Thursday, August 25, 2016

3rd Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire


Hello Fiber Friends! We are now in the 3rd year of our growing festival, which will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, October 1st and from 12-5pm on Sunday, October 2nd. Our inaugural year was so successful that we had to move to a larger location to offer expanded classroom space, outdoor exhibits, and MORE VENDORS! Once again the Athens Area Fiber Faire will be housed in the Athens Community Center, situated near the intersection of US 33 and US 50. Our expansive venue boasts ample parking, single-level floor plan, and multiple gathering spaces. Several hotels and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Our Marketplace vendor list is growing and they will provide a vast array of fiber related merchandise such as yarn, fabric, supplies, accessories, books, notions, finished goods, tools, and so much more! We strive to offer a little bit of something for everyone in the fiber world! The Athens Area Fiber Faire is presented by ARTS/West.


Music Class for the Little Ones!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Contra Dance presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Join us for a Contra Dance at ARTS/West on Saturday, September 10th. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Jan Phillips will be calling with tunes by the Three Rivers String Band. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. More information at www.athenscontradance.org or 740-590-4102.

Evening of Steampunk Fun


ARTS/West will be hosting the Steampunk Spectacular! Spectacular! for the monthly art opening in September. Join us on Friday, September 9th from 5-10pm for steampunk performances, vendors, and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. This is a part of the Athens Steampunk Spectacle, which celebrates all September long.


Mark Your Calendars! Turnt & Burnt is coming!


Turnt & Burnt
Line Dance Fitness Class
Come "TURN UP" while you "BURN UP" calories with line dance fitness!  If you are new to it, come learn, and if you are a pro, then come show us what you got! Most line dance songs are songs you already know and line dance fitness gives you a great cardio workout! You can wear sneakers or if you are feeling adventurous, wear a pair of heels and work those leg muscles! You'll be having so much fun dancing you won't even realize you are getting a workout! 
When: Following Thursdays at 6pm
September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8

Fee: $5 per class or 2 for $7

For more information, please contact Kellea Tibbs at 740.331.2864 or email tibbs@ohio.edu.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

ARTS/West Presents: Community Yoga with Becky Anderson


Come out to ARTS/West on Sunday, September 4th for the monthly session of Community Yoga! Classes are always on the first Sunday of the month, noon-1pm and free for ARTS/West members (for as little as $30 a year you can become a member!) or a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Contact ARTS/West at 740-592-4315 for more information. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Classes are taught by Becky Anderson.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Write a Review on ARTS/West


Please take two minutes out of your busy day to fill out a review of ARTS/West for GreatNonProfits.org. Just 10 reviews distinguishes us as a top rated nonprofit! Thank you! Please click the following link: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/arts-west-1

Monday, August 01, 2016

CANCELLED - Rough House Theater Company's Ubu the King

UPDATE of 8/1/16: Unfortunately tonight's show had to be CANCELLED! (they cannot get here due to being stranded in Pennsylvania with car trouble)
ARTS/West will be hosting a special one time only show of Ubu the King, presented by Chicago's Rough House Theater Company. The show will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, August 1st, with tickets priced at only $10! Please note that this performance is for ages 16 and above. Athens is only one stop on Rough House Theater Company's tour, as they will be visiting 7 other cities across the Midwest and East Coast. Ubu the King is based on Alfred Jarry's 1896 masterpiece of absurdo-surrealism, elaborately retold with original music and over 60 stunning hand-crafted puppets. In this new adaption by artistic director Mike Oleon, Ubu the King bring Jarry's seminal satire to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hand of 5 power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne - and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized by designer Grace Needleman, Rough House's Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular. You won't want to miss it!

About Rough House Theater Company:

Rough house Theater Company is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. Rough House creates theater that captures the heart through the eye. Rough House shows use puppetry, music and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. The company aims to invigorate audiences and inspire fellow artists through work that is rigorous, adventurous, and jubilantly weird.
Through educational programming, cultivation of work by emerging and established artists, and broadly accessible performances, Rough House seeks to bring new life to puppet theater in Chicago, and to invigorate a spirit of cross-disciplinary artistic experimentation within an ever growing, diverse community of artists.
Born in 2012 in a dilapidated storefront of Chicago's Congress Theater, Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival, Open Eye Figure Theater's Toy Theater After Dark Festival, and Chicago's International Physical Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Rough House has toured across the United States, performing in auditoriums, galleries, bars, lotion factories, funeral homes, punk houses, and the woods of Appalachia.
Rough House is a 501(c)3 organization.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Misfits Theatre and ARTS/West Present: A Little Princess: A New Musical


Misfits Theatre (formally Scene One) presents A Little Princess: A New Musical! Book by Bryan Crawley and Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on the timeless, classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performances will be August 19th-21st and 26th-28th at ARTS/West in Athens (132 West State St). Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Synopsis: Separated from her father, and the openhearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue - helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other boarders, she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress, who forces Sara to work as a maid. Sara counters all of Miss Minchin's best efforts to degrade her, all the while maintaining the grace and virtue of a little princess. For more info contact: matt@misfitsdrama.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Digital Sound System Tutorial


Join David Eubanks on Sunday, October 9th from 2-3:30pm as he shows off the new digital sound system recently installed in the ARTS/West Robert L. Winters Memorial Performance Space. Learn how to use the iPad in conjunction with the digital mixer and get certified to work as a technician with ARTS/West! To register, please email Chelsa at cpeterson@ci.athens.oh.us or call 740-592-4315.

ARTS/West Presents: Community Yoga with Becky Anderson


Come out to ARTS/West on Sunday, August 7th for the monthly session of Community Yoga! Classes are always on the first Sunday of the month, noon-1pm and free for ARTS/West members (for as little as $30 a year you can become a member!) or a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Contact ARTS/West at 740-592-4315 for more information. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Classes are taught by Becky Anderson.