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November 2017


Fall Roundtable Series

Playwrights Local
Oct 17, 2017 - Nov 14, 2017 7 p.m. | Creative Space at Waterloo Arts 397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110 | Hone Your Craft
The Roundtable Series is a development workshop focused on public readings of plays in progress. Each session is dedicated to presenting and discussing a single full-length or longer one-act piece. The readings can be seated or staged, are free to attend, and are open to the public as well as the playwriting community. The goal of each gathering is to provide the designated playwright with focused, insightful feedback.

The Roundtable Series is an open workshop for all playwrights from Northeast Ohio. All selections for the Fall 2017 readings were taken from our 2017 Open Call for Submissions.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Cleveland Play House
Oct 21, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017 Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. | Outcalt Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Staged in CPH’s intimate Outcalt Theatre, this must-see adaptation brings us into the secret annex where 13-year-old Anne and seven other Jews evade Nazi deportation. For over two years, all that will stand between them and the concentration camps is their trust in one another and the bravery of those harboring them. Anne’s compelling words come alive and urge us to stand up for one another in the face of intolerance, fear, and hate.

Writing Dialogue for Fiction, Plays, and Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Oct 25, 2017 - Nov 08, 2017 7 - 9 p.m. | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave, Cleve. OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
This workshop will help writers develop and extend skills in creating dialogue for a variety of genres including fiction, drama, and memoir. The course will include readings as well as writing exercises intended to deepen an understanding of the human voice, and craft compelling, nuanced stories from the spoken word. In our attempt to understand dialogue, the class will examine and create examples from the quotidian to the fantastic. The course will offer participants an opportunity to workshop a selection from a work in process, or create something new.


Cleveland State University
Oct 26, 2017 - Nov 05, 2017 Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 7:30pm; Sat, Sun @ 2:00pm | Allen Theatre - Playhouse Square | Community
Cleveland State University Dept of Theatre and Dance presents:
October 26 – November 5, 2017
The Cleveland State University theatre season opens on the Allen Theatre Mainstage with the Stephen Sondheim musical, COMPANY. Running October 26 – November 5, 2017, this honest look at modern adult relationships is considered a trailblazer, and is the winner of seven Tony Awards. Directed by Russ Borski.

$5-$10 TICKETS (on sale July 1, 2017):
COMPANY shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays/Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 216.241.6000, visiting, or at the State Theatre Ticket Office, located at 1519 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. Tickets are also available 60-minutes prior to performances at the Allen Theatre Complex.

For more about the CSU Department of Theatre and Dance, click here:

The Art of Longing

Cleveland Public Theatre
Oct 26, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Set in Cleveland, Lisa Langford’s THE ART OF LONGING follows the lives of six “third-shift” people—those who guard and take care while the rest of us sleep. The characters’ secrets mask deeply held yearnings that manifest in fantastical abilities and anatomical switch-ups. Race, gender and the nature of art are at the focal point of this theatrical experiment. THE ART OF LONGING fashions a world where dreams and reality interpenetrate each other. WORLD PREMIERE.

Tickets: $12-30

Breaking Down the Game - An Evening with Cleveland Browns

Hue Jackson Foundation
Nov 02, 2017 5:15-9:00PM | Cleveland Browns Training Facility - 76 Lou Groza Berea, Ohio 44017 | Community
Ever wonder what it's like to be a Cleveland Brown? Join us for a fun, informative night with Coach Hue Jackson. Listen and learn as Coach breaks down film and presents a behind-the-scenes look at what its like to sit in the players seats. 

Enjoy food and drinks in the lobby before you head to the team auditorium where you will become a Brown for the night. Get an exclusive look at how the team prepares for their opponents and what it takes to be an NFL player. You'll soon realize that it takes a lot more than physical strength and brawn to play on any given Sunday.

Each $250 ticket includes admission, food, cocktails, playbook, parting gift, and an opportunity to help those affected by Human Trafficking.

All proceeds benefit The Hue Jackson Foundation, which supports efforts to combat Human Trafficking in Cleveland.

