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Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp celebrates 10th year

A week of immersion in music exploration can turn beginning instrumentalists into confident performers and inspired learners. That’s what happens each year at the Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp, which will take place for the tenth consecutive year at Wiley Middle School from June 16–21.

The public is invited to the camp's free finale concert on Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m., at Wiley Middle School, 2181 Miramar Blvd.

“Campers learn the life changing lesson that sustained effort allows them to do things they never imagined! After seven hours of music making, most campers go home and practice more. It lights a fire,” said Susie Kaeser, camp director. 

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.30.2014

Second annual Heights Music Hop returns this fall

The Heights Music Hop will be returning to Lee Road on Oct. 11. The music festival made its debut last year and drew more than 1,000 people to the Cedar-Lee neighborhood. Retailers said it had a tremendous impact on their businesses. “Lee Road was like a downtown street, like East Fourth,” said Kelli Kral, the proprietor of the New Heights Grill. “There was all this pedestrian traffic, and it was really wonderful. Everyone had a great time.”

“It was great for business,” added Adam Fleischer, owner of The Wine Spot. “As merchants, we get approached about things all the time. But with the Music Hop, we were able to get quite a few merchants on board, and everything came together. For four or five hours that night, we were packed, and a lot of the people had never been in this neighborhood before.”

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 6:26 PM, 05.29.2014

Klezmer meets funk at Cain Park

Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, is a moviemaker, puppeteer, magician, rapper, hip-hop artist and klezmer musician. He's bringing his sextet to Cain Park on Sunday, June 29 for the annual free Yiddish concert, sponsored by Workmen’s Circle.

Dolgin, who is from Montreal, was discovered by David Krakauer, a world-class classical and klezmer clarinetist and former member of the Klezmatics. Dolgin plays keyboards, accordion and synthesizer, and sings in English and Yiddish.

He has toured extensively with Krakauer as part of Klezmer Madness, as well as with Abraham Inc., a klezmer-meets-funk group that features Fred Wesley, former trombone player for James Brown.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 6:15 PM, 05.29.2014

Western Reserve Chorale presents 'Night and Day' on Sunday, June 1

The Western Reserve Chorale will present "Night and Day: Reflections on the Spirits of Darkness and Light," exploring this theme in sacred and secular music across centuries and genres, in five languages. The concert, under the direction of David Gilson, takes place Sunday, June 1, at 3:30 p.m., at Cedar Hill Baptist Church (12601 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights).

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Maison Française de Cleveland, the concert’s selections include Camille Saint Saëns’ Deux Choeurs, selections from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Robert Applebaum’s arrangement of the traditional Hebrew folk song “Ani ma’amin,” “Choose Something Like a Star” from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, “Sure on this Shining Night” from Samuel Barber’s Four Songs, and Johannes Brahms’ rarely performed lament “Nänie.” The concert will also feature well-known favorites by Cole Porter and the King’s Singers.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 5:24 PM, 05.29.2014

Italian Baroque concert May 31 at St. Alban Episcopal Church

Experience the passion and tyranny of unrequited love in the 18th-century, when Burning River Baroque presents “Obsession & Unrequited Love” on Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m., at St. Alban Episcopal Church (2555 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights).

The program comprises Italian cantatas by Giovanni Bononcini, Nicola Porpora and Domenico Scarlatti, rivaled in drama and virtuosity by the violin and cello sonatas of Porpora, Scarlatti and Francesco Maria Veracini that are also part of the concert. Though these Italian Baroque composers are perhaps not as familiar to modern audience as their contemporaries J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, in their own day they were revered as some of the brightest stars in the musical world.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.27.2014

Reaching Heights’s Exceptional Arts Exhibition opens May 22

Exceptional students from Cleveland Heights-University Heights public schools will showcase their creativity and artistic ability at the Exceptional Arts Exhibition, May 22–31, at the Lee Road Library.

The artists and their art teachers will co-host the opening reception on Thursday, May 22, 4–7:30 pm. There will be refreshments, and a musical performance by Heights High’s Lady Barbershoppers. The opening is free and open to the public.

This very special art exhibit features artwork created by students with disabilities and learning differences, curated by district art teachers. Student artists will have the opportunity to represent their schools, sell their art and come together as honored guests at the opening reception.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:34 AM, 05.20.2014

Kindness Bus visits the Heights

One Million Acts of Kindness, an organization whose goal it is to spread kindness and love in the world to end violence, visited the Heights in May, and on May 15, the Kindness Bus was parked in Coventry Village.

Founder Bob Votruba tours the country in his bus along with his dog companion, Bogart.

"Three days after the Virginia Tech shooting, I drove down there and stayed for four days," said Votruba. "I saw so much pain and suffering caused by one person. I wanted to overcome the pain and hurt by spreading kindness."

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.20.2014

Heights Arts launches new local artist programs

Heights Arts introduces a new membership program specifically designed for working artists, made possible with generous support from the George Gund Foundation. Through this program, working artist members join at a special rate of $30 and gain opportunities to showcase and sell their work, while Heights Arts is able to further its mission of supporting local artists.

