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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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Michael Chekhov Technique: Foundation

Oct 06, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. | Art On Madison, 14203 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
In this eight week, 18 hour offering, you will penetrate the fundamental principles of Michael Chekhov’s psychophysical approach to performance to deepen the sensitivity and imaginative interplay of your body and psychology in the present moment. Improvisational solo and ensemble sessions will cover principles such as creative concentration, imagination, The Four Brothers, Qualities of Movement, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary Body, Atmosphere, Space, Expanding & Contracting, and Psychological Gesture. This foundational offering is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to the Chekhov work or deepen your understanding of the work as a practitioner.

Reader Series: Quintessential Ghost Stories

Literary Cleveland
Oct 09, 2019 - Nov 06, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
Reader Series classes will cover three books in a short period of time, taking you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors will provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author’s body of work.‍

Each participant can decide how they choose to engage with the classes. You can read all three books ahead of time, read them as the class progresses, or read them after the class has concluded. No matter your level of prior knowledge, you will receive a wealth of materials and insights in a condensed period, like a masterclass or a great course, only right here in Cleveland.

In this Reader Series class, renowned local author D.M. Pulley will usher you into the genre world of ghost stories. In addition to discussing how these mysteries and thrillers conjure their magic, she willshare how these three books helped her complete her most recent book. It is titled No One's Home, and is set in a recently renovated century home, where the facade of the house and the facade of the family who owns it both start to crumble. Cleveland author Mary Doria Russell has called: No One's Home “HGTV meets Stephen King—creepy, spooky fun!” What better way to prepare for Halloween!

Books: Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, & Beloved by Toni Morrison

Pipeline

Cleveland Play House
Oct 12, 2019 - Nov 03, 2019 | The Outcalt Theatre at Cleveland Play House | Community
In this groundbreaking lyrical drama, Nya—a dedicated inner-city school teacher—sends her own son, Omari, to private school. But when a teacher’s questions push a button, Omari pushes back. An altercation ensues, and Nya’s plans for Omari’s future begin to unravel. Pipeline is a compelling, must-see portrait of the systemic school-to-prison pipeline and the experience of being a parent to a young black man in America.

Writing Out Loud

Literary Cleveland
Oct 19, 2019 - Nov 23, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought “I want to do that”? This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We’ll show you how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.

Each student will move a personal story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll create stories, discuss the fundamentals of live storytelling, and provide feedback on each others’ work. Outside of class you’ll be encouraged to attend storytelling shows and discover techniques you can use to enhance your own writing and performances. The class will conclude with a public show Thursday, December 5 at 7:30pm at CLE Urban Winery where students will join the storytelling community in full.

INTO THE WOODS

CSU Theatre and Dance
Oct 24, 2019 - Nov 03, 2019 Thurs-Sat @ 7:30 PM; Sun @ 2:00 PM | Allen Theatre - Playhouse Square | Community
Presented by Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance

INTO THE WOODS - October 24 – November 3, 2019, Allen Theatre Mainstage
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by James Lapine; Directed by Russ Borski, Music Direction by Maria DiDonato
Dinner and a Show – Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

The theatre season opens on the Allen Theatre Mainstage with the Stephen Sondheim / James Lapine musical INTO THE WOODS, running Oct. 24 through Nov. 3, 2019. Directed by Russ Borski with musical direction by Maria DiDonato, this Tony Award winning musical begins with “Once upon a time…” and tells the intersecting stories of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales. Just when everyone’s journey seems to be resolved, the characters’ worlds are shattered, only to be recombined to show that nobody really lives “happily ever after.”

TICKETS $5-$15; Web: www.playhousesquare.org; Phone:216-241-6000
Visit: State Theatre Ticket Office, located at 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Tickets are also available 60-minutes prior to performances at the Allen Theatre Complex.
General show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Visit their website at https://www.csuohio.edu/class/theatre-dance/theatre-dance for upcoming limited $25 Dinner and a Show packages with theatre performances.

