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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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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.]
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
In celebration of award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer’s book, Noodle Kids: Around the World in 50 Fun, Healthy, Creative Recipes the Whole Family Can Cook Together book, Mac's Back's-Books on Coventry invites noodle lovers and families to join in a Noodle Kids Ramen Party, promising “oodles of noodles” and family fun.
The special pop-up party will take place on Friday, May 8, 7–9 p.m., at 1854 Coventry Road (upstairs, in the former Burgers N Beer space). At the party, Sawyer—a Cleveland Heights resident—will help parents and their kids construct a ramen bowl, host a Q&A, and sign copies of his book.
Tickets for the event are required and space is limited. A single adult ticket is $30, and includes admission to the party and a copy of Noodle Kids (retail price $24.99). Additional adult tickets and children's tickets are $10 each, and are for party admission only.
Cleveland Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present Northeast Ohio's first annual Youth Chamber Music Competition concert on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m., at the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Road, just east of Richmond Road).
The concert is free, and offers the public an opportunity to hear chamber music performed by some of the best young artists from across Cuyahoga County, as five ensembles from four local high schools compete for cash prizes in a “battle of the bands.”
The participating schools—Cleveland School of the Arts, St. Joseph Academy, Beachwood High School, and Lyndhurst/South Euclid’s Charles F. Brush High School—are well known for their commitment to music and the arts. Charles F. Brush High School and Beachwood High School are both listed in “The Top 100 in Music Education” by the American Music Conference.
Community arts events are flourishing at Heights Arts this April, with the presentation of a new Cleveland Heights poet laureate, three musical performances, and its popular exhibition talk, Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond.
On Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m., the community is invited to join an evening of conversation with Daniel Levin, associate professor of photography at Cuyahoga Community College and guest curator of Impermanence, on view at Heights Arts through April 18. Showcasing the works of 11 respected Cleveland photographers, Impermanence celebrates Cleveland’s changing urban landscape through pairs of photographs showing the same view of a site at different historical times. Levin and exhibition photographers will discuss “rephotographic survey,” the concept and process behind Impermanence, as well as the stories behind the creation of their images.
In a twist on the standard curator’s talk, Heights Arts also invites regional poets to respond to the works on view as part of the evening.
The City of Cleveland Heights and Heights Arts will welcome its seventh poet laureate, Meredith Holmes, and thank outgoing Poet Laureate Kathleen Cerveny, in a special ceremony on Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The community is invited to attend and hear both poets speak.
Holmes served for one year as the first Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate in 2005, and will serve her second one-year term, 2015–16. Her poems have been published in journals including, most recently, Flyover Country Review and Literary Mama. Her poems have also appeared in several anthologies, including Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Bad Times; the Kattywompus Press collection While You Were Sleeping I Dreamt a Poem; Awake at the End, published by Heights Arts and Bottom Dog Press; and the upcoming How Higher Education Feels, edited by Kathleen Quinlan. A book of Holmes’ poems, titled I’m Not From Here, is due out in 2015.
Irwin Weinberger has loved music and art for just about as long as he can remember. Weinberger, who is 60 years old and lives in University Heights, is a well-known Cleveland musician and artist. He plays several instruments—including guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjo—and he performs as a solo musician and with the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band. His artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues around Cleveland.
Weinberger grew up in Euclid. When he was eight years old, his father bought him a harmonica, which he learned how to play. The following year, he started playing clarinet, and when he was in middle school he learned how to play flute and saxophone. Then, in high school, he started playing guitar and singing. “I just kept exploring different instruments,” said Weinberger.
When cellist Alice Janigro and harpist Celia van den Bogert take their bows on Friday, May 1, they will be continuing Heights High’s 86-year Senior Soloist tradition. Janigro will perform Edward Elgar’s contemplative and elegiac Concerto in E minor for Violoncello and Orchestra, and van den Bogert will perform Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, a work that displays the expressive range of the harp. Music Director Daniel Heim will also conduct the Heights High Symphony in Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 48, No. 8 in G minor.
The program also includes Brett Baker conducting Symphonic Winds in Masamicz Amano’s Concerto Grosso, featuring the Sax Pistols, a chamber ensemble Baker has been working with for three years. Symphonic Winds will also perform Samuel Hazo’s Stella Maris and Chris Bernotas’ Momentum.
For more than a century, The Music Settlement has continued to grow its programs to anticipate and meet the needs of the Heights and Greater Cleveland communities.
You can help support The Music Settlement by attending its Fascinating Rhythms gala on May 2. Proceeds from the gala also will send promising student musicians to Boston, for five weeks over the summer.
