The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets click here

Silverthorne Theater Company presents DELECTABLE DURANG

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

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

Tickets here

The XTCA Art Parade performs the Commons in the street!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mind Reading After Hours : Dinner + Performance

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

Private Dinner, Dessert & Coffee, Mind Reading Theater

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

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

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

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

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

Parklet Music Series

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

Lily Sexton supporting Greg Hall
upbeat country and thoughtful folk

How Much? FREE

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

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

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

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

Emily Curro, Development and Marketing Manager
413-584-9032 ext.101
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Departures #11

WHAT: Departures #11 in collaboration with Northampton Print & Book Fair
WHEN: Saturday, October 29 @ Sunset: 6:35pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St, Northampton, MA

What you will find here:
- A collaboration between Departure and 2018 Northampton Print & Book Fair for a weekend-long celebration of the written word and its publication
-Recorded and layered readings by Andrea Lawlor, Rachel B. Glaser, Andrew McAlpine, and Jack Chelgren, played with:
-Video art by Thea Cohen and Alexis Hott
- Baskets to collect a suggested donation for No Bayou Bridge Pipeline - Solidarity Campaign
- Some blankets and chairs and friendly folks aplenty

October in the Hosmer Gallery: Paintings by Anne-Marie Taylor and Anne LaPrade Seuthe

WHAT: Paintings by Anne-Marie Taylor and Anne LaPrade Seuthe
WHEN: October 2-30, 2018
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Anne LaPrade Seuthe presents a series of paintings titled Variations on a Theme.

In Variations on a Theme LaPrade-Seuthe shows a range of paintings
that depict various aspects of the landscape of Western, MA. She uses a limited palette, and simplified compositions that run the gamut from representational to abstraction.

Anne LaPrade Seuthe holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. Her public and collaborative projects include X Marks the Spot, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY, Intrude 366 at the Zendai MoMa in Shanghai, China, Physical Geography/Psychological Landscape at the Goethe Institute in Dresden, Germany and at the Distillery Gallery in Boston, MA.

LaPrade Seuthe, See Through, Diptych, acrylic on panel,  30 inches by 24 inches (each panel) 2018

Anne-Marie Taylor

Art and life are inseparable.  For me both have become a quest.  My first memory in life is of drawing a picture.  But, like so many, I was discouraged from studying because representational art was supposed to be dead.  Instead, I got an M.A. in French and a Ph.D. in History, taught (French in the U.S. and English in France), wrote (Young Charles Sumner, UMass Press, 2001), was a caregiver — and dreamt desperately of more time to draw as my world became increasingly empty and unbalanced.

The opportunity finally to study art with Nancy Fernald came as a second chance at life.  The Boston School tradition, in which she teaches, marries classical drawing techniques with an impressionist sense of light and color.  As I worked with these two poles I found myself particularly drawn to such apparently opposite artists as Chardin and Sargent, the one for his hushed serenity, the other for his sparkling vitality, and for something more elusive that these two principles seemed to hold in common.  The reality of drawing and the spirit of light and color, the concrete presence of objects in the real world and the beauty and glow that make them transcend it, the facts of daily life and the inspiriting beauty that makes them worthwhile, the opposing needs of peace and vitality and the meaningfulness promised by their union — this has become my quest in life and art.

Anne-Marie Taylor shows at The Greenfield Gallery in downtown Greenfield and at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont, and with the Academic Artists Association.  She has had exhibits with the Friends of the Agawam Library juried show, and at other places, including the Burnett Gallery and Hope and Feathers Gallery in Amherst, the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, and the Lathrop Community of Easthampton, Massachusetts.

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


2019 Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman

Prize: $1000 and publication
Submit manuscripts between August 1 and November 15, 2018

Click here for complete submission guidelines

Melissa Etheridge presents her Holiday Show at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Saturday, December 1st.

WHAT: Melissa Etheridge: The Holiday Show
WHEN: Saturday, December 1st, 8PM, Doors at 7PM
WHERE: Calvin Theatre, 19 King Street, Northampton, MA

Tickets on sale this Friday, Sept. 21st at 10AM.

Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain't It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her a second Grammy. The six times platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. Etheridge is also an Oscar winner for Best Original Song in 2007. In 2011 Melissa made her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, where she replaced Billie Joe Armstrong for one week, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fall of 2016, Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014. Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album features original material as well as interpretations of classic songs from the legendary Stax catalog.

For this special holiday show, Melissa will be performing songs from her 2008 holiday album, A New Thought For Christmas. Songs will include fan favorites and holiday classics such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Night Divine” and more.

