Mark your calendar for these great arts events in and around Berks County!
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Berks Arts Council's
Arts Blast!
February 10, 2018
Cast your vote and help Freedom Auto Group award cash prizes to three lucky schools!
Vote for your favorite school to win one of three prizes donated by Freedom Auto Group - $1,000, $500 & $200. Every school district that participated in Fast Lane Art 2018 has a chance to win one of the three cash prizes for its art department. Visit the WooBox website daily to cast your vote!

Visit Freedom Toyota in Hamburg to see the artwork from Feb 5 - March.
And the billboard goes to...
Fast Lane Art is a juried contest and exhibition, presented by Berks Arts Council, which celebrates and displays the work of student and professional artists on highways throughout Greater Reading. Creators of the top three high school artworks and top three professional artworks will see their winning entries larger-than-life on billboards throughout Berks County thanks to Land Displays.
Alma Woods Memorial Award - Student Grand Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Grand Prize - Jack Coggins Memorial Award

Second Prize

Third Prize

Winners of the People's Choice Award and Committee Choice digital billboards were also announced at last night's event.

Thank you to all our participating artists, art teachers, schools, and event attendees for being part of Fast Lane Art and supporting the arts in Berks County!
CALL FOR ARTISTS: 14th annual Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz
Founded during the 2005 Berks Jazz Fest, The Art of Jazz
 honors the legendary local jazz musician Frank Scott. The Art of Jazz exhibits annually as a prelude to the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Submission is open to artwork in all media.

THEME: Celebrate Jazz. This is an open theme and is an opportunity for the artist to reflect on what Jazz means as interpreted by visual arts.

PRIZES: Cash prizes: $500 for First Place, $ 200 for Second Place and $100 for Third Place. Honorable Mentions or other awards awarded at the judge’s discretion. Cash prizes made possible through support from the JerLyn Foundation.

CLICK HERE for the full prospectus, or visit

Entries must be dropped off Thursday, March 22 or Friday, March 23.
Reading Choral Society Highlights Reading Railroad

Over the summer Reading Choral Society made a video for use in promoting the history of railroads in Berks County. It was funded by Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) and Reading Musical Foundation (RMF). The video is being sent to the BCCF, RMF, Reading Eagle, and the Visitors Bureau. Watch and enjoy! (And don't miss Reading Chorals Society's "Little Jazz Mass" concert during Berks Jazz Fest!)
Tickets on Sale NOW!
DATE: Saturday February 17
TIME: 5:00 -10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: DoubleTree by Hilton Reading  | 701 Penn St. | Reading, PA 19602

Reading Civic Theatre is happy to announce the 9th Annual “Celebrate the Arts” Gala. Since 1914, RCT has been presenting high quality musical theatre productions to Berks and surrounding community audiences. In addition to our members, sponsors and patrons, we look to the next generation of “Stars” to shine a light on Berks County with their talent. It is with this in mind that we are presenting a Scholarship Competition at the Gala to premiere up and coming students.

Reading Civic Theatre contacted Berks County High Schools and organizations involved in voice and theatre to identify students in the Junior and Senior grades who show exceptional talent and determination in their craft. Over 25 candidates auditioned for the ten finalist  positions selected by the gala committee. Find out who's performing!

In addition to the competition, there will be dinner, dessert, and raffles! Please join Reading Civic Theatre in celebrating the Berks County arts community and its talented, young vocalists.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets!
THIS WEEK (FRIDAY 2/9/18 - Thursday 2/15/18)
SATURDAY: L.A.Theatre Works production of  The Mountaintop
MONDAY: Closing Reception for Susan Biebuyck & Friends
DATE: Monday, February 12
TIME: 4 - 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Gallery Alvernia University | 400 St Bernardine St. | Reading, PA 19607

Join Susan and her "treasure trove of artist friends" as they close their exhibit at Alvernia. She is serves as gallery director and curator for Studio B Fine Art Gallery in Boyertown, and invited Suzanne Fellows, Kristen Woodward, Angela Faust Izzo, and Devon Stackonis because they "offer not only support but generate a kinship of creativity." For more information, visit the Miller Gallery website.
THURSDAY: The Art of Jazz by the Birdland All-Stars
DATE: Thursday, February 15
TIME: Jazz Club Dinner @ 6 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Schaeffer Auditorium, Kutztown University | 15200 Kutztown Rd. | Kutztown, PA 19530

