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TODAY YOU ARE YOURS
Starring in your everyday show

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Because I am overwhelmed this week and racing toward an increasingly elusive deadline, this is a somewhat rushed newsletter. It was also a bit delayed as a few submissions came in as PDFs or with missing images and I had to do my best workaround and email people to request missing things and so it goes.

But even with working till 2 or 3 am most days, no matter at what hour I call it a wrap, I always read a few pages before bed. Last night I read a short story called, "Today I'm Yours" and I have included an excerpt below which has special relevance for me because of my recent stay in San Francisco and how the unique circumstances of that trip made it hard to understand, but also because it has relevance for all of us as a metaphor for this everyday life that we star in each and every day.


"In San Francisco I wandered into a maze that was sometimes people and sometimes empty, sometimes brightly lit and sometimes so dark I had to grope my way along it with my hands, heart pounding with fear that I would never find my way out. I quickly became lost and thought almost everyone I met was lost too. Sometimes it seemed to me an empty life, but it wasn't really true. It wasn't empty, it was more that the people and events in it were difficult to put together in any way that felt whole."

From, Today I'm Yours, by Mary Gaitskill, The Best American Short Stories, 2006.


“IN CONVERSATION” a lecture by Shona Macdonald and Sandra Matthews
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:30 pm
0219_univgallery.jpg “IN CONVERSATION”
a lecture by Shona Macdonald and Sandra Matthews


Image: Installation at University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Photo: Justin Kemp.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:30 pm
University Gallery, Fine Arts Center,
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Painter Shona Macdonald (UMass Art Department faculty)
and photographer/filmmaker Sandra Matthews (Hampshire College faculty)
will offer their insights on The Impossible Landscape, the show currently at the University Gallery.

This stimulating talk is a part of our series of public conversations at the University Gallery that bring together distinguished faculty from the Five Colleges and from different disciplines to discuss the works in our exhibitions.

For more information check the University Gallery website www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery

or email us at ugallery@acad.umass.edu
free and open to the public; free parking after 5 pm
University Gallery | Fine Arts Center | University of Massachusetts | 151 Presidents Drive | Amherst, MA 01003 | Voice: 413-545-3670 | Fax: 413-545-2018 |

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT 2 PM
The Really Big Show at The Academy of Music
0212_edamy.jpg Don't miss The Really Big Show! This year Ed Sullivan will be played by a mysterious mystery local artist!

The Four Sundays In February 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.

BEAST WITH 2 BACKS, SATURDAY FEB 24 AT THE ELEVENS 9 PM
China Tour Homecoming Show
0219_beast.jpg Mo note: My regularly scheduled Wednedsays from 8-9 AM Radio Show on Valley Free Radio is being preempted this week due to a syndicated homelessness awareness show. BUT, in order to fulfill my volunteer quota, I am picking up a 9-11 PM show tonight in which I will be training a new DJ, Tommy Twilite. We will be interviewing BW2B tonight from 9-10 PM. So read on for more about this duo and tune in tonight at 9PM at 103.3 FM to listen to our live interview. VFR webstreams at www.valleyfreeradio.org

Beastwith2Backs settles back into the Valley with their China Tour Homecoming Show, Saturday, February 24th at The Elevens.

The band has been on tour in China for the last 5 months and will be unveiling 5 new songs including "Babies Marching," "Sickly Sweet" and "Chinese Girl in Braids". They'll also give away some copies of their just-released debut video, "Educate Your Body." Opening the show is local keyboard genius Jeff Bujak ( www.jeffbujak.com) doing his new progressive keys over electronic beats solo project. Starting off the night will be Justin and Christine (from Somebody's Closet) doing an acoustic set.

Bio/Highlights

Beastwith2Backs is a new Dance-Rock duo from Easthampton featuring guitarist/vocalist Temple and laptop beat-mixer DJ Swan. They describe their sound as DeepDarkDanceRock or Gorillaz does the White Stripes. It's ruckus psychedelic electronic rock.

On stage, Temple plays guitar and sings while DJ Swan mixes the beats, basslines and orchestral sounds with multi-effects. The songs are not sequenced or programmed but are constructed and mixed live on stage, ensuring a fresh spontaneous take every night.

