Mark your calendar for these great arts events in and around Berks County!
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Berks Arts Council's
Arts Blast!
October 12, 2017
Jazz pianist Keiko Matsui kicks off the holiday season in Berks
Governor's Awards for the Arts
DATE: Thursday, October 26
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Lancaster County Convention Center | 25 South Queen St. | Lancaster, PA 17603

The Governor's Awards for the Arts recognizes the contributions of Pennsylvania’s individual artists, patrons of the arts, and the outstanding arts organizations which make the Commonwealth a leader in the cultural life of the nation.

The 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania are being hosted by the City of Lancaster. The ticketed ceremony is free and open to the public, but registration is required. CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets.

2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts recipients, who will be honored at this year's ceremony:

Pepón Osorio, Philadelphia – Distinguished Arts Award

Barry Kornhauser, Lancaster – Artist of the Year Award

Ann Benzel, Hollidaysburg – Patron Award

George Junior Republic (GJR) Pointing the Way Program, Grove City – Arts Leadership & Service Award

The Honorable J. Richard Gray & Mrs. Gail Gray, Lancaster – Special Recognition for Public Leadership in the Arts

The City of Lancaster has created a full week of events leading up to the awards ceremony showcasing its local talent in a variety of ways! CLICK HERE to see the full schedule and select your own personal can't-miss events!
Celebrate Friday the 13th with Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein!
DATES: Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 28
TIMES/TICKETS: Visit Genesius' website for times and tickets.
Genesius Theatre | 153 N 10th St | Reading, PA 19601

From comedy genius Mel Brooks comes this monstrous new musical, Young Frankenstein the Musical. It tells the story of the grandson of the infamous Victor Von Frankenstein, Frederick, who inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. Frederick exclaims, “It’s alive!” as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s monster and finds himself in the mad-scientist shoes of his ancestors. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and the hilarity is non-stop!

Call Genesius at 610-371-8151 for more information.

Remember, Berks Arts Council members receive a 20% discount on ticket purchases! (Discount does not apply to season tickets.)
Enjoy Family Fun at Pumpkin Palooza this Saturday
DATE: Saturday, October 14
TIME: 12 - 4 p.m.
LOCATION: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts | 201 Washington St. | Reading, PA 19601

Features a "patch" of over 500 handmade glass pumpkins * Glassblowing demonstrations * Make-your-own glassblowing workshops * Pumpkin painting * Scarecrow stuffing * Great Gourd Sling Shot * Live music * Virtual reality experiences * Cider and beer tasting

Make-your-own glassblowing workshops. $40 advance registration / $45 walk-in

For more information, visit the GoggleWorks website.
THIS WEEK (FRIDAY 10/13/17 - Thursday 10/19/17)
THIS WEEKEND: Great music, art & craft throughout historic Boyertown during Pickfest 2017
DATE: Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15
TIME: See schedule of events
LOCATION: 10+ venues!

Celebrate Americana in Boyertown!

3 Days filled with 12+ bands on 7+ stages throughout the town of Boyertown alongside artisan galleries, shoppes, local craft beers and ciders, and area wineries and distilleries. Experience agriculture, music, food, arts and history that are alive and well in Boyertown today.

The musical lineup kicks off Friday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Backes' Loading Dock Stage with Wil Yerger followed by Jack Murray & the Blue Tarp Wranglers.

Visit the Pickfest website for the full lineup and venue locations!
FRIDAY: The Aletheia Trio in concert
DATE: Friday, October 13
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The WCR Center for the Arts | 140 N. Fifth St. | Reading, PA 19601

The season opens with the Aletheia Piano Trio, which is quickly rising to acclaim for its impassioned energy and musical integrity. The program will be Mozart's Trio in G Major, Schubert's Trio in C Minor, Shostakovich's Trio No. 1 in C Minor, and Brahms' Trio No.1 in B Major. For more information about the trio and other programs, visit Friends of Chamber Music website.
FRIDAY: Travis Wetzel Trio
DATE: Friday, October 13
TIME: 8 p.m.
LOCATION: St. John's UCC | 257 W Walnut St | Kutztown, PA 19530