The Birdland All-Stars have been thrilling audiences at The Jazz Corner of the World for the last 10 years. Returning to the road, the group, led by drumming sensation Tommy Igoe, have created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. This multimedia presentation brings the All-Stars' live performance to a whole new level, as accomplished visual artists create paintings in real time which are inspired by the music. Tickets: $32/adult or $16/student. For more information on the program, visit  Kutztown Presents website.
NEXT WEEK (Friday 2/16/18 - Thursday 2/22/18)
FEBRUARY 16 - 18: Reading Theatre Project's Fringe Festival - Fairy Tales: Fact or Fiction?
Friday, February 16 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 18 @ 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Yocum Institute for Arts Education | 1100 Belmont Ave. | Wyomissing, PA 19610

 Witness the birth of new theatre. Students and professionals from across the region will perform their new work, everything from music to movement, from monologues to short plays, all inspired by Fairy Tales and the idea of “Once Upon A Time…” For tickets and more information visit the Reading Theatre Project website.
FEBRUARY 17: Cabaret Event
DATE: Saturday, February 17
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N . Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, join the Reading Pops Orchestra and vocal soloists from Brickhouse Theatre in an exciting cabaret-style evening. Re-live the excitement of the Xavier Cugat Orchestra with some of the actual arrangements that made the Cugat Orchestra so famous. Tickets:  $32/Adults; $15/Students; $27/Members.  For tickets and more information, visit the Miller Center website.
FEBRUARY 18: Curtis Institute students perform at Sundays at Stirling
DATE: Sunday, February 18
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Guest Hotel | 1120 Centre Ave. | Reading, PA 19601

 Friends of Chamber Music of Reading present an intimate recital of cello and piano music. Cocktails and beverages begin the afternoon, followed by a gourmet buffet brunch. Premier students of The Curtis Institute of Music will provide the entertainment. Linger and meet the musicians, while feasting on dessert. For more information, visit Friends of Chamber Music website.
FEBRUARY 22: Little Stones - a film by Sophia Kruz
DATE: Thursday, February 22
TIME: 5:45 p.m. pre-show reception; 6:30 p.m. Film
LOCATION:  The Miller Center for the Arts | 4 N. Second St. | Reading, PA 19601

From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking, Little Stones profiles four women. Each of the women are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women's movement through their art. Featuring interviews with leading women's rights experts in government, philanthropy, technology, public health and education sectors, Little Stones is a powerful showcase of how art can create positive change for women and girls around the world. Tickets: $5;  Free to Members & RACC students/staff with ID. For more information and to order tickets, visit   Miller Center for the Arts website.
FEBRUARY 22 - 25: Almost, Maine by John Cariani - an Experience Event
Thursday, February 22 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, February 23 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 25 @ 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Albright College Wachovia Theatre | 13th & Bern Streets | Reading, PA 19604

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

Talkback and Reception, Feb. 22, follows the performance. Albright short-form Improv ensemble, Less Than or Equal To, will present a show in Roop Hall following the performance.  To purchase tickets, please call the Albright Theatre Box Office at 610-921-7547.  
COMING SOON (Friday 2/23/17 - Thursday 3/8/18)
Ice Age Death Trap - Documentary
DATE: Friday, February 23
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Reading Public Museum Senior Series
Opening Reception for The New Move is rising - Ibiyinka Alao
DATE: Thursday, March 1 
TIME: 6 - 8 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Walk In Art Center
GoggleWorks Spotlight Night
DATE: Friday, March 2
TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: The GoggleWorks
Soaring Strings
DATE: Saturday, March 3
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Reading Symphony Orchestra 
First annual Battle of the Bands - February 17
WXAC 91.3 FM Albright College Radio is extending an invitation to student bands from Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks, and RACC to audition for its inaugural Battle of the Bands. By auditioning, bands will have a chance to compete for prizes: the top three bands will win a chance to perform live on-air at WXAC. If you are interested in performing, please call WXAC Program Director Avery Foster at 610-921-7545 for an application form. Completed forms should be emailed to by February 10.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: 12th Annual Juried Exhibition at the GoggleWorks
Open call to all professional artists, age 18 and up, who design and produce their own work. Open to all media, this exhibition aims to curate a selection of exemplary contemporary work from artists around the country. A catalog will be published. This year's juror is Thora Jacobson, executive director of Philadelphia Art Alliance. Application fee: $35. Application deadline: February 26. Visit the GoggleWorks website for more information.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art of the State

Art of the State: Pennsylvania, open to Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople, is an annual juried exhibition held at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. With an established tradition of exhibiting highly creative art chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors, Art of the State provides an opportunity for both established and emerging Pennsylvania artists to exhibit their work and receive statewide recognition.

Co-presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the 51st annual Art of the State: Pennsylvania will award cash prizes for selected entries in the categories of: Painting, Work on Paper, Photography & Digital Arts, Sculpture and Craft.


Visit the Art of the State website for full submission details.
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