeast Ohio premiere.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 9:14 AM, 10.17.2023

Local artist to conduct collage workshop

Gail Crum will again share her talent and expertise at a Collage Workshop on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library.

The definition of collage is: “a work of art made by pasting various materials on a surface.” Crum will bring an interesting collection of materials from which to choose a theme to build upon and embellish with other items. 

An established artist and instructor, Crum welcomes the opportunity to introduce this art form to more people.

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 9:16 AM, 09.19.2023

BAYarts celebrates 75th anniversary with history exhibit

BAYarts has achieved a significant milestone in the history of its organization. They are celebrating 75 years of providing creative arts programming to Northeast Ohio. To recognize this impressive achievement, BAYarts is hosting a history retrospective of the organization in the Sally J. Otto Gallery of the Huntington Playhouse. The show will open at Moondance, BAYarts’ annual fundraiser, and run through the end of the year.

Baycrafters had its early beginnings in the spring of 1948 when a group of 10 Bay Village ladies were seeking an outlet for their creativity. Many of the original group liked crafts but couldn’t get to classes in Cleveland because of transportation or babysitting issues.

So they decided to form their own organization. In the beginning, they met in members' houses to work on projects. Later, they wanted others to know about their gathering and decided to hold an art show.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.06.2023

COFA juried art show a big success

The Westshore Arts Council’s Community of Fine Arts (COFA) Juried Art Show closed with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 26, after a month-long exhibition. 

The 100-plus attendees enjoyed refreshments and finger food prior to the presentation of the awards. This was the 22nd annual COFA Art Show for the arts council and the second year back since the pandemic. 

With 42 artists representing 98 pieces of art, this year’s show was bigger and better than ever. Awards were presented for first and second place and honorable mention in all categories and two divisions.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 9:03 AM, 09.06.2023

Clague Playhouse's 96th season opens with 'The 39 Steps'

Clague Playhouse is excited to begin its 96th season with the parody of the Alfred Hitchcock film, "The 39 Steps," adapted by Patrick Barlow, from a novel by John Buchan

A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent claiming she’s a spy. Soon after, she is murdered. A mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, "The 39 Steps" amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.15.2023

The lake's best-kept secret

If you have not been to Huntington Beach lately, you have been missing out on a lot. Our family started a tradition a couple of years ago to ride our bikes as a family to Huntington for a dinner picnic.

Huntington Beach includes an impressive sunset most of the time and ice cream. The entire experience feels like a vacation, and it's a great escape from our overloaded schedules.

This beach has all kinds of places to picnic and relax. The firepit provides warmth for visits and conversations, and the benches behind The Noshery are a great place to see the sunset with ice cream if the stairs are not an option for you. Huntington Beach also has delightful swings that have been donated by local families, and provide a great place to rest and ponder.

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 8:50 AM, 08.01.2023

'The Frank & Dean and Then Some Show' back by popular demand

The Frank & Dean and Then Some Show" will return to the Clague Playhouse stage on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 8:00 p.m.

The show captures the fun, the comedy and the music of the original Rat Pack. Damion Fontaine (Frank) and Scott Brotherton (Dean) have been entertaining together for 18 years using a mixture of song and comedy to create a "Vegas Style" format that is fun and crowd interactive.

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 8:51 AM, 08.01.2023

Westlake-Bay Village Rotary to host biggest Art Festival yet

The Westlake Bay-Village Rotary is hosting their 3rd annual Art Festival on Saturday, July 29, on the campus of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

This year's festival will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with Star 102.1 and Westlake’s hometown radio celebrity Jen Touhey. Art Fest co-chairs Andrew Mangels and Joe Kraft are excited that Jen will be back to officially kick off the Festival!

