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The Creative Compass event calendar is focused on events geared toward individual artists. For a list of public arts and culture events in Cleveland, visit http://www.cacgrants.org/find-an-event/.

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Get Home Alive Free Holiday Rides

Jurisdigital
Sep 04, 2017 - Sep 05, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM | Cleveland and Greater Area | Community
Every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Drunk driving is especially common during certain holidays.

Tittle & Perlmuter wants to make sure you arrive to your destiny safely after the holiday celebration. Enjoy a free ride on them.

Fiction in All Forms w/ Laura Maylene Walter

Literary Cleveland
Sep 06, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017 7 - 9 p.m. | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave., Cleve. OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Are you writing a novel? Short stories? Flash fiction? It’s all welcome in this four-week workshop designed to help strengthen, deepen, and enrich your fiction, no matter the form. Writers should be prepared to submit one piece of fiction in advance of the first workshop. (Workshop submissions are limited to 25 double-spaced pages—one story, a novel excerpt, or up to three pieces of flash fiction. Ideally, novel excerpts should consist of first 25 pages rather than a chapter from the middle of the manuscript.) During close readings of these submissions, we’ll discuss plot, character development, structure, style, tension, pacing, and more, while additional assignments will help generate new material.

Shakespeare in Love - Tech Night

Cleveland Play House
Sep 06, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Allen Theatre | Community
Hear from the director and designers, then sit in on a technical rehearsal ("tech") to see how set, lights, sound, costumes and actors all come together as opening night nears!

Writing Out Loud w/ Dana Norris

Literary Cleveland
Sep 07, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017 7 - 9 p.m. | TBD | Hone Your Craft
Harness your natural affinity for narrative and learn how to become a magnetic storyteller at our Writing Out Loud workshop with Dana Norris!

Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought "I want to do that"? This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We'll show you how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.

Each student will move a personal story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll create stories, discuss the fundamentals of live storytelling, and provide feedback on each others' work. Outside of class you'll be encouraged to attend storytelling shows and discover techniques you can use to enhance your own writing and performances. The class will conclude with a public show on Wed. 10/29 where students will join the storytelling community in full. Always wanted to be on that stage, reading your work? Now's your chance!

Clapback: The poetry of Tyehimba Jess Unplugged

Karamu House
Sep 08, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Karamu House, 2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | Community
In partnership with The Cleveland Foundation, Brews + Prose, Twelve Literary + Performative Arts Incubator and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Karamu presents “Clapback: The poetry of Tyehimba Jess Unplugged” on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Jelliffe Theatre located at 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. The event will feature the award-winning works of Tyehimba Jess, the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner for poetry and 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner. The event will include local artists Mary Barrett, DJ Candi Fresca, Damien McClendon, as well as the musical group Moshuro featuring Eli Hanley (keys), Dan Fernandez (drums), and Jordan McBride (bass). For more information, visit www.karamuhouse.org and www.ClevelandFoundation.org.

Greater Tuna Dinner Theater

Geauga Lyric Theater
Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 Friday and Saturday at 6:30, Sunday at 12:30 | Huntsburg Community Center, 12396 Madison Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062 | Community
Geauga Lyric Theater is taking their show on the road!
In collaboration with Chow Down Catering, Geauga Lyric Theater will provide Dinner and a Show at Chow Down's location in Huntsburg!
Presenting a buffet dinner and the hilarious show Greater Tuna
Great food! Great parking! Great Theater! A great time!

Sept. 8th and 9th at 6:30pm & Sept. 10th at 12:30pm, Huntsburg Community Center, 12396 Madison Rd, Middlefield, OH​
Tickets $25. Call 440-286-2255 for reservations. boxoffice@geaugatheater.org

Dinner theater is now right around the corner in Huntsburg! Come and see "Greater Tuna" performed by the amazing cast of the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild and feast on some fabulous food by Chow Down Catering in our comfortable and air-conditioned banquet room!
Bill the Bartender will be serving a cash bar with beer and wine on Friday andSaturday and mimosas and bloody mary's on Sunday!
Experience a hysterically funny show, meet some terrific people and eat some fabulous food for a great price...
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!

Shakespeare in Love

Cleveland Play House
Sep 09, 2017 - Oct 01, 2017 | Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Ave. | Community
The Academy Award-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love comes to the stage, complete with swordfights, secret trysts, and backstage drama. Young playwright Will Shakespeare is short on inspiration until he encounters the beguiling Viola, and their star-crossed love inspires a masterpiece. Filled with action-packed adventure, fiery romance, and wit, get ready to fall head over heels for Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Laura Kepley’s lush, lavish, and lusty production that celebrates the power of live theatre.

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall; based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard

Tickets on sale now!

