Ski: V. (intr.) to glide
There’s a reason Verb Ballets artistic director Hernando Cortez’s dance in homage to an earlier piece of choreography by Moses Pendleton is called Ski-Du: That’s because the new piece, which Verb will perform for the first time this weekend at Cain Park, continues the work of the original, which was an exploration of “the possibilities for motion when one’s feet are encased in boots attached to skis.” The weird encumbrance could produce a movement vocabulary ranging from clumsy as a duck to graceful as a downhill slalom. Cortez and company will also perform his new EarthBeat, which, with its fusion of world music and ethnic dance forms, continues the crowd-pleasing tradition of his popular Planet Soup. Music is by the University of Akron Steel Drum Band, with compositions by Matthew Dudack spicing up the world-music mix. Also on the program are Heinz Poll’s romantic duet Andante Sostenuto, set to the second movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Cortez’s own take on neoclassical abstract movement, Frontrow, set to music by David Lang, recorded by Bang on a Can All-Stars, mixed with Eric Ziolek’s 2003 composition “Verbtuosity.” Performance is at 8 p.m. Friday, August 1, in Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheatre, 1823 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Tickets cost $16-$20 in advance or $21-$25 on the day of the show. Call 216.371.3000 or go to www.cainpark.com.
FROM THE TOP
If you get your information from the public radio/TV show From the Top, you’d think kids these days are an exceedingly talented, thoughtful and well-adjusted bunch. Pianist and host Christopher O’Riley interviews and musically collaborates with talented student players from around the country, which creates a picture of youth that can’t be found in daily papers. In the process he not only shows off the skills of remarkable young musicians but puts the music in a very friendly and accessible light. This week, PBS airs an episode featuring violinist Chad Hoopes, a student of David Cerone and David Russell in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Junior Young Artist Program. Hoopes, a seventh-grader at Shaker Middle School in Shaker Heights, recently won first prize in the junior division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Cardiff, Wales. Last year he and his sisters (17-year-old violist Anna and 15-year-old violinist Alexandra) were invited by the Governor and First Lady of Ohio to perform at the Ohio Governor’s Mansion in Columbus. Hoopes is also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall. The episode begins streaming online at www.pps.org/fromthetop beginning today and will be broadcast on WVIZ/PBS Channel 25 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6. — Gill
Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children is both one of the great anti-war plays of the 20th century and an inspiration for an original play by the students of Cleveland Public Theatre’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program. To create While I’m Here on This Earth, inner-city teens of the STEP program re-cast the original 1939 play — a caution against fascism, motivated by Hitler’s invasion of Poland, during which the lead character, Mother Courage, seeks to profit from war, but eventually loses her children to it — with drumming and dancing. It’s presented free of charge in parks throughout the city, starting at 7 p.m. today at Herman Park (W. 58th and Herman Ave.). Remaining performances in the series are: Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park (W. 14th & Starkweather); Saturday, August 2, at 3 p.m. at Kerruish Park-Ward 1 Festival (Lee & Tarkington); Monday, August 4, at 7 p.m. at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus-Warszawa Music Festival (3649 E. 65th); Tuesday, August 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Park-Ward 20 Ice Cream Social (W. 132nd & Lorain); Wednesday, August 6, at 12:30 p.m. at West Tech Lofts(W. 91st & Willard); Wednesday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at Grdina Park (E. 6th & Grdina); Thursday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at Fairview Park in Ohio City (W. 38th & Franklin); Friday, August 8, at 6 p.m. at Estabrook Recreation Center (4125 Fulton); Saturday, August 9, at 12 noon at Sam Miller Park (E. 88th & Esterbrook); Saturday, August 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Quincy Park-Ward 6 Expo (E. 82nd & Quincy); Sunday, August 10, at 4 p.m. at Drakefield Park (Drakefield Ave. between W. 157th & Silsby). For information, call 216.631.2727, ext. 201. — Gill
FOURNIER AND VOIERS AT BECK
Two very young women, self-taught as painters, have their works on the walls of Beck Center for the Arts’ Jean Bulicek Galleria now through August 24. At 24 years old, Jenna Fournier is the older of the two. You can see a little Picasso in the way she crushes planes and angles together in her warmly colored figures. Just 17 years old, Lauren Voiers also uses a warm palette for her abstract works, but cools off in impressionistic landscapes. A senior at Westlake High School, Voiers has already shown work across the country, including one painting at the Reeves Contemporary Gallery of Art in New York City. Check them out before Beck’s production of Altar Boyz tonight. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Free. Call 216.521.2540 — Gill
CMA GARAGE GROOVES
Before construction began, the Cleveland Museum of Art had a hit on its hands with a series of free concerts and parties in the old courtyard. Bands played, food and wine were available, and it became a hot spot, where local arts aficionados could go to see and be seen. The courtyard is gone, but CMA is reviving the soul of the series with Garage Grooves — outdoor performances on the top deck of the parking garage, which will take place every other week starting Friday. Live music plays from 6 to 10 p.m., beginning with the fat sound of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, playing an all-Ellington set. Admission is free. Beer, wine and other refreshments are for sale in the garage. Space is limited. Reservations are not accepted. The museum galleries will also be open until 9 p.m., free of charge. CMA is at 11150 East Blvd. Call 1.888.CMA.0033 or visit www.clevelandart.org — Gill
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