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, August 24, 2019

Transperformance 29: Lookstock, A Benefit Music Festival

Poster Art by Arnold Skolnick

Transperformance 29: Lookstock presented by The Northampton Arts Council


WHAT:
Transperformance 29: Lookstock, A Benefit Music Festival

WHERE:
Pines Theater, Look Park Florence, MA 01062

WHEN:
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 4:30-9:30 PM - Venue opens at 3:00 PM

TICKETS:
Online - http://transperformance.brownpapertickets.com
Local - State Street Fruit Store Northampton / Cooper’s Corner Florence / AJ Hastings Amherst
Day of - At the entrance to Pines Theater starting at 3:00 PM
Presale Cost - Adults 13+ $10; Seniors 65+/Veterans $8; Kids 12 & under $5.
No refunds/No exchanges (A portion of the proceeds support arts enrichment programs in the Public Schools of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence)

RAIN DATE:
Wednesday, August 21 at Pines Theater, Look Park

RAIN PREDICTED BOTH DAYS:
Tuesday, August 20 at John M Greene Hall, Smith College

Friday, August 16, 2019

Apply for a Grant from the New England Dance Fund


WHAT: Apply for a Grant from the New England Dance Fund
WHEN: Deadline September 13

The next New England Dance Fund deadline is September 13. The New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds who identify an opportunity that will advance their careers in dance.

Apply Today
09.13: New England Dance Fund
12.01: New England States Touring (NEST) Grant*

Rolling Deadlines:
National Dance Project Travel Fund
New England Presenter Travel Fund
National Theater Project Presenter Travel Grant

By Invitation Only:
10.21: Creative City Boston Full Project Proposal
Rolling: National Theater Project Presentation Grant

*NEFA implemented a new and improved application system for New England States Touring (NEST) Grant deadlines. Other programs' applications will upgrade over the course of the next year.

Grant deadlines are at 11:59 PM ET. NEFA staff are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET.

Learn About Recently Awarded NEFA Grants: 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit "Off the Wall—American Art to Wear" to feature Northampton Artist Anna VA Polesny


WHAT: Off the Wall—American Art to Wear - featuring Northampton Artist Anna VA Polesny 
WHERE: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 
WHEN: Opening Saturday, November 9, 2019

Northampton Artist’s work bound for the PERMANENT COLLECTION of the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM of ART 

“International Levi's” Shorts, 1973, by Anna VA Polesny (Promised gift of The Julie Schafler Dale Collection) Photograph by Otto Stupakoff © Julie Schafler Dale.

Off the Wall: American Art to Wear
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Celebrate the opening of this astonishing exhibition that highlights mixed-media artists who pioneered a new art form designed around the body.

This exhibition has been made possible by Julie Schafler Dale, PNC, The Coby Foundation, the Arlin and Neysa Adams Endowment Fund, Catherine and Laurence Altman, the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other generous donors.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
philamuseum.org

August 22: I’ll be speaking about my work at the Berkshire Museum’s Pechakucha

Monday, August 12, 2019

Frank Ward & Robert Tobey Photographs at A.P.E


WHAT: Frank Ward & Robert Tobey Photographs
WHERE: 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: September 2019
             Artist Reception Friday, September 13: 5-8PM (Arts Night Out) 
             Open to the public daily
             Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday12-5PM, Friday 12-8PM, Sunday 2-5PM, Closed Monday

Frank Ward
The Last Empire—The new countries of the old Soviet Union is a series of photographs of the former Soviet Empire that tell a story of curious pleasures and confounded expectations.

“On a beach in Ukraine a grandmother in a bikini asks me to take her picture. In the Russian Far East I discover a wall mural of Lenin blowing a kiss to Marilyn Monroe. Policemen in Uzbekistan accuse me of stealing strategic military secrets by photographing a World War II tank on display in a park. In Siberia, an angry security guard repeats his only phrase in English, “I love you,” as he makes me delete my pictures of a destroyed waterfront habitat. The former Soviet Empire is a paradise of paradox, where the landscapes are limitless and the people are full of passion and pain.”

Robert Tobey
BLIND I consists of pictures of people at parades in Holyoke and Greenfield, all taken with one camera and one fixed-focal-length lens, while on a bicycle... mostly in motion. All images have been printed without cropping, and minimal photoshop adjustment.

BIOGRAPHIES
Frank Ward is a professor of visual art at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. Over the past 18 years, Ward has made ten trips to the Former Soviet Union. In 2012, he went to Central Asia as the Cultural Envoy in Photography for the US Department of State. In 2011, he was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for his photography in the former Soviet Union. He has received the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other grants for his work in Holyoke, the former Yugoslavia, Tibet and India. He is represented by Photo Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Robert Tobey has been publishing his photographs for half a century, as a staff photographer at four newspapers in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and as a free-lancer in numerous local, regional and national magazines. He has participated in many solo and group shows.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Salsa in the Park 2019



WHAT: Salsa Dancing in Pulaski Park
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Summer Saturdays July 13th & August 17th. 6:00-8:30pm

Come celebrate the Beauty and Positivity of Latin Dance!

Join our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2174597279325771

Woodstock the Movie: Free Screening at 33 Hawley



WHAT: The Northampton Community Arts Trust presents: Woodstock the Movie
WHEN: Wednesday August 14th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Outdoor Space (Behind the building) Northampton, MA

Come join the Northampton Community Arts Trust, the Northampton Arts Council and Northampton Open Media (formerly Northampton Community Television) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a screening of Woodstock the Movie, the film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival by Michael Wadleigh. To introduce the film Isabella DeHerdt (of Kalliope Jones) will perform a live 10 min opening set; The Northampton Arts Council will also be giving away tickets to Lookstock at Pines Theater, Look Park as well as have tickets on sale for the event.

