Friday, August 29, 2008

What's going on, a lot

There is so much going on now that I'm going to have to have Tammy grammar check this after I've posted it. (just ended that sentence in a preposition-) We're all running around like the white rabbit- we're late, we're late.

We are having our 3rd ever volunteer clean-up day tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 30 starting at 9:00am. Should be buckets of fun! I want the whole place smelling like a Carolina pine forest! Really we just need a good scrubbing and some paint-touch ups, some organization and some weeding. If any of those things appeal to you come on out, even if they don't we really do need your help! Come on! I've bribed the teenagers with pizza, you know how the teenagers like the pizza. What is it going to take? Do you have bad karma? Volunteering is good for that.
(Is that enough begging?) Don't you want to have nice things? (is that enough shaming?)

Fall registration is open for classes- you must register in advance or I won't know your coming and I will cancel the class and then you'll be sad and be feeling badly when you show up. We have a lot of writing options this quarter and a lot of options for adults. You can call ARTS/West or the Community Center to sign up unless an instructor with separate contact information has been listed.

Applications are still being excepted for the Humble Play Youth Division- contact our office for more info on that. If you can't make the September 1st deadline- just let me know. We also have scholarships available for the submission fee.

Applications are also being excepted for the ART/Oberfest. Check out their blog at

At long last- here's what's coming up:

September 8, 7:00 PM. Humble Play Benefit (we will be accepting donations prominently) featuring the films of Brian Wiebe whose film Cancer Treatment, has been selected to be part of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. Ohio University Honors Tutorial College alumnus, Brian Wiebe inaugurated his channel on The channel features some of Brian's short films. To visit his channel,


September 19, 8:00 PM -Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West with Casual Future and Flotation Walls from Columbus (and more!) $3

September 20, 6:00 PM - SEPTEMBERFolk! A Benefit Celebrating ARTS/West and Village Productions. Featuring acoustic music from a variety of local musicians. Food and refreshments! Plus, a silent auction! Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

September 21, 8:00 PM The Bread and Puppet Theater presents 7 Election Campaign Celebration Dances by the Lubberland National Dance Company. Ticket price TBA

September 29- October 4, 2008 Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival New plays from the Appalachian region

The Humble Play is a festival of sit-down readings of new plays. The first step in the process of new play creation. Each of the readings is produced by a local theater group. Audience members are invited to stay after each reading, meet the playwrights and actors and offer responses to the play.

9.29 - Public Playwriting workshop and opening reception at 7pm

9.30 - Actors Moveable Theater presents Laying Off by James McLindon at 7pm

10.1 - Athenian Players Theatre presents Coal Creek by Walter Thinnes at 7pm

10.2 - Corporation for the Performing Arts presents The Fourth Indian by Lynn Veach Sadler at 7pm

10.3 - Lost Flamingo Company presents Strike! by Reyshan Parker at 7pm

10.4 - Youth Division readings at 1pm

10.4 - Appalachian Regional Theater Company presents The Pick of the Festival Dignity by Celeste Parsons and closing reception at 7pm

This project is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts


Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival applications for Youth are available in the ARTS/West office or can be downloaded from

Although the date to submit is listed as Sept. 1 we will be able to take plays later in Sept. if we are notified that you intend to submit. This festival really is a lot of fun for the kids to be involved in and a memorable experience for everyone. All they need to do is write the play (which can be very short) and we'll help them with putting it on stage to be read. It is very easy to do so please let kids know that there are no worries involved in being a playwright in our festival. If your kids have no interest in being a playwright this year we hope your family will be interested in joining us for the festival which takes place at ARTS/West Sept. 29 - Oct. 4.

If you have any questions please contact Kelly Lawrence via email: or phone 740/594-1158.

Thanks so much,

Kelly Lawrence, Humble Play Project Director


October 17-19- ART/Oberfest- Community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts. ART/oberfest will feature live and recorded music, visual art, crafts, performance art, spoken word and other entertainers. This event is open to everyone!


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

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




The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents. ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and culture of our town

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.