Tickets + VIP Packages: On Sale this Friday (9/21)
Northampton Box Office 413-586-8686 daytime.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC baritone saxophonist Claire Daly

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC baritone saxophonist Claire Daly
WHEN:Tuesday, September 25th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

On Tuesday the 25th we welcome back NYC baritone saxophonist Claire Daly.  Always a fun, wild and uplifting ride. Claire loves making music and her spirit is infectious and can't wait to see what she has in store for us. This will be Claire's sixth appearance with us.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
9/25  - Claire Daly on baritone sax with George Schuller on drums
10/2  -  Houston Person on tenor with Jimmy Madison on drums
10/9 -   Warren Chiasson on vibes with Jon Fisher on drums
10/16 - Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon
10/23 - Greg Abate on sax and flute
10/30 - Gary Smulyan on bari

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: 

“Pattern Play!”: 24th annual Paradise City Arts Festival

WHAT: “Pattern Play!”: 24th annual Paradise City Arts Festival
WHEN: Saturday October 6 & Sunday October 7: 10am-6pm, Monday October 8: 10am-4pm
WHERE: Three County Fairgrounds (Indoors and Under Tents), 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA 01060

Welcome to the 24th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival! 250 outstanding artists and makers from every corner of America travel to Northampton for three days of astounding visual arts, eye-popping design, scrumptious food, lively music and special events. The Festival is held inside three large, airy Exhibition Buildings connected by covered walkways and under the 12,000 square-foot Festival Dining Tent. This sprawling, thrilling showcase for the arts is an experience like no other – beautiful, unique, festive and fun. Browse the illustrated list of the 2018 Exhibitors, check out our themed exhibit “Pattern Play!” and see who is new at Paradise City Northampton this fall. Watch for additional profiles, events and activities as the show gets closer. Join our mailing list!

Adults: $14 | Seniors 65+: $12
Students: $8 | Three-day pass: $16
Children 12 and under free (no dogs)
Tickets available here

Monday, September 17, 2018

First Night Northampton 2019

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 34th annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on Monday December 31, 2018. For the First Night 2019 Schedule (coming soon), to purchase buttons, and for more information about sponsorship please visit:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Center For The Arts Names Managing Director

Christian Herold in Front of the Center's Shared Space at 33 Hawley Street in Downtown Northampton
Northampton, MA—The Center for the Arts introduces Christian Herold as its new Managing Director. As long-time Executive Director Penny Burke is retiring from her position, the Center is transitioning to a new management structure. Herold will work with Program Director Kelly Silliman, who has been with the organization since September 2017.

Christian Herold moves here from Cambridge MA, where he directed People’s Sculpture Racing, a group that stages races of wheeled, artistic sculptures and produces educational family workshops. He served as Executive Director of the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington MA, where he spearheaded the town’s first open studios and organized multicultural performances. He created news and art videos as a Citizen Journalist with Cambridge Community TV. At an earlier time in Cambridge, he taught creative drama, ran a theater company, and sang with the MIT Chorus and B.U.‘s Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

Prior to working in Lexington, Christian led the life of an artist, academic, and activist in New York City. As an academic, he taught for many years at New York University’s Undergraduate Theater Program and sat for ten years on the editorial board of Women and Performance, a Journal of Feminist Theory. He published academic papers and lectured internationally on performance and politics. His verse drama was produced in Manhattan, and his sound art has been published by MIT Press. Born and raised in Washington DC, he received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Performance Studies from NYU.

"I look forward to living in Northampton and to contributing to the creative community by developing arts-supporting infrastructure and organizing projects and events, “ says Herold. “I am proud of my success in building projects that serve both the broad community and advanced artistic practice. I am especially excited to play a part in launching the Center in its new role at 33 Hawley Street.”

Christian is no stranger to Western Mass. His brother, Nat Herold, is a lifelong resident of Pioneer Valley and owns Amherst Books.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Breakfast TACO Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WHAT: Breakfast TACO Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
WHEN: Saturday Sept. 29, 8-11am
WHERE: Belly of the Beast, 159 Main St, Northampton MA 

$30 donation includes:
- 3 tacos, including a “Sally Signature” taco
- Breakfast pasteries, specially made by Katy Beyer (Florence Pie Bar)
- Juice provided by Minim Juice | Iconica Social Club
A special mimosa will also be available featuring New City Ginger Beer

To donate email or click here

“We’re so excited to see everyone at the event. $30 donation = 3 tacos, pastries, and juice. Please donate in advance to secure your spot! Checks and cash also accepted at the door. Open to the public, so please bring friends! To Donate: email me at or go to my donation page”
— Sally Ekus

The ArtSalon First Annual RED DOT DASH **Call for Artists**

As a member of The ArtSalon curatorial team, I am beyond thrilled about this event. Anyone from anywhere can apply. Original 10"x10" artwork can be acquired for ONLY $88 EACH. Collectors can add to their collection, artists get 50% of the sale, and The ArtSalon can fund honorariums. It's a win-win! Plus, all artwork by emerging and established artists will be exhibited ANONYMOUSLY. The identity of the artist will not be revealed until after it is purchased. I hope you consider applying 😍. And, please share!

Please access the application via this link:

with my best,

Valley Kids Festival and Craft Fair

WHAT: Valley Kids Festival and Craft Fair
WHEN: Saturday, September 29 at 10 AM – 4 PM
WHERE: Amherst Town Common, Amherst MA

Join the Valley Kids at the 32nd Annual Festival and Craft Fair. Craft Vendors, Food, Music, Children's Games, petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment...this event has it all! Proceeds benefit the Amherst Family Center. Free Admission!