The Kutztown Folk Music Society opens its 2017/18 season with the Travis Wetzel Trio. They provide an acoustic variety of music including bluegrass, country, gospel, celtic, klezmer, jazz, swing, blues, and Native American. Travis has performed many times on the Grand Ol' Opry. Visit Kutztown Folk Music Society for more information.
SATURDAY: Fiber Arts Day at Hopewell
DATE: Sat., Oct. 14
TIME: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site | 2 Mark Bird Lane | Elverson, PA 19520 Event held at Boarding House and Tenant House 3

At the Boarding House, the Nice Knitters Of Muhlenburg (NKoM) and Hopewell Furnace volunteers will demonstrate the following fiber arts: Spinning, Knitting, and Crocheting. All volunteers will talk about the historic and modern fiber arts. The Nice Knitters of Muhlenburg will also talk about their volunteer work for the community. Free event!

For more information about Fiber Arts Day, call 610-582-8773. Additional park information available at the Hopewell Furnace website.
SATURDAY: 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. Tickets $20 - $80.

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.)
WEDNESDAY: Pre-show reception and screening of Oil and Water
DATE: Wednesday, October 18
TIME: 5:45 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. film
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

This is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world's worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future. There will be a post-film panel discussion with the filmmakers, RACC Faculty, and community leaders. Visit the Miller Center website for more information.
WEDNESDAY: Albright College presents Aquí y allá/Here and There
DATE: Wednesday, October 18
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Klein Lecture Hall, Albright College | 1621 North 13th St | Reading, PA 19604

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Albright College has been presenting the World Languages Film Festival throughout October. This week's film will be Aquí y allá/Here and There. After many years working in the United States, Pedro returns home to rural Mexico to be with his wife and daughters. Will he realize his dream of becoming a musician, or will harsh economic realities demand sacrifices he won't - or can't - make? There will be a brief Q&A after the film. For more information about the Film Festival, visit Albright College's website.

Don't miss the final film in the series!
October 23: Le bonheur d'Elza/Elza's Happiness
NEXT WEEK (Friday 10/20/17 - Thursday 10/26/17)
OCTOBER 20: Jeremiah James & the Revival LIVE in concert

OCTOBER 21: Bingo Spells Murder - a dinner show
DATE: Saturday, October 21
TIME: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Walk In Art Center, Main Gallery | 220 Parkway Ave. | Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Father O' Sullivan is desperate to save his church from going under. He must test his faith and solve this tale of crime before it's too late. Join an entertaining cast of characters during the spookiest season of the year for dinner and a show! Tickets $40 per person (Includes dinner, show & wine.)

Register online to save your seat at Walk In Art Center.
OCTOBER 21: Jessica Lange Dance
DATE: Saturday, October 21
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a Long Island City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang. JLD enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. Since the company's inception, JLD has made rapid success performing at world renowned venues and festivals including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, and New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, among others. Tickets $35 Adult / $15 Student / $30 Member.

Special dance education event! There will be a Jessica Lange Dance Master Class, Saturday, October 21, at 10 a.m. The essence of the workshop will be to learn techniques specific to the Jessica Lang Dance repertoire. Requirements: age 13+ with 5 or more years of dance experience (ballet, modern, jazz, etc. – non-specific). Tickets $15/Dancer.

For more information and to order your tickets, visit the Miller Center for the Arts website.
OCTOBER 21: dinOsaurs iN new dreSses
DATE: Saturday, October 21
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Immanuel UCC | 99 S. Waverly St. | Shillington, PA 19607

Featuring works of Handel, Sting, and famed Reading composer Chris Heslop, this eclectic program features a collection of historically great pieces adapted for the modern audience by Tamara Black-soprano and Lars Potteiger-piano. Lars' and Tammy’s vastly different musical backgrounds have effected novel and innovative reinterpretations of both standard repertoire and new works with old texts. $10 Adults / $5 Students.

