Arts Calendar

Fall 2016

The Arts at CSU

September | October | November | December


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For information on tickets and locations, click here.

Events are subject to change without notice;
please read below for the most up-to-date information.

September

Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Middough Building
Professional Development Day for Dancers*
Age: 12-18 & their parents
Click here to register.

Thursday, September 29 at 8:00 pm
Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residence Series
No Exit - New Music Ensemble

October

Monday, October 3 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
Dr. John A. Flower Faculty Concert Series - on WCLV
Featuring the CSU Faculty Jazz Septet
Concert to be broadcast at a later date.

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Wind Ensemble and CSU Alumni Band
Birch Browning and Howard Meeker, conductors

lighthouseFriday, October 7 at 7:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU
Lighthouse Reading Series
Featuring new CSU Poetry Center authors Lo Kwa Mei-en (Bees Make Money in the Lion) and Martin Rock (Residuum).

Friday, October 7 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Symphony Orchestra
Victor Liva, conductor

Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 pm
Off Campus, The Bop Stop
CSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos
John Perrine, Joseph Miller and Jason Smith, directors
This event is free.

Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Chorale and University Chorus
Brian Bailey, conductor

Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
GroundWorks DanceTheater*
Directed by David Shimotakahara
As the resident professional dance company of the CSU Department of Theatre and Dance, GroundWorks returns under the artistic direction of David Shimotakahara.

Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Chorale and University Chorus
Brian Bailey, conductor
Guest Ensembles – Rocky River High School Treble Ensemble
Allison Paetz, conductor
Mentor High School Concert Mixed Choir
Adam Landry, director

avenueqThursday, October 27 – Sunday, November 6
CSU Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
Avenue Q*
Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Directed by Russ Borski
All shows on Thursday, Friday & Saturdays are at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Friday, October 28 at 4:30 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
Theatre Dinner and a Show*
Avenue Q

Dinner is at ELEMENTS BISTRO on Euclid (from 4:30 pm)
Avenue Q is at the ALLEN THEATRE at Playhouse Square (show time 7:30 pm)
Pre-reservations through Playhouse Square required.

Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffery Siegel*
Fiesta!

Ardent, passionate melodies and vibrant intoxicating rhythms! Music of Albeniz, Grandos, de Falla and Piazzolla.

November

Friday, November 4 at 4:30 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
Theatre Dinner and a Show*
Avenue Q

Dinner is at ELEMENTS BISTRO on Euclid (from 4:30 pm)
Avenue Q is at the ALLEN THEATRE at Playhouse Square (show time 7:30 pm)
Pre-reservations through Playhouse Square required.

Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
Cleveland Winds
Birch Browning, conductor

Monday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Wind Ensemble
Birch Browning, conductor

Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Symphony Orchestra
Victor Liva, conductor

December

christmasThursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
A Christmas Story*
A one-night-only Cleveland State University and Cleveland Play House benefit show with ½ off the regular ticket price! All proceeds from the ticket sales go towards scholarships for our students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm
Location TBD
Lighthouse Reading Series
Featuring new CSU Poetry Center author Leora Fridman (My Fault) and nonfiction writer Hilary Plum (Watchfires).

Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Chorale and University Chorus
Brian Bailey, conductor

Friday, December 9 at 8:00 pm
Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
Dr. John A. Flower Faculty Concert Series - on WCLV
CSU Faculty Recital
Recital to be broadcast at a later date.

Galleries at CSU

Thursday, September 1 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU
Gallery Conversation
North Gallery: Archie Rand at 4:00 pm followed by a reception from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
South Gallery: Leslie A. Golomb and Barbara Broff Goldman at 6:00 pm.

randThursday, September 1 – Saturday, October 8
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU

North Gallery: Sixty Paintings from the Bible
Sixty Paintings from the Bible features all sixty canvases from internationally celebrated artist Archie Rand’s groundbreaking series, not seen together in its entirety since a 1992 exhibition at New York’s Arthur Roger Gallery. Each loosely painted canvas in Sixty Paintings from the Bible portrays a familiar story from the Hebrew Bible or the Apocrypha, rendered in colorful tones and with an expressionistic comic book style that adds a fresh perspective to stories that have shaped human civilization. Indeed, Rand’s colloquial interpretations, both stylistically and his attribution of common vernacular to the biblical figures, combine to convey moments filled with drama as well as humor, in part functioning as a re-reading designed to make viewers think twice about familiar tales.

Center Gallery: Archie Rand: The Book of Judith
Comprised of fifteen paintings, this series investigates the apocryphal Book of Judith. The figure of Judith interested Rand as a paradoxical feminist hero and someone whom he wanted to immortalize in a way that would be visually memorable. Seizing on the recurring theme emphasized in the Book of Judith—the widow Judith’s cognizance of her extreme beauty, and use of her wiles and intoxicating charm to entice men to do her bidding, but in the service of her people—Rand decided on an unusual approach by which to image the heroine. He portrays Judith as a changing presentation of 1940s pin-ups, alluding to her ability to switch personalities and exploit her powers of attraction, which she employs knowingly and with precision.

South and Center Galleries: To Speak Her Heart
This group of unique works on paper considers Jewish women’s devotional literature beginning with the biblical figure of Hannah and journeying throughout the land of Israel and the Jewish diaspora. Artists Leslie A. Golomb and Barbara Broff Goldman depict prayers and poems that represent a wide range of women’s voices and concerns written in the form of a request or plea. Other artistic explorations include the reclamation of iconography originally associated with Jewish tradition and later appropriated by Christianity.

Media Room: Archie Rand: The Painted Shul
A documentary titled Archie Rand: The Painted Shul (2007) chronicles the artist’s execution of a groundbreaking commission in the 1970s to paint 8,000 square feet of floor to ceiling murals on the walls of Congregation B’nai Yosef, an Orthodox Sephardic synagogue in Brooklyn.

peopleFriday, October 28 – Thursday, December 8
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU

All Galleries: The 22nd People’s Art Show
This show is a free, non-juried, uncensored exhibition celebrating creativity, diversity, and imagination. 350 artists are expected to participate with approximately 500 works in all media.

Drop off is Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Artists may submit 2 works in any medium, subject, and size. Submissions are free but a $5 donation per entry is gladly accepted.


Events are subject to change without notice;
please read above for the most up-to-date information.

*There is a cost to these events.*