Presented by Cleveland State University
About AHA! Festival
The Cleveland State University/Playhouse Square neighborhood will be alive with words, music, theater, dance and art on June 7, 8 and 9, 2017 as CSU inaugurates Arts and Humanities Alive!, the AHA! Festival, the first of its kind in Ohio. AHA! brings world renowned authors, performers and celebrities for a celebration of Storytelling and a wide ranging exploration of what our stories tell us about ourselves.
A day long outdoor Book Fair, along Euclid Avenue, from 14th -17th streets, kicks off the Festival and includes a children's area with storytelling and performances, adult authors and publishers, interactive exhibits, local libraries and bookstores, along with food trucks and entertainers. Community members are invited to Dance with a Star, Karina Smirnoff, on the stage of the State Theater at Playhouse Square in a free dance workshop! East Cleveland native and Hollywood star Yvette Nicole Brown returns to her hometown for an inspiring keynote address at the Arts Education Day Luncheon. Pulitzer Prize winning authors Isabel Wilkerson and Jon Meacham will each present talks about their respective best-selling books and Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago takes us on an out-of-this-world adventure through the stars during a TEDx Salon.
The children's theater production of The Frog Bride and the justly famous Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron and performed by Mamaí Theatre Company comprise the Festival's theater offerings.
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Appearing June 7
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Appearing June 9
the Adler Planetarium
Appearing June 8
Appearing June 7