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hen reviewing possible career options with parents, improvisational comedic actor is somehow never mentioned in the same breath as doctor, lawyer, engineer or scientist. Hard to believe, right? But seriously, what would be more fun than getting up on stage with friends and making an audience laugh so hard that beverages spew from their noses? Kimberly Pride, a graduate student in CSU’s School of Communication, aims to do just that every time she gets on stage – but she isn’t looking to make a career of it. Instead, she founded Friends with Benefits (FWB), a troupe of six improvisational comedic actors who perform live and unscripted to benefit special causes in Northeast Ohio. As word has spread about FWB, the group has seen a steady increase in popularity and they are routinely asked to coax laughter out of audiences around town. A relatively new group, it has already raised money to benefit victims of floods in the Dominican Republic and a charity that provides financial support for families of children with serious medical conditions. It even helped raise money to send the Shaw High School Marching Band to China to perform at the 2009 Summer Olympics. Kimberly’s life journey has been one of fun twists, unique turns and world travels. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from BGSU,
she spent seven months teaching English in Venezuela, volunteered in the Dominican Republic, worked as a card writer at American Greetings and a trainer at Progressive, and hiked mountainous trails in Peru and Spain. Today she lives in Willowick, Ohio and works at WECO Fund, Inc., a provider of financial services and programs to low and moderateincome individuals and families and the companies, organizations, and institutions in which they are involved. Kimberly enjoys her work and takes comfort in knowing that she is supporting the ambitions of people who want to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. When not working, performing, in class or knocking out homework, Kimberly spends her summers outside enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine while kayaking, hiking local trails and spending time in local parks. She also joins friends who are interested in trying their hand at improv every Tuesday night at Bela Dubby’s, on Madison Ave. in Lakewood, to perform live in front of a forgiving audience. Upon graduation she hopes to continue to delight audiences and help those in need through FWB, return to the Dominican Republic to volunteer and brush up on her Spanish skills, and then find a career here at home that gives her the opportunity to use the communication research skills she is gaining while attending CSU.
Interested in following in the footsteps of Tina Fey and Steve Carell? Try your hand at improvisational comedy this summer! Join Kimberly and her friends at Bela Dubby on Madison Ave. in Lakewood on Tuesday Improv Nights. No experience necessary! Come at 7:45 p.m. to perform or at 8 p.m. to watch.
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Visit www.csuohio.edu/theater/SummerStages to learn more about The Elephant Man and to find out which other two plays made the cut this year! All shows run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., except as noted.
Chicago And you thought Lollapalooza was old news…It’s back and better than ever! We’ll see you in Chicago, August 6-8 where a boatload of bands will hit the stage. This year’s session features Green Day, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Spoon, Metric, Stars, Social Distortion, Lady Gaga and too many more to list. Visit www.lollapalooza.com to see the complete list and get your tix.
Cleveland will once again come alive this summer with professional theater at Cleveland State University’s Factory Theatre, presented by CSU’s Dramatic Arts Program. Building on the success of their past three seasons, Summer Stages features three plays in rotating repertory on the CSU campus from July through August.
Pack your bags and road trip it to Manchester, Tennessee to witness four days of music and mayhem at the one and only Bonnaroo Music Festival this summer! Bands include: The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Dropkick Murphys, OK Go, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Tenacious D, Weezer, Stevie Wonder, Rise Against, Kid Cudi, Regina Spektor, Clutch, The XX and sooooo many more!! www.bonnaroo.com.
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.Ah yes. The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd and those annoying sticky Cracker Jack fingers are upon us. Cleveland’s boys of summer are back! This summer, CSU students can see the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field for half-price on selected nights! Discounted Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lower Reserved and Bleachers tickets will be available. To be eligible for this offer, opt-in to receive e-mails from indians.com with your csu.edu email address and look for an e-mail with the promo code for this discount!
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All-American Rejects, Black-Eyed Peas, Cold War Kids, De La Soul, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry, Modest Mouse, Sheryl Crow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed last year. It’s anyone’s guess who’ll show up for this year’s edition but it’s sure to be rockin’. Keep checking bumbershoot. org for announcement about this year’s music lineup, to become a BumberFan and for updated ticket info.
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June Rock and Soul Festival Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH A celebration of African American music! This soulful festival features performances by national and local artists and coincides with Black Music Month. www.rockhall.com June 12 Parade the Circle University Circle, Cleveland, OH The Parade, which begins at noon, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers and musicians. Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music and delectable food. www.universitycircle.org June 18-20 Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival Avon, OH This three-day event in the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. It’s more fun than it sounds…really it is. www.avonducttapefestival.com June 19 Clifton Art & Music Fest Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, OH Established as a unique celebration combining fine arts and live musical performances – the Clifton Arts and Musicfest is a true street festival. The event draws about 40,000 to Lakewood each year. www.cudell.com/artsfest.asp June 25-26 Cleveland Wine Festival Voinovich Park, Downtown Cleveland, OH The Cleveland Wine Festival showcases 220+ wines from around the world, with about 25 percent Ohio wine. Vendors are set up around the park and guests have an opportunity to taste and learn about a variety of wines. www.clevelandwinefestival.com
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If you’re sticking around Cleveland this summer, there’s one neighborhood to hang out in if you want to see and be seen. Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, located 10 minutes from the CSU campus, is known for its shopping, trendy restaurants and hip pubs. Tremont ArtWalks are a chance for you to get out and enjoy Tremont, meet some cool people, guzzle some tasty food and beverage and check out the neighborhood’s art galleries full of work created by some of the area’s most talented and respected artists. www.tremontartwalk.org.
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August 6-8 Twins Days Festival Twinsburg, OH Twins Days is the largest gathering of t wins in the world. Held each August in the Cleveland suburb of Twinsburg (of course), the festival began in 1976 and grows larger each year. Events for t wins (and non-t wins) include food, live entertainment, a golf tournament, a “t wins” parade, and lots more. www.twinsdays.org.
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July 30- August 8 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH Nearly 700,000 people will celebrate the class of enshrinees – Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith - at the ceremony and 18 other events featuring fireworks, hot air balloon flights, concerts, races and much, much more. www.profootballhoffestival.com
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July Taste of Tremont Lincoln Park, Cleveland, OH Explore the neighborhood and sample (for a charge) the area’s award-winning restaurants at booths scattered along Professor Avenue, which will be closed off for the day’s events. Live music, local art and three chocolate eating contests have been highlights of past events. www.restoretremont.com
August 15 Feast of the Assumption Murray Hill (Little Italy), Cleveland, OH Features carnival rides, delicious Italianthemed food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and live music stages, playing everything from rock to “It’s Amore.” Just as everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day; everyone in Cleveland is a little Italian during the Feast. www.littleitalycleveland.com
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Published on May 7, 2010