Arts & Entertainment

A transgender journey explored in detailed self-portraiture

"In September of 2018 I legally changed my name to Max Lukas Markwald and began painting myself once a month for a year as a way of documenting my gender transition." So begins the artist statement accompanying Markwald's latest exhibition at BAYarts, titled "Skin."

The show boasts large-scale oil paintings where Markwald showcases "obscured portraits" as a way of "hiding in full view." To accomplish this they are cropped, darkened, or perhaps show only the back of the head. One piece has fabric over the entire face, while another shows only a splay of hairy legs. The details shown are all quite masculine. "Painting a self-portrait series became a way for me to come out professionally," he explains. "I wanted to be male passing in all of the paintings, and obscuring the portrait became a natural way to achieve that."

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.18.2020

Calling all artists: Westlake's art festival is back!

The Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club is bringing back the Westlake art festival this year! Plans are already underway for the Rotary host the festival on Saturday, July 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Westlake Porter Public Library in cooperation with the Westlake Public Schools.

The Rotary is looking for top artists in Northeast Ohio to participate in exhibiting their creativity and unique artwork in a quality summer festival. In addition to artists, the Rotary is welcoming Northeast Ohio business sponsors interested in supporting this premier summer event.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.04.2020

From backyard to center stage for this 'Rising Star'

"Catch a Rising Star" is a unique musical preview of budding talent ready to blossom that will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

For the eighth year this exceptional program, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and offered free to the community, will showcase the talents of a senior student in Baldwin Wallace University's prestigious music theater program. Sydney Howard, who will perform on Feb. 18, is a "Rising Star" completing her studies in the BW program.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.04.2020

Pam Mills explores 'Wanderlust' at BAYarts

Pam Mills is displaying her exhibition, "Wanderlust: Faces from Places," this month at BAYarts in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. In it, she shows candidly captured moments from all over the world, inviting viewers to join in her spirited wandering.

Mills has always been fond of travel and started her adventures early in life. "Living in the U.K., European travel was pretty accessible. My first trip, I was 16 ... I was invited by my Auntie Olwen who had bought a villa on the island of Menorca. That was the start of my wanderlust! She is 94 this spring and has traveled the world until six years ago. I hope I can continue in her footsteps!"

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.04.2020

For one day only: Meet Catherine of Aragon at Clague Playhouse

Catherine of Aragon was Queen of England from June 1509 until May 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Henry’s elder brother, Arthur.

The daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was 3 years old when she was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales. They married in 1501, but Arthur died five months later. Catherine subsequently married Arthur’s younger brother, the recently ascended Henry VIII, in 1509.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.04.2020

Emma Wolpert explores her Chinese roots at BAYarts

This month, BAYarts has an exhibition that hits close to home. In "Finding My Home, Finding Myself," photographer Emma Wolpert displays images taken on a return visit to Huazhou, China. It was there that she was abandoned at a bus stop and taken to an orphanage.

The orphanage Wolpert was taken to is called Huazhou Social Welfare Institution, founded back in 1930. Prior to 1995, children had to live there until age 18 when they got a job, or else they stayed at the orphanage. But in November 1995 the orphanage allowed some of the children to be adopted. That April, Wolpert was adopted (at 8 months old) and then raised in Bay Village.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.21.2020

'Heroes' continues Clague's 91st season

It is August 1959, France, in a home for retired military men, where World War I vets Henri (played by Bob Goddard), Philippe (Ron Newell) and Gustave (Robert Hawkes) pass their days gossiping, reminiscing and exasperating one another with harebrained schemes to escape.

The play is a softly heroic treatment of three war heroes for whom death is a familiar presence. They decide to take on one final adventure – granted, an impossible and faintly ridiculous adventure – before the outside world completely forgets them.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.21.2020

Phaeton Piano Trio from Germany to perform local concert

After years of touring Europe, Asia and South America, the Phaeton Piano Trio is making its first tour to the United States where it will perform at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Frick Collection in New York City, and the San Jose Chamber Music Society in California. Notably, between New York and California, the Trio will also perform at the Rocky River Chamber Music Society! The Trio will play classic works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák on Monday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.21.2020

Warm up at BAYarts this winter

Stay tuned for the expanded 2020 BAYarts calendar this winter, thanks to renovations on the former Playhouse.

