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May 2019


Dance Classes - The Movement Project

The Movement Project
Jan 22, 2019 - May 30, 2019 Various | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 W 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 | Hone Your Craft
The Movement Project is now holding weekly classes open to professional/college/adult movers in their new rehearsal space at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont! Classes can be purchased as class card packs or a single class.

MONDAY 10:15 - 11:30 AM, Modern/Contemporary, *Level: Advanced/Professional & College

TUESDAY 7:30 - 8:45 PM * NEW TIME!, Modern/Contemporary, *Level: All Levels/Adult*
ALL must reserve your spot 24 hours in advance - see below to sign-up (Minimum of 3 movers must be signed up within the 24hr period for the class to be scheduled. You will receive an email 7:30pm the Monday before class notifying you on the class status. Thank you for your understanding.)

WEDNESDAY 10:15 - 11:30 AM, Modern/Contemporary, *Level: Advanced/Professional & College

FRIDAY 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Ballet, *Level: Advanced/Professional & College

Intro to Acting and Scene Work II

Cleveland Play House
Jan 24, 2019 - May 02, 2019 7-9 p.m. | Cleveland Play House | Hone Your Craft
This is an essential course for any actor ready to take the next step in their career. This offering will focus on scene analysis, character development, and breaking down a text into actable beats. A wide variety of scenes from both contemporary and classic theatre will be utilized in the class as the students learn valuable techniques that will serve them well as they continue their development. Actors will participate in a showcase for friends and family.

The Movement Project Pre-Professional Summer Intensive 2019 Audition Tour

The Movement Project
Feb 22, 2019 - May 05, 2019 | 13 audition locations (see website) | Community, Hone Your Craft
ABOUT THE INTENSIVE: Each summer The Movement Projects host a one week intensive geared for serious-minded dancers (12-18 yrs) interested in furthering themselves as creative artists and who wish to deepen and grow their technical and performance knowledge. This intensive provides a rigorous daily schedule in professional training, creative practice and rehearsals taught by TMP artistic directors, company members, as well as notable guest artists in the dance community. The program will focus on modern dance technique, contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition, injury prevention and somatic practices. In addition to movement courses, the program includes courses designed to prepare young artists for a career in dance, such as, resume building, dance on film and marketing. As part of the marketing course, each artist will receive dance action shots for their portfolio.

AUDITION: To attend the intensive, all participants must attend one of our free auditions held throughout Ohio. Visit TMP's website to find the nearest audition near year and to register today!

Adventures Into the Unknown

Michael Chekhov Center Cleveland
Mar 24, 2019 - May 05, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Art On Madison, 14203 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Adventures Into the Unknown are a series of open experiential explorations touching on aspects of the Michael Chekhov technique. Memorize a minute of text that you enjoy in case the Adventure we find ourselves on leads us there. Attend as many Adventures as you like (or all of them)! March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5 — 10:30am-12pm

March 24, April 7, April 21, and May 5, 2019

Each Adventure is open to a maximum of eight performing artists (ages 18 and up) both new to or with experience in the Michael Chekhov Technique.

Adam Shirley: Landscape

The Sculpture Center
Mar 29, 2019 - May 24, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM | The Sculpture Center | Community
Adam Shirley: landscape, on view beginning Friday, March 25, has a public opening reception one week later alongside Ella Medicus and Eric Charlton: SubFunction.

A Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series 2019 Exhibition Ella Medicus and Eric Charlton: SubFunction

The Sculpture Center
Apr 05, 2019 - May 24, 2019 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | The Sculpture Center | Community
Dual opening receptions on Friday, April 5, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., with Adam Shirley: landscape
The Artist Talks: Adam Shirley, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Ella Medicus and Eric Charlton, 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery

What I Want to Say: Writing Personal Essays and Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Apr 11, 2019 - May 02, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | TBA | Hone Your Craft
Learn how to mine your life experiences for their stories and earned wisdom. The first two sessions will include instruction, interaction and in-class writing to generate the seeds of drafts. The last two sessions will offer respectful, productive feedback on a work in progress from each participant. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Please plan to attend all four sessions.

Zygote Cultural Exchange Night

Zygote Press
Apr 22, 2019 - May 02, 2019 6 - 8 PM | Zygote Press | Community
Cleveland’s Sister City Event

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Please join in celebrating the many cultural exchanges Zygote has hosted over the last twenty-two years.

A special pop-up exhibition will be featured in the gallery showcasing the artwork created by international artists in the shop and abroad. Hear from artists that have traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, and Dresden, Germany. Learn about Zygote's Global Arts Initiative program which partners resident artists with students at Cleveland public schools.

