The Northampton Arts Council is an 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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

ValleyBike Share is coming to Northampton & the Pioneer Valley

ValleyBike Share is coming! The City of Northampton, through the Office of Planning & Sustainability and with active involvement of Mayor Narkewicz, is the lead community and program administrator for a regional collaboration that is bringing ValleyBike Share to Northampton and the Pioneer Valley.

14 bike share stations and 140 electric-pedal-assist bicycles will be in Northampton, with a total of 50 stations and 500 bicycles in the region.

Anyone can join the system and, for a modest fee, take unlimited 45 minute rides between stations, with the ability to take out bikes from any of the 50 stations.

Stations will be located (subject to change as we do the final placement planning) at:
1. Northampton Trail Station (Pleasant Street at New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail crossing)
2. Main Street/Bridge Street (north side under the rail trail and railroad bridges)
3. Historic Court House, Main Street (just east of the PVTA bus shelter)
4. Pulaski Park, Main Street (behind the PVTA bus shelter)
5. John M Greene Hall, Smith College, Elm Street (just west of the PVTA bus shelter)
6. Elm Street near Northampton High School (near the PVTA bus shelter)
7. Locust Street at Cooley Dickinson Hospital (just west of the PVTA bus shelter)
8. MassCentral Rail Trail at Keyes Street, Florence
9. Meadow Street at Lilly Libary, Florence
10. Jackson Street (east side near Hampshire Heights)
11. Village Hill (west side Village Hill Drive)
12. Forbes Library off West Street (near Children's Library entrance)
13. YMCA, Massasoit Street
14. State Street by MassCentral Rail Trail (near Stop & Shop)

Bike share is part of the city's overall effort to:
1. Increase transportation choices, especially for those who don't have or don't want access to cars
2. Decrease our carbon footprint and the adverse air, water, and health impacts from vehicles.
3. Improve public health by promoting active living
4. Reduce congestion
5. Reduce the need for new parking, which is expensive and diverts land from other uses.

Thank you to our sponsors to date, NETA, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Florence Bank, and Smith College. We are looking for more sponsors, so if your business would like to sponsor we would love to hear from you and help give you exposure in the community.

Questions: Wayne Feiden

First Night Northampton 2018

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 33rd annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2017. This is the first year that the Northampton Arts Council will produce First Night. Arts Council staff are working closely with the Center for the Arts to ensure a smooth transition and to preserve the community’s New Year’s Eve tradition.

For the First Night 2018 Schedule, to purchase buttons, and for more information about sponsorship please visit: FIRSTNIGHTNORTHAMPTON.ORG

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sibz the Movie at Academy of Music

When two freeloading adult children are forced to leave their childhood home, they have to get creative. Warning: this movie is not rated, offensive humor, language and mild nudity.

Show Date/ Time:
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
5.00 (plus applicable fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Online Tickets Click on Show Desired:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Joan Holliday’s Holiday Hootenanny Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing Along

WHAT: Joan Holliday’s Holiday Hootenanny Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing along
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday, December 22, 2017. Two Shows at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

Christmas time is here! The Sweetback Sisters are back with their ninth annual blow-out holiday sing-along. This wildly popular show requires a bit of audience participation and, especially, a love for all genres of holiday music (fear not, songbooks are provided). Add in a healthy dose of trivia, prizes, and matching outfits and we think it’s safe to say this event lives up to its name: The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR!

Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of rock and country music from the 1950s and 60s. Together with their fine band of brothers, The Sweetback Sisters carry the torch of country music’s finest golden era performers. For this show the girls bring their perfected mix of modern nostalgia to the old holiday songs we all know and love.

3pm matinee is specifically geared towards kids and families. 7pm evening show is for all.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 SCDT Gala

WHEN: Saturday December 16, 6-10 PM

A party and fundraiser reflecting on an incredible year and dancing into the future! Performances/installation with Hatchery and many SCDT artists, photo exhibit by Peter Raper, video by A Good Night's Sleep, live music from Stephen Katz, ReBelle, Kalliope Jones, and DJ Brian Foote! With food and drink provided by generous local sponsors!

6-7PM- Show #1- Hatchery, Kalliope Jones, SCDT dance program, special guests!

7-8:30PM- PARTY- free food and drinks, installations by SCDT artists, live music by Stephen Katz, Chris Gonzalez, and DJ Brian Foote

8:30-9:30PM- Show #2 with SCDT artist-in-residence Meredith Bove, Rythea Lee, Joy Davis, and special guests!

More info:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Royal Frog Ballet Hindsight/Foresight

An installation and performance series
WHEN: DECEMBER 6 -22, 2017
WHERE: A.P.E. 126 Main StreetNorthampton, MA 01060

Friday, December 8th 6-8:00
Gallery opening in conjunction with Northampton's Arts Night Out
Cheap Art booth open!

