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Heights High fall concert features high school and middle school students

The Cleveland Heights High School Instrumental Music Department will present its first concert of the school year on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Wiley Campus of Cleveland Heights High School, at 2181 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights. 

The performance features the Heights High Symphony, Concert Orchestra, and Heights High Symphonic Winds, as well as students in Roxboro and Monticello middle schools’ string departments. 

Before the concert, students in the high school’s chamber and ensemble program will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m. After the concert, the Heights High Jazz Ensembles will perform, for a full evening of exciting music. 

Tickets, available the day of the show, are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Parking is available in the school parking lot as well as on the other side of Miramar Boulevard (accessible from the University Square shopping area).

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 2:54 PM, 10.30.2015

Heights Arts annual holiday store opens Nov. 6

Heights Arts is again shining a spotlight on the many accomplished artists who call Northeast Ohio home with its 14th annual Holiday Store, opening Nov. 6 and running through Dec. 30. A curated show of works by more than 80 artists and artisans, the holiday store fills the entire Heights Arts gallery on Lee Road with fine art prints, paintings, and photographs plus functional art in ceramics, glass, wood and fiber, as well as jewelry, clothing, music, handmade artist cards, books and distinctive holiday items.

“The Holiday Store offers a wonderful opportunity to shop a wider selection than we usually feature, with works by new, upcoming artists as well as new creations from Cleveland’s favorite artisans,” noted gallery manager Courtney Young. “There’s always something special and unique coming in, and because the Holiday Store is open every day—not just one weekend—it’s easy and convenient for shoppers to find the perfect gift for everyone.”

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:58 PM, 10.30.2015

Arts festival in memory of First Baptist pastor to premiere new play

The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland will hold an arts festival Nov. 13–22 in memory of Senior Pastor Martin Rolfs Massaglia, who died in February 2014. The festival will take place at the church, 3630 Fairmount Blvd., and celebrates Massaglia's lifelong devotion to the arts.

The event will feature the world premiere of “What Remains,” a new play by Max Bush, a freelance playwright and director whose plays are widely produced on professional, educational and amateur stages across the country. Bush and Massaglia were collaborating on the play at the time of Massaglia's death.

The play is about the unlikely relationship and ensuing discoveries between a talented young artist named Maggie, who is trying to plan her future after high school, and an elderly woman who hires Maggie to sort through the objects of the woman's life.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:56 PM, 10.30.2015

CH resident John Brogan publishes his first book

Cleveland Heights resident John Brogan is only 22 years old, but he recently published his first book. In Reflection of Nature, which came out in September, is the story of Brogan’s efforts to deal with his mother’s struggles with cancer and the death of his 14-year-old cousin, who was killed when he was hit by a car when Brogan was only 10 years old.

“The book is about the adventures I took to try and seek solace,” Brogan said. “It was a way to give myself confidence that I would be able to live my life after my mom died.” 

Brogan’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2013. Prior to that, she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In January 2015, Brogan began taking trips to various national parks and forests. “I would go when my mom was able to be by herself,” he said. “It was a way to test my ability to be physically and mentally secure. And it was also a way to test my willingness to survive and adapt.”

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:50 PM, 10.30.2015

Heights Arts names new Haiku master

It's not every year that the Haiku Death Match rolls into town. Heights Arts's Oct. 10 competition at Dobama Theatre was a huge success, with 12 competitors from the far corners of Cleveland vying for the title of 2015 Haiku Master. Haiku topics included nature, politics, food, sex, drugs and rock & roll. Marc Zeale of Euclid captured the title from past master and NASA physicist Geoffrey A. Landis, winning the match with a haiku about the city of Cleveland. Proceeds from the event fund Heights Arts's upcoming literary events. To view a photo album of the event, visit www.facebook.com/heightarts.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:44 PM, 10.30.2015

Matt Harmon's life inspires second album

Longtime University Heights resident Matt Harmon is about to release his second album. Called Childhood Dreams, the album tells the story of a man who meets the woman who becomes his wife, and they have a child. The man starts resenting the fact that his life isn’t what he imagined it would be. He drinks too much and becomes mean. His wife eventually leaves her husband, taking the child with her. The final three songs on the album are in the voice of the child, who has grown up and has become a musician and songwriter.

The album’s story is based on Harmon’s actual life. Now 40 years old, he was born on a U.S. Air Force base in Utah, where his father was in the military service. The family then moved to England; when Harmon was three, his parents divorced, and he and his mother came back to her home in University Heights.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:40 PM, 10.30.2015

Columnist Regina Brett to speak on Dec. 1 in free event

Regina Brett, well-known inspirational columnist for the Plain Dealer and Cleveland Jewish News, and a New York Times bestselling author, will appear at Nighttown on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6–8 p.m. The public is invited to this free evening, A Conversation with Regina Brett, sponsored by Appletree Books and Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District.

Regina Brett is the author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours, which has been published in more than 24 languages. She also wrote, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, and God is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work. All three books are collections of inspirational essays and stories from the lessons life taught her.

At the Dec. 1 event, the public will have an opportunity to hear Brett talk about her life. Her conversation will reflect the ups and downs, and twists and turns everyone faces.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 11:35 AM, 10.30.2015

CityMusic Cleveland opens new season with soloist Sayaka Shoji

CityMusic Cleveland’s Avner Dorman is excited to enter his third season as the chamber orchestra’s music director. “Our upcoming season spotlights an extraordinary cadre of guest artists and a wonderful lineup of works from throughout music history,” he said. “Each concert juxtaposes two or more pieces related by some historical or thematic idea.”

The season opens with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and a performance of Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, featuring internationally acclaimed violinist Sayaka Shoji, on Oct. 18, 5 p.m., at Church of Gesu in University Heights.

