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February 12, 2007
 
 
EVERY DAY IS VALENTINE'S DAY
and you too can make Bananas Foster

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People complain loudly every year about the commercialization of Christmas, but I never hear people complain about the "Spirit of Valentine's Day" being lost in the advertising, and compliance, of what one ought to do and buy to show their love for their loved ones on February 14. But think about it, you can't get a prescription filled or buy groceries in late January or early February without navigating your way past aisles of heart-shaped boxes, (priced accordingly to allow for the fancy, expensive manufacturing and packaging of the same old candies replete with High Fructose Corn Syrup, which, incidentally, renders lab rats infertile <--irony) and sugary-sweet cards with sentiments written by a complete stranger. Is Valentine's Day not just as commercialized?

Just a thought. Just maybe be nice every day. And remember that everyone you know and meet is just as human as you are, and maybe just as insecure, and maybe just as deserving.

The notion that we need to spend money on things to show our love for our loved ones on this one day is not so uncommercialized. The De Beers Diamond Company started an advertising campaign in 1947 with the tagline, “A Diamond is Forever”. They sought to start a trend, to boost diamond sales, by suggesting that couples without a deal-sealing diamond ring were not *really* engaged after all. It became the most successful ad campaign in history. And the diamond wars are an extremely bloody chapter in history and are actually ongoing and still bloody. The De Beers Company made gazillions. At one point or another we have all heard, "Well, we aren't REALLY engaged because I haven't gotten the ring yet." Why do we buy into this? Is engagement not simply a promise to love forever? Why does a purchase make it *valid*? Do you get a lifetime honeymooon on a De Beers yacht with each purchase?

I recently spent 3 weeks in California with a friend battling cancer. I learned: love everyone you know every day, as much as you can, no matter how human, and even if they don't seem to love you back. All we have is the present.

On another note, today's excellent newsletter co-host is Sarah Pebworth. Sarah showed up at 10 AM with a big bag of fortune cookies. We worked non-stop till 4 PM (we did eat snacks while working and once in a while used the facilities but otherwise worked non-stop, as she can tell you) and then we encountered a significant (impossible) internet slowdown and had to quit. I picked the newsletter back up at 8:30 PM after a dinner meeting and am finishing it now. Sarah and I decided we should all just make Bananas Foster for Valentine's Day and so we include this recipe, along with our favorite fortune:

Courtesy Costs Nothing.

Bananas Foster: (as fun to make as it is to drink)
* 4 firm ripe bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
* 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice, about 1 lemon
* 1/2 cup banana liqueur
* 1/2 cup dark rum or good quality brandy

PREPARATION:
Melt butter in a heavy skillet; add the brown sugar and spices, stirring until the sugar is completely melted. Add the ripe bananas and cook until they are hot and well coated with syrup, but not mushy.
Carefully pour in the banana liqueur and rum.
If the butter is very hot, the bananas will flame on their own. Or, you can cook over medium heat, stirring, until the alcohol cooks out. Or, with a long match, carefully flame the liqueur and brandy in the pan and cook until the flame dies out and the alcohol is cooked out.
Add the juice from the lemon and stir to blend.
Serve the bananas and sauce warm over vanilla ice cream. Serves 4.

P.S. This week's newsletter is in memory of Bailey, A.K.A., "The Philosopher" who left us this week to join Jamoka, Sienna, Ian, Giles, Seneca, Maddie, Bear, Doxie, Orange Kitty, Penny and all the other pets we lost this year.

Oh, and post post script, Kelsey posted a great item about when she cohosted the other day. You too can use local.masslive.com to post your events. (hint)


A Honkytonk Hullabaloo
Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Iron Horse
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Girl Howdy and The Spurs - Together Again


Starting in the spring of 2005, Girl Howdy and The Spurs have been ricocheting between Boston and Northampton, playing shows together to share their passion for the roots of American country music and old-school twang. On Sunday, Feb. 18, they swing west again with a double-bill at the Iron Horse.

Two-steppers and jitterbug afficionados take heed, as this show promises an open dance floor. Showtime is 7pm, Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Iron Horse, 20 Center Street, Northampton, MA.
Admission $10.adv/$13.door

For more information: www.members.aol.com/spursmail/ http://www.myspace.com/spursofboston

www.girlhowdyband.com


Four Sundays in February 2007 Series
Concluding with The Really Big Show which is actually a Really Great Show--read on for more details
0212_edamy.jpg Four Sundays in February 2007 Series
Don't miss The Really Big Show! This year Ed Sullivan will be played by a mysterious mystery local artist!

