Evil Dead Just Won't Die 

And more local arts news

Even happier news for theaters than the words "sold out" are the words "held over." They imply that not only is a show doing well but box-office joy will continue. It's difficult to extend a run because it requires that the entire cast, crew and orchestra have no other commitments immediately after the original run. Scott Spence's production of the inspired-by-campy-B movies Evil Dead: The Musical was expected to do well, so Spence built an extended run into the schedule when he cast the show. But it's done even better than that, and in a rare stroke of theatrical serendipity, Evil Dead has been held over a second time — through July 26, including an 11 p.m. performance Friday, July 19. The other performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, with no performance July 4, at Beck Center for the Arts Studio Theatre (17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, beckcenter.org, 216.521.2540). Tickets: $17- $28.

The Lake Erie Screw Factory (13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood) has taken an artistic turn since the departure of the Lake Erie Screw Corporation, with a couple of dozen artists and artisans working in studios there. The former industrial space is out of the way and has plenty of room for undisturbed work, unless the artists invite you in for open-studio days. Gina DeSantis is taking another tiny step in the building's adaptive re-use, offering classes in her ceramics studio. She starts a five-week session Tuesday, in which she'll teach hand-building techniques — building with coils and slabs — to make functional objects. Included in the $130 cost is a 25-pound bag of clay, plus the glazes and kiln time you'll need during the class. Classes are from 7-9 p.m. through July 28. For information, call 440.785.5409 or go to ginadesantisceramics.com.

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture has announced its project grants for this year, awarding a total of $825,695 to 55 projects that don't qualify for CAC's general operating support grants, including organizations that have arts programming but not as their primary mission. Grants range from $1,000 to the Berea Arts Festival for artist demonstrations to $50,000 to CityMusic to commission and present a new work by Christos Hatzis, featuring a collaboration with Detroit rapper Bugsy H. For a complete listing of grantees, go to cacgrants.org.


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