DAY, ROCKET GIRL, UNDIEWORLD, REAL ART WAYS, KELSEY'S PLAY
IS RETROGRADE UNITL MARCH 25
Retrograde motion is the apparent backwards motion of
a planet as it revolves around the sun. It is akin to
the optical illusion that occurs while riding in a car
on the highway alongside a train. Due to variations
in speed, the train appears at times to be moving backwards,
relative to the speed of the car in which you are riding.
Likewise, from the perspective of the faster moving
planet, the slower planet appears to be moving backwards.
In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing
and disseminating information and all means of communication,
commerce and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules
people who work in these areas, especially people who
work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators,
commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors,
tricksters and thieves. <--Oh My! Think Hamburgler
Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings;
flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations
and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers,
cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually
arise because some crucial piece of information, or
component, has gone astray, or awry.
It is therefore not wise to make important decisions
while Mercury is retrograde, since it is very likely
that these decisions will be clouded by misinformation,
poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is
all about mental clarity and the power of the mind,
so when Mercury is retrograde, these intellectual characteristics
tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties
Even though Mercury is retrograde, I bought a bidet
today. And got a perm. To be closer to God.
@ 7 pm AT THE ELEVENS
Girl Betsy-Dawn Williams, set to Blast Off
Recently signed to the roots music label El Toro
Records in Barcelona, Spain and armed with her new
CD release, “Rocket Girl”, Betsy-Dawn Williams
is letting the cat out of the bag at The Elevens in
Northampton, on Friday March 17.
Williams, who’s musical meanderings are embedded in
roots music, and known for playing in the honkytonk
band Girl Howdy, and the zydeco-influenced R&B band
Slippery Sneakers, will be showing her rockin’ side
with this new project, “Li’l BeeDee & the Big Melodee
Joining her will be Jeff Potter on piano, who
once teamed up with BeeDee in a former roots rock band
project, is back on the track getting the rock &
roll train going again.
Also on hand will be Graham Tichy (son of Commander
Cody guitarman John Tichy) on lead guitar, who is well
known in the Albany area as the premier rockabilly guitar
cat, along with Jimmy Haggerty on string bass and
Clark Howell on drums.
& Haggerty comprised the core of musicians on her
CD “Rocket Girl”. These guys are the kind of players
who really showcase the rockabilly sound that keeps
the “roll” in rock & roll.
Li’l BeeDee & The Big Melodee Combo hit the stage
at 7pm, Friday March 17, 2006 $8 at the door. The
Elevens is at 140 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA
HOLDS ANNUAL MUSICAL FEAST
the music and cuisine of Ireland
Community Music Center
139 South Street, Northampton, MA 01060
MUSIC CENTER HOLDS ANNUAL MUSICAL FEAST Celebrating
the Music and Cuisine of Ireland On Sunday March 19,
2006 at 5:30 pm, the Northampton Community Music Center
will have its third annual "Musical Feast."
the event celebrates the music and cuisine of one region.
This year, the Musical Feast will showcase Ireland,
with music by two prominent local Irish bands, Shay's
Rebellion and Selkie, and contemporary
Irish cuisine prepared by Irish-born Chef Michael Corduff.
The event will take place at the Delaney House,
and the evening will consist of an elegant four-course
dinner, musical performances, and a silent auction.
The dinner menu will feature such items as "Dublin
Cheddar and Chive Soup," "Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint
Demi-Glace," and "Bailey's Chocolate Ganache Cake."
The Silent Auction will feature, among other
things, a Yamaha P22 45" Upright Professional Collection
piano; a week's vacation at an inn in Vermont; a private
aerial sight-seeing tour, and a framed, signed, limited
edition lithograph by Eric Carle.
Now in its 20th year, the Northampton Community Music
Center is a not- for-profit organization whose mission
is "to foster the love and pursuit of music within the
community through quality musical education, performances,
and activities that are accessible to all." NCMC's talented
faculty offer a diverse range of musical programs to
more than 700 participants a year—both adullts and children—and
bring concerts and other musical evvents to hundreds
more in our surrounding communities, uniting people
of all ages and backgrounds through the shared experience
of music. NCMC is the only music program in Hampshire
County that offers financial aid: no qualifying student
has ever been denied scholarship.
The Musical Feast has been generously underwritten by
The Log Cabin & The Delaney House, Bank of America,
Duseau Trucking, 88.5 FM/WFCR, and Wright Builders,
Attendance at the Musical Feast is $75 per person, which
includes the dinner and a glass of wine or Guinness.
