Thursday, October 30, 2008

You're invited.

Well, we made it though our busy fall season and are gearing up for our busy late-fall winter season!

If you were are all involved in the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival- You're invited
to join us for a postmortem/thank you potluck dinner to officially bring our festival to a final close! We will dine Friday, November 7 at 5 pm at ARTS/West and everyone is asked to bring ANY kind of dish to share.
And of course if there are other volunteers or staff members that should be included, please share this info with them as well.
Let's all give ourselves one more chance to review, process, and celebrate all of the teamwork that went into the festival this year - with food! Hope to see everyone there.

In addition, many of you know that we lost a very dear friend in October, Pat Elisar.

I would like to invite you to participate in the Celebration Of Pat Elisar's life on Tuesday, November 18th from 11am to 1 pm at ARTS/West.

Pat's sisters, brother, nieces and nephews will also join us from Boston, NYC & Tennessee.

If any of you would like to speak on behalf of yourself or your theater group in the program, please let me or Karen Chan know. If any of you have pics or film of Pat, please contact me.

With your help, we will all celebrate a great lady, a great friend and a great actor.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thank you and upcoming

Thank you to the ART/Oberfest committee, artists, performing, local businesses and, especially Sherri Oliver for making ART/oberfest a sweet success! A good time was had by all. The paintings, photographs, prints and wall art will remain on display through November.

October 24 at 7 pm- SING OUT THE VOTE MUSICAL RALLY* -- with Holly Near, Laura Love, Tory Trujillo, Poet on Watch, Wishing Chair, Vanessa and Tamara Torres, The Prince Myshkins, Andre dos Santos Morgan, Colleen Kattau.

Donations: $10-50; $2-10 limited income; Available for pre-sale at Blue Eagle Music, Athens Book Center and Arts West -- Cash or Check only

Event at 7pm takes place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH 45701.

Reception after the concert at Toscano's, 4 Depot St., 10:15 p.m. $5 cover. Good food, more music!

*This event is independently sponsored and is neither funded nor endorsed by ARTS/West, the Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department or the City of Athens.

At The Dairy Barn
Pumpkin FestiFall- October 25, 2008- Pumpkin FestiFall: Celebrating Community Arts and Wellness: This free community event is a time to celebrate the arts and promote wellness in the Southeastern Ohio region while also celebrating the harvest season and the reverent pumpkin. Come join with The Dairy Barn Arts Center and Well Works and other organizations and businesses as they contribute to creating a vibrant arts and wellness community.

This event is free to the public but donations for Artists in the Schools residencies are accepted. The event is being held on Saturday, October 25th from noon-6pm at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Children’s events are being conducted from noon-3 and co-sponsored by Well Works and The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Please bring your own scooped out pumpkin and decorations and tools will be provided for pumpkin carving. Games and healthy seasonal treats will also be provided.

At Stuart's Opera House
Save the date now and join Stuart's for their annual Fall Fundraiser! This is one of the biggest nights of the year for Stuart's. Hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and more. This year's fundraiser will feature music from Soul legend Bettye LaVette! Bettye wowed audiences when she closed out this past years Nelsonville Art and Music Festival and you will not want to miss this performance. Tickets on sale NOW!

The Stuart's Fall Fundraiser will also feature a silent auction.

$100 tickets include a seat in row A-D, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks from 6pm-7pm, and first chance to bid on silent auction items.

$25 reserved seats will be available for rows E-I on the floor and the balcony.

Get Tickets:
online at
or call (740) 753-1924

Back at ARTS/West
Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West- Friday, November 14th, 8pm, $4 with:

She Bears

Barn Burning (Providence, RI)

Winter Makes Sailors (Columbus)

-Part of Aquabear Legion/Action Committee Weekend!!!-
Thursday, 11/13: The Needy Visions (Boston), Casual Future, Five Deadly Venoms @ Brown Town
Friday, 11/14: Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West with She Bears, Barn Burning, Winter Makes Sailors
Saturday, 11/15: TBA
Sunday, 11/16: Aquabear Legion Record Swap @ ARTS/West, FREE, 1pm-6pm
Sunday, 11/16: Dust from 1000 Years, more @ Bruce Manor, 7pm

Sunday, November 16, 2008, 1:00pm-6:00pm. In August we had our first Aquabear Legion Record Swap and it was so incredibly awesome we decided to make it a regular thing.

If you missed it the first time, make sure not to miss this one!

