"Madwoman" Is sure to Please

Plan to be amazed as the cast of EHS’ Fall Play, “The Madwoman of Chaillot” takes the Little Theater stage December 10-13th.  Euclid High’s finest thespians from grades 9-12 will offer their interpretation of this 1945 poetic satire concerning an eccentric woman (“The Madwoman”- Countess Aurelia) who lives in Paris and the story of her struggles against the straitlaced authority figures in her life. The production is under the direction of Ms. Jailyn Harris, a 2008 graduate of EHS and BSGU theater major, Class of 2014. These talented, young adults have poured their hearts and souls into this theatrical gem, giving upwards of 12-15 hours per week into rehearsal time; and that’s on top of their other extra-curricular activities and academic responsibilities.  In light of recent tragic events that have unfurled in Paris, France, the “scene” at which this play takes place, the cast has collectively decided to donate a portion of their admission sales to Doctors Without Borders, an organization that helps to provide medical care to areas affected by war and natural disasters. Show tickets will be sold at the door: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students ($1 discount per ticket when accompanied by a canned-food item which will be donated to our local food bank)

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 12.06.2015

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" on Stage at Shore Cultural Centre

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever play is just right for family fun during the Holiday Season. Darryl Lewis directs a cast of community members at Shore Cultural Centre for this theatre event. The Best Christmas Pageant tells the story of the Herdman family, known as the town bullies, who somehow find themselves in the town Christmas Pageant. Humourous antics ensue and all ages are sure to enjoy the twists and turns of this heartwarming story.

Show times are Dec. 18th through Dec. 20th, Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM, Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. Adults $8.00, 16 and under & Seniors $5.00. Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E. 222nd St, Euclid, 216-289-8578.  

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 12.06.2015

Studio 41: A Collaborative Art Space

Local artists Eileen Sheehan and Jen Hearn are joining together in room 41 of Shore Cultural Centre; as "Studio 41". This collaborative art space will be host to a variety of events, classes, and private lessons.

Create-A-Craft owner Eileen is an eclectic artist who excels in pottery, teaching, painting, bookmaking, and all things artistic.  She continues to host paint your own pottery events such as birthday parties and ladies nights, wine and canvas parties, as well as private studio art lessons. After taking the last two months to enjoy time with her new baby, Eileen has come back to the studio with her baby often in tow!

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 12.06.2015

Bringing History to Life with the Original Play "The Star on My Heart" at Shore Cultural Centre

In November, 2015, an original play The Star on My Heart written by Ohio writer and theater director Angela Miloro-Hansen, will premiere at Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, and Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Chardon. The play is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher. Of the 15,000 children that were imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp, Inge is one of the few that survived.  

“The topic of the show interested me,” Isabella (Izzy) Glauser said about being cast as Mary Ann in The Star on My Heart. “I think the most important thing to me is that my great grandparents were both in work camps in Poland during the war.” Izzy, who is a 6th grader from Concord, goes on to say “this show brings me closer to them and helps me tell their stories.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

Euclid Bandleader Milan Racanovic to Be Honored at Polka Hall of Fame Music Awards Show

On Saturday, November 28, at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Euclid bandleader Milan Racanovic will be added to the Polka Hall of Fame Trustees Honor Roll at the 28th annual Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show with Cleveland-area musicians Eddie Bucar and Dave Wolnik to be inducted, Saturday, November 28, 2015. World Accordion Champion Denis Novato headlines the Awards Show gala, the high point of the three-day Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend hosted by the Euclid-based National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 26, 27 and 28, in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

UpStage Players’ Announce Shrek The Musical Jr. for Early-January 2016; Will Hold an Open House/Audition Workshop in December

UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s most enduring non-profit children’s theatre companies, invites area youths, ages 7 to 15, to audition for the troupe’s Spring 2016 musical, Shrek the Musical Jr. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

"The Star on My Heart" NE Ohio Premiere

In November, 2015, an original play The Star on My Heart, written by Ohio writer and theater director Angela Miloro-Hansen, will premiere in Northeast Ohio. The play is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher. Of the 15,000 children that were imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp, Inge is one of the few that survived. This is a story of rare courage, determination and love. Inge, in spite of the hardships she endured, gives proof that the joy in life cannot be kept out of even the darkest places. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.12.2015

"The World Goes 'Round", Silhouette Productions Rousing Fall Musical

“I cannot urge everyone strongly enough to not miss this show. It will touch everyone’s heart and spirit at one time or another and lift them up,” states Meg McGarry, currently in rehearsals in a principle role for Silhouette Productions fall musical The World Goes ‘Round at Shore Cultural Centre. “It is bringing a new dimension to the artistic missions of Shore and Silhouette."

