We Are Dying

download flyer“We Are Dying”
by Up In Arms
Monday, November, 5, 2007, 6-10pm

Scripps Hall Amphitheater
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free; donations accepted

This Monday, Up in Arms invites you to attend “We Are Dying,” a nonpartisan interactive tribute to the U.S. Troops and Iraqi civilians affected by the war in Iraq.

Please join us for an evening of performance and reflection surrounding the war in Iraq. At 6pm, members of Up In Arms will be performing select e-mails, letters, and poetry from Operation Homecoming, an NEA initiative to help U.S. Troops and their families write about wartime experiences.

Take a minute to listen to the words of our Troops – our peers, friends, and family; to take in the names and faces of the 4,141 coalition casualties and their stories; to witness the toll the ongoing war takes on Iraqi children and their families

Join us in our letter writing campaign (stationary and postage provided), or help assemble care packages for Any Soldier‘s adopt-a-battalion program. Donations will be collected for the UNICEF Iraqi Children’s fund.

Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, the @Lab and Nathan Berger, OU ROTC, College Democrats, and the School of Theater.

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Saturday, October 20, 5-9 pm & Sunday, October 21, 2007, 2-7 pm

132 W State St, Athens, Ohio

A community celebration of the visual, performing, and culinary arts!

Both days: Visual Art from more than 20 local artists.

Saturday: On stage (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • 5:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 5:15 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 5:45 DOMINIKA ADAMOVA and Frank McDermott – poetry and music
  • 6:05 Ehryan Everson – dancer
  • 6:10 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 6:15 Pete Wuscher and Matthew Bryant – music
  • 6:45 Ethan Greene – music
  • 7:15 Steve Zarate – music
  • 7:45 Designated Spaces – spoken word
  • 8:15 Bad Chemicals – music
  • 8:45 LEAH MILLER and JANE PALMER – fire dancer and drums

Saturday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com children’s presentation
  • Chris Tomazik

Sunday: On stage

  • 2:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 2:15 NGOMA – drum circle
  • 2:45 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 3:15 Ehryah Everson – dancer
  • 3:20 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 3:30 Ethan Greene – music
  • 4:00 LIZ PAHL – music
  • 4:30 Heartlanders – music
  • 5:00 Reyshan Parker – play “Best Intentions”

Sunday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com’s children’s presentation
  • Xen Glick – 5-7

Benefit: Writer’s Harvest Reading

Benefit: Writer’s Harvest Reading
Thusday, October 11, 2007, 7:30pm

Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
$3 donation

The OU Creative Writing Program will sponsor the Writer’s Harvest reading to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. The benefit is part of the nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger

Featured readers will be the new creative nonfiction Professor Dinty Moore; recent alumna of the CWP, CARRIE OEDING; OU alumna and novelist PENNY LAUER; and local poet and educator WENDY MCVICKER. Donations of $3 will be accepted at the door, and on the campus green during the week. Following the readings will be a musical reception with refreshments.

SEE:4 local authors join ‘Harvest’ effort,” Athens News, 10/8/07

The Second Harvest Foodbank of Southeastern Ohio is a large warehouse operation that receives surplus food donations from major food manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers and then channels this food to charitable feeding organizations throughout ten counties in southeastern Ohio. Our mission is to channel surplus food to those who do not have enough, with a goal of making a positive difference in their lives. The foodbank currently distributes food to over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and congregate meal sites. In 2005, the foodbank supplied over 7.9 million pounds of food to those feeding organizations that are in the front line of helping families meet their basic food needs.

It is one of 196 Second Harvest Regional Foodbanks throughout the US and Puerto Rico affiliated with America’s Second Harvest. It is estimated that nearly 97 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year by Americans, and that approximately 30 million Americans are in danger of going hungry. Foodbanks have the resources to receive edible food that would have otherwise been wasted, from growers, manufacturers, retailers, and processors, in order to distribute it to local charitable agencies. — http://www.hapcap.org/seorfc.htm

Contact: the Special Programs Office at lm346095 -at- ohio.edu
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Spoken Word Slam

Spoken Word Slam
Baker University Center’s Multicultural Performance Series
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 9 p.m.

