Sunday, September 30, 2012

Number One

Australian Cattle Dogs rated best for outdoors 

Like all herders, these high-energy, whip-smart, athletic, protective and brawny companions will accompany you on your toughest adventures. And when you've got dingo in your bloodlines and were born to drive cattle across the Australian outback, you know you are one tough dog. Photo and text are from 10 Best Dog Breeds for Outdoor Junkies

While fitting all those adjectives to a tee, lately my dog has become a homebody. We used to take great walks in the Glen. She still loves to play Frisbee in the backyard. But, nowadays, I can hardly get her to take a walk down the street. They needed to add one more adjective, nutty...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Home, Inc. fundraiser - Nov. 3

8 locations 27 artists

Oct. 20 & 21

With an extraordinary collection of talent, the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour and Sale stands out among art excursions, and this year’s tour is no different. The 2012 Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour represents the twelfth consecutive tour.  For the third year, the tour will have eighth host studio locations, each bursting with an eclectic variety of artists and craftspeople. There will in fact be a total of 27 artists, from three to four at each location. The studios will be open to the public on Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  The Studio Tour features more medias then ever before including ceramics, fiber arts, mixed media arts, printmaking, collage, sculptures, jewelry, glass, watercolors, pastels, encaustics, photography and more. Many of these artists are nationally and internationally acclaimed through a variety of awards, accolades, articles, books and exhibitions.  Art will be available in all price ranges.

The Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour makes an important connection between artists and community members.  Collectors travel from far away to use this opportunity to make informal studio visits talking to each artist and learning about their processes and techniques. It allows them to understand the artists’ inspiration, process and most importantly, develop relationships with the artists and to bond over their mutual appreciation of beautiful things and the process that is used to create them. Artwork will be available for sale from each artist. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists who do what they love and to make purchases directly from the source. The tour is also an ideal opportunity for interior designers and gallery owners to make new connections and discover new work for their clients.

This annual event varies each year, as new artists are invited to participate in the tour and tenured artists explore and develop new bodies of work.  This years’ event features eight artists who are new to the tour along with two artists returning from sabbatical. Organizer Lisa Goldberg is particularly “excited that there will be so many new talented artists, along with old favorites, to make a exceptionally well rounded and exciting tour this year.” The self-guided driving tour provides an opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts alike to personally visit these creative artists studios and get a head start on their holiday shopping. Yellow Springs businesses enthusiastically sponsor this successful event. WCBE radio (90.5 FM) and WYSO radio (91.3) are the official media sponsors.  Organizers are partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to create an occasion for visitors to spend the weekend exploring the arts in Yellow Springs.  The weekend, dubbed “ Third Weekend Art in the Springs”, begins Friday night with the Art Stroll in downtown galleries and restaurants, displaying local artists’ work for the evening. This year the Stroll is being expanded to include two new galleries and guided tour of some of the exhibition locations. It continues over the weekend with the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour, a driving tour showcasing the artwork of twenty-seven distinctive Artists.

Visit one or all of the studios on this free self-guided driving tour. The village of Yellow Springs offers easy access to all of the studios. A list of participating artists and maps marking the studio locations may be downloaded at  On the day of the tour, these maps will also be available at: Young's Jersey Dairy north of town, The Winds Café and the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce downtown. For more information about other Yellow Springs happenings,-

Mark your calendar now for next year’s event, which will be on Saturday and Sunday October 19th and 20th 2013. Come see the exciting world of ceramic artists, painters, sculptors, and textile artists, printmakers, glass and fiber artists - all at their creative best.

Mixed media painting by Julie Beyer

Friday, September 28, 2012


I ignore my cell phone - can’t let Mona hear the announcer at the track.

She leaves a voice mail, “I need to share something with you; I’m having a stressful day.” Then a text, “Call me ASAP!” 

I call from the car. “I’ve got a customer,” she says. “I’ll call you back.”

