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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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Winter Performing Arts Camp

Charles F. Brush High School
Dec 28, 2016 - Jan 07, 2017 | Charles F. Brush High School; 4875 Glenlyn Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124 | Community
Does your student love to sing? Dance? Act? We have an affordable solution for you! Registration is still open for the new performing arts camp hosted by the Brush Vocal Music Department, Camp S.T.A.R.D.O.M. (S-tudents in T-he A-rts R-eaching for their D-reams O-f M-usic) taking place on Saturday, January 7th, 2017.

Camp S.T.A.R.D.O.M. is a one-day performing arts camp open to students Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Campers will partner with a High School member of one of the three Brush Choirs for a day of Voice, Dance, and Acting Workshops. The day also includes lunch. The following weekend campers perform onstage at the 2017 Brush Choral Festival on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 6:00pm.

Camp Day Session Options:
1. 9:00-11:00am
2. 11:00-1:00pm
3. 1:00-3:00pm

Information Meeting on CPT's Station Hope

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jan 07, 2017 1 p.m. | Cleveland Public Theatre | Build Your Business
CPT will be discussing how Station Hope has worked in the past and sharing information about the application process. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by January 4th to Andy Weyenberg, CPT's Artistic and Education Associate, at atweyenberg@cptonline.org. This year, Station Hope will be on April 29th, 2017. CPT is looking for artists, performance groups, choirs and organizations to create original work and perform at this powerful event.

This is NOT About My Dead Dog

Playwrights Local
Jan 13, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30PM | Creative Space at Waterloo Arts | Community
Playwrights Local proudly announces “This is NOT About My Dead Dog,” a new one-person show written and performed by Amy Schwabauer. In this world premiere production, the Cleveland-based Schwabauer combines reflections on love, sex, and alcohol with loud-out-loud stories from an awkward girlhood. Tackling German shepherds, boyfriends, and other attachments, the writer/performer takes the audience through her journey from lonely child to young partier to (relatively) well-adjusted adult. “This is NOT About My Dead Dog” is part pain journal and part offbeat rumination on aquatic life. It is heartbreaking, but always bracingly honest and funny. Featuring direction by Dale Heinen, performances run January 13 through 28 at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts.

Banish Your ShakesFEAR

Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Jan 13, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017 12:00PM-3:00PM BOTH DAYS | OSF at Greystone Hall events 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
Shakes-fear is a common place ailment, but one we can easily remedy! Join Artistic Director Terry Burgler for this acting workshop that dives into Shakespeare's words and demystifies some of Will's most beautiful language. You'll see the "acting clues" hidden in the text, learn how to make iambic pentameter work for you, and explore classical acting techniques that will makes your Shakes-fear disappear. Ages 12+.

$75 for two days (6 hours) training.

Banish your ShakesFEAR

Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Jan 14, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017 noon - 3:00 PM | Greystone Hall, 103 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
Shakes-fear is a common place ailment, but one we can easily remedy! Join Artistic Director Terry Burgler for this acting workshop that dives into Shakespeare's words and demystifies some of Will's most beautiful language. You'll see the "acting clues" hidden in the text, learn how to make iambic pentameter work for you, and explore classical acting techniques that will makes your Shakes-fear disappear. Ages 12+.

From Page to Stage: That's My Story and I'm Sticking To It

Literary Cleveland
Jan 14, 2017 - Feb 04, 2017 10:00 AM - noon | Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit | Space
With the motto of "Good stories don’t happen to good storytellers, good storytellers tell good stories," this four-week workshop will focus on creating one short story/piece sourced from personal experience and putting it on its feet and on paper. Workshop participants will engage in theatre games/acting exercises that will focus on bringing and sharing their own funny, sad or maddening experiences which inspire their work. Improvisation and the analysis of existing material will be used to break down and apply narrative structure to the work being done each week. If you find yourself in love with The Moth, DNTO, This American Life and the myriad of storytelling shows out there, this workshop will get your hands dirty and leave you with your very own oral/written piece.

