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.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Presidential Book Club Discussion of “Abigail & John: Portrait of the Marriage” by Edith B. Gelles

WHAT: Discuss “Abigail & John: Portrait of the Marriage” by Edith B. Gelles
WHEN: Monday April 29th, 7:30pm
WHERE: Calvin Coolidge Reading Room, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

The Presidential Book Club of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum is off to a roaring start! After a robust discussion of George Washington and slavery, the subject covered in Henry Wiencek’s “An Imperfect God,” the club turns to the John Adams presidency and one of the most historically consequential marriages in presidential history.

On Monday April 29th, the Presidential Book Club will discuss “Abigail & John: Portrait of the Marriage” by Edith B. Gelles. The club will meet at 7:30 PM in the museum, which is located on the second floor of Forbes Library. Copies of the book are available at Forbes Library.

John Adams played a critical role in establishing American independence, and as president, he is most celebrated for courageously averted war with France. Abigail Adams is most known for her attempt to inject feminism into the 1776 Continental Congress, urging John to “remember the ladies.” How did John Adams shape America’s early years, and how influential was Abigail behind the scenes? We will explore these questions and more.

Every book club meeting will be free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to read as much of the featured book as they can, but anyone is welcome to attend and take part in the book club discussion. Meetings will take place every other month.

Area residents interested in the learning more about the new Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum Standing Committee are encouraged to contact Julie Bartlett Nelson at or 413-587-1014

Melody Fader, Pianist, in Concert

WHAT: Melody Fader, Pianist, in Concert
WHEN: April 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA 01601


Contact: Larry Fader (413) 397-3553; or Kelly Silliman,

New York City-based pianist Melody Fader, a native of Bloomfield, CT, returns to the Valley on April 14th to perform a 2:00 p.m. concert at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. The New York Times calls her work “sumptuous,” “stirring,” “masterful” and has commented that she “plays with elegance.”

Ms. Fader will be performing music by Chopin, Bach, Schubert, Mazzoli, and Debussy. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors 60 and over) and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets: or at the door, one half hour before the performance. A reception will follow, and the Center has abundant free parking.

Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as piano soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist and interdisciplinary collaborative artist in New York City. She has performed in New York venues such as Alice Tully Hall, The Joyce Theater, The New York Times Center and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as on tour nationally and abroad. Ms. Fader holds a BM degree from the Eastman School and an MM from Juilliard, where she was a student of Margo Garrett, former chair of the collaborative piano department.

Northampton Jazz Festival Featuring saxophone and flutist Erik Lawrence

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Festival Featuring saxophone and flutist Erik Lawrence
WHEN: Tuesday, April 2nd from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

It's always a treat to play with Erik. He is a wonderful improviser with a great sound on all his instruments and full of surprises. He is also very eclectic, having worked not only with many of the jazz greats but also for many years with the Levon Helm Band animist recently touring regularly with the band Little Feat. And, as I have said many times before, when Erik leads the band we also seem to go to some transcendent place, a rich and fulfilling place for sure.

Joining us on drums will be Erik's good friend Bob Weiner, a master of texture and space, not to mention swing, funk, Caribbean, Brazilian... It's going to be a blast so I hope you can join us for a fun night and perhaps stick around for the jam session as well.

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

Also of Interest:
1. The Vermont Jazz Center presents Helen Sung's "Sung with Words" on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 8 PM. This is a rescheduling of a show that was snow postponed in January.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
4/2  -  Erik Lawrence on sax and flute with Bob Weiner on drums
4/9   - Bennie Wallace on tenor with Bill Goodwin on drums
4/16 - Claire Daly on baritone sax
4/23 - Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica
4/30 - Stacy Dillard on saxes

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at:

Announcing the 2019 Juniper Literary Festival

WHAT: The 2019 Juniper Literary Festival
WHEN: April 12-13, 2019
WHERE: UMass Amherst campus

We invite you to join us for the Juniper Literary Festival, held  April 12-13, 2019 on the UMass Amherst campus.

All readings and panel discussions, as well as the literary arts fair, are free, accessible, and open to the public!

The festival will also include a literary arts fair featuring pop-up readings, professional development opportunities for students with agents and editors, and information about internships with a variety of journals and small presses!

The fair will open 10:00am Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Exhibitors include:

Juniper Summer Institute
Fence Magazine
Massachusetts Review
Rescue Press

...and more!

Featured Readings:

 Horacio Castellanos Moya:
April 12, Old Chapel, 7pm

HORACIO CASTELLANOS MOYA is a writer and a journalist from El Salvador. He has published twelve novels, five short story collections, two essay books, and a diary. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages; six of them (Senselessness, The She-Devil in the mirror, Dance with Snakes, Tyrant memory, Revulsion and The Dream of My Return) are available in English. He was granted residencies in a program supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair (2004-2006) and in the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh (2006-2008). In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation. The Government of Chile awarded him the Manuel Rojas Iberoamerican Prize for Fiction 2014, for his body of work. As a journalist, he was editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country for two decades. Currently he is associate professor in the Spanish Creative Writing MFA at the University of Iowa.

Danez Smith:
April 13, Old Chapel, 7pm

DANEZ SMITH is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award; they also wrote [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez's work has been featured widely, appearing on platforms such as Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, “Homie”, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020. 

For the first time, a Reading by 5 College Writers:
April 13, 1pm, South College

SAMUEL ACE is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He has published several collections of poems, including Stealth, a collaborative work written with Maureen Seaton.
POLINA BARSKOVA has authored eight books of poetry and one book of prose in Russian. Three books of her poetry in English translation were published recently: This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press), Zoo in Winter (Melville House Press), Relocations (Zephyr Press).
ARDA COLLINS is the author of a collection of poems, It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.
NOY HOLLAND is the recipient of the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
SHAYLA LAWSON is the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook PANTONE and I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean.

Reading by UMass Alumni:
April 13, 4pm, Old Chapel

Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of the poetry collections The New Years (Rescue Press, 2014), M (Song Cave, 2015), and EARTH (Song Cave, 2019). She teaches at
Andrea Lawlor is the author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, a 2018 finalist for the Lambda Literary and CLMP Firecracker Awards.
Arisa White is the author of Perfect on Accident, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, Black Pearl, Post Pardon, A Penny Saved, and Hurrah's Nest.
Jung Yun is the author of Shelter, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

To learn more about the Juniper Literary Festival visit us at

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Request for Art Proposals: Temporary Public Art Installation

Attention Western MA artists,

HCG is accepting proposals from artists in Western Massachusetts for the temporary placement of a public art banner on the Old Courthouse site, 99 Main Street, Northampton, during the months of April, 2019, through July/August, 2019. The artwork will hang on high visibility scaffolding surrounding the Main Street entrance to the Courthouse.