Rarely heard in the United States, Shoji will be making her Cleveland debut. Since taking First Prize at the 1999 Paganini Competition—the first Japanese and youngest artist ever to do so—Shoji has performed with the world’s leading conductors, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Paavo Järvi and Antonio Pappano.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.12.2015

HYT brings 'You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown' to life for local audiences

Heights Youth Theatre (HYT) presents “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights. The run of six shows begins on Friday, Oct. 16 and ends on Sunday, Oct. 25. 

Directed by Eugene Sumlin, with music direction by Stacy Bolton, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” is derived from the 1967 musical comedy of the same name and is based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.  

In this production, the young actors dance, sing, and bring this classic American cartoon strip to life. The stage is designed like a big cartoon strip with fast action from scene to scene. The revival score features several familiar songs, such as "Happiness," “My Blanket and Me” and “The Baseball Game.” The musical also includes Snoopy’s famous “Suppertime” dream sequence, backed up by the show’s ensemble doubling as a gospel children’s choir.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.12.2015

Photographs by CH's Daniel Levin tell story behind Violins of Hope

An exhibit of photographs by Cleveland Heights resident Daniel Levin documents an Israeli man’s lifelong mission to preserve violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.

The exhibition—Amnon’s Workshop—features 75 large-scale prints and is on display at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 25701 Science Park Drive, in Beachwood.

The photographs detail the work of master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, the man behind the Violins of Hope project. Weinstein lovingly restores and gives new voice to stringed instruments that survived the horrors of the Holocaust, even when their owners perished.

Levin—an associate professor of photography at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)—traveled to Israel in early 2015 to capture intimate images of Weinstein and his work, which conveys a story of endurance and resilience through the power of music.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 6:38 PM, 10.05.2015

Heights Arts unveils 10th season of chamber music concerts

Chamber music has been described as a conversation between friends, a view that Heights Arts has embraced in its Close Encounters music series since 2005. Each season, Heights Arts presents four chamber music concerts performed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra and other high-level classical musicians, in an assortment of intimate settings throughout the Cleveland area. This unique combination offers a thrilling opportunity to experience the music as it was meant to be heard—in an intimate space by a small audience.

This season, Close Encounters artistic director Isabel Trautwein, also a Cleveland Orchestra violinist, has engaged some of her colleagues and their peers to curate their own programs, ranging from classical baroque and passionate gypsy music to the world premiere of a sextet for English horn and strings by Cleveland Orchestra member Jeffery Rathbun.

"As artistic director, I feel very lucky that my many musician neighbors and colleagues continually inspire the growth of this series with creative ideas on programming,” Trautwein said, “and, also, that Heights Arts has even expanded upon the original ideas. Looking back upon these 10 years and over 40 wonderful concerts, I can say without hesitation that we have all chosen a great community to love and call home."

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.01.2015

Heights Arts brings back poetic carnage with Oct. 10 Haiku Death Match

Past haiku masters, defending champions, and new contenders will be competing Saturday, Oct. 10, at Dobama Theatre, for glory, fame, and a not-so-cheesy trophy in Heights Arts' occasionally annual Haiku Death Match.

The Death Match is a live haiku poetry competition where audience votes determine the Haiku Master. Contenders, who come prepared with an arsenal of haiku poems, compete in pairs for a given number of rounds. Audience members judge the poems by raising color paddles to indicate their votes, while volunteer counters tally the votes. The emcee announces the score and keeps the crowds calm. The last poet standing is the 2015 Haiku Death Match Master.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:58 PM, 09.30.2015

Amanda Walsh returned to CH to perform and teach music

Amanda Walsh started playing piano when she was seven years old. Now, 32 years later, music has become the focus of her life. She still plays piano, as a solo artist and as a member of two bands, and she also plays violin. In addition, the Cleveland Heights resident teaches piano, both at her house and at Motter’s Music on Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst.

Walsh, whose maiden name was Amanda Giesey, grew up in Cleveland Heights. When she was six years old, she wanted to learn how to play violin, but her mother, who played piano, suggested that she learn piano first. She started taking lessons from Ruth Edwards, who was on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. When she was eight years old, she started to study violin.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:53 PM, 09.30.2015

Exhibition by CH photographer Daniel Levin opens at Jewish Federation of Cleveland

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announces the opening of Amnon’s Workshop, a photographic documentary featuring the work of Daniel Levin, celebrated Cleveland photographer, Cuyahoga Community College associate professor, and Cleveland Heights resident. All are invited to meet the artist at a free open house on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1–4 p.m., in the Roe Green Gallery at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Drive in Beachwood. Gallery talks will be at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The exhibit follows Levin’s travels to Israel, where he documented the work of master violin maker Amnon Weinstein. Amnon’s Workshop captures intimate images of the man behind “Violins of Hope” as he lovingly restores and gives new voice to stringed instruments that survived the horrors of the Holocaust, even when their owners perished.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 3:30 PM, 09.18.2015

Arthur Miller classic now onstage at Ensemble Theatre

Arthur Miller’s meditation on the American dream, “Death of A Salesman,” is now running on Ensemble Theatre's Main Stage. The play explores the life and times of the iconic Lohman family, their tragic losses and unending quest for the next sale. In celebration of Arthur Miller’s centenary, Ensemble Theatre presents this American classic, directed by Celeste Cosentino and featuring Greg White as Willy Lohman.

Ensemble opens this two-act drama on a set designed by Ron Newell. The play kicks off Ensemble's 2015–16 season, the theme of which is A Rebirth of Wonder. According to Cosentino, the theme was borrowed from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “I Am Waiting”:

I am waiting for my case to come up/and I am waiting/for a rebirth of wonder/and I am waiting for someone/to really discover America/and wail . . .

