Beck Center for the Arts and host a Cool Cleveland party celebrating the invention of the television and the Cleveland premiere of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention on Friday, March 20, 2009, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Attendees will enjoy complimentary wine from Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, TV-themed food stations-Happy Days, The Sopranos, Green Acres, and M*A*S*H-stocked with hors d'oeuvres by Jay Leitson, co-owner of 56 West in Lakewood, and delectable desserts and gourmet coffees and teas from the new Beck Café, owned by international art dealer Paul Sykes.

Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by students from the Beck Center's arts education program. Highlights include harpists, a hip hop dance choreographed by Beck dancers, pianists, displays from visual arts, and much more. In addition, the Cleveland Artists Foundation gallery will kick-off its exhibition, Painting The Town; Cleveland in the Late 20th Century, and an exhibition of vintage televisions and early television advertisements, courtesy of the TV Dinner Club Museum of Fairlawn, is on display in the Beck lobby.

Party-goers will wrap up the evening with a complimentary ticket to the Beck Center's production of The Farnsworth Invention. The powerful president of RCA, David Sarnoff, competes with a self-taught potato farmer's son, Philo Farnsworth, to invent a device Farnsworth calls "electronic television." Although they are very different men, their vision is the same: to use this technology as a vehicle for social change.

"As the Beck Center for the Arts continues to expand its outreach and impact across our region, we're pleased to host a Cool Cleveland party to showcase The Farnsworth Invention and our distinguished educational program," said Beck Center President and CEO Lucinda Einhouse. "We couldn't be happier than to work with and all our great partners to welcome cool Clevelanders to a fabulous experience at the Beck Center."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with such stellar Lakewood institutions," said's Thomas Mulready. "This Cool Cleveland party has everything: a stimulating play by one of my favorite writers, a generous and creative spread of food and wine, an art exhibition preview, student showcases, an outrageous TV exhibit, and dessert and coffee at one of my favorite new cafés, The Beck Café. All for a slammin' price. What's not to like?"

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $18, a 40% savings, until midnight, Thursday, March 18 at Ticket price at the door is $30. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just 10 minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.

Beck Center's production of The Farnsworth Invention is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and is sponsored by FIT Technologies, WTAM 1100AM, WCPN 90.3FM, Cleveland Scene, Cox Communications, and the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center's production is also generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and gallery exhibits featuring local and regional artists.


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