 The project is contingent upon HCG receiving sponsorship equal to the cost of the project. HCG will cover the costs of printing and installing the banner. HCG is seeking a digital file of printable art of sufficient size and resolution to cover 50h x 40w feet.

For more information see enclosed or click here:

Upcoming Art Classes at Northampton Center for the Arts

Happy Spring! Join local teaching artists for new art classes at the Center! We are offering Let's Draw!, Create Your Own Visual World, Multimedia Art for Kids, as well as our ongoing Wednesday Drawing Group.

Let's Draw!
6 weeks Tuesdays, April 2 – May 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $150.00 due upon registration

Have you always wanted to draw but think you don’t have the talent? In this fun and invigorating class we will explore the elements of drawing and design as you build your creative and perceptual skills using a variety of drawing media. The class is open to adults and high school students who want to build a portfolio for art school application, or simply like to draw.

For more information or to register, click here!

Create Your Own Visual World

MARCH 26 to MAY 14, 2019: 1 to 3:30PM

FEE: $320.00 plus supplies

An important part of being an artist is to understand the immensity of art culture. Simply put, this class is about exploring possibilities - the use of various combinations of materials on any paper related products, from fine drawing rag to left-over cardboard, various materials, constructions, stencils, large format drawing wall-works and found objects. Take the opportunity to re-invent your visual world!

For more information or to register, click here! 

Multimedia Art for Kids!

6 weeks, Mondays May 6 — June 10
Time  4:00-5:30
Price  $150.00
Ages 6-12

In this class, students will play with a variety of materials and mediums. Creative expression and exploration will be encouraged. Possibilities abound!

For more information or to register, please click here!

Wednesday Drawing Group 

Wednesday mornings, 10:00am to 1:00pm
$15/session drop-in, $10/session if the month is paid in full in advance
Each Wednesday morning session begins with a nude model assuming a series of short poses that increase in length from 2 minutes to 30 minutes. Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome. No critique or instructions, just drawing. Tables, chairs, and easels are provided. 

For more information or to register, click here!

Art on Exhibit at 33 Hawley
Come visit the Center during open hours in March and April to see art by Lourdes Morales and Abbie Steiner! Open hours are Tuesday-Friday 2pm-6pm.

2019 Production Grants from Northampton Community Television

Production Grant submissions are officially open. This year we are accepting proposals for Short Films, Media Workshops to be held at NCTV, Mixed Reality, and Public Art. Submissions are due by midnight on April 7th, 2018. Go to for more information.

NCTV Production Grants support media creators in Northampton, MA. By easing the financial burden of production we aim to empower people in our region to tell stories and craft experiences that may not otherwise be possible. This grant’s purpose is to achieve a specific objective and enhance an artistic skill and talent of the grantee. 2019 will mark the sixth round of production grants distributed by Northampton Community Television.

When filling out the grant be sure to pretend we don’t know you, even if we do. A stranger should be able to read your application.

NCTV will endeavor to fund at least one grant for a youth project, meaning an applicant who is 18 years of age or younger.

Short Film
This grant is for short narrative, documentary or experimental films. All films should include a pitch at least one page in length (approximately 500 words). When applicable, such as in the case of narrative work, please attach a completed draft of a script.

Documentary submissions should include signed statements from major parties involved as to their participation. Also include a budget and timeline for your project. We do not fund music videos.
  • up to $2000 per project
  • narrative, documentary, or experimental
  • 10-30 Minutes
  • one page pitch required
  • script may be required
  • budget and timeline required
  • documentary films should include a commitment letter

Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality Grants will go to a recipient creating an immersive experience in VR, AR, or 360˚ video. A project outline of at least one page is required, that outlines the goals and parameters of the project.

A budget and timeline is required for the project. Any accompanying materials that the applicant feels are relevant, such as scripts, concept sketches, or flowcharts, should be included in an application.
  • up to $2000 per project
  • virtual reality, augmented reality or 360˚ video
  • budget and timeline required
  • accompanying materials as needed

Public Art Project
This grant is for a public art project that uses multimedia elements as part of its core messaging, medium, or experience. At completion the project should be performed or displayed publicly for free.

The project should also include some method of documenting that public performance or exhibition. A one page pitch, budget, and timeline are required.
  • up to $1000 per project
  • must have a multimedia element
  • one page pitch required
  • budget and timeline required
  • free public performance or exhibition
  • documentation of that performance or exhibition

Multimedia Workshop
We are lucky to be surrounded in our community by talented creators with extensive professional experience. As a way to leverage that resource and provide a learning experience for those looking to hone their crafts we are offering a grant to support a multimedia workshop at NCTV.

This workshop will span a period of at least 5 hours of class time over a single or multiple sessions with more hours required for larger grant awards. An outline of the workshop plan is required as well as an explanation of the instructor’s qualifications. A budget and timeline are required. Multimedia workshop topics could include but would not be limited to scriptwriting, 3D printing, makeup and hair, coding, cinematography, visual storytelling, blogging, animation, podcasting, etc.
  • up to $1000 per project
  • multimedia workshop to be held at NCTV
  • application should outline instructor’s qualifications
  • budget and timeline required
  • a workshop plan is required

Double Edge Theatre presents Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro to begin celebration of the theatre's 25th year in Ashfield, MA

WHAT: Double Edge Theatre presents Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro
WHEN: April 5-14 at 7pm
WHERE: Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Road, Ashfield MA 01330

Double Edge Theatre will present its performance Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro April 5 through 14 as the kick-off event of DE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of its Farm Center in Ashfield, MA.  This performance premiered at the Peak Performance Series at Montclair State University and was chosen as a Critic’s Pick by the New York Times. Drawn from the art and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of the Chilean Jewish filmmaker and writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, this surreal performance is steeped in magic and reveals not only the alchemical melding between great seers, but also their spiritual tug of war. Conceived and directed by Stacy Klein. This is the final chance to see this performance locally, before it begins to tour nationally and internationally next year. Seating is limited.

Leonora & Alejandro:
La Maga y el Maestro
Directed and conceived by Stacy Klein

with Jennifer Johnson as Leonora Carrington
and Carlos Uriona as Alejandro Jodorowsky

Tickets at

More information: (413) 628-0277

Double Edge Celebrating 25 Years in Ashfield, Massachusetts, Spring 2019

April 5–14: Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro
A last chance to see this piece in our barn before our 2020 Tour. Drawn from the art and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington (Jennifer Johnson) and her mentorship of filmmaker/writer Alejandro Jodorowsky (Carlos Uriona), this surreal performance is steeped in magic and reveals not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war. Conceived and directed by Stacy Klein.

