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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Features NYC tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Features NYC tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

NYC saxophonist Grant Stewart will be the guest soloist with the Green Street Trio along with Claire Arenius filling the drum chair. One of my favorite interpreters of the American Songbook, Grant has a big, beautiful sound and a magical way of making those great melodies come to life. Grant is one our regulars dating back to 2010 and it's always a special treat.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
1/29 - Kris Allen on alto with Ben Bilello on drums
2/5  -  Michael Zsoldos on saxes
2/12 - Don Braden on sax and flute with Steve Johns on drums
2/19 - The Green Street Quintet
2/26 - Dominique Eade on vocals

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Federal Shutdown Halts Some Environmental Conservation Efforts, Slows Others and More

Federal Shutdown Halts Some Environmental Conservation Efforts, Slows Others
Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.The researchers work for agencies like the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.
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An Exuberant Lamont: 'I'm Happy To Join The Governors' Club'
Edward Miner Lamont Jr., an unlikely Democratic standard bearer as a wealthy Greenwich businessman whose family tree includes titans of Wall Street and a left-wing philosopher, took office Wednesday as the 89th governor of Connecticut, a state buoyed by great wealth and burdened by decades of fiscal mismanagement.
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How Climate Change Is Affecting New England, And What's Yet To Come
Climate change is expected to hit the Northeast pretty hard, affecting crops, ski resorts and fisheries on the coast. Here are some of our latest New England reports on climate change -- from inland floods in New Hampshire, to a Connecticut forest, to a salt marsh north of Boston where there's an invasive plant that just won't quit.
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New Springfield City Council President Renews Call For Change At The Police Department
The new city council president in Springfield, Massachusetts, says he'll continue to push for change at the police department. In recent months, one Springfield police officer has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and two others with unreasonable force. The department's narcotics unit is also under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department to see if a pattern of excessive force exists.
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Duke Ellington's Azure
"My brother David, who lives in Paris, took this photograph during a trip he made to Sardinia after Christmas," says Jazz à la Mode host Tom Reney. "His email subject line read "Azure," which immediately brought to mind Duke Ellington's song of that name." Read Tom's recent blog post on the impact of color, most notably blue, on Duke Ellington.
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ON THE EXHALE by Martin Zimmerman

WHAT: ON THE EXHALE by Martin Zimmerman
WHEN: Sunday Matinee, February 10, at 2:30pm (*with post show discussion) and Monday February 11 at 7:30pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Part of our ongoing initiative
Conversations for Our Times- A World in Progress Through Theatre
A conversation centered around current gun violence in America. Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents: Staged Reading of compelling new script discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August

Performed by Serious Play alumna, Elizabeth Solomon
Directed by Sheryl Stoodley, Artistic Director

*Post Show Discussion: following Sunday Feb 10, 2:30 staged reading led by Boston University Dept. of Medicine’s Dr. Bindu Kalesan

Tickets: $20 General, $18 Students / $24 at the door
Performances for 14 yrs.& up
Available starting Jan 11 at
Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating
Box Office opens half hour before staged reading at A.P.E Gallery

Contact: Sheryl Stoodley for more information
Call (413) 588-7439 or email

About the Play: After a devastating school shooting, a mother develops an obsession that begins to take over her entire existence.
“A startlingly original, and visceral examination of American gun violence.” NY Times)
Play written in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.

There have been 1,300 school shooting incidents in USA since 1970.
In 2018, there were 82 school shooting incidents in the USA, the highest there have
ever been since 1970.
2018 was the highest year for the number of victims killed, including the shooter,
with 51 killed. --- Facts from Center for Homeland Defense & Security

Elizabeth Solomon is a writer, creator, business owner, living in Florence MA, who performed with Serious Play Theatre Ensemble in the early years when Serious Play was first part of the A.P.E Artist Associates on the third floor art space of Thornes Marketplace with Gordon Thorne & Lisa Thompson. Not only did her time in the Serious Play Ensemble transform her adolescence, but it shaped the trajectory of her life. Driven by a lifelong interest in systems, psychology and communication, Elizabeth has put storytelling and human connection at the foundation of her career. Serious Play welcomes her back to share this important staged reading with our Valley community.

