Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The new coffee shop held a holiday open house on Tuesday.
Gypsy Beans' first month and a half in Lakewood has been “awesome,” owner Nicole Gillota said on Tuesday. “It has been so nice to be in Lakewood,” Gillota said. The coffee shop opened its doors on the campus of the Beck Center for the Arts at the beginning of November and has been growing ever since. Just last week, the restaurant began offering lunch staples like soups, salads and sandwiches, Gillota said. Gypsy Beans held a holiday open house and a ribbon cutting on Tuesday. The Lakewood shop is Gypsy Beans’ second location, and the original is located in the Gordon Square Arts District. Gillota said the shop already had a good-sized following in the area before it opened, and the theater community has been really supportive. The shop…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The beloved musical set to run from Dec. 7 through Jan. 6 on the Mackey Stage.
It’s a hard-knock life. But, at least it will be a fun winter at the Beck Center for the Arts. One of the world’s most well-known — and most beloved — musicals will be running on the Mackey Stage at the Lakewood arts institution from Dec. 7 through Jan. 6. We all know it: “Annie” is the story of the spunky Depression-era, red-headed orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage. In adventure after fun-filled adventure — and run-ins with the embittered Miss Hannigan — and finds a new home in the mansion of billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Directed by Beck Center Artistic Director Scott Spence, Annie features equity actors Caitlin Elizabeth Reilly as the faithful Grace Farrell and …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Beck Dance performs “The Nutcracker” at two events this holiday season.
The Beck Dance group from the Beck Center for the Arts is kicking off the holiday season with a couple of performances of “The Nutcracker.” A Journey with Clara to the Land of the Sweets (Ages 4 to 8) Nov 18, 1 and 3:30 p.m. The magical story of The Nutcracker comes to life for young children as they see, hear and participate in a journey to the “Land of the Sweets.” Students listen to the story, watch portions of the story unfold before them in dance, and learn simple movement and dance steps from the costumed dancers. The session concludes with an opportunity for photos with their favorite Nutcracker characters. Class size is limited. Tickets are going quickly. The Nutcracker Holiday Tea Party Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 Dance Alliance of Beck …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers hosts fifth-annual event to benefit the arts organization.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Hundreds showed up on the red carpet at Beck Center for the Arts on Saturday evening, as Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers hosted the fifth-annual Mayor’s Ball to benefit the arts organization. And with tickets for the event starting at $125, the Mayor’s Ball raised thousands of dollars for the Beck Center. “The arts are a vibrant part of our community with significant impact on our local economy,” said Summers in a statement. “We are pleased to support this cultural gem to ensure the arts continue to be affordable and accessible to all residents.” Among the hundreds who turned out were local elected officials, business owners and community leaders. Summers awarded Lakewood resident Steven Ott with the Key to the City of Lakewood for his …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
New coffee shop’s second location opens Wednesday; grand opening set for Thursday.
The new Gypsy Beans coffee shop was packed for its first day in business on Wednesday. It was good timing, because many of the patrons were without power. The coffee shop officially opens its doors— on the campus of Beck Center for the Arts — on Thursday. Gypsy Beans replaces the Beck Café, which closed its doors last month. It’s Gypsy Beans’ second location, with the original located in the Gordon Square Arts District at W. 65th Street and Detroit Avenue. “I was beginning the search to expand the Gypsy brand when the opportunity at Beck Center presented itself,” said owner Nicole Gillota in a news release. “I’m pleased to be located in Lakewood, especially within another arts community.” Billed as a traditionally styled European coffee …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Beck Center’s Youth Theater presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town” on Nov. 1.
Looking for an activity today while classes are canceled for Lakewood students? The Beck Center for the Arts is offering a free showing of a play — often described as “the greatest American play ever written” — for free. That’s right, “Our Town” will be offered for free. “Because of the schools closing again, we would like to accommodate students and families by inviting them to the student matinee for free,” said Kathleen Caffrey, the Beck Center spokeswoman. Theater doors will open at 9:40 a.m., but those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive between 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. The show is approximately two hours long, and two intermissions are scheduled. The Youth Theater is presenting Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “…
Monday, October 22, 2012
Youth Theater presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4.
A play — often described as “the greatest American play ever written” — is coming to the Beck Center for the Arts. The Youth Theater is presenting Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town on the Mackey Main Stage. But, if you’re interested in seeing it, you’d better act quickly: there’s only a short window to see it. The show is slated to run from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4. Show times are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is a 10 a.m. student matinee on Thursday, November 1. Tickets are now on sale. According to a news release, Our Town tells the story of the Webb and Gibb families who live in the small town of Grover’s Corners. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal set and props, the …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Show to run through Nov. 11 in the Beck Center’s Studio Theater.
Examining the scandalous world of Hollywood has never been so much fun. “The Little Dog Laughed” opened at the Beck Center for the Arts over the weekend. The show is running through Nov. 11 in the Studio Theater. Here’s the plot, according to a new release from the Beck Center: Mitchell Green is a hunky movie star who could hit it big if it weren't for one persistent problem. His hard driving Hollywood agent can't seem to keep him in the closet. Will Mitchell’s career be derailed before it gets started with what his agent describes as a "slight recurring case of homosexuality?” Beck Center is featuring Douglas Carter Beane’s smart, satirical comedy at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. However, there is no performance on …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
New coffee shop expected to open on Nov. 1.
The Beck Café, which has been at the Beck Center for the Arts since 2009, is closing its doors on Monday. Gypsy Beans Baking Co., a staple of the Gordon Square Arts District, is opening its second location in its place. Niki Gillota, opened Gypsy Beans in 2005, at the corner of W. 65th Street and Detroit Avenue. The “traditionally styled European coffee house” specializes in soups, salads and pastries. And, of course, coffee. Gypsy Beans is expected to open on Nov. 1. “Niki is such a good fit,” said Kathleen Caffrey, the spokeswoman for the Beck Center. “She’s so well-known in the arts community and she’s very community driven.” “We’re very excited to welcome her onboard to the beck family.” Paul Sykes, an arts dealer who’s operated the …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Show runs through Oct. 14.
Monday, September 17, 2012
"Xanadu," which opened at the Beck Center for the Arts over the weekend, follows the journey of a beautiful Greek muse named Kira who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California on a quest to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist, to build his greatest artistic creation – the first ROLLER DISCO! Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors (65 and older), $12 for students (with valid ID), and $10 for children (12 and under). An additional $3 service fee per ticket is applied at the time of purchase. Group discounts are available for parties of 13 or more. Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Services at 216.521.2540 x10.