Student artists may do it for love, but of course they need money and feedback too. They can get both at the CWRU Graduate Art History Association's juried slide show, which takes place during MOCA Cleveland's annual college night, October 22. Selected participants will give PowerPoint presentations featuring slides of their work, and the jury will award cash prizes. More important, curators, gallerists and other artists will be there to give feedback. The jury includes MOCA Associate Curator Megan Lykins Reich, Dana Depew of Asterisk Gallery and the Front Room Gallery's Paul Sobota. The deadline for e-mailed submissions is September 22. For details, go to www.slideshowatmoca.com.
Readers of this paper and the late Free Times will recall the name of Jean Seitter Cummins as one of the fine theater critics whose reports appear in these pages. This week, Heights Arts and Dobama Theatre's First Mondays reading series presents her play, Lives of the Saints, about an Irish American "sibling family" coming to terms with its past. Readers are Glen and Jean Colerider, Bernard Canepari, Bernice Bolek and Margot Cohen. It takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, September 8, at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Rd. Suggested donation is $5. Call 216.932.3396 for reservations. This week in North Collinwood, Lowlife Gallery opens its doors for the first time, with a show featuring Ryan Kacsandy, Staci McNasty, A.P. Magee and Robert Saczkowski. Despite having been a curator at Stan Hywet Hall, proprietor and first-time gallerist Dave Desimone considers himself "a lowbrow type of person." "I think there's a lot of good, viable art that doesn't have a chance to get into some of the other galleries in town," he says. The opening reception is from 7-11 p.m. Friday, but there's a sneak peak in cooperation with nearby Shoparooni, which will have a new-toy release party from 7-10 p.m. Thursday. Lowlife Gallery is at 16001 Waterloo Rd. Look for the big blue arrow at the door. For information, call 330.671.6123.
Despite being in magnificent decay, Lakewood's long-dormant Hilliard Square Theater (16104 Hilliard Rd.) has attracted dreamers with its ornate lobby, fine acoustics and vaudeville stage. The Lakewood Historical Society will no doubt encourage more dreaming - and hopefully some restorative action - by including the venue on its house tour, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, September 8. Seven historic houses complete the tour. Tickets: $15. Call 216.228.9543.