5 things to do in NEO: 'Miss Holmes,' Nick Offerman and art shows

"Miss Holmes" takes the stage for the Ohio Shakespeare Festival this season after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic.
"Miss Holmes" takes the stage for the Ohio Shakespeare Festival this season after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic. [Scott Custer]

Ohio Shakespeare Festival returns to the stage in Akron and a visual artist explores his Puerto Rican heritage at Waterloo Arts. Plus, an open house at the Screw Factory in Lakewood helps make up this week's to-do list.

"Miss Holmes"

Ohio Shakespeare Festival stages the production that was canceled last season due to the pandemic – "Miss Holmes." The play by Christopher M. Walsh switches the gender of its two protaganists Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson onstage Oct. 9 - 24. While opening night was originally scheduled for Oct. 7, the first two shows were canceled due to a vaccinated cast member testing postive for COVID-19.

Screw Factory Open House

Located inside the Lake Erie Building in Lakewood, the Screw Factory Artist Studios open to the public a few times a year for artists to show off their latest work. The public can check out art by such residents as Freddy Hill, Kristin Cliffel and Natalie Lanese Friday, Oct.8, and Saturday, Oct.9.

Miguel Rivera-Vera

Waterloo Arts Gallery spotlights the art of Cleveland visual artist and recent Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Miguel Rivera-Vera in the solo show "God, Houses, y Automobiles." Rivera-Vera explores his family history, values and homeland of Puerto Rico in the exhibit on view through Nov. 13.

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman discusses "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside" for the Cuyahoga County Public Library's Beyond the Book Jacket series. Best known for his role Ron Swanson on the sitcom "Parks and Recreation," Offerman talks about his new book in this virtual program Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

818 Studios

The Tremont art gallery 818 Studios celebrates its third anniversary with the group show "On Three" featuring a trio of works by such artists as Douglas Max Utter, Rebecca Yody and Liz Maugans. The show opens with a reception Friday, Oct. 8, and remains on view through Saturday, Nov. 13.

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