Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Local Art Education Job Opportunity

Looking for an arts related job? Amesville Elementary is hiring a one year substitute art teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Details below:

Position: Full-Time Art Teacher
Duration: 2017 - 2018 School Year
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of teaching, and will hang art in the hallways throughout the school year. 
 Location: Amesville Elementary School (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade) in Amesville, Ohio (just outside of Athens, Ohio).
Qualifications: B.A. in Visual Art, and teaching experience with elementary-aged children.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. George Wood, Superintendent, Federal Hocking Local Schools, 8461 State Route 144, Stewart, Ohio 45778.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SATB production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” at ARTS/West, June 11th at 7:00pm

Join ARTS/West Sunday, June 11th at 7:00pm for the SATB production of 
Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and other selections to inspire justice and compassion. 

The concert benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA Volunteers advocating for children in our legal system. 

Suggested donation of $10 or $15 for a family. 

ARTS/West is located at 132 W. State St. Athens, Ohio

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Come to ARTS/West 

this Saturday for Front & Center’s free musical 

performance and children’s open stage!

Saturday May 20th 12:00-1:30pm

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Thursday, May 04, 2017

2017 Ratha Con Pop Culture Convention 

ARTS/West and the City of Athens Arts, Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the 6th annual
Ratha Con: Athens Own Pop Culture Convention.

Thursday, May 11th (@ Athena Cinema)
ARTS/West Presents: Awarding winning director, Russ Emmanuel with Film Screenings  of "Occupantsand "The Assassin's Apprentice
7pm, $5 for adults; $3 for students (Rated R)

Friday, May 12th (@Arts West):
 Pop Culture Art Opening, 5-7pm, free admission and refreshments!

Friday, May 12th (@Arts West):
Tales from the Flip Side Cabaret Show, 7-9pm
A time-travelling music & magic show, starring John Pyka (aka "Big Daddy Cool")
admission: $10 individual; $20 family

Saturday, May 13th (@ Athens Community Center): 
ARTS/West PresentsRatha Con Pop Culture Convention, 10am-7pm
admission: $10 adults; $5 kids (ages 12-17); Kids under 12 FREE

for more details go to:

What's a POP CULTURE CONVENTION??? Some might call us a COMIC CON, but we think that doesn't quite cover it. We began with a focus on local comic artists, but Ratha Con is a gathering of people who love anything and everything related to comics, games, TV, Movies, and much more!

Whether you're into-  Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Superheroes, Doctor Who, Firefly, Anime, Zombies, Ghostbusters, Video Games, Tabletop games, Card games, Steampunk, Cosplay, or Comics

Ratha Con is the place for you to GEEK OUT and connect with other fans.

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


Ohio Valley Summer Theater's 10th annual Youth Camp in collaboration with Columbus Area Theatre Company, CATCO, has opened enrollment for youth entering 2nd to 12 grades. The camp which runs from June 5 to 23 features two professional workshops with deep Athens roots.

Campers will have an opportunity to work with a professional clown, improv with an expert, and try their hand at writing and performing sketch comedy with guidance from college sketch groups. For those wanting to specialize in technical aspects of theater, there is a track for them as well.  The camp will culminate in free public performances on June 23.

For more information, or to register go to:

or call:


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Today, Wednesday April 19th, starting at 4pm, $1 from every pint sold at the Devil's Kettle taproom will be donated to Athens Rock Camp for Girls! The weather should be perfect for enjoying a beer on the patio while supporting this awesome, empowering local organization hosted at ARTS/West! Devils Kettle is located at 97 Columbus Road in Athens. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Calliope Feminist Choir Concert

Join the women of the Calliope Feminist Choir for their 2017 Spring Concert: Still I Rise! Come out to ARTS/West and enjoy this beautiful choral music on either Saturday, May 6th at 7:30pm or Sunday, May 7th at 4:30pm. A reception will follow each concert. Special guests include Laura Nadeau and Otis Crockron. General admission tickets range on a sliding scale of $10-$30, limited income tickets available for $2-$10. Tickets for this event are available at the Farmacy, Blue Eagle Music, from Calliope members, and, as available, at the door. Accessible parking available on request, please phone by day prior or request parking from ticket seller. Overflow parking will be available at the Athens Middle School. For more information, please visit or email For last minute ticket availability and parking request, please call 740-818-9245.

The Laramie Project

Athens High School along with ABC Players and ARTS/West Presents bring a staged reading of The Laramie Project to ARTS/West on May 3rd at 7:30 p.m.  The play, written by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, is based on the true story of the hate crime that resulted in the torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student at the University of Wyoming.  The play features portraits of the community’s response to the murder in what has been called the modern Our Town. Matthew Shepard's murder brought to light the lack of laws against hate crimes in Wyoming and throughout the United States.

This is a one-time performance.  It will not be repeated.

There is no admission charge.  A $10 contribution is suggested to help defray the cost of the production.

