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MAC Literary Night featuring Rebecca Hunn

5a6d8fe2a8edf.imageJoin us this febuary 20th at 7pm for our monthly meeting of local writers and poets. This months featured speaker is Rebecca Hunn author of the new book "Finding Joe." Hunn’s book, "Finding Joe" is fictional account of the details she gathered are from her own reality. The book is based on oil and gas leasing agent Donna Cain’s search for the heirs to Axel Tredloe, whose “shady escapades in Central America over a century ago could now mean big money for his four great-nieces and nephews in the West Virginia gas patch.” For more information on Rebecca and "Finding Joe" check out this article. http://www.timeswv.com/news/local-author-debuts-new-book-saturday-in-rivesville/article_c04f2890-0408-11e8-8f6c-1b9ef8d06d40.html

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MAC Music night Featuring Mother Brown

Mother Brown will be coming back to the MAC on Feburary 17 @ 8pm. Mother Brown plays a variety of rock covers with an emphasis on improvisation, with no song always being the same. Material ranges from CCR to the Beatles to the Grateful Dead. "We all have day jobs, but Mother Brown gives us a chance to play the music we love." 27971921_1623915307654535_2691133740394509889_n
Featuring: Rob Freedlander on drums, Josh Daniel on electric guitar, Jack Falbo on bass, Erik Yoder on electric guitar.

Tickets are $10 call and reserve yours today! 


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The Anti-Imperialism Nationwide Comedy Takeover with Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank!

26220069_10156946650554838_7665333578530474629_nAn evening of Socially Conscious Comedy!
Featuring: Michael Cohen & Zach Funk
Saturday February 10, 2018 at 8pm
Live at the Monongalia Arts Center
$10 at the door

About Andrew: Andrew Frank is a comedian based out of Chicago. His cerebral, imaginative style and relentless ethic have earned him three nationwide tours spanning a total of 42 cities. His love of language, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and cosmology are on full display each time he takes the stage. He has had the privilege of working alongside great comedic minds such as Anthony Jeselnik, Kevin Nealon, Jake Johannsen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chad Daniels, Tommy Johnagin, and many more. He was the Winner of Make Me Laugh 2015, The Winner of Go Bananas Comedy Club's Funniest in Cincinnati 2016, the Runner Up in Trial By Laughter 2015, and the Runner Up of Helium's Funniest in St. Louis 2016 Competition. He was selected as one of 32 comics to participate in the 38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition in November 2017. His first independently filmed hour special entitled Macrocosm was released in February 2017. Andrew continues to explore his mind and the minds of others at clubs, independent venues, and colleges all over the country.

About Krish: Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and DIY venues with his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor. Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic philosophical & sociological twist! Mohan has also been featured on NPR and performed at several Fringe Festivals (IndyFringe, Pittsburgh Fringe, Capital Fringe, Philly Fringe Arts), where he has been an audience favorite with his unique brand of comedy & social vigilantism. He has also opened for nationally touring headliners like Stewart Huff, Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp and Hari Kondabolu. Krish is also the host of the weekly socio-political commentary web show, “Fork Full of Noodles” and the podcast “Taboo Table Talk”.

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Allegheny Chamber Players’ Winter, 2018 Concert to feature two Wind Quintets

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The Allegheny Chamber Players will present their winter concert of chamber music on Sunday, February 4 at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).

Entitled “1+3+5 times 2,” the program includes music for solo piano by Antonín Dvořák and solo harp by Germaine Tailleferre, trios by Darius Milhaud and Ludwig van Beethoven, and woodwind quintets by Americans Gunther Schuller and Alvin Etler.

Christopher Wilkinson, director of the ensemble, notes that, in the words of the late Robert Mann, founder of the Juilliard String Quartet, “chamber music reflects the social phenomenon of making music among equals” and that in chamber music the composer is interested in “giving expression to his most subtle and complicated thoughts.”

This program will offer listeners a wide variety of composers’ thoughts and, in the process, will provide listeners with ample opportunity to observe the “making of music among equals.” It will begin with a wind quintet by Gunther Schuller, the middle movement of which combines elements of jazz and classical music to produce what the composer called “Third Stream music.”  The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák is perhaps best known for his Ninth Symphony, “From the New World,” but here will be performed some of his most intimate music for solo piano, revealing a very different sensibility.  Two works by French composers will follow: Suite for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano by Milhaud and the Sonata for Harp by one of his contemporaries, Germaine Tailleferre.

Two works make up the second half of the program.  Quintet #1 for Woodwinds by Alvin Etler presents an example of mid-20th century American Neoclassicism.  Beethoven’s Trio in Eb major, Opus 1, #1 for violin cello, and piano; one of the composer’s first published compositions will conclude the concert . 