The duo formed in late 2005 while Temple was on tour in China as a solo act. In 2006, the band released their debut album (see review from Boston's The Noise ) and did a national radio campaign--receiving significant play for "Blacker the Stone" and "Pharmacy of Self-Esteem".

The band was subsequently hired to compose the soundtrack for a major documentary film, " Flying Downhill" (the Bode Miller story). After contributing 18 tracks to the film, the band continued touring and recorded their new single, "Educate Your Body." In August 2006, they filmed a music video for "Educate Your Body" and competed in the Youtube Underground Contest, receiving more than 4,000 votes in the first 30 days.

In the last 6 months, the band has received more than 36,000 plays on their myspace page and added nearly 12,000 fans. The "Educate Your Body" video has been viewed more than 6000 times since it's October 2006 release.

In September 2006, the band launched their 2006 China Tour, playing in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu.

The band is 100% DIY. All songs are written, recorded, and produced by the band in their home studio. All tours have been booked by the band. All artwork has been created by the band. The music video for "Educate Your Body" was conceived, arranged, and financed by the band.

www.myspace.com/beastwith2backs (the new video is here)
www.beastwith2backs.com (home page)

www.sonicbids.com/beastwith2backs (for bookers: bio, audio, video, reviews etc) www.flyingdownhill.com (The Bode Miller movie)

WINTERPILLS AT THE IRONHORSE MUSIC HALL
Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 7:00 PM
0219_winterpills.jpg The Iron Horse Music Hall’s 28th Anniversary Party Sat. Feb. 24th with The Winterpills @ 7:00 PM, Apollo Sunshine @ 10PM

February Birthdays!
Some institutions mark their anniversaries on the 0’s and the 5’s only. But just as every February the New Yorker Magazine celebrates its birthday with a reproduction of its very first cover, The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton also marks another year every February, as it has since the days when it was pretty much just a hall, and a very narrow one at that.

When former owner Jordi Herold opened the doors on February 24, 1979, his concept was "the Bohemian cafe, with candles and wine and cheese and bread boards with little peasant loaves on them and foreign newspapers and magazines." At the time the Horse could seat 85 people.

We can fit a few more folks than that in now, and hope to do so on Saturday 2/24 at 7PM as Winterpills, the fantastic local band that’s about to supernova, celebrates the release of their superb second record The Light Divides at the Iron Horse. The album comes out on 2/27. Area music stalwart Jim Olsen and his label Signature Sounds made a little history of its own with Winterpills this week. The Light Divides was the #1 most added album of this week with 19 adult rock (AAA) stations across the country adding the album to their playlists. This is the biggest first week splash in the label’s history.

Mark Schwaber (of Spouse) opens for Winterpills, and Apollo Sunshine, who were just invited to play this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival play the 10PM show that night.

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.

SCHEDULE OF SHOWS:
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

Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes' s Doomed Love
Thursday, February 22 • 7 pm Broadside Bookshop
0219_unreason.jpg Who Was the Woman Who Replaced Sylvia Plath?

Authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev present Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes's Doomed Love.

The beautiful Assia Weevil haunted Ted Hughes' s poetry from Crow through The Birthday Letters, and lived with him until her own suicide seven years later.

Assia Wevill emerges as a fascinatingly unconventional figure, a three-time divorcee and single mother. Drawing on previously inaccessible diaries and letters, Koren and Negev bring to light this shadowy woman, whom Hughes called his "true wife."

Thursday, February 22 • 7 pm
Broadside Bookshop





Organist Ian Watson in Recital February 24 in Deerfield
0219_Buxtehude.jpg Arcadia Players presents Ian Watson, internationally renowned organist, harpsichordist, pianist and conductor, in his third annual recital on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ at First Church of Deerfield, Saturday, February 24, at 8:00 PM.

Watson, who is Arcadia Players’ Artistic Director, will play works of Johann Sebastian Bach and of Bach’s mentor Dietrich Buxtehude on the occasion of Buxtehude’s tercentenary.

Buxtehude’s fame was such that both Handel and the 20-year-old Bach undertook the journey to Lubeck, Germany, to hear his choral works and fabled organ improvisations. On Watson’s program are a Magnificat and a series of chorale preludes by Buxtehude, framed by two works of Bach’s: the early Prelude and Fugue in C minor and the great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor.

