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espite the cold and snow that winter so often .brings to Northeast Ohio, WKSU is a hub of activity and energy. We finished a very successful fall fund drive, including our inaugural Pet Day; we offered complete coverage of the 2014 elections around Ohio and were recently honored with 13 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards. Meet Kabir Bhatia, SPJ’s Best Reporter in Ohio, on page 5. Classical music programming has always been highly valued by our listeners. Enthusiasts can hear classical music broadcast every night, and at any time of day on WKSU HD 3, via our WKSU app and on our website. But we must bid a fond farewell to retiring Classical music host Sylvia Docking. Learn more about Sylvia on page 4. The Takeaway is an important anchor spot on our weekday schedule, airing at 9 am. This hour-long national news show, hosted by award-winning journalist John Hockenberry, offers discussion and analysis on the day’s most important news issues. It’s one of our most respected and popular shows. More about this fascinating show on page 6. Once considered a rust belt area, Northeast Ohio is enjoying a resurging business atmosphere and economy – from tech startups to customer service businesses. WKSU is proud to be a co-sponsor of many related business events, and to offer information about the new ventures and those who support them. Read more on page 7. The arts and cultural events in our region abound in every season. We hope you can take advantage of these, as well as the member discounts that WKSU has with many of these area organizations. See pages 8-20 for complete information. We value our WKSU listeners’ opinions and participation. And as always, we are grateful for your support. Sincerely,

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The Takeaway, with Host John Hockenberry, a national news program with news and analysis. Learn about Hockenberry’s visit to Akron this spring. See page 6.

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Inside WKSU: Sylvia Docking

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o doubt you’ve benefitted from the magic of classical music through the eyes and ears of Sylvia Docking, WKSU’s classical music host. She’s been at WKSU since 1990 and, as she says, she knows the joy that classical music can bring. Sylvia loves all kinds of music and has found her WKSU job behind the microphone very satisfying: “Whether it’s a hymn or Haydn, you’re given the privilege of sharing with others music that will enrich the soul.” As a little girl Sylvia’s parents used their very limited income to get her piano lessons at a music store. She remembers it well, although she laughs that she is not even a “good” piano player, but a much better listener. Still, it was enough to start her passion for music. Her parents and even cartoons (think Peer Gynt Suite, William Tell Overture) aided her musical education. Post-college she worked briefly at the Veterans Administration hospital and then worked at WCRF, both in Cleveland and at their Chicago station. When her mother’s health issues needed more of her attention she returned to Cleveland, and applied for a WKSU job that her friend Ron Bartlebaugh told her about. And the rest is history, classical music history. And now Sylvia has decided it’s time to retire. Her drive back and forth to work is long, and combined with family health concerns “it’s taken its toll. It’s time for me to stop and smell the roses – time to touch, listen and understand. And to continue to hear music, a gift from God.” She’s off to a good start living in her grandmother’s house, on a street that was once full of

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backyard farms. Her grandmother raised chickens and grew her own vegetables and fruit. Some descendants of her grandmother’s friends still live there, along with Sylvia. Sylvia will continue to pass along the gift of music in her life, to friends and family and through her volunteer work. She says she leaves WKSU with a “heart of gratitude to those who have listened, recently or for the long haul, to wonderful co-workers, and wonderful students that have been a part of my life throughout these 24 years. A big thank you for enriching my life.” And we also say “A big thank you” to Sylvia for enriching all of us. WKSU and listeners will miss Sylvia very much but listeners will still be able to hear classical music broadcast on WKSU every night from 8 pm to 5 am and 24 hours a day on our HD3, streaming online and on our app.

Inside WKSU: Kudos

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KSU finished 2014 with national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and the National Federation of Press Women, including a first-place award to M.L. Schultze for her news feature on young homeless people in Cleveland. WKSU staff members were awarded 13 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards from the Ohio chapter. First-place honors went to Schultze and Tim Rudell for ongoing coverage of fracking in Ohio; Rudell for a 4 STATION BREAK WINTER/SPRING 2015

report on a new method to create natural rubber; Jeff St. Clair for his Exploradio series and Schultze for a spot news report on a Canton gas leak. A Best-of-Show Ohio SPJ M. L. Schultze Award was presented to Kabir Bhatia for Best Reporter in Ohio based on his “Body of Work.” 