"The new Hearth Room and patio have enabled us to offer year-round events," says BAYarts Creative Programming Director Pam Mills.

BAYarts Events Coordinator Karry York agrees. "The Hearth room has given us a new space with greater capacity. It allows for more and bigger events."

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:09 AM, 12.17.2019

Just Breathe: Bay resident Eliza Wing launches new book

Looking for peace and calm in the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle? Bay Village resident of 25 years, Eliza Wing has the answer in her recently published book, "Just Breathe: A Simple Guide to Mindful Meditation."

Wing, who is a longtime meditator and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, teaches workshops and classes in the area. When asked about how long it took to for her to become proficient in meditation, Wing is careful to emphasize that there's never a finished perfect product. "It sort of presupposes an 'end state,' so it's a tricky question."

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:14 AM, 12.03.2019

The heART of Cleveland at BAYarts this December

Courtesy of curator and local artist Scott Kraynak, "The heART of Cleveland" is coming to BAYarts for the holiday season. The exhibition is based on the book of the same name, which was released last year. Artists from the current book, as well as a future book, will be featured.

It was at the Grand Canyon that Kraynak came up with the idea for the project. "I was just thinking about home, which was a common occurrence, and thought about all the great features of the city, but even more so, thought about all the great artists born and bred in Cleveland." This lead to the idea for a book of Cleveland artists of "all styles in all fields who are from the city."

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.19.2019

BAYarts Holiday Shop expands with food mart

Each year, BAYarts opens up its doors wide for the holiday season. It all kicks off with the Holiday Shop Open House on Nov. 23 and continues through December.

Artistic Director Karen Petkovic loves the handmade and local aspects of the shop. "We are so proud of our Northeast Ohio artists and love that we have the ability to showcase them in our shop throughout the year and provide more space for them to do what they do for us during the holidays."  

This year, Kili Watson-Samad of My Turquoise Kitten will be offering whimsical jewelry like no other, featuring mini items made into earrings. Bringing in repurposed handbags and accessories is Girl's Best Trend, who finds that neckties work as the perfect purse strap. Petkovic says, "They're always original works, beautifully designed and executed."

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.05.2019

'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' is a mid-autumn opera delight

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council hosted its FYI Opera event at Westlake Porter Public Library. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Conservatory of Music-Opera Theater, presented opera students Colin Anderson, Maggie Kinabrew and alumnus Andrew Lipian. Tony Cho, music director, accompanied the singers. Mr. Anderson is a bass baritone; Ms. Kinabrew is a soprano; Mr. Lipian is a counter-tenor. 

The three promising singers performed arias from their upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Benjamin Britten’s 20th century opera adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.05.2019

Chamber Music Society presents evening of brass and organ

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to feature West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s spectacular Holtkamp Organ in an evening of works for the trumpet and organ on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

Artists will be Judith Saxton, trumpet, and Timothy Olsen, organ, who have collaborated as a duo for over a decade while colleagues at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They have commissioned pieces for their duo through competitions and connections. Both artists have extensive experience in music education, presenting master classes, and appearing in concerts throughout the United States and the world.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.05.2019

JoAnn DePolo shares how to make it as an artist and more

On Oct. 15, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presented JoAnn DePolo, of JoAnn DePolo Studios and Gallery in North Olmsted, at Porter Library.

At a museum, visitors walk around an exhibit to see the progression of an artist’s work. At Porter Library, visitors only had to sit as DePolo revealed her journey. She did a wonderful presentation about beginning to draw at a young age, then began again while raising four boys and has been painting ever since.

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was opening in Cleveland in 1995, DePolo rode the wave of the city’s excitement and began painting famous rock 'n' roll stars like John Lennon and Yoko Ono onto rocks. She sold 140 painted rocks that summer.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.05.2019

FYI: Opera presents Shakespeare's 'Dream' set to music

Oberlin Opera Theater will present a preview of its upcoming production of Benjamin Britten’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the FYI: Opera program on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Westlake Westshore Arts Council sponsors this event at Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and offers it free to the community.

However, this 2019 event is steeped in history. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" was written by Shakespeare in the late 1590s. Almost four centuries later, in June 1960, Britten's opera based on Shakespeare’s play, premiered.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:19 AM, 10.15.2019

BAY-CON is for lovers of anime, comics and movies

On Sunday, Oct. 20, fans of anime, comics, video games and movies are invited to BAYarts for the first annual BAY-CON. This family-friendly (free) comic and art convention will be packed with activities and vendors. Students of BAYarts will be featured in an art show of their work during the event.