Week 3: On Sunday, February 18th we will present RaÔ– Algerian Music of the Street On Screen: “Khaled”, American premier of the film featuring the two leading exponents of RaÔ music, Khaled and Rachid Taha who have given voice to the Algerian youth rebellion

On Stage: Syncop, North America’s top RaÔ Musicians from MontrÈal, featuring Algerian born Karim BenzaÔd.
Sunday, February 18th, 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre
FREE EVENT/General Admission (first-come, first-serve seating)

Made possible by the generous support of the Betty Hamady Sams '57 and James F. Sams Fund of Smith College and in collaboration with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute of Smith College.

Week 4: The series concludes on Sunday, February 25th with our ever-popular The Really Big Show. The Valley’s AMAZING BannerQueen, Amy Johnquest, becomes the Ed Man, “goo goo g’joob.”
Sunday, February 25th, 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre


All seats $6 in advance; $8 at the door
Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont Realtors

For more information visit www.northamptonartscouncil.org

Series Sponsors—Northampton Arts Council and the City of Northampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Lathrop Communities, Smith College,Hampshire Hospitality Group, WFCR 88.5

Additional support provided by Florence Savings Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, TD BankNorth, Massachusetts Cultural Council
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KIDSBESTFEST2007

The ninth annual KidsBestFest: The Best of the International Children's Film Festivals, opens on Monday February 19th and runs through Saturday, February 24th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

All weekday shows are at 2PM (doors open at 1:30) and all seats are $3 On Saturday February 24, 2007 we will screen Brave Cat and Other Stories, a collection of short films for young people at 10AM (doors open at 9:30) and all seats are $3.

For something new this year we have YouthFilm, a festival of films made by local people 18 and under. The doors open at 12PM and films run all afternoon with commentary from the filmmakers and actors. All seats are $3 for 18 and over, but free for people18 and under.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will kick off KidsBestFest2007 on Saturday February 17, 2007 with a 1PM screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Admission to the Museum will get you into films as well as into the galleries: for more information take a look at www.picturebookart.org.

As in the past, Cate Damon of New Century Theatre will read the subtitles. It is something for the entire family: the films are funny, smart and sweet. See northamptonartscouncil.org for a complete listing. The Valley Advocate is the media sponsor. KidsBestFest2007 is sponsored by Florence Savings Bank. Gravity Switch and Faces support YouthFilm.

Thursday, February 15, 7pm, at the Berkshire Athenaeum
Thursday evening, Baseball historian Jim Overmyer will be talking about Berkshire County's Baseball Hall of Famers
0212_hall of famer.jpg Thursday, Feb 15: Berkshire County’s Hall of Famers

Next Thursday evening, Baseball historian and author Jim Overmyer will be talking about Berkshire County's Baseball Hall of Famers Jack Chesbro, a turn of the century (not this one, the last one) major league pitcher, born in North Adams, and Pittsfield native Ulysses "Frank" Grant (pictured), considered the best African-American baseball player of the 19th century.

Thursday, February 15 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue| 413-499-9480 | FREE

Click here for more about Pittsfield native Frank Grant.




Psychedelic Children's Folk-Pop Concert with Steve Lee
Sunday, February 18, at 3 pm, at the Northampton Community Music Center
0212_stevelee.jpg Children's Folk-Pop Singer STEVE LEE
To Benefit Northampton Community Music Center's
Music for the Young Child Program

Northampton, MA ~ On Sunday, February 18, at 3 pm, Nashville singer/songwriter Steve Lee will perform live at the Northampton Community Music Center with special guest Aric Bieganek. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Music Center's Music for the Young Child Program.

Steve Lee recently recorded a Psychedelic Children's Folk-Pop Concept record with help of Ian Fitchuk and Justin Loucks (Griffin House, Trent Dabbs, De Novo Dahl). The record "What Did You Did You Today, Stephen Scott Lee" is a 60-minute adventure through the mind of Steve and how he remembers his childhood. It deals with such topics as bullies, counting when you get angry and, of course, the fantasy of flying around the world with balloons. "It is genius," raved The Nashville Rage: "Kids music that adults can enjoy."

The concert will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 3 pm in the Recital Hall at the Northampton Community Music Center. NCMC is located at 139 South Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids under 13. For more information, contact the Music Center at (413) 585-0001.



Chronicling Our Culture through Cinema Film Festival
Sun., Feb. 18, to Wed., Feb. 21 Revered Documentary Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker
0212_pennebaker.jpg Revered Documentary Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker to Introduce Film at Trinity College Film Festival Four-day Pennebaker Film Festival features special screenings and an appearance by the filmmaker on February 21

What: Trinity College’s Cinestudio will host the groundbreaking work of D.A. Pennebaker, one of the pioneers of cinéma vérite, at a film festival entitled “Chronicling Our Culture through Cinema.” On the final night of the wholly student-run festival, Wednesday, February 21, the director will present one of his earliest and rarely seen short films and surprise the audience with the screening of a film of his choosing. Following the screening, he will engage the audience in a question-answer session.

