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world seems tainted with an unhealthy emotional hue. Something crazy has gone
retrograde it seems. I have heard from millions of people that everyone they
know, selves included, have been struggling with the daily emonuclear fallout
and it is grinding them down. Me too. But today Liberace spoke to me from an
album cover on a table in a hallway, in this world and said, "Let me call you
sweetheart" and it hit me. Maybe if we all call each other sweetheart we can
break through the nozone layer of gloom. Why me? Why Liberace?
today I had some lovely and well-behaved studio visitors, Frank, Gregory and
Tamsen, and as I was showing them around the building we came upon a stack of
albums for sale for a dollar on the 2nd floor. I had last picked up that so
special Herb Alpert whipped cream album in this spot but on this trip I saw
Liberace! My lovely, well-behaved visitors led me to the album as I never go
upstairs otherwise. So I grabbed it and put my dollar in the coffe can. It
wasn't quite like when I discovered Benign
Girl but I did immediately feel Liberace tugging at my sleeve with an
important message and there it was, the name of the album.
thought was that Liberace would be the perfect companion
for Benign Girl, in a twisted way. He could be her fabulous
gay shopping buddy. They could go to the mall and get makeovers
and he could advise her on her dressage, "Think more
flash and less tramp, honey, Maybe try a different expression
or untilt your head", and the void in her personality
would run over with his overabundance of self. It was so
perfect that it called to mind my favorite spam email subject
line this week, "Surplus Predestination". (Although,
"Stop Puglifying" was rather brilliant and is also
Obsessing over such things seems so much more sane than
the current state of the world. It makes me want to call
everyone, "Sweetheart". I guess I can if I want. What if
everyone called everyone they met today, "Sweetheart". Could
we change the mood? Change the world? I am going to try.
IT GETS BETTER
I have started
a circle of imaginary supersweetheartpals.
Then I went
looking for my new album cover art online and I found "The
100 worst album covers ever".
So I chose a few friends for Liberace and Benin Girl.
Now there's Fabio, Tammy Faye Baker (channelling Lara from
Dr. Zhivago), Paddy Roberts (he looks like hilarity ensuing
ad infinitum) and the sour cream copycat ladies! (So I have
come full circle to my Herb Alpert Whipped Cream album cover).
They could all live together in the Barbie Townhouse (unless
there's a Benign Girl Townhouse) and be a big happy reality
And I must
disclose that I am actually quite familiar with the specifics
of the Liberace wardrobe. He was blinged out long before
Mr T. (who announced
this week after seeing the devastation of Katrina that he
will no longer wear bling) to a staggering degree.
On a trip
years ago to Las Vegas with my grandmother I was dragged
to the Liberace Museum.
It looks kinda like a one story funeral home/chapel-like
thing in a strip mall on a big road of other strip malls.
Parking is free.
After an hour of silently (Lips latched tightly) looking
over the displays with their placards like, "this cape has
72,000 rubies, 58 million swarovski crystals, 75 gazillion
emeralds etc and weighed 58 pounds and is lined with mink
and matches this mink lined car that he drove on stage for
this show which also matches the candelabra which is made
of diamonds and melted down ditzy heiresses and so on" my
grandmother suddenly shrieked (she was very hard of hearing),
"I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY. HE WAS NOT GAY", causing
all the other little old lady fans to glare at me as though
I had actually blasphemed the man in his holy place.
Later she did admit to finding the outfits a bit, "swishy".
He was a real sweetheart.
WOMEN IN ARMS
in the Air
Conditioned Reid Theatre in Deerfield MA
Sweethearts! Don't miss
Women in Arms
a new musical with music by Rosie Caine
script by Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy
directed by Linda McInerney
in the Air Conditioned Reid Theatre in Deerfield MA
for tickets call: 413.774.7476 ext. 10
Tells the story through word, song, movement, and imagination
of four great women from Irish mythology.
