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, May 25, 2019

ARC Project 4: Tristatic: Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh & Haley Morgan


WHAT: ARC Project 4 - Tristatic: Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh & Haley Morgan
WHEN: August 18 – September 1
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

This 10-year anniversary installation for Tristatic will be focused around performance for video work, video stills, costumes and accessories. Tristatic will have a series of 'open hours' during the two weeks for public engagement and prompts to interact with the installations.
www.tristatic.com/

Friday, May 24, 2019

Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet at Forbes Library


WHAT: Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton MA.  

Celebrate the approach of summertime with a relaxed afternoon of chamber music by the Quark Quartet! The Quarks are a group of local musicians who enjoy sharing both familiar, beloved string quartets and lesser-known music by under-represented composers. They will be performing the Beethoven Op. 74 "Harp" Quartet, the Germaine Tailleferre string quartet, and the "Danzas de Panama" of William Grant Still.

Event contact: 413-587-1013 music@forbeslibrary.org

Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
(413) 587-1011
www.forbeslibrary.org/



ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists present Security in a State of Violence



WHAT: ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists - Security in a State of Violence
WHEN: July 28 – August 11
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery126 Main Street. Northampton, MA 01060

A mixed media exhibition focused on the phenomena and relationship of security and violence and exploring how they are articulated in varied forms ranging human touch to dragnet surveillance; from the built environment to notions of health. The show will be comprised of woodblock prints, animation, sewn blankets, postcards, sound, and sculpture. https://elimack.weebly.com/contact.html

Thursday, May 23, 2019

ARC Project 2: Shaina Cantino at A.P.E


WHAT: ARC Project 2: Shaina Cantino
WHEN: July 7 – 21
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery126 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

Shaina will be developing and documenting an evening-length contemporary dance theater piece in collaboration with performer Leah Fournier and dramaturg/designer Rose Proctor. The performance, inspired by Cantino's relationship with her recently deceased grandmother, grapples with various levels of intimacy in the dying process. The movement and text explores the tug between rigidity and expansion in aging and letting go.

Cantino began to create the piece after doing a Craniosacral Therapy (CST) with her 97-year-old grandmother, who had dementia and was nearing the end of her life. Shaina was amazed by her grandmother's response - she kept saying, “This is peace, this is peace.” Her openness to it stirred up questions for Shaina of how our culture relates to those losing mental function and nearing the end of their lives. She saw many of the nurses passing through her room asking, “Why are you scared,” in response to which her grandmother would become more frustrated and disoriented. Cantino also saw how relaxing and supportive her grandmother found a gentle hand on her body and a simple "I understand, it's very hard." Her grandmother responded with, "I feel you here with me."

Cantino will engage the Northampton public in several ways. During the making process, there will be an open-studio time for people to pass through the gallery space, with the option to receive a taste of Craniosacral Therapy. Also during her residency, Cantino will offer a durational performance in the gallery window, legible to foot-traffic. Lastly, she will present several performances at the end of her residency, open to the public.

This project was funded in part by New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, with generous support from the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation. ​

http://www.shainacantino.com/dance.html

June 9th: A Public Celebration at 33 Hawley Street, A Permanent Home for the Arts


WHAT: A Public Celebration at 33 Hawley Street, A Permanent Home for the Arts
WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Sunday June 9th 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

STRONG & Pleasant Music Festival 2019


WHAT: STRONG & Pleasant Music Festival
WHEN: June 6th-8th, 2019
WHERE: Venues across Downtown Northampton, MA

Florence Night Out 2019

WHAT: Florence Night Out 2019
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Center of Florence, MA (see map)

Northampton Jazz Workshop Features NYC tenor saxophonist Houston Person


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Features NYC tenor saxophonist Houston Person 
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28th - Two shows at 7:30 and 9PM
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 

This week we thrilled to once again present the great tenor saxophonist Houston Person who will be fronting the band for two sets at 7:30 and then again at 9PM. As a result there will be no jam session. Houston is one of the most respected tenor players in world today, having recorded over 80 albums under his own name and appearing on many more as a sideman. He is most known for his sassy sound in the soul-jazz idiom but is a master of swing and bop and ballad for sure. He started recording and touring in the 60's and hasn't slowed down a bit, still traveling all over the globe making great music.This will be Houston's seventh appearance with us and of course, we can't wait. Come early to get a good seat but do know we will be doing a second show. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Person

There is a $5 per person room charge for the concert set and donations to the band gratefully accepted and there will be food served for both sets. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists:
6/4 - Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama on vocals and tenor sax
6/11 - Giacomo Smith on clarinet
6/18 - Gary Smulyan on bari with Miro Sprague on piano
6/25 - Cindy Scott on vocals



ARC Project 1: Lynn Peterfreund/Artist in Residence at A.P.E

WHAT: ARC Project 1: Lynn Peterfreund/Artist in Residence. Daily Practice/Daily Drawings
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28-Sunday June 2, 2019. 10 am-5 pm daily. Open to the public all day.
              Daily workshops offered by Lynn at 1:00
              Guest Practitioner workshops offered thoughout the week.

Daily Practice is ARC.2019's first of four projects to take place at A.P.E. this summer.

Lynn Peterfreund is showing 600 selected daily drawings she drew from 2012 through the present. She officially began making daily drawings in 2012 with her morning tea cup as the subject accompanied by notes about the day, observations, feelings, to do lists. In 2013, the theme was trees and since 2014, she’s been drawing people: her relatives, friends, students, teachers, colleagues, public figures, and herself. The drawings as a group present an unstructured memoire, stories with recurring characters, thoughts and feelings about things ranging from dinner to death. Her materials, watercolor pencils, pens and watercolors, are used in a variety of styles with some drawings done quickly and others more finished.

One viewer said of this exhibition:

“A rare glimpse into the small and large parts of a day and a life.
The juxtaposition of banal errands and cosmic thoughts. Unusually precise and descriptive words complimented by beautiful art.
Meditations on the biggest life issues in the drawings. Clear admiration of your closest people as well as humor about their idiosyncrasies. Brief memorials abound..." it would have been his 90th birthday". The tapes in your head emerge frequently...my mother would have said at this point, my father would have said. Details details details...the PT, the arm brace, the interior parts of your arm. Such careful observing...oh my. Like I said...you are a genius.”

As the artist in residence in the gallery, Lynn will be working on a series of drawing books. She and her guests will be conducting workshops daily that offer basic art making skills and creative prompts, as well as workshops in movement, writing and other practices. Tables in the gallery will be set up with materials for visitors to make collages, draw, write, read other graphic memoires as part of the theme of what it might mean to have daily practice. Anyone can come in and participate, read, or just sit in the space.

