Friday, December 26, 2008

This weekend- Wrap up your year with ARTS/West

After spending holidays with the family come on down to Athens and spend some quality time with the Aquabear Legion and an evening of experimental and improvisational music.

Our monthly concert series rolls on with: NYC's String Gone Deaf (members of (the) Giants of Gender); Clan of the Cave Bear (cle); Remainder (our own from Athens. Remainder vs. The Princes). Some holiday improv music from all of us and some other surprises. Spend the holidays with your Aquabear! Saturday, December 27 from 8:00pm-11:00pm. (I think there's a small cover for this show...)

Follow-up the improv flow with our monthly improv night and pot-luck. We've added some improv dance. A good time is always had by all the tens of people that make the last Sunday at 6pm of every month a regular event.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays

The Studio for Young Actors will be reviving their wildly popular rendition of a Christmas Carol this Monday-Tuesday, December 22-23 at 7:00 pm. Come out to see some old and new faces as we herald in the new year. Ticket information: Tickets are now on sale at O'Betty's, Mountain Laurel and Hyacinth Bean. They are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for ages 12 and under. They will also be available at the door before the show. The show has pretty much sold out the last two years, so advance tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased at these outlets with CASH ONLY. Checks and credit cards are not accepted at these outlets. (At the door, checks can be made out to Christina Deidesheimer. Checks made out to SYA, SFYA, etc. cannot be cahsed and will not be accepted.)

Please remember ARTS/West in your holiday giving. Our wish list can be found on the previous post.

We cannot thank our community enough for their support in 2008 and we will continue to earn it throughout 2009!

Winter class registrations are open and information is below.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter shows abound!

Pinocchio's nose keeps growing and Christmas Carol is right around the corner! There are still public performances of Pinocchio this coming weekend- visit www.ovst.org for tickets and information.

Christmas Carol runs Monday-Tuesday, December 22-23 at 7:00 pm.
Ticket information: Tickets are now on sale at O'Betty's, Mountain Laurel and Hyacinth Bean. They are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for ages 12 and under. They will also be available at the door before the show. The show has pretty much sold out the last two years, so advance tickets are recommended.
Tickets can be purchased at these outlets with CASH ONLY. Checks and credit cards are not accepted at these outlets. (At the door, checks can be made out to Christina Deidesheimer. Checks made out to SYA, SFYA, etc. cannot be cahsed and will not be accepted.)

We are very humbled by your generosity for our floor campaign! And, here are some of our other needs this season...

Wish List for ARTS/West

The following is an alphabetical list of supplies/equipment that would be put to great use by ARTS/West. And, remember, just like with a monetary donation, the value of an in-kind gift of any of these items is tax-deductible!

Items of greatest need are starred like this: **

Art/Sculpture pedestals

Art Supplies**

Bunn or other industrial Coffee Maker, high-volume**

Changing Table

Conference table

Data storage - burnable CDs, DVDs, and/or external drives

Hanging supplies for artworks - wire, hooks, etc.

Kitchen Cabinets/Metal kitchen racks

Lightweight tables

Lockers

New Floors ** (Currently raising funds for cork flooring for downstairs level - call for details!)

Paint

Printer Ink (Call for model numbers)**

Round table

Shelving - Book and Storage**

Utility sink for art supplies/classes**






If you can help by providing any of these items, or if you know of a good source, please call us at 740-592-4315 or drop by our office at 132 W. State St. between the hours of 11-4, Tues.-Fri.

The staff and patrons of ARTS/West Thank You!


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Angela Keslar

Pinocchio is up and running- and boy is it running! We started the school performances and you can catch the public performances this Friday, December 12. for tickets visit www.ovst.org

Before you do that be sure to come on out for Angela Keslar's Trunk Show this Thursday, December 11th at 5:00pm.

December 11, 2008, 5:00 p.m. Project Runway’s Angela Keslar at ARTS/West! You don’t want to miss this special event where designer Angela Keslar will display her latest clothing and accessory designs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Angela in person, ask questions about her season, view episodes from season 3, and purchase pieces from her collection. Some items will require special order, to be delivered in time for the holiday season. FREE!

December 12, 13 & 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m., December 13, 14 & 20 at 2 p.m.

