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132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
740-592-4315

December 2018

6th Annual Athens County Community Singers Christmas Concert

December 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10.00

The Athens County Community Singers, "a choir for all voices" will present its 6th Annual Christmas Concert at ARTS/West on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  The choir elected to sing songs from around the world for this family friendly event.  The suggested admission is $10.00 for this ARTS/West Presents event.  Please come enjoy this community choir that serves those with and without disabilities.

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Athens County Community Singers, a choir for all voices, Christmas Concert at Arts West

December 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10 – $15

Athens County Community Singers a choir for all voices Christmas Concert Thursday, Dec. 20, 7pm, at Arts West $10 suggested donation ~ group rate available at the door Athens County Community Singers is a choir for “all voices”, those with and without disabilities. Founded and directed by Stephanie H. Morris, MM, MT-BC (Music Therapist -Board Certified) Neurologic Music Therapist. The Athens County Community Singers is a non-profit organization. We help people connect with their community, grow in life skills, and communicate.…

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First Annual New Years Extravaganza

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$25.00

Do not miss the premier New Years event in the Athens area!   SEORA (Southeastern Ohio Rainbow Alliance) is hosting the first annual New Years Extravaganza at Arts West. Tickets will be $25 and will include a champagne or non alcoholic toast as well as free deserts. Doors will open at 8:00 PM.   Arts West will be featuring LGBTQ artist Luke Boyd during this event.   DJ Logan Savage will be spinning tunes.   ***FEATURED Passion Works studios ball…

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January 2019

January Contra Dance Workshop and Dance Party

January 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10

Sunday, January 6, 4-9pm: January Contra Dance Workshop and Dance Party. 4pm Workshop- “Becoming Everyone’s Favorite Dance Partner”;  5:30pm Potluck dinner; 6:30pm beginners lesson; 7pm evening contra dance with Gaye Fifer calling and music by Jeanie and the Dreamers. Attend any or all events. The workshop and dance are both admission by suggested donation (suggested donation for the dance is $10 or $3 for students).

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January Family Dance at Arts West

January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$3

January Family Dance at Arts West Sunday, Jan. 13, 3-5pm Bring the whole family for an afternoon of contra dancing and music.  The Trophy Wives will play hot tunes to get kids and adults dancing together. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer.

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Square Dance Social

January 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Suggested Donation

Caller Joe Burdock and special guests The Allegheny Hellbenders, hailing from Charleston, West Virginia, will bring us an evening of lively old time music. Featuring a cake walk. Desserts provided by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods.No experience or partner needed!   Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). @ Arts West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH Doors at 6:30pm, Dancing Starts @ 7 O’Clock   $6 Suggested Donation

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New Year Drum Jam

January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Please join us for a night of drumming and dancing! All ages and levels are welcome. The circle is not limited to drums, all acoustic instruments are welcome. Bring a friend! Sugggested Donation: $5-$10 Parking is free on the street and in the lot. Food and alcoholic beverages allowed. *B.Y.O.B* (with valid 21+ I.D.) MORE ABOUT THIS DRUM CIRCLE... This is a safe space where you can come to be your truest self. An environment where you can put the…

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Moon Tunnel Literary Reading

January 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

It's time for the first Spring semester installment of Moon Tunnel! The series kicks off with fabulous works of nonfiction from Anna Chotlos & Hugh Martin Doors open at 6:30pm and the readings begin at 7pm Bring your own beer (BYOB), as it's said (with valid 21+ I.D.) and snacks will be provided Moon Tunnel is a reading series featuring the work of Creative Writers from Ohio University's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2018-19 Academic year…

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February 2019

February Contra Dance

February 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Come dance to the music of Up All Night String Band: Joe Burdock, Hilarie Burhans, Mark Burhans & Scott Needs. Adriane Mohlenkamp will be calling. No experience needed - No partner needed Everyone is welcome - All dances will be taught Sunday, February 3rd 6:30-7:00pm Lesson 7:00-9:00pm Dance Admission is by donation. Suggested donation: $10, $3/student, Kids 10 and under are free.

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Drum Circle @ Arts/West

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10

Drum Circle @ Arts West Friday, February 15, 8-11pm Come join us for a night of drumming and dancing. The space is open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums, any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Parking is free on the street and in the lot. Food and alcoholic beverages allowed. B.Y.O.B. (with valid 21+ I.D.) Friday, Feb. 15, 8-11pm Suggested donation of $5-10 MORE ABOUT THIS DRUM CIRCLE... This is a safe space…

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3rd Thursday Square Dance Social at Arts West

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6

3rd Thursday Square Dance Social at Arts West Thursday, February 21, 7-10pm Athens Old Time Music presents caller Joe Burdock, & musicians Tessa Dillion & Friends! They will bring us an evening of lively old time music. $6 suggested donation. Dancing starts at 7pm. No experience or partner needed.  Bring friends, a good attitude, & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Featuring: A Cake Walk Desserts provided by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods

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Fiddling with the Shaws: Liz & Lynn – A Musical Workshop at Arts West

February 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free – $22

The Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library, Stuart's Opera House & Athens County Foundation present to you a musical workshop series! Starting with Fiddling with the Shaws: Liz & Lynn, on Sunday, Feb 24th, 2-4pm at Arts West Join champion fiddlers and experienced folk music teachers Liz and Lynn Shaw as they explore various fiddle styles and techniques that give the instrument its signature sounds. The “informance” part of the workshop will be followed by a lecture on the “care and…

