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Sara-Bella Photography – Infant Photography. Meet the owner of Sara Bella Photography, and see her working with her clients. Sara specializes in newborn photography. The parents love her, and her work speaks for itself!

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Regional public radio station joining creative partnership, giving voice, and video to musicians throughout northeast Ohio.

WAPS, 91.3FM Akron/Canton, and WKTL, 90.7FM Youngstown/Warren -“The Summit”, are sharing creative resources with video production company, Wasted Talent Media aimed at showcasing local and regional musicians.

Erin Ludlam and todd v of Wasted Talent Media has been developing the indie BOX web series for a couple of years. Now that the two have been producing The Summit’s In-Studio performances, it only seemed natural to bring the two concepts together into a singular vision, the all new Summit indie BOX. Continue reading

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FREE!! Introductory Digital Photography Class

FREE!! Introductory Digital Photography Class
with the Valley Art Center Photography Instructors Michael Steinberg & Tessa Dicker
(Adult Course #3216, Off-site)
Sunday August 11th 1-4pm, 2013

Our digital photography instructors, Michael Steinberg and Tessa Dicker are offering a free class to acquaint you with your cameras and our classes! Meet at the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop. (Park in the municipal lot.) Stroll around lovely Chagrin Falls doing a “photo shoot.” If time allows, the group will proceed to Squaw Rock in the Metroparks in Solon. Please register in advance. Space is limited. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Talespinner Children’s Theatre (TCT) is accepting registration for the Fall Session of its Youth Theatre Arts Classes

Talespinner Children’s Theatre (TCT) is accepting registration for the Fall Session of its Youth Theatre Arts Classes. TCT, whose recent production of THE EMPEROR’S EARS was critically, audience and kid acclaimed, is a Cleveland theatre company that develops and produces highly imaginative, original, collaborative and interactive professional works for children.

TCT will offer eight classes developed for pre-schoolers (ages 3-5), kids (6-10) and early teens (11-14). Fall session starts September 14th and runs through November 2nd. Pre-school classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:00am – 11:00am; programming for kids and early teens will be held on Saturdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm. All classes will be held at Talespinner Children’s Theatre at the Reinberger Auditorium, 5209 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio.

Classes will be taught by qualified theatre professionals and cover topics ranging from storytelling around the world to comedic improvisation, puppetry, character development and movement. The cost of an eight-week session for pre-schoolers is $75. Kids and early teens will be enrolled in three classes at a total cost of $200. Ask about our “sibling discount!” Interested parents or students may register online at or via phone at 216.264.9680.
Class Descriptions:

Pre-school Classes (Ages 3-5):

Young Storytellers
Through puppetry, voice, storytelling, games and movement, children explore their imaginations to create characters who tell a story—allowing each child’s creativity to soar while teaching listening, teamwork, self-confidence, and constructive play.
Kids (Ages 6-10):
Yes, And…
Students learn to develop creativity through improvisational games and technique, learning to communicate through created dialog, scenes, and characters.

Moving is Creating
Students will learn to create characters and scenarios without the use of words. Imaginations soar as stories and worlds are explored through movement.

Acting Together
Through puppetry, masks, theatre games and story exploration, students learn to work as an ensemble, creating stories as a team. Imagination and confidence are nurtured and encouraged in this creative environment.

Early Teens (Ages 11-14):
The Art of Moving
Students discover how to move their bodies and act out exciting stories without using words, all the while finding the sense of play and purpose in stage movement.
Creative Storytelling
Through theatre games, exercises, puppets and character focus, students work together to tell a story as a troupe. Creativity soars while learning and refining individual confidence and group cooperation.
Improv: A Sense of Play
Through improvisational games and practice, students learn how to develop characters, play well with others onstage, and give gifts for better scenes.

Come out and play! TCT’s 2013 Season:
The Tinderbox — April 6th-28th
The Emperor’s Ears — June 15th – July 6th
Adventures in Slumberland — November 30th – December 22nd
Season ticket packages now available online!

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The Way We Were

The “sneakily brilliant” comedy COMPUTER CHESS makes its Ohio premiere at the Akron Art Museum. Andrew Bujalski’s film is an authentically retro story about early 1980s computer programmers pondering artificial intelligence while their programs try to defeat each other at chess.

Friday, July 26th, 7:00pm
Akron Art Museum (1 South High St.)
$7/regular, $5/students & members
92 minutes


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Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for
Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical

Conceived & Directed by Craig George
Music by Denis Yurich & Alison Garrigan
Music Direction by Brad Wyner

About the play…
Shakespeare rolls over in his grave as his bloodiest, most horrifying script (Titus Andronicus) gets a total makeover as a rock musical. In this story of revenge, limbs are torn off, tongues are cut out and everybody sings. World Premiere

Looking to cast…
1 – 2 women and 7 – 8 men (see role breakdown below)

Equity agreements may be considered for this production

About the process…
Rehearsals will begin on or around January 27th with 5 – 6 rehearsals a week, weekday evenings and one weekend afternoon. Performances are March 6th – 22nd; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays in CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre.


