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.

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 Northampton Public Arts Festival

2019 Northampton Public Arts Festival

Tuesday Market Space between Thornes and Parking Garage, 99 Armory Street Northampton, MA 01060

Saturday May 11, 2019 - Sunday May 12, 2019; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm both days

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Forbes Library will host “Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices”

WHAT: Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices
WHEN:  Friday, May 10 at 1 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Forbes library will host a program to teach folks how to make using Android and iOS devices easier, especially for folks with low vision. When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it had no features to make it accessible to individuals with vision, hearing, motor and like challenges. Since that first iPad, Apple has made enormous strides in supporting access in all their devices. As a result, other manufactures were pressed to offer similar access. This class will focus on enlarged text, spoken output and fine motor access. Bring your interest and, if you have one, your device and lots of questions. Forbes Library will host “Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices” on Friday, May 10 at 1 PM. This workshop will be led by Rick Ely.

This workshop is part of "Accessibility Focus", a series of programs focusing on accessibility and assistive technology. The events in this series are designed for anyone with an interest in accessibility, including educators, designers, decision makers, and anyone who might benefit, or knows someone who might benefit, from increased accessibility. Many of the events in this series focus on assistive technology, which helps people with challenges like low vision, hearing loss, or fine motor problems that make holding a book or turning pages difficult.

For questions about the workshop please contact Forbes Library at 413-587-1017 or

Young@Heart + Chicago Children's Choir = Mash-Up VII

WHAT: Mash-Up VII: The Young@Heart Chorus (Y@H) and Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC)
WHEN: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton MA

The Young@Heart Chorus (Y@H) and Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) team up once again for Mash-Up VII on Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30PM at the Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton MA. Tickets are available at or by calling the Academy box office at 4134-230-9032 ext. 102

Y@H and the CCC close the generation gap in Mash-Up VII. The choruses are world renown for their commitment to changing lives through music, albeit from different stages of life. The Choruses will sing separately and together. Together they will explore music from Matisyahu to the Specials and Manhattan Transfer to Chicago’s own, Sly and the Family Stone...and much more.

"One Day" w/ Y@H and CCC from 2014

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir of Chicago Children’s Choir is one of the shining lights of the South Side of Chicago. CCC Director Mollie Stone, who attended Amherst College, describes the impact of the collaboration:

“When our Chicago Children’s Choir Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir toured to Northampton, Massachusetts in 2014 to collaborate with Young@Heart, our singers’ lives were transformed. For the first time, they realized that the powerful experience of singing together and creating community within the context of an ensemble was a gift they could share for their entire lives. They started to understand that their music- making truly functioned as a way to create community with people from any background, any age, and any part of the world. Our singers had been performing for their elders at senior centers around Chicago for years, but had never had the chance to see their elders as fellow performers, and collaborators. Witnessing an entire ensemble of elderly singers coming together to sing music from genres that are usually perceived as belonging to the “younger generation” also gave our singers an important understanding that one can cross the imagined boundaries imposed on us by society—that they have the ability to learn about any type of music, and connect with the people who love it, and perform it.”

Mash-Up VII is sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank, Lathrop Communities, Christopher Heights, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Valley Advocate, The River/WHMP, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mass Cultural Council, and the Davis Foundation.

Poster attached. Photos furnished upon Request.

For more information please contact Bob Cilman or call 413-230- 7909.

Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is the nation’s preeminent youth choral organization, serving over 5,000 students across the city of Chicago. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs driven by one mission: to inspire and change lives through music.

As a national and international touring ensemble, Chicago Children’s Choir has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, South Africa, India, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Canada, Japan and Europe and for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.

CCC has performed with or for such acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Al Green, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Celine Dion, Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé. CCC has recorded on multiple labels including James Ginsburg’s Cedille Records (Songs from Spoon River, 2009) and has released five studio recordings under its own label– We All Live Here (2016), Holiday

Harmony (2010), Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Sita Ram (2006) and Open Up Your Heart (2004).

What started out in 1982 at a Western Massachusetts elderly housing project to joyfully pass the time instead of passing before your time has developed into the stereotype- defying, generation-crossing musical extravaganza better known as The Young@Heart Chorus. From The New York Times to TIME, The Tonight Show to The Ellen Show and stars of the Fox Searchlight Top 50 all-time documentary, Young@Heart, this group of fearless seniors, ranging in age from 73- 92, has toured from Northampton to New Zealand, Europe to Japan. Featured in E*Trade’s acclaimed Super Bowl ad This Is Getting Old (2018), Young@Heart continues to wow audiences worldwide while conducting weekly rehearsals and concerts with incarcerated singers in two local prisons through their PrisonVision program launched in 2014. In their annual Mash-Up concerts, they collaborate with the best youth performance groups, including Staten Island’s PS22 Chorus, Chicago Children’s Choir, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.


Pop-a-cork for the arts!

WHAT: Pop-a-cork for the arts!
WHEN: June 15, 2019, 7pm
WHERE: Glendale Ridge Vineyard, 155 Glendale Rd, Southampton, MA 01073

Please join us at Glendale Ridge Vineyard for the 2019 Fundraiser to celebrate and support the historic Academy of Music Theatre!  The Academy spends all year bringing diverse arts programming to the pioneer valley, but we can’t do it without the support of our community.  Come sit out on the winery lawn, enjoy the views, a glass of wine, the sweet tunes of Eavesdrop, and remember for a moment what it means to live in the Pioneer Valley.  Official invitations will go out in May.

Hailing from the Northeast, these Pioneer Valley natives provide a sound all their own; a perfect combination of soulful vocals, intricate harmonies, contagious melodies and moving rhythm.  Originating as a trio, friends Kara Rose Wolf, Kerrie T. Bowden and Laura Marie Picchi maintain their vocal roots and continue to shape their sound through writing and collaborative instrumentation. Eavesdrop’s debut EP, The Afterglow, showcased the trio’s vocally charged acoustic, folk, soul roots. With their latest release, TIDES, the band has expanded into a six piece ensemble. Co-produced by Alan Evans and Ross Bellenoit, TIDES is the band’s first full length album. It brings the listener on a ride alongside the three songbirds, taking a deeper look into the life events that fostered their creativity.