Woodstock the Movie
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey
Rated: R (Drug content, nudity, and language)
Runtime: 224 min

“An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring Boston based harpist Charles Overton


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring  harpist Charles Overton
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Tuesday August 13, 2019 7:30pm followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30pm

We are very excited to welcome Charles Overton and his grand instrument to our stage on Tuesday the 13th. Currently, Charles resides in Boston where he maintains an active performance schedule as a performer of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Recent engagements include an appearance at Scullers Jazz Club with his jazz ensemble: the Charles Overton Group, regular performances with the Boston Philharmonic, an appearance as a featured artist at the Dutch Harp Festival in concert with the Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as a performance tour of Spain performing Ginastera's Harp Concerto with Benjamin Zander's Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. http://www.charlesovertonmusic.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:
8/20 - Mark Lewis on alto and flute
8/27 - Josh Bruneau on trumpet.

9/3 - Felipe Salles on tenor sax
9/10 - Rob Scheps on soprano sax
9/17 - John Clark on French Horn
9/24 - David Eure on violin

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hosmer Gallery Call for Artists for 2020



WHAT: Hosmer Gallery Call for Artists for 2020
WHEN: August 12 through 5 PM September 30, 2019
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton, MA.
                Apply Online: http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/

From August 12 through September 30, 2019, artists may apply to show their work in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library next year. Submissions are due by 5 PM September 30. Exhibits will take place between January and December 2020.

The application can be completed online or printed and mailed with a CD or flashdrive of images. Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, a coherent theme, and contribution to an interesting and varied program for the year. Artists living and working in the greater Northampton area* are eligible to apply. First-time exhibitors, individuals and groups are welcome.

The Hosmer Art Gallery is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and content reflecting the diversity of the Pioneer Valley community. The Hosmer Gallery has versatile display panels, cases and pedestals to accommodate a variety of two- and three-dimensional art formats.

There is no fee for application or for the use of the space. Details can be found at http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/. The link will contain application forms as of August 12.

*Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire Counties


Faith Kaufmann
Head of Arts and Music

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton MA 01060
413-587-1011 x 4529
fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org
http://forbeslibrary.org

Monday, August 5, 2019

Cinema Northampton Presents - The Birds



WHAT: Cinema Northampton Presents - The Birds
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

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

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

-If a screening is postponed due to rain we will update the Facebook event here.

-We will have subtitles on.

-Screening times are based on when the sun sets. The screen can not be seen during daylight.

-Website here

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Call to Artists: 10th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival



WHAT: 10th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival: Call to Artists  
WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: Submission deadline is Friday, August 23 
              Event on Friday, September 13, 2019.

The Downtown Northampton Association is looking for artists for its 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival to be held in downtown Northampton on Friday, September 13, 2019.

The Downtown Northampton Association invites submissions for the 10th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival, to be held in downtown Northampton on Friday, September 13, 2019. The Northampton Chalk Art Festival is a free, public festival that runs from 9am - 5pm on Friday, September 13, 2019, culminating in a display of completed chalk art drawings during that evening's Arts Night Out. There is no fee to participate, or to attend; all accepted artists will receive a stipend of $100 per completed chalk drawing.

Only non-oil based soft chalk/pastels in a solid form may be used. Your canvas will be a 5’x5’ section of cement located in downtown Northampton, primarily on Main Street. If all of the available 5’ x 5’ sections are assigned, you may be offered a site with a different configuration. Specific sites will be assigned at random, with 5' x 5' sections assigned first. You may work from 8 am until 4 pm. Entries will then be reviewed by a panel of judges, and three special prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded on the steps of City Hall at approximately 5pm.

Submission deadline is Friday, August 23. You will be contacted by Monday, August 26 to confirm entry into the festival.

To submit an entry, please click HERE to access a submission form.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

CALL FOR ENTRY: Western Massachusetts 2019 Biennial “From seed to Fruition”





2019 Western Massachusetts Visual Arts Biennial

OPEN CALL: May 15th - Aug 1st, 2019, 11:59 pm
Submit HERE (or scroll to the bottom of this page for further instructions on how to submit)

The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2019 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 1st through October 30th, 2019. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to interpret the theme “From Seed to Fruition”, artists are asked to interpret this literally or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represents the artist’s personal artistic vision.

All two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered for the visual arts component. The Arts Council also encourages submissions of performance art, and large 3-dimensional, weather tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.

Poets can submit up to 3 poems and previously published work will be accepted. Accepted poems will be displayed in the form of a poetry booklet in Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery throughout the Biennial for viewing by the public. The Northampton Arts Council will host the Biennial Poetry Reading, held at Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Reading Room

The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry is August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm.

The Arts Council is proud to announce a well rounded panel of professionals in the field who represent various aspects of the art community in western Massachusetts. The 2019 Biennial jurors for visual art will be Donna Gates, Gallery Director and Curator, Salmon Falls Gallery; Jameson Johnson, Founder and Editor in chief, The Boston Art Review; Robert Wiesenburger, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects for The Clark Art Institute. Poetry jurors include Nellie Prior, co-organizer of the Departure Reading Series; Karen Skolfield, poet laureate of Northampton; and spoken word poet Catherine Weiss, co-organizer of Northampton Poetry and founder of the community arts space, The Endopolis Poetry Room.



By hosting the Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council hopes to nurture connections between artists, writers and art lovers and contribute to a vital, sustaining art community in Western Massachusetts.

Conditions: The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes. The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to reject an accepted artwork if it is misrepresented by the submitted digital image.

