The Derrick profiles the upcoming second annual Oil Region Indie Songwriters Festival ( and manages to mis-spell festival founder Jerome Wincek's last name. Class.). You may also want to review behaviors to avoid at concerts.
The News Herald covers The Franklin Fine Arts Council naming John McConnell as the 2008 Artist of the year which, to me, is pretty weird since we're not even half done with 2008. Although I think John certainly deserves the award, I also think that awarding the 2008 award in the second quarter of 2008 radically devalues the award and reinforces the appearance of cronyism (Full disclosure - I contribute money to the Franklin Fine Arts Council).
The Titusvlle Herald announces:
For the first time in the Titusville High School Art Show's eight years, a special exhibit of an array of art donated by renowned artist Gerson Leiber will be on display in conjunction with the show [scheduled for Thursday 6:30 - 8 pm in the school's gym].
Awkwardly, it also suggests that a student from the "University of Pittsburgh at Titusville's master of library science program" is acting a consultant. Although Pitt has a fine MLIS program, the MLS at Pitt-Titusville is a program that doesn't actually seem to exist.
Boy, I'm on a roll today, huh?
The Carnegie Science Center is looking for stories from local descendants of RMS Titanic passengers or crew. Their tales will become part of the "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" that opens May 24. Anyone with a tie to the Titanic or a story to share is encouraged to send an e-mail to Titanic@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Robert Rauschenberg has died.
Gardenaut is a clever new gardening blog that you can customize for your area.
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Suzanne Vega, "Cassidy" (orig. Grateful Dead)
Suzanne Vega, "China Doll" (orig. Grateful Dead)
John Cale & Suzanne Vega, "So Long, Marianne" (orig. Leonard Cohen)
Donna the Buffalo Live at Revolution Hall on May 9, 2008