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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

33 Hawley Street Open House - Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Community Arts Trust Open House
33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA
Sunday April 30th, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Come see what we've been up to at 33 Hawley Street! From the outside not much has changed. But on the inside we're initiating the next phase of renovations at Hawley, work that will lead to partial occupancy of the building this Fall.

Drop by this Sunday between 1:30 and 3:30pm for a look around and catch up on our latest plans for the future nexus of arts, artists and audiences in the Valley.

BFMC 4th Annual Western MA Film & Media Exchange

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative
4th Annual Western MA Film & Media Exchange

Friday May 12th, 11:30am - 6:30pm
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA

BFMC presents Vitec Videocom's Roadshow - a day of hands-on workshops and seminars to make your production workflow more efficient. Visit our Demo room with the latest camera and lighting equipment. (straight from NAB)! The Exchange is for professionals in the broadcast, film and media, marketing and communications fields. Students welcome.

For more information, go to or call 413.528.4223
Click HERE for tickets.

Pollinate at SCDT

May 5, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Karuna Yoga)

An Eclectic mix of World-Tech-Deep-Bass sounds!
w/ Special Guest: Incus

Don't miss this amazing combination of talent. Get in on the Fire of Incus then get Pollinate-Ecstatic to cutting edge beats from the hottest producers around the globe!!!

Incus - 9-10pm
DJ Hip Sockit - 10-11:30pm
Incus - 11:30-12am

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Benny Sharoni

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni
Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St, Northampton.

“Benny Sharoni, an Israeli-born, Boston-based tenor saxophonist, can energize even the largest, most lackluster venue with his big-toned sound and ebullient phrasing, packed with intense emotion and spirituality, a vibrant hybrid of the hip and the holy.” - The Hartford Current

A straight ahead player who fuses together the classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman (among many others), Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide.


The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT X
An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, May 6, 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)
$10 general admission, $5 students/seniors
Reservations 413 570 4491

SCDT’s director Jennifer Polins collaborates with local sound artist Jake Meginsky and local poet Laura Warman, to curate an ongoing dynamic performance series that combines local and international artists of different genres in a performance event. An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry, 3 artists, 3 genres, 3 short sets. This month HUT X features Caliph Ali- poetry, Luke Stewart- music, Cori Olinghouse- clown therapy and dance.

The Brush Shop Film Screening at Historic Northampton

The Brush Shop, A Film by Stan Sherer
Sunday May 7th, 2:00PM
Historic Northampton 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA.
Free & Open to the public
64 minutes, color and b/w

The sprawling brick complex in Northampton, Massachusetts called “Brushworks Arts and Industry” hosts the studios of a hundred artists and craftspeople. But the brush in “Brushworks” isn't a paintbrush, it's a toothbrush.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CALL TO ARTISTS: Paint This Box!

Paint This Box! is a downtown project aimed at inviting artists to create unique and imaginative paintings on the utility boxes in downtown Northampton to continue the momentum of turning Northampton into a public art community. Paint This Box! is a public art project funded by local businesses, organizations, and residents. The winning artists will be paid a stipend of $350 each.

“Paint This Box! is a great opportunity to bring more public art into downtown Northampton and for artists and the greater Northampton community to connect,” said Northampton Arts Council Director, Brian Foote. “We want Paint This Box! to showcase the many talented artists in our community and celebrate our city.”

Foote along with Jonathan Goldman, the lead on BenchWalk Project,  are organizing Paint This Box!. Paint This Box! was awarded a Local Cultural Council Grant awarded by the Northampton Arts Council as well as donations from other local organizations. 

Artists can submit proposals for Paint This Box! until the May 21 DEADLINE. The final four selected artists will be determined by Director Brian Foote, Northampton Arts Council Board Member Joseph Pesce, and A. P. E. Associate Director Lisa Thompson.

The four utility boxes that will be painted as part of Paint This Box! are located at the intersections of Bridge Street/Hawley Street/Market Street (59x44x27.25 inches), Main Street/Pleasant Street/King Street (55x38x27.25 inches), Main Street/State Street/New South Street (50x30x18.25 inches), and Main Street/Elm Street/West Street (50x30x18.25 inches). Artists will be using an oil-based, weather resistant, outdoor paint for the utility boxes.

