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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD DEERFIELD SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES<br/>Carol Hutter and Beth Welty will perform at the Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.
  • Photo by Chakatpol Dechanupong<br/>Jason Czernich and Troy David Mercier rehearse for "King Kong, Jr."
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3<br/>"Board Meeting" by Eric Broudy
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF PORTER-PHELPS-HUNTINGTON MUSEUM<br/>West & Jackson will perform at "A Perfect Spot of Tea " at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley.

Fiddling around

The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers will perform Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Westhampton Library. The group is made up of 15 fiddlers, ages 6 to 70, as well as other musicians who play washtub bass, mandolins, guitars, washboard and spoons. Part of the Westhampton Library Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series.

Drinks and snacks will be available.

A boy and his ape

“King Kong, Jr.” will be the final show of the season at Paintbox Theatre, with performances through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College in Northampton.

Paintbox has turned the tale into a zany, wild and heartwarming story of a boy and his ape friend, with his oddball aunt, a sinking island and a trip to New York City thrown in for good measure.

Tickets cost $7. To reserve, call 585-3220 or visit www.newcenturytheatre.org/paintbox.html.


Multi-Arts, an arts program for children, will present a festival of music, dance, food and wine Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Amherst Farms Winery and Vineyard, 529 Belchertown Road in Amherst.

On the program: Flamenco dance by Ines Arrubla, a Handel duet by Corrine Byrne and Dorie Goldman, a mime performance by Josh Gold and chamber music featuring Catalina Arrubla and original works by Timothy Ballan.

Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones will perform Latin dances by Latin American Traditional Dance, and Veronique Epiter will share poems and songs in jazz-ballad style.

Tickets cost $25; children are free. For information, visit www.multi-arts.org.

Road trip

The Hilltown Plein Air Painters will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a group exhibit that opens Friday and will remain on view through Aug. 30 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton.

The theme of the show is scenes along Route 66. The 66 paintings will be arranged geographically as one would see them on a road trip from Forbes Library to the Westfield River in Huntington. The exhibit represents the work of the 10 members of the group who have painted in a variety of locations along the east-to-west route over the past two years. A reception will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

‘Turning Pages’

“Turning Pages: A Generation Looks Back,” a documentary that takes its audience from World War II to modern terrorism, will be shown in a free screening Friday at 1 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton.

The film paints intimate portraits of individuals who struggled with Vietnam as they redefined identity and gender roles, entered or left relationships, went to work, raised families and still try to live authentic lives.

Northampton artist Anna VA Polesny, photographer Bob Van Degna and blues writer Don Wilcock filmed and interviewed 25 classmates who graduated from high school more than 50 years ago. Gathering footage, they traveled across the country from California to Massachusetts.

“Turning Pages: A Generation Looks Back” is dedicated to veterans of the Vietnam War, and honors Bob Cragin, a classmate who perished in the conflict. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will take place after the screening.

At Porter-Phelps

West & Jackson (local musicians Peter West and Bert Jackson) will perform instrumental jazz, pop and original songs Saturday at “A Perfect Spot of Tea” at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive in Hadley.

The duo has been performing at “A Perfect Spot of Tea” for over a decade.

Seatings are at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes Earl Grey Tea and pastries. For information, visit pphmuseum.org.

Old Deerfield Concerts

The old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series presents a concert by Beth Welty, violin, and Carol Hutter, viola, Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield.

On the program: works by Mozart, Beethoven, Martinu and Handel-Halvorsen.

Admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors. For information, call the museum at 774-3768, ext. 10 or visit www.deerfield-ma.org.

At North Hall

Folksinger, songwriter and guitarist Lui Collins will perform Sunday at 4 p.m. at the North Hall Arts Festival at North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington.

Collins has been performing, writing and recording since the 1970s. Her music ranges from her own works to traditional folk songs and bossa nova in the original Brazilian Portuguese. She has made 16 CDs and has shared the stage with such folk-world notables as Tom Rush, Bonnie Raitt and Stan Rogers.

Admission is $10 at the door; children and students are free. For information, visit www.northhallhuntington.org or call 667-5543.

At Gallery A3

“Thresholds,” a group exhibit at Gallery A3 in Amherst, will be on view through Aug. 31.

“A threshold is a place of transition where a person moves from one space to another,” according exhibition notes. “An artist can leave behind earlier ideas, concepts and images to embark on a new or altered way of seeing.”

The artists exhibiting work are Eric Broudy, Ellen Grobman, Gloria Kegeles, Guru Karam Khalsa, Rebecca Muller, Evelyn Pye and Larry Smith.

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

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