Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009 – Upcoming Shows and Free and Legal Downloads

I’ll be hosting Butler County Community College’s Writers Club Poetry Slam tonight at the Butler Art Center in celebration of National Poetry Month.

The event is free and open to the public.  Prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be award to the top 3 contestants. Signups will be available preceding the Slam and an Open Mic will follow the slam.

Peter Greene points out that Oil City is more bike-friendly than Franklin at Venangoland.

Newman has announced a show at Titusville’s Angeli Winery on May 23rd from 7 to 9.

The Valley That Changed the World is now available for pre-order on DVD.

The Annual Spring Show at the Erie Art Museum Main Floor Gallery is running now through June 14th, 2009.

Forest Area Arts Council is holding its seventh annual Festival in the Forest near Tionesta on June 20 and invites artists, artisans, and photographers to enter work ($15 fee for three pieces) or to set up as vendors ($10 for 10x10 booth space, bring your own set up).

For more information and registration forms, please call Pat Mays at 814-927-5154 or email

Theatre Westminster will present Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice April 30-May 3 in Beeghly Theater. This will be the final production of the academic year.
Curtain time Thursday-Saturday is 7:30 p.m.; Sunday's matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online by following the "ticket reserve" link at or by calling the Box Office at (724) 946-7241. Prices for general admission adults are $7, and senior citizens and non-Westminster students are $5. 

Grove City College’s national award-winning production of “La Bête” will offer an encore performance on campus at 7 p.m. April 25.

The play led off the  Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival showcase on April 14 in Washington, D.C., and will return for one last free performance in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center. No tickets are required; doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

NPR is streaming St. Vincent's Actor.  And it’s really good.

Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's largest and longest-running craft fair, is looking for a new teammate to help with planning and implementing HA:09, set for this November.
Team tasks include:
Street Team -- marketing, distributing fliers and posters, web-marketing and more
Jury -- help us review vendor applications for HA:09
Sponsorship -- assist in researching new sponsors and help to maintain existing relationships
Programming -- recruit local arts & crafts organizations or individuals to run hands-on activities or make 'n takes
Setup & Breakdown at event
Attend monthly organizational meetings (with potential for more meetings closer to event date) 
Please send a cover letter and resume to by April 29, 2009. In your letter, please tell us what you think YOU could bring to Handmade Arcade. If you don't have a resume handy, please include general information about yourself and work history/experience.
If you have questions, email

Upcoming Shows of Local Interest:


 UTE, Heron, Alterred Fate,and Eustice  play Saturday at 7 pm at Warren’s Allegany Center for the Arts (map) .  All ages.  $6 at the door.


Mitchell Littler plays Seneca’s Brother Bean Saturday from 7-9 pm.  No cover, all ages.  (map)


newmen plays a free show for Titusville’s Earth Day Celebration in Burgess Park Saturday at 11 AM.


What am I missing? What’s on your must-see/do list for this weekend?

Don’t forget that upcoming events are always available for your perusal on the Venangago-go events calendar which you can synch to your computer, phone, or print out for your own amusement.  Submit your events for the calendar by emailing them to me

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Free and Legal Downloads:

  Dengue Fever “March Of The Balloon Animals

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