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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat

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

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

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

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

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

WHEN: Performance/Talk: Friday Nov 30, 7 PM
              Workshops: Sat Dec 1, 12-2, Sun Dec 2, 10-12
WHERE: STUDIO4/SCDT, 25 Main St, 4th floor Northampton, MA
How Much? $15/$10 student seniors
For more information please visit:

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

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

RIFF TALKS takes place at 7 PM on November 30 at STUDIO4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA. Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door. talks.html

RIFF TALKS WORKSHOPS: Saturday Dec 1 with Jonathan Gonzalez 12-2/ Sunday Dec 2 10-12 with Katy Pyle. Register at

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

¡SATURDOOZY! last one of 2018!

WHAT: ¡SATURDOOZY! last one of 2018!
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 6-10pm
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA

¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out
ages 7+

Ask about our "VALET SERVICE" !

6-10pm $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]


check out our trailer and spread the word

Hope to see you all there!

Jen and the SCDT team

The Oxbow Gallery Presents: Overgrowth/Growth

WHAT: Overgrowth/Growth
WHEN: November 1-December 2
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery (Back Gallery), 275 Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Mary Bernstein, Harriet Diamond & Rebecca Muller in Collaboration.

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12-5pm

The Northampton Film Festival Launches Next Week!

The Northampton Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Calling local art lovers. Calling all those who admire the moving image and those who love community events. Calling those who want to experience unique creations with friends and neighbors in dark rooms only to dissect and dialogue about them after. This is the Northampton Film Festival, across locations November 15th-18th, 2018.

The festival launches Thursday evening, November 15th at Click Workspace in Northampton with a networking event, wine and treats for filmmakers, multimedia professionals, and lovers of the moving image, sponsored by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and leading right into Sound is Vision: The Immersive Cinematic World of Podcasting,  at 7pm in The Parlor Room in Northampton - and featuring Andrew Leland, Producer and Host of KCRW and McSweeney’s The Organist, Ben Brock Johnson, Producer and Host of WBUR’s Endless Thread, Karen Brown, Producer of NEPR and Radiotopia’s Great God of Depression, Caitlin O’Keefe, Producer of WBUR and the New York Times’ Modern Love.

The festival features a wide variety of experiences across mediums, curated by a dedicated team of local arts professionals and aficionados from a variety of backgrounds. Festival participants can attend a 16mm filmmaking class or learn to sculpt in virtual reality alongside Nick Criscuolo. They can attend the festival’s first competitive program, of experimental shorts, as coordinated by Sarah Lanzillotta of Open Eye Screenings. They can watch a free screening of Josiah, about Josiah Henson, born in Maryland, who spent 41 years as a slave, with a Q&A with filmmaker Jared Brock. There is a local music video party and a late night screening of Repo Man, and a celebration of international animated hand-drawn films curated by Niko Guardia and Sachio Cook. All this happens next week and the entire four-day festival pass is available for less than some high end festivals charge for a single film.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Sara Jacovino

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Sara Jacovino
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20th, 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

As has been our mission, we like to present new voices to our audience so we are pleased to present for the first time NYC trombonist and arranger Sara Jacovino.  After leaving the University of North Texas and her time with their renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, Sara moved to NYCi 2008 to continue her career. Throughout her time in NYC, besides being a studio arranger and prolific and ward winning composer, Sara has performed along side many jazz and pop greats such as: Adele, Aretha Franklin, Frank Ocean, Johnny Mandel, Michael Feinstein, Claudio Roditi, Steve Davis, Rufus Reid, Wayne Bergeron, Rich Perry, Lou Marini, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Carmen Bradford, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Snarky Puppy, Lee Konitz, and Robin Eubanks among others. Sara has also established herself as an active sub in the Broadway scene and performed the jazz trombone chair in the 2016 Maurice Hines musical Tappin’ Thru Life.

We are really looking forward to playing with Sara and hope you can join us to welcome her to Northampton. I know she will love it here since we have the best jazz audience in the world (at least that's what the guest artists always say and I have to agree).

