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Ishmael Beah, Henry Adams and ‘Happy Dog U’

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Today we share a conversation with acclaimed author and Oberlin graduate - Ishmael Beah - discussing his life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone captured in the pages of his memoir - A Long Way Gone - prior to an appearance next week for the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Plus, CWRU art historian Henry Adams opens his new book, Painting in Pure Color, Modern Art in Cleveland before the Armory Show 1908-1913. And we take a class at Happy Dog U with CWRU professor Heather Galloway, who discusses the WPA and public art in Cleveland.

Photo Gallery

William Sommer. 'The Japanese Bridge', c.1913 Oil on canvas. Private collection August Biehle, 'Fire Tug on the Cuyahoga River', 1908. Oil on board, Nora A. Biehle Abel G. Warshawsky. 'Vernon', c.1914. Oil on canvas, Corcoran Fine Arts Ltd. William Zorach. 'Tree in Chappaqua', 1913. Watercolor on paper, Lawrence Waldman. William Sommer. 'Lake Erie Cliff, Lakewood', 1911. Oil on canvas, Robert and Diane Sakuta

Additional Information

Ishmael Beah, author of Radiance of Tomorrow and A Long Way Gone speaks at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow Branch on Monday, March 17 at 7 pm.

Henry Adams, author of Painting in Pure Color, Modern Art in Cleveland before the Armory Show 1908-1913 speaks at The NOADA Art Expo 2014 Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 at 2pm.

Heather Galloway, Art Conservator at the Intermuseum Conservation Association, and professor at Case Western Reserve University, talks about the WPA and public art in Cleveland Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30pm at The Happy Dog, presented by Belt Magazine.


Arts and Culture, History, Literature, Painting


Ishmael Beah, author

Henry Adams, CWRU

Heather Galloway, CWRU

Ann Trubek, Belt Magazine

Sean Watterson, Happy Dog

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Applause is an Emmy award-winning locally produced TV show that celebrates artists and cultural groups around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The Sound of Applause, ideastream’s weekday radio magazine, celebrates the visual and performing arts, explores cultural trends, and examines current events through an artistic lens.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer