Thursday, February 26, 2009

Crave -- Theater Ninjas @ Asterisk Gallery 2/21

Crave -- Theater Ninjas @ Asterisk Gallery 2/21
Sarah Kane, the author of Crave -- now being staged by Theater Ninjas -- was a very troubled woman. Even though she was hailed as a talented playwright by the press, she committed suicide at the age of 28. Her plays, from a psychological viewpoint, were cries for personal help from the demons who were at war in her mind. Crave, which is having its Ohio premiere, was her fourth play -- first performed in 1998 in Scotland. It features four characters (or possibly four elements of the human mind), each of whom is only identified by a single letter. The script has no stage directions and really no indication of the intent of the writer.

It examines the trauma of rape, infidelity, loneliness, familial rejection, childlessness, death, sex, loneliness, relationships, suicide and child molestation. The characters appear to be dismayed by an existence over which they have no control. In contrast to a traditional script, Crave is a series of fragmented sentences, phrases, poetic stories, monologues and dialogues. They are not connected to each other to create clear concepts.

Ideas flow through phrases such as: “I am not what I am; I am what I do.” “It talks about the definitive role of the centre in the geometry of the circle where there is no chicken and egg dilemma as to who came first as it was the centre that came first and then the circle was formed.” “I had to fake orgasms before but now I have to fake not having an orgasm.”

The Theater Ninjas' production of Crave is creatively staged by Jeremy Paul, who uses the Asterisk Gallery space to intensify the chaotic arrangement of the lines. The four actors run, jump, roll, crawl, chase each other and move in programmed chaos around the gallery’s display panels. As for the members of the cast -- Lucy Bredeson-Smith, Terence Cranendonk, Val Kozlenko and Layla Schwartz -- each are compelling. It is not only a wonder how they learned the massive number of lines but also the intricate blocking supporting said lines.

Capsule judgment: The 50-minute play is a mental challenge. There are constant questions of “what does this all mean?” Discussing the happenings after the production is as intriguing as watching the abstract experience itself. If that’s your “thing” then you’ll enjoy the production. But, if you’re into clear messages in happy encasements, forget seeing this.

From Cool Cleveland contributor Roy Berko

Roy Berko's blog, which contains theatre and dance reviews from 2001 through 2009, as well as his consulting and publications information, can be found at

Profiling Visual Artist John Howitt

Profiling Visual Artist John Howitt
from Feb 25, 2009
One of Cleveland's current cool artists is painter/musician John Howitt. Howitt is originally transplanted from the Toledo area and moved around as a child. He attended the Kent State School of Art in the 1980's to study art and play music. While a young student at Kent, he joined the band Fuzzhead where he still remains today. As an undergraduate at Kent, he studied with abstract painter Craig Lucas and focused on drawing and painting. When he moved to Cleveland after graduation, Howitt wound up creating several murals for corporations and restaurants during the downtown revitalization of the 1990's. With this early success he was able to found his own small business (OM), support himself and still create his art.

On occasion he has worked with children (see photo below) in the classroom as a visiting artist and feels this can be where a local artist can really make a difference. " Working with children, talking to them about how color might taste or smell really draws them into the creative process while still their encouraging imagination to have fun!" claims Howitt. He has continued to make music solo, in Fuzzhead, paint and participates in local exhibitions in the Cleveland area on occasion. He has exhibited his work recently at local spaces such as the Wooltex Gallery, Asterisk and True Art.

When I sat and spoke to John, I asked him why he stayed in Cleveland. His band has done well, he could have gone to a big city with bigger venues to play out at or a city with more exhibition opportunity.

"I love Cleveland, inexpensive for an artist or musician but mainly for it's rich history. Having moved around from Detroit to Toledo in the 1980's, living out in Kent and eventually here has been a positive experience," he said. "I enjoy living on the 'north coast,' creating art or music and find the reception from the region very good at times."

Howitt's paintings are abstract, vivacious and often are influenced by graffiti and street art as John claims to be an outstanding breakdancer from his Detroit days. His works on canvas are colorfully bright forms which contain many layers of stencils, paint and line. Howitt's artist statement on his website speaks to his understanding of order applying to not only music but his visual works as well.

"I believe the aspects of a good jazz composition –harmony, color and placement are important and reflected in my work, whatever form it may be. My paintings are conceived and subsequently executed with experimental color placement—just as a musician forms a melody through experimenting. By placing colors on canvas, I can create harmony or disharmony…bright and concise with a rhythm that shouts at the viewer-- something on key, something off key. To me, each painted mark is as a note is in leading to a finished composition and as such I view each painting as a 'session'—just like a jazz session."

When asked about his role in being a cool cultural icon to Cleveland with his double-duty, Howitt felt his contributions are split equally between the visual arts and the musical factions he participates in equally. "Historically, Cleveland had so much to offer to contemporary music, classical and even jazz. For someone creating music, there is much to draw from where we've been."

Currently, Howitt is creating music from his studio in South Euclid, looking for a new space. He is teaching himself different software programs in design to possibly interface with some of his new collages. He is available to speak to your art classroom as a visiting artist. His work is being represented privately in Chagrin Falls and you can see some of his artwork on his website.