Seating is limited and reservations are required; call
the Music Center immediately at (413) 585-0001 to reserve
- CREATIVE COCKTAILS AT REAL ART WAYS
Slide Slam from the NEXT artists
Lilliana Pereira Image
|At the March
Creative Cocktail Hour on Thursday, March 16, there
will be a Slide Slam from the NEXT artists, and a preview
of art submissions for the Real pARTy.
For more information and directions see the Real Art
Ways website at www.realartways.org/events.htm
The real art party wHere they are giving out the submitted
art is April 8th. See work by OUR Liliana Pereira
at the slide slam and also at www.lilliannapereira.com
to look up the directions for you so here you go:
From 91 South take I-84 West in Hartford
Take Exit 46 - Sisson Avenue.
At the end of the long exit ramp, turn left at the
light , onto Sisson Avenue. Very quickly you come
to another light (Capitol Avenue); turn left.
Your third right is Arbor Street (if you pass the
UHaul you've gone too far.)
Turn right onto Arbor Street; you will immediately
see our large sign on the left. Turn into the driveway
at the sign, and proceed all the way to the back of
You will see lights, windows, an entry way, and people.
Park (not on the people) and come in!
March 1 -
31, 2006 at Lathrop Community of Easthampton
is a joint exhibit from painter and printmaker, Kate Jenkins,
and her husband, photographer Ben Jenkins. Ben's color landscape
photographs and Kate's impressionistic monoprints and paintings
are hung together, revealing each artist's vision of the same
locations. Seeing their work together adds an interesting
dimension to the viewers' appreciation of the individual works.
SEEING DOUBLE - A JOINT EXHIBIT OF KATE & BEN JENKINS
March 1 - 31, 2006 at Lathrop Community of Easthampton,
100 Bassett Brook Drive, Easthampton. (off Florence Road
at the Northampton - Easthampton town line)
FOR PERFORMANCE ARTISTS' PROFILES AND NETWORKING
a great place to list yourself or your performance group
||MatchBook.org is an online cultural marketplace
designed to bring together New England's performing
artists and the people and organizations wishing to
present them. This free website features an easy-to-
search directory of artists, performance spaces and
presenting organizations, designed to 'MATCH' artists
with presenters that 'BOOK' them to perform.
New England Foundation for the Arts and Massachusetts
Cultural Council are MatchBook.org's lead development
and administrative partners.
Other partners include: Vermont Arts Council,
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Maine Arts
Commission, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts,
and Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
MatchBook.org is generously funded by the U.S. Department
of Commerce, Technology Opportunities Program of the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration;
and The Boston Foundation.
For questions or comments, contact the MatchBook.org
team at 617-951-0010 x29 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
SOLO 06 at Bromfield Gallery
Must not have
previously had a solo show at a commercial gallery.
Gary Duehr, a Somerville artist who managed Bromfield Gallery,
would like to invite submissions to the Bromfield's annual
You may email Gary at email@example.com if you have questions.
SOLO 06 Exhibition Competition
Juried by Nick Capasso, Curator, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture
Park, this contest will award each of two winners a solo exhibition
in January, 2007 at Bromfield Gallery. Open to Northeast artists
in all media who have not had a solo show in a commercial
gallery (university galleries, art centers, libraries, etc.
do not disqualify).
Postmark deadline: May 1, 2006. Fee: $30 Send 5 slides,
slide list, resume, statement, and SASE.
For full prospectus, visit www.bromfieldartgallery.com or
send SASE to SOLO 06, Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave.,
Long ago in
a time before tumble dryers there was Undieworld
of freshly laundered flapping fanny rags. John Allen,
known by most as the morning DJ of WRNX 100.9 and the
lead singer of the Big Bad Bollocks takes to the stage
at the Academy of Music on Saturday March 18th at 8PM.
“What affect this constant exposure to the undergarments
of my village's elderly matriarchs had on myself and
the other children is chronicled in UNDIEWORLD-THE
A musicy thing featuring the songs of the Big Bad Bollocks
and Sir Tom Jones, UNDIEWORLD is the stage adaptation
of a short story by Allen recently published in the
UNDIEWORLD is a community extravaganza bringing
together the Big Bad Bollocks, a few of the women from
the Young @ Heart Chorus, some local urchins, Chris
O’Connor as Sir Tom Jones,
Crack – a roving poet/singer from Wichita Kansas who
found John on the radio, and was inspired to write his
own ode to underwear.
Purchase UNDIEWORLD tickets ($10 in advance, $12 day
of show) from the Academy of Music, State Street Fruit
Store and the Northampton Arts Council in Northampton,
Coopers Corner in Florence and For the Record in Amherst.
is presented by the Northampton Arts Council and sponsored
by Marmite, Faces, The Valley Advocate, and WRNX 100.9.
