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Now through the end of January 2020, Cleveland artist Tom Megalis (http://www.tommegalis.com/) will be exhibiting in Phone Gallery (15302 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110) - Cleveland's smallest art gallery and inventive space for solo visual exhibitions inside a once vacant pay phone box in the burgeoning Waterloo Arts District - designed in 2013 and continuously curated by Collinwood resident, architect and artist Allison Lukacsy-Love.
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PLAYWRIGHTS LOCAL ANNOUNCES
WORLD PREMIERE OF “LIVE BODIES FOR SALE”
Powerful new documentary play on the human trafficking crisis in Ohio written by Christopher Johnston. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the production runs November 22 through December 15 at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland.
Cleveland, OH; September 30, 2019
Playwrights Local announces the world premiere of “Live Bodies for Sale,” a documentary play by Cleveland-based writer Christopher Johnston. Featuring direction by Terrence Spivey, this powerful new work runs November 22 through December 15 at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland.
“Live Bodies for Sale” is a new play about the human trafficking crisis occurring in Ohio in the immediate present. In immersive fashion, this documentary work explores the lives of several women from Cleveland who are recent survivors of this ongoing injustice. “Live Bodies for Sale” addresses how these women were forced to work as prostitutes, detailing their escapes as well as their attempts to maintain healthy lives. Based on interviews with real people, the play presents the insights of professionals who help free such victims, including Renee Jones, an urban Mother Theresa figure in Cleveland. Testimonies from Cuyahoga County task force members--law enforcement agents, prosecutors, and judges--also detail what’s being done to free victims and hunt down their traffickers.
“Live Bodies for Sale” is presented thanks to the generous support of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, which awarded the production one of its prestigious DGF Writers Alliance Grants for 2019. The production is also made available by gifts from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cyrus Eaton Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation.
“We’re grateful to receive funding from such respected organizations for this play,” said David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local. “It reflects the depth of work that Christopher Johnston did in creating it, which includes a great deal of hands-on research in the field. We’ll be partnering on talkbacks after many performances with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and the Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, among other groups. This is all thanks to Chris, who’s earned their trust over the last four years.”
Christopher Johnston is a Cleveland-based playwright as well as an accomplished nonfiction writer and journalist. His recent book “Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors and Bring Assailants to Justice” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) received acclaim from Kirkus Review, New York Journal of Books, and the Christian Science Monitor. “Chris has a great deal of experience both in theater and in journalism,” said David Todd. “He has an investigator’s need to find the truth and a playwright’s vision for how to tell it. We feel that he’s the right person to take on such a pressing subject.”
The cast of “Live Bodies for Sale” includes Leilani Barrett, Rocky Encalada, Arien Hodges, Rochelle Jones, Hayley Johnson, Joseph Milan, Juliette Regnier, and Emily Taylor. Design for the production is by Inda Blatch-Geib (costumes), Marcus Dana (lights), Beau Reinker (sound), and Lisa L. Wiley (props). The staff includes Kristen Boehnlein (stage manager), Brittany “Charlie” Jones (assistant stage manager), and Tom Hayes (carpenter).
“Live Bodies for Sale” runs November 22 through December 15, 2019, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and groups, and $12 for students. Group packages can be arranged by contacting Playwrights Local at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 302-8856. For complete information, visit www.playwrightslocal.org.
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Artists / Performers / Vendors of all Types: Register NOW to get involved in downtown Euclid’s Art Walk
Save the date for Friday, September 13th from 5-8pm when the annual Art Walk returns to a newly renovated Triangle Park. Interactive programming, a beer garden, local food, live music and of course ART will once again fill downtown as the district comes alive.