Songwriting for Poets: From Dylan Thomas to Bob Dylan

Literary Cleveland
Nov 02, 2017 - Nov 14, 2017 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave, Cleve. | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop, we will explore the intersection between poetry and song lyrics. From Scottish Border Ballads to the blues to raps, we will put our words to music across multiple genres. What makes a good poem—imagery, narrative, concision — are the same techniques in writing good song lyrics. You do not need to be a musician for this workshop. Kevin Richards from Roots of American Music is well versed in Americana and will provide the tunes. Ray McNiece will lead the writing component and play along as well. You can try out your songs at the monthly Tongue in Groove Poetry Music Jam at the Fillmore.

ABCD 2-day Training: Asset-based Community Development

Community Innovation Network
Nov 02, 2017 - Nov 03, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Mandel Community Studies Center 11402 Bellflower Rd Room MC 115 Cleveland, OH 44106 | Space
For over 25 years, communities have used Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as a strength-based approach to change. ABCD builds community from the inside out as residents become producers rather than needy people seeking services. Learn the power of asset mapping, a fundamental tool that discovers the gifts of individuals, the power of networks and associations, and local organizations that are then leveraged to create change. Time Banking is an example of an asset-based approach that builds community and improves the quality of life while promoting the free exchange of talent and work.
This training will be led by Dr. Mark Chupp, Director, Community Innovation Network at Case Western and ABCD Institute Faculty member, and Indigo Bishop, ACBD Institute Fellow.
NOTE: This is a 2-day training, beginning at 8:30a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. both November 2nd and November 3rd 2017!

Our Handmaiden's Tale: Women Writing Memoir & Personal Essays

Literary Cleveland
Nov 04, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017 10 a.m. - noon | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleve. OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
In Our Handmaidens’ Tale, we will review elements of craft to help women get their power back through memoir and personal essay writing. Bring work that you have already begun, and over the course of two sessions we will help you shape character, story, tension, point of view, plot or other craft issues that may have stalled the completion of your project. You’ll also have a chance to receive valuable feedback from other writers and devoted readers.

Books, Breakfast & Author Day

International Women's Air & Space Museum
Nov 04, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Burke Lakefront Airport | Community
Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our annual Book Sale and Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy pancakes and sausage while browsing books and various odds and ends. Breakfast is a suggested donation of $5.

Back again will be our Author Day and will feature local authors; Neil Zurcher, Bob Adamov, Deb Thompson and Tonya Prater. More authors to be announced.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Olde Towne Hall Theatre
Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 6:30 p.m. | Bullfrog's Sports Cafe 33137 Center Ridge Rd. North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039 | Community
Enjoy an amazing and mysterious evening in an interactive murder mystery called "The Fatal Fifties Affair" by Eileen Moushey. There will be a delicious buffet with a non-alcoholic beverage and a dessert bar. A cash bar is also available. There will be a 50's Costume Contest, Prizes, as well as a Basket Raffle. This year's Basket Raffle will benefit the Company On Stage Community Theatre in Houston, Texas. Their community theatre was decimated by Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are being offered for $36 until October 15th and then they go up to $38 per person. Call 440-865-8700 for reservations.

Veterans Day Dinner

International Women's Air & Space Museum
Nov 10, 2017 6:30 PM | Burke Lakefront Airport | Community
Join in at 6:30 p.m. as IWASM honors some of our local veterans with a pasta dinner. Get a chance to hear some of their experiences and thank them for their service to our country. Dinner will be followed by a musical performance by vocalist Jill Bezak accompanied by Jeff Faubert. We will also be collecting donations of warm clothing and small items to be used as Christmas gifts (phone cards, small alarm clocks, gift cards, etc.) to be distributed to veterans in need through the Louis Stokes VA Medical center and the Sandusky VA retirement community. Tickets are $15 and space is limited so please RSVP soon.