Public Poetry Workshop w/ Cindy Washabaugh

Literary Cleveland
Jan 14, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Cleveland Public Library's Literature Dept., 325 W Superior Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Writers of all levels and backgrounds welcome. Sharpen your craft and receive comments and suggestions on your work in a friendly group format. Please bring 10-15 copies of a poem. January's workshop will be led by Cindy Washabaugh, a poet, writer and community arts practitioner whose poetry chapbook Sings the Body was recently released by Finishing Line Press.

Cleveland IndieClub Meeting for filmmakers and supporters

Cleveland Indie Club
Jan 15, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Li Wah 2999 Payne Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 | Community
The Cleveland IndieClub, serving the community in Cleveland since 2003, is free of charge and for those who have the passion for making movies using film or video (whether it is in acting, directing, producing, writing, lighting or any other skill) and are looking for others who have similar interests. Cleveland IndieClub is part of the national network with over 30,000 members, check out the Cleveland IndieClub Facebook link for more information.

Showing locally made short films, teaser trailer, music video, etc. Filmmaker must be present.

Free Admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Jan 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland OH 44106 | Community
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is revving up for a great day of discovery! Visitors receive FREE general admission from 10am to 4pm on Monday, January 16. Curators will talk with guests outside of their labs and take out specimens that are not usually on display. Visitors can enjoy mini Shafran Planetarium shows for $1/person and participate in amazing demonstrations with scientists and students from Case Western Reserve University. Guests can meet Cleveland’s neighborhood wildlife in special live animal presentations, and make a craft to take home in Smead Discovery Center on the Museum's lower level.

The Rainey Chorus, featuring local children from 5 to 14 years of age, will give short performances at 11am and 12pm in Murch Auditorium. Their selections will honor Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and the season.

$10 flat rate parking in the Museum garage. University Circle, Inc. will provide free shuttle service to participating organizations. Parking will fill up fast! We recommend getting here early to beat the crowd.

The Craft of Blogging w/Jill Miller Zimon, Darlene English and Nikki Delamotte

Literary Cleveland
Jan 17, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd. | Hone Your Craft
Blogs come in all shapes and styles, and have become an established part of the literary, journalistic, professional, and social landscape. They are a great way to establish a platform as a writer or expert, promote a business, or just let the world know what you’re up to. The beautiful thing about blogs is that you don’t have to wait for permission to publish your work. You can just start doing it. The trick, though, is to do it well. This panel discussion will provide an overview of the entire blog process—focusing your concept, setting up your blog, generating good content, attracting attention. You’ll have a chance to write a draft post and get your questions answered.

Between the Lines w/ James Renner

Literary Cleveland
Jan 18, 2017 7:00 PM | Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Avenue | Hone Your Craft
Join Literary Cleveland for an evening with James Renner, a novelist and non-fiction writer whom The New York Times Sunday Book Review has called "shamelessly entertaining" and "just plain fun to read". Renner's novel "The Man From Primrose Lane" is being adapted by Fox with feature director-producer Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes). The author will read from his work, engage in a conversation with writer Katherine Clark, and take questions from the audience. Mac's Backs will sell books, and Renner will be on hand to sign them.

It's Elemental: Fire & Water

Valley Art Center
Jan 20, 2017 - Mar 01, 2017 | Valley Art Center | Community
This themed art show challenges artists to find creative ways to express two forces of nature that counter and complement each other: Fire & Water. The exhibiting artists show that there are many ways to artfully convey a human relationship with fire or water using observation, metaphor, imagination, symbolism and humor.

Juror: Kathy Skerritt

The opening reception is Friday, January 20 from 6 to 8 P.M., free and open to the public. Donations of savory or sweet finger foods are graciously accepted to keep gallery costs down.

Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Entry Point - A Festival of New Work

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jan 20, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm | Cleveland Public Theatre | Community, Hone Your Craft
Grab a pass and step into a festival-like atmosphere of raw art-in-progress. ENTRY POINT activities include staged readings, works-in-progress, open rehearsals, guest panel discussions & facilitated feedback between artists and audience after every showing. Purchase a day pass for $15, a full-weekend pass is $20. Students/Seniors receive $5. Before, during and after the show, visit the Entry Point Lounge to enjoy beer, wine and soda plus mingling and conversation with Entry Point artists.

