Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008 - First day of gift giving guide, Clarion University Grant and Free and Legal Downloads

Local Bands - I'm putting the last touches to this year's Venangago-go Holiday Mix - if you've got a song you'd like to have considered for it - email me the Mp3 or send a link. Remora Deign - I've already got yours. Thanks.

Local artists/Craftsters/Producers - from now until Dec 22, I'll be profiling local made gifts that can still be purchased for the holidays - if you want the PR, please drop me an email with full information - what teh product is, where it can be purchased, etc.

At Venangoland, Pete Greene reviews the recent local production of The Wizard of Oz.

To start the Gift Giving guide, allow me to recommend melikewhoa! from Titusville, this local artist specializes in resin and metal jewelery and I've been a satisfied customer many times:

Who can resist a ring that cute? Especially for under $10

The Meadville Tribune is continuing to accept photographs taken in December. The criteria is simple: pictures taken in and around Crawford County or of Crawford Countians on vacation or even living elsewhere.
To submit, please send jpeg images to Be sure to include information such as who the photographer is, when the picture was taken, who is in the picture and any information about the scene that will put it into context.

In a post Monday about Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theatre critic Christopher Rawson taking a buy-out from his job, I wrote, in part, that I disliked PG art criticism "finding that it tends to spend more time talking about the writer than the art and has tastes that reflect the aging boomer demographic of the staff" This morning in the PG Rawson writes in his review of McPherson's "St. Nicholas":

Please pardon my personal reflections -- one legitimate beef about theater critics is that they sometimes inject themselves too much into their reviews. But honest responses to art must include the personal.

What a crazy random happenstance! And a gentlemanly way to respond.

Clarion University and Clarion University - Venango Campus through the Office of the Provost are beginning the 2008-09 funding round of the Clarion University Community Fellows Program. Community organizations are invited to apply for grants to initiate projects to better the community.Both campuses recognize the importance of strengthening their public mission and wish to instill and celebrate the value of partnering with community members and non-profit organizations who propose a project in conjunction with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member or full time staff member.

Clarion University will award grants up to $1,000 to community organizations who propose a project in conjunction with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member or full time staff member.

Deadline for application is Feb. 16, 2009 for projects that must be completed between Jan. 1 2009, to Dec. 31, 2009.

All projects must demonstrate a substantial contribution to the Clarion and or Venango community, contribute to the public service mission of the University, and if applicable involve Clarion University and or Venango Campus full-time students. Projects which have not previously received funding will be given high priority. Award recipients will be expected to submit a final report. Projects involving students will present at either the Undergraduate Student Research Conference or the Graduate Student Research Conference held in April 2009.

The Office of the Provost, working with the Clarion University Foundation Advisory Committee, will award the project grants. Selection will be based on: merit, feasibility and organization of the proposed project- plan and budget may not exceed four pages; applicants' and faculty or staff member's training, credentials, and expertise to carryout the proposed activity; impact of the project on the community served; future plans for sustaining the program; and impact on the community and University relationship.

Submit completed applications to Rose Logue, 108 Carrier Administration Building, Clarion University or e-mail to:

Star Wars Fan Films offers a ton of downloadable and burnable , well, Star Wars Fan Films.

R.I.P. George Brecht

Free and Legal Downloads:

Pylon Live at the Knitting Factory on December 15, 2008

Doug Keith - Here's to Outliving Me (Full ep)

Amazon Jazz Sampler (Full Album)

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