Municipal Employee Heavy Equipment Operator/Truck Driver/ Laborer Job Fair

WHAT: Municipal Employee Heavy Equipment Operator/Truck Driver/ Laborer Job Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

Join Franklin Hampshire Career Center to learn about opportunities for DPW heavy equipment operator/truck driver/laborer positions with the Northampton Department of Public Works.

Do you have a valid MA CDL B license with Air Brake endorsement? and/or MA Hoisting Engineer's License2B? If you answered YES to either of these licenses,  please come prepared to apply for employment! If you need one or both of these licenses please come to learn about training opportunities to help you qualify for openings!  Full time employment and opportunities for further
licensing and job advancement.

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's RETURN FROM THE FRINGE

WHAT: Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's RETURN FROM THE FRINGE
WHEN: October 5 and 6,  at 7pm
WHERE: Flex Space/A.P.E@Hawley, Arts Trust building

JUST BACK from a month of performance at the 2018 FRINGE & much success -
Catch Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's  RETURN FROM THE FRINGE
October 5 and 6,  at 7pm  Flex Space/A.P.E@Hawley, Arts Trust building.

Each evening two shows: THE RED GUITAR with master guitarist John Sheldon,
& DO IT NOW: Manual Override with John,Tony Vacca & Paul Richmond
Both directed by Sheryl Stoodley (one 10 minute intermisson)
Continue your support for the ongoing Serious Play / Edinburgh Fringe Performance Exchange Project.

Tickets: $18 at
              $20 at the door

Thank you to this year's Performance Exchange sponsors: BJ Goodwin Fund / NAC, Tanyss & David Martula, Nancy Wheeler, Alyssa Wright Consulting & several anonymous others

Northampton Print and Book Fair

WHAT: Northampton Print and Book Fair
WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 2018 12pm-6pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery at 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Free and open to the public, the Northampton Print and Book Fair will bring over thirty artists, publishers, and collectives to downtown Northampton for a one-day event. In its fourth year, the Northampton Print and Book Fair is Sunday, September 30, 2018 12pm-6pm at the A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery at 126 Main Street, Northampton, Mass.

Saturday, September 29, 6:30pm, the Departure Reading Series will host a pre-fair “drive-in” style poetry reading at Pulaski Park. The curators of the Departure Reading Series will also be exhibitors at the fair, presenting the work of poets who have read in the series.

The Northampton Print and Book Fair was established to promote contemporary prints and publications, celebrating local talent while bringing regional artists and publishers to our community. Artists, independent publishers, and art collectives are invited to display and sell their work—including artists’ books, zines, chapbooks, mini-comics, screenprints, letterpress prints, etchings, photographs, photobooks, digital prints, and ephemera. Exhibitors come from across New England and New York, including both new voices and veterans to the fair. The NPBF was established in 2015 by George Meyers, Trevor Powers, and Esther S White with support from the Northampton Arts Council. This year, the fair is sponsored by Catlabs of JP.

Brattleboro-West Arts Fifth Annual Fine Art and Craft Sale

Photography by Eugene Parulis

WHAT:  Brattleboro-West Arts Fifth Annual Fine Art and Craft Sale
WHEN: November 30, 4-8pm; December 1, 10am-6pm; December 2, 11am-5pm
WHERE: 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT

Jewelry by Chris Lann

Fifth annual Brattleboro-West Arts Fine Art and Craft Sale featuring original works: paintings, pastels, photography, botanical etchings, pottery, textiles, woodworking, jewelry, glass.

Among exhibitors offering fine art and craft for holiday purchase are those whose works have been on exhibit at Harvard University; at the Reynolds Fine Art Gallery in New Haven, CT; at National Aviary's Wings & Wildlife Show in Pittsburgh, PA and at the League of NH Craftsmen’s annual nine-day fair.  Other recognition garnered has been widespread from Artist’s Magazine, from the St. Augustine, in Ceramics Monthly, by the Vermont Studio Center, in works of non-fiction and in documentaries, among others.

Ceramics by Naomi Lindenfeld

Stephen Petegorsky Photography

WHAT: Stephen Petegorsky Photography
WHEN: On View: Sept. 14 - Oct. 12, 2018, Reception: Friday, September 14 from 5-7pm
WHERE: Feick Arts Center, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont 

Music, refreshments, and a chance to meet the artist during reception. 

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun by chance of appointment
Contact: 802-287-8398

Academy of Music Theatre to present Cuban Food Stories

WHAT:The Academy of Music Theatre presents: Cuban Food Stories
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm Doors at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre,  274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

From the Executive Producers of Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes a unique film about food, society and culture on the island of Cuba. After a decade living in the United States, Asori Soto returns to his homeland of Cuba to search for the missing flavors of his childhood – a journey to discover culinary traditions long thought lost due to the hardship that Cuba survived after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Soto embarks on a road-trip adventure all around the island, visiting regions so remote that you can only arrive by raft, horseback, or swimming. His journey will leave your mouth watering as we go from the middle of nowhere to the cities in order to rediscover the culinary roots of an exciting Cuba in a time of change. For more information on this film visit