April 14: Women and Magic Symposium
1:00pm: A discussion on women’s alchemical, magical, and spiritual creation process, and how this approach often remains hidden. Featuring Susan Aberth, Morgan Jenness, Stacy Klein, Baraka Sele, Sherina Sharpe, and others.

Ohketeau (‘to plant, to grow’)
is the name Nipmuc Elder and award-winning writer, poet, cultural educator Larry Spotted Crow Mann gave to programming planned for the Voices of Native Youth. Learn more during  community weekend May 4th & 5th.

May 5: Community Day!
Come celebrate Double Edge’s vibrant community members, artists, and partners who have created and contributed to the last 25 amazing years at the Double Edge Farm in Ashfield. Fly on bungees, sing and play music, and learn about DE’s Ashfield history and ongoing renovation and preservation of the beautiful Farm! The day will culminate in a gathering and meal, sharing testimony, and honoring the extraordinary Living Culture in Ashfield.
About Double Edge Theatre

Double Edge Theatre, an artist-run organization, was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Klein, along with Co-Artistic Directors Carlos Uriona, Matthew Glassman and Jennifer Johnson, and Producing Director Adam Bright, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles, both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists through a long-term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice, a base for the ensemble’s extensive international touring and community spectacles, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convening, greening and sustainable farming initiatives. DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and 5 outdoor performance areas, as well as an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident artists and DE’s Artist Studio giving primacy to underserved artists; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and storage for sets, costumes, and props. A vision of future facilities includes a public archive/gallery, a fully developed farm, and Ohketeau (meaning to plant something, to grow), a meeting space for the voices of Native youth.

Friends of Forbes Library Presents: Edible Book

 The Giving Tree, created by Ted Anderson and Steph Rose [The I Wish My Lawn Looked Like That Green With Envy Award]

WHAT: Friends of Forbes Library Presents: Edible Book
WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 2 – 4 pm
WHERE: Florence Civic Center 90 Park St., Florence, MA (next to Lilly Library)

Come eat a book. Every year the Friends of Forbes Library holds a fundraiser to support and enhance the library’s services to the community. This year’s Edible Book event happens on Sunday, March 31, 2 – 4 pm at the Florence Civic Center 90 Park St., Florence (next to Lilly Library). Folks of all ages will come to admire edible representations of books and see them judged by local celebrities. After the judging, attendees, entrants, and judges all get to eat the books!

Each edible book is more surprising and wonderful than the next. Entries are always 100% fit for human consumption and demonstrate the maker's interpretation of a book, theme of a story, a specific title or even a generic ‘book.’ Kids often bake and decorate cakes based on their favorite picture books, while adults might go abstract and use more complicated methods of construction. Past entries have included a Catcher in the Rye made out of vegetables, dip and rye bread; an Atlas represented by a globe carved from a whole watermelon; a Very Hungry Caterpillar fashioned from cupcakes; Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham made of green eggs and ham; and a fantastical Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz made of green ice cream cones. While most entries come from one or two kids or adults, groups from halfway houses and elementary schools have also collaborated to create their amazing edible entries.

This year’s judges are Eliza Cooney, artist and educator; Jeromie Whalen, teacher, media supervisor, and technology instructor at Northampton High School; and Robert Louder, former maitre d' at the Student Prince restaurant, owner of B & B Antiques and manager of Birdstone Antiques in Northampton. Past judges have included Mayor Clare Higgins, actor Kelsey Flynn, radio announcer Bob Paquette, cookbook reviewer T. Susan Chang, River Valley Market manager Rochelle Prunty, City Councilor Alisa Klein, and ice cream entrepreneur Steve Herrell.

The Edible Book Event began in 1999, when co-founder Judith Holmberg, of Santa Monica, California, got the idea during a Thanksgiving dinner with book artists. Since that time it has grown and become an international event. The festival honors French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book, The Physiology of Taste, a witty meditation on food. His birthdate is April 1. He wrote, “The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity than the discovery of a new star.”

Since 1999, Edible Book events have been held in places as far-flung as Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Russia. In most cities where Edible Book events are held, the sponsors are art centers, academic institutions, restaurants, and book arts spaces. Northampton was one of the first places where a library hosted the event.

More information:
Online registration is available at
The Edible Book binders in the lobby of Forbes Library also contain photos of the past entries, press coverage of the each year’s event and more.

Art Critique Group led by Abbie Steiner

WHAT: Art Critique Group led by Abbie Steiner
WHEN: Sunday, April 14 from 2-4 PM
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA

Whether you are a professional or a serious hobbyist, constructive feedback can be essential to the creative process. If this statement rings true, then consider joining us for this one-day trial workshop. During our session we will share samples of our art work with each other. The group will be structured so as to provide each other with feedback about how we as viewers are experiencing and
understanding each other’s pieces. And then if desired, we will offer ideas for progress and development of the pieces presented and/or future work. Please bring 2 to 6 pieces of original artwork. If this is not manageable then bring a tablet or computer with some digital images for us to view.

$15 fee for the first meeting which requires registration. Enrollment is limited to 8 participants. To register and for questions please contact:

Abbie Steiner, a graduate of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has many years
experience as a visual artist and as a studio art and modern art history teacher. Facilitating
a critique group to help support and encourage fellow artists has been a long time interest
for her. She believes that the fresh, new Northampton Center for the Arts will be the perfect
venue to create a lively group.

Hosmer Gallery April: Sculptures, Paintings and Puppets by Judith Abraham, Ann McNeal, and Anne Krauss

WHAT: Ann McNeal: Paintings: From the Bottom of the Canyon // Anne Krauss: Mixed Media Dolls and Puppets // Judith Abraham: Bronze Sculptures of Animals
WHEN: April 2-29, 2019
Reception: April 6, 2-4 PM
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton MA

Judith Abraham
Judith Abraham is a sculptor and mixed media artist.  Her works in wax and bronze have been inspired by her love for animals.  Working in wax allows her to work directly with her subjects.  In these pieces she spent time in fields and barns getting to know her models.  She hopes you take as much delight in them as she has. 

Ann Krauss
Textile artist Anne Krauss will be exhibiting mixed media dolls and puppets which incorporate found objects, clay, fabric, and encaustic wax.  Her work is connected to the ancient traditions of storytelling and handcrafting objects with intention, while imbuing them with meaning.

