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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stash brings retail to Race Street

What: Stash, a pop-up retail store
When: July 5-31 (Th/Fri 10a-4p & Sat/Sun 12p-6p)
Where: 80 Race Street in Holyoke

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC) is hosting a limited retail engagement in the Race Street Galley at 80 Race Street in downtown Holyoke. Stash is a collection of original, found and remade pieces for sale to benefit the HCAC. Just two week left, please spread the word.

Community Sing & Vocal Workshop with Elise Witt

WHEN: Friday, July 20 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHAT: Community Sing & Vocal Workshop with Elise Witt
WHERE: Florence Civic Center 90 Park St, Florence, MA.
(Corner of N Main St & Park St, next to Lilly Library)

Mary Witt (of The O-Tones)'s sister Elise travels all over the world leading community sings. Join us for fun! Songs from around the globe with harmonies and parts for all! No experience necessary!

"Impromptu Glorious Chorus"

Vocal Workshop Cost: $25 – 85 sliding scale, please be affordable and generous!

Low pressure, High pleasure!

Singers of all abilities, styles, and experience welcome, No music reading required

To register: email and bring cash or check to SING!

You don’t know how much I need exactly what you gathered and offered – musically and spiritually. ~ Lynn, Decatur GA

Elise is a master at guiding voices and opening hearts. ~ WomanSong, Asheville NC

Fun, creative and masterful teaching style. ~ Sue Robbins, Libana, Boston MA

Monday, July 16, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Kate Lorenz & the Constellations, Kimaya Diggs

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: Kate Lorenz & the Constellations, Kimaya Diggs
WHEN: Friday, July 20th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn, 15 Gothic St, Northampton, MA
How Much? FREE

About Kate Lorenz: 
Kate Lorenz has been singing ever since she learned to talk. An avid lover of classic rock and motown, she started off by singing what she heard on mix tapes and in her parents' vinyl collection and cut her teeth on the blues while studying abroad playing with a pub band in Ireland. Kate formed the nationally touring folk-rock band Rusty Belle with her brother Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) in 2006 and has recorded back-up vocals for fellow folk artists Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Caitlin Canty,  Hayward Williams, The Suitcase Junket and Zak Trojano.

Kate currently lives in Western MA and plays and sings with her rock-n-roll band Kate Lorenz & The Constellations (Ben Falkoff, Max Adam and Don McAulay) and with the Southern VT honky tonk band The Rear Defrosters. Her powerful voice has been compared to the gritty howls of Etta James and Janis Joplin and the tender country soul of Patsy Cline. Kate Lorenz's much-anticipated first solo album, "Sing When Lonely" was released  in January 2018 and is produced by Matt Lorenz.

Sing When Lonely is a collection of feel-good rockers, with detours into Nashville country and Memphis soul. Kate Lorenz’s big blast of a voice has never sounded better and her songwriting chops shine. On this disc, she shows us a different musical side than what we heard in Rusty Belle. She gets to scream, play guitar, sing about dive bars and is obviously having a whole lot of fun. It is contagious and the listener can’t resist turning up the volume and singing along. Who knew that this preschool teacher by day was such a rocker by night?" -Sheryl Hunter “The Greenfield Recorder”

About Kimaya Diggs:
Kimaya Diggs is a musician and teaching artist based in Northampton, MA. Her debut album, Breastfed, came out in April.

With influences spanning many genres, Kimaya Diggs melds the folky acrobatics of Joni Mitchell, the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, the catchy soul of Lianne LaHavas, and yet has something you can't quite put your finger on that makes her entirely unique. Her mastery of her voice is the focal point of each performance, and a transfixing experience

Her debut album, Breastfed, is a chronicle of bittersweet growing pains, expansive and generous. Whether roaring along with reckless urgency or irreverently recounting painful memories, Breastfed wrangles the growing-up narrative in a boldfaced, darkly humorous way.

Water Color Adventure with visiting Mexican artist Veronica Rangel

WHAT: Water Color Adventure with visiting Mexican artist Veronica Rangel
WHERE: Wednesday July 1​8​ at ​2:00 pm​
WHEN: Fort River School Art room - 70 S East street, Amherst, MA.

Join our visiting Mexican artist Veronica Rangel in a water color adventure.

​This workshop is for adults but as we say it in Multi-Arts Every child is an artist and we know that that artist is still in you. Come and become again a creative artist.

​Veronica will lead you​ into a fun, creative and refreshing adventure of watercolor artwork.

This is a free workshop but donations are appreciated.

Space is limited, please, let us know you are coming - Catalina Arrubla,

Northampton Community Group Sing

WHAT: Northampton Community Group Sing
WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2018, sunset
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 40 West Street Northampton, MA

Our Community Sing, September 23, 2018, on the Forbes Library lawn beneath the Harvest Moon.

