8 Things to Do While Keeping Warm in Athens

Just because bears hibernate in the winter doesn’t mean that you need to! Athens is overflowing with opportunities to immerse yourself in the arts, theater and culture of the region, all while remaining in the cozy comforts of the indoors. Paired with the most eclectic half-mile in Ohio, boasting dozens of local restaurants and lively bar scenes, your whole family will have a reason for enjoying a night out on the town.

rosanne-cash-webOhio University Concert Series: Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal

Cash and Leventhal are touring the country to promote and celebrate their latest three time Grammy winning album, The River and the Thread. The musical couple (Cash and Leventhal are married), retell the story of The South from the perspective of Rosanne Cash while exploring the history of her youth and the origin of her ancestors. Interested in attending this rare performance? The show starts on January 31 at 7:30 pm in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Ohio University’s campus.

Art Opening: For the Love of Athens

Join friends and family at the ARTS West Performing Arts Facility at 132 West State St. for a special smart device-only photo exhibit on February 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Photos on display will accentuate the complex and hidden beauty tucked away in every alley and hillside in Athens.

Tammy Faye’s Final Audition

Tammy Faye Bakker was the sweetheart of Christian TV in the 70’s and 80’s, until scandal and fraud brought the empire crashing down. As she nears the end of her life, she attempts a comeback. In a fevered dream, she enlists the men in her life to audition for one final TV show.  “Tammy Faye’s Final Audition” goes beyond the makeup and tears to the naked truth.

Presented by the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble and written by Merri Biechler. Shows run from January 14-23 and start at 8 pm nightly. The performance is in Kantner Hall at Ohio University, 17 South College St.

Early Open Mic Night at the West End Ciderhouse

Warm up your vocal chords with a deliciously brewed cider every Monday at the West End Ciderhouse‘s Open Mic Night from 7:00-10:00 pm. Laugh and listen along to the best and boldest of Athens’ talented musicians. West End Ciderhouse is located at 234 West Washington St.

Tiaras for Modern TimesTiaras for Modern Times

Through her handcrafted tiaras, local artist Tina Kelsey inspires others to embrace the beauty each person possess in their everyday lives. In her own words, “we are all special and a tiara is just an outward symbol of just how special we really are.” Her exhibit is on display at the Athens Public Library through January 31 and is open and free to the public.

Insights: School of Art & Design Faculty Collection

Ride out to the Kennedy Museum of Art atop The Ridges to examine and understand the artistic works of Ohio University’s professors from within the school of Art & Design. The collection brings together past and present pieces from a variety of talented professors that have graced the halls with their artistic prowess. The exhibit is on display currently from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through April 27.

Little Fish Brewery’s Latest Release: Poisson Grand Bottle

Brave the cold temperatures and biting wind for a special chance to be one of the first holders of Little Fish Brewery’s latest bottled craft beer: Poisson Grand! It’s best described as a reserve-strength, barrel aged farmhouse ale brewed with rye, honey, dry hops, and some of Little Fish Brewery‘s favorite strains of wild yeast! There will be several other examples of barrel-aged farmhouse ales open for sale to the public. Taste each one while they’re still around because they won’t last for long. The special release event kicks off at noon on Saturday, January 23, at 8675 Armitage Road.

Creating Visual Meaning Exhibition

This exhibition encourages close looking as a way to uncover meaning and introduces Visual Thinking Strategies. Opens at 10 am at the Kennedy Museum of Art through February 1.


If you have questions or comments regarding new or upcoming events in the Athens area, feel free to send an email to Nick Kossen with more information.