“We’re hoping that Jen brings her family again, because this years festival has something for everyone," Joe said. Andrew will emcee again this year introducing the the featured artists, Star 102 radio and a recognition proclamation from Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 8:27 AM, 06.20.2023

Youth Theater presents 'Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter'

Clague Playhouse’s Red Barn Youth Theater presents "Beatrix Potter" by Stephanie Kramer and "Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter" by Jennifer Reif on Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25.

The show will open with Stephanie Kramer’s one-woman show, "Beatrix Potter." As Beatrix, she will tell wonderful stories about her life as an author, artist and conservation activist. Our youth, directed by Dr. Greg Dziama, will present the lively and sweet story, "Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter," in which many of Beatrix’s favorite animal friends surprise her when they learn she has been forgotten on her birthday.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 8:23 AM, 06.20.2023

A night of comedy at Clague Playhouse

We're excited to announce "A Night of Comedy" will be returning to the Clague Playhouse stage on Saturday, June 10, at 8 p.m.

Kathie Dice, our host, will make you believe that the power of laughter can heal anything! Dan Brown, our featured act, combines his real-life observations and experiences into a performance that is honest and insightful that audiences can relate to and laugh at. Mike Conley, our headliner, covers everything from growing up a Catholic-schooled middle child to surviving a major heart attack and quad-bypass surgery.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 8:42 AM, 06.06.2023

BAYarts breaks ground for playhouse auditorium

The long-awaited project that will restore the theater of the former Huntington Playhouse – the centerpiece of the historic building – will begin this month with a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to join BAYarts and Cleveland Metroparks for a celebration of BAYarts' continued growth and cultural offerings to the Westshore communities.

The first phase of the renovation was completed in 2021 and houses the Sally Otto Gallery, the former lobby of the old playhouse, and has been a beautiful venue for classes, music, and community gatherings.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.16.2023

'Failure: A Love Story' concludes Clague Playhouse's 95th season

Follow Mortimer Mortimer as he falls in love with the three Fail sisters – Nelly, the youngest, Jenny June, the middlest, and Gerty, the eldest – as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. Tuneful songs and a whimsical chorus follow this magical, musical farce where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

Our production of "Failure: A Love Story" by Philip Dawkins is directed by Ron Newell our cast includes Patrick Carroll, Kierstan Kathleen Conway, Jon Fancher, Beth Gaertner, Assad Khaishgi, Noah Pekari, Eliza Rodriguez, Persis Sosiak and Lou Will.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.16.2023

Westlake student places first in Holocaust commemoration art contest

Myra Renee Hartford, a Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grader, won first place in an art contest honoring the 80th anniversary uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The contest was part of an event sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation and Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

April 19, 1943, was the date of the Jewish uprising in Warsaw, Poland, against the Nazi regime and lasted for 4 weeks. Although it was ultimately unsuccessful, it demonstrated the courage, resilience and heroism of the 400,000 starved, abused and “incarcerated” Jews living in an area of 1.3 square miles with an average of 7.2 people per room.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 9:21 AM, 05.02.2023

What's happening with the playhouse?

After some pandemic delays, things are moving forward for the next phase of the former Huntington Playhouse renovations. Here are some FAQ about the project:

1. The building is in bad shape. Why didn't you tear it down and start over?
When Huntington Playhouse went dark at the end of 2015; the community encouraged BAYarts to save it from demolition. At the time BAYarts was in need of more space, so made a commitment to restore it.

2. What is the historical significance of the playhouse?
The original playhouse burned down in 1970 and had to be rebuilt from the ground up, so it lost its historical designation.

3. Will you resurrect community theater?
Not specifically. The former theater will become an accessible, flexible-use space with a stage, classrooms, music lesson rooms: the possibilities are endless!

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.02.2023

Gail Crum enjoys piecing things together

When Gail Crum talks about the medium she uses to express her artistic talents, her joy for what she creates – collages – is contagious. This talented woman will be giving a Collage Workshop on Sunday, April 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. 

