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Take a deep breath of that fresh spring air and let it out with appreciation. Not only are the flowers blooming, but so is the Cleveland’s art scene. All around town, you’ll find a stunning bouquet of performances and exhibitions of every kind — from visual to musical to performance art. Reflect on deep meanings or delight in gut-clutching humor. Here are 10 suggestions to get you started this spring:
The late Margaret Kilgallen’s work “that’s where the beauty is.” highlights the complex themes from her collection and reminds people to look beneath the surface for inspiration and empowerment. She champions marginalized individuals and challenges traditional viewpoints, emphasizing the value of hard work and personal expression.
Katori Hall’s “Hoodoo Love” is a story of love and magic set in Depression-era Memphis. Following the dreams of blues singer Toulou as she flees the Mississippi cotton fields in pursuit of music and freedom, the performance twists into mystery, secrets, music and desire.
The 44th annual Cleveland International Film Festival makes its final run at Tower City Cinemas this year, before moving to its new home at Playhouse Square in 2021. More than 600 screenings will take place over the festival’s 12 days, hosting about 400 international guest filmmakers. Bonus: this year, a free screening is available on March 31 for “On Broadway,” a star-studded documentary described as a “cinematic love letter to theater.”
A generational battle for justice and the future of a divided country, this ancient tale is rife with modern relevance. “Antigone” examines the different perspectives of people who only want peace, but cannot come to agreement on how to get there.
Written by comedy genius Steve Martin, “Meteor Shower” is a wild and crazy play focusing on two married couples pushing the limits to transform their relationships. Produced as part of the Beck Center’s professional theater series, this is a can’t miss show in an intimate setting.
Veronique d’Entremont’s installation is built specifically for this space, with sculptures and artifacts that frame the Cuyahoga River as a place of memory, metaphor, structural violence and environmental racism. Stories and oral histories from locals and community organizers informed the project’s conception, and are incorporated as part of the installation through a guided audio companion piece available on the SPACES website.
Shri Kalaa Mandir blends traditional classical Indian dance with modern, innovative movements through an exploration of time. In MorrisonDance’s segment, archeTYPICAL, the work dives into legends from around the world and how they play into the human mind and behaviors.
This timeless classic set to the music of Mozart will be performed three times over two days by Cleveland Ballet at Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square. Be prepared for fairy-tale ambiance with a storyline to match, including extravagant costumes, mythical creatures, intrigue and suspense.
The breathtaking Severance Hall is the setting for the powerful opera “Lulu.” The in-concert opera is sung in German with projected supertitles, featuring Franz Welser-Möst as conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan as Lulu. The opera focuses on the life of a well-kept mistress (Lulu) in Vienna who falls from grace and becomes a prostitute in London.
Picasso and Paper, organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, is kicking off this spring. CMA is the only North American venue for this groundbreaking exhibition exploring Pablo Picasso’s fascination with paper.
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Cleveland's premier professional theatre for new plays and groundbreaking productions. Nationally recognized for its intelligent, inventive, diverse and socially conscious performance.
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