When: Sunday, February 18, to Wednesday, February 21, 2007

SCHEDULE OF SHOWS:
Sunday, February 18, 2:30 p.m. Daybreak Express (Short) Monterey Pop (Feature)
7:30 p.m. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (Short) Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (Feature)
Monday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. The War Room
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. Breaking It Up at the Museum (Short) Don’t Look Back ( Feature)
Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. D.A. Pennebaker to introduce final films Baby (Short), Pennebaker’s Pic (Feature)

Where: Cinestudio on the Trinity College campus
Admission for all students with a valid I.D. is FREE!
General admission, $8.

Background: D.A. Pennebaker is one of the most significant documentary filmmakers in the world. His groundbreaking work spans over half a century, and covers many of the major events of our times. As one of the key creators of cinéma vérité, his fly-on-the-wall style has become the most copied and utilized form of documentary filmmaking.
For more information see the cinestudio.org site

Transit Arts Showcase
Two shows: February 17th and February 18th
0212_lost-arts.jpg Transit Arts Showcase Performing at A.P.E Third Floor, Thornes Marketplace 150 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060 www.apearts.org

February 17th, 2007 @ 7:30 & 18th @ 2:00

Transit Arts Showcase is thrilled to be performing at A.P.E at Thornes Marketplace. The show is February 17th at 7:30 and February 18th at 2:00. Tickets are $12 general, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved at A.P.E. at phone number (413) 586-5553.

Transit Arts Showcase is an exciting evening of collaborations among dancers, musicians, and visual artists and includes New York choreographers Marisa Arriaga, Sheri Raye Wells and Stephanie Beauchamp. These artists’ aggressive, detailed movements, with almost deadpan expressions give the audience a definite feeling that these women “aren’t from around here.”

Four original sound scores are specifically created for Transit Arts Showcase. The Dormice’s avant garde, experimental keyboards solidify the hipster outlook in “Three Days We.” Inspired by trains and elevators and performing live, cellist Kristen D’Amato fills the airwaves with a soundscape of circles in “Transit.” She will also be adding bow and strings to a new group piece that is half created by audience members at a January 27 benefit for the Showcase. This work focuses more intently on the correlation between composer and choreographer, while including the audience as an active member of the artistic process.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Transit Arts Showcase has been made possible by a space grant from The 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center in New York, NY.

The launch of Transit Arts Showcase is made possible by Paper Mills Studio in Holyoke, MA.

Special thanks to Sarah Eley and Katie Koti for grant writing and creative support.

Bus Trip to Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Theater for Lully’s Opera Psyché
Deadline for reservations is February 15
0212_Mahaiwe-theater.jpg Bus Trip to Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Theater

Lully’s Psyché

Saturday, June 23, 2007

$100


Opera Seating and Transportation

The centerpiece of this year’s Boston Early Music Festival is Lully’s opera Psyché, a work filled with vocal and instrumental beauties, augmented by dance, pageantry and spectacular Baroque stage machinery! This magnificent opera from the court of Louis XIV dramatizes the rivalry between Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, and her mortal rival Psyché. Singing those roles will two renowned sopranos, the radiant Carolyn Sampson as Psyché and the sumptuous-voiced Karina Gauvin as Venus. On the weekend of June 22-24, after the 2007 Festival in Boston, the production comes to the newly restored Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington.

If at least 36 people would like to travel to Great Barrington together for the evening performance on Saturday, June 23, Arcadia Players will arrange transportation from a location in Northampton where parking is available. Making a stop near Ingleside Mall, Holyoke, we will arrive in Great Barrington in time for participants to walk a bit, and to have a light supper before the opera. After the performance the bus will return via Holyoke to Northampton. The $100 fee covers the opera ticket (“B” seating), transportation and driver gratuity; “A” seating is available for an additional $30.

If you would like to join us, please let us know by February 15 at 413-256-4888 or info@arcadiaplayers.org, so we may send you a registration form. We hope you will take this opportunity to experience the splendor of Baroque opera in the Boston Early Music Festival’s productions.

"Of All the People In All the World" at MASS MoCA Feb 10-25 only
You can't see this--875,000,000 grains of rice--anywhere else!
0212_mass-moca-rice.jpg MASS MoCA is the only East Coast venue for a project called Of All the People In All the World coming to North Adams Feb 10-25.

We’ll have 16 tons of rice--875,000,000 grains, one grain for each person in the Americas--installed in our 10,000 square foot theater space all sorted into piles representing a range of human statistics. You’ll find for instance a pile representing the number of people living in gated communities side by side with a pile representing all the people in prison–-they’re almost the same size.

A team of performers from the UK artists’ collective Stan’s Cafe will sort and re-sort the rice into different piles to represent different statistics during the installation. They’ll be talking to visitors as they come through the installation.