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:55 PM, 09.14.2015

Haiku warrior-poets wanted for Haiku Death Match 2015

If you’ve written the right 17 syllables, glory, fame, and a not-so-cheesy trophy could be yours. Heights Arts is bringing back the Haiku Death Match, a live haiku poetry competition where audience votes determine the Haiku Master, on Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at Dobama Theatre. The registration deadline for competitors is Sept. 15.

Here’s how it works: Poets compete in pairs for a given number of rounds. The audience judges the poems by raising paddles. Volunteer counters count the votes. The emcee announces the score and keeps the crowds calm. The last poet standing is the 2015 Haiku Death Match Master.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:18 AM, 09.03.2015

Heights Music Hop brings live music to Lee Road

Lee Road will again be hopping with music on Saturday, Sept. 19, when the third annual Heights Music Hop takes place. Among the artists performing this year are such well-known Cleveland-area acts as the Admirables, Oldboy, the Megan Zurkey Band, Faith and Whiskey, Diana Chittester, Maura Rogers and Morgan Mecaskey.

“The Music Hop is a collaboration of local music and independent businesses creating a great night of entertainment on Lee Road,” said Kelley Robinson, the director of the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District (SID), which is a presenting sponsor of the Hop. “The event brings crowds of music fans to the district and an increase in customers to the merchants. It continues to be a unique opportunity to celebrate our community, while promoting Cleveland Heights to visitors.”

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 11:40 PM, 08.31.2015

Heights Arts reopens gallery with two new shows

After being closed most of the summer for renovations, Heights Arts marks its gallery reopening with a grand public reception on Friday, Sept. 4, 6–9 p.m. for two new exhibitions: Emergent 2015 and Spotlight: Brenda Fuchs.

The first installation of what will be an annual show, Emergent 2015, showcases the finest “local produce” of Northeast Ohio colleges and universities.

“The idea behind the exhibition is to feature artists who graduated from area art programs in recent years and are now producing significant work. In this way, Heights Arts seeks to shine a light on the considerable strengths of studio art programs in this area,” noted Greg Donley, Heights Arts board president and gallery committee chair.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:23 PM, 08.31.2015

CH's John Troxell is thriving as a working artist

John Troxell has been “into art” since he was five years old. Now 55, Troxell, who lives on Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, is a full-time artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries in Ohio and in several other states.

Troxell grew up on the East Side of Cleveland near Euclid Avenue and Green Road. His uncle was also “into art,” and his father “knew a lot about art.” When they left him in a babysitter’s care, his parents would leave him with a sketchpad and a pencil, and he would make drawings. He also liked to do finger paintings.

When he was in seventh grade, Troxell left Cleveland to attend a military school in Texas. After graduating from that school, he returned to Cleveland and attended Case Western Reserve University.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:18 PM, 08.31.2015

Cleveland Heights home is the setting for intimate concerts

If you’re a fan of folk music or singer-songwriters, there is perhaps no better place to see a concert than Sue Hannibal’s Cleveland Heights home. Hannibal has been presenting concerts at her house on Ardleigh Drive for the past 10 years.

“A friend of mine knew about a folk musician who was looking for a place to play in Cleveland, and she knew my house was quite accessible,” Hannibal said. “She asked me if she could use my house for a concert, and that’s how it got started. I had never been to a house concert before, and it was a new concept to me.”

Hannibal now presents four to six concerts in her living room every year. The shows are intimate, with attendance limited to 30 people. Hannibal usually charges about $15 for admission, and all of the money goes to the musicians. The artists usually perform a 45-minute set, take a break and then play another 45-minute set.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:13 PM, 08.31.2015

TMS offers back-to-school music lessons for all ages

Students are inundated with after-school activities. More than just a feel-good choice, music instruction offers students an alternative means of expression, is a positive factor in the cognitive, social and physical development of children and teens, and is a terrific stress-reliever for people of all ages.

Cleveland Heights resident Isaiah Paik, 15, started learning violin 11 years ago at The Music Settlement (TMS) as part of its Suzuki program. "I started playing violin when I was 4 years old. I didn’t know anything to expect, but it was a lot of fun," Paik said. "Now, I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t playing violin. It’s been a big part of my life."

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 1:43 PM, 08.31.2015

Aug. 9 Cedar Fairmount festival features talk by Cleveland historian Alan Dutka

Alan Dutka, author of Misfortune on Cleveland's Millionaires’ Row, will give a free historical lecture on the stories of those who built Cleveland mansions. He will speak at 1 p.m. in the Alcazar Music Room during the Aug. 9 Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival.

Since retiring from a business career, native Clevelander Alan Dutka has published five books on Cleveland’s history: Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row; AsiaTown Cleveland: From Tong Wars to Dim Sum; Cleveland Calamities: A History of Storm, Fire and Pestilence; East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street; and Cleveland’s Short Vincent: The Theatrical Grill and its Notorious Neighbors.

Misfortune on Cleveland's Millionaires’ Row describes the extreme wealth that was needed to purchase a mansion on Millionaires’ Row, but which provided no immunity from unsavory business dealings or shameful behavior. May Hanna gave the slip to her millionaire ex-husband’s hired Pinkerton detectives, to sneak out of the country.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 8:55 AM, 08.05.2015

CH's Ewing at the helm as Cinematheque moves to new space

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, which The New York Times called “one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters,” has moved to a new location. On July 30, the Cinemateque screened its final film, “The Last Picture Show,” at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s (CIA) Aitken Auditorium, its home since 1986. As of Aug. 1, the Cinematheque’s new home is CIA’s Peter B. Lewis Theater, at 11610 Euclid Ave. John Ewing, a Cleveland Heights resident, was one of the founders of the Cinematheque in 1984, and still serves as its director.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 4:15 PM, 07.31.2015

Heights Music Hop set for Sept. 19 on Lee Road

The third annual Heights Music Hop will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Cleveland Heights’s Cedar Lee Business District. The event will feature numerous bands and musicians with a wide range of musical styles, performing in shops, restaurants and bars along Lee Road.