Paint This Box! was inspired by local artist Peter Zierlein. In addition, following the success of BenchWalk in 2015 and the recent renovations of Pulaski Park, Goldman and Foote were interested in continuing to grow Northampton as a public art community. “Not only are we thrilled to bring terrific public art to Northampton, but this is also an opportunity to continue building onto the recent initiatives to enhance the downtown experience,” said Goldman. “In addition, this will help move our city towards future art projects, which will continue to beautify our community.”

For artists interested in submitting a proposal and people interested in donating, please visit or email

Designed, prepped, and painted by Peter Zierlein

Paint This Box! is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and City of Northampton.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama Tuesday, April 25th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton - 525 Pleasant St. Northampton, MA.

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Life in the 413" at Academy of Music on April 29

"Life in the 413"
Saturday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street, Northampton 

This Valley tradition returns for a fifth year on April 29 at 7 PM at the Academy of Music Theatre! Come celebrate our collective hometowns here in Western MA as we laugh about and love our LIFE IN THE (413)!

Saturday, April 29 at 7 PM, New Century Theatre and WHMP are teaming up once again to present LIFE IN THE (413), a rollicking, celebratory night of original radio plays that lampoon life in the Pioneer Valley. Five short radio plays - each featuring a different locale - will feature a range of Valley performers. The event helps to kick off New Century Theatre's 27th summer season at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School in South Hadley and the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

CLICK Music presents ukulele virtuoso Stuart Fuchs

CLICK Music presents ukulele virtuoso Stuart Fuchs

Saturday, April 29th 7:00-9:00pm
CLICK Workspace, 9 ½ Market Street, Northampton

CLICK Music’s April concert by ukulele master Stuart Fuchs is the culmination of a day-long collaboration between CLICK Workspace and Downtown Sounds on Saturday, April 29th.

In the afternoon, ukulele students of all ages and skill levels will be led through workshops taught by Fuchs and arranged by Downtown Sounds owner Joe Blumenthal, who runs the local A.E.I.O.Ukes ukulele club. Then at 7:00 p.m., Fuchs will be joined by musician Sarah Carlisle for a performance of ukuleles, guitar, upright bass and mandolin, in which they will premiere new original songs from the upcoming album “After All the Time."

Florence Bank TV Commercial Casting Call

Florence Bank TV Commercial Casting Call!
Fairfield Inn Northampton (lobby) 115 Conz St. Northampton, MA 
April 20th, 2017 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Full Audition Details:

Do You Like To Sing?
We're looking for local talent to participate in our next Florence Bank TV Commercial! This year, no musical or performance experience is needed. However, we are looking for folks who are willing to have FUN on camera and sing a little tune-you don't have to sound like Adele!

Who We Are Looking For:
We're looking for real local people. We want to show off small businesses and people who are involved in the community. So whether you're a restaurant worker, bus driver, volunteer baseball coach, nurse, or a teacher, as long as you want to have fun and sing, we want you to audition.

VIDAM Presents Kaitlin June at Karuna Yoga Center

VIDAM Valley Improvisational Dance And Music presents KAITLIN JUNE
Monday April 17.  7:30 - 10pm 
Karuna Yoga Center 25 Main St. Northampton, 3rd Floor
facebook event

Each VIDAM -- hosted on 1st & 3rd Mondays -- features at least one veteran improvisational musician - collaborating in an open space the space for movement, composition and focus. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colorplay by Mary Witt & Brianna Ashe at Oxbow Gallery

Colorplay, Artwork by Mary Witt & Brianna Ashe
Oxbow Gallery 273 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA
Opening Reception: April 14th 5-8 PM (Arts Night Out)
On Display: April 6-30, 2017

Paintings by Mary Witt
Mixed Media by Brianna Ashe

Mark Guglielmo "Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective"

Mark Guglielmo "Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective"
A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
Opening reception: Friday, June 9th (Arts Night Out) 5-9PM
On Display: June 1-25th

Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective is a new exhibition of large-scale photo-collages and interviews by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo running from June 1—25, 2017 at A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA with an opening reception on Friday, June 9 from 5-9PM (Arts Night Out). Each collage measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4x6” photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. Culled from dozens of audio interviews Guglielmo recorded and conducted in Spanish, diverse Cuban voices and perspectives are presented on portable mp3 players. Curated by Waleska Santiago-Centeno, it is the New York-born artist’s second exhibition with the gallery. It will travel to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba in January 2018.

Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa in July 2015 and Havana and Viñales in February 2016 before President Obama’s landmark trip to Cuba in March 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. In February 2017, Guglielmo returned to the island, this time to Cienfuegos and Trinidad de Cuba, just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a most dynamic people and rich culture full of heart and soul, melded in the crucible of isolation: geographically, economically and politically.

For more information please contact Mark Guglielmo, 917 655 5719,

Works in Progress at SCDT WIP #4

Works in Progress at SCDT WIP #4
April 23, 2017 4:30 PM
25 Main Street (Fourth Floor) Northampton, MA

Independent choreographers Barbara Diewald, Leah Fournier, Madison Palffy and Jennifer Polins curate an informal performance series presented in partnership with the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in downtown Northampton.

WIP is a works-in-progress performance series curated by Barbara Diewald, Leah Fournier, Madison Palffy and Jennifer Polins, out of a shared priority to open dialogue between local and visiting artists, and to share dance works in the early stages of the creative process. Outside of the vibrant Five College Dance Department, there is little local support for choreographic inquiry, and this program supports the development of a vital performance art community for the valley. The informal Sunday afternoon series provides a low-tech forum for movement-based work by emerging and mid-career choreographers.

Endangered River: Portraits of the Brazil Amazon at Forbes Library

Endangered River: Portraits of the Brazil Amazon
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:00 pm
Community Room, Forbes Library - 20 West Street, Northampton, MA.

Join photographer Jeanny Tsai at a talk and slideshow presenting a series of photos she took in the Brazilian Amazon in 2015 and 2016. She will describe her journeys as well as speak about the state of the environment there and the continuing struggles of the indigenous people who live on the Tapajós, Arrapuins, and Amazon Rivers.

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Don Braden

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Don Braden 
Tuesday, April 18th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

The Jazz Workshops celebrates it's 7th anniversary with guest composer, educator and master saxophonist Don Braden. This will be Don's fourth appearance at the Workshop.

The Stations of the Cross at Anchor House of Artists


APRIL 10 to MAY 10, 2017
ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor, Northampton, MA

In the late Seventies and early Eighties painter and musician Charles Miller (November 1931-)  interpreted the Catholic canonical tradition of the crucifixion of Christ into fourteen, fifty by seventy-two inch oil paintings of the episodic scenes set in urban Boston. He says, "I was trying to get away from the Classic stuff- you know, the Classic church kind of imagery, where everything is nice and and slick and beautiful. That's not what I was trying to do." He succeeded.

Eli Todd: A Life in Poetry and Prose

Eli Todd: A Life in Poetry and Prose
April 29, 7:00 pm: Readings and Visual Art
April 30, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Fiction Workshop, 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Poetry Workshop
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060

A two-day celebration of the life and work of Eli Todd and his impact in the writing and arts community. Saturday evening will feature readings of Eli’s work and works by others inspired by or about him, as well as visual and other art produced or inspired by Eli. Light refreshments will be served. On Sunday we will hold two consecutive writing workshops – one for fiction, led by critically acclaimed novelist Meg R Wolitzer (The Interestings, The Wife) and the other for poetry, led by two accomplished poets and friends of Eli, Jack Nachmanovitch and Northampton’s own Chris Gonzalez. We plan to turn the writing workshops into annual events in Eli's memory, sponsored by the Northampton Center for the Arts, to promote and inspire emerging writers. The events on both days are free.

Monday, April 10, 2017

ArtsEZ 2017 Spring Grant Round

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the opening of our ArtsEZ 2017 SPRING GRANT ROUND on April 15, 2017 with a deadline of May 17, 2017. Individuals as well as schools and arts organizations are encouraged to seek funding for creative projects to be held in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. The grants are funded by the proceeds from the Arts Council’s signature events: Four Sundays in February and Transperformance.