Sorry, Please Continue: Inauguration Day

Sorry, Please Continue
Jan 20, 2017 7:00PM-10:00PM | B Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade | Community
Jan. 20 marks a new, weird era of the United States of America. We here at SPC decided to start this new age with stories about our first days. We want to hear about your firsts, whether it's the first day of marriage, first day at a new school or the first day of a new job.

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Cleveland Play House
Jan 21, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 | Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115 | Community
The hunting and haunting of the heir to the Baskerville fortune proves the most puzzling—and dangerous!—case in the illustrious careers of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson. Cleveland favorite Ken Ludwig is back with his madcap adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery, transforming The Hound of the Baskervilles into an all-out comedic theatrical adventure. Full of humor, horror, and plenty of stage magic, five actors play nearly 40 roles in this kooky and spooky caper that will have you howling with laughter.

Les Délices presents Mozart in Paris

Les Délices
Jan 21, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM | 2731 Prospect Gallery. 2731 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Cleveland’s risk-taking chamber ensemble Les Délices (pronounced Lay day-lease) will bring Classical chamber music on period instruments to their series for the first time on January 21 & 22, 2017 with Mozart in Paris. Montreal-based cellist Elinor Frey joins Les Délices for this special program that pairs chamber music by Mozart for oboe & strings with Paris’s toasts of the town - Boccherini, Gluck, and more.

Performers include: Debra Nagy (baroque oboe), Beth Wenstrom (violin), Julie Andrijeski (violin), Cynthia Black (viola), and Elinor Frey (cello).

Les Délices presents Mozart in Paris

Les Délices
Jan 22, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church. 2860 Coventry Rd. Shaker Heights, OH 44120 | Community
Cleveland’s risk-taking chamber ensemble Les Délices (pronounced Lay day-lease) will bring Classical chamber music on period instruments to their series for the first time on January 21 & 22, 2017 with Mozart in Paris. Montreal-based cellist Elinor Frey joins Les Délices for this special program that pairs chamber music by Mozart for oboe & strings with Paris’s toasts of the town - Boccherini, Gluck, and more.

Performers include: Debra Nagy (baroque oboe), Beth Wenstrom (violin), Julie Andrijeski (violin), Cynthia Black (viola), and Elinor Frey (cello).

Pre-concert discussion at 3pm. Reception to follow after the concert.

Shameless Self-Promotion w/Ken Schneck

Literary Cleveland
Jan 25, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Ave. | Hone Your Craft
If a writer pens something in the woods and no one is around to read it, does it make a sound? No. No it does not. Marketing your work is essential to building an audience. Whether you want to become a social media personality, describe yourself on your website, or simply answer the question “What do you do?" you need to know how to talk about it. Get inspired to share your work as we talk about the basics of self-marketing from social media to websites to that ever-important elevator pitch. We'll look at examples of successful author marketing and developing our own marketing ideas.

East Cleveland Public Library Wednesday Writers Program

East Cleveland Public Library
Jan 25, 2017 - Mar 22, 2017 5:30 - 6:45 PM | East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, OH 44112 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Drop in to one or all of the free sessions at East Cleveland Public Library. Starting January 18, join the Wednesday Writers at ECPL for ten weeks of classes facilitated by a local writer and educator. First Wednesdays focus on topics relevant to fiction; Second Wednesdays focus on elements of voice and poetry; Third Wednesdays focus on topics relevant to all genres. Fourth Wednesdays are Open Mic nights open to all genres (reading time split among attendees). All sessions are open to writers of all genres. Every week, bring copies or read aloud from current work/s in progress. Flewellen Room. Space limited (first seated), no registration required.

