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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • The CitySingers of Hartford

    The CitySingers of Hartford

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>"Brimfield" and other photographs buy by Kathy LaCroix are on view at the ECA+ Chamber Gallery.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+
    "Brimfield" and other photographs buy by Kathy LaCroix are on view at the ECA+ Chamber Gallery.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>"Illuminated," an exhibit of photographs by Joseph Casciano, is on view at the ECA+ Gallery.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+
    "Illuminated," an exhibit of photographs by Joseph Casciano, is on view at the ECA+ Gallery.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GRUBBS GALLERY<br/>Surrealistic drawings by David Higham are on view at the Grubbs Gallery.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF GRUBBS GALLERY
    Surrealistic drawings by David Higham are on view at the Grubbs Gallery.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>A scene from "Spirited Away" that will be screened at Amherst Cinema on March 31 and April 3.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA
    A scene from "Spirited Away" that will be screened at Amherst Cinema on March 31 and April 3.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY<br/>"High June" and other works by Gary Niswonger are on view at the Oxbow Gallery,

    PHOTO COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY
    "High June" and other works by Gary Niswonger are on view at the Oxbow Gallery,

  • The CitySingers of Hartford
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>"Brimfield" and other photographs buy by Kathy LaCroix are on view at the ECA+ Chamber Gallery.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>"Illuminated," an exhibit of photographs by Joseph Casciano, is on view at the ECA+ Gallery.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GRUBBS GALLERY<br/>Surrealistic drawings by David Higham are on view at the Grubbs Gallery.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>A scene from "Spirited Away" that will be screened at Amherst Cinema on March 31 and April 3.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY<br/>"High June" and other works by Gary Niswonger are on view at the Oxbow Gallery,

At the Oxbow

“Pollard Willows,” an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Gary Niswonger, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through March 31 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton.

Niswonger’s works are responses to his Williamsburg backyard of 15 years. His subjects: silver willows pruned to create thicker stumps and bushy tops that catch light, weather and time of day.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.oxbowgallery.org or call 586-6300.

Immortal masterpieces

The Pioneer Valley Symphony presents the fourth concert of its 74th season Saturday — “PVS at the Movies.”

On the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and “Siegfried’s Funeral March” from Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung.” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 has been prominently featured in film scores since 1934, most recently in “The King’s Speech.” Cellist, Yahuda Hanani, will join the orchestra as a soloist for the Dvorak. Hanani has performed twice with the Pioneer Valley Symphony.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Greenfield High School. For information, visit www.pvso.org.

At Grubbs Gallery

An exhibit of work by David Higham will be on view through April 6 at Grubbs Gallery on the Williston Northampton School campus in Easthampton.

Higham, who lives in Amherst, received a bachelor’s degree in art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a master’s degree in art from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

“His work for this exhibit consists of surrealistic drawings that will really capture the adolescent imagination,” said curator Natania Hume. “The works are powerful, bold and demand attention.”

Higham writes in his artist’s statement, “The absurd and surreal nature of our world is constantly at play with our spiritual sides.”

The gallery is located at 40 Park St., in the Reed Campus Center, and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ECA+ artists

An exhibit of black-and-white and color photographs by Kathy LaCroix of Easthampton will be on view through April 1 at the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce Gallery.

LaCroix’s digital images capture locations in the Northeast from Providence, R.I., to Easthampton. LaCroix has been a participant in photo workshops hosted by the Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center in Southampton. The workshop group travels to locations throughout the Northeast and captures places, events and things that embody these destinations.

The gallery, located at 33 Union St. in Easthampton is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

∎ “Illuminated,” an exhibit of photographs by Joseph Casciano, will be on view through April 1 at the Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery.

Casciano’s snapshots pull from influences of William Eggleston and Peter Fraser, finding importance in the unremarkable with color and sometimes, hard digital light. His subject matter captures a random quality of visual acquisition — in one image is light captured at a glance through parting tress and another is a multitude of lamps and hanging lights shining in unison on a showroom floor. These images encompass a sense of commonplace and are also enigmatic.

The gallery, located at 43 Main St. in Easthampton, is open Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

At CDH

The following exhibits will be on view through March 30 in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton:

∎ In the New Gallery: “Saving Graces,” an exhibit of two dozen silkscreens created over the past 10 years by Robert Abel, a Hadley writer and silkscreen printmaker. Abel has previously shown work at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst, and at the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Arts and Craft Fair in Amherst.

∎ In the Locust Gallery: “Landscape into Still Life,” an exhibit of paintings by Rob Chirico of Greenfield.

Chirico has been an art historian, a professor focusing on language and imagery in art and an author of several books.

He has studied the techniques of the 17th-century Old Masters. He says his art is a quest based in the imagination to rediscover the happy “accidents” in nature that motivate our feelings and emotions.

The hospital is located at 30 Locust St. in Northampton.

‘Celtic Fire’

In celebration of it’s 10th anniversary season, Music on Main presents the CitySingers of Hartford in the performance “Celtic Fire” Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. in Amherst.

On the program: musical settings by Turlough O’Carolan, Sean O’Riada, Michael McGlynn and others. Highland pipes, Irish harp, wooden flute, guitar, fiddle, concertina, bodhrán, pipe organ and double bass will add traditional color and style. A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets cost $12; $10 seniors/students; $7 for children 12 and under. To purchase in advance, call 253-3456. In the event of snow, the concert will takes place April 6.

Miyazaki festival

This month and next, Amherst Cinema will present films by Japanese director, animator and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki. While Miyazaki’s animated films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until 1997, with the release of “Princess Monoke”, the highest-grossing film in Japan, eclipsed only by “Titanic,” also released that year.

“Miyazaki’s films have become incredible cult favorites, beloved by film lovers of many ages,” said Carol Johnson, the cinema’s executive director

Here’s the lineup:

∎ Sunday at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and March 20 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.: “My Neighbor Totoro,” a tale of two girls who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a ancient camphor tree, and are seen only by children. Rated G.

∎ March 24 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and March 27 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.: “Princess Monoke.” While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, young warrior Ashitaka is cursed with a super-human power that will eventually drain his life. Rated PG-13.

∎ March 31 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and April 3 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.: “Spirited Away.” Ten-year-old Chichiro stumbles into a spirit world where she is put to work in a bath house for the gods. Oscar winner in 2001 for Best Animated Feature. Rated PG.

∎ April 7 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and April 10 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.: “Howl’s Moving Castle.” On an adventure to life a curse that has transformed Sophie from a teen to an elderly woman, she finds refuge in the wizard Howl’s magical moving castle. Rated PG.

The restored 35 mm prints will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets are available at the Amherst Cinema box office, 28 Amity St., Amherst, or online at www.amherstcinema.org.

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