The Arts Council will award up to $18,000 in grants to local artists and arts groups.
Grants will be awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Individual artists and arts organizations will receive equal consideration for grants. Last spring, the Council awarded $15,000 to 23 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1,500. Please not that this a reimbursement grant, the project must be completed with a public component before funds are released.

It is a short application with a couple questions, a place to upload supporting materials and a required project budget. Only one grant application per person or organization will be considered. Please carefully review the ArtsEZ Spring 2017 guidelines for criteria and eligibility requirements. The Deadline is MAY 17 at 11:59PM to receive applications or corrections. No applications or corrections will be considered if they are late or submitted by paper.

Grant Guidelines are available on our website: GUIDELINES

Projects must start no earlier than July 1, 2017, and must be completed by June 30, 2018.

This local round of funding would not have been possible without the support of numerous local businesses, arts organizations, and artists that have helped make our fundraising efforts such a huge success.

Visit our website at

Contact Director Brian Foote with questions: or 413-587-1069

Will McAdams, BLANK performer on Sunday, April 23rd A.P.E. Gallery

Will McAdams, BLANK performer on Sunday, April 23rd
A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA at 8PM

Will McAdams is a playwright, performer, and director who has worked in theater in the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil, and South Africa. Past projects include: a series of four plays about immigration, farming, and land, created with residents of Warwick, NY and the CA Central Valley; Peter Handke's "Kaspar," which he directed in Johannesburg at the brink of the post-Apartheid era; and "White Mourning", a new play about whiteness, parenting, and memory. He is a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College, where he teaches a range of classes in acting, devising, and theater for social change.

2017 NEPR Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration

9th Annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration
May 24, 2017 at the Log Cabin - 500 Easthampton Road. Holyoke, Massachusetts.

New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Arts & Humanities Awards. The 2017 honorees are: artist and illustrator Barry Moser, children's book author, publisher and literacy advocate Ty Allan Jackson, and the Northampton Jazz Workshop.
Recipients will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration, May 24, 2017 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts.Tickets are available at Proceeds support the programs and services of New England Public Radio.

"We are happy to recognize these worthy nominees," said Stephen Wittenberg, chair of the NEPR Foundation's engagement committee. "This is really a community-wide effort in acknowledging the great talent we are lucky to have here in the Valley."

Established by the New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. in 2008, the NEPR Arts & Humanities Awards have been recognizing the rich and varied arts scene in the region ever since. The award celebrates the contributions of local talent and brings public awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, actors, writers, storytellers and teachers in western New England.

Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Bash at Log Cabin

Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Bash
April 29th 5:30-10:00PM
The Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke MA.

A celebration to honor the 100th Birthday of Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. Vocal Jazz workshops in the afternoon at Holyoke Community College, 1940's themed Supper Club at night at The Log Cabin in the beautiful Southampton Room. The Amherst Jazz Orchestra will accompany several local jazz vocalists and headliner internationally acclaimed vocalist Giacomo Gates, and play other music for dancing. 

Valley Performance Playground Summer Camp

Online registration is now open for Valley Performance Playground's summer camps!
We are very excited to be offering two sessions this summer:

campers will use acting, movement, and voice to create characters and tell stories
AGES: 5-7
WHEN: July 10-14, 9am-12 pm
WHERE: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St, Northampton

campers will explore theater games, improvisation, music, and movement as they create their own original performance
AGES: 7-12
WHEN: July 24-Aug 4, 9am-3pm
WHERE: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St, Northampton

Author David Leo Rice Reading at Broadside Bookshop

Author David Leo Rice Reading
Wednesday April 19th, 7:00pm
Broadside Books, 247 Main St, Northampton, MA

Author David Leo Rice will be coming to Broadside Bookshop on Wednesday April 19 at 7pm to read from his newly published novel, A Room in Dodge City.

A Room in Dodge City follows a nameless drifter into an American heart of darkness. In this nightmarish version of the historic Dodge City, mythic beasts crawl out of the woodwork; bizarre rituals are enacted; and death is never the end. Equal parts humor and horror-show, David Leo Rice’s novel combines the mundaneness of modern life—motels, strip malls, temp jobs—with something stranger, darker, and more eternal. Told through linked vignettes that read like metaphoric fairytales gone wrong, Dodge City consumes the reader just as it slowly consumes the drifter, leaving all to wonder whether any of us can ever truly escape this world—or our own.