Pandemonium 2017: UNLEASH

Cleveland Public Theatre
Sep 09, 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual fundraising extravaganza and “Party of the Year” transforms the CPT campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual art and performance in every corner. Tickets are all-inclusive, featuring fabulous local food, free valet and complimentary drinks served all night long. A feast for the eyes, mind, appetite and imagination – Pandemonium proceeds benefit CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs.

Tickets: $165. $95 is tax deductible.

Motive, Means, and Opportunity: Building a Mystery w/ Shelley Costa & Casey Daniels

Literary Cleveland
Sep 09, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | CPL Memorial-Nottingham Branch, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleve. OH 44110 | Hone Your Craft
Learn how to write compelling mysteries with published authors Shelley Costa and Casey Daniels! Develop your work and get feedback in a supportive group environment. This workshop is recommended for beginning and intermediate writers that have completed a draft of at least one short story. Participants will study the craft, complete writing exercises, and read each other’s work. Note: Registrants can sign up for one or both sessions, as there will be some repetition but different material will be covered in each one.

Shakespeare in Love

Cleveland Play House
Sep 09, 2017 - Oct 01, 2017 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. | Allen Theatre | Community
The Academy Award-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love comes to the stage, complete with swordfights, secret trysts, and backstage drama. Young playwright Will Shakespeare is short on inspiration until he encounters the beguiling Viola, and their star-crossed love inspires a masterpiece. Filled with action-packed adventure, fiery romance, and wit, get ready to fall head over heels for CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley’s lush, lavish, and lusty production that celebrates the power of live theatre.

Acting Out! Cleveland Arts Fest for Mental Health and Addiction Awareness

Acting Out! Cleveland
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017 | Various Locations, Gordon Square Arts District | Community
Four day arts fest for mental health and addiction awareness. Includes comedy, talk, music, film and art.

Kickstarting Your Evaluation: Strategies for Planning and Assessment

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. | CSU’s Parker Hannifin, Room 104–105 2258 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115 | Hone Your Craft
Kickstarting Your Evaluation: Strategies for Planning and Assessment
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
What are the best ways to plan for evaluation and assess your organization’s evaluation capacity? During this interactive workshop,
Dr. Powers will highlight a variety of approaches and introduce free resources and tools needed to establish frameworks for effective evaluation.

Implementing Evaluation Design and Data Collection
Thursday, September 14, 2017
This follow-up session will cover the requirements for different types of studies, the value of choosing different designs for funding reports, best practices in data collection and the efficient use of technology to manage and analyze data.

Spotlight: Deborah Pinter

Heights Arts
Sep 15, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 | Heights Arts | Community
Ornamental Containment, a series of new monotype prints by Deborah Pinter, is showcased in the spotlight gallery beginning Friday, September 15. In the series, Deborah continues her exploration of directly creating prints from natural elements such as leaves, branches and stones, while using the creative restraint of circular compositions on square paper.

Deborah’s work is in numerous collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland State University Art Collection, and Progressive Art Collection.

Join Heights Arts for an opening reception, refreshments, and opportunity to meet the artist on Friday, September 15, 6 -9 p.m. On view through Sunday, October 29.

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

Tremont West Development Corporation
Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 11:00AM-6:00PM (Saturday) 12:00PM-5:00PM (Sunday) | Lincoln Park, 1050 Starkweather Ave. | Community
The Nineteenth Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival returns to Lincoln Park on September 16-17, 2017. The mission of the Festival is to celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and Greater Cleveland by encouraging the artistic and cultural endeavors of its visual and performing artists.

The weekend Festival is comprised of four categories or program areas which include: Children's-hands-on arts, historical, and educational projects; Community-area non-profit organizations presenting material about their mission and services; Cultural-food sales by Tremont churches, other non-profit organizations, and Tremont restaurants reflecting the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood; and sales of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and photographs created by Tremont and Northeast Ohio artists.

The Festival will also have music and dance performances both Saturday and Sunday on one main stage located near Kenilworth Avenue between West 14th Street and West 11th Street.
Hours : Saturday – 11AM – 6PM & Sunday – 12PM– 5PM

RAIN OR SHINE

Admission to the Festival is free. The Festival is presented by Merrick House and co-presented by Tremont West Development Corp. and Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman. For questions and information contact Festival Manager, Scott Rosenstein, at 216-575-0920 ext. 106 or tremont701@yahoo.com - www.tremontartsfestival.com

CLICKS Ballet Intensive

Verb Ballets
Sep 16, 2017 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Verb Ballets Studio | Community, Hone Your Craft
"CLICK” into gear at Verb Ballets’ Fall Ballet Intensive. This full day program will help you improve and strengthen your technique with classes including conditioning, ballet, pointe and company repertory.

Master classes led by Verb Ballets’ Associate Director, Richard Dickinson, MFA and Verb dancers. These classes are recommended for all students and pre-professionals ages 12+. Cost is $75 and includes lunch.

