June 6, 2006     <--See the sixes? I am telling you.
Satan disguised as Richard Simmons' pal steals Jamoka's look


Prayer vigil targets Devil's Day

Dutch evangelical Christians are to hold a round-the-clock prayer vigil to ward off the forces of evil on Tuesday - the so-called Devil's Day, and also to protest Richard Simmons' unauthorized copying of my dog Jamoka's signature look.

They believe that the sixth day of the sixth month of 2006 has great significance for evil-doers and Satanists who revere the number 666.

In a bid to counteract the forces of evil, more than 2,000 Dutch Christians will hold "a violent day of worship".

They will be joined by Christians in 23 other countries, organisers say.

The reference to 666 is taken from the Biblical book of Revelation, which talks about the events leading to the end of the world.

Revelation 13:18 states: "If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666."

Behind the initiative is a Dutch evangelical organisation called Ambassadors Ministries.

Mathijs Piet, one of the organisers, told the BBC news website that the prayer marathon was to officially start at 1800 on Monday with a prayer rally in Jerusalem. "666 is the number of the Devil and we know that on this date, Satanists will try and do many things, so we Christians try and do the opposite," Mr Piet said. "We know the Devil hates it when we worship God." Organisers expect at least 2,000 Dutch evangelicals to take part in the mass prayer vigil across the Netherlands.

The fear of the number 666 is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

World's most expensive mobile number is 666 6666

The world's most expensive phone number was auctioned for charity in Qatar.

The number, 666 6666, sold for 10m Qatari riyals or 1.5m pounds. That's a lot of dollars I think.

In other 666 news there seems to be a widespread belief among certain groups that the number 666 is being hidden in bar codes, setting the stage for an eventual full universe Satanic soul coup.

And I found a website where you can sell your soul to Satan online thus avoiding some of the unpleasantries inherent in such deal-making.

But did you ever notice that Richard Simmons' workout exercises count off in sixes?

Child’s Play: irony & consequence
I was just about to push *send* when this slid into my inbox.

Exhibition Opportunity
Child’s Play: irony & consequence

The Student Union Gallery at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is seeking proposals for an upcoming multi-genre exhibit in October 2006 on the theme of Child’s Play: irony & consequence. The exhibit will be held from October 23rd - 27th. The opening will integrate a brief cross-genre reading on the theme.
We invite artists to submit artworks in any medium or format—photography, sculpture, video, painting, interdisciplinary.

Submissions must include:
1. Artist’s statement.
2. Current resume.

3. Self-addressed stamped envelope (materials will not be returned without a SASE).
4. Up to 3 slides (numbered and labeled with artist’s name, title of work, date, media, dimensions of work, and red dot indicating top of slide); or digital slides on a CD; or CD for audio submissions; or DVD for video submissions.
Deadline for entries: August 1st, 2006. Entry Fee: $5.00 (checks payable to: JC Tibbo/INSIDEOUT ARTS)

Shipping: Artists will be notified by September 1st. Artists are responsible for shipping/delivering their artwork to the gallery Friday, October 20th (12-6pm) and retrieving their work Saturday, October 28th (12-6pm).

Installation: All work MUST be received ready for installation with proper hanging devices ATTACHED and instructions where necessary.

Agreement: We reserve the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes. We reserve the right to reject works that differ from the slide. We are not responsible for works left after the pick-up date.
Submit entry materials to: JC Tibbo/INSIDEOUT ARTS
18 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060
413-552-6462 insideoutarts@verizon.net

Dance Class will honor New Orleans and help the hurricane recovery effort

Alicia Morton will offer a special 7 week Dance and Stretch class at the Barn Studio in Amherst, using New Orleans music, with all proceeds going to the Women's Health and Justice initiative of New Orleans.
Starts Tuesday June 20.

Dance and Stretch is a special eight week movement class being offered by instructor Alicia Morton at the Barn Studio, 21 Dickinson Street, Amherst.