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.12.2015

Now With Added Alphabetization!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Another Mother's Milk - Milk Money - self-released - 22 songs - CD
Quick note: I've been told they're working on getting a download together as well, but right now it's just on CD. Onto the content. "Milk Money" is a good solid 50 minutes of trashy garage pop/rock. A couple songs, such as "Kirtland" and "My Own Scum," go into a folk kinda territory as well. And whatever you'd like to count "Robot Noises" as, kind of a, well, robotic stomp. Good male-female vocals as well. My favorites were the opener, "Little Cellar Girl," "That's When She Cursed Me" (which sort of reminded me of a loopier Stray Cats), the bluesy-ish "Bomb Shelter," and the crazy, stalker song "Follow You Home." Also includes their great track from the "Short Shorts Vol. 1" 7", "Drone." There were quite a lot of songs, but they were catchy and mostly short, so what's there to complain about there? 4/5

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.12.2015

September four artists: Diane Collins, James Jenkins, Troy Blum and Laureen Deveney will hold a art show at Euclid Public Library

This September four very different artists: Diane Collins, James Jenkins,Troy Blum, and Laureen Deveney will show their art at Euclid Public Library 631 East 222St. Euclid ohio, 44123. Collins is a trained ceramicist/enameler; Jenkins is a painter; Blum is a folk water-colorist; and Deveney drawing/3D. They will share not only their personal work styles, but also bear a resemblance to one another when they attempt to work in three similar platforms: ceramics, drawing, and en-caustics. Ocassionally, this small group of artists get together to pay visits to local gallery art shows. They then analyze and critique what they see. This past winter they paid a visit to Baldwin Wallace Fawick Gallery in Berea, Ohio. where there were five artists: Eileen Dorsey, Hilary Gent, Dott Schneider, Dawn Teckler, and Jack St. John. Motivated by this show, they chose  to challenge themselves to work in the stlyes of two of the artists, St. John and Dorsey. For scale and material they decided upon St. John's identically framed large paper paintings and will contrast this to the scale and material of Dorsey who works in small plywood en-caustic's. On International Peace Day, Monday September 21st, there will be a free reception at the library to meet and greet these artists. All are welcome. 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:11 PM, 08.09.2015

New Board President for the Euclid Symphony Orchestra

The Euclid Symphony Orchestra (ESO), enters its 55th season under new leadership.  This month Past President Ryan Roberts will hand down the gavel to Rochelle Hylton.  Congratulations, Madam President, and a ¨job well-done¨ to Past President Roberts! Your efforts and leadership have been well appreciated!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:11 PM, 08.09.2015

Local Filmmaker Brings Hollywood to Cleveland

“Banger”, a feature film written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mike Berry of Skip Thomas Productions begins filming on May 19, 2015.  Berry brings to the screen this suspense thriller that is sure to make audiences hold on to the edge of their seats.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:11 PM, 08.09.2015

Auditions for The Star on My Heart, World Premiere of Original Play

Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid, OH and Geauga Lyric Theater Guild located in Chardon, OH, will partner for a unique theater and educational outreach project. In November, 2015, an original play The Star on My Heart, written by Ohio writer and theater director Angela Miloro-Hansen, will premiere with three performances in each location. The play is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher. Of the 15,000 children that were imprisoned in the Terezin transit camp, Inge is among the one percent that survived.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:11 PM, 08.09.2015

New Art Studio Offers Summer Camps, Paint Your Own Pottery, Wine and Canvas, and More!

