Monday, January 27, 2014

Doug Wood Trio at Brothers Lounge 1.31 8PM

Guitarist Doug Wood and bassist Darren Frate have a long history together going back to the late ’80s when they formed jazzy folk-rock instrumental group Watts Gnu. Wood has made a reputation for himself as an acoustic guitarist who’s frequently on the road, playing instrumental music that crosses a lot of genre boundaries. Frate has performed as a sideman for a long list of oldie and classic rock groups and performs with jazz ensemble Velvet Voyage at Brothers Lounge on Mondays.

Wood and Frate have continued their collaboration, along with classically trained cellist Tara Hanishalso a member of one of the area’s
hottest new bands; Seafair, the Akron Symphony, and the chamber ensemble Azalea String Quartet.

The three of them, as the Doug Wood Trio, have released Cellocentric, a ten-track instrumental album that gives each of the talented players room to shine while deftly blending their instruments into a well-balanced ensemble; mixing the styles of classical, rock, folk, pop, and new age. Along with originals, they put their own spin on the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” re-interpret George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” as “While My Cello Gently Weeps,” and even the Spider-Man theme.
They’ll be celebrating the new CD by giving the tunes a live airing at Brothers LoungeFri 1/31 @ 8PM

Brothers Lounge
11609 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH

Dr Sketchy Cleveland and Fantasie D Light 1.28 8PM

The first Dr Sketchy Cleveland event of 2014 comes with some new Doctors and an official changing of the guard! Tim SwitalskiJanie Walland and Ashley Ribblett will be taking over and will continue to bring you even more of what you want—beautiful people to draw in a bar!

The lovely model for the evening will be The Fabulous Fantasie D. Light! Doors open at 7:30 and the model takes the stage 8PM. $10 gets you in the door. 'We cannot promise you will draw as good as the Tim though.' 

Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road,

Cleveland, Ohio 44112
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pittsburgh's February Free Days

Nine of Pittsburgh's leading cultural organizations have banded together to say"thank you" to their dedicated supporters by offering free admission to members (limited to 2 adults and 4 children) of participating museums this February. Additional discounts and perks are offered at each organization on their elected day. Participating organizations include: Mattress Factory, Westmoreland Museum, Carnegie Museums (Museum of Art and Natural History, Science Center, and The Warhol Museum), Heinz History Center (including Fort Pitt Museum), Children's Museum, The FrickPittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and the National Aviary.

Visit each organization's website for information about parking, hours and events.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Art House Family Clay Day 1.25

Art House's next Family Clay Day features instructors Billy Ritter and Mark Yasenchack, Saturday, January 25th from 10AM–12:30PM.

Class Fees are $15.00 for a family of 4, and $2 each additional child and $5 each additional adult.

No experience required! This family-friendly workshop includes demonstrations on the pottery wheel, hands-on building from clay, and time for painting on food-safe glazes. All artwork will be ready to be picked up after it has been fired at Art House. Register

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Consider Helping The Progressive Arts Alliance

Progressive Arts Alliance's work in Northeast Ohio allows young people to ignite their passion, open their minds, and inspire them to create. Through integrating the arts into the core curriculum of local schools, PAA has enabled students to build and refine valuable skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, leadership, collaboration, and communication. These skills will propel their students into a successful future in college and beyond.

In 2013, PAA has provided over 90,000 minutes of instruction to approximately 2,500 students in our community. 53% of this instruction occurred in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classrooms. To see this work in action and learn more about PAA's impact, watch this short PAA video feature.

It costs approximately $150 per student to bring our dynamic arts programming into schools through their year-long residency partnerships. Click here to donate safely and securely online.

Drink And Draw Social Club Cleveland 1.23, 7–11PM

This Thursday, join the Rust Belt Monster Collective crew, and others, for the first Drink and Draw Social Club of the New Year. No models; just food, booze and inspiration... At the usual spot—2nd floor of The Lava Lounge in Tremont. 7–11ish.

Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave., Cleve., OH 44113

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Friday, January 17, 2014

19th Booker T. Cleveland: La Strada 1.17, 6:30PM

Friday, January 17th the 19th Booker T. Cleveland Society for the Learned will be meeting meeting downtown at La Strada! Come on down with a favorite book to swap and enjoy the fabulous company, food and drinks. Hope to see you all out there! Cheers!
2050 E 4th St 
Cleveland, OH 44115-1024
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78th Street Studios Third Friday: Syzygy 1.17 6PM

Astronomers define SYZYGY – literally Greek for “yoking together” – as a conjunction of planets or the alignment of celestial bodies.

The Syzygy exhibition, curated by dynamic and eclectic Cleveland artist Leslie Humez (, brings together a half-dozen stellar artists; Mike Guyot (Strongsville), Diane Hoeptner (Cleveland), Judy Takacs (Solon), Leslie Edwards Humez (Painesville), George Kocar (Bay Village), Marilyn Dolence (Willoughby).

Opening Reception is during the 78th St. Studios Third Friday Art Walk at the Cleveland West Art League Gallery, January 17th, from 6 to 10PM. SYZYGY will be at the CWAL Gallery through February 21st. 
Closing Reception will be Friday February 21st. The CWAL Gallery will be open every Friday from 11 to 4PM. For appointments and more information email Dan Neforos.

Cleveland West Art League

1305 W. 80th Street 
First Floor Suite 110
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
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CIM Masters Series: Gabriela Montero 1.23

Next week is the next concert in CIM's signature Mixon Hall Masters Series! On Thursday, January 23 at 8PM classically trained pianist and talented improvisational artist Gabriela Montero graces the Mixon Hall stage, where she will perform Brahms, Schumann and improvise works based on musical suggestions from the audience.

To purchase your tickets call the CIM Box Office at 216.795.3211.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Erin Schechtman: By Day/ By Night 1.17, 6:30–8PM

By Day/ By Night: An Artistic Double Life, a new exhibition by artist, illustrator and art instructor, Erin Schechtman, will have it's opening this Friday at the Solon Center For The Arts. In this unique exhibition, Erin Schechtman brings together the contrasting sides of her career as both a fine artist and children's product designer.

6315 SOM Center Road, Solon Ohio
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Landscapes by Eileen Dorsey and Hilary Gent 1.17

Eileen Dorsey (L) and Hilary Ghent (R)  .
Landscapes: New work by Eileen Dorsey and Hilary Gent. In case you missed their show at Gallery West featuring new works,  Eileen Dorsey and Hilary Gent's Landscapes will be on view January 17th–February 15th, 2014. The reception is Friday from 5–9PM at the Hedge Gallery located inside the 78th Street Studios. Additional Gallery hours are 11–4PM Monday–Friday, and by appointment, For more information visit

Holiday Break Ends

I APOLOGIZE for the longer than usual holiday break from updates. We will endeavor to do better from now on (or at least til the NEXT holiday.)