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St. Paulís winter art show explores perception of place

The Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., announces its winter show, Perception of Place: Pattern and Palette. The show opened with an artists’ reception on Friday, Dec. 2, with participating artists in attendance to greet guests and discuss their creative processes. The show runs through March 5.

Featured artists are Barbara Eisenberg (mixed media prints), Lari Jacobson (acrylic on canvas), Theresa Yondo (sculptural ceramics) and Gunter Schwegler (painting on silk).

Barbara Eisenberg creates abstract prints. Her art develops from an abiding interest in natural and imaginative forms, seeking simple bold shapes upon which to build. She places emphasis on spatial concepts and an intuitive response to these ideas. Her approach to each print includes incorporating as many technical and material variables as possible, without losing spontaneity or intensity.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 12:11 PM, 11.30.2016

Cruel Winter Festival showcases the best in local hip-hop

Greater Cleveland’s original live music scene has been on fire in recent years, exemplified by the growth and success of high-profile events such as Brite Winter Festival, Larchmere PorchFest, and the Heights Music Hop. While those three festivals have received plenty of attention, another festival with close ties to them has been flying low on the radar. Cruel Winter Festival, highlighting Cleveland’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, is poised to return for its third season.

This year’s Cruel Winter Festival is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights. More than 15 musical acts will take the stage between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Wallace Settles (aka Dirty Jones), is the founder of Cruel Winter Festival. A local music promoter, Settles has been involved with each of the three aforementioned festivals. He focused on adding hip-hop components to those events, increasing the diversity of genres and performers offered by each, to a very enthusiastic response.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:48 AM, 11.30.2016

Western Reserve Chorale performs free holiday concert Dec. 3

The Western Reserve Chorale (WRC) will present its traditional Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., at Disciples Christian Church, 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. No tickets are necessary.

A reception will follow the concert in the church’s social hall.

WRC, celebrating its 25th year as a community chorus, will honor the late John Roberts, who passed away last spring at the concert. He was one the founders of the chorus and served as its conductor for 10 years.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:55 AM, 11.30.2016

Heights Music Shop hosts popular open-mic events

If you enjoy live music and are a fan of some of Cleveland’s music stars, you should check out the open-mic events at the Heights Music Shop at 2174 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. These events are held on the first Sunday of every month, from 3 to 6 p.m.

While many open mics only allow acoustic music, the Music Shop's feature a wide variety of instruments, and, at last month's, the shop provided drums and keyboards, so many of the musicians were able to perform with a band setup.

Rick Szekelyi, the store's owner, said, “We love being part of the local music community, and the open mics are one way we can do that.” Prior to opening the store in November 2015, Szekelyi hosted open mics at Stone Oven, the Lee Road restaurant and bakery. He said he thinks one reason the Music Shop’s open mics are so great is because of the musicians who attend the events.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:52 AM, 11.30.2016

CH poet and resident uses grant to spread poetry

Catherine Wing has won many awards for her poetry over the years. The Cleveland Heights resident started writing when she was 8, and titled her first poem “J Is for Jello.” She wrote her first book, Bug Town, at the same age. It was a story about ants versus beetles, and how they wind up destroying each other.

“I wrote things all through childhood,” said Wing, now 44. “I wanted to be a ballet dancer more than a writer, but that became a non-option.”

Wing’s first book of poetry, Enter Invisible, was published in 2005, and was nominated for a Los Angeles Times book prize. Gin & Bleach, her second book of poetry, came out in 2012. One of her poems, “The Darker Sooner,” about autumn, was featured in Best American Poetry, 2010.

In 2016, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) named Wing a Creative Workforce Fellow, awarding her a project-based grant.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 11.30.2016

UH Symphonic Band performs at JCU Dec. 1

The University Heights Symphonic Band will kick off the holiday season and put everyone in a festive mood with a free concert. The program will take place Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., in John Carroll University's Dolan Science Center Atrium.

The 45-member band, under the direction of Matthew Salvaggio, is now in its 47th year. The ensemble consists of outstanding local musicians, who present the best of concert band music. Its diverse membership includes professional musicians, engineers, homemakers, educators, medical specialists and others—even a rocket scientist. 

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 12:03 PM, 11.29.2016

Apolloís Fire performs 'Love in Venice'

Venice, where East meets West, was one of the world’s greatest artistic centers that fostered geniuses of Western art music, such as Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Simultaneously, the city was alive with the sounds of Sephardic romances, dances by Jewish composer Salamone Rossi, and Arab improvisations. Cleveland Heights-based Apollo’s Fire continues its 25th-anniversary season with an eclectic program that celebrates the sounds of the City of Water, Love in Venice.

Apollo’s Fire musicians Olivier Brault and Kathie Stewart lead the ensemble in Vivaldi’s Autumn violin concerto and LaNotte flute concerto. Sopranos Amanda Powell and Erica Schuller and tenor Owen McIntosh sing Monteverdi’s timeless love duets that remind us that love knows no ethnic boundaries.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:53 PM, 11.01.2016

Peter and the Starcatcher returns to Dobama for the holidays

Peter and the Starcatcher, which won five Tony Awards, returns to Dobama Theatre for the 2016 holiday season. The Plain Dealer named last year’s Dobama production of Starcatcher one of the Top 10 Theater Productions of 2015, and it was an enormous hit with children of all ages.

Starcatcher, a prequel to James M. Barrie’s immortal Peter Pan, finds 13-year-old Molly Aster in the company of pirates, a giant crocodile, and some unusual singing mermaids. Adventures abound as Molly and three orphan boys (one of whom is the future Peter Pan) attempt to return a trunk of precious “starstuff” to her father as the pirate captain Black Stache and his sidekick, Smee, pursue them.

A dozen actors will portray more than 100 characters using talent, theatrical magic and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Among the returning cast members are audience favorites Christopher Bohan as Black Stache, Andrew Gorell as Smee, Luke Wehner as Peter and Molly Israel as Molly.  