“Eye-opening…mouth-watering! Made with an archivist’s heart and a gourmand’s soul.” -VARIETY

“If it can do for Cuban food what Jiro did for sushi, the island could have a cult of hungry Americans arriving as soon as they’re legally allowed.” -FOOD & WINE

“A gorgeous love letter to the people and country of Cuba…a real triumph overall.” -FILM THREAT “A culinary adventure that would have made Anthony Bourdain blush.” -REMEZCLA

Tickets are available now. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Academy of Music Box Office. We are open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM and can be reached at 413-584-9032 ext.105. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting

Show Date/ Time: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm Doors at 6:30 pm
Ticket Prices: $8 (plus applicable fees)
Ticket Information:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase) Online Tickets:

P R E S S  I N Q U I R I E S
Emily Curro, Development and Marketing Manager
413-584-9032 ext.101

Monday, September 10, 2018



Proposals for community-oriented arts programs due October 15th.

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Esther White, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, scholarships, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $13,700 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Amy Dryansky for Tesserae: Poetry of Community, Akiko Sasaki for Lyra Music Festival, Nancy Howard for Bilingual Family Sing-Along, Robin Lane for Soldier On Veterans Voices, among many others.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council, contact Esther White at, or visit Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Friday, September 7, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC vocalist Jay Clayton

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC vocalist Jay Clayton
WHEN: Tuesday, September 18th, 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

Our guest soloist this week is the inventive and always adventurous NYC vocalist Jay Clayton. Some of you may remember her from 5 years ago when she appeared at the Workshop along with tap dancer Brenda Bufalino. Jay has also taught in the area at Jazz In July and the VJC summer jazz camp for many years along with her good friend Sheila Jordan. Filling in for Jon on drums will be the great drummer George Schuller. Can't wait! Here's one of many glowing reviews of Jay's work:

“More than 20 years after her debut recording All Out, Clayton is still the most adventurous singer in jazz, a specialist in wordless improvisation who’s also expert in distending and finding new meanings in the melodies and lyrics of classic popular songs.”  Francis Davis, The Village Voice

Also, Jay will be teaching a vocal workshop at my house on Monday, September 17th from 7-9PM and there are still a few spaces open. She is a wonderful teacher of improvisation and finding your own voice. See attached flyer former details.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
9/18 - Jay Clayton on vocals with George Schuller on drums
9/25 - Claire Daly on baritone sax with George Schuller on drums
10/2  -  Houston Person on tenor with Jimmy Madison on drums: two shows; 7:30 and 9PM (no jam session)
10/9  -  Warren Chiasson on vibes with Jon Fisher on drums
10/16 - Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon
10/23 - Greg Abate on sax and flute
10/30 - Gary Smulyan on bari

Janna Ugone showroom premier

WHAT: Janna Ugone premiers her new showroom and outlet
WHEN: Saturday, September 8,  from 2:00 to 6:00 pm
WHERE: Janna Ugone & Co., 1 Cottage Street Studio #325, Easthampton, MA 01027

Grand opening party and sale of her distinctive handmade housewares and lighting. Five percent of sales on Saturday will be donated to the Arts Trust.

Decades perform at 33 Hawley

WHAT: DECADES: Jason Robinson/David Goodrich/Bob Weiner
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 7:30pm
WHERE: Flex space on the main floor at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares begins its seventh season with a performance by DECADES, featuring Jason Robinson, reeds, David Goodrich, guitar and Bob Weiner, drums. This exciting evening, that includes an informal reception following the show, is hosted by the Center for the Arts in the new Flex space on the main floor at 33 Hawley Street. Single tickets ($15) are available at and at the door.
Doors open for general seating at 7:00 pm.
Show at 7:30 pm.

Call for Artists, artisans, makers, crafters and community organizations!

Call for Artists, artisans, makers, crafters and community organizations!

This year Celebrate Holyoke is October 5, 6 & 7 at Heritage Park in downtown Holyoke
Join us for three amazing days of great music, food, art, and community.
There's still time to sign up!
(deadline Sept 21)



WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2-5 PM and 7-10 PM, and Tuesday, September 11, 7-10 PM
WHERE: Acting Studio 1, Smith College Theatre Department, 122 Green St, Northampton, MA

Callbacks will be Wednesday, September 12, 7-10 PM in Theatre 14.

No appointment necessary. Auditions will be first come, first served. Please sign in upon arrival. Please come in clothes you can move in, and warm up to sing before you arrive. Actors with special skills encouraged to audition.

Performances will be October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14.

For Singing Audition:
16 bars of prepared audition song with sheet music in your key.

Actors interested in being considered for the following roles should also be prepare to sing music from the show:

For principal roles (other than Peaslee): please learn 16 measures of One Last Grand Adventure from Act I (music and accompaniment available soon)

For Peaslee: EITHER some kind of prepared patter song (G&S) OR 16 bars of Peaslee's Song from Act I (music and accompaniment available soon)

For Acting Audition:
Sides from the script will be provided. Perusal scripts will be available for 3-hour checkout from Josten Library.