MASS MoCA is the ONLY venue to use this much rice and the only place to see this installation east of the Rockies. It is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. We're open 11 to 5 everyday plus 7 to 10 PM on weekends (2/16-17 and 2/23-24) Don't miss it!

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the British Council, the Appelbaum-Kahn Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire.

Tickets are just $5 for this special exhibition. SAVE! Gallery admission + OATP $12.50 Visit again and again with a multi-day pass $20

Learn more about Of All the People in All the World

FOUR GRAND LADIES BY DAVID BOWERMAN @ STCC
0130_bowerman.jpg Four grand ladies of Springfield will be honored in a multi-ethnic art exhibit at Springfield Technical Community College during Black History Month. “They have all arrived at who they are with a tremendous amount of dignity,” says artist David Bowerman, who created the portraits. He noted that all four ladies, who have been important to the life of Springfield and its children, have had some relation to both teaching and to music.

The ladies have been interviewed by students from Diane Mackie’s creative writing class at Springfield Central High School, to create the identifications that will go with each portrait. The students are Melissa Bryll, a senior, who interviewed Dorothy Pryor; Alicia Hinton, a senior who talked with Jo Woolridge; Alexa Wilson, a senior who met with Georgia Sawyier; and junior George Bowerman, who interviewed Teddy Bernstein.

The exhibit is in the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery in building 28, lower level, on the campus of STCC. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit from January 30 through March 3. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 4:30, and Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00.



FEBRUARY EVENTS AT THE NCA
NEW! --> Painting workshops with Bob Markey in February
0122_markey.jpg ~~Friday, February 16: Ran Blake, who was born in nearby Springfield, has created a unique niche in music as an artist and educator. His improvisations are not only informed by his vast knowledge of jazz, but also by Greek folk songs, movie soundtracks, American pop music and gospel. His dual musical legacy includes more than 35 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well as over 30 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory. In Jazz Review, Brian Morton called Blake’s new record, “All That is Tied,” the “most beautiful and challenging piano record of the last 25 years.”

“A World of Piano” is funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for Arts and the Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc., and with additional support from the Argosy Foundation, the six New England state arts agencies, the National Endowment for the Art and the Northampton Arts Council. The musicians will make school visits during their visits to Northampton.

The Northampton Center for the Arts is on the third floor at 17 New South Street in the Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons. Its office and galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For lots more about ongoing programs, renting the space, etc., visit our Web site or call (413)-584-7327.

FEBRUARY ARTS

Paintings by Robert Markey, which combine the visual and the conceptual, will be showing in the Northampton Center for the Arts gallery from February 1-28.

Markey says his work “often speaks about hope, about humor and about the human condition: what it is and what it could be. Much of my earlier work was visually brutal, showing the suffering that one group of people cause to another. My later work pushes this brutality beneath the surface, showing more the beauty and hope that is possible.”

Markey, who lives in Ashfield, was born in New York in 1947. He earned his B.S. in physics from M.I.T in 1969 and his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. Until 1980, his main focus was music, including performances on classical guitar and sitar. In 1981, he began to work in the visual arts and also to study Tae Kwon Do. For the past 25 years, those two disciplines have been at the center of his life.

On February 18 and 25, Markey will offer workshops from 2 to 5 p.m., "Abstract Painting: A Deeper Understanding of the Painting Process." The workshops will be inaugural events in the Center’s newly renovated arts space.
The cost is $80 per session with 30% to benefit the Center. Participants may sign up for one or both sessions. Says Markey, "the workshop is about understanding and seeing what makes a painting work...We will look at the process of creating a painting and what pushes a painting to be more interesting and how to know when a painting is finished."
This is a hands-on class. Participants will be working in acrylic on medium- to large-sized panels or canvases and will find the workshop relevant, whether their work is abstract or representational.

ThriLLpiLLow this Sunday, Feb 18 at Smith College, Campus Center
with The Novels and AKG, at 8 PM
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ThriLLpiLLow playes this Sunday, Feb 18 at Smith College, Campus Center, with The Novels and AKG Show starts at 8pm, sponsored by WOZQ






www.pillthrillow.com



I love Thrillpillow ~ Mo

A LOT OF LOVE TO THE FOLLOWING FOR MAKING THIS NEWSLETTER POSSIBLE:
The following people have made generous donations toward the costs of this newsletter
Jamoka valentine Special thanks to the following for donations to this newsletter and in the name of my late co-host, Jamoka (1998-2006). He loves us now from another place.

Pics from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon Whitney.

If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get scatterbrained lately.

