Friday, April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009 – Happy Birthday Amy!, poetry, the best show of the month, and Free and Legal Downloads

It’s my wife’s birthday! Happy Birthday Amy!

The Movies at Cranberry has added the first video gaming room in Northwest PA:

For a small rental fee you can play any of the popular Wii, Playstation, or Xbox games on our huge high definition play system. The room is equipped with internet and can handle up to four players at a time.

I’ve been beating the drum for years about a poet laureate in Venango County and now Erie County has up and run with the idea:

Erie County residents have until June 1, 2009 to apply for the position and help develop the program. $10,000 has been granted by the county to fund the program.
The county formed a committee about a year ago to start working on the poet laureate program. The committee includes representatives from local colleges, the Erie School District, county officials as well as local poet and ERI Jams writer Chuck Joy. The Erie County program is being based on the committee’s research on what has worked in other communities across the country.
The title of Erie County’s Poet Laureate is not going to be a figurehead position. The plan for Erie’s program states that Erie’s poet laureate not only has to have impressive poetry writing talent and performing skills but must also be able to work to help create an area wide appreciation of poetry and encourage our residents to find their talent for poetry. They must also work to make the program a lasting one.
The poet laureate will receive a $3,000 honorarium for their work. The remaining funds will be used to fund other endeavors developed through the program. All funding for the program is coming from the gaming funds from the casino.
Contact the Erie County Council at 814-451-6303 for more information.

Anybody interested in a Venango County Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day get-together? Email me.

Erie Gay Pride Inc is hosting a t-shirt design contest:

The winner will be decided by members of the Gay Prideevent’s planning committee.
The rules for the contest:
1) The artist must be a member of the GLBT community
2) All designs must be tasteful since the winning design will be worn in public.
3) The design is limited to the front of the shirt only.
4) The design must incorporate the Erie Gay Pride logo which can be seen at, the slogan ”One Community, One Voice “ and the year 2009
5) The design should include rainbow colors and the artist’s signature.
Contest entries must be in JPG or PDF format when they are submitted. They should be emailed to or snail mailed to Erie Gay Pride Inc., PO Box 8027, Erie, PA 16505. The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2009.

The Oil Valley Center for the Arts has announced a Photography Workshop offered on six Thursday evenings beginning on May 14th. Classes will be held at 7:00-9:00 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays and also include two outings for photo shooting field trips.

Instructors for the sessions are Jim Kronmiller and John Karian, both highly experienced local photographers. Space is limited and reservations are now being accepted.

Workshop fee is $125.

To reserve your seat, send your name, address & phone number with a check for

$125 (payable to OVCA) to: Marilyn Karns/Classes, Oil Valley Center for the Arts at 206 Seneca Street, Oil City, PA 16301. For additional information, call 814-677-3707.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 6-10pm is the 2nd evening of Pittsburgh’s Sierra Club’s Environmental Film Festival.

The Pittsburgh City Paper reviews new Warhol curator and New Castle native Eric Shiner’s first show.

The Franklin Barrow Civic now offers online ticketing.

RIP Judith Krug

Why don’t I ever find an unpublished novel by a fantastic author moldering away in the archives?

Justin Parson has two new songs posted.

Most rides will be operational at Conneaut Lake Park amusement park this summer, but its famed Blue Streak wooden-tracked roller coaster won’t be operating until at least 2010.

Saturday’s entry in the Venango Campus - Clarion University’s Indie Film Series is Yesterday Film starts at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. (map)

Opera Westminster will present "A Night at the Opera" Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Westminster students in the spring Opera Workshop will perform scenes from Hansel and Gretel; L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love); Martha, Moses; Un ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball); and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Upcoming Shows of Local Interest:


Best show of the month ? Probably. Certainly the best value. Tonight Henry Bayuzick w/Fleets, Brian Morgante, Matt Otis, Weekends, Anthony Heubel, Jay Michael, Jordan Thomas play HIGHSTREET
(399 High Street, Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania 16335). Show starts at 6:30pm. Cost: $5


Nate Custer plays Seneca’s Brother Bean (map) Saturday from 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages.


Neocracy plays Seneca’s Cornplanter Firehall tomorrow at 6:30 pm. $5 at the door


The Steve Johnson Band plays Monday at Slippery Rock’s North Country Brewing Company 7:00pm. No cover.

Free and Legal Downloads:

Slumberland Records Spring 2009 Sampler

World Music Network Amazon Sampler

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