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 12, 2018

Tour of Forbes Library's permanent collection


WHAT: Tour of Forbes Library's permanent collection
WHEN: Thursday, December 20th, 3pm
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Cookies with a Curator is a monthly show and tell from the Forbes Library's Collection on Third Thursdays at 3pm in the Coolidge Museum. This month's offering is a walking tour of the Forbes Library's permanent Art Collection on display in the building, by Arts & Music Librarian Faith Kaufmann.

Join us as this monthly series kicks off a year long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Forbes Library! September 2018-October 2019 topics will feature materials from the collections focusing on the construction and history of the building, staff, trustees, donors and our community. 

Ninfa/Nancy Donato Northampton Show



WHAT: NINFA outerwear show
WHEN: Friday, December 14, 5pm-8pm, Saturday, December 15, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St, Northampton MA

Oxbow Gallery Presents Marilyn Allen: Walking into Painting


WHAT: Marilyn Allen: Walking into Painting
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday December 14th 5-8 pm during ARTS NIGHT OUT
On View: December 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery 273, Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Please Join Us!!

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 12 noon - 5 pm
or by appointment

In the Back Gallery:
SACRED PROFANE 
a show of small works by Oxbow artists and friends
Cash and Carry from opening night through January 8th

Hosmer Gallery January: Amanda Maciuba and Colleen Keough





WHAT: Hosmer Gallery January: Amanda Maciuba and Colleen Keough
WHEN: Gallery Talk by the artists: Saturday, January 12, 2-3 PM
Reception with the artists: Saturday, January 26, 2-4 PM
Show on View: January 3-30, 2019
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA


Amanda Maciuba: Flyover

Amanda Maciuba’s work is concerned with the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental concerns prevalent throughout the United States. By reacting directly to the landscapes and environments she is living in at the time, her work examines, celebrates, and critiques place. Flyover contains a selection of prints and artist’s books created in the last five years, inspired by her time living in three different states in the Midwest and her most recent home in Western Massachusetts.

A native of the Buffalo, NY area, Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Visual Studies. She has a MFA in printmaking and a Certificate of Book Arts from the University of Iowa. She shows her work regularly throughout the United States and has participated in artist residencies at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Fire Island National Seashore and the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas. Currently, she teaches printmaking, drawing and book arts at Mount Holyoke College.


Colleen Keough: Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid: Infinite Desire

Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Hybrid Media artist working in lens and time-based media, performance, installation, creative writing, and digital art. Her integrated media works explore feminist new media themes through the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and
technology. The "Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid" series is created from digital print cut outs, which are then collaged into large scale site-specific compositions. The work explores relationships between desire, excess, embodiment, spirituality, electronic media and nature, and speaks to the elasticity of feminine sexuality, imagination and consciousness.

Keough’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and festivals in Europe, China, and the US. Artist residencies include: Cite' Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, Signal Culture, Owego, NY and the Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred, NY. She completed undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, & DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York. She is currently a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Art at UMASS Amherst. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

First Night Northampton 2019



Happy New Year! You're invited to attend Northampton's most beloved signature event. On Monday, December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council and PeoplesBank welcome you to the 34th edition of our city-wide New Year's Eve party. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Gather with friends, neighbors and visitors at 20 terrific downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. Proceeds benefit community arts.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Phantom Sheep Productions presents LaughCrafters Holiday Show


WHAT: Phantom Sheep Productions presents LaughCrafters Holiday Show
WHEN: December 17 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001

Local comedy troupe Phantom Sheep returns to the Agawam Public Library with a free performance celebrating the season on Monday, December 17th starting at 6:30PM. “LaughCrafters” will feature live unscripted scenes, each with a custom holiday twist, created right on the spot with lots of audience interaction.  This Holiday show has been an annual tradition for many years to share a night of laughter with the local community.

Facebook event.

The Phantom Sheep Players repertoire includes Western MA natives Eric Boucher, Devin Horan, Jessica Lamoureaux, Tommy Lynch, Jesse Redmond, Greg Seymour, and Jeff Tingley. The troupe has worked together for over 15 years writing, performing and producing shows and workshops for schools, libraries, special events, and the theme park industry. They have also been teaching and performing at the Springfield JCC since 2014 and will offer their next session of weekly classes starting early 2019.

Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew

WHAT: Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew
WHEN: December 6, 7, 8 at 7:00 PM, December 9 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts @ 33 Hawley Street

Real Live Theatre presents "When Last We Flew," by Harrison David Rivers: a reflection, a holding, a celebration of black, brown, queer, and activist youth coming into their various identities while navigating family and relationships, and seeking connection. These characters are nuanced and real, their stories are relatable and simultaneously inspiring. This coming of age story follows teenagers Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they discover who they really are.

After stealing his local library's only copy of "Angels in America," misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading Tony Kushner's landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen.

Tickets are $25. There is a sliding scale for those who need it starting at $10. There is also a sponsor sliding scale for those who can afford to support the arts starting at $26.

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE:  City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and now living between NYC and Paris, alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky once again brings his own unique style and original compositions to the Workshop. I think you will really enjoy his warm and dark alto sound. We always look forward to playing with Dmitry's and this will be his sixth appearance at the Workshop. http://www.dmitrybaevsky.com

Also, we are thrilled to have George Schuller, one of the most versatile drummers around today joining us this week while Jon Fisher is away. Hope to see you there and consider sticking around for the jam session which is always full of surprises and features many local musicians and vocalists.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with George Schuller on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon.