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:47 PM, 11.01.2016

Heights Arts Holiday Store celebrates 15 years of showcasing local artists

Part of Heights Arts's mission as a community nonprofit is to showcase and support our region's artists, whether they are visual, literary or musical. Northeast Ohio—and particularly Cleveland Heights—is a hotbed of creative talent.

This season, Heights Arts hosts its largest holiday store since it first opened its doors on Lee Road as a pop-up gallery in 2001. Beginning on Friday, Nov. 4, and running through Dec. 30, the store will be filled with a broad selection of giftable art—ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, printmaking, photography, fiber works, artist tees, paper crafts and handmade holiday cards, as well as artisan items for the home and for the littlest ones in the family (not to mention poetry chapbooks and CDs from Cleveland musicians). That's one long list, but it is a reflection of the depth and variety of local talent as the Heights Arts Holiday Store fills the entire gallery space with works from more than 80 artists.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.01.2016

CH's Ronna Kaplan impacts lives through music therapy

Music therapist Ronna Kaplan, who was born, and grew up, in Cleveland Heights, has a Heights teacher to thank for leading her to her profession.

“My senior year at Heights High,” recalled Kaplan, “we had a new band director named Robert Bergantino. When it was my turn to audition, he asked about my career aspirations. I said I wanted to go into a social service field and he said, ‘You should be a music therapist.’”

“Then, my mom told me that they had music therapy at The Music Settlement (TMS). She knew that because she’d been driving me to the Settlement for flute, theory and piano lessons since I was 10, and she often read the course catalog while she waited,” said Kaplan.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.01.2016

Auerbach-Brown is a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow

Music has been an important part of Christopher Auerbach-Brown’s life since he was in second grade. That was when he started taking guitar lessons from his father. Now, nearly 40 years later, Auerbach-Brown’s life focuses on music.

He is a sound artist and composer, and a member of Trepanning Trio, an acoustic instrumental group that has released three CDs, and the Quiet Trance Ensemble, a group that holds community improvisation evenings. He is also the conductor of the Amati Chamber Orchestra, a string ensemble at The Music Settlement, and he has taught music classes at various schools in the Cleveland area, including The Music Settlement, Lakeland Community College and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Auerbach-Brown was named a Creative Workforce Fellow at the beginning of 2016 by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC).

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:04 PM, 11.01.2016

Nov. 5 author event will benefit women's education

The Cleveland Heights Chapter Q of P.E.O. International will host an intimate afternoon with author D.M. Pulley on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m., at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Proceeds will benefit P.E.O. International Projects for Women’s Education.

The afternoon will include a book reading, Q-and-A session, and book signing by Pulley, the 2014 winner of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel award for her debut novel, The Dead Key. Her latest novel, The Buried Book, was published in August. She lives in Greater Cleveland with her husband and two sons, and writes in the mystery/thriller genre. 

This is the fifth annual author event hosted by Chapter Q, a philanthropic educational organization. The event showcases popular Greater Cleveland authors, promotes literacy and raises money to educate women. Previous featured authors were James Renner, Thrity Umrigar, Mary Doria Russell and Sam Thomas.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:54 AM, 11.01.2016

Big Fun hosts book signing for Heights Hall-of-Famer Henkin

On Nov. 9, 7–8 p.m., local author Barry Henkin will sign copies of his 2014 autobiography, Why Am I So Special, at Big Fun, 1814 Coventry Road.

Henkin, who has faced developmental challenges since birth, wrote the book in the hopes of motivating others to live their lives to their fullest potential.

A 2013 inductee into the Heights High Hall of Fame, Henkin is also a two-time gold-medal-winning Special Olympian.

“Hosting this book signing is an honor,” said Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun and a longtime friend of Henkin.

Henkin is an advocate for, and inspiration to, individuals living with disabilities and challenges, and is a popular motivational speaker.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:42 AM, 11.01.2016

'Naked Trump' auction Oct. 26 to benefit Heights art funding

Gray’s Auctioneers has announced its Oct. 26 live and online auction featuring the naked Donald Trump sculpture, “The Emperor Has No Balls,” by artist Joshua “Ginger” Monroe.

The auction catalogue went live on Oct. 7, and the sculpture will be lot #1 in Gray’s Oct. 26 auction. The estimate is $10,000 to $20,000. A private preview for serious bidders began Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 25. Gray’s Auctioneers will display a life-sized photograph of the sculpture in its showroom throughout the preview period. The bidding will start at 11 a.m. EST. To place a bid or follow the auction, visit https://auctions.graysauctioneers.com/lots/view/1-4YWU9.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit public art funding in the Coventry Village Special Improvement District (the neighborhood where the sculpture was placed by American activist collective INDECLINE), citywide public art projects to be developed by community arts nonprofit Heights Arts, and artist Monroe, who created the piece pro bono.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 AM, 10.25.2016

Apolloís Fire celebrates 25 years

Celebrating 25 years in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Heights-based Apollo’s Fire is set to begin its 2016–17 season under artistic director Jeannette Sorrell. Committed to performing Baroque music the way it was meant to be performed—alive and full of emotional impact—Apollo’s Fire brings world-class performances practically to your doorstep.

The season will begin in October with Resplendent Purcell, a large-scale program of choral works never before heard on period instruments in Northeast OhioHenry Purcell wrote his most majestic music for royal events at Westminster Abbey—from joyous birthday celebrations to the heartbreakingly beautiful lamentations at Queen Mary’s funeral. The program will bring together vocal soloists and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers, with strings, lutes, recorders, trumpets, percussion and organ.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:57 PM, 09.30.2016

Heights Arts announces 11th Close Encounters chamber music series

Auditioning for and winning a job with an ensemble like the Cleveland Orchestra is a dream come true for a classical musician. Anyone who has attended a few concerts at Severance Hall can attest why: The combination of awesome power and incredible refinement is astonishing. But symphonic music is rarely the only reason a virtuosic performer loves to play. For many, the intimacy and expressive intensity of chamber music—just a few instruments playing together in a small space without a conductor—is the utmost expression of their personal connection to music.