Come to the Group Sings in Northampton this summer and learn the songs that we’ll sing this fall:

Group Sing, July 27 at 6:30pm, at the gazebo/bandstand in the back yard of Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street (another full-moon night), led by Jim Armenti.

Group Sing, Wed, August 1, 7:00-9:00pm at the Northampton Senior Center, led by Joe Blumenthal and the A-E-I-O-Ukes.

Group Sing, September 14 at 5:00pm at Memorial Hall, 240 Main Street (Arts Night Out Friday), let by Mary Witt and Tom Mahnken.

Always free and open to the entire community.

Community Sing in September

Forbes Library is beginning plans to commemorate its 125th anniversary. It is also the 100th anniversary of the end of “the war to end all wars,” so we invite the community to gather on the library lawn to raise spirits, support peaceful resolutions of conflicts, and confirm our sense of community by singing together.

The large group sing will combine voices of individual members of the public and local choral groups, choirs, and informal singing groups. Everyone will learn the same 3 songs and come together to sing in unison on the lawn, much in the way Forbes Library selects a book each year for the entire community to read and then to gather and discuss. This will not be a performance, but a participatory, community event.

Northampton partners who have already joined in support of the project include Historic Northampton, Northampton Senior Services, Northampton Community Arts Trust, A.P.E. Ltd., Northampton Community Music Center, and Smith College.

During the summer of 1918 the trustees of Forbes Library granted use of the library grounds for several large gatherings of Northampton citizens for “Community Sings,” primarily of patriotic songs. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that the community sing of June 24, 1918, attracted a crowd of five to six thousand people! Spirits were high, automobiles were parked along West Street, and the view from the embankment on Smith College grounds was a maze of white blouses and long skirts, straw boaters and 3-piece suits, along with high school cadets and two drum corps.
1894 and now

In the fall of 1894 Forbes Library opened its doors for the first time. Its 125th anniversary in 2019 will be the occasion of multiple events and celebrations. It will all begin next fall with this joint celebration to both commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918 and to sing together with your friends and the entire community. We hope you will join us!

This year’s sing is set for September 23, around sunset and moonrise. It is still in the planning stages. Please send suggestions and comments to Faith Kaufmann, Forbes Library Arts & Music Librarian, 413-587-1013 or This page will be updated with more information about Our Community Sing as it develops.

This program is 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.

August Arts Night Out: Marilyn Cavallari at CLICK

WHAT: CLICK features the work of Marilyn Cavallari this August
WHERE: CLICK Workspace 9 1/2 Market Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Opening reception Friday August 10th, 6-8pm

Cavallari received her BA in Fine Arts from the State University College at Buffalo. She studied art at Penn State University and finished her degree at SUNYCAB with a concentration in Art History and Oil Painting. Her paintings grace private homes and collections in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Florida, California, New Mexico and the Bahamas.

"Simplistic is the word I would use to describe my style of art. My simplicity is extreme. In a brief moment you can see the entire image without any distractions. It is direct and profound while being very minimal. I use true colors that are bright and happy, yet when everyone views my paintings their comments are often that my work is very calming. In my landscapes the grass, the trees and the light source are the perfection of a Spring Day.

My life holds nothing extraordinary; I did not paint for most of it. I chose the life of a ballerina and ballet instructor. Finding painting has given me a new ability to translate what I see visually so that all are able to understand and enjoy. What I do see is happiness in the deepest sense. Now I can share it with all who have an interest."

Preview her work here:

Opening reception will begin at 6pm, light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Northampton Summer Concert Series 2018

The Northampton Arts Council believes bringing members of our regional community to downtown Northampton is really important. Providing diverse, live, and free arts programming is both central to downtown Northampton’s identity as a cultural district and a critical draw in encouraging residents from the Pioneer Valley and beyond to visit our unique city. We also believe you think it’s important, too.

How do we enjoy long summer nights in downtown Northampton’s Paradise City Cultural District? With free live music of course! Namely the Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series! This year, the Northampton Arts Council will present FIVE live music concerts with FREE ADMISSION; THREE at Pulaski Park and TWO on the Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn. The concerts will take place on Friday July 20, Friday July 27, Friday August 3, Friday August 10, and Friday August 17. All the shows start at 5:30 PM.

How Much: FREE

When & Who: ALL FIVE SHOWS 5:30PM-7:30PM

Friday August 3rd - Pulaski Park
Vapors of Morphine
Friday August 10th - Hampshire County Courthouse lawn
Mal Devisa
Topsy (from And The Kids)

Friday August 17th - Pulaski Park
Signature Sounds Presents: An evening showcasing Signature Sounds Artists

Who Supports the Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series?
Headline Sponsors: City of Northampton, Coca-Cola, Tea Guys
Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Cinema Northampton presents Casablanca at Forbes Library

WHAT: Free Outdoor Film Screening: Casablanca
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn 20 West Street Northampton
WHEN: Wednesday June 27, Festivities 5-9pm Film 8:45-10:45pm - Rescheduled to July 18 due to weather concerns.


