Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Akron Art Museum Goes for the Gold (and Other Metals)

Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister said, “Metal is rich in cultural connotations. Regardless of whether they are using gold, copper, silver, iron or another metal, the artists in this exhibition are mindful of the meaning of their chosen materials. Some artists make statements regarding value by disguising cast-off or common everyday items, such as cardboard or clothing, to resemble precious metals.”

Artists whose work is featured in Heavy Metal include Yayoi Kusama, whose wildly popular Infinity Mirrors exhibition is currently traveling across the country, as well as Kent State University School of Art associate professor Mahwish Chishty, and University of Akron associate professor of art Sherry Simms. Additional artists on view in the exhibition include Lynda Benglis, Lorna Simpson, Dale Goode, Michelle Grabner, Sarah Paul, Corrie Slawson and others.

Sometimes weighty, other times lighthearted, the themes expressed in Heavy Metal are articulated both through abstraction and realistic representation. As a playful critique of the fashion and cosmetic industry, Simms created a necklace that presents a cast of her own mouth in lipstick. Kusama’s Chair, part of the Akron Art Museum’s collection, has not been on view for three years and combines elements of domesticity—furniture, sewing—with surreal, metallic phallic protrusions.

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Cleveland Orchestra Individual Tickets on Sale in August

Individual concert tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season and 100th year of concerts go on sale on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, online at, by phone at 216-231-1111, and in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  The season marks the launch of the Orchestra’s Second Century and is the 16th year of its acclaimed partnership with Franz Welser-Möst.

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Concerts & Festival Roundup


Concert & Festival Season

No Excuse to Stay Home

By Breanna Mona

Summer may just be getting started, but it’s already sizzling with these red hot shows and festivals.

Whether you prefer your outings big or small, your seasonal calendar just got a bit fuller. Check out these sensational headliners and something-for-everyone festivals — and good luck picking just one.


Star-Studded Lineup

Quicken Loans Arena is hosting a couple of major milestone performances this season. First up, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond celebrates the big 5-0 with his 50th anniversary 2017 world tour May 30. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are on what may be their final tour, celebrating 40 years. Petty recently confessed to Rolling Stone Magazine, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road.” They’re coming June 10.

Other concerts: It’s always hip to be square with Huey Lewis & The News. Check out their Hard Rock Rocksino performance June 10. Paul Simon’s 2017 tour proceeds will benefit the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Be a part of the effort June 13 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Billy Joel knows how to fill a stadium, after breaking records with over 33 consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden. Perhaps the most anticipated show of the summer, Joel is up to bat at Progressive Field on July 14. Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper will make quite a pair at Blossom Music Center on July 28, right before James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt hit the same stage Aug.

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This is Super, Man

From Cleveland to Krypton

Superman was born on Krypton, but he was created in Cleveland.

The original superhero is getting a supersized tribute at the Cleveland Public Library starting this month and running through the end of the year.

“Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton” honors not only Superman but also his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in an exhibit that stretches across three floors of the main library at 325 Superior Ave.

The exhibit follows the world’s greatest superhero from his creation in Cleveland to his growing international popularity, his influence on the current superhero craze, his connection to social justice and immigration issues, and the pride Cleveland maintains for its homegrown hero.   

Highlights include a supersized Superman statue by David Deming, rare items from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors, and a costume worn by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns.”

Curtis, the writer of the Dick Tracy comic, donated more than 15,000 items to the library.


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Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland Public Theatre

& Teatro Publico de Cleveland present


By Fabio Rubiano Orjuela


Written and Performed in Spanish

With English subtitles


Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) and Teatro Publico de Cleveland (TPC) present the US premiere of Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) by playwright Fabio Rubiano Orjuela. The production is directed by Teatro Publico de Cleveland ensemble member Dante Fernando Larzabal and will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles, by TPC ensemble members to run April 6 – 15, 2017 in CPT’s historic Gordon Square Theatre.


About Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare)

Following their acclaimed productions of Gabriel Calderón’s Mi Muñequita in 2015 and Uz, El Pueblo in 2016, Teatro Publico de Cleveland—CPT’s resident Latin American theatre ensemble—returns to the stage with a third Spanish language production in a magical and wildly dark comedy by Columbian playwright Fabio Rubiano Orjuela. Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) is a play about facing a shameful history. A former military man, Salvo, has committed atrocious acts against thousands of families. Years later, he is haunted by unearthly visitors – a troupe of half-animal/half-human ghosts from his violent past, including a boy with a cleft lip. The boundaries between victim and perpetrator blur in this courageous and poignant new play.


Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles thanks to the generous support of The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund.


**Due to graphic language, sexual references and situations, Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) is recommended for mature audiences (ages 16+).**


About Teatro Publico de Cleveland

Teatro Publico de Cleveland (TPC) is a community-based, ensemble theatre group in residence at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT).

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Plan a Family Reunion

Family Affair – Plan a Reunion with the Clan


Is it time to make good on that goal of spending more time with extended family?

Facebook photos prove that years pass way too quickly. The gift of building deeper relationships with extended family can benefit every generation. Maybe this is the year for a family reunion.

Here are suggestions to get the ball rolling:

STARTING FROM SCRATCH — Begin with a survey or poll


Family budgets: Daylong, weekend, weeklong

Audience: How many adults, kids and teens?

What has the larger appeal to your family age group?

  • Cruise
  • Resort
  • Renting a house
  • Park, campground, private home

What activities are popular with the majority?

  • Snow activities: skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding or hot tubs
  • Warm-weather activities: beach, ocean, swimming or spa time
  • Other outdoor activities: hiking, biking, team sports or picnics

What’s next

  • Begin with a budget and request donations from the families for early expenses.
  • Choose a firm date.
  • Decide the theme. Go to Pinterest ( to get ideas.
  • Create a website/blog or private Facebook page to communicate as plans are made.
  • Create a timeline with deadlines.
  • Email sign-up sheets with task assignments and list all members’ contact information. Find out skill sets of family members; don’t give a creative task to someone with an analytical personality, for example.



Here’s what local travel experts say about streamlining the learning curve for successful reunions:

Choose a Cruise

Adrienne Greben, franchise owner of Cruise Planners/American Express in Concord Township:

“Groups are complex. It’s important to use the services of a good travel professional who will remember your family’s details and can guide you through every step — at no cost to you. The pricing is the same, but travel pros can often offer extra amenities for your family.

“Book your cruise early — even more than a year in advance.

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MUSIC TO THE RESCUE: Local Artists Join Together for Alive Inside Foundation Benefit


Cleveland, Ohio – Little Fish Records announced today it was providing support for a benefit for the non-profit group – The Alive Inside Foundation ( to be held on Sunday, March 19th at Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44102.  The benefit will feature 5 groups in the main concert hall including Henrietta Kytten, Angels in Disguise, Zach & the Bright Lights, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band, and the Nate Jones Band.  Four artists will also perform between sets in the Wine Bar including J. Emmett, featuring the sons of the late Sonny Geraci.  The music will begin at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $10/advance and $15/day of show.  Go to the following link to purchase tickets:

Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band have been a perennial favorite in Cleveland and beyond for many years, performing their version of roots reggae and island soul, while Zach & the Bright Lights have been one of Akron’s favorites as well as one of the area’s most prolific artists, with 17 releases in 17 years.  Nate Jones broke onto the local scene in a big way in 2016, with tons of airplay on Cleveland’s AAA internet radio station – oWOW (, from his 2014 release, The Nate Jones Band EP.   New kids in town, J. Emmett will be performing songs from their recently released EP on Little Fish Records, titled “Bet Against Me”.  A variety of other artists will fill out the evening, with music alternating between the Concert Hall and the Wine Bar.      

The Alive Inside Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring an Empathy Revolution through education, intergenerational practices, music, and film. They empower local communities to create meaningful, shared experiences that link generations, and expand aliveness globally.

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Boomer! A Utopian Memoir

Cleveland’s own “Skinny Little Boy” Alex Bevan and collaborator David J. Young recently unveiled an album and a book about youth, aging and Boomer-hood. The following are lyrics to their song, “Marietta at Midnight,” an homage to an innocent time.


Marietta at midnight

dark current and a drink of desire

steamboats plow upstream

smoke … sparks … fire …

Marietta at midnight

Wear what’s good for you

What flows like wind through willows

That you’re not afraid to lose …

down on the banks of the sacred river

down the banks we’ll go

down, down, down

to the Ohio

See Marietta by midnight

From shore near the Lafayette

Waves kiss rocks with searching tongues

Where the trees are silhouettes

down on the banks of the sacred river

down the banks we’ll go

down, down, down

to the Ohio

12 of 52

Stars bear witness … how I love you so

Shadow and pale moonshine

The drone and dim nocturnal hymns

Sing till our hearts combine

So meet me

Meet me, meet me

Marietta at midnight

Wear what’s good for you

Something that loves the water

You’re not afraid to lose …

down on the banks of the sacred river

down the banks we’ll go

down, down, down

to the Ohio

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