The formerly-named Second Stage in Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre complex will now be known as the Outcalt Theatre.
Jane and Jon Outcalt supported Playhouse Square for years, but their gift of $2.5 million finalized their legacy.
The new name change recognizes their contributions, and, honestly, "Outcalt Theatre" kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?
Cartoonist Bill Watterson's role in the upcoming documentary Stripped is an interesting and unexpected one. Even more delightful, though, is the artwork he's released as the documentary's poster.
His style, of course, is immediately recognizable and warming.
In 2003, former Scene staff writer James Renner penned a story about Watterson's life post-syndication here in Chagrin Falls. He focuses on some of the licensing (or lack thereof) madness that befell the strip's creator in the years following retirement. (You know those inane Calvin send-ups, right? Stickers on cars or T-shirts that feature the philosophical child taking a leak on, say, Michigan University's logo or some horseshit? Those are illegitimate encroachments on Watterson's creation and they will forever infuriate him.)
The mustached man steps out of the Popcorn Shop in Chagrin Falls, clutching a cup of frozen yogurt. His eyes scan passersby. He's looking for that stare of recognition, that sideways glance of familiarity. But no one seems to track him as he walks back toward his car. He climbs in and sets the rest of his frozen dessert onto the passenger seat, next to the oil paints he bought at the art store earlier. A hint of a smile appears. Another successful day of anonymity.
Then the man notices the large 4X4 truck parked in front of him. There it is — that mocking decal, stuck on the back window. It's Calvin, urinating on a Ford logo, grinning with gleeful malice.
The man's smile disappears. "My boy," he mutters ruefully. "Oh, my boy."
Many a Clevelander loves and remembers the old Variety Theatre, one of Jefferson neighborhood's premium entertainment venues.
During its heyday, the 1,900 seat Variety boasted hundreds of hit acts — stage, film, music, and even wrestling— before fizzling in the late 80s and later changing owners.
Today, the old theater still stands, but offers just a shadow of its former grandeur. With the help of the Friends of the Historical Variety Theatre and photographer Matt Lambros, here's a peek inside the deteriorating building.
15 Vintage Memories of Cleveland's Variety Theatre
The poster for the play adds a noted graphic element to the storyline.
Michelle Berki, a graphic designer who helped create the poster, and Brian Tatsumi, the Cleveland Play House’s creative director, chatted with the New York Times about the design.
The artwork for “Yentl” and the other shows in your season are all pretty minimal. Why did you decide to take that approach?
Brian Tatsumi: The idea was to come up with a simple illustration that was going to be stark and eye catching. We wanted “Yentl” to be a pop of color. If you count white as a color, it’s blue and black and white. The blue is a reference to the Israeli flag. We thought that would resonate with our Jewish audience. The simplicity, we were hoping, would make it stand apart.
Michelle Berki: All of our show posters for the season have one accent color, with a main image in black and white. They’re consistent but still colorful.
With only a few elements in the “Yentl” poster you make it clear what the play is about.
Berki: We thought that the gender identity crisis that Yentl has was central to the play. One of the defining moments is where she cuts off her braids and decides to live as a man, so we focused on that. We wanted to show both the male and female sides within one person. That’s where the braid and payos in one hat came from. It went well with the composition to have something like the hat to anchor the braid and the payos. A yarmulke wouldn’t have done it as well.
Tatsumi: We wanted the image to register as something that you can identify with Judaism. We wanted you to see the hat and the curl and know that this is a Jewish play. The braid with the ribbon at the end tells that it’s obviously female. It tells both stories in the most concise way you can think of.
What other visual elements influenced your design?
Berki: We looked at a lot of minimalist art to develop the style. Saul Bass was a starting point. There’s a designer named Olly Moss, and he does a lot of really beautifully done posters that use negative space to create multiple images in one clever image that tells a story. We looked up Orthodox Judaism and what the look is for that.
What was another idea that you thought would work, but didn’t use?
Tatsumi: Michelle had another concept with a Torah and a single braid with a pair of scissor cutting it off, symbolizing the girl putting aside her identity as a woman in order to study. We liked it but it wasn’t as simple. [The play] is not necessarily about her casting aside her feminine identity. It’s more this conflict of living in two worlds at once. The image we chose captures that conflict better.
Ultimately what’s the message you hope the “Yentl” poster delivers?
Berki: I want people to know that it’s a story that deals with gender and gender issues. It’s about having to make certain choices because you’re a woman, and defying that.
Hey all you talented Cleveland artists, here's your chance to showcase your work in front of hundreds of thousands of passersby at one of the region's busiest airports.
The Temporary Art Exhibition Program at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is currently seeking two-dimensional abstract works by local artist to feature in the airport's public concourses and ticketing areas. Program coordinators are specifically looking for paintings, oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography and drawings, as well as gicleés, lithographs, and serigraphs.
All submissions are reviewed by an artist review panel and approved pieces will be assigned an exhibit start date based on the exhibition calendar. Exhibits will then be shown for up to six months, depending on the nature of the artwork.
Kelly's been getting some much-deserved national attention for his work, but we thought it was fitting to feature him during the week of our inaugural comedy issue.
Kelly's full collection can be seen at his website, alexandharvard.com. If you like Parks and Rec or The League, you'll see some of your favorite cast members represented.
It almost makes you think comedians could one day be working for the Wall Street Journal!
Billed as "Cleveland's hippest art design gift event," ArtScape offers an alternative to shopping at the big box retail stores.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has curated the more than 40 local and national artists and vendors who will sell jewelry, accessories and gifts at the event.
This year's event kicks off today from 5 - 9 p.m. with a preview party that includes music, drink specials, and food.
Admission is free for MOCA members, $8 for non-members.
ArtScape also will be open tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission will be free.
Spotted: 10 Stunning Pieces You Can Find (and Buy!) at MOCA ArtScape