Crum will begin the workshop by showing how an item, chosen from an array of items that will be available, can prompt an idea and how that idea can be embellished with other items. “Spring Things.” will be the workshop’s theme.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 8:16 AM, 04.18.2023

Rotary Art Festival names featured artist

Westlake-Bay Village Rotary is extremely pleased to announce our 2023 Art Festival Featured Artist, The Cleveland Museum of Art Community Arts Center. Each year our festival selects an artist or organization to highlight and serve as a focal point for the day-long event.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) Community Arts Center is a 20,000-square-foot space located within the former Astrup Awning factory complex. It increases access to the arts by engaging with diverse new audiences that may not yet be involved with on-site museum programming. The CMA worked in partnership with Clark-Fulton Together, a resident-driven master plan headed by MetroHealth Hospital, the City of Cleveland, Metro West Community Development Organization, and local businesses to develop program content that meets community needs.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.04.2023

Area printmakers display work at Porter Library

Nine retired artists who met through the Tri-C printmaking program are exhibiting their original prints at Westlake Porter Public Library during April.

This is the third time the group has shown their work at the library. During 2022, the group had a month-long print exhibit at the library, then they were invited back to show hand-printed books in the library's showcases.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 9:21 AM, 04.04.2023

Arts rule under new name and logo

As of March 1, 2023, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s name has been changed to Westshore Arts Council, WAC, to reflect the width of its membership and influence. Completing its 2023 update, the WAC has also adopted a revised logo.

For nearly four decades, the WWAC successfully promoted and inspired all areas of art with programs, shows, and much more. While the group formed in Westlake, people interested in promoting easy access to art came from many surrounding areas to participate. And participation from these communities has increased over the years.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.21.2023

BAYarts juried show raises the bar

On March 10 the BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition opened. This exhibition features regional artists in all disciplines. Artists were invited to submit online, and the work was reviewed by judges selected by Artistic Director Karen Petkovic.

The judges this year were Adrian Eisenhower and Chad Cochran. Eisenhower, primarily a painter, focuses his work on landscape and the human figure working out of the Walton Avenue Atelier located in Cleveland’s Hildebrandt Building on Walton Avenue. Cochran, a photographer, describes himself as a late bloomer; he didn’t own a camera until he was 40 and started with landscape. Now, 10 years later after being asked to take a photograph of a musician, he travels back and forth between Cleveland and Nashville.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.21.2023

FYI: Opera proves some of the best things are free

Three talented voices from Oberlin Conservatory will present an FYI: Opera program on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library in the library’s Porter Room. This programming by the Westshore Arts Council continues a three-decade free vocal gift to the community. 

Oberlin Opera Theater Director Jonathon Field said selections from the operas "Candide" and "Elixir of Love" will be performed. 

Morgan Wolfe, a soprano, from Suffern, New York, studying in her fourth year at Oberlin, will sing a solo aria, "Glitter and be Gay" from "Candide" and a duet, "Oh Happy We Duet," also from "Candide." From "Elixir of Love," she will sing the aria "Prendi."

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.21.2023

Concert celebrates African-American classical music legacies

The Music Settlement returns to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. for another collaborative concert series led by Chris Jenkins. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be held in the church Sanctuary, located at 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

While Northeast Ohio's rich legacy of African-American classical music performance and composition is not nationally well-known, during the late 19th and 20th century, it was a hub of activity and training for young Black musicians. During this period, musical training was available to them at only a select number of schools, such as Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, and Howard University.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.21.2023

Wizards of Acoustic Guitar coming to Unity Spiritual Center

Four extraordinary guitarists from right here in our community will perform in Wizards of Acoustic Guitar at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, Westlake, on Friday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m.

The magnificently talented musicians are: Jesse Smith, 2021 International Finger Style Champion; Pete Cavano, regular guest guitarist at The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society; Brian Henke, International Finger Style Champion Finalist; and newcomer Scott Schlegel, Classical guitarist and University of Akron graduate. Together, they will inspire and entertain you with their incredible talent.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 10:31 AM, 02.22.2023

Historical drama comes to Clague Playhouse

The historical drama "Ada & the Engine" by Lauren Gunderson continues Clague Playhouse's 95th season.  