Cleveland’s House of Blues has hosted rock legends like B.B. King, Blue Oyster Cult, and Parliament Funkadelic – but on Wednesday, June 19th, it will welcome Northeast Ohio attorneys and judges for a unique night of local entertainment! “Jam for Justice” is The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s annual summer fundraiser. For the past 11 years, “Jam” has featured musicians from the legal profession, but in 2019, doctors, accountants, and other Cleveland-area professionals are joining the lineup to support Legal Aid and show how our entire community works together to #ExtendJustice. This year’s concert features seven bands and one DJ performing a variety of musical styles, from folk-rock to disco and Motown, plus original material and covers of your favorite classic rock anthems.
There’s a Fest in your Future!
Waterloo Arts Fest, Saturday, June 29, Noon to 7:00pm
Waterloo Rd between E.161st St and Calcutta Ave
The first Waterloo Arts Fest boasted a parade – of children five to twelve attending the arts camp – two or three vendors, some music and a hotdog stand run by the Executive director. It was terrific.
The 17th Fest will not have a parade, but it will feature more than 30 local bands playing a great mix of music, local handmade art vendors (I think the vendors are human; it’s the art that’s handmade), CLE’s best food trucks, and an exciting mix of innovative and interactive art experiences for all ages. At the Waterloo Arts Fest, you can roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and give art a try.
If you’ve never attended, you may like to know that Waterloo Arts is a nonprofit art center with a mission: enrich the neighborhood culturally and economically with art. To that end, we have gallery shows, theatre and music performances, special events and unusual programs for kids. Actually, everything Waterloo Arts does is unusual, because artists.
We don’t just orchestrate this festival, we also manage an art gallery, public art projects, a community arts center and artist studios.
The Friends of Euclid Creek, in partnership with the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Painting workshop June 1st and 2nd for adults and families. (Families are encouraged to register but there will only be one barrel per family.)
Childish Hippie is a upcoming music artist in Cleveland, I had a chance to interview him and learn the artist they call Childish Hippie
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To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the last time that the Cuyahoga River caught on fire in 1969--which contributed to the establishment of the U. S. Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act in the late 60's and early 70's-- The Friends of Euclid Creek, the Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project, and the City of Beachwood are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Painting Competition! Twelve artists's designs will be selected and commissioned to paint their designs on rain barrels; and, when completed, the barrels will be exhibited in the gallery space at the Beachwood Community Center. Commissioned artists will be given a 55 gallon rain barrel on which to complete their design, and paid $100 for their finished barrels. The barrels will be auctioned via a silent auction during the course of the art exhibit with the proceeds benefiting the Friends of Euclid Creek Conservation Fund. Valuable prizes will be awarded to the top three designs in the categories of Professional Artist, Amateur, and Child artist as determined by a Jury of local artists and arts professionals.
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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1), by Deborah Harkness is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Once I started the book, I couldn’t but it down and read the other two books in the series in two weeks. Once I finished the series, I was a little sad it was over, like when a good friend moves away, and you don’t get to see them every day. Yes, it’s another book about witches, vampires and daemons and their struggle in the human world, but it is not a copy cat of the books of this genre that have come before it. Deborah Harkness created a new way to look at these creatures, they aren’t monsters, but the same as the humans that they live around.
Once again, the halls, classrooms and auditorium of the Shore Cultural Centre will resonate with folk and traditional music on Saturday, February 23 from 1:00pm-10:00pm. The fourth annual Lake Erie Folk Fest will take place throughout the building with 40+ FREE Community Concerts, music and dance workshops, community jams, kids’ activities, dances and more, 1pm – 6pm, including:
After having read about the completion of the rebuilding of Euclid Beach Park pier, in a free moment I finally made my way down to see it for myself. Though the official ribbon cutting of the 2.5 million dollar project is planned for the week of May 20th, after remaining landscaping is finished, it is currently open and accessible to visitors. The original pier, which was built to receive ferries shuttling passengers to the former amusement park, now has been rebuilt in a shortened version allowing for access onto the lake for sightseeing and fishing.
Honoring the right to free speech and inspiring Clevelanders to consider the role of free speech in our civic landscape, The City Club of Cleveland partnered with Cleveland Metropolitan School District to install a new public mural at New Tech Collinwood High School. This is one of three murals by local artists as part of its “Freedom of Speech Mural Project.”
