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Watercolors focus in March exhibit

During the month of March, Gallery 732 will feature portraits by Barbara Zimmerman.

Always showing an interest in the face Zimmerman began portrait studies in pencil, then in oil, and for the last ten years has preferred watercolor because "they vibrate". Barabara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Akron and in addition has studied privately with a variety of artists. She has won numerous awards at various large shows around Ohio and Michigan. The Gallery looks forward to sharing these beautiful portraits with the Club and the community.

The gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Ted Neeley to perform

in Cleveland

Ted Neeley and his Little Big Band will perform at PlayhouseSquare's intimate Ohio Theatre March 23 at 8 p.m.

Neeley's first performances in "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Broadway and in LA (the first show ever at the Universal Amphitheatre), were followed by a series of misses and near misses that led to Neeley's casting in the 1973 film of "Superstar," leading to a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical and one for Newcomer of the year.

Tickets are $50, $40, $35 & $25. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org for reservations or details.

Smetana, Vivaldi

highlighted in concert

On March 24 at 3 p.m., the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra will present its second concert of the season.

Under the direction of Associate Conductor Brian Thornton, this performance will include works by Smetana, de Falla and Shostakovich; in addition, soloist and concertmaster Julian Machala will aim to initiate a winter thaw with a riveting rendition of Vivaldi's classic "Spring" from The Four Seasons. An additional special guest and soloist for this concert will also be flutist Marisela Sager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Concertgoers are invited to attend a "Meet the Artists" reception following the concert where they will have the opportunity to meet the members of the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the soloists.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for Solon seniors. They can be purchased in person at the Center or by phone at 440-337-1400. For more information about Solon Philharmonic Orchestra or classes in music, theater, dance or art, call Solon Center for the Arts or visit the website at www.solonarts.org.

Bluesnite March 23

BluesNite, an open jam at Peninsula Art Academy, will be March 23.

Bluesnite meets every fourth Saturday starting at 7 p.m., and is an informal open jam for all levels of musicians interested in playing and learning the blues. Those who wish to participate should bring their own equipment (electric and/or acoustic instruments: guitars, harps, bass, etc) and join in. Nonmusicians can bring their food and drink, or bring something to share, browse the gallery exhibits and enjoy the music.

The Peninsula Art Academy is at 1600 West Mill St. in Peninsula. For details, call 330-657-2248 or visit www.peninsulaartacademy.com online.

Cabin Fever tour in Peninsula

Peninsula's Cabin Fever Tour will be March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those participating can a stroll down Main Street with special events in area businesses and organizations.

There will be a farmers market and a blues concert in the evening. Travel along Route 303 from Peninsula to Richfield where participants will find museums, various organizations, as well as numerous specialty shops.

A map of events will be available on the day of the event. Visit www.explorepeninsula.com and www.richfieldohiohistoricalsociety.org for a list of participating organizations.

'Moonlight Serenade' theme of fundraiser

The Dance Institute of The University of Akron presents "Moonlight Serenade" for Pointe to the Future 2013, a benefit on Saturday, March 23, at UA's E.J. Thomas Hall.

UA jazz pianist Joe Augustine and dancers from the Dance Institute will entertain guests throughout the evening on the moonlit stage. Cocktails and auctions begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Lynn and David Lieberth are the guests of honor in recognition of their many contributions to dance throughout the community. Pointe to the Future raises funds that support programs for all UA Dance Institute students.

Tickets begin at $90. For details, visit www.uakron.edu/di or call 330-972-7949.

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