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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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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.

Youth Winter Theatrical Classes

Theatre 8:15
Feb 04, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 (Ages 7 - 11)- 9:30AM - 10:30AM; (Ages 12 - 18)- 11:00AM - 12:30PM | 4740 Massilon rd, Green, OH 44232 | Community
Stage direction, dance, and movement.
Ages: 7 - 11 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Ages: 12 - 18 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Price: $130
$10 Discount Pre-Registering by Jan 25, 2017

I Call My Brothers

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 07, 2017 - Mar 04, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
Something has happened. A car. An explosion. And a city is paralyzed with fear. But Amor has an important errand to run. He walks the streets with his backpack and his cell phone, doing his best to blend in. But what looks normal? A funny and fierce showdown with paranoia, I CALL MY BROTHERS offers a 24-hour journey inside the head of a young, Arab-American man, suddenly a stranger in his own city. Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles.

The 22nd Annual Juried Regional High School Student Art Show

Beachwood Arts Council
Feb 12, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017 | Beachwood Community Center 25225 Fairmount Blvd. | Community
This special exhibit features impressive works by area high school students in a variety of media. This year's judges are: Grafton Nunes, president and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art; Steven Hartman, owner and founder of Contessa Gallery; and Sandra Noble, adjunct professor at CASE. The Awards Ceremony and opening reception will be on Sunday, February 12th. 2-4:30pm at the BCC. Free and open to the community.

Barbecue

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 16, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
A hilarious and devastating dark comedy by Robert O’Hara. The pill-popping, chain-smoking and foul-mouthed O’Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their trainwreck of a sister Barbara. When the story twists to reveal two parallel families – one white, one black – the event becomes raucous and unpredictable, as racial politics collide with family stereotypes, survival, and America’s fascination with self-destruction as entertainment. REGIONAL PREMIERE

Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14

Playwrights Local
Feb 17, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM | Creative Space @ Waterloo Arts | Community
Playwrights Local proudly announces the return of Objectively/Reasonable, the critically acclaimed documentary play that premiered to sold-out houses in August 2016. Presented as a community response to the 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice, this powerful new work is based on original interviews with legal experts, social critics, police officers, parents, and others from Greater Cleveland. Featuring contributions from an ensemble of writers--Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and David Todd--the play considers the impact and aftermath of this tragedy, as captured through a diverse set of unheard voices. Objectively/Reasonable was conceived and edited by David Todd and directed by Terrence Spivey, former artistic director of Karamu House.

Romeo & Juliet

Cleveland State University Theatre & Dance Dept
Mar 02, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Thurs-Sat 7:30pm / Sunday 2:00pm | Allen Theatre Complex - Playhouse Square | Community
Romeo & Juliet
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin

"Romeo and Juliet" is one of William Shakespeare’s most recognized and beloved romantic tragedies. Romeo of the Montagues and Juliet of the Capulets fall in love, but their families are embroiled in an age-old feud, so they marry in secret. When Juliet’s parents betroth her to another, and Romeo gets caught up in the death of a Capulet, these star-crossed lovers are tossed into a whirlwind of wretched fate that leaves both sides shocked and changed for all time.

Presented by Cleveland State University Department of Theatre & Dance

Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased by contacting Playhouse Square at 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/romeo-juliet

PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration

Heights Arts
Mar 03, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017 | Heights Arts | Community
Opening Friday, March 3 at Heights Arts, PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration examines social issues and popular culture through the original drawings and graphic design of 14 Northeast Ohio artists. Co-curated by artists Leslye Arian and Dave King, the group exhibition showcases the work of Laura and Gary Dumm, Derek Hess, Brian Jasinski, Nancy Schwartz Katz, Milan Kecman, Jake Kelly, George Kocar, Joe Lanzilotta, Angela Oster, Josh Usmani, Justin Wills, and Sean Higgins and Nichols Rezabeck of the Bubble Process. A related gallery talk with exhibition artists and invited poets will be held Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

The exhibition will be on view at Heights Arts through Sunday, April 16. For more information, please call 216-371-3457 or visit www.heightsarts.org.

How I Learned to Drive

Cleveland Play House
Mar 04, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 | Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Li’l Bit takes us on a no-holds-barred trip back in time to her adolescence in 1960s Maryland and her complicated relationship with an older man. A deeply compassionate look at how we are shaped by the people who hurt us, “How I Learned to Drive” masterfully veers in and out of personal memory and deftly traverses comedy, drama, and farce. CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley steers Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary masterpiece.
Produced by Cleveland Play House. Tickets: $25 – $100.
Call 216.241.6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com for tickets.