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An Evening with Jonathan Richman

February 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$22 – $25

This show will take place at ARTS/West, 132 West State Street in Athens, Ohio! Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics. In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona. Jonathan and Tommy continue to…

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March 2019

2nd Annual Cat Art Show Opening at Arts West

March 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

Cat Art Show Opening Reception Thursday, March 7, 5:30-8:30pm Come and enjoy cat art, refreshments, a silent auction, cat videos, and live cat-themed music stylings by Steve Zarate. Half the show features cat artwork by Integrated Services, under the leadership of Kim Jackson, and the other half features artworks created by the public. March 7-21: Artworks that were donated to benefit the Meowterspace Cat Rescue & Arts West programming will be part of a silent auction; and Artworks that were…

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March Family Dance at Arts West

March 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$3

March Family Dance at Arts West Sunday, March 10, 3-5pm Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. This will be our final Family Dance of the season. The Trophy Wives will play hot tunes to get kids and adults dancing together. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer. More information at http://athenscontradance.moonfruit.com/ or 740-590-4102

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3rd Thursday Square Dance Social at Arts West

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6

3rd Thursday Square Dance Social at Arts West Thursday, March 21, 7-10pm   Athens Old Time Presents: Caller Sean Fen, with musicians Joe Burdock, Matt McElroy & Friends will offer up an evening of lively old time music!    $6 suggested donation. Dancing starts at 7pm. No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude, & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID).   Come to dance or just enjoy the music!   Featuring: A Cake…

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Appalachian Folk Medicine Show

March 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free Admission

Hello! People's Pop Up is a group of SE Ohio makers who come together to create events that inspire a love of community, support local businesses and generate funds for causes that matter to us. If you have been to our events before, you know we aspire to host events that promote connection and engagement with our amazing community.  We are planning our first ever "Appalachian Folk Medicine Show" on Saturday March 23, at Arts West in Athens, Ohio. The…

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Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange

March 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10 – $15

Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange A Benefit for Arts West! For over a decade the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange has brought countless Athenians the joy of “new” clothes in a fun and community minded way. The spring edition is back in 2019, and we hope that we can break the record of the most clothes ever offered! The mountains of clothes available all are to benefit a good cause; Arts West. Throughout the year Arts West provides space for PRISM Youth…

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April 2019

Lisa Quine – Art Exhibition

April 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Lisa Quine, artist, designer and muralist, will display hand-lettered artworks at Arts West in Athens, OH opening April 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. The show will be on display through April 25th at Arts West, 132 W State Street, Athens, OH. Lisa is a Creative Consultant living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Her main focuses of consulting include lettering, illustration, and design. After graduating from the University of Dayton with a BFA in Visual Communication Design, she began her career in the…

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Questionable Press Art Exhibition

April 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Artist and printer Sarah Brown, self-appointed mastermind of Questionable Press, will display 1,529 paper fish sculptures at Arts West in Athens, OH opening April 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. These fish began as a hand carved, wood-engraved image block that was printed in a letterpress from 1958. Each one was then assembled by hand for display. The show will be on display through April 25th at Arts West, 132 W State Street, Athens, OH. Sarah Brown is a wood engraving and letterpress…

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Fundamentals of Shamanism

April 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - April 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$150

10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday $150 (some barter, scholarships and payment plans available) Taught by Sidonia Nightsky, and Suzanne Sloo, instructors-in-training, Church of Earth Healing Shamanic journeying is the core technique of shamanism, enabling the practitioner to obtain help from spirit allies by traveling in a trance state to the shamanic realms. This workshop includes lecture and discussion of the origins, distribution and methods of shamanic practices worldwide, preparatory exercises, and journey work to meet spirit helpers.…

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April Contra Dance

April 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10

Come dance to the driving tunes of The Brickersons: Ed Newman (Hammered Dulcimer) Rusty Smith (Fiddle) Todd Sams (Mandolin) Adam Rich (Guitar) Kim Thompson will be calling. No experience needed. No partner needed. Everyone is welcome. All dances will be taught. Sunday, April 7th 6:30-7:00pm Lesson 7:00-9:00pm Dance Admission is by donation. Suggested donation: $10, $3/student, Kids 10 and under are free. Info at http://athenscontradance.moonfruit.com or 740-590-4102.

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Complete Intro to Jazz – Instrument Workshop at Arts West

April 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$12 – $20

Complete Intro to Jazz Instrument Workshop This workshop will feature top OU jazz Students and local musician Ted Harris who will be teaching basic improvisation and playing techniques. Participants may bring an instrument, or borrow one from the Musical Lending Library which will be open during and after the event. FEATURING Ted Harris & Andrew Meyer - Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone Ryan Kerwin - Trumpet Cole Baker - Drum set Alex Smith - Bass Workshops are suggested donation $12-20 although…

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3rd Friday Drum & Music Jam at Arts West

April 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10

3rd Friday Drum & Music Jam at Arts West Come join us for a night of drumming and dancing! All ages and levels welcome Suggested Donation of $5-$10 to help support the space Free Parking on the street and in the lot Food and beverages allowed. B.Y.O.B. (with valid 21+ I.D.) MORE ABOUT THIS DRUM CIRCLE... This is a safe space where you can come to be your truest self. This is an environment where you can put the worry…

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3rd Thursday Square Dance Social at Arts West