“It’s one of the best events in the Cleveland region,” said Shawn Paul Gustafson, owner of Shawn Paul Salon at 2265 Lee Road. “It brings a lot of people out and shows what the Cedar Lee area has to offer. It’s really amazing!”

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:45 AM, 07.31.2015

Cedar Fairmount set for 14th annual festival

Plans are complete for the 14th annual Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival to be held on Sunday, Aug. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. The festival committee has added more entertainment and venues for this year’s event. The goal of the festival has always been to thank the community for its support of Cedar Fairmount businesses and to give residents an opportunity to enjoy the talents of local artists and musicians in a family-friendly environment. 

The popular arts and crafts sale will be located on Lennox and Surrey streets, and in the Zoss bakery parking lot. This year there will be paintings, photography, glass art, jewelry, basketry, bath and body potions, purses, handmade bags, fiber art and clothing, pet products, and much more.

The Eclectic Vision, Get Back Duo, Wright Reynolds Project and Blue Spruce Cats will be returning to entertain.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:57 AM, 07.31.2015

Heights ensemble Elégie to perform at Cain Park

The male vocal quartet Elégie, four young men who met while they were students in Heights High's Vocal Music Department, will open the show for Black Violin at Cain Park on Friday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m.

Elégie members Caleb Wright, Brian Barron, Mist’a Craig and Michael Hives began singing together four years ago. Each is classically trained and performs in numerous ensembles and chorales, including the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

All four young men sing both tenor and alto, with Barron and Hives providing baritone and Craig and Wright slipping easily into soprano. Despite their young age, they display a surprising range of vocal talent, especially when Wright leaves the upper registers to provide deeper bass harmonies than expected for a singer his age.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.31.2015

New play transports kids to ancient Egypt for manners lesson

At Lee Road’s Kultivation Theater, ancient Egypt comes to life through magic, music and dance in a new play that encourages children and families to remember their manners. "Ma'at Is Missing: Deciphering Manners," written and directed by Kulture Kids' Robin Pease, invites audiences to journey with a bumbling archaeologist in search of Ma'at, an Egyptian symbol of civility, compassion and respect.

The play opens at Kultivation Theater, 2134 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Opening night audiences are invited to a family-friendly post-show reception in the lobby. Additional performances are Aug. 22, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.kulturekids.org and include a pre-show family arts workshop.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:40 AM, 07.31.2015

Public Art talk and bike tour planned for August

For a community of fewer than 50,000 people, Cleveland Heights is home to quite a few public art installations. The city refers to itself as "home to the arts," so it seems fitting that public artworks can be found in parks, on street corners, at schools and libraries, and elsewhere around town.

When Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) president and City Council Member Mary Dunbar contacted former Heights Arts executive director Peggy Spaeth about leading a bicycle tour of public art, she consented enthusiastically. Instead of talking and riding at the same time, however, Dunbar and Spaeth will present a two-part event—an illustrated public art talk at Heights Arts’s newly renovated gallery on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., and an accompanying bicycle tour on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 AM, 07.31.2015

Heights artist wins illustration award

Heights illustrator Jamey Christoph received an Award of Excellence from Communication Arts for his work on the children’s book Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America. The publication’s 56th Illustration Annual features an illustration from the book, which depicts impoverished families living in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. The international competition reviewed more than 4,300 applicants and awarded Christoph its top award for illustrations in published books.

Christoph, a resident of Cleveland Heights since 2002, currently resides in Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Neighborhood.

Information about his children’s books and illustrations are available at www.jameychristoph.com.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:28 AM, 07.21.2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darryl "DMC" McDaniels to perform at the Grog Shop

Innovator, motivator, philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history 25 years ago with his legendary band Run-DMC. 

Today, 30 million record sales later, and nine years after the untimely death of his band mate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and is co-author of the critically acclaimed autobiography King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC (2001). In 2006, DMC released an award-winning solo album, “Checks, Thugs and Rock ‘n Roll.” His solo performances have graced stages around the world.

On Saturday, July 18, DMC will perform an intimate set at the Grog Shop, along with openers Doxxbaby, Ahptimus and Case Barge. Doors will open at 8 p.m., and the show will start at 9 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.06.2015

Heights artist hopes to open Artful new studios and gallery

If Shannon Morris gets her way, Cleveland Heights could become home to a new art gallery, studio and retail store. “The idea has always been in the back of my mind,” said Morris, who is 42 and lives on Kingston Road in Cleveland Heights. “The bottom line is that I want to provide affordable studio space on the East Side of Cleveland.”

According to a recent study, nearly 20 percent of all of the artists in Cuyahoga County live in Cleveland Heights. “I want to create a space where people feel comfortable, an environment where people can create and collaborate,” Morris said. To accomplish her goal, Morris has formed a new organization called Artful.

Morris grew up in Cleveland Heights. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City, where she studied photography at New York University. After getting her degree in 1995, she remained in New York until 2002, when she returned to Cleveland Heights. She opened a shop on Lee Road called There’s No Such Thing as a Non-Artist.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.01.2015

Heights couple creates unique works of art

Two Cleveland Heights residents—Matthew Hollern and Pam Argentieri—are well-known around the world for the jewelry and other art they create using metals and other materials. Some of their work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and in the Vatican Archives in Italy.

Hollern and Argentieri have been making artwork together since they first met in 1990 at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). Two years later, they got married, and have lived on Kingston Road in Cleveland Heights since 1992. In addition to creating works of art together, Hollern and Argentieri both do individual projects as well.

