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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


LIVE ART MAGAZINE is coming back to Northampton for a one-night-only show on
Friday Oct 24th at 7:30pm.

Live Art Magazine – or Live Art – is a contemporary art and music show structured like a magazine: a series of short, 3 to 8 minute performances by local and regional writers, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and other creative “risk-takers” revealing unseen work and works-in-progress.

Live Art is a one-night-only event. Recording, filming and photography are forbidden. The event strives to create a unique and charming experience that is ephemeral and protects works-in-progress from documentation. It is a 21st century anomaly that happens once for the people in the room.

The theme for Issue 2 is Gravity. Get serious or not. Fall or defy. 

PRESENTERS include radio producer Catie Tarlarski, Northampton's former poet laureate Lenelle Moise, the electro-pop duo Home Body, Boston comic Ken Reid, a new collaborative dance project by Dre Rawlings, Cynthia McLaughlin & Violet Clark, Humorist Seth Lepore, filmmaker and MacArthur winner Theo Rigby, among many others including -- by popular demand – Pulitzer prize-winning poet James Tate, Tristatic, and the Springfield Sci-tech High Band

Check out the complete line up at:

From 6-7pm there will be a pre-party in the lobby of the Academy, including signature drinks from “Bully Boy” distillery, and locally brewed beer. Guests must sign up on the website for an invitation.

The evening is a roller coaster of laughter, contemplation, visceral visuals, and stomping rhythms, without a host or emcee. Magazine sections include readings (poetry, fiction, essay), performances (music, dance, theater), film, and live radio. A series of short pieces begin the evening. Longer “features” (6-8 minutes) follow and dig deeper.

The show starts at 7:30p and will run for about an hour and a half. Purchase TICKETS through the Academy of Music ( $8 for students, $10 for early bird General Admission, and $14 at the door.

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