Thursday, February 23, 2017

Herbal Adaptogens with Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist

Join Caty Crabb at ARTS/West on Saturday, March 4th from 2-4pm
 for an Herbal Adaptogens workshop
Learn about how these medicinal herbs can improve your health from a clinical herbalist.
 Only $20-35 sliding scale for admission

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Art Opening: Federal Hocking Secondary's 8x10 Photography Exhibit

Celebrate Youth Art Month at ARTS/West with Federal Hocking Secondary’s student chapter of the National Art Honors Society, as they proudly present their fifth annual 8×10 Photography Exhibit. 

The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm, and the exhibit will be on display in the ARTS/West Performance Space until March 25th. 

As always, the reception and gallery exhibit are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Front and Center featuring Zhou Chau on Traditional Chinese Instruments

Front and Center returns to ARTS/West on Saturday, February 18th from 12-1pm. As always, Front and Center provides a free musical performance and an open stage for children's solo and ensemble acts! This month, Zhou Chau will be the featured guest playing traditional chinese instruments. Front and Center always occurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 12-1pm, and is absolutely FREE.

SEOTDS Waltz Lesson, Potluck Dinner, and Contra Dance

Waltz Lesson & Contra Dance on Saturday, February 11th at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Please join us for any or all events!

5:00-6:30pm Waltz Lesson with Barbara Ramlow
6:30-7:30pm Potluck Dinner
7:30-8:00pm Beginners Contra Lesson
8:00-11:00pm Contra Dance!

The waltz lesson is FREE! The lesson will be an introductory lesson that is appropriate for people who have never waltzed before, as well as beginning & intermediate waltzers. Experienced waltzers are encouraged to come as practice partners.

Barbara Ramlow will be calling the contra dance with tunes by the Hotpoint Stringband. 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.

ARTS/West Presents: The 2017 Villains Cabaret

Come support ARTS/West on Saturday, February 18th from 7-9pm for an evening of music celebrating the wicked & wonderful villains from Broadway, movies, & beyond!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Art Opening and Exhibit: For the Love of Athens County

For the Love of Athens County features photo submissions from the smartphones of Athens natives. So come out to ARTS/West from 6:30pm-8:30pm on February 2nd to see the best photos of places and things in Athens County. As always, this exhibit is free and open to the public, and is available for public viewing anytime during normal business hours.

Sampler Knit Blanket Class

Join Nancy Baur and Nadine Borovicka in a 12 week knitting class for beginners and intermediate knitters. This class will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm between February 7th-April 25th. Participants will make a beautiful sample knitted blanket in addition to learning basic knitting techniques. Each class offers a different square! The cost is only $60 for all 12 weeks, or $7 for a one day drop in. To sign up please follow this link:, or call ARTS/West at 740-592-4315.

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.
More details on at

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.