April 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6

3rd Thursday Square Dance Social at Arts West Thursday, April 18, 7–10pm     Athens Old Time Presents: Caller Joe Burdock, with musicians the Ohio Wood Ducks will offer up an evening of lively old time music!    $6 suggested donation. Dancing starts at 7pm. No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude, & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID).   Come to dance or just to enjoy the music!   Featuring: A Cake Walk. …

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Medicinal Herbs for Home Use Workshop at Arts West

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$17 – $25

Medicinal Herbs for Home Use Workshop at Arts West Thursday, Apr. 25, 6-7:30pm Tuition $17-$25 sliding scale Taught by Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist, of Appalachian Ohio Herb Clinic and Wildfire Herbs. It's spring! Students are invited to come and learn about easy-to-grow plants that can help keep them healthy. Caty will cover 10 safe herbs that are effective for many different health health problems. Instruction will include how to use each plant, what they do in the body, as well as…

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CreativeMornings/Athens: INCLUSIVE at Arts West

April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

CreativeMornings/Athens: INCLUSIVE at Arts West With Special Guest Presentation by Patty Mitchell Friday, April 26, 9-11am Free Admission (and refreshments!) Please RSVP at https://creativemornings.com/talks/patty-mitchell   “People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.”    Special guest Patty Mitchell will give a presentation titled: Creating Space for Connection, Purpose and Belonging   CreativeMornings is a monthly themed breakfast lecture series for the local creative community with a focus on networking and inspiration.   …

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SATB: A Different Kind of Choir – Spring Concert

April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10

SATB: A Different Kind of Choir - Spring Concert Sunday, April 28, 4pm Admission by Donation Refreshments to Follow SATB Choir Presents: Suppying All Trumpets and Banjos - Instruments of Mass Instruction A benefit for the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library and Arts West. All songs will be about musical instruments in some way. The SEO-MML is open to all visitors Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-7pm and those who become Arts West members are able to check-out instruments to take home…

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May 2019

First Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West

May 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

First Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West Thursday May​ ​2, 6-8pm Starting May 2nd Arts West and The Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library will host a First Thursday Old Time String Jam Each month will feature a jam leader who will play, call chords and help​ ​new players follow along. The musical lending library will be open for those​ ​wishing to borrow an instrument. From 6-8pm, this Free event will take place outside when the weather cooperates or…

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Moon Tunnel Reading Series Finale at Arts West

May 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Moon Tunnel Reading Series Finale at Arts West Thursday, May 2nd, 7:30pm Join us for the final Moon Tunnel reading of the year this Thursday, at 7:30! Always an evening of thoughtful and humorous creativity, come hear the fabulous works of graduating MFAs Sarah Minor and Derek Robbins (and a possible third guest!). BYOB (as usual - with valid 21+ I.D.), and a grand spread of snacks and drink will be provided for this finale reading. Moon Tunnel is a reading series…

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Double Art Opening at Arts West with Katie Chandler and Jacob Parker

May 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Double Art Opening at Arts West Friday, May 3, 5-7pm - free MAIN GALLERY Jacob Parker: A Solo Show A series of offset printed artworks which will be on display May 3rd-30th. The opening features live music by the Water Witches, plus refreshments! All free and open to the public! Be prepared to think deeply about life, love and self-worth in this mind-opening show Jacob is a printmaker from North Carolina. Working primarily in relief and screen printing, he explores…

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Calliope Spring Concerts

May 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$2 – $30

Calliope Spring Concert will be held both Saturday evening, May 11, at 7:30 pm, and with a Sunday matinee, May 12 at 4:30pm at ARTS/West, (132 W. State St.), Athens. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided; a reception will follow each concert. Tickets are available at The Farmacy Natural Foods (Stimson Avenue), from Calliope members, and at the door. Tickets are general admission and sliding scale, $15-30, and limited income, $2-10. Reserved accessible parking is available on request from…

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Calliope Feminist Choir Concert at Arts West

May 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$2 – $15

​Calliope Feminist Choir Concert at Arts West ​May 11 & 12 - Sat 7:30pm; Sun 4:30pm​ Calliope's Spring Concert this week! Come join us for a powerful program of song and connection, with musical guests Guinevere Jacobs, Greg Bikowski, Kelly Cooke and Dan Dennis, as well as wonderful ASL interpreters, Loraine Rogers, Caitlyn Holbrook and Paige Fuentes. TICKETS available at The Farmacy until day of concert and at the door SLIDING SCALE $15-30, limited income $2-10 Reserved accessible parking available on request (e-m: calliopefeministchoir@gmail.com by day…

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Calliope Feminist Choir 2019 Spring Concerts

May 12, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$2 – $15

Calliope Spring Concert will hold two performances: Saturday evening, May 11, at 7:30 pm, and a Sunday matinee, May 12 at 4:30pm at ARTS/West, (132 W. State St.), Athens. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided; a reception will follow each concert. Tickets are available at The Farmacy Natural Foods (Stimson Avenue), from Calliope members, and at the door. Tickets are general admission and sliding scale, $15-30, and limited income, $2-10. Reserved accessible parking is available on request from ticket…

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Calliope Feminist Choir Concert at Arts West

May 12, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$2 – $15

Calliope Feminist Choir Concert at Arts West ​May 11 & 12 - Sat 7:30pm; Sun 4:30pm​ Calliope's Spring Concert this week! Come join us for a powerful program of song and connection, with musical guests Guinevere Jacobs, Greg Bikowski, Kelly Cooke and Dan Dennis, as well as wonderful ASL interpreters, Loraine Rogers, Caitlyn Holbrook and Paige Fuentes. TICKETS available at The Farmacy until day of concert and at the door SLIDING SCALE $15-30, limited income $2-10 Reserved accessible parking available on request (e-m: calliopefeministchoir@gmail.com by day…