When she calls, Barkley and I are napping. Her voice seems wary, “Is the dog on the bed?” 

This is not something I feel like sharing.


I just got an email informing me that this story was not selected as one of the top ten in the Esquire 79 word story contest. Frankly, I had forgotten all about it.

Lloyd Kennedy Arboretum dedicated

Seventy-plus folks showed up today for the Tree Committee event to dedicate the Lloyd Kennedy Arboretum at Ellis Park.  Lloyd planted the first trees in the park in 1982.  Now it's a wonderful spot for artist, photographers, nature lovers, birders and folks who enjoy the variety of trees now growing in the arboretum.

Photo by Roger Reynolds

National Coming Out Day Event:

Coming Out or Inviting In? 

Thursday, October 11, 7:30–9:00 p.m. Drawing on his personal experiences, his work as executive director of Gay Men of African Descent in New York City, and recent scholarship by activist Darnell Moore, history professor Kevin McGruder will discuss some of the challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangendered people seeking to live lives of integrity in a predominantly heterosexual world. For more information, contact Kevin McGruder at

Chamber Music season opens this Sunday

Chamber Music Yellow Springs welcomes the Afiara String Quartet for the first concert of the CMYS 2012-13 season.

The concert is Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs (314 Xenia Avenue). Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by mail; reservations at 937-374-8800. Individual tickets cost $20 per adult, $7 for students, and season tickets are still available.

Afiara will play two Beethoven String Quartets, the A Major Op. 18 and the C major Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3. They will also perform the String Quartet # 2 by contemporary composer Brett Abigaña.

Local quilters exhibiting

Local quilters Pam Geisel, Lori Gravley, and Fran LaSalle recently participated in a group quilting project with other members of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network. Photographs were taken of Dayton landmarks and then the photos were divided into pieces with each quilter taking a different piece. The finished quilts are now hanging together along with the original photograph that the quilters used to create their pieces and are on display on the second floor of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St. in Dayton through Dec. 27, 2012. There will be an opening reception this Sun., Sept. 30 from 1:30-4:30 pm.

Lookiing for scarecrows

Yelloween Scarecrow Project:
The Yelloween Scarecrow Project was a terrific success in 2011 due in part to wide and varied participation. We hope for more “Scare” this year so we’ll have even more to “Crow” about.  As you know we utilize the flag pockets in the sidewalk for poles to support scarecrow frames on which an Artist / Student / Craftee type can create a scarecrow. They go up immediately following October Street Fair and remain through Yelloween. The Yelloween Scarecrow Project is an opportunity for regional and national press.
If your business wishes to participate:
You'll need a structure on which your sculpture can be built. You may build your own or purchase one for $20. If you are a non-profit, Jailhouse Suites will donate a frame to you at no cost. The frame inserts in the flag pockets in the sidewalk. If you don't have a flag pocket (these are the holes in the sidewalk the Lion's Clubs sticks flags in on the 4th) contact Bob Swaney and we’ll figure it out. You'll need someone to make your scarecrow and supplies for him or her to use.

If you wish: Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse and Mill’s Lawn School are ready to build a Scarecrow for you. A donation to one of these organizations is appropriate for supplies.

Bob Swaney

Destination YS - Sept. 28-30

Arts & Culture    
If Becoming This: Photos & Video of Sheilah Wilson; 8/31-11/16
Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave., 937.767.7077
Photography by Alan Steiger; 8/17-10/7
Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St., 937.769.1902
Exploring Nature's Worlds: Oil Paintings by Nancy Fisher; 9/1-11/11

John Bryan Community Pottery 100 Dayton St. (Penguin Building)  
Celebrating JBCP:  Community Testimonials; 8/20-10/21, Weekends 1-4p

Village Artisans 100 Corry St., 937.767.1209
The Spirit of Nature, 9/1-9/30 

"would you, could you" In A Frame 113 Corry St. 937.767.2962
Works of local artists

