Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Evening of One-Acts

“Kamala” and “Chamber Music,” one-act plays, will be presented together Feb. 28-March 8 at Smith College.

Vijay Tendulkar’s ‘Kamala,” adapted and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi, class of 2015, touches upon modern-day slavery, ethical journalism and domestic oppression of women. Jaisingh Jadhav buys a woman named Kamala from a flesh market in an impoverished region in India, and brings her home to use her for a press conference to prove that the slave trade still exists.

“ ‘Kamala’ has just the right amount of sadness, humor, seriousness, and most of all, it tackles all the issues I feel strongly about,” Gandhi said.

“Chamber Music”, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Kopit, tells the story of eight women in an asylum who all believe themselves to be famous figures from throughout history. The women come together to plan for an attack they believe is coming from their enemies: the inmates in the men’s ward.

The director, Sara Kelly, class of 2014, says she chose the play because she found it to be wholly relevant to the Smith College community. “For women figuring out how to empower ourselves in situations in which we are generally powerless is something we struggle with constantly,” Kelly said. “I thought this play was an engaging medium to explore that through.”

Shows are Feb. 28 (dollar night) and March 1, and March 6, 7, and 8, all at 8 p.m. in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College. With the exception of Feb. 28, tickets cost $8; $5 for students and senior; $3 for Smith students with an ID. To reserve, call 585-2787 or visit

Trail art

The Leverett Trails Committee invites families from around the Valley to participate in a day of making collaborative collages inspired by walks through the woods.

The event will take place at Leverett Crafts & Arts on March 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Participants should bring things collected from trail walks — leaves, berries, ferns, etc., as well as art inspired by trail walks such as poems, photos or paintings. Collages will be on display at the Leverett Library throughout March and April to help promote the Leverett Trails Committee’s newest trails throughout the woods of Leverett.

Leverett Crafts & Arts is located at 13 Montague Road.

Amherst artist in Boston

“A Travelogue in Color,” an exhibit of paintings by Amherst artist Lorna Ritz, will be on view March 1-31 at the French Cultural Center of Boston, 53 Marlborough St., Boston. An artist’s reception will be held March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ritz’s paintings are steeped in the style of the 19th-century French Impressionists. “My ideas come from my imagination in a completely improvisational, passionate way,” Ritz writes in an artist’s statement. “I compose through color. ... My paintings ‘sing’ through the light that emanates from the color combinations.”

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays by appointment; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 617-912-0400.

‘Frankenstein’ in Amherst

The National Theatre in London’s production of “Frankenstein,” directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) will be shown at Amherst Cinema. The show was taped while performed live onstage. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternated roles as Frankenstein and his Creature, each won 2012 Olivier Awards for Best Actor.

On March 3 at 7 p.m., and March 8 at 1 p.m., Miller plays Victor and Cumberbatch is the creature. On March 24 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 1 p.m., the roles are switched.

Tickets cost $24, available at the Amherst Cinema box office or online at

Music at UMass

“Wild Purple, Wild Energy,” a faculty viola and piano recital, will be presented March 1 at 6 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Performing will be UMass music professors Kathryn Lockwood, viola, and Gilles Vonsattel, piano, and UMass professor emerita Estela Olevsky, piano.

On the program: Robert Schumann’s “Märchenbilder”; Paul Hindemith’s Sonata Op. 11/4; and Joan Tower’s “Wild Purple.”

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

∎ “Opus One,” a Chamber Orchestra concert, will be presented March 4 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

Performers will be string students from the UMass music department and faculty members Elizabeth hang, violin; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Astrid Schween, cello; and Salvatore Macchia, contrabass.

On the program: J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048 and Josef Suk’s Serenade for Strings in E flat Major, Op. 6.

Tickets cost $10; free for UMass students; $5 for other students, children, seniors. To reserve, call the Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511 or visit


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