“This is a big step forward for Heights Arts in that we can now have a collaborative and mutually supportive relationship with our artists,” said Rachel Bernstein, executive director. “In addition, this program enables us to own editioned pieces of original art for the first time in our history. We look forward to showcasing these exceptional artists while offering the community a unique opportunity to win and own an original work of art created just for us.”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:33 PM, 05.02.2014

Roxboro Family Arts Festival tradition continues May 31

The annual Roxboro Family Arts Festival, now in its 30th year, will take place Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Roxboro Elementary School. A true community event, the festival features child-centered and family activities, planned in collaboration with these local organizations: Heights Arts, MOCA, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland Sculpture Center and Cleveland Clinic Children’s Be Well Kids Clinic.

Admission to the event is free. Roxboro students are participating in an art contest to design wearable buttons for the event visually answering the question “What does your town or neighborhood mean to you and how does it inspire your artwork?”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:30 PM, 05.02.2014

Chamber concert to benefit Parkinson's research

"Prelude to a Cure," a chamber concert featuring 20 members of the Cleveland Orchestra, will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights on Friday, May 30.

The concert will benefit Shaking With Laughter, a Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit organization that raises money for Parkinson’s disease research. Since its inception in 2011, Shaking With Laughter has raised more than $460,000 through concerts and performances that often include humor.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:26 PM, 05.02.2014

Exhibit by Cleveland Heights artist is 'Close to Home'

The Howson Gallery at Judson Park presents “Close to Home,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Cleveland Heights artist Jeremy Tugeau. The show runs through June 8.

Tugeau is a children's book illustrator and professional artist, whose work appears in galleries in Cleveland and Nantucket, Mass. He is the drawing and painting instructor at Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, and a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, where he is working toward a master's degree in art education.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 05.01.2014

Underwater enchantment at Communion of Saints

“I’ll tell you a tale of the bottomless blue,” begins Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” this year’s Communion of Saints School drama production. This show is sure to delight, as Ariel and Flounder join in a stunning visual display of underwater creatures, and the classic tale of boy meets girl unfolds.

Adapted from the 2008 Broadway musical production, this classic is set in an underwater kingdom. Ariel longs to be “part of your world,” but she has to defy her father, King Triton, to do so. Going against her father leads Ariel to daring and exciting adventures. All of the favorite characters are portrayed by the grade-school actors as they sing and dance their way under the sea.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:02 PM, 05.01.2014

Music director Anne Wilson’s 25th anniversary celebration

On Friday, May 9, the public is invited to celebrate Cleveland Heights composer/musician Anne Wilson’s 25th anniversary as music director and organist at Forest Hill Church. A concert entirely of Wilson’s own music, featuring four of the church choirs she directs, will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception in her honor. Guest instrumentalists will include Derek Snyder, cellist; Paul Ferguson and a trombone quartet from Case Western Reserve University; and Tom Trenney, organist.

Wilson has been a fixture not only in Cleveland Heights but also in the wider music community. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holder of the American Guild of Organists’ prestigious fellowship and choirmaster certificates, her musical influence stretches far beyond Forest Hill Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 6:53 PM, 05.01.2014

'Morganites: Fiber in Flux' at Heights Arts

On view through June 7 at Heights Arts Gallery, 2173 Lee Road, is Morganites: Fiber in Flux, a special exhibition curated by Tom Balbo, artist and artistic director of Cleveland’s Morgan Papermaking Conservatory. “We see it as an important service to our community to introduce and highlight the arts resources in our area that set our region apart," said Rachel Bernstein, Heights Arts executive director. "To that end, we are showcasing the Morgan Paper Conservatory and artists who have helped grow a local and thriving paper arts community.”

Guest curator Balbo elaborated, “The Morgan Conservatory is a place for discovery of hand-papermaking for both the professional and nonprofessional artist and craftsperson. The exhibition highlights many Morgan Conservatory artists of all levels and backgrounds that embrace the organization’s ethos of setting aside the ego for the sake of a collaborative effort of papermaking and the transference of craft, technique and ideas. Paper is so fundamental to our daily rituals despite the rise of e-technologies. The Morgan Papermaking Conservatory invites everyone to share in the preservation of the art of hand papermaking for its own sake and for the sake of its application to other fine art forms.”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.29.2014

Dobama closes its season with 'Kin'

Dobama Theatre announces the regional premiere of “Kin” by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Shannon Sindelar. The play runs from April 25 through May 25.

The play spans great distances and many years in the lives of its nine characters, telling the unconventional love story between Anna, an Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean, an Irish personal trainer—a seemingly unlikely match, yet somehow a perfect one.

Doran’s original approach turns the romantic comedy formula inside out. Instead of focusing on the growing relationship of the two lovers, the audience follows their extended network of family and friends, separated by geography and culture, who gradually find their way together as a unit. “Kin” shows the vast web of connections that makes up a modern community. This intimate, yet epic new play explores familiar material in a completely revolutionary way.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.22.2014

Internationally known gospel singer Willie-Mae Wright to perform

Cleveland gospel singer Mother Willie-Mae Wright will perform her first concert in more than 10 years at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.

