Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for December 2019

The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all of the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval. Got a free event you want us to include? Drop us a line here.

Frontiers of Astronomy

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will host a space exhibit Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. The exhibit, presented in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, will show data collected during NASA’s Kepler Mission. Tabetha Boyajian will present future works, recent discoveries and recent developments. It is a lecture-type experience with galleries that are on display. The museum is at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle, Cleveland. For more details, visit this link.

Music In A Sacred Space: Tomassen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas
The Church of the Resurrection in Solon presents a Christmas celebration of stories, dance and music from Ireland. The concerts are open to the public and followed by a reception in the adjoining hall. The event takes place Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at 32001 Cannon Road in Solon. For more information on the gathering, view this link.

Advanced String Quartet

Three different student string quartets, Almas, Rana and Elara, take the stage, performing Beethoven and Mendelssohn, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland. The groups are coached by Si-Yan Darren Li, Todd Phillips and Philip Setzer. For more information about the event, visit this link or contact 216-795-3211.

Holiday Concert
The Maltz Performing Arts Center presents “The Composer is Dead,” a concert for all ages. The music is based on the children’s novel by Lemony Snicket and is performed by The Suburban Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program is Ravel’s “The Mother Goose Suite.” The entire family is encouraged to attend Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. For details on the event, go to this link.
Holiday Open House
What better way to usher in the holiday spirit than a barn celebration at Dunham Tavern, 6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, on Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m.? The celebration includes free tours, refreshments, crafts and a performance by students of the Campus International School. For details on the event, go to the link here, and happy holidays.
Inlet Dance Theatre Performance
The Beachwood Arts Council will host an Inlet Dance Theatre performance in the Beachwood High School Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. The Cleveland-based dance company was founded by Bill Wade in 2001. The performance is based on the spirit of growth and development through dance viewing, training and performing. For details, call 216-595-3400 or visit here.
Holiday Arts Family Night
The Hospice of the Western Reserve presents a healing arts family night for people grieving around the holiday time. It will provide a creative outlet for stress relief. Attendees will be taught how to make a holiday-themed, six-sided kaleidoscope, using greeting cards, calendars and magazine photos. Attendees are encouraged to share memories of loved ones through the process. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center Art Therapy Studio, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland. Contact art therapist Molie Borgione at 216-486-6544 or visit this link for details.


Cleveland Public Theatre presents Wintertide at Gordon Square on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the presentation features an expanded main stage with a beer garden, fire pits and s’mores, performances and a kids zone. There truly is something for everyone around this joyous holiday time. Contact Josh Jones, marketing director, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, at 216-961-4242 for more information on the event, or visit this link.

Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents work by Josef Frank and other mid-20th century Swedish artists, featuring themes of nature and pattern. The exhibit, which opens Tuesday, Dec. 17, and runs through Feb. 9, was developed by graduate students in museum studies and art history at Case Western Reserve University. The museum is at 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland. For more information, visit this link.
Annual Messiah Sing
Conductor Todd Wilson leads the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, with massed singers including the audience, performing Handel’s “Messiah.” It’s part of the BrownBag Concert Series, established in 1978, which provides quality music free of charge for urban dwellers and workers in the acoustical and architectural splendor of a cathedral. The concert is Thursday, Dec. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. It is presented by Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. For details on the event, visit this link.

Read more articles by Morgan Dunlop.

Morgan Dunlop, a Pittsburgh native, is a senior journalism major at Kent State University. He was a sports reporter for the student newspaper the Kent Stater. He also has covered public policy and administration and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
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