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St., 679.9722
The Last Two Years of my Life: Paintings by Glenn Owen; Wed-Sun, 1/4p

Nature & Recreation
Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.; 937.769.1902
Intro to Glen Hike- 9/29, 3:15p; Corry St. Parking Lot
Fall Color Photo Workshop - 9/30, 1-5p; Glen Helen Bldg Auditorium
-close up photo techniques, beginners-intermediate; $59/$49 members
Be a Glen Helen Volunteer!  769.1902 x 103
South Glen Restoration Project - 9/29, 7-11a; rsvp
Fall Volunteer Orientation- 9/29, 1-3p; Glen Helen Bldg Auditorium

Next Week
10/6-7; Seven Yellow Spring sites; various times.  Build your own tour. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jeanne Ulrich & Devil's Backbone - Sat. nite

Don't you just love these cool evenings?
stay up and enjoy them for as long as you can!
Come on down to Peach's this Saturday night (September 29)
and dance to the high energy tunes of

Jeanne Ulrich and Devil's Backbone
(Carl Schumacher, Duke Dewey, and Tim Beach)
We're playing from 10-11:30, followed by 
our favorite local reggae band, the Soul Rebels.

Hope to see y'all there!

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

A traditional favorite is returning to Clifton.  The Kettering Banjo Society will perform on Saturday, September 29th at 7:30pm.  This group has been a staple performer at the Opera House over the years.  Come out and tap your toes, these guys are a lot of fun!  The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.  The box office opens at 6:30pm.    Call 937-767-2343 for more information.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Kindermusik Demonstration - Sept. 29

There will be a Free Kindermusik Demonstration Class with Jill Becker on Saturday, September 29th from 10-10:45am for children 18 months-3.5 years old at the YSKP Playhouse, 910 Corry St. next to the Amphitheater. For info or to reserve a spot, call 937-767-2646 or write

Friiday Night at Clifton Opera House

Get your smiles and giggles ready!  We've got the young bluegrass band called Giggle Grass coming to Clifton on Friday, September 28th at 7:30pm.  This young band is going to entertain you with their great harmonies and musical skills.  You are never too young to start playing bluegrass!  Come out and join us for a fun evening.  Box office opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

YS gets more press

Our three towns are quite different -- spread across the state, with populations that range from tiny (Yellow Springs) to midsize (Wooster). Yellow Springs is liberal and funky, Marietta historic and hearty. Wooster offers sophistication in the center of Amish country.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Savoring Ohio's small towns: Marietta, Wooster and Yellow Springs

Friday, September 21, 2012

Street Fair is just around the corner

October 13 is the date to remember for the Yellow Springs Street Fair, a unique festival that fills the streets of Yellow Springs with people enjoying a wonderful mix of vendors, food and performers. But remember it’s only one day, from 9 am to 5 pm with the Music Festival starting at noon and lasting until 7pm.

Take what is already special about Yellow Springs and multiply it on Street Fair day when over 200 vendors join the 50 shops and galleries selling one of a kind art, beautiful hand-crafted items and unique imports. You’ll find old favorites like Crazy Uncle Jester’s hot sauces and new vendors such as Vintage Chic selling vintage inspired accessories along with local favorites like Asanda Imports, Urban Handmade and Toxic Beauty.

Food from around the world can be found on Bulldog Alley. Old favorite Jeet will be offering up some delicious Indian fare and new must try La Pampa will be showcasing Argentinean Bar-B-Q. Grab a Gyro from Greek Island , some incredible Lebanese from St. Ignatius or vegetarian selections from Columbus based Nicolasa’s. Relax at the Jackson Lytle Lewis Food Tent where you can also enjoy entertainment throughout the day. Acoustic musicians will perform beginning at 10am and go all afternoon, with the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers performing at noon and 2. You can also slip into one of the local restaurants for a delicious dining experience.

For a break from shopping, stop by the Music Festival & Beer Garden at the Bryan Center from noon to 7. Sample one of many specialty beers, including some delicious fall seasonals as you listen to the great musical line-up all presented by Peach’s Grill.

