Thursday, October 26, 2017

November Family Contra Dance

Sunday, November 5th 3-5pm
ARTS/West 132 W. State Street Athens, Oh

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. This event will have kids and adults dancing together to live music, from The Trophy Wives. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer. 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

ARTS/West now accepting clothes for
The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange! 

Clean out your closet for a good cause this November at the Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange benefit for ARTS/West! 

The 2017 fall edition of the event will have exchange days on:
Thursday, November 2nd: 6-8pm for ARTS/West members' night
Friday November 3rd: 5-8pm
Saturday November 4th: 10am-6pm

To participate, now through Thursday November 2nd, bring unwanted clothes to ARTS/West during business hours to receive a golden ticket that allows unlimited items on the exchange days. If you bring clothes on the exchange days, you will get a regular ticket, & you may take as many items as you brought, additional items $1. Thursday, November 2nd is ARTS/West members’ night, which is open to all current or new ARTS/West members, with a $15 entry. Entry is $15 on Friday, November 3rd, & $10 on the 4th. Once entry is paid, you may return to the event as many times as you want because entry is only paid once. Free for children 12 & under!
ARTS/West is located at 132 West State Street in Athens Ohio.

For more information or to volunteer:
Emily Beveridge:
ARTS/West @ 740-592-4315.

ARTS/West Business Hours:
(Hours are often extended for evening classes, call for additional hours)

Come marvel at the massive amount of gently used clothing that you can get your paws on at the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange benefit for ARTS/West!
Two Great Jazz Performances Sunday October 22nd

School of Music Faculty Chamber Recital is Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis'. Birth of the Cool will include School of Music faculty and will feature guest artists Terry Douds on bass, James Moore playing the trumpet and Kyle Slemmer with a Baritone Saxophone. 

Entry is free!  

Come by and enjoy an evening of music, organized and performed by graduate assistant Seth Alexander of Ohio University. 

Entry is free! 

Seth is pursuing his masters in Music Performance, with an emphasis on Jazz Studies- this recital is a representation of the work he has done at OU on drum set, vibraphone, and hand drums. The recital will feature collaborations with percussionist Greg Becker, pianist Bobby Lucas, Ryne Siesky on trumpet, Will Horner on trombone, and the Ohio University Jazz Percussion Ensemble. It will also feature original compositions, arrangements of jazz standards, and traditional festival music.

Food: Fluff Bakery & Catering 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Herbs for Digestive Health

Thursday October 19th from 6 - 8pm 

Come learn about herbs you can use to relieve acute and long-term gut problems.

Many of us are affected by occasional or chronic digestive issues- from simple indigestion, to heartburn and bloating, to IBS. In this class we will learn some basics of how the digestive system works. We will cover some common gut problems and many herbs you can use to improve gut health and feel better! 

We will be talking about herbs that can help with: 
●Acid reflux, heartburn 
● Pain, cramping 
●Constipation, diarrhea  
●Food sensitivities 
●Gallbladder issues 
●Gastritis, ulcers, and more 

$20-30 sliding scale. Cash or check only, please.

Register at:

or by calling 740-274-9494
*Coming up in November - Herbs for Respiratory Health*
Front & Center: Ablaze with Color! 

Front & Center returns to ARTS/West on Saturday, October 21st at 12pm. Front & Center is completely free and provides children with an open stage for solo and ensemble music acts. This month, we will be featuring an ensemble group of singers from the Calliope Feminist Choir. A fun Saturday afternoon activity for the whole family!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waltz Workshop / Contra Dance 
at ARTS/West

Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed

5:00-6:30 - Introductory Waltz Moves Workshop with Dale Shirer
6:30-7:30ish - Potluck Dinner
7:30-8:00 - Beginners Contra Lesson
8:00-10:00 - Contra Dance, Dale Shirer calling with The Contrarians

Attend any or all of the events

Waltz Lesson by donation 
Contra Dance $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family

For more information visit or 
call 740-590-4102

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Well Beings
by Greg Vovos
A Play Reading

Join Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble in conversation with the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions "Standing Together: Fighting Our Community's Opioid Epidemic" event
ARTS/West and Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble present
a Staged Reading of Greg Vovos' play
Well Beings 
written by Greg Vovos
directed by Brian Evans
Jack Benken, Lisa Buch, Carson Cerney, Daniel C. Dennis
Janice Paxson Evans, David Haugen, Emily Prince
Neal Timlin, Aidan Tracy & lorraine wochna
Well Beings traces the journey of three heroin addicts at various stages of recovery. Looming over all these characters is the Gravedigger who buries the dead. This sometimes absurd, sometimes all-too-real drama examines one of the biggest crises facing our society today.

7pm, Friday, October 13, 2017
132 W. State Street
Athens, OH
Suggested Donation: $5/adults; $2/students; $10/family

After the reading, audience members will have a chance to speak with playwright Greg Vovos about his process writing the play

A quote from the playwright:
“Theater allows us to tell the stories of our communities in a way like nothing else can. And in this case specifically, it gives our communities the opportunity to come together and witness the struggles that people face when they are caught in the grip of heroin and opiate abuse. When a group of strangers are assembled in a room, playing witness to the events unfolding in front of them, they gain not only a better understanding of the truth of the character’s struggles, but also a greater sense of empathy. From there, conversations naturally begin and our community can come together to support each other. As one recovered addict once said to me, it is only through sharing our stories that true healing can occur. What better place to do so than in the theater?”

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