Pinocchio opens for public performances Dec. 12 at ARTS/West. OVST takes a bit of the Italian Renaissance, adds a touch of Ringling Brothers and stirs them both into 21st century SE Ohio to create a wonderfully fun and physical show suitable for all ages. This Pinocchio leaves Disney far behind, yet your favorite characters are all still there: Geppetto, the Blue Fairy, a certain cricket, and the wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy, Pinocchio. They all come to life in this retelling of Carlo Collodi's classic tale written be award winning Ohio playwright, Kathryn Shultz Miller.

Pinocchio
will run for a total of 7 public performances: Dec 12, 13 and 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 13, 14 and 20 at 2:00 p.m. General admission ticket price is $10. Two children (under 18) are admitted FREE with each paid adult. Tickets are available at www.ovst.org or by calling 740-593-9696.

December 22-23, 7:00p.m. An annual tradition! The Studio For Young Actors presents A Christmas Carol

December 27th 8:00 p.m. Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West (the) Giants of Gender (NYC) www.myspace.com/thegiantsofgender and more. $4 admission.

FRONT & CENTER
a free music event for school age kids every third Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon –1 pm. Second half of event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose.

Or just listen and enjoy!

December 20 TBA

January 17 Randy Shoup and the 8 AM Band, local popular musicians

February 21 Jane Palmer and company with African drumming

March 21 No meeting—Spring Break

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Get in on the Ground Floor!

Dear Friends,

A huge Thank You to everyone who has donated to the "Get In On the Ground Floor" Campaign so far! We are up to 9% of our fundraising goal, and we are truly amazed at the enthusiasm the Athens community is showing for this campaign!

"Wait, what's this campaign they speak of?" Haven't heard of our latest endeavor? Well, let me tell you all about it!

ARTS/West has been growing in leaps and bounds since we opened in 2005 - it's been an amazing ride so far, and we are thrilled to now be serving more than 21,000 community members each and every year! But that kind of traffic takes a toll on a floor - especially a floor covered in an old, worn-out and stained carpet (anyone who has used our basement level can attest to that).

So, Emily and Tammy (with the help of some ARTS/West friends) cooked up a solution that will give us a clean, comfy floor surface that is environmentally-friendly AND kid-tough - Cork Flooring!

Cork is:
Shock-Absorbing! Sound-Absorbing! Warm to the touch! Saves on Energy Bills! Fire-Retardant! Anti-Microbial! Beautiful AND Tough! And, most importantly, Renewably-Sourced!! It would be a dream come true to install fresh, clean, beautiful cork flooring in the main lobby and every lower-level classroom of ARTS/West!

But, we need YOUR help to make it happen - so we've launched the "Get In On The Ground Floor" campaign to raise funds. $5.00 covers purchase and installation of one (1) square foot of new cork flooring. Give $25, get ARTS/West 5 square feet! Give $100, and you'll help us install 20 square feet!

So, if you'd love to see ARTS/West with a clean, durable, safe and beautiful floor on our basement level that will last for years, give us a call at 740-592-4315, or email Emily at eprince@ci.athens.us to make a donation today! All gift levels are welcome and gratefully accepted - every little bit helps!

Thank you to those who have already given, and thank you to anyone still considering making a gift - your support is truly appreciated, and ATS/West is thankful for YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Emily, Tammy, and the ARTS/West community

Friday, November 21, 2008

Leave and more

Hey kids, Emily will be on a leave of absence through December 20. Oh no you say. Don't panic everyone, everything is going to be just fine. Here's the schedule for the next two weeks.

ARTS/West Usage for 11/23/08-12/6/08

DATE TIMES RENTER/ACTIVITY A/W STAFF? ROOM
23-Nov 9:00am-12:30pm Vineyard N/a lobby

1:30pm-4:30pm Painting class N/a Rm 1

4:30-7:00 SFYA rehearsal N/a Rm 1
24-Nov 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

6:00-10:00 SFYA rehearsal N/a Per Space
25-Nov 7:00-9:00 Knitting Class TY Rm 2
26-Nov 9:00-11:30 office hours EP
27-Nov
OFFICE CLOSED

28-Nov 11:00-4:00 office hours TY





30-Nov 9:00-12:30 Vineyard N/a lobby

6:00-9:00 Noise Show EP Per Space
1-Dec 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

