Thursday, April 05, 2007

With family coming into town for the holiday, consider this your weekend post.

After concerns about flooding, Oil City's non-profit Transit Fine Arts Gallery reopened this week. The gallery operates under the auspices of the Oil City Arts Council and operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Newman are at Seneca's Brother Bean Coffeehouse this weekend. Unfortunately, I can't find out anything about them (the band I mean). The Coffeehouse is also looking for someone to facilitate a bookclub and someone to organize a chess club

Venango Vegetarian Society has a myspace page.

It doesn't take a great mind to see the stupidity of expanding the Franklin Farmer's Market to include "crafters and artisans". Have we forgotten the debacle that was the attempt to shut down the area in front of the library on Thursday evenings last summer? More than once it was just me, the crazy guy who digs cigarette butts out of the gutter, and vendors selling used copies of Reader's Digest. I'm just not sure that's what the public is clamoring for.

If we do need to reinvent the Farmer's Market (and I think the addition of artisans and crafters is the answer to a question that was never asked) how about some things that will actually help the people who shop there:

  • discounted stall rental fees to organic vendors
  • vegan options
  • grass fed, free range, and cruelty free meat
  • signage that tells me where the food is from (whenever I ask, some vendors look panicked and get all cagey - " know...ummm..up by Erie, I think" I keep on walking. Some, however, are proud to tell me that their lettuce comes from Cooperstown and I buy it) and how much fuel was used bringing it to the market
  • Community Supported Agriculture pickups

My wife and I do tons of shopping at the farmer's market in the summer, but if I have to push my way through mimes and handsaws with rural scenes painted on it to buy a bag of radishes (or, I suppose hamloaf), I, and I'm guessing others, will just stay home.

Speaking of such, Anna Lappé will give a lecture titled “Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, and Farmers' Markets: The Politics of Your Plate” on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College.Following the lecture Lappé will sign books in the Tippie Alumni Center at Cochran Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. Lappé, co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, is the author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. The book offers readers ideas, hands-on tools and menus to create healthy lives for themselves and their communities.

Venango Campus is looking for an Applied Technology Department Chair

Cattle Call auditions for the Erie Playhouse are being held Saturday April 7th at Noon and Monday April 9th at 6:00 pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall (919 State St. - 2nd Floor). Bring a prepared monologue, and, if auditioning for The Full Montyor Miss Saigon go home and try to face down the shame, errr...I mean, bring a prepared song with sheet music. Also be prepared to do a movement audition (jazzhands, just keep doing it until it becomes as natural as breathing....jazzhands).

The Playhouse also announced their 2007-2008 Season
Lowlights include Cats (Sept 20 –Oct. 7) and Footloose (August 1-17). While highlights include Crowns (Jan. 31-Feb. 10) and Orson's Shadow (July 10-20),

Hmmm..that sounds so familiar. Where have I heard of Orson's Shadow before? Oh that's right! TiLT did it last month. Must not gloat. Must not gloat. Must not...OK I will. Franklin's TiLT has, in the past three years, consistently brought the best edgy new shoes to a beautiful little cabaret style seating space (with bar!) in Franklin. Why haven't I seen you there?

The Erie SeaWolves home opener today against Altoona has been postponed due to snow. That's right. Game called on account of snow.

The Young Artists Debut Orchestra (YADO), in collaboration with the Harry T Burleigh Society, is holding vocal auditions for the premiere performance in Erie of Burleigh's original orchestrations of African-American Spirituals on Saturday April 7 from12 pm - 5 pm. An accompanist is required, but can be provided by The Burleigh Society upon request. For information and to schedule an audition, please contact the YADO office at (814) 824-2179. Interested applicants must sing these Spirituals in the stylistically authentic manner which the composer intended. Applicants are encouraged to listen to vocal examples at

Author and actor Peter Coyote will kick off the 2007 Literary Festival at Mercyhurst College with an appearance on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 pm in the college's Taylor Little Theatre. The festival, with a theme of "The Arts and the Counter-Culture: Then and Now," continues April 19 with a visit by novelist Francine Proseand culminates April 25 with an event celebrating student creativity.

The Tragically Hip have announced a May 18 Warner Theatre (Erie) date. Reserved seat tickets are $31.50.
Download The Tragically Hip's song Yer Not The Ocean (mp3)

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