Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Thanks to all who sent condolences at the recent death of my grandfather. I realized today that my pallbearer/groomsman ratio is 5:1. Too dark? let's move on then.

Tom Shreve, Oil City artist has been named as “Artist-of-the-Month” at the Transit Fine Arts Gallery in downtown Oil City (206 Seneca Street, Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301). His exhibit is entitled “City in Abstraction” and focuses on the character of architectural structures in Oil City. Visitors will recognize many of the familiar buildings in the paintings on exhibit.

All work is for sale with those interested making a bid for their favorite artwork. Bids will be sealed and kept until the last day of April when they will be opened and reviewed. Only with the artist’s approval, the paintings may then be released to the highest bidder. Hours are 10:00-4:00 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information on this display or other upcoming exhibits, call 677-3707.

Look for a venangago-go review of the show next week.
(photo courtesy of the Transit Gallery)

Venango County native Jim Self's first symphony orchestra piece"Tour de Force,"will debut April 17-20 at the Henry and Renee Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif. The work was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony.

Musicians aren't the only ones who are starting to give away their art in order to recoup in other ways.

Not (my) dad's kosher wine.

Record Labels are also mourning the recent loss of magazines like Paste and Punk Planet.

PC Mag explains how to Build a Media Creation PC for filmmakers and music producers

Maybe artists are mentally ill.

Powells.com celebrates National Poetry Month with an invitation to write a poem of your own. Before midnight on April 30, 2008, submit an original poem — under 20 lines and in some way about Portland, Oregon — via the contest page for a chance to win 26 books of poetry (from small press poets to contemporary prizewinners to classics) and a handy Powell's rucksack

Thank Goodness snarkiness has come to the visual media. Pitchfork.tv is now open for business and streaming the Pixies reunion documentary loudQUIETloud for free.

Upcoming Shows of Interest:

Signal Home plays Brother Bean (2803 SR 257, Seneca, PA 16346) this Saturday from 7-9 pm. No cover. Fleets opens.

I'm incredibly psyched that Foxburg's Allegheny River Center for the Arts has booked Cellofourte at the Crawford Center in Emlenton (603 Hill St Emlenton, PA 16373) on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm. Tickets are a very reasonable $10.00 and available at the Foxburg Winery and the Emlenton Borough Office in the Crawford Center. To order by credit card call 725 659 0021.

Veteran Status plays Apr 11 2008 Eclectic Etceteras(
118 Erie Street Edinboro, PA 16412 )

Gypsy Dave and the Stumpjumpers play Pittsburgh's Club Cafe Friday at 10:30 pm - which is waaayyy past my bedtime.

Lucero with American Princes. 8 p.m. Thu., April 17 (doors at 7 p.m.). Mr. Small's Theatre ( 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale). $12. All ages.

Free and Legal Downloads:

Chris Bathgate - "Yes I'm Cold" (mp3) from Wait, Skeleton. (Quite Scientific Records) Buy at GroupieTunes

Ghost Bees - "Vampire of the West Coast"(mp3) from Tasseomancy (Youth Club Records) Buy at Rhapsody

The Brian Jonestown Massacre "Yeah - Yeah" (mp3) Black Hole Symphony (mp3) from My Bloody Underground ('a' Records) Buy at Amazon

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