Local artist Eileen Sheehan is creating a buzz in her hometown of Euclid. She has recently opened an art studio in a classroom at Shore Cultural Centre that offers people of all ages to come and explore their creativity through all types of art. Sheehan shares, "I wanted to create a welcoming environment where anyone can go to discover ways of expressing their creativity, learn something new, and enjoy making something unique." Sheehan received a B.F.A in art education from Ohio University in 2008 and has been teaching at the high school and elementary levels since. She has been teaching pottery at Shore Cultural Centre to adults since 2011 and has spent the last four years as the art teacher at Our Lady of the Lake School in Euclid.  She has recently moved out of the traditional classroom to focus on her new business at Shore in an effort to make the arts more accessible to the community. "Through implementation of my private after school art class called CANVAS at Our Lady of the Lake School, I realized the interest for deeper arts education in the community and wanted to offer more options for all ages," says Sheehan. "CANVAS was a wonderful experience for our daughter.  She learned new techniques and was able to apply her skills in a variety of projects.  Most of all, she developed confidence.  She was so proud of her final watercolor painting - we framed it!" -Anne Brown, Mom of Caroline, age 8.  

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.12.2015

New Art Instructor Rachel Strongoli Joins Shore Cultural Centre

Rachel Strongoli will join Shore Cultural Centre this month as a new visual arts teacher. She begins by instructing the popular Saturday morning Cartooning Class, a steady favorite with regional youth. Ms. Strongloli was highly recommended by Josh Usmani, who had been teaching cartooning prior at Shore and recently moved on to pursue career goals. Ms. Strongoli holds a BA from Cleveland State University, and was a Cleveland Institute of Art scholarship recipient. The cartooning class details are below. Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd in Euclid. You may register at, or call 216-289-8578 for information.


When: Saturdays - June 6 - Aug 8, 10 classes. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $15.00 per class, or $135.00 for session. Ages 10+

This course will cover a wide range of cartooning practices including character creation/development (people, animals, fictional creatures, inanimate objects, etc.), backgrounds/scenery, narrative  storytelling, caricatures, observational drawing from life and more! By the end of each session, students will leave having created at least one original work of art. By the end of the full course, students who attend regularly will complete a comic strip, comic book or piece/series of “Pop Art”.  Each lesson will build towards this final project, but each lesson could also stand alone for students who cannot attend regularly.       

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.31.2015

Silhouette Audition Notice, 42nd Street

Auditions for 42nd Street Director: Frank Lucas  Musical Director: Ginny Rodeig  Choreographer: Tara Mirabile Tuesday , August 4 and Thursday, August 6 Monday, August 10 for auditions and callbacks Tuesday, August  11 callbacks 7:00 to 9:30 pm Shore cultural center 291 East 222nd Street Euclid Room 241 upstairs  No recorded music or accapello. Accompanist available  Bring sheet music and be prepared to dance(tap, jazz, Ect.) Questions call 216-219-3630. Show dates October 16,17,18,23,24&25

This is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42ND STREET is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows. It focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, and takes us along her journey. Musical hits include You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, I Know Now, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and Forty-Second Street. Every audience enjoys watching the underdog succeed

42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for a new Broadway musical,. Unfortunately, due to her nervousness, Peggy arrives to the audition late and misses her chance to join the chorus. Luckily, Peggy soon catches the eye of the famous director, Julian Marsh, and he gives Peggy her big break. However, the show's aging leading lady, Dorothy Brock, quickly grows to dislike Peggy. On opening night, Ms. Brock falls and breaks her ankle. Panic spreads through the company, as the show is doomed for closure, until it is suggested that Peggy take the roll. In only thirty-six hours, Peggy learns twenty-five pages, six songs and ten dance numbers and becomes a star.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 11:36 AM, 07.12.2015

The Drug

The drug I refer to has been around for centuries, but since the 1920's, its use has become increasingly rare. It is a tranquilizer, a mood stabilizer, a stimulant, a muscle relaxer, all in one. It has the ability to make your pulse pound, or it can lower your blood pressure to a much lower level. It's all that and MORE!