WHEN: September 21 – 30, 2018
WHERE: FlexSpace Theatre, Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Downtown Northampton

The Northampton Playwrights Lab and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in association with the Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E. Gallery Ltd.  present:

Third festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors with INAUGURAL performances in the Arts Trust Building FlexSpace Theatre!

Featuring new plays by playwrights Leanna James Blackwell, Stephanie Carlson, Meryl Cohn, Harley Erdman, Peter Kennedy, Talya Kingston, and Tanyss Rhea Martula

All Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 23rd performances at 2 p.m and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 30th at 7:30 p.m
Suggested donation at the door: $10


Week One:
Friday, Sept. 21:  Leanna James Blackwell, NEW SOUL, directed by the playwright
Saturday, Sept. 22: Tanyss Rhea Martula, FRESH AIR, directed by Sam Rush
Sunday, Sept. 23:  Stephanie Carlson, SEA MONSTER, directed by John Bruner
Sunday, Sept. 23:  Talya Kingston, CAMPUS UNREST, directed by Trenda Loftin
There will be a half-hour reception between performances on 9/23

Week Two:
Friday, Sept. 28: Harley Erdman, INSTITUTION, directed by Talya Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 29: Meryl Cohn, ALMOST HOME, directed by Will MacAdams
Sunday, Sept. 30: Peter Kennedy, FAMILY GAME NIGHT, directed by the playwright

Arena Civic Theatre presents Annie

WHAT: Arena Civic Theatre presents Annie
WHEN: 9/20 at 7:00pm 9/21 7:00pm, 9/22 2:00pm & 7:00pm, 9/23 2:00pm
WHERE: Shea Theater Arts Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

Arena Civic Theatre is pleased to present the Tony Award winning best musical, ANNIE, as its Fall production. Under the Direction of Megan Healey, Music Direction of Anthony Ferreira, Choreography by Sue Dresser and Costumes by Maggie Duprey, this popular children’s musical based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, runs September 20th through 23rd with evening performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

After premiering at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1976, Annie became an instant family classic. Depicting real-life situations of the Great Depression, Annie is the story of a lovable little red-haired orphan who outsmarts her greedy orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan, and wins an invitation to stay at billionaire business mogul, Oliver Warbucks’ mansion for Christmas.
Including all the hits you know and love; “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Fully Dressed” – ANNIE is the premier fall musical event!


Ticket prices for all other performances are:
General Admission $18
Senior/Student(pre K-college) $15

Reserve tickets by calling 413-233-4368

Limited tickets available on WHAI's 30% Off Store while supplies last @


WHAT: Johnny Guitar
WHEN: Performances Wednesday-Sunday, September 6-October 21
WHERE: Majestic Theater, 131 Elm St, West Springfield MA

The Majestic Theater celebrates the launch of its 22nd Season with the opening of “Johnny Guitar” on September 6. The madcap musical, by Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Martin Silvestri and Joel Higgins, is based on the legendary Joan Crawford cult Western from the 1950s. The play is a send-up of fifties-style acting, melodramatic romance, and rough and tumble cowboy action, set to a doo-wop/country ballad musical score. The story follows what happens to a sultry saloon keeper and her jealous nemesis when a handsome stranger rides into town. Screwball comedy reminiscent of a Mel Brooks spoof is the result.

The cast includes Billy Clark Taylor (Johnny), Myka Plunkett (Vienna), Bethany Fitzgerald (Emma), Michael Morales (Dancin' Kid), Walter Mantani (McIvers), Joe Duda (Turkey), Michael King (Bart), Steven Sands (Eddie) and Michael Garcia (Sam). The play is being directed by Producing Director Danny Eaton, and Mitch Chakour is the music director. Greg Trochlil is set designer, Dawn McKay is costume designer and stage manager is Gary Lamagna.

Tickets for these shows range from $24-$33 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. For additional information, visit

Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center presents Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co.

WHAT: Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center presents Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co.
WHEN: September 15 at 9:00 PM
WHERE: Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301

Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. has been hailed by Take magazine as making “burlesque cool again," but this tantalizing crew of saucy ladies and jaunty gents is also red-hot! Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. is a coed troupe that has been captivating audiences for the past seven years with a unique blend of playful sexiness, cheeky comedy, live singing and dynamic dance routines. Gypsy Layne debuts at Hawks & Reed Perfoming Arts Center to tease their way into your hearts with their vivacious artistry and outrageous charmsin an unabashed celebration of inclusivity and body-positivity. Get ready for a breathless journey filled with sexy moves, hilarious hi-jinks, sultry surprises, and more glamour than you can shake a tassel at!


Happier Valley Comedy Presents: Not In Charge

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy Presents: Not In Charge
WHEN: September 15 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Join the talented new group Not In Charge for a fast-paced, high-energy short form improv show! For a limited run on the third Saturday of each month. Saturday, September 15th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $13 online and at the door. 

For more info:

Panopera presents LA TRAVIATA

WHAT: Panopera presents LA TRAVIATA
WHEN: Friday, September 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theater, 274 Main St, Northampton MA

Panopera, Western Massachusetts artist-led regional opera company, presents Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, one of his most beloved and enduring works: the story of a powerful and successful woman facing her mortality and struggling to live out her days as she wishes, not as her past and her society dictate.