Guest Daily Practitioners include five dancers and movement artists, a musician/writer,
a birder-painter, textile and clay artists, and others visual artists.
An up-to-date schedule will be publicized at apearts.org.
If you are attending a workshop, please try to arrive by the start times noted below.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hilltown6 Pottery Tour - Hops + Pots Celebration and Fundraiser


WHAT: The Hilltown6 Pottery Tour Celebration and Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, JULY 27, 2019 5-9pm
WHERE: Project Art 54 Main Street. Cummington, MA 01026

Celebrate the Hilltown6 Pottery Tour and support Studio Potter journal at Project Art, in Cummington, Massachusetts. This family-friendly event will showcase local ceramic artwork and fun and games with clay; plus, food, beverages, and music along the idyllic banks of the Westfield River. Save $5 when you get your tickets in advance! Join us for our annual summer celebration of ceramics!

Studio Potter - a non-profit in Easthampton is pleased to announce HOPS & POTS on July 27th. Our annual fundraiser with local beer, food, music, games, and pottery prizes from local artists. Come out and have some fun for a good cause!

Join us for a party celebrating the Hilltown6 Pottery Tour at Project Art, in Cummington, Massachusetts.

Proceeds will benefit Studio Potter, a non-profit serving the ceramics community since 1972, and publisher of Studio Potter journal. The evening will showcase local ceramics, food, beverages, and music along the idyllic banks of the Westfield River.

Food tastings provided by Ooma Tesoro's, and beer by Wandering Star Brewing (facebook.com/Wandering-Star-Craft-Brewery). This year we will also have carnival games and prizes!

https://studiopotter.org/hopspots-2019

Gallery A3 Amherst Art Alliance - Call for Artists 6th Annual Juried Exhibit


WHAT: GALLERY A3 - AMHERST ART ALLIANCE
             CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR 6TH ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
WHEN: Deadline for Online Submission - Friday, June 21, 2019.
              Opening - Thursday, August 1, 2019, 5-8 PM
WHERE: Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

You are invited to submit work to the 6th annual Juried Exhibit at Gallery A3

Eligibility: Artists of all backgrounds and working in all media from Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. are encouraged to apply.

The Deadline for Online* Submission is Friday, June 21, 2019.
$35 for one or two images; $10 for each of three additional images up to 5 images.

COMPLETE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES LISTED ON THE GALLERY A3 WEBSITE,

* please note that submissions will be accepted via email and only accepted work will be delivered to the gallery.

Juried Show Information and submission

Donnabelle Casis is the juror for this year’s exhibition. She is an artist, co-curator of The ArtSalon, ArtBeat Report radio host on WHMP in Northampton, and founder and producer of the annual arts street festival, Florence Night Out, in Florence, MA.

Artists in Community/ Curator's Forum on Thursday August 15 at 7:30 pm: Ms. Casis will talk about her process of curating the show, inviting questions and comments from the audience. All are welcome!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Da Camera Singers Spring Concert


WHAT: Da Camera Singers “Dissident Voices” Spring Concert
WHERE: Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Elm St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday, May 31 at 8 PM

Da Camera Singers, Sheila Heffernon, conductor, presents “Dissident Voices” on Friday, May 31 at 8 PM at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Elm St, Northampton, MA and Sunday, June 2 at 3 PM at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, on the corner of Federal and Church Streets, Greenfield, MA.

Dissident Voices celebrates voices that have expressed their dissidence through their historical actions, their poetry or their musical compositions. The concert will feature the music of Suffragette and English composer Ethel Smyth, African-American composer and concert pianist Margaret Bonds, Jewish composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, White-American composer and organist William Albright, and Latinx composer and conductor Francisco J. Núńez. The voices of Joan of Arc and Antigone will be brought to life in compositions based on their words. The repertoire includes settings of the poetry of Langston Hughes and Eric Gamalinda. Our guest artist, Anika Nailah, author and performance poet, will present her own spoken poetry and be our featured narrator for “The Lark.” Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano,will be the soloist for “The Lark.” Our guest pianist, Nancy Babb, will perform settings of spirituals by Bonds. The concert will also feature performances Heather Reichgott, pianist and Dustin Patrick, percussion.

Concerts are open to all. A free will donation is accepted. http://dacamerasingers.org/

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Serious Play presents: Jessica Litwak / THE WALL


WHAT: Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents THE WALL by Jessica Litwak
WHEN: June 21 & 22 7:30pm
WHERE: Flex Space A.P.E @ 33 Hawley / Northampton Community Arts Trust
                33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents, our third production in our series-
CONVERSATIONS FOR OUR TIMES THROUGH THEATRE

A close kin to the one we hear so much about, but this wall both real & metaphoric separates Jews from Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Litwak knows first-hand the perspective from both sides spinning a tale of hope and crushed dreams, faith and failure, and above all the unrelenting search for justice.

Written and performed by NYC based, award winning international theatre artist, Jessica Litwak

As seen by Serious Play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, this play uses poetry, humor, and diverse characters through puppetry to give voice to an impossible problem that can only be survived through increased humanity, paradoxical curiosity and artful expression. As a Jewish artist with important relationships in Palestine and Israel, Litwak has a unique perspective on the Occupation. She grapples with deeply felt paradoxes of heart & heritage, east & west, men & women, justice & peace.

Jessica Litwak is a multifaceted international theatre artist focused on theatre for social change & community engagement. She is an award winning playwright, actress, and educator. She received her BA in acting from NYU and her MFA in playwriting from Columbia. She often works creating theatre in the Middle East, Central Europe and the U.K. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and Artistic Director of the H.E.A.T. Collective and the founder of Artists Rise Up New York.

Barbershop Quartet concert at Forbes Library


WHAT: Shave & a Haircut Barbershop Quartet
WHEN: Monday, June 10th at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

Shave & a Haircut returns to the Forbes Library happily singing old favorite songs, doo-wop, jazz, and Barbershop Classics for you in 4-part harmony. As usual, a fun little sing-a-long will be included.

This quartet has been performing for over 10 years. For the Northampton performance, Karl Knapp, original founder of Shave & a Haircut, will join in a couple of songs.

Pictured left to right: Ted Fijal (Lead/Tenor), Steve LeClair (High Tenor), Bill Simons (Bass), and Dick Bourbeau (Baritone).

