Monday, March 07, 2011

Spend your weekend at ARTS/West

We have a huge fun FREE weekend planned for you! Start off with Front and Center 3/12/11 12:00pm
A free music event for school age kids 2nd Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon -1 pm. March 12th special guests: Factory Street Dance Studio and Moving Parts dancers. 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!

Stay for the ATHCO Spin-In 3/12/11, 1:00pm-4:00pm The Athens County Women's Art Guild and ARTS/West would like to invite you to come and enjoy the art of spinning and share in the love of all things fiber. The 2011 Spin Ins will be held at ARTS/West on Saturdays, March 12th and 26th from 1pm to 4pm.

Everyone is welcome and you can bring you spinning wheel, drop spindle, knitting or crocheting or just come to watch. We will have women demonstrating the art of spinning and are willing to share the experience. Please come and bring your materials to share in the fun. We will also be demonstrating fiber dyeing, knitting, crocheting, and felting techniques in some of the later sessions. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nancy Baur at Hope to see you soon!

Follow it all up on Sunday when ARTS/West in association with the Corporation for the Performing Arts will present a staged reading of a new musical, Not Without Our Women. Book by Andrew Black and Patricia Milton, Music by Caroline Altman, Lyrics by Altman/Black/Milton. It receives it's Mid-West premier at ARTS/West on March 13, 2011, at 7:00 pm.

Inspired by real people and events that led the State of Wyoming to affirm woman suffrage - fully forty years before the United States allowed women to vote or hold public office. This musical play Not Without Our Women tells the story of a critical episode in the development of equal rights for women in the United States. It is a little-known historical fact that US women were first given the right to vote and hold public office in the territory of Wyoming in 1869. This took place before voting rights were granted to US women nationwide! The struggle for what was called "woman suffrage" continued in the territory over twenty years, and when Wyoming was admitted to the United States in 1890, the struggle began anew. The title comes from the apocryphal story about what happened when the US Congress demanded that Wyoming abandon woman suffrage as a condition of statehood. The Wyoming frontier legislature debated, then shot off a terse telegram, responding "Not Without Our Women."

The creative team of Altman, Black, and Milton has had new work produced all across the country and will be joining a cast featuring community (Richard Crist, Charlie and Celia Lewis, Gay Dalzell, to name a few) and professional talent (Sarah Kathleen Farrell appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association from NYC) for the presentation. This production will be directed Robert L. Winters who has been directing in the Athens Community for over 50 years!

Not Without Our Women, presented as a staged reading at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH on March 13, 2011 at 7:00pm. This reading is Free but reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance by calling ARTS/West at (740) 592-4315.

The mission of the Corporation for the Performing Arts is to include professional performing arts, and provide access to the professional level performing arts and artists in the South East Ohio Region.