Native Gardens

Cleveland Play House
Apr 27, 2019 - May 19, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Allen Theatre | Community
They say good fences make good neighbors, but that’s the not the case with the Del Valles and the Butleys. What starts out as a squabble over a backyard property line hilariously erupts into a full-blown border dispute. Native Gardens comically unearths deeply-rooted assumptions, plants the seeds for understanding, and blossoms into colorful, thought-provoking entertainment.

Leading With Vision Series

Apr 30, 2019 - May 14, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Foundation Center Midwest, 1422 Euclid Avenue Suite 1600 Cleveland, OH | Build Your Business
Join Candid for a three-event leadership series! Each 2-hour training led by a local expert will give you essential tips and resources for you to lead your organization with a clear vision of the future. Sign up for all three and receive a discount!

Global Cleveland Sister City Conference 2019

Global Cleveland
May 01, 2019 - May 03, 2019 May 1st: 6pm, May 2nd: 8:30 a.m. - 6pm, May 3rd: 9 - 11am | Cleveland Public Library – Main Branch, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114 | Hone Your Craft
This 3-day event will bring together representatives from 22 sister cities to discuss their partnership’s goals, successes, and aspirations in order to share ideas and forge connections. This event is free and open to all community members interested in learning more about Cleveland’s international connections from a ground level perspective.

Honing Your Craft: Intermediate Poetry Workshop

Literary Cleveland
May 01, 2019 - May 22, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
This workshop is appropriate for writers with some experience writing poetry or who may be working towards completing a collection. Workshop time will concentrate on studying and supporting the poetry of participants and becoming attuned to how their poems come together, both in sequences or manuscripts and in terms of how they resound within trends in contemporary poetry. In addition to close reading of poems, we'll respond to in-class prompts, practice reading aloud, and look at literary periodicals with an eye toward submitting our work.

Thiz Girlz Lyfe

Playwrights Local
May 03, 2019 - May 18, 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
“Thiz Girlz Lyfe” tells the story of Nasheema Morgan, an exotic dancer in present-day Cleveland, Ohio. Nasheema appears to have everything she needs: a house, a handsome man, and a loving daughter. But beneath that facade, things are spiraling out of control. Nasheema’s husband expresses his anger with violence and belittling. The party scene that she turns to puts her daughter at greater risk. Nasheema can only deal with so much before she must find a way out. Co-presented by Playwrights Local, Cleveland’s only theater devoted to locally written works, and Powerful Long Ladder Ensemble, a new company headed by Terrence Spivey, former Artistic Director of Karamu House.

The cast of “Thiz Girlz Lyfe” features Lorraina Worthern and Martin Rawls IV and includes Samone Cummings, Sean Dubois Day, Rochelle Jones, Irma R. McQueen, Shante Smith, and Nyrie Stallworth. Design for the production is by Harold Crawford (costumes), Marcus Dana (lights), Beau Reinker (sound), Prophet Seay (set), and Lisa L. Wiley (props). The staff includes stage manager Geraldine Harris, board operator Calvin Lane, and carpenter Tom Hayes.

More information on this production of “Thiz Girlz Lyfe” can be found at

Intermediate Personal Essay and Memoir Writing

Literary Cleveland
May 03, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Drive #100, Beachwood OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
This class is well-suited for writers who have basic familiarity with the art of writing nonfiction, are engaged in writing personal essays or memoir, and desire feedback on their ongoing projects. Readings each week will expand writers’ exposure to the broad field of personal essay and memoir with an emphasis on structure, voice, integrating research, and other aspects of artful nonfiction storytelling. Each class will consist of weekly reading discussions, in-class writing exercises, craft talks, and guided workshop by peers.

Cleveland Dance Project Season 4 Showcase

Cleveland Dance Project
May 04, 2019 3pm & 7pm | Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School | Community
19 short works by 130 dancers, plus the debut of the new CDP Company - join Cleveland’s largest all adult dance organization in a performance featuring works in dance styles including tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, pointe, acro, swing, modern and more!
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Station Hope 2019

Cleveland Public Theatre
May 04, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City & surrounding blocks – 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
Now in its sixth year, Station Hope is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with over 250 artists as they envision, interrogate, and seek out hope on the grounds of Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John’s Episcopal Church. Audiences explore the historic properties while viewing works of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time.

Writing Children's Literature in Northeast Ohio

Literary Cleveland
May 04, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Join a panel of notable Northeast Ohio children’s authors for an informative and fun morning as they discuss what it takes to turn an idea into a picture book, chapter book or middle grade novel. The authors will provide insight into the publishing scene of children’s and middle grade books and take questions from the audience. Book signing to follow.

The Art of the Short Story: Intermediate Fiction Writing

Literary Cleveland
May 04, 2019 - May 25, 2019 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | University Circle United Methodist Church 1919 East 107th Street, Cleveland OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
This class is designed for students who have some experience with short-story writing and who are looking to deepen their storytelling skills. You already know the basics, but now you want the skills to motivate yourself to write stories regardless of whether a deadline is waiting for you. In this workshop, we’ll complete writing exercises to help you shape your story, discuss more advanced elements of craft, and write and workshop your story (or story-in-progress) in a creative and supportive environment.