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop

5th Annual Flo Ho Ho

WHAT: Flo Ho Ho
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 6:30pm
WHERE: Florence VFW Ballroom, 18 Meadow St, Florence, MA 01062

Mighty excited about Flo Ho Ho this year. Stellar lineup with a rare appearance by the legendary Raymond & the Circle! Hope you can stop by.

Line-Up:
6:30– Doors Open
7:00-7:30 – Court Etiquette
7:45-8:15 – Jerks on the Loose
8:30-9:00 – Johnny Memphis Band
9:00- 9:15 – Connolly Ryan
9:15- 9:45 – Beige
10:00-10:15 – Raymond and the Circle
10:30-11:00 – Free Range Cats
11:00-11:30 – Christmas Karaoke

plus Bell & Howl visual art projection






Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"28 Faces, 23 Spaces" Smith College Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition


WHAT: "28 Faces, 23 Spaces" Exhibition
WHEN: Opening reception on December 7,  6:30 to 8:00pm
Show on View: December 5, 2018 through January 31, 2019
WHERE: Janotta and Oresman Galleries, located in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College

The largest Smith College senior studio art class on record brings you 28 Faces, 23 Spaces. 28 Faces, 23 Spaces brings together a variety of artworks: from oil painting, printmaking and digital collage to video art, sculptural installations and multimedia pieces. The senior studio class framed their fall 2018 semester around the broad theme of “work.” Students were asked to not only create but also examine, orient, and possibly re-conceptualize their artistic practice, continuously asking the question “what is work?” 28 Faces, 23 Spaces is the culmination of a semester of figuring out “what works.”

28 Faces, 23 Spaces features the work of: Abigail Pechman, Alana Kepler, Arabia Simeon, Ashley Aviles, Asia Littell, Bailey Whitney, Caitlin Blanding, Cassidy Lewis, Dana Smith, Echo Zhang, Ella Perkins, Ella Prince, Haley Peterson, Isabel Cordova, Isley Gagnon, Jasmine Olivarez, Julia Xu, Julia Sabbagh, Julie Kim, Katie Christensen, Lauren Mitchell, Lena Gruber. Nina Sajankila, Olwyn Moxhay, Raegan Thomas. Rosalie Biffis, Rose Bernhard and Sarina Vega.

Please join us for the opening reception on December 7th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, held in the Janotta and Oresman Galleries, located in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College. Refreshments will be served. The show will be on view from December 5, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet


WHAT: Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet
WHEN: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA
Free, all ages

Take a break from holiday chaos and relax with some free string quartet music at the library! The Quark Quartet is a group of local musicians who enjoy sharing a variety of string quartet music with the public. They will perform quartets by Maurice Ravel and Joseph Haydn, as well as modern and seasonal selections.


Lyra Music Workshop Registration Is Open!


WHAT: Lyra Music Festival and Workshop
WHEN: July 7-27, 2019
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton, MA

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE

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.

The Workshop:
Students of both programs live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Lyra Faculty are artist educators, teaching and mentoring Lyra’s young musicians, sharing their passion, commitment and experience on a daily basis. 2019 faculty include: Yari Bond, cello, Francisco Montero, piano and Peter Rovit, violin.  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 2019 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Fei-Fei Dong, piano, Ayano Ninomiya, violin, Astrid Schween, cello and The Horszowski Trio with Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano.

Activities:
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


Application and Enrollment:
Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled or the final deadline of March 23, 2019.

Minimum requirements, application materials, audition and financial aid information can be found on our website lyramusic.org/program

“Lyra was a transformative experience”
“I can’t wait to go back!”

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!


The 8th Annual Lyra Music Youth Competition


Applications and information for the 2019 Lyra Youth Competition are now available!

APPLICATION ONLINE HERE

Application deadline: Midnight, February 10th, 2019

NEW! 2019 Prize Levels have been generously sponsored by GC Global

Senior Level
1stPlace: $1000 cash prize or $2,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
2ndPlace: $750 cash prize or $1,500 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
3rdPlace:  $500 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop

Junior Level
1stPlace: $750 cash prize or $2,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
2ndPlace: $500 cash prize or $1,500 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
3rdPlace: $250 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop

Questions?   Visit: lyramusic.org or email: info@lyramusic.org









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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Holiday Sing-Along at Forbes Library

WHAT: Sixth Holiday Sing-Along and Open Jam
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10 AM -12:00 noon
WHERE: Forbes Library (Coolidge Museum), 20 West St, Northampton MA

Join us for some participatory music-making and seasonal cheer!
All voices, any instruments, all ages. Music provided.

All are invited to the Sixth Holiday Sing-Along and Open Jam
Bring your voice, instruments, and friends, and join in the holiday fun!
Seasonal songs will be selected from The Daily Ukulele and will be projected on a screen for easy reading.
All ages.  Refreshments to follow.
Free. Donations will be accepted for the Interfaith Winter Shelter.
Co-sponsored by A E I O Ukes.

CONFLICT, HEALING, AND HOPE

 “Peace”  by Wadea Haddad
WHAT: Dark to Light: A Syrian Child’s Journey
WHEN: On View: November 20 through December 31
WHERE: Sam’s Cafe and Pizzeria, 235 Main Street, Northampton MA

Dark to Light: A Syrian Child’s Journey - An exhibition of 26 expressive paintings and drawings by Syrian refugee children will be on display in Northampton MA, at Sam’s Cafe and Pizzeria, 235 Main Street Northampton, from November 20 through December 31. Opening reception will be December 1, 2018, 5:00-7: 00 pm

Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, Inc., a Massachusetts based non-profit, invites the public to view an exhibit of expressive artworks by Syrian refugee children reflecting both the horror and hope of their experiences. The paintings are on loan to us from children receiving prosthetic rehabilitation and trauma therapy at our program in Amman, Jordan. 

