Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Community Music Celebration!!

Community Music Celebration
this weekend at ARTS/West
SUNDAY, June 4, 2006 at 4:00 PM.

Come join us for a celebration of our local musical talent. The Community Music Celebration will feature the homegrown talents of Rattletrap Stringband, Charlie & Celia, Michael Tobar, Missy Whaley and Dominika Adamova.
Tickets are a mere $8.00 available in advance through ARTS/West or at the door.

Rattletrap Stringband will feature its “old-time music sound”,
Charlie & Celia will create wonderful melodies with their various string instruments, Michael Tobar the master of many instruments will surely surprise us while the guitar stylings of Missy Whaley and the eastern European flavor of Dominika Adamova will entertain us all. These 5 musical acts will also be accompanied by fun family activities for kids during the concert and various door prizes, including a gift certificate to Haffa’s Records.
The show this Sunday is one not to be missed.

Monday, May 29, 2006


The long weekend will pass in a few short hours and what are Dr. Condee's students doing? Are they barbecuing? Are they sun bathing? Oh my no. These are students of the Interdisciplinary Arts who have spent the month studying with internationally recognized Balinese puppeteer and award-winning performer, educator and author I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D.

They have learned their lessons well and will be presenting a Wayang Kulit-Multi-Media-Extravaganza tomorrow night, May 30 at 7:00 PM. This performance is free but donations will be accepted for the Indonesian earthquake recovery efforts.

ARTS/West announces a Community Music Celebration this Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 4:00 PM.

Performances by: Charlie & Celia, Rattletrap String Band, Missy Whaley, Michael Tobar and Dominika Adamova.

This is a family friendly event featuring crafts for kids’ downstairs during the concert and door prizes to be awarded through out the afternoon. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door or in advance at ARTS/West. Call (740) 592-4315 for information.

Charlie & Celia: “Through sweet melodies and lush, full arrangements, Charlie and Celia's new CD Snapshot is the type of music that one might hear on NPR's Mountain Stage. I have no doubt their music will find it's way there at some point. Between the myriad of string instruments (dulcimer, harp, banjo, guitar) and the full, satisfying vocal arrangements, this CD will give pleasure to anyone looking for a kind of down-home comfort.”
Diana Hamilton

Rattletrap: “Old-time music is a term that was branded to the music of the rural south during the golden age of radio. Rattletrap’s sound is born of that time, the 19th and early 20th century, but lives and breathe today in the hands of a vibrant new generation of musicians. Rattletrap is constantly pushing old-time music to new heights, creating a contagious sound that will make you want to move your feet.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


ARTS/West announces an encore performance of Wayang Kulit (Balinese Shadow Puppet Theatre) this Friday, May 26, 2006. Athens, OH, May 22 2006– ARTS/West, Athens Community Gateway to the Arts, 132 W. State St., due to enthusiastic response to two previous presentations,
ARTS/West will offer one more WAYANG KULIT.

Balinese Wayang Kulit Shadow Theatre: May 26, at 8:00. If you missed this stunning performance the first time, do not miss what may be your last chance to see internationally recognized Balinese puppeteer and award-winning performer, educator and author I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D. Dr. Sedana will be in Athens for a short while and has offered the community this special performance. This event will be free with donations accepted.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Hey, it's Wednsday

Hello, can you believe its Wednesday??? Well things are really busy here in a night time theatre sort of way.
This week Cleo has been quietly working by day on this amazing tree sculpture for Missy Whaley's Dance Performance on Saturday night. I hope there is a great turn out for this, it is an amazing amalgumation of media........ that one wore me out.

Saturday night from 7:30 to ??

Missy Whaley is choreographing a work in progress, TRACES with performances by Corina Iona Dalzell, and Wendy McVicker who will add some poetry to the whole shebang!! Music will be provided by Deb Dreifort, Dan and Emily Prince of Dinner with Swords. Missy's working title for this series is 'Angels and Wings' and is focused on peoples near death experiences...