Inside WKSU: Kabir Bhatia

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ne of the most recent award winners on the WKSU news team is reporter/producer Kabir Bhatia – honored by the Society of Professional Journalists in Ohio, as Best Reporter for his body of work in 2013. According to Kabir this work includes a variety of reports – religion, bad weather, arts, sports and politics. This Hudson native graduated from Kent State University. His first job was at Cleveland’s FOX TV8 as a morning news production assistant. He moved to Chicago and worked in many different radio roles, then came home to Northeast Ohio and has been at WKSU ever since. A highly valued member of the news team, his work on stories for 2015 has already begun. Possible topics include the Saturday Night Live connection to NE Ohio – many area natives have reached stardom on that show; a story looking back on how the media handled May 4th, and film selection for the internationally-known Cleveland

International Film Festival. Kabir says some stories are six months in the works; others are produced in a matter of hours. He can be heard almost every day on WKSU and as a weekend host most of Saturday and all day Sunday. He also is heard naKabir Bhatia tionwide on NPR an average of 2 times a month. According to Kabir, our “swing state” status is part of that: a lot happens here of national interest from politics to energy exploration, to rock and roll and sports. All his stories can be heard online, and you can find additional information there too. Kabir says he welcomes all assignments, loves his work and derives “a sense of satisfaction that I’m enriching and entertaining NE Ohio.”

A Member’s Perspective: Jessica Hudson

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embership is a win-win. and worked in institutional advanceIt supports WKSU finanment. That took her to WKSU fund cially, providing a base for drives. Then with the encouragement station audiences and events, allowof WKSU’s director of philanthroping the station to become a conduit ic giving, she joined the “Sound of for exchange of information and asthe Future” steering committee and sessment. For members it’s multifachad a chance to see a “phenomenal eted too: invitations and discounts institution and be part of the digital at select art and cultural events, the conversion process.” knowledge that you have supported Then she was “hooked.” Now at an institution you use every day, a Summa Health System, Jessica has sense of belonging, a pipeline to your been on WKSU’s CAC since 2012. region, the satisfaction of giving back Her love of the station is the founJessica Hudson to your community and a chance to dation for her leadership role there. meet other people with whom you “This is our NPR affiliate. I keep it on have one big thing in common: WKSU. in the car, stream in the office … I listen to All Community and common interests are among Things Considered, Car Talk, Quick Bites …” the reasons Jessica Hudson is a devoted listener Her list goes on and on. In fact, her days begin and member, with an active role on the Commu- with WKSU, “My husband and I drink our cofnity Advisory Council (CAC). She says “It’s a fee, and turn on WKSU. It’s a big part of our lives culture; I have a sense of belonging.” … You can count on journalistic excellence.” A Canton native, Jessica is triple KSU alum: a As a member she gives to WKSU because she bachelor’s degree in English, one master’s degree understands how vital member financial support in Business Administration, and one in Library is for the station. She gives “to give” – not for and Information Science. She first listened to the perks. When asked what she would say to enWKSU while an undergrad because its classical courage membership she says, “As long as peomusic could take her through long study sessions. ple are engaged and passionate they will support In 2007 she joined the ranks of KSU employees WKSU. WKSU is a gateway to the world.” 89.7 WKSU WKSU.ORG 5

The Takeaway with John Hockenberry

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he Takeaway (heard on WKSU MondayFriday at 9 am) is an hour-long national news program that combines expert analysis with different perspectives called in by listeners across the country. It offers a wellrounded understanding of the day’s news. Host John Hockenberry moderates the conversations between newsmakers and diverse voices, with added resources from the program’s producing partners, WNYC Radio in New York, The New York Times and WGBH in Boston. The impressive John Hockenberry has broad experience as a reporter and commentator having worked in journalism for more than two decades, reporting from all over the world, and in practically every medium. Hockenberry is a three-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, sometimes referred to as the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. Among his other notable awards are an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, a Casey medal and four Emmys. His resume lists work on multiple NPR shows, ABC and Dateline NBC. Readers might remember his reports on the latter show such as an hour-long documentary on the often fatal results of being medically uninsured, an emotionally gripping portrait of a young schizophrenic trying to live on his own and extensive reporting in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. In 2009, Hockenberry was appointed to the White House Fellows Commission by President Barack Obama where he participates in the selection of Fellows for this most prestigious of Federal programs.

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Hockenberry is also the author of A River Out Of Eden, a novel based in the Pacific Northwest, and Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, a memoir of life as a foreign correspondent that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, Columbia Journalism Review, Details, and The Washington Post. In 2012, Hockenberry gave a Ted Talk – viewed more than 650,000 times – about his relationship with design and the importance of intent. While his journalism credits are extensive, he’s also a perfect host – informed and commanding but not overpowering. Energized by his own journalistic integrity, he exposes the untold with trenchant questions, yet manages to keep the conversation flowing in a relaxed manner. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Hockenberry grew up in upstate New York and Michigan, and attended both the University of Chicago and the University of Oregon. Hockenberry and his wife, Alison, live in New York City with their children, Zoe, Olivia, Zachary, Regan and Ajax: two sets of twins, and a solo latecomer. To learn more about The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, visit thetakeaway.org.

Listen to WKSU to find out more about a chance to meet this renaissance man during an event in Akron in May 2015. Find more about all of WKSU’s activities in the Northeast Ohio Community at WKSU.org/events. John Hockenberry and family.