This exhibition marks the launch of the program’s online fundraising campaign, Wounded Angels. A donation of $25 or more to the campaign will enter you into a drawing to win a print of the painting “Peace”  by Wadea Haddad . For more information or if you would like to make a donation please visit poluscenter.org or woundedangels.causevox.com.

Follow My Eyes: Recent Work by Jan Ruby-Crystal

In the Garden, with Feugo, Guatemala by Jan Ruby-Crystal, 2018 Volcanic Ash Monoprint on canvas, 30 x 20”
WHAT: Follow My Eyes: Recent Work by Jan Ruby-Crystal
WHEN: Opening Reception: December 15, 11-1 PM
WHERE: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor’s Center, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027

As I follow my eyes, I am often rewarded with an endlessly changing world of beauty and light that captures my imagination and inspires creative action. Sometimes my response is a drawing, others a painting or a sculpture. While in Guatemala, the continual eruption of the massive volcano, Fuego in Antigua, left layers of sooty ash upon every surface. The tragic stories of inhabitants fleeing ahead of the lava flows, others trapped in their homes and a lucky few rescued from rooftops while whole towns, generation of memories were suddenly gone forever buried under mountains of ash and rock. Some of my new work, based on techniques created by artist Kurtis Brand, is my response to the hailing ash of Feugo. I created a series of mono prints using sifted volcanic ash to design my images. These one-off prints explore the effects of the Volcanic eruptions on nature and its innocent inhabitants. As I follow my eyes, I am often rewarded with an endlessly changing world of beauty and light that captures my imagination and inspires creative action. Sometimes my response is a drawing, others a painting or a sculpture. While in Guatemala, the continual eruption of the massive volcano, Fuego in Antigua, left layers of sooty ash upon every surface. The tragic stories of inhabitants fleeing ahead of the lava flows, others trapped in their homes and a lucky few rescued from rooftops while whole towns, generation of memories were suddenly gone forever buried under mountains of ash and rock. Some of my new work, based on techniques created by artist Kurtis Brand, is my response to the hailing ash of Feugo. I created a series of mono prints using sifted volcanic ash to design my images. These one-off prints explore the effects of the Volcanic eruptions on nature and its innocent inhabitants.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
413-584-3009
arcadia@massaudubon.org
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 am-3 pm;
Sundays, seasonally variable
Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk

Pioneer Valley Theatre News

THIS WEEK IN THEATRE NEWS:
from Howlround
We Had a Convening About Comedy in Theatre and People Couldn't Stop Farting
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

From the article: 
Do you remember laughing at something so hard that it made you pee a little? Do you remember having an intense emotional release triggered through seeing something funny? What about experiencing a moment where comedy has disoriented and destabilized you and/or a culture, or where you have felt how sharp and precise comedy strikes at the heart of societal and personal problems? Do you remember how healing laughter can be? Do you remember joy?

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me! pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com

Want to know even more about events in the Pioneer Valley and beyond,
including reviews, interviews, and previews?
In the Spotlight, Inc.
Berkshire on Stage

PERFORMANCES:

WHAT: The UMass Theatre Guild Presents Arcadia
WHEN: Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30th @ 7:00pm; Saturday December 1st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pm
WHERE: Bowker Auditorium, UMass. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Terrance J. Peters

The UMass Theater Guild, is proud to present its Fall 2018 Main Stage production, Arcadia! Join us for a night of Mathematics, Sex, Pigeons and Literature. (Life and Death, so to speak.)

Arcadia follows the two intersecting stories of those who find their lives unfolding in the somber English countryside of Sidley Park, separated by a passage of 200 years, but deeply connected in the efforts of those driven to discovery.

In 1809, 13 year old Thomasina Coverly searches for truth in math, sciences, and carnal knowledge from her tutor Septimus Hodge. In the present, two academics, Hannah Jarvis and Bernard Nightingale, collaborate and compete to prove theories about the park’s occupants of two centuries ago.

As the lines blur between truth and emotion, love and obsession, discovery and understanding, Tom Stoppard’s supreme play of ideas emphasizes that in trying to grasp the human experience, "It’s wanting to know that makes us matter."

For more information, check out our Facebook event at tinyurl.com/ArcadiaUMTG

Tickets can be reserved from the UMass Fine Arts Center, URL available here: tinyurl.com/UMTGArcadia
Door tickets also available!
$8 students, faculty, seniors
$12 general admission
We accept cash and Venmo.


UMassTheatreGuild.com for more information about the Pioneer Valley's oldest student and community theater group!



WHAT: “THE WAR AND WALT WHIPPLE” 
WHEN: NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 9
WHERE: West Springfield’s Majestic Theater

Premiere Production of Latest Play Written by Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton

“The War and Walt Whipple,” a comedy/drama written by Danny Eaton, makes its debut at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater November 1 – December 9. Eaton is the producing director at the Majestic.