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.07.2023

WWAC invites one and all to 'Catch Rising Stars'

Two Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre seniors will perform at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. In keeping with its over-35-year history, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council sponsors this concert of talented, trained performers, free to the community.

The talented BW students, who will perform highlights from their senior recitals, are Lauren Senden and Noah Wohlsen.

Senden loved singing from an early age and began publicly singing in her church and in local theatre productions. Her passion for both music theatre and opera drew Senden to BW. A Minnesota native, Senden lists some of her favorite roles as, Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Baker’s Wife in "Into the Woods." She took part in the Lotte Lenya competition in New York and received honors from the Young Arts Foundation for both singing and acting. Senden plans to move to New York following her BW graduation in May.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 8:58 AM, 02.21.2023

Clague Playhouse presents 'The Frank & Dean and Then Some Show'

Clague Playhouse will be holding a special fundraising event, "The Frank & Dean and Then Some Show," on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.

The show captures the fun, the comedy and the music of the original Rat Pack. Damion Fontaine (Frank) and Scott Brotherton (Dean) have been entertaining together for 18 years using a mixture of song and comedy to create a "Vegas Style" format that is fun and crowd interactive. 

From Frank's "Fly Me to the Moon" to Dino's "That's Amoré," they also celebrate the music of Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Michael Bublé, Elvis, The Blues Brothers, Neil Diamond and more!

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 8:58 AM, 02.21.2023

BAYarts and Dwyer Center offer art instruction to local seniors

BAYarts is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Dwyer Senior Center in Bay Village. BAYarts is now offering a free monthly art class to area seniors.

On Jan. 18, BAYarts kicked off the program with a guided painting project, facilitated by Education Director Linda Goik. Acrylic sunflower paintings brightened an otherwise dark winter day as crafters enjoyed fun and fellowship in the Sally Otto Gallery of the former Huntington Playhouse.

The next class is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at BAYarts. Get ready for spring with a colorful brooch/lapel pin created with felt! Participants can create two pins, one to share and one to keep.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.07.2023

Local church presents artwork from local, regional artists

The Aesthetics and Permanent Collection Committe of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River) is proud to host a very special exhibit of work by emerging and professional artists from West Shore, other Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania UU Churches. The media includes drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, fiber art and more.

The show is open to all who enjoy art or have an interest in experiencing a Sunday morning at a church that they have not attended. West Shore's services start at 10:15 a.m. You are welcome to attend the service and then view the show in the Fireside Room or just stop in to enjoy the art from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2023. 

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:05 AM, 02.07.2023

Romantic comedy continues Clague Playhouse's 95th season

Clague Playhouse presents the romantic comedy "Fireflies" by Matthew Barber, from the novel "Eleanor and Abel" by Annette Sanford, to continue their 95th season.

Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, set in her routines and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman – until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. Can the unexpected sparks of late-life romance be trusted, or is there truth in the gossip that Abel isn’t all that he seems to be? Either way, the whole town's talking.

Directed by Fred Sternfeld, our cast features Molly Cornwell as Grace Bodell, Jeremy Jenkins as Eugene Claymire, Joseph Kerata as Abel Brown, and Anne McEvoy as Eleanor Bannister.

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.17.2023

Art exhibit at the Farrell Foundation

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health’s Center for Artful Living, located at 26633 Detroit Road in Westlake, will host an exhibit of artist Jim Carney's work through Jan. 31, 2023, on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Carney, a Cleveland native, was an attorney and then was involved in Cleveland real estate. He studied briefly at the now closed Cooper School of Art and attended classes on and off at the Cleveland Institute of Art until the early 1990s, when he set aside his brushes for about 25 years.

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Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 11:28 AM, 12.20.2022