Friday, March 30, 2012

Community Yoga 4/1/12

Starting this Sunday (4/1/12) and the first Sunday of every month join us for ARTS/West Community Yoga from 3:45-5. Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind.

Classes are the first Sunday of the month and free for A/W members or donation based for non-members. Contact us or Laura Post @ theholisticmama@gmail.com for more info.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Sweetback Sisters live in concert

ARTS/West presents The Sweetback Sisters live in concert on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:00pm.

Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”

The Sisters have been touring relentlessly since they released Chicken Ain’t Chicken in 2009. Their new CD, Looking For A Fight showcases the band’s razor sharp musicianship, complex arrangements and growing confidence as songwriters.

"one of the best discs of this (or any other) year. "
- Fish Records, May 2011 (on "Looking for a Fight")

The Sweetback Sisters will be performing for one night only at ARTS/West! Doors open at 7:15pm, the show starts at 8:00pm.

Tickets in advance are $5 for A/W members and $15 for non-members.

Tickets at the door are $18.
Link
Call the ARTS/West office at (740) 592-4315

http://www.thesweetbacksisters.com/

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Just on of our events for National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 12-7:30pm- Poetry reading featuring Becca Lachman, Carrie Oeding, Kent Shaw all reading from their works.

The reading will also mark the opening of the display of posters "another language altogether" designed by University of Dayton graphic design students under the direction of Molly Schoenhoff based on the poetry of Wendy McVicker.

Produced in partnership with Arts for Ohio, Ohio University Creative Writing Program, and ARTS/West


Becca J.R. Lachman teaches and tutors at Ohio University. The Apple Speaks (Cascadia Publishing House), her first book, investigates being an “AMK” (adult missionary kid) and her Swiss Mennonite roots. Becca’s choral music is available through Heritage Press under Rebecca Rossiter, her maiden name. Her written work has appeared in Swink, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, The Sun, Octave Magazine, On Being’s blog, Center for Mennonite Writing Journal, and elsewhere. A recent grad of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Becca lives in Southeast Ohio with her husband Michael, perhaps t
he world's only transportation services manager/professional dance musician.


Carrie Oeding was born and raised in Minnesota. She has lived and taught in Washington, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, Verse Daily, Greensboro Review, Best New Poets 2005, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She was awarded the Claude Kantner Award in her final year at Ohio University, where she received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing/American Literature. She teaches at Marshall University and lives in Huntington, WV, with her husband, poet Kent Shaw. Oeding is currently working on a collection of essays and a second collection of poems.



Kent Shaw's first book, Calenture, was published by University of Tampa Press in 2008. He has been a sailor in the United States Navy, a technical writer and a day trader. He has lived in St. Louis, where he received his MFA from Washington University, and in Houston, where he received his PhD in Creative Writing. His recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, H.O.W. Journal and elsewhere. He currently lives in West Virginia with his wife, the poet Carrie Oeding. He is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia State University.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Classes at ARTS/West

After School
Creative Endeavors Workshop will continue to offer arts based enrichment and homework help after school on weekdays from 2:30-5:30 for Athens City School students. Our program is child-centered and focuses on project based learning. We offer a wide range of artistic projects based on the student’s interests. Creative Endeavors Workshop located at ARTS/West, contact information contact Paul Kristofco: (740) 591-6432, pkristofco@gmail.com.

Classes
Belly Dancing. Open your heart, body and mind to unaccustomed rhythms and movement while empowering yourself to appreciate your body through a dance that celebrates the womanly form, no matter what size or shape.
Thursdays. Basics: 5:15pm-6:15pm, Advanced 6pm- 7:15pm. Inquiries and registration call Ellie Olin at 740-590-1896

Burmese Bando Yoga And Aerobic Workout For Women & Girls. Get in shape at your own pace and have fun in a supportive class! WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursday 5:30 to 6:45 COST: $5.00 per class or $30.00 per month. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear athletic shoes & comfortable clothing. All women and girls welcome!
Inquiries and registration call Cheryl at 740-594-7452