The internationally known singer has been performing, and advocating for the poor, since the 1960s. She sang for Pope John VI at the Vatican in 1975 and has opened for many famous names in gospel music, including the legendary Mahalia Jackson. Wright is the matriarch of the Wright Family Singers, featuring seven of her eight children. The group performed for President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1994.

The 80-year-old Wright has lived a long and exhilerating life, singing, praising God and fighting to eradicate poverty. Her performance will combine her gift of song with personal stories of the trials and triumphs of her remarkable life.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 2:19 PM, 03.31.2014

Mamaí's second season: classic and innovative

Following its award-winning inaugural season, Mamaí Theatre Company announces its expanded second year, which begins on June 16 with a benefit staged reading of the rarely performed James Joyce’s “Ulysses in Nighttown” at—of all places—Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.

June 16 has special meaning for Joyce fans. Bloomsday, as it’s called, celebrates June 16, 1904 as depicted in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The day is named for Leopold Bloom, the central character in the novel, and follows his life and thoughts from 8 a.m. to the early hours of the next morning. The benefit evening begins at 5:30 p.m. sharp with a three-course Joycean-inspired dinner, designed by Brendan Ring, Nighttown’s proprietor. The reading will follow. 

Also in June, Mamaí (pronounced Mah’ may) plans to host a rare theater event. Ten members of Actors Equity Association will gather to self-produce George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House.” A popular 20th-century masterpiece, this eclectic drama features an ensemble cast of unexpected visitors to an unusual home.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.31.2014

Play by CH's Eric Coble begins Broadway run on April 1

“The Velocity of Autumn,” a play by Cleveland Heights resident Eric Coble, begins preview performances on Broadway on April 1, and tickets are now available.

The play is headed to Broadway following its critically acclaimed run at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage. The production’s two stars, Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons ("Bonnie and Clyde", "Roseanne", “August: Osage County”) and two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Spinella (“Angels in America,” “24”) will reprise their roles in the Broadway run of “Velocity.”

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 2:15 PM, 03.25.2014

Cain Park announces 2014 summer schedule

Cain Park has announced its summer concert series and, as usual, several major artists are scheduled to perform. Judy Collins, The Average White Band, Arlo Guthrie, Tori Amos and Michael Stanley are among the headliners who will be appearing at the Cleveland Heights venue this summer.

Judy Collins will appear at the Evans Amphitheater on June 14. Now 74 years old, she was a major force in 1960s folk-rock and had such major hits as “Both Sides Now,” “Send in the Clowns” and “Amazing Grace.”

The Average White Band, the Scottish band best-known for its hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” will perform at the amphitheater on June 20.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.11.2014

Heights independent restaurants featured in new marketing campaign

In an effort to put a face on its members and encourage guests to visit locally owned, independent restaurants throughout Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Independents—the largest group of independent restaurants in the country—introduced a Passport Promotion on March 1.

The first stop on this culinary journey is the Heights, where local restaurateurs and chefs posed for an advertisement slated to appear in the upcoming issue of Edible Cleveland. Kara O’Donnell, Cleveland Heights city planner, worked with the group to gain access to the Superior School Building at the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Superior Road.

"Our goal was to showcase the many incredible Heights restaurants in a light-hearted way while featuring an historically significant backdrop," said Jonathan Bennett, vice president and executive chef of Red Restaurant Group and president of Cleveland Independents.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:48 AM, 03.11.2014

Ensemble Theatre presents annual Colombi Festival of new plays

It comes around only once a year, and it’s an event worth waiting for. It’s the third annual Colombi New Plays Festival presented by Ensemble Theatre. The New Plays Festival premieres works by local playwrights for Heights audiences and is dedicated to the memories of Lucia, Licia and Christopher Colombi (founder, artistic director, and player in the original company, respectively). The plays will run throughout the month of March and into the first week of April. 

The four productions that make up this year’s festival are “For the Love of a Leica” by Cynthia Dettelbach, directed by Brian Zoldessy; “Zebediah” by Barbara Harkness, directed by Martin Cosentino; “Lives of the Saints” by Jean Cummins, directed by Celeste Cosentino; and “Road Kill” by Ed Walsh, directed by Ian Hinz.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:44 AM, 03.11.2014

March choral concerts at Fairmount Presbyterian

Fairmount Presbyterian Church will feature its own choir and the visiting Choir of The College of William and Mary in two Sunday concerts during March. Both concerts are free to the public.

The 40-voice Fairmount Choir will be joined by orchestra to present the Mass in C and the "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven on Sunday, March 9, at 4 p.m.

The "Choral Fantasy" will feature Russian-born pianist Halida Dinova in the virtuoso keyboard part. Vocal soloists are Lisa Litteral, Nicole Batson Bush, Alicia Hrubey, Lyndsay Moy, Baichuan Han, Steven Weems, Peter Bush and John Watson.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 3:43 PM, 02.28.2014

Western Reserve Chorale performs Mozart's Requiem

The Western Reserve Chorale (WRC), under the direction of David Gilson, performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor, Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium. Joining WRC are the R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir from the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA); soloists Sandra Simon, Joanne Uniatowski, Nathanael Hein and Brian Keith Johnson, and an orchestra pairing professional musicians with CSA students. 