Most of the students participating in the summer program are musicians in J@MS (Jazz @ The Music Settlement), a unique jazz program for young adults ages 12–18. Students in the J@MS program study in a half-day immersion program to achieve their musical goals.
The Music Settlement’s partner in this jazz program is Berklee City Music Network, which has given more than $110,000 in scholarships to students at The Music Settlement to enable them to attend the five-week, Boston-based summer program.
It’s every young ballet student’s dream to perform on a professional stage with the best talent the ballet world has to offer. That dream is becoming a reality for eight local dance students from the Heights area, as they prepare to perform in a Cleveland Ballet production, Classic. Elegant. Timeless., on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre.
The young dancers are students of the School of Cleveland Ballet. Gladisa Guadalupe, once a principal dancer for the Cleveland Ballet under Dennis Nahat, and former artistic associate of the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, founded the school in 2001, following the ballet company’s departure in 2000.
The school, formerly the Cleveland School of Dance, was originally located on Lee Road, near Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights. As the school grew, it relocated to 23030 Miles Road in Bedford Heights. The school now has 75 students from all over Northeast Ohio, and educates young dancers in classical ballet training and provides intensive instruction in the highly structured and disciplined techniques of ballet.
The power of high-quality music education was evident at Reaching Musical Heights, held on Tuesday, February 24, at Severance Hall. This quadrennial concert of student musicians from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District was a remarkable celebration of our talented and hardworking students, their music teachers, our schools, and our community.
Dress rehearsal and performance took place on the same day, so when school was closed due to frigid early morning temperatures, the planning committee held an emergency meeting with the music directors and district administrators and quickly rearranged the event. Rehearsals were condensed, transportation was minimized, snacks were provided, changes were communicated to parents of all 559 students and the show went on.
The Beach Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Livingston Taylor and Richard Marx are among the artists who will be performing at Cain Park this summer. And, 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.
This year’s season will kick off on June 11, with the musical Godspell. This version is co-directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz and Joanna May-Hunkins. It features such songs as “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” and “Learn Your Lessons.” The show will run through June 28 at the Alma Theater.
The summer concert series will also commence on June 11 with a performance by trumpeter Chris Botti in the Evans Amphitheater. His album Impressions won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013.
The Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., announces its spring show, Nature’s Impressions. The show opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, March 6, 5–7 p.m., where participating artists will be in attendance to greet guests and discuss their creative processes. The show runs through May 29.
Featured artists are James Brindle (wood, alabaster), Lori Diemer (photography), Eileen Dorsey (oil landscape) and Leonard Trawick (prints).
Brindle’s woodturnings are both functional and non-functional. The simplicity of his turnings, combined with flowing gracefulness in design, are attempts to expose nature’s inherent beauty of wood, which is further enhanced through various finishing techniques. Brindle has won several ribbons at woodturning competitions and has been published in Woodturning Design magazine.
Over the last year, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s and The Wall Street Journal are among the national publications that have sung the praises of the changes transforming Cleveland and its environs. In this spirit, Heights Arts’ new exhibition, Impermanence, explores the nature of change within the city's environment of civic architecture, streets and residences.
Organized by guest curator and photographer Daniel Levin, Impermanence celebrates place, use and time in the Heights, University Circle, Little Italy, Ohio City and downtown Cleveland through pairing photographs that show the same view of a site at different historical times. This “then-and-now” perspective enables the viewer to notice both dramatic and subtle changes that have occurred to some of our iconic community institutions and streetscapes, and to more commonplace subject matter, such as home interiors. The exhibition includes some unexpected images of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Arena District and Coventry neighborhoods, which are sure to trigger a flood of memories in long-term Cleveland residents, and delight newcomers.
On the heels of its critically acclaimed second season, Mamaí Theatre Company is presenting Rockaby, a rarely seen 14-minute play by Samuel Beckett, on Sunday, March 29 at Dobama Theatre on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.
The March 29 benefit event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception, followed by the performance. After the play, host Dee Perry, of WVIZ-TV and WCLV Radio, will moderate a Q&A with Rockaby actor Dorothy Silver and members of Mamaí, and the evening will end with raffle winners collecting fabulous gift baskets donated by Big Fun, Dobama Theatre, fire food and drink, Nighttown and Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa.
In Rockaby, a one-act, one-woman play, directed by Curt Arnold, a woman dressed in an evening gown sits in a wooden rocking chair with no other props or scenery on stage. She sits totally still with the chair seeming to rock of its own accord, creating an eerie atmosphere.
With its close proximity to Severance Hall, the Heights has long been home to many Cleveland Orchestra musicians and concertgoers. Life in the shadow of one of the Big Five orchestras has certainly influenced the study and enjoyment of music in the Heights, and we are fortunate to have an abundance of excellent musicians in our community, ranging from tuxedo-clad professionals to backyard banjo players to pick-up jazz groups.