Saturday, December 9th 7:00
'A Listening Evening'
new and old stories, songs and poetry from The RFB
Tickets available here
Cheap Art booth open before the show

Sunday, December 10th
Workshop: Experiments with clown, song, and breath
multi-generational workshop designed for ages 11-85
Sign up
Cheap Art booth open from 12-1:00

Friday, December 15th 7:00
Envisioning Possible Futurity
RFB Visual artists present new work and host panel discussion
By donation
Cheap Art booth open before the panel

Saturday, December 16th 7:00
'A Listening Evening'
new and old stories, songs and poetry from The RFB
Tickets available here
Cheap Art booth open before the show

Sunday, December 17th
Workshop: Experiments in collective writing and drawing
multi-generational workshop designed for ages 11-85
Sign up
Cheap Art booth open from 12-1:00


Apply Now: Lyra Music Festival and Workshop July 8-28 at Smith College

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: July 8-28, 2018
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Applications Available Online Here

The Lyra Music Workshop Core Curriculum Program is a 3-week intensive summer camp for classical pianists and string players ages 9-18. Intermediate and advanced level musicians are immersed in a supportive, conservatory-style environment; focusing on the study of solo and chamber music repertoire; and sharing their performances with the surrounding community. Students have the option to live on or off-campus.

The Lyra Young Artist Program is a highly selective program running in tandem with the Core Curriculum. This program is designed for advanced students seeking to intensify their experience and enhance their chamber music skills through side-by-side mentorship and performance with Lyra faculty.

Students of both programs live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Internationally recognized guest artists work with Lyra students in Master Classes. All students will attend guest artist and faculty concerts as part of the Lyra Music Festival and will participate in outreach performances and a final student gala concert as junior members of the Festival. Our 2018 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Kristen Lee, violin, Nicholas Tzavaras, cello, Gilles VonSattel, piano, and Guest collaborative pianists Rieko Aizawaand Jeremy Jordan.

Lyra Music Workshop:
• Daily Lessons or Chamber Coaching with Dedicated Faculty
• Chamber Ensembles and Solo Repertoire
• Supervised Practice
• Masterclasses and Concerts with Guest Artists
• Community and Gala Concert Performance Opportunities
• Group Classes: including Music Theory, Ear-Training, Rhythm,
• Performance
• Group Sports
• Outdoor Recreational Activities
• Social Events
• Regional Excursions

Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Minimum requirements, application materials, audition and financial aid information can be found on our website

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Celtic Nutcracker

WHAT: A Celtic Nutcracker
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Doors at 2:30 pm

Experience the story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance from the perspective of a young girl living in a cottage in Ireland. Her journey takes her to Tir Na Nog, the land of eternal youth, where she finds herself transformed into a princess and receives gifts from Scottish Sword Dancers, Cornish Dancers, Galician Dancers and more. She even meets a few leprechauns along the way! This performance is set to the original Tchaikovsky score as well as Celtic Music and is performed by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company ages 12-adult from the Pioneer Valley. This is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Amherst Ballet Company Presents: Snow White

WHAT: Amherst Ballet Company Presents: Snow White
WHEN: December 14 & 15 2017 at 7:00 pm. Doors at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Adapted from the original Grimm fairytale, Amherst Ballet’s production of Snow White has a few surprises in store. The princess Snow White is the envy of her step-mother, the Evil Queen, who devises a plan to remove the princess from her kingdom. When Snow White falls in love with a prince the Queen decides to put an end to Snow White’s life and her own jealousy. With the aid of the Huntsman, Snow White is banished to a life of loneliness and misery in the far reaches of the forest.

Chance delivers her to a small cabin in the woods, where she meets the Seven Dwarves who live there. They offer her refuge, but the Evil Queen discovers that Snow White still lives. Adopting a disguise, she travels to the cabin, where she convinces Snow White to eat a poisoned apple. And if you’re expecting the Disney end to the tale, you are in for a surprise!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Winter's Work: Crafts by young and emerging makers

What: Winter's Work: Crafts by young and emerging makers
When: Saturday December 9, 2017. 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Memorial Hall - 240 Main Street Northampton, MA.
Cost: Free & Open to the Public. (Bring Money for Vendors)

Join us for a show and sale of art and craft made by local, young, emerging makers. Winter’s Work will feature unique handmade pottery, fabric arts, jewelry, woodwork, basketry, poetry, prints and more. Enjoy the search for quality, affordable, one-of-a-kind crafts and score the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list. Come to Winter’s Work where you can find beautiful new works by local emerging makers and support arts grants in our community.