Support for Artists World Café

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Sep 16, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Rainey Institute, 1705 East 55th Street Cleveland, OH 44105 | Community
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's community-led Support for Artists Planning Team (SFAPT) invites local artists to a World Café on Saturday, September 16 at Rainey Institute. This community conversation is an opportunity to share your needs and aspirations as an artist in Cuyahoga County, and offer feedback on the SFAPT's vision and direction. Parking is available in the back of the building and overflow across the street. A light lunch will be provided.

Publishing a Memoir When You're Not Famous or Dead (Free!)

Literary Cleveland
Sep 20, 2017 7:00 p.m. | Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH | Community
September's edition of Between the Lines features writer and award-winning podcast host Ken Schneck! Join us at Happy Dog Euclid to see Ken read from his recently published memoir Seriously, What am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew. Following the reading Ken will offer tips for crafting a compelling and relatable memoir and take questions from the audience. He will also chat with journalist Joanna Connors about his approach to writing.

Karamu House Open House

Karamu House
Sep 20, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 09.20 | 4PM – 6PM, 09.23 | 9AM – 12PM | KARAMU HOUSE 2355 E. 89th Street Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 4PM – 6PM
• Grades 6-12 (ONLY)
• Students will go through a rotation of dance, drama and vocal music
• Classes are free of charge for the day
• Parent Info Session will start at 6PM

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 9AM – 12PM
• Ages 5 through Adult
• Guests are invited to participate in any of the class offerings, free of charge

Writing About Nature w/ Lee Chilcote

Literary Cleveland
Sep 21, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Look About Lodge at South Chagrin Reservation, 37374 Miles Road, Bentleyville | Hone Your Craft
Lit Cleveland Director Lee Chilcote will be your guide to explore poetry and personal essays with a focus on nature and environment. Read selections from writers who explore a connection between their lives and the environment, complete a writing exercise, and share your work with other participants.

The Dark Lady of the Sonnets

WordStage
Sep 22, 2017 7:30 PM | The Wright Chapel at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church – 14502 Detroit Ave. at Marlowe in Downtown Lakewood, OH | Community
This 1910 short comedy by George Bernard Shaw in which William Shakespeare, intending to meet the “Dark Lady”, accidentally encounters Queen Elizabeth I and attempts to persuade her to create a national theatre. The play was written as part of a campaign, ardently supported by Shaw to create a “Shakespeare National Theatre” by 1916.

The play refers to the “dark lady”, who is the addressee of Shakespeare’s sonnets 127 to 152, so-called because her hair is said to be black and her skin “dun.”

In the sonnets, the poet is apparently involved in a sexual relationship with the Lady, but it is implied that she is unfaithful to him, perhaps with the “Fair Youth”, the young man who is the addressee of most of the other sonnets.

The 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival

Playwrights Local
Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 12pm - 11:59pm | Waterloo Arts | Community
Playwrights Local announces the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival, the latest staging of this free, annual celebration of dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. Presented on Saturday, September 23, the Festival features open workshop and craft talk sessions, new plays by local authors, a special video screening with the Oatman Players, and additional co-presentations with the Dramatists Guild and the Bessemer Project. Sessions run from noon to midnight at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). All offerings are open to the public, and tickets or reservations are not required. The Festival is intended for adults and teens.

Building New Worlds: Creating the Perfect Sci-Fi/Fantasy Settings

Lake Erie Ink
Sep 23, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland | Hone Your Craft
Lake Erie Ink’s Weekend Ink workshop series kicks off in September with a journey to another world. At this workshop, youth of all ages will learn to perfect the art of creating alternate realities with guest author Charlotte Morgan.

Workshop leader Charlotte Morgan teaches composition and rhetoric at Cleveland State University. She is a veteran journalist and non-fiction writer who has been published locally, regionally and nationally; and in addition, she has been building worlds in her film scripts, plays, and short science fiction stories. Presently she is completing work on a novel, The Warhol Moment and a play, The Least, the Last and the Lost.

Weekend Ink is a series of creative expression workshops for all ages where youth explore fun genres with guest artists and writers. Weekend Ink is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

CLEVELAND NEA BIG READ KICK-OFF! presented by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 10am - 12pm | Cleveland Public Library – Carnegie West Branch, 1900 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) is launching its NEA Big Read celebration of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel with a public kick-off on September 23, 2017 from 10am - 12pm at the Cleveland Public Library’s Carnegie West Branch.

Highlights of the event include live music, an overview of Cleveland Big Read public programming, and a reading from the novel. Attendees of the event will also have a chance to explore CAL’s interpretation of the book’s Museum of Civilization.

