Near West Theatre Presents its First Holiday Classic on their Glorious New Stage: Scrooge! the Musical

Photo by The Gordon Square PRINT

Photo by The Gordon Square PRINT

Diverse cast of all ages, professionally directed, stages the classic holiday tale

November 20 – December 13 in new Gordon Square Arts District venue

It’s 1860, and the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge HATES Christmas. Scrooge loathes people, wishes for the decrease of the surplus of the poor population, and runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley, who tells him that three spirits will visit him that night. This classic story of awakening and redemption features all the songs from the film, including the Oscar nominated song “Thank You Very Much.” Continue reading

Haiku Mistress Set to Return to Gordon Square for Fall Fest 2015

The Guerilla Haiku Movement is public art experience that has been to 50 cities nationally engaging neighborhoods in creative play.

A Guerilla Haiku event is like none other. The formula is simple, you get a whole bunch of friends together and join a whole bunch of strangers in a public place. You grab your buckets of sidewalk chalk, and go on a wild haiku adventure into your cities with an optional scavenger hunt and your fancy as your guides.Take photos, send them back to Haiku Central, and feel emboldened to invite passers-by to haiku too

The result is a an afternoon of seeing your city with new eyes.  Guerilla eyes.  And a fleeting trail of your experiences left behind you.

“This fall we are heading to the Gordon Square Fall Fest to capture the stories of Detroit Avenue in 17-syllable odes that will be hung in a temporary installation up and down Detroit,” said Caley Vickerman, aka the Haiku Mistress.  “Our ambitious goal is 500 haiku in one day, and we can only achieve it with your help, so come down, grab some chalk, and let those syllables fly!”

Guerilla Haiku is seeking volunteer agents of haiku- so if you have some time Saturday afternoon, October 17th, join us in our adventures: contact Caitlin at

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Gordon Square Fall Fest Flier_front


Take-Off to the Gordon Square Arts District and experience it like never before.

Saturday, October 17th

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization in partnership with Cleveland Public Theatre and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture is excited to announce the Gordon Square Fall Fest. The inaugural event titled Test Flight is a free community event in celebration of the Gordon Square Arts District—the heart of Cleveland’s alternative arts community—and the opening of the 2015-2016 theatrical season. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th, Continue reading


HEDGE Gallery



HEDGE Gallery has been operating for seven years at 78th Street Studios as a gallery with a focus on local emerging and professional artists, exhibiting a variety of show themes throughout each year. Hilary Gent, Director, has decided to select some of Northeast Ohio’s most progressive and talented artists to be part of a newly developed representation program at the Gallery.
The program will launch with an opening reception this Friday, September 18, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring new works by these artists. Their most recent and experimental projects will then be included in annual and bi-annual exhibitions at the Gallery.
HEDGE Gallery will continue to exhibit other artists as well, and will be adding to the roster of represented artists.
(above images left to right “Equalization of Differences” Nicole Schneider, relief monoprint, ’15
“Sea Song” Sarah Curry, oil on panel, ’15,  “White Washed” David Masters, mixed media, ’14)
The artists who will be part of the exhibition “HEDGE Represents” are:
Join in celebrating these artists this Friday, September 18 from 5-9pm! The show will be on view for the next two Third Fridays, October 16 and November 20, and during normal Gallery hours, Tuesday- Friday 11am-5pm, and by appointment during evenings/weekends.

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Local Outsider Artist Ready to Show His Work

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Locally, Gordon Square has been the longtime home for outsider artist John Casini, who has spent decades in group homes and mental health facilities for the ongoing management of and help with his battle with schizophrenia. by Jeff Barge Presidential candidates are fond of calling themselves Washington outsiders to win …

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CMSD kicks off attendance campaign


CMSD is waging a communitywide campaign – complete with billboards, yard signs, bus placards and radio spots – aimed at raising school attendance.

The “Get to School. You Can Make It!” campaign will target an epidemic: In nearly two-thirds of District schools, more than half of the students are chronically absent – defined as missing 10 days or more per year. Continue reading

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for EcoVillage Gateway Waystation

by Chad Jones

The two-year effort to transform vacant land adjacent to the W. 65th – Lorain Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Rapid Station at 6009 Madison Avenue is nearing completion. The deeply invested partners — from EcoVillage residents to Cleveland CEOs — celebrated together with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday at 9:30 am.  The well-attended event took place at the EcoVillage Gateway. Honored speakers included Jenny Spencer, Managing Director of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation (DSCDO); Joel Ratner, President and CEO Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; Michael Cosgrove, Cleveland Department of Community Development Assistant Director; Joe Calabrese, ‎CEO/General Manager at RTA; Matt Zone, Cleveland City Council Representative for Ward 15; and Nicholas Wikar, Project Manager for DSCDO. Attendees included Ken Marous, Vice President of Marous Brothers Construction. Continue reading