Making Voices Come Alive: From Persona in Poems to Characters in Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Oct 30, 2019 - Nov 20, 2019 1 - 3 p.m. | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Drive #100, Beachwood OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
Writing in the voice of a persona offers a special creative opportunity to adopt the personality, history, diction and obsessions of someone (or something!) other than yourself. Whether you call this writing persona poems or dramatic monologues, this form offers ways to stretch your skills as a fiction writer, as a poet, a dramatist, or a writer of memoir. Open to experienced as well as novice writers, we will explore, write and share our work finding new ways to express ourselves creatively in an encouraging and welcoming environment.‍

This class is presented in partnership with Siegal Lifelong Learning: https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/

A Deep Dive into the Works of Colson Whitehead

Literary Cleveland
Nov 02, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
Reader series classes cover three books in a short period of time, taking you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors will provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author’s body of work.‍

Each participant can decide how they choose to engage with the classes. You can read all three books ahead of time, read them as the class progresses, or read them after the class has concluded. No matter your level of prior knowledge, you will receive a wealth of materials and insights in a condensed period, like a masterclass or a great course, only right here in Cleveland.

On July 8, novelist Colson Whitehead became only the second writer of color and sixth writer ever to be featured on the cover of Time magazine, which called him “America’s Storyteller.” In this Reader Series class, follow the career arc of this contemporary master by reading his first novel, The Intuitionist, his Pulitzer prizewinner, The Underground Railroad, and his newest book, The Nickel Boys, the based-on-real-life story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Books: The Intuitionist, The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys

Art Reception & Book Signing 'Creativity on the Edge'

JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery
Nov 02, 2019 - Nov 02, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery | Community
November 2, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm
JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery, 26719 Brookpark Ext. North Olmsted, OH 44070
CONTACT: JoAnn DePolo, 440-320-0900

Join in for an art reception featuring recent works by JoAnn DePolo, Dawn Hopkins and paintings by Come & Create artists: Deb Mayer, Eva Sherman, Jeanne Jacubic, Cheryl Jandecka, Liz DeCrane, Susan Rothacker, Julie Varady, Wendi Willmer, Olena Harpster, Amelia Kassay, Rachel Allen, Ava Pingor, Evelyn Krupa, Samantha Goerlich, Gianna Sanfilippo, Kenzie Sorg, Helen Willmer.
Experience a new collection of bold contemporary abstract paintings by DePolo perfect for both residential and corporate settings. In addition, select pieces will be on display from ‘Display the Music’ which are paintings created to original orchestral music by identical twin composer sons Jared and Andrew. Visitors can listen to the music composition while viewing each painting and view paintings through 3D glasses for a totally new perspective.
DePolo’s paintings are published in several art books. Her painting Creativity has been accepted into the 2020 edition of American Artwork. This is the fourth time DePolo has achieved the honor. In addition, she is the author of Making It As An Artist which takes a vivid look at finding a successful path to an art career. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.
Free and open to the public.
JoAnn DePolo Studios and Gallery is known for dynamic original concept fine art, individualized painting instruction and professional development.
JoAnnDePolo.net / 440-320-0900
All art is available for purchase. Thank You for supporting the arts!

Seeing the Unseen: a panel discussion

The Sculpture Center
Nov 02, 2019 1pm-3pm | The Sculpture Center | Community
A program of the seenUNseen exhibition, this free talk explores institutions, relations, and activities that shape, educate and recruit a diverse artistic community. Featuring special guests: Moderator, Charles Peterson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Oberlin College, Johnny Coleman, Professor of Studio Art and Africana Studies at Oberlin College, Kristi Copez, artist currently showing in seenUNseen, Sonja Harris-Haywood, Director of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health.