The play, based on events in Eaton’s family history, tells the story of Walt and Alice Whipple, parents to four sons. When World War II erupts, three of the sons immediately join the services, but before shipping out, each marries and sends their wives to the Whipple family homestead for the duration of the war. The arrival of three daughters-in-law, following a lifetime raising sons, challenges Walt on many levels.

“I was inspired to write this play because I wanted my children and grandchildren, who are generationally removed, to better understand the life my parents and my grandparents led,” said Eaton. “World War II was a time of common purpose in America, and those families who endured such hardships deserve to be remembered and honored. It was a great experience for me, as one of three survivors of my generation, to look back into my family's history and to bring life to it. My dad was the story teller in the family, and I hope this play not only carries on that tradition, but maybe even inspires a few people to reach back into their own lives.”

“The War and Walt Whipple” features several actors who have appeared in previous Majestic plays including J. T. Waite, Sue Dziura, Ron Komora, Tom Dahl, Margaret Streeter and Mark Dean. They join other cast members including Katie Mack, Jami Wilson, Jordan Reed, Chris Rojas, Joshua True and Cliff Blake.

Eaton will direct the play, and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Dawn McKay is costume designer, Dan Rist is lighting designer and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.

Tickets range from $24-$34 and are now available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm. Subscriptions are still being accepted for the five Season shows.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

A.P.E.@Hawley JANUARY MOVEMENT MONTH


January Dance Festival Returns to Northampton

Northampton will be treated to a festival of dance this January at the new Arts Trust building, located at 33 Hawley Street. For over fifteen years, A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery hosted a January Movement Month at Thornes. Reviving that successful series this January, A.P.E. @ Hawley Street brings over twenty-five local and national dance artists and their collaborators to the new arts facility for four weeks of performances and workshops. The month-long festival will feature a different focus each week—improvisation, contemporary dance in performance, streetdance and Butoh, and new works created by local choreographers. Additional workshops and lectures will be held during the course of the month. Scholar in Residence Deborah Goffe will host conversations with the dance makers, and four affiliated visual artists will create and present their work in relation to the dance events.

The month-long series begins with the Architects, highly skilled improvisors known for their dynamic collaboration: Lisa Gonzales, Pamela Vail, and Katherine Ferrier along with colleagues Peter Schmitz and Kathy Couch. Week two features Xan Burley + Alex Springer, former performers with the NYC-based company Doug Varone and Dancers, now in the graduate program at Smith College. Week three introduces Cameron McKinney and his NYC-based company Kizuna Dance, blending streetdance with Japanese Butoh ideologies in a new work for the Hatchery, the youth company at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. The final week hosts the Improvisation Ensemble directed by Angie Hauser, long-time dancer with the Bebe Miller Company and chair of the dance department at Smith College.

Historic Northampton teams up with festival hosts A.P.E. Ltd. and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought to present a special film, Vision of Thornes, honoring Gordon Thorne and his contributions to the arts in the Northampton community. The film also reflects the role of local newspapers and news media in bringing the arts into the public eye. Following the screening, there will be a conversation about the role of creativity in shaping community and the dialogue between business and the arts.

A special Sundays at 5 series begins on January 13 with a stunning evening-length duet by Jen Nugent and Paul Matteson, another piece apart, recently presented in the New York Live Arts series. January 20 will feature a showing of new works by Lailye Weidman and Doug LeCours—two young artists actively performing on both coasts. Kizuna Dance  the young dancers of Hatchery, plus a work in progress by local dancer and choreographer Meredith Bove will be shown on January 27. The Festival Finale on February 3 highlights five area dance artists with works created at Hawley Street throughout the month—Katie Martin, Barbie Diewald, Sarah Lass, and Leah Fournier, along with NY-based artist-in-residence Andrew Pester.

A Festival Pass lets you support this lively month of dancing by attending any five events.

For the full schedule and tickets, see A.P.E.@Hawley.

About the Artists: Selected Websites

Week I: Improvisation—
The Architects: Katherine Ferrier,  Lisa Gonzales, and Pamela Vail, (https://www.architectsdance.org/)
Peter Schmitz (www.scdtnoho.com/improvisational-practices.html)
Kathy Couch (https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/kcouch)
Sundays at 5: Paul Matteson and Jen Nugent (45 minute duet) https://www.pbs.org/video/nyc-arts-nyc-arts-profile-jennifer-nugent/

Week II: Contemporary Dance
Xan Burley + Alex Springer  (http://www.themedianmovement.com/the-work/)
Sundays at 5: Lailye Weidman (www.lailyeweidman.com/)

Week III: Street Dance and Butoh and New Works
Sundays at 5: Cameron McKinney (https://www.cameronmckinneydance.com/)
Meredith Bove (https://meredithbove.wordpress.com/)

Week IV: Improvisation Ensemble and Festival Finale
Angie Hauser (www.angiehauser.com/)
Sundays at 5: Festival Finale
Barbie Diewald (https://barbiediewald.weebly.com/)
Sara Lass (https://www.facebook.com/239866362825199/.../sarah-lass.../994297894048705/ )
Meredith Bove (https://meredithbove.wordpress.com/)
Katie Martin (https://www.fivecolleges.edu/dance/facultystaff/guest-artists/katie-martin)

Photo Credits:
Burley and Springer by Francisco Graciano

Visual Artists:
- Michael Tillyer: www.tillyervision.com/
- Jil Crary-Ross:  https://cargocollective.com/jilcraryross/JIL-CRARY-ROSS
- Stephen Petegorsky: https://spphoto.com/
- Peter Raper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111040228@N03/albums/