Joyful Zydeco, Cajun, funk, jazz and other music will provide energy and the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Health and Justice Initiative of New Orleans. The Women's Health and Justice Initiative is a group of local health care practitioners and organizers working with the People's Hurricane Relief Fund to provide quality health care that is safe and affordable to low income and uninsured women and girls of color.

The class will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 starting Tuesday June 20. A donation of $10 per class is requested. The requested donation for the full seven week session is $65 For more information call Alicia Morton, 253-1499

June 2 - June 29, Reception June 10, 2-4
Stan Scherer The Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library, Northampton Massahusetts, will present Shopkeepers, by Northampton photographer Stan Sherer, from June 2 through June 29.

The show, consisting of 48 photographic works on paper, explores the world of the shopkeeper and shopkeepers around the world.
Sherer has photographed small shops and their proprietors for more than 40 years in France, China, Israel, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Philippines, Albania, Hungary, as well as in the United States. Included in the exhibition will be several Northampton shops that he frequents regularly.

Sherer describes the portraits in Shopkeepers as candid moments. “Although in practice shopkeepers are often in contact with customers or others who work in the store, I see them as centers of the self-contained universe of their daily work. Through this exhibition, I want the viewer to have a subjective experience of not only that of the small shop but to be in the shop and absorb its atmosphere.” Sherer’s work is in the tradition of street photography. “The shopkeepers, as part of the milieu that constitutes life on the sidewalks, became a primary recurring theme in my work. Preparing this exhibition has provided me with an opportunity to formalize this on-going interest and bring this work together for the first time.”

Sherer was a Fulbright scholar in Albania in 1994 and has worked for news organizations such as the Associated Press and Time Magazine. He is the author of four books, including Long Life to Your Children: a Portrait of High Albania and Founding Farms. He retired in 2003 after eighteen years as news photographer for the University of Massachusetts and has just completed the MFA printmaking program at UMass. “My work in printmaking has enriched and broadened the way I print my images. I am now handcoating printmaking and watercolor papers with an ink receiving-layer for digital printing. This process produces prints with a richness and depth I could not achieve in the standard digital process. In addition, the handcoating technique imbues a handmade look.”

Descriptive passages from literature are included in the exhibition. Sherer’s selections from short stories and novels evoke the shopkeepers’ inner world as well as the physical surroundings of the shopkeeper.

The opening reception will be Saturday, June 10, 2-4pm. Gallery hours are:

Mon: 1-9
Tue: 1-5
Wed: 9-9
Thur: 1-5
Fri & Sat: 9-5

June 9, 5 - 8 PM
Coming Up On June 9 Visit 22 galleries and shops between 5 and 8 p.m.

Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is otherwise noted by individual galleries), offering open galleries at 22 locations, all within a short walk in the city's downtown area. The event is organized by participating art and craft organizations and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by the Northampton Cooperative Bank, 93.9 (The River), and the Valley Advocate.

Arts Night Out coincides with the last night of Northampton's celebration of "Restaurant Week," June 5-9, during which 23 restaurants will offer a three-course dinner for a fixed price of $20.06 View the details and menus on the Chamber of Commerce Web site.

And there will be another treat this month; the Florence Community Band will be making lively music on the Courthouse lawn from 6 to 7 p.m. Make a night of it!

Highlighted in June are several galleries:

MULTI-ARTS GALLERY, located at the Community Music School, 139 South Street, is new to Arts Night Out. It is open that evening from 5 to 7 p.m., and will be featuring works in all genres by children from throughout the Pioneer Valley. This gallery is seeking submissions of paintings, drawings, poems, short stories, and original books from children and schools. For more information, visit their Web site. (not given, sorry)

WATKINS GALLERY, 142 Main Street (upstairs) presents EIRE, an exhibition of extraordinary, powerful paintings of the Irish landscape by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling. On Arts Night Out, at 6 p.m., the artist's husband, Vincent Dowling, former director of the Abbey Theater in Dublin and long-time director, now honorary president, of the Miniature Theater in Chester, will open the exhibition with a dramatic reading.