This event is supported by the Northampton Arts Council and is, in part, a benefit for the BJ Goodwin Grant, designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents.


Thursday, November 30, 2017


WHERE: STUDIO4 I 25 Main Street Suite 444 I Northampton MA

Dances with kids, by kids, for everyone!

“…teens who think on their feet...”
—Preview Magazine

$15 at door / $10 students/seniors | $10/$5 [advance online] (413)570-4491
STUDIO4 I 25 Main Street Suite 444 I Northampton MA

Now in it’s third season, Hatchery, the dynamic preprofessional dance company at The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought (SCDT), showcases exceptional young dancers ages 13-
18. In the Winter Showcase, Hatchery will present the creative work of company members and professional choreographers Shura Baryshnikov, Christopher Gonzales, Barbie Diewald, and Hatchery directors Jen Polins and Jenny Bennett, in addition to a collaboration with teenage post-rock group Kalliope Jones!

Hatchery, which performed at Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in June, is currently made up of 15 teens, ages 13-18, from diverse communities. The company offers rigorous training in contemporary techniques with an emphasis on developing the choreographic voice, geared to prepare young dancers from different backgrounds for the versatile demands of a professional career inside and outside the studio. In addition to studying with internationally acclaimed artists, members choreograph their own work, receive mentorship from experts in the field, and create dynamic inspiring performance for the Pioneer Valley. This week the company graces the cover of Valley Kids. [Interested teens can audition for Hatchery on January 7 from 1-3pm] supported by the Northampton Arts Council.

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents: The Nutcracker Celebration Performance

WHAT: PVB presents: The Nutcracker Celebration Performance
WHEN: December 8-10, 2017 at 6:30 pm, Doors at 6:00 pm.
WHERE: Academy of Music, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Join us for a full evening of entertainment. Arrive at 6:30 for a vocal holiday treat followed by the full length production of The Nutcracker. At intermission, enjoy live music and the chance to meet a guest artist or two. Celebrate The Nutcracker with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Join the Pioneer Valley Ballet in its 40th production of the classic Nutcracker ballet. PVB’s productions are reinvented each year by Artistic Directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti as we celebrate the history of the company and tradition of Clara’s magical story. Guest artists include dancers from Carolina Ballet and Festival Ballet join PVB dancers and the community.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

QUAD Multichannel Sound Works at Studio4

WHERE:  STUDIO4 25 Main St, Ste 444 Northampton, MA



25 Main St, Ste 444
Northampton, MA
More details HERE

Friday, November 24, 2017

NEPR's 1920s Jazz-Age Holiday Party

WHAT: JAZZ, BABY!, A 1920s Jazz Age Holiday Party
WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00 p.m. (arrive at 7:30 for complimentary dance lessons!)
WHERE: Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton, MA

Guys suit up, gals sass it up ­— vintage attire encouraged!

Shine your spats & polish your pearls...You’re invited to the
holiday event of the season! Dance the night away with Kellso’s Hot Six in the elegant, 1920s–style jazz club, or sneak away to the speakeasy... either way, it'll be the bee's knees.

Tickets: $125 | 35 & under: $50

Exquisite Hors d'oeuvres, decadent
desserts and a glass of fizz included!

Signature Drinks | Vintage Vendors | Special Surprises


Special thanks to our presenting sponsor: Colony Care at Home
And for the support of:
Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
MC2 Jewellers

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Master Class in Documentary Production with Award-Winning Filmmaker Larry Hott at Northampton Community Television

NCTV is proud to be accepting applications for a multi-week workshop in documentary production taught by veteran filmmaker Larry Hott of Florentine Films/Hott Productions. The course will be limited to six filmmakers. This is an exceptional and rare opportunity, a collaboration between a multiple national award-winning filmmaker Hott, including multiple Academy Award nominations, and a nationally accoladed community media arts organization in NCTV. And the class is entirely FREE.

Participants will produce a short documentary under Hott’s supervision, using the equipment and facilities of NCTV. The workshop includes screening and critiquing a diverse variety of documentary work for style, content, point-of-view, and production values. Funding, producing, directing, editing, copyright, archives, rights, research methods, budgets, story structure, interviewing, music, distribution, and how to position a project for broadcast or foreign sales, will be covered in the class. NCTV personnel will be available for help with equipment and editing. Participants will come away with an understanding of how professional documentaries are produced, broadcast and distributed.

Larry Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, The Erik Barnouw OAH History Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals. He has produced and directed twenty-five major documentaries for national broadcast and many short films for online distribution.

