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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>The Early Music Ensemble

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE
    The Early Music Ensemble

  • PHOTO BY ANDREW FOSTER<br/>Eric Berlin

    PHOTO BY ANDREW FOSTER
    Eric Berlin

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>This marquetry panel by Silas Kopf, depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Amherst Cinema.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA
    This marquetry panel by Silas Kopf, depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Amherst Cinema.

  • Valley Brass

    Valley Brass

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>This marquetry panel by Silas Kopf, depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Amherst Cinema.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA
    This marquetry panel by Silas Kopf, depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Amherst Cinema.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>The Early Music Ensemble
  • PHOTO BY ANDREW FOSTER<br/>Eric Berlin
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>This marquetry panel by Silas Kopf, depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Amherst Cinema.
  • Valley Brass
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>This marquetry panel by Silas Kopf, depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Amherst Cinema.

Student choreography

“Performance Project,” an evening of original dance and theater works created by Five College students, will be presented Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater on the Amherst College campus.

The concert will also feature costumes designed by students in Amherst College professor Suzanne Dougan’s class on costume design and fashion history.

The pieces featured are: “Fall,” a semi-autobiographical, one-woman piece by Amherst College’s Crystal Williams; “Lessons in Being Okay” about messes made and stitches undone, by Amherst’s Leslie Roth; “Dust” a duet by Hampshire College student Olana Flynn that expresses mourning, loneliness, vitality and defeat; “Les reves endormis” by Cheryl Herrmann of Amherst College about why people give up on their dreams; “Two Winds,” by Jeffrey Moro of Amherst College, in collaboration with Morgan Brown and Skye Landgraf, in which two women reach for each other across expanses of space and time, death and life; and “What a Life?...” by Paul Matteson, in collaboration with Mount Holyoke dance students. The event is free; reservations are recommended. To reserve, call 542-2277.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble will perform Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the UMass campus. Conducted by James Patrick Miller, the concert will feature faculty soloists Eric Berlin, trumpet, and Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone.

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors, and children under 18. To purchase, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call 545-2511.

Music for a cause

The Valley Festival Choir will host its 17th annual “Holiday Brass Benefit Concert” Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Amherst, 165 Main St. The night that features holiday favorites and a carol sing-along, benefits the Amherst Survival Center. Admission is free; donations requested. For information, call 256-4243.

eBay auction

Local artist Silas Kopf has created a one-of-a-kind marquetry panel depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, and has donated the piece for auction to benefit Amherst Cinema.

Kopf, whose work is found in museums and private collections around the world, was a key mover in the 2008 effort to reopen the Pleasant Street Theater under the nonprofit umbrella of the Amherst Cinema. The theater closed earlier this year.

“The Pleasant Street Theater held a special place in my heart,” Kopf said in a statement. “I suspect many others in the region have dear memories of seeing movies there. I donated this marquetry panel to the Amherst Cinema as a way of commemorating our area’s commitment to offer the highest caliber film experience possible.”

The original work will be on display Dec. 10-16 in R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main, Northampton. A full-size photograph of the panel is on display in the Amherst Cinema lobby.

The eBay auction of the 37-inch-by-27-inch panel will run Dec.9-16. To place a bid, visit www.amherstcinema.org.

Some art!

“Some Book! Some Art!: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web,” an exhibit featuring illustrations from the 20th-century classic “Charlotte’s Web,” will be on view Dec. 11 through April 22, 2013, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

The show marks Williams’ 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the book, and will include The Carle’s very first art acquisition: the drawing of Lurvy tossing a bucket of water on Wilbur.

The exhibit in the Central Gallery includes some 20 finished drawings as well as a selection of preliminary sketches that help articulate the artist’s working process.

There will also be a subset of works that explore the representation of Charlotte from the book, to the initial animated film, to the recent live-action film.

The museum is located at 125 West Bay Road in Amherst. For information, call 658-1105 or visit www.carlemuseum.org.

Sculpture competition

The Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Project has announced its first competitions for sculptures designed to welcome visitors and residents to Greenfield. Over the next four years, the project plans to site four sculptures in key areas around town. The first one will be placed next year on Deerfield Street on the open area near the corner of Meridian Street.

“All sculptures will be permanent celebrations of Greenfield’s history, future, commitment to the environment, local agriculture, place in the county as a crossroads or some aspect of town life,” said Becky George, a member of the project committee.

A review committee will go through the applications and chose the two or three they believe best represent Greenfield. In March 2013, the community will be able to vote for their choices. Results will be announced in April 2013.

“This is an opportunity to create a permanent piece of art that will welcome us all to town and be a part of the town’s identity for years to come,” said Caitlyn von Schmidt, chair of the Greenfield Cultural Council.

The competition is open to all Pioneer Valley artists. Applications, including two- or three-dimensional models of the planned sculpture, are due Feb. 4, 2013.

For information call 773-0228, or send an email Susan Worgaftik at suworg@comcast.net.

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