Events

Zachary Ehrenreich: Mystery of the Emergent Image

July 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at R. Michelson Galleries
132 Main Street
Northampton

Ehrenreich begins with thin washes of color, often with his favorite purples, blues, and greens.  He next defines his subjects with pointillist technique.  His images emerge from these color fields in a decidedly expressionistic mode; his impasto brushwork expresses emotion.  Each composition is a balance between the abstract and the narrative, the suggested and the specified. The narrative content, typically from literature, at times Shakespearean, provides an allegorical component that partners with an underlying and powerful compositional structure.

Opening reception: July 10, 2015 from 6 pm-8 pm.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Wednesday : 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Saturday : 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday : 12:00pm – 5:00pm

KoFest Workshop: Crafting Your Story for Performance

July 25, 2015 - July 31, 2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at

KoFest 6-day workshop intensives for performers, writers, storytellers, directors, educators, and all those wanting to kickstart their creativity. Past participants have ranged in age from 18 to 80 and the workshops are taught by expert teachers who are adept at gearing their classes for all levels of experience. Perfect for Story Slam participants.

July 20-25: Gerard Stropnicky’s “FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance”
 is an on-your-feet writers and performers story intensive, designed to release the enormous potential energy already in you and your story.

For further information email or call (413) 427-6147.

 

Art exhibit by Leslie Tane, Greg Saulmon and Phyllis Kornfeld

July 30, 2015 - July 31, 2015 - All Day at

Curatorial 365 by Leslie Tane
The Birds Downtown by Greg Saulmon
Folk Arts and Artifacts From America’s Prison Culture, curated by Phyllis Kornfeld with Janelle Aieta
Hosmer Gallery, 20 West St, Northampton
July 2-30, 2015
Reception: Wednesday July 8, 5-7 PM

Much of the work on display here is Folk Art: traditional crafts—paper weaving, soap carving, toothpick constructions—handed down not from generation to generation but from cellmate to cellmate. The prison tradition of drawings on easily mailed handkerchiefs and envelopes, also featured in the show, attests to the acute need to reach out beyond the walls to loved ones. The Artifacts are unique, heartfelt objects composed of anything at hand, affirming to the maker and others his or her humanity, despite living in an inhuman environment.

Phyllis Kornfeld is the author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America (Princeton) and has been working with incarcerated people for 32 years. www.cellblockvisions.com

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

GREG SAULMON

Journalist and photographer Greg Saulmon is a lifelong Pioneer Valley resident. The birds featured in this exhibit were all photographed in the heart of Holyoke’s urban core. It’s a landscape shaped by industry; a world of canals and factories and tenements. It’s a world far removed from the pristine wilderness many birders seek, but it’s no less rich a realm for discovery.

LESLIE TANE

From January 1 through December 31, 2014, graphic designer Leslie Tane designed one 4×6” postcard every day. The result is “Curatorial 365.” After reading a relevant essay each day, she selected a phrase from it to design.

New Century Theatre: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

July 30, 2015 - August 8, 2015 - All Day at Mendenhall Center, Smith College
122 Green Street
Northampton

July 30, August 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 PM
July 31, August 1, 7, 8 at 8:00 PM
August 2 at 2:00 PM, Pizza and a Play! pizza served at 6:45 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM

Ben Brantley of the New York Times hails Anne Washburn’s new play,  “Downright brilliant! When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?”  In a post-apocalyptic world a group of strangers pass the time attempting to retell the infamous CAPE FEARE episode from THE SIMPSONS. Flash forward seven years to a theatre company doing the same thing. Flash forward 75 years to a story told with Homer and Marge as a pop culture inspiration for a new kind of theatre – where one mythology evolves into another. Join us for a play unlike anything you have ever seen – “scary, sweet and funny.” (Time Magazine).

Adults: $30; Seniors (65 and up): $28; Pizza and a Play: $18; Student Rush Tickets: $15

Call 413-585-3220 for tickets.

KoFest Workshop: ZEN & THE ART OF PERFORMANCE

July 30, 2015 - July 31, 2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at

KoFest 6-day workshop intensives for performers, writers, storytellers, directors, educators, and all those wanting to kickstart their creativity. Past participants have ranged in age from 18 to 80 and the workshops are taught by expert teachers who are adept at gearing their classes for all levels of experience.