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
11/20 - Sara Jacovino on trombone
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals with Peter Moutis on drums
12/4 - Rob Scheps on saxes with Bill Goodwin on drums
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums

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: 

A Night in Rio de Janeiro - Bossa Novas and Choros

WHAT: A Night in Rio de Janeiro - Bossa Novas and Choros
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, Doors open at 7 PM, Concert starts at 7:30
WHERE: Pioneer Valley Co-housing, The Great Room in the Common House, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd, Amherst, MA, 01002

Suggested Donation: $10-$20, Refreshments available.
This is a smoke and fragrance-free venue. Facility is wheelchair accessible.

Amy Rose, Haley Peltz and Zack Danziger, come together for the first time ever to offer you music from Brazil - Bossa Novas and Choros. With the first grooves on the guitar, flutterings on the flute, and the vocalese in Portuguese, you will feel warm rays of sunshine and the sound of the surf, right here in New England!

For more information, please contact Amy Rose: 413-835-1484,

Supported by a grant from the Amherst Arts Council - Many Thanks!!!

Health, Vitality, and Creativity Series@Hawley Street

Pilates Mat Class With Nicole Bruno
Starts Tuesday, Nov.. 13, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your own mat.
$10, register in class.

Compositional Practices with Peter Schmitz
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Register through SCDT$15, register in class.

Qi Gong with Andrea Olsen
Sundays, November 18, 25 2-3 p.m.

Drop ins welcome.
Dance Studio, 33 Hawley Street, easy parking!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time To Go

WHAT: Time To Go Film Screening
WHEN: Friday, November 23, at 8:00pm
Doors at 7:30
WHERE: Academy of Music Theater, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
Free and open to the public - General Admission - No reservations

Filmmaker Rio Contrada debuts his narrative project Time To Go, based on his father’s experience going through a degenerative illness. The film draws parallels between the main character’s struggles with illness and his drive for adventure as a young man, bringing his identity and legacy into focus.

Free admission with option of a voluntary donation at the door.

Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices

WHAT: Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices
WHEN: November 9, 2018 at 1 PM
WHERE: Community Room, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton MA

When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it had no features to make it accessible to individuals with vision, hearing, motor and like challenges. Since that first iPad, Apple has made enormous strides in supporting access in all their devices. As a result, other manufactures were pressed to offer similar access. This class will focus on enlarged text, spoken output and fine motor access. Bring your interest and, if you have one, your device and lots of questions.

Forbes Library is offering a series of free classes on assistive technology and related topics on the second Friday of each month from 1-2:30PM. Assistive technology helps people with challenges like low vision, hearing loss, or fine motor problems. All classes will take place in the library's Community Room and will be taught by Rick Ely.

The classes do not require pre-registration and will be demonstrations with time for question and answers. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for one on one or small group tutoring for hands-on instruction related to the topics covered in each class.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Monte's March for The Food Bank IX

Monte’s March for The Food Bank IX

WHAT: Monte's March for The Food Bank IX
WHEN: Monday November 19th and Tuesday November 20th 
Times and Locations Below 

Monday and Tuesday November 19th and 20th, Monte Belmonte and his entourage of marchers, including anti-hunger action hero U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, will once again walk from Springfield to Greenfield to raise money for The Food Bank of Western Mass.

Last year they raised over $250,000. Can you help them top that this year?

Want to be a “Virtual Marcher”? Get together with your friends, your school, your place of worship your BAND and commit to fundraising, whether you want to actually march of not. You can set up a digital fundraising page here.

STASH - Holiday Pop up registration

STASH (pop-up art shop) is returning for the holidays (December 1- 30) at 80 Race Street in downtown Holyoke. The store is a collection of original, found, and remade works of art. See more details at

Please consider sharing the registration link below with your network of local artists, crafters and makers - and/or signing up yourself to sell your handmade work. Thank you.

An Afternoon with Sally and James Taylor at MASS MoCA

WHAT: An Afternoon with Sally and James Taylor To Benefit Arts Education at MASS MoCA
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 3pm
WHERE: MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

MASS MoCA Members get first dibs on limited availability tickets for this intimate performance. Become a member here.

James Taylor joins his daughter, Sally Taylor, whose exhibition Come to Your Senses is now on view in Kidspace, for a one-afternoon-only performance for 900 guests, to benefit arts education at MASS MoCA.