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton MA 01060
http://forbeslibrary.org

Monday, May 13, 2019

Zikina: East African Folk Blend Lawn Concert


WHAT: Zikina: East African Folk Blend Lawn Concert
WHEN: Wednesday June 19, 7 PM (Rain date: July 24)
WHERE: Forbes Library lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Free - all ages

The Zikina experience starts with curiosity. If you’re like most audience members, you’ll immediately ask, “What is that he’s playing?” Uganda native Gideon Ampeire draws you in with a variety of traditional East African instruments rarely found in the US, including enanga (zither), adungu (harp), and kalimba (thumb piano)- all of which he builds himself.

Once your interest is piqued by the instruments, you’ll quickly discover that there’s so much more to the band beyond novelty, with a multicultural blend of dance beats, rock, and jazz. Mike Cardozo (also of Gokh-Bi System) uses his guitar to improvise intricate melodic conversations with Gideon and dances through the beat with punchy rhythmic lines. Roston Kirk on bass and Kade Parkin on drums weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures.  Gideon's vocals cut powerfully through the fabric or float lightly above. It all adds up to something completely new and unique, yet immediately accessible.

Forbes Library lawn concerts are FREE for everyone! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring the kids.
 
Free parking is available after 6 PM in the library lot and after 5 PM at the Smith College parking garage, in the white spaces only.
Funding for this event is provided by the Friends of Forbes and community donations.

A Public Celebration at 33 Hawley Street, A Permanent Home for the Arts


WHAT: A Public Celebration at 33 Hawley Street, A Permanent Home for the Arts
WHEN: June 9th, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA

The Northampton Community Arts Trust announces the launch of the pubic and final phase of its capital campaign for 33 Hawley Street on Sunday, June 9th at Hawley Street. This exciting new community arts facility is approximately two-thirds complete; the goal of the next phase of the capital
campaign is to raise the final 33 percent of the funds needed to complete the renovation of 33 Hawley. In recognition of 33 Hawley’s growing role in the Valley’s cultural life, and to kick off the public campaign and encourage community support for completion of this permanent home for the arts, the Arts Trust invites the public to a free celebration on June 9th. 

The June 9th celebration runs from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm at 33 Hawley Street, and has something for everyone. Starting at 1:00 pm, local artists perform every half hour in the Flex performance/event space, while other activities are ongoing throughout the building and grounds, including chalk art for everyone and the collaborative construction of an outdoor sculpture. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm there is salsa dancing, while at the same time Disney's Coco is screened in the Flex space. Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the day from food trucks on site, and beer is available in a Building 8 Brewing’s beer garden. 

Northampton Community Arts Trust Board President Richard Wagner said, “33 Hawley embodies the mission of the Arts Trust, which is to ensure the long-term vitality of the Northampton region by acquiring and preserving affordable and accessible space for the arts. We bought this property in 2013 because we saw that it could be a permanent home in the community for a wide variety of artistic and cultural uses. We have already renovated and opened about two-thirds of the building. We have workroom/teaching spaces, a dedicated dance studio, a lobby and mezzanine that also function as event and gallery spaces, and the “Flex” a large space that serves as a performance and event hall. In the final phase of renovation, we will complete a 200+ seat flexible theater space, theater support spaces, a dedicated visual art gallery, administrative offices, and finishes to the lobby and mezzanine.” The Arts Trusts keeps 33 Hawley operational costs to a minimum by avoiding commercial debt and through energy saving measures that include a solar array covering most of the roof and supplying the building with electricity. Low overhead means 33 Hawley will be a sustainable home for the arts in the Pioneer Valley for decades to come.

Three long time Northampton arts organizations are currently in residence at 33 Hawley: the Northampton Center for the Arts, APE Ltd., and Northampton Community Television. These organizations act as portals to all artists, arts groups, arts educators and community organizations who seek to use the various spaces at 33 Hawley. 

While Northampton and the Pioneer Valley are widely known for their cultural offerings, the area is in danger of being a victim of its own success as property values rise and arts organizations are priced out of their homes. By acquiring, protecting and renovating two-thirds of 33 Hawley, the Arts Trust has already created a permanent home for the arts in the Northampton region. With the launch of the public capital campaign, the Arts Trust is asking the community to step up and complete the final 33 percent of 33 Hawley.

Funds for the purchase and renovation of Hawley Street to date have been raised through individual and business donations, and grants from The Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund and MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth Office of Finance and Administration, the Commonwealth Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Smith College, the Beveridge Family Foundation, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and the Wellspring Fund of the Peace Development Fund. For further information on the Arts Trust, visit www.northamptonartstrust.org or www.33hawley.org

June in the Hosmer Gallery: photography & botanical portraits

Photograph by Paul Redstone
WHAT: June in the Hosmer Gallery: photography & botanical portraits
WHEN: June 2-29, 2019 // Reception: Monday June 3, 6-8 PM
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library

Ken Kipen: Black and White Photography 
Paul Redstone & Patricia McDonagh: Looking Closely: Two ways of viewing and portraying intimate landscapes

Using film negatives from a large format camera, Paul Redstone captures his views of flowers and water in platinum/palladium prints.

Patricia McDonagh translated her lifelong interest in plants by creating detailed images of flowers, mushrooms and leaves in her botanical art paintings. Sadly she passed away earlier this year.

Ken Kipen began his study of darkroom techniques in 1952.   "Photography has evolved for me as a way to recognize the life of worlds very different from my own.  As I travel I look to discover subjects and configurations that, in compelling ways, transcend their time and place. As empathy with chosen subjects is often very strong, desire to do them justice in camera/darkroom work can be counter productive.  But when I let go of all agendas my subjects seem to meet me halfway, and there comes a moment when I suddenly see the finished result and know how to achieve it.” 

Image by Patricia McDonagh

FROM THE ARCHIVES
In celebration of Forbes Library’s 125th anniversary year (2019), a variety of images and objects from the Library’s local history collections will be featured in the Hosmer Gallery alongside the work of contemporary local artists.

For the month of June, we present Wild Flower Photographs by H.E. Robbins of Pittsfield, MA (1865-1946).
Henry Eugene Robbins attended Pittsfield High School and Cornell University. He spent a great deal of time working as a clerk for his father's plumbing and heating company, Robbins-Gamwell Corp. As a photographer, Robbins admired and emulated the work of Edwin Hale Lincoln, particularly his New England Wildflowers collection. The platinum prints in this collection were hand-colored by M. Augusta Loop and Florence N. Peirson.