TA YU Gallery, 12 Main Street, will be showing "Works on Tibet" by photographer Cannon Hersey.

THE OXBOW GALLERY, 275 South Pleasant Street, will feature paintings and drawings by Western Massachusetts painter, David Marshall. This show includes landscapes--scenes in Chesterfield, Northampton and Deer Isle, Maine—as well as portraits and still lifes. The paintings share a poetic sensitivity to the often subtle beauty of nature's different moods and visual phenomena. Equally important in Marshall's work is a strong concern for painterly handling and harmonious effect.

At ALFREDO'S GALLERY, 6 Crafts Avenue, the photography of Les Campbell will continue and be joined by mini-exhibits from the collections of Fred Stein, classic black and white photographs from the 1930s and 1940s, and a sampling of photographs from the personal collection of Frank Sinatra.

SKERA, 22 Main Street, will introduce Jane Chang of Amherst, who makes boxes that incorporate imaginative found objects as well as paper quilts that are layered and cut to create a three-dimensional appearance. And speaking of imaginative, on Arts Night Out, keep your eye out for the new Cool Rides art taxi recently launched by partners Skera and East Heaven Hot Tubs. (Hint: It’s a navy blue Scion xB with an understated Checker Cab motif.)

THE OLD COURTHOUSE GALLERY, 99 Main Street, will feature two artists: Anne Kusiak of Northampton and Chris Nelson of Leverett. The two, who met several years ago at a pastel painting class at the Guild Art School, frequently paint together. Each has her own style but each celebrates landscapes, flora and fauna of the Pioneer Valley. Kusiak uses both pastel and oil; Nelson paints primarily in pastel but also uses digital photography. She is an appropriate exhibitor in the courthouse since she is a lawyer and worked as a labor contract administrator for 25 years before returning to the art world.

THE R. MICHELSON GALLERIES, 132 Main Street, continues “Light on Water,” views of the Connecticut River painted by Lewis Bryden from his 26-foot pontoon houseboat, “Floata des Artistes.” In addition to painting racks and shelving for art supplies, two easels stand in the corner of the houseboat, and a portable lantern allows Bryden to work in the early morning or late sunset, rain or shine.

AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 17 New South Street, third floor, Harriet Diamond and Lydia Nettler present two installations in their show, Imperatives. Diamond’s mini-installation, “No War!” features the Northampton Peace vigil and scenes of marching and protest in New York City and Washington, D.C., in painted relief and sculpture. Nettler’s installation, “Break Away,” uses large charcoal drawings and sculpture to surround the viewer in a psychological environment based on Northampton’s natural surrounding. (Center for the Arts galleries are open 5 to 7 p.m. on Arts Night Out.)

THE A.P.E. GALLERY, Thorne’s Marketplace, 150 Main Street, third floor, will have new works by Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne. Tillyer explores the theme of Cain and Abel, the murder of the shepherd (Abel) by the yeoman (Cain). The realization of this theme will take place over the month of June in the gallery as the artist builds the piece layer by layer. Thorne describes his project as one that “stumbles along the delicately thin line that separates artistic license and genetic manipulation. What happens when you put two genetically modified organisms, plant or person, for example, ‘Viagra Link Corn’ and ‘Britny Spears Corn,’ or Britny Spears herself even, in the same room for any length of time?" (Arts Night Out hours are 5 to 7 p.m.)

SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Elm Street, offers “Alexander Archipenko: Vision and Continuity” through July 30. (There will be no admission charge on Arts Night Out.) Featuring more than 60 sculptures in bronze, wood, and terracotta by Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964), this show was organized by the Ukrainian Museum in New York in collaboration with The Archipenko Foundation. Jaroslaw Leshko, recently retired from the faculty of the Smith art department, serves as exhibition curator and author of the accompanying catalogue. One of the most important Ukrainian visual artists, Archipenko was, during his lifetime, sometimes compared in significance to his contemporary, Pablo Picasso. Although a less towering figure than Picasso “Archipenko’s oeuvre is a brilliant, cohesive document of twentieth-century art,” Leshko writes in the exhibition catalogue. ~~Next door, in the Oresman Gallery of Smith’s Hillyer Hall, members of Amherst’s Gallery A3 will offer "Sneak Preview." An active group on the area art scene for a number of years, A3 has been without a home for while. The gallery will be reborn, in the fall, in the Amherst Cinema Arts Center.

Participating arts venues are: Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor Arts; Artisan Gallery; Chameleon’s; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; KTWO NOHO; LLC; R. Michelson Galleries; Multi-Arts Gallery; Northampton Center for the Arts; Northampton Pottery; Old Court House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs; Skera; Smith College Museum of Art; Ta Yu Gallery; Watkins Gallery; and William Baczek Fine Arts.

Friday, June 23, 5:30-8:00 PM
mary witt Friday June 23 Duo of Mary Witt (vocals and bass) and Zack Danziger (vocals and jazz guitar) of The O-Tones in Florence, MA. The Cup and Top Café, 1 North Main St. Suite 2, 413-585-0445. Dinner music from 5:30-8 pm. Great food including soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and desserts! It's a family affair (if you want it to be).

Opening reception June 9 from 5-7pm.
Harriet Diamond and Lydia Nettler will present two installations in their show, "Imperatives", opening at the Center for the Arts on June 2 and running through June 29.

An opening reception will be held on June 9 from 5-7pm.

Harriet Diamond’s mini- installation, No War! features the Northampton Peace vigil and scenes of marching and protest in NYC and DC in painted relief and sculpture.

Lydia Nettler’s installation, Break Away uses large c
NCAharcoal drawings and sculpture to surround the viewer in a psychological environment based on Northampton’s natural surrounding.

The Center for the Arts is located at 17 New South St. on the third floor of Sullivan square in Northampton. Gallery hours are on Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 4pm and on Saturday from noon to 4pm. For more information call 413-594-7327

Dance ~~DANCE
Inés Arrubla Productions offers Las Chicas in “Flamenco Afición,” a live performance of Flamenco music and dance Saturday, June 10, at 5 p.m. at the Center. Arrubla will present a colorful and passionate Flamenco dance program involving 30 amateur dancers of all ages, together with four musicians, who will take the audience on a journey through all the emotions expressed by one of the most powerful and sensual dances of all: Flamenco.

The musicians will include guitarists Titus Neijens and José Ortiz, percussionist Simon Moushabeck on cajón, and Jo Sallins on bass. Arrubla was trained in Flamenco in Spain, and later performed in Amsterdam and Europe. Since coming to the United States in 1998, she has established the Inés Arrubla Flamenco Dance Theater, and created five major theater-dance productions.

Her performances and choreography have garnered acclaim at theaters and festivals with audiences and the press, and have earned her a reputation as one of the nation’s premier Flamenco performers. Entrance is free; however, a donation of $5 is suggested. Arrubla teaches Flamenco at the Center. For information check our Web site.


Oriental Caravan IV returns to the Center For the Arts, Sunday, June 11, at 2:15 p.m. Produced by Joanne Tebaldi and Whitney Suter, the program will showcase students of Shifah of Western MA, Mellea of Dancing Dragon Studios, Kismet of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School and Sharon Arslanian of Greenfield Community College.

In addition to a the belly dancing, there will be an intermission featuring a raffle and public dancing. For tickets, call Joanne 413. 253.5462.

~~MUSIC AND ARTS Global Alliance for the Arts will present one of its monthly celebrations, "Northampton Community Music and Arts Festival," on Friday, June 23, from 7:30 to midnight in the Center's ballroom.

