This October, Welcome Back to the Pajama Factory

This October, Welcome Back to the Pajama Factory

Join us Friday, October 1st from 6 to 9 pm for The Pajama Factory’s Open Studio event and discover our creative community. It has been over a year and a half since The Pajama Factory has welcomed the community into our studios, join us in seeing what we’ve been up to, what new tenants have joined our community and maybe even, for some of you, visit us for the first time. We will be opening our doors and sharing what we’ve been up to, and we’d love to see you there!

Starting at 6pm, Factory Works Photo Lab, in studio 9-206, will be promoting its upcoming fall classes and workshops, including a caffenol printing workshop, using instant coffee and other household items to make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. People interested in signing up will be able to do so by prepaying with cash, a check or credit card. While you’re there – be sure to visit Marsha Turner Pluhar, in studio 9-203, who’ll welcome the public to visit her studio for an open house and Lynne M Becker, studio in 9-207, who will be holding an open house highlighting her encaustic paintings, written word, and alternative photographic processes. Down the hall in Building 10, Gallery 1307 will be showing a selection of the large scale paintings by area narrative artist Joanne Landis. Additionally, Factory Works Clay Studio, in studio 10-226, will be hosting an open house highlighting their programming, facilities and the work of their members.

These are just a small selection of the 20 plus studios that will be opening their doors to the community, welcoming you to visit, or revisit, ours. “This year’s October First Friday at the Pajama Factory is an opportunity to for the public to revisit the Pajama Factory and see what we’ve been up to,” said Event Committee member, Brian Spies. “We can’t wait to have you see how our community continues to grow and thrive, and to see all the changes that have occurred while you’ve been away. Ultimately, we want to say Welcome Back!” There is so much to see and do, so visit us and experience our Creative Community first hand. And as we say around here: Dream it. See it. Do it. … at the Factory. A list of all participating studios follows:

Will Goddard, Studio 9-201, will be showing his candles / rocks / clocks / steampunk lamps / carvings.

Marsha Turner-Pluhar, Studio 9-203, will welcome the public to visit her studio for an open house.

Keeley Kelch – Keeley Loy Photography, Studio 9-205, will be promoting her photography.

David Becker, Studio 9-209, is having a fall art sale! It includes various ceramic works and prints of graphite drawings and paintings at 50% off the regular price for that night only!

Lynne M Becker, Studio 9-207, will be highlighting her photography, alternative photographic processes, encaustic painting, non-fiction writer – life events, stories of caregiver/dementia and stories of the joy of their lives + others, and 1 on 1 encaustic painting workshops.

Abdul Malik Walker, Studio 9-210s, provides First Aid CPR Training.

Sarah Neubold, Studio 7-245, creates mixed media artwork, and offers a variety of artmaking classes for all ages.

Todd Rice, Studio 7-243, will be open to the public, sharing his paintings and sculptural creations.

Paul Clacher: Coloring Your World, Studio 7-250, will be showing his watercolor & colored pencil paintings.

Gallery 1307 will be showing a selection of the large scale paintings by area narrative artist Joanne Landis as well as having solo guitar tunes from Lori Smith.

Chad Andrews: Studio Paper+, Studio 10-230, will be selling cards and prints.

Janet Sherman, Studio 10-221, will have her jewelry and mixed media work on view.

Markeisha Valentine, Studio 9-322, will be promoting her beauty services.

Courtney Fowler, Studio 9-338, will be selling her resin, wreaths, mixed media, polymer clay, and various crafts, as well as accepting commissions.

Leslie James, Studio 7-330, will be selling Fine art and hand sewn purses and totes.

Francesca Neville, Studio 7-306, will be selling vintage clothing and accessories.

Chris Basham, Studio 7-312E, will be highlighting his Web design, development, marketing, search engine optimization, and accessibility.

Jordan DeArment, Studio 7-407, will be highlighting his original artwork, prints, cards.

Pasta by Deb, Studio 6-111, will be selling her homemade pasta.