A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening

WHAT: A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening
WHERE: Studio 4 - 25 Main Street, 4th Floor Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, November 25th 7-9 PM

Pease join us for the final edition of A Good Night’s Sleep on Saturday November 25th at Studio 4 in Northampton. We have a wonderful show prepared and hope that you will join us to celebrate over a year and a half of screenings featuring local experimental film. Although we are each moving on to new and exciting projects, this won’t be the last you see of our collective members organizing experimental film screenings featuring local artists.

Q&A with November’s featured artists to follow the screening.

Live 155 Front Facade Sculpture: Request for Proposals

Way Finders is seeking an artist or team to create an original, site-specific artwork to be installed on the East Facade of Live 155, over the entrance and above the sign. The building is located at 155 Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA, adjacent to the Manhan Rail Trail and across from the Amtrak platform. This opportunity is open to established professional artists. We welcome submissions from artists working in a broad range of media and encourage the inclusion of kinetic and/or lighted elements so long as they are durable and can be easily maintained.

Dimensions: approximately 30' high x 12' wide.
Please refer to the Full RFP for detailed plans and additional information.

We see this project as a first step in integrating public art into affordable housing development and as a testament to the significance of art in our community. Our hope is that the finished piece will create a signature presence for the building and welcome visitors to Northampton as it is the first thing many rail travelers will see when they first arrive.

The application deadline for short proposals is Midnight EST, January 12, 2018.

Please submit your proposal via google forms here:

You will need to log into or create a google account in order to complete the form.

Link to Full RFP here:

Monday, November 13, 2017

This Week at 33 Hawley: Community Inspired Social Action

WHAT: Community Inspired Social Action
WHEN: Saturday, November 18th 7:30-9:45pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust. 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.

An evening of story performance and sharing. ReBelle and Eveline MacDougall begin the night with their individual instrumental story performances on the theme. There will be a break and then an optional opportunity for participants to meet in small groups to share their own stories of Community Inspired Social Action. Everyone welcome.

$10 per adult at door.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Hatchery and The Funks: Works in Progress

High School dance and theatre projects

The Hatchery (dance) is directed by Jen Polins/School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and the Funks (comedy improvisation) is directed by Heidi Haas/Northampton High School.

Seating limited to 40; tickets at the door.

Sunday, November 12
1:00 - 2:30pm

Group Sing

WED, NOV 8, 5:00-7:00pm
at the Brew Practitioners in Florence, on Rt. 9 (Main Street)
across the street from Cooper's Corner.
Come join us for a sing-along. 
Alex Johnson on the guitar.
Following the Group Sing, Alex hosts an open mic at 7:00pm.
Brew Practitioners,
36 Main Street, Florence, MA.

Funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council
and Senior Services.

Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses and Non-Profits

Information Session
Tuesday, November 14, 2016 – 6 – 8 PM at the Florence Civic Center

One of the advantages of our 5 College area is access to interns! For students, interning defines career paths and builds resumes. For creative businesses and non-profit organizations, interns bring fresh ideas, energy and a willingness to learn. In the Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits Information session, hosted by the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, potential internship providers will learn how to become an internship provider, labor law compliance, and best practices for making the most of your intern's time.
Participants will leave the sessions with an understanding of how to best design an internship to meet University standards and next steps on how to submit their internship opportunity for posting and promotion. Through a variety of channels, AES will then promote the internship opportunities to arts and arts management students at UMass, connecting individual students with matching internship opportunities when possible.
The session will take place in Florence, MA at the Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street, Florence, MA. The Florence Civic Center is next to Lilly Library in Florence. In order to reach the parking lot for the Civic Center, you will want to make a left after Park Street onto Cosmian Avenue.
Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits is part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative. For more information on internships, visit our Internship FAQ and our Current Internship Postings page.

Food and drink will be provided. Session is free and open to the public but registration is required. To attend the session, please register by contacting AES at or 413-545-2360 by Friday November 10.

25th Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale

WHAT: 25th Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale
WHERE: Arts & Industry Building, 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA 01062
WHEN: November 11th and 12th, 2017 from 10am to 5pm. 

Looking for the perfect gift? Something local, something hand crafted, something really special? Then the Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale might be the place for you! Check out this former toothbrush-factory-turned-artists-studios and marvel at the amazing works of art! Find treasures for yourself and those you love.

Over 50 fine crafters and fine artists, including some nationally recognized clothing designers, jewelers, potters, and woodworkers open their studios to show off their best work. You will find painters, sculptors and a variety of creative people. With four new artists who upcycle, recycle, reuse and repurpose found objects there is something for everyone, adults and children.

Monte's March VIII steps off to help end hunger!

