Dead Writers Dance - Literary Halloween

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Saturday, October 19

7:00-11:00pm

Tickets available here

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
$10 in advance for students, $15 at the door for students.

Dress up as your favorite author (or character) and Join Straw Dog Writers for our Literary Halloween Fundraising benefit to support the literary arts of Western MA.

DJ
Cash bar
Free Hors d'oeuvres
Surprise accolades
Raffles (of writerly essentials)

Costume Catwalk hosted by Nicole Young

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The Warrior Tradition Sneak Preview

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fees: None, but $15.00+ donations to the Northampton Center for the Arts may be given at the door.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-warrior-tradition-sneak-preview-tickets-66824400581


You are invited to a sneak preview of The Warrior Tradition a one-hour film that tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.

Lawrence Hott, producer/director, and Rikk Desgres, Editor, will introduce the film and take questions after the screening.

The Warrior Tradition is a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. It was produced and directed by Lawrence Hott, edited by Rikk Desgres,and written by Ken Chowder. John Grant is executive producer for WNED. The film will be broadcast nationally on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019 on PBS. It will have its premiere at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC on October 29, 2019.

Photography Matters: How the Photographic Image Brings Informed Action on Social Justice

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7-8:30pm Refreshments follow.

Free and open to the public

Today, a global population of mobile phone users take more photographs in an hour than have been taken in the entire history of analog photography. Yet some of these photos stand out and make a presence. Three professional photographers will present images of their photography documenting social justice issues, including sexual trafficking, and criminal justice. They will talk about the power of photography as a tool for social change.  

https://www.facebook.com/events/2530123427026667/

FOCUS ON THE ARTS

Friday, November 1st, 2019

6-9 pm

$50.00

Buy your tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4318551

Join us on Friday, November 1st for FOCUS on the Arts, an event celebrating the arts and supporting our FOCUS program, bringing essential resources to young adults in Massachusetts who have aged out of foster care. This event takes place in the beautiful new Northampton Center for the Arts space at 33 Hawley Street in downtown Northampton.

Bid on the work of local and regional artists, concerts, museums, destination packages and other exciting items in our silent and live auctions. Enjoy live music, delicious food from Seth Mias Catering, fun cocktails and more!

6:00pm Cocktails, appetizers & silent arts auction

8:00pm Live arts auction

Tickets are $50 each and all funds will go to supporting our FOCUS program.

Western Mass Comedy Group's Super Spooky Showcase

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Friday, November 1st, 2019
Doors open at 7:30pm. Show at 8:00pm.

On the show will be Nick Caron, Lisa Wentworth, Jess Burlingame, Danny New, hosting Ezra Prior, and closing the great Jimmy Blair!

Tickets are pay what you can (suggested donation of $20). Money from the event will go back to HIV/AIDS services, to the performers, and lastly to Western Mass Comedy Group, which functions to put on comedy entertainment, and build a community around laughter.

Buy advance tickets here. Tickets will also be available at the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/405781010131554/

Juanito Pascual Trio w/ guest dancer Neli Tirado

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

4:00pm

Tickets: $20 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4416853

Virtuoso flamenco guitarist/composer/improviser Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade which in this case is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's musical style. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco plus influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.

The Juanito Pascual Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla (Bobby McFerrin, Julian Lage, Bob Moses) and stunning bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake, Joe Morris). By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a dynamic, exhilarating and constantly evolving sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Trios 2014 release Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio was included in NPR critic Milo Miles Best World Music Albums for that year. They are currently preparing to release a recently recorded 3-song EP in addition to work on a new full length album.

Joining the Trio is renowned flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado, bringing the fire and passion of flamenco tradition while embracing the evolving nature of this vibrant art form.

In addition to featuring Ms. Tirado, the Trio will perform new material from a forthcoming EP release as well as material from their debut CD released 2014. The album received much critical acclaim including a spot on NPR critic Milo Miles Top World Music Albums of 2014 list.

Since the 2003 release of his debut solo recording "Cosas en Comun", Pascual's international touring schedule has brought him to venues including the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Lincoln Center, and Blue Note Jazz Club, The Panama Jazz Festival and Madrid's renowned Casa Patas. He has performed with a lengthy 'who's who' of top flamenco artists including 2016 tour dates with Jorge Pardo (of Paco de Lucias legendary Sextet) in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of musicians including Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, bassist John Patitucci (of Chick Corea's Band), pianist Danilo Perez (of the Wayne Shorter Qt), percussionist Jamey Haddad (of Paul Simon's group), virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev, and many others.