Visit Howitt online at

From Cool Cleveland contributor Bridget Ginley

Ginley hosts the "Erie Effusion" radio program on WRUW 91.1-FM and is a well-established Cleveland artist. You can find her online at and

A note from the author: This year, a goal of mine is to use my writing to promote positive attributes of our region. In speaking with many other visual artists -- all lamenting on the state of press swirling down the bowl -- I began thinking about what would be beneficial to an (artist) individual in terms of visual art? Where can our region grow in that regard? How can we help make this happen as sculptors, crafters or filmmakers? And how cool is Cleveland for an artist? I have hunted down a few of Cleveland's active visual artists in an effort to find out how they see themselves in our regional landscape and look forward to introducing you to some of these artists working in your community during the coming weeks and months. My intention is to bring the artist in their studio directly to you. -- Bridget Ginley

Theater Ninjas perform Sarah Kane's introspective 'Crave'

by Tony Brown/Plain Dealer Theater Critic Tuesday February 24, 2009, 10:32 PM

No narrative. No setting. No stage directions. No character names. It's easier to say what "Crave" isn't than what it is.

But because a young, energetic little Cleveland outfit called Theater Ninjas has put so much obvious effort into a gorgeously fluid, mesmerizing production of Sarah Kane's plaint on the illusory promises of love, an effort at describing it is in order.

Kane was a young and bright British playwright who bequeathed us only five intensely poetic plays and one short film, "Skin," when she committed suicide in 1999 at age 28.

Cleveland saw none of her fascinating stage work until this winter, beginning with the Bang and the Clatter's January production of her first play, the apocalyptic comedy "Blasted."

With "Crave," her fourth work, Kane dispensed with the "in-yer-face" violence -- specified in her stage directions -- of her earlier work and anticipated the fragmented introspection of her final play, "4.48 Psychosis."

"Crave" isn't so much a play as a tone-poem for four voices that uses what's called "intertextuality" to refer to sources ranging from the Bible to T.S. Eliot.

These voices, called only A, B, C and M, merge into one voice, each overlapping the others as Kane's threads of imagery and dialogue weave themselves into a cathartic fabric that is simultaneously gauzy and chafing, structures of eggshells and concrete.

"I'm not a rapist; I'm a pedophile." "You're never as powerful as when you realize you're powerless." "Death is my lover, and he wants to move in." "What does that mean?" "Why do you drink so much?" "Because the fags aren't killing me fast enough." "I hate the smell of my whole family." "And if this makes no sense, you understand perfectly."

In this at-times playful, at-times frustrating and always compelling way, Kane takes us deep inside not only her troubled heart, but ours as well, mining our secret lies.

At Theater Ninjas, directors Jeremy Paul and Faye Hargate (she also appeared in "Blasted") fill in the staging blanks by manipulating the four performers in a frantic kinesis around and about the posts and walls of the Asterisk Gallery in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

Sometimes, all movement stops, and the actors meld into a single protean being, one person with four heads, eight arms and a deadly stare. The 50 minutes melt away in what feels like 15.

Terence Cranendonk, one of the city's most physically gifted actors, burns like a Roman candle soaked in gasoline.

He and the rest of the ensemble -- attenuated and quirky Lucy Bredeson-Smith, resonant Val Kozlenko and china-cup translucent Layla Schwartz -- fit together as if they began rehearsing the piece in the womb.

But don't trust this pale description. "Crave" is an event, a happening, and must be experienced. Then you can explain it.

Through Sunday, March 8, at 2393 Professor St., Cleveland. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10-$15. Details: 216-539-0662

Monday, February 23, 2009

“Call to video artists” for Ingenuity 09

To all Ingenuity staff, artists, board and sympaticos,
I attach the “Call to video artists” to draw artists to the first ever video festival “within” Ingenuity.
Please spread the word, send to artists, galleries, arts & cultural organizations etc.
Deadline is April 1. Curators include: Christopher Lynn, Qian Li, Lane Cooper and Charles Tucker
Thanks much,

Solo Exhibit: Gadi Zamir - Knot What You Think‏

would love to see you there -

Knot What You Think
March 6 - March 29

Artist's Reception
March 15, 2009
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Beachwood Community Center
25325 Fairmount Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(Corner of Fairmount and Richmond between City Hall and Pool)


The Collection of Frank Green, a public auction

The Collection of Frank Green, a public auction

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Review of Crave Presented by Theater Ninjas

A Copy of what was sent to NEOPALS : A Review of Crave Presented by Theater Ninjas

When you open the door a very uniquely shaped yet simplistic art gallery and the opportunity to partake in a glass of wine or other libations while enjoying the performance greet you. There is no set, except the oddly shaped room with several strategically placed partitions and the only prop is a brown metal chair. Lighting is minimal. This open space setting gives you a sense that this is going to be a very artistic show that will rely on movement and expression to sell and tell the story.

These four characters do just that. From the moment they hit the stage they are in a physical workout and on an emotional roller coaster which they successfully take the audience along for the ride! I was shocked to find out that this brilliant ensemble were all perfect strangers less than 6 weeks ago. They play off each other with comfort and ease and move together like a well-oiled machine
The tight dialogue is swift, crisp and delivered with expert timing. There is absolutely no room for error in this piece and it was delivered flawlessly.