WHEN: Monday, November 20, 2017
WHERE: Springfield, MA to Greenfield, MA (43 miles)

The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley, during his Monte’s March event. For those two-days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and a number of their supporters, will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region. Listeners are encouraged to donate money to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  Last year, the event raised more than $200,000.
You can walk with Monte and Congressman McGovern by individually raising money for the event. Supporters who collect $1,000 may join Monte and crew for either Monday or Tuesday of the walk (or a smaller segment of the walk). Simply click the green register button to get started. Marchers must be 18+. Walkers are responsible for arranging their own transportation and pick-ups.
Can't march? Become a virtual marcher and raise funds online to support the march! There is no fundraising minimum to be a virtual marcher.

Donate & More Information:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

4th Annual Art on the Menu: Unite the Resistance

WHAT: Art on the Menu: Unite the Resistance
             4th Annual Workers Music and Art Show
WHEN: Opening & Performance -Thursday December 6th, 6-10pm
              and on display Friday December 7th 10am-8pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust Building - 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

This show features performance, visual and musical artists who work or have worked in restaurants. Join us for appetizers, drinks, and good stories! Now more than ever we must defend the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers.

Suggested donation: $0-60. All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
All funds will support the self-organization of low-wage workers and immigrants.

Este show presenta las obras de músicos, artistas, y bailarinas que trabajan o han trabajado en restaurantes. Acompáñenos para una noche de aperitivos, bebidas y buenas historias. Ahora más que nunca, necesitamos defender los derechos de trabajadores inmigrantes.

Aporte sugerido: $0-60. Tod@s estan bienvenidos. Nadie será rechazado por falta de fondos.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Young@Heart MASH UP V at Academy of Music

              and members of the Y@H PRISON PROJECT
WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Performing with Y@H will be the renowned Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a nationally recognized collective of young singers and vocal ensembles, now in their 25th year, re-envisioning choral music through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound.

"The sheer beauty of their singing was captivating..."
-The New York Times

With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with performance experiences from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican Theatre. Their artistic excellence has made them the go-to chorus for leading New York orchestras, recording artists, and arts presenters. Founded in 1992, BYC's after-school program encompasses over 600 students in multi-level training divisions and advanced performing ensembles. Joining Young@Heart on-stage will be BYC's premier Men's Ensemble.

"A consistently bold organization that regularly commissions works from composers representing an unusually broad stylistic range."
-The New York Times

Get your tickets now. Premium Seating goes fast!
or call 413-584-9032 x105

The Pencil Bandits Liar's Contest at the Parlor Room

WHAT: The Pencil Bandits LIAR'S CONTEST.
Sponsored by Awesome Foundation - Northampton, MA.
WHERE: The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Thursday November 9th 6-8PM

Henry Reade and his friends are hosting a "Liar's Contest." It's also a book launch party for the second Pencil Bandits comedy adventure, "The Castelli Curse." The Liars Contest will include amusements for young people, including performances from the book, pizza, beverages and pencils. Judges will include filmmaker Melissa McClung and Johnny Memphis, the WRSI radio personality and bandleader.

Here's how it works: pairs or teams come up with a quick story that's true for only one of them, based on the prompt we give, like maybe "the time I got hurt." Then each team-member tells the same story, and the audience and judges decide who's lying. Winners get $50 cash, an iTunes gift card, candy, Pencil Bandits books and swag, and maybe an ugly, one-of-a-kind trophy.

This is to celebrate the release of "The Castelli Curse," Book Two of the Pencil Bandits series. If you came to the Bad Rap Contest, you know this will be fun. It's all hosted by M.C. Larry, described by Henry Reade as "the worst MC in this hemisphere." Be there or be miserable!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Donna Carpenter: Ancient Homeland at Hosmer Gallery

WHAT: Ancient Homeland: Photography by Donna Carpenter
WHEN: November 2-29, 2017. Reception: Monday November 6, 5-7 PM
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton, MA.

Donna Carpenter: Ancient Homeland
Ancient Homeland consists of photographic images captured during repeated journeys that I have made to the Lowlands, Highlands, and Islands of Scotland. These gritty, mysterious, black and white landscapes are thresholds to another world, a world that to me feels different in most every way from day to day life in the United States.

I first set foot on Scottish soil in the winter of 2013, when I made a quick overnight return journey from London to Glasgow. That journey, taken on a whim, turned out to be life changing. I felt an inexplicably deep familiarity and ease in Glasgow which led me to wonder about my Scottish heritage, of which I knew next to nothing. Over the course of the past two years I have spent nine months there, exploring the land and her history, often traveling on foot and capturing thousands of photographs in the process. It is from these thousands of photos that I have culled the images in this exhibition.