To make getting to Street Fair easier, use our free shuttle service from Young’s Dairy at 6800 Springfield-Xenia Rd. or Yellow Springs High School at 420 E. Enon Rd. The shuttle service is available from 9 am to 7 pm. Check the Chamber website for alternate routes also.

The event is free, and open to the public. Handicapped parking is available at the Municipal Lot on Corry St . PETS are not allowed at Street Fair by ordinance and owners will be asked to leave. The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce thanks sponsors Antioch College , Greene/Soin Hospitals, Wagner Subaru and WesBanco for their support of Street Fair. For more information contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at (937) 767-2686 or visit

Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival Line-up

And the winners are...

The following nine plays were selected to be produced at the Second Annual Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival. Performances will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. 
  • Bench to Nowhere - written and directed by Virgil Hervey
  • Charlie's Ransom - written by Jonathan Platt, dir. John Fleming
  • Dead Families Equals Dead Phones - written by Shirlisa Scott, dir. Lorrie Sparrow
  • Getting Ahead - written by Teri Clark Linden, dir. Lorrie Sparrow
  • Protest - written by Scott Geisel, dir. Scott Geisel and Pam Geisel
  • Pull the Plug: An agrarian tale - written by Anthony Fife, dir. Ali Thomas
  • The Car Keys - written and directed by Jerry Boswell
  • The Dagwood - written and directed by Thor Sage
  • While We Can - written and directed by Jerry Kenney

Be well! Drink from the Springs!

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It's a Third Friday Fling!

Third Fridays in Yellow Springs mean many galleries, cafes & other venues providing artistic entertainment. In September, you can “Experience Art” during the YS Experience Wellness weekend. Among this month’s unique offerings is the public meditation event “Be Well – Be the Peace!” with community members gathering from 6-7pm in the Art Park (100 Corry St). Enjoy opening receptions and live music all evening. Start your weekend off with a feast for the senses!

John Bryan Community Pottery, 100 Dayton St, Celebrating JBCP:
Community Testimonials Join in Celebrating JBCP: Community Testimonials. The “Pot Shop” Team wishes to celebrate its achievements with a toast to everyone involved in this wonderful studio! Photographs by Nadia Mulhall and Lynn Riewerts Carine as well as pottery by students, teachers and members past & present will be featured.

Spirited Goat Coffee House, 118 Dayton St, Selected Works from Tony Powers & I.A.M. Finn Art
Stop in to hear the music of Giggle Grass, and enjoy the sketches of Tony Powers and the paintings of I.A.M. Finn Art. A unique collection of artwork from two young local artist-musicians is waiting for you! Spirited Goat provides vibrant and friendly environs, ideal for a relaxing conversation in the midst of great art.

Village Artisans, 100 Corry St, The Spirit of Nature
The Opening Reception for The Spirit of Nature highlights the work of several local artists, and the pieces evoke the deep feelings embodied in the show’s title. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and the company of interesting creative individuals. Village Artisans is always a fun and comfortable place to be!

YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry St, The Last Two Years of My Life:
New Paintings by Glenn Owen With over 30 one-man shows in his 56 years as an artist, Glenn Owen continues to surprise and stimulate. Owen, former YSHS art teacher, presents images that have been described as "fractal" and "psychedelic". Join us for the Opening Reception, with Barbara Leeds wooing us with classical music on the YSAC Gallery's outdoor patio!

“would you, could you” In A Frame, 113 Corry St, An Exquisite Mix of Artwork
This contemporary art gallery displays the fine work of artists and craftspeople from this region and around the United States. Featuring beautiful hand-crafted jewelry and other distinctive pieces, "would you, could you" is an important stop to make during your Third Friday: Experience Art.