Body Language and movement are a huge part of this production. The actors created all the very effective choreography with some minor tweaking from the director. These characters would simultaneously be in an individual emotional chaos then in a split second be in sync with each other while looking in different directions. Again, this precise timing in movement was truly an amazing sight to behold! Surprisingly, they have only rehearsed in this space for the last 5 days prior to opening. Their previous rehearsal space was an open rectangular room. Once you see the show, you will appreciate this fact!

Lucy Bredeson-Smith (M), uses her lengthy extremities with skill and very erotically at times to convey her message and her haunting eyes help tell her story.
Terence Cranendonk (A), has wonderful facial expression and body language mixed in with some great comedic moments. Val Kozlenko (B), uses his charm and infectious smile to draw you in and his wonderful comedic timing and expression to make you laugh. His gorgeous head of hair is creatively used as a prop when needed as well. Layla Schwartz has the ability to draw you in and feel exactly what she is feeling at any given moment.

All four characters were able to maintain movement and stay in character during monologues without upstaging the individual who was speaking. This is not always an easy task for several actors. Thankfully, all the actors also played their voice like a beautiful instrument with perfect projection, enunciation and appropriate inflection. Which is a must for this show!

Jeremy Paul, Director, Faye Hargate, Assistant Director did a fantastic job in casting and pulling this challenging piece together, making it work
Jeremy’s use of lighting was subtle and very effective. Sarah Hyde, Stage Manager, was successful in getting the show started on time and kept it running smoothly throughout.

This provocative story relies heavily on poetic, lyrical and at times somewhat prayer like language to get its message across. It explores the natures of love, cruelty and the times in life when these two are indistinguishable. Crave makes you come wanting and leave satiated. There was a wonderful buzz in the room and positive feedback by all audience members at the conclusion of this production, including an encore ovation.

The Ohio premiere of Sarah Kane’s Crave is being presented by Theater Ninjas at the Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland. The show is currently running through March 8th. Seating is very limited and will sell out so order your tickets early. For tickets or more information call 216-539-0662 or visit their website

Submitted by Susan Watson

Friday, February 20, 2009



Volunteers Needed! - at ZeroLandfill to distribute art supplies

Materials and supplies collected from local architects and interior designers will be distributed to arts educators, art students, and artists at the ZeroLandfill Akron project site in downtown Akron.

Join in this resource harvest every Saturday in February from Noon to 4pm.

ZeroLandfill is an award winning beneficial reuse program held seasonally that supports the supply needs of local artists and arts educators while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity. Since 2006, the ZeroLandfill project team has assisted the architectural and interior design community in identifying, diverting from local landfills, and re-purposing back into the community thousands of pounds of specification samples that hold value for other audiences. As a community of practice, ZeroLandfill projects inspired by the NE Ohio experience are at work in a number of cities across the country this year.

Listen to a podcast telling the ZeroLandfill story on the Artist Review Today.
Watch the ZeroLandfill Channel on YouTube.

Volunteers Needed!
Event Homepage:
30 N. High Street
Akron, OH, 44308
United States

Theater Ninjas "Crave" at Asterisk OPENS TONIGHT

Written by Sarah Kane
Directed by Jeremy Paul

Starring Lucy Bredeson-Smith, Terence Cranendonk, Val Kozlenko and Layla Schwartz.
Assistant Directed by Faye Hargate.

Theater Ninjas are very proud to present the Cleveland premiere of "Crave", a dark, lyrical journey thru love and loss, desire and death, despair and hope.

Telling an elliptically described story using found text and Kane's own beautifully poetic voice, Crave is both a masterful demonstration of the power of language and at the same time a heartbreaking portrait of lost souls moving against the backdrop of a nameless city towards a redemption that may or may not exist.

Theater Ninjas will perform "Crave" at the Asterisk Gallery on Professor Ave. in Tremont. Contact us or visit our website at for more information.

Tickets are $10-$15

February 20 – March 8, 2009
Fri & Sat @ 8pm
Sun @ 3pm
Monday, March 2 @ 8pm

"A dramatic poem in the late-Beckett style, sometimes a chamber quartet for lost voices." - The Times

"A hugely unnerving theatrical experience, shot through with the language of the Bible and a genuinely poetic richness." - Time Out

Tacoma Narrows Bridge @ Asterisk on Sat at 10pm

Tacoma Narrows Bridge creates visual + aural renderings which present an altered snapshot of the current, regional human condition.
TNB takes actual situational transcriptions and performs them through narrative and tonal elements. Words heard from the performed character studies taken "out of context" become "ultra-contextual".
The "snapshot" from real life experience to the performance (by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) creates a continual uncomfortable breaching of the "third wall"...and leaves the viewer/participant to a continually altering interpretation.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Booking: (216)225-4135
Info and friends:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

PINK EYE MAGAZINE dares you to attend an event, SHOCKING in its magnitude of eccentric, artistic PERVERSION

Pink Eye 3rd Issue Release Party @ Now That's Class


PINK EYE MAGAZINE dares you to attend an event, SHOCKING in its magnitude of eccentric, artistic PERVERSION.

