Monday, April 30, 2007

The Derrick covers the purchase and proposed revamping of Oil City's old Latonia Theater building at the corner of East First Street and Central Avenue. The new owners envision an upscale ballroom (is there such a thing as a low-rent ballroom?) and performance area. I'm glad to see something being done with it - the last time I was there as about two years ago and it was absolutely filthy and vermin infested.

The Erie Times News is sponsoring the Erie Music awards.

The Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival(May 17-19) has announced their lineup.
Performers include Big Leg Emma , Tiger Maple String Band, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, Gypsy Dave and the Stump Jumpers, Slab Town Boys, and The Woodticks. The event also features free workshops and an art show. Check the website for a complete lineup and schedule.

If you don't have the good sense and self-assurance to make your mother a card for Mom's Day, then at least by a unique card made by a real, live artists.

The NYTimes profiles Symphony Space -- a performance space open from rental that hosts everything from NPR shows, to Bloomsday readings, to chamber orchestras.

Deadstring Brothers will be at the Club Cafe this Friday at 10:30 pm $12. Download their song "Sacred Heart".

As cool as the NYTimes's literary map of NYC is, I think the Pitt Post Gazette's map of August Wilson's Pittsburgh is even better.

The Post Gazette also profiles the Kean theatre run by the St Barnabas charities and its upcoming season includes one of my wife's favorites, Wait Until Dark.

Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, and sigh, The Wedding Singer are coming to Pittsburgh.

Digital Rodeo is a native Pittsburgh country music fan's answer to MySpace (had that question even been asked?).

After 47th season, the oldest real barn theatre in the region, Red Barn in Hampton, has to close.

The fantastic (and bio deisel powered...their bus, I mean) band Rising Applachia is looking for a third member:
we would prefer a HAND percussionist ( tablas, djembe, dumbek, jugs, washboards, etc) but are equally as mezmorized by stand up bass and cello.
we like working with musicians who have some experience with being on the road. the obvious: a badass. This meaning a open minded music lover and creator who will take on this project like it was their own.
we can offer the following:
~ tours in both the United States and Europe (although mainly in Europe) that would make Hemingway jealous
~ an open minded and fresh approach to the music industry
~ of course, financial compensation

Download their song "Scale Down".

Threadless has reprinted the "Haikus are easy..." shirt and it's now available as a hoody. Nice.

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