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The Cleveland Orchestra Rules Them All, Bringing ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ to Blossom Next Summer

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click to enlarge Magical Blossom announcements just keep coming. Not only is the Cleveland Orchestra playing the score along with a viewing of the second Harry Potter film, the organization has announced it’s doing the same for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring come summer 2020...
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A Whole Bunch of Christmas Concerts and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra Before we get into Christmas concerts, there are three attractive events to recommend that have no connection with the holidays. The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and guest conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider to Severance Hall for four performances from December 5-7....
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Artist Spotlight: Frank Oriti Examines Sneaker Culture and Chats About Process

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click to enlarge Artists are constantly moving forward. The work has to evolve visually, but also so that the context becomes richer and more complex. We met up with Frank Oriti in his studio at the Screw Factory in Lakewood where we chatted about his latest series of paintings that...
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Comedian Sam Morril, Who Plays Hilarities on Friday and Saturday, Explains Why We Need a Break from Trump Jokes

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click to enlarge Courtesy of Pickwick and Frolic Touring comedians often stay up late performing, get up early for cringey morning show promos and then strap in on a plane and take off to the next city where they do it all over again. Comedian Sam Morril knows it’s a...
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Ohio Arts Professional Network (OAPN) To Host Its 60th Anniversary Block Booking Conference at the Music Box and Aloft in October

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click to enlarge Founded in 1960, the Ohio Arts ProfessionalsNetwork (OAPN) provides a forum for developing business relationships, partnerships and cooperative ventures among organizations that present arts and entertainment programming. It works with performers as well. Ultimately, it aims to help arts service organizations and artist management agencies doing business...
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There’s a New Pop-Up Selfie Museum Coming to Cleveland to Make All Your Holiday Photo Dreams Come True

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click to enlarge Winter Wonder promo screenshot Holiday pop-up experiences are all the rage in Cleveland, and this year one more is joining in the fray. Winter Wonder Cleveland, a pop-up selfie museum — seriously — is coming to the Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Ave.), the same rambling building where IngenuityFest is held....
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BlueWater Chamber Orchestra’s Free Tremont Concert and the Rest of the Classical Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

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click to enlarge Courtesy BlueWater Chamber Orchestra Here are ten events we recommend during the week before Thanksgiving — and slightly beyond. Apollo’s Fire switches into its folk groove with “Scarborough Fayre: Music from Merry Old England,” including English ballads like the title tune (part of a whole family of...
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Genghis Con Cleveland Returns for Its 11th Year of Highlighting Independent Comic Artists and Cartoonists

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click to enlarge Photo courtesy Squoia Bostick Genghis Con organizers (left to right) Sequoia Bostick, John G., Clare Kolat and Amalia DeGirolamo. Genghis Con founder John G. says he never imagined his event celebrating Rust Belt cartoonists and authors would last longer than a decade. “No, I never could have...
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Oberlin Conservatory’s TIMARA Program Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With a Party Saturday Night

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There’s going to be a party at Finney Chapel on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 7:30 pm. The grand occasion marks the fiftieth anniversary of Oberlin Conservatory’s TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) program, the nation’s first conservatory program in electronic music. “Olly Wilson taught the first electronic music...
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In Advance of His Nov. 23 Show at the State Theatre, Actor and Writer Nick Offerman Talks About Overcoming Our Current Malaise

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click to enlarge Earlier this year, award-winning actor, writer, woodworker and comedian Nick Offerman announced that he would hit the road for the first time since 2017 with his brand-new live show All Rise. The tour will visit 37 cities across the country, and it includes a Nov. 23 stop...
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‘Station Eleven’ Author Emily St. John Mandel to Appear at CSU Friday

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click to enlarge Friday evening, award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel will appear at Cleveland State University in conversation with one of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts’ (NEOMFA) fiction faculty members, Imad Rahman. The event, which is free and open to the public, gets underway at 7 p.m....
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The Cleveland Opera to Present Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’ on Nov. 22 and 24 at the Tudor Arms Hotel

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click to enlarge Dorota Sobieska Courtesy of the Cleveland Opera Produced in collaboration with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and stage directed by Dorota Sobieska, the Cleveland Opera will present Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in the Crystal Ballroom at the Tudor Arms Hotel. There will be free valet parking and free snacks....
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Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, No. 15

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Photo by Heidi Rolf Dave Lucas This column is part of a monthly series by Dave Lucas, the Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. You can read his previous columns here. *** Maybe you know the story, too. The blind man comes to spend the night with an old...
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Fresh Perspectives Goes Green to Start the Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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click to enlarge Fresh Perspectives is back, now styled as FP Creative, with its first happening of the season. On November 14 at 7:00 pm, “Pretty in Green #galaforthepeople” encourages you to come to Snap House Studios in Midtown clad in green or in nature-inspired fashion (prizes!) to enjoy interactive...
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Cleveland Flea’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop Opens Nov. 12

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Photo via clevelandflea/Instagram The Cleveland Flea is soon coming back for another round of seasonal holiday cheer. Over the years the Flea has bopped around to various vacant spaces to sell its wares to the good people of Northeast Ohio during the holidays. This year, the pop-up shop event is...
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‘Hamilton’ is Returning to Cleveland Next Year, and You Can Get Your Shot at Tickets Monday

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Photo courtesy Playhouse Square The smash-hit hip-hop musical Hamilton is coming back to Cleveland next year, Playhouse Square just announced. “My absolute favorite question that people ask me is will Hamilton ever come back?” said Gina Vernaci, Playhouse Square President and CEO, in a statement. “Yes. For the rest of...
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Pianist Soyeon Kate Lee to Give a Free Recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Nov. 24

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click to enlarge Internationally acclaimed pianist Soyeon Kate Lee returns to town this month as part of the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Classical Piano Series presented by Cuyahoga Community College. She’ll give a free performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium. Seating...
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The Cleveland Chamber Choir Celebrates Women Composers and Poets and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra One of Shakespeare’s most amusing comedies comes to Oberlin Opera Theater this week magically transformed into a music drama by Benjamin Britten. Jonathon Field’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens in Hall Auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm,...
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‘Mean Girls’ the Musical Comes to Cleveland This December

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click to enlarge Mean Girls film screenshot The so-fetch musical version of Mean Girls is coming to Playhouse Square this December as a part of its first national tour. With a script written by Tina Fey, who also wrote the screenplay, Cady Heron and Regina George are just as plastic...
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The CIM Orchestra Does ‘The Juniper Tree’ and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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click to enlarge Les Delices does Mozart and Beethoven, see Friday Chamber music and opera are on this week’s not-to-be-missed list, beginning with Tuesday Musical’s “October Octets” event on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. The Dover and Escher String Quartets will...

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