A long-time resident of Amherst, Massachusetts, Anne manages her art studio in addition to a counseling practice, which specializes in work with artists, writers, and musicians.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Japan.  Several years as a designer and puppet builder for Jim Henson’s Studios in NYC inspired a lifelong love for puppetry and theatre arts.

Ann McNeal
Ann McNeal’s current paintings refer to the Grand Canyon. Not as seen from the top rim, a landscape of openings created by the Colorado River eons ago. But from underneath, inside the cleft, where changes are still made, where the effort of the river is palpable, the water is vital and dangerous. Where the walls hang above and dwarf the pilgrim. Knowing that there is no way to capture the immensity and detail all at once, Ann focuses on the moods of the canyon, the sense of space, and the light. The works evoke memories of towering walls, jagged skylines, searing heat and light, and the danger of rapids. Ann traveled through the bottom of the canyon during two 8-day rafting trips on the Colorado River.

Ann McNeal taught biology at Hampshire College for more than 30 years. Since then she’s been doing creative writing and painting. She has had several shows in the Valley.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents spring ballet Beauty and the Beast

WHAT: Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) Presents Beauty and the Beast
WHEN: Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m and 4:30 p.m
WHERE: the Academy of Music, 274 Main St, Northampton MA

Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) brings its original production of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast to Northampton’s historic Academy of Music Theatre for two full-length performances on Saturday, April 6. In addition, a 45-minute Mini Beauty and the Beast sensory-safe performance will be presented the next day at Yankee Candle Village.

Under the direction of Co-Artistic Directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, Beauty and the Beast showcases dozens of  PVB dancers, hailing from towns throughout Western Massachusetts, alongside guest artists.

A moving ballet based on the French tale made famous by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast is full of whimsy and magic, weaving the powerful story of a young woman who discovers the true meaning of love in an unexpected place. PVB’s ballet features choreography by Vacanti and Kodzis, set to the music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.

Beauty and the Beast performances will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre on Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m and 4:30 p.m. Tickets, including children’s and senior rates, range from $22.50 to $43 plus service fees. Group rates are also available.

The following day, on Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m., PVB will present an abridged, 45-minute version of the performance – its Mini Beauty and the Beast – at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield. This performance is for families with children of all ages and is designed to be sensory safe, with reduced sound and lighting to accommodate sensory sensitivities. Tickets are $13, with an $11 rate for children and seniors.

PVB is a non-profit, mission-based organization with studios at the Eastworks building in Easthampton. Its programming includes year-round training opportunities for dancers of all ages; two annual productions (including The Nutcracker) with student, community, and professional dancers; and extensive dance outreach to the community.

This year’s production of Beauty and the Beast at the Academy of Music is supported by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council. Tickets to those performances can be purchased directly from the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office, online at, in person at 274 Main Street in downtown Northampton, or by phone at 413-584-9032 ext. 105. The box office is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 3:00-6:00 p.m., and also opens one hour before each performance.

Tickets to Mini Beauty and the Beast at Yankee Candle Village are available at

For further information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet, please visit

Yosl Kurland: Music and Social Justice

A Jewish Perspective on Social Justice: Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and English
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 7 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Yosl Kurland was inspired by Pete Seeger as a teenager back in the 1960s to dream of singing for peace and justice. In 1991, Pete invited him and the Wholesale Klezmer Band to do just that, in Yiddish, at the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall, and at subsequent concerts in our own region. Yosl, a founding member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band since 1982 sings and writes songs in Yiddish, English and Hebrew.

Many Yiddish poets wrote songs calling for social Justice, based on biblical commandments to care for the poor and the stranger because we ourselves were strangers in the land of Egypt, and the Yiddish song repertoire includes much in that vein. In tonight's program, Yosl will perform songs by these "sweatshop" poets as well as his own compositions that reflect the Jewish experience in calling for justice for both workers and refugees. Yiddish songs will have translations projected for the audience.

Painting by Brooke Schnabel

WHAT: Painting by Brooke Schnabel
WHEN: April 6 through April 28
Reception: April 12, 6:00-8:00pm.
WHERE: The Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA

Brooke Schnabel will exhibit a collection of vivid landscapes and figurative artworks, oils and watercolors, that have already delighted audiences in several venues in local scene and beyond.  The delight is in play of sun across scenes at quiet harbors and broad, populated beaches. The canvases are so alive, one can smell the salt coming off the surf where bathers are playing and the warm, perfumed moisture coming from the dark, wooded banks that line secluded harbors.

Schnabel states, “I keep painting because it is what I am most skilled at and because in my bones I believe what John Keats said, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

We are very delighted to have him here to begin our spring line up.

Open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 1:00 pm-6:00 pm.

Northampton Neighbors and Senior Center presents “Up in the Air: Adventures in Urban Bird-Watching and Cluster Ballooning” with Greg Saulmon and Mark Karpel

WHAT:  Greg Saulmon and Mark Karpel will share their experiences and knowledge about two quite separate, but fascinating, objects that fly!
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Council On Aging, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

Greg, an avid birder and Holyoke resident, will describe the amazing variety of birds that populate our urban areas, with striking photographs he has taken of birds in downtown Holyoke and Springfield. “Many people see Holyoke and Springfield as cities racked by poverty, crime and drugs,” Greg notes, “but their neighborhoods also offer some of the most unique birding opportunities you’ll find anywhere.” Can that help change the conversation about our urban centers? Come and find out.

Mark will take us on a hair-raising ride in a gas-filled cluster balloon. “Trying to get airborne…is reckless, irresponsible, and sometimes fatal, unless it’s done right.” We’ll follow sky-struck amateurs, glory-seekers, skilled balloonists and scientists through eighty years of audacious adventures.

Greg Saulmon is an accomplished photographer whose work has been shown in galleries and museums in Holyoke, Northampton and Brattleboro. He maintains a website:

Mark Karpel takes breaks from his psychology practice to write about people who think big and get carried away. He drove the chase van for the first cluster balloon flight across the English Channel.

Art Exhibit: Art Program at the Northampton Recovery Center

WHAT: Art Exhibit: Art Program at the Northampton Recovery Center
WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2019 (Arts Night Out), 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: 2 Gleason Plaza (entrance to Union Station)

Local Vocal Chord Bowl #11: an all local! a cappella concert

WHAT: Local Vocal Chord Bowl #11: an all local! a cappella concert
WHEN: April 6, 2019, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060

Adults and Seniors: $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at door
Children and Students: $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at door
Tickets available in advance at:
Coopers Corner, Florence
State Street Fruit, Northampton
Atkin’s Farm, S. Amherst
A. J. Hastings, Amherst

The Green Street Brew, is proud to produce and host the eleventh “Local Vocal Chord Bowl” (LVCB), the all local a cappella concert spinoff of the extremely popular Silver Chord Bowl. This crowd pleasing community, fundraising concert will be donating all proceeds to the Northampton and Amherst school systems, earmarked for music and arts enrichment.

