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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW CENTURY THEATRE<br/>A scene from "The How and the Why"

    PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW CENTURY THEATRE
    A scene from "The How and the Why"

  • Works by Larry Slezak, including this one, will showhis work alongside art by members of his family, at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

    Works by Larry Slezak, including this one, will showhis work alongside art by members of his family, at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW CENTURY THEATRE<br/>A scene from "The How and the Why"

    PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW CENTURY THEATRE
    A scene from "The How and the Why"

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW CENTURY THEATRE<br/>A scene from "The How and the Why"
  • Works by Larry Slezak, including this one, will showhis work alongside art by members of his family, at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW CENTURY THEATRE<br/>A scene from "The How and the Why"

At Gallery A3

Gallery A3 will open its first-ever open juried show with a reception July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.. The exhibit, curated by Loretta Yarlow, director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be on view through Aug. 2. There will be an artist’s reception July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. and an art forum, run by Yarlow, on July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Exhibited works are by artists from throughout the Pioneer Valley.

The gallery, at 28 Amity St. in Amherst, is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, call 256-4250 or visit www.gallerya3.com.

At NCT

“The How and the Why,” by Sarah Treem and directed by Sheila Siragusa, will be presented July 3 to 12 by the New Century Theatre. The Boston Globe says the play is “a satisfyingly intense evening of high-IQ theater.”

In the play, two women meet for the first time — one an ambitious young graduate student, the other a well-respected Harvard professor. Both are brilliant evolutionary biologists and their meeting evolves into an intellectual, professional and personal showdown.

Treem is the writer and producers of such TV shows as “In Treatment” and “House of Cards.”

Performances will take place Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Box office hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30; $28 for seniors. $15 student rush tickets are available at the door on the day of the show only. To reserve, call 585-3220.

The Sunday shows at 7:30 p.m. are “Pizza and a Play” nights when all seats cost $18, and everyone gets a free slice of pizza from Pizza Amore. Also coming to the NCT is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” a musical based on the children’s book, from July 9 to 12 and Aug. 6 and 8.

In this musical, Alexander experiences a series of misadventures. He wakes up with gum in his hair, trips on a skateboard and then accidentally drops his sweater in the sink — all before breakfast.

Shows are at 10:30 a.m. General seating is $10; $8 for groups of 10 or more.

Concert for IMA

Singer and songwriter Cheryl Wheeler will perform a solo show to benefit The Institute For The Musical Arts’ Program For Girls on July 5 at 7 p.m. at IMA’s Big Barn on 165 Cape St. in Goshen.

Wheeler is a poetic folkster and a funny social critic. Her live performances have won her an enduring audience over an active touring career spanning 30-plus years and 13 albums.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $25 ($28 at the door). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ima.org.

At A.P.E. Gallery

An exhibition of paintings, prints, weavings, photographs and assemblages by Judith Bowerman, Anna Slezak, Gretta Slezak and Larry Slezak will be on view July 5 through the 26 at A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton.

This family affair exhibit captures the observations made by five creative thinkers that have lived together for the past 20 years. The array of work on view sheds light on their journey in raising three children while conveying an entry point into mediations on both the nuclear family and relationships among artists.

Judith Bowerman, painting and printmaker, has been captivated by New England’s seasonal changes. Her work contemplates the mysteries of the natural world and life’s various cycles.

Lifetime artist Larry Slezak focuses on painting, drawing and sculpture comprised of painted and assembled natural elements.

Photographer Greta Slezak explores her everyday life by taking pictures of the things and people she loves. Her archival-quality prints stem from a series of Instagram photos.

Anna Slezak’s weavings explore relationships and harmonies among color, shape and texture.

Curator of the exhibition, Lilly Slezak, holds an art history degree from Bard College and Tufts University.

For information, visit www.apearts.org.

‘Sharknado’

“RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” will be presented July 10 at 8 p.m. and July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinemark, 367 Russell St., Hadley.

“Sharknado” is a movie about mega-cyclones sucking up sharks from the ocean and hurling them onto land. In “RiffTrax Live: Sharknado,” the RiffTrax crew — Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett — take on the Syfy cult classic.

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