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Northeast Ohio – From Rust Belt to Business Incubator

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century ago Northeast Ohio startups had names like Standard Oil, Hanna Manu.facturing, Goodyear and Goodrich; business leaders were Rockefeller, Hanna, Seiberling, Firestone, and Van Sweringen. New startups have arrived. Regular WKSU listeners have heard stories and underwriting messages about growing businesses in this region such as Kent Displays, Turning Technologies and OsteoSymbionics nurtured by organizations such as Team NEO, MAGNET, JumpStart, COSE, Youngstown Business Incubator, Akron Global Business Accelerator, NorTech and NEOtech. They are all part of a regional effort to change the former rust belt area into an innovation hub. And it’s working! The Plain Dealer business reporter Robert L. Smith wrote in an article on this new wave of innovation that Cleveland truly was America’s “startup hub.” And while today’s startups are far different than a century ago, there is resurgence in Northeast Ohio of dreams and ideas becoming realities. Smith wrote: “… private companies in Greater Cleveland attracted nearly $1 billion in investment capital over the last five years.” WKSU news has covered this business buzz. Cleveland reporter, Kevin Niedermeyer, in a September, 2014 WKSU story reported that “the most effective university-based business incubator in the world is in Northeast Ohio, according to the University Business Incubator Index headquartered in Stockholm. It ranks the Youngstown Business Incubator No. 1 based on many factors, including job creation and sales revenues of the startup companies it’s generated.” In addition to lifestyle and geographical advantages, another plus for NE Ohio is worldclass research universities and health care organizations such as Kent State, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve, Austen BioInnovation Institute and NEOMED. And after years of planning, the Global Center for Health Innovation is another key player in this arena. These groups are at the forefront of the merger between tech-

nological innovations and medical care. It’s a real collaborative effort that allows the region’s new business growth, especially in the high tech area. Foundations such as the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and other financial institutions play important roles. The Cleveland Foundation, with 100 years of funding that has improved many sectors in our region, is very involved. Shilpa Kedar, Program Director for Economic Development says “We are energized by the momentum that we have played a role in creating in Cleveland through our support of JumpStart, BioEnterprise, MAGNET and others in the technology innovation space.” Another recent development making us more competitive in this arena is the merging of Team NEO and NorTech to better attract and serve new businesses. Supporting the merger and other initiatives is the Fund for Our Economic Future (FEF) and an ad hoc group of leaders known as the Regional Competitiveness Council (RCC). According to David Abbott, of the RCC and Gund Foundation, their goals include to “ultimately outperform the nation” in job creation. Another main goal, says Deborah Hoover, Burton D. Morgan Foundation president and FEF chair, is “to ensure opportunities for ‘disconnected’ segments of the region to participate in and benefit from the resulting job growth.” As a WKSU representative who works with most of these companies and organizations, helping to get their messages out to our audience is both gratifying and exciting. It’s evidence of what many have believed for years – that Northeast Ohio can, once again, lead the nation in startups and job growth. These new businesses and their products are not household words yet, but the million dollar ideas are incubating. As memory of the rust belt period fades away, Northeast Ohio is becoming known for today’s innovative companies and organizations, building on our proud history of entrepreneurship. – Timothy Houk Smith 89.7 WKSU WKSU.ORG 7

Arts, Culture and Fun in Northeast Ohio

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KSU is committed to enriching the lives of the people in our Northeast Ohio community. Become a WKSU member and your membership card enables you to receive 2 for 1 tickets and other discounts at participating cultural organizations. On the following pages find a sampling of what’s happening in our region’s Arts and Culture this fall. indicates that a WKSU member benefit applies.

Music AKRON SYMPHONY The Akron Symphony’s 63rd season features classical, pops and special programs for children. Concerts are held at the University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall unless noted. Zander Conducts Masterworks, Saturday, January 10. Classic Valentine, Saturday, February 14. Gospel Meets Symphony, Saturday, February 21. Four Rivers, Saturday, March 14. A New Birth of Freedom, Saturday, April 11. South Pacific, performed fully staged, Saturday, April 25. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Sunday, May 3, 3:30 pm, St. Sebastian Church, Akron. For more information visit: akronsymphony.org APOLLO’S FIRE “The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” – Classical Music Magazine. The Fireside Concerts – Bach’s Birthday Party-Part II: Family Frolic, Thursday-Sunday, January 22-25. Blues Café 1610, Thursday-Monday, February 12-16. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: rediscovered, between April 16-26, family concerts April 11-12. For more information visit: apollosfire.org ASHLAND SYMPHONY The Ashland Symphony Orchestra provides a full season of performances under the direction of Arie Lipsky. Meet Mozart and the Phantom, Saturday, January 24, Grace Brethren Church. Young People’s Concert, Saturday, March 7, Hugo Young Theatre. The Romantic Sounds of Germany, Saturday, March 7, Hugo Young Theatre. An American in Paris, Saturday, April 18, McDowell Auditorium. For more information visit: ashlandsymphony.org ASHLAND UNIVERSITY Spectrum Series events include: Simple Gifts, Saturday, January 31. Kelly Bell Band, Saturday, March 28. For more information visit: Ashland.edu/spectrum AU’s Department of Music presents: Maplerock Jazz Festival, Friday, March 20. For more information visit: ashland.edu/music

