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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Phillips Festival 2018: An Evening of Original One Act Plays

WHAT: The Phillips Festival 2018: An Evening of Original One Act Plays
WHEN: September 29 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA

Please join us for the PHILLIPS FESTIVAL 2018, a celebration of creativity, friendship and original theater. For the third year, a talented group of HCC alumni, students, and staff, will showcase one-act plays that are produced, script to stage, in just 24 hours ... yes, ONE DAY ... for the delight of the audience and to honor the legacy of Leslie Phillips, founder of the HCC theater department

Double Edge Theatre presents 7 Songs of the Refugee, Grenland Friteater of Norway

WHAT: Double Edge Theatre presents 7 Songs of the Refugee, Grenland Friteater of Norway
WHEN: September 28 and 29 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA

This September we welcome back Norway's acclaimed Grenland Friteater with two different performances. 7 Songs of the Refugee, created and performed by Geddy Aniksdal and directed by Tor Arne Ursin, will have its United States debut at the Farm after a sold-out run of Geddy Aniksdal’s My Life as a Man in 2016.

The drama takes us to China twelve hundred years ago to the downfall of the mighty Tang dynasty. We meet the hermit Tu, an old man who is "exiled forever." He fell from a position of high office at the Emperor's court: "It was a misunderstanding: I expressed myself too clearly." Now he is a refugee, living on the few herbs he can find under the snow. In a flashback he remembers his years as a soldier at the front, how he had to leave his family, and the bloody battles he fought.

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Silverthorne Theater Company presents DELECTABLE DURANG

WHAT: Silverthorne Theater Company presents DELECTABLE DURANG: A Collection of Six Unruly Comedies
WHEN: September 27, 28, 29 and October 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 PM, September 30 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield

This production will be an ‘homage to the theater‘ featuring Durang’s most pungent satirical takes on the world of the stage. The six plays are The Actor’s Nightmare, Women in a Play Ground, Nina in the Morning, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, One Minute Play & Medea. Every theatrical element will be in full view of the audience throughout, as the actors function as a mini-repertory company, portraying a variety of multi-dimensional characters with serious personal issues who fearlessly leap into Durang’s world of comic mayhem with emotional abandon and a bountiful sense of play.

Tickets here

The XTCA Art Parade performs the Commons in the street!

WHAT: The XTCA Art Parade performs the Commons in the street!
WHEN: Saturday, September 22nd, 3:45pm 
WHERE: Parade from UMASS FAC to Kendrick Park in Amherst, along East Pleasant Street, Amherst

We are all walking together- Double Edge, TheatreTruck, UMCA community groups, artists, makers, performers, union members, academics, local businesses- from UMASS FAC to Kendrick Park in Amherst, along East Pleasant Street, Amherst.

Double Edge Theater leads the Parade with music, the route follows the series of XTCA sculpture and performance installations- Art in Public Spaces yes! As we find our way through the landscape, we will be joined by more performers, musicians, musicians local makers, artists, academics, families and community groups- all ready to fly our flags over the intentional spaces we collectively imagine and make.
Together, our feet voices and memories will radically transform East Pleasant Street! Let's go make some art y'all!

Rain or shine, after the symposium. Costumes and props encouraged! Bring Big- I shut down the street just for us!

We are also hosting a Flag Making Workshop in the Atrium of the FAC before the Parade. Free and open to all, fly your colors high!

Here is the official language:
The XTCArts Parade invites all age groups to join in the celebration art and creative expression! Beginning at the Fine Art Center, the parade will foster a direct encounter with both the physical environment and the community artists and performers that made this project possible. Participants will then be led down Haigis Mall, across Massachusetts Ave and along North Pleasant Street up to Amherst's Kendrick Park. We will engage “town” and “gown” by coming together in the streets, experience sculpture & performance along the corridor and celebrate the value of art and culture in building community.

The Parade, organized by Elizabeth Pangburn, Co-Artistic Director of TheatreTruck, will include performances by members of Double Edge Theatre and others.

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art
is an outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnecteness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) has partnered with the UMass Architecture Department and the Town of
Amherst to build an art and culture bridge– a series of public sculptures–to activate the North Pleasant Street corridor and connect downtown to campus.
The exhibition features work by 13 nationally recognized artists,
local artists and members of the academic community. The goal of this project is to generate a robust public dialogue about the value of art and culture in building community.

Join the parade and fill the corridor with color, noise, movement and performance!


Mind Reading After Hours : Dinner + Performance

WHAT: Mind Reading After Hours : Dinner + Performance
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 8:00PM
WHERE: Iconica Social Club, 1 Amber Ln, Northampton, MA 01060

Private Dinner, Dessert & Coffee, Mind Reading Theater

A demonstration of modern mental magic. Around a table, over a glass of champagne, we will explore the degree to which minds can be read, predicted, and influenced.  No need to come with an open mind: it will be opened! Held after hours (8PM) at Iconica Social Club, in downtown Northampton.  Limited seating.  Advance tickets required. 

Just a few tickets remain for Saturday 9/29. Reserve yours today at It will sell out!

Following a sold-out run in spring/summer 2018, Alexander returns to the Iconica Gallery for another round of intimate immersion into modern mental magic. On 3 special dates the magic extends, in partnership with Iconica Social Club, for "Dinner + Performance".

Guests enjoy a multi-course meal designed in-house by Chef and Owner, Em, in collaboration with Juice Master and Co-Owner, Fitzpatrick. The meal features seasonal, fresh ingredients in innovative ways, paired with fresh cold-pressed juice made in house + wine intuitively selected by Alexander, and concludes with a decadent selection of house-made baked goods and coffee/tea. We have reserved the entirety of Iconica Social Club for your private use on these special Dinner + Performance evenings.

Come enjoy the best of Iconica in one truly magical engagement, a full treat for all the senses!

Parklet Music Series

WHAT: Parklet Music Series
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
WHERE: 1 Amber Lane, Northampton MA

Lily Sexton supporting Greg Hall
upbeat country and thoughtful folk

How Much? FREE

Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio to Present Third Best of Valley Voices Story Slam

WHAT: Best of Valley Voices Story Slam
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Doors at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

The Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio present their third Best of Valley Voices Story Slam October 13, 2018 at the Academy of Music Theatre as part of the Academy of Music Theatre 18.19 Season Series. Audience members have selected the top three stories from the four Valley Voices Story Slams held during the winter and spring of 2018. These top stories by local storytellers will be shared on the Academy stage to compete for the top prize – Best of Valley Voices! Join us as we choose the winner of this competition based on the art of first person narrative storytelling. It puts emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. It’s an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit, without notes or props, and it’s great entertainment! The evening will also include music by accomplished fiddler ZoĆ« Darrow, an artist who is “destined to add savory spice to the global mix” (Celtic Heritage Magazine), and the words of guest storyteller Susanne Schmidt (2015 Best of the Valley Voices winner/Moth Story Slam winner, host, and regional producer).

Tickets are available now. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Academy of Music Box Office.  We are open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM and can be reached at 413-584-9032 ext.105.  Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting
Ticket Prices:
$20.00 (plus applicable fees)
Ticket Information:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Emily Curro, Development and Marketing Manager
413-584-9032 ext.101
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