Richard Shaw: Reading and Book Launch

WHAT: Reading and Book Launch
WHEN: Thursday April 25, 7:30pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Richard Shaw will be reading from his new collection,

The Orchard House (Antrim House, 2019)

“The Orchard House is a transcendent book replete with lyric poems not just regarding the human interface with nature but something infinitely more. Richard Shaw’s poems are meditations that develop into mystical experience through keen observation.”

—Wally Swist

“The natural world quickens within him in these quietly rhapsodic poems. Shaw’s unpunctuated lines convey breathlessness, silences, and ecstasy. What a generous vessel is this poet.”

—Donald Platt

The 26th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is proud to present a program of short films by Vanessa Renwick

WHAT: Program of Short Films by Vanessa Renwick (approximately 75 minutes)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 7:30pm
WHERE: Isenberg School of Management room 137, UMass Amherst

Vanessa Renwick is a Portland, Oregon based artist and filmmaker. She is described on her own website as the "founder and janitor" of the Oregon Department of Kickass. Renwick's style of art is both experimental and documentary, and comes in many forms. Her work is highly invasive and radically political. Through her films, Renwick "builds authentic moving image works revealing an insatiable curiosity and unflinching engagement with the world around her."  Her art has been shown internationally, in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, The Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Andy Warhol Museum, and many more.

Focusing on glimpses of outsiders from the Pacific Northwest, or the landscapes that surround them, her creatively eclectic filmmaking covers a range of style, subject matter, and tone through experimental approaches to the moving image. Once you’ve seen them, you won’t soon forget.  This evening’s screenings offer a range of extraordinary work from her extensive and often surprising filmography.

Vanessa Renwick will be present for discussion and Q&A


Live Mural Painting of Sojourner Truth

WHAT: Watch local artist paint a mural of Sojourner Truth
WHEN: Friday-Sunday April 26-28, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Intersection of Main St & Maple St, Florence, MA

Northampton artist Jeff Wrench will paint a portrait of abolitionist, women's rights activist, and Florence resident Sojourner Truth on an electrical box at the center of town. Stop by to see the work in progress or talk to the artist.

Recently, Jeff Wrench painted portraits of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost at the center of Amherst. He is also known for painting colorful and sometimes semi-abstract portraits on paint chips and sheets of wallpaper.

Instagram: @noisician

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Lesbian Film Premiere: RAFIKI

WHAT: Lesbian Film Premiere: RAFIKI
WHEN: Saturday, May 18th, event begins with a social hour from 6 p.m. -7:00 p.m. and the show at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

RAFIKI is a beautiful love story and an award-winning film about two bright young Kenyan women who fall in love and support each other’s dreams to go to college and have careers. Shown at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews, RAFIKI is currently banned in Kenya by the homophobic government due to fears that it “overtly promotes lesbianism.” Join us in watching this wonderful film in honor of all LGBTQ people in Kenya who are denied the right to watch RAFIKI and the right to love who they want to love. Our global fight for LGBTQ equality continues. RAFIKI is one more powerful step forward.

LGBTQ Kickoff Dance Party

WHAT: LGBTQ Kickoff Dance Party
WHEN: Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m.- Midnight
WHERE: Grand Ballroom, Union Station, at 125 Pleasant Street, Northampton

Tickets are $12 Advance/ $15 Door  and for more information or tickets you can go to

Event hosted by Out! For Reel, an LGBTQ arts organization in Western Massachusetts.
Hors D’oeuvres, Free Dance Lesson, Door Prizes, Cash Bar, Irresistible Dance Music

Join us for a wonderful night out on the town with friends and community to kickoff Out! For Reel’s spring season! Everyone is welcomed! 200+ Guests (buy tix early!)

JUST ANNOUNCED: Voudou Party at the Train Station!

WHAT: Collider Six: RAM from Haiti & Combo Lulo from Brooklyn: Coudou Party in the Train Station
WHEN: Friday, May 24, 8-11pm
WHERE: Union Station Ballroom, 125 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA


Named for the initials of its founder, Richard A. Morse, RAM brings voudou to mizik rasin (“roots music”) like no other Haitian band. Which is to say, their performances are like a ritual and a party all at once; a kind of mystical celebration.

And a big party needs a big room, so we’re back at Union Station for this all-killer, no-filler Caribbean edition of the World Music Collider.
"This is big-crowd party music, first and foremost, ritualistic in the best ways." -PITCHFORK

RAM is all of Haiti, all at once.
It is deeply ancestral: steeped in voudou; layered in African polyrhythms; and symphonized with the ceremonial one-note calls of the rara horns.
And it is also earnestly present in history: funky, political, electric, multi-generational, and as much on the street as it is on the stage. The group has been squarely at the center of Haitian music since the late 90s -- but only in the past decade and with their two most recent releases, they are really taking off.

Combo Lulo! Brand New Tropical Supergroup. Members of Antibalas, The Skatalites, The Easy Star All-Stars, & Low Mentality

And who is COMBO LULO?
They’re so new even Brooklyn hasn’t heard of them yet, but the minute we put our ears to their mongrel compositions of ethio-jazz + dub reggae, cumbia + rocksteady, we knew they were the perfect complement to RAM.

 "A New York supergroup with an ensemble of friends and like-minded musicians whose resume is too full of credits and accolades to grasp in one shot..." BANDCAMP

That's two Valley debuts in one night, and a tropical journey from the iconic roots of reggae to the future-past of Haiti's rich island culture.

COMBO LULO'S heavy horn orchestra draws from afrobeat, Afro-Latin rhythms, and deep Jamaican foundations. RAM's rara horn ensemble, coupled with Ebo and Kongo drumming, are the deeply authentic sounds brought from West Africa by the first generation of Haitian slaves and marinated in the Creole traditions of the island.

Have you been wondering why these Colliders are numbered?

It's because each is completely without precedent. Yup, you don't want to miss this one either. Join us at the tip-top of your Memorial Day Weekend for a singular Tropics-meets-Western Mass experience.

Collider 6 Spotify Playlist



 Sembene! The Inspiring Story of the Father of African Cinema
 SEMBENE! We Are Made Of Stories
 Sun. May 5, 2PM, $12 ADV / $15 DOOR
Join documentary filmmaker and Mount Holyoke professor Samba Gadjigo for an intimate discussion with other African and African American innovators on the role of story in sustainable development and social change, followed by a screening of SEMBENE! The film chronicles the life of self-taught novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène who understood cinema to be a powerful tool for teaching Africans about African stories and for preserving African artistic history and aesthetics.

