The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 7, 2012


Star Beacon


Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula, 440-964-3396. Gallery open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.

Conneaut Arts Center, 1025 Buffalo St., Conneaut. 440-593-5888. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 440-593-5888,

Paintings by Marti Snyder now through Dec. 17

Harbor Artists exhibit in January

Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie. 814-459-5477. The museum offers a variety of temporary exhibits, as well as a permanent soft-sculpture collection. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Blue Moon Gallery, 245 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls.

Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland. 440-953-7327. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information, call 440-525-7029.

Lake Metroparks, 8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland. 440-256-2122.

Lake County East End YMCA, 730 N. Lake St., Madison; 440-428-5125.

Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville. 440-639-7856. Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lake Farm Park, 8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland. 440-256-2122.

McDonough Museum of Art, across from the Butler Institute of Art, on Wick Avenue, Youngstown. Hours are by appointment Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is $3.

The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Parking is free. 440-951-7500.

Presque Isle Artists Association, 4516 Wood St., Erie. 814-866-9351.

Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, 5648 W. Chapel Road, Madison. 440-428-5913.

Sculpture Center, 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Trumbull Art Gallery, 720 Mahoning Ave., Warren. 330-395-4876. Open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown. 330-742-3285. Tuesdays by appointment; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. www.valleyartcenter. org.

Wildwood Cultural Center, 7645 Little Mountain Road, Mentor. 440-947-5735.


Curtains, at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre at 56 River St. Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Show runs March 22 through April 20, 2013. Prepare 32 bars of music with sheet music, bring headshots/resumes, prepare for some movement. Men and women needed. Ages range from early 20s to mid 60s.

Cats, for Geauga Lyric Theatre Stage Jan. 28, 29 and 31 for open dance and vocal auditions from 6:30-9 p.m. Must be 16 or older. Prepare both ballad and up-tempo songs. Must pass ballet, tap and jazz audition before invited to sing. 13 male/14 females needed. Show runs April 19-May 12, 2013. Call (440) 285-7701 to reserve a spot on preferred night.

2 Across, at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 56 River St. on Jan. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Show runs March 1-16, 2013. Readings from the script. Headshots/resumes welcome, but not required. “Middle age” man and woman required.

Our Town, on Jan. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Callbacks on Jan. 29. Readings from script. Bring a list of conflicts.


Polar Express Pajama Party, at Ashtabula Arts Center Dec. 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for grades K-6. Wear your pjs, board the "train" and get ready for an evening of cocoa, games and crafts! $20 for workshop/ $18 members. Register at (440) 964-3396.

Ashtabula County District Library has many free classes in computers, careers and the community. Many programs are free! Upcoming: Stories with Santa Dec. 17 at Geneva Library and Dec. 18 at Ash. Lib.; Holiday Bingo Dec. 18 at Geneva Library; Effective Budgeting with Kathy Sandella Dec. 27 (4:30 p.m.) at Gen. Lib. For further info, call 440-997-9341 or check online (

Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula; 440-964-3396. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Classes offered for all types of dance, including ballet, and for music, voice, theater, visual arts and cooking.

Conneaut Arts Center, 1025 Buffalo St., Conneaut. 440-593-5888. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Classes are available in music, visual arts, theater, woodcarving, Zumba, tap, ballet, jazz, painting, yoga, and various exercise classes for all ages. Email kilpi1025@ or contact CAC through its website (

Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, is a nonprofit organization operating the School of Fine Arts with classes in music, art, dance and drama. FAA also offers a full season of theater performances, recitals, art exhibits and cultural activities. Funding is received in part from the United Way and the Ohio Arts Council. For more information, contact Wanda Wareham (440 951-7500, ext. 104). www.fineartsassociation. org


64th Annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah,” on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 9935 Johnnycake Ridge Road. Violins, piano, harpsichord, organ and trumpet will accompany over 200 voices of the chorus and professional soloists. Free admission! For more info: (440) 352-8282.

