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33 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
USA

Happenings


Dec
3
3:30 PM15:30

Roots & Wings — a conversation with two masters

Scottish violist/actress Mairi Campbell and guitarist/storyteller John Sheldon, join Serious Play Theater Ensemble's Artistic Director, Sheryl Stoodley and Managing Director, Robin Doty for a discussion exploring the intersection of the musician and ensemble theatre-making. 


Seating limited to 40. Donations welcome toward: PERSPECTIVES THROUGH PERFORMANCE/ Serious Play's New Performance Exchange with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland


Phone 413-588-7439 to reserve a seat

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Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Xfinity Theater's Painted Dreams

Featuring Patrick Gaughan, Stella Corso, & guests
Painted Dreams is the title of the first radio soap opera, which began its run in 1930. The latest Xfinity Theater project mixes video & live performance to explore the ongoing parallel world of feminist serials.


33 Hawley Street, 3rd floor studio. Seated limited to 40. Tickets $10 at the door.

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Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Xfinity Theater's Painted Dreams

Featuring Patrick Gaughan, Stella Corso, & guests
Painted Dreams is the title of the first radio soap opera, which began its run in 1930. The latest Xfinity Theater project mixes video & live performance to explore the ongoing parallel world of feminist serials.
33 Hawley Street, 3rd floor studio. Seated limited to 40. Tickets $10 at the door.

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Story Performance/Story Sharing
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Story Performance/Story Sharing

Community Inspired Social Action: An evening of story performance and sharing. ReBelle and Eveline MacDougall begin the night with their individual instrumental story performances on the theme. There will be a break and then an optional opportunity for participants to meet in small groups to share their own stories of Community Inspired Social Action. Everyone welcome.

$10 per adult at the door.

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Happier Valley Comedy Show
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Happier Valley Comedy Show

All-new monthly improv comedy show! This month features the return of Happier Valley's most popular show, Scripted/Unscripted. Then it's time for More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase. Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring Josie's Magical Flute.

More information at www.happiervalley.com

Tickets $13 at the door.

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Arts Night Out @ 33 Hawley
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Arts Night Out @ 33 Hawley

Please join as we celebrate Northampton's vibrant community arts space. See what's new and what's to come. Arts Trust board members will be on hand to give tours of the building and describe the next steps in the development of new spaces for events, performance, classes and rehearsal.  Mix, mingle and enjoy refreshments while Brian Foote, Arts Council Director Extraordinaire, metamorphisizes into DJ Big Foote and spins some vintage vinyl in the downstairs studio.

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Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio

The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Jose Moreno (percussion/vocals) one of the most sought after flamenco artists in the U.S. percussion, and stunning bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). For more information, visit NCFA's event page here.

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

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Halloween at Hawley
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

Halloween at Hawley

NCFA partners with the Downtown Northampton Association to make the City's traditional Trick or Treat even bigger this year! Join us before, during, or after your stroll downtown. 33 Hawley Street is just around the corner from Main (at Spoleto) where we'll be offering family fun for all. A dance party with DJ Quintessential. A free photo booth so you can capture costumes on camera. Sweets and giveaways courtesy of the Tommy Car Auto Group. Complimentary cider and mini-pumpkins from State Street Fruit Store. And the Bistro Bus will be on hand to serve up food truck classics for anyone who wants to grab a meal.

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Underscore +/- Arriving into the Arts Trust on Hawley Street
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Underscore +/- Arriving into the Arts Trust on Hawley Street

Nancy Stark Smith will be joined by a stellar group of Northampton-and-Massachusetts-based dancers for a 3-hour run of this structured improvisation, entitled Underscore +/- Arriving into the Arts Trust on Hawley Street.  


The Underscore +/- group has been meeting weekly in the Northampton area for over 7 years.
Seating in the 33 Hawley Street Third Floor Studio is extremely limited.


First come/at the door! Donations welcome.

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Outside the Box - Soul Power, free film
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Outside the Box - Soul Power, free film

"Soul Power” is a 2008 documentary about the Zaire ‘74 music festival in Kinshasa that accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in October 1974. Performers include James Brown, The Spinners, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, B.B. King, Fania All-Stars featuring Celia Cruz, and others. And, of course, there is the late, great Muhammad Ali.

We will be out back, so be sure to bring a blanket or low-slung lawn chair.  The lower level of 33 Hawley will be open so folks can get a look at what we've been working on, and what the future plans are for Hawley Street.

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Outside the Box - Local Poets
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

Outside the Box - Local Poets

Join us at 33 Hawley for ban evening featuring local Valley poets Chris Gonzalez, Barry Maupin and Ashley Amon. Chris is a 23 year-old actor, theater maker, musician, poet, and educator raised in Northampton; Barry is a spoken word poet and the author of two poetry collections; and Ashley is a young Mt. Holyoke poet who has been featured in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

We will be out back, so be sure to bring a blanket or low-slung lawn chair.  The lower level of 33 Hawley will be open so folks can get a look at what we've been working on, and what the future plans are for Hawley Street.

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RIFF Talks — The Politics of Space
Mar
29
4:00 PM16:00

RIFF Talks — The Politics of Space

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) and the Northampton Community Arts Trust present RIFF TALKS -­‐ $15 general/$10 student, seniors.

