Friday, March 26, 2010

Alice and the Marshmallow Mission

Alice and the Marshmallow Mission an original play based on "Alice in Wonderland" will be premiered at ARTS/West, 132 West State Street, at 1PM on Saturday, March 27. The play was written and produced by 8-11 year old campers during the week-long APE spring break theater camp at ARTS/West.
The performance is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Improv Jam

Join us Sat. 3/20/10 at 8:30 to welcome spring and jam!

Improv Jam featuring: ACDFA festival Musicians, Music Collective Aquabear Legion, Members of Like You Mean It (a dance improvisation trio), and more.

In conjunction with the American College Dance Festival, The Ohio University School of Dance Presents: a
Music/Dance Improv Jam!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saint Patrick's Day Art Opening

Saint Patrick's Day Art Opening. March 17, 2010 from 6:00-9:00pm.

Join us for an opening of the work of Erica Entrop, light snacks, music and art!

Artist's Statement

The work that I create is inspired by the subconscious and the separation of the dream-state and waking life. I have always had very vivid complicated dreams and I have become fascinated by the ability of my mind to remember the real moments of my life as well as it could the dreams that I have had. If ever there were a time in which I had to divide what might have been real in childhood from what was simply a very intense dream I probably would not be able to differentiate.

Whenever I begin a piece I try to work purely from memories that have the vague quality of potentially being a dream. Not allowing for any planning or decided elements I feel that it becomes a description of my current state, but using only memories through which my associations have been made. This is what the work would reflect to me, but I do not make it just to explain things to myself. I hope that the viewer is able to understand what signifiers are being used and a meaning that has nothing to do with what I feel for the work and more of what it can say independent of myself.

The material is dictated by whatever is one hand. I make it a point to keep a large variety of tools in order to maintain the flow of consciousness, which my work is based upon. The freedom in form and organization allow for the joy of mark making to be evident through my body of work. The combination of graphic imagery and the abstract is done in an attempt to evoke both the comfort of familiarity and the disconcerting effect of the abnormal.

This Saint Patty's Day Art opening should be quite a treat.

There will be food, drinks and live music and maybe even some artwork.

Improv Music provided by Andrew Lampela, Brian Koshco, Lowell Jacobs, Todd Jacobs, Sherri Oliver, Dan and Emily Prince. There might be jigs!

Erica's artwork will be on display in ARTS/West through the end of March M-F 10-4 or by appointment.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Artist Collective Gala

ARTS/West presents the Artist Collective Gala
March 11, 2010, 7:00pm-10:00pm.

The Artist Collective is a student organization aimed at providing and creating opportunity for local and student artists to present and perform their work.
After a very successful gallery opening at ARTS/West in February, the Artist Collective strikes again!

Please join us yet again for a fabulous fluid fantastic fanciful first-rate performance of short films, short plays, short music and short poets (And probably some tall ones too).

Entry Fee::: Two non-perishable food items to be donated to local a food pantry.

March 11, 2010 from 7:00pm-10:00pm at ARTS/West.

Sunday, March 07, 2010


CRAFT AND GAME DAY, Sunday March 7, 2010 at 3:00pm.

It's a beautiful day, we've got the doors wide open to let the spring in and hope you will join members of the Community Assistant Program with the Off- Campus Living Office at Ohio University, as they work to increase the relationship between student's and community members.

"For our Winter Community Service activity, the CA's of the West Side Neighbors wanted to reach out to ARTS/West and provide a special activities day for the children of our community. We hope that this event will increase the relationship between the West Side members and Ohio University."

The event will take place on Sunday March 7 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at ARTS/West. Around four CA's will be here to help children with crafts and play games.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Our Friends BMTE


Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (BMTE), Southeast Ohio’s only professional theater company, is happy to announce it's upcoming series of play readings. BMTE will present a play reading on the second Tuesday of each month from March through June beginning on March 9th. The readings will be free of charge and audience members will be invited to discuss the play with the company following each reading. Two of the plays are newly written works by company members Merri Biechler and Charles Smith, and each of the plays is under consideration for future production. All readings are free of charge.

The readings will take place at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month: 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, and will include:

3/9: FICTION by Steven Dietz. Director: David Haugen, Actors: Dennis Delaney, Shelley Delaney, Kate Scholl. Location: Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University campus.

