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Keeping tabs on the arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>"Hopes a Comin" by Catherine Gibbs
  • "Chromosphere" by Aaron Morse
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF A.P.E. GALLERY<br/>A thumbnail sketch by Greg Stone

NHS theater

An evening of theater with Caught Off Guard, Funktionlust and The Unusuals, students at Northampton High School, will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school.

Caught Off Guard, a theater education troupe in its first year at NHS, has prepared a performance for elementary school-age children that focuses on rumors, friendships and the transition to middle school. COG members interviewed younger students and created skits based on their concerns and thoughts.

Funktionlust and The Unusuals will encourage the audience to share ideas, and then will create scenes on the spot that are both humorous and thoughtful. The show is family-friendly, and elementary students are encouraged to attend. Tickets cost $5 at the door.

At the Oxbow Gallery

Hilltown landscapes and other paintings by Chris Bagg and “Seawall Studies,” an exhibit of work by Georgia Pugh, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through May 26 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 586-6300 or visit www.oxbowgallery.org.

Doodling

“Journey of the Thumbnail,” works by Greg Stone, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through May 24 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St. in Northampton.

The show honors the thumbnail sketch, the doodle, the first creative inspiration put to paper. These studies, in all their forms, will be exhibited along with finished pieces.

Stone is a painter, sculptor and humanitarian who says he finds inspiration in the scenes of everday.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Closed Mondays. For information, call 586-5553 or visit www.apearts.org.

Classical trios

Music in Deerfield and the Smith College music department will present Trio Latitude 41 performing trios on piano, violin and cello by Franz Schubert and Camile Saint-Saëns Saturday at 7 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith College campus in Northampton. On the program: Schubert’s Trio Op. 100, D. 929 and Nottunrno for Trio, D. as well as Saint-Saëns’ Trio No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18.

Tickets in advance cost $28; $5 for students under 18; $10 for accompanying adults and students 18 and over. To reserve, call 774-4200 or visit www.musicindeerfield.org.

Let there be light

CitySpace Inc. in Easthampton invites the public to attend the official lighting of the facade of the Old Town Hall, 43 Main St. in Easthampton, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The historic building is now a community arts hub with tenants Easthampton City Arts+, Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, and Flywheel Arts Collective.

“Artists have been studying light and shadows for centuries. I think it is only fitting CitySpace is investing money to light up the exterior of Old Town Hall,” said CitySpace president, Ed Check. “By looking at the building lit up at night, we are reminded of this artistic community all around us.”

The facade will be illuminated with a colorful LED glow with a programmable color-changing system, designed and installed by Wade Clement, who has been transforming buildings and spaces with specialty lighting designs since the 1980s.

The Edwards Twins

The Edwards Twins will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Academy of Music in Northampton. People Magazine called celebrity-impersonating duo “flawless ... in many ways are better than watching the real thing.”

The twins’ impressions — more than 100 of them — include Elton John, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Cher, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Pavarotti, Bettie Midler, Tom Jones, Elvis and more. They also play the piano, dance, act, sing. For information and ticket pricing, call 584-9032 or visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com. For all ages.

At the Invisible Fountain

“Count On It,” the newest paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac, will open with a reception Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Invisible Fountain, 116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. For information, call 896-8073 or visit www.invisiblefountain.com.

At ECA+

An exhibit of landscape paintings by Catherine Gibbs and Elizabeth Brownlow will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through May 28 at the Easthampton City Arts + Gallery, 43 Main St. in Easthampton.

Gibbs, whose work has recently evolved from an impressionistic response to nature to a bolder, colorful focus of industrial scenes, is influenced by the mundane obsession of the Ash Can School and the colors of artist Wolf Kahn.

Brownlow is fascinated with the views of New England. She returns continuously to the Connecticut River and captures the morning light on surfaces with subdued colors, in oil.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

Amherst Cinema in HD

“Manet: Portraying Life,” a recent art exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London will be on the Amherst Cinema screen in HD Sunday at 2 p.m. and June 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit was filmed by Phil Grabsky, an award-winning British documentary filmmaker, using ground-breaking techniques that show the images in fine detail.

Tickets cost $12; $8 for Amherst Cinema members.

∎ Five film critics will be on the screen, live in HD, Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Amherst Cinema. They are A.O. Scott of The New York Times; Lisa Schwarzbaum, a freelance critic, formerly with Entertainment Weekly; Carrie Rickey, a film critic and writer; Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Patrick Stoner of WHYY and other PBS stations. Each critic will demonstrate his or her craft and discuss the role and future of film criticism in an increasingly digital world.

Tickets cost $12, $6.50 for members.

Tickets for all shows are available at the cinema box office, 28 Amity St. in Amherst, or online at www.amherstcinema.org.

Branching out

“Cross Pollinate,” an exhibit of abstract paintings and an acoustic folk-rock concert by Aaron Morse and his band, will take place May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. Morse, 28, of Amherst, is a singer-songwriter who has become an abstract painter.

“Music and visual art are complements to one another,” Morse said. “Though I have been playing music much longer, painting has taken on a significant place in my life creatively.”

Paintings by Morse and artist Tom Morton are on display through May at Gallery A3.

For information, call 256-4250 or visit www.gallerya3.com.

Music at UMass

The 28th Annual High School Honor Band Concert will be presented Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The concert is rescheduled from Feb. 9.

The concert, under the direction of James Patrick Miller and guest conductor Jack Stamp from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will feature performances by high school wind and percussion musicians from New England and the Northeast.

Landscape photography

An exhibit of photography by Michael Zide and Braden Chattman is on view at the Daly Building at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Both are instructors at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls.

Both photographers explore time, fact and imagination in the changing world of landscape photography.

Braden’s process includes combining individual photographic elements and moments into one finished work which evokes the mood and memories of an experience rather than a location. The use of Photoshop allows Chattman the freedom to restructure an image’s content while exploring conceptual issues such as place, time, and truth. Each of the images are explorations of time, fact, and imagination in the changing world of landscape photography.

Zide, of Amherst, shoots in black and white, because “black-and-white photography lays open the bones of the image,” he writes in an artist’s statement. “It’s direct and to the point.”

Guggenheim Fellowship

Michael Lesy, a professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College in Amherst, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support his research.

The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, based in New York City, selects fellows “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” In it’s 89th annual competition for the United States and Canada, the foundation has awarded fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists, who were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

Lesy’s current project, “Looking Backward: Images of the World, 1900-1910,” examines mass-marketed, 3D stereo views that were ubiquitous from the 1850s through the 1920s. They were sold in “Tours of the World” and “Educational Series” sets. Working with 300,000 images (30 tons of glass negatives, kept in a seismically protected underground vault) in the California Museum of Photography Keystone-Mast collection, Lesy will produce a book of 300 single-frame images accompanied by a narrative and descriptive text.

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