For 11 years, the Heights Arts Close Encounters series has provided audiences the opportunity to hear music that is never performed in symphony halls, and is played with passionate intensity in intimate settings where the instruments are as close as a person sitting across the dinner table.

Tickets are on sale now, with full-series subscriptions available for $200 to the general public, and $160 for Heights Arts members. Individual concert tickets are $15 for students, $45 for Heights Arts members, and $55 for the general public. Venues will be revealed as the season progresses.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:31 PM, 09.30.2016

Nighttown hosts presidential debate party on Sept. 26

As the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates prepare to debate each other for the first time on national television, popular music venue Nighttown, located at 12387 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, will host a 2016 Presidential Debate Party on Monday, Sept. 26. The event begins with pre-debate entertainment at 7 p.m. prior to the much anticipated bout between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate runs from 9–10:30 p.m. via large screen TV's on Nighttown's stage, and airs live from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

The pre-debate show begins with a trivia contest, followed by the singing political satirists, The Debatables—A Non-Partisan Trio, presented by The Cleveland Cabaret Project. Fresh off their recent Nighttown success with 2016: A Political Race ODDyssey, The Debatables perform politically-incorrect musical satire. The trio consists of Rob Gibb, Tina D. Stump and Lora Workman.

Following that, students from the Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre Program, considered one of the finest in the country, will entertain with a program of political showtunes.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:44 AM, 09.20.2016

Dobama Theatre presents An Octoroon

Dobama Theatre continues its 57th season with An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a modern deconstruction of Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon.

Premiering in 1859, The Octoroon was one of the most successful stage productions of its time. At one point, seven different theater companies toured the United States with their productions of the play. It is famous for sparking a national debate about the abolition of slavery and the role of political theater. But when its melodramatic depiction of the antebellum South is viewed from a modern perspective, it appears not only simplistic, but also somewhat racist.

Using Boucicault’s plot as a template, contemporary playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon critiques the earlier play’s depiction of race and confronts how theater interacts with identity.  An Octoroon was the co-winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play (along with another Jacobs-Jenkins’ play, Appropriate).  

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:08 PM, 09.30.2016

HYT celebrates community with The Music Man

If you’re looking for an entertaining and meaningful activity for the whole family, consider attending Heights Youth Theatre’s (HYT) production of The Music Man at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights. The show opens on Saturday, Oct. 22, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30.

Cast and crew, and everyone involved in the production, are excited to bring this classic American musical to a local stage. Talented kids from Cleveland Heights, University Heights and Shaker Heights, and several other Cleveland suburbs, are ready to transform the theater into the small Midwestern town of River City, Iowa. They will take the audience back to a simpler time when community and family were the paramount values by which society lived.

Kelly Monaghan directs the show, with music direction by Stacy Bolton. Sixty-eight student actors in grades one through 12 will sing and dance. The lead cast members are Brian Tuohey as Harold Hill and Courtney Foerg as Marian.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:21 PM, 09.30.2016

Heights Arts's Pet Project supports animal welfare

Starting this fall, art is going to the dogs—as well as cats, rabbits, and possibly even guinea pigs—as Heights Arts launches Pet Project, an ongoing custom-portraiture program in which pet owners and adopters can provide a photograph of their pet and choose a participating artist to create an original, personal portrait of their animal. A percentage of the portrait fee goes directly to Northeast Ohio animal welfare organizations.

The idea for Pet Project originated with the community arts organization's executive director, Rachel Bernstein. "My passion for the arts and my passion for causes that promote the humane treatment of animals collided in my brain and out popped the idea of Pet Project!" she said. "My hope is that this project will cross-pollinate awareness between the two causes: to make art accessible to those who might not otherwise have considered it, and also benefit the community of animals and animal lovers in a creative way."

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:46 PM, 09.30.2016

CH duo Red Brick Rhoades makes beautiful music

Becca Rhoades and Red Chrosniak have been making music together for about five years. The two met in 2011 when they were both contra dancing (similar to square dancing) at Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. Both of them loved music, and they became good friends.

The couple, who married in 2014, perform as a duo, Red Brick Rhoades. Rhoades explained how they came up with the name: “Before we started dating, there were a lot of brick roads in our lives. In addition, on one of our first dates, we went for a walk on two brick roads.”

Rhoades, who’s 30, grew up in Lubbock, Texas, the hometown of rock music pioneer Buddy Holly. “There’s a lot of good music there,” she said. She started playing violin when she was 4, and by the time she was in high school, she decided to make music the focus of her life. She atteded Texas Tech University, where she majored in music performance. After graduating in 2009, she moved to Cleveland to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, and received her master’s degree in music performance in 2012.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:03 PM, 09.30.2016

CH residents open homes to visiting artists

Cleveland Heights considers itself a home to the arts, and, when many out-of-town musicians and other artists are in the Cleveland area, they stay at the homes of Cleveland Heights residents.

“Cleveland Heights bills itself as ‘home for the arts’ because of the many arts organizations in our community,” said Mary Dunbar, Cleveland Heights council member. “But the city is also home to a great many artists, including visiting artists. Heights hospitality to musicians in town for a short term for performances is an essential contribution to some of our most innovative, regionally and even globally celebrated musical-arts organizations.”

Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, plays concerts all around Northeast Ohio. Only about half of its musicians live in the Cleveland area, and, according to Allison Richards, the organization’s artistic operations manager, there are about 25 households, most of them in Cleveland Heights, where the musicians stay when they are playing with the orchestra.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:38 AM, 09.30.2016

Annual book arts festival has roots in the Heights

Octavofest: Celebrating the Book and Paper Arts is in its eighth year of organizing and promoting book-related events throughout Greater Cleveland during the month of October. (Referencing the page size produced by folding a sheet of paper three times to produce eight leaves, the octavo is still a common size for printed books.)

