Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Shoestring Launch Party at 13 Queen

WHAT: The Shoestring Launch Party
WHERE: 13 Queen - 13 King Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Sunday January 21st 8:00pm-10:30pm

Come help celebrate and support The Shoestring - a new independent web magazine covering culture and politics in Western Mass.

This event will include a panel discussion hosted by Ellerie Ballard with our finest writers- Mod Behrens, Ted McCoy, Rojas Oliva, Sarah Jane and Will Meyer. Afterwards enjoy righteous tunage from bands Soft Fangs (CT) and Stoner Will and the Narks. Come see the antidote to the for-profit status quo news cycle and maybe have some fun too.

$5 suggested donation to support local journalism and touring bands


The Shoestring is funded in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council

Valley Classical Concerts Present the Manhattan String Quartet

WHAT: Valley Classical Concerts Present the Manhattan String Quartet
WHERE: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall at Smith College, 144 Green Street Northampton, MA
WHEN: Sunday February 4, 2018 3:00pm

An American institution, still going strong in their 47th season. Quartets by Haydn, Witold LutosÅ‚awski, and Ravel. And you’ll be home in time for the Super Bowl! “A national treasure.” (Boston Globe).

Gain insight into the music and the performances by attending the lively Concert Conversations with the musicians and VCC Artistic Director John Montanari, in Sweeney Concert Hall, (handicap accessible), at no additional charge, one hour in advance of each concert. Valley Classical Concerts presents this opportunity as part of its mission to enhance our audience’s understanding and enjoyment of the music.

Upcoming Shows:
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3 p.m. - Spend your Super Bowl Sunday with one of America’s finest and most enduring chamber ensembles, the Manhattan String Quartet! Program TBA.

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8 p.m. - The sleek-sounding Quartetto di Cremona returns to the VCC stage – program TBA.

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3 p.m. - Among the finest quartets of their generation, the Attacca Quartet will play Mendelssohn, Caroline Shaw and Beethoven’s sublime Op. 132.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Silver Chord Bowl 2018 A capella Invitational

Silver Chord Bowl 2018 A capella Invitational
Sunday, February 4 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, 60 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060

The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the 34th Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus.

This years event will begin with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast. This year we will see the MIT Ohms, Pitch, Please! of Northeastern University, Tufts sQ!, Vocal Suspects of UMass, the UMass Doo Wop Shop and the Smith College Smithereens. The Silver Chord Bowl 2017 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Performances subject to change.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


WHEN: FEBRUARY 3, 2018 8PM $12/$10 (STUDENT)
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought -25 Main St, Fl 4th, Northampton, MA


It’s an anomaly to make a record created out of the pleasure and desire of simply making music together. A record with no commercial aspirational location. The new duo record from John Truscinski (drums, synths) and Steve Gunn (guitars), "Bay Head", makes it look easy, carving out a space where none existed before with assurance, resonating beautiful along the way.

If I were forced to put what John and Steve play into a genre I would simply call it “music.” There’s a quality of timelessness to it without being nostalgic that is impossible to manufacture. It comes from their years of playing together based on a formula of chemistry. Bands are fragile ecosystems. The best ones have a melding that results in a musicality that otherwise can’t be found in a melody or lyric, or an effect pedal. While "Bay Head" is the third record the duo has recorded together, John has played drums and helped shape the songs and the sound on all Steve’s more song-configured albums. Their bond is tight, unique, and effective.

As an instrumental record "Bay Head" has no literal voice. It doesn’t need it, as the constant flow between the drums and guitar describe fully and without a narrator. Steve’s guitar leads you along a contemplative path that describes an inner monologue that is more expressive than if there were words. Some of the guitar parts are worked out and then set free, improvised in the playing. But it’s hard to tell. It all sounds deliberate. "Bay Head" is the accumulation of the duo’s years of playing music together where each can guess where the other is going to go next. The cover collage by their longtime friend Bill Nace reflects what is both abstract and figurative about this unique musical collaboration.