12:00-5:00 OVST rehearsal N/a Per Space

6:00-10:00 SFYA rehearsal N/a Rm 1
2-Dec 12:00-5:00 OVST rehearsal N/a Per Space

11:00-4:00 office hours TY

7:00-9:00 Knitting Class N/a Rm 2
3-Dec 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

11:00-4:00 office hours TY

12:00-5:00 OVST rehearsal N/a Per Space

3:30-4:30 Teen Belly Dancing Class N/a Rm 1

5:00pm-7:00pm Belly Dancing Class N/a Rm 1
4-Dec 9:00-11:30 office hours EP





5-Dec OFFICE CLOSED


10:00am-11:00pm OVST tech rehearsal N/a Per Space
6-Dec 10:00am-11:00pm OVST tech rehearsal N/a Per Space

3:30-6:30 SFYA rehearsal N/a Rm 1

12:30-3:30 Painting class N/a Rm 1







You can see that Tammy will be in and Corina will be filling in some and all the rental activities will occur as scheduled.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jan Classes

Big weekend has come and gone but there is still a lot to do.

Join us for Angela Keslar's Trunk Show on Dec. 11th from 5-8. Angela will be here to talk about her latest designs, available for purchase and order, and we will also screen some highlights from Project Runway Season 3. I might even make hot apple cider, who can say for sure.

The APE Center has a full line up of classes and you can download their brochure here:

APE Program_winter 08 classes_for Emily.pdf


Or, visit their website
www.apecenter.org.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Aquabear and so much more

Athens-based music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be holding another installment of their monthly concert series at ARTS/West on Friday, November 14th at 8pm. The evening will feature music from Athens’ own She Bears, Winter Makes Sailors from Columbus, and Barn Burning who passes through Athens on tour from their native Providence, Rhode Island.

Saturday, November 15 from 12:00-1:00 brings our montly installment of Front and Center. This month's featured guest is
Kevin Vaught, local vocalist and actor. As always, the second half is an open stage for kids.

Aquabear Legion is also having a Record Swap on Sunday, November 16th on the stage of ARTS/West from 1pm-6pm. There will be local merchants and bands selling and swapping their LP’s, CD’s, tapes, 45’s, and more. Admission is free, with donations encouraged.

There are still tables left if you are interested in selling some music, you can set up for a fee of only $10. Table fees and donations will support Aquabear Legion and ARTS/West. If you are interested in setting up a table, please e-mail contact@aquabearlegion.com.

Then,

Project Runway’s Angela Keslar to hold TRUNK SHOW at ARTS/West!

ARTS/West is ecstatic to present “Project Runway” Season 3 Designer Angela Keslar’s trunk show on December 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM. All activities will take place at ARTS/West.

Do not miss this special event where designer Angela Keslar will display her latest designs, including clothing and accessories. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Angela in person, ask questions about her season, view episodes from season 3, and purchase pieces from her collection. Some items will require special order, to be delivered in time for the holiday season.

Angela, formerly of Amesville, OH, was chosen from a nationwide search of 2500 designers to appear in season 3 of Bravo’s “Project Runway.” Her triumphant team challenge on episode 4 garnered national attention and her winning design was sold under Macy’s INC label in 57 stores and on www.macys.com.


She was featured in The New York Times, cementing her famous style in a story by Eric Wilson, Blame the Rosettes. The New York Post, US, and People MagazineAthens News featured Angela in a cover story: Amesville Designer Hopes to Conquer 'Runway'.


Beloved host Tim Gunn remarked: "Angela's attention to and love of detail will take her far." consistently named her “one to watch” and one of the top 5 designers most likely to win season 3. Our own Angela grew up in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and has resided in Ohio for 10 years. She studied French and Art history at Carnegie Mellon University before transferring to The Pennsylvania State University, where she studied costume design and graduated with honors.


Angela Keslar’s TRUNK SHOW will take place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH, December 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM.







Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote: It matters

And when you are done support some art.

Here is what is happening Saturday around Athens County:

The Dairy Barn Arts Center cordially invites you to an opening celebration for our Can-Do Exhibit Saturday, November 8th from 5-7 pm. Featuring drinks and hors d’ oeuvres “canned style.”