Hanging in the Hosmer Gallery: 2 Dimensional work is hung from molding hooks and heavy weight monofilament. All framed work must be wired for hanging. Work without hanging wire will not be exhibited. The walls do not support nails. Pedestals and glass display cases are available for sculpture and small works. Using these guidelines, please frame and prepare your work to be hung in a professional manner. Put a label on the back of your piece with your name, the title, and price. ART DISPLAYED IN THE HOSMER GALLERY IS NOT INSURED!

Artists may offer their work for sale. If a piece is sold, a donation of 15% of the proceeds goes directly to Forbes Library.

IMPORTANT DATES
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm
Notification of work accepted (Visual Art): Early September
Notification of work accepted (Poetry): mid-September, 2019
Delivery of accepted work (Visual Art): Sunday, September 29, Monday, September 30. Specific times to be announced. (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for drop-off if the specified time does not work.)
Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 11th, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Poetry Reading: TBD
Exhibition closes: Wednesday, October 30th, 5:00pm
Pick-up (Visual Art): Thursday, October 31, 9:00am - 7:00pm or specific times to be announced. (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for pick-up if the specified time does not work.)


How to submit for Visual Arts and Poetry:

1. Visit the link: https://wmassbiennial.artcall.org

2. Click “register” to register a free account with “artcall.org” (if you are not already registered)

3. Fill out the “Profile Data” page accordingly including your Bio, phone number, and address.

4. On the “User Dashboard” click “Add New Application”; you will then be brought to the "edit submission details page" and prompted to select a category and fill out the appropriate word boxes/fields. NOTE: YOU MUST FILL ALL WORD BOXES/FIELDS TO PROCEED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. If you are applying for poetry be sure to enter "N/A" or "0" for any fields that may not apply to you. ie. dimensions, price, etc

5. Up to three poems may be submitted. Poems must be combined into a single file in a .doc or .docx (Word), or PDF format. All identifying information (name and address) must be removed from the file name and from within the file. Submitted poems may be previously published or unpublished. In regards to the size of the work, when submitting poetry please fill these fields with “0.”
Images for the Visual Arts Submissions should have a minimal pixel dimension of 540px and a maximum of 1920px

HOW TO SUBMIT
1. Click “register” to register a free account with “artcall.org” (if you are not already registered) at the top right of this page.
2.  Fill out the “Profile Data” page accordingly including your Bio, phone number, and address
3. On the “User Dashboard” click “Add New Application”; you will then be brought to the "edit submission details page" and prompted to select a category and fill out the appropraite word boxes/fields. NOTE: YOU MUST FILL ALL WORD BOXES/FIELDS TO PRODCEED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. If you are applying for poetry be sure to enter "N/A" or "0" for any fields that may not apply to you. ie. dimensions, price, etc

4. Up to three poems may be submitted. Poems must be combined into a single file in a .doc or .docx (Word), or PDF format. All identifying information (name and address) must be removed from the file name and from within the file. Submitted poems may be previously published or unpublished. In regards to the size of the work, when submitting poetry please fill these fields with “0.”
Images for the Visual Arts Submissions should have a minimal pixel dimension of 540px and a maximum of 1920px

Northampton's Age & Dementia Friendly Initiative: Community Listening Session


WHAT: Northampton's Age & Dementia Friendly Initiative: Community Listening Session
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street
WHEN: Tuesday, July 30th from 6:00-7:30 PM

Northampton's Age & Dementia Friendly Initiative- Second Community Listening Session

What do you think will make Northampton an even better community in which to age? We are seeking input from older adults, caregivers, families, aging service providers, mental health professionals, people with disabilities, people of color, immigrants and business owners.

Please join us for this important community conversation on Tuesday, July 30th from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. To RSVP or for more information, about the event contact the Senior Center at (413) 587-1228.

Need transportation? Rides to this event can be provided through Northampton Neighbors. Please call them at least a week prior to register at (413) 341-0160.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cirque Us RagTag at Academy of Music


WHAT: Cirque Us RagTag
WHERE: Academy of Music Main St Northampton
WHEN: July 20th at 7pm

Join the Cirque Us RagTag group of thread-barren, yarn-spinning characters as they stitch together a tapestry of talents: from high-flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialists, to loopy jugglers, to musicians that pull your heart strings, and comedy that leaves you in stitches. This new Cirque Us production will play at the Academy of Music July 20th at 7pm.

http://www.thecirqueus.com


Northampton Summer Park Series 2019

Artwork by Nate Duval


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 1970's. Join us and many of your friends and neighbors for live music and dancing in our beautifully renovated Park in the heart of Downtown Northampton.

We will present five live concerts on Friday evenings, live vinyl only dj starts at 4:00pm, with the bands starting around 6:00pm. Salsa Dancing will take place on two select Saturday evenings, each Salsa night begins with free instruction and live dance performances (see detailed schedule below.) The second evening of Salsa on Saturday August 17th will be accompanied with the live salsa band Komboloko performing a Willie Colón & Rubén Blades Tribute.

All events will take place in Pulaski Park and admission is free for all!

Occupied Territories by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner


WHAT: Occupied Territories by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner 
WHERE: The Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: July 26 & 27 – 7 p.m.

Two readings of the off-Broadway play Occupied Territories by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner will take place at the Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, Mass.

The readings -- one on July 26 and one on July 27 -- will include actors from the Off-Broadway production and local veterans and will highlight the intergenerational impact from wartime service.

Public Readings: July 26 & 27 – 7 p.m.