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Square Dance Social at Arts West

May 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6

Square Dance Social at Arts West Thursday, May 16th, 6:30-10pm Athens Old Time Presents: Caller Joe Burdock with special guest band Kentucky Wild Horse will offer up an evening of lively old time music! $6 suggested donation. Dancing starts at 7pm. No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude, & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Come to dance or just enjoy the music! Featuring: A Cake Walk. Desserts provided by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods

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Bingo Fundraiser for Athens County Humane Society

May 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Join us for our first Bingo Fundraiser!! Lots of amazing prizes from local businesses! Snacks ~ Yummy Baked Treats ~ Beverages ~ Prizes! Come Have Fun while helping us raise money towards spaying and neutering Athens County stray and feral cats. Proceeds will benefit the Athens County Humane Society TNR Program (Trap-Neuter-Release). Hope to see you there!! $10 per Bingo Card or 2 for $15.

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Poets & Writers Read Around & Potluck at Arts West

May 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Poets & Writers Read Around & Potluck at Arts West Thursday, May 30, 5:30-8pm YOU ARE INVITED! Poets, storytellers, musicians – all are welcome to an evening of food, fellowship and spoken word. Bring a story, song or poem, a covered dish and friends! Plates, cups, napkins, etc. provided. Spirits are permitted.  Hosted by Athens Poet Laureate: Kari Gunter-Seymour and Arts West

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CreativeMornings/Athens: Preserve at Arts West

May 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

Welcome to the May CreativeMornings event in Athens! Reserve your free ticket today at creativemornings.com/talks/tessa-evanosky When: Friday, May 31st, 9:00 am Where: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St, Athens, OH 45701 Speaker: Tessa Evanosky Meet the speaker! This month's theme, Preserve, will be handled by certified food nerd, Tessa Evanosky. The lecture will outline the basic process for homemade Kimchi, Sauerkraut, and Kombucha. Using salt and fresh organic ingredients, participants will walk away with everything they need to know to create their…

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June 2019

OVST Summer Theater Camps at Arts West

June 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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OVST Summer Theater Camps at Arts West June 3-21, 9am-12pm / 12-4pm, at Arts West Session 1: Grades 1-6, Monday-Friday, June 3-21, 9am-12pm - "Find your inner SUPER HERO" - Final free show for family and friends on June 21 at 11am. Participants will explore creatively with workshops and the performance of an original script by Faith Knutsen. Cost: $200 (3 weeks, AM) - Inquire about scholarship assistance if needed. Session 2: NEW!! Afternoon session, June 3-21, 12-4pm - Campers…

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Ohio Valley Summer Theater Camp Teens (grades 7-12) Begins

June 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$200.00

An OVST twist on A Chorus Line guides campers to reflect on their own talents and issues while learning what "Theater-live" involves. A mysterious audition notice has been floating around social media #what makes you unique? Our final show at camp begins to answer the question. Campers will create their own monologues to show the world what makes them special. We will have professional workshops to help with writing, music and dance. Our final show asks the question, "are you…

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Athens County Community Singers Patriotic Concert at Arts West  

June 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10

Athens County Community Singers: A Choir for All Voices presents The Annual ACCS Patriotic Concert Thursday, June 27th, 7pm$10 Suggested Donation The Athens County Community Singers is a choir for “all voices”, those with and without disabilities, founded and directed by Stephanie H. Morris, MM, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) and Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow

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Athens County Community Singers Patriotic Concert

June 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - July 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10.00

Please join the Athens County Community Singers, "a choir for all voices" at our annual Patriotic Concert being held at ARTS/West on 132 W. State St., Athens on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.

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CreativeMornings/ATHENS: Wonder – at Arts West

June 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

Welcome to the June CreativeMornings event in Athens! When: Friday, June 28th, 9:00 am Where: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St, Athens, OH 45701 Speaker: Tim Smith - Local Juggling Group Leader Free. And there will be free breakfast and Donkey Coffee at the event. CreativeMornings is a global breakfast lecture series for the creative community.

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Meet Your Banjo Workshop at Arts West

June 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$12

Meet Your Banjo Workshop at Arts West A beginner friendly banjo workshop with local aficionado Hilarie Burhans! Sunday, June 30, 2-4pm at Arts West Suggested Donation of $12 (no one turned away) Internationally touring old time musician and teacher Hilarie Burhans brings us a beginner friendly banjo workshop for those wishing to pick up Claw Hammer style banjo.  She'll cover claw hammer technique, basic notes and chords, as well as different types of banjos and playing styles. This workshop is…

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Meet Your Banjo Workshop

June 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$12

This is a class offered through our Stuart’s Arts Education Program! A beginner friendly banjo workshop with local aficionado Hilarie Burhans! Internationally touring old time musician and teacher Hilarie Burhans brings us a beginner friendly banjo workshop for those wishing to pick up Claw Hammer style banjo. She’ll cover claw hammer technique, basic notes and chords, and different types of banjos and playing styles. This workshop is for ages 8 thru adult. If players wish to borrow a banjo from…

