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November 2020


Final Fridays at the Art Acts Studio

Robin VanLear
Mar 27, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Art Acts Studio, Coventry Peace Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Community
Join Robin VanLear, founder of Parade the Circle for these Final Friday workshops from 6:30 to 9pm.
2020 Dates: March 27, April 24, May 29, No June date, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 27, no December date
Activities: March, April, May - Parade the Circle 'Jouvay' style
July, August - the Art of Street Painting
September, October, - Day of the Dead masks
November - Lantern Making
Adults: $10 each,
Youth: (15 and under) $5 each
Family maximum: $30

Shaker Arts Council Fall Zoom Art Classes

Shaker Arts Council
Sep 20, 2020 - Nov 04, 2020 Various times | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft, Build Your Business
SHAC is presenting classes and webinars September 20 - November 4, 2020 as part of Stay-in-Place Productions, the arts council’s response to COVID -19.

Nonprofit Leadership Summit Series

Business Volunteers Unlimited
Oct 01, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Build Your Business
Join BVU for a new Nonprofit Leadership Summit format. Instead of a one-day in-person session we have optimized this educational event over eight 1.5 hour long sessions to provide our nonprofit stakeholders with convenient access to relevant and timely content.

Join us to learn from seasoned experts in the fields of finance, technology, human resources, communications, strategic planning, and board governance. Each of the eight sessions will be packed with useful and practical knowledge focused on nonprofit management and governance topics, helping you and your organization build a strategic roadmap for 2021.

You can register as an organization and send different members of your team to sessions most pertinent to their job functions and interests.

Les Délices 2020-21 Concert Series: Bewitched

Les Délices
Oct 07, 2020 - Nov 02, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Rising-star soprano Hannah DePriest gives voice to the sorceress Circe in a bone-chilling cantata by Colin de Blamont and wreaks vengeance as the witch Medea in works by Clérambault and Charpentier.
Watch the premiere and join in afterward for a live Q&A with the artists!
Not your ideal viewing time?

How to Create a Graphic Novel

Shaker Arts Council
Oct 07, 2020 - Nov 04, 2020 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Whether you like to write, to illustrate, both or neither (but you’re interested in learning to develop, writing and illustration skills), you can produce a mini graphic novel. This class takes a step-by-step approach to creating a graphic novel taking place in each student’s hometown, developing a clear narrative, drawing engaging characters, producing a story-board and formatting the final work.
Dates: Wednesdays, October 7 - November 4, 2020
Time: 4:30 - 5:45pm
Fees: $50 for 5 sessions
Instructor: Sally Levine

Fall For DANCECleveland

Oct 10, 2020 - Nov 18, 2020 10 am- 11:30 pm | Online/Virtual | Community
Fall into DANCECleveland! DANCECleveland's Virtual Fall Series invites you to experience four different remarkable dance companies, watch performances, and pre-show discussions with the artists, and more, all from the best seat in the house- YOUR HOUSE!

Choose from our Gold all-access pass for $35 which includes extended viewing days and the ability to join in our LIVE Watch Party Zoom Conversation with BODYTRAFFIC, or select our Bronze- Access Pass and see all 4 shows for as low as $20 with 24 hour access per performance!

Each week we will highlight a different dance company and viewing will be available for 24- 96 hours depending on the pass you purchase. Read more below for our full schedule and calendar of events:
October 10th- Ballet Hispánico, "Carmen"
October 17th- Contra-Tiempo "Agua Furiosa"
November 7th- BODYTRAFFIC "Snap" & "A Trick Of The Light"
November 14th- David Dorfman Dance- "Around Town"

Visit to purchase your streaming pass.

Frankenstein's Wake

Cleveland Public Theatre
Oct 30, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Online Event only | Community
This twisted adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece revives a tour-de-force performance, first performed off-Broadway in 1997 by Cleveland’s own Theatre Labyrinth. Frankenstein’s Wake met critical acclaim and was described as “an exhilarating bravura performance,” by Time Out New York. With this virtual restaging of the work, the creators seek to reflect a deeper knowledge and evolved perspective on the themes of longing, the search for one’s origin, conflict with the maker, and what it means to be human.