Octavofest events range from lectures, workshops and public demonstrations to exhibitions and tours of rare book collections. Heights Libraries always sponsors several programs, and this year is no exception.

On Oct. 3, explore the world “on one sheet of paper” at a cartography presentation at the Lee Road Library. On Oct. 13, at the Noble Neighborhood Library, adults can construct bird houses made entirely of discarded books. On Oct. 24, the Lee Road Library will host a Readers’ Theatre with Dobama Theatre that celebrates book history from ancient Alexandria to the present day. See the Heights Libraries (www.heightslibrary.org) or Octavofest (http://www.octavofest.com/) websites for details on these and other Octavofest events.

 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:37 AM, 09.30.2016

Trump statue to benefit public art in the Heights

Regardless of your politics or your thoughts on the “Naked Trump” statue that briefly appeared in the Coventry Village Business District in Cleveland Heights on Aug. 18, you may appreciate that some good will come of it. On Sept. 16, artist Joshua Monroe, who goes by the name of Ginger, flew into Cleveland to pay an impound fee of $110 and retrieve his property from the Cleveland Heights Police Department. Representatives of Heights Arts and Coventry Village Special Improvement District (SID) were on hand to help with the transaction as Ginger had agreed to offer the statue for auction to benefit the funding of public art in Coventry Village and throughout Cleveland Heights.

Ginger had created five life-size foam statues of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, pro-bono, for an anonymous artists collective called Indecline. The group placed them in prominent public spaces in four major U.S. cities on Aug. 18—New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles—and in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:22 AM, 09.20.2016

Dobama Theatre opens season with a love story

Dobama Theatre is off to a strong start in its 2016–17 season, leading with The Mystery of Love & Sex, written by Bathsheba Doran and directed by Shannon Sindelar. Dobama’s theme this season is identity, and Doran’s play is the perfect example of the meaning and importance of identity.

The play focuses primarily on two characters, Charlotte and Jonny, best friends since they were 9 years old. They have identifiable differences, however. Charlotte is white and Jewish; Jonny is black and Christian. These differences strengthen their connection . . . until love and sex complicate things in surprising and compelling ways.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.01.2016

Heights Music Hop returns Sept. 23 & 24

The Heights will be hopping again this fall, Sept. 23 and 24, as the Heights Music Hop returns—bigger and better than ever. This fourth-annual festival, presented by FutureHeights, has become one of the region’s premier events, featuring live music, art, food, local merchants and a showcase of Cleveland Heights business districts. Nearly 70 musical acts are expected to perform during the free festival.

For the first time, the Hop will run for two days instead of just one, and will move beyond the Cedar Lee Business District. On Friday, Sept. 23, the live music festival will kick off at 5 p.m. in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, and then move to Cedar Lee on Saturday, Sept. 24, where performances will begin at 3 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.30.2016

St. Paulís autumn art show draws on inspiration

The fall show at the Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Drawing On Inspiration, will open on Friday, Sept. 9, with an artists’ reception 5–7 p.m

On hand to greet guests and discuss their creative processes will be Nancy Underhill (colored pencil on paper), Shyvonne Coleman (lithographs), Jaymi Zents (painting on birch wood) and Judy Goskey (cloisonné).

Underhill’s drawings and wall reliefs have been exhibited throughout the Midwest and are included in corporate, public and private collections. In her work, the geometric lines of architectural forms are often accompanied by human, animal and foliage elements. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:39 PM, 09.01.2016

Burning River Baroque to spotlight work by female composers

Burning River Baroque will present Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights (2555 Euclid Heights Blvd.)

The history of western art music predominantly focuses on the lives and works of male teachers, composers and performers. In eras when women rarely had access to the same educational and professional opportunities as their male colleagues, it can be easy to presume that women were simply not as productive and successful in the field. A closer look at history, however, reveals that some women were able to rise above the gender restrictions placed on them and achieved great success as professional musicians. Others led more private professional lives, cloistered in abbeys and composing for their fellow sisters.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:46 PM, 09.01.2016

Artist workspaces are coming soon to Coventry Village

Less then two years ago, Artful was just an idea in the minds of Shannon Morris and Brady Dindia, longtime Heights residents. Their passion to provide affordable workspaces for artists on Cleveland’s East Side soon attracted other artists, educators, professionals and local business owners.

The two women formed a board of directors, with Morris as executive director and Dindia as board president. Rachel Williams is board secretary, Kevin Khayat is treasurer, and Sarah Curry, David King, Eric Mundson and Hillary Lyon are among the remaining founding members.  

After a thorough search, the board is excited to announce that Artful has leased approximately 5,300 sq. feet of space in Coventry School building, located at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:34 AM, 09.01.2016

UH Symphonic Band welcomes new members

This month, the University Heights Symphonic Band begins its 47th year as a community ensemble and its second year under the direction of Matthew Salvaggio, who is also music director for the Hiram College Wind Ensemble and music librarian/staff arranger for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Sponsored by the City of University Heights, the 45-member band draws musicians from throughout Northeast Ohio. The band’s diverse membership includes professional musicians, along with engineers, homemakers, professors, nurses and others—even a rocket scientist. From students in their 20s to retirees in their 90s, they are drawn together by their love of music.  

The University Heights Symphonic Band began in 1970 as a summer-season performing group under the direction of Harvey Sisler. Organized under the auspices of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education, the band initially rehearsed and performed at Wiley Middle School. In 1974, the band adopted a year-round schedule, University Heights became its sponsor and it moved to John Carroll University (JCU). Fourteen years later, the band moved back to Wiley Middle School, until the school closed in 2014 to become the temporary home of Cleveland Heights High School. The ensemble now holds its rehearsals at Roxboro Middle School and its summer concerts at JCU.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:37 PM, 09.01.2016

Artists, music and talks kick off Heights Arts's fall season

For more than four decades, Herbert Ascherman Jr. has been a fixture in the photographic landscape of Cleveland. While best known for his portrait studio, Ascherman has also pursued other threads throughout his career—landscapes, nudes and street photography—as well as portraiture. Opening Labor Day weekend, Herbert Ascherman Jr.: 40 Years gathers approximately 60 key works, selected by Ascherman and Heights Arts, which powerfully represent his wide-ranging career.