Gallery Hours
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 10-6 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 10-6 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Northampton Jazz Workhop Featuring NYC vocalist and tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workhop Featuring NYC vocalist and tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman WHEN: Tuesday, May 21st 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

We are thrilled to present for the first time at the Workshop NYC vocalist and tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman. I have heard all kinds of great things about Camille from many other of our guest artists and it seems she is really making waves in the jazz world. Here's the first paragraph from her
bio:
Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as a "rising star"  singer with “soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” and hailed by All About Jazz as a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof of the place”, Camille Thurman has been amazing audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry.  Many have praised her vocal abilities to the likeness of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. Her lush, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has led others to compare her to tenor greats Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon.
https://www.camillethurmanmusic.com

Camille will also be the lead artist for the Davis Financial Jazz Artists in the Schools Program happening on 5/20 and 21. She and the trio will be coaching the JFK Middle School Jazz band and then presenting an assembly for the school using some of the student musicians. This will be the fourth and final event for this year. The program is a collaboration of the Workshop and the Northampton Jazz Festival.

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 and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/28 - Houston Person on tenor (2 shows and no jam session)
6/4  -  Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama on vocals and tenor sax
6/11 - Giacomo Smith on clarinet
6/18 - Gary Smulyan on bari with Miro Sprague on piano
6/25 - Cindy Scott on vocals

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

Rediscovering the Hidden Mill River


WHAT: Rediscovering the Hidden Mill River
WHEN: Monday, May 13th 6:30-8:30
WHERE: Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library

Next year marks the 80th anniversary of the Great Mill River Diversion when the Corps of Engineers dug a ditch to redirect the river away from downtown Northampton after the disastrous 1936 flood. Forbes Library, with the co-sponsorship of the Northampton’s Office of Planning and Sustainability, Historic Northampton, and the Mill River Greenway Initiative, will hold a forum to kick off preparations for “2020: The Rediscovery of the Hidden Mill River.”
 
This event will feature presentations by Laurie Sanders (Historic Northampton) on the natural history of the Mill River, John Sinton (Mill River Greenway Initiative) on the human history of the Mill, and Wayne Feiden (Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability) on Planning for the Hidden Mill River, Past and Future. The evening will begin at 6:30 with an informal discussion with community members based on the masters’ thesis poster of UMass landscape architecture student Tasuku Kamei that focuses on a downtown section of the Hidden Mill River. Speakers will begin at 7 PM and will be followed by short films on the 1936 flood from the collections of Historic Northampton and Forbes Library.

We invite one and all to listen to and participate in an attempt to re-imagine the Mill River as it ran through the center of Northampton. We look forward to a spirited session led by local experts on many aspects of the Mill River.

Come out and celebrate the release of John Sinton's Devil's Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River through Landscape & History by Levellers Press and learn all about and discuss the Hidden Mill River!

JUNE, 2019 A.P.E. EXHIBITION

WHAT: Terry Jenoure: Great Expectations
Pasqualina Azzarello:  Sender/Receiver: Our Infinite Atmospheres
WHEN: June 6-30, 2019
Artists' Reception: Friday, June 14: 5-8 pm
WHERE: APE Arts, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday

Terry Jenoure
great expectations is a series of handmade doll sculptures, paper dolls and illustrations.  They are inspired by letters written to my grandmother when she arrived in New York from Jamaica in the early part of the 20th century. Whether built into the figures, or  more abstractly referenced, these letters from my great-grandmother and other ancestors are central and express their excitement, concerns, caution, but ultimately their hope for her success in the new world.

BIO
Terry Jenoure was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York into a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. Self-taught as a visual artist, she has exhibited at the London Bienelle, in Germany, Cameroon, Italy, Brussels, and the U.S. and her doll sculptures are featured at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. A professional violinist, vocalist, composer and educator, she has recorded, performed and lectured throughout five continents integrating the many aspects of her expression. Her academic publications are in the areas of Arts-Based Research and Cultural Identity, and she has a recently completed her first novel. Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees in Education and a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Terry was on the graduate faculty at Lesley University for 18 years, and has served as the Director of Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for close to three decades.

Pasqualina Azzarello
Sender/Receiver: Our Infinite Atmospheres is a series of paintings that explores radical self-acceptance and transformative change. Each one is made with water-based media and utilizes direct and reflective mark-making to create human forms that represent, embody, and inhabit the interface of psychological and physiological healing. In its entirety, the series consists of 200+ works and continues to grow.

BIO
Pasqualina Azzarello is a painter, public muralist, educator, and community advocate. Working within grassroots, nonprofit, and academic channels, she works with others to cultivate generative spaces, initiatives, and partnerships that are innovative, collaborative, and inclusive of all participants. Throughout her unique professional path, each experience has been driven by core values including a profound belief in the creative potential of individuals and communities. Pasqualina serves as City Arts Coordinator at Easthampton City Arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts and is also a part-time faculty member at Parsons / The New School in New York City.

http://www.pasqualinaazzarello.com/

Out! For Reel


WHAT: Out! For Reel Lesbian Film Premiere, RAFIKI
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 // Show: 7pm / Social Hour: 6-7pm 
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA
Tickets: $10 Advance / $12 Door
Trailer / Info: OutForReel.net

Description: RAFIKI is a beautiful, award-winning film about two bright, young Kenyan women who fall in love for the first time. Screened at the Cannes Film Festival and receiving international  acclaim, RAFIKI is still banned in Kenya by government censors because of its positive portrayal of lesbians. We will watch RAFIKI in honor of all LGBTQ Kenyans who are denied the legal right to watch this inspiring film in their home country.

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WHAT: Out! For Reel LGBTQ Comedy Show: The El-Salomons!
WHEN: Saturday, June 22 // Show: 7pm / Social Hour: 6-7pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA
Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Door
Info: OutForReel.net

Description: Talented comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini are a Jewish-Palestinian, lesbian, feminist, married couple who entertain with laugh out loud, politically savvy humor. Bashing stereotypes with smart wit and clever jokes, the El-Salomons’ mission is to inspire love across differences and open hearts with laughter.

