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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Comedian Dan Cummins Livens Up Hilarities This Weekend

Posted By and on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 10:23 AM

In the past several years, comic Dan Cummins has been extremely busy. He's released three albums, appeared on all the usual late-night talk shows and toured his ass off.

Though his delivery is much more manic, the 30-something comic comes off a bit like Jerry Seinfeld as he jokes about the trials and tribulations of getting through everyday life. He touches on everything from fatherhood to dinosaurs.

Cummins performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $23. 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Comic Opera 'The Secret Marriage' at BW and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 9:23 AM

  • Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Courtesy BW
It’s a busy week in Cleveland’s classical music scene. Here are eight attractive events to log into your schedule.

Trinity Cathedral’s Brownbag Concerts are featuring a series-within-a-series this spring. The subject is guitars, and on Wednesday, March 21 at noon, Bay Village native Colin Davin will solo with Todd Wilson and Trinity Chamber Orchestra in a free lunchtime performance. Bring a lunch or buy one for $7. The concerts are nominally free, but they depend on donations.

Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man will be joined by the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band in traditional music from rural China in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm. The Huayin folks rarely travel, so this will be a unique opportunity to enjoy their folk artistry without having to make a trip to Asia. Tickets are available online.

Pianist Sandra Shapiro has devised a four-concert series, “Musical Roots: an exploration of cultural heritage & influences,” that explores her father’s musical ancestry. The first program, on Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00 pm in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, includes music by Liadov, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Schubert. The concert is free, but seating passes are required. Call 216.795.3211.

Burning River Baroque enjoys putting 17th- and 18th-century music across with all its drama intact. Soprano Malina Rauschenfels, harpsichordist Paula Maust, Baroque violinists Sarah Elizabeth Cranor and Reynaldo Patiño, and Baroque cellist Jessica Korotkin will give three performances this week of their program “Suppressed Voices: Music of the Banished.” The playlist includes music by Johann Rosenmüller, Peter Philips, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, and G. F. Handel, and performances are scheduled on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm in Stow, Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pm in Lakewood, and Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm in Cleveland Heights. Admission by freewill offering.

Baldwin Wallace University is importing Covent Garden’s Noa Naamat from London as guest director for its spring show, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (“The Secret Marriage.”) Performances of this popular comic opera run from Thursday, March 22 through Saturday March 24 at 7:30 pm, and conclude with a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, March 25 at John Patrick Theater in Berea. Tickets can be ordered online.

There’s something rare on the menu for The Cleveland Orchestra’s concerts at Severance Hall this weekend: Francis Poulenc’s witty Concert champêtre, written for Wanda Landowska, with Chicago-based harpsichordist Jory Vinikour as soloist. Guest conductor Stéphane Denève leads both the Poulenc and Rachmaninoff’s elaborately tuneful Second Symphony on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm. You can reserve tickets online.

Organist David Higgs is visiting from the Eastman School of Music this week for a recital sponsored by St. John’s Cathedral and the Cleveland chapter of the American Guild of Organists. On Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s, the popular virtuoso will put the Holtkamp organ through its paces with big works by Franz Liszt, Marcel Dupré, and Mendelssohn, in addition to a piece by Lakewood native David Conte and one of William Albright’s concert rags. The concert is free, but donations are welcome.

And on Saturday, March 24, fans of art song can enjoy a recital of Schubert Lieder as the composer’s friends would have enjoyed them — in an intimate setting with fortepiano. CWRU faculty soprano Ellen Hargis and pianist Francesca Brittan are the performers, and the intimate space is the Koch Recital Hall at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. The performance is free.

Check out details of these and many other classical music events on our Concert Listings page.
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Local Burlesque Troupe Celebrates Its 14th Anniversary Tonight at the Beachland

Posted By on Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Bella Sin
Le Femme Mystique Burlesque, the longest running burlesque troupe in Ohio, celebrates its 14th anniversary tonight at 8 at the Beachland with a special show.

Dubbed Burlesque Jubilee, the event will feature giveaways, flying drag queens, "lip sync for your life," a special guest and cake. Who could want more?

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tammy Pescatelli Films Her Netflix Comedy Special in Perry This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 3:07 PM

  • Courtesy Photo
When soon-to be comedian Tammy Pescatelli told her Perry High School counselor she wanted to be an actress, she was allegedly told that no one from Perry, Ohio ever made it on TV.

Since graduating from high school, Pescatelli has worked hard to prove her naysayers wrong, appearing on Comedy Central and a host of late night talk shows. Friday, the comedian comes back to Perry High School to film a Netflix special called the Tammy Pescatelli’s: Way After School Special.