Pioneer Valley Theatre News


West Springfield's Majestic Theater will transport audiences back to the days of girl group pop music when it presents “The Marvelous Wonderettes” April 11 through May 26. The musical, by Roger Bean, is set in 1958 at Springfield High School. It's the Super Senior Prom, and the previously-booked Crooning Crabcakes can't perform. All hopes are pinned on the Wonderettes, an all-girl singing group that finished third in the State Song Leaders competition. Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean and Suzy not only get the gig, they come back ten years later to perform at their reunion. Popular songs like “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar” and other 50's and 60's favorites are featured in the play, which has been described as a "cotton candy musical trip down memory lane!"

Majestic Theater Producing Director Danny Eaton will direct the play with Mitch Chakour serving as musical director. Greg Trochlil is set designer, Dawn McKay is costume designer, Dan Rist is lighting designer and production stage manager is Stephen Petit. Doug Wallace is sound engineer. Actors include Kait Rankins (Missy), Mollie Posnick (Suzy), Tina Sparkle (Betty Jean) and Kaytlyn Vaneloecht (Cindy Lou).

The play closes out the Majestic's 22nd Season. Tickets for these shows range from $24-$34 and are now available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.

For additional information, visit

Community Weekend

Saturday, May 4  Ohketeau (‘to plant, to grow’) is the name Nipmuc Elder Larry Spotted Crow Mann gave to open programming at DE for Voices of Native Youth, to begin in May in honor of our anniversary.

Sunday, May 5 Come celebrate Double Edge’s vibrant community members, artists, and partners: fly on bungees, sing, dance, and play music, and learn about DE’s Ashfield history and ongoing renovation and preservation of the beautiful Farm! Open flying and singing: 1-3 pm. Gathering, discussion, award ceremony, meal 3-5 pm.

The Tattooed Man Tells All by Peter Wortsman
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College

A solo performance by Keith Langsdale, directed by Ellen W. Kaplan

Woven from interviews the author conducted with Holocaust survivors in Vienna in the 1970s.

This program is co-sponsored by Smith Department of Theatre, the Jewish Studies Program and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Free and open to the public.

UMass Theater presents Baltimore, a play to spark a timely conversation

Baltimore, a new work by Kirsten Greenidge, examines what happens on a college campus in the aftermath of a racist incident. UMass Theater hopes audiences of both an abridged presentation of the play this spring, as well as those who see the fully-mounted production in the fall, will find that the play sparks productive conversations about difficult topics.
April 17-27, the play will be presented to the community in an abridged format. The event, which is free and open to all, will consist of the performance, followed immediately by a conversation about the issues raised. The event, which is free and open to all, will consist of the performance, followed immediately by a conversation about the issues raised. While the incident in the play is different in scope than some of those experienced in our community recently, we hope that the event creates a space for community members to talk productively with each other. The presentations will be at New Africa House and seating will be free. Reservations are strongly encouraged but not required.

More about Baltimore
When a racist incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the issue mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. Sharp, funny, and searing, Baltimore is about racism on college campuses and how we learn to talk to each other.

This spring, we are producing a 30 minute cut of Baltimore, followed immediately by a postshow Q&A, to which the general public is welcomed.

April 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m.
April 27 at 2 p.m.
at New Africa House
Free, open to all, reservations encouraged but not required
Reserve your tickets through the Fine Arts Center Box Office

We are pleased to announce that these workshop presentations will be followed in Fall 2019 by a fully-staged production of Baltimore and post-show discussions. Check the UMass Theater website at for performance dates later this summer.

This workshop is a collaboration with the Office for Equity & Inclusion.

Josie's Magical Flute Improv, with Sea Tea & Happier Valley Guests
April 18 at 7:30 PM
The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA

Josie's Magical Flute (Mandy Anderson, Sally Ekus, Julie Waggoner) bring their signature improv comedy form "The Ride" back to The Shea on April 18. Joining them are Sea Tea Improv's Allie Rivera, as well as Danny New of Channel 22 / Mass Appeal and Happier Valley Comedy, and Ben May of Happier Valley Comedy. Get ready for a wild ride of scenes and games, all made up fresh on the spot, just for you.


An integral part of Silverthorne Theater Company’s mission is to promote the development of new work, especially by Western Massachusetts and New England playwrights. In 2018, we staged the world premieres of three new works, two of which were from such writers.

In 2019 we offer a series of free rehearsed readings of new or new to us plays, , called Theater Thursdays, followed by audience discussions. These will be held in different locations in the region. Complete information for each reading may be found at

The purpose of the readings is to give a platform for new work to be heard, and when possible, to be able to give playwrights direct audience feedback.  It also gives Silverthorne a look at plays that we might consider fully producing in future seasons.

Thursday, April 18             SANDWICH, by Steve Henderson.
                                                Directed by Brianna Sloane
                                                 7 pm                           170 Main St, Greenfield
Single mom and advertising exec Kathy (Linda Tardif) is trying to deal with her aging mother Marlene (read by Linda Putnam) and her precocious teenage Jennifer (Melle Lowenthal) as each seems on a collision course with disaster. A talent for stand-up comedy runs in the family, making this treatment of intergenerational conflict sparkle with wit and truth-telling, SANDWICH, the second in Silverthorne’s Theater Thursday New Play Reading Series is directed by Brianna Sloane. Playwright Steve Hendersonwill be on hand to discuss the play after the reading. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 16               RESTORATION ROOM, by Harley Erdman
                                                Directed by Chris Rohmann
                                               7 pm               UMass Theater Department, Room 204
Two academics, each married to someone else, struggle to resist the power of their mutual intellectual & physical attraction.

Thursday, June 13               DEAR GALILEO, by Claire Willett
                                                Directed by Rebecca Daniels
                                                7 pm   170 Main Street, Greenfield
Three women in three different times wrestle with their identity, the conflict between science and religion, and what it means to be their fathers' daughters…. As the three stories move toward their point of convergence, the destinies of each become inextricably bound with the others, linked through time by love, family, grief, the search for identity and the wonder of the stars.

Thursday, September 12               CAMPUS UNREST, by Talya Kingston
                                                            Directed by Trenda Loftin
                                                            7 pm   Location TBA
Complex choices face an inter-racial British academic couple newly arrived on the campus of a troubled American college.