The organ installed in 2002 at First Church of Deerfield is especially well suited to Baroque music. Bruce Fowkes, Ralph Richards, and their associates build organs on the model of historic northern European instruments such as those on which Buxtehude and Bach performed. The Deerfield organ, their Opus 13, is an instrument that allows an organist to convey the brilliant sonority, drama and spirit of these composers’ works for “the king of instruments.”

Throughout his distinguished international career Ian Watson has been immersed in Baroque and eighteenth-century performance and style. Based for some years in London, he has been the leading keyboard player with many major English ensembles including the English Baroque Soloists and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. On his most recent European tour, in Fall 2006, he conducted the Dalarna Sinfonietta from Sweden in works of Bach and Mozart. Watson was appointed organist of St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey, at the age of 19; after ten years there he held several other positions in historic London churches and is now Music Director of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester and Director of the Worcester Festival.

Also known as a most engaging speaker, Watson will give a pre-concert talk at 7:10 PM. A gala reception will follow his recital in Deerfield Academy’s Caswell Library. The organ concert is sponsored by Deerfield Academy.

The two remaining programs in Arcadia Players’ 18th season will feature music of Henry Purcell, March 3 at Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, and March 4 at Providence Place, Holyoke, and Bach cantatas in one performance on Saturday, April 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Northampton.

Pre-ordered individual tickets to Ian Watson’s recital are $22 for general admission, $43 for preferred seating and $10 for students. Ticket prices at the door are $25 general, $ 45 preferred, and $10 student and 5 minute RUSH tickets. The concert is partially funded by the MCC’s Local Cultural Councils throughout the Pioneer Valley including Agawam, Deerfield, Erving, Granby, Hadley, Northfield, Plainfield, Whately, and Williamsburg.

Image: The only surviving portrait of Buxtehude, from a 1674 painting by Johannes Voorhout.

"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


FEBRUARY EVENTS AT THE NCA
Painting workshops with Bob Markey in February
0122_markey.jpg 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.

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
0219_glenda.jpg 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
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CHARLES STERN
JANET FRAIDSTERN
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES ENOS
LARRY SLEZAK
TERRY ROONEY
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BILL MYERS
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ANITA HUNT
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DAVID SMITH
JEFF MACK
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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
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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
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles [Qian li zou dan qi] (2005)
0219_movie.jpg Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles [Qian li zou dan qi] (2005)

Directed by Yimou Zhang
Written by Yimou Zhang & Jingzhi Zou

Starring Ken Takakura as Gou-ichi Takata, Shinobu Terajima as Rie Takata, Jiamin Li as Li Jiamin.

Before Yimou Zhang began directing films at 37 he was a renowned cinematographer working with directors such as Chen Kaige so something common to all of his films that I’ve seen is the breathtaking imagery and this film is no exception. Filmed in China’s Yunnan province, not only the most culturally diverse but the most geographically stunning areas of China, one is confronted with frame after frame of spectacular beauty. This is as much a piece of work from the artist Yimou as the filmmaker Yimou. He was told that he could do anything that he wanted wherever he wanted with whomever he wanted and this is what he did. A simple story of a father coming to terms with his love for his son with whom he has become estranged. The only professional actor is Ken Takakura with the remainder of the cast predominately amateur. You would hardly know it. For one, Takakura is such a master that he is able to carry the entire film on his shoulders but all the other actors are so perfectly typecast that their lack of experience is well concealed. There is one scene where the residents of Stone Village hold a banquet in honor of Takakura’s character Takata who is visiting and it borders on the surreal as the table lined with villagers winds it’s way through the village seemingly without end. Yimou Zhang is a great artist of cinema and I am always delighted to see one of his films and look forward to seeing Curse of the Golden Flower where it appears that China untied it’s purse strings for their favorite son and stars one of Yimou’s preferred actresses, and mine, Gong Li. I am very curious to see what this filmmaker who is accustomed to small intimate sets does with such a monumental production

Arts & Health Care Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 pm—5:30 pm
Next Arts & Health Care Workshop Scheduled for Worcester
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
How links work. Well, you just send me one and I add it. They stay on the newsletter when it is reformatted and posted on my site so it gets repeated exposure. If you want to also add www.moringey.com to your site to reciprocate that's excellent. It's not a requirement but I might make it one soon. We all like links.

Annie Bissett 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.