The Winds Café, 215 Xenia Ave, Paintings from Mary Baker Koch 
Enjoy a truly incredible meal at The Winds in the midst of a stunning collection from Mary Baker Koch. Koch brings thoughtful color schemes to the canvas, capturing the essence of nature. You will be thrilled with the experience – from the subtle flavors to the food presentation to the artwork.

Springs Gallery, 220 Xenia Ave, Kings Yard, Undersea Circus by Christine Klinger 
Christine Klinger has always been attracted to the circus, and this passion is reflected in her new series of abstract paintings. Fantasize about running off with a troupe of artists. Springs Gallery exhibits a wide variety of original fine arts, signature crafts and gift items by local & regional artists.

Emporium Wines & Underdog Café, 233 Xenia Ave, Photography by Alan Staiger 
Alan Staiger brings a unique twist to the natural settings that he is fond of capturing. Literally and figuratively reflective, Staiger’s work is distinctive and engaging. Stop by the Emporium during Third Friday and enjoy wine tasting accompanied by the music of George Bieri and the Root Cellar Blues.

Sunrise Café, 259 Xenia Ave, Karen Santilli Photography
"Finally Home" is just one of many great photographs being featured by Karen Santilli. With a strong sensitivity to the emotions exerted by still objects, Santilli's work is impactful! Sunrise Cafe offers a variety of delicious dishes and signature drinks to satisfy the palate. An ideal place to end your evening!

Main Squeeze, 229 Xenia Ave, Paintings by Christine Klinger & Mosaic Pieces by Johanna Smith 
Main Squeeze is the newest venue on the Third Friday map, and Debi is kicking things off in style with a wine making demo coupled with a meet & greet involving several local artists. Christine and Johanna are among the featured artists displaying their work, and you’ll love the bright space the Main Squeeze Team has created!

Lloyd Kennedy to be honored for tree work

Village of Yellow Springs and the Yellow Springs Tree Committee Dedicate the Ellis Park and
Lloyd Kennedy Arboretum

More than one year ago the Yellow Springs Village Council agreed to rededicate Ellis Park. The Village of Yellow Springs and the Yellow Springs Tree Committee will celebrate the rededication at Ellis Park with a newly installed sign, Ellis Park and Lloyd Kennedy Arboretum, on Friday, September 28. Originally the arboretum, maintained by the Tree Committee, was located in a small area at the end of the park south of Yellow Springs Creek. Now the entire park will serve as an arboretum for Yellow Springs, a real rarity for a community of our size. 
The new arboretum honors Lloyd Kennedy, a founding member of the Yellow Springs Tree Committee. Lloyd, a state inspector for retail nurseries, agreed to serve only as tree consultant for the village, but after his retirement his tree consultancy turned into hard work. With Bill Duncan and others he planted the first 15 trees on the grounds of Mills Lawn Elementary School in 1976 to honor Keith Howard. Later he planted trees on village streets, near the swimming pool, at Gaunt and Duncan Parks, and many other sites. In 1982, the Tree Committee under Kennedy’s leadership applied for non-profit status and became the official volunteer tree commission of Yellow Springs. More than thirty years after his retirement Lloyd is still the heart, soul, inspiration, and lead instigator of the Yellow Springs Tree Committee, which now counts trees planted in the thousands.
Yellow Springs is indeed fortunate to have a growing, well-maintained arboretum especially designed for observing trees of many types, some native and some exotic. Village residents can see mature trees, identified with labels, to help them make decisions regarding home plantings. The park is also a place to relax and simply enjoy a variety of beautiful trees that constantly change with the seasons in a relatively small area.
The Ellis Park and Lloyd Kennedy Arboretum rededication ceremony will take place at the park and arboretum on Friday, September 28 at noon. The public is welcome to join village officials and Tree Committee members to honor Lloyd Kennedy for his important work. Information about trees and the Tree Committee will be available.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

YS 10-Minute Play Festival Reminder

There will be a general organizational meeting of local playwrights, directors, actors, etc. on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. A few of the plays are fully cast and have directors; most do not. This meeting will be to see who is interested in helping in a variety of ways, especially directing and acting. Feel free to bring any of your Yellow Springs friends that might be interested or forward this by email to them, especially those with acting/theater experience. I will bring scripts for you to look at. We have nine plays. I would like to see them all in rehearsal by Oct. 1. For more information, email me at

YS Arts Council Gallery

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With over 30 one-man shows in his 56 years as an artist, Glenn Owen continues to surprise and stimulate. Owen, former YSHS art teacher, presents images that have been described as "fractal" and "psychedelic".