The White Knight’s Game Room and Erik’s Edibles on the first floor of Buildings 5 & 6 will be open and showcasing their wares, their regular Friday gaming schedule will be occurring as well.

Factory Works Photo Lab, Studio 9-206, will be promoting their upcoming fall classes and workshops including a caffenol printing workshop, using instant coffee and other household items to make photographic prints in the darkroom. People interested in signing up will be able to do so by prepaying with cash, check or credit card.

Factory Works Clay Studio, Studio 10-226, will be hosting an open house highlighting their programming, facilities and the work of their members.

The Williamsport Community Woodshop, at the south end of the courtyard, will be highlighting its programing and work created by its members.

From 8 to 10 pm there will be a PJ Factory Jam in the Community Room from 8pm -10 pm. The house band will include Lori Smith, Jerome Bennett and other local musicians. Musicians of all ages are encouraged and welcome to rotate in to jam.
The Pajama Factory is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. The event will take place Friday, October 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission. In keeping with current CDC and Pennsylvania Health Department guidance, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors and when unable to maintain safe social distance while outdoors. For more information about the Pajama Factory, please visit www.pajamafactory.net or email [email protected]

About the Pajama Factory:
The Pajama Factory is a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and local businesses who come together to build off of each other’s strengths and dreams in order to create something bigger than themselves. The Pajama Factory is a proud member of the Williamsport Business Association and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. To learn more, please visit www.pajamafactory.net.

Contemporary Indigenous Dance Comes to Weis Center, Performance Inspired by Sky and Star Stories and Features Six Dancers and Live Music

Contemporary Indigenous Dance Comes to Weis Center, Performance Inspired by Sky and Star Stories and Features Six Dancers and Live Music

Canadian-based Red Sky Performance will perform their work “Trace” on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

There will be a pre-performance talk with Red Sky Performance’s Artistic Director Sandra Laronde on the same day as the performance, from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Masks are required.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), the group is currently in their 21st year of dance, theater, music and media.

While at the Weis Center, Red Sky Performance will present the work, “Trace” which is 60 minutes in length, without an intermission and features six dancers: Sarah Di Iorio, Miyeko Ferguson, Lindsay Harpham, Tyler Layton-Olson, Jessica Mak and Connor Mitton and three live musicians: Rick Sacks, Ian De Souza and Nadene Pita.

Members of the company have said about the piece, “We are traceable to the very beginnings of the universe, our ancestral origins stretching across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the ‘here and now’ on Earth.”

Laronde says that “Trace” is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution.

“Trace” has won two Dora Mavor Moore awards, presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, which honors theater, dance and opera productions in Toronto.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by PPL Foundation, Evangelical Community Hospital, and the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT RED SKY PERFORMANCE

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), they are currently in their 21st year of dance, theatre, music, and media. Red Sky’s mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. They create, produce, and tour original work to expand the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance.

They are dedicated to working with emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice, particularly through an Indigenous lens, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.

Touring since 2003, Red Sky has delivered over 2,778 performances across Canada including 198 international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including landmark events such as at two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow. At the same time, they have remained deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural and reserve communities across Turtle Island.

Red Sky is the recipient of 16 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.

TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors 62+, $15 for Youth 18 and under, $15 Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15, $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Special rate for youth dancers: The Weis Center is offering a special $10 rate for youth under 18 who are taking dance classes at local dance studios. The code RedSkyDance21 (not case sensitive) should be entered as the Coupon Code at checkout on Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice to access the $10 rate for the student AND the accompanying parent or guardian (adult or senior 62+).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

“Hiding in Plain Sight” is an exhibit, meant for parents and caregivers, that simulates a teen’s bedroom in which parents learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about risky behavior. Amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies, and personal care products are items that can signal that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful, or even illegal activity. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the items on display.

Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction & Education Coordinator for United in Recovery explains the importance of this exhibit.

