The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

NHS Student Art Exhibition

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

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

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

HUT 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring NYC alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring NYC alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo
WHEN: Tuesday, May 7th from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

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

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

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

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

Bay State Bike Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More detailed information on these events can be found at

Musical instrument donations for Forbes Library

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

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

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

Thank you for thinking of us!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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

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

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

Introduction by Shawn Shimpach, UMass

Discussion with the author/director will follow.

All Events FREE and Open to the Public

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

A Natural History Of Forbes Library

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

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

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

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


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

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

ARC 2019 participants

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

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

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

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


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

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

Guest Practitioner workshops offered throughout the week
See schedule at

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Participants include:

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

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

Michael Silverstone
Nellie Prior (Departure Collective)

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

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

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

More information and more art can be seen at

Monday, April 22, 2019

Florence Poetry Carnival

WHAT: Florence Poetry Carnival
WHEN: Saturday, April 27th from 2-6 pm
WHERE: Florence Civic building, 90 Park Street, Florence, MA 01062

On April 27th from 2-6 pm the first Florence Poetry Carnival will take place on the grounds of the Florence Civic building, 90 Park Street. As part of Massachusetts ArtWeek events in Hampshire County, the Poetry Carnival is an inclusive community event. Through activities and talks, Florence and Northampton will engage in writing, reading and listening to poetry. We will close out National Poetry Month in style. At 4:30 the highlight feature of outgoing Northampton poet laureate Amy Dryansky welcoming the new laureate, Karen Skolfield, will feature a reading by both poets, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience. This portion of the afternoon is co-hosted by the Noho Arts Council. For this inaugural year of the Carnival, community participants include Forbes Library and the Emily Dickinson Museum. Individual writers, artists and performers will lead interactive writing projects such as poet themed custom mad libs. There is a $5.00 suggested donation for the Florence Poetry Carnival. It is an all ages event. Rain or shine poem-ing will happen.

Perugia Press will be there with books, prizes & a poetry activity. Here are some other highlights: 

  • Add a verse to the Forbes Library's Poetree, and after the Carnival, a chapbook of the verses will be made by the Forbes Library Zine Club.
  • The Emily Dickinson Museum will provide poetry-inspired crafts and activities.
  • Storyteller and poet Rochelle Wildfong’s project "The Story Basket" prompts people of all ages to spin a poem. 
  • Poet MadLibs customized by poet Mike Mercurio. 
  • Elements of the poems2go (P2G) project will be at the carnival. 
  • Readings of poems from the book Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton, Massachusetts through Poetry and Art. 
  • Hedgerow Press will guide you to a poem that reflects the tone and mood you describe.
  • Artist JuPong Lin

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring chromatic harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring 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

Also of Interest:
1. The Magic Triangle Jazz Series, produced by the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, concludes its 30th season with a concert by the Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley Duo on Wednesday, April 24, 8:00pm, at Old Chapel, UMass. Tickets are $15/$7 students and available at or 413-545-2511.

2. Pianist Stephen Page will be leading an ensemble at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Sunday April 28th at 8PM. Performers are Stephen, Avery Sharpe on bass. Chuck Langford on tenor and Royal Hartigan on drums. Should be a great show. There will be an opening set by Juke Joint Jazz.

3. On Sunday, April 28 the Valley Jazz Voices will perform from 3-5pm at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield. Opening for them will be the Valley Jazz Divas at 2pm with open jam at the end with the trio.

4. Some young players are trying to start a Monday night jazz series at Bishops Lounge in Northampton. Rashaad Greene and Zack Bartolomei of Jazz Workshop jam sessions will be among the players. First one is this coming Monday the 22nd from 9-11PM. No cover.

5. David Boatwright, member of the Equalites and one of our regular fans wrote a nice review of the Roseanna Vitro show a few weeks ago in an on-line music review publication. Here's a link:

6. REGISTER NOW: JULY 29-AUGUST 3 2019. Six days of intense work on all aspects of jazz led by guitarist Freddie Bryant. Each day starts with morning exercise and tai chi then hours in a masterclass format interspersed with meditation, stretching and strength building. 3 delicious and healthy meals a day. This culminates in a student concert at the Arts Block in Greenfield, MA. Please email for more information and a registration form.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
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)

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

Pedrito Martínez and Alfredo Rodriguez Duo at the Vermont Jazz Center

WHAT: Pedrito Martínez and Alfredo Rodriguez Jazz Duo
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8 pm
WHERE: Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Two of Cuba’s greatest young musical masters will come together in an incendiary duo performance.

