Thursday, November 22, 2007

I have more invites to give away. If you missed the first round, send me an email and I'll shoot one your way.

Speaking of invites and all that, I've been in on the public beta test of I'm not sure why the nerd press has been bagging on it, it's really quite nice to watch the occasional show or movie for free at any time. Anyhow, if I end up with invites to it, I'll pass them on here.

Where was I sneaking around yesterday? I'll never tell, but it was pretty darn cool:

Justin Parsons plays Seneca's Brother Bean this Saturday from 7-9 pm. No cover.

The Old Hats are playing a late night show at Billy's in Oil City from 11 pm until 2 am. $3 cover.

Matt Croyle (of Croyle Entertainment) got the call from the good people at Mosser Casting to appear in Kevin Smith's Zach and Miri Make a Porno, to be filmed in Pittsburgh.

Venangoland has been updated with two stellar posts:

The Obligatory T-giving Rant:

There is nothing that shows less gratitude than to look at the friends or family or community or Creator who gives us a series of awesome gifts and say simply, “Well, of course, you’re giving me this. You should. And by the way, couldn’t you have put it in a nicer wrapper.”

And another one column that shows what Pete does better than anyone else, the artistic history and heritage of the area with a piece on "The 40 & 8 Band":

This was a band that drew enormous crowds locally and carried the fame of Oil City to every corner of the United States. Oil City returned the favor by twice creating a suitable performance spot to showcase the band: the Rickards Bandshell right near the library, and the stage in Hasson Park.

Brother Bean has begun hosting a book discussion group that will meet the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. The first book we have selected is Chalmer's Johnson's Blowback. The discussions will be moderated by Ben Fortel and the book is for sale here at the coffeehouse for $15. Send Gwen an email for more info or to join.

The Butler Art Center has issued an open call to all artists and groups of artists to design large-scale portable art to be installed in the sides of buildings in Downtown, Butler, PA, in accordance to the following themes of Butler:

-Historical Theme of Butler
-Conceptual Theme of Butler
-Arts in Butler
-Sports in Butler

Artists (or group of Artists) may submit 1 design in each category (Total of 4 designs). Deadline for entries is February 1st, 2008.

No restrictions on types/styles of artwork or materials used, for example, artwork may be relief sculptures, printed vinyl signs, mixed media, found objects made into mosaics, etc. Artwork must be durable and able to withstand outside weather. Please include in your concept, the materials you will use and their durability.

Artists from all geographical areas may submit designs.

To submit designs, please mail or bring the following to The Art Center by February 1st, 2008:

· Artist (or group of artists) Resume, Biography & Contact Information

· Digital images on a CD in the form of JPEGS (Up to 4 designs)

· 11” x 17” image of your design, ready to hang for show, must be labeled on the back with your name, address, telephone number, & email address. Do not write you name on the front of your design.

· Concept: explanation of the concept and materials used, and materials durability.

· Budget: Cost of materials, supplies & labor for an 11’ x 17’ wall. *Artists do not need to include installation costs in their budget; sponsoring organizations, AM Rotary Club & Revitalization Committee, will cover installation costs.

Please mail to:

The Art Center
Attn: Public Art Project
P.O. Box 245
Butler, PA 16003-0245

All Artwork must be original. Artwork is juried and will be on display in The Mezzanine Gallery at The Art Center, available to view by the public on Friday, February 8th, 2008. The public is invited to attend this opening, and vote on their favorite public art projects! The public’s decision will be taken into consideration on which pieces are chosen, however, the final decision will be made by a group of jurors from The AM Rotary Club, The Revitalization Design Committee, The Art Center, and potential owners of buildings where artwork will be displayed. Chosen artist (or group of artists) designs will be announced on March 15th, 2008.

The Butler Public Art Project is sponsored by the AM Rotary & Revitalization Design Committee of Butler, PA. Tentative plans to begin the Public Art Projects in Downtown Butler, PA are for Summer 2008.

The Smithsonian now has a Folkways podcast.

The NyTimes lists their 1000 notable books of 2007

The full schedule for the 2007-08 "Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD," which will be shown at Tinseltown and Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst College, is as follows:

· Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.: Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette."

· Jan. 1, 2008, at 1 p.m.: Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel."

· Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m.: Verdi's "Macbeth."

· Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.: Puccini's "Manon Lescaut."

· March 15 at 1:30 p.m.: Britten's "Peter Grimes."

· March 22 at 12:30 p.m.: Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde."

· April 5 at 1:30 p.m.: Puccini's "La Bohème."

· April 26 at 1:30 p.m.: Donizetti's "La Fille du Régiment."

We'll let ol' Billy S. Burroughs have the last word(s) on Thanksgiving. (caution: profanity)

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