The exhibition features new gelatin silver and platinum prints drawn from the 120,000 black-and-white negatives in Ascherman's archive, printed in small editions on the occasion of this show.

“The essence of a retrospective is the desire of a photographer to share his most personal and intimate observations with his friends,” explained Ascherman. “The photographs in this exhibition are moments found or studied, objects of curiosity and interest, thoughts considered and shared. I have never worked with a social, political, religious or philosophical perspective or bias. I just take pictures of what appeals to me at the moment; printing them by hand and presenting them as tangible artifacts.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:35 PM, 08.30.2016

Western Reserve Chorale announces its 25th season

The upcoming 2016–17 season of the Western Reserve Chorale (WRC) marks its 25th year as a community chorus. The ensemble, with a roster of nearly 100 singers, welcomes all Greater Cleveland residents to celebrate with them during this anniversary season.  

WRC will present three separate concerts during the upcoming season.

Its traditional holiday concert, to be held at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights on Dec. 4, will be performed in honor of John Roberts, founding conductor of WRC who passed away this past spring. WRC hopes all who may have sung with the ensemble, at any time in its history, will attend the performance and after-concert reception. The program will include Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, and two collections of seasonal settings: the first by Jackson Berkey (arranger for Mannheim Steamroller), and the second, three spirituals by William Dawson. Additional music by Palestrina, Bach, Verdi and Rutter, and two newer works by Norwegian composer Kim André Arensen, will round out the programming.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:05 PM, 07.29.2016

Young CH singer takes inspiration from the past

Alyssa Boyd began singing when she was about 6 years old. Now she’s 24, and singing is the focus of her life. She regularly performs with Seth Boyle, an acoustic guitar player, and with a local band called the Rifferees that performs jazz and big-band classics.

“I grew up with a lot of music,” Boyd said. “My grandmother played piano, and my dad loved soul music, rock and roll and the blues. But no one in my family ever pursued music as a career.”

Boyd was born in the Philadelphia area. When she was a sophomore in high school, her family moved to Cleveland Heights. She attended Heights High, graduating in 2011. She gives the school a lot of credit for developing her singing skills. “The Vocal Music Department at Heights High really changed my life,” she said. “I was given opportunities to do solos. I got into the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, and I got to sing at Severance Hall. I also took vocal lessons at Heights High, and my vocal coach really helped me understand music theory.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:00 PM, 07.29.2016

Kathy Ewing writes with understanding and compassion

If you’ve spent time in a Cleveland Heights book group, you know there are many topics that come up. Books inspire thoughts about one’s own life. Of those many topics, a good majority of them are about families: How do you raise thoughtful, caring kids? Are men as unobservant as they sometimes seem? When is a good time to tell a family member that he or she has gone too far? And, of course, which of us was raised in the most dysfunctional family?

Kathy Ewing, a longtime member of a CH neighborhood book group, always had stories to tell that amazed and surprised. She described her dad as a kind, loving and connected—though, imperfect—parent, who became a paraplegic when he was a young father and husband.

Ewing’s mom, on the other hand, was rarely kind, loving or connected. Her mom was emotionally distant, unpredictable and deeply unhappy.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:52 PM, 07.29.2016

Dobama Emerging Actors Program performances begin July 28

Dobama Theatre continues its commitment to education programming with the seventh season of its Dobama Emerging Actors Program (DEAP), an intensive summer acting program for high school and college students.

This year’s DEAP production is a double bill of Greek drama: Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptations of “The Trojan Women” and “The Persians.”

The performances are at Dobama Theatre on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 31, at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Each performance will feature both productions.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:37 AM, 07.22.2016

Judson gallery exhibits work by resident Leonard Trawick

Retrospective: View with a Twist, featuring etchings, watercolors, and acrylics by Judson Park resident Leonard Trawick, will be on view at 
The Streeter Gallery at Judson Park July 22 thought Oct. 3. The public is invited to attend a reception with the artist on Friday July 22, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

An Alabama native, Trawick studied literature at the University of Chicago and the University of Dijon in France before receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught English at Cleveland State University until he retired in 1998. Throughout his life, painting and drawing have been serious avocations, and he continues his work with help from the art faculty at Cleveland State University.

His prints and watercolors have been shown in various galleries. Through his work, Trawick tries to include a subjective element and portray an emotional impact, and his prints often contain fanciful or humorous ideas.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:45 PM, 07.19.2016

Win tickets to GroundWorks DanceTheater's performance at Cain Park

GroundWorks DanceTheater presents Carmina Burana at Cain Park's Alma Theater on July 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and July 17 at 2 p.m. for their 2016 Summer Dance Series. GroundWorks will feature an expanded cast in an adaptation of Carl Orff's timeless classic. The program will also include a world premiere work by award-winning New York choreographer Adam Barruch. For ticket information, visit groundworksdance.org or call 216-751-0088.  

The local dance company is sponsoring a social media ticket giveaway contest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Contestants are encouraged to share their most memorable dance experience using the hashtags listed below to be eligible to win a pair of free tickets to the Cain Park performance. Winners will be selected and notified on July 1. Learn more about the performances here: http://bit.ly/1UqX7kR

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 3:09 PM, 06.27.2016

Paul Ferguson performs jazz and sacred music

Paul Ferguson is one of the most respected jazz musicians in all of Greater Cleveland. He is the director of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the artistic director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He also plays trombone, and in addition to the eight CDs he has released, he performs with many other artists around the area.