Pedrito Martínez (b. 1973) is the winner of the Thelonious Monk competition in percussion and Alfredo Rodriguez (b. 1985) has quickly emerged as one of the finest Cuban jazz pianists after being “discovered” by legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Martínez’ fame spread initially due to his work with the folkloric ensemble, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, which led to work with Jane Bunnett’s Spirit of Havana in 1998.

Since then he has become one of the most highly regarded Afro-Cuban percussionists in the world. Pianist Rodriguez attended three music conservatories in Cuba, winning classical piano competitions in each.

After performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2016, he was invited by Quincy Jones to collaborate on a project that was presented at the Shanghai World Expo.

These two Grammy-nominated artists first worked together on Rodriquez’ 2012 release Invasion Parade.

Since that initial session they have had the rare arrangement of performing together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

Pedrito Martínez: percussion
Alfredo Rodriguez: piano
Sponsored by Julian Gerstin and Carlene Raper

$20-40 general, $15 student- available online, at door, reserved by phone & In The Moment Records, Brattleboro. $1 extra per CC ticket

Übeer Fest returns to Easthampton

WHAT: Übeer Fest returns
WHEN: Saturday, April 27th from 4-7 pm
WHERE: Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027

Offering 60+ tastes of local, regional and global brews

Übeer Fest, western Massachusetts’s most diverse and eclectic beer festival, returns to the Eastworks Building in Easthampton on Saturday, April 27th from 4-7 pm. Übeer Fest focuses on quality local, regional and global brews and is presented by the Valley Beer Trail.

“Übeer Fest features more than a dozen local breweries, plus carefully chosen regional brews and exceptional global brews,” says Mark Lattanzi, Event Director. “We celebrate the creativity of local and regional beer culture, and the heritage of some of Europe’s great breweries and beer styles. Übeer Fest is truly all killer, no filler.”

In addition to the western Mass breweries at Übeer, local importer Shelton Brothers will bring a selection of some of the global brews they’re famous for, like legendary lambic makers from Belgium, and French saison maker Brasserie Thiriez, recently dubbed, “the most influential brewery you probably never heard of” by Beervana.

“Übeer Fest offers guests the opportunity to taste incredible beer not easily found outside of a few select stores and pubs,” says Lattanzi. “There is simply no other beer festival in the region with this depth and quality.”

Advance tickets are available right now for $35 ($45 at the door) at  Übeer Fest is presented by Valley Beer Trail with support from Atkins Farms Country Market, Country Hyundai, Country Nissan, Northampton Volkswagen and Volvo Cars Pioneer Valley.

Lilly Library Mural Installation!

Lilly Library will soon be installing a massive 20x20 foot mural in our main stairwell. The image comes from 2014 aerial photography from the Northampton DPW.  The concept is for an accessible visual archive and should last many decades. It's a huge snapshot of about a square mile in the center of Florence. It's a very exciting project.  Sponsors include Florence Savings Bank, the Northampton Arts Council and the Friends of Lilly Library. We hope you can come by and see it when it's installed on Monday May 6th at 6 PM.


WHEN: Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union Street, Easthampton, MA

*FREE Admission*
Refreshments Provided

The Radio Theatre will be performing the radio pilot program

"Father Knows Best” from 1948.

We focus on interpretative acting by using our voices - just like the original radio plays. We use microphones behind a solid screen to better imitate the play as if you were hearing it on the radio. Play starts at 7:15pm sharp. Doors open at 6:30pm.



Monday 4/22/19
and everyday after that for the rest of humanities time on this planet!

Came Dance, March and attend the Forum about the GREEN NEW DEAL:
A resolution to save the planet and support all people as we rise sustainably with justice and equity!

Here’s the line Up:

(Facebook Events page)

2-5pm EARTH DANCE: music, flash mobs, rituals and street theater at First Churches front lawn and throughout Northampton!  Stephen Katz, Expandable Brass Band, Climate Healing Band, Radio Free Earth, MuZen Theater’s puppets, Been Around, Still Around dancers, Isadora Duncan dancers, stilt walkers, and you!

5pm: PEOPLE’S MARCH from First Churches to Northampton High School: Bring your signs, your bodies, your voices as we march in solidarity with the children of this earth who are on the front lines fighting for their future.

Northampton High School auditorium. Video showing of Green New Deal document read by local community. Then  Students from the NHS Environmental Club and the Northampton Sunrise Hub will present the principles of the Green New Deal and question local political leaders.  Forum will address possibilities for the Green New Deal at all levels of our government.

* US Congressman James McGovern
* State Senator Jo Comerford,
* Mayor David Narkewicz
* Community Action Pioneer Valley Director Clare Higgins


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

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.

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 Deadline May 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.

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