Fiction by Steven Dietz is a provocative examination of the life and loves of two successful, married writers. Linda and Michael thrive on the give-and-take of their unusually honest relationship. But when they decide to share their journals, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, it turns out, is an open book. To quote the play, "The lies begin when you lift the pen."

Locations of the following three readings are to be announced:

4/13: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES by Charles Smith. Company: TBA. Premiere regional reading of a new work in progress.

5/11: OCCUPATION by Merri Biechler. Actors: Janice Evans, Kate Scholl, Rebecca VerNooy, Lorraine Wochna. Premiere regional reading of a new work in progress.

6/8: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE by Terrence McNally: Director: TBA, Actors: Merri Biechler, Ledger Free.

About Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble

The vibrant arts scene in Athens and Southeast Ohio features internationally recognized professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines, ranging from ceramics and photography to dulcimer building and fiddle playing. In 2007, thirteen professional theater artists came together in Athens to found the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble with the expressed intent of producing professional theater of a caliber to match our internationally acclaimed and thriving arts community.

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation located in Athens, Ohio. The playwrights, directors, actors and designers who constitute BMTE are artists whose collective body of professional work encompasses all branches of the entertainment field: theater, television and film. Members of the ensemble have worked at theater venues that include Broadway, Off-Broadway, major theatrical markets including Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as a range of significant regional theaters. They hold memberships in key professional entertainment industry unions and guilds, including Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, United Scenic Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America, and New Dramatists.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to challenge, engage and inspire the residents of our community with explosive and thought provoking theater. As the only professional theater company in Southeast Ohio, we develop and produce new theater works, as well as contemporary and classic plays. With a commitment to collaboration and a desire to integrate our art into the fabric of our region, we strive to explore, confront and affirm what it means to be alive.

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Weekend of Free Children's Events

ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. invites you to shake away the winter blahs and join us this weekend for 2 FREE children events.

March 5 at 7:00pm join us for Last Minute Panic Productions' performance of Thumbelina, The story of a Brave Little Girl.

And, on March 7, from 3:00pm-5:00pm the The Community Assistant Program with the Off- Campus Living Office at Ohio University will host a FREE craft and game day.

Thumbelina, The story of a Brave Little Girl is adapted by Liza Lentini based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson and is a FREE 30 minute production for the whole family.

One morning, Mama's dearest wish is granted when a rosebud opens and Thumbelina, the tiniest, loveliest and bravest of girls, emerges. Thumbelina and Mama are very happy until a Froggy Mama kidnaps Thumbelina, intending for her to marry her boorish, burpy son. With a big dose of bravery, and a little help from a friendly Beetle, Thumbelina escapes on a lily pad across the water.

Her adventure continues when a hungry Spider captures her. It takes all of her wits, and a bit of help from the audience, for Thumbelina to break free from the web. She next befriends an injured Sparrow who teaches her the value of sharing your time and to appreciate new food (gummy worms!). As the Sparrow heals under Thumbelina's care, a storm of clouds descends. Thinking quickly, Thumbelina enlists the audience's help in blowing the clouds away, and she and the now healthy Sparrow fly home to a joyful Mama.

With just four actors playing twelve roles, this whirlwind production is high energy, calling upon the help of the audience to make sure Thumbelina finds her way home. The bright costumes and minimal set encourage a child's imagination. Yet with enough jokes for the adults to appreciate, this production is sure to leave the audience laughing and wishing that they too could defeat a blood sucking mosquito or fly high above the clouds on the back of a sparrow.

Thumbelina, The story of a Brave Little Girl will be presented at ARTS/West on at 7:00pm and is Friday, March 5, 2010 FREE and open to the public.

Then join us on Sunday, March 7, 2010 from 3:00pm-5:00pm for a Craft and Game Day presented by The Community Assistant Program with the Off- Campus Living Office at Ohio University to increase the relationship between student's and community members.

For their Winter Community Service activity, the CA's of the West Side Neighbors wanted to reach out to ARTS/West and provide a special activities day for the children of the West Side. They hope that this event will increase the relationship between the West Side members and Ohio University.

The event will take place on Sunday March 7 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm FREE at ARTS/West. Around four CA's will be there to help children with crafts and play games. If you are interested in attending the Craft and Game day please call the office so we can be prepared for you! (740) 592-4315.

We hope many community members come join us!