Missy has applied for a grant and these performances that we are treated to work to raise matching grant money. This all enables Missy to work as an artist in residence at ARTS/West, in the fall she will be offering dance classes and the process of documenting will be done by another local artist Steve Fetsch. The classes that Missy will offer will be funded by the grant and will be free! AND as if that isn't enough, Saturday night you will also be able to enjoy the music of Steel Cut Oats, After Hours and the food artistry of Sam Chamberlain! It's a win win situation!

Join us in cheering on and supporting these artists
Sunday May 21 at 3:00 pm

Sunday will be the World/Athens premiere of The Great Kapok Tree! This is the product (because everyone loves product) of Rural Action's Educational Learning Program (ELP) and Dominika Adamova. They have been having a workshop with kids ages 4 to 12. The kids read several stories that had an environmental theme and chose one to work into a puppet show. It has been a flurry of activity with puppet making, set building, and script writting to turn out an interesting show about the Amazon Rainforest, conservation and protection.

Monday, May 15, 2006

After Friday the 12th

We made it through Friday and I think I can safely say that a great time was had by all!

Thank you to WOUB, Athens Community Center, all of our volunteers, Heather, Barbara, Rachel, Rheal, Paul, Susan, Dan, Suzanne, Linda and now I’ve gone too far and will surely forget someone who was instrumental so a great big thank you to all who came to see Clifford!

And, the Wayang Kulit! What a delight. I hope you stuck around and went on stage to play with some of the puppets. Thank you Tek, Bill and Sedana.

I know we were all a bit tired on Saturday but I think having two events in one night was a good idea! Well, for some people. I liked that there was a little something for a lot of people.

By the by, if you have sent Emily an email to the city address recently it is HIGHLY likely that she never saw it and is not ignoring you. Please call or resend. The city system crashed or some such thing and all of her emails are gone forever.

The Lost Flamingo Company is here teching "Cabaret." The costumes are racy, the singing is fantastic and I just love the space. Come and see this Thursday and Friday and be sure to come back Saturday for Missy Whaley's dinner and dance benefit. See May events below.

Friday, May 12, 2006

May Events

My word, what a night we have in store tonight, May 12, 2006!

From 6:30-8:30 come and shake paws with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
This will take place downstairs and you can make a card for mothers and hear a story read out loud. There will also be bags o' swag! We had previously publicized that you could catch a shuttle from Toscano’s but that is unfortunately NOT TRUE, (long story and it is not your fault) there is parking available here and if you have dinner we encourage you to car pool.

At 8:00 mosey upstairs for Wayang Kulit (Puppet Shadow Theatre) do not miss your chance to see internationally recognized Balinese puppeteer and award winning performer, educator and author I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D. Dr. Sedana will be in Athens for a short while and has offered the community this special performance. This event will be free with donations accepted

The fun doesn’t stop there, here are some more may events!

May Kids' Music Club May 13, 11-12:30. A Composition Showcase with special guest: singer/songwriter Laura Nadeau. Any and all young composers and songwriters are invited to perform your work. Call Trisha Lachman (592-6430) for more information.

The Lost Flamingo Company presents the world-renowned musical “Cabaret” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18th and Friday May 19th. The show will be at ARTS/West on 132 W. State Street, with a free shuttle service from Baker Center to ARTS/West from 7 p.m. until 7:45. Show tickets are $6 for the public. Contact Catie Coleman (216-258-8919)

Dinner and Dance Benefit May 20, 7:30 pm. Featuring the words of Wendy McVicker, the dance of Missy Whaley and Corina Iona Dalzell, plus others the music of Steel Cut Oats, Afterhours and Dinner of Swords - $8.00 suggested donation. Call us 592-4315 for tickets.

Noise Show/Potluck Dinner Last Sunday of every month extravaganza, 6:00 p.m. Sounds from the forfront of experimental music.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Important message from our friends

This is a call to all friends and colleagues: Auditions for Inherit the Wind were held today. Many good actors showed up but far from the number needed for all of the roles in the play.
We need more people! If you act, always wanted to act, and/or know someone else you could encourage, please take action right now. Show up at the 5th floor of the Music building on the OU campus at 1:00 on Sunday. We need men of various ages and mature women. You will be given parts to read from the script. You do not need to bring an audition monologue. Even if you can't audition, please pass the word as soon as you receive this email.

Ron Luce President, OVST