Old Deerfield Painting Group

WHAT: Old Deerfield Painting Group
WHEN: December 3-29, 2018
WHERE: Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery, 20 West Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

The Old Deerfield Painting Group was started in Historic Deerfield in 1989 by Elice Davis Pieropan and is now under the direction of local artist David Sund. The group meets weekly at the Community Center in Old Deerfield to paint. Each member brings their own unique style of painting in several media, including watercolor, oil and pastel. All 15 member artists are participating in this exhibit: Valerie Bassett, Trudi Bluml, Jo-Ann Denehy, Leni Gaudet, Helen Hodges, Nancy Howell, Jean Koslowsky, Joan Morawski, Harry Ruddock, David Sund, Barbara Taylor, John Tomasetti, Georgina Van Zandt, Carol Walker, and Christine Yario.

The Old Deerfield Painting Group celebrates its 30th year in 2019. We are pleased to share a sampling of some of our work from over the years with you. Please feel free to visit our website:
http://olddeerfieldpainting.wixsite.com/arts. We hope to keep painting for many years to come.

Gallery Hours
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Seasonal Makers Market featuring the work of 27 local artisans


WHAT Seasonal Makers Market featuring the work of 27 local artisans
WHEN: Open through the holiday season (December)
Hours: Monday-Thursday (11am-6pm) Friday-Saturday (11am-7pm) and Sunday 12pm-5pm
WHERE:18 Center Street, Downtown Northampton (next to the Iron Horse)




Holiday Stroll is this Saturday

WHAT: Holiday Stroll!
WHEN: Saturday Night, December 1, from 5-8pm
WHERE: Downtown Northampton

Join us downtown to experience Main Street on foot.  Shop at our local stores, eat at your favorite restaurants, enjoy the holiday lights and celebrate the winter season!​

Where to park?  All of our municipal lots will be open and waiting for you, as well as the parking garage.  ​A parking map is available here. There is also parking available on downtown side streets, and on-street parking on Elm, Green and West Streets near Smith College.

TRAFFIC FLOW: Main Street will close to through traffic starting at 4pm.  Please note: Main Street will be closed only from Masonic Street (which will remain OPEN) to King Street (which will also remain OPEN).  The lower block of Main Street, between King Street and Market Street will be open to through traffic the entire evening.  This is because there are two other big events happening in downtown Northampton on Saturday night: an 8pm concert at the Calvin (Melissa Etheridge) and an NEPR fundraiser at the Hotel Northampton.

What’s happening, you wonder?  A quick overview:
- S’mores and fire pits, of course – in the block near Thornes
- Winter kid-friendly games with Northampton Parks & Recreation, AND kid-friendly activites with    the Hampshire County YMCA!
- Karaoke with Hits 94.3
- More winter kid-friendly games with the Northampton Montessori School
- A Crackerbarrel Alley takeover by UMass Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Students      and Faculty
- Food on the sidewalk from Belly of the Beast, Iconica Social Club and Viva Fresh Pasta
- Forbes Library kid crafts and read-alouds
- Food from Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School culinary students
- D.J. Quintessential – in front of Cathy Cross
- The Northampton DPW, Police Department and Fire Department with trucks for kids to explore
- MUSIC – SO MUCH MUSIC!
A schedule of performances, being coordinated with the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals as part of their December fundraising efforts, is available HERE (it’s being updated constantly).  You can catch the Northampton High School band in Pulaski Park, small acapella groups wandering the streets, Valley Rock Voices on the steps of First Churches, an acapella jam inside First Churches, folk music inside the Unitarian Universalist Society, the Florence Community Band and others at the Christian Science Center, a schedule of groups in front of City Hall, and lots of groups performing inside retail spaces on and off Main Street.

The Arts Co-Creator a ValleyCreates Gathering

WHAT: The Arts Co-Creator a ValleyCreates Gathering
WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
WHERE: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA
Registration will close by December 20th at 5pm
REGISTER

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is hosting a gathering of people passionate about creating a more connected and vibrant arts community in the Valley, with a goal of generating fundable ideas that create meaningful change.

Bring your voice. Come ready to share your vision for how your organization can contribute to meaningful change through the arts. During this day-long event, we anticipate active exchange of ideas that explore equitable and visionary approaches for elevating the arts in our Valley. We invite diverse perspectives that together can contribute to the co-creation of innovative possibilities.

Who should come: Members from arts nonprofits who want to engage in building stronger networks, and who can commit their organization to the collaborative grant application process. Please limit two (2) attendees per organization.

Why this is important: From Hampden to Heath, from Worthington to Ware, we envision a thriving, inclusive, and collaborative arts and creativity ecosystem of artistic organizations, artists and their communities interconnecting throughout our Valley.

Other Essentials: Food and beverages will be provided. Please use our survey to indicate whether you need childcare. The event is free of charge.

Questions?
Please contact us at valleycreates@communityfoundation.org

The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble Presents: A Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music




WHAT: A Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 7PM
WHERE: The American Legion Hall, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA


Tickets available at the door: $8/adults


The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble is a community-based group of singers and instrumentalists who share a common interest in learning and performing traditional music of the Arab world. For more information about how to join us, email sharonarslanian@yahoo.com

For more information, call or text: 413-374-3355





The Ukulele Scramble

WHAT: The Ukulele Scramble
WHEN: Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

The Ukulele Scramble will play a benefit concert for Sing For Shelter, a project of Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals. http://www.hamphomeless.org/
The performance takes place Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 PM, in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library.
Donations of any size will be gratefully accepted, and will be used to give homeless individuals food, shelter, and a hand up to a better life.

The Ukulele Scramble sing and play songs from the past 500 years -- Renaissance music, 19th century parlor and art songs, jazz and swing standards, and even some rock and roll.  They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs -- often humorously -- and perform them on a variety of ukuleles and other small stringed instruments.  They are based in Western Massachusetts.

Richard Perlmutter, aside from playing ukulele, plays piano, guitar and mandolin. He is the creator, lyricist and featured performer of Beethoven's Wig, winner of over 50 awards, including 4 Grammy Award Nominations. He has also produced recordings for other artists incuding Grammy Award winning group Nickel Creek; Victoria Jackson, from Saturday Night Live, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners Ella Jenkins and Tom Paxton. Richard's songs have been made into animated films by Emmy Award Winning Smiley Guy Studios, and he has toured nationwide and performed in the Hollywood Bowl, Grammy Museum, and Rockefeller Plaza (on the Today Show). Two colections of his songs, as well as choral editions, have been published by Alfred Music.

Robin Hoffman began playing ukulele after retiring from her career as a professional ballet dancer, with companies including the Joffrey Ballet and Metropoplitan Opera Ballet. She performend throughout the United States at theaters including the Kennedy Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Metropolitan Opera House. Robin is also an illustrator with two published books to her credit, Live From The Audience and Jalopy Bands -- featuring on location drawings of musicians including the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jake Shimabukuro and The Nields. She also illustrates the popular Shirley Link mystery series for middle school readers. Robin teaches ukulele in Northampton, MA, and at Greenfield Community College.

December At The Academy

December 2018

Dear Friends,

This month we welcome back some traditional December programming and announce a few new additions. Come in out of the cold and get in the holiday spirit! We begin our month with Pioneer Valley Ballet's 40th Nutcracker (12/7, 12/8, 12/9)!  Join us for this treasured community event that includes over 250 dancers from towns throughout western Mass alongside professional guest artists.  The insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies of The Weepies Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour (12/12) with indie singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen are up next, then  J Mascis (12/14), best known as the front man of indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr., brings his solo tour to our stage.

We welcome back A Celtic Nutcracker (12/15) to watch the classic story of The Nutcracker through Celtic Dance performed by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company, and we welcome back The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR (12/22 3pm & 7pm) with their signature take on the holiday sing-along.  We bring you into the New Year for Bach at New Year's (12/30) with Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and Soloist Eugene Drucker.  Don't miss the annual First Night Northampton (12/31) performances, with a special performance by Academy Youth Productions at 4pm on the AOM stage!

See you at the theatre!

Debra J'Anthony

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents: The 40th Nutcracker
Friday, December 7 @ 4pm (Sensory & Family Safe)
Friday, December 7 @ 6:30pm
Saturday, December 8 @ 1pm
Saturday, December 8 @ 4:30pm
Sunday, December 9 @ 1pm
Sunday, December 9 @ 4:30pm


The Weepies Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour
Wednesday, December 12 @ 7:30pm


J Mascis 
Friday, December 14 @ 8pm


A Celtic Nutracker
Saturday, December 15 @ 3pm


The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR! 
Saturday, December 22 @ 3pm
Saturday, December 22 @7pm


Bach at New Year's 
Sunday, December 30 @3pm


First Night Northampton
Monday, December 31


For more upcoming events visit

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps and drummer Bill Goodwin


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps and drummer Bill Goodwin
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

We are pleased to welcome back for the third time a wonderful and eclectic saxophonist who makes his home in both NYC and Portland, OR. Rob Scheps has performed/recorded with everyone from Henry Threadgill and Julius Hemphill to Gil Evans, Jaki Byard and Dianne Reaves and even PDQ Bach. It should be a lot of fun and pretty amazing to boot I'm sure.   http://www.robscheps.8m.net. We are also very excited to welcome, subbing for Jon, Rob's good friend drummer Bill Goodwin,. Bill started his career in the 60's working with the likes of Charles Lloyd, Art Pepper, Paul Horn and George Shearing. After a 3 year stint with Gary Burton he became drummer and producer for Phil Woods and in that time won three Grammy awards for the albums he produced. We can't wait to play with these great artists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Goodwin_(jazz_drummer)

Upcoming Guest Artists:
12/4  -  Rob Scheps on saxes and master drummer Bill Goodwin
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830
For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop


Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates
WHEN: Tuesday, November 27th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton 

This week, one of our favorite and most popular guests, vocalist Giacomo Gates returns to the Workshop with his masterful interpretations of some of the swinginest tunes in the jazz  lexicon. Ad to that his stories, relaxed style and "hipster' persona you get a real entertaining night of great music. For those of you who haven't seen Giacomo, here is a quote from his bio:
The criteria for defining jazz singing will probably be argued for the rest of time. But no matter which side of the argument one may be on, there can be no doubt that Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Giacomo’s own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.  http://giacomogates.com

Also, on drums, subbing for Jon who is out for a month on his cruise ship gig, will be Peter Moutis from Exeter, NH. This will be Peter's second appearance with us.