Free BUT SEATS ARE LIMITED!
To reserve a seat, email lisathompson@apearts.org

There will also be a free writing workshop: July 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. in connection with Occupied Territories. This workshop will be led by acclaimed Vietnam Veteran and prize-winning author, Preston Hood of Colrain, Mass., at the Flex Space. People interested in joining the workshop should send an email to mamaxner@gmail.com.

Occupied Territories is part of “What We See”, four weeks of theater projects presented by A.P.E. @Hawley.

Supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA and the Northampton Arts Council.

Monday, July 15, 2019

August in the Hosmer Gallery: Fiber Arts

WHAT: Tamar Shadur: Tapestries, Katherine McClelland: Felt images, Amy Putnam: Quilts
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery Forbes Library. 20 West Street Northampton MA
Artists' Reception: Wednesday August 7, 5:30-7:30 PM

The artists' statements follow.

Tamar Shadur
Since weaving tapestries is extremely time consuming, I choose concepts that hold my interest throughout the process of designing, making a cartoon to guide the weaving, selecting yarns and colors, and the weaving itself. And then there is the journey of evolving artistic decisions as I pack down weft threads over and under the warp threads to create the fabric, the tapestry itself. My latest body of work is about notable historical and contemporary aspects of the town of Florence, MA where I live. Other tapestries in this exhibit are inspired by poetry, folk art, nature, and liturgy.

Katherine McClelland
I find felting to be the perfect mix of painterly expression and physical process, satisfying me in a way that other mediums have not. When I create, I am looking to tell a story. Whether I am working on still lifes or figures, I am interested in the narrative of the subject. Felting falls into the category of textiles which, in our culture, is often in the domain of women. This is something I reflect on as I consider the content of my work. Creating fiber art with a social commentary feels appropriate and in line with a long tradition of women makers who have used this discipline to have a voice in a world that would prefer their silence.

Amy Putnam
I make quilts that seek to challenge the commonly accepted distinctions between “craft” and “art.” By celebrating the artistic functionality of quilts, I explore the multiple facets of their usefulness - both as objects to use and subject matter that reminds us to notice and care for the world around us. Basing my art in the rich histories of women, craft, function and human expression, I seek to blend craft and art into a growing exploration of form, story and everyday use.

Friday, July 12, 2019

“dis)Place[d],” A STORY FROM A VANISHED PEOPLE: WEEK 4 AT THE KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE



WHAT: “dis)Place[d],” A STORY FROM A VANISHED PEOPLE
WHERE: Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 and 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 28 at 4:00 PM.

“dis)Place[d],” A STORY FROM A VANISHED PEOPLE:
WEEK 4 AT THE KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE
July 26-28, 2019 on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA

 Debórah Eliezer, Co-Artistic Director of foolsFURY, one of the most respected and dynamic theaters in the Bay Area is coming to Western Massachusetts as the next performer in the Ko Festival of Performance’s 5-week “HABITAT” season. In a solo show she’s calling “(dis)Place[d],” Eliezer cracks open the assumptions of her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, refugee, Israeli spy, and immigrant to America. “(dis)Place[d]” will be performed at KoFest on July 26, 27, and 28 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College.

Eliezer brings twenty years’ experience as an acclaimed physical performer and voice-over artist to create a dozen different characters, including her father at three different ages, her great-grandmother, their Iraqi neighbors, itself, refugees, immigrants, and an ethereal embodiment of the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley itself. This performance, both written and performed by Debórah Eliezer, is directed by the other half of the foolsFURY Artistic Directorship, Ben Yalom, wand has video design by Kedar Lawrence and lighting design by KoFest Artistic Director Sabrina Hamilton.

First generation immigrants have often hidden the stories of their past, sometimes to keep painful memories from their children, sometimes to enthusiastically embrace their new countries. The children are caught between cultures, with no way of acknowledging a multi-national, multi-ethnic identity. It was not until Eliezer’s father had begun his descent into dementia that she began to glimpse his past.

“We kept cyanide in our socks,” he said out of the blue one day. This is how she learned that her peace-loving father had been a spy for the Israeli Defense Forces. Bit by bit, Debórah uncovered her roots, and the remarkable history of the Iraqi Jewish Diaspora, remarkable because Jews had been deeply integrated into Iraqi life for over 2500 years, and made up a third of Baghdad’s population in 1940. Within a decade, all 130,000 were gone, expelled, escaped, or killed. Today fewer than 10 Jews remain in Iraq.

“(dis)Place[d]” follows her exploration of these stories, and asks hard questions: Who has the right to tell the story of a people? What is the significance of borders versus land and culture? What is the relationship of nationality to identity? The work aims to open a space for community dialogue around these issues in general, and specifically within the diaspora of Mizrahi Jews. Through this journey, the artist also finds a missing part of herself, “a song sung in a language I can’t understand” as she puts it. “A dream I can’t remember.”

At foolsFURY, Debórah Eliezer is in charge of producing new work, internship opportunities, public educational programs and a national festival, the FURYfactory, that is a West Coast mirror image of the Ko Festival. She has been a company member since 2005. Eliezer has also worked with a number of other theater companies including Golden Thread, Woman’s Will, The Puppet Players, Marin Shakespeare, Antenna Theater, Eclipse Dance Theater and Traveling Jewish Theatre. She also runs a 33-acre artist retreat center in Sonoma County. For more information, visit www.deboraheliezer.com.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 and 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 28 at 4:00 PM. KoFest performances take place in Amherst College’s Holden Theater, located behind the Admissions Office off South Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA. Tickets are $22 Adults / $18 Students & Seniors and $10 for SNAP/EBT cardholders. Tickets are available online at kofest.com, by email at kofestboxoffice@gmail.com and by phone at (413) 542-3750. The box office phone line is staffed daily from 1-5 and 1 to curtain on performance days. Call about a limited number of $8 tickets.