Dr. Bindu Kalesan, MPH, PhD/ Post Show Discussion Leader is a clinical epidemiologist and a biostatistician at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kalesan is interested in clinical and health outcomes research. Her work primarily explores cardiovascular and other long-term consequences in patients undergoing treatment for cardiac diseases, cancer, infectious and trauma. She also focuses on public health consequences of firearm violence in the US and the short- and long-term effects of firearm injury survivorship. Currently she is a faculty and the Director of Center for Clinical Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research, department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kalesan received her PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from University of Bern, master’s degree in public health and another in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Christian Medical College, India.

*Serious Play Artistic Director and Managing Director will join Dr. Bindu Kalesan and Bill
Newman on WHMP’s Bill Newman Show, this Jan 31, 9am, to discuss the issue of gun violence and survivorship in America and the play.

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble works toward reshaping society’s conversation on prominent social issues through the art of ensemble theatre.

Join Serious Play for this staged reading and the important Sunday Feb 10, post-show discussion.

Elizabeth Solomon- photo by Luke Johnson

Dr. Bindu Kalesan

Come Celebrate 10,000 Square Feet of Innovation Awesomeness!

WHAT: Western Mass Annual State of Entrepreneurship & Grand Opening of VVM's Valley Venture Hub
WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 4:30 Registration // 5:30 Formal Program // 6:30 Celebration
WHERE: 276 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA

The Western MA EDC Entrepreneurship Committee and Valley Venture Mentors are joining forces to showcase this year’s State of Entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts and proudly celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Valley Venture Hub space. Join us to learn more about the progress we have made as a region to support entrepreneurs right here in the Valley and help our special guests cut the ribbon at VVM’s  new co working and innovation space!  The Hub will house startups and innovators coworking, mentorship, live events, meetups and workshops.  Parking is available on street or in nearby garages. Join us as we toast the community and learn more about how our entrepreneurial ecosystem supports new businesses, presented by some of our favorite Western MA startups and plans on the horizon for 2019!

(To Register…Please click above on RSVP by February 1. 2019)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Academy of Music Theatre presents Everybody’s Talking About Jamie filmed live from the Apollo Theatre in London

WHAT: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie filmed live from the Apollo Theatre in London
WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm // Doors at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

The Academy of Music Theatre presents a screening of the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie filmed live from the Apollo Theatre in London.

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.  Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Shobna Gulati, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times). With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike.  Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards.

‘This fizzing musical is a blast of fresh air. The songs have the wow factor.’ – The New York Times

‘A joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself’ – Time Out

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

Ticket Prices:
$7 (plus applicable fees)

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

Online Tickets:

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

Art for the Soul Gallery: Calling All Artists!

Art for the Soul Gallery is well on it's way to opening the doors for the Emerging Artists Program. The program is meant for artists of all ages, and art of all mediums. We are looking for artists who, though not yet established in their field, are committed to doing the work to jump start their career.

Interested? Know someone who might be interested? Fill out the applicant form in the link below, or share the link.

Emerging Artist Applicant Form

Let's get some fresh voices represented in the art community!

And yes, really art of all forms. Visual, theatre, poetry, etc.

More details to come!

Questions? Contact Art for the Soul Gallery at (413)301-6314

Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!

WHAT: Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!
WHEN: Saturday, January 19 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**h@le.

Loosely based on the Master Letters, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! by Tanya O'Debra is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the “woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truth-less-ness. She’s whatever you want her to be and nothing you imagined. Emily Dickinson is the definition of a difficult woman. *This play includes adult language.

Written by Tanya O’Debra
Original Music by Andrew Moreyellow
Directed by Sara Wolkowitz
Featuring Gregg Bellon

“There can be no doubting O’Debra’s talent: she has a vocal arsenal that puts Saturday Night Live’s Kristin Wiig to shame.” – NY Press

Tickets Available Here


WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm // Doors at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton MA

Northampton, MA (January 8, 2019) –  Join us for National Geographic Live’s “A Rare Look: North Korea and Cuba” with David Guttenfelder, National Geographic photographer and photojournalist who focuses on global geopolitics and conservation.  For more than 20 years, David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.  Guttenfelder is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner and a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism and a winner of the Overseas Press Club of America John Faber, Olivier Rebbot, & Feature Photography awards. Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA have named him Photojournalist of the Year. In 2016, a photograph of his made in North Korea was named among TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Photographs Ever Taken”.