July 20, 21, 22, 23 and 28, 29, 30
Tickets are $12.00 - $15.00.
Curtain time is 8:00 p.m., except on Sunday, July 23 &
30th, which are a 2:00 p.m. matinees.
& the Vermont Jazz Center Quintet
30 at 7:30 PM
(a real sweetheart of a vocalist) & the Vermont Jazz Center
Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 PM
Hilltown Folk, Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne
Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear nationally known
voice talent and vocalist Jill Connolly perform live in Shelburne
Falls - together with area jazz all stars Eugene Uman (piano),
Claire Arenius (drums), Jamie MacDonald (bass), Howard Brofsky
(coronet) and Adam Kolker (saxophone).
TICKET PRICES: $15 advance / $18 at door / $10 students
World Eye Bookshop (413) 772-2186
Boswell's Books (413) 625-9362
The Hempest in Northampton (413) 585- 9707
Or contact Promoter: Gayle Olson, Hilltown Folk Series (413)
This double-bill promises to be a fabulous evening of powerful
jazz music with a very special combination of musicians.
Jill Connolly, celebrating the release of her debut album,
Venus in transit (featuring Uman, Arenius, and MacDonald)
will bring her unmistakable brand of soulful, sensitive, soaring
and lush jazz vocals to the stage, including selections from
Venus in transit, a beautiful and inspiring jazz-infused live
recording. A veteran of the music scene with extensive playing
credits in and around Boston, after moving to this area Jill
became involved with the Vermont Jazz Center, studying with
Sheila Jordan, Eugene Uman and others. With unmistakable enthusiasm
and an engaging, natural style, Jill continues her unique
and personal approach to music, living the lyrics and compelling
audiences to listen closely. Also a signature voice for the
PBS flagship station in Boston, WGBH, Jill is well known for
her voiceover work. Jill’s studio recording credits cover
a wide range of styles, including rock, blues, a capella gospel,
pop, R&B, as well as jazz.
The five world-class instrumentalists and solo performers
are all dedicated jazz educators and members of the Vermont
Jazz Center Big Band. Pianist Eugene Uman, drummer Claire
Arenius, bassist Jamie MacDonald, cornetist Howard Brofsky,
and saxophonist Adam Kolker will feature original compositions
and quintet arrangements of classic jazz tunes with a blend
of their energetic and sophisticated styles.
Get your tickets early for this one! More background information
on the performers at:
IS HERE AGAIN!
the Hassellhoff video last week.
FACILITIES FUND BECOMES LAW!
Senate Votes 33-3 to Override Governor's Veto!
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund is now law.
The Senate voted 33-3 to join the House in overriding Governor
Romney’s veto of $13 million for the Massachusetts Cultural
Facilities Fund. The Campaign for Cultural Facilities thanks
Senate President Robert Travaglini, Chairwoman Therese Murray,
Chairman Jack Hart and Senator Stan Rosenberg for delivering
a resounding message of support for cultural tourism and for
the arts, sciences and humanities in Massachusetts.
This is a huge victory for the cultural community— not only
to override the veto in both chambers but to achieve clear
The work on the program guidelines will begin immediately
and we will keep you informed on how and when applications
will be accepted.
Thanks to all who advocated on behalf of the most significant
cultural facilities funding program in the nation.
On behalf of the Campaign for Cultural Facilities
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, & Humanities
WORKS ON PAPER
BY ELEVEN LOCAL ARTISTS
July 6 through
PAPER BY ELEVEN LOCAL SWEETHEARTISTS IN JURIED SHOW AT THE
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
NORTHAMPTON, MA —“Works on Paper,” a juried show of photographs,
watercolors, prints, drawings and mixed-media, by 11 local
artists, will be featured from July 6 through August 4
in the galleries at The Northampton Center for the Arts.