https://www.facebook.com/events/473087323295196/

Photo credit: Eric Antoniou

Photo credit: Eric Antoniou

Perugia Presents: A Poetry Reading for Veterans Day: Two Poet Laureates Explore Their Military Ties

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Friday, November 8, 2019 7:00pm-8:30pm

Free and open to the public

During November’s Arts Night Out, Perugia Press will hold a poetry reading at the Center for the Arts in honor of Veterans Day, featuring Abby E. Murray & Karen Skolfield. Murray is Perugia Press’s latest winning poet and will be traveling here from WA State (where she is Tacoma, Washington’s current poet Laureate) to celebrate her new Perugia Press book, Hail and Farewell. Skolfield is a friend of Perugia Press and is the current poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Her latest book is Battle Dress, out this fall from W.W. Norton. This event is the book launch for these new releases by Murray and Skolfield. Both poets explore their military ties in their poems, Murray as the pacifist, feminist wife of an active-duty soldier, and Skolfield as an Army veteran. The event is a bridge-building, community enhancing occasion that welcomes military and literary communities, as well as the general public. This event is sponsored in part by the Northampton Arts Council.

Divinatory Poetics: Composing and Encoding Collage

Wednesday November 13th 7pm-8:30pm  In this workshop we will investigate composition through the art of collage: approached as an inquiry, an experiment in decision-making and an opportunity for unexpected revelations. We will explore texture, the aesthetics of text and the possibilities of asemic (wordless) writing. We will examine the concept(s) of wabi sabi (un-tamed beauty) and abstraction, and attempt to meet at the crossroads of spontaneity and design. Each of us will emerge with an original piece(s) of work, which we will then deconstruct/decode/decipher to reveal elements of our own personal symbolism. Open and accessible to all manner of the curious, intrepid and the skeptical.  Materials will be provided, but do bring any scraps of interesting text or images, old books, (to be torn) or other 2-dimentional ephemera, as well as any (quick drying) inks, markers or paints you'd like to work with. UnSungStudio.net  There will be an anonymous contribution box at the door.  Suggested value is $35. Cash, check, or PayPal.  Contact Regan with any questions: rdrouin26@gmail.com

Wednesday November 13th 7pm-8:30pm

In this workshop we will investigate composition through the art of
collage: approached as an inquiry, an experiment in decision-making
and an opportunity for unexpected revelations. We will explore texture, the aesthetics of text and the possibilities of asemic (wordless) writing. We will examine the concept(s) of wabi sabi (un-tamed beauty) and abstraction, and attempt to meet at the crossroads of spontaneity and design. Each of us will emerge with an original piece(s) of work, which we will then deconstruct/decode/decipher to reveal elements of our own
personal symbolism. Open and accessible to all manner of the curious, intrepid and the skeptical.

Materials will be provided, but do bring any scraps of interesting
text or images, old books, (to be torn) or other 2-dimentional
ephemera, as well as any (quick drying) inks, markers or paints you'd
like to work with.
UnSungStudio.net

There will be an anonymous contribution box at the door.
Suggested value is $35.
Cash, check, or PayPal.

Contact Regan with any questions:rdrouin26@gmail.com

Auditions for The Nutcracker

Auditions for The Nutcracker Story will take place Saturday, October 12th and 13th from 1:00- 3:00. All of the children auditioning will receive parts. Registration is $10 and can be paid in advance or at the door by cash or check.

Saturday, October 12th will be an audition for dancers 12 and over. There will be a 40 minute warm up, and

dancers will be auditioning for the roles of Arabian Princess, Snow Queen, Kissy/soldier Doll, Spanish and Marzipan and more.

Sunday, October 13 will be an audition for children ages 4-14. The children will be auditioning for the roles of Chinese Zodiac Animals, Little Lambs, Polichinelles, Angels, Clara, Fritz, Snowflakes and Mice.

1:00-1:30 ages (ages 3-4), 1:30-2:00 (ages 5-8) 2:00-3:00 (ages 8-14)

Performances will be Sunday, December 8th at South Hadley High School.

Email: thecenterballetschool@gmail.com.

Dwellings Arts Festival

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Saturday, October 12th 1pm-11pm
Sliding Scale $10-$25

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dwellings-arts-festival-tickets-63300785353?fbclid=IwAR31SQYklIJrZZsOWe5ey0WwPExXlXgNX5vCpfLOxfIAcHp-xM7OnL75Kzg
OR Tickets available at the door

A ONE-DAY FESTIVAL THAT BRINGS TOGETHER POETRY, MUSIC, VISUAL ART, AND WORKSHOPS THAT EXPLORE IDEALS OF COMMUNITY, SAFETY, IDENTITY, AND INCLUSIVITY. Ft. Clementine Von Radics, Izy Coffey, Wendy Eisenberg, Diana Alvarez, Rajna Swaminathan's Mangal, and MORE.

