Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wild dances, banned books, and scar prints

First Night Oil City is looking for volunteers. Although there's no word yet if there any performers needed (the list for this year's announced acts are here - The Klapec Dancers interest me the most - if they dance like their namesake construction/garbage haulers drive, they will perform overly fast with a careless disregard for human life and a complete and utter disdain for their community - and who wouldn't want to see a dance like that?) ...On the other hand, somewhat nearby Salem OH's first night is actively seeking performers:
Each presenter would perform two to three sets, each 30 or 40 minutes long, during the evening. First Night Salem is open to ethnic dance troupes, musical groups, comedians, singers, musical revues and other acts. The presentations can be aimed at youths or adults. To apply, send a CD or DVD to David K. Schwartz, 1888 E. 11th St. Salem, OH, 44460; call (330) 337-6829; or e-mail

The NYTimes profiles Ted Meyer - an artist who makes prints from scars. Not as creepy as you might think.

Another Banned Book Week has ended, and, once again, I didn't do anything cool to celebrate it (like I always promise myself I will - local authors reading portions of their favorite banned books with a band afterwards was the plan this year. Sigh...Gang aft agley, and all that...) I read that the Marshall (MO) Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, to hear a request to remove material two graphic novels -- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel and Blankets, by Craig Thompson from the library.


Anonymous said...

I would like to read about decent places to eat in the OC area. I like Western Pa but I don't necessarily want gravy all over everything.
I do like the coffee shop where Wilson's Real Estate used to be. It's now called 'Spilling the Beans', I think.

I have gone out to Primo Barone's at the airport but the last time I was there I thought the quality of the food had gone downhill considerably.

Dittman said...

"You doctors have been telling us to drink eight glasses of gravy a day!" Sorry - alomst everything can be made better with a Simpson's quote... truthfully, I agree with you and almost never eat out around here. I can't think of the last time I had an enjoyable meal in the county...but...I'll keep my eyes open for an OC eatry that goes easy on the gravy and readers, any suggestions for our Anonymous friend?