Thursday, August 31, 2006

Special September events

Tomorrow Night-Saturday, 2nd, 7 PM Improv Night
Yang Miller and class show off their stuff with some special New York City guests!
check out the story in Thursday's Athens News, www.athensnews.com
Free (although donations will be accepted!)

Saturday, 9th, 10-2 PM Westside Community Cookout
Sponsored by the Office of Off-Campus Living at Ohio University and the City of Athens.
Free

Saturday, 9th Color Print USA art show open, runs through October 3, 2006
Sponsored by Forging Connections Ohio University MAPC 2006.
Gallery hours for this show will be M-F 1-4.
There is a reception scheduled for Thursday, September 21 from 9:00-11:00 PM
www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/mapc.html

Artists in Communities project “Angels with Wings”
Tuesday 19th, 6 PM pot luck and near death experience rap session. Free
Saturday, 23rd, 10-4 PM Oral History Workshop led by Helen Horn.
There is a suggested donation fee of $20.00

Monday, 25th- Nov.11th, M, W: 5:00-6:30, Sat.:12:00-1:30
Movement Workshops led by Missy Whaley.
There is a suggested donation fee of $16.00 *

Saturday 30th, 10-4 PM Film and Audio Workshop led by Stephen Felch.
There is a suggested donation fee of $20.00

(The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This project is also sponsored in part by The Athens Foundation, the Athens Friends meeting and ARTS/West. If you would like more information please contact Missy Whaley at missyw4peace@yahoo.com )

HUMBLE PIE: Appalachian Playwright’s Festival
New plays from Appalachian playwrights!
Collaboration between Appalachian Regional Theater Company, Studio for Young Actors and ARTS/West.
Thursday, 28th, 8:00 PM play reading
Friday, 29th, 8:00 PM play reading
Saturday, 30th 1:00 PM reception 2:00 PM plays by young adults 8:00 PM workshop production of That Sheep May Safely Graze
Sunday, 1st 2:00 PM plays by young adults
4:00 PM play reading
All readings are a suggested donation of $8.00 which goes towards the sustainability of the festival.
(This project is sponsored in part by: The Hocking Valley Bank, with additional support from Jagers Funeral Home, ARTCO and the Studio for Young Actors)

Noise Show/Potluck Dinner Last Sunday of every Month, 6:00 p.m. sounds from the forefront of experimental music. Admission: $2.00 donation

SAVE THE DATES
ARToberfest: October 21-22nd. Westside Community performance, visual and culinary art celebration. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Quilt Discovery: November 11th Members of the public are invited to bring their family quilts to ARTS/West, where quilt and textile experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd will examine them and offer information about their patterns, fabrics, and styles. Quilts should not have been made after 1950 and should have a connection to Athens County, either brought here or made by a resident; we will however look at as many quilts as time allows. For each quilt, a quilt history form will be filled out and a documentation label attached. Contemporary quilts also welcome for documentation. Please call 592-4315 if you plan to attend. This project is sponsored in part by The Athens Municipal Arts Commission and The Ohio Arts Council.

Congratulations if you have made it this far!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Classes, classes, classes

Yang Miller's IMPROV YOUR LIFE class had its start last night and the kids seemed to have a great time (there was an awful lot of laughing down there!) If you would still like to sign up but are embarrassed because you missed the first class please call Yang (917) 783-5904 and check his website: www.yangmiller.com!
The class will present what they have learned with Yang and some of his peeps from NYC on September 3, 2006, 6:00 PM at ARTS/West.

Reminder that the Kids in Action class starts on Monday, August 28, 2006. Call the office to register (740) 592-4315.

A million wonderful and amazing art events are coming up so be sure and check for all of the updates!

KIDS IN ACTION Children will experience basic principals of: acting, social skills, teamwork, communication, multicultural awareness. The workshop focuses on the process more than on a final product. Led by: Dominika Adamova, M.Ed.: 15 years teaching experience, director, playwright, actress of the Bear Educational Theatre, Czech Republic, professional British Council teacher trainer using drama techniques in education, has worked with children of all ages in different countries around Europe as well as in the United States. Kids in Action 1 (kids 5 to 8 years) Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00 Kids in Action 2 (kids 9 to 12 years) Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00

Friday, August 18, 2006

Angels with Wings

The next "Angels with Wings" pot luck rap session will be held at ARTS/West on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 6:00 pm.