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July 2019

Passion Works: Guitar Show at Arts West

July 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

Passion Works: Guitar Show at Arts West Opening Reception Friday, July 5th, 5-7pm, as part of double art opening with JOhn Terry's solo show (downstairs) Passion Works is taking over the Arts West upstairs gallery for the month of July with an amazing array of painted guitars and original artworks by the Passion Works artists ♥ Shout out to Blue Eagle Music for donating most of the guitars! Free and open to the public, this show will be on display…

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John Terry Art Opening at Arts West (Downstairs Gallery)

July 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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John Terry Art Opening at Arts West (Downstairs Gallery) Friday, July 5th, 5-7pm, as part of a double opening with the Passion Works: Guitar Show.The opening reception is free and will include refreshments. John is a local printmaker and painter who has been producing work for a couple of decades. His show will be on display in the Arts West Lower Gallery July 5th-27th. Artist Bio - John Tavener Terry is a mixed media artist with a B.F.A. in printmaking…

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Passion Works: Guitar Show

July 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Opening of Passion Works’ “Guitar Show” at Arts West this Friday July 5th 5-7. On display will be painted guitars from Blue Eagle Music that were unrepairable and are now experiencing a second colorful life. There will be refreshments and live music by local talent Steve Zarate. 

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CreativeMornings/Athens: End

July 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

Friday, July 26, 10-11:30am:  CreativeMornings/Athens: End CreativeMornings is a monthly inspirational, networking breakfast for the Athens creative community. Everyone is welcome! July's speaker, Danette Pratt, is a retired biological illustrator, textile artist, workshop instructor and creator of SeriouslySickSocks™ (zombie and classic monster sock monkeys). Complimentary coffee and breakfast will be provided. To attend this FREE event please register via this link: https://creativemornings.com/talks/danette-pratt. Find more info on the theme at: https://creativemornings.com/themes/end.

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August 2019

Crumbles: Luke Boyd Art Opening at Arts West

August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free

As part of a double art opening on August 2nd, Luke Boyd will have his new exhibit, Crumbles, on display in the Art West Downstairs Gallery along with a plethora of cakes to eat for FREE. An artist and baker, with a recently acquired Masters in Painting & Drawing from OU, Luke is interested in building community through baking, painting and sharing cake. The cake paintings illustrate different human emotions and conditions. The show will be on display August 2nd-28th.

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Old Haunts: Barry O’Keefe Art Opening at Arts West

August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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As part of a double art opening, Barry will visit Athens from Richmond, VA, to say hello, and show his new body of work, Old Haunts, in the Arts West Upstairs Gallery. Barry graduated with his Masters in Printmaking from Ohio University several years ago. His notable artworks in the Athens, Ohio, area include the Nelsonville Brick mural, and the leather-bound book mural near the Nelsonville Public Library. Barry's work focuses on community building, activism and histories. Check out his…

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The Last Call (Union Documentary) 2nd Showing at Arts West

August 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5
Last Call documentary poster

CC pictures LTD. and Arts West are proud to present "The Last Call", a feature length documentary about The Union (for ages 18+). Here's a chance to see it on the big screen. Suggested Donation of $5 (BYOB​ with valid 21+ I.D.​).

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Basic Soldering & Guitar Repair Workshop at Arts West

August 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$12
Soldering Workshop Poster

As part of the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library workshop series, Erick Colemen and Matt Clouston double up for this Stew Mac sponsored event.  The workshop will cover the basics of electrical soldering and build a better understanding of how an electric guitar works (or why it dosen't). Please bring a soldering iron if possible. Participants may also bring a broken guitar and if time allows the instuctors will help diagnose the problem.  $12 suggested donation (no one turned away for…

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Welcome back PRISM community hang out at Arts West

August 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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PRISM Flier Fall 2019

School is back in session and the PRISM LGBTQ+ Youth Art Program is back too! Arts West welcomes PRISM back to the West Side with food, games, and a group painting project! PRISM will continue on Mondays, 3-5:30pm, Aug. 26 - Dec. 16 (when school is in session). PRISM offers community, art programming, support, networking, musical lessons, books and library, snacks, cooking lessons and more. All LGBTQI+ youth and allies welcome (ages12-18). Brought to you by United Campus Ministry in…

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Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids at Arts West 

August 26, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Afternoon Arts Classes Poster

Classes will be held Monday - Thursday, 3:45-5:15pm, August 26-December 19, in two 8 week sessions. Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction at Arts West in a variety of disciplines. Participants can be registered for one or more classes(days) per week. Schedule: Mondays: Theater Class with Janai Travis; Tuesdays: Visual Art 3-D Class with April Felipe; Wednesdays: Music Class with Lawrence Greene; Thursdays: Visual Art 2-D Class with April Felipe. Information for registration, class descriptions and instructor bios…

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Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment

August 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Fearless event flier

A spoken word event. In seeking to lift women's voices, and inspired by the #MeToo movement, editor Cat Pleska, for Mountain State Press, collected essays, stories, and poems from 30 women throughout Appalachia. Each wrote about her most challenging moment and how she overcame it. Curated by Athens Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, this event includes readings from the book as well as an open mic for other "fearless" poems. Light refreshments. Free Admission - Donations appreciated.

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CreativeMornings/Athens: Justice

August 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Creative Mornings event flier

CreativeMornings is a monthly networking breakfast for the Athens' creative community, with free coffee and inspiration. Everyone is welcome! This month's coffee and breakfast will be provided by Fluff Bakery. This month's main speaker, Patrick McGee, will explain how King Richard the Lion Hearted, the Diggers, and the Dagda’s harp have illuminated his path and inspired his search for justice over the years. Admission is FREE. Register at: https://creativemornings.com/talks/patrick-mcgee-the-alchemy-of-justice.

