The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Really Big Show

Four Sundays in February Event #4

The Really Big Show

February 23rd  – 2 PM, Academy of Music

General Admission: $8 Advance/$10 Door

This year Mike Flood, Indie Rock Guru/Sub Pop recording artist, will introduce some of the best talent the Pioneer Valley has to offer. Crawling out of the UMass theater department with former “Ed” Tom Mahnken in the eighties, Mike cut his teeth playing Sheehans Café with 5th Business alongside Local Faves like Rockin Dave and the Rent Party and Ed Vadas. Mike has since established himself as a Indie Rock Guru of Local Favorites Sebadoh. He is an accomplished Musician/Producer and new father. Mike Flood is one of the funniest storytellers you will ever meet and with all the valley history he brings to the show we just can’t wait to see and hear him as our Ed Sullivan.  Councilman at Large Bill Dwight and Local Hero DJ Monte Belmonte will serve as Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show. They will be keeping Mike on his toes all afternoon.  Also on the bill will be Local Sensations “And the Kids”. They are tearing up the club scene right now and their fresh new local grown sound is soon to be a National Favorite.  

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Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money When the Recession broke in 2008, the female pronoun was almost entirely absent from the public media. The following spring, Christian McEwen started interviewing women about their relationship to money. Her play, Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money, is the distillation of more than 50 interviews. It will be performed in its entirety at the Quaker Meeting House here in Northampton, on March 8th & 15th, 2014, directed by Melissa Redwin. Tickets are available at Broadside Books, sliding scale $10 - 20. Omar's comin' !
Omar Little is a 6 year old Papillon who is appearing for the 3rd time on the Academy of Music stage with his human companion, Sheena See.
Roots To Resistance Introduction Roots To Resistance is an art and activism project in which local artist Denise Beaudet is painting twelve large scale portraits (4 ft x 8 ft) of twelve women activists from around the globe who have done ground-breaking work risking their lives for women's rights, social and environmental justice. In addition to the portraits there is a global campaign consisting of postcards and street art displaying each of the women activists and the issues they are fighting for and against. These women are presented to the audience as directed by Rachel & Pam Hannah. For more information about this project visit Feeding Pigeons and Kicking Ass (Northampton Martial Arts)
Northampton Martial Arts welcomes all positive people to our training hall at 297 Pleasant St. in Northampton. If you have a physical limitation or other health problem, our highly trained instructor can work with you so that you can take part in the quest for martial arts mastery. Our philosophy is that marital arts are for everyone, and there is no problem that cannot be overcome or worked around. We are willing to put forth the extra effort to make sure that each and every one of our students gets the attention and instruction they need. Martial arts are an amazing way of strengthening muscles and bones after injuries have healed. We specialize in developing mental strength and self-discipline that can aid those with mental limitations, ADD, ADHD and/or Dyslexia. The founder of Tae Kwon Do was a very sickly child, and it was through martial arts practice that he gained the strength to become a general in the Korean Military and master martial artist. Please come down to our school and try out a couple of classes for free. We are sure that you will love it.
And the Kids (Rock)
And the Kids is made up of Hannah Mohan (lead vocals, electric ukulele and guitar), Rebecca Lasaponaro (vocals, drums, bells) and Megan Miller (vocals, synth, glockenspiel, woodblock). Playing what they call accessible unconscious existential indie folk rock glitter popsicle crisis music, they have been packing the sidewalks and clubs from Northampton to Boston to New York City with their fierce infectious harmonies, tight and unique grooves and songwriting that has the ability to reach down and tug at the truths of their generation and beyond. Hannah and Rebecca met in their grade 7 music class and have been collaborating ever since. Megan Miller direct from Canada met Hannah and Rebecca at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen, MA at a women’s recording and sound engineering program and together the trio is on a mission to inspire the hearts of all living beings of light and laughter one stage at a time.
Young Tricksters
Young Tricksters is a dynamic four-piece explorative rock band from Amherst, MA. Their ability to juxtapose soaring vocal harmonies with heavy, triumphant instrumentation creates an intensely beautiful emotional energy in their music. The members are Amherst natives and have played together in several different bands since they met in high school. In 2012, the band took its final shape, and since then Young Tricksters have shared their music with audiences across the Northeast. Together, Ryan Severin (guitar, vocals), Lucas Solórzano (guitar, vocals), Jesse French (bass, vocals), and Aaron Noble (drums) unite a vast array of collective influences to produce “complex, densely textured and emotionally mature rock music
Northampton High School and JFK MIddle
"Seventy-Six Trombones" is the signature song from the Tony award winning musical, The Music Man. Sung today by members of the cast of this year's Northampton High production, “Professor” Harold Hill uses the song to help woo the townspeople of River City. The cast is comprised of over 50 NHS and JFK students, and is directed by Cate Damon (New Century Theater) with Musical Direction by Beau Flahive. The show will be presented at the High School auditorium March 13, 14, and 15 @ 7 pm with an additional 2 pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Northampton High Box Office (enter from the circle drive at the school). Iroko Nuevo
Iroko Nuevo Performance Group is a thirteen-member ensemble specializing in music and dance from Afrocuban folkoric traditions, such as Yoruba, Congo, Palo, rumba, carnival, son and more. Iroko Nuevo had its origins in 2001, when Artistic Director Miguel Periche, a native of Holguín, Cuba, and principal dancer of Conjunto Folklórico Okú, left Cuba for the Pioneer Valley. For several years Miguel’s ensemble was known as Grupo Folklorico Palo Santo, and, in addition to performances, held weekly dance classes in Northampton, MA. In 2012, the group expanded, adding professional singers and additional musicians, and changed its name to Iroko Nuevo, reflecting the new focus. In the Afrocuban religion Lucumí, or Santeria, the iroko tree is a gathering place for the orishas – the saints and ancestors of African religion. The dancers, musicians and singers of Iroko Nuevo gather in this same spirit. We believe that dance, drum and song are not only good for the soul, but help to build community.
Show Circus
SHOW Circus Studio is a circus training facility in Easthampton, MA that opened in 2009. The space is available for classes, workshops and professional training in the circus arts. As a recreational circus school, we teach adult and youth classes in aerial arts (trapeze, fabric & lyra), juggling, hand balancing, tumbling, mini trampoline, tight wire, rolla bolla, rolling globe, partner acrobatics and clowning. 150 Pleasant St, Suite #313 • Easthampton, MA 01027 • 413-527-6901 •

Produced by the Northampton Arts Council

Proceeds benefit the 2014 ArtsEZ Grant Round
Four Sundays in February Series Sponsors: Gravity Switch, Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, Lathrop Communities
Four Sundays in February Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, The River/WRSI 93.9 FM, WFCR, WGBY, NCTV, WMUA
Brought to you in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
General Admission Tickets for the Four Sundays in February 2014 Series can be purchased at any of the following ticket outlets until a day before each show:
Cooper’s Corners
31 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
State St. Fruit
51 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Food for Thought Books
106 N Pleasant St,
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-5432
Tickets will be available on the day of the show at the door.

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