Saturday, April 8, 2017



STUDIO4 | 25 MAIN STREET SUITE 444 | NORTHAMPTON, MA $15/$12 students/seniors | Reservations (413) 570-4491

STUDIO4 in downtown Northampton is proud to present COLLIDER, a new series juxtaposing performers from far afield. The COLLIDER series reaches across the arts and into the margins of human endeavor, showcasing masters of craft in singular pursuits—“people doing things”—in folk traditions, the natural and inventive sciences, outsider art, game-playing, and more.

COLLIDER 01 on Saturday, April 29 at 8pm will feature a professional ping pong exhibition by top- seeded New England players, to be followed by the captivating sounds of TENORES de ATERÚE.

Friday, April 7, 2017

On View at City Hall: Mona Shiber's “Lotusing is a Verb”

On View at City Hall:  “Lotusing is a Verb”
Arts Night Out Opening Reception: April 14, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Show runs April 11– May 9, 2017

“Lotusing is a Verb”
- desires to grow, to wake up to true nature
- faces one's own light & shadow fearlessly
- blossoms it's heart in the mind, while rooted in earthy humanness

Inspired by eastern philosophy, and influenced by her middle-eastern immigrant family, Mona Shiber's visual language embeds archetype, symbol, and the written word. Her lotuses illustrate levels of human consciousness through the vail of psycho-spiritual centers known as the chakra system. It is there, that we are absent of any race, color, gender, class and cast. It is there that we are pure energy about to become. And it is there that we give birth to our reality.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Weekend with Katy Pyle at SCDT

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents A Weekend with Katy Pyle

Saturday April 8, 7:30 PM- Womanifesto Performative Lecture, $10
Sunday April 9, 10-12 Master class- pre registration required! $15
SCDT / Studio 4, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA

Reservations and information at 413 570 4491

“By directly addressing and solidifying the queer community, (Pyle) creates space for marginalized populations to see themselves operating successfully within a world of their own making…”- Infinite Body

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and their Heroes at Eric Carle Museum

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and their Heroes.
May 23 through November 26
Presented by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA

"Artists cannot work in a vacuum, especially if they have a dust allergy." Although a joke, author, illustrator, and now co-curator Mo Willems' words ring true. Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but what is it that inspires the illustrators--the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? The Carle's exhibition, Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes, on view May 23 through November 26, gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today.

The show is organized by two prominent figures in the field of picture book art--Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems--who share their personal stories of inspiration and influence. Their concept for the exhibition arose when they discovered that each had begun collecting work by other illustrators important to their careers. Willems, a lifelong admirer of Charles Schulz, and his wife bought an original 1953 Sunday Peanuts cartoon strip for their first wedding anniversary. Willems was enamored by Schulz's skillful use of lettering as a way to express emotion, a technique he admits to "freely lifting" when creating his first picture book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Visitors can view Willems' exuberant pigeon--yelling in ALL CAPS--along with Lucy's similarly "loud" verbal tantrum in the Peanuts cartoon. "Later in my career," says Willems, "when I was lucky enough to actually own one or two of the actual drawings I studied in my youth, it was like welcoming an old friend into my home."

Friends of Children Presents Red Shoe Ball Annual Benefit

Friends of Children Presents Red Shoe Ball Annual Benefit
Friday April 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Look Park Garden House, 300 North Main St, Florence, MA, 01062

Put on your RED SHOES and join us for a CELEBRATION of the wonderful work in our community, featuring an extensive silent auction, live music from the The O-Tones, and a delicious dinner from local star caterer Seth Mias Catering at the gorgeous Look Memorial Park Garden House.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features Saxophonist Erik Lawrence

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Erik Lawrence
Tuesday, April 11th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

BFMC and NCTV Networking Event

BFMC and our friends from Northampton Community Television present Networking in NOHO!!

Tuesday, April 18th, 6:00 - 8:00pmFitzwilly's, 23 Main Street Northampton, MAThese events are always free and open to all. Cash bar.

