The amount of creative talent in Cleveland Heights is staggering. The city is home to hundreds of working musicians, visual artists, writers and theater people. So it’s not surprising that there’s strong support for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. Wise Up! — The Nighttown Academy of Poetry and Letters is a fundraiser for the library, put together by newspaper columnist Regina Brett and actress Derdriu Ring. Taking place at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.795.0550), it features a cast of dozens of writers, artists, performers and friends of the arts, doing short readings and musical numbers. Among them: painter Hector Vega, Geniocity.com web entrepreneur Carolyn Jack, county commissioner/actor/playwright Peter Lawson Jones, WCPN hostess Dee Perry, author/screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, cartoonist Derf, novelist Les Roberts, Big Fun owner Steve Presser, food maven Laura Taxel, poet Mary Weems, Nighttown owner (and Dierdru’s brother) Brendan Ring, and many, many more. There are two 90-minute shows — at 5 and 7 p.m. — each with a different cast. Tickets are $20. With limited space, you’d better call to make your reservation fast. — Anastasia Pantsios
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