Join the brave, as a third issue of PINK EYE MAGAZINE is released upon the unsuspecting masses of innocent bystanders on the Friday night of February 20th at NOW THAT'S CLASS (11213 Detroit Ave., Cleveland)

Don't be afraid to turn your head in SHAME as finely formed PUFFY AREOLAS disbelieve your eyes with INCREDIBLE acts of electric STIMULATION.

God fearing individuals - close your ears! As a drunken, debauching ANGRY DAD serenades all sinners with poetics so BASE, so CRUDE, damnation is sure to follow.

In a display of MORBID fantasy, fascination and magic, see GEORGE ORWELL rise from the tomb, and predict the future through UNBELIEVABLE audio hypnosis.

RA WASHINGTON IS LEROI DA MOOR, an individual of such tumultuous and FIERY a disposition, the foundations of tradition may never recover their dignity.

Witness a DANGEROUS, improvisational, high flying trapeze show, as the STEPHE DK AND JACK SMILEY DUO grace the center stage with aural curiosities sure to make a grown adult SCREAM louder than a kindergarten child during recess.

And all the while, please your taste-buds with CHEAP Pabst Beer Specials and an AUDACIOUS display of affordable VISUAL ART for sale.



Submit a design for the Year of the Ox Tshirt, and WIN CASH!!
Now accepting submissions for the Year of the Ox official tshirt design!

The design chosen will win a cash prize, as well as recognition on the tshirt, as well as all print
and web materials for the entire length of public art program.

Tshirts are widely distributed throughout the Cleveland-area. They are available for sale online and in various retail locations.

All design proposals must be received no later than Friday, February 27, 2009.
*The winner will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2009.
Entry form available online

Design parameters:
*Must include Year of the Ox wording
*Front of t-shirt only
*Design must be ONE color
*Printed Tshirts will be black & another color.

Submit proposals via email to:

Please complete the following entry form in email body:
Name (first and last)_____________________________________________
Website (if any)_________________________________________________

Please call with any questions!

Becca Britton
Project Coordinator
St Clair Superior Development Corporation

Monday, February 16, 2009

Dick Feagler for February's Cleveland Magazine by Jerry mann

Hello all... A little blog action on a recent assignment: Dick Feagler for February's Cleveland Magazine. Look and Learn here: Keep in touch! Jerry

Mandel JCC Presents World Premiere of Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights

February 26-March 15, 2009

Performing Arts Center, Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus

4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills OH 44122

Mandel JCC Presents World Premiere of Cleveland Heights

Written by Keith Reddin

Directed by Brian Zoldessy

Co-produced with Cuyahoga Community College-Eastern Campus Theatre Arts

With staggering relevance to the turbulence of our current economy, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS is a universal story of how families can be affected by the stresses of financial pressures. It is also a familiar Cleveland story of a Jewish family who flees Europe and builds a business in an American city poised for growth, only to see its legacy threatened by the boom and bust cycles of American industry. Above all, Cleveland Heights is a story of hope and a reminder that while economic struggles may challenge us, the strength and security of family and community triumph and endure.


Preview Night February 26: $12

Opening Night February 28: $14

All Other Dates (March 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15)/Day of Show: $24

ADVANCED SALE Discounts: JCC Members $21; Seniors $22; Students $12

Call (216) 593-6258 for groups of 10 or more: $18

To purchase tickets:

(Transaction fees will be added to phone and online orders)

Call (866) 546-1358

Purchase online at

Visit The Mandel JCC during regular business hours

Performances times are 7:30 pm on Thursdays, 8 pm on Saturdays, 2 pm on Sundays and 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 4. Free parking is available in lots B1 and B2, which can be accessed most easily from the Tri-C® Eastern Campus Harvard Road entrance.


Writing Workshop: Writing a Commissioned Play

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 • 5:00-7:00pm

Cleveland State University, Theater Arts Building, 1833 East 23rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

Meet the Playwright: Keith Reddin

Saturday, February 28, 2009 • 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center, Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122

Pre-Performance Talks

Sundays, March 1, 8 and 15 • 1:00pm

Performing Arts Center, Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122

March 1 - Sean Martin, Associate Curator, Jewish American Archives, Western Reserve Historical Society

March 8 - Marc Frisch, Retired Businessman and Knitting & Textile Industry Advocate

March 15 - Nate Arnold, Businessman and Jewish Cleveland History Tour Guide

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thrice is Nice - opening reception pics

Thrice is Nice - pics from the opneing reception held on Friday Feb 13, 2009

“CLAY MFA” curated by Kirk Mangus @ Asterisk in March

KSU Graduate Ceramic Program exhibit curated by Kirk Mangus
Opening reception Friday March 13, 2009 6 -11pm
show runs through April 4

Kevin McCreary
Brandon Furniss
Libo Li
Derek Hambly
Richard Glowacki
John Stumpf
Megan Tuttle
Jessica Swingle

the drawing show @ Asterisk opening June 5

Asterisk Gallery Proudly Presents:

the drawing show

a visual exploration into the concept and process of drawing

the drawing show

featuring works by:

Julie Friedman
Tim Herron
Ron Johnston
Tom Kochheiser
Jacob Wesley Lang
Michael Loderstedt
Liz Maugans
John Nativio
Brian Pierce
Darice Polo
Scott Radke
David Simmerer
Sarah Sutton
Larry Zuzik

Opening reception Friday June 5
Show runs through June 27
Opening reception Friday June 5, 6 – 11pm
Hrs by appt
2393 Professor Ave. in historic Tremont

The Pop Shop Gallery is collecting works for 10 of its up coming shows for 2009/10

The Pop Shop Gallery is collecting works for 10 of its up coming shows for 2009/10. If you would like to participate in one of these shows please send up to 10 digital samples of you works to with your name, rough sizes, and rough prices of works. Artists should be in a 50 mile radius of Cleveland, OH. Also please list specifically which show(s) you are interested in. Submissions who fail to submit all requested information will not be considered. Rough Sizes and prices are suggested to while submitting. We are a contemporary gallery and do not accept traditional work.