Ashtabula County Choral Music Society, for experienced singers over 17, rehearsals are 7 to 9 p.m. Children’s Choir, for grades 5 and 6, rehearses 4 to 5 p.m., and Youth Choir for experienced singers in grades 7 through 12, rehearses 5 to 6:30 p.m. All choirs rehearse Mondays at the First United Methodist Church, 4506 Elm Ave., Ashtabula. Fee is $30 per season. Visit www.accms. org or call 440-224-2681.

The Good Life is made up of volunteers who love to sing and share their talents, is looking for individuals to join. They perform Christmas and spring concerts at the Ashtabula Arts Center and for other organizations in the county. Anyone interested in auditioning or sponsoring should call Bridget Sherman (440-964-5193).

New Horizons Band is an adults-only group geared toward beginning musicians and those who may be a little rusty. Meetings are Wednesdays at the Conneaut Arts Center, 1025 Buffalo St. Instruments are available for rent at $5 per session. For further info, call 440-593-5888.

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, East Ninth Street and Superior Avenue, Cleveland. 216-771-6666. All concerts are free.

Cleveland Institute of Music will hold concerts in Kulas Hall, 11021 East Blvd. 216-791-5000. All concerts are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating passes for free concerts are distributed 30 minutes prior to the concert, in the lobby.

Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra is holding concerts at the Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Theater, 11000 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Parma. 216-556-1800.

The Singers Club, Waetjen Auditorium, East 21st Street and Euclid Avenue, on the Cleveland State University campus. Repertoire of traditional men’s choral music, bold commissioned works and modern compositions. 216-556-4405.

Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. 800-686-114.

Friends of Music at Holy Trinity, One Trinity Place, corner of Penn Avenue and Clinton Street, Greenville, Pa. 724-588-8870.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra. 724-475-3885. Tickets are $10 for students and children; $12, regular. 724-475-3885.

Blossom Music Center, 1145 Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 216-231-1111.

Northeast Ohio Family Music Society, 2051 Kingsboro Drive, Painesville. 440-350-1663.

Erie Philharmonic, 1006 State St., Erie. 814-455-1375.

Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, in the Corning Theater. 440-951-7500. Free concerts.

Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland. 216-421-7340.

Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, Pa. 814-459-5477. www.erieartmuseum. org.

Mentor Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby. 440-951-7500.


Ashtabula Area Orchestra Society, presents a Christmas Concert tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 and under are free.

Lakeland Civic Music Concerts, at Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland. Tickets: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $2 students. Sunday at 4 p.m.: Civic Chorus presents “Festival Holidays.”

Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Concert Series, in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville. Admission is usually $17 adults, $12 Conservancy members, $5 children 3-12.

Concert Series, at the Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Thrid Ave., Warren, Pa., and The Crown Theater, 21 E. Third St., Jamestown, Pa. Struthers: Call (814) 723-7231. Crown: Call (814) 489-3110.


"The Nutcracker" presented by Ballet Theatre Ashtabula at the Ashtabula Arts Center weekends starting now through Dec. 16. Tickets: $13 adults/ $12 student and senior/ $11 children. Special events: "Sugar Plum Luncheon" tomorrow at noon ($12 adult/ $9 children); "Clara's Punch and Sweet Treats" this Sunday or Dec. 15 following the 2 p.m. performance ($7 adults/ $5 children); 50% off Nutcracker tickets for Thurs. Dec. 13 if you bring unexpired canned goods. Performances are either 2 or 7:30 p.m. Call for reservations: (440) 964-3396.

Verb Ballets, Upcoming performances: Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. at Breen Center for the Performing Arts; April 18-20 at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Public Theatre. Call (216) 397-3757. Visit or call (216) 397-3757.

GroundWorks DanceTheater, a Cleveland-based company that presents groundbreaking work in contemporary dance, which embraces risk and imagination, explores the human experience and enlivens the community. Upcoming performances: Oct. 26 &27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. Tickets: $20 general, $25 preferred, $17 seniors, $10 students. For tickets call: (866) 546-1353. For more information, check online (www. or call 216-691-3180, Ext. 2.

