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Chalk the 'Walk 

An art museum workshop preps kids for Chalk Fest.

Making temporary art at the Chalk Festival Workshop.
  • Making temporary art at the Chalk Festival Workshop.
9/14-9/17

Artists at the Chalk Festival Workshop will dish out materials and advice on dolling up the sidewalks for the Cleveland Museum of Art's upcoming fest. "Chalk is especially nice, because it is relatively quick, immediate, and temporary," says Robin VanLear, organizer of the annual Chalk Fest.

And it doesn't take a master artist to create a sidewalk masterpiece. Past designs have ranged from abstracts and self-portraits to reproductions of paintings in the museum's collection. "The rewards come quickly, and since it will wash away in the rain, a lot of the artistic pressure is off," VanLear says. The workshop is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 14, and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the art museum (11150 East Boulevard). It costs $20, which includes a 12-color box of chalks and a sidewalk block at the festival. Chalk Fest takes place on September 20 and 21; call 216-421-7340 to learn more. -- Cris Glaser

Theater
Flying Monkeys, Unite!

9/12-9/21

Stage fright gets checked at the door for Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz: An Audience Participation Play. Spectators scramble into Munchkin costumes as they take their seats, but there are no high-pitched lines to memorize: Their role is to send Dorothy, Toto, and company off to see the Wizard, explains Gail Johnson, director of Cleveland Youth Theatre. "They hide Dorothy. They scare the lion. They yell," she says. Oh my! The production runs Friday through September 21 at Cleveland Youth Theatre, 5209 Detroit Avenue. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5; call 216-651-2037. -- Cris Glaser

Mastodons and Don'ts

SUN 9/14

Today's hunters have it so easy. Miss a shot, and the deer runs away. But 10,000 years ago, an errant arrow usually resulted in one teed-off mastodon and one trampled caveman. The scene is re-created Sunday at Cleveland Metroparks' We're Hunting a Mastodon!, only without the actual mastodon and smashed hunter. A 2-D replica will take its place. "We stand about 40 yards away, to see if you would have [survived] a mastodon charge," says Kevin Metcalf, who leads the hunt. Participants use an atlatl, a primitive dart thrower. "You can get those things going pretty darn fast," says Metcalf. But because the free event is designed with kids in mind, he adds, the atlatls probably won't reach their potential speed of 100 mph. The hunt begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Old River Farm Picnic Area at North Chagrin Reservation (off Chagrin River Road in Willoughby Hills); call 440-473-3370. -- Allen Miller

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