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
May 07, 2019 - May 28, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lit Cleveland, ​7405 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH 44102 | 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. Open to writers of all levels.

The Heartful Living Cafe

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
May 07, 2019 - May 28, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Free arts enrichment and socialization café to engage individuals affected by memory loss/dementia and their care partner (spouse, child, caregiver). Each session will include either music, dance, poetry, song or storytelling. Enjoy coffee/tea, snacks, and socialization. Class runs from 3 pm to 5 pm. Pre-register by calling 440-414-0434. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Get Creative with the Business Model Canvas

Zygote Press and Hispanic Business Center
May 08, 2019 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Zygote Press, Inc., 1410 E 30th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 | Hone Your Craft
Create a profitable business model from your art practice without the drain of making a boring, static business plan. The Business Model Canvas is an interactive visual chart with 9 elements describing the product or service value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.

Get Creative with the Business Model Canvas

Zygote Press
May 08, 2019 - May 08, 2019 5:30-7 PM | Zygote Press | Build Your Business
This May Zygote Press is partnering with the Hispanic Business Center, powered by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, to provide professional and business development opportunities to artists! This FREE training opportunity takes an engaging, hands-on approach to creating a profitable business model from your creative minds.

The workshop will be held Wednesday May 8th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Zygote, go here [] to learn more and register for this exciting course!

The Sweet Arts Cafe

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
May 08, 2019 - May 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Free arts enrichment and socialization café for those with memory loss/dementia and their care partners (spouse, child, caregiver). It begins with a brown bag lunch and is followed by an arts, music, storytelling or dance activity. Class runs from 11 am to 1 pm. Pre-register at 440-414-0434. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Creative Connections (TM)

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
May 10, 2019 - May 31, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Art enrichment program for individuals with memory loss/dementia and their care partners (spouse, child, caregiver). Participate in visual art activities, music, storytelling, poetry and dance. Enjoy coffee/tea, snacks, and socialization. No cost. Class runs from 2 pm to 4 pm. Please pre-register at 440-414-0434. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Music at Main: Austin "Walkin" Cane

Cleveland Public Library
May 11, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Cleveland Public Library | Community
Cleveland bluesman performs to bring the delta blues back to the North Coast

"I know you are but what am I?" Paintings by Katie Butler and Mike Gable

May 11, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | KINK Contemporary, 78th Street Studios, 1300 W 78th Street Cleveland, Ohio | Community
I know you are but what am I?
Paintings by Katie Butler & Mike Gable

Opening Reception - Saturday, May 11th | 6-9pm

Third Fridays - May 17th & June 21st | 5-9pm

Additional hours by appointment

Cleveland Print Room Teen Institute Exhibition

Cleveland Print Room
May 15, 2019 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Cleveland Print Room | Community
Cleveland Print Room's Teen Institute Presents: Instant Foto (IF) and Digital Photography Exhibition featuring artwork by students from the City of Cleveland at Cleveland’s premiere center for the photographic arts.

The Teen Institute show will feature new student work from the program's on-going year-round project. CPR's Teen Institute focuses on mastery of photographic skills, techniques, and concepts, along with visual literacy as its base. Over 100 students' work will be displayed and available for sale.

Thanks to the Cleveland Foundation & Fowler Family Foundation for their support, and Tri-C for use of their incredible facilities. CPR appreciates continued sponsorship from Lomography NYC, Dodd Camera, and Unique Photo as well.

DanceWorks Week #1: Verb Ballets

Cleveland Public Theatre
May 16, 2019 - May 18, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Every year, Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes Northeast Ohio's most adventurous contemporary dance companies to CPT's Gordon Square Theatre stage for five weeks of single and double bill performances. DanceWorks Week 1 features FRESH INVENTIONS created by Verb Ballets. About FRESH INVENTIONS: Experience vibrant performance and bold artistry highlighting the other side of creation through the dancer’s lens. Verb Ballets presents new works by Associate Director Richard Dickinson, MFA, company dancers Kate Webb, Daniel Cho, Michael Escovedo, and Antonio Morillo. Tickets: $15-25.

Pond Yacht Build-Up Workshop

Bluff Blue Door Gallery
May 16, 2019 12noon-4:00pm | Trust Books, 104 N. Main St., Akron | Community
Free pond yacht building workshop in conjunction with Akron Boatyard video/photography exhibition at the Bluff Blue Door Gallery. All materials provided, but limited to 20 participants, 8 years or older. One boat per family please.

Inspiration and The Feeling of Beauty

Michael Chekhov Center Cleveland
May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Art On Madison, 14203 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Inspiration: where does it come from? Beauty: what is it? How can both deepen and be applied to your performance work?