Members of the Allegheny Chamber Players are Carol Beall (piano) Sara Beattie (cello), Natalie Buckley (piano), Catherine Dowd (horn), Jeanne Frieben (clarinet), Matthew V. Held (bassoon), Sara Kent (oboe), Evan Klein (oboe), Christine Mazza (harp), John Morrison (piano), Stephanie Pratt (violin), Alyssa Schwartz (flute), and Christopher Wilkinson (clarinet).The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the one-night event are available for purchase over the phone, at monartscenter.com/shop, and at the MAC Lobby Desk. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325. For more information about the Allegheny Chamber Players, contact Christopher Wilkinson at Chris.Wilkinson@mail.wvu.edu.

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VTC’s ‘King Lear’

LearThe Vintage Theatre Company and the Rustic Mechanicals, West Virginia's only touring Shakespeare troupe, will perform King Lear in the Tanner Theatre on Thursday October 19 and Friday October 20 at 8 pm. The October 20 performance has been changed from dinner theatre to performance-only. Tickets are available at the MAC Lobby Desk, over the phone, or online at monartscenter.com/shop.


Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.


King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his day without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgement, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth, and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.


The Rustic Mechanicals, founded by Celi Oliveto, is the state’s only professional Shakespeare troupe. Touring three shows annually, their final show of 2017 begins its tour with a trip to The Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia.


“This is our second consecutive fall trip to The Tamarack,” said Young. “Last year, it was for only one performance; and now this year it is for two. We are very honored that they are having us back.”


Tamarack performances will be held on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. Both performances will feature dinner and a show with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m.


The first weekend concludes with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 15th at The Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton, West Virginia.


“The Landmark is a new tour stop for us,” said Young. “But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been wanting to be there. The Landmark is well known as one of the best theatre companies in the middle of our state, and I am excited to build a relationship with all involved in Sutton.”


The second weekend of The Forget & Forgive Tour kicks off with two performances at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, West Virginia on Thursday, October 19th and Friday, October 20th.


The Thursday evening performance is set for an 8:00 p.m. start time, and the Friday evening performance will have a dinner and a show package with the meal being provided by Tommy & Tasia from Madeline Marie’s Catering and beginning at 6:30 p.m.


“We did a sold out, delicious, Bard & BBQ at the MAC with Tommy & Tasia in the spring with Romeo & Juliet,” said Young. “We will have a different menu for this event, but I am expecting the same size crowd and the same great quality food.”


The troupe will then head south out of Morgantown to Elkins for what is becoming their annual performance at the Arts Center of Randolph County on Saturday, October 21st. The start time in Elkins is also 8:00 p.m.


The second weekend concludes with a 3:00 p.m. matinee at the Buffalo Flats Artists Association on Main Street in Grafton, West Virginia on Sunday, October 22nd. This performance is sponsored by Magistrate Robert Lee Bolton, III.


“That weekend is going to feel like a homecoming for The Mechanicals,” said Young. “Morgantown, Elkins, and Grafton have become annual tour stops for us, and the people that we get to hang out with for a day or two in each of those communities are all top notch.”


The final weekend for King Lear will feature three consecutive free performances on three different local college campuses beginning with Glenville State College on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. and followed by West Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday, October 27th at 8:00 p.m. and Fairmont State University on Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m.


The Mechanicals will then return to their home venue, The VTC Cabaret at The Uptown Event Center in downtown Clarksburg, on Sunday, October 29th for a 3:00 p.m. “Pay-What-You-Will” matinee finale.


The Mechanicals will also be hosting a “Pay-What-You-Will” Preview of King Lear the evening before the tour officially kicks off, Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.


“If you factor in the preview, we have another big exciting tour ahead of us,” said Young. “In a matter of only three weeks, we will be playing twelve performances in nine different West Virginia counties stretching from Beckley to Morgantown and several points in between.”


The Rustic Mechanicals, now in their fourth season, have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of twenty-five West Virginia artists.


John O’Connor headlines this production in the eponymous role of King Lear while Sarah Young, Kaici Lore, and Kayla Hudimac play his three daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. James Matthews will play the Lord of Gloucester, and Joshua Clevenger and Travis Teffner will play his sons Edgar and Edmond. Justin Grow and Sean Marko play the Duke of Albany and the Duke of Cornwall respectively, and rounding out the cast are Daniel Crowley as Kent and Ben Brooks and Isaac Covey.


Young directs the production with Technical Direction by David Byard, Production Design by Trina Byard, Fight Choreography by James Ricks, and Dramaturgy by John Shirley.


“Once again, we have a wonderful team working on this production,” said Young. “Perhaps most exciting is the fact that five of our actors are taking the stage as Mechanicals for the very first time with this show.”

For more information about The Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or call 1-855-VTC-8588.


“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”



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