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St. Augustine Health Ministries continues to grow ‘Top O’ the Towers’ fundraiser

This year marked the 18th annual Top O’ the Towers benefit for the St. Augustine Health Ministries. The fundraiser’s first venue was a party room for residents that was literally on top of the west side Cleveland tower where the clients lived. After outgrowing it, the event moved to Brennen’s Party Center. For the last […]

PlayhouseSquare Partners hosts ‘Jump Back to the Future’

One of the most awaited parties of the year is the annual fundraiser by PlayhouseSquare Partners. Its Jump Back Ball has a heritage of 24 years. This year, shortly after the ticket kickoff party in the fall at the Hofbrauhaus, the event was sold out. That’s over 1,000 tickets. The party took over every available […]

Play House presents one-woman memoir of wartime horrors

The Cleveland Play House has a most unusual show in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” In it, Mona Golabek recalls the childhood experiences of her mother’s separation from her parents in Nazi Germany. Raised by well-intentioned strangers in England, Lisa Jura had both a passion and a talent for playing the piano. Storyteller Golabek too […]

“Dirty Dancing” recreates movie moments

I have very few memories of the very popular movie “Dirty Dancing” which was released twenty-five years ago. It has been transformed into a large, Broadway style musical. At the opening night at the Connor Palace, part of the Broadway series,  it was apparent that most of the audience had more powerful memories of the […]