The drug is music. In this instance, it is orchestral music, classical music. Viewed by the majority as stuffy and boring, it is widely underrated. In this age of loud, fast music with often angry lyrics, no one is willing to try the new "drug". And yet its benefits are endless. Nothing makes my chest swell and my foot tap like a Souza March. Nothing soothes my tensions like a waltz. Classical music MOVES me. Yes, I still listen to rock, and Big Band, and even Polka. But more often, it is classical music that affects me most.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.31.2015

The Euclid Symphony Orchestra Plays the Blues

The Euclid Symphony Orchestra, started bright and early (literally, as the day was bright and sunny) on Thursday, May 14, 2015, putting on a superb and jumping swing scene for the local children of four different schools: kids from Arbor School were in attendance, at 80 attendees, kids from Bluestone were also there, numbering at 106, Chardon Hills students attended in full force, record has their attendance level at 185, the highest of all, and Shoreview School numbered at 120 students, attending Euclid Symphony Orchestra's annual, big event, just for children, The Children's Concert. Students from New Day Academy, and Mary Mavec, also were there, albeit in a more modest turn-out, to take in the morning musical fun, and to represent their respective student bodies' interest in all things musical and artistic.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.31.2015

Four Euclid Artists Show

Diversity Working Together is both the title of a large scale art collaboration and of a group show of four Euclid Artists. The art show features the work of local residents: Gerald Mills, Gguel Jefe, Laureen Deveney, and longtime clay art teacher, Diane Collins. This show will be held in Tremont at Doubting Thomas Art Gallery, 856 Jefferson St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113. A free reception will be held for the opening on June 12, 2015 during Tremont's second Friday Artwalk from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The show runs until Sunday, June 28, 2015. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., and by appointment. Please call (216) 317-1309. 

If you cannot make it to the art show to see Gerald's photagraphy, Gguel painting's, Laureen's sculptures, and Diane's mixed media assemblage's, you will still be able to see the collage/mural collage outside on the facade of Doubting Thomas for several months.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.31.2015

Summer Camp & Class Registration is Open at Shore Cultural Centre

Enjoy your summer taking part in the arts, fitness and fun at Shore Cultural Centre. There are ongoing classes being offered for all ages. A few of the many options for adults include yoga, creating ceramic works, and painting. New camps will offer youth entering grades 3 through 6 in the fall a chance to learn about performing arts. Wonderful Land of OZ and Visiting Wonderland two week camps are being team taught by two seasoned theater artists, Darryl Lewis and Angela Miloro-Hansen. In addition to acting and singing, the camp will include visual art and movement activities. Other summer long options for camp are available through Shore Cultural Centre tenants and include arts, fitness, education, field trips, and other general camp fun. Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd Street in Euclid. Visit website or call 216-289-8561 for information. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:00 PM, 05.18.2015

Shore Cultural Centre Celebrates New Theater Curtains

Meg McGarry, Chair of the original committee to obtain a cultural centre for Euclid in 1980, recently discussed the Shore Cultural Centre auditorium and the importance of this venue for the community. “Shore is a beacon now for all who wish our community to excel.  The Cleveland Orchestra once played in our gorgeous theatre wing, remarking on its excellent acoustics.  Quite a compliment from one of the top five orchestras in the entire world!  The most recent addition to the theatre are the new red stage curtains, bringing vibrancy and efficiency to our performances.  We are most grateful for this gift.”

Recently Shore Cultural Centre was fortunate to receive anonymous donations to purchase the new curtains for the theater, and they had their premiere during the “Remember the Pines” production last fall. “We are very thankful for the community members that care deeply about our building, and the activities that take place in our auditorium. We’re on a mission.”, stated Property Manager Laura Kidder. “Attending the Euclid Symphony Orchestra concert this past December was a joy, and the new curtains made the event even more festive!” 