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September 2019

1st Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West

September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
String Jam flier

In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. September's guest is local musician Morgan Haggard. Haggard lives in Meigs County, Ohio, and specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. She plays fiddle, guitar and banjo, and is looking forward to sharing these insturments with September's jam participants. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical…

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Art Exhibit Opening Reception for Imbricated: A Survey of Work from Three Institutions. 

September 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Opening Reception 5-7pm at Arts West for Imbricated: A Survey of Work from Three Institutions.  With talk by visiting artist Althea Murphy-Price at 4pm, before the opening. The Ohio University printmakers have joined together with Kent State and Ohio State Universities to create a body of work surrounding the word 'Dissent.'  The title "Imbricated" refers to the discrete but overlapping nature of the experiences of students working from a common regional perspective, but through different academic and personal lenses. The…

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Moon Tunnel Literary Reading Series at Arts West

September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Moon Tunnel flier

It is Moon Tunnel time once again, with dazzling works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Ohio University Creative Writers, Melanie Ritzenthaler, Derek JG Williams, and Zoë Bossiere. Free Admission. Feel free to arrive early to congregate with the lovely OU Creative Writing crowd.  BYOB (with valid 21+ I.D.) The Moon Tunnel Literary Reading Series is sponsored by the OU Dept. of English. This series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs and will be held on five…

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Third Friday Drum Circle at Arts West

September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10
Three pictures side by side show the word rhythm in different fonts

A night of drumming and dancing! All levels and ages welcome. Instruments are available to borrow but supplies are limited so arrive early! Suggested Donation of $5-$10 to help support the space. Free Parking on the street and in the lot.  Food & Bevs allowed. B.Y.O.B (w/Valid 21+ I.D.). This is an environment where you can put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there…

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Afternoon Raga with J.J. Gregg, Sitar 

September 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$2 – $10
Flier for J.J. Gregg's sitar concert

Join accomplished sitar player J.J. Gregg for an afternoon concert! More about J.J.: J.J. Gregg’s lyrical and meditative sitar playing relaxes and rejuvenates listeners, young and old alike. He recently released a new album – opening up – in April 2018 . He has performed in India, Japan, Thailand, and throughout the United States. Nineteen years ago, J.J. moved to Pune, Maharashtra, India on a study abroad program and met internationally renowned sitar player Ustad Usman Khan.  Since the year…

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Placemaking in Athens, with Amory Park Film Screening

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Placemaking In Athens flier

FREE admission. Program: "Making the Place" documentary screening about Armory Park creation; - Global Placemaking Initiatives Overview; Placemaking in Athens Discussion and Brainstorm.

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CreativeMornings/Athens: Muse

September 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
Creative Morning with Keith flier

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the local creative community with a focus on networking and inspiration. Free coffee and light breakfast included. Speaker, Keith Phetlhe, Presents: Weaving my Basket of Heritage & Displacing Postcolonial Musings FREE, with RSVP Requested. See Web Link for Info & FREE Tickets ABOUT THE SPEAKER KEITH PHETLHE is a Ph.D Candidate in the African Literature and Film Studies at Ohio University, School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He is a poet, politician,  literary critic & translator,…

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Folk Art Medicine Show

September 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Folk Art Medicine Show flier

Free workshops, a marketplace of folk art that carries a medicinal thread, demonstrations on distillation, live plants, herbal remedies, tarot readers, massage, food & beverages and live music, Nixtamalized will be vending food, Little Fish will have beer, Herbal Sage will be selling tea. Time frame was extended to 10pm so that Brother Hill can take the stage to close the event. The People's Pop Up aspires to host events that promote connection and engagement with the community through exploration, learning and…

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October 2019

1st Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West

October 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
String Jam flier

In the Arts West parking lot or basement depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each time. October's jam will be led by local musician Joe Burdock. He plays fiddle, banjo and guitar, and specializes in Kentucky fiddle tunes. Burdock also teaches music lessons and has been known to call the occassional square dance. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All ages and levels welcome. BYOB…

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Postpartum Support Group & Yoga

October 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Postpartum support group and yoga flier

Postpartum Support Group Monday, October 14th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Arts West, Basement Open Studio Join Sam Catania, who is a mother, Therapist at Hopewell Health, and a yoga instructor for a postpartum support group incorporating both conversation and gentle yoga to take care of your mind and body during your postpartum journey! Pregnant Mamas and pre-mobile infants are also welcome if there is a need we will gladly look into providing childcare for older babies and toddlers. All…

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BASSics, A Hands on Workshop in Upright and Electric Bass at Arts West

October 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$12
Bassic flier

A beginner friendly introduction to upright and electric bass, for ages 16 and up, presented by the SEO Musical Lending Library. Visiting musician Barbara Rosner, of Kentucky Wild Horse will lead Upright Bass Basics with instruction in hand position, playing in jams, ideas for practicing and how to improve. Mike Makosky, Athens local, of Apple and Moon, Goodbye Goats, and Unmonumental will lead Electric Bass Intro, teaching amp basics and volume, hand position, playing with others, and more. Both teachers…

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Third Thursday Square Dance Social with String Jam at Arts West

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6
Square Dance Social flier

Square Dances are back at Arts West starting Oct 17th, with Caller Joe Burdock and musicians Matt McElroy & Friends!  Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm.  This dance features Avalanche Pizza by the slice so come hungry. BYOB (with valid ID). $6 Admission.