Oral History Workshop
Saturday 9. 23: 10-4 pm $20.00 *


Film and Audio Workshop
Saturday 9 .30: 10-4 pm $20.00*

Movement Workshops
Starting 9.25: M, W: 5:00-6:30, Sat.:12:00-1:30 $16.00 *

*All fees are suggested donation
If you would like more information please contact Missy Whaley at
missyw4peace@yahoo.com


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Fall Classes and Workshops

KIDS IN ACTION
Children will experience basic principals of: acting, social skills, teamwork, communication, multicultural awareness. The workshop focuses on the process more than on a final product.
Led by: Dominika Adamova, M.Ed.: 15 years teaching experience, director, playwright, actress of the Bear Educational Theatre, Czech Republic, professional British Council teacher trainer using drama techniques in education, has worked with children of all ages in different countries around Europe as well as in the United States.

Kids in Action 1 (kids 5 to 8 years)
Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00

Kids in Action 2 (kids 9 to 12 years)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00

IMPROV YOUR LIFE
This workshop will help you and/or your child develop skills like: Communication, Confidence, Listening, Problem-solving, Reflexes, Imagination, And of course it will be a heck of a lot of FUN!!!
Instructor: Yang Miller: trained in longform improv at The Peoples Improv Theater, New York City. “Best improv lessons in New York.” -New York Times Magazine
“Best new development in Comedy”-Time Out New York

Youth Class (8-15): Time: 3 to 5.
Adult Class (16 and up): Time: 6 to 8.
Dates: August 21st, 23rd, 25th, 28th, 30th and September 1st.
Complete Workshop: $125 or, single household discount of $200.00 per pair, Call by 8/15 to sign up

FAMILY OPEN MIC NIGHT
Show off your pipes, tell a joke, mime! Do your children (and maybe even you, too) need a creative outlet? Join us and cheer everyone on for fun-filled nights in the performance space. Be our guest as a performer or audience member.
Time: 6:30-8:30, Fee: $1.00 (participants), $2.00 (audience), Age: 0-99, Date: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2
Day: Thursday

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT
Learn the basics of dramatic structure using fun exercises, group projects and individual instruction as you write a short play. Guest speakers will enhance the learning experience. All students will receive an entry in HUMBLE PIE: Appalachian New Play Festival and their own public reading at the festival.
Ages: 11-15
Dates: Sundays, August 13, 20 & 27
Time: 2:00-4:30
Where: ARTS/West
Cost: $45 includes light refreshments and materials.

To register and get more information contact SFYA at studioactors@yahoo.com
To find out about other exciting SFYA classes and events check their blog: www.studioactors.blogspot.com


Call-in registrations will be accepted during appropriate registration dates 8:00 am-8:00 pm Monday-Friday with a Visa or MasterCard at (740) 592-3325. A participation waiver must be signed for a minor prior to participating in the first class. Walk-in registration will be accepted for activities and classes made during appropriate registration dates and times, as listed.

Please remember that in order to have a class, registrations must be done early. If there are not enough participants registered, classes will be canceled and registrants will receive a refund or credit.

Cancellations: Programs are subject to change in location, date, time and/or personnel. Every effort will be made to make up cancelled programs dates.

Please call ARTS/West or The Community Center to registor or for more information.

ARTS/West: (740) 592-4315

Community Center: (740) 592-3325

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Market Sundays

Uptown Advocates Join Forces for the Arts

August 6th 12-4, Market Sundays hosted by Hidden Treasure

With the success of Boogie on the Bricks and the Nelsonville Art and Music Festival, it seems that art and music is in the air in Athens County. On Sunday, August 6th, from 12-4 pm this tradition will continue as Market Sundays – a project of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission will be held in a new location on East State Street between College Street and Court Street in front of Bali Karma, Stephen’s Restaurant and Wild Mercantile. This Sunday the market is hosted by the Hidden Treasures group of specialty retailers located in the northern-end of Uptown Athens.

Market Sunday visitors can visit local retailers, market Sunday vendors and local musicians on this special summer market. Arts displayed range from the very local to the very international. Local artists setting up their wares will be joined by some making art “right on the spot” including a glass blowing demonstration by Sean Fugate and “face-paint masterpieces” for children and adults!

The music will be from our own back yards. Rising star Megan Murphy and her family band Yankee Bluegrass will fill the air with Athens-County-Grown bluegrass in one of her last local performances before she leaves for college in West Virgina where she received a bluegrass scholarship for her excellent mandolin playing. Just returning from the other side of the globe Colin Donohue, will display of sample hand-woven and batik textiles from Java, Lombok, and Sumba in Indonesia, as well as painted eggs from Bali.