SalonEra Episode 6: Schubertiade

Les Délices
Nov 02, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Picking up on themes from Les Délices’ Bewitched, soprano Hannah De Priest and fortepianist Michael Pecak bring us art songs infused with the supernatural, including Schubert’s famous Die Erlkönig. Additional artists to be announced.

SalonEra is Les Délices' innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!

Sketch Comedy Writing Level One with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
Nov 02, 2020 - Dec 21, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this 8-week course you will learn:
-Proper script formatting
-Ways to generate ideas
-Tips on the writing process
-How to confidently pitch
-Writing/revising sketches
-Practical experience in a (virtual) writers room setting

At the end of the 8-week course you will have 4-5 finished sketches. This class is for both experienced comedians and people just starting out - as long as you have a desire to write your own material, you are welcome. You will be required to write outside of class.

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Nov 04, 2020 - Nov 25, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Zoom | 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.

The Murky Middle: Sustainable Self-Care for Creatives Workshop

Engage Houston| Mid-America Arts Alliance
Nov 04, 2020 12 noon | Online | Community
As we navigate the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health impacts of this trauma cannot be ignored. Nor can we overlook the ways in which this crisis differentially impacts communities of color, coupled with, and intensified by, a backdrop of racial injustice. Highly sensitive people and BIPOC creators may be further vulnerable to these effects. The middle of any intense experience can feel the most hopeless- too late to turn back and not yet able to see the end. This webinar aims to normalize collective trauma responses for creatives as well as provide tangible coping frameworks. Using real-life examples, metaphors, and experiential exercises, we will explore the unique challenges of these trying times to better understand why familiar coping may be failing us. Rooted in the strengths and needs of highly sensitive people and traditionally marginalized communities, we will prioritize collective care and uncover ways of forging ahead with compassion.

"Contracts for Creative Employees" (VLA Bootcamp 2020: Part I)

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - Cleveland
Nov 05, 2020 1-2 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
As part of their mission to promote a vibrant local arts community, the CMBA’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts handles dozens of applications for pro bono assistance each year. To keep up with current legal issues commonly encountered by artists, the VLA periodically presents “VLA Bootcamp” for new and veteran volunteer attorneys, with members of the public welcome to join us and learn more about important, basic issues for artists.

Part I of the 2020 VLA Bootcamp features “Contracts for Creative Employees.” Although the image of the solo artist coated in paint in their studio may come to mind most readily, many artists work for companies or corporations (e.g., a graphic designer working for an ad agency, a musician working for an orchestra, a designer working for a fashion house). What do artistic employees (and the attorneys who advise them) need to know to protect their work and further their careers?

Discussion by the panel of experts, including immediate past VLA Chair Anna Kelberg-Kim and current Vice Chair Tom Horwitz, will include copyrights (e.g., the employee’s output belongs to the company, not the employee), employment discrimination, and collective bargaining for artists.

• Thomas M. Horwitz, Thomas M. Horwitz Co. LPA
• Anna Kelberg-Kim, Attorney at Law

Reader Series: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Literary Cleveland
Nov 07, 2020 - Nov 21, 2020 1-3 p.m. | Zoom | Community
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has generally been discussed/analyzed as a love story; but on a deeper more important level, its theme is the protagonist's search for identity. TEWWG is transitional in that it is the first novel that starts to pull away from the archetype of the 'tragic mulatta' and to present and explore a more complex vision of the Black woman in American literature. In this class we will study the novel in the context of several different American literary traditions: 1) literature of the Harlem Renaissance; 2) American Southern Literature; and 3) American Feminist Literature.

The Art of the Short Story

Literary Cleveland
Nov 07, 2020 - Nov 14, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Short stories are very popular, for writers and readers alike. This class will provide an overview of the various kinds of short stories one can write, the different plot structures, and the many different lengths of stories that are popular today including micro-fiction, flash fiction and others.

This class is presented in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. For more information, please contact a Whole Health Team Member at (216) 791-3800 ext. 62257 or 62394.