Also, lots of other events going on in the Valley. Here's a few that might be of interest:
Dec. 1 Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Marty Ehrlich and Duende Winds: http://jazzshares.org
Dec. 1 NEPR Radio presents "Jazz, Baby", a holiday party at the Hotel Northampton: http://www.nepr.net/community-calendar/event/227863#stream/0
Dec. 8 Valley Jazz Voices annual concert at Gateway City Arts

Upcoming Guest Artists:
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals with Peter Moutis on drums
12/4  -  Rob Scheps on saxes and master drummer Bill Goodwin
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830
For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Shakespeare Stage presents TWELFTH NIGHT (Or What You Will)


WHAT: Twelfth Night (Or What You Will)
WHEN: November 30 and December 1 at 7:30pm, and December 2 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

Shakespeare Stage returns to the Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley to present Twelfth Night (Or What You Will), November 30 and December 1 at 7:30pm, and December 2 at 6:30pm. A classic tale of love in all of its powerful forms, Twelfth Night shows us that love can be lost, and found, in the most unexpected and unintended places. Join us for a cozy post-holiday weekend and laugh until your sides hurt as the ensemble gets into some hilarious hijinks.

Tickets are $15, available in advance at www.nohoarts.org and at the door. Reservations are recommended.

Live music by local musician Chris Devine enhances the joy and laughter as love is discovered, plots are hatched, and a set of twins causes quite the mix up. With both new tunes, and some that you might know, music truly is the food of love—so join us as we play on!

CAST (in order of appearance)
Viola- Jasmine Caamaño
Olivia- Siobhan McManamon
Sir Toby Belch- Thom Griffin
Feste, a jester- Chris Devine
Duke Orsino- Ryan Dunn
Malvolio- Jimmy Murphy
Sir Andrew Aguecheek- Julian Findlay
Maria-Erica Eynouf
Fabian/Valentine- Andrew Lapenta
Sebastian- Billy Moro
Antonio- Mark Tidswell
Sea Captain/Priest- Tim McCabe
Curio/Officer- Penney Hulton

Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic excellence, we contribute to the growing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew


WHAT: Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew
Written by Harrison David Rivers, co-directed by Trenda Loftin and Ellen Morbyrne
WHEN: December 6-8 at 7pm & Sunday, December 9 at 2pm
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley St. 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

From start to finish, When Last We Flew is a reflection, a holding, a celebration of black, brown, queer, and activist youth coming into their various identities while navigating family, relationships, and seeking connection. These characters are nuanced and real, their stories are relatable and simultaneously inspiring. This coming of age story follows teenagers Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they discover who they really are. The depth of these young characters is a rare find!

After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading Tony Kushner’s landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen.

Real Live Theatre is a collective of theatre artists based in the Pioneer Valley. We seek to create unique, dynamic, and powerful pieces of storytelling.

CAST & CREW:

Co-Director/Producer: Ellen Morbyrne (Holyoke, MA)

Co-Director/Producer: Trenda Loftin (Springfield, MA)

Lighting Designer: Ellen Morbyrne (Holyoke, MA)

Cast: Steve Folmar (Amherst, MA), Julissa Rodríguez (Springfield, MA), Nicole Young (Holyoke, MA), Syl Simmons (Northampton, MA), Tosh Foerster (Amherst, MA), Lia Russell-Self (Austerlitz, NY), Jacob West (Michigan City, IN)

TICKETS: Advance at Brown Paper Tickets with link at www.nohoarts.org
$25 general (sliding scale $10-24, and sponsor tickets $26 and up available)

www.reallivetheatre.net

Lisa Leizman Dance Company Takes Long Way Home to 33 Hawley Street


WHAT: “Long Way Home” Lisa Leizman Dance Company
WHEN: Friday, December 14, 7:30PM
WHERE: Flex Space @ 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

The Center for the Arts presents the Lisa Leizman Dance Company in concert on Friday, December 14 in the new Flex theater space at the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. The 7:30 pm performance of “Long Way Home” celebrates the company’s debut in this recently opened venue. It is followed by a trademark festive dinner reception prepared by members of the troupe. Tickets for the concert and reception are $15 for adults, $7 for children under 10. They are available online in advance at Brown Paper tickets and at the door. Reservations are recommended.

About “Long Way Home”: After five years of wandering throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, awaiting a new home for the Center, this long-time resident company finally has a new residence. Grateful and joyful, the dancers will present audience favorites "Spiegel im Spiegel," set to music by Arvo Part and “the amen of calm waters," with music by Ludovico Einaudi. The concert will also include “the secret that bamboo guards” with music by composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien.

Leizman: “There are no shortcuts in art. Do the work. Be tenacious. Be resilient. Keep going. Applaud the beautiful, elegant destination. Celebrate the journey, no matter how far. Take the long way home.”



Details and link to tickets at nohoarts.org.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Power Your Values with Lavery Greenfield's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive

WHAT: Power Your Values with Lavery Greenfield's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive
WHEN: Monday, November 19 at 2:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Old Courthouse Lawn, 99 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 

HCG is once again welcoming home Monte’s March by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive. We invite you to join with us in support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 

On Monday, November 19th, from 2:30-3:30 pm, we will be gathering on the lawn of the Old Courthouse to welcome Monte home with donations of jars of peanut butter and jelly, cash, or checks for the Food Bank.

Donations will be accepted on the side lawn by the late Gregory Stone’s statue ‘Hope’, at the corner of Main and King Streets in Northampton. Lavery Greenfield’s generosity to giving back to her community by starting the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive was an inspiration for the ‘Hope’ statue.