More information about the artists can be found at kofest.com.
The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

WEBSITE: kofest.com

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/KoFest

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ko_festival/

TWITTER: @kofest

Funded, in part, by The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a stage agency, The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and by Art Angels.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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



WHAT: ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists: Security in a State of Violence
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Tuesday July 28 – Sunday August 11
              Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday
              Opening reception with public reading August, 3 at 7pm
              Open to the public daily

Eli Liebman and other artists, Security in a State of Violence is the third project in 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.

Security in a State of Violence is a multi-disciplinary collective art installation interrogating the notion of self-care and how it is immersed in social, political, and economic relations. Specifically, the exhibition investigates the boundary between the self and the other, with an understanding of how the self and other are intimately and dialectically linked. The framework of alterity is flexible and expandable, encompassing other phenomena (contradictions) such as security and violence, connectivity and alienation, the domestic and the foreign, and the natural and the artificial. Taken as a whole, the installation will encourage viewers to understand the process of enclosure, not as a distant phenomenon, nor as the inevitable outcome of history, but one that was and is contentious, intimate, and volatile.

While the intellectual motivation of this exhibit arises from current political debates and critical and political theory, its aesthetic motivations are popular and quotidian. Eli Liebman's woodblocks take inspiration from the art of social movements throughout history and the other artists featured work with an understanding of craft and tradition, imbedding their creations in social contexts and aesthetics.

Artists include: Eli Liebman (MA), Venancio Velasco (Oaxaca, Mexico), Clarice Allgood (MN), Andrew Fernandez (NC), Alex Liebman (WA). The show will be comprised of woodblock prints, animation, sewn blankets, postcards, sound, and sculpture.

BIO:
Eli Liebman is a printmaker, educator, and potter based in western Massachusetts. He has previously showed prints at a number of local venues and most recently as part of the “Rewriting the Master Narrative” juried print show at the Arts+Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI and the “Power of Print” juried print exhibition at the Power and Light Press as part of the Southwest Print Fiesta in Silver City, NM, both in 2018. He also initiated and teaches three on-going art courses at the Greenfield county jail, exploring how art can be used as a tool for rehabilitation, reflection, and connection to historical and contemporary events occurring on the outside.

For more information please visit: https://elimack.weebly.com

Contact: Lisa Thompson, lisathompson@apearts.org, 413-586-5553
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Call to performing artists: New England States Touring (NEST) Grant


WHAT: New England States Touring (NEST) Grant
WHEN: Application Deadline: August 1, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
              for projects beginning on or after November 1, 2019

New England States Touring (NEST) provides support to New England-based nonprofit organizations for public presentations and activities by New England artists listed on the CreativeGround directory.
Program Goals:
- Give the communities of New England direct access to the artistic excellence and diversity available in this region.
- Provide New England artists with the opportunity to build audiences through touring to a variety of communities, thereby increasing demand for their work.
- Encourage thorough planning of projects that provide meaningful interaction between New England artists and communities.
- Remove barriers to participation due to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography.

NEST artists are performing artists from New England who meet the NEST artist requirements. They represent a wide range of disciplines, including dance, folk art, interdisciplinary work, media, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, and storytelling. NEST artists must be available for public performances and must maintain a permanent residence in New England.

CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding.

Visit the NEST grant page for information about finding NEST artists or becoming a NEST artist.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
August 1, 2019, 11:59 PM ET, for projects beginning on or after November 1, 2019

Preview application questions

NEFA accepts grant applications via an online form. If you require an alternate format or assistance to access the application, please contact:
Daniela Jacobson
Accessibility Coordinator
djacobson@nefa.org
617.951.0010 x528.

Photo credit: Boston's The Theater Offensive is among the 24 finalists, photo by Lennelle Moises

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Crowdsourced Cinema: Beetlejuice



WHAT: Crowdsourced Cinema: Beetlejuice 
WHEN: Filming Summer 2019, Public Premier: Academy of Music on Sunday, October 27th at 2pm

We are going to remake the film Beetlejuice together.

Zero budget. Thirty-eight film crews of approximately 300 people. 38 different lead characters. Sixteen new pieces of music and composition to reinvent a Danny Elfman soundtrack. Unproven fledglings and grizzled veterans working in silos on a collaborative project to remake a famous Hollywood film that would have cost $32,000,000 to make in today’s dollars. Welcome to the public art project that is Crowdsourced Cinema. Welcome to our community’s remake of Beetlejuice.

Each team (which is one or more people) signs up to participate in the project and are randomly assigned a one-to-three minute scene from the film. They have all summer to remake the scene. That remake can approach the scene in any format and teams are encouraged to be creative – they could be filmed with live action, animation, remix, puppetry, or other visual styles. The scenes are stitched together at the end of the summer, color corrected, audio normalized, and there is a public premier celebration slated this year at the Academy of Music on Sunday, October 27th at 2pm.

This year marks the fifth annual chapter in the journey of Crowdsourced Cinema, with successful remakes of Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Princess Bride, Back to the Future, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off already in the can. And in that time the project has grown.

The project has been franchised to the eastern part of the state where the project Crowdsourced Boston remakes the same film as Crowdsourced Cinema, and versions have been run in Connecticut and Wisconsin as well. Last year teams were allowed to pick their own scenes by queuing up at a set time. This year the format returns to randomly assigning scenes because to make the process is more equitable. Every scene in the film was claimed six hours after the queue opened. There is a five-year old child who has appeared in all four films produced thus far, as one, two, three, and four year old. Just imagine that IMDB page. Each team, each scene, has a story behind the scene, that is the story of a family, or an arts program for differently-abled youth, or neighbors, or your local city council, or your local newspaper.