Inlet Dance, for more info, check online (

Ohio Dance Theatre, visit or call 440-774-6077.

Ballroom dancing, presented by Lake Metroparks, second and fourth Saturdays, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Painesville Township Park Community Center. $6 per person, 18 years and over; concessions available; doors open at 7 p.m. 440-354-3885.

Country dancing, presented by Lake Metroparks, every second and fourth Fridays of the month, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., at the Painesville Township Park Community Center. $6 per person, 18 years and over; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Concessions available. 440-354-3885.


24th Christmas Extravaganza, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays now through Jan. 5 at the Victorian Perambulator Museum, 26 E. Cedar St., Jefferson. Adults $5/Children $4. New ornament available. For more info: 576-9588.

“Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” Bus Trip, to a matinee in January starting at the Conneaut Arts Center to PlayhouseSquare. Tickets are $63/$60 (does not include dinner). $30 deposit must be made by Dec. 14. For more info: (440) 593-5888.

Lights on the Lake, at Lake Shore Park, Ashtabula, from Thanksgiving through New Year's weekend. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $5 per visit or by 6 for $25. For more info: (440) 964-3819.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational and natural activities in one setting.  Visit www. or www. or call 800-445-9667.


Cinématheque, the Cleveland Institute of Art, is located in the Gund Building at the corner of East Boulevard and Bellflower Road, University Circle, Cleveland. Admission is $8, for members $6. Check online for the latest offerings. www.cia. edu/cinematheque.


Victorian Perambulator Museum of Jefferson, Please make an appointment: (440) 576-9588.

Historic Jefferson Depot Village, a quaint preserved “living history” village reminiscent of early life in the 1800s in Jefferson (147 E. Jefferson St.).

The Finnish American Cultural Center, open by appointment, 1330 W. Eighth and Joseph. 440-964-5790 or 440-998-2061.

Drake Well Museum, Regular summer hours are Tues through Sats from 9-5 and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Visit or call (814) 827-2797.


Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. Season-subscription discounts available. Call 440-964-3396. “All Shook Up” Jan. 11-13, 18, 19 (dinner before show), 20 and 25-26; “Crimes of the Heart” Feb. 8-10, 15, 16 (dinner before show), 17, 22-23; “Our Town” April 5, 6 (dinner before show), 7, 12-14.

Straw Hat Theare, a summer-only theater is located on the grounds of the Ashtabula Arts Center.

Conneaut Arts Center, 1025 Buffalo St., Conneaut. Reading of "Charles Dickens Reads: A Christmas Carol" performed by Mike Breeze Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $8/$7.50/kids 12 and under are $5. Coffee and dessert included! Call for tickets: (440) 593-5888.

Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare, subscriptions are available by calling 216-830-7221 or online (www. The seven-show KeyBank Broadway Series subscription package ranges from $85 to $480 per person. “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” in Jan. 2013, “Sister Act” in March, “War Horse” in April, “Guys and Dolls” in May/June, “The Book of Mormon” in June/July.

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St., Chagrin Falls. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" now through Dec. 16; "Wonder of the World" now-Dec. 15; "The Fox and the Fairway" Jan. 18-Feb. 9, 2013; "2 Across" March 1-16, 2013; "Curtains" March 22-April 20, 2013; "Donkey Baseball/Mrs. Mannerly" May 3-18, 2013; "Skin Deep" May 31-June 22, 2013; "The 10-10 New Plays Festival" June 28-July 13, 2013; "Legally Blonde" July 19-Aug. 17, 2013.

 Visit www.cvlt. org or call (440) 247-8955.

Erie BROADWAY Series. For more information: www.

Geauga Lyric Theater, 101 Water St., in the historic Chardon Square. Visit or call 440-286-2255.

Lakeland Community College, Call (440) 525-7526 for theater info and (440) 525-7134 for tickets.

Rabbit Run Theater, a summer only theater. For more info: (440) 428-5913.

Akron Civic Theater, 182 S. Main St., Akron. Call (330) 253-2488.Too much of ‘Bridesmaids’ goes nowhere, can be cut