WEB: dwellingsarts.com

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/457098901526853/

Instagram Page: instagram.com/dwellingsarts

Collector's Edition: The Art of Movie Merchandising Preview

Friday, October 11th, 5-8PM

FREE and open to the general public

Explore over a decade of movie merchandising and blockbuster marketing at its peak, including toys and merchandise based on hit films and TV shows such as “Batman Forever”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Toy Story”. Over 180 pieces make up this stunning collection, curated especially for this exhibit. 

Comic artist/creator Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens, Guardians of the Galaxy, Malice and Mistletoe) will be signing his work and have prints and original art available.

Come in costume as your favorite 90's movie or TV character (Masks, weapons or large props, and long, trailing fabrics will not be allowed.)

 

OCTOBER ARTS FEST!

Join us for our OCTOBER ARTS FEST fundraiser on October 11th 5pm-8pm during Arts Night Out for an open mic/open floor at the Center for the Arts! Bring your poetry, short plays, monologues, music, dance, and comedy to 33 Hawley! Performances should be 5 minutes or less. We will hold a raffle with prizes including local gift cards. This event is free and open to the public. Wine and snacks will be served! All raffle proceeds and donations from this event will go to start our new Accessibility Fund, which will make us able to subsidize rehearsal and performance space rentals to artists and makers in our community.

To sign up for the open mic or to donate artwork or services to the raffle, please email ncfa@nohoarts.org

Northampton Jazz Festival: Native Soul Quartet

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

12:00pm

The collective quartet known as Native Soul has earned a reputation for inspired performances among audiences and fellow musicians alike. Native Soul is comprised of 4 uniquely gifted instrumentalist/composers. Saxophonist Peter Brainin met drummer Steve Johns in Boston and the two forged a friendship that continued when they both moved back to New York. Marcus McLaurine was already one of the most sought after bass players on the scene when he first met and played with 19-year-old pianist Noah Haidu at a gig in Brooklyn, NY. After Noah moved to New York and established himself as an important new pianist on the scene they decided to form a working group: McLaurine suggested they seek out Steve Johns and Peter Brainin and Native Soul was born. The bands initial appearances hosting a jam session in Brooklyn led to their first recording, "ROUGH JAZZ" (Apria Records, 2006).

https://www.northamptonjazzfest.org/

Ending the Silence: #metoo

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October 3rd, 2019. 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Free and open to the public

Ending the Silence: #metoo, a series of portraits and conversations about the #metoo movement, will be presented at the Northampton Center for the Arts on October 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and welcome to all that wish to attend. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Health Expo

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Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 6:30-9pm 

We will have two displays, "Hidden in Plain Sight" and "Weeding Through the Mist" which are both mock bedroom set ups with common, everyday items throughout that are designed to conceal drug paraphernalia. The adults are given a list of what to look for and have an opportunity to go through the room and see for themselves what may be hiding. The activity is designed to be interactive and informative. 

In addition, come see several other stations where adults can see, feel, and learn about modern day vape devices, marijuana dab pens, THC edibles, etc. Health professionals will address how to broach the topic of substance use. Vendors will showcase fun, healthy activities that are above the influences of drugs.

Food and Prizes have been donated by Central Rock Gym, Look Park, and Puzzled Escape Room. 

Safe storage containers will be offered as door prizes to promote the safe storage of cannabis edibles, vape products, and prescription drugs. 

Orpheus Guitar Duo Album Release Concert

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

7:30 - 10:30 PM

TICKETS: $15 (ADVANCED), $18 (DOOR)


Acclaimed classical guitar group Orpheus Guitar Duo (formerly Duo Orfeo) is celebrating the release of their new album “Peculiar Arabesques” with a concert in their hometown at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St in Northampton, MA on Saturday, September 21st at 7:30 pm.

The album (and the concert) is a collection of arrangements for both traditional classical and vintage electric guitars of music by Chopin, Albeniz, Granados, Ravel and Reynaldo Hahn.

“Peculiar Arabesques” is the fifth album that guitarists Joseph Ricker and Jamie Balmer have made together since meeting in 2003 as students of the renowned guitar pedagogue Phillip de Fremery. The new album completes a tetralogy of full-length albums that began with the 2011 release, “I sing the body electric” (produced by Peter Blanchette) and which charts a musical voyage though an astonishing breadth of repertoire, a path of deepening connection with and innovation upon the timbres and techniques of their chosen instrument. These albums stand as a testament to the pair’s sustained passion for creative expression in classical music.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328326