Hallelujah! Poetry Book Launch and Party

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Friday, June 7, 2019

7:00-10:30pm

Hallelujah! Come celebrate life with us! 

Meet with author Sabrina Suarez as she celebrates the launch of her poetry book, Hallelujah, which sheds light on the thoughts and experiences of those who are often forgotten in the struggle with mental illness — the supporters. This is more than your average launch party. This is a celebration a life, love, and happiness that can be found after mental illness! 

Food and refreshments will be available at the event along with live music by DJ Anomaly!

Admission is free with the purchase of a book. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hallelujah-noho-launch-party-tickets-59164016165

POWER STRUGGLE Film Screening

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Thursday & Friday, June 6 and 7

7pm to 9:30pm

Tickets: $12 advance online / $15 at the door / No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

More Info & Purchase Tickets: www.powerstrugglemovie.com/northampton-ma-screening

Invite friends: www.facebook.com/events/735944480133418/

A feature-length documentary chronicling a successful grassroots citizens’ effort to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor in Vermont, directed by long-time Pioneer Valley filmmaker Robbie Leppzer. A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future. Featuring Frances Crowe and other local activists from western Massachusetts and Vermont. Original Music by John Sheldon.

Also featuring the premiere of a short film, FRANCES TURNS 100, chronicling Frances’ 100th birthday protest march through the streets of Northampton. Frances will also be a featured speaker. This is a benefit fundraiser to launch our national grassroots film campaign. For more information and to watch a film trailer, visit: www.PowerStruggleMovie.com.

Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer will speak and moderate post-screening discussion panels with film participants. Thursday, June 6 Post-Screening Panel: Features local activists talking about the current status and future of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning process, as well as the long-term public health hazards from high-level radioactive waste that will be stored indefinitely on the banks of the Connecticut River at the Vermont Yankee site. Panelists include: Deb Katz and Harvey Schaktman of the Citizen’s Awareness Network, and Clay Turnbull of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution.

Friday, June 7 Post-Screening Panel: Features Frances Crowe and members of her Shut It Down Affinity Group (all women over 70), who will talk about their participation in the movement to shut down Vermont Yankee and reflect on their affinity group experiences for lessons learned that could apply to other grassroots political struggles.

“A genuine David vs. Goliath battle. A rich story of whether grassroots democracy, in the form of citizens and local government, can triumph over entrenched, powerful interests like the nuclear energy industry. Through a story with many twists and turns, Leppzer keeps the film’s focus on the individuals caught up in the drama.”

— Steve Pfarrer, DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE

“POWER STRUGGLE is the remarkable story about how people power overcame corporate power and government cover-ups to finally shut down an aging and dangerous nuclear plant. We see how small town citizens were transformed into tenacious environmental activists who triumphed against the odds. POWER STRUGGLE is a hopeful story that reminds us that citizen activism is not just possible, it is essential to saving our endangered planet.”

— David Goodman, best-selling author, journalist and radio host, THE VERMONT CONVERSATION

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra Concert

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The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra performs their annual

Spring Concerts

presented by the Northampton Center for the Arts
Friday May 31st and Saturday June 1st at 8 pm


The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra puts on their signature event of the season; two concerts over two nights at Northampton’s premiere venue for the arts, the newly opened 33 Hawley St. Presented by the Northampton Center for the Arts, the Valley’s finest avant-garde community music ensemble will perform music by James Brown, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bela Bartok, Felix Mendelssohn, Heitor Villa-Lobos and surf guitar classics such as “Pipeline.” 

HVGO is an ensemble of 15 all-amplified electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars (plus drums) made up of all locally based players from a wide variety of stylistic backgrounds, creating a unique sound that can only come from such an unusual combination.

