March Arts Night Out Opening Reception

Untitled, by Lourdes Morales

Untitled, by Lourdes Morales

The Center for the Arts is thrilled to be exhibiting the work of two talented local artists, Lourdes Morales and Abbie Steiner, and invites the community to join us for an opening reception during Arts Night Out on March 8, 2019, from 5-8pm. The art will be available for public viewing in March and April of 2019.

Lourdes Morales’ subject matter evokes spaces of "interior/exterior" visual aspects. Her work dips freely into the realms of abstraction, figuration, surrealism, pop art, and spiritual expression. She also takes from the German Expressionists the vortex of perspective that gives us the sense of walking through unrecognizable spaces. 

Abbie Steiner’s “The Aleph Bet Bestiary” (2002-2019) is a response to the tradition of bestiaries and illuminated alphabets, and she creates whimsical prints suitable for animal lovers of all ages. Steiner’s version of the Hebrew alphabet is inspired by an interest in medieval art and illuminated manuscripts, and her lifelong fascination with both Judaism and animals.

This opening is sponsored in part by ConVino Wine Bar and River Valley Co-op.

On March 8, join us for a first glimpse of this exhibition, meet both artists, enjoy light refreshments, and tour the beautiful space at 33 Hawley St! Free parking.

Mouse, by Abbie Steiner, from The Aleph Bet Bestiary (2002-2019)

Mouse, by Abbie Steiner, from The Aleph Bet Bestiary (2002-2019)

The Valley Light Opera Presents: Costumes through the Ages

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Friday, March 29, 7:30 PM, doors open at 7:00. Silent auction, hors d’oeurves, and cash bar.

Tickets: $20. Available at

Valley Light Opera is presenting a fundraising fashion show and musical revue, featuring exquisite costumes from medieval times to the 20th Century, all created by VLO’s team of costume designers for past productions. More than a dozen performers will model the costumes and sing joyous, funny, brilliant music to match. There will be selections from a full range of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works (The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Ruddigore, Yeomen of the Guard, and more), other light operas (The Merry Widow), and classic Broadway musicals (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon). There will even be a preview of VLO’s Fall 2019 show, Camelot!

Valley Light Opera Inc., is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Founded in 1975 by a group of Gilbert and Sullivan devotees, the VLO presents a fully-staged opera every fall at the Academy of Music in Northampton, with less formal productions each spring.

The Center for the Arts Presents: The Lisa Leizman Dance Company's "Long Way Home"

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Friday, December 14th, 2018, 7:30 PM. SOLD OUT.

Please join us for a winter concert celebrating the debut of the Center's resident dance company in the newly-opened Flex theater space at 33 Hawley Street. The performance is followed by a trademark festive dinner reception prepared by members of the troupe. Advance tickets are recommended.

About Long Way Home: After five years of wandering throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, awaiting a new home for the Center, this long-time resident company finally has a new residence. Grateful and joyful, the dancers will present audience favorites Spiegel im Spiegel, set to music by Arvo Pärt and Derek Walcott’s the amen of calm waters, with music by Ludovico Einaudi. The concert will also include the secret that bamboo guards with music by composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien.

“There are no shortcuts in art. Do the work. Be tenacious. Be resilient. Keep going. Applaud the beautiful, elegant destination. Celebrate the journey, no matter how far. Take the long way home”—Lisa Leizman

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The Center for the Arts Presents: Real Live Theatre's "When Last We Flew"


“When Last We Flew,” by Harrison David Rivers
Co-directed by Ellen Morbyrne & Trenda Loftin

Thursday-Sunday, December 6 - 9, 2018

After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen

This coming of age story follows teenagers Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they discover who they really are, whether that's being gay, being in love, or choosing activism over educational security. When Last We Flew is also a loving homage to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

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The Center for the Arts Presents: Shakespeare Stage's "Twelfth Night. Or What You Will"


Shakespeare Stage presents TWELFTH NIGHT (Or What You Will)

Friday, November 30th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 1st at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 2nd at 6:30pm

Love. Trickery. Mistaken identity. Join us for a classic retelling of one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. Through laughter, music, and a fair bit of pranking, once again, love conquers all. 

Tickets $15.00 cash or check at the door. Advance tickets available online: 

Email for reservations and more information.

Jaunito Pascual Trio with Special Guest Flamenco Dancer Neli Tirado


November 11, 2018 4:00 PM. Box office 3 pm. Doors at 3:30 pm for general seating/

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 students, $10 children under 12.  They are available in advance at  until noon on Sunday. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door from 3 pm. Please note that door sales are cash or check only.

A versatile virtuoso guitarist/composer/improviser, Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade that is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's masterful musical style. His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with 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, New York-based percussionist Guillermo Barrón and stunning bassist Brad Barrett. By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh, exhilarating and constantly evolving sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. The 2014 release Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio was included in NPR critic Milo Miles Best World Music Albums for that year. 

The Trio will be joined for this performance by special guest, highly acclaimed flamenco dancer Neli Tirado. 

Pascual's international touring schedule has brought him to venues that include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Lincoln Center and Blue Note Jazz Club, and Madrid's renowned Casa Patas. He has performed with a lengthy 'who's who' of top flamenco artists including Jorge Pardo in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of musicians: Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw; bassist John Patitucci; pianist Danilo Perez; percussionist Jamey Haddad; virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev.

Please use the main street entrance to the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free in the lot directly adjacent.

The Northampton 24 Hour Theater Project


Saturday, November 3: Performances at 7 pm and 9 pm

Advance sales have ended. Any remaining seats will be sold for cash at the door, $20 general/$15 students. Box office opens at 5:30 pm.