Intrigue has surrounded the Requiem since its commission in 1791 by Count von Walsegg. According to one legend, the commission was delivered with 50 ducats and a warning about Mozart’s own death. Another tale had Mozart poisoned, perhaps by his archrival, Salieri, who wanted to pass off the Requiem as his own.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 3:37 PM, 02.28.2014

'Alternate Routes to an Outer Space' at Heights Arts

A new exhibition, Alternate Routes to an Outer Space, opens at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road, on Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m. Featuring new works by regional artists Christi Birchfield, Terry Clark, April Friges and Benjamin Hauser, the show reveals the artists’ shared intrigue in exploiting chance through both inventive and traditional processes.

Representing photography, printmaking and painting, the selected works reflect meditative engagements with inner worlds, while also providing visual links to our physical world through references to natural phenomena.

Christi Birchfield’s large-format monoprints read as mirrored images or palindromes. To make them, she places inked plant materials or pools of watercolor between sheets of paper, runs the "sandwich" through a printing press, then unfolds the paper to discover the result.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 10:56 AM, 02.28.2014

'Perspectives in Nature' at St. Paul's

The South Wing Gallery of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, announces its spring show—“Awe and Abstract: Perspectives in Nature.”

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 7, from 5–7 p.m. Participating artists David Bergholz (photographs), Judith Brandon (mixed media on paper), Bonnie J. Gordon (porcelain) and Nijole Palubinskas (monotypes) will be on hand to greet visitors and talk about their work. The show runs until May 29.

With a pocket-size Sony RX-100, David Bergholz sets out in search of images that pique his curiosity and please his keen eye, wherever he might be. “Photography has a great capacity to move me,” said this self-taught photographer who immerses himself in influential visual experiences.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 10:43 AM, 02.28.2014

Judge by day, rocker by night

Cleveland Heights resident Mike Donnelly has had a long career in the legal world. He received his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1992. He then became an assistant county prosecutor under Stephanie Tubbs Jones. After four years in the prosecutor’s office, Donnelly went into private law practice. Then, in 2005, he was elected a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge, a position he still holds.

Donnelly has another interest: rock and roll. “I’m a judge by day and a rocker by night,” said Donnelly, who sings and plays guitar in the band Faith and Whiskey. The group includes nine other musicians: Rich Wesorick, vocals and percussion; Steve Zashin, vocals and guitar; Dan Krueger, bass; Jerry Kysela, guitar; Keith Merritt, vocals and percussion; Jim Pujolas, percussion; Jim Reesing, vocals and guitar; Joe Barone, keyboards; and Matt Kozink guitar. Half the members live in the Heights area, and two are also lawyers.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:08 AM, 02.28.2014

Jazz Vespers at St. Paul's features Paul Ferguson and friends

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a Jazz Vespers service on Sunday, March 2 at 5 p.m. The service will include prayers, reflection, and music led by Paul Ferguson. He will be accompanied by a jazz combo, augmented by violin and French horn, and soprano Sandy Simon.

Ferguson is director of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University and associate artistic director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He also enjoys a varied career as a performer. He can be found in the pit orchestra for the national touring production of “Porgy and Bess” when it appears in Cleveland, performing Christmas concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, and making guest appearances in other musical events around town.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:39 PM, 02.25.2014

CityMusic Cleveland's March performances put focus on refugees

Once a year, CityMusic Cleveland devotes a program to a social issue, to heighten community awareness. In past seasons, the ensemble has explored genocide and bullying. This year’s project, “Fleeing,” focuses on refugees who have journeyed to Cleveland to begin new lives after years of displacement and suffering. CityMusic Cleveland is bringing attention to the topic through a series of concerts in March, some of which will include performances by refugees.

To celebrate refugees in Cleveland, CityMusic Cleveland commissioned Dan Visconti, graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and winner of the Rome Prize, to compose the percussion concerto, “Roots to Branches.”

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:14 PM, 02.25.2014

Uzizi: a unique band with a distinctive sound

When it comes to Cleveland-area bands, Uzizi, a group led by Cleveland Heights resident Craig Matis, is unique. The group features five musicians—Matis on guitar and vocals, Jim Van Cleef on lead guitar, Reed Simon on violin, Darren Frate on bass and Noel Howard on drums—as well as a seven-member backup choir. Uzizi’s music blends world music, folk music and what’s known as sacred-harp singing.

Sacred-harp singing is a form of a cappella singing that dates from the mid-1700s, when it developed in rural churches around England. “Traditionally an a cappella form of singing, sacred harp has been adapted, reconfigured and incorporated into Uzizi’s music,” Matis said. “While not a literal rendition of sacred-harp music, some of our compositions have been strongly influenced by the melodies and harmonies of its tradition.”

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 3:21 PM, 01.30.2014

Choral Arts Cleveland to perform contemporary music concert

Choral Arts Cleveland, directed by Heights resident Martin Kessler, aims to show its audiences that contemporary choral music is exciting, beautiful, sensual, and thoroughly appealing and accessible. On Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, singers and instrumentalists will present "New Music from Old Friends," a concert of contemporary choral works. The program features pieces from five living composers whose works Choral Arts has performed in recent years.

