Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank you and Happy Holidays

It’s amazing to think about, but this will be ARTS/West’s seventh year as Athens’ Community
Gateway to the Arts. What started as the spark of an idea from a few enthusiastic community
members has become your home for community-created, community-focused arts
programming.

At ARTS/West, we see every day how your creative ideas bring out the best in this
community. From teenagers who learn self-esteem and confidence at Rock Camp for Girls,
to senior citizens who find a new voice through Wendy McVicker’s poetry class, to kids who
find enrichment after school at Creative Endeavors Workshop: the creative spirit of this
community is unparalleled. ARTS/West is here to nurture that spirit.

In 2011 ARTS/West presented or produced:
  • 20 Music events
  • 1 Dance event
  • 435 occasions of Arts Education programs
  • 12 Theater events
  • 4 Film events
  • 4 Literary events
You can see firsthand how you make a difference for our community at ARTS/West. Keep in
mind that those numbers do not even reflect the 278 occasions of program related rental use!

We are so grateful that Athens understands the importance of the arts to a thriving
community.

With gratitude,

Emily Prince

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's Movie Night!

ARTS/West presents a screening of The Sound of Music on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 7:00pm.

The hills are alive with the sound of music! Join us for a special screening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical on film staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. We will be serving mulled cidar, popcorn, Christmas cookies and the usual film treats. Singing is definitely encouraged!

Tickets are $8 for household, $5 general admission, and $2 for ARTS/West members. Film nights are sponsored by The Athens Foundation. Proceeds go to support ARTS/West operations

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night in Athens!

Presented by Athens' own nobrow.music.collective. 6pm on Wednesday, December 21st at Donkey Coffee

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boom-boxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boom-boxes and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is
different from every listener's perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations. Anyone can produce this--individuals, arts organizations, museums, universities, towns & cities have presented it.

The nobrow.music.collective is presenting this year's only Ohio performance of Phil Kline's Unsilent Night! All you need to participate is a battery powered boom-box, a mp3 player with external speakers or an iphone/ipod touch/ipad. We'll meet at 6pm on Wednesday, December 21st at Donkey Coffee (show up at least 15 minutes early if you need a tape/cd), then begin our 45-minute journey through uptown Athens.

To download an mp3 to make your own tape/cd visit: http://unsilentnight.com/audio.html (click the "download your part" link).

If you want to get the free app visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phil-klines-unsilent-night/id483509723?mt=8

This event is family friendly! Please let everyone you know about this! Even better than performing this work, is experiencing it. Come listen!

Contact nobrow.music.collective@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thanks and hope to see you out!
-Aaron Butler (nobrow.music.collective)

Monday, December 19, 2011

This week at ARTS/West

S.A.T.B. Presents "The Friendly Beasts"
12/20/11 at 7pm

S.A.T.B. Community Choir will present a concert as a fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society. In addition to the light-hearted animal music they will also be doing a major work by Elliot Levine (a contemporary composer) "Cantata for the Animals" with flute, cello, oboe, and soloists.

Tickets $10 or $15 per family

The hills come alive for movie night at ARTS/West when we screen The Sound of Music 12/22/11 at 7:00pm

Join us for a special screening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical on film staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. We will be serving mulled cider, popcorn, Christmas cookies and the usual film treats. Singing is definitely encouraged!

Tickets are $8 for household, $5 general admission, and $2 for ARTS/West members. Film nights are sponsored by The Athens Foundation. Proceeds go to support ARTS/West operations.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

But wait, there's more!

Holiday Concert 12/17/11 at 7pm
Holiday Concert to Benefit Athens County Food Pantry. Saturday, December 17 · 7:00pm. Local singers and musicians will perform a wide variety of Holiday Musical Favorites to raise money for the Athens County Food Pantry.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free but donations to benefit the Athens County Food Pantry are sought.