Ticket Prices:
$15-49 (plus applicable fees)

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

Online Tickets

Springfield College presents Avner the Eccentric in Exceptions to Gravity

WHAT: Springfield College presents Avner the Eccentric in Exceptions to Gravity
WHEN: Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 243 Hickory St, Springfield MA

I laughed for two solid hours. The show only lasted an hour and a half.
—Joel Siegel,  ABC-TV

Avner Eisenberg in Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.
—Patriot Ledger

Our scheduled presentation of Avner last March was cancelled due to a snow storm, so he’s back to perform for us this fall by meteorological demand!

A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner the Eccentric weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Avner has appeared on and off Broadway, and he played the endearing Holy Man, The Jewel, in the Michael Douglas film, The Jewel of the Nile. Avner’s show defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively in the US and abroad.

“If laughter really is the best medicine, Avner Eisenberg could easily cure everything that ails you. He’s a clown in the truest sense of the word...You’ve got to see it to believe it can be this much fun.” — Boston Metro

“Here is what Avner the Eccentric does best: he reduces his audience to laughter and giggles and applause.”   
—New York Times

Suggested Donation:  General Audience - $5.00     Students/Seniors/Children - FREE

Workshop in Eccentric Performing and Audience Rapport
Sept. 13 from 12:30 - 2:30
contact Martin Shell,

"Our Town" coming to New England Town Hall in Shelburne in mid-September

WHAT: New England Play "Our Town"
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:00pm, Sunday Sept. 16, 2:00pm
WHERE: Memorial Hall Theater, 51 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA
How Much? Evening show tickets are $12, matinee tickets are $6.

The quintessential New England play -- "Our Town"  -- is coming to the quintessential New England Town Hall in Shelburne in mid-September.

About 2/3 of the cast and crew are from Shelburne or Shelburne Falls.  Jackie Walsh at Footlights at the Falls chose the show in celebration of Shelburne's 250th anniversary of its founding. "I wanted to have lots of people from town in it, and I am thrilled with how many people from town came to auditions and were cast," said Jackie Walsh, founder of Footlights and "Our Town" producer.  "It's a really talented cast." Thornton Wilder wrote the play about a small, New Hampshire town.  It features two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs.  Three acts focus on day-to-day life, marriage and death.
Grovers Corners, very much like Shelburne in 1904, has a milkman delivering milk by horse, a constable walking the streets, a pharmacy with a soda fountain, lots of churches and houses with lots of flowers and vegetable gardens. Like Shelburne then, people in the play tend to stay put after high school and get married.

Nicole LaRoche of Shelburne is enjoying directing."The opportunity to direct this quintessential American play has been such a blessing. Wilder’s words resonate as deeply today as when written and together the cast and I have been discovering what they mean to us in our own town. I am so pleased to be able to share our emotional journey with the community we all love," LaRoche said.

Shelburne residents will see plenty of familiar people in the play, whether its a barista from Mocha Maya's coffee shop, a clerk at the post office, the woman who drives a school bus in the Shelburne hills, a girl who rides the bus, or a runner they see in Shelburne Falls. Nicole LaRoche of Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls is the director.

Walsh began Footlights at the Falls two years ago to bring theater back to Shelburne Falls, which has had little theater since West County Players closed its doors nearly 20 years ago.
So far, the group has put on "Later Life" and "Dixie Swim Club."  This is its first show with a big cast (20 people)."I'm so happy we can give all these actors an opportunity to do theater right down the street!" Walsh said. 

Anyone interested in ushering or joining the Footlights board of directors, please contact Walsh at 413-625-9413 or

Cultural council grants help fund this production.  They are from Ashfield, Buckland, Colrain, Cummington, Charlemont-Hawley, Heath, Rowe, Goshen, Plainfield and Shelburne.

Happier Valley Comedy presents The Ha-Ha's & Friends: Sea Tea Improv's Romantic Baby

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy presents The Ha-Ha's & Friends: Sea Tea Improv's Romantic Baby
WHEN: September 8 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Longtime local favorites The Ha-Ha's perform a completely improvised comedy show on the second Saturday of every month! Each show has a new special guest - this month we welcome Romantic Baby from Sea Tea Improv in Hartford! Saturday, September 8th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $13 online and at the door. For more info:


WHEN: September 20th - 23rd
WHERE: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA
Tickets available here

WHEN: September 27th - 30th
WHERE: First Congregational Church of Ashfield, Main St, Ashfield, MA
Tickets Available here

Presented by Real Live Theatre & Pauline Productions
Directed by Dan Morbyrne

SHE KILLS MONSTERS is a funny, irreverent, gory, sexy, and surprisingly touching journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and the fraught relationship between two sisters. When Agnes finds her dead sister's Dungeon Master notebook, she must join the campaign to save her sister's soul from Tiamat, and kill a ton of monsters along the way. Bugbears, Dark Elves, Demon Queens, Quantum Leap-obsessed devils, and cheerleading succubi, SHE KILLS MONSTERS has something for everyone!

