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Berks Arts Council's
Arts Blast!
September 8, 2017
Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Kenny Neal, Samantha Fish headline Reading Blues Fest
You cannot get enough of the Blues. It is a musical genre that grabs your heart and soul and simply will not let go.

The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest has staged numerous blues concerts over the years that have captivated audiences. Here is the great news: The same people who bring you the Jazz Fest – Berks Arts Council and general manager John Ernesto — are presenting the inaugural Reading Blues Fest this October 6 thru 8.

Kenny Neal plus Samantha Fish will headline opening night on Friday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom. One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region’s venerable Blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions. His dad, harpist Raful Neal, was a Baton Rouge blues mainstay whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo. At age 13, Neal was playing in his father’s band, and at 17, landed a job playing bass for Buddy Guy. [ Read full story]

For ticket information, please visit the Reading Blues Fest website.
NEXT WEEKEND! 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.
RSO opens season with Gems, Jewels & Masterpieces
DATE: Saturday, October 14
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Santander Performing Arts Center | 136 N. Sixth St. | Reading, PA 19601

The Reading Symphony Orchestra opens its 2017-18 season with three classical masterworks, including Beethoven’s powerful and intensely dramatic Leonore Overture No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s striking Symphony No. 5. Soloist Julie Albers joins the orchestra for Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Praised by the Providence Journal for her “sweet tone and tender phrasing,” Ms. Albers takes on this richly introspective and elegiac work that was composed in reaction to World War I.

Visit the RSO website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Remember, Berks Arts Council members receive a 10% discount on ticket purchases! (Discount does not apply to season tickets.)
THIS WEEK (Friday 9/8/17 - Thursday 9/14/17)
FRIDAY: Art Plus Gallery Opening Reception
DATE: Friday, September 8
TIME: 5 - 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Art Plus Gallery | 604 Penn Ave. | West Reading, PA

Art Plus Gallery presents Michael Weaver's Landscapes and member exhibit Fantasy. Weaver's featured exhibit runs through September. Fantasy is on exhibit through October.

Visit the Art Plus Gallery website for more information.
SUNDAY: Gabriel Chamber Ensemble in Concert
DATE: Sunday, September 10
TIME: 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Jerusalem Lutheran Church | 252 Dock St. | Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

The 28th season of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble opens early this year, with the music of Dvorak, Poulenc, and Bridge, plus a romantic Piano Quartet by Johannes Brahms. This concert features the return of guest artist Itay Goren, a native of Israel, on piano. Tickets: Adults $20 / Seniors $15 / Students free.

Visit the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble website for more information.
SUNDAY: Reception and Awards Presentation
DATE: Sunday, September 10
TIME: 4 - 6 p.m. (Awards presentation @ 5 p.m.)
LOCATION: Schmidt Gallery & Gallery 240 at the GoggleWorks | 201 Washington St. | Reading, PA 19601

The Berks Art Alliance's 38th Open Juried Exhibition runs through September 30. Awards will be presented in the Schmidt Gallery. The Juror is Lucy Gans, who teaches sculpture and drawing at Lehigh University and is also an affiliated faculty member in the Women Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. For Ms. Gans. bio, visit The Berks Art Alliance website.
TUESDAY: Yocum Institute Ground Breaking Ceremony
DATE: Tuesday, September 12
TIME: 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Future Yocum Institute location | 3000 Penn Ave. | West Lawn, PA 19609

Yocum Institute for Arts Education and the Board of Directors are pleased to invite the public to a groundbreaking on their new location, set to open in late-Spring, early-Summer of 2018. The new site will feature 90+ parking spaces, an educational theater space, expanded visual arts and dance studios, an emerging artist gallery, an up-to-date music wing, a secure arts-based kindergarten and preschool, and accessibility to a growing part of the county.