Painting the Town

Shaker Arts Council
Nov 03, 2019 2-4 p.m. | Avalon Station, 16800 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 | Community
Celebrate the six works of art at an open house reception
SHAC invites you to join them to grab a map of the location of the boxes ranging from whimsical to the abstract. Meet the artists at the reception, tour Avalon Station and and learn about their newest initiative – Building Blocks
Free & open to the public

Drink To Life

Pavo Films
Nov 03, 2019 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Breen Performing Arts Center 2008 W 3oth St Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
Join Pavo Films as they host Drink To Life, a documentary feedback fundraiser on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 2:30 - 5:30p at the Breen Performing Arts Center Auditorium (2008 W. 30th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113). The fundraiser will share portions of the documentary, Let There Be Life, a true labor of love, that has followed the lives of three individuals waiting for organ transplants for the past 10 years. Gordon Bowen, the CEO of Lifebanc will present the Community Champion Award to Dr. Charles Modlin, MD, Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist and founder and Director of the Minority Men's Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute and the Executive director of Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic

Storytelling for Business

Literary Cleveland
Nov 06, 2019 - Nov 20, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Council Gardens, 2501 N Taylor Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
Every organization—for-profit or nonprofit—has a story to tell. But that story often gets lost in typical business-speak and a welter of rehashed trite phrases and dull bullet points.‍

In this class, you will learn how to use the exciting techniques of storytelling to communicate your organization's mission and activities in a new, fresh and memorable manner. During the three sessions, there will be in-class writing exercises, take-home assignments and individual feedback.

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Nov 06, 2019 - Dec 04, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning 25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood, OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion. We’ll investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output as well as work with prompts that will help inspire specific writing projects, and most importantly generate new work. Participants will leave with a tool kit to keep the writing flowing.

This class is presented in partnership with Siegal Lifelong Learning: https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/

The Merchant of Venice

Cleveland Play House
Nov 06, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019 | The Helen Theatre at Cleveland Play House | Community
The deal was struck. The loan terms signed. Default comes with a lethal price, and now Antonio can’t pay up. Will mercy or retribution win out? The Merchant of Venice is a potent mix of suspense, romance, and courtroom drama rife with moral complexities. Join the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s Class of 2020 as they take on Shakespeare’s most provocative tale of money, privilege, and prejudice.

Y-Haven Theatre Project: Father's Watch

Cleveland Public Theatre
Nov 07, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019 7:00pm (Thu/Fri) and 3:00pm (Sun) | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
The Y-Haven Theatre Project is a 21-year partnership between Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. Y-Haven is a transitional housing facility for formerly homeless men recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges. Every year, CPT collaborates with the clients of Y-Haven to create an original theatre production, performed by the men and based on their life stories. The Y-Haven Theatre Project captures an authenticity and emotional power as the cast shares their true-to-life experiences often hidden from the world. This year, CPT and Y-Haven present Father's Watch, a play asking us, "If your past wasn't what you thought it was, would that change who you are? Would it change where you're going?" Father’s Watch was developed under the guidance of CPT Education Manager Adam Seeholzer, Assistant Director Leonard Goff, and CPT Premiere Fellow Les Hunter, with set, props, and costumes designed by Inda Blatch-Geib. The one-weekend production at CPT will be followed by performances in the community. More info at www.cptonline.org. All performances are FREE with a suggested donation of $5 to help support the project.

Walkabout Tremont

Experience Tremont
Nov 08, 2019 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Professor Avenue and surrounding streets | Community
Walkabout Tremont showcases the best of Tremont’s creative, diverse and walkable neighborhood on the second Friday of every month. The community comes to life with street performers, restaurant/bar specials, pop-up shops and extended shop/gallery hours. Each month has a distinct theme to give visitors a taste of the historic, arts-centric neighborhood. November's theme is Light Up Your Holidays.

Cleveland Dance Fest 2019

The Movement Project
Nov 08, 2019 - Nov 09, 2019 Various times | Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 | Community, Hone Your Craft
The Movement Project's Cleveland Dance Fest is set to return for its 4th season November 8th & 9th, 2019 at the beautiful Pilgrim Church in Tremont! The 2-day festival will feature new works by Cleveland and visiting artists in 2 evening performances, an emerging works concert, a youth showcase and a day of master classes for youth and professional dancers taught by CDF artists.

