Keeping tabs on the arts

Last modified: Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Last dance

“Bye Bye Ballroom,” a farewell evening of dance, food and music, will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Although performances and activities will continue into the spring at the center, which is due to close later this year, “This will be the last time we will party together before our lease expires,” said the center’s director, Penny Burke. “It’s truly bye-bye to the ballroom, but no tears,” she added. “We’re planning a fun-filled evening with a few of our customary surprises.”

The O-Tones will perform and food and cocktails will be served. Proceeds support the center.

Tickets cost $25, plus cash for the Last Dance Saloon. To purchase, visit or visit the center during its business hours, today and Friday from 11 to 4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door, payable by cash or check only.

The Center for the Arts is located at 17 New South St.

Live at Woodstock

“Hendrix 70, Live at Woodstock,” a film of Jimi Hendrix’s August 1969 Woodstock concert, will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The concert included performances of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Fire,” “Purple Haze” and “Foxey Lady,” as well as Hendrix’s iconic interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The film will be preceded by a showing of a road-to-Woodstock documentary, directed by Grammy Award winner Bob Smeaton, which reveals the struggle to stage the legendary festival and to secure Hendrix as its headline artist.

Tickets cost $6. To purchase, visit or call the box office at 584-9032, ext. 105.

Music at UMass

“Multiple Simultaneous Times,” a faculty percussion recital by Michael Compitello, will be presented Friday at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

On the program: “New Morse Code” a duet with Compitello and Hannah Collins, cello, as well as works by Andy Akiho, Martin Bresnick, Phillippe Manoury, Alejandro Vinao and Iannis Xenakis. Also performing will be Ayano Kataoka, percussion.

∎ A visiting jazz artists concert, featuring Earl MacDonald and the Hartford Jazz Society’s New Directions Ensemble, will be presented Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall.

UMass faculty member Jeffrey W. Holmes and 10 instrumentalists will perform fresh compositions and arrangements by pianist MacDonald.

∎ Gabe Langfur will present a trombone recital Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall. Langfur, bass trombone, is a member of the artist faculty at Boston University and the University of Rhode Island.

Tickets for all three shows cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18. To reserve, call the UMass Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511 or visit

Funding culture

The Easthampton Cultural Council has awarded 14 grants to fund local community cultural programs. Grants range in amount from $150 to $2,000 for a total of $7,008.

Recipients are: Carolyn Clayton, Emily Williston Memorial Library, Iroko Nuevo, Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, Youth Action Coalition, Elizabeth Macduffie and Mark Alan Miller, Jean-Pierre Pasche, Jill Lewis, John Root, Maggie Nowinski and David Poppie, Lyell Castonguay and Seth Lepore.

For more information, visit

Featured photos

The landscape photography of Michael Zide is featured this month in Yankee magazine. A slide show of winter images of Martha’s Vineyard can be found at

Over the past 30 years, Zide’s black-and-white landscape photography has been exhibited in galleries, both nationally and internationally, and has been featured in magazines, including Silvershotz, Black and White, Today’s Photographer, Foto magazine and Photo/Design. His work is held in private, corporate and museum collections.

Zide, who lives in Amherst, teaches at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls.

For more information, visit

Support for the Mead

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College recently received a $35,000 grant for unrestricted operating support from the Butler Family Foundation in memory of Kate Butler Peterson. Peterson, a longtime trustee of the foundation and supporter of the Mean for more than three decades, died in 2011.

Peterson and her husband, the late Hall James Peterson, established the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund, which has provided essential funding for the museum’s exhibitions and related programs, according to information provided by the museum. In addition, the couple donated more than 20 works to the Mead between 1976 and 1985. In 2008, Peterson gave to the museum an impression of Andy Warhol’s silkscreen print of Mao Tse-Tung.

“All of us at Amherst College are deeply grateful for the Butler Family Foundation’s unwavering support,” said the Mead’s director, Elizabeth Barker, in a statement. “We feel especially honored to have received this remarkable gift, which continues Mrs. Peterson’s important legacy at the Mead.”

The grant will be used to support the Mead’s fall 2012 exhibition, “Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination,” and to construct a new pedestal on which to display the museum’s ancient Roman sarcophagus.

For more information, visit or call 542-2335.


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