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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Music in 3-D

Tonight at 9 p.m., the Tower Theaters, 19 College St., South Hadley, will screen “Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project” in 3-D. The film is based on 19-time Grammy Award winner, Pat Metheny, and his mechanically controlled mini-orchestra named, The Orchestrion — an assemblage of specially designed acoustic instruments, all controlled by Metheny’s guitar.

The film was shot over a two-day period in 2010 and showcases Metheny single-handedly operating this symphony of instruments. Between Metheny’s musical talent, the wonder, beauty and capability of the Orchestrion, and the Lamoureux brothers’ filmmaking prowess, the output of this project is an amazing, one-of-a-kind work of art,” says Mark Rupp, co-founder and president of SpectiCast. For information, call the theater at 533-3456.


Starling Productions’ TMI Project will present “Too Much Information!” at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St., Northampton, Friday at 8 p.m.

Inspired by her time directing “The Vagina Monologues,” executive director, Eva Tenuto wanted to get women writing and telling their own stories. The result became “Too Much Information!,” a show consisting of 10 women from all walks of life performing monologues of their own true stories. Tenuto says she aimed to put the focus on getting women to tell the parts of their stories that they usually leave out because they’re too embarrassing or painful.

“The personal is universal, and in sharing their stories, TMI participants help to reveal common threads in all our lives,” Tenuto said. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and maybe you’ll share your own TMI in the car ride home!”

Tickets cost $15 in advance at nohoarts.org; $20 at the door. For information, contact Starling Productions at 914-299-2363 or send an email to astarlingproduction@gmail.com.

Song & Story Swap

World music guitar and flute duo Jose and Ahmed Gonzalez will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Song & Story Swap at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst.

Ahmed Gonzalez has been a flutist for over 15 years, focusing on Latin-American musical styles, classical music and American Jazz. Ahmed’s father, guitarist, composer, virtuoso cuatro player Jose Gonzalez, is a top performer of contemporary Latin music and is known for his original compositions featuring the cuatro (Puerto Rico’s national instrument). The father and son duo have performed with the Hartford and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra’s, The Bronx Arts Ensemble and various other groups.

The Song & Story and swap is an event where people of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. This month’s theme is immigration. For information, call Paul Kaplan at 687-5002 or Jeff Lee at 636-1687.

Music fest

The Collective Music Group (TCMG), will host “Harvest Festival” Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence. The event will benefit the Northampton Survival Center.

HarvestFest is an opportunity to support and celebrate sustainability, local farms and homegrown music through a family-oriented event complete with games, activities, local food and craft vendors, and of course, music. Performers will include national headliner NRBQ, as well as Jamie Kent and The Options, Woodford Way, The Raft and The Northstar Session.

Tickets cost $15 in advance through www.nbotickets.com or at the Northampton Box Office; $20 at the gate. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Northampton Survival Center and receive a $2 ticket discount. For information, visit www.collectivemusicconcerts.com.

Film festival

The 16th annual Northampton International Film Festival, a selection of full- and short-length documentaries, narratives and shorts chosen by a panel of industry experts, opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton.

There will be an opening night gala party at the R. Michelson Galleries, featuring a wine tasting hosted by Black Birch Vineyard following the opening film, “Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz.”

Individual and package tickets are available at www.nohoiff.com/commissions or through the Academy of Music Box Office, 584-9032, ext. 105. Package tickets include a full-access pass for $75, a Friday pass and gala for $40, and Saturday or Sunday passes for $30 each. For information visit www.nohoiff.com.

∎ The festival will screen the new autobiographic documentary ‘Eric Carle: Picture Writer, The Art of the Picture Book’ Sunday at 3:40 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

The documentary tells how artist/illustrator Carle creates a picture book from the inception of an idea to the final work. The film culminates with the creation of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary starting in November.

Carle, 83, is the creator of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and over 70 books for children. He is still at work in his studio, making books for children.

In the film “we see the man reflected in his work — an artist who loves color and the simple collage imagery of animals and insects,” says the film’s director, Kate Geis of Northampton. “Eric is a warm and encouraging artist. He creates to satisfy his own desire to make art but he wants his audience, whether they are 4 or 40 or 80 years old, to be artists, too.”

For information, contact Rachel Hess rachel@eric-carle.com, Sandy Soderberg sandys@carlemuseum.org or Kate Geis tvgeis@mac.com.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst music faculty will present a saxophone recital, “UMass Composers, Past & Present,” Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall on UMass campus.

The recital will feature music by Salvatore Macchia and a premiere by Robert Stern, “Three Ballads & A Gymnopedie.” Performers include Lynn Klock on saxophone and horn; Salvatore Macchia on contrabass; Estela Olevsky and Nadine Shank on piano; and Michael Sussman on clarinet.

Tickets cost $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18; and $10 for the general public. To reserve, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call the Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

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