Making Polymer Plates for Intaglio, Relief & Letterpress Printing

Zygote Press
Nov 09, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019 10am – 4pm | Zygote Press | Hone Your Craft
Making Polymer Plates for Intaglio, Relief & Letterpress Printing with Bob Herbst
Nov 9 & 10 (Sat/Sun), 10am – 4pm
Registration Deadline: November 7
$255 member / $275 non-member
4 student min/7 max

Student must bring:
8×10-11×14 printing paper
Digital image files
Gloves
Ultra-fine sharpie
Notebook, pens/pencils

Be the first to take this brand new class! In this workshop students will learn to make polymer printing plates for printing continuous tone photographic images on an intaglio press and making relief plates for both intaglio and letterpress printing. Students will make printing plates from their own images, drawings, collages, paintings, or any artwork which can be imported into Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop experience is strongly suggested, and experience with intaglio printing is recommended but not required.

Bob Herbst is a photographer, printmaker, and teacher and has been printing in a variety of photographic alternative processes such as platinum/palladium, carbon transfer, silver gelatin, and photogravure since 1970. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Insurance Corporation, and Washington National Cathedral.

Making Polymer Plates for Intaglio, Relief & Letterpress Printing with Bob Herbst

Zygote Press
Nov 09, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Zygote Press, Inc. | 1410 E 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44114 | Hone Your Craft
Be the first to take this brand new class! In this workshop students will learn to make polymer printing plates for printing continuous tone photographic images on an intaglio press and making relief plates for both intaglio and letterpress printing. Students will make printing plates from their own images, drawings, collages, paintings, or any artwork which can be imported into Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop experience is strongly suggested, and experience with intaglio printing is recommended but not required. Registration Deadline: November 7

Student must bring:
8×10-11×14 printing paper
Digital image files
Gloves
Ultra-fine sharpie
Notebook, pens/pencils

Introduction to Intimacy for the Stage

Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Nov 11, 2019 7-10 p.m. | OSF at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop, participants learn specific techniques for accessing their vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on acting exercises to keep partners connected physically and emotionally. It is an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. This class also touches on how to approach preparing for scenes of intimacy in rehearsal, consent, boundaries, your rights, and psychological safety. This is not just kissing or sex scenes. The principles can include the intimacy between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence.

Touching (handshakes, handholding, hugging) through guided contact improv is part of the course. Kissing is not required. While the goal is to explore emotional and physical intimacy, the core concept of this work is Safety, for the facilitation of safe exploration. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to sit out and watch, should they feel uncomfortable or triggered.

While this introductory workshop is geared towards a performer's perspective, participants are welcome from all theatrical disciplines to participate and learn more about intimacy for the stage.

Kathak and Flamenco Comparative study workshop

Arts without Borders
Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Solon Community Church, 33955 Sherbrook Park Dr, Cleveland, OH 44139 | Community
Undertake a journey from Indian to Spain. Learn, compare and contrast elements of Kathak, an Indian classical dance form and Flamenco, a Spanish folk form in this unique comparative study workshop by luminaries in their fields. Kathak by Antara Datta. Flamenco by Alice Blumenfeld.

Writing Recipes

Literary Cleveland
Nov 17, 2019 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Larder Delicatessen and Bakery 1455 W 29th St, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Food writer Dianne Jacob said "A well written recipe is like poetry." But much like a poem, there are rules to writing a good one. Whether you're documenting your Grandmother's cooking to pass down in a family cookbook, or you're preparing recipes for a professional cookbook proposal, this class will help you write clear, organized recipes.‍

Join food writer Sarah Lohman for a class that looks at the history and evolution of the written recipe before diving into recipe composition. We'll analyze the introduction, format, weights and measurements, common writing mistakes, the importance of descriptive language, and the process of recipe testing.‍

Lohman will use examples from her personal experience prepping recipes for publication. Students will workshop a recipe together, and there will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.

This class is presented in partnership with Larder Delicatessen and Bakery as well as Edible Cleveland.