Chamber Music with the Quark String Quartet


WHAT: Chamber Music with the Quark String Quartet
WHEN: Saturday June 8, 2:00-3:30 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton MA
How Much?? Free

Celebrate the approach of summertime with a relaxed afternoon of chamber music by the Quark Quartet! The Quarks are a group of local musicians who enjoy sharing both familiar, beloved string quartets and lesser-known music by under-represented composers. They will be performing the Beethoven Op. 74 "Harp" Quartet, the Germaine Tailleferre string quartet, and the "Danzas de Panama" of William Grant Still. 

https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/5117122

NCMC Springfest


WHAT: NCMC Springfest
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019
WHERE: Downtown Northampton

Full Schedule Here

Springfest is an annual event that brings together students, teachers and ensembles of the Northampton Community Music Center for a day of outdoor performances at sites along Main Street in downtown Northampton. Historically, more than 50 local businesses support this event each year, and box donations are collected throughout the day, raising more than $10,000 for NCMC's scholarship program.​

Students are encouraged to participate in Practice-a-thon, whereby they gather pledges from family and friends for their practice time during the month leading up to Springfest. Exciting prizes are awarded to the students who practice daily and raise the most funds for the scholarship program.  A party for all participants is held each June.

If you own or manage a business that would like to sponsor Springfest, please contact the Executive Director at (413) 585-0001. Click here to view the available sponsorship packages.

May in the Oxbow Gallery

WHAT: MARTHA ARMSTRONG: Recent landscapes
WHEN: May 2-26, 2019
WHERE: Front Gallery @ Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA
Early Sunset   36 x 40  o/c 2019  was painted in January, when Tucson is green- lots of rain-for Tucson.  My show is of images painted in Vermont and Tucson, in the last couple of years, outside or from a porch-plein air- working from particular subjects at a certain moment.   


WHAT: Wild and Precious: new paintings by Joanne Holtje
WHEN: May 2-26, 2019
 WHERE: Back Gallery, Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

a curated selection of intimately scaled, affordably priced works of art
Above: The early curtains of dusk


gallery hours 
Thursday-Sunday noon until 5 p.m.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Northampton Summer Park Series 2019

Northampton Arts Council presents 

Summer Park Series 2019 

Come out to enjoy long summer nights in Downtown Northampton, with free live music in Pulaski Park! The Northampton Arts Council, in its fourth year of presenting concerts in the Park, continues a long-held musical tradition that dates back to the 1970s. Join us and and many of your friends and neighbors for live music in our beautifully renovated Park in the heart of Downtown Northampton.

This summer, we will present five live concerts and two evenings of Salsa Dancing.
All events will take place in Pulaski Park and admission is free for all!

Friday, May 10, 2019

NHS Theater Presents Snow Angel by David Lindsay-Abaire


NHS Theater Presents Snow Angel by David Lindsay-Abaire

When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva's searching for -- and who she truly is -- becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow storm, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Northampton Public Arts Festival 2019


What:
2019 Northampton Public Arts Festival

Where:
Public Plaza behind Thornes Marketplace, next to the Parking Garage at 99 Armory Street Northampton, MA 01060

When:
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Sunday May 12, 2019; 9:00 am - 6:00 pm both days

What:
The Northampton Public Arts Festival is a unique two-day event aimed at promoting public arts through live mural painting and street art workshops for youth. The festival will bring local and nationally recognized street artists and muralists to convene and create beautiful public art for the city of Northampton and the Pioneer Valley.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring Boston vibraphonist Rich Greenblatt

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring Boston vibraphonist Rich Greenblatt
WHEN: Tuesday, May 14th 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

Vibraphonist, drummer, composer, band leader and educator Rich Greenblatt returns to the Workshop with some new compositions and a new CD. Always fun working with Rich and listening to his beautiful 4 mallet work on the vibes. Besides leading his own groups Rich has played with a host of other great artists including Kurt Elling, Billy Mitchell, Kevin Hayes, Valery Ponamarev, Bill Charlap, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Irwin, Winard Harper, Joe Hunt, Teddy Charles and Oscar Castro-Neves.   http://rich-greenblatt.squarespace.com

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 and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
5/21 - Camille Thurman on tenor and vocals
5/28 - Houston Person on tenor (2 shows and no jam session)
6/4  -  Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama on vocals and tenor sax
6/11 - Giacomo Smith on clarinet
6/18 - Gary Smulyan on bari with Miro Sprague on piano
6/25 - Cindy Scott on vocals
For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop


Charlie King & Candace Cassin Music in Social Justice event

WHAT: Charlie King & Candace Cassin "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round"
WHEN: May 22, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Free & Open to the Public 

Forbes Library presents the third in a series of workshop-performances about the role of music in social justice.

"Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round" offers a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.

Charlie King & Candace Cassin recreate these dramatic events using historic narrative, original music and over 230 PowerPoint images. It is a dramatic performance half a century old and as compelling as this morning’s headlines.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller, labor historian and political satirist. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” Candace Cassin is a social service provider, spiritual director and teacher of Buddhist practice. They are married and live in Shelburne Falls MA.

This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

For more information about the performers see:  https://charlieking.org/

MAY EXHIBITION AT A.P.E.

WHAT: Chuck Stern: Selected Paintings: 2014-2018
WHEN: May 3 - 26, 2019
Artist Reception on Arts Night Out: Friday, May 10: 5-8 pm
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5,  Friday 12-8, Closed Sunday

These pieces, at least while in progress, are about relationships: what color next to which, what pattern or shape settles in or calls for more action, what happens when the paint physically engages with or ignores or obscures the drawn shape? What excites or calms or irritates? Often small changes answer large questions.

I work through the relationships and the mood that these relationships evoke with some patience, as the separate parts of these works often take their time reaching an agreement. The final arrangement is always a revelation to me.

LEARN MORE

WHAT: Taken from Memory by Sheron Rupp // Book Release and Talk
WHEN: Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm . 
Free

Sheron Rupp, a local photographer who has lived in the area for the past forty-five years, will be giving a short presentation and talk about her new book of early color photographs at A.P.E. Gallery on Thursday evening, May 9th, at 7:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase.

Taken from Memory covers twenty-five years of work and is a selection of people living in rural and underdeveloped areas of the U.S., as well as neighborhoods depicting Americana. Although her photographs are often described as documentary, Rupp considers Taken from Memory personal in nature, “as a poem wrought true.”