Check out www.northamptonartscouncil.org
for more information.
Don’t miss the short, wide-but not so tall tale-of one
lad’s lingering look at lingerie.
in THE SUNSHINE BOYS
8 - October 16
THE SUNSHINE BOYS by Neil Simon
Ken Tigar, following an electric performance as Willy Loman
in Death Of A Salesman, returns to the Majestic stage as Willie
Clark in this classic comedy about two down-on-their fame
The play begins eleven years after the breakup of Lewis and
Clark, when Al Lewis decided that forty-three years of both
vaudeville and Willie were enough for him.
Since then Willie has refused any and all contact with his
But now, a one-shot opportunity to be in the limelight again
arises. Can these two grumpy old has-beens come together long
enough to reenact their famous "Doctor" skit on a network
television special about the history of comedy?
Or, will their oil and water personalities make the next Lewis
& Clark reunion the Actors' Retirement Home in New Jersey.
THE SUNSHINE BOYS is vintage Neil Simon that will not
only tickle your funny bone but also tug at your heartstrings.
For tickets and times - www.majestictheater.com/schedule.htm
without permission from a review in The Republican:
... The playwright reaches for, and achieves, depth during
two fantasy vignettes in which the characters step out of
their limitations. In one, Norman dances with Sheila,
a woman with the mind of a child (sweetly played by Kelsey
Flynn in a colorful costume designed by Ilene Goldstein).
Norman and Sheila, who fall in love and court in often
comic ways, step haltingly onto the floor of a community
center and then, as colored lights revolve, begin to dance
with the grace of professionals.
In the other sequence, Lucien has been called to speak before
a committee investigating the status of his benefits. At
first he stammers and repeats himself, then stands straight
and in a dignified voice lists for the audience the many
things that confuse and mystify him. ...
FOR ARTISTS - AMHERST GARAGE MURAL PROJECT
ARTISTS FOR ARTWORK ON ENTRANCE WALLS TO THE AMHERST CENTER
AMHERST PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION
Site: Entrance to Amherst's underground garage near
The concrete sidewalls of the car entrance are each divided
into five large and five small panels; the project covers
the five large panels on each side (10'x3.5", 10'x5.5', 10'x7.5',10'x9.5',11'xll.5')
The design may extend across the small panels
Specifications: Artist lives or maintains a studio
in the Pioneer Valley
Media: Paint (special concrete paint provided by the
Design: architectural designs and details of buildings
Painting will take place during summer 2006
Submission requirements: Colored scale drawings, Narrative
describing the design elements, Completed application form
See Terry Rooney for application by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
(below) Award: $1000 Deadlines: For submission March 31, 2006
For award May 1, 2006
AND THEN THERE
ARE PEOPLE LIKE TERRY ROONEY AND BETTE ESLDEN...
is so sweet and appreciated.
to Terry and Bette who brought us this week's newsletter.
Halos are caused by the light of the sun or moon passing
through a very thin layer of cirruform (ice- crystal)
clouds in the upper atmosphere.
The ice crystals refract the light of the moon, similar
to the way water droplets in the lower atmosphere
can refract sunlight to produce a rainbow.
Just like a rainbow, strong halos can have bands of
color in them, due to slightly different refractive
properties of the ice crystals for different colors.
and here's where it gets crazy!---> Essentially,
halos ARE rainbows caused by primary refraction in
not remind you of that scene in Fargo?
Duck Stamp Contest
Opening Date: June 1, 2006. Entry fee: $125
U.S. citizens, nationals, or resident aliens are eligible
to participate. All entrants must be at least 18 years
of age by June 1. This year's contest will be held on
Friday, October 6 through Saturday, October 7, 2006
with entries on display at the Memphis College of Art,
1930 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.
The winning artist receives publicity and media recognition,
a pane of Duck Stamps signed by the Secretary of the
Interior, select travel to ceremonies, guest speaker
at special events and opportunity to market their winning
not later than midnight August 15, 2006.
For entry guidelines and application criteria contact
Federal Duck Stamp Contest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, MBSP- 4070, Arlington,
VA 22203-1622. Phone: 703.358.2000. Fax: 703.358.2009.
221 Pine Street, #408 Florence, MA 01062
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sent to me. If names, dates or venues are incorrect I DON'T EVEN apologize. I
don't often verify information but when I see and recognize errors I do make
corrections. Any local arts etc event info is a welcome addition to newsletters.
Simply email to me and I will add it. Thanks!
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