For more information about the groundbreaking event or Yocum Institute for Arts Education, please call 610-376-1576.
THURSDAY: Opening Reception: Works by Ed Williford
DATE: Thursday, September 14
TIME: 5 - 7 p.m. (Artist lecture @ 4 p.m.)
LOCATION: Freedman Gallery Project Space @ Albright College | 13th & Bern streets | Reading, PA 19604

Ed Williford is an artist who creates unique mixed media works of art. He notes, "In my experience, things are not necessarily what they look like they are. The exhibition is an invitation to look at these nine objects and try to get some sense of what they are or might be."

For more information, visit the Albright College website.
NEXT WEEK (Friday 9/15/17 - Thursday 9/21/17)
SEPTEMBER 16: West Reading's Fall Festival
DATE: Saturday, September 16
TIME: 12 - 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Penn Avenue | West Reading, PA 19611

West Reading comes alive with its annual Fall Festival on the Avenue, Saturday, September 16th! Enjoy a day of live music, browse the local shops’ sales, art and craft displays, and children's activities and craft brews in our exclusive beer garden!

For more information, visit the Love West Reading website.
SEPTEMBER 17: Free outdoor performance of Dreamgirls
DATE: Sunday, September 17
TIME: 2 p.m.
Courtyard behind Sixth & Penn streets | Reading, PA 19601

Winner of six 1982 Tony Awards and later an Oscar winning motion picture, an opportunistic show business promoter sets the career of a female trio of black singers soaring as 1960s Motown music becomes popular with both white and black audiences, necessitating the overweight lead singer's demotion in favor of a more glamorous singer who had previously sung backup. Featuring an eclectic Grammy winning score highlighted by the powerhouse anthem, “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going”.

Audience members should bring chairs, as the courtyard has limited seating.

For more information, visit the Genesius Theatre website.
SEPTEMBER 17: Fall Festival of the Arts Gala Recital and Reception
DATE: Sunday, September 17
TIME: 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church | 527 Washington St. | Reading, PA 19601

Enjoy an hour of music and poetry performed by local student musicians and students from Reading High School’s Poetry Out Loud Program. A reception will follow. Visual art created by local student artists will be on display during the reception. Celebrate and support our young artists! Free-will donation.

Visit the Fall Festival of the Arts website for more information.
SEPTEMBER 20: DEEJ presented as part of the On Screen/In Person film series
DATE: Wed, September 20
TIME: 6:30 p.m. film (Pre-show reception at 5:45 p.m.)
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese ("Deej") found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean. Tickets $5. Free to Miller Center Members & RACC students/staff with ID.

For more information, to watch a trailer, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Miller Center for the Arts website.
SEPTEMBER 21: KU Presents! Aaron Tveit
DATE: Thursday, September 21
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Schaeffer Auditorium @ Kutztown University | 15200 Kutztown Rd. | Kutztown, PA 19530

Broadway, film and television actor, Aaron Tveit is best known for originating the role of Gabe in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal and starring as Frank Abagnale Jr. in the stage version of Catch Me If You Can. Other Broadway and national tours include Rent, Hairspray and Wicked. He has appeared on television in Gossip Girl, Graceland, BrainDead, and as Danny Zuko in Grease: Live. In 2012, he portrayed Enjolras in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. Tickets $42.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the KU Presents website.
COMING SOON (Friday 9/22/17 - Thursday 10/5/17)
Ranky Tanky in Concert
DATE: Friday, September 22
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Miller Center for the Arts
Organ Recital presented by the Fall Festival of the Arts
DATE: Sunday, September 24
TIME: 4 p.m,
PRESENTED BY: Fall Festival of the Arts
CALL FOR ENTRIES - Scenes of the the Schuylkill
The 14th annual Scenes of the Schuylkill is a juried art show and sale that celebrates the beauty of the Schuylkill River region through art. The exhibit is hosted by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area every fall in partnership with Montgomery County Community College. The exhibit runs from November 2 - December 17. Artwork is due October 30, 12 - 7 p.m. CLICK HERE for the prospectus.
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