Please Remember: This is not a play for children! There is mature content! We're talking swearing, sexyness, and so much D&D-style violence! (Teens welcome.)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Environments-Paintings by Mary Witt

Environments-Paintings by Mary Witt

Town Hall on Thursday, September 6, during Amherst Arts Night Plus, for the opening reception of our new exhibit "Environments-Paintings by Mary Witt."

Environments are created spontaneously and intuitively by Mary Witt, an artist of abstract acrylic paintings. Mary loves abstract art, having been raised on it by German parents, and enjoys making paintings that become mysterious places to dive into. Applying layers of paint and digging through and adding and subtracting the medium invents these mysterious places that the viewer can get lost in.

Mary likes working with shapes, textures, and color. Using mostly palette knives to spread paint on her canvases, she layers various colors and thicknesses to bring texture and depth to the work. The finished paintings have a playful, yet serious tone, invoking possible imagery, but also leaving a lot to the imagination.

Facebook event: here

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Does my Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now, Photos and Discussion presented by Jim Lemkin

WHAT: Does my Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now, Photos and Discussion presented by Jim Lemkin
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 26, 7 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton

In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was enacted marking the beginning of the end of voter suppression and disenfranchisement of blacks and people of color in the U.S.

Within weeks, the National Student Association, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Congress of Racial Equality issued a call to students to come to Mississippi to help register black voters during the 1965 Christmas vacation. It was called Mississippi Freedom Christmas.

Jim Lemkin, a volunteer photographer for SNCC, traveled the rural roads of Tylertown, Mississippi with a group of northern college students getting the word out that voter suppression was now illegal. Against a backdrop of southern resentment and hostility, students went door to door informing black residents of Walthall County that they could now register to vote (most for the first time in their lives) and bringing them to a Federal registrar to complete the voter registration process.

Join us for a slide show & discussion
This slide presentation documents the work of a handful of students moved by compassion and the call to action for social justice.             

In public conversation following the slides, we will explore the consequences of the elimination in 2013 of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Your voice counts!

8th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

WHAT: Wine Tasting
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6 - 8 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 40 West Street, Northampton, MA

Enjoy Wine, Food, and Music!

The Friends of Forbes Library are happy to announce the 8th Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser. If if you are a wine aficionado or are just looking for a great way to kick off the Fall season, mark your calendar, call a friend or two, and join us at beautiful Forbes Library on Friday evening, September 28, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of wine, food and conversation.

The event will feature over 100 wines both international and domestic, including local wineries, a special collection of sakes and dessert wines, and a few surprises. A remarkable variety of tasty hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants and food vendors will be served. There will be live jazz from the mezzanine, irresistible raffle prizes to take a chance on and a new silent auction!

Tickets at $30 each are on sale at the library, at Liquors 44 at 238 King Street, or online.

Free overflow parking will be available at the Smith College garage on West Street. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library, Liquors 44, PeoplesBank, and Whalen Insurance. All proceeds from this event will benefit Forbes Library, including children's and young adult programs, our music and lecture series, museum passes, and the library's book and media fund.

RETROFAIRE: Open Air Market 2018

The Northampton Arts Council presents the 5th annual RETROFAIRE, an open-air market featuring a bounty of vintage fashion, unique reclaimed and re-purposed jewelry & design, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records to be held on Saturday September 8th.

RETROFAIRE will be held in the space between Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage. All proceeds benefit the Northampton Arts Council’s BJ Goodwin Fund. A grant designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents.

Our vendors include Vintage Steele, Studebaker Hawk, Baby J Thrift & Art, Spin That! Records, Trash American Style, Vapour City Vintage and more! Why not spend a day supporting art, buying art and wearing art, all while listening to vinyl DJs spin great music? Come to RETROFAIRE and enjoy the search for quality items that will impress your friends of every generation.

When: Saturday September 8, 2018. 10:30am-6:00pm
Where: Armory Street Parking Lot, 1 Kirkland Avenue. Behind Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage.
How Much: Free & Open to the Public. (Bring Cash for Vendors)

DJ Lineup Coming Soon!


Academy of Music Theatre Announces 18/19 Season Series

The Academy of Music Theatre announces its programs for the 2018–2019 Season Series

The season begins with a fan favorite as the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio present Best of Valley Voices Story Slam (October 13)!  Stories by top local storytellers will be shared on the Academy stage as they compete for the top prize of “Best of Valley Voices”; next we bring Asking for It with Adrienne Truscott (October 27), a performance that will straddle the world of stand-up and performance art while undoing the rules and rhetoric surrounding rape culture and comedy; The Other Mozart (November 17) written and created by Sylvia Milo, is the true, forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus – a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer whose work and story faded away, lost to history; then we welcome back playwright and performer Tanya O’Debra with her new production of Shut UP, Emily Dickinson (January 19), a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess; this year National Geographic Live! takes “A Rare Look: North Korea and Cuba” with David Guttenfelder, photographer and photojournalist who focuses on global geopolitics and conservation; next Academy Youth Productions presents the ultimate show-biz musical, 42nd Street (March 7 & 8), a Broadway classic that never fails to sweep audiences off their feet; and the season closes with (IN)Dependent: The Heroin Project, a drama by Kent Stage University students Emelia Sherin and Zach Manthey, based on interviews with opioid users, counselors, and family members, that exposes the reality of the opioid crisis to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and elevate the voices of the oppressed.