Sally invites her dad to the stage for this intimate concert to play some of his music and to join her for a few songs to close the show. Sally and her Colorado-based collaborators, The Larson Brothers, kick off the event.


New Funding Announced for Commonwealth Places!

Looking to attract public support for a local community project? 
Commonwealth Places can help.

We're excited to announce YEAR 3 of our Commonwealth Places program with MassDevelopment officially kicks off TODAY. Commonwealth Places  is a crowd-granting challenge program to activate new or distressed public places and community spaces. The program is open to municipalities and nonprofits to improve low- and moderate- income communities in Massachusetts.

The Commonwealth Places program aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform, with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days. Through its first two rounds, Commonwealth Places has launched fifty projects in Massachusetts, with MassDevelopment providing more than $1.4 million in matching funds. Projects have included main street improvement projects in North Adams, Wakefield, and Hyannis; large scale mural projects and public art installations in Lynn, Salem, and Worcester; and pop-up retail activations in Ashland, Boston, Brockton, and Lowell, among others.


Applications for the third round will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of midnight on December 21, 2018.

There are some minor changes to the program eligibility criteria so I'd ask prospective applicants to please review the new program guidelines posted to the program page here.

If you have any questions please be sure to reach out directly to Jonathan Berk at

Communities, nonprofits, and other entities can learn more by visiting or contacting Laura Barrett at or 800-445-8030.

Click here to learn more

50 Projects AND COUNTING!
Launched in 2016, Commonwealth Places aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform, with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days.

Through its first two rounds, Commonwealth Places has launched fifty projects in Massachusetts, with MassDevelopment providing more than $1.4 million in matching funds. Projects have included main street improvement projects in North Adams, Wakefield, and Hyannis; large scale mural projects and public art installations in Lynn, Salem, and Worcester; and pop-up retail activations in Ashland, Boston, Brockton, and Lowell, among others.

'The Storied Tellers'

WHAT: 'The Storied Tellers'
WHEN: Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E.@Hawley, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

An evening of informally presented performance works by:
Mary Beth Brooker, Kathy Couch, Karinne Keithley Sayers, and Lailye Weidman.

Tickets -$5-10 donation at the door


WHAT: The ArtSalon's Red Dot Dash
WHEN: Friday November 9, 6-9 pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

The ArtSalon will host its First Annual RED DOT DASH Benefit Exhibition at 33 Hawley Street, the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 6-9 pm. It will coincide with the November Arts Night Out, Northampton. Come to our exhibition/party after checking out the gallery openings!

Everyone is invited to apply and to attend!


Thirty Years in Old Deerfield

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

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

Vineyard Bouys

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

Valerie Bassett

Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Martín Espada

WHAT: The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by poet Martín Espada
WHEN:Thursday, November 8th at 8pm
WHERE: Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst MA

Martín Espada, winner of the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, Alabanza, A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen, Imagine the Angels of Bread, City of Coughing and Dead Radiators and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston's Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Of Espada's work, Paul Mariani writes, "Martín Espada is one of the few poets in our time who really matters, because his words matter, and the people and the world he writes about matter. One thinks of Neruda, of Whitman, of Philip Levine as one finds oneself caught up by the magic of Espada's voice."

Learn more about Martín Espada:

Poetry, Teaching, and Resistance (Indigo Radio)
Mad Love (PBS NewsHour)

Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
You Got a Song, Man

This reading is free, accessible, and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase from Amherst Books.

To learn more about upcoming events in the Visiting Writers Series, like us on Facebook or visit us at

Announcing "Community Engagement for Artists" Workshops this Fall

Photo Credit: Conexión Américas
Are you an artist curious about creating public art or art for social change projects with your community? Join the UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) for a free, evening-long Community Engagement for Artists Workshop this fall (pre-registration required). Learn about the innovative community-engaged art projects happening nationwide, best practices, and the skills required to create an art project that engages your community.

Workshop Dates/Locations:

-- Westfield: Monday, October 1st 5:30 – 8:00pm at The Rinnova Gallery, 105 Elm St.
-- Amherst: Tuesday, October 9th 6:00 - 8:30pm at the Jones Library, Woodbury Room, 43 Amity St.
-- Easthampton: Tuesday October 16th 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main St.
-- Springfield: Wednesday, November 7th 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St.
Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Pre-register by contacting AES at or 413-545-2360.

