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Dana Depew has been setting up scavenged windows, doors and other fragments of old architecture to divide the basement of Asterisk Gallery (2393 Professor Ave., 330.304.8528) into cubicles. That's partly, he says, to create the feel of peering into the many little rooms and partly to isolate the dozens of TVs that will play out work by 32 video artists curated by Cindy Penter for Referential: Homage Montage Sabotage, Asterisk's offering for this month's Tremont Art Walk.

Meanwhile, Doubting Thomas Gallery (856 Jefferson Ave., 330.958.4911) offers paintings by Dustin Nowlin, Pamela Erdhart and Josh Lovullo; Visible Voice Books (1023 Kenilworth Ave., 216.961.0084) is showing photography by Mark Satola. Art-walk hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 12. For information and more art walk locations, go to tremontartwalk.org.

They're not newcomers to the market, but Noteworthy Federal Credit Union is in a business that will sound new to most people: making loans to musicians for things like instruments and studio time. They're broadening that established business to target artists and performers more generally with the Creative Arts Project (CAP)

loan program.

In business 50 years, originally as part of the Cleveland Musicians Union, Noteworthy recently moved to the Tower Press building (1900 Superior Ave.) to be visible in the artist community. It specializes in loans on instruments like pricey violins, which can cost more than $100,000. Just like a house serves as collateral on a mortgage, the instrument secures the musician's loan.

A spokesperson says that as they broaden their business, they might work with a fashion designer and accept a sewing machine as collateral or find other creative ways of securing loans. They've already loaned musicians money for studio time at the Lava Room and Ante Up Audio.

In addition to specialized loans, Noteworthy offers standard banking services. For information, call 216.263.7034 or go to noteworthyfcu.com.

Performance dates and locations haven't been set, but the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival has announced its 2010 season. Allen Byrne will direct that gory tale of amputation, slit throats and human flesh baked in a pie, Titus Andronicus. Tyson Rand will direct the story of aging horndog fatty Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Auditions are in April. For information, go to cleveshakes.org.

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