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Whiskey Painters Of America return to CVAC

The Whiskey Painters of America will have their 32nd Annual Show and Sale at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center through May 2.

The opening reception is April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Spring classes also begin April 7. Join us for exciting classes in drawing, painting, pottery, jewelry design, print making and much more. New classes include Basic Acrylic like Watercolor with Susan Mencini on Fridays, Beginning Watercolor with Sally Heston on Thursday evenings and Drawing in Preparation for Painting with Paul Adams, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Classes for youth include Bob Putka's Studio Art and Art-o-Rama and Nino Narimanidze's Basic Drawing and Cartooning. Check out the class schedule on line: www.cvartcenter.org, or call 330-928-8092.

The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center is at 2131 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Actors needed for 'Moonlight & Magnolias'

Western Reserve Playhouse will have auditions for "Moonlight & Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson April 5 and 6 at 1 p.m.

The show, which calls for three men and one woman, will be directed by Jim Volkert. Performanes will be June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Those auditioning will read from the script.

The theatre is at 3326 Everett Road, at the Bath-Richfield Township line.

Portals theme of Hudson gallery display

The Margaret Clark Morgan Gallery, 10 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, hosts An Exploration of Portals -- original artwork by local artists Jan Noden and Karen Koch -- April 1 through May 28, with a public reception to meet the artists April 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The artists are Koch, whose studio is located on Main Street in Hudson, and artist Noden, who lives in Ravenna. Koch relies on her love of nature and memories of days gone by for inspiration. Her recent work explores distant memories and the feelings they evoke; the results are colorful abstract paintings and collages. Noden explores water-based media as well as collage by combining printing, painting, drawing and photography.

For this exhibition, the artists created all new artwork.

The Margaret Clark Morgan Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It hosts several exhibitions each year; to learn more about the gallery and The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, visit www.mcmfdn.org online.

Wedding-themed tea at Stan Hywet on April 5

Stan Hywet's spring tea, Walk Down The Aisle With A Smile: Insight From Our Wedding Planning Team, is April 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tea includes tea sandwiches and desserts, as well as a self-guided tour of the Estate and "Inspiration in Bloom," the season-opening fresh flower display in the Manor House. Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path in Akron.

Tickets to the tea are $35 per person; $28 for members of Stan Hywet and includes tea sandwiches and dessert, as well as a self-guided tour of the Estate. Reservations are required; tickets may be purchased by visiting www.stanhywet.org or calling 330-836-5533.

UA Steel Drum Band to perform April 5

Caribbean, classical and a little John Lennon will mix musically spring when The University of Akron Steel Drum Band performs Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., on the UA campus.

A big-screen "pan cam" -- a popular feature of the band's annual spring concerts -- will put the audience in the middle of the vibrant sights and sounds. This year's guest artist is Khan Cordice, a steel pan musician, arranger and composer from Antigua.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. Regular-price tickets are $22 for reserved seating. Discount tickets are $20 for seniors and UA faculty and staff, and $11 for all students. For tickets and event information call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at 330-972-7570 or visit www.UAevents.com. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster. Discount tickets available only through the Thomas Hall Ticket Office.

This year's student musicians include Neil Lantry, undergraduate student from Stow, and Tyler Mashek, undergraduate student from Tallmadge.

Gidion's Knot at None Too Fragile

None Too Fragile theater is excited to announce their next play, "Gidion's Knot," by Johnna Adams.

Over the course of a 90-minute parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother's son, the teacher's student, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely -- or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

"Gidion's Knot" features None Too Fragile Co-Founder Alanna Romansky along with Jen Klika and opens April 4 and runs through April 19. The shows start at 8 p.m., except on April 6, 7 and 10, when shows start at 7:30 p.m. There is an additional show April 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased through www.nonetoofragile.com. The theater is at 1835 Merriman Road, within Pub Bricco, in Akron.

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