Browse through tables of LP's, CD's, Tapes, 7 inches, Instruments, Local Music, Record Gear, and anything else music related. Some Athens bands will even be selling their own merchandise and of course so will Aquabear.

If you want to get your own table to sell and trade from they are only $10! Send us an e-mail at if you are interested.

This time we will be on the stage of ARTS/West!

Admission is FREE!!! Donations are encouraged though.

And we will be playing records all afternoon...

And it's a potluck so bring some sweet food.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


ARTS/West will turn into a sweet gallery space for the weekend, with visual art hanging in every possible spot in the building.

Additionally, there will be music, theater, spoken word performances, and dance! Check back later this week for a complete schedule of performances.

ARTS/West will be open to the public on Friday, October 17 from 6 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, October 18 from 12 pm to 8 pm; and Sunday, October 19 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Come and check it out, the art will be up all weekend and there's sure to be an awesome performance going on!

Friday, October 17, 6 pm - Reception for artists! Community members are encouraged to attend; free food will be provided by Village Bakery and Della Zona.

Friday, October 17, 7 pm to 10 pm - Aquabear Legion Showcase featuring Russenorsk, Bram Riddlebarger, and Jesse Remnant. Don't miss this!

Saturday, October 18, 12 pm to 6 pm - Open air art fair! Come out to the parking lot of ARTS/West and check out the sweet art from local vendors!

Sunday, October 19, 2 pm to 7 pm - We will have demonstrations by various local artists going on all day. You can check out yarn spinning, pyrography, chair caning, and more!


Performance schedule:


12 - 1 pm Front and Center Children's Open Stage (music)
1 - 1:30 pm Quinn, Eryah, and Zion Everson (dance)
1:30 - 2 pm The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (theater)
2 - 3:00 pm Free time! Go see some art!
3 - 3:30 pm The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (theater)
3:30 - 4:00 pm Min Choi (classical piano)
3:30 - 4:30 pm Free time! Go see some art!
4:30 - 5:30 pm Steve Zarate (acoustic)
5:30 - 6 pm Free time! Go see some art!
6 - 7 pm Designated Spaces (spoken word)
7 pm - 8 pm Eva Destruction & the Ohio Country Outlaw Band (rock n' roll)


2 - 3 pm Free time! See some art!
3 - 4 pm Tony Xenos (pop)
4 - 5 pm Colonies (noise)
5 - 6 pm Peterson/Marotta/Jewell (sound/improv)
6 - 7 pm Dead Winds of Summer (noise)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Humble, ART/Oberfest, Mauvais Sort

The playwright's festival continues this week.

Thursday, Oct. 2, The Corporation for the Performing Arts presents
The Fourth Indian by Lynn Veach Sadler at 7pm.

Friday, Oct. 3 The Lost Flamingo Company presents Strike! by Reyshan Parker at 7pm.

Saturday, Oct. 4 the Youth Division presents You've Got to be Joking by Rheal Radwany at 1pm
The Appalachian Regional Theater presents the Pick of the Festival, Dignity by Celeste Parsons. Closing reception starts at 6pm and the reading is at 7pm.

ARTISTS (this is for you) please visit artoberfest. blogspot. com!! Applications for ART/Oberfest are due Friday!

Stuart's Opera House would like to invite you to kick off our week with Quebec's Mauvais Sort with an Opening Reception at Stuart's on Sunday, October 5th at 7pm. Mauvais Sort is coming to Athens County as part of the Arts Midwest Worldfest program, which has previously brought Los Utrera (from Mexico) and Esta (from Israel). Mauvais Sort will be here all week doing workshops and performances, there is a full schedule below.
Come see Mauvais Sort on Monday, October 6 at 1:00 at ARTS/West!

This opening reception is a great chance to meet the band and find out more about them and this wonderful program. You will be able to also find out about the week's schedule. For the media, this is a great opportunity to get to interview band members and even myself to find out more about this program and the week's events.

Come on out and join us!

Thank You,
Brian Koscho
Stuart's Opera House

Sunday, October 5th
Opening Reception at Stuart's, 7pm

Monday, October 6th
Workshop/performance at ARTS/West in Athens, 1pm
Workshop/performance at Athens Library, 7pm

Wednesday, October 8th
Workshops in Nelsonville-York Schools (private)

Thursday, October 9th
Workshop/performance in Nelsonville-York Schools (private)
Workshop/performance at Ohio University's Front Room, 8pm

Friday, October 10th
School concerts at Stuart's (private)

Saturday, October 11th
Week ending performance at Stuart's!, 7pm