Supported in part by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the program includes the North American premiere of two previously unperformed movements of Antony Pitts’ oratorio Jerusalem-Yerusalayim; movements from Bob Chilcott’s rhythmically ambitious “Making of the Drum,” a work that celebrates the drum as it is honored in African culture; pieces by Robert Cohen and Morten Lauridsen; and Requiem by William Godfree.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 3:17 PM, 01.30.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Feb. 6: Sarah Siebert, project manager for LAND Studio (Landscape Art Neighborhoods Development), discusses the work of this nonprofit that designs, builds and activates Cleveland’s public spaces and promotes public art. Its work includes hosting free events in neighborhood parks, providing critical exposure to the arts, and safe, vibrant environments where families can spend quality time together.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 3:06 PM, 01.30.2014

Drive away the cold with ballads from old England at CH concerts

As part of its Fireside Series, Apollo’s Fire (AF) welcomes Grammy award-winning lutenist Ronn McFarlane and soprano Meredith Hall for evening concerts featuring haunting laments and hilarious ballads.

Three concerts in the series will be performed in Cleveland Heights. Concerts on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan 24 at 8 p.m. take place at Rockefeller’s Restaurant, 3099 Mayfield Road.

The concert on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. is at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:07 AM, 01.17.2014

Cleveland premiere of 'The Aliens' opens at Dobama

Dobama Theatre’s fourth mainstage production this season, and a Cleveland premiere, is “The Aliens” by Annie Baker. The play will run from Jan. 24 through Feb. 23.

The play opens with KJ and Jasper—two aimless 30-somethings—loitering behind a coffee shop in a small town in Vermont. They discuss women and Charles Bukowski (poet, novelist, and short story writer) while occasionally singing an original song or two. Then Evan, a high school student and loner who works at the coffee shop, arrives to get rid of them. KJ and Jasper decide to teach Evan everything they know. The play, described as a modern-day “Waiting for Godot,” won an Obie Award for Best New American Play. It is a compassionate meditation on art, friendship and loss about a generation of young Americans trying to find their place in the world.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 11:37 AM, 01.15.2014

Dobama Theatre announces playwriting festival for students

Dobama Theatre is accepting submissions for the 36th Annual Bianchi Kid’s Playwriting Festival. The festival promotes the creation of plays by Cuyahoga County students in first through twelfth grades, and has been rewarding the creative expression of generations of young people for over three decades. This year’s festival will be held June 6–8 at Dobama Theatre.

The festival is named for Marilyn Bianchi, actress, teacher and director, who co-founded Dobama Theatre with her husband, Don, and their friends Barry Silverman and Mark Silverberg. During the last five years of her life, Bianchi reached out to the children of Greater Cleveland, helping them to explore and realize their creative talents through playwriting.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:51 AM, 01.09.2014

These Knees' singer-guitarist has loved music her whole life

Stephanie Trivison has loved music for as long as she can remember. In fact, there is a photo of her taken when she was three years old, and she is standing in front of a microphone, holding a guitar and singing.

Now 27, Trivison, who lives in Cleveland Heights, is the lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter for the band These Knees.

The group, which also includes Eric Piontkowski on bass and backing vocals and Rob Hassing on drums, recently released its debut album, “The Young and the Bright,” a collection of songs that range in style from pop rock to indie rock to singer/songwriter.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:59 PM, 01.02.2014

Dual exhibition at Heights Arts opens Jan. 17

On Jan. 17, Heights Arts unveils a two-person exhibition of works by artists Mark Keffer and Lisa Schonberg. “As a nonprofit arts organization, Heights Arts serves the community by shining a light on the remarkable artists, musicians and writers that call this region home,” said Rachel Bernstein, Heights Arts executive director.

“With this exhibition, Heights Arts showcases the artists’ shared technique of constructing evocative compositions through a rigor of layering and patterning,” said Bernstein. The exhibition displays Keffer’s graphic abstract paintings alongside Schonberg’s vibrant nature-inspired works on paper.

Keffer maintains an intimate studio within a large warehouse space in midtown Cleveland’s Tyler Village.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:39 PM, 01.02.2014

Heights resident Christine Howey performs her one-person show at Cleveland Public Theatre

Christine Howey, who was born and raised in Cleveland Heights and still lives in the city, feels as if she’s being reborn as an actor.

Years ago, she was an actor and director at Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights. At that time, she was Richard Howey and performed in more than 20 productions between 1969 and 1984.

Among the roles Richard played were Richard Nixon in “An Evening with  Richard Nixon” by Gore Vidal and Bitos/Robespierre in “Poor Bitos” by Jean Anouilh.