1. March 21st – Knuckle Sandwich (Group Show, no Theme)

2. May 2nd – 4th Anniversary Show "untitled for now" (Group Show, no Theme)

3. Jun 13th – Taste of Lakewood (art walk) $50 Dolla Holla (All work must be $50)

4. July 25th – Modern Casino (Group Show, no theme)

5. Sept. 5th – Icon if You Can (Icons and Movie/Music Celebrities )

6. Oct 17th – 5th Annual Sugar Coated Show (Halloween and Fall Theme)

7. Nov 21st – 5th Annual True Value Vintage Show (Toys and Childhood Memories)

8. Nov 21st (in new gallery) 7a. Deck the Halls (skate Deck Show, all work is done on skateboard decks)

9. Jan. 9th 2009 ($50 Show) (All works must be $50)

10. Feb 6th 2010 – A Black and White Affair (black and white works only, no color)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mastroianni Photography/Mastroianni Arts

Mastroianni Photography/Mastroianni Arts After much planning, hard work, and a little luck, the new studio/gallery on West 14th is ready to launch.
The location at 2688 W.14th St. in Tremont, is divided between a studio, which is Steven’s new professional studio space; and a gallery space, which will be opening Friday, February 13th, party from 6-10!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cleveland State's Diversity Art Show

Cleveland State's Diversity Art Show

Join us as we gather together to raise scholarship money for members of the LGBT community and their allies at Cleveland State University. View and purchase art from local area artists and hear local performers all for a good cause. A percentage of the proceeds from all of the sales of the art will be donated to the scholarship fund.

The event will take place in early April (date and location to be announced).

Interested in helping? Have art to display/sell ? Have a talent you wish to share? We are actively seeking contributions of art of all varieties. Please contact Dana at: or Maya Simek at

Seeking three artists/individuals to share combined workspace in the heart of Tremont

Seeking three artists/individuals to share combined workspace in the heart of Tremont. Premier Art Walk location at corner of Literary & Professor. There is no better place in Cleveland an artist would want to be.

Massive 2100 square feet of lofted workspace on top floor, to be split into 3 spaces. Open plan, large windows, natural light throughout. Bathroom and kitchen to share. Renting 3 spaces at $700/mo each, to be allocated on first come, first served basis. One year leases, first & last month's rent up front.

Perfect for artist studio workspace and gallery display. Easy street access for Art Walk patrons. Professionals seeking office space welcome. Great for media professionals.

ADULTS ONLY PLEASE - this is not your grandmother's basement, tenants will be expected to pay rent on time, act as professionals, and live up to responsibilities as good neighbors in the building.

If you've been looking to place your work in front of the entire art community in Northeast Ohio, this is the location.

Theater Ninjas invites you to celebrate Valentine's Day with a celebration of wine, puppets and song

Theater Ninjas invites you to celebrate Valentine's Day with a celebration of wine, puppets and song!
Please join us for the 9th Annual Some Enchanted Evening Cabaret at Benedictine High School. This year's Cabaret is will feature selections from Theater Ninjas' original puppet show, "The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm", performed by Faye Hargate and Jeremy Paul. There will be a few musical numbers, a silent auction and wonderful appetizers and desserts.

Please join us for another us for a special evening of fun, fine food and entertainment that does so much to improve theater at Benedictine High School.


Buyansky Auditorium
2900 M. L. King, Jr. Drive
Cleveland, OH 44120

For information and to make reservation,
call 216-421-2080 X 358

Have a happy Valentine's Day. We hope you'll share your love of theater and puppets!

Monday, February 9, 2009

The 33rd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival is almost here

The 33rd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival is almost here! Kicking off March 19, 2009, this year's festival promises to be as exciting as ever. To celebrate our third year of film sponsorship, the Maltz Museum is thrilled to present not just one film, but the entire JEWISH AND ISRAELI VISIONS Series this year. The roster of films on tap are:

Antarctica (Israel, 2008, 108 min) - Directed by Yair Hochner
Forgotten Transports: To Estonia (Czech Republic, 2008, 85 min) - Directed by Lukas Pribyl
Lemon Tree (Israel, 2008, 106 min) - Directed by Eran Riklis
Strangers (Israel, 2008, 85 min) - Directed by Erez Tadmor, Guy Nattiv
Two Ladies (France, 2007, 73 min) - Directed by Philippe Faucon

For more information on each film, or to find specific show times, visit

It is time to gather Cleveland's talented performing artists for the Sparx in the City concert series 2009

Hello everyone:

It is time to gather Cleveland's talented performing artists for the Sparx in the City concert series 2009. Attached please find pertinent information about our audition process. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this to any individuals or groups that may be interested in participating in Sparx for 2009. Our website contains this audition and application information as well.

