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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.

Imitating the Stranger: or How to Write Like Someone Else

Literary Cleveland
Mar 09, 2017 - Mar 23, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Hts. | Community
Sometimes we’re just tired of our usual ways or we’re dissatisfied with our own work or we’re envious of that guy on p. 32 of Best American Poets. We want to do something else! In this class, we will try to make that leap. But before you write like a stranger, you have to have a clear idea of what you typically do in a poem—recurrent water themes, good chewy language, short lines but long stanzas? Or on the dark side—shallow images? buried endings? repeated references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Bring 3 copies of a poem that is representative of your work to the first class. Bring a pair of scissors, some tape, and a black marker (seriously). We’ll get to work.

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).

Keeping it Brief: Writing Flash Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Mar 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd. Cleveland Hts. OH | Hone Your Craft
Flash fiction is an exciting sub-genre that distills narrative into a few pages or, in some cases, a few hundred words. 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).

La Traviata (live)

Fathom Events
Mar 11, 2017 12:55 PM | Various Movie Theaters | Community
In La Traviata, Sonya Yoncheva stars as Violetta Valéry opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s disapproving father, in a revival of Willy Decker’s staging conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

La Traviata will be shown at the following theaters: Richmond Town Square Stadium 20, Montrose Movies Stadium 12, Cuyahoga Falls 10, Hudson Cinema 10, Cinemark 15 Macedonia, Tinseltown USA 290 Canton, Cinemark 14 Mansfield, Solon Cinemas 16, Cinemark 24 Valley View, Crocker Park Stadium 16 & IMAX

The Karamu Comedy Show

Karamu House
Mar 11, 2017 7:30 PM | 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community
Don't miss this hilarious ONE-NIGHT ONLY event featuring a line up of laugh out loud talent!

Henry James
Carli Robe
Jennifer "Jen Jen" Chandler
Joey Zsa Zsa
Burner
Delonte "DHawk" Hawkins

Sure to sell out, this event is NOT to be missed! Get your tickets today! The Karamu Comedy Show is exclusively for adult audiences. Patrons under 18 will not be admitted.

Art Bites: Professional Practices Series, Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas

Arts Archives of The Western Reserve
Mar 14, 2017 6:00PM-8:00PM | Artists Archives of the Western Reserve 1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | Build Your Business
The Business of Art for Artists with Mary Urbas is part of the AAWR's new 2017 ART BITES series of Professional Practices for Artists. This 6-week class is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it. Mary Urbas will share her 35+ years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, and consultant. As an exhibited artist, she is able to bring a real-world perspective to both sides of the business of marketing fine art. Each week a different aspect of "getting your work out there" will be discussed, followed by a question and answer period so the group can brainstorm and network.

The series is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).
YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND. TO REGISTER: Click "Register" here on Eventbrite OR call AAWR offices at 216.721.9020. Visit AAWR's website, artistsarchives.org, for more programming information.

Weekly Dance Classes in Tremont!

The Movement Project
Mar 14, 2017 Mondays/Wednesday 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM; Thursdays 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; Fridays 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 W 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 | Hone Your Craft
The Movement Project is now holding weekly classes open to professional and college movers in our new rehearsal space at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont! Classes can be purchased as class card packs or a single class.

MODERN/CONTEMPORARY
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
This class will focus on the core concepts of space, time and energy as well as the qualitative approach to movement. Each class will integrate a wide range of modern techniques exploring concepts of weight, quality, effort, spatial/physical awareness and clarity in movement.

PILATES & STRETCHING
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Pilates technique focuses on centering, control, concentration, flow, breath and precision. This training decreases chronic pain and increases range of motion. This technique is very beneficial to dancers as supplemental training. Posture will improve, abdominal, back and buttocks will strengthen and become more visibly toned, while arms and legs will become leaner. The class will conclude in stretches to lengthen the muscles.

BALLET
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
This class will consist of classical and contemporary ballet techniques. While focusing on working from an anatomical approach, this class class with emphasize creating honest and sound movement, correct placement of bones, and allowing muscles to function effortlessly and efficiently. Dancers are encouraged to take artistic risk, think independently and to explore their qualitative approach to movement. The ballet curriculum will include Vaganova, Cecchetti and Balanchine techniques.