Glenn will give an Artist Talk about his artwork and its therapeutic benefits on Saturday, September 22 from 5:30-6pm as part of the Art Heals evening at the YSAC Community Gallery.

There really isn’t much that Owen hasn’t done as a visual artist. “I focus on the round, cellular and modular,” says Owen. He assures of his upcoming exhibit at the YSAC Gallery, “No painter that I’ve seen living or dead is working in this vein. I’m on my own out here… I don’t have a Guru right now.”

The inspiration for this body of work is related to his own personal wellness story. Born with a heart condition, Owen spent 73 years living life to the fullest before he found himself in cardiovascular turmoil. During a visit to the hospital after almost dying, the artist witnessed images of his own heart beating on a monitor screen. 

“It was a new visual experience for me to see internal landscapes I never knew existed,” confesses Owen. Inspired by his findings, Owen grabbed a pen and paper and started drawing. “This work is a continuation of that drawing.”

ess that is unique to each individual. We can critique each other's work, if asked :), and perhaps come up with a Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, September 21 from 6-9pm.  Barbara Leeds will be wooing us with classical music throughout the evening on the YSAC Community Gallery's outdoor patio!  This will be a great evening to meet local artists and good friends.

Go to for more details.  The YSAC Community Gallery is now open from Wednesday to Sunday (1-4pm), except during the third week of each month.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chamber Music Yellow Springs

Season starts Sept. 30 with Canadian quartet

Chamber Music Yellow Springs welcomes the Afiara String Quartet – an all-Canadian ensemble widely noted for its engaging, authentic presence and performances balancing  “intensity and commitment” with “frequent moments of tenderness.” [The Montreal Gazette].

The concert opens the CMYS 2012-13 season on September 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs (314 Xenia Avenue). Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by mail; reservations at 937-374-8800. Individual tickets cost $20 per adult, $7 for students, and season tickets are still available.

The musicians will bookend the evening of chamber music with Beethoven String Quartets, beginning with the A Major Op. 18 and ending with the C major Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3. The middle portion of the concert will feature the contemporary composer Brett Abigaña’s String Quartet # 2, composed for Afiara in 2010.

Nonviolence training - Oct. 5 & 6

Villagers Ending Executions will sponsor a nonviolence training program on October 5 and 6, led by Sister Alice Gerdeman, Coordinator of the Cincinnati Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center. The program provides an introduction to nonviolent strategies for social change, and specific tactics for ending executions in Ohio. The suggested donation is $25. Advance registration is required. The training will take place on Friday October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meetinghouse in Goes Station. To register, contact Mike Triplett at 767-4341 or

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Saturday Night at Clifton Opera House

Back by request the "Hamilton Family Bluegrass" band will perform at 7:30pm on Saturday,  Sept 22nd.  We love good bluegrass, and this band is one of the best!  Nothing beats great family harmony!  Be prepared for some wonderful traditional bluegrass and gospel.
Whether you remember them as  Miami Valley's Most Wanted Bluegrass or  the Hamilton family, they are still the same "FABULOUS" bluegrass band.      Band members Lawrence Hamilton (mandolin,vocals),  Lonnie Hamilton (banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocals) , Martha Hamilton (bass guitar) and  Ronnie Hamilton (dobro, guitar, vocals)  are the Hamiltons.   They are from the Springfield area and a real favorite at the Opera House.   