Can-Do is a design/build Exhibition highlighting the following area Businesses: Chaddock & Associates, Athens County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Athens News, RVC Architects, Panich & Noel Architects, Peoples Bank, AmeriCorps, The Dairy Barn Arts Center and Kroger who will artisticly display canned goods for the benefit of the SE OHIO REGIONAL FOOD CENTER. This exhibit will run through November 22nd.


AND


Stuart's Opera House Fall Fundraiser with Bettye LaVette, Nov 08 2008

TICKETS: PLEASE CALL THEIR OFFICE AT (740) 753-1924 FOR TICKETS.
This is one of the biggest nights of the year for Stuart's. Hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and more. This year's fundraiser will feature music from Soul legend Bettye LaVette! Bettye wowed audiences when she closed out this past years Nelsonville Art and Music Festival and you will not want to miss this performance.

The Stuart's Fall Fundraiser will also feature a silent auction.

$100 tickets include a seat in row A-D, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks from 6pm-7pm, and first chance to bid on silent auction items.

$25 reserved seats will be available for rows E-I on the floor and the balcony.

Fall Fundraiser Schedule:
6:00pm: Lobby opens for patrons with $100 tickets for silent auction and drinks
6:30pm: Heavy Hors D'oeurves and drinks for $100 ticket holders in the theater
7:30pm: Lobby opens for all ticket holders, silent auction in lobby.
8:30pm: Bettye LaVette begins

*SILENT AUCTION BIDDING WILL END AFTER THE INTERMISSION*


AND

Here's what we're doing at ARTS/West:

There are still so many wonderful things to do and see around town in November!

If you were are all involved in the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival- You're invited to join us for a postmortem/thank you potluck dinner to officially bring our festival to a final close! We will dine Friday, November 7 at 5 pm at ARTS/West and everyone is asked to bring ANY kind of dish to share.

And of course if there are other volunteers or staff members that should be included, please share this info with them as well. Let's all give ourselves one more chance to review, process, and celebrate all of the teamwork that went into the festival this year - with food! Hope to see everyone there.

In addition, many of you know that we lost a very dear friend in October, Pat Elisar. I would like to invite you to participate in the Celebration of Pat Elisar's life on Tuesday, November 18th from 11am to 1 pm at ARTS/West.

With your help, we will all celebrate a great lady, a great friend and a great actor.

Friday, November 14th, 8pm, Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West- $4 with: She Bears http://www.myspace.com/shebearsband, Barn Burning (Providence, RI) http://www.myspace.com/barnburning, Winter Makes Sailors (Columbus) http://www.myspace.com/wintermakessailors

Sunday, November 16, 2008, 1:00pm-6:00pm. In August we had our first Aquabear Legion Record Swap and it was so incredibly awesome we decided to make it a regular thing. If you missed it the first time, make sure not to miss this one! Browse through tables of LP's, CD's, Tapes, 7 inches, Instruments, Local Music, Record Gear, and anything else music related. Some Athens bands will even be selling their own merchandise and of course so will Aquabear. If you want to get your own table to sell and trade from they are only $10! Send us an e-mail at contact@aquabearlegion.com if you are interested. This time we will be on the stage of ARTS/West! Admission is FREE!!! Donations are encouraged though. And we will be playing records all afternoon. And it's a potluck so bring some sweet food.

Save the Date

December 12, 13 & 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.

December 13, 14 & 20 at 2 p.m. OVST presents Pinocchio by Kathryn Shultz-Miller

December 22-23, 7:00pm The Studio For Young Actors presents A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 27th 8pm Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West (the) Giants of Gender (NYC) www.myspace.com/thegiantsofgender and more. $4

Ongoing:

Third Saturday Jan.-May 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Front and Center- Music program and open stage for kids

Last Sunday of every month: Experimental-improv music workshops at pot luck dinner. 6:00 PM-9:00 PM www.myspace.com/artwestnoiseshow


Thursday, October 30, 2008

You're invited.

Well, we made it though our busy fall season and are gearing up for our busy late-fall winter season!

If you were are all involved in the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival- You're invited
to join us for a postmortem/thank you potluck dinner to officially bring our festival to a final close! We will dine Friday, November 7 at 5 pm at ARTS/West and everyone is asked to bring ANY kind of dish to share.
And of course if there are other volunteers or staff members that should be included, please share this info with them as well.
Let's all give ourselves one more chance to review, process, and celebrate all of the teamwork that went into the festival this year - with food! Hope to see everyone there.