July 27 – August 1
ZEN & THE ART OF PERFORMANCE with Jubilith Moore

For the inter-culturally curious and those who think of performing as a life-practice; and for performers / directors / choreographers / educators seeking a new old paradigm for looking at what they do.

For further information email or call (413) 427-6147.

Holyoke Creative Arts Center Summer Session

July 31, 2015 - 12:00 am at

Register now for Summer Session! The Holyoke Creative Arts Center offers weekly classes in upholstery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, painting, drawing, and more. For more information or to register for classes, visit the Holyoke Creative Arts Center website.

KoFest Workshop: ZEN & THE ART OF PERFORMANCE

July 31, 2015 - August 1, 2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at

KoFest 6-day workshop intensives for performers, writers, storytellers, directors, educators, and all those wanting to kickstart their creativity. Past participants have ranged in age from 18 to 80 and the workshops are taught by expert teachers who are adept at gearing their classes for all levels of experience.

July 27 – August 1
ZEN & THE ART OF PERFORMANCE with Jubilith Moore

For the inter-culturally curious and those who think of performing as a life-practice; and for performers / directors / choreographers / educators seeking a new old paradigm for looking at what they do.

For further information email or call (413) 427-6147.

al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

July 31, 2015 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm at

The Hampshire College Art Gallery will host the traveling exhibition, Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, from June 17 through September 30, 2015. The exhibition of 100 limited edition artists’ books, prints, and broadsides was created in response to the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad in March 2007. The diverse group of artists from Europe, North American and the Middle East reveal a wide range of creative responses to the event. Al Mutanabbi Street, named after the classical 10th century Arab poet, had been the center of literary, intellectual and cultural life in Baghdad for centuries.

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, “is a tribute to a street that grows into a large and archetypal symbol and spatial metaphor for books. Situated in Baghdad, the city of the Arabian Nights, and in the oldest civilization that brought humanity to learning through writing, al-Mutanabbi Street is a call for all to regain Baghdad’s cultural luster instead of letting it fade in violence, greed, exploitation and corruption in a wicked trajectory of dictatorship, invasion, occupation, and comic but dangerous puppets. (Muhsin al-Musawi’s preface to Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers” edited by Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, 2012)

Two of the participating artists, Liz Chalfin and Cathy DeForest, will speak at the opening reception for the show on June 18th at 5:00 pm in the Gallery. DeForest’s work “Our Immortal Soul” was recently selected for the Guild of Book Workers exhibition entitled “Vessel.”  Liz Chalfin, artist and printmaker, is the founder and director of Zea Mays Printmaking. We are excited to have their creative and passionate voices at the opening of this important exhibition.

The exhibition will conclude on September 28th at 4:30pm with a faculty panel addressing some of the questions raised by the artworks, and putting those questions into political, religious, social and artistic context.

All events are free and open to the public. The library gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10:30am -4:30pm and is located on the lower level of the Hampshire College Library.

For further information, please contact: bvigeland@hampshire.edu

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7/31 – Trampled by Turtles

July 31, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Northampton Academy of Music
274 Main Street
Northampton

Trampled By Turtles formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minnesota. From their beginnings on the Midwestern festival circuit, they have reached new heights with each album. The release of 2012’s Stars And Satellites saw the band play to more fans than ever, sell close to 100,000 albums, make their first national television appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, and have their first concert feature, Live at First Avenue, broadcast on Palladia. This year, the band will once again headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre in addition to holding their second annual Festival Palomino in the fall.

On Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles’ seventh studio album, themes of impermanence run deep, both lyrically and sonically. The quintet’s hybrid folk sound continues its evolution pushing the band further into the grey area between genres that defies pigeonholing.

Get tickets here: http://www.academyofmusictheatre.com/temp-calendar/trampled-by-turtles-w-spirit-family-reunion/

KoFest: DAY JOBS, OPERA DREAMS

July 31, 2015 - August 1, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm at

DAY JOBS, OPERA DREAMS by Chinese Theater Works
Part of Ko Festival of Performance 2015

By and about Peking Opera performers who’ve left China to try their luck in the U.S. On arriving in NYC, the truth is stark – not stardom, but work in restaurants & nail salons. Told through a blend of Peking Opera and personal narrative.

3 Performance Times:
Friday, July 31 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 2 at 4:00 pm

Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
$16 students/seniors; $20 adults
Box Office opens July 6:  413-542-3750
Tickets on sale now at: www.kofest.com

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