Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009 – Oil City on 24, blanket vendors, anarchist festivals, and free and legal downloads

Dennis Weed, realtor extraordinaire and curator of EriePA contacted me to pass on this Oil City mention on 24:

The Northwest Pennsylvania Maple Association’s free annual Maple Taste & Tour Weekend is this weekend.


The Grove City College Department of English will host Dr. Scott Cairns,  for the 2009 Christian Writers Conference March 26.

Cairns’ first presentation, “Two Gifts: Vocation and Prayer,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Harbison Chapel. From 4 to 5 p.m., he will discuss “Recovering the Poetic for the Contemporary ‘Poem’” in the Rare Book Room of the Henry Buhl Library; refreshments will be offered prior to his lecture. Cairns’ visit concludes with a poetry reading, question-and-answer session and book signing beginning at 7 p.m. in Sticht Lecture Hall of the Hall of Arts and Letters. The conference is free and open to the public.

Cairns is the author of Compass of Affection: Poems New And Selected and  Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life .

Calling all anarchists – the 2009 Convergence will be in Pittsburgh from July 20-26. Expect lots of really bad mainstream press articles. Trib-Review, I'm talking to you.

Westminster College will host Horacio Castellanos Moya, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Castellanos Moya was born in Honduras, grew up in El Salvador, and has lived in several Latin American countries, Spain, Germany, and Canada. He currently lives in Pittsburgh as the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh's exiled writer-in-residence.

He is the author of nine novels, five short story collections, and a book of essays including Senselessness.

The countdown is on! launches at 5:15 EST tonight.

The hippie trail

The Meadows Art and Music Festival will be held June 26, 27 and 28th in a field off of Birchard Rd in Crawford County.

Bands confirmed so far include: Unhinged Mandible, Ladymoon, Euphonic Brew, Waterband, Groove Prophets and The Charlie Wheeler Band.

Artists and others who don’t have a display in the main artists/vendors sections will still be able to get their work seen because event organizers are allowing “blanket vendors” throughout the weekend. There is no additional cost…just the price of admission…to those wishing to set up a blanket display.

Erie’s entertainment newsletter, ERI Jams is looking for writers.  Email  for more information.

Pittsburgh based litmag Weave Magazine is looking for summer interns .  Interested parties should apply to with "Summer Internship" in the subject line. Please include your resume/CV and a cover letter.

RIP Willie King

NPR’s Extreme Music Makeover is looking for amateur musicians:

We take a mediocre, marginally talented musician, give him or her a few days in the studio with a brilliant producer, and see what they come up with. Attention Brian Eno, George Martin, Daniel Lanois, Tucker Martine, Jon Brion, Jim O'Rourke, John Vanderslice and all you other beautifully gifted artists: This is your big chance! Drop us a line at, and we'll get you booked into NPR's Studio 4A with whatever middling musician we can come up with.

Free and Legal Downloads:

NPR Music At SXSW Sampler

50FOOTWAVE (album)

La Luz Del Ritmo” - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

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