Participating artists are: Karen Alstadt, Ellen Augarten,
Elizabeth Bannish, Elizabeth Diamond, Taiga Ermansons, Carolyn
Horan, Rhoda Juels, Ronald Juels, Rachel Lepine, Paul Root
and Burns Maxey.
Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. with an artists’ reception that coincides with Northampton’s
Arts Night Out on Friday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The
first-place prize will be awarded to the winning artist during
The Northampton Center for the Arts is located on the third
floor at 17 New South Street, opposite the Academy of Music.
OF THE SHREW
Welcome to The Wang Center's presentation of Free Shakespeare
on the Common! This year’s production, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
will be held at the Parade Grounds on the Boston Common, July
22 through August 13, 2006.
The Wang Center and CSC joined forces in the spring of 2003
in order to continue bringing Free Shakespeare to Boston,
giving CSC the infrastructure that their growth and vision
demanded. We remain committed to our shared mission in making
the arts accessible to everyone. CSC is Boston’s only free
professional theater company.
Bring a sweetheart and blanket and a picnic, and experience
Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (who then transforms
into a sweetheart) as you sit under the stars on Boston Common!
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Can love tame a shrewish heart? Marriage, money, and madcap
misadventure will take center stage when Commonwealth Shakespeare
Company (CSC) brings THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, William Shakespeare’s
uproarious battle of the sexes, FREE to Boston audiences this
summer, in three weeks of performances on Boston Common.
Presented by The Wang Center for the Performing Arts and directed
by Wang Center Vice President of Artistic Programming and
CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler, The Taming of the Shrew
will be performed Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, August
There are no tickets needed for Free Shakespeare on the Common,
as it is just that free! Enjoy the performance!
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Saturday, July 22 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 10 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 @ 7:00 p.m. My pal Alan Sweetheart White
is in this too!
Open to all.
Hello Sweethearts (I added that),
I hope everyone is having a fun and wonderful summer. On behalf
of the EasthamptonCulturalCouncil and WorkingPromisingArtists
(WPA) I would like to officially invite you to participate
in this year's WindowsProject. The dates for the show and
special events are September15 thru October 3. You will
find more details in the Artists' Submission Package, just
contact us at email@example.com and we will
send it forward.
The submission deadline has been extended to August 11,
2006. We intend to have parties, artists talks, visiting
artists, and a smattering of any other special events you
can think of.
Please forward this anouncement to artists you feel would
be interested in participating in this years WindowsProject.
Easthampton WindowsProject 2006 "Celebrating This Old Mill
Town As An Art City " Easthampton, Massachusetts~nestled at
the base of majestic Mt Tom~ is one of those former mill towns
valued by a wide variety of artists. For the 4th year we are
setting the stage for a community expression of creativity.
We welcome your art – all art.
WorkingPromisingArtists in collaboration with the EasthamptonCulturalCouncil
seeks proposals from creative individuals and groups. Over
the last three years WindowsProject has celebrated the creative
spirit with works which have included paintings, sculptures,
photography, drawings, and fine crafts from local artists.
This year we are welcoming anyone/groups working in visual
arts (traditional & experimental), sound, installation,
new media and interactive arts for WindowsProject2006.
We are seeking work for storefront windows, appropriate private/public
interiors, building roof tops, and outdoor spaces. WPA also
seeks artists who are interested in giving artists "talks
", offering "makeshops ", and engaging in art interactions
& interventions with the Public-At-Large.
This collaborative event will bring local and visiting artists
together in an installation that encompasses all of downtown
Easthampton. In addition to the abundant array of work seen
during past events WPA is interested in expanding our event.
We plan to do this by exploring the varied elements &
emotional atmosphere that creates Easthampton: a community
building an exciting urban experience while preserving our
We are encouraging proposals that incorporate elements of
what is often referred to as "Psychogeography ". Here's an
explanation taken from Wikipedia, an open source online encyclopedia:
In 2004 Joseph Hart wrote that "psychogeography " is "a slightly
stuffy term that's been applied to a whole toy box full of
playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities. Psychogeography
includes just about anything that takes pedestrians off their
predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the
We have many engaging ideas and a willingness to assist visiting
artists. We are arranging guest accommodations & beautiful
hospitality within our artist's community for artists from
outside of the Pioneer Valley.
