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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Steve Hendrickson rehearses at Chester Theatre Co. for "An Iliad."

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHESTER THEATRE CO. Steve Hendrickson rehearses at Chester Theatre Co. for "An Iliad." Purchase photo reprints »

At Leverett Crafts and Arts

“Animals and Florals,” an exhibit by Colrain painter Pacifico A. Palumbo, will open with a reception Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and will remain on view through Sept. 1 at the Leverett Crafts and Arts, Montague Road, Leverett. Regular hours for the exhibit will be Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of the sale of Palumbo’s work will go to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Leverett.

At Chester Theater Co.

“An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, this summer’s final production at Chester Theatre Company, opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 25 at the Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road.

The Obie Award-winning, one-man play, directed by Sheila Siragusa, is adapted from a version of Homer’s “The Iliad,” translated by Robert Fagles. The play opens with a poet (Steve Hendrickson) carrying a battered suitcase. He sets himself down and begins to tell Homer’s epic tale of Achilles and Hector, Troy, gods and goddesses, kings, heroes, epic battles and endless wars.

The play pairs actor Hendrickson and director Siragusa for the fourth time at Chester Theatre Company. The duo has previously worked together on “Crime and Punishment,” “Blackbird” and “Mercy of a Storm.”

Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30 on weekdays, $35 weekends, and are available by calling 800-595-4TIX or visiting www.chestertheatre.org.

‘Fifth of July’

The New Renaissance Players will present Landford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

“Fifth of July” follows the Talley family and their group of friends who are scarred by the Vietnam War, as they try to move on and thrive in a post-war America. Written in 1978, Wilson’s play is set in rural Missouri in 1977.

The American playwright focuses on the disillusionment with the country in the wake of the war. “Fifth of July” debuted in New York City at the Circle Repertory Company in 1978, later premiering on Broadway in 1980.

Tickets cost $10. To reserve, visit www.theshea.org.

At North Hall Arts

Jim Kaminski & Co. will perform a rock and blues concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at the North Hall Stage, 40 Searle Road in Huntington.

Kaminski is a guitarist and vocalist who gained notoriety in the 1970s as a founding member and lead guitarist of the Pioneer Valley rock band Fat. He has performed at venues across the country including at shows in Austin, Texas, New Orleans, Nashville, Boston, New York and Portland, Ore. During his career, he’s shared the stage with the likes of the Allman Brothers, the J. Giels Band, Little Richard and Paul Butterfield among others.

Kaminski will be joined by Rudi Weeks on bass and Dave Nelson on drums. The performance includes work from their album, “5,” released earlier this year.

The event includes a reception with refreshments. Admission is $10; free for students. For information, call 667-5543 or visit www.northhallhuntington.org.

At the Burnett Gallery

An exhibit of fine arts and crafts made by the Burnett Gallery Committee, Jones Library staff and volunteers will be on view through Aug. 31 in the Burnett Gallery of the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.

The exhibit features paintings, fiber art, collages and photography.

The gallery is on the second floor of the Jones Library and is handicap-accessible. The purpose of the gallery is to provide a place where community artists and crafts people can show their work, particularly members without the reputation or resources that would allow them to exhibit at a museum or commercial gallery.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Mondays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For information, visit www.joneslibrary.org/burnett/.

Art space

Easthampton City Arts (ECA+) has created an online searchable directory of available venues for theater, musical performances and other events that is viewable online at www.easthamptoncityarts.com/venues.

Burns Maxey, the ECA+ coordinator, says the municipal organization built the online directory after a series of meetings with performers, artists, and interested community members. The directory lists spaces that hold 50 to 150 people and are available to rent.

The online directory allows event organizers and performers access to information such as capacity, amenities, cost and contact information of venues throughout Easthampton. Plans are underway to develop the venue directory to include locations in Southampton and Westhampton.

Venue owners interested in listing their spaces for free can contact info@easthamptoncityarts.com or call 527-8278.

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