Join world-­‐renowned performance artists and university dance professors-­‐ Stephanie Maher (Berlin), Andrea Olsen (Middlebury College), Kathy Couch (Amherst College) and Chris Aiken (Smith College) for a lively discussion focused on THE POLITICS OF SPACE in relationship to dance performance. A dance performance will precede the talk where many local and international artists will be sharing new installation-­‐based work.  

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Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Looking for an intern?

Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses and Non-Profits

One of the advantages of our 5 College area is access to interns! For students, interning defines career paths and builds resumes. For creative businesses and non-profit organizations, interns bring fresh ideas, energy and a willingness to learn. In this information session, learn how to become an internship provider, labor law compliance, and best practices for making the most of your intern's time.

Food and drink will be provided. Session is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please use the lower level entrance to the Arts Trust Building adjacent to the (free!) parking lot. To attend the workshop, please RSVP at 413-545-2360 or aes@acad.umass.edu.

"Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits" is part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative and is presented in partnership with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

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Lisa Leizman Dance Company Winter Concert
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Lisa Leizman Dance Company Winter Concert

On a cold, dark winter night, join the Northampton Center for the Arts' resident dance company for an evening full of warmth and light.

To celebrate the beginning of their 24th season, this special program includes “When There is a Mountain”, a new work set to music by company composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien. Inspired by her travels to Southeast Asia, Kwapien’s score shimmers with the sounds of bells, bowls and flute. The concert also features audience favorites “Pur ti miro” with music by Benedetto di Ferrari, as well as Unsquare Dance (music by Dave Brubeck).

As always, a festive dinner reception follows the performance.

All tickets sold at the door: $10 for adults; $5 for children under 10 years.

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CT Valley Poets — Fast Five
Jan
23
to Jan 24

CT Valley Poets — Fast Five

They're back by popular demand! Vin. Paul. The Rock! Connecticut Valley Poets’ Theatre presents Fast Five.

How does one ‘stage’ a car race? Or a chase sprinting rooftop to rooftop in Rio?  What happens when doughy action stars are recast as strong females? Fast Five satirizes the culture of machismo and speed and calls attention to  the gap between blockbuster film and underground stage, between massive budget and zero budget. It features choreographed dance, music, and melodrama, rewriting and reframing the musclebound gear-head excess of Hollywood, while celebrating its adventurous spirit. As corporations roll out more and more commercial movies on Broadway (Rocky, Shrek, etc), the CRVPT is simply jumping on the bandwagon. 

Tickets $8 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets; $10 at the door. 

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Bern Nix Quartet presented by Valley Jazz Shares
Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

Bern Nix Quartet presented by Valley Jazz Shares

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Bern Nix studied music and graduated with a degree in music education from the Berklee College of Music. Bern performed and recorded with Ornette Coleman from 1975 to 1987 as an original member of the Prime Time Band. The Prime Time Band recorded six albums including Dancing in Your Head, Of Human Feelings and Body Meta and performed hundreds of concerts around the world. Since 1985 Nix has led his own ensembles and has performed with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Jemeel Moondoc, Ronald Shannon Jackson, James Chance, Jayne Cortez and Kip Hanrahan. Hailed as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of our time, Bern was voted among the top ten jazz guitarists by Down Beat magazine.

Tickets $15, available at the door, or at the Jazz Shares website 

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The Art Market Returns
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

The Art Market Returns

Join us for a festive Open House and Art Market. Come browse and buy work displayed by 40 participating artists while viewing the building, currently in transition from fitness center to affordable creative space for the community.

All sales are cash and carry, with 10 percent of the proceeds donated to the Northampton Community Arts Trust. The informal Friday evening event features light refreshments and music from Mando Paradiso.

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ArtSalon Northampton
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

ArtSalon Northampton

The ArtSalon is a dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley.  The ArtSalon provides an opportunity for artists and designers of all mediums to present their work and ideas in a format called Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) of 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Come meet and join the artists, creators, critics, and collectors in a friendly, social gathering of conversations about the arts in our community.  This month’s ArtSalon will be hosted at the Northampton Community Arts Trust’s building at 33 Hawley Street. Presenting artists are Esther White, Stephen Petegorsky, Thomas Douglas, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Rob Kimmel, and Dugan Hammock.

 

For further information, visit www.theartsalon.com

Refreshments at 6:30pm, presentations begin at 7:00pm

Suggested donation $5

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RIFF Talk #1 -- "Improvisation in Performance"
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

RIFF Talk #1 -- "Improvisation in Performance"

The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought presents the first of their RIFF talks, featuring Nancy Stark Smith and Peter Schmitz in conversation about improvisation in performance. Stark Smith has been centrally involved in the development of Contact Improvisation as a dancer, performer, teacher, writer/publisher, and organizer, traveling worldwide sharing CI and related movement improvisation work. Schmitz has been working in the creative and performing arts for over 30 years as an actor/dancer/ choreographer.   He was a founding member of Dance Gallery, a modern dance company formerly in residence at Thornes Market. $15 general admission; $8 students and seniors. 

 

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Improvised Occurences -- The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Occurences -- The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought

The valley enjoys a rare treat when eight outstanding international artists including Miguel Gutierrez (Brooklyn), Jennifer Nugent (NYC, Amherst), Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser (Smith College), Stephanie Maher (Berlin), Sarah Young and Ali Skalli (Earthdance), and Jen Polins(Northampton, Berlin) show improvised works in progress. By donation -- no reservations.

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