Since then, Richard has become Christine. The one-person show she wrote and performs, “Exact Change,” will run at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Jan. 9–25.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:35 PM, 01.02.2014

Grog Shop kicks off new year with free shows

The Grog Shop, on Euclid Heights Boulevard at the corner of Coventry Road, is kicking off 2014 with a weekend of free shows. The concerts will take place the weekend of Jan. 3 and will feature a variety of musical styles. On Friday night, the club’s focus will be on indy-rock, with Pleasure Leftists, Royal Blood, Ultrasphinx and DJ Nig Champa. The following night, the club will host a big dance party, with Secret Soul Club, Ma Holos and Shit-Box Jimmy. And on Sunday night the focus will be on acoustic music, with Tiger & Boy, True Stories, Noon and Carrie Ryan.

“The holidays are so crazy, so we wanted to give something back to the community,” said Kathy Blackman, the club’s owner.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.17.2013

Cleveland Jazz Project reunites at Nighttown Dec. 19

Nathan Davis (Heights High '05), Jacob Bergson (Heights High '06), and James Muschler (Heights High '07) led the exploratory jazz quartet Cleveland Jazz Project until 2008. When Bergson and Muschler relocated to New York City, the band went on indefinite hiatus.

Since then, they've all enjoyed successful careers as players, performing and touring both nationally and internationally.

On Dec. 19, these three members of the original quartet—without bassist Ben Bloom, who is not able to attend—will reunite at Nighttown, at 12387 Cedar Road, for a special one-night-only show.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:03 AM, 12.10.2013

Dobama presents 'The Big Meal'

Bring your appetite to Dobama’s third mainstage production of its 54th season in the Heights—“The Big Meal,” by Dan LeFranc. The play runs through Jan. 5, 2014. 

Set at a single restaurant table, and spanning more than 80 years, “The Big Meal” tells the story of five generations of a modern family through one unending metaphoric meal. Beginning with a young couple’s first meeting and ending with a visit from their great-grandchild, this inventive and beautiful play is about the love, the trials and tribulations, and the resilience of families. Over the course of many mealtimes, the play presents the moments—both large and small—that make up a full life.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:26 AM, 12.04.2013

Tommy Tune to perform in benefit at Nighttown

Nighttown will host a benefit for the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District’s streetscape plan, featuring Tommy Tune, on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Actor, dancer, singer, theater director, producer and choreographer Thomas James "Tommy" Tune has won nine Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts.

He will perform a “tap-iography show,” covering his half century on stage and on screen.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 1:16 PM, 12.02.2013

Heights Youth Theatre celebrates 60th season with 'Peter Pan'

In celebration of its 60th season, and in time for the holiday season, Heights Youth Theatre (HYT) invites the Heights community to meet "Peter Pan" again, for the first time. The attic of an old Victorian house is transformed into Neverland by a little boy, his imagination, and the timeless story of the boy who never grew up.

Come fly with Peter, Wendy, Michael, Tinker Bell and John as they go on adventures with Lost Boys, Indians and pirates in ways you may have never seen before. 

HYT describes the production as a "Peter Pan" for a new generation, featuring familiar songs, such as "Tender Shepherd," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Never Never Land."

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 1:09 PM, 12.02.2013

Eat for art at 14th annual Tommy’s New Year’s Day pancake breakfast

Tommy’s restaurant, at 1824 Coventry Road, has hosted a New Year’s Day benefit pancake breakfast for Heights Arts since 2001, when owner Tom Fello first offered to help raise funds for the Coventry Arch located at the intersection of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard.

This year’s breakfast will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. (Dine in, or order to go: 216-321-7757.)

Fello makes pancakes with all the fixings, and volunteers serve, bus tables and wash dishes. Some volunteers have helped out for all 14 years. The event is sponsored by Tommy’s, Macs Backs and Big Fun.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 12:02 PM, 12.02.2013

Creative neighbors: Susan Skove

A popular stereotype paints artists as disorganized, unconventional, arrogant, opinionated, sporadic, impractical about day-to-day life, and sometimes fueling their creativity with drugs or alcohol. Hovering over their chaotic lives is their Art—brilliant writings or paintings or films that transcend their tawdry lives. So goes the movie version of the Artist.

Brilliant Hemingways and Van Goghs thankfully exist, but more artists are sober, organized, hardworking, practical, well-trained and inspired people who get up every morning and work at their art. Crack open a front door on a conventional tree-lined, residential street and you may find someone like artist Susan Skove.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:34 AM, 12.02.2013

Clare College choir will perform at Fairmount Presbyterian Church

The Choir of Clare College of Cambridge University, England, is coming to Cleveland Heights on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., to perform a holiday concert at Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Admission is free.

This small choir of 29 students enjoys a reputation as one of the top mixed-voice collegiate choirs in the world. Selected by competitive auditions, these talented young singers perform with the clear sonority and delicate expressiveness that has made British chapel choirs famous throughout the world.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:29 AM, 12.02.2013

Four artists link art with life in show

Kathleen McKenna (figurative works and still life), Joel Hauserman (photographs), Amy Fishbach (hand-made books) and Candice Dangerfield (photography and mixed media) will exhibit their work in a new show at the South Wing Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, on view from Dec. 6 to March 1.

Join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6, 5–7 p.m. The artists receive all proceeds from sales of their work.

