Monday, January 30, 2012

February Hodge Podge


The Hodge Podge Play Reading Series continues on February 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm and will feature the new play Spake by David L. Williams.

Hodge Podge Readings
will be held one Sunday a month January-March 2012 at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio. The readings will be presented in an information setting and guests are encouraged to bring a pot luck dish to share.

Spake Synopsis: In a packed Siberian church on a snowy day, a priest gives a eulogy for a 109 year old town leader. Suddenly, the stage goes dark as the church caves in, killing everyone inside. Everyone who speaks the regional language of Ujide is dead. Everyone except for great grandson Nicholas, who remained at Cornell University for finals. At Cornell, linguistics major Jessica is planning her thesis: finding an original wellspring language, an idea explored by famed Ithaca serial killer Edward Rulloff. Jessica doesn't know about Siberia, but she will; she dumped Nicholas a month ago for divinity student Cal. The church collapse begins an amazing sequence of events involving the Voynich Manuscript (a famous untranslated text), a gathering spell, the return of both Edward Rulloff and Nicholas' younger sister Irina, and a reversal of the Tower of Babel. By the end, a few flakes of snow have changed the world forever.

David L. Williams is a graduate of the theatre department of Cornell University, where he was a four time award recipient in the Heerman's-McCalmon Playwriting contest. Since then, he has written more than twenty-five plays and musicals. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and has won the Riverside Stage Company's Founder's Award and the EBE Ensemble's "You Fill In The Blank" festival. Additionally he has been named a finalist in Inkwell Theatre's Inkubator Festival (Washington, D.C.) and a two-time finalist in HotCity Theatre's GreenHouse New Play Festival (St. Louis). His career highlights include having four of his plays and musicals selected for the New York International Fringe Festival. His work has also been produced in Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Florida, and Washington, D.C. He lives in New York City with his wonderful wife Kathleen.

Each selected play will be presented as an informal reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. With no rehearsals prior to the public reading, each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright's words may be the focus of the event. All readings will be followed by a potluck (bring a dish to share!) and moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to enjoy homemade cuisine and to give their feed-back on the plays.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00 PM. Donations are encouraged. To receive a copy of the play to be read, please make reservations by calling 740/592.4315 at least 48 hours in advance.

Many thanks to the Humble Play Committee for helping to make this event possible.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast!

Sunday, January 29, 1-4

It's the greatest day of the year...the Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast!

For the 6th year Aquabear continues their annual fundraiser at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio. Join us for an awesome afternoon of LOCAL food to support LOCAL music. Makes sense to us.

$5 will get you:
  • All you can eat pancakes (made out of sweet southeastern Ohio ingredients)
  • Coffee (from Donkey!)
  • Homemade butter + whipped cream (made from Snowville Cream!)
  • Snowville chocolate milk

Plus we will have donation upgrades for King Family Farms bacon and more!

SPECIAL THANKS to: Snowville Creamery, Fluff Bakery + Blockhead Donuts, Donkey Coffee, Shagbark Seed & Mill Company, Athens Farmers Market, and everyone who helps!

Proceeds benefit the Aquabear general fund and will help make the 6th Annual Aquabear County Fair (March 9-10) all free this year.

More info soon and to find out more about what we do and download tons of free Ohio music visit www.aquabearlegion.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Honeycutters on 2/18/12

Here is a video of The Honeycutters, performing “Waiting in the Morning.” The Honeycutters will be live in concert at ARTS/West on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:00pm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFSp0QwrX0E

Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets in advance are $5 for A/W members (Advance sales ONLY) and $15 for non-members.

Tickets at the door are $18.

Call (740) 592-4315

"If anyone can make this old metalhead want to whip out the cowboy boots and hat, order a couple of Budweisers and spin my woman around the dance floor, the Honeycutters can." -Brent Fleury, Bold Life Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/Honeycutters
Link

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pancakes and Play readings!

The Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast is coming! This Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM!

Find out more here: aquabearlegion.com

Following that on February 5, 2012 pregame before the Super Bowl with a little new play culture.

Spake by David L. Williams 2/5/12, 2pm

The Hodge Podge Play Reading Series will be held one Sunday a month January-March 2012 at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio.

Feb. 5, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Spake by David L. Williams of New York, New York

Mar. 4, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Dissolution of Mr. Stein by Marianne Hales Harding of St. George, Utah

Each selected play will be presented as an informal reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. With no rehearsals prior to the public reading, each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright's words may be the focus of the event. All readings will be followed by a potluck (bring a dish to share!) and moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to enjoy homemade cuisine and to give their feed-back on the plays.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00 PM. Donations are encouraged.

Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To receive a copy of the play to be read, please make reservations by calling 740/592.4315 at least 48 hours in advance.

Many thanks to the Humble Play Committee for helping to make this event possible.

