Mark your calendar for these great arts events in and around Berks County!
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Berks Arts Council's
Arts Blast!
May 12, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! Bandshell concerts are coming to City Park for more fabulous Friday nights!

Enjoy fantastic free concerts in a beautiful park setting with friends & family. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes for fabulous Fridays at the Bandshell!

Concerts are held Fridays in July. Mark your 2017 summer calendar now for Fridays July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Preshow events begin at 6:15 p.m., as well as concessions from our delicious vendors. Stay tuned for the 2017 lineup announcement!
Funding available for art projects and organizations!
Above: Lancaster New Sounds—whose motto is "Listen. Discover. Grow!"—received PPA funding for FY 16/17

Applications are now open for Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) 2017-2018 Project Stream funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Project Stream provides grants of up to $2,500 to eligible organizations and individuals to conduct arts projects.

Berks Arts Council is the local administrator for Berks, Lancaster, and Schuylkill counties. You can find out more about the PPA grant program on the most recent episode of Berks Arts on BCTV. Nan Reinert, PPA Administrator for Berks Arts Council, talks about the PPA Project Stream Grants and application process.

Watch the Prezi presentation by PCA Program Director Matt Serio to get more information about the grant application process.

For additional information, contact Nan at or 610-898-1930 x28.
May 13: Ruling the Roost - Reading's Social Heyday
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Berks History Center | 940 Centre Ave. | Reading, PA 19601

Explore Reading’s forgotten social scene, including Mt. Penn’s Gravity Railroad Wine Trail and the legendary “Big Bearded Santa Claus of the Hills” in a presentation by freelance food & drink writer, Mike Madaio. Light Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Tickets $8 non-members, $5 members.

Then, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m., re-imagine Reading's high society heyday with an exclusive, period-inspired event hosted by the Reading Occasional Cocktail Club. Enjoy music, cocktails, and food as well as guided tours of the Berks History Center. Tickets Required. Seating Limited. Tickets $15. CLICK HERE to purchase.

For more information about these great events, visit the Berks History Center website.
Show your support for playwright Lynn Nottage's Tony-nominated play!
As you may know, playwright Lynn Nottage's SWEAT—which is inspired by and set in Reading—was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer-Prize and is currently nominated for three Tony Awards. ( CLICK HERE to read Reading Eagle's "Lynn Nottage's 'Sweat,' about Reading, takes its Broadway bow".)

Now you can help show the Reading-Berks community's support for Lynn and SWEAT. It's a simple and fun "act" that will let the theatre world know just how much they mean to our community.

Here's what you can do:
1. Create a video on your phone (horizontal orientation), up to 2 minutes
2. Share why you support Lynn and SWEAT (Find suggestions here)
3. Make sure you include "I am Reading, and We are Sweat" in your comments
4. Upload to the website by Friday, May 19 (see the attached PDF)
5. Share with all the friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
6. Celebrate SWEAT on the Tony's, June 11, CBS, 8 p.m.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Santo Marabella at

THIS WEEK (Friday 5/12/17 - Thursday 5/18/17)
SATURDAY: Berks Ballet Theatre presents Innovations
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. 2nd St. | Reading, PA 19601

Innovations features original choreography throughout the night. Artistic Director Kelly Barber has put her own touch to "Waltz of the Hours," a piece of music from Coppelia.

Resident Choreographer & Ballet Master Nathan Bland has created two new works. Shadow Play, is contemporary in nature and elusive in feeling. The closing piece of the evening is Salute to Sousa, an uplifting, energy-filled neo-classical ballet.

BBT will again perform Jose Limon's A Choreographic Offering and Victoria Silva of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet has reset her ballet Finding Harmony, originally choreographed and performed in 2012. BBT has invited Pennsylvania Regional Ballet to appear at Innovations and is very excited to have them perform alongside their dancers. Arrive early for preshow wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres. Tickets $20 Adult / $15 Child.

For tickets and more information, visit the Berks Ballet Theatre website.