Hollern, 51, grew up in Madison, Wis. He got into art as a young child. “I remember doing art projects in the first and second grade,” he said. “I was really into carving and ceramics. Then, in high school, my homeroom was a jewelry classroom, and I really got into that.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.01.2015

Celebrate National Day of Dance at Cain Park July 25

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a party and dancing? That is just what DANCECleveland is doing when it celebrates its 60th Anniversary season, beginning with its co-presentation of New York City-based Parsons Dance at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater, on July 25 at 8 p.m.

DANCECleveland—started by visionary Heights-area women in 1956, and first known as Cleveland Modern Dance Association—is one of the oldest dance-only presenters in the United States. This year, the organization returns to Cain Park after a 10-year hiatus.

Named "one of the great movers of modern dance" by The New York Times, Parsons Dance seemed like the perfect company for the occasion—a favorite in Northeast Ohio, and known throughout the world since 1985 as a family-friendly, uplifting dance company.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.01.2015

Coventry Village to dedicate Pekar Park on July 25

The Coventry Outdoor Courtyard, at the northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, was a treasured spot for Harvey Pekar—internationally known underground comic author, music critic and media personality—who often referenced the Coventry neighborhood in his work. Pekar, a longtime Cleveland Heights resident, died in 2010.

On Saturday, July 25, the courtyard will be renamed Pekar Park in a special public dedication event. The Coventry Village Special Improvement District, the City of Cleveland Heights, Jakprints and the Harvey Pekar Estate all collaborated to make this event possible.

A festival, from noon to 6 p.m. in Pekar Park, will celebrate Pekar's work, and that of other Greater Cleveland comic book writers and graphic novelists. The official dedication will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by live jazz, 1–3 p.m., and storytelling, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The dedication will conclude with a free 9 p.m. showing of “American Splendor,” the 2003 film based on Pekar's life and work, in Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park. [Note: In case of severe bad weather, the event will be held on Sunday, July 26.]

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.23.2015

Renovations are underway at Heights Arts

Last year, Heights Arts was honored to receive a transformative donation from the Jean, Harry and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation. It was the largest single gift in the nonprofit arts organization’s 15 year history, and was designated in part to provide ongoing improvements to its 2,400-square-foot exhibition/performance/retail space at 2175 Lee Road.

Heights Arts staff and board members worked with John Williams of Process Creative Studios to determine how the gallery could be re-configured to provide an enhanced space for multi-disciplinary programs, offer spotlight art exhibitions in addition to the six main exhibitions each year, and better display the works for sale by local artists and artisans in the retail shop. Construction began in mid-June and is expected to conclude in mid-August.

Planned renovations entail the relocation of walls to create a more-open, flexible area for community events and exhibitions; addition of carpet to improve acoustics for Heights Arts's expanding calendar of gallery concerts and classes; a centralized sales desk with better sightlines; and revitalized displays for showcasing the jewelry, ceramics, hand-blown glass, prints, photographs, stationery and homewares created by more than 70 local and regional artists.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.16.2015

Sugarloaf Mountain meets Cain Park on June 20

Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, returns to Cain Park on Saturday, June 20, at 8 p.m.

Apollo’s Fire made its debut at Cain Park five years ago with its first Appalachian program, Come to the River. Music Director Jeannette Sorrell took a bold risk in bringing her period-instrument ensemble to an outdoor venue. But the Plain Dealer commented on the successful sense of “intimacy” that Apollo’s Fire created at Cain Park. As the more-than-1,000 concertgoers observed that night, this concert sounded fine without the usual level of amplification often required at outdoor venues like Cain Park.

Come to the River soon became a Billboard Classical Top-10 CD. It was hailed by The American Record Guide as “one of the most joyous releases, intoxicated by the sheer joy of being alive.” The Plain Dealer wrote, “A fascinating journey . . . which a sold-out audience savored. The theatrical aspects are so charmingly realized that you can’t help but wonder if a sequel is in store.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 06.16.2015

Cleveland Heights artist wins award in juried exhibition

John Martin, a resident of Cleveland Heights and a former resident, for many years, of Shaker Heights, has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the juried 39th Annual Fairmount Art Exhibition 2015. The show opened May 30 and runs through June 11.

Martin won for his monoprint Winter on North Park. His monoprint Calm in the Face of Chaos is also featured in the show, at the Fairmount Center for the Arts, 8400 Fairnount Blvd., in Novelty.

This season, Martin’s work has also appeared in juried shows at the Morgan Conservatory, the Gallery at Lakeland in Kirtland, the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls and the Shaker Heights Main Library. More information about his art is available at www.johnmartinart.com.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:33 AM, 06.08.2015

Baolu Chen's long journey to Carnegie Hall

The traditional answer to the question “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” is “Practice, practice, practice.” In the case of Baolu Chen, former music director at Noble Road Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, the answer is a lot more complicated.

Chen grew up in China. His father’s career as a player of folk instruments was cut short by the Cultural Revolution, but the father’s love of music kept the house filled with the sounds of classical music of all sorts. Young Baolu fell in love with the sound of piano music that he heard on the radio and begged to learn to play. His parents provided him with a piano for his birthday, and lessons followed.

He continued his studies in the piano department at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. He was often asked to play the compositions of a young woman named Erya Yu who was studying in the composition department at the same conservatory. Their partnership blossomed and they fell in love.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:19 AM, 06.02.2015

June 2 memorial will honor CH's Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller

Colin Dussault, musician and friend to Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller, is planning a memorial to the Cleveland blues legend who died on May 19 at his Musicians Towers apartment in Cleveland Heights.