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 8:21 PM, 04.03.2015

You Can Help the SaxMan

It's a Cleveland story. The Sax Man tells the inspirational story of the life and legacy of the beloved and iconic street musician, Maurice Reedus, Jr. The son of a Grammy Award winning sax player, Maurice was once a rising star in his own right. But today, he barely makes ends meet as a humble busker, his audience no longer a stadium of tens-of-thousands, but rather the crowds exiting a stadium where they’ve come to see someone else perform. Now at 60 years of age, Maurice continues to play on, resigned to reflect on that time on the stage as his best years gone by. Yet as he longs to revisit those good old days just “one more time,” a surprise invitation to reunite with his old band gives The Sax Man one last chance to take the big stage – and the opportunity to show the people of his city the true musician Maurice Reedus Jr. really is…

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 8:00 PM, 03.06.2015

Euclid Symphony Orchestra Presents Spring Concert

The Euclid Symphony Orchestra will be presenting its Spring Concert on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., in the auditorium of Shore Cultural Centre.

Under the direction of J.D. Goddard, the program will feature “Great Overtures,” including Iphigenius in Aulis by Wilhelm Gluck, The Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Fierabras by Franz Schubert, and the Nabucco Overture by Verdi.

Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door (cash only); children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Shore Cultural Centre, which is located at 291 E. 222nd Street and Babbitt Road, Euclid. For additional information, please call (216) 289-8578 or go to

Founded in 1961, the Euclid Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization which features local volunteer musicians.   Annually, the Orchestra performs two classical, a holiday, a youth, and a pops concert.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:32 PM, 02.05.2015

UpStage Players to Perform Once On This Island Jr.

North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 21st season in 2015 with the beloved musical Once On This Island, Jr. Tickets to all three performances can now be purchased online.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:32 PM, 02.05.2015

Polka Movie and Jam Session at Cinematheque

Polka! The Movie, the documentary about Cleveland’s century-old love affair with Slovenian music and sausages, returns for a special screening at the Cleveland Cinematheque, Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy an accordion jam session at 3:30 p.m. hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.  Joe Valencic, writer and narrator of the film, will share behind-the-scene stories. Key scenes were shot in Euclid's Polka Hall of Fame and the Collinwood and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods.

Polka! The Movie traces how Cleveland-style polka music became a national sensation and is still enjoyed today across the country.  Joe, president of the Polka Hall of Fame, takes you through the Slovenian neighborhoods where the Cleveland-style sound was born a century ago.  The music got America dancing after World War II when Polka King Frank Yankovic (a long-time Euclid resident) scored million-selling hits. Vintage film clips and photos bring the polka past to life.

Polka! The Movie features performances and interviews ranging from legends like Joey Miskulin (Riders in the Sky), Walter Ostanek (Canada's Polka King), Euclid resident Richie Vadnal and Cecilia Dolgan, to younger musicians such as Kim Skovenski and Joey Tomsick. Cleveland personalities include Jan Jones, Tony Petkovsek, Bob Kravos, Bob Dolgan and the late Frank Yankovic Jr.  The camera captures scenes at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show; the Slovenian Sausage Festival; the Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott; Father Frank Perkovich’s Polka Mass at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland; Colinwood's Slovenian Workmen's Home; and Mitzi Jerman's hundred-year-old tavern on St. Clair Avenue.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls Polka! The Movie, “a film that will have you craving smoked sausage and stomping in the aisles.”  The Cleveland International Film Festival describes it as "a valentine to polka. Don't miss a beat; Polka! The Movie's a treat."  

The 3:30 p.m. accordion jam session will be led by Patty Candela and Joe Strukel. The 90-minute documentary is presented in Slovenian and English with subtitles in both languages. The film was directed by Dušan Moravec for Slovenian television.

The film screens in the Aitken Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Admission $10; Cinematheque members and those age 25 & under $8; free adjacent parking. For more information call the Cleveland Cinematheque at (216) 421-7450 or visit, or contact the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, (216) 261-FAME,

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:33 PM, 01.26.2015

UpStage Players' Musical Auditions

Auditions for UpStage Players' performance of Once on This Island will be January 3 and 4, 2015.

WHO: Children ages 7-15 can audition for the production.

WHEN: January 3 and 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 17109 Lakeshore Blvd., Collinwood/Cleveland 

This is the Cleveland Public Library Nottingham-Memorial Branch (which is the former Villa Angela High School). Pull around to the left side of the building towards the back. Plenty of free parking.

WHAT TO BRING: Water bottle and a great attitude!


   * Choose a song from a Broadway musical. 

   * Practice singing every day.

