Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Theater Camps

OVST Summer Youth Theater Program

Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents a summer program to nurture students in the development of age appropriate theatrical knowledge and skills. Participants will explore performance and/or technical production and artistry. Individual growth and development is the goal.
Dates: June 21-July 8 Days: Monday-Thurs
Times: 8:30-12:30

The program will culminate on Saturday, July 9th with a free demonstration performance sharing with family and friends the knowledge and skills learned.

Sign-up information is available at www.ovst.org.

After June 1st you may also contact the OVST box office at 593-9696.

ARTS/West Performing Arts Day

Where, When, and With Whom

Thursday, June 24, 1-5 p.m., ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens Ohio

Children ages 12-18.

Cost $5.00

Pre registration required. call 740/592-4315 or email artswestathens at gmail to sign up. Space is limited and students must be registered in advance by 6/22/10.

One day workshops leading to performances created by kids, the performing arts day provide hands-on arts experience to kids ages 12-18.

Performing Arts Days activities for are: prop/backdrop making; story telling and acting techniques; aspects of technical theater; and music.

Each participant is given a course in prop and backdrop making, acting techniques, story telling, music, aspects of light and sound as related to the story and how these aspects affect a production.

APE Center Theater, Music and Art Programs

APE Center (Appalachian Progressive Education Center)

"Theater, Music & Art Programs for Building Character & Self Confidence"


WHEN: July 12th - 16th, 9am-4pm*, show on stage July 17th

WHERE: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens

AGE: 8-14ys


  • Write a Play
  • Make Costumes
  • Design Sets
  • Create one-of-a-kind programs/tickets/posters
  • Rehearse
  • Present their OWN, LIVE THEATER PRODUCTION to the Athens community at ARTS/West.
  • (CHOICE to be on stage or backstage)

TUITION: $150 (that's only $30/day) Note: A limited amount of financial aid is available, ask by June 1.

ENROLLMENT (or Questions): info@apecenter.org. Or call 594-8831.

Facebook: APE Appalachian Progressive Education Center

*Additional CHILDCARE 8-9am and 4-5pm

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ARTS/West * ARTS/Crafts

May 22 from 12:00-3:00pm ARTS/West invites area high school students to a day of Painting, Tye-Die, Jewelry Making, Drawing, Music, and Hanging out on Saturday, May 22 from 12-3 presented by the Artist Collective.

ARTS/West has been working in collaboration with the Artist Collective for two years. We have been pleased to present their groups' art openings and galas. In exchange for use of the ARTS/West facility Artist Collective members volunteer their time and share their skills with area youth. Saturday's workshop series is a culmination of 2010's service for the Artists Collective members and we know area high school students will take advantage of this free opportunity.

The Artist Collective is a student organization aimed at providing and creating opportunity for local and student artists to present and perform their work.

The May 22, 2010 from 12:00pm-3:00pm workshops are FREE but please register in advance by contacting the ARTS/West office at 740/592-4315 or artswestathens@gmail.com. Space is EXTREMELY LIMITED.

Monday, May 10, 2010

World Premier of the New Play by W.R. Smiddie

3 Old Men By W.R. Smiddie

The Corporation for the Performing Arts at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. invites you to join them as they present the world premier of the new play "3 Old Men" by W.R. Smiddie on May 13-15 at 8:00pm and May 16 at 2:00pm at the ARTS/West performing arts facility, 132 W. State Street, Athens Ohio.

"3 Old Men" tells the story of Appalachian, Hobart Mullins who considers searching for justice for a medical mistake, while his two friends seek to be of help.

W.R. Smiddie was born in 1931 in Harlan County, Kentucky during the Great Depression. From Kentucky, Mr. Smiddie’s family moved to Tennessee. While in Tennessee, his father, a union man, would not take work because there were no unions. This sort of thing has influenced him greatly. During his first job at a DuPont plant, Smiddie was drafted to serve in the Korean War. Back in the states, a veteran on the G.I. bill, he went to college at Tennessee State University. Smiddie also attended graduate school at Iowa State where he is still one course short of the much sought after M.F.A. While working in the welfare department in Nashville he had the privilege of participating in the Civil Rights struggle by preparing used cars with Tennessee tags to be used to enter the deep South. While in Tennessee, Smiddie also had a play produced in NYC, which allowed him to meet Tom Hayden in New Jersey. At this point in his life, it seemed to Smiddie that he could control his own life, which had finally begun. After turning down an organizing job with the Highlander Folk School, he moved with his wife and kids to Cleveland, Ohio to work with S.D.S. in the inner city. Welfare Rights, Free Clinics, and helping to organize the 1968 police riot in Chicago. From there to the street demonstrations against the only war America has ever lost. Older, quieter, he now lives in Southern Ohio where he makes pottery, writes unfinished plays, sleeps a lot and dreams of Alaska.