Sunday, October 13                         VERITAS, by Betty Shamieh
                                                            Director TBA
                                                            3 pm   Deerfield Community Center
In the 1660s Harvard College’s governors insisted that Native American youths be trained at the College as Christian ministers to be able to convert their tribes to Christianity.  This play explores the lives of the first four of these early converts and the attitudes at the time toward them. Post-show discussion led by historians & members of local Native American communities.

Further details at  or call 413-768-7514.

Smith College Department of Theatre presents AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer
April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare April 19-20 and 25-27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14, directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer. A pastoral romantic comedy that features one of Shakespeare's most beloved heroines, AS YOU LIKE IT subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.

A girl named Rosalind is in love with a boy named Orlando, which is convenient because they’ve been banished to the same forest. Orlando is in love with Rosalind. Orlando is also very attracted to a boy named Ganymede. And what does it mean to be a girl or a boy anyway? Or to play one? Director Daniel Kramer says, "As You Like It explores love and freedom. In it, a young woman pretends to be a young man who is pretending to be a young woman, and she draws the attention of both a young man and a young woman. The play takes on new meaning in a time of more fluid gender identities."

The Smith production will put the action, and the audience, on the Theatre 14 stage in a reworking of the theatre's classic proscenium space. Costumes are designed by Smith Professor, Kiki Smith. Priscilla Yichen Zhou and Lisa Mena are the student designers for sets and lighting. The script has been adapted for length by Smith Professor Kramer who adds, "It's a delight creating this comedy with a cast of fifteen students and wonderful student and faculty designers and crew."

General Admission: $10 Adults/$5 Students & Seniors Free for Smith Students with ID card
To purchase tickets:

Shakespeare Stage presents The Tempest
4/19/19 at 7:30 PM, 4/20/19 @ 7:30PM; 4/21/19 6:30PM
33 Hawley Street

The Tempest is the story of facing Nature's superior power over man and woman and the humble journey of those who suffer and in the end, surmount such adversity. Neither a comedy nor a tragedy, The Tempest is a magical and spiritual experience that focuses on many different aspects of love or lack thereof: Romantic, Fraternal, and love of drink to name a few.

Come with us on this tempestuous journey as we set the stage between the 1st and 2nd World War. A time when the great globe itself was facing such tumult and fear of complete destruction and annihilation. Will we succumb to technological advancements or will the heart, will love win in the end?

Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic growth and excellence, we contribute to the increasing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors.

Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier Family Comedy Show
April 20 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst)

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, great for 5-12 year olds and their adults. It's funny for the whole family! Saturday, April 20th at 3pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members). For more info:

Happier Valley Comedy presents HVC Presents: Not In Charge
April 20 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Join the talented group Not In Charge for a polished, fast-paced improv show inspired by the improvisers' real life stories! Saturday, April 20th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $10 online and at the door. For more info:


Silverthorne Theater Company is honored to open our 2019 Season with Constance Congdon’s modern classic, Tales of the Lost Formicans The play opens Thursday, April 25 and runs through May 4 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.

Opening night for Tales, April 25, will be UNITED WAY NIGHT, with all tickets priced at $30, proceeds to benefit the United Way of Franklin County. Patrons will meet Playwright Constance Congdon at a special Pre-Show Reception at 7 pm in the theater. Congdon is considered “One of the best playwrights our country, and our language, has produced.” (Tony Kushner) “Congdon writes like a woman possessed.” (Nels Nelson, New York Daily News) Her work appears in many collections and continues to be produced worldwide.

The play explores the themes of adolescence, aging parents, fragile memory, lost love & divorce unfold in a collage of moving & hilarious encounters among family members, the people around them -- and the aliens who are studying them, trying to make sense of the complex dynamics of the family and its environment.

Tales Director and Amherst College Theater Professor Yagil Eliraz (Northamptong) is a colleague of playwright Congdon, Professor Emeritus of Playwriting.  A native of Israel, this is the first professional production Eliraz has directed in this country since coming here three years ago.

The cast includes Stephanie Carlson*(Easthampton) as Cathy, Frank Aronson* (West Whately) as her father Jim. (*Members of Actors Equity Association)  Polly Pillsbury (Petersham) plays Evelyn, Jim’s wife while Molly MacLeod (Holyoke) plays Cathy’s teenage daughter. Val Vaille (Gill) portrays Judy, Cathy’s best friend; Joe Cardozo (Amherst) plays another well-meaning friend. Michael Marceline (Greenfield) rounds out the cast as Alien/Actor #7.

Abigail Douglas (Amherst) will stage manage the productions; Mike Bullock will design the sound. John Iverson (Bernardston), Tech Director, designs the sets and lighting; and Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette (Deerfield), Costume Designer, provides costuming.

Ticket and reservation information may be found on Silverthorne’s web site. Tickets for all shows are currently available at, or by calling 413-768-7514. Patrons can now use credit cards at the door or over the phone.

Exit 7 Players present Avenue Q
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut St, Ludlow, MA, 0156
April 26-May 12, Friday’s and Saturday’s at 8pm, Sunday’s at 2pm

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and pac

Friday, April 12, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Features chromatic harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Features chromatic harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23rd 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

One of our favorite people and players in the world returns on the 23rd, this time on harmonica only. He is also an incredible vibraphonist. If you haven't yet heard Hendrik Meurkens play the chromatic harp you will be in for a real treat. Based in NYC, Hendrik specializes in not only bop, ballads and standards but is also a master of Brazilian music and records often with his own Brazilian quartet. Hendrik tours regularly in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Brazil and in fact, is now officially a member of the million mile club for air travel. We are fortunate he continues to make our Workshop one of his regular stops.

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:
4/23 - Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica
4/30 - Stacy Dillard on saxes
5/7  -  Erena Terakubo on alto
5/14 - Rich Greenblatt on vibes
5/21 - Camille Thurman on tenor and vocals
5/28 - Houston Person on tenor (2 shows and no jam session)

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Art of the World

WHAT: Art of the World
WHEN: Saturday April 13th, 5-8pm
WHERE: #LOCAL Gallery, 40 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA

Coinciding with Easthampton Book Fest 19,'  'ART OF THE  WORD', curated by Elizabeth Applequist, explores the power of the word as it shows up in different art forms! 