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Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.
Collinwood Author Annie Hogsett’s Second Mystery Novel, Murder to the Metal, to Hit Bookshelves June 5th
Cleveland author Annie Hogsett’s second mystery novel, Murder to the Metal, will be released on June 5 by Poisoned Pen Press,an independent mystery book publisher and one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. The book will be available at Cleveland bookstores as well as online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Poisoned Pen Press’s website.
Back for a second time at HGR Industrial Surplus, but in a different space in the front of the building in HGR's Incoming/Receiving area, HGR Industrial Surplus will be hosting Amanda and Jason Radcliffe's, of 44 Steel, annual F*SHO, a contemporary and industrial furniture design show, for one night on Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s still free and put on courtesy of 44 Steel. There’s still free beer and music. But, this year we will have a variety of food trucks so that the food doesn’t run out, and we can buy more beer! Last year was such a success with more than 2,000 attendees that you won’t want to miss it. If you did, you can read about last year’s show here.
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Maria Neil @ The LaSalle
April 20, 2018 – April 22, 2018
LaSalle Arts & Media Center
Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cleveland, OH – The Maria Neil Art Project
presents their first ‘pop-up’ temporary
exhibition in the storefronts of the new LaSalle
Arts & Media Center in Collinwood. The
exhibition features the latest new work by local
Cleveland artist Timothy Callaghan. Proceeds
from the exhibition will be donated to the
revitalization of the LaSalle Arts & Media Center.
‘A Lovely Tremble’ is a body of work featuring the scenery that is the East 185th Street
neighborhood of Collinwood. "In the later half of 2016 I began a body of work with the
intention of limiting myself to what could be found as source material on E. 185 Street, the
street I live off of in Cleveland, Ohio, “ says artist Timothy Callaghan. The process began with
the artist working ‘en plein air’ or, painting outdoors, in a large format sketchbook with
walnut ink observing the landscapes he could walk to from his home. After the intimal ink
Maria Neil @ Waterloo Arts
April 6, 2018 – May 13, 2018
Waterloo Arts Gallery
Friday, April 6, 2018
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cleveland, OH – The Maria Neil Art Project marks
their return to the Cleveland gallery scene with a
provocative and compelling exhibition by New
York based artist Steve Cup.
‘Breaking Point’, opening on Friday, April 6 at Waterloo Arts in Collinwood, is one artists’
visual response to the first year of the Trump presidency. In this body of work Steve Cup
explores what he – and perhaps others - see as a rapidly deteriorating sense of community
as the country reaches all-time levels of divisiveness. Spanning personal works, private
commissions and commercial work, each piece represents an immediate, often emotional
reaction to the violently changing social tide in America including themes of gun violence,
migration, racism and Trump himself.
The exhibition, curated by John Farina and Adam Tully, marks the Maria Neil Art Project’s
return to the art scene after closing their Waterloo gallery last year. “We are so excited to
get back into doing what we love – exhibiting incredible, thought provoking artwork,” says
Tully, “This exhibition will not disappoint. Some may take offense to the material and find it
‘in –your-face’ and others will find it bold and an accurate reflection of the current social and
political situation today.”
On Friday February 2, the Waterloo Arts gallery hosted a blacklight Mardi Glo party to show off the sixth annual DayGloSho exhibition. The exhibition featured work made by forty-two local artists all using the famous fluorescent paint donated by Cleveland’s own DayGlo Color Corp. Thus the exhibition displayed work throughout the space under blacklight, even spilling over into the next-door, adjoining space Callaloo Café. The Creative Space classroom was used as a craft area for both children and adults, and some goers were even dressed in the Mardi Gras theme, wearing masks made with DayGlo paint. The Executive Director of the arts nonprofit, Amy Callahan, chose the artists using a combination of a formal application, as well as cultivating local talent by reaching out to new artists, so that the show stays innovative and full of fresh talent from year to year. DayGlo was also generous to sponsor prizes for six different artists, with Douglas Max Utter taking home the first-place prize. The winners were chosen by members of Waterloo’s gallery committee, Robert Thurmer, Director at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery and Nancy Prudic, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Lake Erie College.