If you would like to participate in the project, please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
In regards to visiting artists we are looking for local folks
who are willing to open up their homes or studios to guest
artists participating in our big art party! Please, just contact
us at email@example.com to let us know you can house
visitors or certainly if you have any questions.
Cheers and we look forward to hearing from you,
BLUE MAN GROUP
Call for Massachusetts
FOURTH ANNUAL VORTEX: A JURIED EXHIBITION HOSTED BY BLUE MAN
GROUP AT THE CHARLES PLAYHOUSE
Deadline for Submissions is October 2, 2006
Vortex 2006: A Juried Art Exhibition hosted by Blue Man Group
at the Charles Playhouse, challenges Massachusetts artists
to submit original and inspirational work that explores the
role Interconnectivity plays in art.
The Blue Men--who come from the part of us that wants to express
creativity, innovation, and humor--invite all artists to examine,
through their artwork, the dynamics of Interconnectivity in
their shared communities
This year's exhibition will be juried by Nora Donnelly, Senior
Registrar at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Ricardo
D. Barreto, Director of UrbanArts Institute at MassArt, Chris
McCarthy, director of the Provincetown Art Association and
Museum as well as an artist representative from the Blue Man
Group Boston creative community. Deadline for submissions
is October 2, 2006.
Blue Man Group will accept artwork in two age divisions:
12 - 17 years old and 18 + years old. In the 18+ division,
four selected artists' work will be on exhibit in The Charles
Playhouse lobby for up to one year. In addition, the selected
artists in the 18 + division will receive cash prizes ($2500
Grand Prize, $1000 Second, $500 each for Third and Fourth).
In the 12 - 17 years old division, the Grand Prize recipient
will receive up to $500 tuition reimbursement to art classes
of their choice. Each selected artist in the 12 - 17 years
old division will receive up to $100 worth of art supplies
for their school and have their artwork displayed at the Boston
Children's Museum. Selected artist's work will be unveiled
at a special event currently scheduled for October 2006.
For submission guidelines (acceptable medium and dimensions),
instructions and downloadable entry form go to www.blueman.com/vortex. For questions
call 617-542-6700 x12.
Sweethearts are Blue,
But anything can change,
it's all up to you. <--yikes.
NEW PLAY BY
(clearly not a benign play)
BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHTS
Northampton, MA-- Rhymes With Orange cartoonist Hilary
Price and 93.9 WRSI DJ Kelsey Flynn create an evening
of drama and comedy with an onstage reading of their new play
"Santacide" on Monday, July 31 at Theater 14 in The Mendenhall
Center for the Perfoming Arts at Smith College.
"Santacide" is a drawing room comedy about
a mother/son detective team at the North Pole investigating
Santa's murder. They encounter a dysfunctional family of sorts
- a vampy Mrs. Claus, an incompetent elf, a frustrated mailman,
a mute stable girl - all with good reasons to take Santa out.
The event is a unique opportunity for the community to participate
in the creation and development of a farce/murder mystery.
There will be an audience-wide discussion led by local playwright
and teacher Phil O'Donoghue after the performance to help
refine the play for later full stage production. The reading
will feature members of the local improv group the Villa Jidiots
and New Century Theater favorites Van Farrier and Jeannine
Tickets are $7 at the door. Performance begins at 7 pm. Show
is at Theater 14, Mendenhall Center For the Performing SweetheArts,
Green St., Smith College Campus, Northampton.