SARAH PEBWORTH
DEBIN BRUCE
SUSAN BERGERON-WEST
CHARLES STERN
JANET FRAIDSTERN
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES ENOS
LARRY SLEZAK
TERRY ROONEY
ANNE BURTON
DEAN NIMMER
BILL MYERS
KATHLEEN TRESTKA
ANITA HUNT
KATHY SERVICE & TIM DECHRISTOPHER
DAVID SMITH
JEFF MACK
LYNN PETERFREUND
BRADLEY FOX
KAREN AXELROD
AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness Day, December 1st
KELSEY FLYNN
LYN HORAN
HILARY PRICE & KERRY LABOUNTY
BRONWEN HODGKINSON
BRIANA TAYLOR
DORIS MADSEN
BETSY DAWN WILLIAMS
MARY WITT
JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
DARYL LAFLEUR
WEDNESDAY NELENA SOROKIN
LINDA BATCHELOR

FREE, FREE! TICKETS FOR ARTEXPO 2007 IN NYC
March 1 - March 5, 2007
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York City, New York 10001


Click here for a free ticket.
Click here for more details.

Art Competition for The Artist's Magazine
May 1 Deadline
24th Annual Art Competition The 2007 art competition is now open! Enter to win in five categories: still life, landscape, portrait and figure, animal art or experimental. Check out 24th Annual Art Competition for details.

DWIGHT SMITH'S MOVIE PICKS
Mozart & The Whale (2005)
0212_movie.jpg Mozart & The Whale (2005)

Directed by Petter Næss Written by Ronald Bass Starring Josh Hartnett as Donald Morton, Radha Mitchell as Isabelle Sorenson

This is a film about two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose mutual attraction is threatened by their emotional dysfunctions. The thing about Asperger Syndrome is that many people with it don’t know they have it and only when they’re diagnosed do they begin to comprehend what has been for them, as with most cases of AS, a marginal existence. In the film Isabelle is one such person and the man upon whose life the character Donald Morton takes its inspiration didn’t know he had it until he saw the film Rain Man, written by the same author as this film, Ronald Bass. And what touched me about the fact that those with Asperger Syndrome are otherwise and for the most part “normal” is that even though I don’t have AS, though how do I know for sure right?, I identified with so much of what they were feeling. How many of us know what it means to navigate emotional encounters with two left feet and confront social situations with a brain and tongue who have suddenly and distressingly become absolute strangers.

I thought Josh Hartnett showed how capable he is of being an inspired actor and Radha Mitchell was a perfect balance. It’s not a great film, more a good film with a few flaws, but it’s one of those films where one feels a little more human after watching it.

A VALENTINE BONUS PICK FROM DWIGHT TO US
This Film is Not Rated Yet (200?)
0212_movie2.jpg This Film is Not Rated Yet (200?0 Directed by Kirby Dick Written by Kirby Dick & Eddie Schmidt

Some of those who appear as themselves: Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyam, Kimberley Price and Matt Stone.

As a documentary this film has weaknesses such as the whole bit with detectives that tends to soften into entertainment what is really a serious issue of censorship. That is why I agreed very much with what by Jim Emerson, Editor, at RogerEbert.com wrote on September 15, 2006 so since he says it as well if not better than I can, I will borrow from him.

You can read his entire review here.

"This Film Is Not Yet Rated" is a catalog of grievances against the MPAA: The membership of the ratings board is anonymous, so the filmmakers have no right to appeal directly to the people who are judging their work. Although the MPAA ratings were allegedly created as a way of heading off government censorship, some say that has always been a ruse -- and, besides, a government system would actually require rules, documentation, transparency, accountability and due process. These are not things the secretive MPAA is fond of.

And although the MPAA ratings are supposedly "voluntary" agreements between the studios that fund the organization, the exhibitors who show their films, and the media in which those films are advertised, make it something less than optional for most films. Check your newspaper to see if "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" is playing in your town. If that newspaper accepts advertising for unrated films ("This Film" was originally awarded an NC-17 for "graphic sexual content," but the rating was "surrendered"), you'll see that "This Film" is not playing at one of the studio-owned theater chains.

So, how do you make sense out of the MPAA's decisions? As "This Film" demonstrates, you don't. The Kafkaesque absurdity behind the movie ratings is beyond belief. Matt Stone ("South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," "Team America: World Police") testifies from experience that studio pictures are treated a lot more kindly than independently financed and distributed ones. Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") and Wayne Kramer and Maria Bello ("The Cooler"), intuit that the raters are uncomfortable with depictions of female sexual pleasure, while Allison Anders ("Grace of My Heart") suggests that orgasms of any kind are frowned upon (although women's do tend to last longer, and may therefore make the raters more uncomfortable), and that the male body is even more verboten that the female body. And everybody agrees that the MPAA is very liberal when it comes to violence, and conservative when it comes to sex.

Arts & Health Care Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 pm—5:30 pm
Next Arts & Health Care Workshop Scheduled for Lowell
Mark Your Calendars: Statewide Schedule of Workshops


State Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) and State Representative Eric Turkington (D-Falmouth), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, announced today the schedule for informational workshops on the new Health Care Law and its affect on artists and non-profit cultural organizations.