Causing a scene

Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Mar 04, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017 noon - 3:00 PM | Greystone Hall, 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
Budding actors will learn the building blocks of theatre in this fun, play-centered workshop. With OSF educator Sarah Coon, Students will explore how to create a character and react to their environment, while learning theatre basics such a stage directions and common phrases. Other activities will focus on transferable skills including teamwork and concentration. Ages 6-9

Jessica Lang Dance

DANCECleveland
Mar 04, 2017 7:30 PM | Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland | Community
New York based, Jessica Lang Dance returns to Cleveland. Jessica Lang is one of the most talented dance makers in decades. A world premiere of "Her Road" has choreography based on the artwork of Georgia O'Keefe and her journey as an artist.

Weekend Workshop: Finding truth in Shakespeare

Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Mar 04, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017 12:00-3:00PM | OSF at Greystone Hall events 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
An acting class meant to prepare actors for future auditions and classical work. Join OSF actor-educator Geoff Knox for a two day workshop focusing on classical acting techniques. Participants will shake-off their "Shakespeare voice" and find out how to express classical text with honesty and immediacy. If you've ever struggled to connect with a Shakespeare monologue, this class is for you. Recommended ages 14+.

For further information contact 330-374-7574 or email info@ohioshakespeare.com

Racial Equity & Inclusion Groundwater Training

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Mar 06, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | TBD | Community
Over the course of 2016, a dynamic cross-section of local civic leaders and community stakeholders attended half-day “Groundwater” and two-day Phase I trainings led by the Racial Equity Institute (Greensboro, NC). These intensive introductions to historical, institutional and systemic racism challenged deeply-held assumptions, and revealed—with sobering clarity—the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality on our nation’s most marginalized populations.
In January 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and engaged partners will embark on a learning journey to increase our shared understanding of racial inequality, to foster productive dialogue among community stakeholders and civic leaders, and to determine strategies.

Inlet Dance Theatre Men's Workshop

Inlet Dance Theatre
Mar 06, 2017 - Mar 07, 2017 March 6th, 9:00AM-8:00PM/ March 7th, 9:00AM - 7:00PM | 1375 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 | Hone Your Craft
Attention Male Dancers ages 18+

Inlet Dance Theatre is a modern dance company with a technical base grounded in Hawkins-based release technique, Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering, and a collaborative creative process that relies on improvisation skills. The men of Inlet enjoy a brotherhood, camaraderie, and closeness that is uncommon in the dance world. This bond is so strong that an entire collection of men’s pieces was created over our sixteen-year history. Come join the men of Inlet for a 2-day workshop with classes, sharing of repertory, creating, and conversations designed to specifically share the organization’s culture with male dancers.

Racial Equity & Inclusion Phase 1 Training / Two Day

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Mar 07, 2017 - Mar 08, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Neighborhood Progress Inc 11327 Shaker Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44104 | Community
Over the course of 2016, a dynamic cross-section of local civic leaders and community stakeholders attended half-day “Groundwater” and two-day Phase I trainings led by the Racial Equity Institute (Greensboro, NC). These intensive introductions to historical, institutional and systemic racism challenged deeply-held assumptions, and revealed—with sobering clarity—the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality on our nation’s most marginalized populations.
In January 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and engaged partners will embark on a learning journey to increase our shared understanding of racial inequality, to foster productive dialogue among community stakeholders and civic leaders, and to determine strategies.

BAYarts March Art Exhibitions

BAYarts
Mar 10, 2017 Call BAYarts for hours | 28795 Lake Road Bay Village Ohio 44140 | Community
Diane Boldman Education Gallery:
Liz Maugans: The City Pool & People at Church: Artist Liz Maugans shares her candid drawings of people she encounters in public places- specifically at the city pool and in church. She adds her own commentary on what they are thinking. The drawings are representative of Maugans’ unique ability to observe and commentate on the everyday and make it extraordinary.

Sullivan Family Gallery:
BAYarts 2017 Juried Show: A show of work in all medium juried in for display. Judges are Daniel Levin and Kristen Cliffel.

Opening reception for both: March 10, 7-9 pm

Keeping it Brief: Writing Flash Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Mar 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH | Hone Your Craft
Flash fiction is an exciting sub-genre that often blends poetry with highly distilled narrative and forces writers to pay attention to every single loaded word. In this one-day workshop, we'll generate new flash fiction pieces through playful exercises including genre flipping, altered point of view, and improv techniques. We'll also talk about how neuroscience findings can help us write better fiction. Writers of all backgrounds and experience welcome. We'll take a one hour break for lunch (brown bag or visit a nearby cafe).

Transition & Transformation: Writing For Self-Discovery

Literary Cleveland
Mar 18, 2017 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM | South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library, 1876 South Green Rd., South Euclid, OH 44121 | Hone Your Craft
Ready or not, we all go through numerous transitions in our lives -- starting or ending a job, divorce, death of a loved one, an empty nest. Each transition brings with it an ending and possible feelings of loss, but also signifies a new beginning. This workshop will help participants discover how writing can clarify meaning, aid introspection, and increase our options for creativity during the journey of transition.