HVGO’s program is centered around the music of James Brown and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Using as the starting point his own meticulous transcriptions of classic recordings from the 1960’s and 70’s (James Brown’s “Cold Sweat”, “Funky Drummer”, and “Ain’t it Funky Now” and four cuts from Antonio Carlos Jobim’s LP masterpiece Stone Flower), Artistic Director Joseph Ricker has created arrangements for the HVGO which highlight the work of Brown and Jobim as composers, a less well acknowledged aspect of the legacy of these music icons. The orchestra will also perform Ricker’s arrangements of selections from Gyermekeknek by Bela Bartok, Songs without Words Felix Mendelssohn, Suite Populaire Brasilienne by Heitor Villa Lobos as well as surf guitar classics such as “Pipeline.”

“The Spring Concerts are where we really get to strut our stuff,” says Ricker .“We’re  excited to present this fun, fascinating and beautiful repertoire and show off all the hard work we’ve been up to this season. Don’t miss it!”

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4221116 $18 (adv.) $20 (door, cash or check only), $10 (under 18 and students with valid i.d) 

Performances: May 31st 2019 and June 1st 2019 at 8:00 PM, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA

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Moving into Place

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Moving Into Place 

May 24th, 7pm, 2019

Suggested $3 donation at the door

Leila Kaplan, Tess O'Day, Madeline Clyne, Sophie Abraham

Join us for the culmination of our embodied research investigation we have been working on for the last several months! As a group we have held space for one another to explore our relationship to the Connecticut River Valley through movement exploration and collaborative choreography. Our hope was to gain a more dynamic understanding of this area by moving through our own and others feelings and relationships to it. Come see what we've learned!

The event will be comprised of a short movement piece we created and an interactive activity that will explore how our bodies can be tools in understanding and relating to the place of the Connecticut River Valley and the people we inhabit it with.

GLOW :: Ecstatic Dance Northampton :: "Explore" w/DJ Ra So

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May 19th, 7-9:30pm

Online & At the Door (sliding scale): $15-25
Low Income w/ EBT Card: $10
Students w/ valid ID: $10
Kids 3-12: $5

More financial information, including scholarships, available at event link on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/369177123695019/ or online at www.ecstaticnnortheast.com

“Explore your inner creative genius through the medium you love and enjoy the journey!” ~ Ken Poirot

Dance is love, community, nourishment, inspiration, connection, bliss...

Let's dance together and start the week off in movement and magic. GLOW invites an early evening gathering of community to co-create a journey together... with a mix of local and worldwide teachers, DJs, artists, and musicians to weave a rich experience with a worldwide community and our local family.

..come together and glow with us!


PROGRAM
6:45pm Doors open, Welcome
7:00 Opening Circle & Warmup w/Sarah Monette
8:15 - Second Dance Wave w/DJ Ra So
9:15 Live Musician Soundscape & Closing

❖ In honoring the dance and integrating the experience, we will conclude with humming of gratitude and silent departure ❖

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/369177123695019/

We're all Bettys

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Friday, May 17 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm
Tickets, general sliding scale $10-$20, SBS community $5 https://wereallbettys.brownpapertickets.com/

The Center for the Arts presents "We're All Bettys," a dance concert piece by Cat Wagner in collaboration with Kelly Silliman and advanced dance students from Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

"Bitchin' Betty" is a slang term used by pilots and aircrew to reference the (often female) voices used in aircraft warning systems. Inspired by this term and an episode of the Unladylike podcast, "We're All Bettys" explores the relationships between gender and artificial intelligence. Following similar creative processes, choreographer Cat Wagner has created two entirely different pieces : one for her advanced dance students at Stoneleigh-Burnham, an independent girls' school in Greenfield, MA, and one with her longtime collaborative partner, Kelly Silliman. The pieces combine the quotidian with the idiosyncratic and exhibit repetition and counterpoint with an obsessive, cerebral formalism.

Photography by Matthew Cavanaugh

Stories of Bicycle History and Activism

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May 11, 2019

6:00-8:00pm

Tickets: $8 for FNTG and Historic Northampton members, $12 general admission, cash at door

Lorenz Finison, social psychologist, public health practitioner, historian, and cyclist, will present: ”Stories of Bicycling History and Activism.” Larry is a founding member of Cycling Through History, a nonprofit organization that links cyclists with maps and information about African-American heritage and history in Massachusetts, and the author of two books, Boston’s Cycle Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Class, and Society (2014) and Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels (2019). Autographed copies will be available for cash purchase at the talk.