RSVP Facebook Event here:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: King Radio, Chandler Travis Three-O

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: King Radio, Chandler Travis Three-O
WHEN: Friday, July 27th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St. Northampton, MA
How Much? FREE

About King Radio:
King Radio is a 7 piece band featuring Frank Padellaro, Brandi Ediss, Ken Maiuri, David Trenholm, Paul Pelis, Greg Saulmon and Patrick Timmons.  Spinning off in stylistic directions from orchestral pop to bossa nova, country to power pop and folk to garage punk, the songs all have one thing in common: delivering catchy hooks with erudite lyrics, usually in about 3 and a half minutes or less.  King Radio has been impressing critics and music fans in the Valley and around the world for over two decades.  "Looking at the heyday of Valley music, this is a primary source band...everything good about Valley music.” - Nicole LaChapelle (Mayor of Easthampton, MA)

About Chandler Travis Three-O:
The Chandler Travis Three-O started as a result of getting various offers from venues that weren't large enough to accommodate the 9 piece Philharmonic, that coincided more or less with the arrivals in the band of string bassist John Clark and saxophonist, keyboardist, and clarinetist Berke McKelvey. With these two, Chandler suddenly had two extremely talented and enthusiastic players who shared his passion for detailing, arranging, and rehearsing, and with the addition of vocalist and longtime supporter Fred Boak, aka The Valet (for what good is a Three-O with only three people?), the Three-O was born. At least two unexpected surprises followed: it gradually became evident that the Three-O could play just about anything the CTP could, plus a few things it couldn't; and it immediately became evident that audiences responded to the mellower approach and tighter focus quite well indeed. Accordingly, the Three-O's well received debut album was released in 2013, followed up recently with their latest, “Backward Crooked From the Sunset.” Life changed, slightly; almost in-perceptively.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Vapors of Morphine

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: Vapors of Morphine
WHEN: Friday, August 3rd, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton MA
How Much? FREE

About Vapors of Morphine:
Having taken their name from Morpheus, the Greek god of Dreams, the ’90s band Morphine pioneered a new type of music - “Low Rock” - that had fans grooving worldwide. Seductive, sultry and intoxicating sounds flowed from their  wildly innovative lineup: a baritone saxophone, a 2-string slide bass and drums. It was their unprecedented fusion of blues and jazz elements with alt-rock arrangements that gained them critical acclaim and five studio albums in under a decade’s time.

Morphine burned bright and fast but their flame was snuffed out before its time when front man, Mark Sandman, passed away suddenly on stage in 1999. From those ashes have risen Vapors of Morphine and they’re playing with a new fire. Following the internationally acclaimed documentary, Morphine - Journey of Dreams (2014), by Mark Shuman, their new project fully emerged. A mutual passion for experimental & exotic music pervades Vapors of Morphine's 2016 debut album, “A New Low”, while their love for live performances fueled thrilling tours across Europe & Russia and South America in 2017.

Original Morphine band members Dana Colley (baritone sax) & Jerome Deupree (drums) are joined by transplanted New Orleans’ blues guitarist Jeremy Lyons. They continue to seduce audiences with dreamy soundscapes, applying inventive arrangements to the unique instrumentation of electric baritone saxophone (evocative of Jimi Hendrix’ guitar), the Sandman-style 2string slide bass or electric guitar and mad jazz-rock drums.

A typical Vapors of Morphine show encompasses the noire-tinged Beat generation influences of the Morphine era sound; in one evening, you’d likely hear Morphine originals, Delta blues, heady African beats and the psychedelic jams that keep their audiences entranced.

Their ethereal soundscapes are an incense offering to Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams who was Sandman’s muse: “…we were dreaming, Morpheus comes into our dreams…and we woke up and started this band.” – Mark Sandman

Friday, July 13, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Mal Devisa, Topsy

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: Mal Devisa, Topsy (from And the Kids)
WHEN: Friday, August 10th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn, 15 Gothic St, Northampton MA
How Much? FREE

About Mal Devisa:
Mal Devisa is a project started by Who'da Funk it's Deja Carr. With driving bass melodies, hypnotizing harmonies and a variety of genres, Carr conjures up a live show one would have to see in order to truly hear.

“Deja Carr’s voice is a force of gravity, an instrument of rare range and seemingly limitless capacity for empathy.” - Pitchfork

About Topsy:
Topsy is Hannah Mohan, the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for local hero indie-rock trio And The Kids. Topsy sings soft songs for the hard heart.

And The Kid's second album "Friends Share Lovers" was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. The band has also been featured on NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts and Stereogum.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features Boston based tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring saxophonist Benny Sharoni
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th, 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.