Meet other area film/media professionals

African Cinema Festival & Symposium at Mount Holyoke

African Cinema Festival & Symposium at Mount Holyoke April 5-8th

A 4-day African Cinema Symposium and Festival organized by the Five College African Studies Council will take place from April 5-8. Featuring film screenings, scholarly panels and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, the event will examine the role of African cinema as a form of social critique, reflection, and an agent of political change. Invited speakers/filmmakers are Keith Shiri (Zimbabwe/UK), Idrissou Mora Kpai (Benin), Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon), Rama Thiaw (Senegal/Mauritania), Litheko Modisane (South Africa), Mahen Bonetti (USA), and Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Democratic Republic of Congo). They will be joined by Five College-based scholars/filmmakers. More details are available here:

Friends of Forbes Annual Meeting with Skylarkz

Wednesday, April 5

Friends Annual Meeting at 6:30 followed by Skylarkz at 7 PM
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library

Please join us for a most entertaining program of American popular song. Local performers Sarah Clay and Nick Kachulis are Skylarkz. Drawing on their backgrounds as musicians and educators, they present a variety of American popular songs and jazz, from the Roaring ‘20s through World War II and beyond. 

Nassim Soleimanpour's BLANK, April 22-24 at A.P.E.

Nassim Soleimanpour's BLANK
A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA.
April 22, 23, and 24

Now that Serious Play's Endgame Project has come and gone, we are excited to announce the dates of our next show, which will play at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton on April 22, 23, and 24! Building on the energy generated by the excellent return performances in Serious Play's Endgame Project AND the new possibility of a college tour in 2017-18, we are moving forward in our PERSPECTIVES THROUGH PERFORMANCE initiative with Nassim Soleimanpour's play, BLANK.

BLANK is the second experimental work by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. His first, "White Rabbit Red Rabbit," was presented by Serious Play in in the Fall of 2016.

NCTV's 7 Day Film Sprint Kicks Off!

7 Day Film Sprint Kicks Off!

The annual 7 Day Film Sprint kicks off once again Monday April 17th at 7pm at Northampton Community Television Studios at 380 Elm St. in Northampton, MA. The studios are located in the same building as the Northampton High School, with an entrance around the far back of the building accessed by hugging the structure all the way around.

The Sprint calls upon teams of filmmakers, from aspiring to professional, to tap into their creativity and produce an entire short film of up to five minutes in length, from start to finish, in the span of just 7 days. Each team will be assigned a prompt or series of prompts for their film - including a genre such as heist film or silent film or coming of age film. In past years prompts have also included a line of dialogue and a prop that must appear within the body of the film.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Erring Star Theatre Company presents Emily Atkinson’s 'Act of Contrition'

Erring Star Theatre Company presents Emily Atkinson’s 'Act of Contrition'

Production Dates: April 7 2017—April 8 2017
Opening Night: April 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Event: Act of Contrition by Emily Atkinson Directed by Emily Atkinson
When: April 7-8, 2017 at 7:30, House opens at 7:15, There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.
Venue: Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063

Erring Star Theatre Company embarks on its first production for a developmental staging of Emily Atkinson’s Act of Contrition, supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. It is 1593, and Kit Marlowe--playmaker, poet, spy--is dead. So what is he doing in what looks like Will Shakespeare's bedroom? This is a story about love, about grief, about repentance; about what it means to sell your soul before you know it's real; about memory, creation, poetry and forgiveness in the midst of a world dictated by fear, lies, and harsh politics. Combining sharp wit and an ironic sensibility with an evocative portrait of loss and desire, Atkinson’s production, as much a love story as a spy story, enthralls the audience in the vivid, dangerous world of Elizabethan England, in all its violence and brutal glory. 

UMASS MFA Visiting Writers Series presents Edie Meidav

UMASS MFA Visiting Writers Series presents Edie MeidavREADING: Thursday, April 6, 2017 8 PM
Memorial Hall, 
UMASS Amherst
Free & Open to the Public

Called "an American original" by the Daily Beast, Edie Meidav is the author of Kingdom of the Young (Sarabande, 2017), a collection of stories with a nonfiction coda, as well as three novels, most recently Lola, California (FSG) and Crawl Space (FSG). Of Kingdom of the Young author Paul La Farge said, “These stories are dazzling, full of knowledge of the world and of the heart, and written with the pluck and thrum of a flamenco guitarist. Meidav draws you into world after world; she makes you want to sit by your window and listen all night.”  