Spake
Synopsis
In a packed Siberian church on a snowy day, a priest gives a eulogy for a 109 year old town leader. Suddenly, the stage goes dark as the church caves in, killing everyone inside. Everyone who speaks the regional language of Ujide is dead. Everyone except for great grandson Nicholas, who remained at Cornell University for finals. At Cornell, linguistics major Jessica is planning her thesis: finding an original wellspring language, an idea explored by famed Ithaca serial killer Edward Rulloff. Jessica doesn't know about Siberia, but she will; she dumped Nicholas a month ago for divinity student Cal. The church collapse begins an amazing sequence of events involving the Voynich Manuscript (a famous untranslated text), a gathering spell, the return of both Edward Rulloff and Nicholas' younger sister Irina, and a reversal of the Tower of Babel. By the end, a few flakes of snow have changed the world forever.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Honeycutters live in concert

ARTS/West presents The Honeycutters live in concert on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:00pm.

In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalized and impersonal, the
Honeycutters are building a reputation based on live performance and songs that tend to stick with you. Since putting out that first album the Honeycutters have shared the stage with such Americana favorites as Tony Rice, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Seldom Scene, and more.

Singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt has been
hailed as "one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days" by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson, and her voice has been described as "perfectly unadorned" and "recklessly beautiful".

They are currently making plans for
the release of their sophomore album, "When Bitter Met Sweet." The Honeycutters' unique style of americana music is just as at home in Athens, Ohio as it is in Asheville, North Carolina. The folk sounds of The Honeycutters are perfect for the rustic, Appalachian venue that ARTS/West provides and we do not expect to see another band like The Honeycutters for some time.

Seating for this event is extremely limited. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets in advance go on sale on 1/23/12 and are $5 for members (Advance sales ONLY) and $15 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $18.


http://www.facebook.com/Honeycutters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast!

Sunday, January 29, 1-4

It's the greatest day of the year...the Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast!

For the 6th year Aquabear continues their annual fundraiser at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio. Join us for an awesome afternoon of LOCAL food to support LOCAL music. Makes sense to us.

$5 will get you:
  • All you can eat pancakes (made out of sweet southeastern Ohio ingredients)
  • Coffee (from Donkey!)
  • Homemade butter + whipped cream (made from Snowville Cream!)
  • Snowville chocolate milk
Plus we will have donation upgrades for King Family Farms bacon and more!

SPECIAL THANKS to: Snowville Creamery, Fluff Bakery + Blockhead Donuts, Donkey Coffee, Shagbark Seed & Mill Company, Athens Farmers Market, and everyone who helps!

Proceeds benefit the Aquabear general fund and will help make the 6th Annual Aquabear County Fair (March 9-10) all free this year.

More info soon and to find out more about what we do and download tons of free Ohio music visit www.aquabearlegion.com

Monday, January 09, 2012

1/14/12: FRONT& CENTER and ATHCO SPIN IN

The first Front & Center and ATHCO Spin in of the year will be held Saturday, January 14 and noon and one respectively at ARTS/West.

FRONT & CENTER
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!
January guest: Aaron Butler- artistic director of the no brow music collective.
February guest: Hillary and Mark Burhans

ATHCHO Spin-Ins
ATHCO Women's Art Guild will be hosting FREE Spin ins this winter. On Saturdays, January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25 and March 10 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. For anyone who has a spinning wheel or drop spindle that wants to join the fiber fun. We will also have demonstrations and people willing to help if you wnat to learn. We may also be offering demonstrations in dyeing, needle felting, knitting and croshet help for those who express interest. BYOF (bring your own fiber)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Hodge Podge Play Reading

It's 2012 and we're back and ready for action!

ARTS/West is pleased to announce our exciting new opportunity for new play development. We received well over 100 submission for our Humble Play last year and 4 days just wasn't long enough for all of the great new plays we wanted to read, The Hodge Podge Play Reading Series was born!

The first Hodge Podge Play Reading Series will be held one Sunday a month January-March 2012 at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio.


Jan. 8, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Women and Guns by Steve Gold of Jamesburg, New Jersey

Feb. 5, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Spake by David L. Williams of New York, New York

Mar. 4, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Dissolution of Mr. Stein by Marianne Hales Harding of St. George, Utah

Each selected play will be presented as an informal reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. With no rehearsals prior to the public reading, each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright's words may be the focus of the event. All readings will be followed by a potluck (bring a dish to share!) and moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to enjoy homemade cuisine and to give their feed-back on the plays.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00 PM. Donations are encouraged.

Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To receive a copy of the play to be read, please make reservations by calling 740/592.4315 at least 48 hours in advance.


Many thanks to the Humble Play Committee for helping to make this event possible.

Jan. 8, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Women and Guns by Steve Gold of Jamesburg, New Jersey

Women and Guns

Synopsis

This play details the life of a female Marine MP, Tiffany Hansen, who is sent to Baghdad during the Iraq war, leaving behind her civilian boyfriend in southern California. The play follows the Marine from her first day in Basic training to her subsequent deployment in Iraq. Along the way, she meets Bobby, a car mechanic who will become her companion. The psychological effect of her deployment both on her and Bobby is examined, as is her reaction to her subsequent accidental killing of an Iraqi girl.

The play makes the point that Tiffany serves in combat even though women are officially barred from doing so by act of congress. Indeed, this play could not have been written before the Iraq war because the social conditions did not exist: Iraq is the first American conflict in which women serve in combat on a large scale. To date, almost five hundred women have been killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.