Music for Miles Presents Amphion’s String Quartet Sunday March 11, 4 pm
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UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s most enduring non-profit children’s theatre companies, invites area youths, ages 7 to 15, to audition for the troupe’s Spring 2018 musical, Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
Classical music is the hallmark of our civilization. Its roots go back ancient Greece. The main style periods of classical music are the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic Impressionistic and 20th Century. Music composed in all of these periods is still being performed today.
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A musical tale about Old West legendary performer and Ohioan, Annie Oakley comes to life on Shore Cultural Centre’s stage October 13-22 in Silhouette Production’s presentation of Irving Berlin’s classic musical Annie Get Your Gun. Annie’s (Kate Michalski) natural ability as a sharpshooter is discovered by Buffalo Bill (Clayton Minder) and she is persuaded to join his infamous Wild West Show. Complications ensue when Annie falls in love with the show’s star, Frank Butler (Allen Seely), and her skills put her on top as the show’s star attraction. Annie Get Your Gun hits the mark throughout the show with classic tunes such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “The Girl That I Marry” and “Anything You Can Do”.
Irving Berlin's "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 'will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'
I am always amazed by the seemingly endless inventiveness of artists. They seem to get inspiration from so many different things. Some find excitement in the natural environment, others in a fantastic world. The expressions are equally varied and exciting. In Cleveland and in my experience with SPACES, a non-profit art organization, many find rich inspiration for their artwork in the fading industrial landscape of Cleveland. Often the artists will arrive from foreign lands and other cities and are drawn immediately to the large warehouses and manufacturing centers, and of course the steel mills with their stacks spitting fire over the downtown skyline. When the artists arrive to work at SPACES as part of the residency, HGR Industrial Surplus often comes up as a resource for material and inspiration.
Perhaps you have lately noticed a fresh spot of color acting like a beacon to Waterloo Road. The new mural, designed by French-born and British-educated designer and artist Camille Walala, was commissioned by Jack Mueller, a real estate investor who owns the former bank building on Waterloo Road. The building, upon completion of its interior, will be home to Poplife, a pop-up gallery, health food space, and donation-only yoga studio.
Walala’s work is inspired by the Italian-lead Memphis Movement from the 1980s but is updated with influences from the Ndebele tribe and optical art. She has large-scale works in some of the most important cities in the world: New York, Paris, London, Sydney, and now Cleveland. Mueller said he stumbled across Walala’s work online and was excited about its Memphis influences. From there the artist and the investor developed a friendship over Instagram, both sharing a love of graphic shapes and bold colors. When Mueller saw an opportunity to commission a mural from his favorite artist, he reached out, bringing Camille and her partner Julie Jomaa across the Atlantic for the project.
Mueller has said it is important to him that the building’s exterior reflect its interior, revealing his business’ dedication to the sublimity of bold shapes and bright colors. Simply, he “wants to make the world a more colorful place.” Walala’s aesthetic, bursting with sunny colors like cherry red, millennial pink, canary yellow, and “nifty turquoise” adds a splash of color, hopefully a smile, and a little bit of wonderment to the days of many Clevelanders.
Waterloo is lucky to have an investor like Jack, who believes in public art and in making art as accessible as possible. Amy Callahan, Executive Director at the nonprofit Waterloo Arts, notes that public art is important because: “[if] you live in a neighborhood where there’s poverty, that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be able to see art on their walls just for art’s sake.” Callahan went on to say that every neighborhood deserves something beautiful, something that provides a unique point of pride and helps carve an identity out for residents. In particular, street art is like “having a conversation outside,” and murals act as canvases that humanize our urban landscape. Walala’s piece starts a conversation about the creativity and energy of humanity and about the egalitarianism of street art to passerby.