While specially selected Perry High students are helping with certain aspects of the show, the comedy is meant for adults. Kids must be accompanied by an adult to get a ticket.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23. Find out more right here. 

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Inaugural Cleveland Comedy Awards to Take Place at Hilarities

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 2:33 PM

When Brent Gambrel [pictured] moved from Youngstown to Cleveland a few years ago, he gravitated to the local comedy scene and began attending shows. Gambrel, who does standup, wanted to organize an event highlighting the local talent, but he didn't want to step on anyone's toes.

"I looked at bigger markets to see what they had but we didn't have and realized they all had awards shows, but Cleveland didn't," he says. "We thought an awards program would take the comedy scene up a notch and continue to evolve it."

He put the word out to about 100 local comedians and asked them to vote for their favorite local comics in a variety of categories. Once he had a list of nominees, he asked that same group of comedians to vote for the winners.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CityMusic Cleveland Presents Six Free Performances of "Two Faiths: One Spirt," Plus All the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 2:52 PM

  • Courtesy CityMusic Cleveland
Three years ago the Cleveland Museum of Art presented Merima Ključo’s Sarajevo Haggadah, a multimedia work for accordion, piano, and video tracing the story of a Jewish prayer book’s eventful journey from medieval Spain to 20th-century Bosnia — where it was hidden and rescued during World War II — to its restoration by the National Museum in Sarajevo after the 1992-1995 war. The piece will be revived in Cleveland this week by Avner Dorman and CityMusic Cleveland in the composer’s new version for accordion and orchestra as part of the program “Two Faiths: One Spirit.” The free concert — to be presented six times around metro Cleveland — will also include Bardanashvili’s Elegy for Strings, Ranjbaran’s Seven Passages, Roustom’s Dabke, and Cohen’s Warzawat. Performances are from March 14-18 in Beachwood, Euclid, Parma, Lakewood, Cleveland, and Elyria. Schedule and locations can be found here.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein
, who grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Berlin, will make the most of her visit this weekend, soloing with guest conductor Alan Gilbert and The Cleveland Orchestra in Samuel Barber’s Concerto and joining her teacher Richard Weiss and colleagues in the Cleveland Cello Society’s annual extravaganza, i Cellisti. Her Severance Hall performances are Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 pm, Friday, March 16 at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm. (Gilbert will also lead music by Dvořák, tickets here). i Cellisti — with its grand finale for a massed ensemble of cellos — takes place on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm at Harkness Chapel on the CWRU campus (tickets are $25 at the door).

Scottish classical guitarist Paul Galbraith returns to the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society Series at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 pm, performing on his unique 8-string guitar — played like a cello that sits atop a resonating box. The program features Galbraith’s own arrangements of keyboard works by J.S. Bach, Scriabin, Albéniz, and Haydn. Purchase tickets in advance here.

There are two almost simultaneous events to choose from at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday, March 18. At 2:00 pm, French pianist Lise de la Salle will play love-themed music by Schumann, Wagner, and Prokofiev on the free Tri-C Classical Piano Series in Gartner Auditorium. Downstairs, at 3:00 pm in the Recital Hall, Scott MacPherson will direct a small ensemble from his Cleveland Chamber Choir in “March Madrigal Madness,” a musical version of this month’s NCAA lunacy in which the audience can vote on their favorite from a “Sweet Sixteen” list of Renaissance and Victorian partsongs. (The list may be sweet, but some of the amorous lyrics are spicy.) Tickets can be ordered here.

The Vernal Equinox coincides with Johann Sebastian Bach’s 333rd Birthday, and there are two celebrations on the calendar. On Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm at Pilgrim Church, Arts Renaissance Tremont will mark the event with a free concert of Bach’s solo cello music played by Cleveland Orchestra principal cello Mark Kosower. Then on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm, Trinity Cathedral music director Todd Wilson will join violinist Jinjoo Cho in a candlelight concert that features Bach’s organ Prelude and Fugue in b and Violin Partita No. 2 in d. Tickets include a post-concert reception and art exhibit at the Cathedral.

Check out details of these and many other classical music events on our Concert Listings page.
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Series of Local Events to Mark 70th Anniversary of Israel's Independence

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 10:35 AM

  • Courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
  • Israeli pop singer Maya Isac.
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, together with local synagogues, agencies and organizations, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence with a series of community-wide arts and cultural and educational events.

Dubbed Israel at 70, the series will celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Israel and the Jewish people.

“We’re excited to mark this milestone anniversary through a wide range of programs that include lectures, theater, art exhibits, and much more,” says Renny Wolfson, co-chair of the Federation’s Israel at 70 committee, in a press release announcing the schedule of events.

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