PRICING
10-Class Card $80 ($8/class)
5-Class Card $50 ($10/class)
Single Class $12

Visit our website to purchase your single class or class card. Please feel free to email Rebecca Leuszler with any questions at Rebecca@themovementproject.org.

La Traviata (encore)

Fathom Events
Mar 15, 2017 6:30 PM | Various theaters | Community
In La Traviata, Sonya Yoncheva stars as Violetta Valéry opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s disapproving father, in a revival of Willy Decker’s staging conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

La Traviata will be at the following theaters: Richmond Town Square Stadium 20, Montrose Movies Stadium 12, Cuyahoga Falls 10, Cinemark 15 Macedonia, Tinseltown USA 290 Canton, Solon Cinemas 16, Cinemark 24 Valley View, Crocker Park Stadium 16 & IMAX

Karamu: 100 Years in the House, a film screening

Karamu House
Mar 16, 2017 6:30 pm | 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community
Karamu House presents the WVIZ ideastream documentary screening of “Karamu: 100 Years in the House” on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Jelliffe Theatre.

Experience the dramatic history of the country’s oldest African-American performing arts theater at this special encore event. For more than a century, Karamu has supported the evolution, preservation and celebration of African-American culture. See the documentary that captures the theater’s spirit, significance, and historical importance. “Karamu: 100 Years in the House” is an ideastream production that originally premiered on WVIZ PBS in February 2017.

Doors open at 5:30pm and a complimentary cocktail reception will follow the screening.

Advanced reservations are required for entry.

"Karamu: 100 Years in the House" is funded by KeyBank and the contributors to the ideastream Campaign for Community.

The post-screening reception is funded by KeyBank and the Minority Arts and Education Fund of the Cleveland Foundation.

NEO STREAM Conference 2017

Marcia L. Fudge
Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Tri-C's Corporate College East, 4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights, OH | Community
From March 16-18, 2017, Congresswoman Fudge, in collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), will be hosting the Northeast Ohio Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (NEO STREAM) Conference. Consisting of three action-packed days, the purpose of this event is to increase awareness, education, and utilization of STREAM fields in Ohio.

Get Home Alive Free Holiday Rides

Tittle & Permuter
Mar 17, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 5:00 PM - 10:00 AM | Greater Cleveland Area | Community
Every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Drunk driving is especially common during certain holidays.

The Tittle Law Firm wants to make sure you arrive to your destiny safely this St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy a free ride on us.

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.)

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 | Community, 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. No writing experience necessary!

A Contemporary Evening

Fathom Events
Mar 19, 2017 12:55 PM | Various locations | Community
Together with Harald Lander’s homage to classical ballet in Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s colorful folklore-inspired Russian Seasons, A Contemporary Evening brings some of the best dancers in the world together with masters of contemporary choreography. The result promises to be an outstanding synthesis of Robbins’s energy, Lander’s virtuosity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance in a programming first.

This will be shown at the following movie theaters: Cinemark Valley View, Solon Movie Theatre, Cinemark Tinseltown, Cinemark Cuyahoga Falls

A-Bach-Garde

Bach in the Subways
Mar 21, 2017 - Mar 22, 2017 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | The Lab by Glo. 530 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. Suite 20 | Community
Come by and enjoy an eclectic and avant-garde version of some dances from Bach’ s Cello Solo Suites. Music every half hour at lunch time!!
Free and open to the public.

Writer's Boot Camp: Storytelling For Good

Literary Cleveland
Mar 22, 2017 8:30 AM - noon | Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Ave., Cleveland OH 44102 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join 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.

Cuyahoga Voices & Vision Briefing and Conversation

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Mar 22, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Cuyahoga Community College - Jerry Sue Thornton Center 2500 East 22nd St Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invites you to attend a briefing and roundtable conversation on Cuyahoga Voices & Vision, a community listening project resulting from thousands of conversations with Cuyahoga County residents and organizations. Join to hear how your voice shaped our vision for the next decade during this 18-month process. Networking and facilitated discussion will provide a space to ask questions, connect with others working in the arts and cultural community, and share what you’re doing now.

