Keeping Tabs on the Arts
PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD DEERFIELD CONCERTS
Julia Bady, right, and Irwin Reese perform Aug. 25 in a tribute to Lucy Terry Prince. Purchase photo reprints »
PHOTO COURTESY OF PORTER-PHELPS-HUNTINGTON MUSEUM
The JMPT Quartet Purchase photo reprints »
PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH HALL ARTS FESTIVAL
Sandra Blaney rehearses for Tennessee Williams' play "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen," an Actors' Equity production that will be performed this weekend at North Hall in Huntington. Purchase photo reprints »
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Sarah Manning busks in front of the Old Town Hall in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »
At North Hall
The North Hall Arts Festival will present “Wilder Williams” two one-act plays: “The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden,” by Thornton Wilder and “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen,” by Tennessee Williams will be performed Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the North Hall, 40 Searle Road, Huntington.
Wilder’s play, directed by Mitch Giannunzio, follows an all-American family on an old-fashioned road trip.
In Williams’ two-character play, directed by Kenneth Tigar, two young misfits who’ve been chewed up and spit out by New York City assess lost hopes and desires.
Admission is $15 at the door (students are free). For information, call 667-5543 or visit www.northhallhuntington.org.
The Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series will conclude its season Sunday with a tribute to Lucy Terry Prince, Deerfield’s 18th-century African-American resident and America’s first African-American poet, who was also known for singing and storytelling.
“The Black Man in Song,” features tenor Irwin Reese and pianist Julia Bady, as well as works by Margaret Bonds. Thomas, Camille Nickerson, J. Rosamone Johnson and a piece commissioned by Reese based on letters written by George Washington Carver.
The 3 p.m. concert will be held in the Victorian music room of the Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., Old Deerfield.
Admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors, at the door. For information, call the museum at 774-3768, ext. 10 or visit www.deerfield-ma.org.
A perfect spot of Tea at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum continues Saturday with the JMPT Quartet: Jane Lund, accordion; Mike Ingram, guitar; Pam Bartlett, violin; and Tom Ulrich, bass.
The group plays a blend of instrumental music from around the world, including South American tangos, Polish polkas, and New Orleans ragtime, as well as Irish, Israeli and other old-time popular music.
Seatings are at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at museum, at 130 River Drive in Hadley. For information, call 584-4699 or visit www.pphmuseum.org.
Come Paint Out!
Painters of all ages and skill levels are welcome to register for the sixth annual “Easthampton Paint Out!,” paintings by plein air artists, that will take place Sept. 7-14.
An expected 50 to 60 artists from across the state will descend on the town to set up easels and paint. The public is encouraged to observe the painters as they work. In the past, artists have often been spotted in Easthampton’s fields, orchards, downtown sidewalks and near the mill ponds.
To participate, artists must register a blank canvas at the Nash Gallery no earlier than Sept. 7, and will then have until noon on Sept. 14 to submit one completed painting for judging and exhibition.
The complete paintings will be unveiled during an artist’s reception and award ceremony during Art Walk Easthampton on Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nash Gallery and Christine’s Bean Sprout Café, 40 Cottage St., Easthampton. Paintings will remain on view through Oct. 9.
For information, call 529-9393 or visit www.nashgalleryart.com.
Looking for poets
Hedgerow Books, the poetry imprint of Levellers Press in Amherst, is accepting manuscripts from poets from the state’s four western counties who have full-length poetry manuscripts completed (45-80 pages). The deadline for submission is Sept. 30.
Recent volumes have been winners and finalists for the Eric Hoffer Poetry Award, the Montaigne Medal, the International Book Awards and the Massachusetts Book Award.
For information, visit www.levellerspress.com/hedgerowbooks.htm.
Perugia Press Prize
Perugia Press in Florence is accepting manuscript submissions for a first or second book of poems by a woman. The winning manuscript will receive a $1,000 prize and publication.
To be eligible, poets must not have previously published more than one book. Chapbooks and publication in other genres do not count, nor do previous self-publications or translations.
Individual poems may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies and chapbooks if they were fewer than 48 pages long, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
Manuscripts are generally 45 to 80 pages, with one poem per page. Simultaneous submissions are fine.
For a list of guidelines and a link to an online submission form, visit www.perugiapress.com/contest.html. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 15.
Easthampton City Arts+ (ECA+) is seeking musicians to busk on Union Street in Easthampton in coordination with Sights and Sounds, a music-themed Art Walk Easthampton that will take place Sept. 14. The deadline to apply is Tuesday.
ECA+ will coordinate performers with a location on Union Street and provide promotion of the event for participating artists. Musicians are encouraged to bring a tip jar, or any merchandise they would like to give away or sell. Solo and group performances are welcome.
Art Walk Easthampton happens on the second Saturday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m., when locations throughout Easthampton host free visual, music and performance-art events. For information or to sign up, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.