   * Make eye contact when singing.

   * Remember to use facial expressions!

   * Everyone wants you to do your best, so relax...

   * Take a deep breath and SING YOUR BEST!

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:50 PM, 12.09.2014

Atlas Cinemas Brings the 2014 Ohio Independent Film Festival to Euclid

Atlas Cinemas, your locally owned and operated theaters, along with Indeoendent Pictures is proud to present the 21st annual Ohio Independent Film Festival. Over a period of four days from November 6th through the 9th, the festival includes truly independent features and shorts in all genres from around the world. All four days of the festival will take place at the historic Lakeshore 7 cinema here in Euclid. The Lake Theater opened in 1949 as a single screen venue and remained popular as a neighborhood house for many years. The Lake was always considered a step above many other neighborhood houses. Eventually the Lake grew from one screen, to three, to seven. This historic building, now called the Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7, will take you back a few years while offering all the modern conveniences you come to expect. The Ohio Independent Film Festival is proud to partner with Atlas Cinemas to give you the best possible viewing experience of the best independent films from around the world.

Last year's event brought the unique blend of independent film to the Euclid theater for the first time. After everyone involved had an excellent experience, Atlas Cinemas and Independent Pictures immediately started to plan a return for this year. With 12 feature length films and over 40 shorts, this years festival brings a mix of local, regional and international talent to the screen. Along with all this amazing content for festival goers to experience, Independent Pictures has also planned several Q&A sessions with filmmakers and a special panel discussion after the important documentary "Project: Ice" which is scheduled to aire Saturday, November 8th at 8pm on the BIG Screen in XXDXP. Programs of features and shorts that run an hour and a half to two hours each are being sold for $10 per program. Tickets can be purchased at the theater or online at Independent Pictures is also selling VIP passes that will get you unlimited shows at the festival for just $75. For more information, visit

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 4:18 PM, 11.17.2014

Euclid Symphony Orchestra Celebrates its 54th Concert Season

The Euclid Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new concert season on November 2nd at the Shore Cultural Centre. The program, under the direction of J.D. Goddard, will play an array of music that ranged Mozart to Beethoven.

The Orchestra is readying itself for their annual Christmas Concert which will be performed on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00p.m.  This particular concert hands the Christmas spirit right to its audience members through their musical selections and a partnership/performance with students from Lakeshore Dance.

Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door (cash only); children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.  They can be purchased at Shore Cultural Centre which is located at 291 E. 222nd Street and Babbitt Road, Euclid. For additional information, please call 216.289.8578.

The Christmas concert will be followed by performances on March 8, 2015 and May 3, 2015.

Founded in 1961, the Euclid Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization which features local volunteer musicians.   Annually, the Orchestra performs two classical, a holiday, a youth, and a pops concert.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.17.2014

Euclid Musician Denny Bucar to Be Inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame, Saturday, November 29, in a Gala Presentation at the Downtown Marriott Ballroom

For the first time, the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show will be staged in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on Public Square, Saturday, November 29, 2014. The gala Awards Show will be the high point of the three-day Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 27, 28 and 29, at the Marriott.

Two long-time polka musicians will be inducted at the Awards Show, Euclid musician and radio host Denny Bucar and the late accordionist and bandleader Don Lipovac of Kansas City.  Both were voted in for their lifetime achievements by the membership and board of the Polka Hall of Fame and announced at a preview meeting on October 9. They will be honored at the stage event on November 29, along with six individuals to be added to the Trustee Honor Roll. Winners will also be announced in nine categories, including Polka Band of the Year, Polka Musician of the Year, and Polka Album of the Year.

Denny Bucar is a leading bass player on the Cleveland-Style Polka scene who has performed with the greatest names in the business. He has hosted a polka radio show since the 1970s and is a founder of the Polka Hall of Fame. Don Lipovac was America’s champion accordion player in 1958 and went on to lead the best-known polka orchestra in the Kansas City area. He wrote and arranged more than 500 songs and taught two generations of accordion and tamburitza students.


