Thursday, April 27, 2006

News 4.27.06

A couple of really big news items today so try and bare with me.

Number 1, ARTS/West will no longer have a cell phone so do not call 517-1649. You will not reach anyone. It’s sad, I know. Try our office at (740) 592-4315 (I realize it is almost always busy but we have dial-up…) or the Community Center (740) 592-3325. You may also try telepathy, smoke signals or semi fore but I don’t think that will work.

Now that you know where we are located DO NOT MISS ARTCO’s play reading this Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm. Appalachian Regional Theater Company presents a dramatic play reading, That Sheep May Safely Graze, an anti-war play by local playwright and potter by W.R. Smiddie. Tickets are $3/$5.

We also have a NOISE SHOW this Sunday at 6pm. Bring your favorite instrument and a dish to pass. Find out more about noise by searching this website:

Also, our new intern Paula would like to invite everyone to A Taste of Athens this Saturday from 3-8pm at Howard Hall site (corner of Union St. and College St). There will be local bands, games, and food. Bring your friends and family!

And, if that wasn’t enough! (Who says there is nothing to do in Athens?!) Beautification Day is this Saturday. Check out

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see the Inlet Dance Theatre’s special performance Monday night. I don’t think I am alone in saying it was AMAZING! Thank you Bill Wade and all of the dancers who had to schlep back to Cleveland after the show. See email testimonial below!

From: Heather ThompsonSent: Tue 4/25/2006 11:24 AMTo: Emily PrinceSubject: Inlet Dance
Thank you very much for providing the space and time for the Inlet Dance Theatre! The performance was great and my boys had a great time! It was a great family event and was entertaining to all ages, especially my two, ages 3 and 9. Tyler wanted to e-mail his favorite dancer, Justin, last night when we got home. It was so cute! I’m so inspired!

I would also like to introduce you to three new contributors:
Alexander A Blabbers-Aarvorson was born in a small New Jersey town just southwest of Trenton. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was three, where his mother taught at the University and his father wrote for The Philadelphia Post, a prominent local newspaper. Aarvorson himself was a good student (though a little bored at times), and was a big hit with many of the more cynical teachers at his school. He excelled in his writing for school newspapers and, upon entry into Penn State, joined his father's paper. After graduating with a degree in Journalism and in English, Aarvorson obtained a job in Athens, Ohio, where he bought a moderately large two-story house. Aarvorson is currently working part-time at a local restaurant and spends the rest of his time writing short stories, and, on occasion, pithy articles for ARTS/West.

Mortimer A Morty Goste was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father was an Emergency Medical Technician who was good friends with many of the automotive dealers in town, which left the Goste family with no shortage in cars. His mother was a chef in a popular Italian restaurant and was usually at work until late into the night. Overall, Goste was a good student, but would sometimes shirk studying to draw comics that (as far as anyone knows) are still stashed away in a big box somewhere in his house. Goste was especially fond of cartoon zombies and skeleton characters with The Far Side-like themes. Nevertheless, he was a nice, well behaved kid and most teachers had a hard time not liking him. Goste attended Ohio University and went abroad for his junior year, graduating with a degree in Literature and Cooking. Goste=s favorite writer was Edgar Allen Poe; his favorite poems AThe Raven@ and AThe Bells@. He now teaches at the university and, in his spare time, helps out at ARTS/West.

Theo (that’s Tay-Oh) Peck-Suzuki is a part-time student at the Athens Middle School, also taking classes at OU and working independently with graduate students. He was born in New York City but moved to Athens, Ohio when he was a year old. He attended the private school River Valley until it was forced to fold in 2005, at which point he transferred to AMS. Generally not the most talkative of people, he participates in the school drama club and usually keeps to himself unless he’s onstage. In his spare time he likes to relax, and every week he helps out at ARTS/West, which is, conveniently, right next to his house. He enjoys writing, especially hard-boiled detective stories.

Can you guess the “real” one?

This is getting to be a pretty long post and if you have managed to read this far I want to give a HUGE thanks to Rheal, Rachel W., Rachel K. and Theo for finding the typo and getting our May 20th mailing out on time. Some of you may receive the mailing with the typo (we didn’t want to waste paper) and the kids have assured me your version will be the collectors’ addition!

Next weekend please come out for:

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS TO HAVE ATHENS PREMIERE AT ARTS WEST As a benefit play reading for My Sister’s Place

Saturday May 6th, 8PM

Jeanette Buck

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS, a deeply personal one-woman play by Ohio University School of Film Assistant Professor, Jeanette L. Buck will have its Athens premiere as a benefit for My Sister’s Place at Arts West, 132 West State Street in Athens, OH, on Saturday May 6th at 8PM. Apparently left for dead after a violent attack in her Los Angeles home Buck originally developed the play as a thank you to the community of friends and strangers that assisted in her healing.