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Fizzie Friends Preserved Food, Drink and Pickle Exchange! at Arts West

October 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Fizzy Friends flier

Bring 2 or more jars of preserved food or drink (ferments, pickles, jellies and jams, or homemade beer or wine).  1 jar goes on the potluck table and the rest are for the exchange.   After tasting the items and disussing the preservation processes, participants can exchange their jars for those brought by others. Free Admission.

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Art Reception: Tina Fisher’s, “Oh, Deer! I’ve Lost My Head”, at Arts West

October 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Oh, Deer flier

For this show Tina Fisher, a professional photographer based in Corning, Ohio, dabbles in mixed media photography with an eerie twist on mundane activities. The reception will feature refreshments and live music by Caitlin Kraus, and Fisher's work will be on display through Nov. 27. Free Admission. "Oh, Deer! I've Lost My Head" is an analog collage series, reflecting the solo journey through various facets of the human condition. Frequently, not feeling very human at all, people can react like…

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November 2019

1st Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West

November 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5
String Jam flier

In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. November's jam leaders are Hilarie and Mark Burhans, local musicians extraordinaire, with plenty of expertise to share. They're knowledgable about many instruments, they've toured nationally with their various bands and have taught for many years. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels and ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid…

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Gaelynn Lea Special Performance at Arts West

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
Gaelynn Lea

Presented by OU Performing Arts Series & Arts West Free and Open to the Public Doors Open at 6pm "Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie." (Jeremy Ylvisaker)Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and has been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes.  So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries - she's graced the stage of renowned venues…

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3rd Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam at Arts West

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6
Square Dance Social flier

Caller T-Claw from Elkins, WV, and band, The Corndoggers will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Bring friends, a good attitude & beverage of choice (with valid 21+ ID as needed). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm.

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Prints, Plants & Pots Sale at Arts West

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Prints Plants Pots Sale flier

The first ever Prints, Plants & Pots Sale to be held in the Performance Space of Arts West! A truly unique shopping experience, with handmade printed artwork, live plants, and ceramic work, all created or grown by local artists or horticulturalists. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-6pm (same times as Many Moons sale downstairs)

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Prints, Plants & Pots Sale at Arts West

November 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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The first ever Prints, Plants & Pots Sale to be held in the Performance Space of Arts West! A truly unique shopping experience, ​with​ handmade printed artwork, live plants, and ceramic work, all created or grown by local artists or horticulturalists. Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24: Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-6pm (same times as Many Moons sale downstairs)

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December 2019

1st Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free admission - donations appreciated.
String Jam flier

In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a guest "leader" each month. December's guest, local musician, Morgan Hager, specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. She plays fiddle, guitar and banjo. Bring an instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated.

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Art Opening for A Solo Show by Jessica Ashley at Arts West

December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Jessica Ashley Solo Show flier

With a focus on landscape and animal acrylic painting, Jessica Ashley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2014. Based out of Middleport, Ohio, she has been adding to her already large body of work, creating a bunch of new paintings of all different sizes for this upcoming exhibition. Ashley's work will be featured in both the upstairs and downstairs galleries, and on display December 5th-January 2nd. Come check it out! Free Admission.

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Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond, an S.A.T.B. Choir Concert at Arts West

December 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10 – $15
SATB concert flier

Join us for a musical journey to the stars!  A benefit for the John Glenn Astronomy Park, presented by SATB: a different kind of choir. SATB’s mission is to create powerful and inspiring music in partnerhsip with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their causes. The astronomy park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing the wonders of the sky. Set in the Hocking Hills of rural southeastern Ohio, the park…

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2019 Holiday Craft Swap at Arts West

December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Holiday Craft Swap flier

Bring your handmade items and swap them out for a cash-free, swapping good time! Participants bring X number of homemade, giftable items and arrange them on tables at Arts West at 2 pm. Once the swap begins, everyone roams around, taking the same number of items that they brought themselves. Items of lesser value can be bundled (to balance out with more labor or resource intensive items). The swap is run with a spirit of fair trading and community celebration,…

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Essentially Athens Book Launch at Arts West

December 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
Book launch flier

Join the writers, and fine artists for an evening of merriment, readings, discussions, and book signing. Over one hundred poets, essayists, storytellers, songwriters and fine artists have come together in this very special collection celebrating all that is the heart and hearth of Athens, Ohio. The work is raw, honest and steeped in all things Athens; from the foothills to the stadium, from uptown to throughout the county. Books will be for sale, for cash or check only. Admission is…

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Winter Solstice Drum Jam at Arts West

December 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10
A forest scene with snow on the ground

A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Flow artists as well as any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Instruments are available to borrow! Kids are welcome. Bring your own snacks or beverages (plus I.D. if applicable). $5-$10 Suggested Donation.

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Liz Shaw Student Recital at Arts West

December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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A violin sits on a piano

A Music Student Holiday Concert. Join Liz Shaw and her music students, ages 5-18. Holiday tunes will be performed on piano, violin, guitar, banjo, and ukulele. A reception will follow the concert. Donations for Arts West will be accepted.