Friday 8/2: 6p-9p
Saturday 8/3: 2-5p and 6-9p
Callbacks will be on Sunday 8/4

Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in 10 minute increments.

Please prepare 1 or 2 pop, rock or musical theatre songs (no more than 32 bars each). Bring sheet music in your key, an accompanist will be provided. If you would like to familiarize yourself with William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus before the audition, you can read it online here –

To schedule an audition appointment, please email New Play Associate, Emily Ritger at Be sure to include your name, email address, phone number and preferred audition date & time in your email. No phone calls please.

Available Roles…
The role of Tamora has been cast.

SATURNINUS: male, any ethnicity, baritone/tenor, mid to late 20’s, refined and aloof, ambitious, temperamental, heir to the throne.
BASSIANUS: male, any ethnicity, baritone/tenor, early to mid 20’s, down to earth and fair minded, younger brother and rival to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia.
MARCUS: male or female, any ethnicity, baritone or alto with belt, early to mid 40’s, sensible, even-handed, a peace-keeper, brother/sister to Titus.
TITUS: male, any ethnicity, bass/baritone, early 40’s to early 50’s, the patriarch of the family, rigid, authoritarian, stoic, battle worn.
LUCIUS, MUTIUS, QUINTUS and MARTIUS: male, any ethnicity, 18 to early 30’s, baritone/tenor, Titus’ sons, hot blooded, impulsive, heroic. Mutius doubles as young Lucius, Lucius’ teenage son.
AARON: male, african-american, baritone/tenor, early 20’s to mid 30’s, a moor and Tamora’s lover, alluring and charismatic, a showman, good comic timing, dances or moves well.
ALARBUS, CHIRON and DEMETRIUS: male, any ethnicity, early 20’s to mid 30’s, baritone/tenor, Tamora’s sons, cruel, rough, and barbaric.
LAVINIA: female, any ethnicity, early to mid 20’s, alto/soprano, naïve and devoted daughter to Titus, discovers inner strength and determination after she is attacked and mutilated.

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With a Trace: Photographs of Absence

with-a-traceWith a Trace: Photographs of Absence, on view at the Akron Art Museum July 27, 2013—January 26, 2014, is comprised of ethereal images culled from the collection of the Akron Art Museum with additions from Northeast Ohio collectors Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell. The exhibition showcases works by a multigenerational, international selection of photographers including Christopher Bucklow, Margaret De Patta, Adam Fuss, Alison Rossiter, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Minor White, among others. Organized by Senior Curator Ellen Rudolph, the exhibition features photographs created between 1939 and 2010.

With a Trace: Photographs of Absence reacquaints viewers with—or introduces them to—analog photographic techniques such as the daguerreotype and photogram, which can produce images that challenge the idea that a photograph should represent a concrete thing in the real world.

States Rudolph, “As the use of traditional photographic media continues to recede into the background of contemporary practices, it is important to highlight the range of effects artists can produce by experimenting with the science of analog photography—light-sensitive material, chemicals and light.”

The images in With a Trace: Photographs of Absence bear traces of human presence, the transmission of energy, atmospheric phenomena and the movement of light. Using a wide range of processes to render their enigmatic subjects, artists demonstrate the versatility of non-digital photography in depicting such intangibles as memory, dreams and emotion.

Many of the artists share interests in psychology, philosophy, religion, physics and astronomy, evidence of which seeps into their images. Often deeply personal yet universally accessible, the images are as remarkable for their spiritual content as for what is visually absent. They contain the presence of something unseen: life, death, energy, beauty, love.

Process and theme go hand-in-hand in With a Trace. Alison Rossiter pours photographic developer onto the surface of expired vintage photo paper to create abstract compositions that resemble otherworldly landscapes. By contrast, twentieth-century master Minor White captured natural phenomena such as a pool of ice crystals that through his eye and technical expertise are transformed into ethereal scenes.

Time plays a critical role in the images in With a Trace: Photographs of Absence. Chris McCaw allows the sun to literally sear an image onto photo paper, representing the accumulation of light and heat over time. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s spare seascapes meanwhile reference the endurance of life through time, facilitated by air and water.

The physical presence of each photograph in the exhibition is unique. While the blankness of certain images provides a canvas on which to fix a meditative gaze, other vague yet evocative images promote self-reflection. Together, this diverse selection of photographs will emit the low-level hum of universal timelessness.

