State of the Arts

Credit Mark Arehart & Andrew Meyer / WKSU

Theater and dance, museums and music, film and food: From fine art to pop culture, from the mainstream to the cutting edge, Northeast Ohio is full of experiences to tantalize the senses.  Friday’s on Morning Edition, WKSU’s Mark Arehart explores all that Northeast Ohio has to offer on State of the Arts.

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VIVIAN GOODMAN / Stan Hywet Restoration

Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is more spruced-up than ever for the upcoming holiday season. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us along on a curated tour.

“We are entering the front door of the Manor House,” says Julie Frey, “So this is where all of the guests and friends of the Seiberlings would have been invited to come in.”

As curator of Stan Hywet,  Frey oversees the furnishings and historic artifacts of one of the last remaining residences of the barons of America’s Industrial Age.

WKSU announces the retirement of award-winning reporter/producer Vivian Goodman on Oct. 31. During her two decades with the station, Vivian has been a classical music host, a news anchor and a reporter focusing on the arts and, more recently, Northeast Ohio’s expanding food culture with the weekly “Quick Bites” feature. Other stand-out work has been Goodman’s multiple trips covering the Cleveland Orchestra on international tours, the “Mean Kids” series on bullying and several pieces on race relations in Northeast Ohio.

CINDI SZYMANSKI / Playhouse Square

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but they’re shining along Euclid Avenue, too, as the curtain lifts this weekend on “Broadway in Cleveland.”

In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman sits down with Playhouse Square’s executive producer for a preview.

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A play opening this weekend in Ashtabula is based on an archive of letters written home from every war in U.S. history.

“Dear Folks. I’m sorry I haven’t wrote you in quite a while. Saigon was hit heavy.”

A letter from Vietnam read from the stage of the Ashtabula Arts Center is one of many that have made rehearsals for “If All the Sky Were Paper” emotionally draining for both cast and crew.

Director Cathy Lawson felt the play’s impact just reading the script.

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SUZANNE SHERBUNDY / Inlet Dance Theater

For a troupe of Cleveland dancers, entertainment is just one part of the mission. Opening minds is another.

In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman finds modern dancers leaping from artistry into activism. 

At an Inlet Dance Theater rehearsal, a male dancer runs to gather momentum to fly into the upraised arms of three female dancers. But it’s not perfect. So they do it again and again, until it is.

The choreographer of the piece is Dominic Moore-Dunson, the rehearsal coordinator and a company member.