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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 3:21 PM, 11.17.2014

A Family Affair Original Music and Poetry Performance

This talented family moved to Euclid 6 months ago and want to celebrate with new neighbors with their music and poetry. They will be performing  Oct 4 starting at 7:30 pm  at the newly opened music venue “Euclid City Limits” at the Conscious Nest located at 20150 Lakeshore Blvd. $5.00 adults $2.00 under 18 includes food and drink.

Opening:  Devlinbleu Chambers:  Original poetry  from a 15 yr old student at Hawken School.  Has been writing poetry for over a year and has extensively traveled in the USA and Burma. Has performed a number of times this last year.

And Opening:  Louise Foresman singer/songwriter and mother of Devlinbleu, has been writing and singing for over 6 years presently in the band “ The Attention Deflect  Glee Club”, formally  in the   “Ethel Group” and the” Danylou Project”. She has also been involved in the Lottery League band.

Main act: Danyl Chambers singer/songwriter for 40 years. Has performed mainly in NE Ohio. Whimsical humorous and political slant to his music.  Has been in a number of bands over the years” The Shuttle Fragments” in the 80’s “The Missing Children” in the 90’s and presently with his wife” The Attention Deficit Glee Club”. He will be performing solo pieces and a few songs with his wife.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 11:44 PM, 10.15.2014

Thomas Salomon Exhibit at the Art Gallery

Baseball artist, Thomas Salomon, famous for his mixed media collage work on baseball stars of past eras, had an exhibition of his latest work at the Art Gallery in Willoughby.  Located at 4134 Erie Street, the showing took place on August 22nd.

Salomon lived in Ney York from 1963 to 1979 and ingested the lore of the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants, inspiring him to create his own kind of baseball card.  The artist’s work has since been exhibited in gallery and sport museum venues from the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Mr. Salomon’s Art Gallery showing included many autographed works and focused on former Indian stars such as Omar Vizquel, Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton.  His work documented the history of the Indians with a series of color prints of the stars from 1900 to 2000. Prints featured Tris Speaker, Joe Jackson, Earl Averill, Babe Ruth and many more, including players from the 1990’s Indians teams.

Ranging in size and price from a 10x14, unsigned, for $175.00 to a signed 18x24 for $750.00, more information is available by contacting the Art Gallery at (440) 946-8001.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 4:43 PM, 09.04.2014

Remember the Pines Premieres at the Shore Cultural centre

Remember the Pines, a new Musical by Brian Smallwood with Music by Nicholas Underhill

There aren't so many new shows coming out of Northeast Ohio. Most producers feel safer with the tried and true shows which have a proven plot line and familiar music. They sell tickets, and a good time is had by all. Maryann Nagel agreed with this assessment. I was delighted when she agreed to direct our newer, darker, more quirky show conceived by Brian Smallwood. Based loosely on the novel Germinal by Emil Zola, which dealt with union-management issues in an 1840 France mining town, this story is transferred to a mining town in 1940 West Virginia, where the playwright has family roots. Because of its location, the musical setting requires some indigenous music: Bluegrass, Gospel, as well as other styles which are thrown in as seems appropriate.

The award winning poet/playwright Brian Smallwood's visceral poetry is combined with a musical style that ranges from folk to rock and classical. It shows the struggle of the mining families in the context of continuous hard, dangerous work with little pay and no future in sight for the young except more of the same. There is an adversity, occasionally humorous, between the hard working miners and their employers. The morally challenged manager of the Company Store uses his power to extract goods and sexual favors from the town women in exchange for a loaf of bread. A stranger named Luther Mullins comes to town with an agenda related to this adversity, but we don't know exactly what he wants at the outset-unlike the protagonist in Sweeney Todd, who is clearly crazed with vengeance against those in his past. Luther quietly exerts his influence with the miners, and tensions build between workers and management.  Meanwhile, Sarah, a young girl, works in the mines disguised as a boy, secretly hoping for a better life. The tensions in the town mount toward an inevitable climax of action.