5pm Doors open
6pm Dance performance, “Art_Words_Movement” performed by Michelle Marroquin, Katelyn Cramer, Danica Holoviak, and Zazie Tobey with live music of Tony Silva.
See you there for mingling, light appetizers, art, dance and music!

The show is up April 13 - May 5 with an Art Salon' TBA
More info:

Oasis Northampton: Street Mural

Don’t touch the art! A commonly heard directive when encountering art, but public art whether
sculpture, installation, virtual projects or murals can open up experience and possibility for new
interactions. In Oasis Northampton, mural painting takes to the actual streets to create an asphalt
mural that can be walked over, jumped on or danced across in Cracker Barrel Alley in
Downtown Northampton’s Cultural District. Cracker Barrel Alley is a connector between the
Masonic Parking Lot and Main Street that was designated as a pedestrian zone by the City of
Northampton after identifying safety concerns. After painting an asphalt mural in October 2018
for the NYC Department of Transportation in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Pioneer Valley artist, Kim
Carlino noticed this new pedestrian zone while walking downtown one afternoon. Carlino saw a
perfect canvas calling to be painted as well as an opportunity to enliven and paint in her own
city. Carlino quickly got to work on a proposal for the Northampton Arts Council and the
City Planning Department.

Oasis Northampton will activate this public corridor and enliven it with a bold, geometric
abstract design that gives the suggestion of “green” space while celebrating playfulness,
creativity and a sense of improvisation. Oasis Northampton explores the ability for art to create
a sense of place: an art Oasis that can disrupt our daily routines and paths and cause us while in
the act of walking and commuting from place to place to experience something unexpected.
Kim Carlino will be painting Oasis Northampton between April 29th and May 2nd weather
depending. Oasis Northampton is funded by the Northampton Arts Council, Massachusetts
Cultural Council and Sherwin Williams.


WHAT: EMERGENCE/SEE art show of Meadowbrook Arts Camp
WHEN: Show to open May 1st, Opening Reception, Thursday, May 2nd,  5 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Cooley Dickinson Hospital Main Lobby, 30 Locust St, Northampton, MA

EMERGENCE/SEE is the inaugural show of the Meadowbrook Arts Camp. Envisioned by two residents of the Meadowbrook Housing Complex in Florence MA, the camp was founded on the belief that each person IS art. What we do with paint, clay, music, pen or dance is an extension of ourselves. The art works are conversations we have with our world and with each other. Each child who participated in the MAC had the opportunity to go on a journey into and through their own emerging “voice”. The paintings and photographs are vivid and vibrant, contemplative and connected.

The first year of the Meadowbrook Arts Camp was underwritten by the Northampton Arts Council. In kind support was provided by various individuals in the community and by Edwards Church and First Churches of Northampton. In addition, the Northampton Arts Council provided funding for a guest artist, Sylvia Boston Johnson, and her Intergenerational doll workshop.

Become an Internship Provider Info Session May 1!

April Shows at The Oxbow Gallery



Landscape Pastels

April 4 - 28, 2019

Opening reception, April 12, 5 - 8 pm

Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm

and in the Back Gallery


New Paintings by
Marjorie Morgan

Downtown Sounds Workers Co-Op Information Session

WHAT: Downtown Sounds Information Session
WHEN: Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 PM
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton, MA


Happy Spring! Please join the Downtown Sounds crew for a free information session with social time, refreshments, and live music to learn about the new era of Downtown Sounds Workers Co-op, and your opportunity to participate in its future success by becoming a shareholder-investor. Copies of our business prospectus will be available upon request after the presentation. Expect some short remarks by retiring owner Joe Blumenthal, plus Jim Armenti, a couple of the worker-owners, and our business consultant.

The venue requires a guest list, plus we need to plan for food/drink, so please add your name HERE

We're happy to send you a copy of the business prospectus.
Request yours HERE.

PLEASE STAY TUNED for separate news about our closing for the last 3 days of April, then reopening on May 1st as Downtown Sounds Workers Co-Op AND about our customer MEMBERSHIP program (entirely separate from the investor-shareholder opportunity mentioned above) which will become available in May...

For much more:


The Springfield Garden Club is sponsoring an Arbor Day Ceremony on Friday, April 26 at 10 AM at a small park at the intersection of Bay St., Dartmouth St. and Catharine St. in the McKnight Neighborhood of Springfield.

This small city park was adopted by neighborhood resident Elizabeth Stevens 2 years ago. That is when Stevens began transforming the triangular park into a pollinator garden. In 2018 this site was chosen as one of two sites in Massachusetts to participate in a Pollinator Garden project sponsored by the New England Wildflower society.

The Springfield Parks Department, Springfield Forestry Department and local Girl Scouts have also donated time and plants to the project.

The Springfield Garden Club will donate three Spicebushes, a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly. This butterfly and other pollinators are essential for all of us because one third of all agricultural output depends on pollinators. Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds are important pollinators.

Attendees will celebrate the recent planting of two Serviceberry Trees by the Springfield Forestry Dept. The three Spicebushes will be planted the day of the event.

The public is welcome, in fact encouraged, to attend this event aimed at raising awareness of how we all can help the survival of critical pollinators.


Organized in 1917 and a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts since 1928, The Springfield Garden Club works to create interest in the art of gardening, stimulate the promotion of civic beauty through horticulture and conservation, and encourage the appreciation of the visual art of designing with plant material.


WHAT: Practicing Presence Festival
WHEN: MAY 24-26, 2019
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA & Studio4, 25 Main St, Northampton, MA




1-2PM   BOOK READING "By the Light of the Body: The Somatic Senses in the Visual Arts" with Rosalind Driscoll
8PM   PRACTICING PRESENCE PERFORMANCE featuring new works in progress by Jen Polins,
          Paul Matteson, Andrea Olsen, Peter Schmitz, and Scotty Hardwig. **AT SCDT/STUDIO4**

1-2PM   BOOK READING "Dancing with Merce Cunningham" with Marianne Preger-Simon
8PM   PRACTICING PRESENCE PERFORMANCE featuring works in progress by Paul Matteson
          and Scotty Hardwig. **AT SCDT/STUDIO4**

10AM - NOON   WORKSHOP RE-MEMBERING THE DANCING BODY with Andrea Olsen & Shayla-Vie Jenkins
1-3PM   WORKSHOP MAMMALS MAKING with Scotty Hardwig


The ArtSalon Goes to the Northampton Senior Center

WHAT: The ArtSalon
WHEN: Friday, April 12, reception begins at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

A dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley

Artists: Judith Abraham, Molly Hatch, Thomas Matsuda, Anna VA Polesny, Jessica Tam

Molly Hatch: With a formal education in ceramics and drawing, Molly launched her first tableware collection from her home studio in 2010. Her signature blend of 18th-century aesthetics with modern whimsy quickly garnered a loyal following, launching her brand into a wide range of lifestyle products for the home. Today, Molly Hatch collections can be found through the brand’s partnerships with retailers worldwide. Molly works from her studio in Florence, Massachusetts, where she continues to hone her craft and make the traditional new again.

