Gallery Watch 3-3

What do Poetry, Garage Jazz, and Lakewood all have in common??? I’ll let you in on a little secret…it seems we have a poetry magazine emerging right in our midst.

On January 26 a Fundraiser/Poetry/Music Jam was held to help support Moonlit, a newly created Poetry Magazine publishing the works of up-and-coming and “discovered” poets from around the Country. Claire McMahon, PhD, a Lakewoodite extraordinaire, is the co-editor, contributing poet and the coordinator of the evening’s events. Claire is an English Professor at various universities throughout the Cleveland area and a resident of our town.

The evening’s events included Garage Jazz from Jody and Jeff Dobas. What is Garage Jazz, you ask? Venture into the Merry Arts on Detroit some Thursday evening to see for yourself. If you’re lucky you will catch this dynamic Lakewood duo perform. Their performance for the Moonlit event was “poetry in motion”.

The crowd also enjoyed the provocative poetry and musical style of Ray McNiece, author of six books of poetry, and his band, Tongue-in-Groove. A crowd favorite was his Cleveland Lovesong—though personally I am holding out for the Lakewood version of this very witty, relevant ode to Cleveland.

Finally, the evening’s nightcap, a silent auction to benefit the magazine which successfully raised funds and awareness. You haven’t heard the last of Moonlit; stay tuned to for more poetry and parties in 2007.

Any poets interested in submitting works or advertisers can send works or inquiries to: Moonlit 2652 W. Logan Blvd, 1F Chicago, IL 60647.

Upcoming Events:

Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue

Annual Faculty Art Show in the Jean Bulicek Art Galleria. Artwork on exhibit includes a variety of media such as ceramics, drawing, photography, watercolors, and oil painting and features the work of the following accomplished artists – Nancy Cintron, Susan Gallagher, Mel Grunau, Susan Miranda, Patricia H. Sigmier, and Marilyn Szalay. The Beck Center welcomes visitors to tour this exciting exhibition through March 18.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. For gallery hours, call the Beck Center at 216-521-2540

bela dubby
13221 Madison Avenue
This month, Chris Swieger is back with a brand new show called “Pieces” with works using resin. A little birdie told me has a new line of jewelry that is sure to impress.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight.

Cleveland Artist’s Foundation
17801 Detroit Avenue—inside the Beck Center

“Visions of a City with Soul: Four Photographers in Cleveland” exhibit curated by Sharon Dean and William Busta. Works from Arthur Gray, William Barnhill, Jasper Wood and Andrew Borowiec. Show runs through March 31, 2007.

Andrew Borowiec, 2006 Cleveland Arts Prize winner, will be speaking in the Cleveland Artists Foundation Gallery. The talk will be held in the gallery on February 7, 2007. Call 216-227-9507 for more details or email nledwards@

Local Girl Gallery
16106 Detroit Avenue
Saturday, February 10th, 7-10pm—“Change for Change”—A benefit supporting the Cleveland Colectivo. Artist inspired “Social Change” banks will be auctioned. For more info regarding the Cleveland Colectivo go to
This is an amazing mission.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-5pm, Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm.

Pop Shop Gallery and Studio 17020 Madison Avenue
Next up “The Real King James”-- Opening Saturday, February 10th from 6pm-9pm.
Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 2pm-6pm.

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio
1662 Mars Avenue
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.


Open-Mic Night—Every Thursday Merry Arts Pub & Grille, 15607 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 226-4080, 10pm
Retro-Rock-a-Bowl—Friday, February 9th, from 9:30pm-1am at Mahall’s Rock to KB and Riptides—this is an All-Ages Show. Cost $10.


Swing Dance
FEBRUARY 9 - The Boilermaker Jazz Band COST: $10/person, $7/studentr.
TIME: 8pm - 12am, LIVE Band & DJ music.
Get Hep Swing Jitterbug lesson from 8-9pm
LOCATION: Lakewood Masonic Temple

Auditions for National Dance Week
Sunday, February 11th at the Beck Center for the Arts 17801 Detroit Avenue
Ballet Dancers ages 8-12, 2-3 p.m. and ages 13 and over, same day& location at 3-4 p.m. Please contact director Margaret Holden 216 221 4236 or

Wanted: Representatives in Ohio area for National Dance Week. Contact the National organization at

Gallery, dance and Music news and event information should be forwarded to Every effort will be made to include it in our next column.
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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 10:10 PM, 02.01.07