Friday, February 22, 2008

It was only five years ago that I walked home from school with Liz Warner on a fairly consistent basis. Her younger sister was best friends with my daughter and they lived two blocks away from us, so as the two young girls walked three steps ahead of us Liz would make the sort of conversation that a 13 year old and a 29 year old can make. Very little. I talked to her once in a while as she was going through high school - about music, theatre, her plans for the future, but, as you can imagine, conversation didn't become any easier. Today I'm me and Liz, well Liz is almost 19 (or is it 20? I'm so bad with math) living in Pittsburgh and creating precious heartfelt DIY tapes of Sara and Tegan influenced music.
"Feel This Right"
"Let's Build An Ark"
"My Luck"
"Zombies and Pirates"

Oil City Art's Czar Joann Wheeler is back in the news as her efforts have led to Art Calendar magazine naming Oil City as one of the 10 best towns for working artists.

After more than 50 years, Jay's Book Stall in Pittsburgh will close in a few months

On Jan. 1, 1808, the U.S. government banned the transatlantic importation of people as slaves. By any account, it was landmark legislation. But its 200th anniversary passed with little public acknowledgement -- and certainly with nothing like the commemorations for the 1976 bicentennial, or even, locally, for Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. Pitt history prof. Marcus Rediker wants to know why

St. Vincent plays at the Andy Warhol Museum at 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

I used to take pleasure visiting museums on trips around Britain, but now I am so clearly out-of-place: like Godzilla, a huge hulking man looming above the children. Our galleries and museums have been turned into playgrounds, with activity sheets and treasure trails, interactive video games and coloured signs that tell you about the exhibits in a few simple sentences, but nothing that an educated adult would not already know. It's no wonder I feel uncomfortable. Signs at the gates to children playgrounds warn that unaccompanied adults are unwelcome. There are no signs at museum doors - yet - but it feels as though their ought to be. What are they but giant creches, designed to hold our kids until they are old enough for vertical drinking establishments?

Speaking of Joann Wheeler, she passes on that:

Christina Moffett at Oil City's Famoore's restaurant is interested in displaying up to 5 pieces of work on their walls, preferably work that reflects the Oil City landscape and surroundings. Her number is 676-4789 and she is easiest to reach on Mondays and Tuesdays. Take photos or samples of your work and be prepared with business cards so that potential buyers who see your work there can contact you.

The first new album in 4 years from local band Zomo, Triangle of Drunk will be out on April 15 on Arbacarba Records

Allegheny College will host the fifth annual High School Jazz Night on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ronald Stitt at (814) 332-3307.

Andy Duncan, award-winning American science fiction and fantasy writer whose work frequently deals with Southern themes, will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in Grounds for Change Coffeehouse on the second floor of the Campus Center at Allegheny College. The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of the college's Single Voice Reading Series.

So, yesterday, I dropped by Bell's Comics and picked up Abe Sapien: The Drowning #1,B.P.R.D. : 1946 #2 , Angel: After the Fall (dreadful), and 7 copies of a 50 cent reprint of Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Sleep of the Just (to hand out to non-comic-y friends). I also noticed that Dark Horse publishing is looking for finished proposals -- story and art -- from writer-artists or writer-and-artist teams.

Jesse Lavery plays a free show at Meadville's Artist Cup Cafe (231 Chestnut St, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335) at 6 pm tonight.

Bruce Squared plays Brother Bean (2803 SR 257, Seneca, PA 16346 814-677-0232)tomorrow from 7-9 pm. No cover.

Tiffany Apan plays Butler's Art Center at 8pm tonight (344 South Main Street Butler, PA) $3 at the Door.

Meadville's Union Room (287 1/2 Chestnut Street, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16314)welcomes SKUDD, Manokin, God’s Day Off and First to Fall Cost : $6. Show starts at 6pm.

Newmen plays a free matinee tomorrow at Edinboro's Eclectic Etceteras Coffee House

Free and legal download:
Mountain Goats Live at North Star Bar on September 22, 2007

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