We have a multi-generational line-up of high school, college and adult groups, and all make their home in the Pioneer Valley.

This year’s line-up:
Green Street Brew
Wise Guys
Tonal Eclipse
UMASS Doo Wop Shop
UMASS Vocal Suspects
ARHS Chorale
ARHS Hurricane Singers
Northampton HS Chambe Choir

The Arabic Program at Amherst College invites you to A Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music

WHAT: Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music
WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Power House, Amherst College, 10 East Drive, Amherst MA 01002

Friday, March 15, 2019

Northampton Public Arts Festival Call to Artists

The Northampton Arts Council is seeking applications from artists and muralists for the first annual Northampton Public Arts Festival, which will be held on the weekend of May 10th-12th, 2019.

The festival will be held on Saturday May 11th-Sunday May 12th, with artists painting the mural cubes all day during the weekend. Additionally, the festival will host a variety of local artist tables, local vinyl djays, and a mural painting workshop on a separate mural cube.

Deadline for Applications is April 17th, 2019 by 11:59PM

You may send any questions or inquiries to

  • The NOHO Arts Council will build mural cubes for the artists to paint on.
  • The mural cube will be made of plywood, and each side of the cube will be 6 ft x 8 ft.
  • Each artist will have access to two sides.
  • There will be spots for a total of 8 artists to participate.
  • The artists will be asked to paint 2 of the panels on the cube during the weekend.
  • Each artist will receive a $200 stipend. 

The Council will have direct contact with each artist to make sure that any necessary material can be supplied to the artist. The council will be partnering with local arts supply organizations, so they will have exterior acrylic paints, brushes/rollers and possible spray paint.

  • The Northampton Arts Council is asking interested artists to submit the following materials:
  • website or online portfolio with images previous public work
  • 3-5 images of the proposed mural idea
  • a short paragraph describing the image
  • List of materials the artist may need

Please send the requested materials to

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Concerts with Jonny Rodgers / CINDERTALK

WHAT: Concerts with Jonny Rodgers / CINDERTALK
WHEN: April 26 & 27 at 8pm
WHERE: Flex Space APE@Hawley / Northamtpon Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

Musician Jonny Rodgers / CINDERTALK

Cindertalk is the musical work of Jonny Rodgers, a renowned glass musician, composer, singer and performer. The term "cindertalk" refers to the sound of live coals hidden in the ashes of the early morning fires he lights each day to warm his Oregon cottage. Jonny delivers concerts that are anything but predictable. Armed with an array of 19 tuned wine glasses, guitars, and sophisticated electronics, his performances can range between bare-bones intimate folk songs performed on glass, to lush theatre filling compositions layered in real-time, and can turn from one extreme to the other on a dime. Bringing a classical music sensibility to bear on the world of folk and post-rock, Rodgers’ unique voice and songs feel both familiar and exploratory. He is known for breaking the fourth wall in performances, weaving audiences into his compositions in unusual ways, not folk-singalongs, but minimalist classical compositions that invite the audience to co-create as an integral element. Rodgers’ virtuosic musicianship on glass, in service to songs that dig into the emotional core of life, makes for an unforgettable experience. 

— A stunning demonstration of what can be done with Tuned Wine Glasses —
(New York Times)

Serious Play first discovered Jonny last September at a CINDERTALK concert at Antenna
Cloud Farm, Gill. Jonny Rodgers is one of several artists collaborating with Serious Play on their new devised presently in development ensemble theatre work, MOVING WATER.
Rodgers composes for film, television, theatre, dance and concert. Recent films he has
performed in or composed for include: My Brother Jack, Don Jon, The Brothers Bloom, The Funeral Home, and The Psalms - Bono and Eugene Peterson. He has collaborated with Son Lux, My Brightest Diamond, Angelica Negron, Sxip Shirey, and many other artists. He has composed for multiple dance companies including Gallim Dance and Dance Waterloo, and has written music for countless company brands, most notably Google, Toyota and New York Life.

Ticket Prices: $20 general, $18 students & seniors, $24 at the door
Additional information:

In the back gallery at the Oxbow

WHAT: Frances Kidder : Making a Mural in Burundi
WHEN: On View: March 7-31, 2019
Reception: Friday, March 8, 5-8 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, March 14, 7 pm
WHERE: Back Gallery at Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060

In May 2018 I painted a mural for a health care center in Kigutu, Burundi. Village Health Works was founded in 2006 by a Burundian man who had escaped ethnic civil war, lived as a refugee in NYC, and eventually returned to create this miraculous center of healing in the very place where ethnic violence had prevailed 12 years before. The show will focus on the process of making the mural, and will include information relating to the people and culture of Burundi.

Contact info: 413-537-5574

Front Gallery: Diane Harr

Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday 12-5 pm

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring NYC saxophonist Tim Armacost

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring NYC saxophonist Tim Armacost 
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

This week we are pleased to welcome back saxophonist Tim Armacost.
Here's an excerpt from his bio:
After a life of travel and discovery on three continents, Grammy nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost has established himself as one of the most important improvisers on the New York scene today. Armacost was born in Los Angeles, but came of age as a musician in Tokyo, New Delhi and Amsterdam, where he burnished his reputation as an upcoming talent, with a big tenor sound and an impeccable rhythmic sense. He tours regularly around the world both as a sideman and a leader. Armacost has worked with a phenomenal number of jazz greats, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Don Friedman and Randy Brecker.

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
Also of Interest:

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
3/19 - Jay Hoggard on vibes with Claire Arenius on drums.
          Two shows -7:30 and 9pm. with no jam session
           no jam session.
3/26 - Roseanna Vitro on vocals with George Schuller on drums

4/2 - Erik Lawrence on sax and flute with Bob Weiner on drums
4/9 - Benny Wallace on tenor with Bill Goodwin on drums

K and E Theater Group Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

WHAT: K and E Theater Group Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
WHEN: March 7-10, 2019 // 7:30pm (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), 2pm (Sunday)
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA

Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown explores life’s emotions through music in Songs for a New World presented by the K and E Theater Group, March 7 – 10, 2019, at Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton, Massachusetts.

NORTHAMPTON, MA – Western Massachusetts’ bold, new theater company, K and E Theater Group (KETG) presents Tony Award Winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical, Songs for a New World, at Northampton Center for the Arts. The musical is presented as a collection of songs, artfully blending pop, jazz and gospel in powerful solo and ensemble numbers sweeping us into the multiple journeys that result in that “one moment” where we decide to stand our ground, take one step, and eventually find our way home.

