Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray

“Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans

The Village Artisans gallery has long been known for presenting innovative work by artists from the Miami Valley. Their latest exhibit is called “Have You Red/Read It?” The exhibit runs through April in the lobby of the gallery, located at 100 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Pam Giesel is one of the show’s coordinators. She explained the unique theme for this exhibit.

“The show went up in the middle of February and will stay up through March so we wanted something that spoke of those two months,” she said. “The color red is associated with the month of February because of Valentine’s Day and also because February is Heart Health month. March is National Reading Month so that ties in with the theme ‘Read’.”

She notes that the public reaction to the exhibit has been positive. Although the show has been running since February, there will be a public reception in the gallery’s lobby on March 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Giesel said that this exhibit, like all others that the Village Artisans sponsors, was a collaborative effort by the co-op’s members.

“This theme was from the suggestion of doing something with words and a color. We decided to use a play on words so the theme could be interpreted as ‘read’ (past tense to rhyme with red) as in with words, or the color red.”

Diversity is the main goal of all exhibits sponsored by The Village Artisans, whether the work comes from the community or within.

“The art has to fit the theme, although we allow for broad interpretations,” Giesel said. “We also want a variety of mediums. With both our member shows and the community shows, we try to choose themes that will have wide appeal and will show how artists interpret the themes. Artists often create art to show you how they see the world.”

For more information about “Have You Red/Read It?” and other upcoming exhibits, visit

Mark Twain Dinner Theater at the Mills Park Hotel

The historic Mills Park Hotel will present “An Interesting Evening with Mark Twain” on the weekends of March 9 and March 16. The one-man show features Jim Harworth of the Fairborn Actors Theatre as the great American author/humorist. The show had its origins on Broadway in 1959, when actor Hal Holbrook wrote and starred in “Mark Twain Tonight.” This variation, originally titled “An Evening with Mark Twain,” has been a favorite of college and regional theaters for years. According to Mills Park Hotel assistant manager Monica Lindsay, audiences can expect something unique in
this presentation.

“Jim Harworth definitely puts his own twist on things,” she said. “That’s why he added the word ‘interesting’ to the title. They’re keeping things very secretive about this show, so I’m not sure what he’s going to do. Last year, he did an old-time radio show, and it was a sold-out performance.”

The hotel sponsors a dinner theatre program once a year in their banquet hall, and the response has been positive.

“We try to do these in the slow season like January, February and March,” Lindsay said. “That isn’t a busy time for us, and it gets people out of the house. The admission is $60.00, and includes a buffet dinner and a drink ticket. The doors will open at 5:30 for cocktails, then the show begins at 6:00. The first act runs about 45 minutes, then the meal is served during intermission.”

Lindsay noted that the March 10 performance is sold out, but tickets are still available for the three remaining dates. For tickets or more information, visit, or call 937.319.0400.

Disney’s High School Musical will take the stage

McKinney Middle School will present “Disney’s High School Musical” on March 9, March 11, March 16 and March 18. The show is based on the Disney Channel original movie “High School Musical,” with music and lyrics by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray and Greg Cham, Drew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston, and a book by David Simpatico. Since its debut in 2007, it has quickly become a very popular choice for school musical theatre productions, and it was ranked by Time magazine as the 5th most frequently produced musical in U.S. schools.

The timeless story that emphasizes the importance of being yourself and following your dreams will be staged at Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 Walnut St., Yellow Springs at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 937.767.7224.

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