SEEING OURSELVES: Self-Portraits by 50 Women Artists at A.P.E

WHAT: SEEING OURSELVES: Self-Portraits by 50 Women Artists
Curated by Jane Lund and Rachel Folsom
WHEN: November 3 - December 3, 2017
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 10: 5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street. Northampton, MA 01060

​A.P.E. Gallery is excited to present its first-ever exhibition of self-portraits by 50 area women artists, many of whom have national or international reputations. Curators Jane Lund, Rachel Folsom, and Betsy Stone, all figurative painters, have brought together a wide variety of artists, whose work includes many surprising variations on the theme of representational self-portraiture.

A number of years in the making, the show provides women artists, who are often underrepresented in galleries and museums, an opportunity to show their artwork as a group while revealing themselves as individuals.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Call to Artists: Amherst Cross-Town Contemporary Art Project

WHAT: Call to Artists: Amherst Cross-Town Contemporary Art project (XTCA)
WHERE: Locations across Amherst, MA (Kendrick Park, Haigis Mall, North Pleasant St)
WHEN: Proposals due Sunday November 5th. Project on view Spring-Fall 2018.

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is announcing an open call for local artists to exhibit in the upcoming Cross-Town Contemporary Art project (XTCA).

On view from spring through fall of 2018, the exhibition will place works of art by community members alongside those by nationally recognized artists, engaging with themes of inclusivity and sustainability.

The following sites have been identified for XTCA: Kendrick Park, at the intersection of North Pleasant, East Pleasant and Triangle streets; “Frat Green,” the empty space along North Pleasant Street across from Phillips Street; and Haigis Mall, in front of the Fine Arts Center, between the Isenberg School of Management and Whitmore Administration Building.

Artists, artists’ collectives, community groups, architects and designers from all disciplines are and backgrounds are welcome to submit entries.

Chosen artists will receive a $1,250 stipend and the opportunity to participate in public talks and local panels.

Visit for additional information. Artist proposals are due by Nov. 5.

Northampton Police Department Halloween Movie Night

WHAT: Halloween Movie Night at Northampton Police Department
WHERE: Northampton Police Station - 29 Center St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday October 27th 6:30pm

The Northampton Police Department, NCTV, Northampton Arts Council and the DNA present:


Bring your chairs, blankets, snacks, children, parents and friends!

The movie will be shown outside on the Northampton Police Parking Deck.

Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it's the monsters who are scared silly, and it's up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out at STUDIO4

WHAT: ¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out
WHEN: Saturday October 21st 6-10pm, ages 7+
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA
COST: $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]


STUDIO4, the vibrant community performance space and arts center located in the heart of Northampton, is launching a packed season of dance, music, film, and theater programs for all ages, and is proud to announce a new monthly event for kids only: SATURDOOZY!—an arts-focused kids' night out. Fun, safe, and supervised, SATURDOOZY! welcomes children ages 7 and up, and will feature a DJ and dancing, plenty of games, ping-pong, arts and crafts, karaoke, face-painting, and a movie, plus pizza and a bevy of fun snacks! Parents can opt for "valet service"—curbside pickup of their children at the end of the night.

SATURDOOZY! will take place on the third Saturday of each month, beginning on OCTOBER 21, from 6-10 PM. Admission is $30 (for 10pm pickup) or $20 (8pm pickup). Additional siblings admitted at half price. Preregistration is recommended, at or by phone: (413)570-4491.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


WHAT: SCDT’s visiting Artist Series Presents Taja Will’s BRUJA // FUGITIVE MAJESTY

WHEN: Friday Oct 27, 8:00pm

WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton MA


RESERVATIONS: or 413 570 4491

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND THOUGHT (SCDT) proudly presents BRUJA// FUGITIVE MAGESTY with Minneapolis based- Taja Will. Will, named “One to watch, one to embrace” in Metro Magazine, shares a magical solo about the preservation of identity.

Bruja // Fugitive Majesty is an evening length solo woven from Will’s personal mythology as a queer, transracial adoptee. Bruja, meaning Witch in Spanish explores the archetypal characters of the Queen, Warrior, Lover and Healer. Will has come to know herself as a cultural fugitive, taking on personality as it fits; shape-shifting as way to escape displacement; this is the preservation of identity. BRUJA is supported by the Jerome Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts and premiered in San Francisco at the Joe Goode Annex.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CLICK Music presents Keith Murphy

WHAT: CLICK Music presents Keith Murphy, an evening of traditional songs from Newfoundland and New England
WHERE: CLICK Workspace 9½ Market Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2017. 7:00pm-9:00pm

CLICK Workspace continues its sophomore season of CLICK Music concerts at its 9½ Market Street home in downtown Northampton with an evening of traditional songs from Newfoundland and New England, showcasing material from Keith Murphy’s newest release, Suffer No Loss.