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

Ticket Prices:
$20.00 (plus applicable fees)

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

Online Tickets:

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

Cuba In Transition opens Sunday January 13 at Deerfield Academy

WHAT: Cuba In Transition: Narrative & Perspective by Mark Guglielmo: Photomosaics, Interviews and Field Recordings
WHEN: Opening Reception: Sunday January 13th 5-8pm // Conversation with the Artist: Saturday February 16th (part of TEDxDeerfield) // On View: January 13 - March 1, 2019
WHERE: Hess Center for the Arts von Auersperg Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342 

Conversation with the Artist Moderated by Wilson Valentín-Escobar, Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology, Hampshire College

Free and open to the public. There are 10 murals displayed, 5 never seen in the Pioneer Valley and 3 never exhibited before.

Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30-4
Sat & Sun by appointment only
Contact Lydia Hemphill to arrange a time outside gallery hours

"Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective" is a traveling exhibition of photomosaic murals, interviews, and field recordings by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo. Each mural measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4x6” photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. Set to a soundtrack of soulful Cuban music, it is the New York-born artist’s fifth exhibition of pieces from this series, which opened in June 2017 at APE Gallery in Northampton, MA, before traveling to Boston, Colorado, and Easthampton's Williston School.

Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Havana, Viñales, Trinidad de Cuba, and Cienfuegos on three trips from 2015 to 2017 shortly before and after President Obama’s landmark trip to Cuba in 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. Guglielmo’s latest trip to the island was just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a dynamic and rich culture full of heart and soul.

More about the artist:

Sunday, January 6, 2019

10 week acting class for children ages 9-12 Taught by Carissa Dagenais

WHAT: 10 week acting class for children ages 9-12 Taught by Carissa Dagenais
WHEN: Starting January 9th // Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA 

Performance at the end!
$150 due at first class

Help your child build confidence, embrace spontaneity, practice teamwork, rehearse emotional regulation, make new friendships, and laugh! This ten week theater class will cover the basics of improvisation, storytelling, and ensemble work.

Carissa Dagenais has been working with children as a teacher, director, drama therapist, and actor for almost ten years. She has been teaching theater to elementary school kiddos with Hampshire Shakespeare's Educational Workshops for the last five summers at the Williston Northampton school. Carissa holds her BA in theater from Smith and MA in drama therapy from New York University.


"Carissa has an easy going and yet completely engaged manner that made my daughter feel comfortable being herself and taking risks. Carissa is also creative, empathetic and knowledgeable; she attunes well to the kids, their abilities and their needs. My daughter says every year that doing drama with Carissa is her favorite camp!"

Contact for more info

Register Here:

New Century Theatre presents Acting Classes

Classes held at Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street in Northampton, MA

To register, send an email to Sam Rush ( or call/text 413-626-3238 to hold your spot.

Acting for Non-Actors - Instructor, Sam Rush 
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) 
Mondays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. 
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA
January 14 - March 4
Cost: $285

Course Description:
This is the perfect course if you have never taken an acting class before. This is also the perfect class if you studied years ago but told yourself you'd get back to it someday. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you'll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Using improvisation, text and original source material, you'll learn a solid base of fundamental acting techniques that may serve you the rest of your life - on stage or off. 

Exploring the Craft - Instructor - Sam Rush
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission)
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA
January 16 - March 6
Cost: $285

Course Description:
If you are an actor with any amount of performance experience you know that staying present and relaxed on stage is necessary for honest and truthful work. Finding that right balance of "being in the moment" and actor awareness is something actors continue to seek out. In this class, designed for actors with previous experience, we'll use in-depth scene work, text analysis and exercises to shed an actors bag-of-tricks and instead deepen your true craft as an actor.