“Creation is an act of bravery,” said Northampton Open Media Executive Director Albert Williams. “The act of making something is an act that exposes your voice. It opens you to judgment. It is intimate. While many people feel the desire to make art, the concept of being an artist is culturally reserved for a privileged group. Part of our role with the project, and with our work at large, is to help people give themselves permission to be brave with us, to identify as an artist, to make something. Crowdsourced Cinema is a playful project, because play is safe. We believe that becoming fluent in arts-like media making makes us more fluent in describing ourselves. We are more thoughtful. We are a stronger community.”

Crowdsourced Cinema is open to anyone in the regional community. Sign up at www.crowdsourcedcinema.com

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring St. Petersburg, FL based trumpeter James Suggs


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring St. Petersburg, FL based trumpeter James Suggs 
WHEN: Tuesday, July 9th 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

Our guest soloist this week has just released his first CD as a leader, “You’re Gonna Hear From Me“, and Tom Reney loves it. Tom suggested I get this guy up here if at all possible and it turns out James was willing to make the trip since he has friends in the area. It also turns out he and Jon Fisher used to work cruise ships together many years ago. Really looking forward to playing with him and here's an excerpt from his bio:
Throughout his career, James has had the distinct honor of playing with and learning from such musical legends as Kenny Burrell, Joanne Brakeen, Rufus Reid, John Fedchock, Maria Schneider, Sean Jones, Harold Danko, Kenny Werner, Marvin Stamm, Bob Mintzer, Billy Hart, Frank Foster, Allen Vizutti, Robin Eubanks, Jane Ira Bloom, Eric Alexander, John Clayton, Chuck Mangione, John Lamb and Bob Brookmeyer among others.

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

Also of Interest:
1. Thursday, July 11th at 7:30 pm, Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass, the Jazz In July All-Stars Concert featuring: Sheila Jordan, Avery Sharpe, Earl MacDonald, Steve Johns, Barry Ries and others. For info about this and other JIJ concerts go to: https://fac.umass.edu/Online/default.asp

2. Monday July 8th, Jazz at Bishop's Lounge with Zack Bartolomei Trio at 8:30. Ongoing bi-weekly jam session.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
7/16 - Blues Night Special: Mark Nomad guitar/vocals and Charles Langford on sax. From the Delta to Chicago and beyond.
7/23 - Sheryl Bailey on guitar
7/30 - Joe Magnarelli on trumpet

8/6 - Grant Stewart on tenor
8/13- Charles Overton on jazz harp (the big harp with strings)
8/20 - Mark Lewis on alto and flute
8/27 - Josh Bruneau on trumpet.



Getting our feet wet: Serious Play's Moving Water Theatre Project


WHAT: Getting our feet wet: Public Walk Through and Conversation 
WHERE: Northampton Arts Trust 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA.  
WHEN: Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm 

Getting our feet wet: In this time of chaos, we witness the climate deniers threatening our future.
There has never been a more important time to use the theatre arts to explore the issue of water.

We invite you to join us for another of Serious Play’s
Conversations for Our Times at the Northampton Arts Trust-
33 Hawley- APE@Hawley’s month of residencies, What We See

PUBLIC WALK THROUGH & CONVERSATION-
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble’s
Culmination of July Week of Dramatic Exploration

GETTING OUR FEET WET
First Step- MOVING WATER THEATRE PROJECT
* Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm / Gathering in Downstairs Lobby
Donations toward continuation of this project at the door
The Big Space- Northampton Arts Trust- 33 Hawley St.

Following closely on the heels of Serious Play’s June presentation of THE WALL with Jessica Litwak, this July, five collaborating artists and a select group of ensemble actors, enter the spaces at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building as part of the July Block "theatre in development” residency series, “WHAT WE SEE” produced by A.P.E @Hawley. This is Serious Play’s intensive week of theatrical collaboration exploring the movement, sound, musical, visual and dramatic possibilities around our often invisible, yet extremely valuable resource…WATER...

GETTING OUR FEET WET-
First Step of SERIOUS PLAY’S year- long development of the original devised MOVING WATER THEATRE PROJECT

July 13 - Walk Through followed by discussion with the artists

Be added to the audience Walk Through & Discussion list for this event-
email seriousplaytheatre@gmail.com OR phone 413-588-7439

Academy of Music Theatre celebrates 10 years of Academy Youth Programs


WHAT: PEACH PARTY: Celebrating 10 Years of Youth Programming at the Academy of Music
WHERE: Park Hill Orchard 82 Park Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA.  
WHEN: Sunday, August 18 at 11:00 am

The Academy of Music Theatre is celebrating 10 years of Academy Youth Programs! In keeping with the theme of the 2020 AOMYP 10th anniversary production of James and the Giant Peach, Jr., we are throwing a PEACH PARTY at Park Hill Orchard (82 Park Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027). The event will feature a performance with a combination of youth performers and songs from the last 10 years, face painting, peach themed treats, and of course, you can experience Park Hill’s “Art in the Orchard” walking sculpture trail which winds through the fruit gardens of the orchard! This is a family friendly event. All proceeds to go benefit the Academy of Music Theatre Youth Program. Tickets are $10 each (plus online fees).