The emotionally charged 75-minute play reading charts the course of her survival. Two-time Helen Hayes Award-winning Washington D.C. actress, Holly Twyford, portrays Jeanette in this harrowing autobiographical tale delving into a journey to heal both body and soul with the help of community, friends, and family. THERE ARE NO STRANGERS speaks to one individual’s need to make sense of a senseless act of hatred, while exploring the universal struggle to cope with a world torn apart by violence.

The play received its first production at Theater J in Washington DC in April 2005 and opened to positive reviews.

“clocks in as a successful specimen of the genre that might be labeled “triumph- of –the- human –spirit- chronicle.” Celia Wren Washington Post

“unexpectedly funny, of all things and gorgeously written” Bob Mondello WETA

“That playwright Jeanette Buck has taken this subject and crafted such a funny and enlightening piece is almost unbelievable. There Are No Strangers bursts with intensely personal and illuminating passion.” Fiona Zublin Washington Theater Review

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Directions to ARTS/West or The Where We Are

ARTS/West is conveniently located at 132 West State Street. Approximately 5 blocks west of Casa, 2ish blocks west of Athens Middle School and like maybe 3 wierd blocks east of Millers Chicken. These are my landmarks!
If you are driving to the West State Street soccer or baseball fields on West State St. you will pass the middle school on your left, a block or two later you will pass a cemetary on your right and you will see that the road v's at the point of the 'v' is a large brick building that used to be a church, That is us !!!! Bear to the right and our driveway is immediately to your left and it is steep. The door at the back will usually be open, unless there is a performance, then there will be signage that will direct you to the appropriate entrance.

Stay tuned for possibly clearer directions from a more 'type A' person!

The evening shift

It is a beautiful summery evening and I have come in to make sure everything is ship shape for the Athenian Players. They are rehearsing for 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'.
The weekend is looking very busy with a highschool band night on Friday..... That would be many bands made up of highschool age people, not The Highschool Band i.e. the one that plays at football games.... I don't think they would fit on our stage! The bands (I've heard the number 14) will begin at 6 p.m. and play till 11, I hope that everyone will get a chance to play. That will be upstairs in the performance space.
Saturday has more rehearsals, guitar class and sewing class. I hope that we will be able to offer more sewing classes throughout the summer. I also have someone that I might sign up for guitar classes but its a big surprise for her birthday so I can't tell you!
My next task is to put directions to ARTS/West on this very blog, wish me luck!
Have a great night!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The new lady

Today at ARTS/West marks the first day of Rachel Weekley. She is joining our volunteer core. Here is Rachel to tell you a little bit about herself.

HI! I’m Rachel . It’s great to be here I’ve lived here all my life and nothing like this place has ever been so close to me. I’m deeply involved in the arts whether it’s at the recreational center or simply at the middle school performing in plays. I hope to be here as often as I can and to be more involved in the arts (then I already am).

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Peeps will be on sale Monday

April proves to be just as busy as March and we know how hard it is to be in a dark building during this beautiful weather. I would like to point out that we have air-conditioning!

I would like to invite you to submit some ARTS/West experiences to our blog by emailing at We will be pleased to post any thing positive, because it's an ARTS/West blog and that is how we role.

Don't forget to contact Kelly Lawrence about the home school art class. They met this Wednesday and it was a real treat. Some little bunny even brought the A/W staff Easter eggs she had colored.

In case you are wondering, all ARTS/West programs and rentals are cancelled Saturday, April 15 and Sunday April 16!

Here are some up-coming events: Inlet Dance Theatre April 24 at 7:00 pm. This special performance is sponsored by the West Elementary PTO and the Ohio Arts Council to launch Inlet Artistic Director/Founder Bill Wade’s two week residency at West Elementary. Inlet Dance Theatre is one of Cleveland's newer contemporary dance companies. Inlet Dance Theatre uses the art form of dance to bring about personal development in the lives of individuals through training and mentoring, and to speak creatively about life and the issues we all face. The company was founded in 2001. This performance is free but we will accept donations! ARTCO April 29th, 8:00 pm, a dramatic play reading, "That Sheep May Safely Graze," an anti-war play by local playwright and potter by W.R. Smiddie. Tickets are $3/$5. Noise Show/Potluck Dinner Last Sunday of every Month, 6:00 p.m. Sounds from the forefront of experimental music. Admission: $2.00 donation