Northampton Arts Council LCC Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 30 grants totaling $13,700 in support of art projects and programming from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils' LCC program. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 80 requests for $80,802 of funding. Grants may be awarded in the following categories: Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

  • Jennifer Greene, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Beauty and the Beast, $250.00 
  • Dante Brown, Our Lips, $250.00 
Media Arts:
  • Gabe Gill, Learning Digital Sound, $475.00 
  • Debbie Krivoy, Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, $250.00 
  • Jazer Giles, Interactive Computer Music & Video Workshop & Concert, $400.00 
  • Alex Leff, Now and Again, $500.00 
Multidisciplinary Arts:
  • Jennifer Abeles, Voices from Inside, Voices Carry Performances, $500.00 
  • Judith Roberts, The Literacy Project, Stories of Discovery - Memoirs from Photographs, $500.00 
  • Adam Novitt, Lilly Library, Aerial Mural for Lilly Library, $750.00 
  • Alexandra Woolner, 2019 Northampton Type-Ins, $250.00 
  • Swansea Benham Bleicher, Northampton Parents Center, Weekly Drop-In Music Classes for Families with Young Children, $750.00 
  • Akiko Sasaki, Lisa Landau, Lyra Music Festival, $250.00 
  • Andrew Wang, Nuclear Dream Tapes, $500.00 
  • M Patterson Field, Da Camera Singers, Dissident Voices, $250.00 
  • Sarah Metcalf, Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Concert: A Passion for the Planet, $250.00 
  • Beckie Markarian, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Jubilant Symphonies -- A Pioneer Valley Symphony Concert, $250.00 
  • Ann Chiara, Local Vocal Chord Bowl #11, $500.00 
  • Kenneth Comia, K and E Theater Group, "Songs for a New World" at Northampton Center for the Arts", $600.00 
  • Seth Wilpan, Joanna Rush Wilpan, Sex & Power, $260.00 
Visual Arts:
  • Kim Carlino, Oasis Northampton, $1, 500.00 
  • Sophie Argetsinger, Rare Species of Mt. Tom Exhibit, $300.00 
  • Northampton Arts Inc., Northampton Public Arts Festival, $750.00 
  • Marie Westburg, ARTS SALON, $400.00 
  • Candace Morgan Hope, #metoo, $750.00 
  • Liz Chalfin, Printmaking in Johannesburg, $250.00 
  • Caroline Jennings, Oxbow Gallery, Cooperative Gallery Affiliate Project, $500.00 
  • Debra Orgera, Lindsay Fogg-Willits, Art History & Material Exploration at the Recovery Center, $600.00 
  • Patricia Cataldo, The Paper Project, $335.00 
  • Jeff Wrench, Sojourner Truth mural, $330.00 
  • Eli Liebman, Self Care: Life Inside the Empire, $250.00

The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought 2019 GALA

WHAT: The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought 2019 GALA
WHEN: Friday, February 15th, 6PM Art Show // 7-8:30PM Party! & Installation // 8:30PM SCDT Showcase
WHERE: The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought, 25 Main St, Northampton MA

On Friday, February 15th, The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought will host its 2019 GALA to celebrate an incredible year and dance into 2019. In addition to dynamic performances featuring movement, sound, and film artists, we’ll serve drinks and food from local vendors – and we want you to be one of them!

It’s been a tremendous year at SCDT. In addition to our regular slate of classes in modern, ballet, and improvisational techniques, we programmed an astounding array of high-caliber performances by internationally renowned artists – too many to list here! Please visit for a peek at our schedule past and present.

The SCDT Gala is just part of an art-packed 2019 at its home, STUDIO4:
– SCDT is now NON PROFIT! All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
– SCDT is hosting the Bodies in Motion Festival January 10th - February 3rd, 2019, hosting over 50 artists and collaborating with A.P.E @Hawley.
– On Sunday, January 27th, SCDT's teen dance company HATCHERY will premiere work by Cameron Mickinney ( NYC) at the Bodies in Motion Festival.
– On Saturday, February 2nd, SCDT will present the 21st HUT, with 3 NYC artists- Johathan Gonzalez, John Blum, and Lee JOHNSON. HUT has hosted over 90 regional and national artists over the past 3 years!
– On Saturday, February 9th, SCDT will host an open house to introduce the MOVEMENT RESOURCE STUDIO, a studio for innovative movement therapy.
– SCDT will be hosting 3 new national and international artist residencies including the Davis Project and Los Little guys.
– Finally, the Gala will feature special guests, Board members Dante Brown, Wendy Woodson, Melinda Buckwalter, Smith faculty Chris Aiken, Hampshire faculty Deb Goffe, and many more! Live music from local bands!