Community engaged art is on the rise! Artists and organizations from all genres – dance, theater, music, painting, sculpture, design, and more – are designing projects to build community and affect social change. Performers are amplifying the voices of Latina immigrants and promoting dialogue around issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities. Interdisciplinary artists are documenting and activating stories of crossing the U.S./Mexico border. Lakota youth and artists are teaming up with international graffiti artists to paint graffiti celebrating Lakota culture. And so much more! In the upcoming Community Engagement for Artists workshops we will be inspired by the abundance of community-engaged projects happening nationwide and beyond.

Community-engagement art projects, whether student designed murals, participatory installations or performances, or arts education opportunities for underserved communities, are excellent opportunities for Western Massachusetts artists to harness the power of art to bring people together across difference and have a broad social impact. Leading these projects takes special skills. In this evening long workshop, artists will receive a broad overview of how to: identify opportunities for public art and socially-engaged projects, begin collaborations and partnerships, and develop art projects that truly reflect the needs and interests of the communities involved.

Community-engaged art provides a unique opportunity for artists to expand beyond their comfort zones and historical artistic approach and to learn as much as to teach. These projects also reach new audiences and bring artists’ work new visibility.

Workshops will be taught by AES Lecturer Terre Vandale who brings a wealth of experience, both as a movement-based, interdisciplinary community artist and as an arts manager for renowned community-based artists and nonprofit arts organizations.

The Community Engagement for Artists Workshops are part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative, which serves artists through intensive workshops on the business of art, courses, publications, and an internship program to connect UMass and 5 College arts and humanities students with individual artists and arts organizations. These trainings are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Westfield Cultural Council, Amherst Cultural Council, Easthampton Cultural Council, Springfield Cultural Council, and UMass Amherst. Trainings are presented in partnership with Westfield on Weekends, the Amherst Central Cultural District, Easthampton City Arts, Flywheel Arts Collective, Springfield Central Cultural District, and the Community Music School of Springfield.

Brushworks Arts and Industry Open Studios

above:  be by yourself, 2018, matte acrylic on canvas 10x8 inches
WHAT: Brushworks Arts and Industry Open Studios
WHEN: 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday November 10th &11th
WHERE: Studio 434, 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA
Note: The studio is four flights up, so if you'd like a ride on funky old elevator, head toward the back of the building. Someone will be there to operate it. 

Stop by the Brushworks Arts and Industry Open Studios, 10am-5pm. There are lots of great creative people opening their doors. Because of the time of year, there is a lot geared toward holiday gift sales, which is great, but not wanting to spend money shouldn't stop you from coming! It's a great opportunity to get inspired, and explore an interesting building, and see art where it is made, and talk to folks who make it.

I will have art on view and for sale, including works on paper and other  things at the cheaper end of the spectrum, I will also have a few friends join me, just to make it more lively. Feel free just to come and hang out, make a drawing, have a cup of tea or something.

Also I am trying out an online store, please check it out. I'll be posting things that are simple to ship.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist clarinetist Marty Ehrlich

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist clarinetist Marty Ehrlich
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th, 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

After 4 yeas of trying, we were finally able to find a date that worked for the wonderfully creative and immensely talented saxophone, clarinet and flutist Marty Ehrlich. Marty lives in NYC and teaches Tuesdays at Hampshire College and is always busy with his other musical projects, most recently his duo with pianist Myra Melford, and a trio with Mark Dresser on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums so we are really looking forward to making music with him. He will be bringing his Jazz History class to the club so we hope to give them and you all an earful something special. If the jam session is anything like last week, please consider staying around for some of that as well.  Always a lot of surprises happen when things loosen up and

Upcoming Guest Artists:
11/13 - Marty Ehrlich on saxes and flute
11/20 - Roseanna Vitro on vocals
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals

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:


WHAT: Attend Sound Check Party with Lake Street Dive
WHEN: Thursday, November 15th
WHERE: Academy of Music, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Signature Sounds and The Green River Festival are proud to support Monte's March. This year we're offering a special prize for anyone who donates to The Food Bank Of Western Mass. via our team page.

