Thursday, April 27, 2006

News 4.27.06

A couple of really big news items today so try and bare with me.

Number 1, ARTS/West will no longer have a cell phone so do not call 517-1649. You will not reach anyone. It’s sad, I know. Try our office at (740) 592-4315 (I realize it is almost always busy but we have dial-up…) or the Community Center (740) 592-3325. You may also try telepathy, smoke signals or semi fore but I don’t think that will work.

Now that you know where we are located DO NOT MISS ARTCO’s play reading this Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm. Appalachian Regional Theater Company presents a dramatic play reading, That Sheep May Safely Graze, an anti-war play by local playwright and potter by W.R. Smiddie. Tickets are $3/$5.

We also have a NOISE SHOW this Sunday at 6pm. Bring your favorite instrument and a dish to pass. Find out more about noise by searching this website:

Also, our new intern Paula would like to invite everyone to A Taste of Athens this Saturday from 3-8pm at Howard Hall site (corner of Union St. and College St). There will be local bands, games, and food. Bring your friends and family!

And, if that wasn’t enough! (Who says there is nothing to do in Athens?!) Beautification Day is this Saturday. Check out

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see the Inlet Dance Theatre’s special performance Monday night. I don’t think I am alone in saying it was AMAZING! Thank you Bill Wade and all of the dancers who had to schlep back to Cleveland after the show. See email testimonial below!

From: Heather ThompsonSent: Tue 4/25/2006 11:24 AMTo: Emily PrinceSubject: Inlet Dance
Thank you very much for providing the space and time for the Inlet Dance Theatre! The performance was great and my boys had a great time! It was a great family event and was entertaining to all ages, especially my two, ages 3 and 9. Tyler wanted to e-mail his favorite dancer, Justin, last night when we got home. It was so cute! I’m so inspired!

I would also like to introduce you to three new contributors:
Alexander A Blabbers-Aarvorson was born in a small New Jersey town just southwest of Trenton. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was three, where his mother taught at the University and his father wrote for The Philadelphia Post, a prominent local newspaper. Aarvorson himself was a good student (though a little bored at times), and was a big hit with many of the more cynical teachers at his school. He excelled in his writing for school newspapers and, upon entry into Penn State, joined his father's paper. After graduating with a degree in Journalism and in English, Aarvorson obtained a job in Athens, Ohio, where he bought a moderately large two-story house. Aarvorson is currently working part-time at a local restaurant and spends the rest of his time writing short stories, and, on occasion, pithy articles for ARTS/West.

Mortimer A Morty Goste was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father was an Emergency Medical Technician who was good friends with many of the automotive dealers in town, which left the Goste family with no shortage in cars. His mother was a chef in a popular Italian restaurant and was usually at work until late into the night. Overall, Goste was a good student, but would sometimes shirk studying to draw comics that (as far as anyone knows) are still stashed away in a big box somewhere in his house. Goste was especially fond of cartoon zombies and skeleton characters with The Far Side-like themes. Nevertheless, he was a nice, well behaved kid and most teachers had a hard time not liking him. Goste attended Ohio University and went abroad for his junior year, graduating with a degree in Literature and Cooking. Goste=s favorite writer was Edgar Allen Poe; his favorite poems AThe Raven@ and AThe Bells@. He now teaches at the university and, in his spare time, helps out at ARTS/West.

Theo (that’s Tay-Oh) Peck-Suzuki is a part-time student at the Athens Middle School, also taking classes at OU and working independently with graduate students. He was born in New York City but moved to Athens, Ohio when he was a year old. He attended the private school River Valley until it was forced to fold in 2005, at which point he transferred to AMS. Generally not the most talkative of people, he participates in the school drama club and usually keeps to himself unless he’s onstage. In his spare time he likes to relax, and every week he helps out at ARTS/West, which is, conveniently, right next to his house. He enjoys writing, especially hard-boiled detective stories.

Can you guess the “real” one?

This is getting to be a pretty long post and if you have managed to read this far I want to give a HUGE thanks to Rheal, Rachel W., Rachel K. and Theo for finding the typo and getting our May 20th mailing out on time. Some of you may receive the mailing with the typo (we didn’t want to waste paper) and the kids have assured me your version will be the collectors’ addition!

Next weekend please come out for:

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS TO HAVE ATHENS PREMIERE AT ARTS WEST As a benefit play reading for My Sister’s Place

Saturday May 6th, 8PM

Jeanette Buck

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS, a deeply personal one-woman play by Ohio University School of Film Assistant Professor, Jeanette L. Buck will have its Athens premiere as a benefit for My Sister’s Place at Arts West, 132 West State Street in Athens, OH, on Saturday May 6th at 8PM. Apparently left for dead after a violent attack in her Los Angeles home Buck originally developed the play as a thank you to the community of friends and strangers that assisted in her healing.

The emotionally charged 75-minute play reading charts the course of her survival. Two-time Helen Hayes Award-winning Washington D.C. actress, Holly Twyford, portrays Jeanette in this harrowing autobiographical tale delving into a journey to heal both body and soul with the help of community, friends, and family. THERE ARE NO STRANGERS speaks to one individual’s need to make sense of a senseless act of hatred, while exploring the universal struggle to cope with a world torn apart by violence.

The play received its first production at Theater J in Washington DC in April 2005 and opened to positive reviews.

“clocks in as a successful specimen of the genre that might be labeled “triumph- of –the- human –spirit- chronicle.” Celia Wren Washington Post

“unexpectedly funny, of all things and gorgeously written” Bob Mondello WETA

“That playwright Jeanette Buck has taken this subject and crafted such a funny and enlightening piece is almost unbelievable. There Are No Strangers bursts with intensely personal and illuminating passion.” Fiona Zublin Washington Theater Review