For reservations call 610-777-7107.
OCTOBER 22: Teen organist Aaron Patterson to perform on largest musical instrument in Berks
DATE: Sunday, October 22
TIME: 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: First City Parish of Reading City Church | 611 Washington St. | Reading, PA 19601

Aaron Patterson, 17, Philadelphia, an accomplished organist, child prodigy and frequent performer on the John Wanamaker Building (Macy’s) organ, will present a free concert of organ music on the largest musical instrument in Berks County, an electro-mechanical organ totaling more than 4,200 pipes.

Patterson just won first prize in the prestigious High School Division at North America’s Albert Schweitzer 2017 Organ Festival held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 in Hartford, CT. He was one of only three finalists chosen from about 30 young U.S. organists who entered. Patterson has performed at various venues throughout the United States including Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Rochester’s Christ Episcopal Church, and Atlanta’s Peachtree United Methodist Church.

For more information, call Reading City Church at 610-372-2034 .
OCTOBER 25: Jake Shimabukuro on the Ukulele
DATE: Wednesday, October 25
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Kutztown University's Schaeffer Auditorium | 15200 Kutztown Rd. | Kutztown, PA 19530

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is redefining the traditional Hawaiian instrument. He makes a significant statement: the ukulele, with its humble four strings and modest two-octave range, is an instrument limited only by the imagination and creativity of the person playing it. Widespread acclaim brought him high-visibility collaborations with a wide variety of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffet, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, and Dave Koz among many others. Shimabukuro has a rich and varied catalog of albums showcasing the many moods of the uke and has sold-out prestigious venues such as Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, and the Sydney Opera House. Tickets $32.

Interested in learning the Ukulele? Stop by the the Schaeffer Little Theatre at 6 p.m. Free to ticket holders! Ukeleles provided. Space is limited! Contact or 610-683-4092 to register.

For more information and to order tickets, visit the Kutztown Presents! website.
COMING SOON (Friday 10/27/17 - Thursday 11/9/17)
Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Collection
DATE: Friday, October 27
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Reading Public Museum Senior Series
Art Dog: a Primary Stages Production
Friday, October 27 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 @ 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Yocum Institute for Arts Education
Chippy Chipmunk Feels Empathy
book signing
DATE: Saturday, October 28
TIME: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Hamburg Area Art Alliance
Bach and the Reformation
DATE: Sunday, October 29
TIME: 3 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Reading Symphony Orchestra and Vox Philia
Spotlight Night @ GoggleWorks
DATE: Friday, November 3
TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Ada/Ava - Manual Cinema
DATE: Saturday, November 4
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Miller Center for the Arts
On Screen/In Person: Mind/Game
DATE: Tuesday, November 7
TIME: 6:30 P.M. (Pre-show Reception 5:45 p.m.)
PRESENTED BY: Miller Center for the Arts
Charming studio w/great natural light available at Clay on Main
This charming 13' x 16' room has windows on the southeast and southwest-facing walls, allowing plenty of natural light. The studio is private and can be locked. Use of Clay on Main's bathrooms and kitchen is included, and you can take advantage of our busy art community when you need some feedback or just want to take a break. You can also view contemporary art in the gallery and explore the possibility of exhibiting work. Rent is $300/month. Clay on Main is located at 313 Main St, Oley, PA 19547.

For more information, contact Clay on Main at 610-987-0273 or visit the Clay on Main website.
Love Beer? Make Art? Two Roads Brewing Company wants you!

Our “Road Less Traveled” philosophy led us to create craft beers that are unique versions of some of the world’s most classic beer styles. Two Roads is asking artists to show us what taking the “Road Less Traveled” looks like to them -- for a chance to win $1,000 and have their art immortalized on a 30 ft. high fermenter in our brewery’s Tasting Room. We’d like you to show us how you take the “Road Less Traveled” with your art and we’ll help share it with others who appreciate your creativity and our beer! Our contest is open to artists in all states where Two Roads is sold. There will be prizes awarded to the top six artists. First place will receive $1000. Five runners up will receive $250 each. All entries must be submitted by November 10th. For more information visit Two Roads Brewing Company website.
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