“The ‘problem’ that our Hiding In Plain Sight exhibit addresses is substance use among young adults. Within the ‘teen’s bedroom’ that is set up, there are many places where one may hide illicit substances. Our exhibit strives to make parents and caregivers aware of not only where these hiding places are, but also of what challenges a teen may face when they use these illicit substances. We also provide resources and information for the family to take with them if interested, and the hands-on experience is a conversation starter for many individuals. This simulation is not meant to scare families and loved ones but be a conduit to have an open conversation on safety and prevention concerning illicit substance use among youth. ”

The exhibit is currently open and runs through September 18th. Visitors can view the exhibit by entering a separate program space adjacent to the Museum’s exhibit galleries. The exhibit is open during regular Museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about United in Recovery please visit https://cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org

Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is free, but tickets are required by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

There will be a pre-performance lecture and demonstration on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium facilitated by Music Professor Bethany Collier.

The performance is sponsored in part by the Candland family, Remembering Mary Candland. It is co-sponsored by Bucknell University’s Department of Music in partnership with the Bucknell University Gamelan Ensemble. This engagement of Çudamani is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT CUDAMANI
Hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, Çudamani is known for its exceptional creativity and superb artistry and also the performers’ unflagging love for the classical Balinese traditions.

Nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan, the group is among Bali’s most respected and accomplished. One of its many singular features is that its artists are multi-disciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice and visual art, resulting in artistically unified presentations.

This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound: the punctuation of deep, great bronze gongs; charismatic leadership from the drums; stunning interlocking percussion from the bronze gangsa, and the finely-elaborated delicacy of voice and flute.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
While at the Weis Center, Cudamani will present a program called “WATER-TIRTA.”

The Balinese have myriad of ways of understanding and relating to water. The Balinese conceptualize their physical world in terms of the high mountain (the place of Bali’s the most sacred temple) and low ocean and the Balinese dedicate themselves to protecting the life-giving cycle of water. They call their form of Hinduism AGAMA TIRTA or “The Religion of Holy Water.” Water not only makes things grow, it is a medium for spiritual regeneration. All places of worship from the enormous temples to corners of the humblest of homes requires purification with water – ceremonies, offerings, and receiving the blessings of holy water.

As a centerpiece for this tour “WATER-TIRTA” Dewa Berata (Director of Cudamani) will showcase his personal and family history of painting. Dewa has explored how digital drawing/painting brings new possibilities to his work. For WATER~TIRTA he will create digital time-lapse story painting which will be projected behind the gamelan orchestra. Original music will be composed by Dewa and his younger brother Dewa Rai.

The audience will be taken on a journey as water falls from the sky to the highest and most sacred mountain in Bali – bathing the temples and replenishing the sacred springs. Water is central to prayer, to rice cultivation, to social ties, to health and well-being of all living things. For the Balinese the water cycle is the story of life on this island in the sea. Even at death, one of the most important ceremonies for the Balinese ends as ashes are released on the shore.

TICKETS
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is general admission and specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For the 2021–22 season, all seating will be socially distanced and general admission. Specific seats cannot be selected.

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Weis Center Announces In-Person Season that Includes Nearly 30 Performances

Weis Center Announces In-Person Season that Includes Nearly 30 Performances

The Weis Center’s 2021-22 line-up includes a diverse schedule of nearly 30 live performances designed to inspire your mind, energize your body and restore your heart.

Performances will include music from Bali, Venezuela, West Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, plus classical music, Americana and roots music, modern dance from three acclaimed companies, jazz, and family-friendly performances. Seven performances are free.

Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. by calling 570-577-1000, online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or in-person weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Campus Box Office’s location in the Weis Center Atrium.

The season will kick off on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m. with a free alt-rock and roots concert by Amythyst Kiah as she performs outside on the Weis Center Plaza. Her song “Black Myself” received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards. The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

On September 14, world music and dance from Bali with ensemble Cudamani will perform. This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound including gongs, drums, voice and flute.