A reminder to SAVE THE DATES! Dinner and Dance Benefit May 20, 2006, 6:00pm featuring the words of Wendy McVicker, the music of “Steel Cut Oats” and “Dinner of Swords” and the dance of Missy Whaley plus others… $8.00 suggested donation. A Midsummer Night's Dream, It's being performed Thursday- Saturday, June 15- 17 at 7:30 pm and Saturday- Sunday, June 17-18 at 2:00 pm. There is limited seating, and ticket info is on our website: The Sunday, June 18 performance is a special Father's Day Matinee! All Dads get in for $4.00 with any child or youth admission. Appalachian Playwright’s festival: September 29-October 1. New plays from our local playwrights! Collaboration between Appalachian Regional Theater Company, Studio for Young Actors and ARTS/West. ARToberfest: October 21-22nd. Westside Community performance, visual and culinary art celebration

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Stage is dark; downstairs is bustling

We are back at the brewing stage! Greater Tuna has moved out, the stage is dark but we are getting ready for the next events.
Coming up still in April is the Grey Seal Puppet Show, which is FREE!! While it is not AT ARTS/West it is still an offering from the Community Center and we are all part of the same family! So come on down to the Community Center on April 27 and see ELVES AND TROLLS.
Kids sewing class is zipping along and we will have quite a few creations to show everyone. Sewing is such a great skill and by the by is a great way to build fine motor skills! It's all that and fun too..... Our first project is little felt dogs with articulated legs. I hope to put pictures of them up here when they are done so you all can see them.
Guitar class started this week also with our teacher Matt Brient. He has been teaching for 16+ years, students from age 5 on up!! We are also trying to arrange a schedule for Matt to have some older students also, if you have been yearning to expand your musicality this is a great opportunity!!!!
Another class that started that started this week was Rural Actions Environmental Learning Program's Puppet Workshop. A group of students, most under 12 will be collaberating and writing a show based on an environmental story. The students are under the guidance of Rural Action and are also joined by Domi ( of Jackie and the Giant fame). As if the workshop wasn't enough, the product of the workshop will be produced and open to the public!
Remember, this is a community facility, if you have a class that you would like to see offered, call us and we'll see what we can do. If you are qualified to teach a class that you think would appeal to our community give us a call, and always look us up when your looking for something to do!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Kids' Music Club

Attention, the Kids' Music club scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 4.8.06 has been cancelled due to a family emergency. We are very sorry and hope to reschedule later this month.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tuna and Toscano's

The house for OVST's production of Greater Tuna was small by appreciative! And, the dessert reception catered by Toscano's well let me tell you that I myself had THREE pieces of cake, one advantage of a small house. Not to worry though there are still plenty of goodies left over so if you are coming to the show tonight you will have the added treat of another reception after the show.
We had quite the day yesterday and I have two big announcements:

Home school Art Classes
Every Wednesday from 12 noon - 4 p.m.
First class will be April 12th for Easter projects
We plan to cover everything from the basic elements
of art, art history, various techniques of production and even fun crafts.
those interested should contact Kelly Lawrence at or call 740/594-1158

ARTS/West: athens community gateway to the arts
presents a presentation from the INLET DANCE THEATRE
Monday, April 24th at 7:00 pm.
This performance is sponsored by the Westside Elementary PTO and the Ohio Arts Council
to launch Inlet Artistic Director/Founder Bill Wade’s two week residency at West Elementary
addmission is free but donations are always welcome!
You should also check out the Athens Messanger Insider this week for a great picture of the Greater Tuna cast.

rentals, rehearsals, and rates, oh, my!

A lot of people are just finding out about ARTS/West, and we have a lot to offer! In addition to classes we offer rehearsal, performance, and gallery space for area artists and organizations! We are working at paying building expenses but have been trying to keep ARTS/West affordable for the entire community. Rates run from about $15 to $200 thats quite a range and the high end of the range also includes a house manager and sound technician. We even have a small kitchenette so that ARTS/West provides a nice space for lunchtime meetings and receptions.
Speaking of receptions, how was the shin-dig for Greater Tuna?? I was in yesterday afternoon and saw all the desserts lined up from Toscano's, they looked great and it was difficult to resist!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fun on April 4th

APRIL 8, 11:00-12:00 - Kid's Music Club featuring singer/songwriter Laura Nadeau as well the always loved Open Stage for kids. Come one, come all, but do come. Bring your ears to just listen, friends or family to share the time with, and an instrument/ song to share. Everyone that wants to perform gets to perform. See you there!!!

We also continue OVST’s production of GREATER TUNA opening tomorrow night!

The Guitar Class for 12-14 year olds starts this Saturday at 2:00, not too late to register, call the ARTS/West on 592-4315 and Kid’s Sewing Club meets from 1:00-2:00.

The Environmental Learning programs puppet workshop starts on Sunday and it is not too late to register, see info below.

