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.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace and drummer Bill Goodwin


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace and drummer Bill Goodwin
WHEN: Tuesday, April 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

This week will be a special treat for all of us. Veteran tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace along with master veteran drummer Bill Goodwin will be our very special guests for the concert set. Google both of these gentlemen and you'll discover the huge depth of experience these two artists will be sharing with us at the Workshop.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennie_Wallace
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Goodwin_(jazz_drummer)

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:
4/16 - Claire Daly on baritone sax
4/23 - Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica
4/30 - Stacy Dillard on saxes

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

NHS Theater's student production of Waiting for Godot


NHS Theater's student production of Waiting for Godot runs from
Thurs-Sat this week at 7:00 pm, with a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday.
Come see the excellent work of our student production team, in our
very first theater-in-the-round performance in the intimate Black Box
Theater. Seating is limited, so plan ahead and buy your tickets now!

Tickets: $8 General Admission, $5 Students/Faculty/Staff/Seniors
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4193873

Performances:
Thursday Night @ 7pm
Friday Night @ 7pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2pm
Saturday Night @ 7pm

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Mikey Diaz
Produced by Esther Daube-Valois
Stage Manager Nina Young
Assistant Stage Manager Chloe Buhl
Lighting Design Ari Bourke
Lighting Supervisor Jo Hardigg
Master Electrician Josie Stavely
Lighting Technician Gabriella Fox
Sound Design Nolan Johnson

Cast:
Didi - Lucia Kan-Sperling
Gogo - Carolyn Jordan
Pozzo - Day Stavely-Hale
Lucky - Lucy Brennan
Boy - Ben Kimmel

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melody Fader, Pianist, in Concert


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

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4090383

Contact: Larry Fader (413) 397-3553; larryfader@comcast.net or Kelly Silliman, kelly@nohoarts.org

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

Ms. Fader will be performing music by Chopin, Bach, Schubert, Mazzoli, and Debussy. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors 60 and over) and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4090383 or at the door, one half hour before the performance. A reception will follow, and the Center has abundant free parking.

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

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring saxophone and flutist Erik Lawrence


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcing the 2019 Juniper Literary Festival


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

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

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

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

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

Exhibitors include:

jubilat
Juniper Summer Institute
Fence Magazine
Massachusetts Review
Paperbark
Rescue Press

...and more!

Featured Readings:

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

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

Danez Smith:
April 13, Old Chapel, 7pm

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the Juniper Literary Festival visit us at
http://www.umass.edu/englishmfa/2019-juniper-literary-festival

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Request for Art Proposals: Temporary Public Art Installation


Attention Western MA artists,

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

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

For more information see enclosed or click here:  https://hcg-ma.org/request-for-art/

Upcoming Art Classes at Northampton Center for the Arts

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

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

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

For more information or to register, click here!

Create Your Own Visual World

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

FEE: $320.00 plus supplies

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

For more information or to register, click here! 

Multimedia Art for Kids!

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

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

For more information or to register, please click here!

Wednesday Drawing Group 

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

For more information or to register, click here!

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

2019 Production Grants from Northampton Community Television


Production Grant submissions are officially open. This year we are accepting proposals for Short Films, Media Workshops to be held at NCTV, Mixed Reality, and Public Art. Submissions are due by midnight on April 7 14th, 2019. Go to northamptontv.org/grants for more information.

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


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

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

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

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

Tickets at www.doubleedgetheatre.org

More information: (413) 628-0277

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends of Forbes Library Presents: Edible Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information: https://www.facebook.com/EdibleBookNorthampton
Online registration is available at https://forbeslibrary.org/friends/events/edible-book-northampton
The Edible Book binders in the lobby of Forbes Library also contain photos of the past entries, press coverage of the each year’s event and more.

Art Critique Group led by Abbie Steiner


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

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

$15 fee for the first meeting which requires registration. Enrollment is limited to 8 participants. To register and for questions please contact: abbiesteiner3@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents spring ballet Beauty and the Beast


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets to Mini Beauty and the Beast at Yankee Candle Village are available at https://dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/pioneervalleyballet.

For further information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet, please visit www.pioneervalleyballet.org.

Yosl Kurland: Music and Social Justice


WHAT: MUSIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENT #2: YOSL KURLAND
A Jewish Perspective on Social Justice: Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and English
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 7 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

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

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

Painting by Brooke Schnabel

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Art Exhibit: Art Program at the Northampton Recovery Center

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Concerts with Jonny Rodgers / CINDERTALK

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

CONVERSATIONS FOR OUR TIMES: GLASS MUSIC
SERIOUS PLAY THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents
Musician Jonny Rodgers / CINDERTALK

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

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

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

Reservations: brownpapertickets.com
Ticket Prices: $20 general, $18 students & seniors, $24 at the door
Additional information: seriousplaytheatre@gmail.com

In the back gallery at the Oxbow


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

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

Contact info: 413-537-5574
franceskidder.com


Front Gallery: Diane Harr

Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday 12-5 pm

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring NYC saxophonist Tim Armacost


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

This week we are pleased to welcome back saxophonist Tim Armacost.
Here's an excerpt from his bio:
After a life of travel and discovery on three continents, Grammy nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost has established himself as one of the most important improvisers on the New York scene today. Armacost was born in Los Angeles, but came of age as a musician in Tokyo, New Delhi and Amsterdam, where he burnished his reputation as an upcoming talent, with a big tenor sound and an impeccable rhythmic sense. He tours regularly around the world both as a sideman and a leader. Armacost has worked with a phenomenal number of jazz greats, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Don Friedman and Randy Brecker.
https://www.smallslive.com/artists/107-tim-armacost/

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

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

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

K and E Theater Group Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD


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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets and performance information for Songs for a New World are available at www.KETG.org.

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

Save the Date: Community Sync-Up


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

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

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


Fantasy Spaces in the 21st Century: Anya Klepacki


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

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

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

Come check it out, take a load off and relax a while in the tent, peruse the Research Companion (available online as well at http://fantasy-spaces.info ) and let your mind drift!

Lucky in Laughs


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

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

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



Poetry and the Arts: A Poetry Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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