In partnership with the Joint Committee, the new Arts Health Care Coalition will present information and answer questions about the new law from health care experts with representatives of the state. The workshop is tailored to answer the questions and specific needs of artists, self-employed people and non-profit cultural organizations and their employees.

You can also visit the new Arts & Health Care Web Site for easy, user-friendly information:

www.artshealthcarecoalition.org

Worcester—Feb. 28, Wednesday, 3:30—5:30 pm, employers and human resource managers
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Auditorium 1
19 Foster Street Worcester, MA 01608-1715


Berkshires—March 3, Saturday 10:30 am—12:30 pm, employers and human resource managers
1:30—3:30 pm, general audience
Unicorn Theatre
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Rt. 7 & Rt. 102
Stockbridge, MA


Lynn/North Shore—March 7, Wednesday 6:30 pm—8:30 pm Lynn Arts
25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901


Boston—March 14, Wednesday
3:00—5:00 pm, employers and human resource managers
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Calderwood Pavilion
Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street Boston, MA


New Bedford—March 28, Wednesday
6:30 pm—8:30 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA 02740-6398


All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Arts Health Care Coalition was formed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH); the Artists Foundation and ArtistLink to address health care issues in the cultural community.

RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE NOW IN EASTHAMPTON - The Blue Guitar Gallery in Easthampton is a shared workspace and gallery. It is 410 sq. ft. on the inside, and there's also a small space 120 sq. ft., carpeted available. $200 month includes utilities and the right to a private or shared show twice a year. There's also a nice hall and reception area for hanging work. Since I need to keep the walls clean for showing, I'm looking for artists who work on easels or tables, not too messy. It's on the ground floor, at 186 D Northampton Street (Rte. 10), just over the line from Northampton. It's opposite the post office. The grand opening will be March 10, during Art Walk Easthampton!

Contact Christie Svane at csvane@comcast.net, 413-247-9454, www.theblueguitar.org

"A.R.T.S. Anonymous is a 12 step recovery group for artists of all kinds and at all levels. We meet every Monday from 6:30 to 8pm in Room 230 at Wright Hall on the Smith College campus. No dues or fees. For more information call 413.527.5215 or visit their website, http://artsanonymous.org/."

Northampton Playwright's Lab at Forbes Library

Northampton Playwrights' Lab is a group for playwrights of all levels of experience and everyone is welcome. Participants can sign up to bring their work-in progress (short plays, one-acts, and full-length) to be read aloud by other lab members or actors. Members will offer one another constructive feedback, support, and criticism in the development of new plays. The group does occasional public performances.

The NPL meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 in the Watson Room. For further information, please contact Meryl Cohn: msbehavior@aol.com

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CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
NOTE: I cull this information from many sources and it is really time consuming to add it and format each line of text. So I apologize if at times there is expired information here. Some weeks I don't have time to get to this section. I feel like it's more important to use the time I have to post your event. Thanks for your understanding.~Mo

Sublime Climate: a call for artists and scientists
As this call for submissions goes to press, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. (NOAA) announced 2006 was the warmest year on record for the U.S. The Cambridge School of Weston will open its doors to The Garthwaite Center for Science and Art, a sustainable science building and art gallery, in the fall of 2007.

For the building's first exhibition season, we are reaching out to artists and scientists alike who explore issues and themes related to global warming. The exhibition will run from November 2007 through the first week of February 2008. Further details will be announced.

All media will be considered; however, large work may not be able to be accommodated. In addition to exhibiting works of contemporary art and science, we also invite proposals from individuals who would be willing to partake in a symposium on global warming, or otherwise are willing to work with our students in some capacity.

Submissions should include examples of work via slides or digital media, a resume, along with any appropriate written proposal or documentation. Please include a S.A.S.E., for the eventual return of materials, and contact information. Send all materials to Todd Bartel, The Cambridge School of Weston, 45 Georgian Road, Weston, MA, 02493. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007. For questions please contact tbartel@csw.org
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Call for Entries - Juried Monotype Exhibition