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REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION HERE


ADULT MOVEMENT CLASSES
at SCDT and 33 Hawley Street.
WINTER / SPRING 2019 SESSION: JANUARY 21 - JUNE 7


Lisa Leizman Dance Company presents “Sweetness”


WHAT: Lisa Leizman Dance Company presents “Sweetness”
WHEN: Friday, May 10 @ 7:30
WHERE: Flex Space @ 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4208522

The Center for the Arts presents the Lisa Leizman Dance Company in concert on Friday, May 10 in the magnificent new Flex theater space of the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. The 7:30 pm performance is followed by a festive dinner reception prepared by members of the Lisa Leizman Dance Company.  Tickets are $17 for adults (in advance)/$20 (at the door) and $10 for children under 10 (in advance)/$12 (at the door), available at www.nohoarts.org. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Warmer days, sap flowing, soft growing light. Time for some sweetness! How about spending a lovely spring evening with the Center’s long-time resident dance company? Find sweetness in the old—repertory pieces “Evening Song” with music by Philip Glass in an extraordinary arrangement by Peter Blanchette and “Sonata for Alto Horn and Piano” set to music by Paul Hindemith. And look for sweetness in brand new work set to music by company composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien (“Imbolc”) and in an aria from Cantata 51 by J.S. Bach. Underfoot, a beautiful new hardwood floor perfect for dance. Not to mention plentiful free parking and a delicious reception following the performance—now that’s sweet!

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NHS Theater Presents: Snow Angel


WHAT: NHS Theater Presents: Snow Angel
WHEN: Thurs. May 9, Fri. May 10 & Sat. May 11 @ 7pm // Sat. May 11 @ 2pm
WHERE: Fayette Congville Auditorium, Northampton High School, 380 Elm St, Northampton, MA

When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva's searching for -- and who she truly is -- becomes a mystery that divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow day, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.


SNOW ANGEL CAST & CREW:

Eva, the snow angel, a total enigma................................................................Melle Lowenthal ‘21
Frida Jensen, the angry, sometimes sad, outcast.............................................Adelaide Greene ‘21
Jill, a nice girl, the voice of reason..................................................................Isabelle Hettlinger ‘20
Tina-Louise, a popular girl who just got her license.......................................Tess O’Brien ‘21
Helen Spitzer, the weird girl with the glass eye..............................................Diana Paradise ‘21
Ethel, a hyper-active, fast talking, chatty girl..................................................Lucinda Brennan ‘22
Fran, a twin......................................................................................................Nellie Mai ‘22
Betty, Fran’s fraternal twin sister.....................................................................Day Stavely-Hale ‘22
Dan, a popular boy who sometimes seems sad................................................Fletcher Soto ‘20
Clifford, Dan’s dim-witted, but kind hearted friend........................................Dylan Bolus ‘21
Crank, the juvenile delinquent.........................................................................Michael Peterson ‘22
Benny, a sweet, shy boy with many allergies...................................................Isaac Steinberg ‘22
Gus, an awkward, sometimes obnoxious boy...................................................Miles Sherr-Garcia ‘20
Arlo, a wimpy kid just trying to get by.............................................................Nina Young ‘21
Vincent, a bit of a whiz kid, owns a chameleon................................................Nico Mastrangelo ‘20
Doofus, the class clown....................................................................................Ben Kimmel ‘21
Radio Gal...........................................................................................................Dani Toohey ‘19

Stage Managers................................................................................................Sara Grimaldi ‘20
                         ................................................................................................Dani Toohey ‘19
Assistant Stage Managers................................................................................Gabriella Fox ‘22
                                         ................................................................................Taylor Lucey ‘22
Lighting Design...............................................................................................Jo Hardigg ‘20
Assistant Lighting Design................................................................................Josie Stavely ‘22
Sound Design...................................................................................................Nick Stauder ‘22
Assistant Sound Design...................................................................................Andrew Meyer ‘22
Costume Design...............................................................................................Fletcher Soto ‘20
                          ................................................................................................Diana Paradise ‘21
Poster/Program Art...........................................................................................Day Stavely-Hale ‘22

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Emergence/See gallery Showing at Cooley Dickinson


Emergence/See Gallery Showing
Works created and selected by Children of Meadowbrook Arts Camp

Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Show runs from May 1st-June 30th
Reception May 2nd, 5-7pm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Main Lobby

Saturday, April 27, 2019

NHS Student Art Exhibition

WHAT: NHS Student Art Exhibition
WHEN: May 4th-28th // Opening Reception May 10, 5-7pm
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

The Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library is delighted to host the annual art show by NHS students.
Students will display paintings, drawings, ceramics, and other art work at the Hosmer Gallery for the month of May. The selection is curated by art teachers Lisa Leary and Louise Martindell. Students at all levels are represented. The community is invited to a reception on Arts Night Out, Friday May 10 from 5-7 PM.

Gallery Hours
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 10-6 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 10-6 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

HUT 24


WHAT: HUT XXIV: Movement Words Movement with Shakia Johnson, Linda Gale Aubry, Izikhotane
WHEN: May 4, 8pm
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, Northampton MA 01060
Purchase Tickets Here

STUDIO4 is pleased to welcome the fifth season of HUT—the interdisciplinary performance series co- curated by dancer Jennifer Polins and sound artist Jake Meginsky. HUT showcases three artists in three short sets in an evening of music, words, and movement.

HUT's roster of local and internationally recognized contemporary artists including among others Caliph Ali, Steve Baczkowski, Shura Baryshnikov, Chris Corsano, Joy Davis, Paul Flaherty, Jacob Fried, Jenifer Gelineau, Steve Gunn, Sean D. Henry-Smith, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Ben Hersey, K.J. Holmes, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Matt Krefting, Jason Lesceleet, Emily Lukasewski, V. Manuscript, Carole Maso, Bill Nace, Samara Lubelski, Cori Olinghouse, Natalia Panzer, Andrea Pensado, Jennifer Nugent, Vic Rawlings, Zach Rowden, Luke Stewart, Mariana Valencia, Laura Warman, and Wendy Woodson....

SHAKIA JOHNSON born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Pioneer Valley’s Performing Arts Charter High School in South Hadley, Ma and Dean College in Franklin, Ma. She received her teaching artist certificate from the National Dance Institute in New York in 2009. Johnson has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed at Trenton Educational Dance Institute, Rider University, the Princeton School of Ballet and the Bates Dance Festival. She has performed for numerous hip hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, Jadakiss, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from “Total” and Omarion. In 2005 she choreographed a hip-hop number for the Celtics/NBA half-time show. She has toured the U.S. and abroad dancing with Face Da Phlave Entertainment and Illstyle and Peace Productions. Johnson is an alumnus of Jacob’s Pillow and Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers Workshop and was selected for BDF’s Emerging Choreographer program in 2006. Shakia has been teaching at the Bates Dance Festival for 4 years and spent her last summer teaching the Bates Professional Training Program and created her repertory work called, “Circle of Love”. Shakia currently teaches Hip Hop culture and dance technique at Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Williams College.