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CANTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The orchestra presents a variety of programs. All concerts are performed at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, except where noted. East Meets West, Saturday, January 24. The Speedbumps at The Canton Symphony, Saturday, February 7, Canton Palace Theatre. Czech Mates, Sunday, February 22. Beethoven Festival I & II, Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29; Beethoven Festival III & IV, Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26. For more information visit: cantonsymphony.org CLEVELAND CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY This music society, now in its 65th season, offers a variety of chamber music productions presented at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tuesday, January 13. Jerusalem Quartet, Tuesday, February 24. Steven Isserlis, cello & Robert Levin, fortepiano, Tuesday, March 10. Ian Bostridge, tenor & Wenwen Du, piano, Tuesday, April 21. For more information visit: clevelandchambermusic.org Steven Isserlis at Cleveland Chamber Music Society

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CIM/CWRU JOINT MUSIC PROGRAM These monthly concerts are part of the Cleveland Museum of Art Performing Arts Series. They feature young artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University’s early & baroque music programs. All take place on Wednesdays in CMA Galleries, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6. For more information visit: clevelandart.org/events CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART PERFORMING ARTS SERIES These performances take place in Gartner Auditorium unless noted. Intonarumori: Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners, on display in the Atrium Sunday-Thursday, January 11-15; full concert Friday, January 16. Karel Paukert, Sunday, January 25. Chanticleer, Friday, January 30. Ragamala Dance Company and Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wednesday, February 11. Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Saturdays, March 7 & April 11. Roomful of Teeth, Friday, March 20. Mivos Quartet, Saturday, March 28, Transformer Station. Wu Man, Wednesday, April 8. For more information visit: clevelandart.org/events THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Considered one of the top orchestras in the world. Some of the many upcoming highlights include: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Friday-Saturday, January 23-24. Bronfman Plays Brahms, 2nd Piano Concerto, Thursday-Friday, February 19-20 & 1st Piano Concerto, Saturday-Sunday, February 21-22. Carmina Burana, Thursday-Saturday, March

26-28. Mitsuko Uchida’s Mozart, Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11. Ravel’s Bolero, Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18 (Friday at 11 am). Dvorˇák’s New World Symphony, Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16. For more information visit: clevelandorchestra.com CLEVELAND WOMEN’S ORCHESTRA This semi-professional orchestra is now in its 80th anniversary season. It is the last of the many women’s orchestras that flourished during the early part of the century. 80th Anniversary Concert at Severance Hall, Sunday, April 26. For more information visit: clevelandwomensorchestra.org CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK HERITAGE SERIES The series is presented by NPS and the Conservancy to celebrate the cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley. The Duhks, Wednesday, January 14. Billy Strings & Don Julin, Saturday, January 31. Mountain Heart, Saturday, February 7. Mississippi Heat, Friday, February 20. The Outside Track, Friday, March 13. Dala, Friday, April 17. For more information visit: conservancyforcvnp.org FIRELANDS SYMPHONY This symphony performs in North Central Ohio presenting classical and pop favorites. Concerts take place at the Sandusky State Theatre. Double Brahms, Saturday, February 21. The Outside Track Irish band, Saturday, March 14. Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Saturday, April 11. For more information visit: firelandssymphony.com

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Intonarumori: Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners at Cleveland Museum of Art Performing Arts Series

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, HUGH A. GLAUSER SCHOOL OF MUSIC Performances by students, faculty and guests fill the calendar year. Kent Keyboard Series: Tianshu Wang, Sunday, February 8; Donna Lee, Sunday, March 8; Rachel Franklin, Sunday, April 19. Orchestra Concerts, Sunday, February 15, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 26. For more information visit: kent.edu/music KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL Gifted in music and conversation, Siegel’s multi-dimensional performances take place at Cleveland State University. Three Great “Bs”: Bach, Beethoven, and – Bartok!, Sunday, March 15. Popular Piano Classics, Sunday, May 3. For more information visit: csuohio.edu/concertseries MANSFIELD SYMPHONY For over 75 years the Mansfield Symphony has been performing some of the world’s greatest music for people in Northeast Ohio. Carmina Burana, Saturday, March 14. Tempest Tossed, Saturday, May 2. For more information visit: mansfieldtickets.com MUSIC FROM THE WESTERN RESERVE This critically acclaimed chamber music series features musicians from Northeast Ohio at Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson. Three Trumpets and Organ, Sunday, February 8. Featured Young Artist: Megan Lee, Sunday, March 15. Duo Amaral, Sunday, April 19. For more information visit: musicfromthewesternreserve.com