The event will feature World Beat Ensemble with an open microphone from 7:30 to 8 p.m. (sign-ups are first come, first serve at 7:15 p.m.) followed by World Beat Drum Circle from 8 to 9 p.m.,

DJ and dancing from 9 to 10 p.m. and the World Beat Ensemble from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Tables are available for arts organizations, vendors and visual artists. If you like this, you'll like the repeat events on Fridays—July 21 and August 18.

The shows will be broadcast live on Valley Free Radio 103.3 FM from 10 p.m. to midnight and on public access TV in Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, Deerfield, Sunderland, Greenfield and Montague. These events are sponsored by the Center, Gaia Vision TV show and Valley Free Radio. For more information: Global Alliance for the Arts (413)584-3022 gaia@crocker.com

Augusten Burroughs Reading
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. - ADVANCE TIX NEEDED
WFCR presents

Augusten Burroughs Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M.
Chapin Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Mass.

Augusten Burroughs is the author of "Running with Scissors," "Dry," and "Magical Thinking," all of which were New York Times bestsellers published around the world. The film version of "Running With Scissors," starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck"), is set for a fall 2006 release. Augusten has been named one of the 15 funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.

Augusten will read from and sign his new book, "Possible Side Effects" (St. Martin's Press). The book release date is May 2006.

For information on "Possible Side Effects" and Augusten Burroughs, see: http://www.augusten.com/.

Sponsors: Mount Holyoke College, the Advocate Newspapers, and the Odyssey Bookshop.

Tickets (general admission within sections) are priced $30-$70 with a copy of "Possible Side Effects" and $10-$50 without the book. They are available from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone (413-545-2511 or 800- 999-UMASS), or online through http://www.wfcr.org/. Producer's Circle tickets include preferential seating and admission to the 6:30 P.M. pre-event reception.

I would do this just for the food credit, yet such a worthy purpose
I am available to help use the food credit if you are The Chosen One. Sounds like a fab project.

A Call to Artists!

The Green Street Café announces a call for proposals by artists interested in creating a two-dimensional wall mural to be located inside the Green Street Café on Green Street in Northampton, MA

GOAL ­ The goal of this project is to highlight the decision of Smith College and the City of Northampton to discontinue Green Street in favor of the development and construction of an engineering complex.

SITE DESCRIPTION ­ The wall chosen for the project is located inside the Green Street Café and is 28¹ L x 8.5¹ H in size.
There is overhead lighting and large street-side windows that flood the space with light. The wall surface is painted plaster.

SELECTION PROCESS ­­ A panel of three judges, Michael Kusek, Bob Antil and Steve Calcagnino will review submissions and select the winning proposal. The winner will be announced on July 5th.

SELECTION CRITERIA ­ All proposals will be judged on the following: 1) artistic merit 2) suitability of the proposal in relation to the project goals and the artist's ability to carry out the proposal within budget and on schedule.

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY ­ Artists from all walks of life are invited to submit proposals. Excluded from participation are staff members at Green Street Café, members of the mural project and their families.

APPLICATION PROCESS ­ All applications must include:
A.) A one-page written explanation of the concept.
B.) Sketches or other visuals that convey the proposed mural idea. If submitting a CD or other digital media, all should be Apple compatible.
C.) Up to ten 35mm slides in a plastic sheet or 8.5² x 11² portfolio sheets. Slides/portfolio should be labeled with the artists name.
D.) A resume/CV that lists any previous public art experience or commissions.
E.) All artists are strongly urged to visit the Green Street Café and pick up additional information and background materials.
Hours of operation are M-F 10AM to 10PM; please call to make an appointment at 413.586.1650.
F.) For materials to be returned, all artists should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope

BUDGET ­ A budget of $350.00 covers the costs of all materials with $1,000 cash for the artist, plus an additional award of a $1,000 food credit at the Café

Submission deadline: June 30th
Proposal Review & Artist Notification: July 7th
Project Start July 10th to be completed by October 1
Unveiling: October 13th during Northampton Arts Night Out