Prep to Performance- How to Become a Bookable Actor

Angela Boehm Casting
Nov 07, 2020 3-7:30 p.m. | 1st Team Actors Studio, 156 Main St Westlake, OH 44145 | Hone Your Craft
This workshop will focus on the actor who is seriously pursuing booking guest star, co star and lead roles in film and television. Participants will be able to utilize their knowledge, past experience and learning and practice gained from past training and workshops. They will build on what you know.

Jeff will provide the context and process you as an actor can expect to experience when pursuing this work. The fewer the surprises, the better an actor can focus on the work they need to bring into the casting director’s office, or recording on self-tape or in virtual callbacks. And importantly, once the job is booked, this workshop will help the actor know what to expect from arrival on set, to signing out after a successful day/shoot. And most of all, be able to perform at the most enjoyable, genuine, creative and personal best level.

Physicality for Zoom-prov with Elana Fishbein from NYC's The Magnet Theater

Imposters Theater
Nov 07, 2020 12 noon - 2 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Remote improv can easily default to stagnant scenes with two folks sitting and staring at a screen... but when we start to play with physicality and dynamic use of space, exciting things can happen! This workshop will challenge folks to experiment beyond their perceived boundaries of the Zoom box to create more vital, connected, and energizing scenes. Be ready to move.

Aggregate Animated Shorts Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony

Aggregate Space Gallery
Nov 08, 2020 19:00PM | | Community
Aggregate Animated Shorts
Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony

Aggregate Space Gallery (ASG) is proud to launch this fourth celebration of non-commercial and experimental animation with partner Shapeshifters Cinema!
ASG's Director Conrad Meyers will host the online award ceremony and screening which will include the top films from each of the festival's categories, as well as Viewer’s Choice awards that were rated by visitors via an online form during the two weeks that the full festival screened online.

The awards ceremony will also include a film by each of the exhibition's jurors: Santiago Insignares, Carey Lin, and Fu Yang.
Artists from the August on-line festival included: Amber Crabbe, Kristine Diekman, Celia Eid & Sébastien Béranger, Richard Haley, Jiayang Huang, SHON KIM, Seren Moran, Ben Mosca, Maxine Schoefer-Wulf, Cassie Shao, Leon Simone, Melinda K.P. Stees, Cyane Tornatzky, Joshua Tuthill, and Claudia Ungersbäck.
Viewers are invited to watch this free program by tuning in on November 8th from 7:00-8:20 p.m.


Creating Social Media Comedy Videos

Imposters Theater
Nov 10, 2020 - Dec 15, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
With social media, you have the power to produce your own videos to develop your comedic voice, showcase your acting to casting directors and reps, or become an independent creator. Whether you’re creating for YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok, it’s easier than ever to take on the roles of producer, writer, and editor - all in one! But knowing where to start can sometimes be overwhelming.

Over this 6 week course, you will go through practical steps to write, shoot, and edit a comedy video that showcases your talents, gives your confidence a boost, and jumpstarts your online comedy portfolio.

CARES Funds Workshop

Arts Cleveland
Nov 13, 2020 - Nov 13, 2020 11 a.m.- 12 noon and 1-2 p.m. | GlenVillage, 1400 E 105th St, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Money
To help with the CARES funds application process, attend this free informational workshop. The staff of Arts Cleveland will share information about the program and application and answer any questions you may have.
These funds are available to artists and performing arts businesses that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SalonEra Episode 6: Folk Influences

Les Délices
Nov 16, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Violinist Gail Hernandez Rosa explores the connections Baroque & Celtic Folk music on her forthcoming album My Cup of Tea, while David McCormick reflects on recent research focused on Black musicians at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia’s Monticello.

SalonEra is Les Délices' innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!