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OBERLIN CONSERVATORY Oberlin Conservatory’s Artist Recital Series enriches the cultural life of Northeast Ohio. Garrick Ohlsson, piano, Tuesday, February 10. St. Lawrence String Quartet, Friday, February 20. Bang on a Can All-Stars, Saturday, February 28. John Relyea, bass-baritone & Warren Jones, piano, Thursday, April 2. Jennifer Koh ’97, violin, Sunday, April 12. The Cleveland Orchestra, Friday, April 24. For more information visit: oberlin.edu/artsguide/artist-recital-series OPERA CIRCLE Don Pasquale, Friday & Sunday, February 20 & 22. A fully staged opera at Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, presented in collaboration with Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. For more information visit: operacircle.org QUIRE CLEVELAND A professional ensemble, Quire Cleveland performs masterpieces from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras and beyond. The Song of Songs: Choral Settings from Medieval to Modern, Friday, February 27, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, downtown Cleveland. For more information visit: quirecleveland.org SANDUSKY CONCERT ASSOCIATION A small non-profit concert group with an important mission, this association presents programs for Northwest/North Central Ohio. Tango Buenos Aires, Monday, February 9. Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Double Brahms, Saturday, February 21. Cavani String Quartet, Sunday, March 1. Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, Sunday, April 19. For more information visit: sanduskyconcert.com

THE SINGERS’ CLUB OF CLEVELAND The Singers’ Club has a long history of exciting concerts with the finest music available for men’s voices. Singing Freedom’s Songs Saturday, March 14. Broadway Swings at Breen, Saturday, May 16. For more information visit: singersclub.org STOCKER ARTS CENTER On the campus of Lorain Community College, this performing and visual arts center presents a variety of performances year ’round. Highlights include: An Intimate Evening with Larry Gatlin, Saturday, January 31. Will & Anthony Nunziata: Broadway, Our Way, Monday, March 9. Swing’s the Thing, Saturday, April 11. Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Glory Crampton and Franc D’Ambrosio, Saturday, April 25. Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith, Friday, May 22. For more information visit: stockerartscenter.com SUMMIT CHORAL SOCIETY Quality performances of distinguished choral music are offered for the enrichment, enjoyment and education of its singers and patrons. St. Matthew Passion, Saturday, April 4, EJ Thomas Hall. For more information visit: summitchoralsociety.org TUESDAY MUSICAL Now in its 127th season with a season full of hand-picked, internationally acclaimed artists. Jonathan Biss, piano, Tuesday, January 20. Lawrence Brownlee, tenor, Thursday, February 26. David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano, & Philip Setzer, violin, Tuesday, March 31. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Tuesday, May 5. For more information visit: tuesdaymusical.org

David Finckel and Wu Han at Tuesday Musical

THE TUSCARAWAS PHILHARMONIC This orchestra began in 1935 performing for civic groups; today it offers a variety of concerts annually at the Performing Arts Center on the Kent State Tuscarawas Campus. Turning up the Heat, Saturday, February 14. Mozart: Marvelous!, Saturday, March 14. Honors Band and the Left Hand, Saturday, April 18. For more information visit: tuscarawasphilharmonic.org UNIVERSITY OF AKRON’S EJ THOMAS HALL Stage Door Series, Natalie MacMaster, Sunday, February 15. EJ UpClose, Cameron Carpenter, Friday, March 13. For more information visit: uaevents.com THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON, KULAS CONCERT SERIES This is The University of Akron’s signature musical concert series. Hot Sardines, Friday, February 13. 2Cellos, Tuesday, February 24. Monster Pianos!, Sunday, March 15. The University of Akron Symphonic Band with pianist Philip Thomson, Monday, April 27. For more information visit: uakron.edu/music/

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Theater ACTORS’ SUMMIT Einstein, January 15-February 1. The Book Club Play, February 26-March 15. Bad Jews, April 16-May 3. Always … Patsy Cline, May 28-June 21. For more information visit: actorssummit.org ASHLAND UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE The Wizard of Oz, February 13-15, 20-21. The House of Blue Leaves, April 9-12, 15-17. For more information visit: ashland.edu/theatre BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS Located in Lakewood, Ohio, this center offers theater and performance throughout the year. Dogfight, February 6-March 15. Chicago, February 20-March 1. Lend Me a Tenor, March 27-April 26. Oliver!, May 15-May 24 The Young Man from Atlanta, May 29-June 28. For more information visit: beckcenter.org

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VOICES OF CANTON This engaging group of adult singers performs choral and vocal music of all types. Civil War Cantatas by Richard Bales, Sunday, March 8, Timken Auditorium. For more information visit: voicesofcanton.org WOOSTER CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES In its 30th season, this music series features noted chamber music ensembles from around the world. Dorian Wind Quintet, Saturday, January 31. Escher String Quartet, Sunday, March 29. Brentano String Quartet, Sunday, April 26. For more information visit: woosterchambermusic.com WOOSTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This is a performing organization comprised of students and members of the community devoted to the study and presentation of orchestral repertoire from baroque to contemporary. Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Saturday & Sunday, February 21-22, Scheide Music Center. WSO & Wooster Chorus, Saturday April 18, McGaw Chapel. For more information visit: wooster.edu/academics/areas/music/ 12 STATION BREAK WINTER/SPRING 2015