We are looking foward to a great Sparx season and appreciate your help!


Marti Higgins
Sparx in the City
Project Manager

Artworks Paid Summer Opportunity for Teens

Artworks Paid Summer Opportunity for Teens

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio offers ARTWORKS, a program where students work with professional artists and other students to create work in music, dance, theater and visual art.

Students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade are eligible. to apply, go to

Student applications are due March 20. Professional artists who want to work with the students are encouraged to apply by February 12th. The program takes place June 17-July 30th. Call 216.561.5005 for more information.

Sunday, February 8, 2009



Film Screening of “Gattaca”-as part of a week long commemoration of Darwin Day-Charles Darwin, 1809-2009

WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Biology Graduate Student Council of Kent State University present
WHAT: A Film Screening of “Gattaca”-as part of a week long commemoration of Darwin Day-Charles Darwin, 1809-2009
WHERE: Professor’s Pub, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Kent-under 21 welcome until the end of the screening
WHEN: Wednesday, February 11, 7:30pm ADMISSION: Free and Open to the Public CONTACT: 330-673-4970 MORE INFO: About the Darwin Day Events Come help us celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publishing of his seminal work, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin -- the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity. Kent State University, through the efforts of the Biology Graduate Student council, is hosting a series of events designed to increase the public understanding of evolutionary processes, and to celebrate the life of this great English naturalist. Highlight Events at KSUFree and Open to the Public Tuesday, February 10, 7pmGraduate Symposium on Darwin and EvolutionKIVA Auditorium, Kent State Student Center, KSU-followed by a reception in Rm 204, Kent State Student Center Thursday, February 12, 7pmOhio Senator Tom Sawyer provides a Keynote AddressScience and Technology in OhioBallroom Balcony, Kent State Student Center Listing of All the Free Events for the week can be found at About GATTACA: Director: Andrew NiccolWriter (WGA): Andrew Niccol Release Date: 24 October 1997 (USA) more Plot: In the not-too-distant future, a less than perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a fall. With some professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. When a colleague is killed he is finally scheduled for a space mission, but a colleague suspects his origins and the police begin an investigation. Written by garykmcd Rated PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality. Runtime: 106 minCountry: USA Thank you for supporting the Arts!

Saturday, February 7, 2009



Wednesday, February 4, 2009



ARTS COLLINWOOD Featuring the Art of the 2008 Lottery League


Featuring the Art of the 2008 Lottery League

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Flash Forward @ SPACES Gallery 1/30

Flash Forward @ SPACES Gallery 1/30
This exhibition showcases contemporary artists who have gone to college and continue to create right here in Northeast Ohio. Feed your creative mind by partaking of our own locally grown visual produce. In this constellation of local and newly ignited art stars, some work shines brighter than others.

Kelly Urquhart & Jaime Kennedy create some meticulously rendered and digitally-collaged images of birds superimposed onto man-made instructions. For instance, one work combines the natural act of drawing something from the natural world–a bird–with man's attempt at copying nature–instructions to assemble a kite. Also, their whimsical and oddly-eerie images of houses for birds, demonstrate how the natural world of birds might incorporate items cast off from humans into their efforts to build themselves places to live.

Amy Kreiger's large portraits demonstrate her ability to render expertly the facial forms of the unusual characters in her work. Using digital media–myspace–she elicited photographs of people who felt the images they submitted to her accurately depicted their individual personalities. She then renders these on canvas or kraft paper, first with paint, then refining them with colored pencils, bringing out what she feels are their defining features, whether it's part of their body, or a put on prop; an unusual hairstyle, eccentric clothing, etc.

The three brightest lights in the room are first, Jon Cotterman's unbelievably delicately constructed glass works (pictured). When making stemware, he explains that the elements of each are made individually, then assembled, so rather then assemble the stemware, he puts the individual pieces into a framework of glass rods, like the toys that come connected by their plastic extrusions, for home assembly. Secondly, you might think Jennifer Schulman had a tortured childhood, only venting it now through her twisted takes on toys. Rather than depicting her own struggles, this arts educator explores the secret struggles of her subjects through familiar children's games, distorted to pull the viewer into examining these hidden conflicts.

Lastly, Yumiko Goto's works of ceramic abstracted plant configurations constrained by human materials; metal, concrete block, etc. displays to us her take on the fight between the human desire to control nature and the natural world's valiant efforts to grow back through the spaces between, breaking up the obstructions put in it's way.

Ann Hanrahan's brightly colored, but less interesting paintings which depict explorations of repetitious patterns and Peter Philip Luckner's video-manipulated paintings that remind me of a future-planet world of super-bright landscapes, are less than stellar, maybe in time these two will reach their zenith.

Like Dorothy, you can stay right in your own backyard to explore such cosmic concepts through these artists depictions of nature vs man made, the effect of the troubled adult world has on our children, and objects out of context. Flash Forward is on view @ SPACES Gallery through April 3, 2009. Visit for more info.

From Cool Cleveland contributor Carol Drummond



Tregoning & Company is pleased to announce that CHRISTOPHER PEKOC – one of the most admired and honored Cleveland artists of his generation – has joined the gallery in a new partnership.

