Arts Previews March 8-15

  • Robert Pinksy at the Poetry Center.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
‘Cage Shuffle’

Performer Paul Lazar invites the community to experience his one-man show, “Cage Shuffle,” produced by New York-based Big Dance Theater for one night only. Taking place on Friday, March 9 at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, in Northampton, the dance/theater solo features Lazar reciting a series of minute-long stories by John Cage from his 1960s film score, “Intermediacy,” while dancing to choreography by Annie-B Parson in an exploration of the relationship between words and movement. The performance is 50 minutes long and will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $10, with limited seating; for reservations, contact 586-5553 or visit apearts.org. 

‘Two Photographers, Two Visions’

Photographers Larry Rankin and Bob Solosko are displaying works in Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton in a show titled “Two Photographers, Two Visions.” The reception is on Saturday, March 10, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Rankin, a retired physician, has exhibited photos for 20 years throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. He has selected for this exhibit sepia-toned black-and-white images “to evoke a sense of the ancient Tanzanian countryside and its animals and people,” according to press notes. Solosko has had work displayed throughout Western Massachusetts in galleries, banks and hospitals as well as in a number of private collections. He uses “techniques that simulate watercolors and oil painting to produce impressionistic visions of nature, landscapes and street images.” Forbes Library is located at 20 West Street in Northampton. The event is free to the public. For more information, visit forbeslibrary.com/events.

The Favorite Poem Project

Calling poets and poetry lovers! Founded in 1997, The Poetry Center at Smith College in Northampton is now welcoming submissions for its “Favorite Poem Project” through March 30. Started by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Favorite Poem Project readings have been hosted across the country, inspiring communities to share poems that enrich daily life. Following Pinsky’s visit to Smith College in 2017, the Poetry Center has decided to host its own Favorite Poem Project on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall on campus. 

Interested participants must be available to read on that day in order to be considered, but need not be affiliated with Smith, according to press notes:  “We’re looking for poems by others that inspire you, and we’d like to present as diverse a group of readers as possible. Poems should be geared towards a five-minute presentation, composed of reading the poem, and informally speaking about your connection to it. Translations from other languages are encouraged. If the poem happens to be longer than the five minute range, it would be best for you to select a particularly meaningful excerpt.” Approximately 10-12 readers will be chosen for the event. For more information, visit smith.edu/poetrycenter and favoritepoem.org.