Over the past few years, Jessica Tam has considered the theatricality and cinematic nature of her serial work and studied how Italian frescoes work in tandem with the architecture of their specific residences to create an immersive fictional environment.  Tam has exhibited work in New York at Schroeder Romero, The Painting Center, and Slag Gallery as well as in Chicago at LG Space. She has been a Clowes Fund Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, an NEA Fellowship Recipient at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Al Held Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. And most recently, Triptych, her series of three site-specific paintings, exhibited at Midway Gallery in Boston, The Seerveld Gallery at Trinity Christian College, and The Box at Knox College.

Anna VA Polesny has devoted a lifetime to art creation, education, and advocacy exploring fiber, identity, and most recently ideas, through visual expression. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYS Arts Council, and the Mass Cultural Council. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and will soon be featured in an exhibition, Off the Wall: American Art to Wear at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she will be represented in the permanent collection. In May, the Southern Vermont Arts Center will highlight her work in an exhibition, Unusual Threads: Stitching Together the Future of Fashion.

Thomas Matsuda lived in Japan for thirteen years where he apprenticed with the sculptor, Koukei Eri. His outdoor sculptures are in sculpture parks, parks, and universities. He has exhibited in Latvia, South Korea, UK, Qatar, Egypt, Germany, Bejing, Hungary, Rumania, India, and Japan. He was awarded grants including from the Gottlieb Foundation, US Embassy, Japan Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Thomas taught for eight years at the Pratt Institute and currently teaches at Mount Wachusett Community College as Art Depart. Chair, and the College of New Rochelle Graduate School. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute and MFA from UMass, Amherst. His work addresses the integration of art, social change, and spirituality. He carves traditional Buddhist sculptures, and synthesizes eastern and western ideas in a contemporary approach.

Judith Abraham is a sculptor and mixed media artist. Primarily self taught, she studied figure sculpture part time at Lyme Academy of Fine Art. Her interest in exploring new things has led her to study many different mediums. Initially, her involvement in theatre had led her to making marionettes. The marionettes piqued an interest in sculpture which has been her primary focus ever since.  Currently she is working in a foundry finishing new pieces in bronze. A current exhibition at the Hosmer Gallery includes some of her works.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Northampton Arts Council ArtsEZ Grant Round Application Opens April 17th

Northampton Arts Council ArtsEZ Grant Round Application Opens April 17th

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the opening of our ArtsEZ 2019 SPRING GRANT ROUND on April 17, 2019 with a deadline of May 17, 2019. Individuals as well as schools and arts organizations are encouraged to seek funding for creative projects to be held in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. The grants are funded by the proceeds from the Arts Council’s signature events: The Silver Chord Bowl, Transperformance, and First Night Northampton. Last spring, the Council awarded $20,000 to 27 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1,250.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse May 29 8:30 PM Pulaski Park

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 

Wednesday May 29, 2019 

8:30 PM Pulaski Park


Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

PG 1h 57min

IMDB Parental Guide found here.

Call to Artists/ Artist Opportunities Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton

Call to Artists/ Artist Opportunities Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3FM Florence, MA Studio mural

Submissions due on April 28, 2019
no submission fees

Contact: Caroline Ruderman, Volunteer Coordinator
Contact email:

Workshop Invitation: Succession Planning for Nonprofits

WHAT: Succession Planning Workshop: An Opportunity for Sustainability
WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
WHERE: The Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040

Research shows that in New England, senior leadership of nonprofits will be retiring in large numbers in the coming years. For the stability and sustainability of your organizations and in turn, for the Pioneer Valley region, the Community Foundation is offering a workshop to provide information and tools for managing these transitions well.

Executive leadership transitions are pivotal moments in an organization's life cycle. Thinking about and preparing for succession can enable an organization to weather the departure of key organizational leaders, maintain sustainability, and explore opportunities for growth and change.

In this workshop, nonprofit executives and their board members will learn how to: build an adaptable organization that transitions leadership well, implement successful transition practices that address the search and hire of new leaders, manage staff reactions to change, and identify the effective roles of the executive and board.

Attendance Requirement:  Each organization must register a team of at least three people. The team must consist of the chief executive (Executive Director, CEO or equivalent), the Board Chair, and 1-2 additional board members. Each individual must register themselves.

Please note that an organization's registration will not be considered complete until a team of three people have registered.

Presenters: Jodi Dowling and Nancy Jackson, TSNE Mission Works


CFWM Grants Team

Please click the button below to register for the Outreach Session.
Register Now!

Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens

WHAT: Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens
WHEN:Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Forbes Library will host a talk about Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens of Middlefield, MA, an out lesbian couple who ran a wellness resort called the Big House in Middlefield, MA from the 1920s to 1960s on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7 PM in the Coolidge Museum on the library's second floor. The talk is part of a series about pre-Stonewall era LGBTQ individuals who lived in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts curated by the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) of Holyoke, MA. The talk is free and open to the public. Suggested donation to benefit the non-profit SMA is $10 per person; $5 for students and elders. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The story of Starbuck and Stevens is a compelling narrative of pre-Stonewall queer lives and queer community, of lesbians openly living in rural Massachusetts, and working women who were trailblazers as prominent community leaders in Springfield as well as Middlefield, MA. This history is for anyone interested in LGBTQI+ history, women's and feminist history, early lesbian history in the Pioneer Valley, history of women's participation in community organizations (both women were involved in the Springfield YWCA), women's labor history in western Massachusetts, rural physicians and healthcare, gender non-conformity and more.

