Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring break what?

You may be out of town or you may not but if you are and a youngin' you are here for the APE Centers Spring Break Theater and Music Camp! Pretty awesome stuff happening. Junebug has some little chicks following him all over the place. I love it!

So, what else is going on? Well ALPACA is hosting another meet and greet pot-luck on April 4, Aquabear Live at ARTS/West on April 9 and!!!

27 DIRT CHEAP MONEY DANCES is about...Money.

ARTS/West welcomes back the Lubberland National Dance Company to present 27 Dirt Cheap Money Dances for one Night Only: Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7:00 PM!

Following the enthusiasm for The Bread and Puppet Theater's 7 Election Campaign Celebration Dances in September, 2008, ARTS/West once again opens their doors to Peter Schumann’s landmark performance project, The Lubberland National Dance Company.

Money pretends to be everybody’s good uncle but clearly is neither uncle nor good. It lures junior citizens into its university and then grinds them up in its wage slavery mill. You give it a finger and it grabs you, body and soul, until you flee to Lubberland and fight it with all the available garbage weaponry of the money civilization.

In these dances, the money-deficient dancers of Lubberland will employ Karl Marx to put the dirt-cheap aspects of money into timely perspective.

Working on the theory that “more is more,” the Lubberlanders invite volunteer performers to join them in the performances. Rehearsal and performance schedule TBA.

Why a “Lubberland National Dance Company?”

Four years ago Peter Schumann, the director of Bread & Puppet Theater, decided to return to his roots in dance. Brushing aside the aesthetics connected to modern dance and classical ballet, Peter Schumann claims: “You don't need it, this is not dance. Dance is something much more original and directly related to your everyday humdrum than what you think."

Schumann began working with a group of community volunteers he called the Lubberland National Dance Company. Since then he's made at least one new Lubberland program each season.

The Lubberland National Dance Company is an itinerant dance company that specializes in problem-solving dances, victory dances for victories and collateral damage dances for victims. The repertory also includes wedding dances for normally hostile populations and their rulers, national funeral dances in response to the most recent wars of Lubberland and total peace and harmony dances with no meaning whatsoever.

Join your fellow Lubberlanders April 26, 2009 at ARTS/West at 1:30 PM to rehearse and explore, and perform Sunday evening at 7:00 PM for your community.

For more information on the Lubberland National Dance Company please contact: Maura Gahan, lubberland@riseup.net, (802) 525-3031, (802) 525-4145, 753 Heights Rd. Glover, VT, 05839

Friday, March 13, 2009

Humble Play Applications 2009

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

ARTS/West, Athens community gateway to the arts, 132 W. State St., is partnering with the Athens Community to present the 4th Annual HUMBLE PLAY: APPALACHIAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, this coming September 29-October 4, 2008, and they are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights, directors, and theater companies.

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 4, 2009.

The 2008 Festival featured: Laying Off, by James McClindon from Northampton, MA, presented by the Actors’ Moveable Theatre; Coal Creek by Walter Thinnes from New York, NY, presented by The Athenian Players Theatre; The Fourth Indian by Lynn Veach Sadler , PhD from Sanford, NC, presented by The Corporation for the Performing Arts; Strike! by Reyshan Parker from Athens, OH, presented by the Lost Flamingo Company, and Dignity by Celeste Parsons from Nelsonville, Ohio, which was presented by the Appalachian Regional Theater Company.

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically. There are two categories for entry into the festival this year: “Playwright,” and “Company.” Each division has a separate application and application fee. Winning playwrights are offered an honorarium for their participation in the festival.

A script committee will review each play 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 March 11 to June 29, 2009
All applications must be postmarked on or before June 29, 2009!
Groups and individuals may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application.

Applications will be available at the ARTS/West office, www.myspace.com/humbleplay, www.artswest.blogspot.com, and by requesting one via email at artswest@ci.athens.oh.us

Humble Play 2009 company app.pdf

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Humble Play 2009 playwright app.pdf

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Make some music!

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending harmony workshop at ARTS/West.

ARTS/West is partnering with The Women’s Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Ohio University to present a Harmony Workshop on Thursday March 12, 2008 from 7:00-9:00 PM.

The workshop will focus on women’s harmony singing in order to celebrate Women’s History Month. All are welcome to join in the celebration.

Harmony veterans Aerin Tedesco & Andrea Bunch (collectively known as Congress of Starlings) will lead this 2 hour participatory workshop for beginners and advanced singers alike. Any community member interested in enjoying the uplifting feeling of singing in group harmony is encouraged to participate. The workshop will discuss how chords are built, allowing participants to practice holding parts, and to explore advanced techniques like blending, dissonance, and finding harmonies on the fly. Folks may come simply as a vocalist, or bring any instrument they play to help ground chord tones. Using common tunes that most of us already know, workshop participants will have the opportunity to create that wonderful moment when three and four part harmony reverberates in the room. In celebration of Women’s History Month, material covered will include historic harmony greats like Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

The instructors for the harmony workshop have a great deal of experience working with a wide variety of age and skill levels in the area of musical instruction. Over the last 8 years, Aerin and Andrea have taught harmony singing, guitar playing, and songwriting at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (a community based non-profit that teaches about musical and cultural expression rooted in diverse folk communities), as well as various festivals and universities. More information about their background may be found at: www.congressofstarlings.com .