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.

The Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival

Playwrights Local
Mar 23, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 | Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University | Community
The Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival is a three-day celebration of a groundbreaking playwright hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. Recognized among the most influential figures of the Off-Off-Broadway era, Mac Wellman has been described as an “avatar of alternatives” (American Theatre) and “James Joyce reborn as a rap artist” (The New York Times). Mac Wellman is an essential presence in the lineage of dramatists from the Cleveland area -- join us in giving him this long-overdue recognition!
The Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival is presented by Playwrights Local in partnership with Cleveland State University Department of English, the NEOMFA Creative Writing Program, and the Michael Schwartz Library. The festival features performances by Playwrights Local, Theater Ninjas, convergence-continuum, CSU Department of Theatre & Dance, Baldwin Wallace University Department of Theatre and Dance, and The Manhattan Project – Cleveland Lab, and contributions by many others.
The Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival includes productions, staged readings, new short plays by local writers, and Q&As with Mr. Wellman himself! Most events are free, and all are open to the public. The festival runs March 23 - 25, 2017 at Cleveland State University and select secondary locations.

Healthy Dancers Workshop

Dance Art by Regina
Mar 23, 2017 10:00am 4:00pm | 10670 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH 44133 | Hone Your Craft
This special day is designed to teach students about the importance of self-care and dancing smart to avoid injuries! Workshops and activities will include:

FLOOR BARRE & AWARENESS IN BALLET TECHNIQUE - with Janet Dziak, Director of North Pointe Ballet
NUTRITION WORKSHOP - with Rachel Soucie, Certified Holisitc Health Counselor
FOAM ROLLING WORKSHOP - with Anni Li-Conrad, Physical Therapist and Dance Rehab Specialist
MODERN TECHNIQUE - with Rachel Soucie
PILATES - with Regina Pietraroia
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DANCERS - with Chrissy Houtz

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.

Road to Hope at Outhwaite Homes

Cleveland Public Theatre
Mar 25, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Outhwaite Community Center, 2452 East 46th Street, Cleveland, OH 44104 | Community
An all-ages, free, community arts event of theatre, spoken word, music and dance. The event will feature professional Cleveland artists alongside Outhwaite Homes’ Brick City Theatre youth ensemble, performing their original play inspired by the Stokes Brothers. Road to Hope will be a vibrant celebration of community, hope, and Cleveland's connection to social justice issues of the past and present. Presented by Cleveland Public Theatre and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

August Wilson's "How I Learned What I Learned"

Director of Programming
Mar 25, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 7:30pm | Shore Cultural Centre Auditorium | Community
Shore Cultural Centre presents a Readers' Theater production of August Wilson's
HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED

Co-Conceived by Todd Kreidler
Directed by Terrence Spivey
With Peter Lawson Jones* as August Wilson

From Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson comes a one-man show that chronicles his life as a black artist in the Hill District in Pittsburgh. From stories about his first jobs to his first loves and his experiences with racism, Wilson recants his life from his roots to the completion of the Century Cycle. How I Learned What I Learned gives an inside look into one of the most celebrated playwriting voices of the 20th Century.

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

General Admission $10 adults,
$8.00 for Senior 62+/Youth 17 and under.
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

Includes an after the performance talk-back discussion by Terrence Spivey and Peter Lawson Jones.

--Special VIP “Play your pART” package $40.00-- to raise funds for the performing arts at Shore.Includes priority seating, an exclusive pre-show reception with Terrence Spivey with appetizers & refreshments, after show coffee & snack, the above mentioned talkback discussion, and Terrence Spivey/Peter Lawson Jones autographed 8.5x11 show poster. Reserve package by March 21st deadline.

Tickets & VIP package available online at www.shoreculturalcentre.com

Tickets also on sale in the Shore Cultural Centre office.

*Appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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.

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Heights Arts
Mar 30, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Rd. Cleveland Heights OH 44118 | Community
Join Heights Arts on Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. for a multi-faceted gallery talk on Public Conscience through Graphics and Illustration. Exhibition artists are invited to speak about the influences and challenges in creating art that deals with social and cultural issues. Cleveland poets Jeffrey Bowen, Clarissa Jakobsons, Chuck Joy, and Emily Troia will also read new poems which have been created in response to select works on view. An open reception follows. Free

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.