HOW YOU CAN POWER YOUR VALUES:

1. Simply download this flyer: Monte_PBJ_Flyer_PRESS_8.5x11_2018, and put it on a box to collect donations at your business.

2. Bring the donations to HCG at 99 Main Street on or before November 19th.

3. Join us at the event on Monday November 19th to welcome Monte home with your donations.

4. Let us know you are participating and we will share your values on social media.

*If you want to participate and are unable to bring your donations to us, please let us know, and we will pick up any donations you have.

**Checks can be made out to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In the notes section, please mark checks as PB&J.

On November 19th and 20th The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley.  For two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern and a number of supporters will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region.

HCG encourages all area businesses and interested community members to gather on the lawn and bring donations for the Food Bank.

Please come and join us in supporting this worthwhile cause to help ensure that all families have enough to eat. We applauds the community-minded efforts of Monte and Lavery and all those who give.

A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat

WHAT: A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat
WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, November 29 4:30-5:30, Poetry Reading with Ms. Espaillat in The Poetry Center, Smith College
Followed by “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” Book Talk with Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, 7:30-8:30 in Dewey Common Room, Smith College

Meridians and the Poetry Center at Smith College invite the local community to a night of poetry and conversation celebrating the life and work of Rhina P. Espaillat. The evening’s events will bring Ms. Espaillat—a bilingual Dominican-American poet and translator who has published eleven collections of poetry—to Smith College along with scholars Nancy Kang, and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, authors of the recently published book, The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. This event is also co-sponsored by the Latin American & Latino/a Studies, English Language & Literature, Study of Women and Gender, and Spanish & Portuguese departments.

On Thursday, November 29th, a brief reception will be held in Wright Hall from 4:00pm to 4:30pm, light refreshments to be served. Immediately following the reception, Ms. Espaillat will give a poetry reading and brief Q&A, at the Poetry Center from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. A book talk with scholars Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant entitled “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” will take place later that evening in Dewey Common Room from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. These events are free and open to the public. For disability access or accommodation requests, please call 413-585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY) or send an email to ods@smith.edu at least 10 days before the event.
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Meridians y el Centro de Poesía en Smith College invita a la comunidad local para una noche de poesía y diálogo, celebrando la vida y las obras de Rhina P. Espaillat. Los eventos traerán la Sra. Espaillat—una poeta dominicana-americana bilingüe y traductora que ha publicado once colecciones de poesía—a Smith College junto con los profesores Nancy Kang y Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, autores del libro recientemente publicado, The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. Este evento es patrocinado en colaboración con los departamentos de Estudios de Latinoamerica, Inglés, Estudio de Mujeres y Género, y Español & Portugués.

El jueves, 29 de noviembre, una breve recepción se llevará a cabo en Wright Hall de 4pm a 4:30pm, refrigerios ligeros serán servidos. Inmediatamente después de la recepción, la Sra. Espaillat dará una  lectura de su poesía con una breve oportunidad para preguntas y respuestas de 4:30pm a 5:30pm. Una charla con los profesores Nancy Kang y Silvio A. Torres-Saillant llamada “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” se llevará a cabo más tarde en la sala de Dewey Hall de 7:30pm a 8:30pm. Estos eventos son gratis y abiertos al público. Para facilidad de acceso o arreglos especiales, por favor llame a 413-585-2407. Para solicitar un intérprete de lenguaje de señas, llame a 413-585-2071 (voz alta o TTY) o mande un correo electrónico a ods@smith.edu al menos 10 días antes del evento.

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
 presents: RIFF TALKS _07 “TIPPING UTOPIAS”


WHAT: RIFF TALKS _07 “TIPPING UTOPIAS”
WHEN: Performance/Talk: Friday Nov 30, 7 PM
              Workshops: Sat Dec 1, 12-2, Sun Dec 2, 10-12
WHERE: STUDIO4/SCDT, 25 Main St, 4th floor Northampton, MA
How Much? $15/$10 student seniors
For more information please visit: http://www.scdtnoho.com/riff-talks.html


The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
 presents: RIFF TALKS _07 “TIPPING UTOPIAS”

Yield to the real/Understanding sustainability in the ARTS
RIFF TALKS offers the local community a chance to get up close to internationally renowned contemporary artists as they perform, and then participate in a dynamic panel discussion focused on critical themes in dance. RIFF TALKS _07 brings together four nationally acclaimed artists:: the innovative NYC based artist Katy Pyle who is re imagining ballet culture through a queer feminist lense, Bessie Award winning performer, director and amateur farmer from Queens, Jonathan González, local, community engaged artist/scholar, Deborah Goffe (Hampshire College) and long time contributor to arts enrichment in the Pioneer Valley through his work directing PVB and as a scholar and artist, Thomas Vacanti (UMASS). Pyle, Gonzalez and Goffe will perform and then the panel will converse about TIPPING UTOPIAS- Yield to the real/ Understanding sustainability in the ARTS.

RIFF TALKS takes place at 7 PM on November 30 at STUDIO4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA. Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door. http://www.scdtnoho.com/riff- talks.html

RIFF TALKS WORKSHOPS: Saturday Dec 1 with Jonathan Gonzalez 12-2/ Sunday Dec 2 10-12 with Katy Pyle. Register at http://www.scdtnoho.com/contemporary-lab-series.html

RIFF TALKS is one of SCDT’s signature programs. The School’s mission includes an abiding respect for the transition and history of reinvention, and a resolution to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT serves as a hub for performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale.

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