Cleveland Dance Fest 2017

The Movement Project
Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017 | Pilgrim Congregational Church 2592 West 14th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community, Hone Your Craft
The Movement Project is proud to announce the return of Cleveland Dance Fest, a two-day dance festival November 10th & 11th at the beautiful Pilgrim Church in Tremont! The 2-day festival will feature master classes by CDF artists for professional & youth dancers, 2 evening performances featuring Cleveland artists and visiting artists and an informal showing featuring works in progress, independent artists and emerging artists.

WOW STEM Conference

International Women's Air & Space Museum
Nov 11, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Burke Lakefront Airport | Community
Attention All High School Female Students: Please join in November 11, 2017 for a FREE conference hosted by the International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) located inside Burke Lakefront Airport.

The Wings of Women (WOW) conference is geared towards high school female students interested in pursuing STEM career fields. The IWASM brings in professional women mentors from various STEM fields, who spend the day speaking with the students about how they got to where they are today. There are also hands-on activities that go along with each of these fields to help spark further interest. This is a great opportunity for young ladies to be inspired and empowered to pursue whatever their hearts desire.

Upon arrival, a light breakfast will be available and lunch will be provided later in the day. Upon departure, each student will receive a bag of information from various colleges and universities about their select STEM fields.

Applications are required for each student wishing to attend. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017 along with a $5 reservation fee. This fee will be returned upon check-in on the morning of the event. A parent signature is required in order for each student to participate.

If there are any questions, please contact us, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 216.623.1111 or email

Building New Worlds: The Power of Speculative Fiction w/ Charles Oberndorf, Marie Vibbert & Michael Substenly (Free!)

Literary Cleveland
Nov 15, 2017 7-9 p.m. | Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleve. | Community
This November, Between the Lines is traveling to new worlds with a science fiction themed reading and discussion centered around New York Times Bestseller Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven follows a traveling theater group in a post-pandemic America as they make art and make sense of their lives in a strange new world. The book has been selected for the NEA’s Big Read 2017 program and provides a unique opportunity for the community to speculate on the power of speculative fiction. Join us at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern where local sci-fi writers Charlie Oberndorf, Marie Vibbert, and Mike Substelny will discuss Station Eleven, read from their own work, debate the power of science fiction, and offer tips for how to craft a compelling sci-fi story.

Writing Serial Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Nov 18, 2017 10 a.m. - noon | Mac's Backs Books on Coventry, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleve. Hts. OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
The novella is back! For those readers who relish a good read, like following characters over time, and want to build a relationship with their favorite authors, this retro style is perfect. Serial fiction provides an affordable read that a person can digest on a subway train, or in a night or two, without committing to a long book. For folks with e-readers, these compact stories cost a pittance at 99 cents to about three dollars, making it easy to try new authors. This craft talk will cover the basics of writing serial fiction, including business opportunities for authors.

Public Poetry Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Nov 18, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | ​CPL Main Branch, 325 Superior Ave., Cleve. OH 44114 | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop, participants will get hands-on poetry writing experience and will discuss ways to strengthen their craft. Open to writers of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Please bring 10-15 copies of a poem.

Cleveland Dance Project showcase

Cleveland Dance Project
Nov 18, 2017 4pm and 8pm | CSU main campus auditorium | Community, Hone Your Craft
CDP's first biannual community dance showcase includes dance pieces in a variety of styles from hiphop to ballet to acrobatics to modern and more! Choreographed and performed by local dancers, ranging from the professional to those with full time non-dance related jobs, CDP aims to bring dance and performance opportunities to everyone. Come see the show and join us for open placement auditions in January or at one of our bimonthly master classes! See our Facebook page for more details.

Introduction to Memoir Writing w/ Marsha McGregor (Free!)

Literary Cleveland
Nov 29, 2017 3-4:30 p.m. | Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake | Hone Your Craft
If you feel drawn to expressing your personal life stories on paper, here is the place to start. Learn creative but practical tools to mine your experiences and what they mean to you, as well as ways to craft those experiences into compelling writing. Come prepared to write in class. You will leave with rich material gathered from your life, and new knowledge about how to work with it.