Events

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.

World Breastfeeding Week

August 1, 2015 - August 7, 2015 - All Day at

August is National Breastfeeding Month and it kicks off with World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s WBW theme is Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work! We’re celebrating in Brattleboro with a banner over Main Street the week before, an art show and Breastfeeding Friendly Employers station during Gallery Walk on August 7, a New Mom’s group party at BMH, breastfeeding standees around town and a contest on spotting them, and a few other fun promotions. You can celebrate by promoting breastfeeding and and supporting your local breastfeeding mommas!

KoFest: DAY JOBS, OPERA DREAMS

August 2, 2015 - August 3, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm at Holden Theater, Amherst College
S. Pleasant Street
Amherst

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

Holyoke Creative Arts Center Summer Session

August 3, 2015 - 12:00 am at Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384 Dwight St.
Holyoke

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.

al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

August 3, 2015 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm at Art Gallery, Hampshire College Library
893 West Street
Amherst

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

Holyoke Creative Arts Center Summer Session

August 4, 2015 - 12:00 am at Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384 Dwight St.
Holyoke

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.

Photo Illustration by Dan Chiamis; Scratchboard Etchings by Beth Filson

August 4, 2015 - August 5, 2015 - All Day at Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton MA.

Reception: August 5, 5-7 PM.

Beth Filson is a writer and self-taught artist whose work is often featured in the art brut or outsider art community. Her simple etchings on scratchboard emerged when language failed her. “Grief and Resurrection” is the product of this time. Beth has been exhibited in a number of galleries throughout Georgia and her art has appeared in various magazines including The Perch, and The National Council Magazine. She is an independent consultant for MA Department of Mental Health piloting trauma-informed approaches for engaging people in extreme distress. She makes her home in Western Mass.

Dan Chiamis’s Still Lives Series is a set of photo illustration portraits of dolls and figurines taken at second hand stores.  Since ancient times, dolls have played a central role in magic and religious rituals, or used as representations of a deity. Dolls have also been toys for children and collected by adults, for their nostalgic value, beauty, historical importance or financial value. Dolls have traditionally been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as with elaborate, artful design. They have been created as folk art in cultures around the globe, and in the 20th century, art dolls began to be seen as high art. A doll is not simply an impersonal play object. Children, and by extension many adults, become attached to their dolls and share with them their deepest wishes, sorrows, and joys. Adoll is given a name and an identity and a life of its own. Dolls often cannot, therefore, simply be thrown out when the age of play has passed.

al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

August 4, 2015 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm at Art Gallery, Hampshire College Library
893 West Street
Amherst

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

deanween

8/4 – Dean Ween Group

August 4, 2015 - 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Pearl Street
10 Pearl Street
Northampton

The Dean Ween Group—A rotating cast of characters fronted by the man himself, Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) The Dean Ween Group is currently: Dean Ween, Dave Dreiwitz, Claude Coleman Jr, Glenn McClelland, & Scott Rednor. This is the “Ween Minus” lineup that includes 4/5th of Ween’s longtime touring band playing mostly material from WEEN’s many albums.  Additionally, Melchiondo has also finished construction on his new recording studios and has announced plans to record new music with the Dean Ween Group this summer.

Holyoke Creative Arts Center Summer Session

August 5, 2015 - 12:00 am at Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384 Dwight St.
Holyoke

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.

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