Bill Tregoning, T&Co owner and gallerist stated, “Chris’s decision to join Tregoning & Company confirms once again our commitment to the very best creative artists working in our area. Pekoc joins our roster of other mature contemporary artists of our region. We exhibit their art in one of the finest, most spacious galleries in Northern Ohio, and creatively market their works, drawing on our 35 years’ experience in the Fine Art market.”

To celebrate this important new relationship, Tregoning & Company has organized the first significant exhibition of Pekoc’s art from 1975 to 2000. CHRISTOPHER PEKOC | Night Visions | 1975-2000 presents 26 seminal works of art on canvas, paper and mixed media that form the foundation of Pekoc’s continuing exploration of “the Human Condition” – deconstructed, fragmented and resurrected in remarkable new forms. “Collage and photography [here seen in fragmentary magazine images] are the root of Pekoc’s entire artistic output,” said Tregoning. “These exhibited works provide a powerful key towards understanding the work he is admired for today.”

Night has always provided Pekoc refuge from daily distractions and a quiet, still environment within which to work. Night’s mysteries and ambiguities, its romance and danger, infuse the airbrushed acrylic paintings, the pastels, the prismacolor drawings and watercolors seen together here publically for the first time in decades. Many exhibited works have received critical acclaim and multiple exhibitions.

CHRISTOPHER PEKOC | Night Visions | 1975-2000 continues through Saturday 28 March 2009. A reception for the artist – including remarks by Dr. Henry Adams and the artist himself – will be held Friday 20 February 2009, from 6 to 9 pm. Ample free guarded parking is adjacent.

Tregoning & Company is in its 26th year in Cleveland. Focusing on fine art in all media from the 17th century through to the present, the gallery specializes in American Art and is noted for its extensive collection of art by artists of the Cleveland School. Its 4800 square feet of gallery space is easily the largest commercial gallery in Cleveland, located in ARTEFACTORY: The Studios of 78th Street building, at 1300 West 78th Street, in the dynamic new Detroit-Shoreway/Gordon Square Arts District. The gallery is easily reached off the end of Shoreway, just 5 minutes from downtown Cleveland and 20 minutes from both East and Western suburbs.

Warhol Farewell Party @ Wexner

Warhol Farewell Party
Sat, Feb 14, 2009 | 5:00 - 7:00PM

Breaking up is hard to do, so it's ironically appropriate that we say farewell to Andy Warhol, and to Other Voices, Other Rooms, on Valentine's Day weekend. Help us kiss the spectacular show goodbye with chat, snacks, and a cash bar at this free reception.

Want a unique souvenir? You can bid on some of the colorful banners we've used to promote the show--or a lifesize Andy cutout--at an auction conducted by a surprising celebrity during the party. Proceeds benefit education programs at the Wex.

And the farewell party is only the beginning. We're extending gallery hours on Friday, February 13 (11 AM to midnight), Saturday, February 14 (10 AM to midnight), and Sunday, Februrary 15 (10 AM to 8 PM), so everyone has a last chance to see the exhibition. The Store will be open those extended hours, too, so that you can stock up on Warhol merchandise (on sale). And, to keep you nourished, Cam's on Campus is extending its hours as well: until 8 PM on Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday (with pastries and coffee).

Plus, we've got events throughout the weekend and all over the center to help you celebrate love (tainted or true): a Times New Viking show that explores the darker side of the Velvet Underground, Hitchcock's Vertigo in 70mm, and Japanese theater from chelfitsch, with a special bonus presentation (about romance, of course) on Saturday night.

Members, bring your friends. The farewell party is for everyone at the center. Remember, a ticket to any concert or film admits one to the exhibition on the same day for free.

River Gallery's blogspot!

Welcome to River Gallery's blogspot!

This blog will list openings & events at the gallery.
We will announce the arrival of new artwork and post exhibition opportunities.

We have 10 exhibits a year, mostly 2-3 artist groupings,
occasionally solo exhibits.

Ara Hamamjian is the owner.
Mark Yasenchack is the gallery manager.

Contact Information:

19046 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River Ohio 44116-1720

440 331.8406 (will be relaunched early 2009)

Ceramics by Andrea LeBlond and Yumiko Goto - Paintings by Jeff Yost at River Gallery

Our First exhibit of 2009 opens on Saturday February 7, 2009, from 3-7pm.

Ceramics by Andrea LeBlond and Yumiko Goto
Paintings by Jeff Yost

All three have exhibitted at River Gallery, but this will be a collection of all new work.
Both LeBlond and Goto craft vessels that combine functionality with unique approaches to surface and texture.
LeBlond's multi-pieced sets of dishes and plates are dynamically textured and glazed.
Goto's sculptures are often soft and organically curved, the surfaces deep and living.
Yost's paintings are shadowy, haunting landscapes where the forms of trees, animals and man-made structures are only hinted at.

¡Videos Locos y Demases! Crazy Videos and More!

Saturday, February 7, 9pm
¡Videos Locos y Demases!
Crazy Videos and More!

Join SPACES World Artist Leonardo Marz for an evening of laughter, tears, and embarassing moments (all at the expense of other people). Bring a list of your favorite YouTube videos (keyword searches) for all to see. This laugh-off competition is sure to be on fire! Free!