Attorneys Advising Artists

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Jan 26, 2017 4:30 - 6:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theater at the Orthodox Church, 6201 Detroit Ave. | Build Your Business
Our speakers will present on current legal issues related to a range of debtor/creditor issues for attorneys representing artists in collection disputes. Topics to be addressed include:

Debtor/Creditor disputes;
Collecting fees;
Asset protection through business entities;
Guidance on bankruptcy options; and
Alternatives to bankruptcy.
Attorneys who represent artists are also welcome and encouraged to attend, with CLE credit available, in return for a future volunteer commitment to the VLA: REGISTER HERE. Artists are also welcome at this free seminar designed to offer advice on a range of debtor/creditor issues -- members of the public should RSVP by emailing Jessica Paine by Jan. 24.

The People Poetry Slam and Open Mic

The People Cleveland Poetry Slam
Jan 26, 2017 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM | Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern: 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | Community, Hone Your Craft
The People is Cleveland's official poetry slam. Tell your friends and neighbors and fellow lovers of live poetry to come out, read for the open mic, participate in slam, or just come have a hot dog and listen.
The open mic will have a 5 minute time limit to ensure that everyone who wants to read can. The poetry slam will follow the open mic.
$5 at the door. $3 for students with proof of ID.
FREE for members of Twelve.
The Poetry Slam rules are as follows:
There will be two rounds.
Each poet will present original work not to exceed the 3 minute time limit. Poets will receive a ten second grace period, after which, half or .5 of a point will be deducted for every ten seconds over.
More information at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/372842179741770/

Speculative Fiction: Divorcing the Tropes

Literary Cleveland
Jan 28, 2017 10:00 AM - noon | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd. | Hone Your Craft
Speculative fiction is not just dragons and vampires and spaceships. In this workshop we will discuss how to write stories that broaden the definition of the genre and approach more closely our personal visions of science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and dystopia. We’ll follow up with some exercises as a way to open up the fictional world to a sense of surprise and invention.

How to Approach and Engage with the Gatekeepers of the Art World

Creative Capital
Jan 31, 2017 7 - 8:30 PM | Online | Build Your Business
Led by artist Sharon Louden, this 4-part webinar series is geared to visual artists yearning for guidance on how best to approach and communicate with the gatekeepers of the art world: galleries, curators, collectors, museum professionals, and more. The webinar will address the following questions: How does an artist approach a gallery cold? How does an artist communicate with a gallerist, curator, museum professional, etc.? What are the best ways to correspond and to start up a relationship and maintain it? When is the best time to approach the person? How often should an artist be in contact? How does one follow up on an inquiry? What is the proper way to pace a professional conversation?

Akron Children's Museum Theatre Classes - PLAY: Theatre Games

Wandering Aesthetics Theatre
Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 14, 2017 5:00PM-6:00PM | Akron Children's Museum 216 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308 | Community
Join Wandering Aesthetics Teaching Artist Kyle Jozsa as he leads this program highlighting the basics of teamwork and how that relates to the art of theatre. Let’s work together to PLAY games and create stories celebrating our creativity and diversity. Through theatre games highlighting the principles of energy, enthusiasm and ensemble, students will discover the power of positive relationships and engagement of their collective imaginations. Classes will build on each other; however, you can sign your child up for only one, two or even a few of the classes.

Ages: 5 - 9 Years
Drop-in: $10
Entire Session (5 Classes): $40
Tuesdays @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Spring Dance Classes with Inlet Dance Theatre

Inlet Dance Theatre
Feb 01, 2017 | The Music Settlement 11125 Magnolia Dr. Cleveland, OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
Join Inlet Dance Theatre for award winning dance classes at The Music Settlement! Spring Semester begins February 6, 2017, with exciting classes for all ages!
Teen/Adult Classes (Ages 12 and up)
Children’s Classes (Ages 3 and 11)

Pottery Classes for Children and Adults

Beachwood Ceramic Guild
Feb 01, 2017 - Jun 06, 2017 10 am - 3 pm | 23366 Commerce Park, suite 105W, Commerce Park, Oh, 44122 | Hone Your Craft
The Beachwood Ceramic Guild provides ongoing pottery classes for children and adults, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, visit our website, beachwoodceramicguild.com or call Andrea Serafino at 440-862-6500 for class schedules and information.