Ferguson, who lives on East Fairfax Road in Cleveland Heights, is 55 years old. He is the father of two daughters: 22-year-old Kelsey Ferguson, who plays violin, often with her father; and 18-year-old Tyler, a recent graduate from Heights High.

Ferguson was born in Sandusky, Ohio. When he was four years old, his family moved to New Jersey. After about two years, the family moved back to Ohio and took up residence in Massillon.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 5:44 PM, 07.01.2016

Music Hop expands and returns this September

Heights Music Hop returns for its fourth consecutive year this September. And this year, the Hop is expanding. It will take place over two days, Sept. 23 and 24, instead of just one, and, in addition to the Cedar Lee neighborhood where the Hop has happened the last three years, it will also expand into the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood.

"We're excited to be able to grow this festival each year,” said Dan Budin, chair of the FutureHeights Music Hop Committee. “Our goal always has been to showcase the Heights as an arts and entertainment destination, while simultaneously supporting our business districts. The addition of Cedar Fairmount this year helps us to do just that. We have an incredible partnership with Cedar Lee, and its businesses have been great venues and sponsors, so we look forward to the continued high energy of a festival in Cedar Lee and to the inclusion of Cedar Fairmount and the new experiences its businesses have to offer." 

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 4:40 PM, 06.30.2016

Appletree Books event celebrates Greater Cleveland neighborhoods

Appletree Books will host a special event on Friday, July 8, featuring four writers who have contributed to a new book about Greater Cleveland—Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. Belt Publishing, a Cleveland company that also publishes Belt Magazine, produced the book.

The four writers who will be taking part in the event are Brad Masi, Kathrine Morris, Greggor Mattson and Maryann De Julio.

Masi, who lives in Cleveland Heights, contributed a chapter called “Chasing the Ghosts of Coventry Village,” exploring the many changes that have taken place in the Coventry neighborhood over the years. He describes Dugway Brook as a “historic stream that has disappeared underground, locked away in concrete culverts beneath the hapless footfalls of the denizens above.” He then goes on to write about Harvey Pekar and poet d.a. levy. “Many writers, poets, artists, publishers and graphic novelists find their home here, and many more were hatched here before their winged migration to other territories,” Masi writes.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 10:34 AM, 06.28.2016

Heights Arts hosts flute and guitar concert on July 9

Classical guitarist Robert Gruca and flutist Linda White will present a diverse program of music based on folk styles from Eastern Europe and Japan on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., in the Heights Arts gallery, 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, just south of the Cedar Lee Theatre.

The musicians will perform works by Serbian composer Dusan Bogdanovic, Hungarian Bela Bartok, and Masamitu Takahashi from Japan, as well as klezmer music written by American Carl Dimow. The family-friendly concert is open to the public, with free-will donations accepted to support Heights Arts's public music programs. A reception with refreshments follows the performance.

The Gruca White Ensemble was formed in 2013 as part of The Music Settlement’s Centennial Celebration, and became an Ensemble in Residence for the vibrant Cleveland community music school the following year.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 10:43 AM, 06.28.2016

Abstract drawings on view at Heights Arts

An exhibition of abstract drawings by Northeast Ohio artist Erik Neff opens Friday, June 24, with a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the spotlight gallery space at Heights Arts.

Working on a variety of surfaces such as plaster, wood, paper and slate, Neff creates a dialogue, or narrative, between the marks and shapes of an image through a "back and forth" process of scraping, gouging and applying color pigments.

Neff has exhibited in galleries and museums in Cleveland, Youngstown, New York and Chicago, including MOCA Cleveland, SPACES gallery, and Elizabeth Harris Gallery. He lives and works in Newbury, Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 12:34 PM, 06.20.2016

Children's book author and illustrator visits Pinwheel Kids on June 4

On June 4, Cleveland author Lindsay Ward returns to Pinwheel Kids, at 3469 Fairmount Blvd., with her sixth and latest book, The Importance of Being 3. As parents know, age 3 is a very big year. Ward’s book follows three friends as they learn new things in threes—from triangles to tricycles.

According to Ward, "The idea for this book came from a project I was given while I was applying to graduate school. We were given three prompts, one of which was actually the number three. Although The Importance of Being 3 is different from my original concept, I would never have created the book had it not been for that initial idea. From there the book developed into the concept of what it’s like to be a certain age, the type of milestones associated with that age, as well as the challenges. I’ve always been interested in patterns, and loved the idea of merging being 3-years-old and things that come in threes."

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 12:58 PM, 05.31.2016

Dobama announces winners of kidsí playwriting festival

Dobama Theatre has announced the winners of the 38th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Five of the winners are from Cleveland Heights: Ruby Tugeau (for “The Circus Pilot”), Harrison Vandall (for “Attack of the Village”), Anthony Koonce (for “The Tragedy of Nisslo’s Diner”), Jon Morrow Jr. (for “The Chase”), and Maple Buescher (for “I’m Going to Steal The Queen’s Crown”).

Other winning entries came from students in Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Highland Heights, Bedford, Lakewood, Solon and North Royalton, among other cities. The winning plays will be performed at Dobama Theatre June 3–5, during a free weekend of theater for all.

Dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Bianchi, Dobama’s founder, the Kids’ Festival was created in 1979 to help Cleveland-area children discover their own voice, self-worth, and creativity through theater. Following Bianchi’s death, her family established the festival as a way of introducing young people to the joys and rewards of live theater.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 12:09 PM, 05.24.2016

'To the Orchard' premieres at Dobama

Playwrights Local 4181 announces the world premiere of Cleveland-based writer Les Hunter’s “To the Orchard.” Directed by Dale Heinen, the play ran through June 5 at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood, and from June 10–12 at Dobama Theatre. This is the first full production for Playwrights Local, a 501(c)3 company whose recent presentations have included the 2015 Cleveland Playwrights Festival.