Storming in from Boston next week will be the relentless swinger Benny Sharoni. His powerful and aggressive sound on the tenor saxophone is something to behold and is also a blast to play with. Guaranteed high energy with a thoughtful ballad or Bossa thrown in to give some relief. No joke, he'll smoke.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar
8/7 -   Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger on vocals and guitar
8/14 - Mark Lewis on alto
8/21 - Josh Bruneau on trumpet with Benny Woodard on drums
8/28 - Giacomo Smith on clarinet

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 Facebook.

Cancer Connection Campout returns to downtown Northampton July 18-19

WHAT: Cancer Connection Campout: Summer Camp.
WHEN: July 18th at 6am to mid day July19th
WHERE: Hampshire County Old Courthouse Lawn at Main & Pleasant Street Northampton, MA.

93.9 The River and Cancer Connection are gearing up for Monte's 2018 Cancer Connection Campout: Summer Camp. The Campout raises funds for the Cancer Connection’s free non-medical services for people facing cancer and their families and caregivers.

“Monte's theme this year is Summer Camp. Think s'mores, singalongs, and activities. We’ll have live music from local performers like Rock Voices and national acts like Cracker and Haitian dance band Lakou Mizik,” says Cynthia Tarail of Cancer Connection. “We’ll dance into the night with a funky soul dance party with DJ Snack Attack. All this fun and games is in service of a serious message: helping people facing cancer.”

The Campout begins at 6am on July 18 and ends around mid day on July 19. All are welcome to stop by the Campout any time to enjoy the music, hear the speakers, make a donation and meet staff from Cancer Connection. The full event schedule is available at

At least 7 tents set up by peer fundraisers will pepper the Old Courthouse lawn at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets.

Cancer Connection “create(s) a safe haven to talk about your cancer journey, if you choose, and their bodywork offerings are invaluable, especially when dealing with current and ongoing side effects of treatment,” says Aleeta Sasarak, participant and volunteer. “While no one ever wants to hear the words "you have cancer", it gives me comfort knowing the Cancer Connection will be here to support anyone should that fateful day come and they find themselves in need of their services.”

For more information about Cancer Connection, contact: Cynthia Tarail,, 413-586-1642. For more information about the Camp Out or WRSI, contact Mark Lattanzi,, 413-586-7400.

To learn more about the event, visit

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Signature Sounds Presents: An evening showcasing Signature Sounds Artists

WHAT: Summer Concert Series: Signature Sounds Presents: An evening showcasing Signature Sounds Artists
WHEN: Friday, August 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton, MA
How Much? FREE

About Signature Sounds:
Signature Sounds was formed by Jim Olsen and Mark Thayer in 1995 to promote the burgeoning acoustic music scene in and around Northampton, MA. Since our inception, we've released over 150 albums of singer-songwriter, Americana, modern folk and rock music. Signature Sounds Recordings are distributed exclusively worldwide by Redeye Worldwide. The label has worked with artists including Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Chris Smither, and Lori McKenna.

Signature Sounds moved into new offices in downtown Northampton in 2012 and opened The Parlor Room, an intimate 95 seat live performance venue presenting concerts several nights per week. In 2015 Signature started an artist development and management wing to work with talented new artists.

The Signature Sounds Recording Studio (now located in Pomfrey, CT) was founded in 1982 by Mark Thayer. It has become the studio of choice for many performers in the acoustic and jazz music worlds.

The Wilbraham Friends of the Library Annual Art Exhibit Call to Artists

WHAT: Wilbraham Friends of the Library Annual Art Exhibit
WHERE: Wilbraham Public Library 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA
WHEN:  Entry deadline: August 24
Show Runs: September 2 to September 28th
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15th from 11:00 – 1:00

The Wilbraham Friends of the Library (WFL) will present their Annual Art Exhibit, taking place at the Brooks Room of the Wilbraham Public Library from September 2 to September 28 with a reception for artists and Friends Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 – 1:00. Artists will be able to sell additional unframed pieces at the reception. The library is located at 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham.

The show is open for various art media, and Chairman Mary Bandouveres is now welcoming artist's applications. Respond early to insure your spot. Entry deadline is August 24.

The event is free and open to the public. This show is always popular and many of the artists will have pieces for sale.

The show is sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library which was established in 1973. The Friends of the Library fund programs for children, teens, and adults, as well as the library's popular Museum Pass program, furnishings, and other library equipment.

Wilbraham Friends of the Library, Inc.
Wilbraham Public Library
25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA 01095

Established in 1973, the Friends of the Library fund programs for children, teens, and adults, as well as the library's popular Museum Pass program, furnishings, and other library equipment.

Shared Visions: Paintings by Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet and Jenny Tibbetts

WHAT: Shared Visions Exhibit: Paintings by Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet and Jenny Tibbetts
WHEN: August 2th-30th, public reception Wednesday August 8, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. Northampton, MA

Shared Visions is an exhibit showcasing the work of three local women artists whose paintings explore the world around them. Karen Evans finds inspiration in the landscape, from farmland to the townships of Western Massachusetts. Leni Gaudet captures the reflections and light in still life and nature. Jenny Tibbetts explores light and color in urban and rural themes.