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Williston Theater

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Williston Theater
April 27 to 29, and May 4 to 6 at 7:30 p.m

Peter and the Starcatcher unfolds the origin story of Peter Pan, and in doing so, invites theater-goers to join a heroic journey. The Williston Northampton School’s theater program presents the play April 27 to 29, and May 4 to 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at and go on sale on April 1. They cost $10 general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

The young adult book on which this play is based was co-written by humorist Dave Barry, and the play offers contemporary jokes and is told in a tongue-in-cheek style, said Williston Theater Director Emily Ditkovski. The Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher was nominated for a Tony award for best play in 2016.

Botanical Illustration 2 at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Botanical Illustration 2
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd. Easthampton
Instructor: Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design

Put your botanical illustration skills to use with experiences drawing spring flowers and landscapes. Students will expand their knowledge with additional skills and techniques in drawing and composing.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CLICK Workspace “Feed the Soul” Benefit for Northampton Survival Center

CLICK Workspace celebrates anniversary with “Feed the Soul” benefit for the Northampton Survival Center

Last April, CLICK Workspace moved its coworking community from an office suite in Hampton Court to its new multi-story home at 9 1/2 Market Street in Northampton. In that freshly renovated space, CLICK has greatly expanded its services to the community, offering meeting and event spaces, membership plans for local organizations, and cultural events. Now CLICK is celebrating the first anniversary in its long-term home by giving back to the community.

On Thursday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., CLICK will host "Feed the Soul," a private art opening featuring original paintings by artist Pam Carter, the proceeds of which will benefit the Northampton Survival Center.

Northampton High School Theater presents Tears of Laughter

Tears of Laughter: Comedy meets Tragedy!
One Show Only: Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 PM

A celebration of the Friends of NHS Theater. Northampton High School Theater marries comedy to tragedy as improv troupe Funktionlust joins award­ winning Anti(gone) to celebrate our new support group, Friends of NHS Theater (FONHST).

Founded under the auspices of the NHS PTO, FONHST will help fundraise, support and promote theater arts at NHS. The group was formed in response to the program’s need for adult partners in its ambitious projects, and the intensifying challenge of meeting the bottom line at a time when both arts and education funding is, literally, under attack.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Young@Heart 35th Anniversary Show

Young@Heart 35th Anniversary Show
Friday, May 5th, 2017 @ 7:30PM
Academy of Music Theatre - 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Come celebrate with us as the Young@Heart Chorus turns 35 years old with lots of new music ranging from Leonard Cohen to the Psychedelic Furs, Los Lobos, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and much more.

Tickets Online:

Or call: 413-584-9032 x105


Performances: Friday, March 24 @ 8 PM & Saturday March 25 @ 8PM
$18 Students & Seniors/$20 General/Performances for 14 & up
Location: STUDIO4 / SCDT, 25 Main Street, 4th floor Northampton, MA 01060

We The People: Community Reading & Discussion of the U.S Constitution

We The People: Community Reading & Discussion of the U.S Constitution
with special guests and food & drinks to follow.

Sunday March 26, 2017
5:30-8:00 PM
Haymarket Cafe, 185 Main St, Northampton, MA

$5 Suggested Donation
All are Welcome.

Northampton Jazz Workshop News for 3/28/17

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guitarist John Stowell from Portland, OR on Tuesday March 28th, 7:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Here’s Where I Let Go: A Cabaret Benefit for Arts at Northampton High School

Salient Productions Presents:
Here’s Where I Let Go

A Cabaret Performance by Sharon Saline to benefit the Arts at Northampton High School

Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m
Sunday, March 26, 2:00 p.m.

Northampton High School Black Box Theater
$20 for adults/$10 for students

SCDT presents HUT IX

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT IX
An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, April 1, 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)
$10 general admission, $5 students/seniors | Reservations 413 570 4491

Stephen Gingold Nature Photography at Arcadia

Stephen Gingold Nature Photography
April 1st to 31st, 2017

Opening Reception:
Wed. April 5th, 5pm to 7pm
Arcadia, 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Sunday seasonally

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