Andrea and Aerin will be visiting Athens between March 10-13, during which time they will visit a class at OU entitled “Women, Gender, and Rock ‘n’ Roll,” speaking with the students about what it means to choose the career path of professional musician. They will also be playing a show at Donkey on Friday March 13. For more information, call Susan at 707-5222.

The fee for the workshop is $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and kids. Register by calling ARTS /West at 592-4315.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Big Day

It is a glorious day, why not spend it inside! Seriouly, I'll keep the doors open!

This afternoon we feature L'Aqua Porter Film Festival at ARTS/West Ohio films! 2pm. Just one feature of the many Aquabear County Fair events this weekend. There is some glorious art hung as part of the festival, too. This event is free and donations will be accepted.

Then, at 8:00 PM don't miss Your Lost Flamingo Company in conjunction with ARTS/WEST is putting on a musical theater benefit concert!!!!

Proceeds will benefit both Lost Flamingo Company and the ARTS/WEST New Floor Campaign!

Tickets are $5 presale, and $7 at the door! (call (740) 592-4315 for tickets!) CALL OUR OFFICE BY 5:00 PM TODAY, SATURDAY. LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND AMOUNT OF TICKETS TO GET THE PRESALE PRICE.

The cabaret includes songs from "RENT", "URINETOWN", "HAIRSPRAY", "WICKED"... and many more!

Harmony through Friendship:
"Seasons of Love" from Rent
"A Little Priest" from Sweeney todd

Harmony through Enmity:
"What is this feeling?" from Wicked
"Confrontation" from Les Miserables

Harmony through a Common problem:
"Run Freedom Run" from Urinetown
"Two Nobodies in New York" from Title of Show

Harmony through Love Lost:
"Take me or leave me" from Rent
"The I Love Song" from The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee

Harmony through Love:
"Follow your Heart" from urinetown
"Without Love" from Harispray
"Elephant Love Medley" from "Moulin Rouge"

Harmony through Hope:
"Hear my Song" from Songs for A New World

Come out and join us for a night filled with music, comedy and of course HARMONY!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Aquabears and Broadway

March is sure coming in like a lion this year, a crazy art lion that's just gotta dance!

Third Annual Aquabear County Fair Showcases Ohio Music, Film, and Art

Athens based Aquabear Legion, a group of musicians, bands, artists, and filmmakers from Ohio is holding its 3rd annual Aquabear County Fair on the weekend of March 5-7, 2009. in Athens, Ohio.

The weekend features thirteen bands playing at three different venues on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night in addition to ARTS/West's piece of the pie: an Ohio film Festival at ARTS/West on Saturday, March 7th at 2pm. ARTS/West will also be holding a local art show curated by the Aquabear Legion as part of the weekend's festivities.

The Aquabear Legion is currently an incubated program at ARTS/West working toward becoming a non-profit that works toward promoting local music and creating a network of creative individuals in Ohio. The Legion hopes to create awareness of the great music being made in Athens and the rest of Ohio. The County Fair is now in its third year and is the Legion’s biggest yearly event. In addition to the Fair, Aquabear hosts a monthly concert series at ARTS/West, produces compilation of Ohio music, and publishes a magazine called The Aquabear Reader which focuses on music, art, and film in Athens and across Ohio.

The L'Aqua Porter Film Festival will take place at ARTS/West on Saturday, March 7th at 2pm, donations will be accepted. For more information on the County Fair, or to find out more about Aquabear Legion, visit www.aquabearlegion.com or e-mail contact@aquabearlegion.com.

Followed immediatly by the Lost Flamingo Company (OU’s only student run theater organization)presenting A Night of Harmony for one Night Only! On Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 8:00-11:00 PM.

Your Lost Flamingo Company has joined forces with ARTS/WEST to present a night of Broadway showstoppers to raise money for the New Floor Campaign at ARTS/West! Come to ARTS/West, hear some crazy talented vocalists as they belt out the best Broadway hits, and help us reach our goal to install clean and renewable Cork Flooring in ARTS/West.

The cabaret includes songs from "RENT", "URINETOWN", "HAIRSPRAY", "WICKED"... and many more!

Proceeds will benefit both Lost Flamingo Company and the ARTS/WEST New Floor Campaign!

Come out and join us for a night filled with music, comedy and of course HARMONY!

Tickets are $5 presale, and $7 at the door! (call (740) 592-4315 for tickets!)

Are we crazy? Maybe, come on out Saturday and show us the love!