On September 28, Red Sky Performance, a leading indigenous contemporary dance company from Canada, will perform their work “Trace”, which is a dance work inspired by Indigenous sky and star stories.

On October 1, the contemporary cirque duo, Air Play, returns to the Weis Center for a family-friendly performance highlighting the amazing power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and a huge snow globe will make audience members gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

Then, in the first of several engagements with the Jazz at Bucknell series – Jeremiah Abiah performs for free in the Weis Center Atrium on October 6. Abiah is a renowned singer, songwriter, celebrity vocal coach, author and producer.

The Julliard String Quartet will perform on October 17 with pianist and Bucknell Assistant Professor of Music Qing Jiang. They will perform works by Beethoven and Dvorak.

A season highlight will be Mavis Staples’ performance on Thursday, October 28. Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Staples is a Blues AND a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a Civil Rights icon; a Grammy Award winner; a chart-topping soul/gospel/rhythm-and-blues pioneer; and a Kennedy Center honoree. She’s collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier.

Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops will perform on November 3 at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. Their harmony-soaked songs, blended with the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin are sure to inspire.

Pianist Michelle Cann will perform on November 7 with a program that includes Chopin, Florence Price and Brahms.

Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX, will perform three new works on November 12.

The final fall performance will be a raucous holiday performance by eight-piece jazz band, The Hot Sardines, on December 3. The performance will feature timeless Christmas classics and original tunes.

The spring 2022 season includes: American roots ensemble American Patchwork Quartet on January 23, Jamal Aliyev on cello and Dominic Cheli on piano on January 27, The Crossing with Dublin Guitar Quartet on February 4, bluegrass band Della Mae on February 8, Circa Contemporary Circus on February 15, Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra on February 17, Nella on February 24, Reverso on March 1, The Peking Acrobats on March 6, Sona Jobarteh on March 22, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang on March 25, Jake Blount on March 30, Sonia De Los Santos on April 2, pianist Qing Jiang on April 3, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Dance on April 8, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on April 10 and world music ensemble from Colombia Chontadelia on April 21. Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.

Season Brochure

The season brochure is now available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF and online flipbook at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Hardcopies are also available at the Weis Center and will soon be available throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region.

Tickets

Please note that usual ticket subscriptions and seating selections have been temporarily changed for the 2021–22 Season.

· Subscriptions will not be available during the 2021–22 season.

· Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

· Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.

· All seating will be general admission and will comply with current guidelines. Specific seats cannot be selected when purchasing tickets, and patrons should plan to arrive early to ensure ample time to select an available seat. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

· Capacity limits will be adjusted for each performance at the venue’s discretion and based on current health and safety guidelines.

Campus Box Office Information

· Weis Center Atrium
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

· Elaine Langone Center, Campus Activities & Programs Center
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Campus Box Office opens one hour prior to performances at the performance location.

570-577-1000 or Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

PLEASE NOTE

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings, if still being implemented.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about performances at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Gabe Stillman’s “Just Say the Word” available for pre-order

Gabe Stillman’s “Just Say the Word” available for pre-order

“Just Say the Word”, the debut album from native Pennsylvanian blues and americana artist, Gabe Stillman, is to be released on August 27, 2021, on the VizzTone Label Group. Stillman’s new record is packed with thirteen thoughtfully crafted originals plus two covers and further solidifies his reputation as an accomplished guitarist (winner of the 2019 Gibson Guitar Award at the International Blues Challenge), and now as a meaningful songwriter. Produced by Anson Funderburgh at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, “Just Say the Word” is a compelling listen from beginning to end, with powerful contributions from the Texas Horns and special appearances by Funderburgh, Sue Foley, and Greg Izor. The lyrics and arrangements are interesting, diverse, and heart throbbing with messages that are both personal and universal. “Just Say the Word” appeals to the vast following in the blues world while stretching the boundaries into that realm of “just great music” that defies category.

“Just Say the Word” is now available for pre-order at www.gabestillman.com/merch