On Thursday, November 15th, Signature Sounds presents Lake Street Dive at the Academy Of Music in Northampton for a sold out show. Make a donation of $10 or more from our page, and you'll be entered to win an invite for two to an exclusive sound check party that day. Winners will enjoy a very special performance, plus a meet and greet for photos and autographs. We'll select 6 winners at random for this prize. To be eligible, you must donate before midnight on Tuesday, November 13th and include your e-mail address and phone number. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, November 14th at 12noon.

Make A Donation to Monte's March Here

Back Porch Festival

WHAT: Rosanne Cash Announced as Back Porch Festival Headliner
WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2019 
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music, 274 Main Street in Northampton, MA


The Back Porch Festival: Rosanne Cash w. John Leventhal, Mark Erelli

Ticket price: $39.99 - $49.99

Tickets on sale now:

Signature Sounds to Re-issue Still's Acclaimed 2006 Album, Shaken By A Low Sound on Vinyl, November 9


On November 9th, 2018, Signature Sounds will re-issue Crooked Still's acclaimed album, Shaken By A Low Sound on deluxe vinyl. Originally released digitally and on CD in 2006, the album cemented Crooked Still's reputation as one of the premiere alternative bluegrass groups of the mid-aughts, shattering preconceptions of how traditional music was played. Shaken By a Low Sound received rave reviews from publications like Interview Magazine, No Depression, and USA Today proclaiming, “Aoife O’Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a bluesier Alison Krauss, she’s about to become the newest darling of the Americana set... Shaken is stirring.” The LP package includes a bonus CD of a previously unreleased Crooked Still set from The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2006.

Pre-Order the Vinyl Re-Issue HERE

Friday, November 2, 2018

HUT XIX: Jasmine Hearn, Mike Bullock, Jay Weingarten

WHAT: HUT XIX: Jasmine Hearn, Mike Bullock, Jay Weingarten
WHEN: Saturday November 3rd, 8:00-10:00PM
WHERE: STUDIO4 (SCDT), 25 Main St Northampton, 4th floor above Fitzwillys

Movement: Jasmine Hearn
Jasmine Hearn is a Bronx based choreographer, performer, and dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine travels around the world to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in multidisciplinary collaborations. Receiving a 2017 Bessies Award for her performance as a part of the Skeleton Architecture, she is currently a collaborator with filmmaker, Alisha B. Wormsley.

Words: Jay Weingarten
Jay Keery Weingarten is an active commodifier of their own queerness on many levels, the most obvious of which is that they quite literally sell gay merch to an audience of mostly straight people. They are attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst in order to receive a Masters in Poetry so as to commodify queerness from a more privileged platform, using flourishes of fancy language to dazzle and entice their straight peers. If it makes you feel better about the money you're spending on this performance, they've recently been published in Pilot Press London's Queer Anthology of Rage as well as featured in Girls Like Us magazine, both publications highly recommended for straight people to check out.

Music: Mike Bullock
Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, visual artist, and writer based in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.Bullock has been performing since the mid 90s at venues across the US and in Europe, including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; Instants Chavirés in Paris; Café OTO in London; Experimental Intermedia and ISSUE Project Room in New York City; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC in Troy, NY. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Bullock is an Ambassador for The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] and also serves as the KREV Minister of Fine Noise and Light.

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Wild at Heart: portraits of endangered species by Dawn Howkinson Siebel

WHAT: Wild at Heart: portraits of endangered species by Dawn Howkinson Siebel
WHEN: December 6 – December 31, 2108
Artist Reception: Friday, December 14, 5-8 pm on Arts Night Out
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery,  126 Main St, Northampton MA

From December 6 – 31, 2018, A.P.E. Ltd. gallery will present a series of paintings by Dawn Howkinson Siebel. The exhibited works are part of a project Siebel began developing in 2012 of painting portraits of endangered species.

The paintings do not stem from found images, but rather are the result of a personal encounter with each of the animals portrayed. Siebel spends extended periods of time in zoos sitting with, watching, and learning from and about the species she paints. This research is brought back into her studio, where Seibel paints a portrait that is just as much a record of the emotional memory of meeting her subject as it is based on photographic and informational documentation of her time with them.

