An Interview with Bunny Christie from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (a guest post at Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I shared in the Fall, I’m excited to again be serving as Playhouse Square‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger for the KeyBank Broadway Series. Join me as I to take you behind the scenes to interview a member of the featured show’s cast, crew or creative team. The fifth show in the 2016-2017 series is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Visit the Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Bunny Christie, the scenic and costume designer of the production.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs March 21 – April 9, 2017 in the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the Playhouse Square website. 

Want to read my previous Broadway Buzz interviews? Check out my interviews at my At The Theater page here on the blog.

Want to learn more about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time before seeing the production? Arrive early to hear Joe Garry’s Broadway Buzz Pre-Show Talks, one hour before curtain in the Idea Center at Playhouse Square (1375 Euclid Ave.). More info on the Playhouse Square website here. (p.s. I edit the pre-show talk program, so make sure to grab one if you go!)

Learn more about Playhouse Square: follow Playhouse Square on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare & on Instagram at @playhousesquare. As before and always, many thanks yous to the Playhouse Square team for the opportunity to serve as a blog contributor & program editor for the Broadway Buzz program.

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals edition)

Like most, if you were survey where the majority of my time is spent these days, our home and my workplace would be far and away at the top of that list. (Runner ups: Target. Starbucks. The Starbucks at Target.) But over the past few days, I feel like Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals should be added to the list!

Since Sunday, I have had a few chances to visit Borrow’s new location near the corner of East 26th and St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Their Sunday afternoon Designer Showcase and Open House Market was my first opportunity to see it all first hand. I made it a grandmother/mother/daughter day, bringing along my mom and my baby girl to also enjoy.

In case you’re not familar, Borrow is a custom rental house specializing in supplying up-cycled wood tables and eclectic furniture. Their open house let guests check it all out in person. Ann, owner of Borrow, and her team looked to their fellow CLE event professionals to partake in their crafting of tablescapes for the event. Julie from Borrow put together this lovely look, incorporating a slick runner from my place of employment, L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental. It was fun to create something custom — that black patterned runner — for her design!

So many other local event vendors donated their time, talents and wares, but a few of my favorites included these LOVE letters from Rock The House Entertainment and the incredible chandlers from Signature Event Rental.

The back half of Borrow’s warehouse was dedicated to a marketplace with vendors including the Barrio Tacos truck, Drift Lab Textile Co.Furbish & Fire Candle Co., Hummingbird Bake Shop, Lakewood Plant Company, Miranda’s Vintage Bridal, Molly Taylor & Co., Piccadilly Artisan Creamery and The Wandering Wardrobe. Mom, Brenna and I did some shopping, coming home with some super cute pieces from Wanda (the name of the Wandering Wardrobe truck!), some Itty Bitty Bakeshop cookies and some liquid nitrogen frozen ice cream c/o Piccadilly.

But ultimately, I couldn’t take my eye off of all the pieces available for rent at Borrow. When you’re looking for something fun, unique, vintage or just plain cool for your upcoming wedding, event, photo shoot or baby’s six month Cinco de Mayo party (What?! You had to expect such ridiculousness from me), look no further than their collection.


As for that second visit to Borrow for me this week? That would be last night’s ILEA Cleveland Eco-Initiative Event — a great look into green practices for event profs. Check out these photos by Dale McDonald (a familiar name if you’re a regular blog reader!) over at ILEA Cleveland’s Facebook feed. What did I learn about Borrow that night? That you can rent Borrow’s space for your own event. Looks like I have another spot to add to my yoga teaching bucket list — after all, I really enjoyed my time there the past few days and can’t wait to return!

Thanks again to Ann, Julie and the rest of the team at Borrow for your hospitality this week! Keep up with them at their website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

From my Instagram feed the evening of the ILEA Cleveland event


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GIVEAWAY: 2017 Cleveland Home and Remodeling Show

What is it about this time of year that gets our homeowner juices flowing? Our weekend was spent looking at new home construction, talking about projects around our current house and the potential of putting our home back on the market. (#UGH, I don’t even want to fathom managing that with a baby and an extra dog, but that’s another post for another time…)  Lucky for us, the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo will return for its fourth year March 24-26 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

New features and attractions at the 2017 show include:

  • The Design Lodge, a 1,400-square-foot custom-built feature from Weaver Barns and Weaver Furniture, will include the year’s latest trends in design and décor.
  • Local celebrities compete for bragging rights with the Home Tweet Home show feature.
  • Local bloggers and designers will take to the tables and use their creativity and inspiration to design elegant and themed Tablescapes.
  • Kids will enjoy some playground fun at the Kauffman Lawn Furniture KidsZone.
  • Kinley Studio and Northeast Ohio artist Shaun Kinley invite visitors to leave their mark on the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo by adding a personal touch to a communal Cleveland themed art piece featured at the Expo.
  • Designed for the attendee who would like to be a do-it-yourselfer, the “Ask the Experts…” Stage sponsored by Sherwin-Williams will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete remodeling and renovation projects around the home.

Returning favorites from 2016 will offer exciting surprises, new products and fresh designs for this year’s show. They include:

  • The Main Stage, designed and furnished by Eastwood Furniture, will offer attendees the best of home improvement celebrity appearances.
  • Enter the show through an Outdoor Living Oasis by CK Stonescapes.
  • The Marketplace will feature products for cash-and-carry from artisans and vendors.
  • Relax and enjoy beverages and a light snack at Club Cambria.
  • Armed with a small budget, local design experts and DIY bloggers will be upcycling items of their choice for display in the Drab to Fab feature.

Home improvement celebrities making appearances throughout the show include:

  • Hilary Farr is an internationally renowned designer, co-host of Love It or List It, which airs on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the USA, and president of Hilary Farr Design, a thriving interior design company founded over 15 years ago.
  • Jeff Lewis is widely regarded as America’s most well-known house flipper through his role in Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out.
  • Serena Appiah was recently crowned Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year after a nationwide search for a home-blogger-turned-home-show celebrity.
  • A show favorite, Matt Fox will be returning as this year’s Main Stage emcee. Fox is best known for creating and co-hosting the first and longest-running show to air on HGTV, Room by Room, as well as hosting and producing the public television series Around the House with Matt and Shari.

If you’re lucky like we were last year, you may even meet one (or two) of those celebrities!

The Property Brothers and me with my brother at last year’s show. Check out this year’s line up & schedule of speakers/celebrities here.

Tickets are $10 at the box office; $8 online in advance, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Tickets are now on sale here — Use the promo code POISE for a 2-for-1 ticket deal!!

…or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets, good for any day of the show, this week on the blog via this Rafflecopter:

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You have until THIS FRIDAY, March 17th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend during March 24-26.

Check out the show’s social media feeds at FacebookTwitter, Instagram & Pinterest to get inspired before the March exhibition at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Disclosure: Show graphics ℅ the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend this event with a guest. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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