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

Iconica Social Club Presents: Parklet Music Series

WHAT: Iconica Social Club presents: the Parklet Music Series
WHEN: Friday July 13, 7:00-9:30pm
WHERE: Amber Lane Parklet, near 1 Amber Lane, downtown Northampton

How Much? FREE and open to the public

This Friday Featuring:
Doug Pi & Co
50's R-n-B

Cinema Northampton Presents Wonder Woman at Maines Field

WHAT: Outdoor Screening of Wonder Woman
WHEN: 7:45pm on August 29th
WHERE: Maines Field, 570 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA

How Much? FREE!

Cinema Northampton is in its 6th year and we continue to expand this community event!

FREE viewing of the movie at Maines Field.

About the movie:
Synopsis: When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
PG-13 | 2h 21min

We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bug spray, flashlights, and blankets to these outdoor screenings.

Chairs are allowed but must not block anyone’s view.

Subtitles will be on.

More at

Like a Mother Bear: An Environmental Call to Action, Opens at the Ko Festival this Weekend

WHAT: "Like a Mother Bear," written and performed by Helen Stoltzfus
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 27th and 28th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 29th at 4:00 PM
WHERE: Holden Theater, Amherst College, 200 S Pleasant St. Amherst, MA

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS–What happens when the last grizzly bear dies? What happens to a sleep that is no longer slept by a bear? The Ko Festival of Performance continues a season of “Radical Acts” with one woman’s extraordinary journey to healing in which she encounters the Great Bear Mother of the imagination and the very real endangered bear of the wilderness. LIKE A MOTHER BEAR will be performed July 27-29 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College.

Based on the playwright’s personal story, this life-changing experience propels her on an odyssey that moves from the bear den of dreams to the office of an Elvis-impersonating acupuncturist to the Alaska wilderness. She relives her past illness and infertility, grappling with the “womb-knowledge” that insists that life continue even in the face of environmental devastation. In the wilds she comes to understand the connection between her own endangered health and that of the threatened grizzly bear – as well as the painful and exhilarating secret of what it means to become like a mother bear. In this groundbreaking call to action, personal healing and the welfare of future generations are inextricably entwined with the survival of the natural world.

Open Mic in Pulaski Park hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center

WHAT: Open Mic In Pulaski Park hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center
WHERE: Pulaski Park Main St. Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Thursday August 16th 5:30-7:30pm

Do you ever have the urge to vent or rant about your most ridiculous, frustrating, or outright hilarious boss stories? Well, now’s your chance! The Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center invites you to an Open Mic in Pulaski Park. Workers can share their art, music, and stories.

Come enjoy some icy beverages and delicious homemade pierogies, made by Irida Kakhtiranova. Support her family by donating or signing up to bring some pierogies home. We will also be holding a raffle with great prizes. All performers will be given a free raffle ticket to put towards an item of their choice.

We’ve got 15-20 spots open for people to share short stories. (3-6 minutes each.) If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this Google form:


Sliding scale donations are appreciated ( $0-10.) All are welcome, and no one will be turned away for a lack of funds.

Un Micró Abierto en el Parque Pulaski

¿Alguna vez ha tenido la necesidad de desahogarse o despotricar de sus experiencias más frustrantes, graciosos, o francamente ridículas en el trabajo y sus interacciones con su jefe? Pues, ha llegado el momento! El Pioneer Valley Workers Center le invita a un Micró Abierto en el parque Pulaski. Los trabajadores están invitados a compartir su arte, música e vivencias.

Ofrecemos refrescos y pierogies caseros, hechos por Irida Kakhtiranova. Apoye a su familia registrándose para llevar algunos pierogies a casa y/o con una donación. También celebraremos con un sorteo con una variedad de premios. Todos los artistas recibirán un boleto gratis para el sorteo que se puede utilizar para el premio que quiera.

Tenemos 15-20 plazas abiertas para que los participantes puedan compartir sus historias cortas. (Cada historia durará 3-6 minutos.) Si quiere registrarse, rellene este formulario:

Se agradece las donaciones de escala móvil ($ 0-10). Todas son bienvenidas y no importa si no tiene fondos para contribuir.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"RADICAL ACTS" in Five Minutes: Ko Festival Story Slam

WHAT: "RADICAL ACTS" Ko Festival Story Slam
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 8:00pm
WHERE: Holden Theater at Amherst College, 200 S Pleasant St, Amherst MA

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS– Since 2011, Ko Festival of Performance has hosted story slams: a fast-paced evening of true stories. This year’s “Radical Acts” themed story slam can be seen for one night only on July 21 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College. For reservations please go to, call (413) 542-3750, or email

