Monday, February 28, 2011

Aquabear County Fair!

Athens-based Ohio music organization Aquabear Legion will host its 5th annual Aquabear County Fair on the weekend of March 3-6, 2010.

The annual County Fair is a four day celebration of Ohio music, featuring 15 bands from our state and 1 act from Japan. The weekend kicks off at The Union on Thursday, March 3rd with a show curated by Blackout at 10pm and continues with a free show on Friday, March 4th at 10:30pm at Casa Cantina. Saturday, March 5th features yet another evening of music at The Union starting at 9pm and the whole weekend wraps up with a special free afternoon show at ARTS/West at 2pm.

For more information on all of the weekends events please visit

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Readings

We are working a lot of new plays and musicals this year and could not be more excited. New plays developed right here in Athens! When working on new works you do, however, run into some glitches so, the reading of Death Squad that was scheduled for February 26-27 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime in the spring.

We do hope you will join us for the Staged Reading of Not Without Our Woman on March 13 at 7:00pm!

A new musical. Book by Andrew Black and Patricia Milton, Music by Caroline Altman, Lyrics by Altman/Black/Milton

Inspired by real people and events that led the State of Wyoming to affirm woman suffrage — fully forty years before the United States allowed women to vote or hold public office.

This musical play Not Without Our Women tells the story of a critical episode in the development of equal rights for women in the United ...States. It is a little-known historical fact that US women were first given the right to vote and hold public office in the territory of Wyoming in 1869. This took place a full 50 years before voting rights were granted to US women nationwide! The struggle for what was called “woman suffrage” continued in the territory over twenty years, and when Wyoming was admitted to the United States in 1890, the struggle began anew. The title comes from the apocryphal story about what happened when the US Congress demanded that Wyoming abandon woman suffrage as a condition of statehood. The Wyoming frontier legislature debated, then shot off a terse telegram, responding “Not Without Our Women.”

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Front and Center 2/12/11

Hey all, some on out on Saturday, February 12 at noon for our monthly installment of Front and Center a free music event for school age kids 2nd Saturday of each month (Sept.-May) at noon -1 pm.

February 12th special guests: bassist and pianist Steven and Melissa Heffner. Second half of event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose. Or just listen and enjoy!

After that the team and I will be sorting through five and a half years of ARTS/West files. Should be a delightful trip down memory lane and, if all of the planets align we will be totally organized for five and a half more years!