The Front Room Campus Coffeehouse
Baker University Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The Spoken Word Slam will showcase different aspects of poetry with poets TRACI CURRIE, Omari Barksdale, and KALIMAH JOHNSON, along with DJ inCreDiBle (Corey Darnell).

‘Spoken Word Slam Poetry is a mix of reciting, singing and performing poetry with a lot of audience interaction,’ said Currie, an OU alumna. While she was a student, Currie regularly performed on campus for special events such as Precollege and Kwanzaa observations. ‘There is a community of people at OU who have directly contributed to me being a stronger poet. I am glad that I have this opportunity to give something back to them,’ she said. Each poet will perform separately in sets of 25 minutes. The DJ will be intermittent throughout the entire show. — OUtlook

DR. TRACIE E. CURRIE, an OU alumna and Hip Hop scholar, teaches in the University of Michigan-Flint communication department.

KALIMAH “LOCMAMA” JOHNSON holds a master’s degree in social work, and is a published performance poet. She is dedicated to nurturing pride in black people, and removing the myths and challenges related to hair locking. Her creative blend of poetry and performance is used to entertain, inform and celebrate the topic of natural black hair.

Omari “King Wise” Barksdale is a Detroit-based poet and founder of Uhuru Cipher Artists Management. King Wise is also the cofounder of a lecture group that is responsible for the activist series “Hip-Poe-Tics,” which focuses on influencing activism through Hip-Hop, Poetry and Politics in universities and communities around the nation.


New Straitsville Celtic Day

8th Annual New Straitsville Celtic Day Celebration
Saturday, September 8, 2007, Noon-5PM

Hubert Dunkle Building, Robinson’s Cave Grounds (Map)
New Straitsville, Ohio
Free and open to the public

New Straitsville shares its Welsh, Irish, and Scottish heritage in an outdoor festival. Dancers, storytellers, and Celtic musicians enliven the grounds of the New Straitsville History Group’s Robinson’s Cave and Dunkle Building grounds. The small town atmosphere, historic location, and good food make the second Saturday of September a relaxing and enjoyable time for the family.

New Straitsville is located in the heart of the Wayne National Forest on State Routes 93, 216, and 595 in southern Perry County (25 miles north of Athens and 60 miles southeast of Columbus). Sponsored by the New Straitsville History Group and the Ohio Arts Council.

Women in caps.

Noon–12:30 Rich Greenlee – song
12:30-1:00 Boys of the Hock – song
1:00-1:30 MELANIE PRATT – storyteller*
1:30-2:00 Boys of the Hock – song
2:00-2:30 Seamus O’ Shea – song
2:30-3:10 Welsh Dancers – dance
3:15-3:45 GWEN CORBETT – song
3:50-5:00 Don Lewis & Moonshiners – song

*Melanie Pratt – Melanie the Seanachie
Melanie has been telling tales for more than 20 years. For the past 16 years she has focused much of her storytelling energy on tales from the Celtic lands and tells tales from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Brittany as part of her repertoire. Much of this has come from her genealogical discovery that part of her ancestry is Irish, Welsh, and Scottish.

Contact: Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council 740-394-3011 or new_straitsville -at- yahoo.com

Athens Messenger, September 6, 2007

Ohio Lesbian Festival 2007

SIREN: A Call to Celebrate Womyn’s Power
Presented by the Ohio Lesbian Festival and Jetgirl Productions
Saturday, September 8, 2007, gates open @ 11AM

Frontier Ranch
8836 York Rd SW, Pataskala, Ohio
Tickets: Advanced (online) seniors/students $30, 16 and over $35; @ Door all $40

This all day event, open to all women: lesbian, bi, trans, or straight, features a range of performances, workshops, and a craft market area. The Festival is a nonprofit, volunteer driven event designed to promote womyn’s economy, community and art. The Festival was founded on the premise that Lesbians and queer womyn need opportunities to recognize and support each other, to define our culture, and to build our own support systems.

Frontier Ranch is near Kirkersville, 35 mins east of Columbus and less than 1.5 hrs from Athens. Check out http://www.ohiolba.org/ for all sorts of information such as ticket purchasing, ride sharing, faqs, lodging, merchants, workshops, and more.

