Arts in Autumn

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We hear it’s been a great summer, even if all we know about it is what we could see out the office window. But no regrets: As various arts and entertainment orgs release their new schedules, fall is shaping up as prime time to get out. Here are five of our top picks for the coming season:

1. Don’t come around Cleveland Public Theatre looking for mainstream musicals, bland rom-coms, or tired Disney retreads. Instead, in the words of artist director Raymond Bobgan, what you’ll find at this daring theater are “adventurous and diverse” works intended to “add choices to our community and enliven the scene.” True to his word, Bobgan kicks off the 2012-2013 season with the regional premiere of Standing on Ceremony, a confluence of activism and great theater staged to “promote gay marriage rights and explore our ever-evolving (and sometimes not) society.” Performances run October 4 through 20. See for details.

2. Emerging Chefs has been creating showcase culinary events for nearly two years, bringing together outstanding local chefs and unique venues for memorable evenings of food, drink, and fun with fellow foodies. This fall’s lineup of events is no exception. The highpoint has to be October 28’s Roaring Twenties Gala at Crop Bistro, a blowout that EC’s Michael DeAloia calls “a once-in-a-life-time” event. The “culinary play in three acts” starts with oysters, champagne, and live jazz in the bar, moves onto a five-course dinner by executive chef Steve Schimoler in the restaurant’s historic former bank vault, then winds up with dessert, aperitifs, and cigars in the main dining room. Black-tie is requested. Find out more at

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