About Academy of Music Youth Programming:

The Academy of Music offers fun and engaging programs in musical theater for children ages 6 to 16. During the summer, they provide sessions of musical theater workshops that focus on acting, singing and dancing for the stage. These workshops are directed by outstanding and supportive professionals with notable accomplishments who provide participants with opportunities for artistic exploration, self-expression, education and teamwork by exposing them to all aspects of musical theater. A Broadway-style musical revue performance is shared on the last day of workshops. During the months of January, February and March, the Academy runs rehearsals for its Academy Youth Production company that includes practicing production numbers, choreography and scene work, culminating in a fully staged musical theater performances on the historic AOM stage. Past Academy Youth Production performances include Willy Wonka Jr., Disney’s Camp Rock, The Phantom Tollbooth Jr., Fame Jr., Into the Woods Jr., and The Music Man Jr., Singin’ in the Rain, Jr., Annie, Jr., and 42nd Street. The Academy of Music plans to expand youth programs this year, offering classes during the Fall session for the first time. Classes will be held off-site at the Pine Box Studios at the Brushworks Building in Florence. Registration information will become available in the coming months.

PEACH PARTY: Celebrating 10 Years of Youth
Programming at the Academy of Music
Sunday, August 18 at 11:00 am
CASH OR CHECK ONLY AT THE DOOR

Date/ Time:
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:00 am

Ticket Prices:
$10 (plus applicable fees)

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

Pre-Order Online Tickets:
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1871828
CASH OR CHECK ONLY AT THE DOOR

Monday, July 8, 2019

Northampton Arts Council now accepting performer applications for First Night 2020



Northampton Arts Council now accepting performer applications for First Night 2020

On Tuesday December 31, 2019 the Northampton Arts Council presents the 35th community New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of performing arts. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. One hundred percent of proceeds from First Night will benefit local artists and community arts activities. We look forward to your proposal and to creating a diverse, exciting, family-friendly production.

Complete and submit the application no later than August 31, 2019. Proposals are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are recommended. Please submit separate applications for each proposal. Proposals without support materials will not be reviewed. We will be notifying applicants at the end of September.

Apply Here: https://forms.gle/7Wemha2gYLmV4Ytr5

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

New Musical "My Evil Twin" at Ko Festival of Performance


WHAT: MY EVIL TWIN, The Musical 
WHERE: Studio Three, Webster Hall, Amherst College, Amherst MA 
WHEN: Two performances - Saturday, July 13 @ 2 PM. & Saturday, July 13 @ 4:30 PM

We would like to invite you to the first-ever public sharing of the new musical MY EVIL TWIN, as part of Ko Festival of Performance’s rehearsal residency program.

MY EVIL TWIN
Starring James and John Demler
Music & Lyrics by Eric Sawyer
Book by Harley Erdman
Directed by Ron Bashford

Two performances only!
Saturday, July 13 @ 2 PM.
Saturday, July 13 @ 4:30 PM (newly added!)
Studio Three, Webster Hall, Amherst College, Amherst MA (just uphill from Kirby/Holden Theaters).

MY EVIL TWIN is an intimate new musical starring identical twin opera singers James and John Demler as themselves. The Demler brothers take a freewheeling comic journey through the agony and ecstasy of shared genetics. As they come of age in story and song, the twin singers give literal expression to the search to find one’s own voice in the world.

Admission is free, but reservations are recommended, as space is limited. Please plan to arrive early as latecomers will not be able to be admitted.

The show runs about 75 minutes.

For reservations, contact harley@theater.umass.edu

For Directions and Parking: https://kofest.com/facilities-accessibility/ Please park as if you are attending a show in the Holden Theater. Ko Festival interns will help guide you up the hill to Webster Hall. For those with mobility issues, there is limited parking at the top of the hill in back of Webster.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

CALL TO ARTISTS – for Summer Outdoor Art Shows with the New Studio Art Group


CALL TO ARTISTS – for Summer Outdoor Art Shows with the New Studio Art Group

The New Studio Art Group Northampton Weekend Summer Art Fair
The New Studio Art Group presents a summer series of outdoor art exhibitions downtown Northampton. The events feature a curated group of fine artists showcasing original works of art and fine art prints.

…..

CALL TO ARTISTS: Visual fine artists of all backgrounds who work in mixed media, watercolor, oil, acrylics, print making are welcome. Artists are invited to submit work by filling out and following the submission application below. Please note that submissions will be accepted via email and that only accepted artists will be notified.

WHEN: First Show is planned for Saturday & Sunday July 20-21, 2019, 10 am to 6pm and ongoing every weekend through summer, weather permitting.

WHERE: EJ Gare Plaza behind Thornes Marketplace next to the Parking Garage, 99 Armory Street, downtown Northampton.


Reading of off-Broadway play Occupied Territories at the Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street



WHAT: Reading of off-Broadway play Occupied Territories
WHERE: Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street
WHEN: Public Readings: July 26 & 27 – 7:00 P.M. Free
              Workshop: July 27, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M

A reading of off-Broadway play Occupied Territories at the Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street.
Local veterans to highlight intergenerational impact from wartime service.

Public Readings: July 26 & 27 – 7:00 P.M. Free

Workshop: July 27, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. In connection with Occupied Territories, a writing workshop, led by acclaimed Vietnam Veteran and prize-winning author, Preston Hood of Colrain, Mass., will take place Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Flex Space. People interested in joining the workshop should send an email to mamaxner@gmail.com.

Occupied Territories is part of “What We See”, four weeks of theater projects presented by A.P.E. @Hawley.

Supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA and the Northampton Arts Council.

NORTHAMPTON, MA – Several community partners in western Massachusetts will present a staged reading of the play, Occupied Territories, at the Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street on July 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. The readings are free to the public and are followed by a post-reading discussion.

Following its sold out off-Broadway run in 2017, Occupied Territories will be coming to Northampton for a special engagement reading that brings together actors from the New York City production and local veterans. Occupied Territories tells the story of an adult daughter coming to terms with her father’s experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Inspired by the true story of a Massachusetts Vietnam veteran and the impact of his war experience on his life and on his family, the play’s themes of love and loss resonate with audiences. As one man said after seeing the play: “It is a love story: within a family and between soldiers.”