In “To the Orchard,” college student Rachel Bergman reveals her sexual identity to her Orthodox Jewish father, who is struggling with his own secret. In coming to terms with each other—and themselves—the pair must reconcile the conflicting pulls of tradition and individual desire. The play takes place in Brooklyn in the recent past, but incorporates dreamlike visits to turn-of-the-century England and the lost Jewish Eastern Europe. The spirits of Robert Plant and Virginia Woolf add a touch of magic realism to this intimate work about making mistakes, coming clean, and the power of history and family.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 5:46 PM, 05.31.2016

Western Reserve Chorale performs operas and operettas on June 5

The Western Reserve Chorale (WRC), a community chorus of approximately 100 singers based in Cleveland Heights, will present the final concert of its 2015–16 season. Of Operas and Operettas provides an opportunity to hear some of the dynamic literature from these genres.

Accompanied by Joanne Poderis, and joined by soprano Natasha Ospina Simmons, WRC will present music from Verdi's Il TrovatoreAida and Nabucco, Wagner's Lohengrin and Tannhauser, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Purcell's Dido and Aeneus, Bizet's Carmen and others. The ensemble also will present some lighter fare from the world of operettas, including great chorus moments composed by Bernstein, Gilbert & Sullivan and Strauss.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 12601 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights. No tickets are necessary; the concert is open to the public with free-will donations accepted. There is ample free parking available, and the church is handicapped-accessible. There will be a reception immediately following the concert.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 5:22 PM, 05.31.2016

Canterra Musica performs on June 5

Arts in the Cathedral presents Canterra Musica at Church of the Saviour on Sunday, June 5, at 3:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

Canterra Musica is the most advanced treble choir of the Oberlin Choristers. Founded in 1991, Oberlin Choristers provides Northeast Ohio children and teenagers with an exceptional choral education. Singers in kindergarten through 12th grade are taught in five separate ensembles by master teachers who specialize in teaching healthy vocal production, music literacy and artistic expression. 

Canterra Musica, comprising auditioned singers in seventh- to 12th-grades, has traveled each year since 1995, singing in world-class venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Australia; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland; Chartres Cathedral, France; and Carnegie Hall, New York. The singers have participated in numerous festivals, honor choirs, and community events in collaboration with Oberlin College Opera Theatre, Cleveland Opera, Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival, and, most recently, as the guest choir for the world tour of Video Games Live. This summer the choir will perform in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Carnegie Hall. To find out more, visit www.ochoristers.org

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 5:28 PM, 05.31.2016

Spring show features Heights artists

The work of Cleveland Heights and University Heights artists will be part of Hillcrest Art Club’s annual spring show, June 5–30.

The show will take place at the Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., and features an opening reception on Sunday, June 5, 2–4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and visitors will have a chance to meet the artists.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 5:40 PM, 05.31.2016

Heights Arts celebrates glass artists

The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) has been instrumental in the careers of many visual artists and designers who make their careers through their work. They can be found making creative contributions throughout the country. Among them is a cadre of artists working in glass based here in Northeast Ohio, including Carrie Battista, Robert Coby, Scott Goss, Earl O. James, Brent Marshall, Shawn Messenger, Michael Mikula, Marc Petrovic, Kari Russell-Pool, Mark Sudduth and Linda Zmina.

Refraction: Glass Art through the Cleveland Institute of Art and Brent Kee Young, which opens on June 10, at Heights Arts, gathers works by these artists who studied at CIA during Brent Kee Young's tenure as professor and head of the glass department. The word "refraction" is loosely defined as "the change in direction of a propagating wave, such as light or sound, in passing from one medium to another.” In this exhibition, refraction is a metaphor for how these artists have been illuminated and influenced by their study at CIA, as seen in their ensuing creative efforts.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 4:52 PM, 05.31.2016

Larchmere PorchFest returns on June 18

Summertime is festival season, and the Heights is no stranger to presenting free live music festivals that draw people to our communities. Now in its eighth year, Larchmere PorchFest kicks off on Saturday, June 18, 1–10 p.m., including its afterparties. This free, family-friendly event boasts 30 bands on 30 porches throughout Cleveland's Larchmere neighborhood.

PorchFest, the Heights Music Hop and Brite Winter Festival have developed into a trifecta of popular local music festivals. Last year, organizers of each partnered, enhancing Cleveland’s cultural scene, while simultaneously benefiting the individual communities.   

"Sharing our resources is a great way for all of the festivals in Cleveland to grow and thrive," said Jesse Honsky, president of the board for PorchFest.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 2:11 PM, 05.31.2016

Alan Freed honored at Lake View Cemetery

More than 500 people turned out at Lake View Cemetery on May 7, to honor and celebrate the life of legendary deejay Alan Freed, the man who coined the term “rock and roll” and who produced the nation’s first rock concert, back in 1952. Freed’s ashes were interred at the cemetery.

Another legendary deejay and rock historian, Norm N. Nite, served as the emcee of the ceremony. “Alan Freed and rock and roll are synonymous,” Nite said in his opening comments. “Alan Freed changed the course of popular music.”

Freed began working at WJW-TV in Cleveland, after a couple of radio jobs in other cities. In 1951, Freed met Leo Mintz, who owned a Cleveland record store called Record Rendezvous. Mintz sold a lot of rhythm & blues records at his store and introduced Freed to the music. He also helped Freed get a job at WJW radio, where he became a popular Cleveland radio personality.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 5:13 PM, 05.31.2016

Images by CH artist keep viewers looking

“People like order, finding patterns, seeing archetypes” said Stephen Calhoun, a 61-year-old self-trained artist from Cleveland Heights.

The Grasp of Order, a show of 15 of Calhoun’s large, colorful digital works—described as “psychedelic still life”—will be on view at The Gallery at Gray’s (within Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, 10717 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-226-3300, www.graysauctioneers.com/gallery) until this fall. An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 6, 5–8 p.m.

Calhoun produces the images, some as large as 4 by 6 feet, using an ultraviolet curable inkjet large format printer at Vista Color Imaging in Cleveland. Unframed, the pieces are printed onto aluminum, brushed aluminum, or the underside of clear optical acrylic. 