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.  Box office opens at 6:30pm.  We have handicap access and air conditioning.  Suggested door donation $7.00

Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday Afternoon at Clifton Opera House

Dedicated to Seniors

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Wellness Fair - Volunteers needed

Monica Hasek and the YS Experience Wellness Team are looking for a few more volunteers to ensure the success of the Wellness Fair on Saturday, September 22 (10am-4pm). Please email Monica ( or call Brian (937-679-YSAC) if you have a few hours on Saturday to help support this important community event.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

10-Minute Play Festival Meeting - Thursday

There will be a general organizational meeting of playwrights, directors, actors, etc. on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. A few of the selected plays are fully cast and have directors; most do not. This meeting will be to see who is interested in helping in a variety of ways, especially directing and acting. Feel free to bring any of your friends that might be interested or forward this by email to them, especially those with acting/theater experience. I will bring scripts for you to look at. We have nine plays. I would like to see them all in rehearsal by Oct. 1. For more information, email me at

TLT Harvest Auction - Sept. 21

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Concert at Antioch - Oct. 26

Free Performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time  
October 26 at Antioch College South Gym
Piece Written at World War II Prisoner of War Camp Spreads Spirit of Humanity

 Left to right: Melissa Heston, Jack Johnstone, David Niwa, and Zoe Johnstone
Photo by Alexandra Kelley Fox

The nonprofit recital series Sunday at Central will present renowned French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (Quartet for the End of Time) on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the South Gym at Antioch College. The free hour-long concert is funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music.

One of the most vital works of the 20th century, Quartet for the End of Time carries gripping messages of wartime hope and redemption that still resonate today. Messiaen composed most of the work while an inmate at the Stalag VIII A prisoner of war camp in Görlitz, Germany. Sympathetic guards gave Messiaen and his fellow prisoner musicians manuscript paper, pencils, instruments, and allowance to rehearse four hours a day. It premiered at the camp in January of 1941 for 400 prisoners, officers, and guards. The ethereal piece contains eight movements, each with its own distinct color and form, and is inspired by text from the Book of Revelation.

Four accomplished and internationally recognized musicians will play in the ensemble: pianist Mariko Kaneda (Faculty, Ohio Wesleyan University); violinist David Niwa (Assistant Concertmaster, The Columbus Symphony); cellist Pegsoon Whang (Utah Symphony); and clarinetist Robert “Woody” Jones (Second Clarinetist, The Columbus Symphony). Interpretive dance will be performed by Yellow Springs choreographer Melissa Heston, and technical artistry will be provided by Michael Casselli Video Design. Contextual artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay, and other artists will be projected throughout the performance.

“If there’s one work that represents the indomitable spirit of humanity, this would be it,” said Sebastian Knowles, Sunday at Central trustee and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research (Arts & Humanities) at The Ohio State University. “To hear this piece is to be forever changed, and forever certain that art has a purpose in the world.”

A brief interactive talkback led by Knowles will follow the performance. This program is recommended for ages 9 and older. Antioch’s South Gym is located at One Morgan Place and free parking is available.

Further Reading
For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet by Rebecca Rischin (Associate Professor of Music, Ohio University) uncovers the riveting circumstances around which the quartet was born.

About Sunday at Central
Sunday at Central is a nonprofit chamber music recital series that was founded in 1994. It offers intimate, personalized traditional chamber music concerts with internationally recognized professional musicians. David Niwa (Assistant Concertmaster, The Columbus Symphony) is the organization’s Artistic Director. Its 2012-2013 recital series is funded in part by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council.

About The Johnstone Fund for New Music
Columbus community leaders Jack and Zoe Johnstone founded the Johnstone Fund for New Music in 2008. It supports the continuing growth and vitality of new music and aims to position Central Ohio as a powerful incubator of this inventive art form. In addition to offering grants to commission the creation and performance of new works, the Fund inspires collaboration between composers and musicians.