The reading is part of a project started by the creators of Occupied Territories, where the writers, director, and actors connect with local veterans to work on the play together for a week.

“It is a powerful and moving experience to hear Vietnam veterans reading for 19-year-old characters in the jungles of Vietnam,” said co-writer/director Mollye Maxner. Occupied Territories delves into the intergenerational impacts of war on families, and it serves to support increased conversation between soldiers and civilians, and between veterans and their families.

Maxner is a native of Northampton currently on faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. Her father, Steve Maxner, served in Vietnam and received care at the inpatient PTSD unit at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds. Bringing her family’s story to Northampton is in many ways an act of bringing the play “home.”

This summer’s reading is a first step in bringing a fully staged production of Occupied Territories to Northampton in 2020.

Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Department of the American Gold Star Mothers, the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, and the Human Service Forum have worked together to bring the readings to Northampton and are key community partners assisting the Occupied Territories production team.

For more information on Occupied Territories visit www.occupiedterritories.org

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring Vermont based saxophonist and pianist Fred Haas


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring Vermont based saxophonist and pianist Fred Haas
WHEN: 7:30pm, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 

We are pleased to present to you for his third visit saxophonist and pianist Fred Haas from Woodstock, VT. Fred is also an inspiring educator, teaching at Dartmouth College and as founder and coordinator of the Interplay Summer Jazz and Arts Camp, in existence since 1996. Here's an excerpt from his bio:

Fred Haas has performed with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Joe Morello, Don Cherry, Karrin Allyson, Matt Wilson, Gene Bertoncini, John Proulx and many others. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny calls Fred Haas "a totally world-class saxophone player." Jazz trumpet legend Clark Terry said, "You won't find a more capable jazz player and teacher than Fred Haas, and that's a fact!"
http://home.dartmouth.edu/faculty-directory/fred-haas

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:
7/9 - James Suggs on trumpet
7/16 - Blues Night with Mark Nomad guitar and Charles Langford on sax.
7/23 - Sheryl Bailey on guitar
7/30 - Joe Magnarelli on trumpet

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





Green Street Brew: POP-UP Concert!


WHAT: Green Street Brew: POP-UP Concert!
WHEN: July 17th 7:30pm
WHERE: Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
                220 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

Join the Green Street Brew on the steps of the UU in Northampton for a spontaneous Summer concert!
July 17th 7:30pm
Bring a chair!
(weather permitting)

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/444628156119231

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Katie Pearl's "OK, OK" at Ko Festival of Performance July 12-14


WHAT: Katie Pearl's "OK, OK" at Ko Festival of Performance  
WHERE: Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA
WHEN: July 12-14, 2019

KATIE PEARL TAKES BACK HER HISTORY IN “OK, OK”
AT THE 28TH SEASON OF THE KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE: HABITAT

In light of the growing awareness of race, politics, and history, do we have an obligation to look back on the habitat in which we were raised and examine what we once took for granted? Katie Pearl’s “OK, OK” is a performance reckoning with the racism of today through the lens of what she learned—and didn’t learn—about Oklahoma history while growing up in Tulsa, OK. “OK, OK” will be performed as part of the 28th Ko Festival of Performance, July 12, 13, and 14 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College.

Performed with a local ensemble of four, with Katie Pearl backed by an inter-generational Greek chorus of women, “OK, OK” weaves together personal biography and civic narrative to crack open closed surfaces and get at what’s underneath. At Ko, the chorus includes Sheila Siragusa, one of the area’s favorite actor/directors and a founding member of Ko; Laurie McCants, who closed last summer’s Ko Festival with her performance “Industrious Angels;” Carrie J. Cole, Ko Festival dramaturg; and Lindsay Barr, the youngest cast member, who is a Carnegie Mellon theater student and Ko intern. Hilarious, heartbreaking and informative, Pearl’s play reveals the truths and untruths we as a country tell ourselves about who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. “OK, OK” was developed, in part, during a 2018 Ko Festival Rehearsal Residency. Deb O is the set designer and Ko Festival Artistic Director Sabrina Hamilton will design the lights.

Writer/performer Katie Pearl is a director, playwright, and social practice artist whose work is fueled by the belief that personal encounter and creative exchange are necessary in a humane world. Her projects range from plays to interactive installation to community-wide collaborations, and invite audiences and participants into radically imaginative situations that playfully challenge traditional structures and norms. As co-Artistic Director of PearlDamour, the interdisciplinary company she shares with playwright Lisa D’Amour, Katie has co-created, directed, and sometimes performed in a body of work spanning 20 years and 13 cities. PearlDamour’s recognition includes an Obie (“Nita & Zita” - which was a KoFest performance in 2005), a Creative Capital Award (How to Build a Forest), four Multi-Arts Production Fund Awards (“LandMark,” “Terrible Things,” “How to Build a Forest”), two NEA Our Town grants (“Milton”), and a NYSCA individual artist commission. For more visit http://katiepearl.com/

Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13 and 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 14 at 4:00 PM. KoFest performances take place in Amherst College’s Holden Theater, located behind the Admissions Office off South Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA. Tickets are $22 Adults / $18 Students & Seniors and $10 for SNAP/EBT cardholders. Tickets and further information on the savings that come with the KoFest “Passes & Posses” program are also available at kofest.com or by calling the box office after July 1 at (413) 542-3750. Before July 1, information can be found online or at (413) 427-6147. Call about a limited number of $8 tickets.

More information about the artists can be found at kofest.com.

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