In addition, many of you know that we lost a very dear friend in October, Pat Elisar.

I would like to invite you to participate in the Celebration Of Pat Elisar's life on Tuesday, November 18th from 11am to 1 pm at ARTS/West.

Pat's sisters, brother, nieces and nephews will also join us from Boston, NYC & Tennessee.

If any of you would like to speak on behalf of yourself or your theater group in the program, please let me or Karen Chan know. If any of you have pics or film of Pat, please contact me.

With your help, we will all celebrate a great lady, a great friend and a great actor.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thank you and upcoming

Thank you to the ART/Oberfest committee, artists, performing, local businesses and, especially Sherri Oliver for making ART/oberfest a sweet success! A good time was had by all. The paintings, photographs, prints and wall art will remain on display through November.

October 24 at 7 pm- SING OUT THE VOTE MUSICAL RALLY* -- with Holly Near, Laura Love, Tory Trujillo, Poet on Watch, Wishing Chair, Vanessa and Tamara Torres, The Prince Myshkins, Andre dos Santos Morgan, Colleen Kattau.

Donations: $10-50; $2-10 limited income; Available for pre-sale at Blue Eagle Music, Athens Book Center and Arts West -- Cash or Check only

Event at 7pm takes place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH 45701.

Reception after the concert at Toscano's, 4 Depot St., 10:15 p.m. $5 cover. Good food, more music!

*This event is independently sponsored and is neither funded nor endorsed by ARTS/West, the Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department or the City of Athens.

At The Dairy Barn
Pumpkin FestiFall- October 25, 2008- Pumpkin FestiFall: Celebrating Community Arts and Wellness: This free community event is a time to celebrate the arts and promote wellness in the Southeastern Ohio region while also celebrating the harvest season and the reverent pumpkin. Come join with The Dairy Barn Arts Center and Well Works and other organizations and businesses as they contribute to creating a vibrant arts and wellness community.

This event is free to the public but donations for Artists in the Schools residencies are accepted. The event is being held on Saturday, October 25th from noon-6pm at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Children’s events are being conducted from noon-3 and co-sponsored by Well Works and The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Please bring your own scooped out pumpkin and decorations and tools will be provided for pumpkin carving. Games and healthy seasonal treats will also be provided.

At Stuart's Opera House
Save the date now and join Stuart's for their annual Fall Fundraiser! This is one of the biggest nights of the year for Stuart's. Hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and more. This year's fundraiser will feature music from Soul legend Bettye LaVette! Bettye wowed audiences when she closed out this past years Nelsonville Art and Music Festival and you will not want to miss this performance. Tickets on sale NOW!
______

The Stuart's Fall Fundraiser will also feature a silent auction.

$100 tickets include a seat in row A-D, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks from 6pm-7pm, and first chance to bid on silent auction items.

$25 reserved seats will be available for rows E-I on the floor and the balcony.
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Get Tickets:
online at www.stuartsoperahouse.org
or call (740) 753-1924

Back at ARTS/West
Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West- Friday, November 14th, 8pm, $4 with:

She Bears
http://www.myspace.com/shebearsband

Barn Burning (Providence, RI)
http://www.myspace.com/barnburning

Winter Makes Sailors (Columbus)
http://www.myspace.com/wintermakessailors

-Part of Aquabear Legion/Action Committee Weekend!!!-
Thursday, 11/13: The Needy Visions (Boston), Casual Future, Five Deadly Venoms @ Brown Town
Friday, 11/14: Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West with She Bears, Barn Burning, Winter Makes Sailors
Saturday, 11/15: TBA
Sunday, 11/16: Aquabear Legion Record Swap @ ARTS/West, FREE, 1pm-6pm
Sunday, 11/16: Dust from 1000 Years, more @ Bruce Manor, 7pm
www.aquabearlegion.com
www.myspace.com/aquabearlegion
contact@aquabearlegion.com


Sunday, November 16, 2008, 1:00pm-6:00pm. In August we had our first Aquabear Legion Record Swap and it was so incredibly awesome we decided to make it a regular thing.

If you missed it the first time, make sure not to miss this one!

Browse through tables of LP's, CD's, Tapes, 7 inches, Instruments, Local Music, Record Gear, and anything else music related. Some Athens bands will even be selling their own merchandise and of course so will Aquabear.