More information can be found at the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE .

3 OLD MEN A New Play by W.R. Smiddie. Directed by George Sherman with Ron Luce, Richard Dean, Lonny Fraze. Production Manager - Hilary Post. Stage Manager - Lisa Ahman. Lighting Designer - Marc Mixon. Costume Designer - Rebecca Whittington.
Thursday May, 13th 8:00pm, Friday May, 14th 8:00pm, Saturday May, 15th 8:00pm, Sunday May, 16th 2:00pm.

The mission of the Corporation for the Performing Arts is to include professional performing arts, and provide access to the professional level performing arts to artists in the South East Ohio Region.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Rock and or Roll

May 6, 2010 at 8:00pm join us for our monthly Aquabear Live @ARTS/West. Tonight we feature Monolithic Cloud Parade (Columbus), Manor Animals (Athens).

May 7, 2010 at 8:00pm-
Vinton County Sound Space, a musical group comprised of students from Vinton County High School and Middle School, will perform an eclectic set of rock n' roll, jazz, and pop standards, along with a couple originals. Headed by Vinton County teachers Tony Xenos and Michael Rinaldi-Eichenberg, this will be the group's final act of the 2009-2010 year.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Stuart's Opera House and ARTS/West present Barbez

Tuesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm

Stuart's Opera House in conjunction with ARTS/West in Athens presents an amazing evening of music with Barbez from New York City! Barbez are unclassifiable icons of the downtown New York scene weaving a haunting mosaic of old-world cabaret, Eastern European folksong, contemporary classical and experimental rock into a uniquely beautiful and personal soundscape. They've worked with artists such as John Zorn, David Byrne, and countless others. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Barbez, unclassifiable icons of the downtown New York scene, weave a haunting mosaic of old-world cabaret, Eastern European folksong, contemporary classical and experimental rock into a uniquely beautiful and personal soundscape. With their unconventional lineup mixing a rock rhythm section and theremin, clarinet, and classical percussion, one can hear echoes of such like-minded musical iconoclasts as Kurt Weill, Godspeed, you black emperor! and Russian composer Alfred Schnittke.

The band is currently comprised of the following musicians: Pamelia Kurstin (theremin) who has performed and recorded widely with numerous artists including John Zorn, David Byrne, and Jim Thirlwell (Foetus). She appears in the documentary Moog, giving a theremin lesson to electronics pioneer Bob Moog. Dan Kaufman (guitar) also performs with downtown New York chanteuse Rebecca Moore and avant-vocalist Shelley Hirsch and is the Barbez’s main songwriter; Peter Hess (clarinet) plays with a variety of groups including the Slavic-inspired Balkan Beat Box and World/Inferno Friendship Society; Andrew Jones (bass, electronics); John Bollinger (drums) is a West Coast native who plays for numerous groups including Antony and the Johnsons and the Sway Machinery.

Barbez has recorded four albums all of them engineered and mixed by the incomparable Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, John Zorn). Recently the band released it’s fourth album, Force of Light, on John Zorn’s Tzadik label under bandleader Dan Kaufman’s name. The album was inspired and uses the poetry of the great Romanian-Jewish poet, Paul Celan. Barbez also has a long-standing collaboration with the experimental theatre pioneer, John Jesurun, appearing frequently in Jesurun’s long-running avant-soap opera, Chang in a Void Moon. For the past decade, Barbez has been a constant and vibrant part of the New York music scene and the group tours frequently across the U.S. and Europe. Over the years Barbez has been privileged to perform with a wide variety of artists including Cat Power, Sun Ra Arkestra, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, MC5, Devendra Banhart, the Dresden Dolls, Faun Fables, and the Angels of Light.

The band is currently at work on two forthcoming records, one for Tzadik inspired by ancient Roman-Jewish melodies and another about the wars in the Middle East since 9/11.

For more information, visit www.barbez.com

General Admission - $10 adv / $12 door

Phone - (740) 753-1924
Online - www.stuartsoeprahouse.org
Office - Stuart's Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville
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