LINDA GALE AUBRY is a multimedia artist and musician. Her interdisciplinary approach integrates sculpture, painting, video, porcelain, and electronic music. She creates performances and installations that draw on her mastery of many ornamental and decorative techniques, and which support the experience of serenity and self-reflection.  Aubry has presented her work across the US and in Sweden, France, UK, Czech Republic, and Canada.

Her music explores thresholds of memory and observation, creating compositions and improvisations that dwell in repetition and stillness. In her project Citizens for Confetti she performs on harp, modular synthesizer, piano, and her own handmade porcelain idiophones and chimes. 

Her diverse work has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and has been presented at Vox Populi Gallery; Wave Farm in Acra, NY; and Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden.

Aubry studied visual art with with Ree Morton and Boris Putterman at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and with Philip Wofford at Bennington College; music composition with Louis Calabro at Bennington; piano performance with Vladimir Havsky at Bennington and Dean Earle at Berklee College of Music; and orchestral conducting with Attilio Poto at Boston Conservatory. She holds a BM in Composition from Berklee and an MFA degree in Composition and Painting from Bennington.


IZIKHOTANE: Ernest Brute and Object Echo have been collaborating under the name Izikhotane for the past six years.  They have focused on creating a unique and experimental cross-pollination of poetry and sound.  Their work is guided by Ernest Brute’s interest in the Fluxus movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and Object Echo’s passion for minimalist composition.  Find out more about their project on Fb, Bandcamp, and/or YouTube.


Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring NYC alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring NYC alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo
WHEN: Tuesday, May 7th 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

We are thrilled to welcome back Erena Terakubo for her fourth appearance with us at the Workshop and happy she could make time in her busy schedule. Last weekend, Erena played three nights as a member of the Kenny Barron Quartet (that's right-Kenny, Jonathan Blake, Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Erena) at Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center and we are so happy for her. She just gets keeps getting better and stronger and more adventurous every day. http://www.jamrice.co.jp/erena/en/index.html

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 and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/14 - Rich Greenblatt on vibes
5/21 - Camille Thurman on tenor and vocals
5/28 - Houston Person on tenor (2 shows and no jam session)
6/4  -  Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama on vocals and tenor sax
6/11 - Giacomo Smith on clarinet
6/18 - Gary Smulyan on bari with Miro Sprague on piano
6/25 - Cindy Scott on vocals

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

Bay State Bike Week


WHAT: 20th Annual Bay State Bike Week activities in Northampton
WHERE: Various locations throughout Northampton and Florence
WHEN: Saturday May 11 – Sunday May 19

The Bay State Bike Week is a celebration of bicyclists and bike-related community
activities throughout the state. There will be a variety of events in Northampton geared
towards families, children and recreational bicyclists, including

Sat May 11, 10–2 pm Bike Safety Rodeo Join members of the Northampton Police
Department and local bike organizations for their annual demonstration of safe bicycle
riding skills for children ages 4-10 at the JFK school parking lot

Sat May 11, 6–8 pm The Stories of Bicycling History and Activism presentation by author
Larry Finison. FNTG and Historic Northampton co-host the event at 33 Hawley St.

Sun May 12, 7 pm Night Ride. Gather at Pulaski Park w/ your lighted bicycles for an all-
family, relaxed ride through Northampton and Florence.

Weds May 15, 7-10 am Bike Commuter Breakfast on the court house lawn in
Northampton. Join bicycle commuters, trail users and others for a celebration of all
things bicycles. Includes free breakfast, demonstrations, live radio show and awards
ceremony.

Thurs May 16 7-8:30 am Bike Breakfast in Florence at Lilly Librry. Join us for Breakfast then
ride to school with the Mayor and a police escort. Valley Bike Share demos and free bike
safety checks.

Sun May 19 2-5pm. 5th Annual Tweed Ride with Sweet Spoken. Don your old-timey
outfits for a fun, social ride from downtown Northampton to Look Park to benefit
Friends of the Northampton Trails. Register at bikereg.com/tweedride. Gather at the
Pedestrian Plaza behind Thornes Market

More detailed information on these events can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6hqxhwf

Musical instrument donations for Forbes Library

Does your guitar no longer spark joy?
If you have a musical instrument that works fine but you just don't feel like playing it anymore, you can de-clutter and make others happy at the same time by donating it to the Forbes Library musical instrument collection!

Forbes lends ukuleles, banjos, hand drums, synthesizers and many other string, percussion, and electronic instruments. They're much in demand and we'd love to grow the collection and shorten the waiting lists. We welcome donations of instruments in good condition to share with the community.
If you'd like to offer an instrument, please look over the checklist below, and contact the Arts & Music Department at 413-587-1013. Please talk with us first before dropping an item off, to make sure it meets the collection's needs. We'll give you a receipt, but can't give a valuation.

Good working order, nothing broken or warped, in tune or easily tunable
easy-to-carry size and weight (no acoustic pianos, please!)
not a delicate antique requiring extra-special care
no mouth-blown instruments, for hygiene reasons
a carrying case is a plus!
especially wanted: guitars, bass uke, electronics, banjo ... 

Thank you for thinking of us!


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

TONIGHT! Last chance to see the 2019 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. At 7:30pm, “We Haunt You While You Watch”! a sonic, visual experience...

The 26th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival concludes the season with a multi-media talk and screening of "The Hum" (2018) by Kristen Gallerneaux. The event will include a reading from High Static, Dead Lines: Sonic Spectres & the Object Hereafter (2018, Strange Attractor Press/MIT https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/high-static-dead-lines) and screening of The Hum (2018, Kristen Gallerneaux, USA, B&W, 25 min, in English).

The evening begins with a multimedia reading from High Static, Dead Lines, a literary mixtape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape and esoteric belief.  This will feature glitchy video visuals and a score of original ambient compositions and recall an upbringing surrounded by supernatural superstition and sonic experience - and then dive into the ghostly crosstalk of television piracy, late night sign-offs, and test patterns. Next, a screening of "The Hum." Not everyone can “hear” the Hum, but the vibroacoustic effects of infrasound causes victims to describe it as something that is felt more than heard. "The Hum" reconstructs a visual and sonic impression of the spatial, psychic-industrial, and physiological effects of this mysterious event. The soundtrack samples interviews with the Hum-afflicted, field recordings of the phenomena, and “sonified” local dirt with the use of an analog synthesizer—in sonic solidarity with the environment.