Ko Festival Artistic Director, Sabrina Hamilton says, "each summer the Ko Festival is curated on a theme that we think is timely and of compelling interest to people in the Pioneer Valley. The festival becomes a kind of five-week think tank, each week we present a different show that offers a different and entertaining lens on the theme.  Most of the Ko Festival artists come from across the country - this year, Detroit, Pennsylvania, San Francisco - and yes, Amherst. But we like to get more local participation into the mix and thus, most of the Story Slam storytellers are local. The Slam is a chance to hear stories from our neighbors about their own experiences as they relate to the theme." Previous summer story slam themes have included: “Secrets,” "Age & Aging,” Courage,” “Work | Job | Career | Calling,” “Fish Out of Water,” and last summer’s “Tactics for Trying Times.”

This summer KoFest is focusing on “Radical Acts.” Stories must be true, first person (though they need not be about the storyteller, there does need to be some first-hand involvement or witnessing). Stories are told live and without notes and must be 5 minutes or under. A gentle warning tone is sounded at four minutes and a far louder chime at the cut-off point. Hamilton says laughingly, "storytellers are allowed to finish the sentence they’re in the middle of — but no run-on sentences!”  There are 3 sets of 5 storytellers. 

Many of the performers will be telling stories that they have worked on in the 6-day FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance” workshop that Ko offers each summer. The sold out class is taught by Jerry Stropnicky, a multi-faceted theatre artist (director, writer and actor) who has traveled widely, creating original large-scale, site-specific performances in communities facing trauma, crisis, transition, or change. For this work, as well as for his role in co-founding the national Network of Ensemble Theaters, Jerry was honored as a United States Artists Fellow in 2010. More information about Stropnicky available at

Monday, July 9, 2018


WHEN: August 3 – 17, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, August 10: 5-8 pm, Northampton Arts Night Out
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street. Northampton, MA

A.P.E. presents its summer series: ARC.18 (Activate, Research, Create)

A.P.E.‘s third season of summer projects continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. A.P.E.’s current location in the center of Northampton, easily accessible to artists and audience alike, provides opportunities for innovative programming and increases the presence of contemporary arts within a community. ARC.18 consists of four distinct projects that run from June through August, 2018.


The A.P.E. Ltd Gallery is very pleased to present an exhibition of new and varied works featuring local artists Sarah Rose Lejeune, Anastatia Spicer, and Claire Hawley Crews.

Three hand-weavers whose work treads a line between craft and conceptual art will create an exhibition at A.P.E. that includes site-specific handwoven sculptures, fibrous drawings, and reflections on cloth-making today. These tactile manifestations create new ways of building kinship and connection, cultivating curiosity around how the process of hand-weaving serves as a metaphor for alternative ways of being in relation to one another. Patrons will be invited to weave with the artists on a loom in the gallery as well as interact with the work through sound installations.

About the Artists:

Sarah Rose Lejeune is a papermaker, weaver, sculptor, printmaker from Massachusetts. She graduated with High Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College in May of 2015. She has been fairly itinerant since then, following various opportunities at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, The Dirt Palace in Providence, RI, Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, NY, and more.... She is currently a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina.

Anastatia Spicer is a conceptual hand-weaver, seamstress and critical theorist with a BA from Hampshire College. She believes that we are in desperate need to imagine creative new ways of being in relation to one another, our environment and objects in our lives. Her way of going about this is through her artistic as well as teaching practice of handwork which grows alongside, through and within her academic and philosophical research on fibers role in our lives. Her current body of academic and artistic work is concerned with the fibrous knowledge cloth carries as a record of the ways fibers touch and are touched by the world.

Claire Hawley Crews is a weaver and printmaker. Crews has completed internships at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio, Big Wheel Press, Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She received her BA from Hampshire College in 2015. Claire’s work interrogates digital technologies, memory and documentation, intimacy and ambiguity, from a growing technical knowledge of textile craft and intaglio printmaking.

Work by Jane Timken and Joan Dix Blair at Oxbow Gallery

WHAT: July Exhibitions at Oxbow Gallery: Jane Timken, Joan Dix Blair
WHERE: 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060
WHEN: Artists' Reception: Friday July 13th 5-8 pm
              Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Front Gallery:
Jane Timken

Back Gallery:
Joan Dix Blair

featured image:
Joan Dix Blair
“Blue Garden,” cyanotypes

413 - 586 - 6300
273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060

Pauline Productions presents THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman

WHAT: THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman
WHEN: Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29 and Wednesday, August 1 through Saturday, August 4. Wednesday and Thursday performances are at 7:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM. The Sunday matinee on July 29 is at 4:00 PM.
WHERE: First Congregational Church of Ashfield, Main St., Ashfield, MA 01330

Ashfield, MA–Pauline Productions continues their 11th season with Jen Silverman’s nuanced comedy THE ROOMMATE, starring Jeannine Haas and Lisa Abend. Performances will be July 26 through August 4 at the First Congregational Church of Ashfield.

Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

"A refreshingly unique dramatization of an older female friendship that I don't think I've seen before.....Pleasantly quirky and surprisingly unexpected... Silverman has successfully penned a very natural yet still outrageous play that gets more and more compelling as it progresses." -Michael Quintos, Onstage LA

The Cardboard Sea Theatre Company Presents: The Amendments

WHAT: The Cardboard Sea Theatre Company Presents: The Amendments
A Play by Jeff Donnelly, Directed by Todd Weakley, and Performed by Charles Holt, Lauren Williams, and Kirstin Leigh Daniel
WHEN: Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA

The Cardboard Sea Theatre Company of Asheville, NC, brings its original new play The Amendments to Northampton, MA.  The Amendments premiered at the Magnetic Theatre of Asheville, NC in August of 2016.   Following a two-week residency in Western Massachusetts, the Company will present 3 performances of their play specifically adapted for the small experimental performance space at the Anchor House of Artists.

The Amendments begins as with a conventional story that quickly flies off into a surreal world.  The night before her father’s funeral, Judith returns home to collect one minor item from his estate, but her estranged brother Gabe has already laid claim to her treasure, and he has an amended will to back him up. As the night stretches on, Judith is forced to deal with the fact that the past is never past. We can bury it, but it always comes back to haunt us.  The play is a theatrical shotgun blast taking aim at the uncomfortable truths that pierce the hearts of embattled family members.

CALL FOR ARTISTS – pop-up art exhibition hosted by the Academy of Music

For a pop-up art exhibition hosted by the Academy of Music

(Un)Seen: Gender, beauty, and consent

We are seeking submissions for a Pop-Up Exhibition to be held in conjunction with Asking For It by Adrienne Truscott at the Academy of Music on October 27th. Truscott’s show uses comedy to explore the pain of sexual assault and challenge our fears of talking directly about the impact it has on our culture. Our intention with this exhibition is to invite our community to deepen the conversation and explore issues raised in Truscott’s performance.

How do we challenge or disrupt the persuasive narrative of female beauty, expectations of gender, form, and outright objectification?

How has female sexual availability been represented, misrepresented or misinterpreted through art history? How can contemporary artists intervene and provide an alternative vision? What exists in the space between the public/perceived self and one’s private identity? What stories about womanhood have not been told?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC guitarist Sheryl Bailey

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC guitarist Sheryl Bailey
WHEN: Tuesday, July 10th, 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.

One of our favorite guitarists and greatest person ever, Sheryl Bailey will be fronting the trio on the 10th. She brings joy and humor to the bandstand and flawlessly swings her way through beautiful melodies and swinging hard all the way, Here are a few quotes from her bio:
Sheryl's playing is unquestionably "sizzling". She has groomed incredible chops and impeccable taste with which she applies them. It's said (by Lee Metcalf, The Villager) that she can "go from zero to blazing in two beats", but she is continually praised for never sacrificing melody and lyricism for technique. "She balances superior technical skills with a strong lyrical sense and swinging touch..." continues Metcalf, and Joe Taylor of Soundstage says "Bailey combines an astonishing command of the fingerboard with a seemingly endless flow of melodic invention."

Also a reminder that Jazz In July at UMass, Amherst starts up next week and features several concerts with both students and the all-star faculty. Check out their website for all the details.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
7/10 - Sheryl Bailey - guitar with Claire Arenius on drums
7/17 - Erik Lawrence - sax and flute (Jon back on drums)
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar

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: onJazzWorkshop

Ilan Stavans in THE OVEN at Ko Festival of Performance

WHAT: The Ko Festival of Performance Presents Scholar Ilan Stavans on an Unexpected Journey in the Oven.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 15 at 1:30 PM
WHERE: Holden Theater, Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS–“How does a mild-mannered scholar/writer/professor become a jaguar, kill and eat a deer?” raves Connie Congdon, playwright and author of Tales of the Lost Formicans, after seeing Ilan Stavan’s impulsive and transformative journey in THE OVEN. Ko Festival of Performance continues a season of “Radical Acts” with this humorous and poignant solo performance. THE OVEN will be performed July 13-15 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College.

On a State Department sponsored lecture tour of Latin American, internationally renowned public intellectual Ilan Stavans suddenly goes AWOL. A chance meeting with a shaman in Colombia sends Stavans into the Amazon rainforest, where he reluctantly agrees to participate in a religious ceremony that involves taking the hallucinogen ayahuasca. Even though he considered himself a skeptic and a rational intellectual, as someone whose worldview was defined by his education and his heritage as a Mexican Jew, Stavans finds that the ritual pushes him to reconsider many of his basic understandings, including his perceptions of indigenous cultures in Latin America, as well as his career as teacher, thinker, and artist.