BROADWAY IN AKRON SERIES At The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall. Guys and Dolls, Saturday-Sunday, January 17-18. Ballroom With a Twist, Saturday, January 24. Camelot, Tuesday-Wednesday, February 10-11. The Price is Right Live, Wednesday, February 25. For more information visit: ejthomashall.com CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE America’s first professional regional theater presents classic plays from its home in PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre. Five Guys Named Moe, January 23-February 15. The Philadelphia Story, February 25-March 7. The Pianist of Willesden Lane, February 27-March 22. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, April 3-26. Fairfield, May 1-24. For more information visit: clevelandplayhouse.com CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE This professional theater presents groundbreaking productions in the vibrant Detroit-Shoreway district of Cleveland. Big Box 2015, January 8-February 21. Fire on the Water, January 29-February 14. Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, March 5-21. in a word, April 16-May 2. Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, May 21-June 6. Johanna: Facing Forward, May 28-June 13. For more information visit: cptonline.org

DOBAMA THEATRE Dobama presents premieres of contemporary plays by established and emerging artists, featuring area theater artists. Slowgirl, January 23-February 15. Becky Shaw, March 6-29. Superior Donuts, April 24-May 24. For more information visit: dobama.org

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK THEATRE Proceeds from opening night of each production benefit student scholarships. Spring Awakening, February 20-22 & February 27-March 1. Blur, April 17-19 & 24-26. For more information visit: stark.kent.edu/theatre

FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION Willoughby’s Fine Arts Association has offered dance, theater and music classes and performance for 50 years. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, February 20-22 & February 27-March 1. 19th Annual One Act Festival, April 17-19, 23-25. For more information visit: fineartsassociation.org.

MAGICAL THEATRE COMPANY This professional theater company offers presentations for younger audiences and their families. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, January 23-25. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, May 1-3; 8-9 (due to renovations at MTC, these performance will take place at Barberton High School). For more information visit: magicaltheatre.org

GREAT LAKES THEATER Professionally presented classics are the mainstay of this theater; performances take place at the Hanna Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. Dial “M” for Murder, February 27-March 22. The Tempest, April 10-26. For more information visit: greatlakestheater.org KENT STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEATRE My Heart is the Drum, February 20-March 1. Bonnie & Clyde In Concert, February 23-25. The House of Blue Leaves, April 17-26. For more information visit: theatre.kent.edu

PLAYERS GUILD THEATRE This Canton theater is one of the oldest, continually operating community theaters in the country. The Cat in the Hat, January 23-February 8. The Giver, February 27-March 8. Miss Nelson is Missing!, April 10-26. Les Miserables, May 15-31. For more information visit: playersguildtheatre.com

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PLAYHOUSESQUARE The largest performing arts center in the country, outside of New York! “Broadway in Cle” shows take place in Connor Palace Theatre. Pippin, February 3-15. Dirty Dancing, March 3-22. Kinky Boots, April 7-19. For more information visit: playhousesquare.org RENAISSANCE THEATRE BROADWAY SERIES Xanadu, February 13-14, 20-21. Always … Patsy Cline, April 17-18, 24-26. For more information visit: mansfieldtickets.com STOCKER ARTS CENTER Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Tuesday, February 24. For more information visit: stockerartscenter.com WEATHERVANE PLAYHOUSE Take a theatrical journey to a dozen destinations this season. WKSU discount is for the Main Stage Productions. Crazy Man, Dietz Theatre Series, January 14-24. A Raisin in the Sun, January 29-February 15. A Delicate Balance, March 26April 12. Unnecessary Farce, April 23-May 10. For more information visit: weathervaneplayhouse.com

DANCEWORKS 2015 Each year Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes Northeast Ohio contemporary dance companies as they premiere new works and revive celebrated performances. Six companies take the stage this season. For more information visit: cptonline.org GROUNDWORKS DANCETHEATER For more information visit: groundworksdance.org INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE In IABD’s 25 year existence, this will be Cleveland’s first time serving as the host city, a privilege reserved for few. The 27th annual conference and festival runs January 21-25. For more information visit: clevelanddancemovement.org KENT STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DANCE Kent Dance Ensemble: 25 Years, April 2-4. For more information visit: theatre.kent.edu STOCKER ARTS CENTER At Lorain Community College, this is part of the Random Acts Series. Soul Street Dance in “Breakin’ Backwards,” Tuesday, April 21. For more information visit: stockerartscenter.com

Dance BALLET THEATRE OF OHIO All performances at Akron Civic Theatre. Sleeping Beauty, Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3. For more information visit: ballettheatreohio.org

