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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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Arts & Entertainment Fun March/April 2017 Relationships Uncategorized

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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Arts & Entertainment

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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Arts & Entertainment November/December 2016 Worth Noting

The Best (Movie) Time of The Year – Superheroes, creepy villains, wild car chases – the summertime is yours. But when the days get short and the nights cool down, it’s time for movies for the rest of us.

Over the next few months, we’ll get a chance to see many of this year’s likely Oscar contenders, and others that will keep us thinking and hoping and maybe even laughing.

So, what should be on your must-see list as the year winds down? We went to David Huffman of JRF Management, which runs Cleveland’s Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas.

This is what he’s looking forward to and what he thinks our readers will like, too:


(opening Nov. 4)

The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II, saved 75 men without firing a gun.

Starring Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington


(opening Nov. 11)

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey, under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes, arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her personal driver, Frank Forbes, only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ No. 1 rule: No employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress.

Starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins


(opening Nov. 23)

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard


(opening late November/early December, date TBD)

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day, he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city.

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Arts & Entertainment May/June 2016

Party Like a Pro – Entertain at Home with These Easy Tips

Celebrating at home in style is a great way to honor milestone moments and to spend time with people we enjoy and love. Pulling together a party isn’t everyone’s strength, so why not do what you do best and hire others for the rest?


Choosing a theme, colors, music, food and decor is a good start. Regardless of whether you are a DIY type or hire everything out, a theme communicates that this is a festive event; your guests will feel welcomed.

Much can be done at every budget level. Be creative and use what you have in unexpected ways. Fill martini glasses with nuts or candy, or turn them upside down as bases to give food platters height on the table.

Fairview Park caterer Sandra Krueger opened her home for a couples tasting party on a recent Sunday afternoon. A few miniature tastings of sweets and savories with pops of vibrant yellow accents helped pull the mini-theme together, energized guests and spurred conversation. Fresh flowers and lemons from Trader Joe’s, yellow striped placemats, and white and clear serving pieces drew attention to the table and made already delicious food look even more appetizing.

Motivated to plan a stylish celebration but all you have time for is cleaning the bathroom? Bring in the local experts; Northeast Ohio has plenty of talented party-planning pros.



Jacquie Sopko, owner of Balloon Crew Inc. in Cleveland (

• If you can help it, NEVER use helium-filled balloons onNtables outside. Rather, use air filled designs that can be weighted down.

• Get instant glamour by filling the ceiling with balloons.

• If inflating your own balloons, inflate them the day of the event (unless you are using Hi Float, which extends the float time of helium balloons).

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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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Holidays at Home – and Elsewhere – Celebrate with Style on a Shoestring Budget

Celebrating with the important people in your life in a meaningful way can be a challenge during the holidays; after all, many of us are stretched for time, money or both.Yet, it’s important to express gratitude — the more you express it, the more you have to be grateful for.

Create a unique way to give to those who support you. Lifetime friends, dear neighbors, a tight-knit family or great co-workers whose support and friendship help you to be happy and successful throughout the year all are worthy of a party. The group can be from any area of your life that you want to celebrate. And this time of year, the holidays provide a perfect backdrop.


Regardless of whether you are providing appetizers or choose to serve a more substantial meal, the key is to keep the spread simple yet visually appealing. You want to visit with your friends, not run frantically from the kitchen to the serving area to the door greeting guests. No one enjoys seeing a host spend most of their time preparing and serving food and drinks than visiting with their guests.

Mood Foods

Spud Bar

Chives, bacon, sour cream and cheese assortments can flesh out this theme. Make potatoes ahead of time, wrap them in aluminum foil and keep them warm in an oven until party time.

Soup Bar

Offer a broth-based, cheese-based and a chili along with a variety of crackers and toppings. Use small ramekins so everyone can try multiple soups. Again, make these ahead of time. Borrow Crock-Pots to keep everything steaming hot

Taco Bar

This is all the rage with many restaurants specializing in Mexican fare. You really can’t go wrong here. Before guests arrive, arrange all the basic ingredients (and a few they don’t expect — shredded cabbage, spicy shrimp maybe?).

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A Cleveland Indians game is all about having fun. When the cry “Play Ball” goes out, those two words send shivers down the spine of most Indians fans. In the next few hours something exciting is going to happen, and the ballpark will be filled with cheers (and maybe a few groans). No one knows that feeling better than long-time Indians season ticket holder Terry Bittner, 58, who will be there cheering on the Tribe with his family and friends.

Hope runs eternal for the 2016 season and for Bittner, this season is going to be another great ride.


In 1965, I received a 9-volt transistor radio for my birthday which I could hide under my pillow at night and listen to the games. Back then, Vic Davalillo and Sam McDowell were my favorites. I remember on Opening Day going to school with a book that I had cut all the pages out of so I could hold the radio in the center and hide it from the teacher. I ran the ear plug wire up my sleeve and turned my head so the teacher couldn’t see what I was doing. Of course I got caught, but I remember the principal asking me what the score was before sending me back to the classroom.


Tribe games were definitely family events. The place is so friendly. I’d hold my youngest son on my lap and my two other kids and my wife, Cheryl, would enjoy the game from our other three seats. The kids are now 32 (Andy), 28 (Molly) and 26 (Cory).


Hitting, hitting, hitting and some improved defense. I’m counting on the pitching to be there.

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