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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 4:43 PM, 09.04.2014

It's "Back-To-School" at Shore Cultural Centre

Shore Cultural Centre is getting ready for “Back-to-School” by planning an exciting season of class offerings, and working on their new fall catalog. As is typical at Shore, there will be something of interest for all ages, with class selections from music to dance, visual arts to fitness. Young ones can have fun while learning about music in Rhonda Harrell’s classes “Sticks” for age 6 and up, “Tiny Tot Musicians” ages 1 to 3 with a parent or guardian, or “Tiny Musicians” ages 4 and 5. Learn postures and breathing techniques in yoga classes for teens and adults taught by Maria D’Amico. Work towards flexibility and strength in a Pilates class offered by Michelle Stachnick. New to Shore this fall will be Angela Miloro-Hansen, an Ohio Community Theater Association award winning director, teaching two theater classes. Youth can learn about acting in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” for homeschoolers age 8 to 17, or for the holidays “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ages 8 to 15. Teens can hone their dance skills in Tom Evert's "Teen Modern Dance Technique and Repertory". Other intriguing classes in the mix include Karaoke Fun!, Cartooning, Wearable Art, Creative Movement, Traditional West African Dance, Chicago Stepping, Zumba, and Body Sculpting. In addition to these opportunities, many Shore tenants offer classes in arts and fitness, which include music, theater, dance, visual art, yoga, and Aikido. The scope of all that is offered at Shore Cultural Centre is extensive, more information can be found on the website or by calling 216-728-8578. Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd Street (close to Lake Shore Blvd.) in Euclid.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 1:47 PM, 08.05.2014

Get into the Act, Auditions at Shore Cultural Centre!

While summer is still in full swing, Shore Cultural Centre is anticipating an exciting fall with three exciting stage productions on the calendar for October.

The musical premier Remember the Pines, written by Brian Smallwood with music by Nick Underhill, will run October 3rd through October 12th. Maryann Nagle will be directing, with musical director Nick Underhill. For production information you may email

Silhouette Productions will follow with the popular musical "Fiddler on the Roof", performances October 17th through October 26th. Director will be Douglass F. bailey II, music by David Coxe, and choreography by Tara Marie Mirabile. Auditions for all roles will be held July 28th and 29th 7 pm to 9:30 pm in room 241 at Shore Cultural Centre. Call backs will be held on July 30th. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Be prepared for choreography. There will be many roles for all ages. 

Writer-director Tom Todd, known as “The Amazing One-Man Band”, has devoted more than ten years working on his original Frankenstein: The Rock Opera. This musical performance will take place October 31st and November 1st. For audition information call 440-552-5892.

Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 East 222nd Street, in Euclid. For more audition and information on the productions, or about other events and classes, please visit, or call the business office at 216-289-8578.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:18 PM, 07.12.2014

Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof

Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Announces Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof a musical theatre tradition! Winner of 10 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1965, the show is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and bookwriter Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. 

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Musical direction by Dave Coxe
Choreographed by Tara Mirabile

Auditions will be held at Shore Cultural Center 
291 East 222nd Street Euclid, Ohio Room 241

July 28th and 29th from 7-9:30 PM. No appointment necessary!

Callbacks July 30th 7-930 PM

Please prepare a short selection in the style of the show. Bring Sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
Dress for movement.

Performance Dates:
October 17th-26th


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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:18 PM, 07.12.2014

Calling all Actors/Vocalists!

Auditions for Tom Todd's "Frankenstein, The Rock Opera" are underway.  The show is to be staged at the Shore Cultural Centre on October 31, 2014 and November 1, 2014.  Actors should visit and click on the Frankenstein link from the home page for more info on the characters to be cast and details. Please contact Tom from this site or at 440-552-5892 to register for an audition. What a great way to celebrate Halloween!  Information on ticket sales and a chance to win tickets to the show to follow in the Euclid Observer.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:18 PM, 07.12.2014

Art Exhibit

July 2 through July 31, 2014 
Cleveland Heights Library Gallery - HKIC Building
2340 Lee Road
Free & open to the public
July 18, 2014
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Julia Baucco, Director
Phone: 269.317.9634
Contact anytime
Local artists initiate new beauty with original drawings and paintings.  Most art is colorful, relatively small (16x20), representational art. (It looks like what it is.) This unusual group of artists, ages 32 to 90, eagerly gather to actualize their imagination for you to enjoy. We think you will love what you see.


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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:18 PM, 07.12.2014