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 12:55 PM, 04.30.2016

Choral Arts Society presents Cleveland premiere

“The light shines in darkness and the darkness has not overpowered it.” So begins the choral masterwork Luminosity by contemporary British composer James Whitbourn. Choral Arts Cleveland, under the direction of Cleveland Heights resident Martin Kessler, will perform the Cleveland premiere of this celebration of light and hope. 

The concert, Light and Shadow: Bodies and Voices in Motion, will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, at 3445 Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Rounding out the performance will be music by Alexandre Gretchaninoff, Morten Lauridsen, Gabriel Faure and Keith Hampton, all centered on the theme of light. The concert is funded in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

An innovative choral piece, “Luminosity” is a multi-media, multi-faceted experience. A salient feature of the work is the dance accompaniment that Whitbourn has made an essential and integral part of his composition. Dancers for the Choral Arts performance will be members of Cleveland’s Verb Ballets, with choreography by company member Terence Greene. Choral voices and dance movement—“bodies and voices in motion”—will be accompanied by organ; viola; tam-tam, a large gong; and tanpura, a long-necked, four-stringed instrument found in various types of Eastern Indian music.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 12:04 PM, 04.30.2016

Communion of Saints School presents 'James and the Giant Peach'

"Come with me and you will see the most amazing things," declares Ladahalord, the narrator of the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel James and the Giant Peach. With Lydia Chanenka's direction and set design, this production at St. Ann Church will entertain audience members of all ages during its two-night run, May 13 and 14.  

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade at Communion of Saints School are eager to share their talents with the audience.

Adapted for the stage by Timothy Allen McDonald, the play tells the story of James, whose parents are tragically killed in a freak zoo accident. He goes to live with his horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life is no fun until the boy accidentally drops some magic crystals near the old peach tree and strange things start to happen.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.30.2016

Skating club presents ice show May 7 and 8

The Pavilion Skating Club has been a part of Cleveland Heights for more than 35 years. As a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the club offers practice ice, testing, competitions, shows, camps and other activities, to support both the competitive and casual skater.  

This spring, the club, along with the City of Cleveland Heights, will present its Spring Ice Show, Viva Las Vegas, May 7 and 8, at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.

The show will highlight the city's learn-to-skate program as well as some of the community's best skating, including performances by regional, sectional and national competitors. Skaters of all ages—tots, teens and adults—will perform, and the featured guest skater, Katie McBeath, a nationally ranked Senior Ladies Freestyle competitor.

The show will be approximately two hours long, with an intermission. On May 7, the show will begin at 7 p.m.; the May 8 show will start at 2 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 8:49 AM, 04.30.2016

Sober Living Cleveland raises funds by 'Raising the Roof' on May 21

Sober Living Cleveland presents Raising the Roof for Recovery on Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. The event at the Dunham Tavern Barn will raise funds to provide a house in Cleveland Heights for women in recovery from substance abuse. Presented by the Heights Music Shop, proceeds will support the nonprofit's mission to empower people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by providing safe, affordable sober housing, support for healthy habits, and a foundation for a better life. 

Cleveland Heights resident Rick Szekelyi, co-owner of the Heights Music Shop on Lee Road, selected some of his favorite local singer/songwriters to perform:

 

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.29.2016

Performances and poetry accompany openings at Heights Arts

Heights Arts has lined up a number of free events for arts lovers during the month of May. On Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m., hear Cleveland-based chamber music ensemble Time Canvas present its third and final program of the 2015–16 concert season.

The program showcases 20th-century chamber music with strings, featuring Leo Brouwer’s Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet (1958). Other works on the program include Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins op. 56 (1932), and Allen Krantz’s Trio Op. 27 for violin, cello, and guitar (2003). The ensemble will be joined by special guests Aniela Eddy on violin and Sarah Poe on viola. 

Time Canvas’s musical curiosity has culminated in performances throughout Northeast Ohio, where its members reside, and in performance spaces across the East Coast of the United States and in Bangkok, Thailand. Music clips can be heard at www.timecanvasensemble.org.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 10:58 AM, 04.26.2016

CH artists mount 'April Fools' exhibition

Two Cleveland Heights artists, Catherine Butler and Julie Edberg, are part of a three-artist April Fools-themed exhibition on view at the Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., April 3–28. The opening reception is April 3, 2–4 p.m.

Edberg was looking for an exhibit venue and, thinking her text-covered sculptures would be perfect for a library, she asked Bill Rubin, who manages a county library. He forwarded her query on, and Margaret Reardon from the Beachwood Library replied. Edberg went to see the space and realized it could hold several peoples’ work. So she asked her friends Catherine Butler and Nancy Currier to join her.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:57 PM, 03.28.2016

An April shower of events at Heights Arts

Heights Arts exemplifies its “plural” aspect (not just art, but arts) in April with an especially wide range of offerings representing many flavors of creative expression.
 
The exhibition At Table: Cleveland Culinaria presents a tasty array of art objects created by teams convened to explore themes based on the art of cooking. Everything—from one-of-a kind ceramics, textiles and place settings, to food-themed sculpture, wall art, and even the tables to dine upon—was created by 27 local artists especially for this exhibition. Check out as well the poems written by local literary artists inspired by the exhibition.

Five special informal dining events were devised by these teams to showcase their themes. Visit www.heightsarts.org/events for ticket availablity for the April dates in the series: Monday, April 4, 7–9 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 4–6 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:54 PM, 03.28.2016

Dobama premieres 'Marie Antoinette' in April

David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette” will have its regional premiere at Dobama Theatre in April. The play focuses on the extravagant, doomed queen of France, as she tries to keep her head in the middle of a revolution.

A humorous and haunting retelling of her story for the 21st century, “Marie Antoinette” first premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre and won three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play. The play was also produced at Soho Rep in New York City and at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:48 PM, 03.28.2016