Great Things Happening in November!

Creativity continues to abound in Blair County! New mural, virtual theatre performances, ukulele training, wine tasting – mark your calendars and join in the festivities!

ArtsAltoona Center – Change is Coming!

Keep your eyes on the 23rd street end of the education building at the ArtsAltoona Center (2212 Sixth Ave in Altoona) over the next few days! We are taking advantage of this beautiful fall weather to create a beautiful mural, establishing our identity in the buildings that we took over in January. Well known muralist (one of our board members), Pam Snyder Etters is going to be doing her magic for us. You may see somethings happening on the brownstone on the Sixth Avenue side as well, so come out and watch the creative process flow! Let us know what you think!

Altoona Community Theatre

The next ACT project coming up is The Final Act of Dr. Faustus, as an online event. This Christopher Marlowe classic Elizabethan tragedy, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, dates from 16th century Europe and is five acts long. ACT is presenting only the final act. Tom Liszka is directing a stellar cast virtually. The show will be available on November 6 and 7 at 7pm and on November 8 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for this production and are available through the ACT website There is more information on the The Final Act of Dr. Faustus event page on the Altoona Community Theater Facebook.

A second virtual performance from ACT is Kaleidoscope, written by Ray Bradbury and directed by Jerry Cox. It is scheduled for only one performance on Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm. The details on the Facebook event ACT Kaleidoscope indicate “Seven astronauts run into trouble on their way to Mars, and contemplate life and destiny and they come to grips with their fate.” Runtime is approximately 40 minutes. The cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased through the ACT website listed above.

ACT members are planning more events for the future so be sure to Like the Altoona Community Theater Facebook, or, better yet, while you are on their website buying your tickets for Dr. Faustus and/or Kaleidoscope, go ahead and become a member so you will always be among the first to know what is coming up!

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast

Also happening on Friday the 13th, the Altoona Area High School Performing Arts Club will be live streaming from the high school at 7pm the War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast. Based on the science fiction novel’s adaptation by Orson Welles in his infamous 1938 radio broadcast. This performance reflects a radio station celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the legendary broadcast. Tickets are $5 and the link to purchase yours can be found on Facebook event page at The War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast.

Calling all Ukulele Players! (a message from our friend Mike Holzer)

Have you been playing the ukulele for a little while? If you are comfortable with a few chords and would like to take your playing beyond the basics, the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective has an upcoming workshop series just for you! Let internationally acclaimed teachers Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee ( ) take you “Beyond the Basics” over four weeks beginning November 15th. Sarah & Craig will teach you all about movable chord shapes, strumming and picking patterns, and give an introduction into substitution chords. They will also discuss warm-up exercises, and practice. The final workshop will conclude with a performance by Sarah & Craig demonstrating all the techniques taught during the workshop series.

This class will be taught in a hybrid model – Zoom only and a limited-capacity, socially distant in-person assisted instruction. If you are in the Altoona area and don’t have great internet service, you can take the workshop “in person” at the new ArtsAltoona Center ( We will have a teaching assistant available during the webinar.

This 4-week class is sponsored by the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective of Altoona, PA and funded through a grant by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and the PA Arts Council. Best of all, this series is FREE for residents of Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset, or Westmoreland counties! The non-resident fee is only $25 for the entire 4 weeks.

Click here to register.

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time!

The Blair County Convention Center is partnering with DellaVino Imports, LLC to hold an event at the convention center on November 19. Chef Tom is planning a five course dinner with each course paired with the wine from DellaVino. An individual ticket is $75, a table of 8 is $500. A limited number of tickets will be available Check the center’s website under Events for more details and to purchase your tickets.

Keep Supporting the Arts!
Donna Gority
ArtsAltoona Board