YOU GIVE! A donation of any kind! Some baked goods or a small platter, for example cheese plate, finger food, hors d’oeuvres…
YOU GET! Business listing and logo on the SCDT website; special sponsorship notice with logo on STUDIO4’s February Events poster; representation at Gala; and special thanks at all events!

If you would like to donate food or drinks to the Gala, please let us know by MONDAY JANUARY 21st
Graphics and/or logos due JANUARY 27th. Please contact Jennifer Polins at (413) 695-1799 or for more information.

Saturday, January 5, 2019


Start 2019 off immersed in the imagination!



​A.P.E. @ HAWLEY, in collaboration with SCDT, is proud to be bringing back this historic January movement series. The Bodies In Motion Festival is modeled after A.P.E.'s 15 year movement series at Thornes Market, 3rd Floor.  As a series of weekend workshops and performances this year's festival focuses on diverse approaches to dance as a performative art: Improvisation, contemporary performance, hip hop and Butoh, and new works for the festival finale. Taught by local, national, and internationally acclaimed performance artists, these workshops provide students with the unique opportunity to engage with highly regarded and innovative artists in the field of dance today.


10AM-NOON   INT/ADV CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE Opening the Flow with Andrea Olsen and Peter Jones
1-3PM   WORKSHOP Compositional Improvisation with The Architects (Part 1 of 2, drop ins welcome!)
5-7PM    INSTALLATION ARTS NIGHT OUT! Installation in lobby (FREE!)
7PM    PERFORMANCE Improvisational Performance with The Architects and Kathy Couch & Peter Schmitz

1-3PM    WORKSHOP Compositional Improvisation with The Architects (Part 2 of 2, drop ins welcome!)
7PM    PERFORMANCE Solos with The Architects and Kathy Couch & Peter Schmitz

10AM-NOON    WORKSHOP with Jennifer Nugent
5PM    SUNDAYS AT FIVE SERIES "another piece apart" an evening-length duet with Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson​


Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring NYC saxophonist Stacy Dillard

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring NYC saxophonist Stacy Dillard
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 15th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

NYC saxophonist Stacy Dillard will take the stage for his second appearance with the trio and it should be a fun ride. Here's a list of just some of the players Stacy has worked with (taken from his bio).

Dillard has played with Winard Harper, Cindy Blackmon, Lenny White, Norman Simmons, Frank Lacy, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, Roy Hargrove, Stephon Harris, Ernestine Anderson, Terrell Stafford, Herlin Riley, John Hicks, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, Clark Terry, Victor Lewis, Steve Wilson, Johnny O'neal, Antonio Hart, Russell Malone, Lewis Nash, Mark Whitfield, the Mingus Big Band, and a host of others in different genres of music, including Shirley Ceasar, Alex Bugnon, Stephanie Mills, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, and more.
The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists:
1/22 - Grant Stewart on tenor with Claire Arenius on drums
1/29 - Kris Allen on alto Ben Bilello on drums

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

The MCPPO Program is looking for an instructor!

The Office of the Inspector General seeks a self-motivated, energetic, detail-oriented individual to serve as an instructor in our MCPPO training and certification program for public employees and other professionals.

Although a 40-hour per week position is preferred, the OIG will consider a position of between 25 and 40 hours per week.

The successful candidate will serve as a classroom instructor and be involved with instructional design. Although we prefer to have a candidate with teaching experience and knowledge of the Commonwealth’s public procurement and public construction laws, this is not required.

Please see our detailed job posting at:

Thank you for your interest!

WHALE ON Main Street

WHAT: Fred Morrison's Whale On View
WHEN: January 2-10 (viewable from the window only)
Friday, January 11:  3-7 pm. Gallery open for visitors and to speak with Fred and walk inside the whale!
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA

Fred Morrison's inflatable life-size replica of a Fin Whale is currently visible through the Window of A.P.E. Gallery.  On Friday, January 11, Arts Night Out, the Gallery will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, for parents and their children to investigate the model inside and out to get a sense of the size and magnitude of one of the largest whale species.  The inflatable Whale was publicly displayed first in 1980 as part of the Afterschool  program at A.P.E. when it was located on the top floor of THORNES.  Morrison, a former science teacher in the Northampton School System, will be in the Gallery to answer questions and to talk about the Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus, a type of baleen whale.  For more information go to

In the mid-1970s local science specialist and naturalist Fred Morrison* built a life-size, 72' long fin whale (also known as the finback whale and because of its sleek, muscular form, as the "greyhound of the sea"). Working in a gymnasium in D.A. Sullivan School, Fred worked over the course of three days and one long night, measuring, cutting and taping. Finishing around 3 a.m. he started the fan, walked up into the bleachers and watched as the whale inflated. He recalls he couldn't stop smiling and laughing.