VERB BALLETS Repertory performance, FriPilobolus at day-Saturday, February 20-21, DANCECleveland Breen Center. DanceWorks ’15, April 16-18, Cleveland Public Theatre. Akron Civic Theatre, CANTON BALLET Spring date TBD. Repertory All performances at Canton performance, Friday, April Palace Theatre. The Little Mermaid, Satur24, John Knox Presbyterian Church. For more day-Sunday, March 14-15. For more informainformation visit: verbballets.org tion visit: cantonballet.org DANCECLEVELAND These performances take place at PlayhouseSquare. Pilobolus, Saturday, January 31. Compagnie Kafig – Correria Agwa, Saturday, March 7. Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature, Saturday, April 25. For more information visit: dancecleveland.org 14 STATION BREAK WINTER/SPRING 2015

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CLEVELAND CINEMAS For up-to-date information about current films visit: clevelandcinemas.com CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Get ready for Lights, Camera and Action! The

39th Cleveland International Film Festival comes to Tower City Cinemas March 18-29. See the new and best independent feature films and hundreds of shorts from all over the world plus forums, discussion & lots of cool mingling with fellow film lovers. Join the fun early at the CIFF Akron Preview Party at the Akron Civic Theatre, Wednesday, March 4. For more information visit: clevelandfilm.org

Fun stuff & other events CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, through April 19. For more information visit: cmnh.org EARTHFEST 2015 EarthFest returns to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 19. This year’s theme is “Clean Water” and the family-friendly event will include fun, interactive displays demonstrating composting, upcycling, recycling and reducing waste in water, power and materials. The event also offers children’s eco-activities, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, live music and more. For more information visit: earthdaycoalition.org

GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER Visit GLSC for brain-building fun with over 400 hands-on exhibits, an OMNIMAX® Theater, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Steamship William G. Mather, and constantly-changing special displays. Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition®, February 7-May 3. For more information visit: greatscience.com CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD View our National Park from a great vantage point – the train. Scenic tours run weekends only through May. Special excursions include Grape Escape and Ales on Rails. For more information visit: cvsr.com HALE FARM & VILLAGE Experience mid-19th century life in Ohio through demonstrations and events at this living collection of historic farms and properties of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Closed January. Annual Maple Sugar Festival begins in March. For more information visit: halefarm.org HOLDEN ARBORETUM Discover the natural world at this outdoor living museum with year ’round events the whole family can enjoy. For more information visit: holdenarb.org

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STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS Built in the early 1900s as the country estate of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Founder, F.A. Seiberling, the Manor House is 64,500 square feet of Tudor elegance, surrounded by landscaped gardens and other buildings on 70 NOBS AKRON ANTIQUARIAN BOOK & acres. Open to the public for touring and events PAPER FAIR Tuesday-Sunday beginning Wednesday, April 1. This is the 34th annual Northern Ohio Bib- For more information visit: stanhywet.org liophilic Society (NOBS) book fair for antique books and papers with over 40 dealers repre- HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE sented. Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, at the John Founded by 200 German Separatists in 1817, S. Knight Center, Akron. For more information, Zoar Village thrived as a unique society for more than 80 years, making it one of the most successvisit nobs.nobsweb.org ful communal settlements in American history. NATIONAL FIRST LADIES LIBRARY Mom-In-Chief, closes January 9. Legacy in Ink (part of the Legacy Lecture series), Monday, March 16. White House Weddings, Saturday, April 25. For more information visit: firstladies.org

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The spring season opens on weekends only (April through May) when visitors can tour this well-preserved and quaint village. The Fort Laurens Revolutionary War site in nearby Boliver, now managed by Zoar, also opens in April. For more information visit: historiczoarvillage.com

Art AKRON ART MUSEUM Butch Anthony: Vita Post Mortum, through January 25. Jon Pearson: Intuitive Structures, through February 8. Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made, through April 26. Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, January 24-May 3. For more information visit: akronartmuseum.org ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM On the campus of Oberlin College. Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen, through June 28. Life and Art in Early America, through June. avaf@AMAM, February-April. For more information visit: oberlin.edu/amam THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART Located in Youngstown, Ohio with satellite museums located in Columbiana and Trumbull Counties. Americana & Folk Art, (Youngstown), through December 31, 2015. Free Family Days, (Youngstown and Trumbull), through April 18. For information visit: butlerart.com CANTON MUSEUM OF ART The Legacy of Ferdinand Brader, through March 15. Allied Artists of America: 100 Years, opens April 24. For more information visit: cantonart.org CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Themes and Variations: Musical Drawings and Prints, January 25-May 17. Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s “Twilight in the Wilderness”, through January 25. The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft, February 15-June 14. Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, February 22-May 31. Epic Systems: Three Monumental Paintings by Jennifer Bartlett, through February 22. Contemporary Prints, opens March 22. Constructed Identities, through April 26. Floral Delight: Textiles from Islamic Lands, through June 28. For more information visit: clevelandart.org