BAYarts FREE Storytellers Series: An Essential Oil Journey

BAYarts
Mar 18, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | BAYarts 28795 Lake Road Bay Village Ohio 44140 | Community
BAYarts Storytellers is a new free series that highlights passionate speakers, hosted on select Saturday's in the Fuller House gallery.

Please join us for an engaging conversation with Kimberly Go as she shares the story of her journey over the past 25 years integrating essential oils into both her personal and professional lives. Kimberly (Kim) Go brings a unique profile with over 25 years' experience as a Clinical Counselor and School Counselor. Her true passion is educating and empowering others to focus on personal wellness. Throughout the morning, Kim will talk about the safe use of essential oils and you will have the opportunity to experience them firsthand. The presentation will be both educational and anecdotal as she highlights the experiences she has had. (Cost: Free will donation.)

Writer's Boot Camp: Writing For Good

Literary Cleveland
Mar 22, 2017 8:30 AM - noon | Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH | Hone Your Craft
oin Pam Turos, founder of the Good Cause Creative and the Good Cause Blog, and Lee Chilcote, writer and director of Literary Cleveland, for a deep dive into non-profit storytelling. Whether you are a freelancer or volunteer interested in using your skills to benefit a cause or a non-profit professional who wants to launch a content marketing strategy for your organization, we will offer insight, guidance and suggestions for how to find, plan and share stories that inspire people to take action.

Test Flight Week #1: Omena

Cleveland Public Theatre
Mar 23, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
Old friends, a writer’s colony and a marriage on the edge. A recipe for art? Or the owner’s manual for disaster? What if we are the stories we are told about each other? This project is being produced by Sweet Reason Theatre.

Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production.

BAYarts Girls Night Out

BAYarts
Mar 24, 2017 7:00-11:00 pm | 28795 Lake Road Bay Village Ohio 44140 | Community
Libations, light bites and general silliness; grab your coworkers and girlfriends. A collaborative art project will be done. In the Fuller House Gallery. $25 includes food, one drink, raffles. 21 & over.

Test Flight Week #2: Neither There, Nor Here AND I went down to the water and found myselfie there

Cleveland Public Theatre
Mar 30, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
Double Bill!
Neither There, Nor Here is a theatrical mashup—part-play, part-cooking show—that celebrates multiplicity and community.
I went down to the water and found myselfie there is a one-woman avant-musical tragicomedy about the internet – that’s also a self-help beauty pageant for the soul.
Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production.

CSU Spring Dance Concert 2017

Cleveland State University Theatre & Dance Dept
Mar 31, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 7:30 PM | Allen Theatre Complex (Playhouse Square) | Community
CSU Spring Dance Concert 2017
March 31 & April 1, 2017
Allen Theatre Mainstage
Featuring CSU Dance Company, faculty, staff, musicians and guest artists, this repertory concert, directed by Lynn Deering, includes an eclectic evening of contemporary and traditional choreography. Join us as we celebrate the many facets of Dance at CSU - Don't miss the Dance event of the season!
TICKETS: $5.00 - 216-241-6000,
http://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/csu-spring-dance-concert-2017

Dinner with a Slice of History

International Women's Air & Space Museum
Mar 31, 2017 6:30 PM | Burke Lakefront Airport | Community
Join us during Women's History Month as author, Harry Haskell, discusses his new novel "Maiden Flight", the true-life story of the "Wright sister," Katharine, who left her world-famous brother Orville to marry the man she loved; the author's grandfather and namesake. Drawing on intimate family letters, this engrossing book crosses the boundaries of fact and fiction to shed new light on an exceptional woman's struggle for independence and fulfillment. For this night only, Katharine’s personal items, not currently on display at the museum, will be available for viewing. This will also be the final weekend to see the original dress Katharine wore to a meeting with President Taft at the White House in 1909. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation and book signing to follow. Seats are limited, please RSVP by March 29. Members $15 and non-members $17.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Cleveland Play House
Apr 01, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017 | Outcalt Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Robert Barry Fleming

Ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington is NOT one to let things go. NOT the memory of his recently deceased wife. NOT the racially-charged lawsuit he filed years ago against the NYPD. And most definitely NOT the impressive rent-controlled apartment he shares with his parolee son and colorful surrogate family. But, eviction notices and ultimatums are piling up, and Pops is caught between losing his honor and losing his home. Bringing together the poetic and the profane, this 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner is an exuberant and darkly comic tale of truth, family, and pride.
Produced by Cleveland Play House. Tickets: $25 – $100.
Call 216.241.6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com for tickets and a full list of performances.