Lisa Leizman Dance Company presents Sweetness

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May 10, 2019, 7:30pm

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4208522

The Center for the Arts presents the Lisa Leizman Dance Company in concert on Friday, May 10 in the magnificent new Flex theater space of the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. The 7:30 pm performance is followed by a festive dinner reception prepared by members of the Lisa Leizman Dance Company.  Tickets are $17 for adults (in advance)/$20 (at the door) and $10 for children under 10 (in advance)/$12 (at the door), available at  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4208522. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Warmer days, sap flowing, soft growing light. Time for some sweetness! How about spending a lovely spring evening with the Center’s long-time resident dance company? Find sweetness in the old—repertory pieces “Evening Song” with music by Philip Glass in an extraordinary arrangement by Peter Blanchette and “Sonata for Alto Horn and Piano” set to music by Paul Hindemith. And look for sweetness in brand new work set to music by company composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien (“Imbolc”) and in an aria from Cantata 51 by J.S. Bach. Underfoot, a beautiful new hardwood floor perfect for dance. Not to mention plentiful free parking and a delicious reception following the performance—now that’s sweet!

GLOW :: Ecstatic Dance Northampton :: "Swirl" w/Deep Seize

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May 5, 7-9:30pm

Online & At the Door (sliding scale): $15-25
Low Income w/ EBT Card: $10
Students w/ valid ID: $10
Kids 3-12: $5

More financial information, including scholarships, available at event link on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/408706863010420/ or online at www.ecstaticnnortheast.com

"Dance, and your veils which hide the light, Shall swirl in a heap at your feet." - Rumi

Dance is love, community, nourishment, inspiration, connection, bliss...

Let's dance together and start the week off in movement and magic. GLOW invites an early evening gathering of community to co-create a journey together... with a mix of local and worldwide teachers, DJs, artists, and musicians to weave a rich experience with a worldwide community and our local family.

..come together and glow with us!

PROGRAM
6:45pm Doors open, Welcome
7:00 Opening Circle & First Dance Wave w/Deep Seize
8:15 - Second Dance Wave w/DJ Journey Weaver
9:15 Live Musician Soundscape & Closing

❖ In honoring the dance and integrating the experience, we will conclude with humming of gratitude and silent departure ❖

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/408706863010420/


Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens

A group shot kept by Dr. Starbuck in a personal photo album shows gay and lesbian couples holding hands outside the Big House, Middlefield, MA, circa 1930. Photo Credit: Sexual Minorities Archives.

A group shot kept by Dr. Starbuck in a personal photo album shows gay and lesbian couples holding hands outside the Big House, Middlefield, MA, circa 1930. Photo Credit: Sexual Minorities Archives.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7 PM

Tickets available at the door are $10 general, $5 for students and elders. 

As part of its continuing original research series on pre-Stonewall era LGBTQ individuals who lived in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) of Holyoke will present a new history talk about Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens of Middlefield. The two women were an out lesbian couple who ran a wellness resort called the Big House in Middlefield from the 1920s to 1960s. The history talk, Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens, will be shown to the public for the first time twice in Northampton in the coming weeks. This event at the Center for the Arts is a collaboration between the Sexual Minorities Archives and Historic Northampton. Tickets available at the door are $10 general, $5 for students and elders. 

The story of Starbuck and Stevens is a compelling narrative of pre-Stonewall queer lives and queer community, of lesbians openly living in rural Massachusetts, and working women who were trailblazers as prominent community leaders in Springfield as well as Middlefield, MA. This talk is especially for those interested in LGBTQI+ history, women's and feminist history, early lesbian history in the Pioneer Valley, history of women's participation in community organizations (both women were involved in the Springfield YWCA), women's labor history in western Massachusetts, rural physicians and healthcare, gender non-conformity, and more. 