Music Together® in Athens presented by Laura Nadeau
If you are not a returning family, and are interested in the opportunity of enrolling in classes this spring or summer, please contact Laura Nadeau for more information: 740-707-9736 or register online at www.musictogetherinathens.com

Prenatal Yoga. Prenatal yoga helps mothers gain a deeper awareness of their bodies while helping to alleviate some discomforts pregnancy can bring. In class we will strengthen the lower back, pelvic floor and many other key muscles important for the journey into Motherhood. Yoga promotes circulation, better night's sleep and overall better health. This class offers a safe environment for you to share and hear about mama's journey while tapping into your innate wisdom about birth and life.
Inquiries, dates, and registration call Laura Post 740-594-YOGA

Life Drawing
Come and practice your life drawing skills in a non-instructional, informal environment. models provided.
Tuesdays 7-9pm ( except 20th march)
$10 general /$8 for ARTS/West members
For inquiries please contact Hollie Krause 740 818 6222.

Improv for Teens
The students will learn basic principles of improvisation through a wide variety of exercises and games. The importance of each participant’s unique perspective will be emphasized, and well as the importance of listening and responding to impulses. Students will work with open scenes in which minimal dialogue is provided and the actors create the circumstances of the situation. Participants in the workshop will build skills in vocal presence, public presentation, and ensemble performance. Taught by Janice Evans. Ages: 14-18 Dates: April 12-May 9 Times: 1:00-3:00 Fee: $45 A/W household members or $55. Call ARTS/West to register (740) 592-4315


Celebrate New Plays!

ARTS/West is conducting a workshop of What Ever Happened to Baby Abby a new play by Merri Biecher. The play was read as part of the 2011 Humble Play Festival-- due to positive audience feedback the play was selected to receive a concentrated week-long workshop. We will have a public reading of the rewrite on Sunday, March 25th at 7pm at ARTS/West. FREE and donations appreciated. It will be an opportunity for the audience who heard the play last October to see what we’ve done with it.

The ensemble cast features community, professional, and Ohio University Actors.


Merri Biechler says "The comedy is about a young woman who discovers at the age of 27 that she was a famously-rescued baby. I remember vividly Baby Jessica being pulled from the well back in the 1987. I wondered what it would be like for a young woman to not know SHE was that famous baby and feel like her life hadn’t lived up to the hype of her rescue as a two-year old."


Director: Emily Prince
Stage Manager: Ashley Johnson
Cast:
Emily Auwaerter
Karen Chan
Casiha Felt
Matt Marceau
Thomas Daniels

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“Whatever Happened To Baby Abby” 3/25/12

ARTS/West presents a play workshop of Whatever Happened to Baby Abby by local playwright, Merri Biechler at 7pm Sunday, March 25.

This play is about a young woman trying to define her life as meaningful and her job choice as successful. "We all remember where we were on that snowy March morning in 1972 when, after 41 hours of national news coverage, we watched as Baby Abby was pulled out alive from that Wisconsin ice cave. As the twenty-five year anniversary of the rescue approaches, Abigail Walters discovers that she's Baby Abby and to her horror realizes that she's done nothing with her life to justify her being saved."

Merri Biechler is a professional actor and a graduate of Ohio University’s school of theater professional playwrighting program. She’s guest starred on several TV shows including Judging Amy and E.R. Biechler has appeared in films such as He Said, She Said; Man of the Year; and The Thing Called Love. Her plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (world premiere at Mortar Theatre Company, 2012; New Orleans Fringe Festival; Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
workshop; Semi-finalist, P73 Playwriting Fellowship; Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Theater Biennial commission); Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Finalist, Princess Grace Award; Winner, Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award; Finalist, Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition; Participant, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory); and Real Girls Can’t Win (Nominee, Stavis Award and David Mark Cohen Award; Victory Gardens Theatre workshop;
Productions at Ohio University, Centenary College, Indiana State—KCACTF Region III production; and upcoming Augustana College.)