Due June 10

The Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for a July 2006 exhibition.
The exhibition will be juried by slides or CDs of works on paper, including photographs. Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted. Slides/CDs, check and application form should be mailed or delivered in person to the Center, 17 New South Street, third floor, Northampton, MA 01060 by June 10, 2006; notification will sent by June 20, 2006. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Submission must include a check for the $20 application fee made out to the Northampton Center for the Arts and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of materials. Slides/CDs must be labeled with name of artist, materials, dimensions of artwork; no 3-D works will be accepted. To download an application form: http://www.nohoarts.org/thegalleries.htm

Arcadia Celebrates New Season with Cantabile, Ian Watson and Music of the Dutch Baroque
Benefit Auction, Potluck Supper & Surprise Musical Offering.
Arcadia Players’ annual New Season Celebration will mark the conclusion of their 17th concert season and introduce the upcoming 18th.

This festive celebration will be held on Sunday, June 25th, at the gracious hilltop Center for Renaissance Studies in Amherst. At 5:15 PM, following Arcadia’s Annual Meeting, the vocal ensemble Cantabile, with Ian Watson, harpsichord, will present Music of the Dutch Baroque.

This free concert will be followed by a benefit auction, a potluck supper and a surprise musical offering by Watson at the conclusion of the evening.

Cantabile, a self-directed vocal ensemble founded in 2001, specializes in vocal chamber music of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. At last year’s Arcadia Season Celebration they previewed their most recent program, which featured Italian madrigals by Marenzio and others. This year, in conjunction with the “Go Dutch” theme of the Pioneer Valley’s Museums 10 collaboration, Cantabile will sing sacred and secular music of 17th century Netherlands. Composers include the highly influential Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, who, along with his son Dirck, was a key figure in the spread of Baroque musical style throughout Europe. Cantabile and Ian Watson will collaborate on two flamboyant chamber motets from Jan Baptist Verrijt’s 1649 collection “Flammae divinae (Divine flames).”

Performing with Cantabile will be Ian Watson, Arcadia’s Artistic Director, who appears internationally as organist and harpsichordist. In the 2005-06 concert season, besides conducting and performing in Arcadia’s concerts, he joined the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner in their international Bach and Mozart. At the Season Celebration Watson will join Cantabile in works for voices and harpsichord, and will offer a musical finale after the auction and supper.

Walter Denny will lead the benefit auction. Denny, a leading scholar in the field of Islamic art, is Professor of Art History at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a tenor with Arcadia’s vocal ensemble and other area musical groups. He will auction goods and services that include recordings, decorative objects, as post-concert candlelight dinner for four, and gift certificates to area stores and restaurants.

All who attend the concert are invited to bring a favorite dish and join members and friends of Arcadia at the potluck supper. Reservations for the Season Celebration may be made by calling Arcadia Players at 413-256-4888.

The concert by Cantabile and Ian Watson is partially funded by the Local Cultural Council of Amherst and the Masachusetts Cultural Council.

From Sharon lax in Montreal. This week is big Montrealer Participation bringing you poetry (below, from Jan Jorgenson), Movie Pics and literaryaria.

Helloooooo out there.

Please come visit this blog, set up ostensibly for "my" students (from whom I'm learning as much as they from me - more probably).

Please post any comments, no matter how outlandish. It would be great for moi and most importantly for said students to hear from you, the outside world.

Good fortune to you this summer,

Special thanks to Jon Whitney, a very talented CAT photographer who just moved here (again) from San Francisco.


Moving to San Francisco
Moving to Northampton
Moving to San Francisco
Moving to Northampton
Cat Photography
Sweatin' to the Oldies

Ok--that is NOT his cat photograph. I made that part up.

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A nice 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.

DUE JUNE 10 - The Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for a July 2006 exhibition.

The exhibition will be juried by slides or CDs of works on paper, including photographs. Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted.