Leaving a Legacy, a reading

Mar 31, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | The Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124 | Community
Join poet, Darlene Montonaro and many other writers for a reading about life, transitions and the journey of transformation. Featuring the writing of Evelyn Albers, Bunny Breslin, Carol Clearage, Markeeta Davis, Laura Fields, Joan Fox, Robin Gautam, Cindy Lilebladh Hill, Erin King, Rosemary Kuhlman, Jess Lader, Jeanne Li, Gwynn McCauley-Boozer, Karen Wimberly McNeal, Margaret H. Ismaila Mitchell, Aaron Schmidt, Lee Sherch and Jenna Snyder.

This program is free and open to the public with complimentary refreshments.

A Tribute to Al Jarreau

Karamu House
Mar 31, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio | Community
Karamu House presents A TRIBUTE TO AL JARREAU on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 PM in the Jelliffe Theatre located at 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

Featuring Hubbs Groove with John Morton and Reggie Kelly, this spellbound evening of Jazz will pay homage to the music and legacy of the late great Grammy-Award winning vocalist Al Jarreau. General admission tickets are $25 and can be reserved via www.karamuhouse.org or by calling 216.795.7077.

Al Jarreau was a seven-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose career spanned over three decades. Perhaps best known for his 1981 album “Breakin’ Away,” Time Magazine called Jarreau “the greatest jazz singer alive,” as his innovative musical expressions made him one of the most critically-acclaimed performers of the time. Jarreau lent his voice to the theme song of the late-1980s television series “Moonlighting,” and was among the star-studded performers on the 1985 award-winning Quincey Jones hit song “We Are the World.” Celebrated as one of the most innovative vocalists the music world has ever known, Jarreau died on February 12, 2017 at the age of 77.

The concert will feature Hubbs Groove led by Robert L. Hubbard, as well as John Morton, one of the most dynamic, in-demand vocalists in Northeast Ohio, and Karamu Alum Reggie Kelly, professional actor-director-choreographer.

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.

Speed Building Short Stories w/ Eric Anderson (Session 1)

Literary Cleveland
Apr 01, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | CPL Memorial-Nottingham Branch, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland | Hone Your Craft
In this three week workshop, participants will engage in writing exercises designed to quickly develop the elements of short fiction. The first session will cover the basics of community workshops and include writing exercises to help kickstart the writing process. Later sessions will focus on the workshop process, including how to give and receive constructive feedback. Each writer will have their work reviewed by the other participants, and each session will conclude with a new writing assignment.

Merge At Karamu

Karamu House
Apr 01, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM | 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | Community
Karamu House presents MERGE AT KARAMU on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM in the Arena Theatre located at 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

MERGE AT KARAMU is hip-hop theatrical fusion where spoken-word poetry, lyrical dance, and hip-hop are intertwined and unveiled. General admission tickets are $15 and can be reserved via www.karamuhouse.org or by calling 216.795.7077.

In partnership with Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator, Karamu House President and CEO Tony F. Sias has launched a quarterly series called MERGE AT KARAMU – an intersection of poetry, music, visual arts, film, and dance. “In the partnership, the poets of Twelve Arts have transformed their collections of work into scripts,” says Sias. “The works are turned over to Karamu’s team of talent creative artists who then transforms the poems into a high-quality stage performance. This is only the beginning of our exciting and unique partnership with Twelve Arts.”

MERGE AT KARAMU features the literary works of Twelve Arts poets Eva Barrett, Kisha Nicole Foster, and Siaara Freeman, with music mixed and “re-rubbed” by DJ Red-I. The performance also features an acting ensemble with Kalim Hill, Shannon Ashley Sharkey, and Kevona Woodard, and is directed by Nina Domingue. MERGE will be performed in the Arena Theatre at Karamu House, which is scheduled to undergo a $1.8 million-dollar renovation this Spring. General admission tickets are $15 and tickets can be reserved via www.karamuhouse.org or by calling 216.795.7077.