Jeff Ritchie, a teacher at BAYarts, has been instrumental in the day and he talks about the event with great excitement. "Some of the students will do free sketches for visitors," Ritchie explained before elaborating on the activities. "There will be a trivia contest, pumpkin decorating, a chance to draw with one of the teachers of BAYarts, and panels with local artists and comic book creators!"

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.15.2019

Sacred Conversations continue at Dover UCC

Sacred Conversations will continue at Dover Congregational UCC with a presentation of the one-act play, "Bound Together," on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The play is about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper who was born in 1825, a "free woman of color" when others of her race were enslaved. Frances was an extraordinary "person of color" – poet, abolitionist, essayist, public speaker, journalist, suffragist and published novelist.

"Bound Together," written by local playwright, Kelly Boyer Sagert and directed by Dave MacKeigan, explores Harper's life, revealed while she and Hannah, a fictional white nurse with her own history, are caught in a blizzard in Harper's home. Debra Rose stars as Frances and Judy MacKeigan plays the role of Hannah, a poor Southern white woman who has lived a different sort of life.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:23 AM, 10.15.2019

Tis the season ... for a ghost story!

Join Bay Village Community Theater for a scary good time when they present a staged reading of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Adapted and directed by Preston Postle, Irving’s 1820 tale is considered one of America’s first ghost stories … and its scariest.

Featuring the talents of Jenny Erbs, Zack Mitchell and Ben Saylor, performances are Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, 605 Bradley Road; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Parkside Hall, 468 Bradley Road. Performances are free!

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:22 AM, 10.15.2019

Annual Halloween display in Westlake

Each year, not long after I take in the various figures my wife, Elaine, and I have out on our driveway and porch in October for Halloween, I’m asked who I will be making next. My short answer always, “I don’t know.” I don’t give any thought to that until the following spring, usually after some sort of inspiration.

This year the great success of the last Avengers movie encouraged me to make Ironman, and a request by our great-grandson, 5-year-old Stephen, prompted me to make a second figure, his favorite – Black Panther. Before these, I was able to make Linus to join my Peanuts family. Linus was completed in time to join all my figures on display at Porter Library in May.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:28 AM, 10.15.2019

Tri-C Westshore offers overview of Islamic art on Oct. 9

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will examine the world of Islam through art during a “Learning for Life” lecture series program Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Westshore Campus.

The event will highlight key themes of Islamic art while inspiring greater cultural understanding of the world’s second-largest religion. The presentation is part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Art to Go” program. The interactive session will allow participants to handle actual art objects while discussing the significance of the works, as well as materials and techniques used by the artists.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:17 AM, 10.01.2019

Night Gallery: An autumnal artistic fusion

Five years ago, I joined an enthusiastic team of volunteers at BAYarts. Through many enjoyable hours spent at the Fuller House and Sullivan Galleries, I met artists and antiquarians, readers and philosophers, nature lovers and gardeners, all connected by their shared passion for the arts.

Wanting to expand my involvement in the exciting educational scene at BAYarts, I discussed the possibility of beginning creative writing classes for both adults and children with BAYarts Executive Director, Nancy Heaton. I envisioned courses dedicated to writing as a way of further enriching the already vibrant and diverse selection of classes available to the public. Prior to my years spent as a stay-at-home mom to my three, now almost grown children, I had the privilege of teaching English at Bay Middle School. I always enjoyed working collaboratively with art teachers Gloria Wilder, Sherri Bauer, and Ruth Purdy, to make the study of literature and writing more accessible, and creatively inspiring.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:15 AM, 10.01.2019

Humor with a heart

Join Bay Village Community Theater for golf and humor when they present the comedy, "The Ladies Foursome." The playwright, Norm Foster, has been called the "Canadian Neil Simon" and his plays have been described as "humor with a heart."

Set on a golf course, four women gather to play a round in honor of their recently departed friend, Catherine, and over 18 holes, confessions and surprising secrets are unveiled as the women discuss love, sex, children and everything in between. Directed by John Hnat, the play features Kaycee Craig, Margaret Hnat, Mary Manos-Mitchem and Valerie Young.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:09 AM, 09.17.2019

'Just Add Water' this fall at BAYarts

Both Sharon Pomales and Robert Hartshorn have both always resided near a body of water, and it is this affinity that drew them toward a realism-based gallery exhibition called "Just Add Water."