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For the Love of Athens Photo Entry Deadline

December 14, 2019
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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For the love of athens flier

For the Love of Athens is a photo exhibit for images of people, places or things in Athens County. Chosen photos (30-35 pieces) will be exhibited in the Arts West galleries for the month of February, 2020. Send up to 5 photos to artswestmarketing@gmail.com or enter via Instagram #fortheloveofathens and add number  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.  Take photos with traditional, digital or smart device methods. Selection notification will be Jan. 6. Opening Reception with awards, prizes and slide show…

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Ukulele for the Holidays! A Music Workshop at Arts West

December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$12
Ukulele for the holidays flier

Everyone can be a ukulele player! This Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library workshop will focus on tuning, strum patterns, and chords, and participants will learn a few easy holiday tunes with special guest teacher, Laura Nadeau.  Ages 8 and up!

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Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam at Arts West

December 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6
Square Dance Social flier

Caller Joe Burdock and musicians Matt McElroy & Friends will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm.

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January 2020

Drum Circle & Music Jam at Arts West

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10
Drums in a black and white photo

A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Flow artists as well as any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. Even if you have never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound!…

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Winter Front & Center Kids’ Open Stage at Arts West

January 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
Winter Front and Center flier

Features a special guest musician performance and Q&A, followed by school-age children's open stage. The winter special guest is singer/songwriter, Adam Remnant! Adam will play a few songs and field questions from the audience. Then the stage will be opened up for any local school-age musicians who wish to share a tune, whether vocal or instrumental. Piano provided. Admission is Free.

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For the Love of Athens Photo Exhibit Opening Reception

January 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
For the Love of Athens flier

It's the annual juried exhibit for pictures of people, places or things in Athens County!  Entries were taken with traditional, digital or smart devices, and the selected photos will be on display in the Arts West galleries Feb. 6 - 26. The opening reception on Feb. 7 will include refreshments, awards and music!  Admission is Free.

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Treewater Initiative benefit show

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10
A man plays the sax while another plays hand drums

Benefit show for the Treewater Initiative a nonprofit founded by Jeannie Amash, long time Athens resident. The Treewater Initiative is dedicated to planting trees in Gaza. Over 1000 trees have been planted and she is returning to her father's homeland to plant 1000 more olive trees in March. $10 suggested donation plants one tree. Featured artist: Marley Mckind, Elisabeth Weems, Natrix (Yazz Garcia), Ron Jae and hosted by Lawrence Greene and the Ugata drummers. Doors open at 7. Show starts…

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TreeWater Initiative Benefit at Arts West

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$10
TreeWater initiative flier

An evening of music and entertainment to raise funds for the Treewater Initiative, a nonprofit started by long-time Athens resident, Jeannie Amash, dedicated to planting trees in Gaza. Hosted by Lawrence Greene and the Ugata Drummers, with featured artists Marley Mekind, Elisabeth Weems, Natrix (Yazz Garcia) and Ron Jae. Jeannie is an American born daughter of Palestinian refugee, Dr. Paul J. Amash. After his death in 2016, she visited Palestine to understand the events that shaped his life. The tree…

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February 2020

1st Thursday Old Time String Jam at Arts West

February 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Donations Appreciated
String Jam flier

A beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest leader each month. Local musicians, Hilarie and Mark Burhans will be leading the way for February's jam. They're knowledgeable about many instruments, they've toured nationally with their various bands and have taught music lessons for many years. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated.

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Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam at Arts West

February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6
Square Dance Social flier

Caller Joe Burdock and local musicians will offer an evening of lively old time music. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Come dance or stop in just to listen. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm.

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Drum & Music Jam at Arts West

February 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5 – $10
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A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. If you've never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound! 3rd Fridays, Sept-March. $5-$10 Suggested Donation.

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March 2020

Athens Noise Show / installment two

March 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$5
Noise Show flier

Sounds, drones, noises, notes, music and other weird stuff, with performances by Weedghost, Dinner of Swords, David Colagiovanni, Robert McClure, Noise_MF, and more. $5 suggested donation / bring some food to share. Presented by the Municipal Endowment for the Sonic Arts and Aquabear Legion.

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1st Thursday Old Time String Jam

March 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free admission - donations appreciated
String Jam flier

A beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. March's guest is local musician, Morgan Hager. She plays fiddle, guitar and banjo and specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated.

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Art Reception for Savannah Freeman’s, “Outside”, & Hannah Sickles’ “The Everyday”

March 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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Free
Art reception flier

An exhibit of original hand-made artworks by Savannah Freeman of Moonville Print Shop and Hannah Sickles of Saturday Darlings Studio. The double opening will also feature food, drinks, and live piano from Metra Peterson with vocals from Chelsa Peterson Morahan. Meet the artists and purchase some beautiful art! The show will be on display from March 2nd-26th. Admission for the opening reception is FREE.

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3rd Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam at Arts West

March 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$6
Square Dance Social flier

Caller Joe Burdock and band the Possum Queens will offer an evening of lively old time music. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Come dance or stop in just to listen. Bring friends, a good attitude & a beverage of choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation.

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April 2020

Amethystone CD Release Concert & Charity Art Auction

April 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arts West, 132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701 United States
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$20
Amethystone

Athens' Ohio’s favorite Fantasy Rock Band, Amethystone is throwing a party to celebrate the release of their new album, “The Alchemist.” This admission is a free family friendly event with special guest DJ and Emcee, B-Funk Brandon Thompson. Amethystone will perform their new album “The Alchemist” in its entirety with special performances  by dancer Ellie Olin. Local Artists Chris Monday, Kasey Jones, and the Passion Works Crew will be on hand creating original works of art to be auctioned off…

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