The Local Girls 12/18/11 at 3:30pm
Athens' own, The Local Girls will present their 23rd annual Christmas show in their beloved hometown It is always a cozy, fun-filled afternoon; we hope we will see you there.
Ticket price TBA

S.A.T.B. Presents "The Friendly Beasts" 12/20/11 at 7pm
S.A.T.B. Community Choir will present a concert as a fundraiser for the Humane Society. In addition to the light-hearted animal music they will also be doing a major work by Elliot Levine (a contemporary composer) "Cantata for the Animals" with flute, cello, oboe, and soloists.
Tickets $10 or $15 per family

The Sound of Music 12/22/11 at 7pm
The hills are alive with the sound of music on December 22nd at 7:00pm. Join us for a special screening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical on film staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

$8 for household
$5 for individuals
$2 ARTS/West Members

ARTS/West film series is sponsored by The Athens Foundation

Friday, December 09, 2011

Check out ARTS/West this weekend

OVST presents The Sapphire Comb 12/9-12/10/11, 7:30pm, 12/11/11, 2pm
An original tale by Moses Goldberg, one of America's Theater for Young Audiences master playwrights, The Sapphire Comb is influenced in theme and style by Japanese anime and Noh spirit plays. The story voices the continuing struggle for balance and survival between humankind and the earth's natural forces.

Ohio Valley Summer Theater, in its 60th season of community-university theater productions are in their sixth year of offering quality Youth Theater plays to the area schools at a low fee. Professional directors and designers create a performance using local acting students and area talent to give children an experience seeing live theater. We are pleased this year to have Ohio University School of Theater faculty Rebecca Vernooy directing The Sapphire Comb.

Performances for the community are at ARTS/West December 9th and 10th at 7:30 pm and December 11th at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for children. The show will run approximately 45 minutes without intermission. For more information visit www.ovst.org or Facebook Page

FRONT & CENTER, 12/10/11, 12:00pm
A free music event for school age kids every second 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! Special Guests World Citizens Drumming

Wind/Food Competition 12/10/11, 1:00pm: The Athens Do-It-Yourself Shop presents the annual Wine, Mead and Venison Competition. 1-6 p.m. at ARTS/West. Bring one bottle of homemade wine and get in for half price; two types of wine and entry is free. Enter a venison dish in the competition; judge for free. For more info contact Eric at 594-ADIY. Music will be an open stage hosted by Tony Adami and DJ Barticus. 21 and over.

Screening 12/11/11:Of American Scream King, the newest horror film that local actor Megan Marie (Wilson) is starring in. 7:30 p.m. at ARTS/West. The film is rated R, and all IDs will be checked by management.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Early December film and theater

"The Children of Children Keep Coming" 12/6/11, 7pm

12/6/11, 7:00pm- ARTS/West will be presenting a free screening of a performance of black American poet Russell Goings's "The Children of Children Keep Coming" an Epic Griot Song. Mr. Going's beautiful telling of the Black American Story speaks through the voices of historical figures and fictional characters, expressing the rhythm, the sound, the voice of black American people.

The screening will help to spark discussion, generate ideas, and form a steering committee to plan a visit and live performance from Mr. Goings.

Won't you please join us?

If you are unable to attend the screening but are interested and want to help in someway, please contact ARTS/West.


OVST presents The Sapphire Comb

12/9-12/10/11, 7:30pm, 12/11/11, 2pm
An original tale by Moses Goldberg, one of America's Theater for Young Audiences master playwrights, The Sapphire Comb is influenced in theme and style by Japanese anime and Noh spirit plays. The story voices the continuing struggle for balance and survival between humankind and the earth's natural forces.

Ohio Valley Summer Theater, in its 60th season of community-university theater productions are in their sixth year of offering quality Youth Theater plays to the area schools at a low fee. Professional directors and designers create a performance using local acting students and area talent to give children an experience seeing live theater. We are pleased this year to have Ohio University School of Theater faculty Rebecca Vernooy directing The Sapphire Comb.

Performances for the community are at ARTS/West December 9th and 10th at 7pm and December 11th at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for children. The show will run approximately 45 minutes without intermission. For more information visit www.ovst.org or Facebook Page