NEXT WEEK (Friday 5/19/17 - Thursday 5/25/17)
May 19, 20, & 21: Death Defying Acts: 3 one-act comedies
Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 @ 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Perkins Auditorium at Penn State Berks Campus Student Center

A man walks alone into a sparsely furnished room and sits in a chair in front of a desk. A woman, dressed in black robes, enters, sits behind the desk, and proceeds to stare at him silently and imperiously. The nervous man begins a conversation with the woman in what will become an increasingly agitated defense of his own past and profession for stakes that at first are not quite clear. That’s the premise of the short play An Interview by David Mamet, one of three short plays by Reading Community Players. The other two plays are Hotline by Elaine May and Central Park West by Woody Allen. All three are directed by Bruce McLean. Tickets $15. Available at the door.

Visit the Reading Community Players website for more information.
May 20: Hamburg Arts & Crafts Fest
DATE: Saturday, May 20
TIME: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Hamburg, PA

Enjoy this one-day festival featuring fine art and craft displays, a beer and wine garden, musical entertainment, children's activities, a silent art auction, an artists' contest featuring "Chairs," and a "rolling exhibition" - a classic and antique car show.

Visit the Welcome to Historic Hamburg website for more information.
May 20: Vox Philia & Berks Sinfonietta presents A Time to Dance
DATE: Saturday, May 20
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Immanuel UCC | 99 S Waverly St. | Shillington, PA 19607

Vox Philia, accompanied by Berks Sinfonietta, presents the American premiere of a new work by English composer Alec Roth. In a February 2016 Gramophone magazine review of the CD, Alexandra Coghlan writes: “The music is richly melodic, twitching with rhythmic energy, with wide harmonic vistas conjured up by even more widely spaced modal harmonies; Copland lies on the horizon of so much of its vibrant directness, shaded by the occasional bluesy nod to Gershwin and even Sondheim…" The performance will also include works of art created by students at the Montessori school. Tickets $10 Adults / $5 Students.

For more information, visit the Vox Philia website.
COMING SOON (Friday 5/26/17 - Thursday 6/8/17)
Fourth Friday Art Walk
DATE: May 26
TIME: 5 - 8 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Visit Boyertown PA
Brentano String Quartet
DATE: Saturday, May 27
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Friends of Chamber Music
Ukulele Jam at the Half Moon Cafe
DATE: Sunday, May 28 (Last Sunday of every month)
TIME: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Clay on Main
PAWcasso: Art By Dogs & Pet Parade
DATE: Saturday, June 3
TIME: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Walk In Art Center
Open Mic at the Half Moon Cafe
DATE: Monday, June 5
TIME: 7 - 9 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Clay on Main
The History and Importance of Fiddle Tunes during the Civil War Era
DATE: June 6
TIME: 7 - 8 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Berks History Center
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Folk Art Festival
Are you or someone you know a Folk Artist? The Walk in Art Center would love to have you join them for their Folk Art Festival on June 3 from 1 - 5 p.m. WIAC will provide a table and 2 chairs to each vendor. Vendor registration is free, thanks to grants provided by PA Council for the Arts, Schuylkill Community Foundation, M & T Bank, and Wilmington Trust. Register on the Walk in Art Center website or by calling 570-732-3728.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: 39 Pagodas Art Show
Pagoda, mountain, and regional-themed art in any media. Proposed date is Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 12 - 5 p.m., rain or shine. Space will be first come, by reservation, FREE. Artists are responsible for all set up and clean up. Contact Rebecca Reppert, Mountain Photography, at: 505-426-7270.
Berks Youth Chorus is calling all singers!
2017-2018 Auditions

Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Other dates/times available by appointment
LOCATION: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts | 201 Washington St. | Reading, PA 19601

The Chorus will hold open auditions for membership in 2017-2018, its twenty-sixth season. Children and youth entering grades three through twelve in September 2017 are eligible to participate. The Chorus recommends that singers call 610-898-7664 to schedule an audition time slot or to schedule an audition at another time. MORE INFORMATION

Summer Sing! A fun week for children who like to sing

DATES: Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hope Lutheran Church | 601 N. Front St. | Reading, PA 19601

Play hard! Work hard! Enjoy traditional camp activities and serious music making! Open to youth who completed grades 3 - 6 in June 2017. No audition required. Registration fee $10. For registration form, visit the Berks Youth Chorus website.
The mission of Berks Arts Council is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation.

NOTE: Although the Berks Arts Council makes every effort to ensure information listed in the Arts Blast is correct, we recommend that you visit the presenter's website or call the venue to confirm this information.

Berks Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; donations and membership fees are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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