The Academy of Music is one of the historical, architectural, and cultural treasures of Northampton and the entire Pioneer Valley, with a mission to enrich greater Northampton's quality of life. The Academy of Music will continue its mission to bring an array of diverse artistic programming to the Pioneer Valley with the 2018 - 2019 Academy of Music Season Series.
Tickets are available now for all 2018 – 2019 Season Series performances.  Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Academy of Music Box Office.  We are open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM and can be reached at 413-584-9032 ext.105.  Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting

Best of Valley Voices Story Slam
October 13, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets – Reserved Seating // $20 (plus applicable fees)
Info/Ticket Link:

Asking for It
with Adrienne Truscott
October 27, 2087 @ 8:00 PM
Tickets – Reserved Seating // $20 (plus applicable fees)
Info/Ticket Link

The Other Mozart
written & created by Silvia Milo
November 17, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Tickets - Reserved Seating// $20 (plus applicable fees)
Info/Ticket Link

Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!
By Tanya O’Debra
January 19, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets - Reserved Seating// $16 (plus applicable fees)
Info/Ticket Link

42nd Street – An Academy Youth Production
Book by Michael Steward & Mark Bramble | score & lyrics by Harren Warren & Al Dubin
March 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
March 8, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Tickets: General Admission// $5 (plus applicable fees)
Info/Ticket Link

(IN)Dependent: The Heroin Project
March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
March 23, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets: Reserved Seating// Adult: $15 (plus applicable fees)// Student: $10 (with valid student ID/plus applicable fees)
Info/Ticket Link

Jessica Tam: Creatures from the Cigar Closet

Tableau Vivant (cielo), monotype, 2018
WHAT: Jessica Tam: Creatures from the Cigar Closet
WHEN: September 6 - 30, 2018
Reception: Friday, September 14, 5-8pm
WHERE: The Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA 01060

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 PM

The Oxbow Gallery is pleased to announce Jessica Tam’s CREATURES FROM THE CIGAR CLOSET, an exhibition that includes paintings and prints inspired by a recent collaborative project of painting, printmaking, playwriting, and poetry between the visual artist and the Connecticut River Valley Poets Theater (CRVPT) at Race Street Gallery in Holyoke last April.

Jessica Tam has exhibited work in New York at Schroeder Romero, The Painting Center, and Slag Gallery as well as in Chicago at LG Space. She has been a Clowes Fund Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, an NEA Fellowship Recipient at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Al Held Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Over the past few years, she has considered the theatricality and cinematic nature of her serial work and studied how Italian frescoes work in tandem with the architecture of their specific residences to create an immersive fictional environment.  Most recently, Triptych, her series of three site-specific paintings, exhibited at Midway Gallery in Boston, The Seerveld Gallery at Trinity Christian College, and The Box at Knox College.  More images of her work can be seen here:

The O-Tones September Gigs

WHAT: O-Tones Live
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 8- 11 pm
(7 pm Lindy swing dance lesson with Christine and Mark)
WHERE: Hawks and Reed in Greenfield

Come to Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield for a fun dance in a beautiful ballroom! The O-Tones will play a great mix of Swing, Soul, Blues, R&B, Latin, Ballads, and Rock & Roll. No partner necessary. Great dance floor on the 4th story in The Perch. Vocals by Mary Witt (bass) and Ann Percival (rhythm guitar) with swingin’ Bob Ferrier on guitar solos, soulful Kerry Blount on tenor sax,  Walt Chapman on boogie woogie piano and Pieter Struyk holding down the groove.

WHAT: O-Tones perform at Holyoke Medical Center 125th Anniversary Gala
WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE:  Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

Holyoke Medical Center 125th Anniversary Gala will include music by The O-Tones! Join the 125th gala celebration at The Log Cabin on September 16.
This year Holyoke Medical Center is celebrating 125 years of serving our community. We will be marking this longevous accomplishment with a 125th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, September 16, 2018. A seven course chef’s dinner with wine pairings will be served at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The theme of the event will focus on the history of the hospital, with every attendee receiving a complimentary copy of our 125th commemorative book.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are currently available, including the ability to sponsor both the event and the commemorative book:

To become a sponsor of the event only, please click here to complete the sponsorship form, or contact Denise Rebmann at 413.534.2579.

To purchase tickets to the event, please click here, or contact Denise Rebmann at 413.534.2579.

To advertise in the Tribute Journal, please click here and follow the instructions, or contact Denise Rebmann at 413.534.2579.

Dress: Black Tie optional
All proceeds to benefit Valley Health Systems

Denise Rebmann:

WHAT: Full Moon Community Sing Forbes Library Lawn 100th anniversary with Mary Witt of The O-Tones
WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 6 - 8 pm
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 40 West St, Northampton, MA

Picnic on the Forbes Library lawn followed by a sing-along at moonrise

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