The talk draws on a range of primary sources discovered and organized by the SMA -- including local news clippings, print ads and posters, Big House artifacts, Census and records, and, most notably, photographs from a personal album compiled by Starbuck and Stevens, and images from the Big House photographed recently by the SMA. These sources provide the visuals for the talk.

Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens teaches valuable information to the community about movers and shakers who were instrumental in forming businesses and organizations well before the start of the modern LGBTQ Movement but whose histories have been hidden – until now.

This history talk is a 90-minute Powerpoint presentation full of found images and historical facts about the two women, their work and love relationship, followed by a Question and Answer session.

For those who want to learn more about Starbuck and Stevens, the SMA offers a PDF of an accompanying 80-page, annotated SMA original research paper which includes photos not shown in the history talk presentation, for an additional donation of $10.

The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) of Holyoke, MA brings to the community a series of history talks about pre-Stonewall era LGBTQ individuals who lived in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. The series is titled Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors.  The SMA’s team of researchers, led by Curator of the SMA, Ben Power, who is the Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, has recently completed extensive original research and compiled it into a new history talk.

Northampton Jazz Workshop Features baritone saxophonist Claire Daly

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Features baritone saxophonist Claire Daly
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16th 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

On Tuesday the 16th we welcome back NYC baritone saxophonist Claire Daly. Always a fun, wild and uplifting ride. Claire loves making music and her spirit is infectious and can't wait to see what she has in store for us. This will be Claire's sixth appearance with us.

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: 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Now Accepting Applications for Transperformance 29: Lookstock

If you have yet to hear the big news, this year’s Transperformance theme will be Lookstock, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival.

Transperformance 29: Lookstock will celebrate peace, love and music while raising funds for arts enrichment programs in the Northampton Public Schools. Your favorite local acts will take the Pines Theater stage to perform 10 minutes of material from performers who graced the Woodstock stage 50 years ago. Groups can “transperform” anyone from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Ravi Shankar to Jefferson Airplane to the Who.

Please APPLY HERE and tell us what artist or band you would like to Transperform. Sending us multiple choices is always helpful. The line up will be announced in July. For Ideas, check out this list of the performances at Woodstock.

Save the date for Transperformance 29: Lookstock on Tuesday, August 20th from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Join us to celebrate 29 years of bringing our community members together to support music and the arts.

Please spread the word throughout the music community. We are always on the search for bands!

The staff and board of directors of the Northampton Arts Council thank you for your continued support.

Monday, April 8, 2019

How to Become an Internship Provider Information Session at A.P.E

WHAT: How to Become an Internship Provider Information Session Scheduled For May
WHEN: Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street, Northampton MA

The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service (AES), a national arts service organization located within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, is hosting a free information session,
How to Get an Intern: An Info Session for Artists, Arts-Based
Businesses, and Non-Profits on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
at A.P.E. Gallery (126 Main Street, Northampton MA). As part of the
AES’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative, the information session will
provide guidance to artists, creative business owners, and arts
managers on how to become an internship provider for Five College
students, labor law compliance, and best practices for making the most
of your own, as well as your intern's time. The free session includes
refreshments and time to answer participant questions.

“Expanding internship opportunities is one of the most exciting
aspects of the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative. Doing so meets two
goals at once; students gain internship experience and internship
providers get the chance to work with interested students and benefit
from the student’s support,” said Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of AES and
session facilitator. “Internships are common in the business world,
but less so in the arts – even though they are just as important for
career success. UMass students are advised to complete three
internships before they graduate. With over 2,000 Humanities and Fine
Arts undergraduates, this means an astounding 6,000 internships are
needed for every graduating class,” says Boyle-Clapp. In addition to
the instruction and information provided in these sessions, AES will
broadcast arts internship opportunities provided by session
participants to arts and culture students at UMass and the Five

The information sessions are free and open to the public; refreshments
will be provided. To attend, please RSVP, call u re: s
at 413-545-2360, or email us at

The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble Performance

WHAT: The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble
WHERE: American Legion Hall, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA.
WHEN: April 25, 2019 6:30 PM

The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble will present their final
performance of their 2018-19 season on April 25, 2019 at the American
Legion Hall, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA. The 34-member group
will perform traditional Arabic instrumental and vocal music from
across the Arab world. The group is directed by Layth Sidiq, an
international award-winning violinist, composer and educator. The
concert will begin at 6:30 PM; suggested donation $8.

Shakespeare Stage and the Center for the Arts present The Tempest

WHAT:  Shakespeare Stage and the Center for the Arts present The Tempest
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th at 7:30pm and Sunday April 21st at 6:30pm

Shakespeare Stage returns to the Flex Space at 33 Hawley Friday April
19th and Saturday April 20th at 7:30pm and Sunday April 21st at 6:30pm
to present The Tempest.

The Tempest is the story of facing Nature's superior power over man
and woman and the humble journey of those who suffer and in the end,
surmount such adversity. Neither a comedy nor a tragedy, The Tempest
is a magical and spiritual experience that focuses on many different
aspects of love or lack thereof: Romantic, Fraternal, and love of
drink to name a few.

Come with us on this tempestuous journey as we set the stage between
the 1st and 2nd World War. A time when the great globe itself was
facing such tumult and fear of complete destruction and annihilation.
Will we succumb to technological advancements or will the heart, will
love win in the end?

Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the
Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances,
involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic growth and
excellence, we contribute to the increasing importance of the arts and
theatre for our neighbors.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, or at the box office
day of show. Space is limited, so get your tickets soon! Keep updated
on all the happenings at Shakespeare Stage by visiting our Facebook
page at

Chuck Stern: Selected Paintings 2014-2018 at A.P.E

WHEN: May 3 - 26, 2019
              Artist Reception on Arts Night Out: Friday, May 10: 5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. 126 Main Street Northampton, MA. 

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

Chuck Stern:

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

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

Chuck Stern BIO

I was born and schooled in Detroit and after my requisite
political/hippy years I filled out my political resume working for
Congressman John Conyers and Mayor Coleman Young. During the Coleman
Young period I was beginning to deep-bed garden and was assigned to
direct a food and hunger task force, which furthered my interest in a
sustainable future. When it became obvious that I was not cut out for
the daily desk, I started building furniture to have an export product
when the time came to plant myself and family on the piece of land
inspired by Helen and Scott Nearing’s books, and Stewart Brand’s soul
satisfying, dream- weaving Whole Earth Catalog and E. F. Schumacher’s
Small is Beautiful.

