The Franklin Barrow Civic has made a fantastic move in offering a family friendly price package for all remaining shows in the current season. You can buy 2 adult tickets and 2 children's tickets for $50. About $12 per ticket. While I'd like to see a drop to $10 per ticket and maybe even a student rush program (Tickets drop to $5 for students in the last half hour before a show). This is a fabulous step in the right direction of making the arts available and accessibly to everyone in Venango County.
Speaking of the Barrow, Dave the tech guy (no last names please) is moving to a new position at Joy Manufacturing (with the very talented Linda Henderson of the Latonia Theatre). He will be missed.
The two most fabulous things I saw in downtown Franklin this week?
A fully-loaded for-touring Rivendell Atlantis bicycle bizarrely leaning in front of Spanky's Tobacco Emporium and a guy with a homemade prison style Tippy the Turtle Tattoo
I wonder if they were related somehow?
Venangoland has been updated with an essay on "Schools vs the Real World".
Aluminum Lego Key Chains? Yes. Yes. And yes.
The Erie Times News profiles the Chaffee Gathering Music Festival.
Pittsburgh's Irish and Classical Theatre is presenting the complete plays of John Synge. Wow.
Chatham University has announced thier "Bridges to Other Worlds: An International Literary Festival." from Oct. 4-5 will feature Robert Hass and, one of my daughter's favorite writers, Naomi Shahib Nye.
A new music festival in Pittsburgh is founded in memory of Alexander Berkman -- the anarchist who tried to assassinate Henry Clay Frick.
Pittsburgh's Brillobox, recently profiled in the NYTimes, has gone to an all vegetarian menu.
Upcoming Shows Of Interest:
Guess Whose Hair I'm Wearing? at the Barrow Civic Theatre Little Theatre 91223 Liberty St, Franklin, PA) Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7pm. Tickets $5 at the door - free for students and seniors with ID.
An Evening of Ragtime And Klezmer - 8pm Saturday and 3 pm Sunday at Foxburg PA's Lincoln Hall. $15 at the door.
The Butler Art Center's open mic Spirit Cafe runs Friday from 8-10
Gypsy Dave and the Stumpjumpers play Meadville's Artist Cup Cafe Fridy at 9 pm. No cover.
Newmen play a free show at Meadville's at 9 pm Saturday.
The Cellar Dwellers bring improv to Seneca's Brother Bean Saturday night from 7-9 pm. No cover.
Free and Legal Downloads
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Live at All Good Music Festival on July 11, 2008
Animal Collective Live at Lux Frágil on May 28, 2008
Spin Doctors Live at Fiesta Days on July 12, 2008