Vending fees are very affordable and all interested artists are encouraged to participate.
Market Sunday vendors can contact Leslie Schaller at 592-3854 or
leslies@acenetworks.org to reserve a vending space. All vendors must have a current vendor’s license to participate and only sell home-grown or hand made items. Vendors must bring their own canopies, umbrellas, tables and displays. Please arrive by 11:00 am on the day of the market if you have not reserved with the market organizers.

For more information contact:

Market Sundays organizers:
Leslie Schaller, 592-3854, leslies@acenetworks.org
Carol Patterson, cpatte1@columbus.rr.com

Hidden Treasures organizers:
Colin Donohue 594-5276, colin@bali-karma.com
Kristy Bales 589-BATH, succulentsundays@aol.com

Olympian Founders

I first off want to thank everyone who has become an OLYMPIAN FOUNDER! Names listed below and wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that it is not too late and I invite you to become an OLYMPIAN FOUNDER of ARTS/West. You may have already received some information about this campaign and it is not too late to join. We are seeking an up-front, one-time donation of $100 minimum from 255 supporters. We are half way to our goal!

This campaign was established to create a fund to accomplish the start-up and renovation of the ARTS/West facility. So far we have built the stage, installed a professional lighting system and have the 1st half of our sound system. We still need our recording system, a projection system, a back stage bathroom and ADA compliant (handicap) access to our basement.

Founding Olympians will be listed on a plaque in the facility and in publications listing supporters.

Please mail your check, money order or credit card and name you would like listed on the plague to information to:

ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH 45701 or call Emily Prince at (740) 592-4315.


OLYMPIAN FOUNDERS


Chuck and Harolyn Brient
Joe Balding
Dru Riley Evarts
Krista Campbell
Kevin Martin
Ron Luce
Mary-Elizabeth Lasher-Myers
Judith Daso, Pat & Lonny Fraze
Anne Cooper-Chen
William and Karen Morgan
Karen and Richard Vedder
Anonymous
John and Juli Miller
Ray & Jane Hazlett
Ric & Mary Abel
Carol Patterson
David O. Thomas
Mimi & Lester
The Local Girls
Mort and Iris Hollander November
The Ohio Valley Summer Theater
David B. Callahan, Architect
Phyllis Dean
Athenian Players Theatre
Mirian Hart
Bill Cook
Tom and Susan Quinn
David Kurz
Charlie, Celia, Darby, Emma & Helen Lewis
Anonymous
in memory of Daniel C. Lynch
John Ray
The Chan Family
Anonymous
The Winters Family
Appalachian Regional Theater Company
Anonymous
Mary Lee Powell
Anonymous
Lenard and Diane Presutti
Joanne Dove Prisley
The Coombs Family
Anonymous
Tom and Clinton Calhoun
Anonymous
in memory of Shirley D'Auria
Art Saxe
Anonymous
Mark Phillips
William & Kathleen Condee & Family
Robert & Kristina Detty-Houser
Kleinpenny Rentals
Elizabeth and Martin Kordesch
Tom Lovdal
John D. Cunningham
The Peck-Suzuki Family
Anonymous
Tom, Jan and Lauren Hodson
Anonymous
Sung Ho and Yang Hi Kim
Margaret A. King
Lagraff & Biddinger
Lysa Burnier and David Descutner
Don & Mary Anne Flournoy
Anonymous
Dianne Bouvier
Anthony and Helen Chila
Lee Cibrowski
Anonymous
Anonymous
Steven Ross
Sara Green
Lisa Michele Rudy
Anonymous
Gene and Elizabeth Westenbarger
Linda and Rod Nippert
Anonymous
In Honor of Carol Patterson
Elaine Dabelko
Ted and Sue Foster
Anonymous
Linda Howard
Glen and Susan Kerkian
Mark and Rita Snider
George Weckman
Jim and Carol Ault
William and Arlene Baasel
Diane McVey & Craig Johnson
Gifford B. Doxsee
Tad and Ann Grover
Tim and Mary Hogan
Daniel Hudson
Anita C. James
In memory of our daughter Kristin Kostohryz
Deborah Stone Lowe
Cliff and Arline McCarthy
Peg McDargh
Anne and Guido Stempel
Mike and Maureen Wootton
Richard Dean
Gene Jennings
Allan and Esther Jean Lackey
Marlene and Joel Rudy
Margerat and Alex Topping
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Norman and Margaret Cohn
Jim and Lennie Conover
Frank and Lorraine Myers
The Jacobs-Tobar Family
Toscano's, Oak Room Restaurant
League of Women Voters of Athens, Ohio
Charles S. and Amanda H. Buchanan
Leslie Schaller & Timothy Foran