ALSO: Catch Leonardo Marz at Pecha Kucha this Friday, February 6 at 8:20 p.m. at The House of Blues! Free! Refreshments available at cash bar.

More on Leonardo Marz at SPACES ...



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Paintings of J-rome Bragg-Opening Reception

Greetings, FOR
Contact:Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 N. Water St.Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-673-4970
WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents
WHAT: Art Exhibition, The Paintings of J-rome Bragg-Opening Reception
WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Downtown Kent
WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 9pm-midnight.-Exhibit runs through February 28 CONTACT: 330-673-4970 for updates About the Artist J-Rome Bragg Art Statement and Bio I’ve been drawing and painting since I was very young. Attended KSU for 2 yrs, majored in studio art. Tattooed in Kent and around northeast Ohio for 18 yrs professionally. My paintings are a mixture of abstract expressionism mixed with pop surrealism. I guess its considered "no brow" if we must label it. Most paintings have the female figure incorporated with abstract and stencils of filigree floral patterns. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------------------------- Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are always looking for sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible. Checks payable to: SRCA257 N. Water St.Kent, OH 44240 Thank you to our current sponsors: The Ohio Arts Council, The City of Kent, The Christenson Foundation, The Home Savings Bank, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Woodsy's Music, Ray’s Place, Kent Parks and Recreation, City Bank Antiques, and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for supporting the Arts! For information: http://www.standingrock.netContact: info@standingrock.netPhone: 330-673-4970

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival - Arts Fest Gathering

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

Arts Fest Gathering

Co-sponsored by Merrick House & Tremont West Dev. Corp.

The Next Joint Gathering of the Focus Group/Steering Committee and Volunteers Committee of the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival is coming up! YOU ARE INVITED!

Monday, February 9, 2009 ***6:00 pm***

Merrick House— 1050 Starkweather

(corner of Starkweather and West 11th Street)

(pizza and beverage provided)

RSVP to Scott Rosenstein by Fri. Feb. 6th at (216) 575-0920—

Theater Ninjas presents Sarah Kane's CRAVE‏

Written by Sarah Kane
Directed by Jeremy Paul

Lucy Bredeson-Smith, Terrence Cranendonk,
Val Kozlenko and Layla Schwartz.
Assistant Directed by Faye Hargate

Theater Ninjas are very proud to present the Cleveland premiere of "Crave", a dark, lyrical journey thru love and loss, desire and death, despair and hope.

An elliptical story told with found text and Kane's own beautifully poetic voice, Crave is both a masterful demonstration of the power of language and at the same time a heartbreaking portrait of lost souls moving against the backdrop of a nameless city towards a redemption that may or may not exist.

Theater Ninjas will perform "Crave" at Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave. in Tremont (map link). Visit our website at for more information.

Tickets are $10-$15. Buy them online!

February 20 - March 8, 2009
Fri & Sat @ 8pm
Sun @ 3pm
Monday, March 2 @ 8pm

"A dramatic poem in the late-Beckett style, sometimes a chamber quartet for lost voices." - The Times

"A hugely unnerving theatrical experience, shot through with the language of the Bible and a genuinely poetic richness." - Time Out

Monday, February 2, 2009





Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tes One @ Artchitecture

Combining traditional and non-traditional techniques, Leon "Tes One" Bedore creates contemporary works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Allowing himself to find beauty in the mundane, he is able to juxtapose rejected landscapes with figurative illustrations, all the while identifying what is common between the conversing elements. These opposing forces coexist to create paintings that are both symbolic and metaphorical. Tes One's conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.

Tes One's art has reached the masses by creating works for XBOX, Red Bull and The Jimi Hendrix Foundation. He has also collaborated with BASK on a "Painted Room" at the Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco, as well as an installation for the Tampa Museum of Art. Most recently, Tes One has ventured into a clothing line with American Vandal and has participated in "Manifest Hope: DC", a weekend-long gallery show which celebrated the role artists played in electing Barack Obama to the US presidency.

Opening reception 7-10 pm Friday, March 6, 2009

Artchitecture Gallery
1667 East 40th Street, Unit 1A
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

Hours: by appointment only
Admission: Free

Directions: Visit for directions and Google Earth placemark
Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email

For further press information and images contact:
Bill Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email

"I Heart Art" @ Pop Shop Gallery

"I Heart Art" @ Pop Shop Gallery (Lakewood)

The Pop Shop gallery is hosting its next show entitled "I Heart Art" on Saturday, February 7th 2009 from 6-9pm. This love for art show is just in time for the Valentine season, housing 15 of Cleveland's up and coming artists. This exhibition is free to the public and an adult after party will be held at Mullens (located next to the gallery) for drink specials at 9pm.

The Pop Shop Gallery and Studio
17020 Madison Ave,
Lakewood Ohio, 44107
Ph (216).227.8440

Thrice is Nice” works by Joshua Rex, Michelle Murphy, Todd Leech

Asterisk Gallery in conjunction with Detroit Avenue Arts


“Thrice is Nice”

Joshua Rex, Michelle Murphy, Todd Leech

Opening Reception

Friday Feb 13, 2009

show runs through March 7


hrs by appt