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‘Surly Santa’ to visit Art Walk Easthampton Saturday

Seth Lepore performs for adults only as "Surly Santa" during Art Walk Easthampton Saturday.

Seth Lepore performs for adults only as "Surly Santa" during Art Walk Easthampton Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

— This time of year, there are plenty of “meet Santa” events for children who want to tell the man in the red suit what they want for Christmas.

But for grown-ups, Art Walk Easthampton Saturday is the chance to meet a more cynical version of Saint Nick who will tell people how he really feels about the holiday season during “Performabus: A Mystery Tour of Easthampton with Surly Santa.”

Surly Santa is a character performed by Seth Lepore, an Easthampton performance artist who tours the country with his one-man shows. As part of Art Walk, people can board the bus at two downtown locations to hear Santa talk about the inner workings of his workshop, from elf labor disputes to the effects in the North Pole of the 2012 world-ending conspiracy. The event is free.

“You quickly learn that Santa ain’t no Saint and you’ll hear Christmas songs like never before. Not meant for kids, at all,” Lepore said of the show in a press release.

Burns Maxey, coordinator of Easthampton City Arts Plus, which helps put on Art Walk, said Lepore has performed extensively around the Pioneer Valley and throughout the country but hasn’t had a chance to share his work in Easthampton.

“Those adults who make it on the bus can enjoy a laugh and let go of their ‘bah hum bugs’ before the holiday season comes,” Maxey said Monday.

Bus riders can board at the Art Walk bus stop sign at the Sunoco gas station on Cottage Street at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and at the Pleasant Street bus stop in front of the Eastworks Building at 7:10 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Surly Santa will continue his performance at Popcorn Noir at 32 Cottage St. at 8 p.m.

As for every Art Walk Easthampton, held on the second Saturday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m., downtown businesses and storefronts will host free art exhibits and performances.

For information visit artwalkeasthampton.com.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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