The K and E Theater Group production of Songs for a New World is directed by K and E Theater Group President and Artistic Director Eddie Zitka, who has also directed and staged various musical revues in the area, most recently KETG’s production of Sweeney Todd at Gateway City Arts last October. His performance credits include the first national tour of The Wedding Singer, Ogunquit Playhouse’s Cinderella and All Shook Up, Johnny Ringo in the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Bill Martin returns to KETG as the production’s music director. Ken Comia serves as producer. KETG’s season supporting sponsor is INSIGHT Structures, Inc., based in Houston, Texas. This production is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Songs for a New World features local talents Ben Ashley, Paula Cortis, Melissa Dupont, and David Webber.

All performances are at Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Tickets are general admission for $25.00. There is no reserved seating. Performances run from Thursday, March 7, 2019, through Sunday, March 10, 2019. Show times for Songs for a New World are 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The closing performance is presented at a matinee on Sunday, March 10, 2019, beginning at 2:00 PM.

Tickets and performance information for Songs for a New World are available at


K and E Theater Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2017 to promote performance arts, encourage growth of the arts and our local artists, and to entertain our local community, producing thought-provoking theater. Under the direction of Co-Founder, President and Artistic Director Eddie Zitka and Co-Founder and Vice President Ken Comia, the company aspires to further the education of and provide dramatic art entertainment to the surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, actively recruiting new performers, and enriching the performers’ experiences as they interact with theatrical arts. KETG organizational support is currently provided by generous individual contributions, and supported by Board Members Paula Cortis, Paul DiProto, Melissa Dupont, Terri Gidius, and Jess Miller.

Save the Date: Community Sync-Up

WHAT: Community Sync-Up
WHEN: Tuesday, March, 19, 8:45-10:00am
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA

The work of our organization grows from a focus on community prosperity – an overarching scope that includes marketing the region to visitors, collaborating with city and local officials to support plans for growth, and providing resources to small businesses.

This meeting will feature leaders from the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, the Downtown Northampton Association and The Chamber. We'd like to answer your questions about our work to support the vitality of downtown and the regional hospitality industry – and most importantly, to hear about your priorities. We promise no PowerPoint presentations. Instead, join us for a lively conversation with other business people from the Downtown and Hospitality community.

Fantasy Spaces in the 21st Century: Anya Klepacki

WHAT: Fantasy Spaces in the 21st Century: Anya Klepacki
WHEN: Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk: March 21, 5-6pm
On View: March 4-March 21, 10am to 5pm
WHERE: Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA

 The show is jam-packed and on display when the gallery is open this week (March 4th -- March 7th, 10am-5pm) and the week of the 18th (March 18th -- March 21st, 10am-5pm). The Opening Reception is this Thursday, March 7th 5-7pm (with an after party at Rust Temple, DJ'd by the one and only Meatcomputer), and there'll be a fun gallery talk held on the closing night, inside the tent, March 21st 5-6pm.

The show presented me with an opportunity to reflect on the work I've made and dreamt of over the last 6 or so years, and though a pop-up, developed into a sort of thesis in itself. It investigates the roles fantasy and escapism play in our lives and in our concepts of a future -- especially for those born with the bulk of their lives to look forward to in the context of the 21st century, with climate change, resource depletion, overpopulation and widening political gulfs on the horizon and a reality now. How do we engage in escapism? When is it helpful, when is it a distraction? Who gets to engage in escapism? How does it factor into the building of our futures, into more desirable futures than our current realities would dictate?

Come check it out, take a load off and relax a while in the tent, peruse the Research Companion (available online as well at ) and let your mind drift!

Lucky in Laughs

WHAT: Lucky in Laughs
WHEN:  Saturday, March 16th, Doors at 7 // Show at 8
WHERE: 13th Floor Music Lounge (above JJ’s Tavern) 99 Main Street, Florence MA, 01062

On March 16th at the 13th Floor Music lounge Kim “Boney” DeShields host Comedy as a Weapon Presents: Lucky in Laughs Comedy showcase. Boston invades western Mass with the comedy stylings of Shaun Connolly, James Creelman, and hometown hero gone east, Mike O’Brien. Not to be outdone, local comedian Lisa Wentworth and Comedy as a Weapon founder Tim Lovett will be taking the stage in the all-star celebration of St. Paddy’s day.

Brewing company Ginger Libation will be releasing a new favor Luck O’ Libation to celebrate the occasion. Luck O’ Libation is a ginger beer that is brewed with vanilla and Irish moss and conditioned on Irish whiskey infused in oak.

Poetry and the Arts: A Poetry Reading

WHAT: Poetry and the Arts: A Poetry Reading
Group 18
WHEN: Sunday, March 24:  5 pm.
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA
Suggested donation $5-$10.

This first A.P.E.-sponsored poetry reading at 33 Hawley Street will be offered by a group of distinguished Valley poets who have been meeting weekly to respond to each other’s work for over twenty-five years. Readers include Doug Anderson, Bob Coles, Rosalyn Driscoll, Paul Jacobsen, Margaret Lloyd, Henry Lyman, Rich Michelson and Anne Woodhull.

Named affectionately (if not poetically) Group 18 for the number of the home where they first gathered, the group was founded in Northampton in 1986 by Linda Gregg and Jim Finnegan, with Jack Gilbert as one of its original and long-standing mentors.

The anthology Open Field: Poems from Group 18, published in 2011, celebrates the writing of past and present members of the group. Other books by members of the group will be available for purchase following the reading: Rich Michelson, Doug Anderson, Anne Woodhull, Margaret Lloyd, and Rosalyn Driscoll.

The poets will read poems related to various forms of art and performance to honor the three art partners at Hawley Street (Available Potential Enterprises (APE), Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA), and Northampton Community Television (NCTV). Refreshments will follow the reading.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Grant Opportunities

Your organization might be eligible to apply for a Projects grant. Cultural Districts that do their own programming, and meet other eligibility requirements may apply, and organizations in the Cultural District may also apply.

The Mass Cultural Council’s Projects Program is accepting applications in our Projects grant program for grants for FY20. This program provides grants of $2,500 to support public programming in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

• Application deadline is May 1, 2019 at 11:59:59pm.
• Organizations that receive funding from Local Cultural Councils MAY apply to this program

Projects (and their expenses) must take place between June 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 – a 13 month period. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS.