If you want to get your own table to sell and trade from they are only $10! Send us an e-mail at contact@aquabearlegion.com if you are interested.

This time we will be on the stage of ARTS/West!

Admission is FREE!!! Donations are encouraged though.

And we will be playing records all afternoon...

And it's a potluck so bring some sweet food.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

ARToberfest


ARTS/West will turn into a sweet gallery space for the weekend, with visual art hanging in every possible spot in the building.

Additionally, there will be music, theater, spoken word performances, and dance! Check back later this week for a complete schedule of performances.

ARTS/West will be open to the public on Friday, October 17 from 6 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, October 18 from 12 pm to 8 pm; and Sunday, October 19 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Come and check it out, the art will be up all weekend and there's sure to be an awesome performance going on!

Friday, October 17, 6 pm - Reception for artists! Community members are encouraged to attend; free food will be provided by Village Bakery and Della Zona.

Friday, October 17, 7 pm to 10 pm - Aquabear Legion Showcase featuring Russenorsk, Bram Riddlebarger, and Jesse Remnant. Don't miss this!

Saturday, October 18, 12 pm to 6 pm - Open air art fair! Come out to the parking lot of ARTS/West and check out the sweet art from local vendors!

Sunday, October 19, 2 pm to 7 pm - We will have demonstrations by various local artists going on all day. You can check out yarn spinning, pyrography, chair caning, and more!

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE ALL WEEKEND LONG. SERIOUSLY.

Performance schedule:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18

12 - 1 pm Front and Center Children's Open Stage (music)
1 - 1:30 pm Quinn, Eryah, and Zion Everson (dance)
1:30 - 2 pm The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (theater)
2 - 3:00 pm Free time! Go see some art!
3 - 3:30 pm The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (theater)
3:30 - 4:00 pm Min Choi (classical piano)
3:30 - 4:30 pm Free time! Go see some art!
4:30 - 5:30 pm Steve Zarate (acoustic)
5:30 - 6 pm Free time! Go see some art!
6 - 7 pm Designated Spaces (spoken word)
7 pm - 8 pm Eva Destruction & the Ohio Country Outlaw Band (rock n' roll)

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19

2 - 3 pm Free time! See some art!
3 - 4 pm Tony Xenos (pop)
4 - 5 pm Colonies (noise)
5 - 6 pm Peterson/Marotta/Jewell (sound/improv)
6 - 7 pm Dead Winds of Summer (noise)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Humble, ART/Oberfest, Mauvais Sort

The playwright's festival continues this week.

Thursday, Oct. 2, The Corporation for the Performing Arts presents
The Fourth Indian by Lynn Veach Sadler at 7pm.

Friday, Oct. 3 The Lost Flamingo Company presents Strike! by Reyshan Parker at 7pm.

Saturday, Oct. 4 the Youth Division presents You've Got to be Joking by Rheal Radwany at 1pm
and
The Appalachian Regional Theater presents the Pick of the Festival, Dignity by Celeste Parsons. Closing reception starts at 6pm and the reading is at 7pm.

ARTISTS (this is for you) please visit artoberfest. blogspot. com!! Applications for ART/Oberfest are due Friday!

Stuart's Opera House would like to invite you to kick off our week with Quebec's Mauvais Sort with an Opening Reception at Stuart's on Sunday, October 5th at 7pm. Mauvais Sort is coming to Athens County as part of the Arts Midwest Worldfest program, which has previously brought Los Utrera (from Mexico) and Esta (from Israel). Mauvais Sort will be here all week doing workshops and performances, there is a full schedule below.
Come see Mauvais Sort on Monday, October 6 at 1:00 at ARTS/West!

This opening reception is a great chance to meet the band and find out more about them and this wonderful program. You will be able to also find out about the week's schedule. For the media, this is a great opportunity to get to interview band members and even myself to find out more about this program and the week's events.


Come on out and join us!