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA is very excited to host our first Juried Monotype Exhibition, April 6-May 18. The exhibition will include monotype prints produced without the use of solvents in any aspect of the process. We invite you to submit your best recent work for this show (up to 10 prints), which will be juried by Curator, Nicholas J. Capasso from the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Entry deadline: February 14th.
For a prospectus go to: http://www.zeamaysprintmaking.com/juried monotype prospectus.htm
questions? email liz@zeamaysprintmaking.com
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Deadline September 1, 2007 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Seeking visual artists, writers, and composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2008. Free housing and studio space and a $100/wk stipend. For application and complete guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR 402-874-9600 OR http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org OR info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org
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Deadline Februray 15, 2007. Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe is now accepting submissions of dynamic works of theater, dance and mutli-media performance for its 2007 season. The third annual festival held in Great Barrington, MA will present 21 days of original performances, free workshops, and artist discussions by and with emerging artists from across the United States. The Berkshire Fringe provides a unique opportunity for emerging and early-career artists from around the country to present work in a fresh and exciting atmosphere.
Founded in 2003 by a cohort of Berkshire natives and graduates of Simon's Rock College, Bazaar Productions, Inc (Sara Kathryn Katzoff, Timothy Ryan Olson and Peter Wise) aims to fill a growing need in the community for exciting new work at affordable ticket prices. The Berkshire Fringe continues to grow into a bustling community and has featured more than two dozen new works and events that have blended genres, represented new styles, and delved into traditions underrepresented in the mainstream.
In 2007 the festival will take place during July and August and will invite six companies or individuals to participate. Performers from all backgrounds and disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Bazaar Productions is also dedicated to focusing funds and resources to create an exemplary experience for all participating artists. The festival is scheduled so that performers can see each other's work, can participate in each other's workshops and can share ideas and experiences. These initiatives establish a center for artistic exchange while providing accessible, affordable and unparalleled cultural enrichment to the community.
Perspective or interested applicants may visit www.berkshirefringe.org for more information and to obtain an application. Inquiries can be answered by e-mailing co-artistic director Sara Katzoff at sara(at)berkshirefringe.org or calling the offices of Bazaar Productions at (413) 320-4175. The deadline for applications is Februray 15, 2007. All applications must be received by February 15, 2007.
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DEADLINE FEBRUARY 24, 2007

“Sixth Annual Women in History Month Juried Photo Exhibit” March 1 – March 30

WHO: All Pioneer Valley Women (all ages) residents eligible.
WHAT: Juried Photo Contest
THEME: Environmental Portraiture. “An environmental portrait supplies enough details with props and choice of background to share with and present to the viewer something about the lifestyle of the person. In an environmental portrait, the subject is photographed at home, at the office, or on location, whichever best portrays the person's story. Far from the posed safe studio portrait with a seamless background, an environmental portrait positions the subject amid everyday objects of her life. Tell her story! She can live anywhere!
WHERE: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, Southampton, MA (Rt. 10)
WHEN: Submission deadline Saturday, FEB 24, 5:00 pm
WHY: $350 cash prize for first place. Cash and merchant awards for 2nd and 3rd place.

24 images selected for exhibit. Also, the 3 winning entries will remain on exhibit, another month, through April 29. Exhibit heavily publicized with name of exhibitors to all media outlets.
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Sep 01, 2007 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Seeking visual artists, writers, and composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2008. Free housing and studio space and a $100/wk stipend. For application and complete guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR 402-874-9600 OR http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org OR info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org

Deadline - Ongoing *Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for Exhibitions, CT Three Rivers Community College in Norwich Connecticut is accepting portfolios to review for 1-to-2 month exhibitions. No fee. For consideration, sent 10-20 slides, resume, statement, and return postage to: Sandra Jeknavorian, Instructor of Art, Three Rivers Community College, Thames Valley Campus, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT, 06360 / SJeknavorian@trcc.commnet.edu
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Ongoing GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS- SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK EASTHAMPTON
Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly, self-guided walking tour of arts and culture, has added a proposal page to its website where visual, music and performance artists can outline what they would like to show or perform if given the opportunity.

All the locations that participate in Art Walk Easthampton can view the submissions for possible inclusion in an upcoming event. The talent describes the work, provides images, identifies the types of venues they would like to be in, the dates they are available and provides contact information. If there's a match between the submission and the venue's interest, the venue contacts the talent directly to handle booking arrangements.
The proposal form is available at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org and is open to all local and regional artists.
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ONGOING
An offer from Joe Blumenthal of Downtown Sounds who generously would like to have artists display their work there. (Downtown Sounds, 21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the Pleasant St. Theater)

The window is quite large, and has three panels, each one about 6' X 6', and is about 24" deep. It is exposed to intense sunlight in the morning; the heat of the sun plus the narrowness of the window make it inappropriate to display most musical instruments.

However, the sunlight doesn't hurt most artwork since it's only exposed for a month to six weeks. I normally pay $150 to the artist who installs the window, and work out a consignment agreement for the store to take a percentage of the price if the art is for sale and we manage to sell some of it.

The artwork can be freestanding, lean against a wall at the back of the window that's about three feet high, or (if it's not heavy) be hung from the ceiling.
It's great when the art can have a musical theme, but it's not necessary. Because of its highly visible commercial location, the work should have a mainstream appeal and not have themes which could be offensive. Small pieces don't work well since the window is so large.