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

David and Denise at ARTS/West

DAVID & DENISE

35th-Reunion Tour



David & Denise, a folk duo that performed in New York and Columbus in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, is reuniting for three concerts in August 2006, 35 years after they last appeared together. They will perform at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. on Friday, August 4; the Columbus Performing Arts Center, in downtown Columbus, on Sunday, August 6; and Cain Park’s Alma Theater, in Cleveland Heights, on Tuesday, August 8.

As a teenager in the middle and late 1960s, David Budin, a Cleveland Heights, Ohio, native, performed in rock bands and as an acoustic solo artist, opening shows for such artists as Linda Ronstadt and Tim Buckley. He moved to New York City in 1968, and played in a New Jersey-based group called the Gift, which was one of the bands whose members eventually evolved into Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. While in the Gift, Budin got to jam onstage with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and many others, and open shows for artists including the Lovin’ Spoonful and John Hammond Jr.

In 1969, Budin left the group to sign with Sire Records as a recording artist, songwriter, musical arranger and record producer. As a solo artist he played on bills with Canned Heat, Kenny Rankin and others. Budin also worked as a stand-up comedian and a comedy writer in New York.

When Sire Records signed a folk group from Columbus, Ohio, called Mimi & Me (which also featured singer Mimi Rousseau, who has remained a popular Columbus performer), Budin was assigned to produce their album. During rehearsals, Budin discovered that his style of playing and singing matched that of the group’s Denise Johnson, who was also a songwriter. Budin and Johnson decided to form their own duo, David & Denise. Sire offered to sign the duo to the label, so after playing a few gigs in New York, the two moved to Johnson’s hometown, Columbus, to work on their songs. David & Denise performed around Columbus for another year, but then decided to go their separate ways – Budin to Cleveland and Johnson to Oregon.

Budin played in several rock bands for the next decade, and continued to produce records, write songs, arrange music, manage artists, perform and write comedy and promote and produce concerts. He quit the performance and production side of the entertainment industry in 1981 to concentrate on music journalism. He is a successful free-lance magazine writer, focusing on pop culture and especially pop music, writing for regional and national publications.

Johnson performed as a solo artist and in other duos and groups with artists such as Brian Freeman, one of the most popular folk musicians in the Northwest, and with Mark Nelson, a national dulcimer champion, and once performed with Pete Seeger. She also ventured into children’s music and storytelling, becoming a much sought-after performer all around Oregon. She released a collection of her children’s songs, Patchwork Pie, in 1991, and directed several children's productions for which she wrote and arranged the music.

A visual artist as well, for several years Johnson operated a kids' costume business, for which she designed and created items like fancy capes and crowns, wizard and princess hats and wands, which she sold at crafts fairs. She is a fiber artist, too, working in the field of art quilting. She also became certified as a teacher and an Early Childhood specialist.

Budin returned to music in 1998, traveling around the country as a backup musician for his singer-songwriter brother, Noah Budin, and then for other Northern Ohio artists as well. In 2003, he wrote an arrangement of Graham Nash’s “Teach Your Children” for a concert in which Nash sang the song with the 100-member Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and Budin played second guitar with him on the song.

After being re-immersed in playing and singing for a few years, Budin got the idea to re-team with his former musical partner Johnson, to give, as he says, “the last concert we never had.” Johnson liked the idea and so the two have spent months picking out some of the best songs that have been written since they last played together – as well as some of their original songs – and practicing them, mainly through the use of tapes, CDs and the Internet, plus practicing together in Los Angeles for several days in early June.

They have also enlisted the help of three highly talented musicians to back them up in these concerts. Charlie Lewis and Celia Hollander Lewis, an Athens, Ohio, couple who have been performing folk and bluegrass music together, as Charlie & Celia, and individually for more than 20 years in the Athens area as well as the Cleveland area, will be accompanying David & Denise on a variety of instruments, including guitars, banjos, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Irish harp, autoharp and keyboards. Well known Cleveland musician and music educator Kevin Richards – the founder and director of both the Fairmount School of Music and the Roots of American Music educational programs – will also join the group, playing acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin and fiddle.

For more information, contact PopCycles Productions: 216-791-5149, or popcycles@sbcglobal.net.
http://www.davidbudin.com/