As I drink my morning coffee, I use the Gunn-Truscinski Duo's records as a way to make my way into the day. As I am writing, answering email and the like, I find that the spirit of their music matches the gentle light and morning coolness that breeds inspiring thoughts before the LA sun blasts it all away and the day’s minutiae take over. Basically, "Bay Head" is great music to procrastinate to!

-Kim Gordon, Los Angeles, August 2017

KidsBestFest 2018, a Film Festival for kids and their adults

KidsBestFest 2018, a Film Festival for kids and their adults

Winter School Break: Monday February 19 - Friday February 23
Each day the presentation starts at 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:00PM

Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

A film festival for kids and their adults during winter school break.

How Much?
FREE, donations encouraged.

Film Schedule?
Monday February 19 - Opertura Animated Shorts and Q&A with the artists (All Ages, Animated) Opertura, otherwise known as Aya Yamasaki and Jason Brown, will share their imaginative short films at the kick-off of KidsBestFest. A discussion with the artists will follow the screening. The artists, who won a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Film & Video in 2017, create hand-drawn, animated films driven by a unique vision and their particular style of collaboration. The complex worlds created in their animations are teeming with imagination, humor, and vitality. Aya and Jason live and work in Greenfield, MA. More info:
Tuesday February 20 - March of the Penguins (2005, Rated G, 85 min, Documentary)
Morgan Freeman narrates this award-winning documentary about the mating rituals of penguins living in Antarctica. At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick.

Wednesday February 21 - The LEGO Batman Movie (2017, Rated PG, 104min, Animated)
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zack Galifianakis
Thursday February 22 - The Dark Crystal (1982, Rated PG, 120min, Fantasy)
In Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film, good and evil battle when an orphan begins a quest to find a missing shard of a crystal that holds the world in equilibrium. Cast: Stephen Garlick, Billie Whitelaw, Lisa Maxwell
Friday February 23 - The Breadwinner (2017, PG-13, 94min, Animated)
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. A film by Nora Twomey, from executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel.


Event Sponsored by?

Four Sundays 2018 Series Sponsors: Lathrop Communities, National Grid

Four Sundays 2018 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts Council, City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, #massfestivals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Sunday Afternoon Live! Variety Showcase
Sunday, February 25 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM
Each February for the past 26 years the Valley’s best local talent have
gathered together at our communities’ most beloved theater for their favorite
variety showcase- The Really Big Show. Over the course of its lifetime, the
Really Big Show has taken on the form of famous night-time TV programs such
as the Ed Sullivan Show and the Gong Show. This year it’s time to switch things
up again and the Northampton Arts Council is pleased to say “Live from
Northampton, it’s Sunday Afternoon!”

How Much?
Advance - $11 Adults/$9 Senior 65+ & Students/$6 Kids 12 & Under
Day of at door - $13 Adults/$11 Senior 65+ & Students/$8 Kids 12 & Under
Ticket Outlet?
Event Sponsored by?
Four Sundays 2018 Series Sponsors: Lathrop Communities, National Grid

Four Sundays 2018 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts Council,
City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, #massfestivals

SCDT and Smith College Dance Department Present RIFF Talks: Tone

R I F F T A L K S: T O N E

WHERE: SCOTT DANCE STUDIO, SMITH COLLEGE 106 Lower College Ln. Northampton, MA

​General Admission: $10 online/$15 at the door
Students: $5 online/$10 at the door

This event is sponsored by SCDT and the Smith College Dance Department.

RIFF TALKS offers the local community a chance to get up close to internationally renowned contemporary artists, as they perform and then participate in dynamic panel discussions focused on critical themes in dance. RIFF TALKS 6 brings together K.J. Holmes ( NYC), Dana Casperesen ( VT, Germany) and Chris Aiken (Smith College), to discuss the notion of tone in performance. RIFF TALKS 6 takes place at 7 PM on February 2nd in the Scott Dance Studio at Smith College. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door.

RIFF TALKS is one SCDT's original programs. The School's mission includes an abiding respect for the tradition and history of reinvention, and a resolution to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT serves as a hub for performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale. The School showcases contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. SCDT is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The School offers adult and youth programming in dance training that includes modern, ballet, hip hop, contemporary Indian dance, and improvisational techniques.

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