Since then, the whale has traveled all over Massachusetts and was viewed, inside and out, by thousands of people.

As of January 2, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the whale has returned to Northampton's Main Street and will be on display at A.P.E.'s gallery  through January 11.

Please stop by--take a look through the window! On Friday, January 11 from 3-7 pm, visitors can come into the gallery, walk inside the whale and hear Fred answer questions about the whale's construction as well as the natural history of the fin whale, the second largest animal on earth!

The Performance Project's First Generation 2019 Benefit Concert

WHAT: The Performance Project's First Generation 2019 Benefit Concert
WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 7:30PM
WHERE: Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA

The Arts
Social Justice
Rising Youth Leaders

If you cannot attend our fundraiser, we hope you will make a contribution by clicking on the donate button below!


Community & Creativity: The Arts in Northampton Then, Now & Going Forward

WHAT: Community & Creativity: The Arts in Northampton Then, Now & Going Forward
WHEN: Tuesday, January 15 at 7 pm
WHERE: Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 

This special program will take a closer look at Northampton's arts scene--from the 1970s on into the future and will also include the public premiere of Vision of Thornes, a 13-minute documentary about Gordon Thornes' philosophy about the arts and his experience in Northampton. Speakers will include Andrea Olsen, Stephen Petegorsky, Laurie Sanders and Elizabeth Sharpe.

Following the screening, audience members will be invited to share their thoughts about the role of creativity in shaping community and the relationship between business and the arts.

At the end of the discussion, all who are interested will be able to join Jeff Bliss and Richard Wagner for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Community Arts Trust building.

Suggested donation: $5-$10 at the door.

Limited seating. To reserve your place, email
This event is filled to capacity; a waitlist has been started.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Silver Chord Bowl 2019 A capella Invitational


Silver Chord Bowl 2019 A capella Invitational


Sunday, February 3rd – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM


John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, 60 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060


The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the 35th Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus, part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series presented by the Northampton Arts Council.

This years event will kickoff with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast. This year we will see the On the Vox from Berklee College of Music, Dartmouth Aires, Tufts sQ!, Amherst College Zumbyes, MIT Ohms, and Smith College Smiffenpoofs. The Silver Chord Bowl will be hosted by Smith College Dean of the College, Susan Etheredge and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Performances subject to change.

How Much?

Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $35 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only)
General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $15

DAY OF AT John M Greene Hall Box Office - opens at 1:15pm
Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $40
General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $20

Ticket Outlets?

Premium Admission and General Admission Click hereBrown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006

General Admission Tickets Only
State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence , A.J. Hastings in Amherst,

DAY OF AT John M Greene Hall Box Office. opens at 1:15pm.

Event Sponsored by?

Silver Chord Bowl 2019 Headline Sponsor: Smith College 

Silver Chord Bowl 2019 Media Sponsors: NEPR, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican/Masslive, Northampton Community Television

Silver Chord Bowl 2019 Organizational Sponsors: Smith CollegeNorthampton Arts CouncilCity of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council


Parking is difficult around John M Greene Hall, please refer to the map below. Please be sure to give yourself enough time. PARKING: On Sunday, there is free on-street parking. All of Northampton's municipal lots are free EXCEPT for the downtown parking garage. Smith College parking lots and the Smith College garage on West Street are complementary and open to the general public. There are also lots at Forbes Library, the Northampton Senior Center, and the World War II Club.

There is accessible parking and an accessible entrance with a ramp on the right side of John M Green Hall at Smith College. Please refer to the above map for details.

We encourage wheelchair accessible guests and one companion to purchase general admission tickets. Please refer to the seating map below for Wheelchair Accessible seating for patrons. The Wheelchair accessible places have no seat, they are a space for a wheelchair. However, there is a seat for one Wheelchair companion of the guest to accompany a guest with a wheelchair. If you have any questions please contact Brian Foote, or call 413-587-1069.

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