The species are sitters for their portraits, not objects of study, and each portrait looks back at the viewer, asserting presence, individuality, and agency. By painting portraits of endangered species, Siebel emphasizes the human responsibility for their endangerment and argues for their right to exist as being equal to our own.

Dogs in Water Paintings by Marion Miller

WHAT: Dogs in Water: Paintings by Marion Miller
WHEN: On View: November 1-December 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday November 9,  5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday,  noon-5:00 pm

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Local Filmmakers Showcase Presented by A.P.E.@Hawley

WHAT: Local Filmmakers Showcase Presented by A.P.E.@Hawley
WHEN: Monday, December 3, at 7:00pm
WHERE: Flex Space of Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

Local filmmakers will screen four short films on Monday, December 3, at 7pm, in the Flex Space of The Northampton Community Arts Trust building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

from Time to Go by Rio Contrada
Rio Contrada’s Time to Go is a short film about a dementia patient’s never-ending wanderlust and his family’s struggle to keep him safe.  Rio Contrada is a Massachusetts native with experience producing primetime television and working in development for Academy Award-winning production companies. His career started in production, working on large scale motion pictures like The Judge and Black Mass. Rio gained his first producer credit on the Lifetime series American Beauty Star, hosted by Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima. In the past year, he has produced three short films, including his directorial debut Time to Go.

from Get Me Lionel by Jason Mazzotta
Jason Mazzotta’s Get Me Lionel is a short, mystery piece relying on very little dialog. The film is presented in a 1:1 ratio.  Jason Mazzotta is a writer/director/actor from New England, currently living in Southern California. Along with Get Me Lionel, Jason produced the short movie Father Willie and several acclaimed music videos with Hypnosis Club Filmmaking colleagues David Newland and Michael McLellan.

from Untitled by Nick Verdi
Nicholas Verdi, a graduate of the media studies program at Holyoke Community College, and now a student at Hampshire College, will screen the first 10 minutes of his untitled sci-fi film that tells the story of college students, brain-damaged from getting hammered on alcohol every weekend, with a mysterious feeling that something has been done to their consciousness and memory of events.

Dylan Kaufman, Keanu Burke and Merle O’Neal’s Landlord was made for the 48 hour film festival and is a 7 minute Dark Comedy about a new tenant who finds a surprise guest at her apartment on move-in day.  Dylan Kaufman, Merle O'Neal, and Keanu Burke are longtime friends and graduates of Northampton High School (2010). Landlord was created by the three of them for the 48-Hour Film Festival 2018 and was awarded a spot in the Best of Boston screening.

The total running time of the four films is approximately 75 minutes.  An informal discussion and reception will follow the screenings.  A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help offset the costs of the screening.

Happier Valley Comedy The Zen of Improv One-Day Intensive

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy The Zen of Improv One-Day Intensive
WHEN: November 3 at 1:00 PM
WHERE: Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley MA

Are you an actor who would like to strengthen your improv skills?
Would you like to play and laugh in a supportive community?
Do you want to get better at thinking on your feet?
Could you use some practice in mindfulness?
turning off your inner critic?
being brave?
Would you like to become more confident speaking in public?
Curious about how this whole improv comedy thing works?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, Zen of Improv One-Day Intensive would be an ever so lovely way to spend the day. Happier Valley Comedy's Founder and Head of Happiness Pam Victor offers this five-hour* intensive for adults who want to try something fun, rewarding, and, quite possibly, mind-expanding. You'll learn a very gentle, very easy, patient approach to improv comedy in an incredibly positive and accepting atmosphere that will get you up on your feet and out of your head. Through improv exercises,  games, and scenework, you'll practice the vital improvisation skills of paying attention acutely, accepting other peoples ideas, redefining and disempowering failure, staying in the moment, quieting your critical voice to invite more joy and ease into your work, and much more.

No experience necessary. Being funny is not required!
Everyone can improvise.
(No joke.)

Join Pam for the Zen of Improv.
It’s good for the stage and it’s good for the soul!

Pre-requisite: None. This intensive is great for people who want to get the whole Zen of Improv 1 curriculum in one improvluscious day as well as experienced performers who'd like to get a healthy dose of the Zen of Improv way.

Register Here.

Registration opens to the public on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6am! This one will fill up quickly.