Thank You,
Brian Koscho
Stuart's Opera House

Sunday, October 5th
Opening Reception at Stuart's, 7pm

Monday, October 6th
Workshop/performance at ARTS/West in Athens, 1pm
Workshop/performance at Athens Library, 7pm

Wednesday, October 8th
Workshops in Nelsonville-York Schools (private)

Thursday, October 9th
Workshop/performance in Nelsonville-York Schools (private)
Workshop/performance at Ohio University's Front Room, 8pm

Friday, October 10th
School concerts at Stuart's (private)

Saturday, October 11th
Week ending performance at Stuart's!, 7pm

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Humble Play ya'll

We are so proud to present the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival which starts on Monday, September 29th at 6:00pm. We will be hosting an opening reception at 6:00pm featuring the delightful Michael and Becca Lachman, they played for us last Saturday night and we could not wait to have them back again!

The reception will be followed by a playwrighting lecture by Mary Tensing who's play
An Algonquin Cinderella will be performed at Stuart’s Opera House on Friday, October 3rd at 7pm. An Algonquin Cinderella is a Native American variation on the classic story written by Mary Tensing and presented by ArtReach: A Division of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.

The full schedule is :

Opening Reception, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

(Music by Michael and Becca Lachman)

Playwriting Workshop Lecture 7 p.m.

(With Mary Tensing)


Laying Off by James McLindon: Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m.

(Produced by Actors Moveable Theater)


Coal Creek by Walter Thinnes: Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.

(Produced by Athenian Players Theatre)


The 4th Indian by Lynn Veach Sadler: Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.

(Produced by The Corporation for the Performing Arts)


Strike!: Friday, October 3, 7 p.m.

(Produced by The Lost Flamingo Company)


Youth Division Readings: Saturday, October 4, 1 p.m.

(Sponsored by ARTS/West)


Closing reception on Saturday, October 4 at 6 p.m.

(Music by Charlie and Celia Lewis)


Dignity by Celeste Parsons: Saturday, October 4, 7 p.m.

(Pick of the Festival, produced by the Appalachian Regional Theater Company)


TICKETS

$3.00/reading, $10.00 for a week pass (or seven admissions)

Passes are available at the ARTS/West office- call (740) 592-4315.


But Emily, who are the playwrights? Oh, here you go:


Humble Play Playwright Bios

James McLindon (Laying Off): In the past year has had nine plays produced in theaters across America, eight of them world premieres. Mr. McLindon’s plays have been produced or developed at the Abingdon Theatre, hotINK Festival, Irish Rep, Lark Theatre, Penguin Rep, and HRC Showcase Theatre in New York; Victory Gardens, Stage Left and Prop Thtr in Chicago; Theatricum Botanicum, Circus Theatricals and Grove Theatre Center in Los Angeles; and the Ashland New Plays Festival; the PlayPenn New Plays Conference and the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.


Reyshan Parker (Strike!): was born April 11th, 1979 to Jim and Cindy Parker. He has written seven full length plays, two of which he has produced at ARTS/West theatre in Athens, Ohio. He has a BFA in Playwriting and a Film minor from Ohio University. He wrote directed and produced the short mochu-mentary Casual Fine Dining in 2007. He also wrote and directed Disorder a short five-minute film commenting on war. He is currently in pre-production for his next film tentatively titled The Closet, and is working on finishing his musical, Strike: an Appalachian Comedy for the summer of 2009. He currently resides in Athens, Ohio with his wife Rose Parker.


Celeste Parsons (Dignity): was born in Texas, spent her school years in northern Virginia, and now lives in a log home outside of Nelsonville with her high school sweetheart, Jim. She originally intended to write novels, but ended up expanding her 10th-grade typing skills into database design, systems analysis, and computer programming. Now retired, Celeste divides her time between community theater, gardening, all sorts of fabric arts, long-distance bicycle touring, and (occasional) porch-sitting.

Lynn Veach Sadler (The Fourth Indian): Former college president Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler has published widely in academics and creative writing. One story appears in Del Sol's Best of 2004. She recently published a novella and a short-story collection, was 2007 Writer of the Year at California's elizaPress, and won Wayne State's 2008 Pearson Award for a play on Iraq. A play on Frost was a Pinter Review Prize for Drama Silver Medalist. A poetry collection and novel are forthcoming.

Walter Thinnes (Coal Creek): is an early career playwright trapped in a later life body. Despite his belated start he has received competition recognition, readings and/or productions in more than sixteen states, The Kennedy Center and several Off-Off-Broadway Theaters. Walter currently resides in New York City but was raised in southern Ohio and is delighted to finally have a reading in his home state. He is a proud member of Actors Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America.