Kathleen McKenna captures everything from the architecture of delicate hydrangeas and the luminescence of incandescent lightbulbs to the rollicking bold colors and fluttering streamers of the fanciful Parade the Circle.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:04 AM, 12.02.2013

CityMusic Cleveland brings Viennese New Year's tradition to the Heights on Dec. 4

Each New Year’s morning since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic has performed a world-famous concert, broadcast internationally from the ornately gilded Großer Saal of the Musikverein.

Each program is different, but the music typically includes waltzes, polkas and operettas from the Strauss family—Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss—with additional music from other composers. It always concludes with Strauss II’s famous "Blue Danube Waltz," followed by Strauss I’s rollicking "Radetzky March" finale, where audience members clap the music forward with the bass drum.

Watching this televised concert has become a family tradition across Europe, and more recently worldwide, but only a privileged few are able to hear it live.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 10:46 AM, 12.02.2013

Hall of Famer Barry Henkin returns to Heights at district resource fair

Barry Henkin, a Heights High hall-of-famer, brought his enormous spirit and encouraging outlook back to his alma mater on Nov. 16 as a special guest at the second annual Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities and Learning Challenges.

The event was co-sponsored by Reaching Heights, as part of its Exceptional Children's Advocacy Group (ECAG) initiative, and by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. Families were invited to attend educational presentations and meet community partners to learn more about programming and support services.

Henkin made good use of his time at the event. He sold copies of his new autobiography and spoke to parents and students who stopped at his table at the fair.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:11 AM, 11.26.2013

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture awards grants to Heights organizations

On Nov. 18, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced that it will invest $1,891,902 in grants to 139 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County next year. The grant awards include $110,623 to eight Heights-based organizations. 

“Cuyahoga County residents demonstrated extraordinary support for our county’s arts and cultural heritage in 2006 when they approved a dedicated source of public funds for creative activities in our community,” said Sari Feldman, president of the CAC Board of Trustees. “Cuyahoga Arts & Culture takes our responsibility to invest those dollars in exceptional arts and cultural organizations very seriously. Our goal is to support the regional economy through strategic investment in a vibrant arts community.”

CAC made the grants through its 2014 Project Support (PSI and PSII) and its 2014 Project Support for Units of Government programs. These project-specific awards go to organizations that conduct specific arts or cultural programs to benefit the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:20 AM, 11.26.2013

Mystery in Cleveland: Writing stories of suspense with Les Roberts on Nov. 16

Les Roberts, prolific writer of Cleveland mysteries, returns to Lake Erie Ink (LEI) on Saturday, Nov. 16, to talk about his newest book, Win, Place, or Die, and about the process of writing stories of suspense. Writers of all ages are welcome to ask questions and work with Roberts, as well as try their own hand at suspense writing, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Roberts is the author of more than 25 full-length works of mystery, suspense and all things Cleveland. His last visit to LEI was during its Teen Fiction symposium in last spring. On that occasion, Roberts spoke to teen writers about finding inspiration and characters in everyday life, as well as building suspense—one of his trademarks.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 12:27 PM, 11.12.2013

ChamberFest welcomes new managing director

ChamberFest Cleveland presented its second season this past June, offering eight concerts that featured rising-star classical musicians from around the country, performing in various small-ensemble combinations at eight nearly sold-out venues.

The organization has announced the appointment of Jacqueline Taylor to the position of managing director. Taylor will guide the organization as it prepares for its third summer festival of world-class chamber music.   

Taylor’s professional background includes positions as director of artistic planning for Bravo! Vail Music Festival; managing director of Apollo’s Fire; co-founder and director of New York’s Free for All at Town Hall music series; executive director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and managing director of the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 1:03 PM, 10.28.2013

Ceramics get some respect from Heights Arts guest curator

Tom Huck, guest curator of the All-Ohio Ceramics Invitational, on view Sept. 6 through Oct.19 at Heights Arts gallery, believes ceramic art and other craft mediums don’t always get their due as fine art.

Huck studied ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art, operated Avante Gallery on Murray Hill Road in Little Italy, and is now curator of University Hospitals’ art collection. “One reason I was eager to curate this show,” he said, “is to help elevate ceramic art awareness. I remember occasionally in my old gallery people would come in and look around and say ‘Oh, this isn’t a real gallery, they don’t have any paintings.’ I realized there’s still a lot of education to do.”

Huck was also intrigued by the possibilities of the Heights Arts gallery space. “Months before, in the planning stages,” he recalled, “I’d drive by at night, and I’d slow down and look at the windows and think ‘I bet this work by this artist would be great right there.’ The Heights Arts show is really what I hoped it would be, mostly because of the Lee Road district and all the influxes of different people there. Even when I was there setting up, I was amazed at the number of people who stopped in.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.15.2013

Local American-Irish band plays for marathon runners and in upcoming shows

Local American-Irish band CRAIC brought its signature Celtic Punk sound to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series on Oct. 6. Giving support to runners in the final stretch of the 13-mile run, the band played well past the four-hour mark of the race. CRAIC gave a spirited end to its set as the final trio of runners passed by—a mother, daughter and grandmother.