Born in Cleveland in 1943, Miller went on to become a legendary bluesman and harmonica player.

"We are planning a memorial for him to be held on Tuesday, June 2, at the Euclid Tavern, 6–10 p.m.," said Dussault in an e-mail. "I anticipate a standing-room-only crowd to be on hand as myriad musicians join together to 'play their respects' to this beloved music icon."

Dussault has commissioned a black granite memorial plaque, to honor Miller's legacy. "I am in active conversations with the Rock Hall and owners of the building that houses the Euclid Tavern about having the plaque permanently affixed to one of those two edifices to honor him," said Dussault.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 11:16 AM, 05.26.2015

Musicians share experiences of living and working in the Heights

Cleveland Heights is known as “Home to the Arts,” and six Heights musicians took part in a recent panel event, "Welcome Home: Heights Musicians," to recount their experiences as musicians who live, and often work, in the Heights community.

Organized by FutureHeights, Reaching Heights and Friends of Heights Libraries, the event took place on May 19 at Rockefeller’s, the restaurant and bar located in the historic Rockefeller Building on Mayfield Road.

The musicians represented a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to folk, and gospel to “newgrass.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 1:31 PM, 05.26.2015

Heights Music Hop combines forces with local music festivals

Three local music festivals have gained prominence in recent years. Larchmere PorchFest, in the Larchmere neighborhood near Shaker Square; Brite Winter Festival, in Ohio City; and Heights Music Hop, in the Cedar Lee Business District of Cleveland Heights, have each drawn large crowds with their unique blends of live music and area-centric culture. There are many commonalities between the three organizations, each being formed in a similar grassroots fashion and with organizers asking the questions, “What if?” and “Why not?” Now, through collaboration, these three festivals have gained staying power in Cleveland’s cultural scene.

Larchmere PorchFest began in 2008 when founder Katharyne Starinsky learned of a porch music festival in Ithaca, N.Y., and decided that Larchmere would be the perfect setting for a similar event. Featuring 20 bands performing on 20 porches throughout the neighborhood, the 2008 festival drew a crowd of about 800 people, and the success of that first year led to PorchFest becoming an annual event. This year’s festival, with 30 bands on 30 porches, is scheduled for June 20. It will feature many Heights-based musicians and will be supported by Heights merchants and organizations, including the Wine Spot, Grog Shop, WJCU radio and more. www.larchmereporchfest.org

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 2:08 PM, 05.29.2015

Harry Bacharach has a lifelong love of music

Harry Bacharach started taking piano lessons when he was in first grade at Noble Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Now, more than three decades later, he is a professional pianist and singer who plays all around Northeast Ohio.

Bacharach, 39, grew up in Cleveland Heights. His birth name was Ari Friedman. In addition to attending Noble Elementary, he also went to Monticello Middle School and Heights High, and sang in the choirs of all three schools. He dropped out of high school during his sophomore year, attended Taylor Academy in Cleveland Heights and then got his GED. He then attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he studied anthropology.

When he was a child, his parents were into music. “They always sang a lot,” said Bacharach. “They would sing at dinner, and that got me interested in music.”

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:58 AM, 05.29.2015

Maureen McGovern performs Cedar Fairmount benefit at Nighttown

The Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District is working on plans for streetscape improvements for the Cedar Fairmount Business District for summer 2016. The project cost is estimated at more than $1.5 million.

Popular singer Maureen McGovern will perform two benefit concerts at Nighttown on Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m., to help raise funds for the project. McGovern is best known for her number-one record, “The Morning After,” which won an Oscar (it was in the movie "The Poseidon Adventure"). 

McGovern received Grammy nominations in 1973, for Best New Artist, and 1998, for Best Traditional Pop Vocal for her album The Pleasure of His Company. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy–winning album Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other hits include “Can You Read My Mind” from the movie "Superman," the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from "Towering Inferno" and “Different Worlds” from the TV series "Angie."

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:57 PM, 05.28.2015

CH artist's exhibition showcases 3-D works in paper

Many of Cleveland Heights artist Julianne Edberg's works of art involve imaginitive uses of paper. A weaver, quilter, bookbinder and book creator, fashion designer, seamstress and graphic designer, Edberg invented a technique of tying together paper tiles to create three-dimensional objects. Her work will be on view at the Howson Gallery at Judson paper in an exhibition titled “The Sum of Its Parts: Collages and Sculptures by Julianne Edberg," May 22 through July 8. A reception with the artist will take place Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Edberg received a B.F.A. with a major in weaving from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and worked for many years as a graphic designer at Cuyahoga Community College.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:36 PM, 05.28.2015

Heights Arts presents collaborative exhibit and music in June

A celebration of a band of dads, baldness and our cultural roots are on tap at Heights Arts this month.

On June 6, at 7 p.m., the DadBand will perform a free concert of classical, pop, jazz, folk, Latin, and children’s songs at the Heights Arts Lee Road gallery. DadBand is a quartet of performers and teachers—all dads—who live and work in the Cleveland area. Members Dan Heim and James Rhodes play viola, and Derek Snyder and Nick Diodore play cello. Each has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Their choice of music is frequently inspired by their children and students, which creates a compelling experience for all ages.

In collaboration with The St. Baldrick's Foundation and Lake Erie Ink, Heights Arts will exhibit sensitive creative writing pieces and portraits of Heights residents who "braved the shave" at this year's March 15 St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser. The photos will show participants both before and after the shave.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:33 PM, 05.28.2015

Western Reserve Chorale performs in CH June 7

The Western Reserve Chorale presents Back to the Bard - For Love of Shakespeare, Act II as its spring concert this season. Artistic Director David W. Gilson will lead the vocal ensemble at two venues: Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, on Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m.; and Federated Church, 76 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, on Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.

