Jozart Center for the Arts has a full slate of programs and events planned for fall 2012.

Jozart Center for the Arts has a full slate of programs and events planned for fall 2012.

In October, bluegrass band The Weedrags will perform on Oct. 12, with local band LocaL opening for the talented trio. The Weedrags are an area favorite featuring musicians Gary Antol, Andy Gregg and Mark Snyder. Check out their unique sound at www.theweedrags.com. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them in Jozart’s intimate setting, with BYOB for over 21 with ID. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be reserved by calling the Center or sending an email to carla@jozart.com.

The Center will be open during California’s Homecoming Parade serving complimentary coffee and light refreshments to parade-goers. If you’ve never visited the Center, take advantage of this opportunity to tour the 7,000 square foot space. Board members will be on hand to answer your questions.

Also in October, the Center will hold their annual Halloween Open Mic Party on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Come in costume and vie for prizes for best and most original attire. Enjoy coffee and tea in the Center’s café while jamming along to the sounds of area talent. Sign up for a performance slot and wow an all-ages audience. Open Mic is held every week and begins at 8 p.m. This alcohol and smoke free event is free and open to the public.

Another “Wine and Line” event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30. Bring a bottle of wine and a light snack and join teaching artist Joyce Gazdick as she guides you in the creation of an original oil painting. There is a $20 fee, part of which directly benefits the Center’s operating expenses. All materials are provided. For more information about “Wine and Line” email Cheryl Lewis at cher@zoominternet.net or call the Center.

In November, the Weedrags will return to the Jozart stage on Nov. 9 with opener The Hillbilly Gypsies for another BYOB for over 21 show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be reserved by calling the Center or sending an email to carla@jozart.com.

Also in November, Jozart is pleased to welcome Pittsburgh blues, rock and R&B musician Tony Janflone, Jr. According to his web site, “Tony enjoys success with his group, ‘The Tony Janflone Jr. Band ‘, capturing the nomination for five years for Pittsburgh’s Best Jazz/Blues Guitarist for the Stroh’s/In Pittsburgh Music Awards. He has also captured the 1995 award for the Best album for his CD Pieces, best vocalist and best band. Tony’s performing credits include opening for or performing with B.B.King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Steely Dan, The Manhattan Transfer, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Ted Nugent, Peabo Bryson, Gladys Knight, Chicago,” and many other, well known acts. Visit his site at www.tonyjanflonejr.com to experience his award winning sound. He’s set to perform on the Jozart stage on Saturday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. BYOB for over 21 with ID. This performance is certain to sell out fast so reserve your tickets now.

The Center’s regularly scheduled programming continues with “Open Easel Sessions” with Terry Binkney on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring in your current project and work in the Center’s unique atmosphere. Guitar and mandolin lessons with Duane Galensky are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Call the Center or email duane.galensky@gmail.com to inquire about scheduling a slot. Zumba! with Lynne Langley continues on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m., followed by Beginner’s Zumba! at 11 a.m. Finally, the Jozart Writer’s Group meets at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Join facilitator and fellow writer Jonathan Romano and get feedback on your current writing project. All ages are welcome!

The Center is run entirely by volunteers and is supported largely by donations. As a qualifying 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations to Jozart are fully tax deductible. If you are interested in financially or otherwise supporting your local arts center or in helping to promote the arts in our local area, please contact board president Carla Anderton for more information. Additionally, the Center is always looking for volunteers. Email carla@jozart.com for more details. For more information on any of the aforementioned events or programs, call the Center at 724-938-9730 or visit their web site at www.jozart.com.

Jozart announces busy slate of events for late Winter & early Spring

Pittsburgh Blues/Soul Legend Billy Price & the Lost Minds will appear March 16.

The bears may have been hibernating, but the volunteers and board members at Jozart Center for the Arts have been busier than bees prepping a full slate of events for late Winter and early Spring of this year.

On Saturday, March 10, area youth and college students are invited to dance the evening away from 6-10 p.m. during “The Bass is Upstairs”, an alcohol free, all ages event sponsored by the Center’s Youth Committee and featuring area DJs. Tickets are $5.

Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day holiday early on Friday, March 16 with Pittsburgh blues/soul legend Billy Price and the Lost Minds.  According to his web site, “Billy Price, east coast blue-eyed soul man, has been entertaining audiences for the past three decades. In his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., he is an institution. Price’s popularity isn’t hard to explain. As Geoffrey Himes of the Washington Post has written, ‘Unlike so many blues revivalists, Price is not an imitation of older, better singers–he’s the real thing.’” In addition to a fantastic evening of music, the audience will be treated to complimentary green beer and other Irish themed goodies. Tickets goes on sale March 1st at $10 per person. This is a BYOB (or just enjoy ours) event for over 21 only. To reserve your seats, call (724) 938-9730 or email carla@jozart.com. Many more details on the Center’s web site at www.jozart.com.

Bram Stoker Award Nominated Horror Author Lawrence C. Connolly will appear April 7.

On Saturday, April 7, Bram Stoker Award nominated horror novelist/author Lawrence C. Connolly will headline an interactive evening featuring dark prose and poetry readings. He’ll be joined by horror writer Sheldon Higdon and dark poet Stephanie Wytovich. Lawrence C. Connolly’s books include the novels Veins (2008) and Vipers (2010), which together form the first two books of the Veins Cycle. Vortex, the third book in the series, is due in 2012. His collections, which include Visions (2009), This Way to Egress (2010), and Voices (2011), collect all of his stories from Amazing Stories, Cemetery Dance, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Twilight Zone, and Year’s Best Horror. His new collection Voices, featuring an all-new novella “Shrines” and artwork by World Fantasy Nominee Jason Zerillo, was released in 2011. The schedule for the evening is as follows: At 5:30, doors open for audience/guests; at 6 Stephanie Wytovich will read, from 6:30-7, Sheldon Higdon will read, at 7, Lawrence Connolly will take the stage for a dramatic reading/presentation, at 8 there will be a Q & A sessions with all speakers, and finally, at 8:30, a closing reception will be held. This event is FREE to the public.

In mid April, on Saturday, April 14, the second Annual Youth Talent Revue will be held featuring the pre-professional talents of singers Cat Zisk and Sully Dunn as well as dancer Allen Free, not to mention more youth acts to be announced. Slots are still being filled for this evening featuring area youth talent. If you are someone you know is interested in performing music or dance, reading poetry or exhibiting original artwork at this event, please contact Carla at carla@jozart.com or via phone at (724) 330-5141. Doors open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7 pm. This is an all ages event. Coffee, soda, water and light refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the Center during one of our regularly scheduled events like our weekly Open Mic nights every Wednesday night at 8 pm or our bi-monthly Writers’ Group held at 7 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. For more information on any of the Center’s events or programs, please visit their web site (www.jozart.com), email them at carla@jozart.com or call (724) 938-9730.

Jozart CFTA announces new Writers’ Group

Jozart CFTA announces new Writers’ Group; weaves together worlds with writers’ words.
By Justin Johnson, Public Relations Assistant/Intern

Writing is an art that speaks, and Jozart Center for the Arts hopes to raise its voice with the Center’s newly revamped Writers’ Group. Writers of all backgrounds – fiction, nonfiction, or individuals who simply appreciate the English language – are invited to attend the Jozart Writers’ Group, hosted every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm and free to the public.

Nicole Robison, a writer and Secretary of the Board of Directors at Jozart, believes: “Writing is a solitary business. But it is also a business about people for people. Constructive criticism is the heart of a good writers’ group. A writer who can take the criticism and use it to his or her benefit has the potential to excel at their craft. I believe that’s the main point of the group, to help push a writer forward.”

Robison said she has great confidence in the Group’s new facilitator, Jonathan Romano. “I am thrilled that Jon has decided to step in and continue the Writers’ Group at Jozart. He has an amazing talent for recognizing the nuances of a story and helping people build on what they’ve already created with soft but insightful direction. He has a natural talent for writing and it’s wonderful to see him advance his own craft as well. I’m sure he’ll do very well and I look forward to being part of this group,” she said.

Jozart’s weekly Open Mic immediately follows the Writers’ Group at 8 pm. Writers are encouraged to stick around and share their talents with a larger audience during this event.

For more information on the Writers’ Group, please contact Facilitator Jonathan Romano via the Center at carla@jozart.com or at 724-938-9730.