Sunday, June 25, 2006

A good time was had by all!

I am here at the Noise Show! and wanted to take some time out to say: "thank you, thank you , thank you to everyone who came out last night for the Artist in Communities Benefit last night." The next post will contain all you need to know (for now) about Missy Whaley's "Angels with Wings" (working title) project. I especially want to thank Bruce and Gay Dalzell and Longfellow for the fabulous music, Ed Fisher and Sam Chamberlain for the delicious food, Zen for use of the Ki-en Crew's equipotent, Constance Gabbard for transforming the space and making everyone comfortable with the beautiful decorations, Barbara Fiocchi and Dan Prince two un-song ARTS/West heroes, my young padowans Theo and Rachel for helping hang up signs and Missy Whaley for putting it all together.

See you all July 6th for Summer Stars family open mic night!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Longfellow and Bruce and Gay Dalzell

If you haven't by now; I hope you are planning on purchasing your tickets for this month's dinner dance benefit concert. The best part is that you get to dance this time and we are really looking forward to the performance by Longfellow. And Bruce and Gay Dalzell, what can I say about how great that is? If that wasn't enough a sit-down meal catered by Sam Chamberlain (previously of the Starving Wolf Yellow Moon Cafe) and Ed Fisher of Purple Chopstix!! I would give more than the sliding scale $15-$25 suggested donation, you should too. The fun starts on this Saturday evening, June 24th at 7:00.

The good news is that the air conditioning is working. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the Studio for Young Actors production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and suffered through some heat. We dearly hope that Chica continues her theatre work one way or another and can't wait for the SFYA slice of Humble Pie.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Dinner and Dance Benefit Concert June 24, 2006

ARTS/West, athens community gateway to the arts, is partnering with local dancer, singer/songwriter Missy Whaley to host the 3rd in a series of benefits in support of Missy Whaley’s new Artist in Community dance project “Angels and Wings” (working title), showcasing the collaboration and celebration of our own community and artists. Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 7:00 pm, admission is a suggested donation of $25.00.

We are also proud to announce that the project “Angels and Wings” is being supported in-part by The Athens Foundation.

This month’s benefit features a sit-down dinner and dessert catered by Sam Chamberlain and the Purple Chopstix. Music during dinner will be provided by Bruce and Gay Dalzell. After dinner;you do the dancing with music provided by Longfellow

The benefits will support the project: “Angels and Wings” (working title) to include performances and residency activities. A dance theater piece will be created with the active participation of, filmmaker Steve Fetsch, participants and subjects. Helen Horn and Steve Fetsch have agreed to work with participants on how to conduct oral history research. The subject under investigation is “close to death experiences”, as seen from the subjects’ point of view.

The evening will begin at 7:00 pm, Saturday, June 24, 2006. Tickets are $15.00-$25.00 (sliding scale suggested donation.) Available in advance at Haffa’s Records and ARTS/West dinner tickets must be purchased in advance and dance only tickets will be available at the door. Please call ARTS/West at (740) 592-4315 for tickets and more information.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

June is busting out all over

The summer is leisurely settling in but things aren’t slowing down too much here. Kelly Lawrence is still offering her art class on Wednesdays from 12-4. Please contact her for more information on that: or call 740/594-1158. Our summer program is starting in July. Check the Community Center brochure for information on that.

The Studio for Young Actors will be presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream: June 15- 17 Thursday- Saturday, at 7:30 pm and Saturday- Sunday, June 17-18 at 2:00 pm. There is limited seating and ticket info is on the Studio for Young Actors’ 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.

June 24th proves to be a musically delicious evening when Sam Chamberlain and Purple Chopstix cater a diner and desert with music provided by—are there enough unpretentious, wonderful and pleasant words to describe—Bruce and Gay Dalzell at 7:00 pm. After that join us for a dance party as you swing to the sounds of LONGFELLOW: (Nick Long-Guitar, Vocals, Matt Harvey-Keys, Vocals, Heather Pinson- Violin, Grant Cambridge- Set, Zach Quillen-Bass, Vocals. Melodically driven by keys, guitar, and violin, Longfellow is known for bringing a unique blend of instrumentation and influence to its personal style of indie pop/rock. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Haffas Records and ARTS/West. Please call (740) 592-4315 for more information.

EP might actually only be working her part-time hours while OVST is working on PETER PAN and the semi-regular office hours will lean much more toward the semi so we apologize for any and all delays, late returned phone calls and misplaced emails in advance!

Friday, June 09, 2006

This conversation is real...

HI, we’re making an update. Here’s our conversation.

Theo: Flowers are brightly shining and the summer sun is blooming.

Weekley: Hope is a thing with feathers!

T: Yeah…feather.

Rheal: The pool’s freezing but we’re all burning up.

W: ‘Cause we’re stuck inside

T: But we don’t care ‘cause Emily’s amazing.

R: That would be Emily Prince, the director of ARTS/West.

W: This means you should come to ARTS/West so that her amazing-ness can rub off on you.

T: Just so you’ll know for future reference I’m Theo, one of the lovely slaves of ARTS/West.

W: And I’m Rachel also a lovely slave here.

R: Yeah, I’m Rheal, and I’m a not so lovely but more productive slave of ARTS/West.

W: Yeah, she’s more productive but I live closer. We’re all here to absorb some of Emily’s amazing-ness.

T: And cause ARTS/West is cool!

W: So cool!

R: That’s why we’re all here.

W: We’re all, like, super cool.

T: Like Superman!!!

W: Woman.

R: Close enough.

T: We’re kinda supposed to be doing this to publicize ARTS/West.

R: So come see the shows here.

W: If you’re a good person you will come here.

T: Then it would look like we were actually doing our job.

R: But we are doing our job.

W: Not really.

R: We’re writing this stupid thing, aren’t we!

W: But we’re not writing it very well.

T: It could be worse.

W: Not much worse.

R: Anyway, Emily’s cool and ARTS/West is quite a lot of fun.

T: You should, like, be all interested and stuff.

W: Anyway, we have to go now.

R: Good-bye, Good-bye, Parting is such sweet sorrow…

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Summer Stars; Family Open Mike Night is upon us!

Well it is Thursday, my kids have been practicing songs for tonight and we are all waiting with baited breathe to see how FAMILY OPEN MIKE NIGHT will play out.
I am hoping for a good mix of poetry, jokes and music. I know there will be at least one Marty Robbins song. I was working on that Shakira song but it is a FAMILY show!
Sign up will start at 6:30 and the actual show will start at 7:00. Since this is our first night there will be some kinks to be worked out but I will be in later today to get the space set up.
I think it will be a blast tonight and I hope that you, dear reader, will be there to experience it with us!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Seeking Playwrights and Directors

ARTS/West announces applications for
HUMBLE PIE: Appalachian new play festival

ARTS/West, athens community gateway to the arts, is partnering with the Appalachian Regional Theater Company and the Studio for Young Actors to present the 1st HUMBLE PIE: APPALACHIAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL this coming September and they are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights and directors.

Acknowledging gifted writers and directors with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works September 29-October 1, 2006.

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically. Plays will be rated on the some of the following criteria: Does the playwright use language well? Is the dialogue believable within the world the playwright has created? Does the work tell a story? Is the story clearly told? Is the story accessible to an Appalachian audience? Does it involve human values, morals, and ideas with which we can identify, whether we agree with them or not?

A script committee will review each play and director submitted. Be concise and clear in your application; the committee is interested in your evaluation of the play you’ve submitted, which is where you will impress.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2006 to July 31, 2004.
All applications must be postmarked on or before July 31, 2006
You may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application.

Applications are available at the ARTS/West office and by requesting one via email at