More than twenty performers in 4 venues, including national acts such as Lucie Blue Tremblay and Nedra Johnson. Workshops include Simple Living, Integrative Healing & Spirituality, Singing in Sacred Circle, and Financial Fitness 101. A complete list of workshop topics and times can be found online, along with listings for more than 55 booths/vendors.

Volunteers who work at least a four hour shift get in FREE! If you are interested in volunteering please contact Pia Farrell ASAP at pfarr83899 -at- aol.com or call 614-403-5061

Hip Hop Congress Conference / Martha Diaz Keynote Speaker

Martha Diaz, Keynote Speaker
6th Annual Hip Hop Congress Conference

July 4-8, 2007
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Registration is $30 for all daytime conference events and includes a T-shirt

Schedule and registration info: (http://blog.hiphopcongress.com/national-organization/national-conference-2007/)

OUtlook story: http://www.ohio.edu/outlook/06-07/June/735n-067.cfm says While most daytime activities in Bentley Hall or Baker Center are limited to conference registrants, outdoor and evening performances on each day can be attended by the public.

Press release from (http://blog.hiphopcongress.com/national-organization/national-conference-2007/) is below.

The 6th Annual Hip Hop Congress Conference will reflect many of the movements taking place within the world of Hip Hop organizing while remaining true to the values and history of Hip Hop Congress.

The Hip Hop Congress is a 501(3)c non-profit organization that was started as an arts and culture collective, that has evolved of the course of the years into a cultural organizing model that includes campus organizing through students and faculty, cultural organizing and networking through artists, activists and journalists, and the development of a national and international service infrastructure.

With over 50 chapters across the country–both community and campus–at various stages of development, Hip Hop Congress aims to balance the critical importance of supporting the growth and collectivity of these chapters, while emphasizing the relevance of various partnerships through out the US. This type of activity is reflected in such conference details as Keynote Speaker MARTHA DIAZ (http://www.hiphopassociation.org/about/about_mddetail.php), President and Founder of H2A International Film Festival (http://www.h2oiff.org/). At a time when Don Imus and the leadership and position of Women in Hip Hop is a center piece of discussion, Martha Diaz as an individual, and H2A as an organization is a shining example of what is possible through the imagination, determination and vision that ever present in the Hip Hop Community.

The goal of this year’s national conference will be to continue refining a national service infrastructure alongside a variety of other national organizations, student groups, artists and partners. In addition, we will explore important organizational and cultural concepts and the critical issue of sustainability. We will also be revisiting our mission statement to reflect the changes taking place in the Hip Hop community as well as within the organization. We invite the Hip Hop and Ohio community to come and participate in and observe this process.

Workshops are scheduled to include intensive sessions on the initial four elements of Hip-Hop, interactive discussions on, Hip-Hop and Education, WOMEN IN HIP-HOP, Event Planning, the Recording Industry (Independent and Corporate),Audio Production, Youth Violence, Media Production and Justice and more. One element that Shamako Noble, president and Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress says is key is Regional Networking. “A lot of people say that all politics is local. Well there’s also a lot to be said for regional organization in culture and how it plays a role in what we do and how we do it. I am excited about approaching that as something to explore during this years conference.”

HHC will also be delving a variety of different human rights and social justice models as presented by Advisory Committee Co Chairs ALYSSA MACY (http://www.nvisionit.org/alyssamacy.html) (Political Consultant) and Dr. James G. White (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors), The Midwest Regional Education and Mobilization Department of Unite Here, CHERI HONKALA (http://www.kwru.org/get%20involved/speaking_for_ourselves.htm) and other members of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and many others. Further, the Conference will feature and present information and direct connections to the Health Care for All Ohioans Act and the SPAN campaign, who is a key organizer in that movement.

Additionally, each night will feature performances showcasing independent acts that reflect the diversity of music and spoken word poetry emerging from this country. Some of these acts include Mykill Miers, Dlabrie, The Chicago Community Collective, DJ Roosevelt Treasure Chest, Blueprint, and many acts yet to be named.

The conference will also host central conversations on how this network can continue to develop and offer economic and social opportunity to independent artists and cultural producers throughout the country in performances, education, digital distribution and a variety of other areas. We invite artists, labels and cultural collectives to participate, bring promotional materials, and network with our chapters, artists and partners. We especially invite the Ohio Hip Hop Community out to participate and be a part of what goes down.