Submissions must include slides/CDs, a completed version of this application form, a check for the $20 made out to the Northampton Center for the Arts and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of materials. Please label slides/CDs with name of artist, materials, dimensions of artwork; no 3-D works will be accepted.

The submission packet should be mailed or delivered in person to the Center, 17 New South Street, third floor, Northampton, MA 01060 by June 10, 2006; notification will be sent by June 20, 2006. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The application form is attached or available at http://www.nohoarts.org/thegalleries.htm

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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June 20, 2006 The Camera Club of New York announces its 2006 National Photography Competition. The competition is open to all US residents 18 years or older except members of the Camera Club of New York or their families, and employees. Freestanding pieces will not be accepted. We are most pleased that Antonin Kratochvil renowned photographer and documentarian, will be our Juror. Each entry will consist of either 6 digital entries on CD or 6 slides with a fee of $35.00 Chosen artist will receive a one-person exhibition in our Alfred Lowenherz Gallery and a cash award of $300 Other finalists will participate in a group show. Send self-addressed stamped envelope for prospectus to: 2006 National Photography Competition, Camera Club of New York, 853 Broadway, New York NY 10003 OR visit our website at: www.cameraclubofnewyork.org, download an entry form and view the complete rules and information about The Camera Club of New York.



Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
Cynthia Guild
The Amazing Bannerqueen
Maureen Scanlon's Peacribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney
Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
Sculpture by Jim Doubleday
The Canal Gallery Building (my new studio as of May)
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
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
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


From Janette Jorgenson in Montreal:

my sister rescues dogs

i gather abandoned plants,
and seeds
wrapped in fibrous tissue

or bare, and gleaming as if shellacked.

a compulsion? perhaps
but why should these fragile lives
be obliterated by demolition
crews making room for the latest condo?

seeds find their way from my pockets
to small crystal bowls

while variegated vegetation in flimsy black
containers, blue over-sized sandbox pails,
clay pots, anything
that will shelter their roots, support their stems
surround, become, my home
without regard to size, colour,
or horticultural status.

something in me recognizes
the necessity of belonging,
the yards of grass smoothed 'round
neighbouring houses have usurped wildflower terrain;
that the peculiar beauty of a weed
is out-competed by the uniformity of lawn.

in summer my front yard
occasional hate-mail

but my rescued plants,
like a city skyline, punctuate the air

a stem of cosmos eclipses
delicate columbine stars
and wild strawberries scatter
the imagination of the garden-proud.

one day
my new yard
will resemble the wilds i left behind on oxford street,
and this oasis of irrespectability will be
understood: a celebratory noah-project
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1997-USA-Psychological Drama/Courtroom Drama

The mysterious reasoning of women who protect men who hurt them is explored in this psychological drama.

Hedda (Robin Wright-Penn) was once involved with a man who had a long history of violence against women (played by Anthony Lucero). Even though Hedda broke up with him after a violent incident that caused her to fall out of a window, she hasn't been able to get him out of her mind, and her sorrow over ending the affair has led her to attempt suicide on more than one occasion.

After the man's most recent girlfriend died as an indirect result of his abuse, District Attorney K.D. Dietrickson (William Hurt) has decided to file charges of negligent homicide against him, and he wants Hedda to testify in court to help establish a pattern of abuse.

However, for whatever reason, Hedda still loves him, and in her mind she has turned the incident into a situation in which she was at fault. Despite the urgings of Hedda's concerned parents (Joanna Cassidy and Paul Dooley) and her sister, a tough lawyer named Brett (Amy Madigan), Hedda seems unmovable, which makes it all the more difficult for Dietrickson to stop the abuser before he can hurt someone else.

Sean Penn, who happens to be Robin Wright-Penn's husband, served as co-producer and has a showy cameo role early in the film (and this scene alone is worthy of an oscar). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie.

"Nine Lives."
The Girl in the Cafe
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