Whatever Happened to Baby Abby was read as a part of the 2011’s Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio. Because of the positive audience feedback about the play “Baby Abby” was selected for a development workshop this spring. Biechler, will spend a week-long intensive with director Emily Prince and cast working on the play. The new draft will be performed as a workshop production (minimal staging, scripts in hand) at ARTS/West on March 25th, and attendance is free.

The workshop is being presented with the support of The Corporation for the Performing Arts. The mission of the Corporation for the Performing Arts (CPA) is to include professional performing arts, and provide access to the professional level performing arts and artists in Athens, OH; Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble. The mission of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (BMTE) is to challenge, engage and inspire the residents of the community with explosive and thought-provoking theater. As Southeast Ohio’s Professional Theater Company, BMTE develops and produces new theater works, as well as contemporary and classical plays. With a commitment to collaboration and a desire to integrate art into the fabric of the region, they strive to explore, confront and affirm what it means to be alive.

Don’t miss your chance to see the newest version of this play by local, accomplished playwright and OU graduate, Merri Biechler, and celebrate women’s history month at the same time.

Keeping your theater local!

Friday, March 09, 2012

Kids events this Saturday!


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!

The March 'Front and Center' on Sat. March 10 from Noon until 1 PM will host a unique performance by Dan Dennis.

Dan Dennis has spent the better part of two decades making theater with music and sound. For Front and Center, he will present excerpts from his improvised musical astronomy extravaganza, STARBALL. A unique participatory theater event usually performed under the controllable night sky of a planetarium, STARBALL has played for ten years around the country and in Spain and will return to Chicago's Adler Planetarium this April and the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City this June. Dan is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University.

Kids Fun Day @ ARTS/West Saturday March 10, 2012, 12:45pm-4pm

This a creative collaboration between the Appalachian Progressive Education Center (APE Center), Creative Endeavors Workshop (CEW) and ARTS/West

SCHEDULE:
  • 12:45-1:00- Sign in
  • 1:00-1:45-Arts
    • The children will put together a "clutter collage" made from disposable items used in everyday life. They then will explore alternatives to using disposable items as well as solutions to the overall sustainability of the planet. Session led by Chelsea Goettge of APE Center
  • 1:45-2:15- Break
    • The children will have the opportunity to relax for a few and have a snack if they have brought one with them. We will not be providing snack.
  • 2:15-3:30-Theater
    • The children will generate new patterns of thinking through the use of voice, movement, and acting. This is done to help the children find their voice. Session led by Shiloh Morganstern of CEW
  • 3:30-4:00- Clean up and wrap up

These sessions are free of charge. We will gladly except donations to help raise funds for ARTS/West

Monday, March 05, 2012

Special Front and Center for March

The March 'Front and Center' on Sat. March 10 from Noon until 1 PM will host a unique performance by Dan Dennis.

Dan Dennis has spent the better part of two decades making theater with music and sound. For Front and Center, he will present excerpts from his improvised musical astronomy extravaganza, STARBALL. A unique participatory theater event usually performed under the controllable night sky of a planetarium, STARBALL has played for ten years around the country and in Spain and will return to Chicago's Adler Planetarium this April and the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City this June. Dan is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University.

‘FRONT & CENTER’ a free music event for school age kids at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. Athens every second Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon –1 pm

March 10th special guest:
Dan Dennis w/ Starball, a musical astronomy extravaganza 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!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Final Hodge Podge Play Reading

After a successful reading of Women and Guns by Steve Gold in January, and Spake by David L. Williams in February, Hodge Podge concludes March 4, 2012 at 2:00pm at ARTS/West with a reading of The Dissolution of Mr. Stein by Marianne Hales Harding an alumnus of the Ohio University Graduate Playwrighting program; currently of St. George, Utah.

In The Dissolution of Mr. Stein, Vic Stein, a local political candidate and pillar of the community, creates an alter ego online to do some anonymous research on a popular social networking website. Emboldened by his anonymity he ventures further and further into his pretend world, only to find that it is very real with very real consequences.

Each selected play is 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.