The program includes a mix of songs and ballads from Murphy’s native Newfoundland, as well as his adopted home of New England, where he has lived these last 20 years or so (currently based in the Brattleboro, Vermont, area). In particular, Murphy has revisited some of the most well-known, classic Newfoundland folk songs, songs he grew up with and now reinterprets after years of musical traveling. With simple yet elegant arrangements of traditional songs pared down to just voice and guitar, Murphy brings the focus back to the beauty of these texts. He creates a rich palette of textures using multiple open tunings and rhythmic ideas on the guitar, while also bringing in influences from French Canada, which has long been part of his musical profile. The addition of his mandolin, foot percussion, and chorus songs make for a well-rounded evening of music for lovers of traditional song.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017 Municipal Flu Clinic Provided by The City of Northampton Health Department

WHAT: 2017 Municipal Flu Clinic Provided by The City of Northampton Health Department
WHEN: Thursday, October 12th 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: Municipal BuildingCouncil Chambers, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

The flu vaccine is free to those who attend but please bring your insurance card or fill out and bring the attached insurance form so we may bill your insurance for administrative costs. This helps us to help subsidize the vaccine program.

Each year in the United States, on average, 5-20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications. The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccination. You must be 19 years old or older to receive the vaccine at this clinic.

Please contact Public Health Nurse, Jennifer Meyer, RN if you have any questions. or 413-587-1216

2017 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial: A Juried Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery

Image by Priya Green

October 3rd - 28th, 2017
Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA
Hosmer Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 1pm to 5pm, Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the 2017 Northampton Biennial. This is the second Northampton Biennial to include both poetry and visual arts.

Our opening celebration will take place in conjunction with Arts Night Out at Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library on Friday, October 13th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For the 2017 Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council asked artists and writers who live and work in Western Massachusetts to submit their best work created in the past two years which most closely represents their personal artistic vision.

This is Japan by Photographer Chester Michalik at A.P.E

WHAT: Photographs by Chester Michalik
WHEN: October 6 -29, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, Oct.13 5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery. 126 Main St, Northampton, MA

Anyone who spends a good amount of time in Japan is inevitably asked: why Japan? What do you see in Japan? The more time spent the more difficult it is to provide quick or simple answers.

Photographer Chester Michalik has been going to Japan regularly for close to thirty years, as teacher, artist, researcher and observer, and his work reflects his deep interest and insights into ‘what is Japan’. With its many temples and shrines, beautiful scenery, and odd combination of old and new, east and west, Japan has long been considered a photographer’s paradise. It often presents a palimpsest of images, confusing at times, but revealing to the discerning eye that can capture the order (and disorder) of everyday life. As reflected in his photographs, Chester has visited cities, towns, and countryside throughout Japan, with the greater part of his time spent in the Kansai region of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Some of the sites of his photographs—a building, temple or shop—are identifiable; others could be anywhere in Japan. He finds his subjects by walking the streets and alleyways of cities and towns, its commercial centers and small neighborhoods, observant of the everyday life that Japanese often take for granted. What is Japan to Chester Michalik? The pictures tell the story.

For more information on Chester Michalik, go to

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Albatross by Matthew Spangler & Benjamin Evett at Academy of Music

WHAT: ALBATROSS by Matthew Spangler & Benjamin Evett
WHEN: October 14, 2017. 7:30pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA

The Ancient Mariner is doomed for eternity to retell his harrowing story of an old ship, a voyage to the bottom of the world, and a mystical seabird.

It’s a rollicking sea yarn, a fascinating character study, a celebration of storytelling, and a spiritual odyssey into the interconnectedness of all living things.

"In the midst of Coleridge’s strange and haunting storytelling is an extraordinary performance by Ben Evett, enhanced by a deceptively simple set by Cristina Todesco and a series of projections, including maps, that provide a concrete sense of place, and then an illusory suggestion of emotion." ~The Boston Globe



credit: Fafnir Adamites, grant recipient for exhibition "Suspended Echos"

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 16 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support arts activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson George Myers, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

In Fall 2016 the Northampton Arts Council awarded 27 grants totaling $11,650 in support of a variety of projects from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC program. The caliber of applications in 2016 were outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 55 requests for almost $58,828 of funding. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.
A list of past grant recipients can be found
For local guidelines and complete information visit our website If you have questions please contact the Northampton Arts Council, contact Brian Foote or George Myers: Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Monday, October 2, 2017

28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration

WHAT: 28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration
WHERE: R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
WHEN: Sunday, November 12th from 4-6 pm

It's finally here! R. Michelson Galleries invites you to join us for the 28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration! Come meet some of your favorite Illustrators and Authors as we celebrate one of our favorite traditions!