These award-winning artists, who both currently live in Cleveland, will be bringing underwater scenes of mermaids and sea life, along with lakes, waterfalls, aquariums and more to the Sullivan Family Gallery starting Oct. 11. The mediums in use will be acrylic and oil paints as well as watercolor and pastels. They will all be in a representational style of art, with hyper-realistic details that the artists are renowned for.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:12 AM, 09.17.2019

Westlake artist's work on display at Clague Playhouse

Robert Parry is displaying 28 recent paintings in the lobby gallery at Clague Playhouse located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake. Robert’s interest in painting started as a young child and continued into college where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Ohio State University. He also took two years of architecture classes before receiving a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, also from Ohio State University. His professional city planning career spanned 44 years with the last 26 years as the director of Planning and Economic Development for the city of Westlake.

After retiring in 2013, Robert has had time to return to his interest in art, photography and fine art painting. He paints mostly in watercolors on imported paper or yupo and has also painted in oils on canvas. His favorite subjects are scenes with buildings such as European street scenes and old buildings.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.17.2019

Youth chamber chorus helps young musicians reach their potential

The Northeast Ohio Youth Chamber Chorus (NEOYCC) provides choral music performance opportunities for a talented array of students in grades 6-12. NEOYCC enables members to grow vocally in an amazing variety of musical styles: Broadway, spirituals, classics and more.

If you read music, that's great! If you don't, you will be learning music theory as we proceed with weekly practices. All you need is a love and passion for music, singing, performance and competition!

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.17.2019

Chamber music society presents evening of Hungarian music

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society opens its 61st season on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Come prepared for a lively evening of Hungarian classical and folk music as presented by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and nationally renowned master of the cimbalom, Alexander Fedoriouk. Music to be performed includes Bartok’s String Quartet #2, Monti’s Csárdás, Brahms’s Hungarian Dance #5, and traditional folk songs from Hungary and Romania.  

This concert’s musicians include Emma Shook, second violin of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2001; Katherine Bormann, first violin of the Orchestra since 2011; Stanley Konopka, assistant principal viola of the Orchestra since 1991; Martha Baldwin, cello, who joined the Orchestra in 2001; and Henry Peyrebrune, bass, who joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:12 AM, 09.17.2019

An evening with Mary Ann Winkowski, ghost whisperer

Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories include talking to spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light.

Mary Ann shows the human side of the paranormal – stories about ghosts told from the perspectives of the ghosts themselves – and teaches us how we can coexist peaceably with the spirits that surround us.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.04.2019

'Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors' opens Clague Playhouse's 92nd season

One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders (played by Lou Will) can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli (Mark Rabkin) and his hot-blooded wife, Maria (Jenny Erbs), from causing runaway chaos.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.20.2019

Women's chorus seeks singers

The Avon Lake Women’s Chorus is a non-profit organization that welcomes women of all ages and all communities (not limited to Avon Lake residents).

We prepare winter and spring programs to entertain residents of independent/assisted living facilities and clubs/groups in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties. Under the direction of a professional choral director and an accomplished pianist, our upbeat programs feature holiday music, show tunes, old favorites, pop melodies, traditional, whimsical, gospel and rock 'n' roll that get faces smiling and toes tapping!

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.20.2019

WWAC gifts the community with art

The 19th edition of the Community of Fine Arts Show is an adventure of delight to the eye and a refreshing lift to the spirit. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is presenting a five-week edition of the 2019 juried art show at Westlake Porter Public Library. On its closing day, Aug. 31, the public is invited to a Meet the Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

In addition to the remarkable art display, free Live Art Demonstrations are being held in the library's lobby on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The scheduled demonstrations are: Aug. 10 – Ink Drawing by Sean Crum; Aug. 17 – Acrylic by Tom Baracskai; Aug. 24 – Watercolor by Ken Marshall. (A Mixed Media demonstration was given by Gail Crum on Aug. 3.)