Exit 7 Players present: You Can't Take It With You Auditions

WHAT: Exit 7 Players present: You Can't Take It With You Auditions
Audition Dates:
Monday, November 5, 2018 from 7-9pm
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7-9pm
Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 7-9pm (callbacks if needed)
Performance Dates:
February 8, 9, 15, and 16 @ 8pm
February 10 and 17 @ 2pm
WHERE: Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA 01056

What to Expect When Auditioning:
Please bring a theater resume and headshot if you have them. If you do not, that is ok. We will have you complete a brief audition form (see form below) to collect information about your previous theater experience. You should also prepare a brief monologue (1-2 minutes) that demonstrates strong character choices. These will be performed in front of the production team, as well as others auditioning for the production. Finally, you can also expect to do cold reading from the script. You will be paired or placed in a group with others auditioning for the show and asked to read for various characters in a scene.

General Schedule:
Rehearsals will be held three times a week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings depending on cast conflicts and the holidays. The first read through will be on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, November 26, 2018 and run through January 31, 2019. Tech week will be February 1 - 7, 2019 and will require extended hours from the cast.

Happier Valley Comedy presents Not In Charge

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy presents Not In Charge
WHEN: Saturday, November 17 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 inspired by the improvisers' life experiences! Saturday, November 17th 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: $10 online and at the door. For more info:

Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
WHEN: November 17 at 3:00 PM
WHERE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd., Amherst

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, great for 5-12 year olds and their adults. It's funny for the whole family! Saturday, November 17th at 3pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members). For more info:

Ja'Duke Center For The Performing Arts presents: MAMMA MIA

WHAT: Ja'Duke Center For The Performing Arts presents: MAMMA MIA
WHEN: November 16 and 17 at 7pm & November 18 at 2pm
WHERE: Greenfield High School, 21 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA


Purchase tickets online

Ja’Duke’s 2018 season continues with the Franklin County premiere of the mega-hit musical comedy Mamma Mia!, which has been seen by millions of people worldwide and launched two enormously popular movies.  The plot involves a woman who, on the eve of her wedding, attempts to discover the identity of her father by bringing three men from her mother’s past back to an island paradise.  Featuring more than 20 hit songs by pop super-group ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Name of the Game” and “The Winner Takes It All,” this high-spirited, feel-good international sensation has audiences singing and dancing in the aisles.  Performances of Mamma Mia! are November 16, 17, 18  at the Greenfield High School.  Purchase tickets at the door or online

$12.00 Adults
$10.00 ages 12 and under
$10.00 ages 65 and over


Get ready to say “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do!” and “GO, GO, GO” to Ja’Duke’s
Blockbuster Fall Show – MAMMA MIA!!!!

Josies Magical Flute with Laura Patrick, and Not in Charge

WHAT: Josies Magical Flute with Laura Patrick, and Not in Charge
WHEN: November 15 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

Josie's Magical Flute, special guest Laura Patrick of the Ha-Ha's, and guest troupe Not in Charge perform a variety of fast-paced high-energy short form scenes and games, as well as Josie's signature long form "The Ride."

Josie's is a long form improv troupe comprised of Julie Waggoner, Sally Ekus, and Mandy Anderson. The three women have been playing together since 2016, and perform regularly as part of their short form'ish troupe Not In Charge (NIC) which performs monthly at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater in Hadley, Ma on the third Saturday through Spring '19.

Julie Waggoner is a Valley comedy veteran who performed standup comedy for 10 years, and then played with the Villa Jidiots for another 10 years. She’s a member of The Majesters Comedy Troupe, a frequent guest performer with The Ha-Ha’s, and a long-time actress with a variety of local plays and play readings. She teaches improv comedy through Happier Valley Comedy (HVC), a local school and comedy organization founded by Pam Victor.

Mandy Anderson is a member of the Happier Valley Comedy HVChampionship Team and also a member of the Majesters Comedy Troupe. Sally Ekus is the producer as well as a cast member of the Happier Family Comedy Show, and both she and Mandy are guest performers with The Ha-Ha’s.

This month’s Friends at the Shea are local troupe Not In Charge, comprised of Jim Young, Kate Jopson, Maddy Benjamin, as well as all three members of Josie's.

This month's show welcome special guest Laura Patrick of the Valley's long running and wildly popular improv troupe The Ha-Ha's.