CRAIC, named for Gaelic term meaning interesting banter and good company, includes front man Brett M. Burlison, Tim Clausing on acoustic guitar, Nikki Wolfe on tin-whistle, Mitch Kozub on banjo, Jason Kollar on bass, Eric Rom on electric guitar, Karl Federmann on drums, and Andrea D'Amore on fiddle.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.08.2013

Heights Arts opens its 12th annual Holiday Store

The Heights Arts 12th annual Holiday Store opens on Nov. 1, and will operate seven days a week through Sunday, Dec. 29. The store will feature the work of more than 70 regional artists. 

It all began as a small pop-up gallery in a borrowed space on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. The organization’s first Holiday Store opened in 2002 and launched the bricks-and-mortar gallery that now showcases, year-round, the work of artists who live and create here in Greater Cleveland. 

The Heights Arts Holiday Store is a festive exhibition featuring a wide range of artworks at affordable prices, including ceramics, jewelry, handmade scarves and bags, paintings, drawings, glass and photographs.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 4:50 PM, 10.31.2013

Coventry club expands musical offerings with open-mic nights

The B-Side Liquor Lounge and Arcade, the Coventry Road club located under the Grog Shop, has long been associated with the most current musical trends. In recent years it has primarily focused on presenting deejays, who offer up electronic dance music. However, this past July, the club introduced “Mic-aroni,” an open-mic night where almost anyone can perform. As a result, B-Side patrons can now hear a wide range of music styles and artists.

Mic-aroni is hosted by Leah Lou and the Two Left Shoes, a Cleveland music act that features Leah Lou Tater on vocals and guitar and Daniel Lee on bass. It was Tater who came up with the idea for the open-mic nights. “I read a book by Rev. Jen Miller called Elf Girl,” she said, “and in it she writes about these events that she put on in New York City called the Anti-Slam. It was basically an open-mic night where someone could do just about anything.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 4:38 PM, 10.31.2013

Western Reserve Chorale announces 2013–14 season

The Western Reserve Chorale, under the direction of David Gilson, announces three concerts for its 22nd season, including a production of Mozart's Requiem with the Cleveland School of the Arts’ Nathaniel Dett Choir.

In December, "Tis the Season" will feature songs of thanksgiving and praise, including songs for Chanukah, settings from Anniversary Carols arranged by Mannheim Steamroller’s Jackson Berkey, and Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwesta suite based on traditional Spanish carols scored for choir, harp, guitar, marimba and vibraphone.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 4:43 PM, 10.31.2013

Roots of American Music to hold benefit in the Heights

The education organization Roots of American Music (ROAM) has called Cleveland Heights home since its inception 16 years ago. Its founder and executive director, Kevin Richards, is a Cleveland Heights native and lifelong resident. ROAM’s original headquarters were on Fairmount Boulevard near Taylor Road, downstairs from the Fairmount School of Music, which Richards also founded. Its current office is in the Rockefeller Building on the corner of Mayfield Road and Lee Boulevard.

ROAM is a nonprofit organization that provides community-based programming—teaching and performance, both utilizing American roots music genres—based on community input about service gaps and underserved individuals in diverse and low-income neighborhoods.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 4:31 PM, 10.31.2013

Heights High alumna choreographs story of triumph

Only 29, Errin Berry already has amassed more than 18 years experience in dance and 13 as a choreographer. She studied dance locally and as an undergraduate, performed in Cleveland with Dance Afrika Dance and is a dancer with Muntu Dance Theatre in Chicago. While she enjoys dance in all forms, her passion is Praise Dance, a specialty in which she is making a name for herself.   

This devotional art form, found in many church ministries, can take many shapes. For Berry, and for her latest creation, "How I Got Over," the form is to tell a story—the story of African Americans and their journey of faith from the shores of Africa to present-day America. “'How I Got Over' is a song made famous by Mahalia Jackson during the civil rights movement,” Berry explained. “This song was pivotal to the concept for our concert, but it has morphed into so much more.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:45 PM, 10.28.2013

'Hello, Dolly!' lights up Heights High

More than 600 students in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools will perform in the Heights High production of "Hello, Dolly!" on Oct. 28 and 29 (preview nights), Oct. 30 and Nov. 1–3. Tickets may be purchased from any cast member. Call 216-320-3105 for ticket and show information.

“This is a fun show!” said Craig McGaughey, vocal music director and the show's producer. “It is a comedy with great songs and dance numbers and a little bit of a history lesson thrown in. The show transports us back to the 1890s in New York City and Yonkers.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:16 AM, 10.22.2013

Mike Bartlett play is Dobama's second 2013-14 production

Dobama Theatre will present the Cleveland premiere of “Cock” by Mike Bartlett as the second play of its 2013–14 season. The play runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 23. 

John, the protagonist, takes a break from his boyfriend and unexpectedly meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt, confusion and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten things out. Stripping drama down to its essential language, British playwright Mike Bartlett’s punchy drama takes a playful and candid look at sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realize you may have a choice about who you love. 

Bartlett, 32, is currently associate playwright at Paines Plough, the U.K.’s national theater of new plays. In 2011, he was writer in residence at the National Theatre, and before that Pearson playwright in residence at The Royal Court Theatre.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 3:52 PM, 10.14.2013