The 81 art works accepted in this year’s COFA were judged the day before the exhibit opened. The experienced and highly credited judges that made the award decisions were Sharlene Pearl Green, Stuart Pearl and Cathy Welner.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:09 AM, 08.06.2019

Two seasoned artists featured at BAYarts

The galleries at BAYarts are featuring Phyllis Fannin and Jackson Koch in this last summer month.

Artist Phyllis Fannin, whose work will be displayed in the Sullivan Family Gallery, is devoted fan of the forest. "The calm of the natural world offers me a way of understanding life's cycles, and its ever-changing rhythms, in its own unspoken language," she explains. In her exhibition, "Still Standing, Still a Family," she presents intaglio engraving prints that focus on connection to nature, family and friends.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.06.2019

Clague Playhouse announces 92nd season

Clague Playhouse is pleased to announce their 2019-2020 season. Ken Ludwig's "A Comedy of Tenors" opens the season on Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 6, followed by "The Christmas Express" from Nov. 8-Dec. 8, "Heroes" from Jan. 17-Feb. 9, "An Act of the Imagination" from March 13-April 5, and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" from May 8-31.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.06.2019

Bay Village Community Theater celebrates Mark Twain’s 'Jumping Frog'

In 1865 the notorious American humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, wrote down a story he had heard in a California mining camp. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” launched his career as an author and propelled him to fame and fortune. Bay Village Community Theater pays homage to this bit of American literary history with a staged reading of “Mark Twain & His Jumping Frog.”

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.06.2019

BAYarts to host the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival was created with the mission of providing the people of Cleveland free Shakespeare. Now in its 22nd season, the group will be traveling to the BAYarts campus on Sunday, July 21, 7-9 p.m., to perform "Much Ado About Nothing."

"My friends and family have been going to CSF for years at various venues around the city: Lakewood, Tremont and Cleveland Heights," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "My kids grew up with this tradition and learned how fun and engaging Shakespeare can be; we still look forward to it every year."

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.16.2019

Red Barn Youth Theater presents two plays

Clague Playhouse's Red Barn Youth Theater will present two one-act plays: "Pajama Party" and "A Guide to the Teenage Zone" on July 26-28.

"Pajama Party" starts off as the usual slumber party, complete with a scary ghost story and a parade of pajama costumes. Then a police car starts prowling the neighborhood in search of the Blue Light Burglar. And then comes the mystery girl! "Pajama Party" is directed by Richie Lynch and the cast features Samantha Doty, Savannah Doty, Laurie Doty, Madison Garver, Olivia Heberlein, Sara Kamrass, Avalon McLaughlin, Aaryaa More, Reilly O’Donnell, Anna Prugh and Eve Prugh.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.16.2019

COFA deadline for art entries is July 12

Artists are invited to submit mail entries of their work for the 19th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show by July 12. Artists, over 18 years old, are classified under two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Seasoned/Professional.

Cash awards in eight categories for both divisions are offered by this juried art show, which is presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council at Porter Public Library from July 29 through Aug. 31.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.02.2019

Dating 101

Learn and laugh about the ins and outs of the modern dating scene when Bay Village Community Theater presents three short one-act plays as part of its “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series.

Where’s the best place to meet a potential date? At a bar? At a photocopy machine? Are friends a good source of advice? Would you shake hands or kiss on a first date? Actors Patrick Meehan, Ben Saylor and Barbara Wysocki will explore these questions and more in Australian playwright Alex Broun’s “Jammed,” “Turn the Other Cheek” and “Spading.”

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:42 AM, 06.18.2019

Eric Rippert's personal landscapes at BAYarts

Now on display in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts is the work of Cleveland artist Eric Rippert. Primarily a photographer, he has branched out into paintings the past two years. This particular exhibition is titled "The Man Whose Head Expanded" a title that was was pulled from the English post-punk band The Fall. The paintings followed suit, with emotionally resonate titles like "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore," "Things I will Keep" and "Life and How I Live it."

"I chose to call the paintings by the titles of songs I listened to while I was in my studio painting," explains Rippert. "To me, music inhabits the same subconscious space inside me that my paintings come from."

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.18.2019

BAYarts Annual Ceramic Exhibition on display until May 31

The exhibition features work by advanced students and instructors in the Karen Ryel Center for Ceramics Art and Education. The theme this year is mugs, and it is called "To Have and to Hold: A Marriage of Form & Function." It is curated by head of the BAYarts ceramics department, Moira Beale.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019