Bye bye, 2020! I'm feeling hesitant about new years resolutions this year, but I sure hope we can see each other in person again before the end of the year. I hope you are all able to have a safe and joyful celebration - check out the First Night livestream!
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It’s not common to be drenched in sweat by the end of a play viewing, but it seems fitting for a piece about climate change. I attended immersive theatre company Capital W’s newest piece, Fire Season, on a Saturday afternoon in October. It was officially fall, but 90 degrees. I had driven about forty-five minutes outside of Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Mountains where one could usually escape city smog, but because of the California fires that had been blazing for months, the air quality was (according to my weather app) “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
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First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts since 1985. This signature New Year’s Eve event features memorable performances of your favorite artists. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit local arts enrichment.
In light of Covid-19 there will be many necessary changes to the celebration, most importantly there is no in-person entertainment this year. Watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and the screen of your choice. All of the exciting shows, the fireworks, and the ball raising will be broadcast online and on television for FREE! Tune in at firstnightnorthampton.org or on Northampton Comcast Cable channels 12, 15, and 23.
Catch your favorite acts without having to wait in line! The Fawns, Kimaya Diggs, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry as well as First Night newbies Mister G, Zoe Lemos, Priya Darshini + Max ZT. Don’t forget the entertainment for KIDS, ShowCircus Studio, Henry the Juggler, and The Yo-Yo Guy. Check out our performance page for more details https://www.firstnightnorthampton.org/performances.
The lack of button sales this year will hamper our fundraising efforts to benefit local arts enrichment activities. Please consider donating to First Night Northampton. To show our gratitude for your donation, we will send you exclusive gifts to say thank you!
Explore one of Easthampton’s most historic structures from the comfort of your home. As you glide up the stairs and into the 2nd floor, be sure to explore all the nooks and vantage points.
Over the past decade, CitySpace has been working on plans to restore the building to full function, to equitably foster the arts, and to sustain the economic and cultural vitality of Easthampton. Experience Old Town Hall.
Portland Stage presents A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
The holiday family classic is brought to life in this world-premiere one-man show, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. It is guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge, and is now available as an on-demand digital performance. Tickets: $25.
New World Theatre presents Snow Fall
by Donald Tongue
After the storm, Ashley's brother, Matt, comes over to give his kid sis a shoulder to cry on—and to get some breakfast. Episodes 1-3 streaming here.
A 10-week series of new, contemporary short plays inspired by classical Greek theatre and mythology and produced by local creative teams with playwrights from New England and beyond. These plays reintroduce familiar characters and settings in ways that are surprising, hilarious, thought-provoking, and always original.
Ree & Lexie Go To College
by Nehessaiu DeGannes
directed by Morgan Flynn
by Jack Rushton
directed by Kevin Williams
Achilles and Patroclus
by Jessica Tocci
directed by Nick Klevisha
by J. Marc Quattlebaum
directed by Michelle Aguillon
NORTH STAR, THE INSTITUTE FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS, AND THE SHEA THEATER
ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE GET DOWN WITH YOUR HOMETOWN
Friday and Saturday, January 8 and 9, 2021
A TWO-DAY VIRTUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
TO BENEFIT ALL THREE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
HOSTED BY: MONTE BELMONTE, KELSEY FLYNN, and PAM VICTOR
North Star, The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), and the Shea Theater are pleased to announce Get Down with Your Hometown (GDHT). GDHT is an online music festival with the goal of promoting the musical talent of North Star and the IMA, and benefiting the three non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.. The festival will take place on January 8 and 9, 2021 (details below).
North Star and IMA students and alumni will be performing along with local and nationally known musicians. The event is open to the public with a sliding scale tip jar for donations throughout the event, the proceeds will be split between the three organizations.
GET DOWN WITH YOUR HOMETOWN
Friday, January 8, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Saturday, January 9, 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Dates are confirmed, times subject to change. www.getdownhometown.com
Lake Street Dive June Millington Dar Williams
Taylor Ashton The Winterpills Naia Kete & Say Real
Suitcase Junket Erin McKeown The Nields
Old Flame Kimaya Diggs Martin Sexton
Kalliope Jones Miro Sprague Jaime Kent
with many more and Special Guests TBA!
Play Incubation Collective
Saturday, January 9 at 8:00 PM
Join Play Incubation Collective theater artists for an evening of exclusively new work. We're talking music, dance, scenes, sketch, improv, and even a brand new scene written DURING the show and performed as part of the big finale. This is a one-night-only event that you won't want to miss.
And the best part is that it's all for a good cause. This event will help raise funds for local artists and the development of new plays home grown here in Western New England.
PIC is a collective of empowered theater artists centering stories that challenge the dominant cultural paradigm through a highly collaborative, unique play development process and is an emerging hub for new play creation in Western New England.
K and E Theater Group Auditions: HELLO AGAIN Audition submissions and materials accepted until January 24, 2021!
K and E Theater Group can't wait to say HELLO AGAIN!
Auditions to be held by video submission until January 24, 2021. Callbacks to be held over Zoom.
Check out www.KETG.org/AUDITIONS for more information about the show, character breakdown and for audition submission requirements.
HELLO AGAIN runs September 9-12, 2021, at Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton.
Don't forget to like us on Facebook and Instagram and visit KETG.org for more information on our supersized Season Two!
Northampton Community Making Space
Where: 33 Hawley - Eli’s room
When: Third Saturday’s of the Month from 4-7
Who: Our Community
Cost: Free - there will be a voluntary (NOT required) collection jar to help pay for the space rental
What: Northampton Community Making Space
As we continue to figure out how to be artists in this time, I would like to offer a space for us to make in a community, while still paying attention to the care that we need to take of ourselves and others in the times of COVID 19. Please join us at 33 Hawley on the third Saturday of the month from 4-7 in Eli’s Room for community making. All experience levels are welcome.
Who is a maker? A maker is a writer, a painter, a mover, a quilter, a weaver, a poet, a photographer, a digital artist, a filmmaker, a woodworker, a stained glass artist, a performer, a musician, a potter, a philosopher, an activist - so many things that it defies definition. A maker is someone who looks around them and asks of themselves and others, “what can this idea become?” A maker is in continuous evolution.
We will each have a 6’ space. You will be provided a table, a chair or easy chair, a dedicated power strip, and a drop cloth. You will need to bring your own materials and tools. Please bring projects that are appropriate for working on in a group setting. There will be three foot aisles between each space, and masks will be required at all times.
The space will accommodate 10 people at one time. You may stay for the full three hours, or just drop in for an hour or so. In order to organize our safe attendance, please follow this link to sign up for a time. Please indicate your interest and the time that you would like to attend by following the link and signing up for a slot.
I hope you are able to join us for making in community See you soon!
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Happier Valley Comedy presents
Resilience Training Through Joy: HVC's 30-Day Happiness Experiment January 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM
How's your happiness and resilience going? If you just groaned or sad-chuckled incredulously, I'd like to offer you some support.
This online 30-day personal growth program provides simple yet game-changing resilience and happiness practices and the support to make happiness a life-long habit.
After the initial kickoff presentation - where I walk you through an interactive experience of scientifically-based, improv-enriched Happiness & Resilience Habits - this program is a commitment of about 1-10 minutes each day.Just for 30 days.
Best of all, the entire 30-Day Happiness Experiment is remote and completely customizable, so you choose the Happiness & Resilience Habits, time commitment, schedule,
accountability aids, and connection style that works best for you. Safe, easy, self-directed, introvert- and extrovert-friendly.