The talk draws on a range of primary sources discovered and organized by the SMA -- including local news clippings, print ads and posters, Big House artifacts, Census and Ancestry.com records, and, most notably, photographs from a personal album compiled by Starbuck and Stevens, and images from the Big House photographed recently by the SMA. These sources provide the visuals for the talk.

Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens teaches the community about local movers and shakers who were instrumental in forming businesses and organizations well before the start of the modern LGBTQ Movement but whose histories have been hidden – until now. 

The history talk is a 90-minute PowerPoint presentation full of found images and historical facts about the two women, their work and love relationship, followed by a Question and Answer session. 

For those who want to learn more about Starbuck and Stevens, the SMA will offer at the talk a PDF of an accompanying 80-page, annotated SMA original research paper that includes photos not shown in the presentation, for an additional donation of $10.

The SMA’s team of researchers, led by Curator of the SMA, Ben Power, who is the Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, spent five years conducting in-depth research and compiled it into this new history talk.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Both events are wheelchair-accessible. 

GLOW :: Ecstatic Dance Northampton :: "Flow" w/DJ Eoka

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April 28th, 7-9:30pm

Online & At the Door (sliding scale): $15-25
Low Income w/ EBT Card: $10
Students w/ valid ID: $10
Kids 3-12: $5

More financial information, including scholarships, available at event link on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2301543483457453/ or online at www.ecstaticnnortheast.com

"The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music ... dancing is poetry with arms and legs."
~ Charles Baudelaire

Dance is love, community, nourishment, inspiration, connection, bliss...

Let's dance together and start the week off in movement and magic. GLOW invites an early evening gathering of community to co-create a journey together... with a mix of local and worldwide teachers, DJs, artists, and musicians to weave a rich experience with a worldwide community and our local family.

..come together and glow with us!

PROGRAM

6:45pm Doors open, Welcome
7:00 Opening Circle & Warmup w/ Sarah Monette
7:15 First Dance Wave w/Chris Marti
8:15 Second Wave w/Dj eoka (Canada)
9:15 Soundscape w/ Nash Atkins & Closing

❖ In honoring the dance and integrating the experience, we will conclude with humming of gratitude and silent departure ❖

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2301543483457453/


Shakespeare Stage: The Tempest

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Shakespeare Stage returns to the Flex Space Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th at 7:30pm and Sunday April 21st at 6:30pm to present The Tempest.

The Tempest is the story of facing Nature's superior power over man and woman and the humble journey of those who suffer and in the end, surmount such adversity. Neither a comedy nor a tragedy, The Tempest is a magical and spiritual experience that focuses on many different aspects of love or lack thereof: Romantic, Fraternal, and love of drink to name a few.

Come with us on this tempestuous journey as we set the stage between the 1st and 2nd World War. A time when the great globe itself was facing such tumult and fear of complete destruction and annihilation. Will we succumb to technological advancements or will the heart, will love win in the end?

Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic growth and excellence, we contribute to the increasing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4211756 , or at the box office day of show for cash or check. Space is limited, so get your tickets soon! Keep updated on all the happenings at Shakespeare Stage by visiting our Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareStage/.

For more information please contact Director Julian Findlay at julian.shakespearestage@gmail.com or 413-992-7317.

CAST & CREW 
Alonso: Mark Tidswell
Sebastian: Jimmy Murphy
Prospero: Chris Devine
Antonio: Izzy Salant
Ferdinand: Sean O’Connor
Gonzalo: Rod Kleber
Adrian: Andrew LaPenta
Caliban: Julian Findlay
Trinculo: Ryan Dunn
Stephano: Autumn Tustin
Boatswain: Tim McCabe
Miranda: Sarah Etkin
Ariel: Kate Glowatsky, Jayse Matrishon, Jasmine Camaano

Director: Julian Findlay
Choreographer: Catherine Stewart
Music: Chris Devine 
Costumes: Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette, Piper Pichette