• Organizations that work with a fiscal sponsor may apply to this program.
• Organizations that are not primarily cultural, but have cultural programming may apply (for example, social service organizations that have a cultural program)
• Organizations that receive funding as Portfolio or Gateway grantees are not eligible for this program
• Your Organization must have reported a minimum of $10,000 in cash expenses last year, and your project must have total expenses of at least $5,000

Here’s a link to a description of the Projects program. There is a sample application with comments and suggestions:

Here’s a link to sign up for an info session or webinar (Pittsfield, Waltham, Sandwich, Lawrence, Worcester, Amherst):

Here’s a link that takes you directly to the program with the application:




MONDAY: 6:30-8 PM | Beg/Int Adult Modern (Ages 14+) | Teaching Schedule HERE
LOCATION: STUDIO4, 25 Main St, Northampton MA

TUESDAY: 9-10 AM | Somatic Practices | Teaching Schedule HERE
LOCATION: 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

WEDNESDAY: 9-10 AM | Dance for Humans | Jen Polins
LOCATION: 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

THURSDAY: 7-9PM | Action Theater™ | Eric Huther
LOCATION: STUDIO4, 25 Main St, Northampton MA

FRIDAY: 10 AM-12 PM | Int/Adv Contemporary Techniques | Teaching Schedule HERE
LOCATION: 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

SATURDAY: 12-2 PM | Contemporary Lab Series | Monthly, Details HERE
LOCATION: STUDIO4, 25 Main St, Northampton MA
1-3 PM | Coaching Project | Peter Schmitz
LOCATION: 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

SUNDAY: 10:30 AM - 12 PM | Teen/Adult Contemporary Technique (Ages 13+) | Jennifer Bennett

THE FEVER by Wallace Shawn

WHAT: THE FEVER by Wallace Shawn
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, March 22, 23 at 7 P.M.
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA
How Much? $10-15 tickets at the door.

Tickets:  $10-15 tickets at or at the door.
Box office at 33 Hawley will open at 6:15 p.m. Seating limited to 30.

Contact: or 413.586.5553

The Fever, awarded an Obie for Best American Play in 1991, is being performed by Peter B. Schmitz, and directed by John Hellweg at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St. on March 22nd and 23rd at 7pm.

Written between 1985 and 1990, The Fever reflects an intensive and personally transformative focus by Wallace Shawn on the United States’ relationship to Latin America. In the late 1980s he travelled to Nicaragua to witness the struggles and achievements of the Sandinista revolution. He travelled to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to speak to people who were affected by repressive regimes and by the anti-communist campaigns of the Reagan administration. “That all fed into my point of view becoming really different from the point of view of a lot of my friends.”

Shawn writes: “I was piecing all this together, which is the only way The Fever could have been written, only by someone who was politically ignorant and then learned a few things. I know that so many people have come to similar understandings. …The organizing principal of The Fever was that it wouldn’t be theater, it was just a guy - or it could have been a woman - going to someone’s house and presenting a monologue that was in the form of a play but that in many ways had more in common with a sermon. I always pictured that the first person to do this would be me.  I wanted others to do it. … In other words The Fever was theater, and it also wasn’t. The story I’m telling is made up, and there’s a made-up character, so it’s a work of fiction. It follows the rules of a play. But I, the author, actually mean the things the character says.”

“I made a very conscious decision in writing The Fever - and anybody is welcome to laugh, but it was actually quite a painful thing to do - that I was trying to put down what I believed...If my play has a thesis, it’s making the claim that the oppression of the poor is carried out in order to enable the rich to be rich and have a pleasant life. That’s a factual matter. I’m either right or I’m wrong.”

Robert Egan, artistic director of the CTG/Mark Taper Forum, writes, “He’s an authentically provocative playwright. His belief is that residing in all of us is a voice of morality, justice and compassion for others in our species regardless of race or economics, and he’s obsessed with what it means when we dislocate ourselves from that voice.”

“Mr. Shawn exposes the contradictions and compromises of the urban liberal mind with a mercilessness that is sly and at times hilarious” (N.Y. Times)

Bio: John Hellweg, Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Smith College, has performed in principal roles in over fifty productions, most recently with the Talking Band (Flip/Side, and with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (Peggy Guggenheim Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors; and Toscanini: Too much of the Absolute in my heart; and Jekyll & Hyde). He has directed productions in both academic and professional venues. Most recently, he directed the Off-Off-Broadway production of Unravellings and Catastrophes: Four Short Playsby Jeffery Stingerstein.

Bio: Peter Schmitz has been making a mess for over 30 years in theater, dance and film/video. As a professional dancer/choreographer, Peter has worked throughout the United States, Amsterdam, Germany, France, England, New Zealand and recently in Ankara, Turkey. He was a founding member of Dance Gallery, a small modern dance company, a member of Creach/Co in New York City for over 8 years, and has performed in the works of Wendy Woodson, Ann Carlson, Richard Colton/Amy Spencer. He has choreographed for New World Theatre, Medicine Show Theater and Potomac Theater Project and is a member of Actors Equity.

Penny’s From Heaven

WHAT: Penny’s From Heaven
WHEN: Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

The Center for the Arts invites you to its debut signature party at Northampton’s hottest venue. Join us for an evening of music and dancing with DJ Johnny Memphis, colorful cuisine, creative cocktails, and special guests in celebration of Penny Burke (retired but not retiring) and all things Penny...

In for a Penny, In for the Sound: Help fund our new sound system by bringing us your spare pennies. Generous donors are matching every penny with a dollar up to $15,000. That’s right. Every penny buys a dollar!

Penny Whistle Stop: Check out our lobby bar where we’ll be reviving the classic Artini and introducing the Cosmopennyton.

Penny Social: Take a chance on our artsy auction with a raffle twist.

Ditch Your Penny Loafers: Slip away from the main event for a sock hop in the dance studio. Appropriate footwear provided.

Festive attire (vintage and retro encouraged!) Tickets are $25 plus cash bar. Advance purchase recommended.

All proceeds benefit community arts.

Many thanks to Daury Wealth Management LLC, Eastside Grill, Florence Bank, Myers Catering, Northampton Rental Center, PeoplesBank,  Thornes Marketplace, TommyCar Auto Group and Whalen Insurance Agency.


A SKULL IN CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh, Performed by No Theater

WHAT: A SKULL IN CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh / Performed by No Theater
WHEN: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 21- 23 & 28 - 30, 8:00 PM
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Seating is limited.  Tickets: $20.00.

House opens at 7:30 PM.  Performances start promptly at 8:00 PM.

