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Local Artists Take Their Talent to The Edge; A Celebration of Cleveland's Eclectic Arts Community to Benefit Arts Education.

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Adding a dynamic new dimension to the city's culture scene, The Edge is a Cleveland-original arts spectacular -- a non-stop sensory event of taste, touch, sight and sound, where an array of local artists will mix and mingle with some 800 party-goers.

The second annual Edge Benefit will take place at Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room and Tank Farm on Saturday, June 15 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will unite local artists of all mediums and specialties including painters, musicians, dance troupes, fashion designers, stilt walkers, fire breathers, and contortionists, to offer area culture-seekers an enlightened night of music, fashion, art and dance to benefit Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland. Last year's event was a sell-out.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland (YAGC). Founded in 1953, YAGC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance student learning of the core subjects and the arts through life changing, interactive in-school arts programs presented by the highest quality professional dancers, musicians, actors, writers, and visual artists in our community.

Tickets for The Edge can be purchased for $35 (general admission) in advance of the event, or for $45 at the door. For this admission price, guests will have access to an eclectic mix of nine bands, a world-class DJ, five dance troupes, more than 20 artists and performance artists, beverages provided by Great Lakes Brewery, and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants and eateries. To order tickets, call 216-561-5005 or visit The Edge Benefit tickets can also be purchased at Cleveland-area Luchita's and Winking Lizard restaurants, Nightown in Cleveland Heights and Something Different galleries in Ohio City.

With some of the city's greatest talent already onboard -- including the African Cleveland Orchestra (jazz group) and SAFMOD (contemporary dance troupe), The Edge will offer Clevelanders an unparalleled artistic and social experience. Fox News feature reporter Kenny Crumpton will be on-hand to emcee the event.

"The Edge showcases the heat and heartbeat of Cleveland, featuring unique performers and cutting edge artists in an environment that is both entertaining and educational," says event Co-Chair Claudia Vitulich. "The entire space will be transformed into an Alice in Wonderland-like magical portal of colour and light, where guests can experience an unusual hybrid of mainstream and alternative art."

"This year's program will exceed the high expectations set by last year's groundbreaking event," says event Co-Chair Donald Shingler. "We have put together an evening in which the show is continuous and moves among the audience, it is a true experience of sight and sound."
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Date:May 14, 2002
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