Bando Yoga Clinic

This Bando Yoga Clinic, presented by the American Bando Association, is open to the public.
Instructors Cheryl Cesta, John Kelley, Darin Stahl, Mark Semingson, and Gary Layton have decades of experience teaching and practicing the three forms of Bando yoga that will be presented at the workshop: Longyi (rope), Dhanda (staff), and Letha (partner-assisted).
Participants should bring water and snacks, and if possible, provide their own rope (2.5 to 3 times your height), staff (2-6 fists longer than your height), and yoga mat.

Saturday schedule:
9-9:45AM Discussion of Bando Yoga
9:45-10:30AM Anchored Longyi - Solo and Group
10:30-12PM Dhanda - standing, seated
12-1PM break
1-1:45PM Dhanda - standing, seated
1:45-3:30PM Longyi - seated, kneeling
3:30-4:30PM Longyi - standing, lying
4:30-7PM Letha

Sunday schedule:
9:00-9:30AM Discussion
9:30-10:00AM Anchored Longyi
10:00-11AM Dhanda and Longyi review
11:00-1PM Letha review

Fee (covers Saturday and Sunday training sessions):
ABA members $50 in advance; $60 at the door
Non-ABA members $75 in advance; $85 at the door
Students: Free
Pre-payment: Can be made via PayPal. Contact Trent Stevens for a link to prepay:
Personal check: make check payable to ABA with a note that it is for the Bando Yoga Clinic. American Bando Association, PO Box 705, Griffin, GA 30224
Pre-pay cut-off is Saturday, April 15.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Cesta ( or 740-594-7452) for more info.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Front & Center featuring Belinda Sterling & Teodora Owen

Front & Center returns to ARTS/West on Saturday, April 15th at 12pm. Front & Center is completely free and provides children with an open stage for solo and ensemble music acts. This month, we will be featuring Belinda Sterling and Teodora Owen on the piano. A fun Saturday afternoon activity for the whole family!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Art Opening: Adrian Blake's Freedom in Creativity

Join Adrian Blake on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-8:30pm for the Freedom in Creativity art opening. This opening is free and open to the public! The exhibit will be on display in the ARTS/West gallery until May 8th, which is also free and open to the public during regular business hours.

ARTS/West Presents: SEOTDS April Contra Dance

Join us on Saturday, April 8th at ARTS/West for the April Contra Dance presented by SEOTDS. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Kristen Planeaux will be calling the action with music by Trillium. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30pm, with the dance running from 8-11pm. $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family, kids 10 and under are free. More information at or 740-590-4102.

Herbs for Allergies - Saturday, April 8th at 2pm

Troubled with seasonal allergies? Caty Crabb to the rescue!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

ARTS/West Presents: 2017 Athens Jazz Festival

The 2017 Athens Jazz Festival kicks off at ARTS/West at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 7th with trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis. The Ohio University Jazz Faculty and other guests will be playing as well, along with the Jazz Ensemble II. Admission by donation. Be sure to check out the rest of the Athens Jazz Festival events through April 9th!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange 2017

The Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange is a biannual fundraiser for ARTS/West, a non-profit arts organization. During the exchange days, March 30th– April 1st, a massive amount of clothing will be available in the ARTS/West performance space.  Those who donate clothing early will receive a “golden ticket” that allows unlimited clothing items. If clothing is brought on the days of the exchange, patrons will get a “regular” ticket, which lets patrons take as many items as they brought, additional items $1. Thursday, March 30th is ARTS/West Member night, and will be open to all ARTS/West members, and has a $15 entry fee. Membership to ARTS/West starts at $20 for students or $30 for community members for a full year membership. Entry to the exchange is $15 on Friday, March 31st, & $10 on April 1st. Once entry is paid, return entry is free the rest of the weekend. (Entry is only paid once.) Admission is free for children 12 & under! 

Exchange hours are 6-8pm on Thursday, March 30th for Members' night, 5-8pm on Friday, March 31st and 10am-6pm on Saturday, April 1st. 

Continuing through Thursday, March 30th, 2017 bring unwanted clothing items to ARTS/West during open hours (Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm). Please call ARTS/West at 740-592-4315 to arrange a time outside of regular business hours. Those who donate early will receive a “golden ticket” for unlimited items during the March 30th-April 1st event days. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Family Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Bring the whole family to ARTS/West on Sunday, March 19th from 2-5:30pm for an afternoon of dancing and live music by The Trophy Wives. No experience needed as all dances will be taught for kids and adults to dance together! Admission by donation, suggested donation $3/dancer. Feel free to drop in anytime. For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Front and Center featuring Charlie and Celia Lewis

Join Charlie and Celia Lewis for Front and Center at ARTS/West on Saturday, March 18th. Front and Center provides a fun family environment and an open stage for children's musical acts. Charlie and Celia will be performing a harp presentation starting at the normal time of 12pm. Front and Center is always at ARTS/West on the third Saturday of the month at 12pm, with a different musical guest each time! 

March Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

ARTS/West and SEOTDS present the March Contra Dance on Saturday, March 11th at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Bradley Smith will be calling with tunes by the Boys of the Hock. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family, kids 10 and under are free. More information or 740-590-4102.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Herbal Adaptogens with Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist

Join Caty Crabb at ARTS/West on Saturday, March 4th from 2-4pm
 for an Herbal Adaptogens workshop
Learn about how these medicinal herbs can improve your health from a clinical herbalist.
 Only $20-35 sliding scale for admission

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Art Opening: Federal Hocking Secondary's 8x10 Photography Exhibit

Celebrate Youth Art Month at ARTS/West with Federal Hocking Secondary’s student chapter of the National Art Honors Society, as they proudly present their fifth annual 8×10 Photography Exhibit. 

The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm, and the exhibit will be on display in the ARTS/West Performance Space until March 25th. 

As always, the reception and gallery exhibit are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Front and Center featuring Zhou Chau on Traditional Chinese Instruments

Front and Center returns to ARTS/West on Saturday, February 18th from 12-1pm. As always, Front and Center provides a free musical performance and an open stage for children's solo and ensemble acts! This month, Zhou Chau will be the featured guest playing traditional chinese instruments. Front and Center always occurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 12-1pm, and is absolutely FREE.

SEOTDS Waltz Lesson, Potluck Dinner, and Contra Dance

Waltz Lesson & Contra Dance on Saturday, February 11th at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Please join us for any or all events!

5:00-6:30pm Waltz Lesson with Barbara Ramlow
6:30-7:30pm Potluck Dinner
7:30-8:00pm Beginners Contra Lesson
8:00-11:00pm Contra Dance!

The waltz lesson is FREE! The lesson will be an introductory lesson that is appropriate for people who have never waltzed before, as well as beginning & intermediate waltzers. Experienced waltzers are encouraged to come as practice partners.

Barbara Ramlow will be calling the contra dance with tunes by the Hotpoint Stringband. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family, kids 10 and under are free. More information at or 740-590-4102.

ARTS/West Presents: The 2017 Villains Cabaret

Come support ARTS/West on Saturday, February 18th from 7-9pm for an evening of music celebrating the wicked & wonderful villains from Broadway, movies, & beyond!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Art Opening and Exhibit: For the Love of Athens County

For the Love of Athens County features photo submissions from the smartphones of Athens natives. So come out to ARTS/West from 6:30pm-8:30pm on February 2nd to see the best photos of places and things in Athens County. As always, this exhibit is free and open to the public, and is available for public viewing anytime during normal business hours.

Sampler Knit Blanket Class

Join Nancy Baur and Nadine Borovicka in a 12 week knitting class for beginners and intermediate knitters. This class will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm between February 7th-April 25th. Participants will make a beautiful sample knitted blanket in addition to learning basic knitting techniques. Each class offers a different square! The cost is only $60 for all 12 weeks, or $7 for a one day drop in. To sign up please follow this link:, or call ARTS/West at 740-592-4315.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Music Together Starts This Week!

Registration is open for two classes
Fri 10:15am & Sat 10:15am
10 Week Session Starting January 20 & 21
for ages birth to 5yrs 

For more Info contact Music Educator, Laura Nadeau at

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Front & Center featuring Bahara Baheri

Front & Center returns to ARTS/West for the first time in 2017 on Saturday, January 21st during its normal timeslot of 12-1pm. Featuring a special guest performance and providing an open stage for children to perform vocal or instrumental music, Front & Center occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month, always from 12-1pm.  So bring the kids to hear Bahara Baheri on vocals and sitar, and enjoy an hour of free musical entertainment!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Moon Tunnel: A Graduate Literary Reading Series

Join some of Athens' creative and inspiring graduate student writers on January 27th at 7:30pm in the basement of ARTS/West. Moon Tunnel is sponsored by the Ohio University Department of English.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Misfits Theatre presents the uproarious comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Directed by Marissa Dienstag

Performances will be January 20th-22nd and 27th-29th at Arts West in Athens (132 West State Street). Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. 

When a die hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

Dates: January 20th-22nd, 27th-29th
Times: 7pm (Fridays and Saturdays), 2pm (Sunday matinees)
Location: Arts West, 132 West State Street, Athens, OH
Tickets: $10.00 at the door

For more information, contact:

Family Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Bring the whole family to ARTS/West on Sunday, January 15th from 3-5pm for an afternoon of dancing and music. This event will have kids and adults dancing together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer.
More details on at

Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Contra Dance on Saturday, January 14th at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Kim Thompson will be calling with tunes by Zeke's Fancy. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family, kids 10 and under are free. More information at or 740-590-4102.

January Art Exhibit: "Working Hands" by Elizabeth Nihiser

Come to ARTS/West and check out our new art exhibit for the month of January. "Working Hands" by Elizabeth Nihiser will be on display in the ARTS/West performance space until the 31st. As always this display is absolutely free and open to the public during business hours.