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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Spelling bee

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” today through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St. in Northampton.

The Tony Award-winning musical comedy chronicles the experience of six adolescents as they try to win the spelling championship of a lifetime. To add to the fun, if not the anxiety, there is an improvisational component to the play: How the actors react will be based, in part, on audience response. To purchase tickets, call 584-9032, ext. 105 or visit boxoffice@academyofmusictheatre.com.

At CDH

A reception will be held for “May Show,” an exhibit of recent work by David Schuman, in the New Gallery today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Schuman is a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an author, photographer and painter.

Holyoke Symphony

The Holyoke Civic Symphony will present “Cinco de Mayo,” Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Holyoke Community College Fine and Performing Arts Building concert hall. On the program: the premiere of HCS music director/conductor David Kidwell’s “A Broadway Symphony,” music by Keiza Gorevic-Fisher, winner of the 2013 HCS Concerto Competition, soloist, Elgar’s “Cello Concerto” and Jerry Neil Smith’s “South of the Border.” For information, visit www.holyokecivicsymphony.org or call 256-1760.

‘Musica Obscuritas’

“Doc Nieman’s Industrial Strength Musica Obscuritas,” an improvisational mix of professional avant-garde/alternative music and spoken word, will be presented Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Yoga Sanctuary in Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St. in Northampton.

This is the first of a series that will bring performances generally considered “underground” to venues not commonly associated with professional music. The concert is sponsored and programmed by Motive Syndicate, an arts collaborative founded by Los Angeles transplant and percussionist J. Russell Nieman. $10 suggested donation.

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