May 18 and 19, 2019, 10:30am-2:30pm
You must be able to attend both days.

This exploration is open to a maximum of eight performing artists (ages 18 and up) both new to or with experience in the Michael Chekhov Tec

Central Concern

Cleveland Public Theatre
May 18, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Using music, humor, and bizarre bouffon theatricality, CENTRAL CONCERN is delightfully depraved and entertaining. CENTRAL CONCERN takes a satirical look at the history of the American real estate profession and how it championed property values at the expense of civil rights. A Co-Production with Ohio City Theatre Project. Conceived & Directed by Pandora Robertson. WORLD PREMIERE.


Services for Independent Living
May 21, 2019 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, OH | Build Your Business, Space
Services for Independent Living invites you to promote your agency, business, or organization at this engaging and informative conference for professionals, advocates, and individuals with disabilities. During the course of the day, SIL will explore topics that feed the soul and enhance service capacity. Topics that will be covered include personal and community relationships, assistive technology, and access to travel, and the arts and recreation opportunities. The audience will include advocates, individuals living with disabilities and professionals who work with persons with disabilities and seniors.

DanceWorks Week #2: Inlet Dance Theatre

Cleveland Public Theatre
May 23, 2019 - May 25, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Every year, Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes Northeast Ohio's most adventurous contemporary dance companies to CPT's Gordon Square Theatre stage for five weeks of single and double bill performances. DanceWorks Week #2 features FROM THE HEART created by Inlet Dance Theatre. About FROM THE HEART: Be transported by a colorful array of imagery, sound, and movement as Inlet Dance Theatre presents a concert of non-narrative explorations, prototypes, and repertory, each inspired by works of art from other mediums. Join Inlet in celebrating the masterfully created works of art-in-process we are as human beings. Tickets: $15-25.

CAEC’s Annual CMSD Update and Conversation with CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Arts Education Consortium
May 24, 2019 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | John Marshall High School, 3952 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44111 | Community
Join CAEC to hear Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools District, talk about progress in the schools, community support, commitment and engagement. Eric will also highlight progress to develop a comprehensive new arts program for the District that helps build the creative and intellectual potential of every student.

Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA

Karamu House
May 26, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street Cleveland, OH | Community
An epic tale full of passion, loyalty and betrayal. Enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter. As their forbidden love blossoms, she must decide if she will give in to her heart’s desire or rise up to be the leader her people need her to be. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score written by Elton John and Tim Rice, this rock musical based on the Giuseppe Verdi opera is a shining example of love that transcends cultural identity.

Public Funding Training (east)

Arts Cleveland
May 28, 2019 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community
$15 suggested donation

Arts Cleveland invites you to a discussion about our sector’s collective work to achieve local public funding for arts and culture. As the organization that facilitated much of that work, Arts Cleveland will share relevant insights, facts and lessons learned from the effort.

DanceWorks Week #3: MorrisonDance & madcap

Cleveland Public Theatre
May 30, 2019 - Jun 01, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
DOUBLE BILL WEEKEND: DanceWorks Week #3 features MorrisonDance's DANCE MEETS SCIENCE: QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT, an exploration of the most unusual scientific theories while presenting a captivating, fascinating, and mindboggling presentation of dance, and madcap's TRANSCRIPTION BETA, an experiment in transcribing voicemails into movement - whether a goofy sentiment, a simple reminder, or a message of life’s milestones, voicemails reflect a moment in time when two people missed one another.

The Power of Poetry: An Introduction w/ Kisha Nicole Foster

Literary Cleveland
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019 1-3 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
In this 4-week introductory workshop, we will explore and discover how poems are generated, crafted and refined. Each week, there will be writing prompts that will surprise and inspire the imagination, discussions on craft through the reading and sharing of poetry, and group feedback on your work. Expect to be delightfully nudged out of your usual habits with language and discover yourself as a poet in the process. This class is appropriate for total beginners as well as those who want a refresher or who write in other genres but want to venture into verse.

Painted Rain Barrel Workshop

The Euclid Creek Watershed Program
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019 June 1st: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; June 2nd: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Beachwood Service Center, 23550 Commerce Park Rd. | Hone Your Craft
The Friends of Euclid Creek, in partnership with the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Painting workshop June 1st and 2nd for adults and families. (Families are encouraged to register but there will only be one barrel per family.)

Cost is $60.00 for a rain barrel,downspout kit, and supplies needed to paint the barrel.

To keep it fun there will be food and live music at the Beachwood Service Center. Please hurry and sign-up below.

The deadline for reservations is May 24th and will be limited to the first twenty participants and their families who register, pay their fee, and sign and submit their waiver. (Sign and Mail or Scan to 3311 Perkins Suite 100 Cleveland Ohio 44114 or