No late seating.  More information:  (413) 586-5553 or

No Theater, the resident theater of A.P.E., performs Martin McDonagh's A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, a dark comedy by the writer/director of the Academy Award winning film THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, for 6 performances only, March 21-30, at 8:00 pm at A.P.E., 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

A SKULL IN CONNEMARA was first presented as a Druid Theatre Company and Royal Court Theatre co-production in Galway, Ireland and then in London in the summer of 1997.  "Mr. McDonagh's great strength is that he combines a love of traditional story-telling with the savage ironic humour of the modern generation....  In A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, a gravedigger, whose job is to disinter the bones of seven-year-old corpses and smash them to a pulp, is hotly suspected of killing his wife."  THE GUARDIAN

Performed by No Theater veterans Roy Faudree, Charles Holt, Jane Karakula and Tom Mahnken, the play takes place in McDonagh’s fictional rural West Ireland small town where people “smile at you ‘til you’re a mile away before they start talking behind your back."

Based in Northampton, No Theater has been presenting their new original experimental works in Western Massachusetts and around the world since 1972, alongside innovative productions of plays by such diverse writers as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Čapek, Kroetz, Gogol, Williams, Albee, Berkman, Maceda, Mullin, McDonald, and Maxwell.

Ms. Karakula and Mr. Faudree appeared in No Theater's 1974 original production of THE ELEPHANT MAN before touring the work to New York in 1978 and reviving the production in The Academy of Music in 1986.  Mr. Mahnken, founder and bass player for local band Trailer Park, appeared last year with Ms. Karakula and Mr. Holt in No Theater's "google gogol" and in several episodes of No Theater's ROAD TO HELL locally and in Rotterdam, as well as the European and Asian tours of No Theater's END OF THE ROAD, a collaboration with the Young at Heart Chorus.  Mr. Holt performed No Theater's CHUCK in the Rotterdam Festival and regularly works with The Cardboard Sea, a theater based in Asheville, NC, which last summer toured its original production THE AMENDMENTS to Northampton.

Faudree started No Theater with Sheena See in 1972 and both tour internationally with the New York based theater company The Wooster Group.  Throughout the 1980s Karakula, See and Faudree toured such original No Theater productions as DFS (de fiance suction), LAST RESORT and DUPE to New York, San Francisco and festivals and theaters throughout Europe.

Forbes Library to show film about coping with vision loss

WHAT: Screening of Going Blind
WHEN: Friday March 8, 1:00pm / Wednesday March 27, 6:30pm
WHERE: Community Room at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Forbes Library will show the film Going Blind in March. There will be two screenings: one on Friday, March 8 at 1:00 PM and another on Wednesday March 27 at 6:30 PM. Both films will be in the Community Room at Forbes Library and will be shown with audio description for the benefit of those with low vision.

Going Blind is a 2010 documentary about coping with vision loss by Peabody-award winning writer and director Joseph F. Lovett. In it Lovett interweaves the stories of everyday people with different levels of vision loss and the story of his own struggle with glaucoma. The film is meant to increase public awareness of vision loss and low vision and addresses prevention, detection and treatment of vision problems as well as showing how folks with vision loss can continue to live active and full lives.

The March 8th screening is part of an ongoing series on accessibility and assistive technology run by local low-vision educator and advocate Rick Ely. Mr. Ely will answer audience questions after the film.

The March 27th screening is part of the Resistance Film Series of the Resistance Center and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars and will be followed by by a panel discussion about activism on behalf of blind people and people with disabilities in general.

More information about the film can be found at For questions about the screenings please contact Forbes Library at 413-587-1017 or

Academy of Music Theatre seeks Technical Director

Job Description:
The Technical Director (TD) has the daily responsibility for the theatrical technical operations of the Academy of Music Theatre, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary theatrical maintenance. The Technical Director will act as crew chief, determining number of stagehands and scheduling staff for all productions. The TD will act as liaison with the steward of I.A.T.S.E. Local 232, communicating the number of stagehands required and will oversee union crew during production. The TD is responsible for all technical operations during all shows. 
Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
  • Engineers and provides for set ups, maintains and operates all house systems including but not limited to rigging, lighting, projections and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists guest designers and artists with technical matters.
  •  Engineers, supervises and assists with set and stage construction, installation and management.
  • Oversees stage crews and back stage staff; responsible for hiring and firing non-I.A.T.S.E stagehands and for maintaining records of job performance for all stage hands. Makes recommendations for training.
  • Orients Academy renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the Academy.
  • Monitors the condition of and maintains all Academy theatrical equipment including lighting, sound, projection and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budget; performs preventive maintenance on equipment; prepares annual budget for equipment purchases and maintenance.
  • Assists with the preparation and control of Academy production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.
  • Provides estimate for production costs prior to rental contract execution and for Academy productions; provides invoice for work performed to Executive Director.
  • Assists Front of House Manager with facility maintenance.
  • Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience with a performing arts venue
  • Working knowledge of current techniques, methods and procedures of theater, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill
  • Master Electrician
  • BFA in Technical Theater or commensurate experience
  • Experience working in a union house preferred

How To Apply:
Please send cover letter and résumé to Executive Director Debra J'Anthony at by March 12, 2019. No phone calls, please.

Apply by: March 12, 2019
Salary:  competitive
About this Organization:  The Academy of Music Theatre is an 803 seat non-profit performing arts center located in the beautiful college town of Northampton, Massachusetts.

Future of the Performing Arts in Easthampton

WHAT: Future of the Performing Arts in Easthampton
WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 2-4PM
WHERE: Flywheel Arts, Easthampton Old Town Hall, 43 Main Street, Easthampton

Performing arts organizations, organizational leaders, performers, musicians, artists, and interested community members are invited to attend a convening on the Future of Performing Arts in Easthampton II.

Join CitySpace and performing arts stakeholders for a tour of the Old Town Hall and presentation and discussion about the next steps for the Old Town Hall’s 2nd floor performing arts and community space. We are looking for your feedback on the vision and facility plan, and how CitySpace’s next steps fits into the performing arts eco-system of Easthampton and the Pioneer Valley.

While you are in Easthampton, come check out two city-wide events — come early for Easthampton WinterFest: City-Wide Festival and stick around for Art Walk Easthampton!

This convening is presented in partnership with CitySpace, Pioneer Valley Theatre News, Flywheel Arts Collective, and others. The Future of Performing Arts in Easthampton II is a follow-up and outcome from the 2013 charette that mobilized CitySpace to restore and manage the 2nd floor space into a flexible performing arts and community space. Since then CitySpace has been actively creating the strategies for the next steps including finalizing architectural construction design, and cost estimates with Kuhn Riddle Architects.

The Future of Performing Arts in Easthampton II is free and open to the public.
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