Creative Encounters in Differentiation for the Gifted

Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
Nov 18, 2019 - Feb 07, 2020 Sign In: 8-8:30 a.m.; Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | ESC of NEO, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd. Independence, OH 44131 | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop series, learn creative strategies that can be integrated into your curriculum utilizing problem solving, creativity, communication, collaboration and integration of the arts. These K-12 differentiated learning experiences will challenge your gifted students and classroom community to think at higher levels, enabling them to analyze, evaluate, and create. Become empowered to develop the skills to help your gifted students reach their fullest potential. Music and lyric learning lessons will enhance the topics in each engaging workshop!

Bringing Creatives to the Country: Immigration Issues for Artists & Arts Organizations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Nov 20, 2019 4:30-6:30 p.m. | SPACES Gallery, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community, Build Your Business
The art scene in the U.S. is made even more vibrant with the addition of international artists and performers, but often theaters, galleries, schools, artists, and even the attorneys who advise them can get tripped up on the legal requirements for them to work here. Join us to hear from two experienced immigration attorneys, who will provide the procedural and legal options available for artists and performers/entertainers to visit the U.S. temporarily on non-immigrant visas. They will also discuss the employment-based green card process for attorneys advising those hoping to immigrate permanently to the U.S. to pursue their artistic careers here.

The Loush Sisters Love Dick'ns: Oops!... They Did It Again

Cleveland Public Theatre
Nov 21, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 7:30 | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
This holiday season, join Holly and Jolly Loush (aka The Loush Sisters) for their deeply anticipated return to the stage in a bawdy, boozy, over-the-top holiday cabaret. Fueled by song, sidekicks, and a hefty dose of “holiday cheer,” The Loush Sisters reimagine A Christmas Carol as you’ve never, ever seen it before. Created by Liz Conway, Michael Seevers Jr., and Beth Wood. World Premiere. Tickets: $20-50.

Live Bodies For Sale

Playwrights Local 4181
Nov 22, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Friday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday at 2:30 p.m. | Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, 397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110 | Community
“Live Bodies for Sale” is a new play about the human trafficking crisis occurring in Ohio in the immediate present. In immersive fashion, this documentary work explores the lives of several women from Cleveland who are recent survivors of this ongoing injustice. “Live Bodies for Sale” addresses how these women were forced to work as prostitutes, detailing their escapes as well as their attempts to maintain healthy lives. Based on interviews with real people, the play presents the insights of professionals who help free such victims, including Renee Jones, an urban Mother Theresa figure in Cleveland. Testimonies from Cuyahoga County task force members­­--law enforcement agents, prosecutors, and judges--­­also detail what’s being done to free victims and hunt down their traffickers.

The cast of “Live Bodies for Sale” includes Leilani Barrett, Rocky Encalada, Arien Hodges, Hayley Johnson, Rochelle Jones, Joseph Milan, Juliette Regnier, and Emily Taylor. Design for the production is by Inda Blatch­-Geib (costumes), Marcus Dana (lights), Beau Reinker (sound), and Lisa L. Wiley (props). The staff includes Kristen Boehnlein (stage manager), Brittany “Charlie” Jones (assistant stage manager), and Tom Hayes (carpenter).

More information on this production of “Live Bodies for Sale” can be found at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/livebodiesforsale/.

Cleveland Dance Project Season 5 Showcase

Cleveland Dance Project
Nov 23, 2019 3pm & 7pm | Brecksville - Broadview Heights Middle School | Community
Cleveland Dance Project's FIFTH bi-annual showcases at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School, feature 19 choreographers, over 130 local dancers from the beginner to the professional, AND our CDP Company! You'll see dance styles including lindyhop, hip hop, contemporary, modern, tap, burlesque, jazz, and more!
General admission tickets are only $10 when purchased in advance, or $15 at the door. www.tututix.com/clevelanddanceproject
ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE (11/16).

Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism Exhibition

The Sculpture Center
Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 10, 2020 Various times | The Sculpture Center | Hone Your Craft
Crafting Democracy demonstrates the ways in which craft is employed as a tool of expression that gives voice to people who seek an active role in democracy. This exhibition shows how objects of material culture can provoke and engage everyday citizens, including those of marginalized identities, as productive tools in deliberative democracies; craft can also aid those wanting their voices to be amplified through the process of making.