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News (Big News!): We’ve sold Artword Artbar.

October 3rd, 2019
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Artword Artbar Sept 4, 2019, Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford. Photo Cathy Coward Hamilton Spectator

Announced September 4, 2019: News (Big News!): We’ve sold Artword Artbar. Our lovely place on Colbourne Street. This fall will be our last! And it will be a blast! So don’t be downcast. Don’t look aghast. Just get here real fast.
We’ve been doing this for ten years, and it’s time to celebrate. This fall, we’re featuring some of the musicians that have been through the journey with us. We’ll be going like always until November 16, when The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band will be serenading us out with some lovely harmonies and ultra-fancy picking. (Due to demand, we’ve added a second Hill Brothers show on November 17 at 3 pm.)
And then, starting December 5, 2019, 15 Colbourne Street will become the new home of SMPL Architectural Design Studio. Click here for a very cool artist’s conception of the SMPL vision for the building. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2CqxzPAp8K/

What happened?  Read more…

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Calendar view, upcoming events

October 3rd, 2019
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CLOSED Nov 18 – Dec 4, CLOSED permanently from Dec 4 onwards

October 1st, 2019
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Artword Artbar at 15 Colbourne is closed from November 18 to December 4, 2019, while we clear out the restaurant equipment and our theatre gear. The new owners of the building take possession on December 5, 2019.

Is there Artword life after December 5?
YES! The Artword Theatre folks, Ron and Judith, continue to live in Hamilton and will create theatre projects and workshops in various venues (to be determined.)

Stay in touch! To receive Ron’s email Newsletter and find out what the Artword Theatre folks will be up to next, send an email to Ronald Weihs <rweihs@artword.net>

We will also revive the Artword Theatre blog with news and new projects:  artword.net/artwordtheatre/

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closed from Aug 25 to Sept 11, 2019

July 29th, 2019
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Sunday, August 25 to Wednesday September 11, 2019:  CLOSED
Fall programming starts up Thursday September 12, 2019

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private event, Wed April 24

March 16th, 2019
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Private event on Wednesday April 24, not open to the public.

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December 2018, January 2019, in London, England

December 18th, 2018
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Artword Artbar closed to Feb 6, 2019

December 10th, 2018
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From Dec 16, 2018 to Feb 6, 2019, Artword Artbar will be closed.
Programming resumes from Thurs February 7, 2019. Watch the website for programming updates for February and March 2019.

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Steel City Jazz Festival 2018, Heather Bambrick Quartet, Wed Oct 24

September 20th, 2018
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Steel City Jazz Festival, 2018. Wednesday October 24, 8:00 pm. Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series – Heather Bambrick Quartet. Join vocalist Heather Bambrick (JUNO / ECMA Nominee) and her all-star quartet (Adrean Farrugia, Ross MacIntyre, and Colleen Allen) for this show that will be musical, funny, and highly entertaining.  https://www.heatherbambrick.ca/
Artword Artbar, $15/$10 for students.
https://steelcityjazzfest.com/

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Water Bear: songwriters Tom Dusome & Alex T. Wed Oct 10

August 16th, 2018
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Wednesday October 10, 2018, 8 pm, $10/pwyc. Our friends Water Bear (songwriters Tom Dusome & Alex T.) are back. “We write songs about resistance, resilience, and home.”
https://waterbear.bandcamp.com

Plus a guest set by The Do-Gooders: Dan Murray guitar/vocals,
Stu Gritter guitar/vocals, and Geoff Ball guitar/vocals.

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closed for August, back Sept 12

August 1st, 2018
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Closed from Monday July 30 until Tuesday September 11, 2018. Programming starts up on Wednesday September 12, 2018.

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closed July 12 for Fringe rehearsals

June 27th, 2018
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closed Wed&Thur, May 9&10, for private function

April 10th, 2018
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closed Easter weekend Mar 28 to April 1

March 1st, 2018
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Hamilton Fringe AGM, Tues Mar 27 at 7 pm

February 27th, 2018
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Tuesday March 27, 2018, 7 to 10 pm. The Annual General Meeting of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

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closed Wed Mar 14 and Wed Mar 21 for private events

February 20th, 2018
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closed Dec 17/2017 to Feb 2/2018

December 14th, 2017
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Closed Dec 17, 2017 to Feb 2, 2018. First show Sat Feb 3. February events are now posted. For inquiries, email: artword @artword.net

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‘Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy’ should be touring the country: review by Doreen Nicoll

July 20th, 2017
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Review by Doreen Nicoll on rabble.ca

‘Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy’ should be touring the country

Doreen Nicoll, July 30, 2017

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/change-gonna-come/2017/07/langston-hughes-vs-joe-mccarthy-should-be-touring-country

There’s no doubt about it, history is cyclical. Those well versed in history see the proverbial writing on the wall. Unfortunately, those who choose to remain ignorant, or perhaps worse, those who believe they are untouchable, can set the world on a path that is well worn, all too familiar, and often dangerous.

July 29th, the curtain went down for the final time on the Hamilton Fringe production Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy: Is Poetry Subversive? Set at the height of McCarthyism when, as director Ronald Weihs writes in his director’s statement, “There was a massive effort underway in the United State to communicate a crude vision of ‘The American Way,’ and to brand ideas ‘Un-American.’ People were taught to be frightened of their own thoughts, to repress them or keep them hidden.”

During the 1920’s and 30’s, Harlem became a beacon of hope for freedom of expression to African American scholars and artists. This newfound voice was demanding civil liberties and political rights. Hughes was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance which gave birth to jazz poetry. It was this poetry that would make Hughes a person of interest.

On March 24, 1953 James Mercer Langston Hughes, African American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist was called before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. And so the play begins.

Republican Senator Everett Dirksen and attorney Roy Cohn originally interrogated Hughes, but Weihs successfully embodies the men in one domineering character. The interrogator, clearly Hughes’s intellectual inferior, tries unsuccessfully to get Hughes to admit his poems contain subversive political messages. Read more…

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