Working from her dining room table was getting old. Pamela Turos’ children would say, “Remember when we used to eat lunch here?”
If you have not been on E.185th Street in a while, you are missing out! New businesses are opening and adding increased vibrancy to the street. One such business is Jack Flaps Sammich. Owner Randy Carter opened the doors to this sandwich shop and deli - where he sells house made meats– in spring 2017.
Around this same time, Cleveland artist Bob Peck was looking for wall space for his next set of murals. The location had to be right - high visibility from the street, lots of car and pedestrian traffic and a community willing to embrace his abstract, colorful art. Bob’s work can also be seen in the nearby Waterloo Arts District.
The City of Euclid’s Department of Planning and Development saw the potential in a long, blank exterior wall at Sammich and introduced Bob to Randy. It was a match! In June, the City’s Architectural Review Board approved the design for the new mural and during the July 4th holiday weekend it was painted over the course of two days. Many people stopped by to watch the fascinating process of installing a painted mural.
The mural can be considered a success in many ways, including the fact that public art along E.185th Street emerged as highly desirable from the preliminary implementation recommendations presented in the City of Euclid’s Master Plan, which wraps up this summer with a Public Meeting on Wednesday, July 12th from 6:30-8pm. Public art was also favored in the TLCI planning for the same corridor.
Check out the new mural the next time you are hungry: a parking lot for Sammich is conveniently located in front of the mural off of Abby Avenue.
Cleveland writer, Annie Hogsett’s mystery, Too Lucky to Live – #1 in her Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead series – made its debut on May 2 through Poisoned Pen Press,an independent mystery book publisher and one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. The book is available at Cleveland bookstores as well as online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Poisoned Pen Press’s website.
Get your band on the road to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
As we enter our sixth year of M4M concerts, we’re feeling called to expand the horizons, and travel further into the many-splendored world of “classical” music – without losing sight of the favorites that brought us here in the first place.
The Scoop on Summer is looking to hire an artist for its 11th edition, which will see 10,000+ copies printed and distributed in and around Collinwood. Selected artists will create the cover art, as well as images for the interior of the publication. Examples of previous editions are online at www.bit.ly/scoopart.
North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 23rd season in 2017 with the beloved theatre show Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Tickets to all three performances of this Broadway-style musical can now be purchased online. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
Three Spring concerts at Waterloo Arts
When the working day is done Girls, they want to have fun
I sat down with Malena Grigoli, to discuss her art project, that she's bringing to South Collinwood. Malena, an 18 year old student, knows the value of art and having a mentor in her life. She attends Ohio Virtual Academy (But she take all of her classes at Tri-C through the College Credit Plus program)
Critically acclaimed play on the 2014 Tamir Rice shooting in Cleveland to be remounted for four weeks only. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the ensemble-written work returns from February 17 through March 11 at Waterloo Arts.
Cleveland, OH; December 19, 2016
Playwrights Local is pleased to announce the return of its critically acclaimed documentary play, Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the original staging of this ensemble-written work will be remounted for four weeks only. Performances will run from February 17 through March 11, 2017 at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts. Additional information, including details on tickets and special post-show discussions, can be found at http://playwrightslocal.org/.
Objectively/Reasonable was hailed by The Plain Dealer as “electric, probing and uncomfortably raw…a play that needs to be seen.” By Cool Cleveland, it was praised as “a work that should travel to theaters all over the country…a catharsis.” Talkin’ Broadway pronounced it “a show that begs to be seen by police officers and citizens alike,” while Broadway World proclaimed it “a must-see experience for anyone interested in the real world around them.” The original production received national coverage from NPR, American Theatre, and HowlRound, and has been commissioned for special presentations by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and YWCA Greater Cleveland. Playwrights Local is proud to bring this powerful new work back to Cleveland audiences by popular demand.
New one-person show portrays the tragicomic coming of age of playwright/performer Amy Schwabauer. Directed by Dale Heinen, the production runs January 13 through 28 at Waterloo Arts.