Back to the Bard - For Love of Shakespeare, Act II is a follow-up to WRC's For Love of Shakespeare concert in 2013, which was enthusiastically received by the chorale's audiences. This time the playlist features compositional stylings of John Rutter, Rene Clausen, George Shearing, Matthew Harris, Ned Rorem and others.

Come hear the different approaches these composers have used to infuse meanings with musical underpinnings. Some stay truer to the original Elizabethan-age styles, while others use more contemporary musical approaches, enabling the text to relate more easily to the present time.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:40 PM, 05.28.2015

Cain Park Residents Day is May 23

Cleveland Heights residents have a one-day opportunity to purchase prime seats for Cain Park's 2015 season on Residents Day, Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Only Cleveland Heights residents can purchase tickets on Residents Day, and they must present proof of residency (a driver's license and two pieces of mail addressed to them, or a driver's license and current Cleveland Heights recreation ID). A special 15-percent discount applies to tickets purchased for five or more shows.

Residents must purchase tickets in person at the Cain Park ticket office to receive this offer. For specific details on how to purchase tickets, visit the Cain Park website, www.cainpark.com.

This summer's lineup includes the Beach Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Livingston Taylor and Esperanza Spalding, as well as local favorite Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra, and a performance by national dance troupe Parsons Dance, co-presented by DanceCleveland. Once again, the park will offer a variety of free events throughout the summer, and will also present the Cain Park Arts Festival the weekend of July 10.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 11:25 AM, 05.19.2015

Call for Cleveland artists to participate in special Heights Arts 'Cleveland Culinaria' exhibition

Heights Arts is accepting submissions from artists in all media for participation in the upcoming special exhibition At Table: Cleveland Culinaria, which will open in March 2016 at the Heights Arts Gallery.  

Selected visual artists will be grouped into creative teams with some of Cleveland’s most inspired culinary artists to design and create an innovative tablescape and surrounding environment that addresses the art of food and community.

The “Culinaria” will act as creative directors for the groups, each of which will have an approximately 10’x10’ space in the Heights Arts Gallery to transform for the exhibition. The complete environment will include original table settings and linens for four, along with photographs, drawings, prints or paintings related to the theme, as well as any other artist wares which the group designs for their environment.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 11:42 AM, 05.18.2015

Heights High senior Alice Janigro wins 11th District Congressional Art Competition

Alice Janigro, a senior at Cleveland Heights High School, won Best in Show in the 11th Congressional District’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Janigro’s artwork, titled New Zealand Landscape, also took the top prize in the Mixed Media category at the awards ceremony held on Sunday, May 3, at the Memorial-Nottingham Branch of Cleveland Public Library. 

As the grand prize winner, Janigro will have her artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year. She and other congressional district winners from across the country will also have the opportunity to attend a reception in Washington, D.C., in their honor.

Local high school students submitted more than 110 works of art in seven categories to the competition: mixed media, painting, printmaking, computer-generated artwork, drawing, photography, and best in show. Five art professionals from the 11th District served as judges.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.06.2015

Annual exhibition of work by Beaumont art students opens May 7 with public reception

Beaumont School’s unique studio art program is an intensive curriculum that spans all four years of a student’s time at Beaumont. In a year-end review, students accepted to this rigorous art-intensive curriculum, as well as students enrolled in art course electives, have an opportunity to display their work.

Beaumont School will hold an opening reception for its annual Fine and Applied Arts Review on Thursday, May 7, 6–9 p.m. at the school’s campus at 3301 North Park Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. The reception is free and open to the public. Student artwork will remain on display through Friday, May 15.

Students in the class of 2015 who are graduating from the studio art program will be show their final thesis work in the Trenkamp Gallery, located in Beaumont’s foyer.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:46 AM, 05.05.2015

Jazz students perform at Heights High and Nighttown, May 8 and 9

The distinction between music student and professional blurs at Cleveland Heights High School where there is a long tradition of high musical standards, challenging repertoire, students who play gigs in the community, and alumni who earn a living making music. In addition to Heights High’s annual Jazz Night, student jazz combos will perform at Nighttown, the Cleveland Heights venue that consistently makes Downbeat’s list of the best jazz clubs in the country.

On Friday, May 8, Heights High jazz ensembles, under the direction of Brett Baker and Ben Ammon, will perform a program of jazz standards, including the work of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Michael Philip Mossman. In addition, Heights High alumni are coming from as far as New York City to perform one last time at the Dina Rees Evans Auditorium at the high school before it is closed for a multi-year renovation of the school. The Heights High alumni group, all taught by Baker, includes Tim McDonald (tenor), Ethan Farris (trumpet), Nolan Plunkett (trombone), Adam Gilbert (alto), Jacob Bergson (piano), Abie Klein-Stefancik (bass) and Anthony Taddeo (drums).

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:52 PM, 05.01.2015

University School student Henry Shapard to perform at Severance Hall on May 3

As a result of winning the 2014–15 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto competition, Henry Shapard, a junior at University School and a Cleveland Heights resident, will perform Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto in G Minor with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) on Sunday, May 3, at 8 p.m., at Severance Hall.

“In addition to weekly rehearsals with the orchestra, I have been doing a lot of individual preparation for the concert,” said Shapard. “The Kabalevsky concerto is not performed very often, and my job as a soloist is to make this rarely heard piece come to life and inspire audience members to go home and give it a second listen.”