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and Fashion in a World at War, through July 5. Fashion Timeline, 200 Years of Costume History, through June 28. Glass: Selections from the Kent State University Museum Collection, through June 28. For more information visit: kent.edu/museum THE MALTZ MUSEUM State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, through March 15. Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, opens April 9. For more information visit: maltzmuseum.org MASSILLON MUSEUM Ohio Collage Society Exhibition, January 24-March 15. Celebration in Art, March 28-April 12. Ludlow Prep: an installation by Craig Joseph and Clare Murray Adams, April 25-May 24. Politics, Pantaloons and Protest Marches, through May 24. Massillon & The War of the Rebellion: Women in the War, through May 24. For more information visit: massillonmuseum.org MOCA CLEVELAND These exhibitions run through January 18. Ferran Adria: Notes on Creativity. Kirk Mangus: Things Love. Judy Crook, 4, Jennifer Steinkamp. For more information visit: mocacleveland.org TRANSFORMER STATION A new space for contemporary art in Cleveland. These exhibitions are presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Julia Wachtel, through January 17. Anicka Yi: Death, through January 17. TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag, opens May 23. For more information visit: transformerstation.org

Talk is Good Northeast Ohio is full of opportunities to hear current, innovative and sometimes controversial ideas. Here are some of the highlights of upcoming speaker series, discussion groups and lectures. AKRON ROUNDTABLE WKSU rebroadcasts all Akron Roundtable programs on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm, one week following the Thursday luncheons. Their rebroadcast is made possible with the support of Cascade Audi. Mark Cohen, Publisher, Akron Beacon Journal, January 15. Biomimicry Panel, February 19. Craig Kenkel, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, March 19. Josh McManus, Knight Foundation, April 16. For more information visit: akronroundtable.org THE AKRON SUMMIT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY For more information visit: akronlibrary.org THE EXPLORER SERIES – CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY These Friday lectures showcase acclaimed scientists, Museum curators, authors and adventurers. Jim Bissell, Twenty Five Years of change within Lake Erie Coastal Wetlands, January 23. Dr. Eric Vilain, Pink, Blue and In-Between: How Do Humans Develop Sexually?, February 20. Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering Everyday Wild, March 13. Dr. Philip J. Currie, Dinosaurs at the End of Earth: Antarctica and Argentina, April 10. Scott Weidensaul, Messing Around with Birds (For Fun and Science), May 1. For more information visit: cmnh.org THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON FORUM SERIES Melissa Harris-Perry, Monday, February 2. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Friday, April 10. Jack Hannah’s Into the Wild LIVE!, Thursday, April 30. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wednesday, May 6. For more information visit: uaevents.com

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THE CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND The City Club is the longest uninterrupted independent forum series in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. Here are some of the scheduled speakers. Timothy J. McGinty, Friday, January 9. Nikil Saval, Wednesday, January 21. Sevgi Akarcesme, Thursday, January 22. Jo An Davidson, Friday, January 23. Richard Rothstein, Friday, February 13. For more information visit: cityclub.org F. JOSEPH CALLAHAN DISTINGUISHED LECTURE Introduced in 2005 as the Distinguished Lecture Series, this annual event engages the Greater Cleveland Community in discourse on important topics of our time. For more information visit: case.edu/events/callahan GREAT DECISIONS OF WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO Great Decisions lecture series is a joint venture between The College of Wooster and the local

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Wooster community, bringing experts to the region this April on various issues pertaining to foreign policy and international affairs. For more information visit: greatdecisionswayne.com KSU PRESIDENTIAL SPEAKER SERIES Internationally recognized speakers are presented at the KSU Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. For more information visit: kent.edu/president/speakers KSU STARK FEATURED SPEAKER SERIES Hear well-known experts in civil rights, politics, education, environmental activism, literature and arts. For more information visit: stark.kent.edu/about/events/ KSU TUSCARAWAS VOICES OF DISTINCTION SERIES Nationally and internationally known experts address topics including literature, politics, social action, education and arts. For more information visit: tusc.kent.edu/arts/index.cfm KSU SPIRIT OF WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE Presented by the Kent State University College of Business Administration, Spirit Of Women In Business Conference, Wednesday, March 4, provides professional and personal development

for women. For more information visit: kent.edu/business/wib/ TUOHY LECTURE SERIES AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY Founded by Mr. Walter Tuohy, former vice chairman and chief executive of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and a dedicated Catholic layman, this series provides free public lectures on interreligious topics. For more information visit: sites.jcu.edu/trs/ TOWN HALL OF CLEVELAND The series has a tradition of presenting engaging and current speakers at the Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. Sarah Lewis, Monday, February 9. Sherry Turkle, Monday, April 13. For more information visit: townhallseries.org THE WILLIAM N. SKIRBALL WRITERS CENTER STAGE This program by the Cuyahoga County Public Library presents nationally recognized and award-winning authors through Writers Center Stage at Case Western Reserve Univeristy’s Tinkham Veale Center. Khaled Hossieini, Thursday, March 5. Mary Roach, Wednesday, April 22. Chang-Rae Lee, Tuesday, March 24. For more information visit: writerscenterstage.org

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