Sunday, June 04, 2006

Erie Art Museum Spring Show and Cherryholmes

I have got to start reading my newspapers more on time - I just got to the Thursday Erie Times News; it took me until Wed of last week to finish the Sunday Times. . .

Tuesday is 6/6/6 and the Movies at Meadville is teaming up with the Eerie Horror Film Festival to do a big par-tay screening of the new Omen. If it's your thing there should be lots of schwag according to the Erie Times News.

Also in the Erie Times News is an article about the polka band Kielbasas (check out their myspace here and their purevolume page here)with a couple of odd quirks - first, the band is in the process of dis-banding, so why write about them now? Secondly, if you're going to write about bands that use the net to publicize (and who doesn't at this point?) why not include some links? Finally, the article uses the whole "it's polka, but they play with rockers!" angle, the same ska/klezmer article that's been written a gazillion times.

Speaking of grumpy, John Edwards' Erie Times review of the Erie Art Museum's 83rd Annual Spring Show is muddy at best. He seems to be mistaking art for craft. Lusting for some yardstick to measure artistic skill, he falls back on the "My third grader could make that argument". John, in a nutshell, art captures a human moment or illustrates a small part of the hum,an emotional range. Craft, like the fine joinery on a Shaker box, illustrates the skill of the creator, but is emotionally empty (by design and nature). There's nothing wrong with either of those catagories, but comparing the two of them leads us to looking at Joseph Cornell's work to see how the boxes were put together without looking at the items inside. I'm also not sure that your apostasy at the end, "Social approval is a wonderful thing, but as an artist or art lover, you know whether a work has value to you. Ultimately, you're the judge." is justified. These aren't diaries we're talking about, they are pieces of art designed to be seen and elicit reponse. As a writing workshop leader, you wouldn't accept that sort of response, ("well, I like it!") from a student writer, would you?
Anyhow, the 83rd Annual Spring Show is on view through June 11 at the Erie Art Museum, 411 State St. Gallery hours: Tue-Sat from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun from 1 to 5 p.m.

A little further abroad (Chautauqua County to be precise) Cherryholmes will be headline the Mayville Bluegrass Festival. The June 17-18 festival also features guitar flatpicking and mandolin competitions. Entry forms are available here.

Speaking of bluegrass, the PA Council on the Arts is sponsoring a grant seminar for folk/traditional artists on the 10th from 9-11am at the Erie Art Museum. Contact Kelly Armor at (814) 459-5477 or

Titusville Historical Society's free One-Day Museum will be held June 10 at the Perry Street Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year more than 10 area historical societies will be participating.

Erie Playhouse is calling for auditions:

Auditions for the final show of our 2005-06 season, West Side Story, will be held Saturday, June 17 at noon and Sunday, June 18 at 7:00pm at the Erie Playhouse, 13 West 10 St. All roles are open and available. Looking for actors/actresses who look at least 16 and older thru adult. Prepare a song to sing with the musical accompaniment and a short (no more than one-minute) monologue. Everyone will be required to do a movement audition; please dress appropriately.

The New York Times profiles the Latin Motown, Fania Records.

Aspiring sensitive singer songwriters can pick up Sufjan Stevens tabs here


Chris Griswold said...

Question about Franklin:
Which TV dude incorrectly damned Franklin for the incident in which a man's body was mistaken for a deer along the side of the road, calling it the worst place (or city) in America?

I am editing the Franklin entry on Wikipedia and would like to set the record straight on that one.

Dittman said...

I thought it was Olbermann. My brother says Stewart (which I have to call BS on). I also heard one vote for O'Reilly, but I haven't been able to turn anything up yet...