Following that dream, my wife Patty Arbour, my son Daniel and I landed
in Northampton, Mass., to plant our garden and build our life. But,
life being what it is, the plan evolved in ways unforeseen - the
gardens diminished over time and the art expanded. I made custom
furniture until the proverbial lemon of a large furniture order
cancellation in 1984 was turned into the lemonade of The Artisan
Gallery, which, under Patty’s direction has supported us to this day.
I spent the next ten years developing a critically successful oil
painting career with a nice exhibition and review history. But, more
importantly, the die was cast; I would be a maker of things and an
explorer of media.

Northampton Public Arts Festival Call to Artists

The Northampton Arts Council is seeking applications from artists and muralists for the first annual Northampton Public Arts Festival which will be held on the weekend of May 11th and 12th, 2019 behind Thornes Marketplace, next to the Parking Garage rain or shine.

Eight selected artists will be painting four (6ft x 8ft) mural cubes all day during the weekend. Additionally, the festival will host a variety of local artist tables, local vinyl djays, and a mural painting workshop on a separate mural cube open to the public.

The festival will be held on Saturday May 11th (Artists painting the cubes, Public Painting a cube,
vendors, djays,) and Sunday May 12th (Painting Day 2).

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

You may send any questions or inquiries to

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

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

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

Please send the requested materials to

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A JOURNEY: Rita Edelman and Kate Whittaker Paintings at A.P.E

WHAT: A JOURNEY/Rita Edelman and Kate Whittaker Paintings at A.P.E
WHEN: April 3 -28, 2019. Artist Reception, April 12, 5-8 pm
Image: Rita Edelman

Rita Edelman Statement:
What drives me: the urge to paint.
Symbols are used to create my own visual language.
I don’t invent these images I just rearrange them.
I have long admired and appreciated the great originality of the early art of the Americas. Technical hindrance did not exist for these people, nor was there any limit to their inventiveness.

My paintings suggest rather than define. I make layer on layer of marks… a web, if you will. Hopefully the viewer will see layer on layer of meaning. The paintings do not yield themselves to casual scrutiny.
They require a few moments of contemplation. I call them “slow release works”. My work depends on an intuitive response. It’s symbols are ambiguous and are open to multiple interpretations.

Kate Whittaker Statement: I rarely, if ever, know what a painting will become when I begin. The start provides the same thrill of traveling to a country you know little about. My paintings are closely linked to the emotions and sensual experiences of my travels, the yearning to create an image that might conjure what I felt about a place, not just what I witnessed. As such, the physicality of the paint itself—how it sits upon the panel or canvas, how one pigment interacts with another, the effect of water on its polymers, and so on—is largely what dictates a painting's early direction. The process is a dance of sorts, leading, following, listening, acting. It always requires a lot of patience and, at least the way I paint, a surprising amount of stamina.

A painting can have as many as forty layers or more, each with some mark or brush stroke that may be covered over only to reappear when upper most layers are sanded down. I love the unexpectedness of this, like walking in a field and a stone from an ancient foundation surprises your foot. And this becomes part of the painting's narrative—a remanence of sorts.

My training in the geological sciences has strongly effected my work, particularly in the subtle narratives that lie beneath a layer, as well as its stratigraphy and horizons. The micaceous paint too—that changes with the light or your position relative to the surface—brings a wonderful temporal sense to a landscape. Calligraphy, antiquity, nature's patterns, all are strongly situated in my art and form its foundation.

Juniper Literary Festival

WHAT: Juniper Literary Festival
WHEN: April 12-13, 2019
WHERE: UMASS Amherst campus.

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

Literary Arts Fair:
At the center of the festival, the fair is an exciting space for our vibrant literary community to interact with current MFA students, alumni, faculty, undergraduate students, and the general public!

Showcasing local, regional, and national publications, the fair will take placeSaturday, April 13th from 10:00am to 4:00pm in South College on the UMass Amherst campus.

national and local literary journals, presses, and organizations
information about employment and internship opportunities
pop-up readings by journal contributors, MFA students, and more

Anomalous Press
Audio Archive
Cosmonauts Avenue
Emily Dickinson Museum
Factory Hollow Press
Fiction Advocate
Juniper Summer Writing Institute
Levellers Press
Massachusetts Review
Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism
Mount Analogue
New Europe Books
Orion Magazine
Paperbark Literary Magazine
Rescue Press
Slate Roof Press
Slope Editions
Small Beer Press
The Song Cave
St. Petersburg Review & Springhouse Journal
Straw Dog Writers Guild
The But Also
The Common
Ugly Duckling Presse
University of Massachusetts Press
Wave Books

Scout Cuomo at Assemble for April Arts Night Out Northampton

WHAT: Scout Cuomo at Assemble for April Arts Night Out Northampton
WHEN: April 12th 5 - 8pm Arts Night Out Northampton
WHERE: Assemble. located in Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St Northampton, MA,.Cornucopia.

I will be presenting a fresh line of new paintings of many sizes and shapes. I've been long hours to reimagine what this work is saying and what is trying to be made. At Assemble -- and soon online for not local folks -- you will find small paintings that appear to float on your wall, large, breezy wall tapestries inspired by brave, strong role models and infinity, and resin layered scenes of the universe, brilliant ravens, and shimmering shoals.

Join us for some snacks and wine and some giggles and glee.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Poet Laureate of Northampton Announced for 2019-2021 Term

The Northampton Arts Council is thrilled to announce the appointment of Karen Skolfield as Northampton’s poet laureate for the 2019– 2021 term. As Northampton’s 9th laureate, Skolfield joins the illustrious ranks of poets Martin Espada, Janet Aalfs, Jack Gilbert, Lesléa Newman, Lenelle Moïse, Richard Michelson, Patrick Donnelly, and Amy Dryansky.

The Northampton Poet Laureate position is a two-year term during which the poet will celebrate Northampton’s vibrant and diverse poetry community through activities of interest to the chosen poet, and will educate the public about the importance of poets and poetry to Northampton’s civic and artistic life. The selection committee read poetry by various nominees, discussed a wide range of quality in all their work, and considered their success in the larger poetry world.

Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton) won the Barnard Women Poets Prize and will be published August 2019. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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