Keeping Tabs on the Arts
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Works by Phoebe Berkel are on view at the Trailside Gallery. Purchase photo reprints »
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Soprano Dana Schnitzer, a UMass alumna, will perform Feb. 23 at Bezanson Recital Hall. Purchase photo reprints »
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The 32 annual Jazz Showcase at UMass will be held Feb. 28 in Bowker Auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »
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Rex Martin will hold a tuba master class Feb. 23, and will perform Feb. 24 at Bowker Auditorium.
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"Rain" and other works by Pamela Avril are on view at the Oxbow Gallery. Purchase photo reprints »
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Monte Belmonte appears as Ed Sullivan at The Really Big Show. Purchase photo reprints »
This show really IS big
The Northampton Arts Council polishes off this year’s Four Sundays in February series with its annual Really Big Show, a nod to TV variety shows, like the one that was hosted by Ed Sullivan on CBS from 1948 to 1971.
Like Sullivan’s show, the one sponsored by the arts council features a wide variety of entertainment, including NEPR commentator Mira Bartók; Kayden Behan; a 10-year-old classical guitarist; Michelle Brooks-Thompson, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice; the folk-rock band The Bunwinkies; Catalyst Dancers from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School; and Chaos Theory Dance.
They will be joined by street performer Sophie Crafts; yo-yo champ Daniel Cietz; Jake and Jim: The Dog Pals performing man and dog tricks; Screaming with Pleasure, old-school jugglers; guitarist Sharone Digitale; and rockers The Sun Parade. The whole shebang will be hosted by Monte Belmonte, doing his best to channel Ed Sullivan.
Also at the event, the arts council will present its annual arts awards, this year to Feeding Tube Records and Zea Mays Printing.
The show is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Advance tickets cost $8 and are available at State Street Fruit in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence and Food for Thought Books in Amherst, by calling 800-858-3006 or online at www.northamptonartscouncil.org. $10 at the door.
To see a video of preparations for The Really Big Show, visit www.gazettenet.com.
Interrupted by Nemo
“Observed/Imagined,” an exhibit of recent paintings by Pamela Avril, will be on view through March 3 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton. A reception that was postponed due to Winter Storm Nemo will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Avril received a bachelor’s degree in art from the California Institute of the Arts and a master’s degree in art from Bennington College. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and the Yale at Norfolk Program. Her work is shown annually on the U.S. tours of Mata Amritanandamayi, a Hindu spiritual leader and guru, and for the service and charitable organization Embracing the World. Her work is in collections worldwide.
∎ In the Back Room Gallery, pastel drawings by Elizabeth Meyersohn are on view. The subject of her work is views of rocks from the Rhode Island coast, drawn on arches paper in colored conte.
Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. 586-6300, www.oxbowgallery.org.
The 2013 Magic Triangle Jazz Series presents Craig Harris’ “Souls Within the Veil” today at 8 p.m. at Bowker Auditorium on the UMass campus.
Harris, a composer and trombonist, composed the piece in 2003 to commemorate the centennial of W.E.B. Du Bois’ seminal work, “The Souls of Black Folk.”
The concert-length piece, performed by a 10-piece ensemble, captures the book’s timeless social commentary, using Du Bois’ concept of “double consciousness,” the “two-ness” of being African as well as American. Tickets cost $12; $7 for students and are available through the Fine Arts Center box office, 800-999-UMAS.
‘Wrath of Mom’
Kelsey Flynn presents a one-person show, “Wrath of Mom,” Friday at 7 and 8:15 p.m. at Popcorn Noir, 32 Cottage St., Easthampton.
Flynn will share her views on birth, breastfeeding and the first three months spent with her baby. Calling the show “part public service announcement, part confessional, and part stand-up comedy,” Flynn promises to “expose the harsh realities of overwhelming need, nursing and hemorrhoids.”
“Wrath of Mom” premiered in last fall’s Double Take Fringe Festival in Greenfield, where the production won the “Most Fringiest Award.” Free.
Friday night café
Sarah Stockwell-Arthen will perform Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Friday Night Café, held at the Village Church on Main Street in Cummington. Stockwell-Arthen sings songs that are rooted in the land, responsible living, ancestors and connections to the earth. Enter through the side or back doors. Refreshments are provided.