Shapard is in his fifth season as a member of COYO and has served as both assistant principal and principal cello. A student of Richard Weiss in the preparatory department of the Cleveland Institute of Music, he has played the cello since the age of three.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 04.30.2015

Celebrate Memorial Day in CH with the All Generations Band

For the past 60 years, the All Generations Band has participated in the Cleveland Heights Memorial Day celebration. The band had its origins in the Oxford neighborhood, when it originally formed to participate in Oxford Elementary School's annual Father's Night program. Soon, the band joined the annual Memorial Day parade that traveled from Oxford to Denison Park, capped with celebratory ice cream cones at Rukasin's Drug Store on Noble Road. Past leaders include Bob Coppedge and David Adamson. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:22 PM, 04.30.2015

Ensemble and Dobama theaters present their season finales

With signs of spring everywhere (finally!), Ensemble Theatre and Dobama Theatre are preparing to mount the final productions of their 2014–15 seasons. These last main stage productions promise to be memorable.

“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” by Rajiv Joseph, runs through May 17 at Ensemble; “Superior Donuts,” by Tracy Letts, runs through May 24 at Dobama.

“Bengal Tiger” is set in the first days of the American invasion of Iraq and highlights the lives of two U.S. Marines and an Iraqi translator, which are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger. The tiger, played on Broadway by Robin Williams, haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amid the city's ruins. Joseph's groundbreaking American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 04.30.2015

Local playwright pens YA mystery book

Tom Hayes—whose website identifies him as “brewer, librarian, playwright”—can now add novelist to that list. This Cleveland Heights resident’s debut novel for young adults, Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt, is a historical thriller that takes place in Northeast Ohio.

Cryptic drawings, maps and strange symbols are what 12-year-old Mike Hilliard discovers when he investigates the long-dead, ruthless millionaire Titus Morley. As these strange symbols and drawings occupy his dreams, Mike rambles through the listless Cleveland Heights summer with Billy Hayworth, a photography intern at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where Mike’s uncle, Robert “Otto” Hilliard, is a historian.

Titus Morley died in a refinery explosion in 1872, after which his treasure trove of rare grimoires (books of magic) and ancient masks disappeared. Could the drawings and maps provide clues?

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:59 PM, 04.30.2015

Concert to benefit Liberian school

The Agape National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Monrovia, Liberia, is an after-school music program for children in a country ravaged by civil war and Ebola. ANAM needs money.

When Adam Kukuk, music director at Disciples Christian Church, learned this, he decided to arrange a concert fundraiser to help the school.

Kukuk has organized Sing for Liberia!, an evening of great music and an opportunity to help young musicians. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at Disciples Christian Church, 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. All proceeds from this event will go to ANAM.

The church’s award-winning choir, soloists and house band will perform. Guest musicians Brian Thornton, from the Cleveland Orchestra, and Jen Woda, from Opera per Tutti, will also join in the festivities.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:52 PM, 04.30.2015

Heights Arts highlights May programs

In medicine, the noun "syncope" (SINGkuhpee) refers to a fleeting loss of consciousness. In phonetics, it’s when sounds or letters are not pronounced aloud (“probably” becomes “probly”). On view through June 6, Heights Arts’s new exhibition, Syncope, pairs works by Cleveland artists Rachel Beamer and Achala Wali that suggest the moments between loss and what remains.

In Beamer's color photographs, themes of space, surface and memory are explored through compositions that hint at elements not present. Wali’s abstract drawings bring forth buried thoughts and memories of landscapes from her Indian childhood. Using pencil, pen and ink, brushes, and sometimes pastel and acrylics in nontraditional ways, Wali’s work combines color with black-and-white fields to effect subtle moments and passages, or sparks of feeling.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 04.30.2015

Communion of Saints School presents 'Once Upon a Mattress' May 8 and 9

The Communion of Saints drama program presents "Once Upon a Mattress," May 8 and 9, at 7 p.m. The production is a new twist, set to music, on the age-old tale of a boy whose brother finds him the perfect girl. Enter the meddling mother, the Queen, and the Silent King. The Silent King has much to say, silently of course, while the Queen tries to deter anyone from marrying their son, Prince Dauntless. She has devised many tests that each possible wife must complete; the latest one involves a pea placed under a stack of mattresses. All the while, his brother has found his true love and cannot marry until Dauntless does. Come and see the antics of the cast members as they play these fairy-tale roles.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 04.30.2015

New spring festival celebrates the whole child

New schools come with new traditions. Urban Oak School—now in its second year in Cleveland Heights, serving preschoolers and kindergarten through third-graders—wants to be an integral part of the Heights community. With this goal in mind, it will launch its first annual Spring Festival on May 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the lawn of the Coventry School building at the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road. Everyone is welcome to join in a new tradition that celebrates the season and brings the philosophy of Waldorf learning to life. 

"Our aim is for the festival to become a Heights family tradition—engaging and delighting all families of our home community," said Amy Marquit Renwald, the school’s co-founder and a Heights High alumna.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 AM, 04.30.2015

RoxArts rustles up community support for students at May 9 auction and benefit

It’s not often that you can support Roxboro Elementary and Middle School students in jeans and cowboy boots. But that’s what guests will be wearing on Saturday May 9, at the annual RoxArts Auction & Benefit, held at Coventry’s B-Side Lounge (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.), 6:30–10 p.m. So grab your boots, throw on a ten-gallon hat, and show your support for the Roxboro schools. You’ll get beer and wine; great food from Mister Brisket, SoHo Kitchen, and Chef Jason Brust; a raffle and silent auction featuring art and jewelry by local artists, sports and arts venue tickets, and other great packages; and more fun than you can shake a stick at.

This is the primary fundraiser for the education programs of RoxArts, a nonprofit organization bringing together parents, teachers and community volunteers dedicated to enhancing the performing and visual arts education at Roxboro schools.

“There are nearly 1,000 students on the Roxboro campus,” explained Rosemary Pierce, auction and benefit co-chair. “Every child is touched by RoxArts and its programs, and it’s been that way for nearly 35 years.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:52 AM, 04.28.2015