Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Graffiti

The quarter has attacked us-- we're in double time full swing here at ARTS/West! CEW is back after the short break, the OU students are back and the Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio submissions have been pouring in! (Applications available HERE) and thanks to the hard work of young extern Jess Craine we have events almost every single weekend of this quarter-- get your art on!

First up: GRAFFITI- a new play by Shawn Grindle in which every line of dialogue comes from graffiti found across the continental United States on April 2,3 at 8:00 PM as a part of the ARTS/West Presents Series.

Graffiti a new play by Shawn Grindle in which every line of dialogue comes from graffiti found across the continental United States. It is an absurd look at what the underground artists of America have to say. The graffiti has been organized to tell the story of three struggling artists who have been so unsuccessful that their struggle becomes the driving force in their lives. Through graffiti, vandalism, and philosophy they attempt to discover the importance that art has in the world, and how dangerous it can be. "Come out the first weekend after classes to see the first draft of my new absurd experimental play Graffiti. The show is about forty minutes long. There will be a talk-back after the Saturday night show."
Two shows:
Saturday, April 2nd - 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 3rd - 8:00 PM

CAST:
Tiny - Dylan Combs
Cupcake - Sonja Mata
Brains - Clifton Holznagel

WARNING: This show contains adult content. For mature audiences only.

**This performance is presented free as a part of the ARTS/West Presents Series.** Donations will be encouraged.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Check out April!

Hey Gang, if you are in Athens, OH we hope you are having a lovely spring break. It is snowing as I type this. (Insert something pithy about that here).

We have a lot going on this spring and we look forward to seeing you!

3/26/11, 1:00pm-4:00pm Spin-In- 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 26, April 9th and 23rd and May 14th and 28th 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 musictoo@hotmail.com. Hope to see you soon!

4/2-4/3/11, 8:00 pm- Graffiti a new play by Shawn Grindle in which every line of dialogue comes from graffiti found across the continental United States. It is an absurd look at what the underground artists of America have to say. The graffiti has been organized to tell the story of three struggling artists who have been so unsuccessful that their struggle becomes the driving force in their lives. Through graffiti, vandalism, and philosophy they attempt to discover the importance that art has in the world, and how dangerous it can be. April 2nd and 3rd 8:00 PM. ARTS/West.
Please note: Graffiti contains adult themes and situations and is not appropriate for children.
**This performance is presented free as a part of the ARTS/West Presents Series.** Donations will be encouraged.

4/9/11, 12:00pm Front and Center
A free music event for school age kids 2nd Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon -1 pm. First Half is a special guest, 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!


4/9/11, 7:00pm Nobrow Music Collective concert- Debut performance of the Nobrow Music Collective. What better way to begin a new music ensemble's existence than with a performance of Terry Riley's masterpiece IN C! There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:00 followed by an open performance of IN C. So bring any acoustic instrument that you want and participate in the experience yourself!
Program also includes:

James Tenney - Having Never Written a Note for Percussion

Blake Tyson - The Trees are Quiet

Tristan Perich - Momentary Expanse

For this performance the NMC will be made up of musicians from various OU ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble) as well as musicians from local bands Splank!, The Alley Cats, Scubdaog and Weedghost!

**This performance is presented free as a part of ARTSWest's Presents Series.** Donations will be encouraged.

4/29/11, 7:00pm; 4/30-5/1, 1:00pm-6:00pm- Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange

Hello Cats & Kitties! The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is back for it's third year to bring you a whole new wardrobe of clothes. Last year we basically filled the entire basement of ARTS/West with items, and we hope to be full to bursting again this time. The preview party featuring DJ Barticus and FREE AVALANCHE PIZZA will occur on Friday, April 29th from 7pm-10pm. The preview party will allow you to have first access to all... of the early donations of clothing we will be receiving. The regular exchange hours are Saturday, April 30th & Sunday, May 1st from 1-6pm.

The way the exchange works is:

* Bring any unwanted clothing items to ARTS/West (132 W. State) before the first day of the event & you will be able to take as many items as you like throughout the entire event!

* If you bring clothes with you during any scheduled event hours, you can take as many items as you bought, each additional items costs $1.

* Customers pay $5 entry during the event weekend. Once customers have paid entry they can come back as many times as they like. (you only pay entry once)

* Proceeds benefit ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts.

*We will be seeking volunteer clothing sorters the week of the event, and during the event hours. All volunteers get free entry all weekend, unlimited clothing items, and have first dibs on any items they like while they sort.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Life Drawing Club


Were you aware the ARTS/West hosts a weekly life drawing club? Yes, we do. Each club features live models, no instructions, two hours of drawing.
Life Drawing Club meets every Tuesday from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Subscription: $25 per month
Walk- Up: $10 per class
ARTS/West Member Subscription: $22.50 per month
ARTS/West Member Walk-Up: $9 per class

To register, contact ARTS/West at 740-592-4315.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cat's Pajamas

Hey there Cats and Kittens, The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is back for a 2nd year!

Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange: A benefit for ARTS/West, 132 W. State, Athens

Preview Event: Fri. April 29th 7pm - 10pm
w/ DJ Barticus & FREE AVALANCHE PIZZA

Regular Hours:
Sat./Sun. April 30th & May 1st 1-6 p m

How it works: Bring unwanted clothes to the exchange. Pay $5 entry. (You only pay entry once for the whole weekend!) A large amount of donated clothing items will be available for trade. The amount of items you can take equals what you brought. (Each additional item $1) Bring your clothes before the weekend of the exchange, & TAKE UNLIMITED ITEMS ALL WEEKEND!

More info contact Emily: beveridge.emily at gmail.com
ARTS/Westt phone #: 740-592-4315

Monday, March 14, 2011

Actors Needed!

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Athens 150 Committee is planning an event, "A Call to Arms," on Saturday April 23, 2011. This will take place in front of the Athens Court House. They are looking for volunteer actors. All ages, men, women, and children are welcome. If anyone would like more information, please contact Debora Love at deboralove52@hotmail.com or attend a meeting on Sunday April 10, 2011 at 6pm at the Athens Co. Historical Society.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Not Without Our Women


The creative team for Not Without Our Women arrived in Athens last night along with Sarah Kathleen Farrell who is reading the role of ABIGAIL. They will be joined by your friends and neighbors in our presentation scheduled for March 13, 2011 at 7:00pm. Don't miss your chance to see the reading of this fantastic new musical and be a part of the development of new work right here in Athens County!

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 musictoo@hotmail.com. 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.




Friday, March 04, 2011

Aquabear County Fair's in full swing

Last night Aquabear Legion kicked off it's 5th Annual County Fair at The Union Bar and Grill. Events continue throughout this weekend with the closing day being Sunday, March 6 at ARTS/West at 2:00 pm with a FREE AFTERNOON POTLUCK and the sweet, sweet sounds of the Super Desserts (Columbus), Brian Harnetty (Columbus), Adam Remnant (Athens).


You may have been or will be asked to fill out a survey by Sherri, Jess or me. Here's the skinny:



As the Athens Municipal Arts Council (AMAC) and members of the Athens County Arts Consortium begin the Americans for the Arts, Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Study (A&EP4), they are turning to the local community for help in completing an accurate survey of the arts economy in the region.



The Athens County arts and heritage culture have an enormous impact on quality of life and local economy, and the A&EP4 Study offers an opportunity to understand the economic numbers in more concrete terms. The study will be determining the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. For example, the economic impact of fifteen dollars spent on a show ticket is more accurately accounted for when considering 1) how much of that fifteen dollars remains in the local economy, such as what percentage goes to an employee’s salary, which pays for groceries, rent, and a tank of gasoline, and 2) the amount spent overall by the audience member in meals, transportation, baby-sitting, and other items related to the event.



Athens County citizens can support this study by 1) forwarding information to AMAC about arts and culture organizations in the county, including contact information (contact person, address, phone, and email), and 2) being on the lookout for opportunities to participate in this study via surveys distributed at local arts events. Data will be collected from arts and culture patrons in simple ten-question surveys at various functions throughout the coming year. Completing a survey will only take two minutes! Surveys are essential to creating an accurate account of the economic impact of arts in the area. By completing this study, AMAC and the local Arts Consortium hope to establish a concrete understanding of the impact of arts and culture on the quality of life in Athens County; specifically, on the financial and economic sectors of our community. With this data, residents in Athens County will be able to plan for future economic arts and cultural development.



For more information or to provide information about nonprofit arts and culture organizations to be included in the study please write or call: AMAC; c/o ARTS/West, 132 West State St. Athens, OH 45701; 740 592-4315.



Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Aquabear and welcome to PFLAG



Sunday, March 6th the whole weekend comes to a close with a special afternoon free show at ARTS/West. Two of Columbus, Ohio's finest acts will join one of Athens' most well respected songwriters on the ARTS/West stage. Super Desserts and Brian Harnetty will make the trip down Route 33 from Columbus and join Southeast Engine's Adam Remnant for a special daytime show. It's also a potluck so feel free to bring something to share. Doors open at 2:00pm, the show is free but donations are encouraged to help pay the bands and the space.













Athens Area PFLAG monthly meeting. All are welcome! Wednesday March 9 beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of the new 35-minute documentary film, Lead With Love. The films offers tips on ways family and friends can offer their loved ones acceptance and love during their coming out process. Find out how you can get involved in education, advocacy and support of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender communities, their families and friends. Arts West, 132 West State Street, Athens. For more information, contact:
athensohiopflag@yahoo.com or connect with us on facebook Athens Ohio PFLAG.