Take a deep breath
“Lungs,” a two-character play by Duncan Macmillan will be performed today through Saturday at 8 p.m. in Studio 3 on the Amherst College campus.
The production is directed by Amherst College student Constance Congdon. The production is a senior acting project for Leslie Roth, also an Amherst College student.
The play is about a young couple’s struggle to decide if they should have a child in a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest.
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Call 542-2278 to reserve.
Prokofiev for puppets
The Four Story Players Present will present a puppet show, “Peter and the Wolf,” with music by Sergei Prokofiev, arranged for piano 4-hands and percussion, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Woodbury Room at Jones Library in Amherst.
The company members Tom Knight, puppeteer, story-teller; actor Christine Olson; Meg Kelsey Wright on piano; and Russ Nieman on percussion, will present other stories as well.
“The Throwaways,” a documentary by community activist and documentary filmmaker Ira Mckinley, will be screened Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at The Elevens, 140 Pleasant St. in Northampton.
“ ‘The Throwaways’ tells the story of homeless filmmaker and activist Ira McKinley, documenting his quest to shed light on the struggle of people living on the margins of society and to challenge a system that oppresses them,” according to the documentary’s website.
The showing will be preceded by a performance at 9:30 p.m. by the funk, soul, reggae, Latin and hip-hop band Rebirth. The viewing of “The Throwaways” will include a Q & A session with the directors, and will be followed by another performance, at midnight, this time by the Afrofunk band, Shokazoba.
Tickets cost $8-$11 on a sliding scale; tickets for Shokazoba only cost are $5. For information call 586-9155.
Music at UMass
Stephen Austin, a nationally recognized vocal pedagogue and faculty member at the University of North Texas, will presents a vocal pedagogy seminar, including master classes and sessions on caring for the voice, preparing for college auditions and more, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass. For a schedule or to register, visit www.umass.edu/music/VocalPedagogySeminarFeb2013v3.pdf
∎ Soprano Dana Schnitzer, a University of Massachusetts Amherst alumna, will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. with Brendon Shapiro on piano at the Bezanson Recital Hall at the UMass Fine Arts Center.
On the program: music by Strauss, Poulenc, Turina, as well as Samuel Barber’s “Hermit Songs.”
For information, call 545-0018. Free.
∎ A tuba master class with Rex Martin, a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Music Wing, Room 44. Free
∎ On Sunday, at 1 p.m., Martin will perform with UMass music professor Nikki Stoia, piano, in Bowker Auditorium. On the program: Pergolesi’s “Sinfonia in F major,” Rachmaninoff’s “Cello Sonata in g minor,” Bach’s Gamba Sonata No. 2; Sofia Bubaidulina’s “Lamento,” Thomas Benjamin’s “Sonata for Tuba & Piano.”
Tickets for the concert cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, senior citizens and children. To reserve, visit fac.umass.edu/musicanddance or call 545-2511. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 545-0018.
What is Dance?
The Lisa Leizman Dance Company will present a program for preschoolers and their families Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The event features lively music, colorful costumes and interactive performance that revolves around the question: “what is dance?” The 45-minute program is free for children; there is a $5 suggested donation for accompanying adults. 17 New South St. 584-7327, www.nohoarts.org.
“The Chemist in the Garden: Origins of Natural Products” an exhibit that showcases botanical books from the Mortimer Rare Book Room at the Smith College Library, will be on view through May 27 in the atrium of Ford Hall on Green Street in Northampton. Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event free and open to the public.
The books include Leonhart Fuchs’ 1549 “Histoire des plantes,” a field guide to plants with delicate hand-colored illustrations; John Gerard’s “Herball” of 1636; Diderot’s mid-18th-century French “Encyclopédie”; and Mark Catesby’s illustrated book on trees and shrubs of North America, published in London in 1767.
At Trailside Gallery
“Painting, Drawing, Collage,” works by Phoebe Berkel, will be on view through Feb. 28 at the Trailside Gallery, 14 Strong Ave. in Northampton. Berkel’s work is a mix of large-scale oil paintings, charcoal drawings, watercolors and watercolor collages. For information, call the gallery at 478-3137 or visit www.phoebeberkel.com.