Tuesday was just hoping here. If we don’t call you back right away: don’t feel bad. While it may seem like we are out on the town living it up because our office hours are only 1-4 we are often times here late at night and all weekend too! So, we are trying to stay out of trouble and off of the streets.

We hope to have our summer programs lined up and I think they will be exciting, educational and artistic. Please let me know if you have any ideas.

Say, B, what about renting ARTS/West, how can I get some information on that? What about volunteering, can I do that?

Monday, April 03, 2006

April 3 update

Well, we’ve made it through another day here at ARTS/West. OVST is teching away and APT is happily (I hope) rehearsing in Room 1.

If you are looking for Emily tomorrow afternoon you won’t find her until about 3:00 but Barbara will be keeping the office hours and she is super helpful!

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for GREATER TUNA, what a hoot, by clicking on the OVST link or calling their office.

Tuesday, April 4 brings cooler weather, wind, staff meeting, APT (6:30-7:30) Room 1, Ki-en Crew (7-9) Room 2 and OVST (7-11) performance space. Please remember to use the side door if your activity is downstairs. Rachel will be here in the evening to direct traffic with style.

Please click on the Programs post for the latest classroom news.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

only theater people are inside today

Thank you to all who came out on the beautiful day to see the Environmental Learning Program’s (ELP) presentation of “A Mountain Top Ditty”

Kids, it’s not too late to sign up for a puppet workshop: a collaboration between: ELP, Dominika Adamova (The Bear Theatre) and ARTS/West. See details below under “puppet workshop”

Today at ARTS/West you will find: community meetings, puppet shows, rehearsals and a technical rehearsal. Please check back for all of the latest information.

For Monday, April 3rd we have a busy evening… an individual rehearsal in the performance space at 3:00, OVST will continue their technical rehearsals of Greater Tuna in the performance space (7-11) and The Athenian Players will be rehearsing The Man Who Came to Dinner in Room 1 (6:30-9:30).

Don’t forget that the class “ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE" has been postponed due to low enrollment.

Puppet Workshop

Learn puppet making, working together the students will devise an environmentally oriented script and produce a play using puppets!

The play will be open to the public on May 21st!

Cost of the workshop is $15.00

RURAL ACTION-conducts workshops with teachers and in schools
Using puppets and theatre to encourage self expression, group interaction and cross curricular learning.

Dominika Adamova Mgr. is a professional educator and a teacher trainer from the Czech Republic, Europe and has also run drama workshops with young students in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria!

ARTS/West is excited to bring Athens this unique opportunity for Middle School age students to join us for class starting on April 9th at 3:00 p.m. the final product of this workshop will be performed on May 21st

To register for this workshop call Rural Action at:

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Upcoming Events 4.1.06

Come to see Benton Flippin and his heroic young friends as they try and stop the evil aliens from DESTROYING THE EARTH!! Rural Action's Environmental Learning Program (ELP) presents:
A Mountaintop Ditty
a puppet performance for people ages 8-108
3:00 Sunday, April 2.
Admission is $2 for adults - KidsFree

written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
APRIL 5 - 8 AT 8:00 PM
APRIL 9 AT 2:00

This show will take place at ARTS/West 132 West State Street
Tickets are available by calling 740-593-4800 or e-mail

Look forward to an hilarious evening with this portrayal of Texas’ third smallest town! A score of characters, played by a small cast reveal a day in the lives of Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and many more. The small cast fast changes through costumes and characters in this Off-Broadway tour de farce!
Jump start your spring with a night of laughter!

programs update

Welcome to the ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts
brand new BLOG!
To keep you up-to-date on all of our activities

-Classes and programs update-
WEARABLE ART has been postponed until April 14th.
Come to six sessions of hands-on experiential learning and gain knowledge about the elements and principles of design and create your own wearable art piece. This class will culminate in a gallery style show open to the public. Class members will supply their own jeans, poncho, scarf, socks, or shoes to embellish.
Instructor: Mary Roediger Fee: $50 Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM Age 12-15 Day: Fridays

We will be offering GUITAR CLASSES
Learn basic guitar skills including proper posture, beginning chords, hand positions and strumming with a pick as well as fingerstyle approaches from Matt Brient, private and classroom teacher for 16 years. He is able to design individual curricula based on the experience of each student. Please call to set-up your individual or group lesson. Fee reflects a 6 week course.
Instructor: Matt Brient Fee: $45.00 Days: Saturday Date: April 8 Time: 2:00-3:00 Age: 12-14

The ACTORS NIGHTMARE class has been cancelled

Our classes and programs are listed in the Community Center Bulletin.
You should register at least 48 hours in advance of each start date or we will not know you are interested and might just cancel the class! Registrations can be done by calling the community center (740) 592-3325 or ARTS/West (740) 592-4315