Saturday, January 14, 2017

Music Together Starts This Week!

Registration is open for two classes
Fri 10:15am & Sat 10:15am
10 Week Session Starting January 20 & 21
for ages birth to 5yrs 

For more Info contact Music Educator, Laura Nadeau at

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Front & Center featuring Bahara Baheri

Front & Center returns to ARTS/West for the first time in 2017 on Saturday, January 21st during its normal timeslot of 12-1pm. Featuring a special guest performance and providing an open stage for children to perform vocal or instrumental music, Front & Center occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month, always from 12-1pm.  So bring the kids to hear Bahara Baheri on vocals and sitar, and enjoy an hour of free musical entertainment!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Moon Tunnel: A Graduate Literary Reading Series

Join some of Athens' creative and inspiring graduate student writers on January 27th at 7:30pm in the basement of ARTS/West. Moon Tunnel is sponsored by the Ohio University Department of English.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Misfits Theatre presents the uproarious comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Directed by Marissa Dienstag

Performances will be January 20th-22nd and 27th-29th at Arts West in Athens (132 West State Street). Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. 

When a die hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

Dates: January 20th-22nd, 27th-29th
Times: 7pm (Fridays and Saturdays), 2pm (Sunday matinees)
Location: Arts West, 132 West State Street, Athens, OH
Tickets: $10.00 at the door

For more information, contact:

Family Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Bring the whole family to ARTS/West on Sunday, January 15th from 3-5pm for an afternoon of dancing and music. This event will have kids and adults dancing together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer.
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Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Contra Dance on Saturday, January 14th at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Kim Thompson will be calling with tunes by Zeke's Fancy. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family, kids 10 and under are free. More information at or 740-590-4102.

January Art Exhibit: "Working Hands" by Elizabeth Nihiser

Come to ARTS/West and check out our new art exhibit for the month of January. "Working Hands" by Elizabeth Nihiser will be on display in the ARTS/West performance space until the 31st. As always this display is absolutely free and open to the public during business hours.

Thursday, December 15, 2016


ARTS/West will be closed Dec. 23rd-26th & 31st-Jan. 2nd.
ARTS/West will have very limited hours the week between Christmas and New Year's. Please call 740-592-4315 before heading over to make sure someone is in the office!

Semi-Regular Office Hours will resume on Tue., Jan. 3rd!

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

I Stand Beside You

"I Stand Beside You" is a workshop and community discussion on how we can be positive allies to those facing discrimination and needing support, offered by the Peoples' Justice League. We will teach tactics in Bystander Intervention, discuss how to best handle disclosures of abuse, assault and even undocumented status, as well as brainstorming and providing a list of community resources that an ally should have on hand. The workshop is Saturday, December 10th 2-4 pm at ARTS/West (132 W. State Street in Athens). Please feel free to invite other compassionate, positive community members and repost the workshop: You may email me or message us via FaceBook (People's Justice League) Child care will be provided and youth are welcome to attend the workshop as well. Thanks, we look forward to seeing everyone and continuing to unite and make our communities stronger.

Left-Handed Musings: Art Opening featuring Joe Brumfield

December's art exhibit will be Left-Handed Musings by Joe Brumfield, and will be on display at ARTS/West from December 7th, 2016 through January 3rd, 2017. The Opening Reception is on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30-8:30pm. Joe Brumfield often draws inspiration from works of the 60's underground comic scene, eastern spirituality, iconic photographs, music, film, and the work of social justice activists. The opening reception is free to the public and will serve light refreshments.