If one of your readers is interested in displaying in this context, please have them contact me via email: musician@downtownsounds.com, or via phone at 413- 586-0998.
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ONGOING.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs + Image Registry The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest public funder of arts and culture in the country. The Percent for Art artist slide registry is an up-to-date and important component of the Program. The registry is consulted by the architects, panelists, and City agencies for each project. The Percent for Art staff prepares a slide presentation from the registry for each panel meeting. The registry is open to any professional visual artist residing in the United States. Deadline: On-going Information: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/ slide_reg.shtml

LINKS TO PEOPLE AND STUFF

Ellen Augarten Photography
www.barbarajjohnson.com
Terry Rooney
Bruce Barone
Ben Caras
Ben Banville
Rhoda Juels
Gineen Lee Cooper
Robert Aller
Gary Jacobs
Maggie Nowinski
Artists @ Open Square
Pol Turgeon
www.apearts.org
Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
LISTEN TO GIRL HOWDY LIVE
Beth Fischer Studio
Red Horse Press
www.vernjones.com
www.darylglafleur.com/
www.westfieldonweekends.org
www.cynthiaconsentino.com
www.masonscreations.com
www.ruthwest.com
Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
cdeVision
Cynthia Guild
Maureen Scanlon's Peace Ribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney
Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
Sculpture by Jim Doubleday
The Canal Gallery Building
Stone Soup Concrete
The Northampton center for the Arts
The Art of Dean Nimmer
The Watkins Gallery
Kathleen Trestka
Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
Lisa Scollan
Deborah Kruger
Sally Curcio
Tom Morton
Jeff DeRose
Claudia Sperry
Michael Martindell
Michael Richardson
Smart Moves Pilates
Singer/Songwriter Diane Falcone
Rhymes With Orange
The Massachusetts Review
EJ Barnes- Cartoons, mandalas, and animation
Local.Masslive!
The O-Tones
Holly Murray
The Invisible Fountain.com
Jan O'Highway
The Art Farm Project UK
Bob Markey
Briana Taylor
Rebecca Graves
Tony Kord
Save Darfur
www.florencepoetssociety.org
Michael Kuch
Anila's college ruled art
Lillianna Pereira
Linda Batchelor
Stephanie Cramer
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Cottage Street Studios
Lynn Latimer Glass
Easthampton City Arts
Julian Halpern/Steelhead Studios
Elizabeth Solomon Fine Art
Betsy Dawn Williams

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CLASSES & RETREATS
Senior Symposia

Bob Barba, Associate Dean for Community Education announces the Senior Symposia at GCC Spring 2007 program which includes an exceptional program of art historical and environmental topics. These popular and professional courses are traditionally open to those age 50 and older, however space permitting, all are welcome. Check out the listings at:

http://www.gcc.mass.edu/community_education/senior_symposia.html

PATRICK DONNELLY POETRY WORKSHOPS
TWO WORKSHOPS, SPRING 2007


WORKSHOP #1:
POETRY PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

10 meetings: 2/17 - 4/21
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, 2 - 4 PM
A.P.E., Third Floor/Thornes Market
150 Main Street
Northampton, MA

This workshop will focus particularly on building the oral skills to read poetry aloud in public, BUT will include activities and exercises designed to foster both the writing and reading of poetry. This workshop will conclude with a reading by participants on April 21st, to which the public will be invited.

WORKSHOP #2:
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP

10 meetings: 2/22, 3/1, 8, 22, 29, 4/5, 12, 19
THURSDAY NIGHTS, 7 - 9 PM
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA
plus: 2 SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, Generative Writing Session, 3/17 @ A.P.E in Northampton, 1 - 4 PM
Special Extended Session, 4/28 in South Deerfield 2 - 5: 30

Each week, the format of the workshop will include:
--a short discussion on a topic of poetic craft;
--discussion of members' own poems;
--some outside reading.

Cost of each workshop: $300 ($30 per session)

INSTRUCTOR: PATRICK DONNELLY, an Associate Editor at Four Way Books, has taught writing at Smith College, New School University, Clark University, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His collection of poems is The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003).

To register, contact: PatrickSDonnelly@aol.com
56 Hillside Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373-9770
413-665-3325

Zany Performance Art Weekend at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA
March 2-4, 2007
Learning to master multi-disciplinary performance through movement, singing, sounding, and the spoken word.

Facilitated by Rythea Lee and Rose Oceania

A great gift to give yourself if you've been wanting to dive into the creative process and get to know other adventurous people.

We will lead participants through a supportive journey of autobiographical storytelling, clowning and character development, state changing, and sourcing spontaneous creations. We offer theatrical and movement based structures that bust through logical thinking into the realm of weird, absurd, expansive, beautiful art making.

As a dance theatre company, we have developed an in-depth approach into heart based, embodied performance. Fun homework and assignments are an important part of this series.

Go to www.earthdance.net to register (don't delay)

Call 413-586-7390 ext.1 for info about any of the above programs.