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The Artist Formerly Known as Artchitecture

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The Gallery formerly known as Artchitecture has changed its name to William Rupnik Gallery, after its proprietor and resident visionary. But the taste for stylish, graphic-oriented and street art remains unchanged. Bill Rupnik wants to explore some of his other interests —such as the display and sale of mid-century modern furniture, vintage bicycles and other cool stuff. In the immediate future, look for A Countdown to Awesome, a show of new works by Ales "BASK" Hostomsky, which opens with a reception from 7- 10 p.m. Friday, June 5. It hangs through July 5 at the gallery (1667 E. 40th St., Unit 1A, 216.533.5575, artchitecturegallery.com).

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is looking for volunteers to take on a range of tasks associated with its citywide Color Me Cleveland fundraiser. During the event, artists create work outside in public at locations around town, starting June 19 and finishing June 26, when the works are auctioned at a gala benefit. They're looking for people to do all kinds of tasks, from flyering to serving as gallery attendants to cleaning up. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Stephanie Scharf at artistsarchiveswest@yahoo.com.

It's not entirely a coincidence that Cleveland is both ground zero for the foreclosure crisis (and by extension, the economic woes currently weighing on the world), and at the same time, home to the world's largest theater restoration project — PlayhouseSquare. Some of the same forces — i.e. redundant construction and outmigration — contributed to both. We wouldn't have had those restorations if we hadn't first abandoned the theaters. The League of Historic American Theatres will take in the grandeur of our restoration efforts when it holds its 33rd annual conference and theater tour here July 15-18, with the Wyndham as the headquarters hotel. "Cleveland, a city that has overcome many challenges over decades, is a great place for confronting difficult challenges with creative solutions and envisioning the future for historic theatres," say the organizers. A pre-conference seminar will try to answer questions about raising money for restoration projects in tough economic times — just like the Great Lakes Theater Festival did for its renovation of the Hanna. If you've got an eye on an old theater in your neighborhood, this event is worth a look. Go to lhat.org.

mgill@clevescene.com

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