Finding Your Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Nov 17, 2020 - Dec 08, 2020 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This hands-on workshop is designed for writers who are interested in sharing key elements of their life stories. In this four-session course we will discuss the structure of book-length memoir and key features of this genre including: finding your theme or through-line; dealing with internal and external conflict; telling the truth/writing about family; and structuring a memoir. We will do several short writing exercises in class focusing on the following–identifying potential turning points in your story; finding an opening hook or inciting incident; conveying emotional stakes; and playing with structure. We will also review short excerpts/examples from several published memoirs. Come prepared to write, and bring a brief one-two paragraph description of your project to share with the class. You’ll leave the course with a clearer sense of your through-line and theme; new tools to assist you in creating your book’s structure, and practical techniques to continue working on your project.

Charities, Compliance and COVID: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Reports

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Nov 17, 2020 10 a.m. | Online | Build Your Business
We routinely read about how difficult the coronavirus situation has been on the business community, but it has been just as painful for the charitable community. Join us for this webinar at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17, when we will hear from the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section about some of the issues that the charitable sector has been dealing with during this health crisis – everything from basic operational challenges, to fundraising and mergers and dissolutions. The training will also address basic compliance issues that charitable leaders and board members should be heeding now more than ever before.

This training will cover the following statutory provisions, as well as portions of the Ohio Administrative Code and Internal Revenue Service regulations: Ohio Revised Code Sections 109, 1716, 2915, and 1702.

Script to Screen

Angela Boehm Casting
Nov 17, 2020 - Jan 12, 2021 6:05-8:05 p.m. | 1st Team Actors Studio, 156 Main St Westlake, OH 44145 | Hone Your Craft
Sitting around waiting for those ‘parts’ and ‘opportunities’ to find you? Why not learn to make your own luck by putting your projects in motion!

This course is designed for creative individuals interested in gaining the working knowledge, perspective and foundational skills necessary to the overall filmmaking process. Students will learn various aspects & approaches of taking a screenplay from-the-page through the entire producing, production, post-production, and distribution process.

Whether you’re a writer, actor, filmmaker… this class will provide practical exercises with various in-class exercises and assignments to help better your overall understanding of how very motivated individuals increase their chances at a ‘green-lit’ career.

The studio will be closed to observe holiday breaks 11/25-11/28 and 12/23-1/1

**This course is a great continuation of “Writer’s Room” but open to all students**

The Actor's Arsenal

Angela Boehm Casting
Nov 19, 2020 - Jan 14, 2021 6:45-9 p.m. | 1st Team Actors Studio, 156 Main St Westlake, OH 44145 | Hone Your Craft
This class is the foundation course of everything you need to know to get your career going!

You want to be an actor. Cool. Now what? With Hollywood films and television shows shooting in and around Cleveland all the time, there is no better time to take a chance on the career you’ve always wanted than right now. In order to kickstart your career there are essential things every actor must know. Our instructor, Lauren Nichols, has booked national television shows, commercials and shared the screen with many famous faces. By mastering these acting essentials, you can too! Over the session, this class will focus on everything you need to know to start marketing yourself as an actor, the promotional materials you need, how to acquire an agent, find auditions and get connected in the industry. There will be a heavy focus on script analysis and how to audition for the role. In every script you read, the writer has given you a road map with every word they’ve put on the page. Without the knowledge of how to truly dissect the script and interpret what the writer is asking for, you are going into an audition blind. Everything you need to know is on the page, let us help you know what to look for. At the end of this 8 week session, you can take your arsenal into any next level class to continue your training.

This class will meet a total of 6 times as the studio will be closed to observe holiday breaks from 11/25-11/29 and 12/23-1/1

How to Write a Lot

Literary Cleveland
Nov 21, 2020 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Underproductivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near-perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, we'll delve deep into the heart of underproductivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. Then we'll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using to immediately boost your productivity and reduce stress. This workshop is for all writers—including creative, academic, student, and those who write on the job—plus all artists, activists, and anyone seeking to get more productive.

SalonEra Episode 8: Unwritten Traditions

Les Délices
Nov 30, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Masters of improvisation Robert Mealy, Priscilla Herreid, and Mark Edwards talk about their work and inspiration in reconstructing lost musical traditions from Medieval to Baroque.

SalonEra is Les Délices' innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!