Let the countdown begin to the 24 Hour Theater Project, a dramatic race against time to bring five short plays to life. The Center for the Arts is proud to revive its role as host for this beloved and highly anticipated event founded in 2002 by playwright Tanyss Rhea Martula.

While the premise is simple, the execution is anything but: within 24 hours, five ten-minute plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced, and staged. The culmination of this day-long burst of creativity are two public performances, often standing-room-only, showcasing local writers, actors, and directors.

The time-limited and adrenaline-filled process begins on Friday evening, when five playwrights meet to draw cards with unnamed actors’ descriptions out of a hat. Once they have their cast information, the playwrights have 12 hours to create a ten-minute play. In the morning, they hand off their scripts to five directors who then read the script for the first time, gather their actors, and spend the next 10 hours rehearsing, while others father props, costumes, and set pieces.

While there are many returning favorites among the writers, directors, and actors, there are also some fresh voices for this year’s event. Veteran 24 Hour Theater Project playwrights Phil O’Donoghue and Tomàs Roche will be joined by Melissa Dimetres, Betel Arnold, whose play TIGHT PANTS delighted audiences at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater this summer, and Siobhan McManamon, who recently kicked off this season of the Smith College New Playreading series with her play BEAR HUG.

The 24 Hour Theater Project directors feature Susanna Apgar, John Bechtold, Toby Bercovici, Jeannine Haas, and Ellen Morbyrne. This year’s actors include Lisa  Abend, Nick Baker, Jane Barish, Kyle Boatwright, Scott Braidman, Nichole Calero, Joe Cardozo, Michael Charland-Tait, Gabe Cifuentes, Bill Dwight, Emmet Flaim, Melle Lowenthal, Moe McElligot, Linda Putnam, Myka Plunkett, Sam Samuels, Linda Tardiff, and Rich Vaden.

Karrin Allyson: “Some of that Sunshine”


November 2, 2018 - 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Join five-time Grammy nominee and Pioneer Valley favorite, Karrin Allyson, as she celebrates her new, all-original CD, Some of that Sunshine,featuring Miro Sprague, Marty Jaffe, and Jon Fisher.

Tickets: $25 advance, $27 at the door. Buy tickets here:

Shakespeare Stage Presents The Complete History of America (abridged)


October 12th, 13th (7:30pm) and 14th (6:30pm)

Shakespeare Stage presents The Complete History of America (abridged) by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Featuring Emily Eaton, Julian Findlay and Kate Glowatsky, performances at The Northampton Center for the Arts on October 12th, 13th (7:30pm) and the 14th (6:30 pm). Come share some laughs with us as we dive into America's past!! 

Tickets: $15

Northampton Playwright’s Lab presents:


Sept. 21-23 & 28-30
The Northampton Playwrights Lab and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in association with the Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E. Gallery Ltd.present:
Third festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors with INAUGURAL performances in the Arts Trust Building FlexSpace Theatre. Featuring new plays by playwrights Leanna James Blackwell, Stephanie Carlson, Meryl Cohn, Harley Erdman, Peter Kennedy, Talya Kingston, and Tanyss Rhea Martula
All Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 23 performances at 2 p.m and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m
Suggested donation at the door: $10 - $15
33 Hawley Street, Northampton
Community Arts Trust Building, Downtown Northampton. Plentiful parking.
Week One:
Friday, Sept. 21:  Leanna James Blackwell, NEW SOUL, directed by the playwright
Saturday, Sept. 22: Tanyss Rhea Martula, FRESH AIR, directed by Sam Rush
Sunday, Sept. 23:  Stephanie Carlson, SEAMONSTER, directed by John Bruner
Sunday, Sept. 23:  Talya Kingston, CAMPUS UNREST, directed by Trenda Loftin
There will be a half-hour reception between performances on 9/23
Week Two:
Friday, Sept. 28: Harley Erdman, INSTITUTION, directed by Talya Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 29: Meryl Cohn, ALMOST HOME, directed by Will MacAdams
Sunday, Sept. 30: Peter Kennedy, FAMILY GAME NIGHT, directed by the playwright

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares


Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 pm

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares begins its seventh season with a performance by DECADES, featuring Jason Robinson, reeds, David Goodrich, guitar and Bob Weiner, drums. This exciting evening, that includes an informal reception following the show, is hosted by the Center for the Arts in the new Flex space on the main floor at 33 Hawley Street. Single tickets ($15) are available at and at the door. Doors open for general seating at 7 pm.

Long-time friends with deep roots in various overlapping and divergent music worlds, Austin-based guitarist David Goodrich teams up with Pioneer Valley stalwarts Jason Robinson and Bob Weiner to present an evening of imaginative sonic explorations full of joy, intrigue, and celebration. DECADES seamlessly merges the evocative sounds of exploratory jazz, visionary Americana, country music and must-get-up-and-dance rhythms, with individual sound languages that have become celebrated hallmarks of each of these distinctive performers of creative music.  A previous resident of the Pioneer Valley, Goodrich returns to debut a project a long time in the making.

David Goodrich (Goody) is a veteran touring and session musician, producer, composer, and teacher living in Austin, Texas. With more than 25 years of international touring experience, Goodrich has played on hundreds of recordings, scored multiple films, and produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums. A life-long student and longtime music teacher and coach, Goodrich studied at Berklee College of Music with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson and Mick Goodrick.

Jason Robinson’s leads the Janus Ensemble, featuring Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, George Schuller, JD Parran, Bill Lowe, Marcus Rojas and Ches Smith. Robinson has released 15 albums as leader or co-leader and appeared on nearly 50 albums in total. His latest recording is Resonant Geographies. He has performed with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, among others. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music at Amherst College.

Percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has co-authored two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca. An accomplished teacher, Weiner holds a Masters’ degree from Lesley University in Inter-Disciplinary Studies.