Two community music-making groups with close ties to the Heights—Choral Arts Cleveland and Suburban Symphony Orchestra—will join forces to celebrate 100 combined years of music making with the complete concert version of Bizet’s opera Carmen on March 15.
The Western Reserve Chorale (WRC), under the direction of David Gilson, will perform the Ohio premiere of composer Karl Jenkins’ new oratorio, The Peacemakers, on Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Cedar Hill Baptist Church (12601 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights). The concert will be repeated on Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m., at Mary Queen of Peace Church (4423 Pearl Road in Old Brooklyn).
The Peacemakers, composed in 2011, is a collage of melodic and expressive settings of pleas for peace by messengers of peace, representing a range of cultural and religious traditions.
The Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” tells the story of mermaid princess Ariel’s dissatisfaction with life under the sea, and her curiosity about, and adventures in, the human world. The lyrical score features beloved songs such as "Part of Your World" and “Under the Sea.” In March, Heights Youth Theatre (HYT) will present a family-friendly production of The Little Mermaid Jr., directed by Pierre-Jacques Brault, with music directed by Stacy Bolton.
The Little Mermaid Jr. features 60 talented students in grades 1–12, many of whom reside in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.
James O’Donnell, the organist and master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey in London, will perform a solo organ recital at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights) on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Formerly master of music at Westminster Cathedral, O’Donnell was appointed organist and master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey in 2000. In addition to a full schedule of daily choral services, his responsibilities have recently included directing the music for a service in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011, and the recent service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation. The Abbey Choir has toured the Far East, the United States, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Hungary and Rome, where, in 2012, it participated in a Papal Mass with the Sistine Chapel Choir at the invitation of the Pope.
What better way to celebrate Black History Month than to spend the evening with one of the country’s pre-eminent Black Americans: Thurgood Marshall. Through Feb. 22, Ensemble Theatre presents “Thurgood,” which the Baltimore Sun called “one of the most frank, informed, and searing discussions on race you will ever see.”
Written by George Stevens Jr., “Thurgood” is a one-man show depicting the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court, and his role in the historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed segregation in public schools.
Bert Stratton, the leader of the klezmer band Yiddishe Cup, will perform "Klezmer Guy," an original prose-and-music show, at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.
Stratton reads comedic prose sketches and plays clarinet, accompanied by Alan Douglass on vocals and piano, and Tamar Gray on vocals. Stratton and Douglass are original members of Yiddishe Cup, and Gray has performed with the group for two years. She is the vocal music teacher at Fairfax Elementary School.
Even in the middle of winter—when neighbors may not see each other for months at a time—Heights Arts is providing plenty of reasons to thwart social hibernation with an enticing calendar of local cultural events.
On Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to EKPHRASTACY: an evening of conversation with participating artists from the gallery’s Light Show exhibition and reading of ekphrastic poetry. You may ask, “What kind of poetry?” The Greek word ekphrasis roughly translates as “ecstatic speech.” Ekphrastic poetry is a form in which the poet responds in verse to works of visual art.
During the evening, curator Sharon Grossman and artists Claudia Berlinski, Dana Depew, Scott Goss, Nancy Luken, Ben Parsons and Andrew Simmons will share insights on exhibition works, process and vision.
Arts in the Cathedral presents Quink Vocal Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights.
Since its first concerts in 1978, this group of four professional singers consistently ranks among the top a cappella ensembles of the world. The versatile Dutch musicians always strive for authenticity in the way they perform the different styles of music with a repertoire that stretches from the Middle Ages to contemporary music. Extremely well-known in Europe, Quink is gaining recognition in this country through its highly acclaimed U.S. tours and recordings.
With the resurgence in popularity of a cappella singing, this concert promises to delight audiences.
As a few remaining volunteers and staff prepared to bring the twelfth truckload of Heights Youth Theatre (HYT) props, costumes and set pieces to a temporary home, a lightbulb along the back wall of the stage cast dramatic shadows across a barricade of chairs and wooden fragments of castle doors.
Calvin Knight, HYT's technical director, oversaw those carrying items as they loaded them in the back of a full-sized U-Haul. Stage right, a giant metal letter "E" and multiple guitar cases rested on a plastic bin full of glitter-covered hula hoops.
The group is looking for a new stage to perform its approximately four shows a year. They have been performing at the Frank L. Wiley Middle School for the past 60 years, but, this fall, because of the CH-UH City School District's renovation plans, high school students will have classes at Wiley and use its theater.