Saturday, April 28, 2012

May 4-6, 2012

We don't know what you've got planned for next weekend but we know you'll include ARTS/West because we will be packing a wallop!

Friday May 4 is not just the opening of the Cat's Pajama's Clothing Exchange we will also be welcoming:
 Below and Beyond a new play about urban camouflage, immortal jellyfish, natural gas extraction and an underground creek turned sewer.
Created by Beth Nixon and Sarah Lowry 
Ramshackle Enterprises and The Missoula Oblongata)
With accordion music by Matthew Schreiber. Directed by Donna Sellinger.

Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, maps, and the imagination, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band! 

Show lasts approximately an hour and a half and is geared toward adult audiences and kids ages 10 and up.

Doors open: 7:00
Show time: 7:30 
Tickets: $5-$15 (sliding scale) available at the door.

AND! Fourth Annual Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange Benefit will open May 4 from 6-10pm. This will be the first chance to participate and get your paws on all the early donations of clothes! Free PIZZA will be available.
Regular hours of exchange are 12-5pm on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th.

The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is a three-day fundraising event for ARTS/West, our community performing arts center located at 132 West State Street, in Athens, Ohio. This year will be the fourth installment of the exchange, that grows in attendance and donations each year it has occurred. The entire basement of ARTS/West was filled with clothing items last year, and many bags of clothes that remained after the event were donated to local charitable organizations.

The premise of the exchange is simple: 
  •     Pay a flat entry fee of $5 that allows you in all three days of the event.
  •     You may take as many clothing items as you bring.
  •     All additional items beyond what the patron has brought will cost $1.
We will be accepting early donations until Thursday, May 3 at 4:00. Anyone who brings donations early to ARTS/West will receive a golden ticket that allows them to take as many items as they like. Because the exchange will occur during Ohio University's Mom's Weekend, as it did last year, we expect a good turnout of Moms at this family friendly event.

Since 2005, ARTS/West has become one of the premiere art venue in Athens. Hosting events such concerts, plays, after school, classes, and art exhibits, ARTS/West truly is an asset to the community. The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is merely one of many annual events that makes ARTS/West shine.