Introduction by Shawn Shimpach, UMass

Discussion with the author/director will follow.

All Events FREE and Open to the Public

The film and talk will take place at 7:30PM on Wednesday, April 24, in the Isenberg Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137), UMass Amherst.

https://www.umass.edu/film/event/we-haunt-while-you-watch-hum

A Natural History Of Forbes Library

WHAT: A Natural History Of Forbes Library
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8 at 6 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060

Join us for a leisurely amble around the Forbes Library's historic grounds with naturalist and Historic Northampton's co-director Laurie Sanders . We'll meet in front of the library on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 PM to explore the vegetation, geology and animal life that surrounds the Forbes Library. The rain date will be the following Wednesday, May 15.

Nicknamed "Castle on the Hill", Forbes Library opened in 1894 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The property has undergone many changes both before and since this time. Attend our amble and learn about this historic property that was once home to Aaron Cook, Northampton's noted 17th century wolf hunter.

This program is free and open to the public. Forbes Library is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Molly Moss at 413-587-1017 or info@forbeslibrary.org.

SUMMER SERIES ARC 2019 at A.P.E.


A.P.E. is curating its fourth summer program, ARC.19 (Activate, Research, Create), with a series of summer projects that continue to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. A.P.E. will host four projects from the end of May to the end of August, 2019.  During each project’s 1-2 week residency, artists will create and shape work in the gallery space, which will then be made open to the public through a variety of workshops, performances, and interactive installations. Each project will make a commitment to maintain a central inquiry into the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made.

A.P.E. has selected a dynamic and varied group of area artists to participate in ARC.19.  The four projects and dates are listed below:

ARC 2019 participants

May 27 – June 2: Lynn Petefreund, Daily Practice.  An OPEN space for viewing work and daily art practice.  Workshops, daily practice with invited artists, makers, exhibition of work made plus Lynn’s daily drawings.  https://www.lynnpeterfreund.com/

July 7 – 21: Shaina Cantino:  Shaina will be developing and documenting an evening-length contemporary dance theater piece in collaboration with performer Leah Fournier and dramaturg/designer Rose Proctor. The performance, inspired by Cantino's relationship with her recently deceased grandmother, grapples with various levels of intimacy in the dying process. The movement and text explores the tug between rigidity and expansion in aging and letting.  http://www.shainacantino.com/dance.html

July 28 – August 11:  Eli Liebman, Security in a State of Violence:  a mixed media exhibition focused on the phenomena and relationship of security and violence and exploring how they are articulated in varied forms ranging human touch to dragnet surveillance; from the built environment to notions of health. The show will be comprised of woodblock prints, animation, sewn blankets, postcards, sound, and sculpture.  https://elimack.weebly.com/contact.html


August 18 – August 31: Tristatic:  Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh & Haley Morgan,10-year anniversary installation for Tristatic that would center around performance for video work, video stills, costumes and accessories, interactive elements for visitors to generate their own material, a zine/exhibition catalog and an artist talk and workshop.  https://www.juliashoe.com/tristatic/

A.P.E. PRESS RELEASE/MAY PROJECT FOR ARC.2019

WHAT: Lynn Peterfreund: Artist in Residence: Daily Practice/Daily Drawings
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28-Sunday, June 2, 2019
WHERE: A.P.E. 126 Main St. Northampton, MA

Open to the public daily, 10-5, with workshops offered by Lynn at 1:00

Guest Practitioner workshops offered throughout the week
See schedule at http://www.apearts.org/

Lynn Peterfreund, Daily Practice/Daily Drawings, opens the A.P.E. summer series, ARC (Activate, Research, Create).  ARC.2019 continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community.

Lynn Peterfreund is showing 600 selected daily drawings from 2012 through the present. She began purposely making drawings every day in 2012 with her morning tea cup as the subject accompanied by notes about the day, observations, feelings, to do lists. In 2013, the theme was trees and since 2014, she’s been drawing people: her relatives, friends, students, teachers, colleagues, public figures, herself. The drawings as a group present an unstructured memoire, stories with recurring characters, thoughts and feelings about subjects ranging from dinner to death. Her materials, watercolor pencils, pens and watercolors, are used in a variety of styles with some drawings done quickly and others more finished.

One viewer said of this exhibition:
“A rare glimpse into the small and large parts of a day and a life.
The juxtaposition of banal errands and cosmic thoughts
Unusually precise and descriptive words complimented by beautiful art
Meditations on the biggest life issues in the drawings
Clear admiration of your closest people as well as humor about their idiosyncrasies
Brief memorials abound..." it would have been his 90th birthday"
The tapes in your head emerge frequently...my mother would have said at this point, my father would have said.
Details details details...the PT, the arm brace, the interior parts of your arm. Such careful observing...oh my.
Like I said...you are a genius.”

As the artist in residence in the gallery, Lynn will be working on a series of drawing books. She and her guests will be conducting workshops daily that offer basic art making skills and creative prompts, as well as workshops in movement, writing, and other practices. Tables in the gallery will be set up with materials for visitors to make collages, draw, write, read other graphic memoires as part of the theme of what it might mean to have a daily practice. Anyone can come in and participate, read, or just sit in the space.

Guest Daily Practitioners include five dancers and movement artists, a musician/writer, a birder-painter, textile and clay artists, and others visual artists. An up-to-date schedule will be publicized at apearts.org.


Guest Participants include:

Dance and movement:
Fritha Pengelly
Meredith Bove
Katie Martin
Andrea Olsen
Wendy Woodson
Josh Lebow

Visual:
David Andrews(drawing)
Macaylla Silver(birding/painting)
Dale Schwarz (creative expression)

Writing/music:
Michael Silverstone
Nellie Prior (Departure Collective)

Crafts:
Jill St Coeur: rug hooking
Jennie McKenna and Judith Souweine: knitting

Codo: Chinatsu Nagamune(textile) and Andrew Vlock (ceramics)


Lynn Peterfreund has been making, teaching, and showing prints and paintings for the past few decades. Her local mural work can be seen in the JFK middle school cafetorium, Baystate, Cooley Dickinson and the University of Massachusetts. She is a member, teacher, and mentor at Zea Mays Printmaking and maintains her own studios at Arts and Industries and Leverett Crafts and Arts. Her artwork is included in numerous public and private collections which include the Mead Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, University of Michigan, and the Yale University Gallery of Art. Her monotype animations have been shown at University of Massachusetts, University of Oregon, International Center for Printmaking in New York, and her at APE.

More information and more art can be seen at lynnpeterfreund.com

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