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Berks Arts Council's
Arts Blast!
August 11, 2017
Tickets on sale now for inaugural Reading Blues Fest!

Berks Arts Council announces inaugural Reading Blues Fest set for Oct. 6-8
By Susan L. Pena, Reading Eagle

The Berks Arts Council, which has presented the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest for 27 years, has announced that it will be bringing a new festival to downtown Reading. The inaugural Reading Blues Fest will provide three days of national, regional and local blues musicians from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8. The new festival, like the Jazz Fest, will be managed by John Ernesto, along with the BAC staff and many volunteers. [ More]

"The Magical History Tour: Hours of Flower Power"
DATE: Saturday, August 19
TIME: 2:30 - 10 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.)
LOCATION: Evergreen German Club | 415 Hartz Rd. | Fleetwood, PA 19522

Join Berks History Center for a rockin’ good time at "The Magical History Tour: Hours of Flower Power." Dance to your favorite music of the 60's and 70's with band reunion members from Hot Ice, The Rockers, the Rock 'n Roll Soul Revival, and more. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and your dancing shoes. Dress in comfortable vintage attire and have a fab time. Rain or shine. No outside food, drinks, or coolers permitted.

Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by contacting Berks History Center at 610-375-4375 or via their website.
Reading Civic Theatre presents Footloose
Friday, September 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

Berks Arts Council members receive a 20% discount on FOOTLOOSE tickets!

A rebellious teenager moves to a small, middle-American town where dance is forbidden and encourages his classmates to defy the local pastor and call for a rock'n'roll prom. This Broadway show is a musical version of the 1984 film. Music by Tom Snow. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Tickets $25.

To buy your tickets, visit the Miller Center website or call the Miller Center box office at 610-607-6270.
THIS WEEK (Friday 8/11/17 - Thursday 8/17/17)
FRIDAY - SUNDAY: Dreamgirls presented by Genesius Theatre
Friday, August 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 @ 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 @ 3 p.m.
(Runs through August 19. CLICK HERE for full schedule)
LOCATION: Genesius Theatre | 153 N. Tenth St. (Corner of Tenth and Walnut) | Reading, PA 19601

Berks Arts Council members receive a 20% discount on DREAMGIRLS tickets!

A musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, etc. A young female singing trio from Chicago gets their big break at an amateur competition and begins singing backup vocals for James "Thunder" Early. However, things begin to spin out of control when their agent, Curtis Taylor, Jr., makes Deena and not Effie, the star of what will become known as "The Dreams." For full schedule of performances and to order tickets, CLICK HERE.
FRIDAY & SUNDAY: Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) - an opera
Friday, August 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 @ 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

Berks Opera Company will host two performances of Rossini's La Cenerentola. Rossini's take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella is a captivating confection of hilarity from beginning to end and will delight audiences of all ages. A pre-performance lecture by Berks Opera Company member David Richie will start approximately 45 minutes before each performance. $40 Premier Seats (Available only from Box Office) / $25 Adults / $10 Students.

Tickets are available online at the Miller Center website, in person at the Miller Center Box Office, or by calling the Box Office at 610-607-6270.

Students in Cinderella-themed costume with paying adult admitted FREE to see a performance of La Cenerentola. A photographer will also be on hand to capture your prince or princess striking a pose! This promotion is available at the Box Office the day of performances only!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Hamburg 2017 Railfest.
DATES: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13
TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Reading Railroad Heritage Museum | 500 S. Third St. | Hamburg, PA 19526

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Reading Railroad's Bee Line Service. Huge model railroad; tours of locomotives and special railroad cars; sights, stories, and sounds of railroading; food and beer; Dave Kline's Mountain Folk Band and others. Visit the museum website for more information.
WEDNESDAY: Howie Day plays Downtown Alive
DATE: Wednesday, August 16
TIME: 5 p.m.
LOCATION: 500 Block Penn St. | Reading, PA 19601

Australian Indie Rock band The Griswolds have canceled their appearance at the Aug. 16 Downtown Alive free concert in Reading due to a scheduling conflict, the Berks County Community Foundation announced.

Replacing the trio will be singer/songwriter Howie Day, best known for his smash "Collide" from his gold 2004 album "Stop All the World Now." Day's other singles include "She Says" and "Be There."

Philadelphia-based artist Tim Williams will open the show.