This one-person show is delivered as an anti-lecture that mimics the author’s startling spiritual journey. “A compelling piece of stagecraft that documents the inner and outer workings of a mind on a narcotic trip, but it also documents the uncanny and serendipitous curiosity of a literature professor.”—William A. Nericcio, editor of Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck’s Enduring Voice for California

New Exhibition at A.P.E. for ARC18

A.P.E. presents its summer series  ARC.18 (Activate, Research, Create)
A.P.E.‘s third season of summer projects continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community.  A.P.E.’s current location in the center of Northampton, easily accessible to artists and audience alike, provides opportunities for innovative programming and increases the presence of contemporary arts within a community.   ARC.18 consists of four distinct projects that run from June through August, 2018.

July 5 - 29  "Gathering Light"
Artists: Ellen Augarten, Mary Ann Kelly, Jan Ruby-Crystal
A.P.E. Gallery is presents an exhibition of new and varied works featuring local artists Mary Ann Kelly, Jan Ruby Crystal and Ellen Augarten. Light with its infinite nuances from bright to dark, from quiet to buoyant, is the source of inspiration for show. “Gathering Light” is the culmination of a year's work keeping the idea of ‘light’ at the forefront of visual exploration. "Gathering Light" is reflected in Mary Ann Kelly's meditative metal vessel forms and her elegant, introspective paintings, in Ellen Augarten's photography using double exposure and camera movement and in Jan Ruby Crystal's detailed and complex drawn imagery that reflects and absorbs the impact of light.  LEARN MORE

Gathering Light events:
Reception: Friday July 13, 5 - 8pm during Northampton Arts Night Out
Reading: Friday July 27 at 7pm. Local poets speak on the theme of light.
All events are free and open to the public.                                         

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Transperformance 28: AmperBands! Benefit Music Festival for Arts

Come celebrate 28 years of bringing our community members together to support music and the arts!

Once again, on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 28: AmperBands!, THE end-of-the-summer music festival at Pines Theater-Look Park. This year we will celebrate connection, collaboration and the power of performing together with Transperformance 28: Amperbands! Your favorite local acts will take the Pines Theater stage to perform 10 minutes of material from dynamic duos to famous families to superstars and their trusty backing bands. Featured AmperBands include: Colorway as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mary Jane Jones as Ike & Tina Turner, Aloha Steamtrain as Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Steve Westfield and the Lonesome Brothers as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Soul Magnets as Sly & the Family Stone, Fancy Trash as Paul McCartney & Wings, Zip Cody & Friends as Adam & the Ants, Appalachian Still as Steve Earle & the Dukes, King Radio as Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Olsson and Free Range Cats as Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Page Six as K.C & the Sunshine Band, Johnny Memphis Band as Toots & the Maytals, Wishbone Zoe as Siouxsie & the Banshees, Volstead Act as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Flathead Rodeo as Bill Haley & the Comets, Bruce Mandaro as Derek & the Dominos, Jerks on the Loose as Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris.

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:00-9:30pm

Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062

How Much: Adults 13+ $10; Seniors 65+ & Veterans $8; Kids 12 & under $5

Tickets:, State Street Fruit Store-Northampton, Cooper's Corner-Florence, AJ Hastings-Amherst

Rain Date: Wednesday, August 22 at Pines Theater, Look Park

Rain Predicted Both Days: Tuesday, August 21 at John M Greene Hall, Smith College

More info: 
Each year in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and for the ArtsEZ grant program. The original concept for Transperformance was for local bands to take on a persona of another established nationally recognized act and perform or “Transperform” their bands’ style. The acts that are chosen are done thematically, such as Transperformance 22 “Food Groups” (Heather Maloney as Amy Winehouse) or Transperformance 17 “Color By Numbers” (Primate Fiasco as Pink Floyd) or Transperformance 23 “Beyond Bob” (Rusty Belle as Bob Dylan). Over the years Transperformance has evolved and tribute style performances have become acceptable if not the norm.

Food will be available from La Veracruzana, Bart’s Homemade and other local restaurants. Per request of Look Park: No Pets, No Coolers and No Beverages please. Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes. A portion of the proceeds support arts enrichment programs in the Public Schools of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence.

Designed by Nate Duval

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

In Memoriam: Gordon Thorne 1941-2018


Being responsible for creating the future it is important that we keep alive our capacity to imagine what that might be lest we continue to recreate the present.

Reality is created by imagination moving with/in time, which moves clockwise.  Because the Random Windmill Mobile Unit can move in a counter clockwise direction it has the capacity to unwind time and like Merlin, who lived backwards, “Transform something real into something imagined.”

If we accept these premises, which as an artist I am somewhat obligated to do, it is easier to imagine a future in which we might actually want to live.

Gordon Thorne, from his installation at A.P.E., January, 2018

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