Play open in Cleveland Heights

The Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, hosts the locally produced Midwest premiere of “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” directed by Melissa Crum and Nathan Motta. This production runs through Jan. 5 and features actors playing instruments, sound effects created on stage and shadow puppets.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32. Senior and student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 216-932-3396, at the theatre during box office hours or online at dobama.org.

Jazzy Christmas concert

Gateway Band, the jazz house band of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, will perform Christmas tunes at Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road in Chardon from 4-5 p.m. Dec. 14. A free-will offering of $7 per person is suggested. Proceeds will go to WomenSafe. This event is open to the public.

Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show

The 2019 Chagrin Falls Winter Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show will be this Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 14-15) at the Federated Church’s Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chagrin Falls. The handmade pop-up market is a two-day event, housing unique artists from the Cleveland area, with shopping times from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Avante-Garde Shows raise money for local nonprofits and have raised almost $51,000 so far. The Chagrin Falls Avant-Garde show’s charity will be the Northeast Ohio Make-a-Wish Foundation. Admission is $3 and free for children under 12 years old. For more information on all Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows, contact Becki Silverstein at Becki@rebeccaadele.com or 440-227-8794.

Art and architecture lecture

Fairmount Center for the Arts presents the next program in their “Pull Back the Curtain” speaker series on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. with Steven Litt, art and architecture critic for the Plain Dealer.

Mr. Litt will talk about some of the major architecture and urban planning issues facing Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, including regional equity and sprawl. He will also discuss major projects, including Cleveland International Airport, how architects have been selected for big projects historically and whether Northeast Ohio has the local talent to fulfill current and future requirements.

This program is free and open to the community and includes refreshments. Reservations are requested by calling 440-338-3171, emailing info@fairmountcenter.org or visiting www.fairmountcenter.org/special-events. Fairmount Center for the Arts is located at 8400 Fairmount Road in Russell Township.

Geauga musicians to perform

Members of the the Geauga Arts Network Group (GANG) will be presenting their annual free Holiday Caroling Concert with Geauga County musician Nicky Bucur and friends at Heinen’s Café, 402 Center Street in Chardon, on Dec. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Join the GANG in this pre-holiday jam session with songs of the season. Audience participation is welcome. Musicians of all ages are welcome to bring their instruments and join in the fun. Participants are also encouraged to bring along holiday memorabilia or stories to share. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. For more information, contact Nicky Bucur at 216-240-1501.

Silver Bells holiday concert

Olympic Brass, one of the Cleveland area’s brass quintets, presents its sixth annual “Silver Bells” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road in Chardon. Music professionals from the area perform carols, traditional and familiar holiday classics and a sing-along for the entire family, with some arrangements written by members of the group. This year features new arrangements from Charlie Brown and the Grinch Christmas specials. The church is handicap accessible with free onsite parking. There is no admission charge; however, a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call Greg Hillis at 440-645-5726.

Call for exhibit entries

Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, 155 Bell St., begins 2020 with the final iteration of a three-year series of exhibits exploring concepts of identity. Artists with 2-D and 3-D work from the Chagrin Valley to around the world are invited to submit their work exploring the theme through representations of things. Artists may interpret the concept of identity in their own terms and may approach this call through any medium and style. 

Entry deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 3. The opening reception is Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Valley Art Center will welcome Cleveland artist Guy Vincent as the juror for this exhibition. This exhibit will be on display through March 4, 2020. For more information, call 440-247-7507 or visit ValleyArtCenter.org.

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