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November 09, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -A "cross-fertilization" of art forms will converge Friday and Saturday during the Art Farm Performance Cafe.

The Art Farm Performance Cafe, held at the War Memorial Building on German Street in Shepherdstown, will feature a range of artistry - performances by poets, singers, musicians and dancers.

Art Farm aims to showcase the depth of the local performance arts scene in a "not too elitist setting," said organizer Kitty Clark, who started the series six years ago with her husband, Cam Millar. The show is produced by Clark and Millar's nonprofit performance group, Goose Route Arts Collaborative.

Clark said the name "Art Farm" came from something her mother said to her as a child: "I always liked to dance, and I really enjoyed rural life, being in nature, when I was little," Clark said. "So, one day, my mom said to me, 'Oh, I know what you're going to do when you grow up. You're going to dance on a farm.'"


"Performance Cafe" alludes to the show's intimate setting. Organizers will set up candle-lit tables before a modest stage in order to evoke a coffeehouse feel, Clark said.

The program includes:

· "White Dress in a Tree," a dance selection choreographed and performed by Kitty Clark with musical accompaniment by Cam Millar.

· Singer/bluegrass guitarist Mike Henderson of Shepherdstown.

· "By Any Means Unnecessary," a dance selection choreographed and performed by Tosha Tillman.

· Slam poet Collin Luibl, a Shepherd University student.

· Poet Tom Donlon, winner of the 2006 West Virginia Poetry Fellowship Award from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

· Soprano Quincy Northrup, accompanied by a brass trio.

· "Rock/Wood/Water," a dance selection choreographed by Kitty Clark, performed by Tosha Tillman and Eva Olsson.

· Trombonist Cam Millar performing with percussionist Scott Wilkinson and bassist Matt Lewis.

If you go ...

WHAT: Art Farm Performance Caf

WHEN: 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11

WHERE: War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: $10, tickets available at the door. Call 304-876-6741 or e-mail to make reservations.

MORE: For more information, call Kitty Clark, 304-876-6751, or visit

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