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33 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
USA

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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.

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.

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.  

Dance Generators present The Legacy Project
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Dance Generators present The Legacy Project

Also, Friday March 27 at 7pm and Saturday, March 28 at 2pm.
The Northampton Center for the Arts presents Dance Generators in debut performances of The Legacy Project featuring choreography by the company's new Artistic Director Maureen Shea and by Fritha Pengelly. Click to read more ....
 

Peter Blanchette's 8th Annual Bach Birthday Celebration Concert
Mar
20
7:30 pm19:30

Peter Blanchette's 8th Annual Bach Birthday Celebration Concert

Peter Blanchette and the Northampton Center for the Arts uphold what has become a valley tradition: Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday. As always, the concert includes Peter Blanchette’s trademark arrangements of music composed by the 330-year-old honoree. Click to read more …

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.

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.

CT Valley Poets — Fast Five
Jan
23
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. 

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 

Art Market Day 2
Dec
13
10:00 am10:00

Art Market Day 2

The Art Market continues on Saturday. Forty artists and scads of creativity. All sales are cash and carry.

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.

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

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. 

 

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.

Bach to Baghdad
Sep
28
2:00 pm14:00

Bach to Baghdad

Bach to Baghdad is a musical interlude, a humanitarian intercession creating a time for reflection and for heartfelt communication between east and west, Baghdad and cities and towns in the U.S. and beyond. The first concert, connecting Northampton to Baghdad features Peter Blanchette, internationally acclaimed musician and composer, who will perform Bach on his archguitar. Responding from Baghdad will be Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry and Dr. Salma Al-Haddad. Tickets $15 — available at Brown Paper Tickets in advance and at the door on the day of the performance.

Sep
26
Sep 27

CT Valley Poets — Fast Five

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 . It features choreographed dance, music, and melodrama, rewriting and reframing the musclebound gear-head excess of Hollywood, while celebrating its adventurous spirit. Tickets $8 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets; $10 at the door. 

Real Live Theater — The Lion & The Clown
Sep
18
Sep 21

Real Live Theater — The Lion & The Clown

Real Live Theatre presents the world premiere of The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Lovesong for Beauty & the Beast, an original script written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyrne.  An ensemble of eight actors recreates the story of a faerie and the woman he curses into a lioness, as they entangle themselves in the life of a small traveling circus that is struggling to survive in contemporary America. A Clown, a Wire-Walker, a Lion-Tamer, a Juggler, a Manager, and a Balloon-Seller join Faerie and Sarah in weaving poetry, obscenity, magic, and love into an experience to remember. 

$15 advance tickets online (visit www.nohoarts.org) or $17 tickets at the door, cash only, as available. Mature Content, Not Intended For Children.

Arts Night Out — Chalk Arts Festival & more
Sep
12
5:00 pm17:00

Arts Night Out — Chalk Arts Festival & more

Northampton Chalk Art Festival activities (Family Free Draw 5-7 pm) in front of the building plus food on sale from Chanterelle to Go.  Music by Prone to Mischief. Born on the banks of the River Styx, this collective of musicians is truly “prone to mischief;" a sophisticated brass band that delights over a wide variety of genres including jazz, pop, funk, latin, soul and good old rock and roll in original arrangements and with a bit of devilish improv. 

Jazz — Ingrid Laubrock's Nor'easter
Sep
11
7:30 pm19:30

Jazz — Ingrid Laubrock's Nor'easter

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares and the Northampton Center for the Arts present Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter. This opener for PV Jazz Shares’ third season features Ingrid Laubrock, tenor and soprano sax, Tim Berne, alto sax, Ben Gerstein, trombone, Dan Peck, tuba and Tom Rainey, drums. Informal reception follows the performance. Details at www.jazzshares.org

Jun
13
5:00 pm17:00

Arts Night Out Open House

Join us for an Arts Night Out open house at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street where we’ll be partying inside and out. View the plans for Northampton’s new downtown arts space while you take in the honky-tonk, bluegrass, and rock and roll sounds of the Salvation Alley String Band. Grab some delicious street food in the parking lot served up by theBistro Bus. Win tickets to the Green River Festival and New Century Theatre's summer season! Tour the building! More artsy surprises!

mmm...what artsy surprises might be in store with the Salvation Alley String Band?

mmm...what artsy surprises might be in store with the Salvation Alley String Band?

May
29
5:00 pm17:00

POP! Northampton

Join the The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (S.C.D.T.) and the  Arts Trust for POP Northampton! - a community-building, performance-based celebration of the new dance school and new downtown Northampton arts space @33 Hawley. POP Northampton! will include live music by Bill O’Haire, and dance performances by SCDT affiliates and students. A dance party featuring local producer/DJ TAMBO follows, as well as a Northampton Arts Trust talk and tours of the building. For reservations call 413.695.1799. We request a $10 donation to the event.

Schedule of events:

5:15-6:00pm — Performance with: Catalyst Dancers of PVPA, members of the Dance Generators and Valley Kids

6:00-7:00pm — Arts Trust talk, live music with Bill O'Haire, performance installations with Jennifer Polins and Melinda Buckwalter

7:15-8:00pm — Performance with: Paul Matteson, Maureen Shea, Jennifer Nugent, Dahlia Nayar, James Morrow and Christie Svane

8:00-9:00pm — DJ Tambo Dance party

May
15
8:00 pm20:00

Skyscraper by David Auburn, directed by Chris Rohmann

On one rainy night, the lives of six people -- a preservation activist, a demolition contractor, a promiscuous young lawyer, a Navy dropout, a 110-year-old man and a suicidal young woman -- collide on the rooftop of a historic building targeted for demolition. A dark comedy about memory, coincidence, love and preservation, by the author of PROOF.

 

On opening night (May 15) pay what you can at the door. Cash or check only.

May
10
7:30 pm19:30

Lisa Leizman Dance Company Spring concert

Join the Lisa Leizman Dance Company for a spring concert @33 Hawley Street! A resident company of the Center for the Arts, the group has chosen a program featuring works old and new, audience favorites "All Blues," set to music by Miles Davis and "the secret that bamboo guards" with music by company composer in residence Andrea Kwapien. The performance will also include a new work, "some bird, perhaps," with music by Arvo Part. Ticket proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Arts Trust. The performance is followed by a festive reception featuring home cooking by members of the company.

All tickets at the door: $10 adults, $5 children under 10