Artists in the exhibition: Édouard Boubat (born 1923, Paris; died 1999, Paris); Christopher Bucklow (born 1957, Manchester, England; lives London); Harry Callahan (born 1912, Detroit, Michigan; died 1999, Atlanta, Georgia); Margaret De Patta (born 1903, Tacoma, Washington; died 1964, Oakland, California); Jessica Eaton (born 1977, Regina, Saskatchewan; lives Montreal); Adam Fuss (born 1961, London; lives New York City); Lotte Jacobi (born 1896, Thorn, Germany; died 1990, Concord, New Hampshire); Chris McCaw (born 1971, Daly City, California; lives San Francisco); Amanda Means (born 1945, Marion, New York; lives New York City); Ralph Eugene Meatyard (born 1925, Normal, Illinois; died 1972, Lexington, Kentucky); Daido Moriyama (Japanese, born 1938, Ikeda, Osaka, Japan; lives Tokyo); Alison Rossiter (born 1953, Jackson, Mississippi; lives New York City); Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948, Tokyo; lives Tokyo and New York City) Minor White (born 1908, Minneapolis, Minnesota; died 1976, Boston)

Museum Information
Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Gallery and Store Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday and all major holidays

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Calling all foodies Local Food Fest Logo 1 peninsula ohioPeninsula is the place to be on August 4th.

Peninsula is known for its rich history and beautiful scenery. The Cuyahoga Valley area has a strong agricultural history that has been revitalized by the countryside conservancy farming initiative program. The small family farms are once again dotting the landscape of this fertile valley!

In celebration of this revival, The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with The Peninsula Foundation Inc. and The Countryside Conservancy invite you to join with us in celebrating the local food movement, sustainable agriculture, and just plain good food!

This will be the day for folks to come to the Valley hungry, as we plan to have local food purveyors, food tastings, canning demonstrations and produce fresh from the garden throughout the Village.

Other activities include Farm tours–giving guests an up close and personal view of farm life as it exists in the Valley today. Heritage Farms, a 165 year old farm will be holding „a day on the farm‰ with an antique tractor and tool exhibit and other events.

An evening ticketed event will be held at the G.A.R. Hall, which will include a local wine and craft beer tasting, tantalizing appetizers, a talk from a CVNP Ranger on farming past and present in the Valley. Patrons will enjoy a dish crafted by Chef Ben Bebenroth from Spice Kitchen and Bar as he demonstrates its preparation and discusses the farm to table movement and the importance of locally grown food. Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 330-657-2538. Reservations are recommended.

So we welcome you to join us for a day in the Valley as we celebrate the Family Farm!

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Valley Art Center Seeking NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Northeast Ohio arts organization is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. This is full-time position that oversees the administration of a vibrant arts center and its staff. This arts organization is well established in the community, offering more than 400 classes in several media to students of all ages and presents five gallery exhibitions each year. The center is looking for a candidate with a passion for the arts and experience in financial management, community outreach, fundraising, education, marketing, membership development and management of the center’s facilities.

Candidates should possess a minimum of seven years of experience with an arts association/organization or similar entity and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field. Other job requirements include demonstrating excellent written and verbal communications skills and strong PC skills, including Microsoft Office and database software. Candidates must be comfortable working under pressure and under fluctuating priorities and deadlines, as well as the ability to remain flexible and modify tactics to match changing strategies and situations. Finally, the executive director will need to easily and professionally interact with a variety of individuals, both inside and outside the center.

Application should include: cover letter, detailed resume, salary requirements, and names and contact information for three (3) professional references. Forward application to: Search Committee, 34194 Aurora Road, Box 147 Cleveland, Ohio 44139 or email to Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., August 1, 2013.

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Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for The SantaLand Diaries

The SantaLand Diaries

by David Sedaris, Adapted by Joe Mantello
Directed by Eric Schmiedl
Presented by PlayhouseSquare at the 14th Street Theatre

The SantaLand Diaries, by best-selling author David Sedaris, is a one-man show about an out of work actor in New York City taking a job as Crumpet, a Macy’s Christmas elf, in 1989. As thousands of customers come through his display, our elf teaches parents and children the realities of holiday cheer. Now in his fifties, Crumpet’s hilarious recount of the trials and tribulations that the Holidays bring is sure to bring a smile to even the grouchiest face!

Looking to cast David/Crumpet:
Description: Male, 40 – 50, any ethnicity. Smart. Clever. Blunt. A quick witted, squirrely Scrooge. Like a modern-day Jonathan Swift, he is a storyteller who employs irony and humor to construct his keen observations about contemporary American culture. He is oftentimes mean-spirited on the outside, but this attitude only masks an unwavering sense of empathy and a heart of gold which he finds through the course of this journey. Continue reading

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