The Eric Carle Museum will be here selling books and authors and illustrators will be ready to sign those purchased at the event.

All ages are welcome. See you at the Opening Reception- Sunday, November 12th from 4-6 pm!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Brooklyn Youth Chorus + Young@Heart = Mash Up V

Young@Heart + Brooklyn Youth Chorus + Singers from the Y@H Prison Project
WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060
or call 413-584-9032 x105

Performing with Y@H will be the renowned Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a nationally recognized collective of young singers and vocal ensembles, now in their 25th year, re-envisioning choral music through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound.

"The sheer beauty of their singing was captivating..."
-The New York Times

With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with performance experiences from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican Theatre. Their artistic excellence has made them the go-to chorus for leading New York orchestras, recording artists, and arts presenters. Founded in 1992, BYC's after-school program encompasses over 600 students in multi-level training divisions and advanced performing ensembles. Joining Young@Heart on-stage will be BYC's premier Men's Ensemble.

"A consistently bold organization that regularly commissions works from composers representing an unusually broad stylistic range." -The New York Times

Monday, September 25, 2017

Departure Reading Series #4 at Pulaski Park

WHAT: Departure Reading Series #4
WHEN: Saturday, September 30 at 7 PM - 10 PM
WHERE: Pulaski Park Northampton, MA

The next Departure Reading arrives on September 30th. Come to witness the writerly stylings of:

Dan Chelotti
Shana Bulhan Haydock
Alex Raz
John Sieracki

Bring a few $$ for the Prison Birth Project.

Also, bring a candle to light the night if you'd like.

This event is generously supported by the Northampton Arts Council

The 23rd Annual Paradise City Arts Festival

WHAT: Paradise City Arts Festival
WHERE:  3 County Fairgrounds 54 Old Ferry Rd., Northampton, MA
WHEN: October 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
Monday, 10am-4pm

Come October, Northampton’s Paradise City Arts Festival is New England’s cultural, creative, culinary and leaf-peeping destination.

Meet 250 outstanding artists and master craft makers traveling from 25 states to show and sell original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wearable art and woodworking.

The 23rd Annual Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts is an experience like no other – beautiful, unique, festive and fun. This sprawling, thrilling showcase for the arts features three airy new Exhibition Buildings filled with visual art and design, plus cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs under the 12,000 square-foot Festival Dining Tent, live music, craft demonstrations and workshops, themed exhibits, a benefit silent auction and the new Sculpture Promenade.

This award-winning event offers the chance to see the remarkable work and hear the stories of 250 extraordinary artists from every corner of America. Over 10,000 attendees, many traveling long distances, visit the flagship show held during the peak of New England’s fall foliage season. AmericanStyle Magazine named Paradise City the “#1 Arts Festival in America” in 2008 – and one of the top five in the country for eight years running – calling the event “truly innovative”.

For over 23 years, Paradise City’s guest books have recorded names, addresses and comments by visitors from all 50 states and five continents. A sampling from the last show:
“Incredible variety of artistry here, and so wonderful talking with artists about their work. Like being at a museum except you get to take some art home.”
“We drive an hour and a half one way to attend this show, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Seeing the scope of creativity is amazing, and we go home all revved up.”
“I must say that we were really impressed by the new buildings the show is in. There is more room for the attendees, the atmosphere is bright and airy, and the vibe is really friendly and relaxed. The art at the show had terrific selection and depth. Kudos to Paradise City!” 

Pedal People 15th Anniversary Party


WHEN: Sunday, October 1st, 1:00pm-4:00pm 
WHERE: Veterans Field 88 West St., Northampton, MA

Come celebrate 15 years of worker-owned, human-powered bicycle hauling and delivery
services in Northampton. All are welcome!

* 1:00 Pizza, Art & Activities
* 2:00 Singing of the Pedal People Anthem
Speakers & Stories (Share your favorite Pedal People story!)
Anniversary Logo Presentation & Award
* 2:30 Cycle Circus! Car Piñata!
* 3:00-4:00 More art/activities, including silkscreening t-shirts w/
anniversary logo

Groundbreaking Celebration for Smith College's new Neilson Library

Join faculty, students and staff, along with members of the local community, to celebrate this milestone moment in Smith's history.

What: Groundbreaking Celebration for Smith College's new Neilson Library
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:30 p.m.
Where: Seelye Lawn, Smith College

Featured Speakers:
Maya Lin, architectural designer
Kathleen McCartney, president
Deborah L. Duncan '77, chair, board of trustees
Katherine Rowe, provost and dean of the faculty

A reception with light refreshments will follow.

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