Community Events

Irish Matters: A Journalist’s Journey

February 1, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Unitarian Universalist Church
121 N. Pleasant Street

Amherst Irish Association Announces it Will Launch Event Series with UMass Alum, Kevin Cullen on Brigid’s Day, February 1st

Amherst, MA: The Amherst Irish Association welcomes Kevin Cullen, columnist at the Boston Globe, recipient of the Livingston Award, and co-author of the New York Times best-seller “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”, back to the town of his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The community will welcome Cullen on February 1st , at the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. at 2pm, for his presentation, “Irish Matters: A Journalist’s Journey”.  No entry fee –suggested donation, $5-10, welcome at the door.

Following the event, from 4-6, complimentary tea and scones will be served, provided by the Amherst Irish Association, accompanied by Irish music and dancing.

The Amherst Irish Association is a community-based initiative, aiming to host monthly events that explore and celebrate aspects of Ireland’s diaspora, culture and society. For more information, “like” us on Facebook, or contact us at amherstirishassociation@gmail.com!

10th Annual Blues & Funk Fest

February 6, 2015 - February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm at MCLA Venable Gym
375 Church Street

Two nights, Five Bands, one awesome party!

Night One – Friday, February 6th
Maya Azucena
The ReMINDers

Night Two – Saturday, February 7th
Albert Cummings
Misty Blues Band
Arthur Holmes Blues Band

mcla.edu/presents for more info!

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

February 6, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle St

Described by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, Grammy–winning ‘Graceland’ artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo have warmed the hearts of audiences for more than 50 years with their uplifting vocal harmonies, infectious rhythm and flamboyant dance moves.

Free Screening of Sundance Film “The Crash Reel” with Pro Snowboard Kevin Pearce

February 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Baystate Convention Center
Whitney St.

Champion snowboarder and traumatic brain injury survivor Kevin Pearce will be in Holyoke on February 8 to screen The Crash Reel, the award-winning film about his epic snowboarding career, and his equally dramatic injury in 2009.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is a poignant story of family, disability, acceptance and resilience. Scheduled to join Pearce to discuss the film will be his brother David, who has Down syndrome.

After the film, Kevin will discuss traumatic brain injury and answer questions from the audience. Baystate Health doctor Barry Rodstein, who has is sub-certified in brain injury, will also be on hand to answer questions about TBI. There will be a short reception following the Q&A.

Baystate Health is sponsoring the event. Reservations are required: www.wholechildren.org.

Hampshire College Winter Dance Concert 2015

February 12, 2015 - February 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Hampshire College Main Studio/Theater
893 West Street

As student choreographer Jamila Jackson asserts, “Dance is a space that can hold the wildness of life.” Winter Concert 2015 employs movement as a way to face fears, honor the humanity of vulnerability, embrace the vastness we all embody and ask some of life’s big questions. The evening is rounded out by a lively excerpt of John Heginbotham’s ‘Manhattan Research’. Don’t miss what promises to be a beautifully eclectic event where professional and student dance makers share the fruit of their creative labor together. Performances February 12th, 13th, & 14th at 8pm, Hampshire College Main Dance Studio, Amherst, MA.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 559-5889 or emailing HampDanceReservations@gmail.com.
Tickets are $10 general, $5 students & seniors.

Julian Lage Trio

February 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill #222

An extremely versatile guitarist on everyone’s A list, Lage has played with Jim Hall, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and many more. His new trio with Scott Colley (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) is highly acclaimed.

Sponsored by Mark Anagnostopulos, Janet Zinter and Matcor’s Bill Schutt.

$20-40 sliding scale general, $15 students

Available online www.vtjazz.org, at door (to capacity), reserved by phone

gingervjc@gmail.com

802 254 9088, at In the Moment Records, Main St

Please call ahead for handicap access.

The Big Broadcast! 10th Anniversary

March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Chapin Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College

present 

 

THE BIG BROADCAST !

10th Anniversary Edition

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2PM and 7PM

Chapin Auditorium

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA 01075

 

The Show

 

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College’s 10th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman, among others.

 

South Hadley Performances

 

Sponsors to date include: Mount Holyoke College, Baystate Medical Practices, Peoples Bank, Loomis Communities, New England Public Radio, The Westfield News Group, and WWLP-22News.

 

Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available (beginning January 15, 2015) at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box-Office in Amherst, at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, South Hadley, and at the door (subject to availability).  For phone orders: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. For online orders:https://fac.umass.edu/Online/MHC

 

Basic Mediation Training

March 13, 2015 - March 28, 2015 - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church
8 Church Street

Learn simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements; gain skills and confidence in handling challenging situations; help others work with their conflicts. Whether you intend to be a formal mediator, or want to develop skills you can use in other professional and personal situations, basic mediation training is a great place to start. Training runs March 13, 14, 20 and 21 (March 28 optional), 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, in Greenfield. For info or brochure, see www.communityaction.us/upcoming-trainings-events or contact The Mediation & Training Collaborative (mediation@communityaction.us, 413-475-1505).

The Big Broadcast! 10th Anniversary

March 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm at The Colonial Theatre
The Colonial Theatre

Friday, March 13, 2015

7PM

The Colonial Theatre

111 South Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

THE BIG BROADCAST !

10th Anniversary Edition

The Show

 

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College’s 10th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman, among others.

 

 

Pittsfield Performance

 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10.00 for students. Tickets are available (beginning January 15, 2015) at The Colonial Theatre Ticket Office, by phone at 413-997-4444 and online at http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/

 

The Pittsfield performance of “The Big Broadcast” will benefit BTG PLAYS!. Education and training programs are a fundamental component of Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission to serve our community.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group is one of the largest and most exciting arts organizations in Berkshire County. Created by the merger of two of the oldest Berkshire County establishments, Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, it presents the finest in theatre, music and the performing arts. Berkshire Theatre Festival was founded in 1928 and The Colonial Theatre opened in 1903. Serving over 100,000 patrons each season and 17,000 students with its wide range of education programs, Berkshire Theatre Group brings the best of the arts to the residents of Berkshire County and beyond year-round. For more information, please visit http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/.

SECOND Sunday Concert: Nota Bene

April 12, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
650 East Pleasant Street

Sunday, April 12th from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents its final Sunday concert of the spring semester. Nota Bene, an a cappella ensemble featuring Annie Phillips, Elizabeth Chilton, and Nina Wurgaft, will be performing. Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. For more information on Nota Bene, please visit their website at www.facebook.com/singnotabene.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF APRIL SO AS NOT TO CONFLICT WITH EASTER

Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread with John Leventhal and Zev Katz

May 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle St

One of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a body of work encompassing country, rock, roots and pop influences, Rosanne Cash, oldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, will perform bittersweet stories of the South in her critically acclaimed, 2015 Grammy-nominated album The River & The Thread. Tickets $29 – $79. See www.mahaiwe.org/RosanneCash or call (413) 528-0100 for more info.

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