Not In Charge (NIC) is a 6-person improv comedy troupe, playing together since 2016.  The troupe performs fast-paced, high-energy improv scenes and games, and keeps their audiences (and each other) in peals of laughter. They are honored to be performing for the Valley CDC’s Annual Meeting, and promise to deliver fun and frolic!

The troupe features Mandy Anderson, Maddy Benjamin, Sally Ekus, Kate Jopson, Julie Waggoner, and Jim Young.

Not In Charge has performed to sellout or near-capacity audiences at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater in Hadley, and they regularly perform as a guest troupe at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls with the Shea’s house team, Josie’s Magical Flute.

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Ghost Light Theater November's Wednesday Workshop

WHAT: Ghost Light Theater November's Wednesday Workshop
WHEN: November 14 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA

November's piece is The Examiner by Richard Ballon. After traveling over a thousand miles from Scotland, Dr. John Rogerson arrives at the Russian Court of Catherine the Great. Although it is winter, things get hot, real hot.

Wednesday Workshop is a monthly reading series hosted by Ghost Light Theater and Gateway City Arts, presenting staged readings of local and new works to showcase the broad range of creative theatrical talents in the Valley. As well as a performance, the intention is to make Wednesday Workshop an opportunity for artists from our many communities to come together to meet and socialize.

In the interest of making the event financially accessible, the series runs on a pay-what-you-will model with a suggested donation of $5. The donations will be split between Ghost Light and each month's featured author(s). Please also consider coming early to order dinner from The Bistro, to support our generous venue; food and drink from The Bistro can also be brought into the performance. After the show, The Bistro will be open for food, drinks, and socializing.

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Happier Valley Comedy presents Scripted/Unscripted

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy presents Scripted/Unscripted
WHEN: November 10 ay 7:00 PM
WHERE: Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Our most popular show is back! SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED pairs one professional actor following a published script line-by-line with one plucky improviser doing their best to play along without having any idea what scene they're in. It's a dazzling display of acting chops, quick thinking, and the magic of the moment! Saturday, November 10th at 7pm AND 9pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door. For more info:

Silverthorne Theater presents Humorist and Storyteller DYLAN BRODY

WHAT: Silverthorne Theater presents Humorist and Storyteller DYLAN BRODY 
WHEN: Friday, November 9, 8:00pm
WHERE: Hawks & Reed Ballroom @ Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield

On Friday, November 9, 2018, Silverthorne Theater is proud to present Humorist and Storyteller DYLAN BRODY’s special benefit performance in the Hawks & Reed Ballroom of THE GREATEST SHOW EVER: Hilarious Stories and Poignant Meditations on the World We Share.  Mr. Brody describes this full evening of comedy as the “long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 hit show, More Arts/Less Martial.”
Attendees will have a choice of intimate stage-front table seating, or theater seating. When they arrive, they will walk the red carpet in front of Hawks & Reed, and smile for the paparazzi! )  Anyone buying their ticket online by October 20 will be eligible to win a free limousine ride to and from the Event (donated by West County Limos.) Centennial House Bed & Breakfast in Northfield will provide housing for Mr. Brody during his stay.
Premium table seating is $50 per person; general admission theater seating is $35 per person. An intimate lunch with Mr. Brody at Thai Blue Ginger Restaurant is $20 per person. Tickets available now at or by calling 413-768-7514. 

Ghost Light Theater presents Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason

WHAT: Ghost Light Theater presents Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason
WHEN: November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 PM, November 11 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. Holyoke, MA

How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you do? When twentysomething star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure forty-ish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.

Featuring Susanna Apgar as Olivia and Ethan Blake as Ethan
Directed by Kevin Tracy
*This production is not appropriate for young audiences.*
More information.

Black Cat Theater, Inc. Presents: The Wizard of Oz

WHAT: Black Cat Theater, Inc. Presents: The Wizard of Oz
WHEN: November 8-10, 7:00pm, November 11, 2:00pm
WHERE: South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St, South Hadley

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. We invite you to joins us on our
journey to Oz

Tickets: $15 General Admission $12 Senior/Students
Military and First Responders Free
For reservations call 413-563-6023 or email blackcattheater@gmail.

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