And don't miss the final concert of the 2017 season!
August 30: Horas, George Lamond & Funk Salsa Urban

For more information, visit the Downtown Alive website.
NEXT WEEK (Friday 8/18/17 - Thursday 8/24/17)
AUGUST 18: Award Reception - It's Raining Cats and Dogs
DATE: Friday, August 18
TIME: 5 - 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Studio B Fine Art Gallery | 39A E. Philadelphia Ave. | Boyertown, PA 19512

Studio B has has a summer-long exhibit featuring artists' renditions of cats and dogs, entitled "Raining Cats and Dogs." Awards will be given to the "Best Cat" and "Best Dog" pictures, and a special "People's Choice Award" for the artist whose work received the most votes over the summer. For more information, visit Studio B's website.
AUGUST 19: Reading Choral Society hosts a Chanting Workshop
DATE: Saturday, August 19
TIME: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church | 2020 Chestnut Hill Rd. | Mohnton, PA 19540

Join members of the RCS in a workshop on Durufle's Requiem: Chant in 20th & 21st century choral music. The workshop facilitator is Dr. Daniel Spratlan, Director of Music at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and interim Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Haverford College. He is an active professional singer with a versatile bass voice that has allowed him to perform many genres of vocal music. He willl start the day with a 1-hour reading session focusing on 20th & 21st century choral works that draw their musical material from chant. This workshop is open to the public. For more information, visit the Reading Choral Society website.
AUGUST 20: Opening Reception for Faces of Reading + 10
DATE: Sunday, August 20
TIME: 1 - 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Freedman Gallery at Albright College | 1621 N. 13th St. | Reading, PA 19604

Ten years ago, in Faces of Reading: 1000 Portraits of a City, John Pankratz, Ph.D., Albright professor of history, documented the diversity of the city's population by photographing personal portraits of 1,026 city residents. Now, a decade later, Pankratz, with the collaboration of Angela Cremer '17, have set out to document how those faces have changed in the new exhibit Faces of Reading + 10. To learn more about the project, CLICK HERE.
AUGUST 20: An Afternoon of Horns A Plenty
DATE: Sunday, August 20
TIME: 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Yocum Institute for the Arts | 1100 Belmont Ave. | Wyomissing, PA 19610

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education is pleased to present Erwin Chandler’s "Chandler Chamber Wind Ensemble" and their performance, Horns A Plenty. Chandler is presenting a two-concert series to help promote Wind and Brass chamber music. He will present standard wind literature as well as his own compositions. Tickets are available online for $15 or $20 at the door. Visit the Yocum Institute website for tickets and more information.

COMING UP! On September 17, Chandler will present a Double Wind Quintet plus Piano and Percussion program.
COMING SOON (Friday 8/25/17 - Thursday 9/9/17)
RPM Senior Series - Secrets of the Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery
DATE: Friday, August 25 (Series runs the fourth Friday of every month)
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Reading Public Museum Senior Series
Muhlenberg RiverFest
Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 27, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Muhlenberg Township Arts Board
GoggleWorks Spotlight Night
DATE: Friday, September 1
TIME: 5:30 - 7: 30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Studio B Fine Art Gallery is announcing an All-Inclusive Exhibition of artists' conception of the "vessel." Search this word and see the infinite ideas that come from the word. The cost is $30 to exhibit, and each artist may submit two pieces. Almost any medium is acceptable: drawing, painting, glass, ceramic, wood, metal or plastic, yarn, hemp, paper, or found object. Drop off and receiving date is Tuesday, September 12, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For an application, CLICK HERE.
CALL FOR VOCALISTS & MUSICIANS: Christmas at FirstEnergy Stadium
America's Classic Ballpark will turn into a winter wonderland this holiday season when the Fightin Phils host Christmas at FirstEnergy Stadium. The event will run from "Black Friday," November 24 through Saturday, December 23. Local bands, choruses, and musicians will play yuletide favorites on the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Stage. The Fightins are calling all local choirs, bands, orchestras, and other musical groups to schedule to perform. Those interested can contact Todd Hunsicker at for more information. All performers receive FREE tickets for the holiday event.
Artists Needed for Holiday Market 2017
Walk In Art Center will be hosting it's annual Holiday Market. This show is for all things art, handmade, one of a kind, and unique. Sell your wares and join a growing show that is a destination spot during the Schuylkill Spirit of the Holiday tour. This is a two-day event, Friday, December 1, from 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. To register, click here.
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