NEA Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Artist talk with Donald Black

Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Sep 24, 2017 4 - 8 p.m. | The Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
Experience "A Beautiful Burden" from the eye of artist Donald Black Jr. This photographic journey is free and open to the public.

The Ohio Board of Education aka The State School Board (League of Women Voters)

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Sep 25, 2017 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Shaker Heights Public Library | Community
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Shaker Heights Public Library: Panelists, Meryl Johnson, Member, Board of Education; Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senator (R-6) Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education; Mary Rose Oakar, Former Member, Board of Education. The purpose of this program is to let parents and the entire community know what the State Board of Education does, its relationship to the Ohio legislature and most importantly, how the public can help our elected officials, on both the State School Board and the legislature be more effective.

Shakespeare in Love - Behind the Scenes

Cleveland Play House
Sep 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Allen Theatre | Community
Text-ing (the Old Fashioned Way)

Join Shakespeare in Love cast members Brian Owen and Evan Zes in this hands-on interactive workshop! Brian and Evan will provide insights and practical approaches on how to utilize Shakespeare’s words and make them soar for a modern audience.

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day
Sep 26, 2017 All Day | Community
National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 26th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

NEA BIG READ UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP presented by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 27, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017 4pm - 5pm | Cleveland Public Library – Jefferson Branch, 4850 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
Part of the Cleveland NEA Big Read celebration of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. NEA Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

In a post-pandemic society, production is halted and survivors must get creative to survive. In these workshops, participants will have the opportunity to repurpose and upcycle common items into new, useful products for a post-apocalyptic world.

For youth and teens ages 6-18 years old.

NEA BIG READ BOOK DISCUSSION/CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP presented by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 27, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017 7pm -9pm | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Part of the Cleveland NEA Big Read celebration of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. NEA Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Join Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and Literary Cleveland to discuss Station Eleven, then learn how to channel your own ideas into a creative short story. Literary Cleveland's capable instructors will guide participants through the writing process as they let their creativity flow. All are welcome. Reading of Station Eleven is not required.

For adults 18+

NEA BIG READ UPCYCLE/MAKER WORKSHOP presented by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 28, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Cleveland Public Library – Lorain Branch, 8216 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Part of the Cleveland NEA Big Read celebration of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. NEA Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

In a post-pandemic society, production is halted and survivors must get creative to survive. In these workshops, participants will have the opportunity to repurpose and upcycle common items into new, useful products for a post-apocalyptic world.

For youth and teens ages 6-18 years old.

Station Eleven Book Discussion and Creative Writing Workshop (Free!)

Literary Cleveland
Sep 30, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017 Sat. 9/30, 2 - 4 p.m., Tues. 10/24, 5:30-7p | 9/30 - Cleveland Public Library Addison Branch, 6901 Superior Ave, Cleve., 10/24 - Cleveland Public Library Jefferson Branch, 850 Jefferson Ave, Cleve. | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join Literary Cleveland at Cleveland Public Library to discuss Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, then learn how to channel your own ideas into your own creative writing. Literary Cleveland instructor Matt Weinkam will guide participants through the writing process as they let their creativity flow. All are welcome. Reading of Station Eleven is not required. Please note another session takes place Tues. Oct. 24th from 5:30-7p at CPL's Jefferson Branch. Participants are welcome to attend both sessions.

Think Pieces: How to Get Published in 24 Hours w/ Marchaé Grair

Literary Cleveland
Sep 30, 2017 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave, Cleve. | Hone Your Craft
Are you looking for your big break in opinion writing but don't know where to start? Do you want to join the fun of getting published quickly as you take a strong position on a hot topic? If you answered yes to these questions, you're ready to get to work on your first think piece!

Think pieces are dominating online publications, and they're a great way to expand your writing portfolio quickly. Join writer and editor Marchaé Grair as you learn how to plan, pitch, and write a think piece, your key to getting published in 24 hours or less.

STEAM SATURDAY WORKSHOP: Her Ideas in Motion GAME DESIGN presented by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 30, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017 9am - 12pm | Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, 10917 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community
CAL presents its new pilot program, STEAM Saturdays, which will provide FREE instruction in technology, engineering, and media arts to middle and high school students.

This session will feature Her Ideas in Motion programming, which is designed to help reduce barriers of girls interested in STEM fields. Learning directly from volunteer mentors working in technology, girls 11-14 will experience game design through hands-on projects, helping to build a strong foundation in tech.

NEA BIG READ BOOK DISCUSSION/CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP presented by Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Sep 30, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017 2pm - 3pm | Cleveland Public Library – Addison Branch, 6901 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Part of the Cleveland NEA Big Read celebration of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. NEA Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Join Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and Literary Cleveland to discuss Station Eleven, then learn how to channel your own ideas into a creative short story. Literary Cleveland's capable instructors will guide participants through the writing process as they let their creativity flow. All are welcome. Reading of Station Eleven is not required.

For adults 18+