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Arts District: Verb at Lincoln Park 

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Verb Ballets brings a bunch of new work to Lincoln Park this week as part of Tremont's Arts in August program. World premieres include the ballroom-style "Lady Be Good," choreographed by Gary Pierce, and Troy McCarty's one-woman piece "Scent." Ginger Thatcher's "Urban Study" from 2002 is new to Verb. The only older dance on the program has been a favorite since it was created in 1968. Ohio Ballet founder Heinz Poll's "Elegaic Song," with music by Shostakovich and movement rooted in Poll's memories of wartime Germany, was the first dance he created in Northeast Ohio. The Tremont performance will be restaged by former Ohio Ballet member Jane Startzman. Bring blankets or chairs. It's at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, in Lincoln Park (W. 14th St. and Starkweather Ave.,, 216.575.0920). Free. Rain date: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

One thing we've learned through the housing crisis is that cities around the world have allowed ambitious building projects to outpace the demand for housing and people's ability to pay for it. But the shape that takes is as diverse as the cities themselves. In Toplu: Landscapes of New Turkish Suburbia, Cleveland State University assistant professor Mark Slankard shows photos of new residential developments outside of Ankara and Istanbul. Slankard gives a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, followed by a reception from 5-8 p.m. at the CSU Art Gallery (2307 Chester Ave.,, 216.687.2103). The show is up through Oct. 10. It's free.

Here's a chance to get some consultation and perhaps generate some buzz about the old building you're turning into an art studio. The Community Partnership for the Arts and Culture is putting together its second From Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference Sept. 17-18, and is looking for projects for discussion and critique by a panel of experts in a "Rate My Project" session. The session will take place from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18th.  Deadline for consideration is Tuesday, Sept. 1. For information, contact Kristin Tarajack at [email protected].

Artists, it's not too early to start booking yourself at holiday art shows and other vending events. Trinity Cathedral is looking to fill 35 booths with artist vendors for their annual Medieval Feasts (December 4-5 and Dec.11-12). To be considered, send 5-10 photos of your work and a $20 fee. Deadline is Sept. 15. Call 216.771.3630, or go to

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