For more information about Santacide, please contact: Hilary
For more details go to http://www.santacide.com
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton
Artists: Myndos International Art Workshops II"
Artists: Myndos International Art Workshops II"
2006-07-05 until 2006-07-31
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum
Istanbul, , TR Turkey
August 2006, Gumusluk Akademy, Bodrum, Turkey. Team:
Andy Deck (USA), Reuben De Lautour (New Zeland), Catharina
Mueller, Marcus Graf (Germany), Cham Yin Kwan (China), Frederik
de Wilde (Belgium), Genco Gulan, Yesim Ozsoy, Yesim Agaoglu,
Ipek Inal, (Istanbul), Neriman Polat, Raci Kahvecigil, Aliye
Goknur Gurcan, Ekin Anil (Bodrum).
Concept: "The Seventh of the Seven Wonders ": Two of
the Seven Wonders of the World are in Turkey and one is in
Bodrum; Mausoleum of King Maussollos. The second of the Myndos
International Art Workshop series picks "one of the wonders
of the world" as its theme.
In the workshops the artists and participants will be producing
art around the theme and they are going to exhibit these art
works at public spaces. We are going to claim back the sculptures
of the Mausoleum from the British Museum and relate archeology
with contemporary art.
Participation: We are looking for 21 more participants,
10 with scholarship and 11 without. Collaboration proposals
are also welcome. For more info and application e-mail:
Deadline: July 31, 2006.
AT THE NCA
Come as a
VOCAL ENSEMBLE COMES TO NORTHAMPTON
Village Harmony, a unique teen world vocal ensemble based
in Vermont, will bring its lively music to the Center on Friday,
July 28, at 7:30 p.m.
The singers, who rehearse year-round, take a whirlwind concert
trip through New England each summer. They have also performed
on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on Public Radio
and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Two
recent graduates of area high schools are members of this
year's touring group: Rosalie Elkinton, Amherst Regional High
School, and Donovan Arthen, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts
High School. Participants sing from memory with a powerful,
well- tuned, straight-tones sound. “Watching Village Harmony
perform is almost as much fun as listening to them,” says
one fan. Audiences are unfailingly impressed by their informal
and energetic stage presence. The concert program includes
Ukrainian, Russian and Corsican traditional harmony singing,
American gospel and shape-note music and folk songs, dances
and contemporary compositions from Kenya and West Africa.
Tickets are $8; $5 for students and seniors and may be purchased
at the door.
AN EVENING OF BELLY DANCING AND DRUMMING
~~Internationally acclaimed Oriental dancer Leyla Jouvana
and her husband Roland, a drummer, will offer a spectacular
show Saturday, July 29, at the Center.
Described as “one of the best and most successful and dancers
and choreographers in Europe,” Leyla Jouvana has represented
the German Oriental dance scene at major dance festivals in
Paris, Cairo, Vienna, Italy, Denmark and Australia. She received
the Giza Academy Award of 2002 as the best live dancer of
the year. In July 2004 she won the Halima Award in the best-dancer
category. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. For
more information about associated events, visit the Middle
Eastern Arts Collaborative Web site
~~Swing dance and salsa lessons with Kent Divoll in the Center’s
ballroom continue throughout the summer Wednesdays from 7:30
to 9 p.m. followed by dancing (East/West Coast Swing, Salsa,
Hustle, Waltz, Fox Trot, Lindy and more) from 9 to 11 p.m.
Lesson and dance are $10; dance alone is $5 Just show up!
of a writer in Montreal
my film for the week. “The Shadow Dancer”
harvey keitel is one of my all time favourite actors. other
that i would be interested to see if this film works for other
the way it did for me or is it a writer’s thing?
deals with those big F words that haunt every artist’s underworld:
fucking fear of failure!
TO ALL YOU SWEETHEARTS
ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
LOCAL-looking for videographer who might be interested
in doing some experimental work with dance, nature
and video. contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Artists: Outdoor Public Art Exhibition
The City of Pittsfield's annual Artscape outdoor
public art exhibition program invites outdoor sculptors
and public art creators to submit work for consideration
for the 2006-07 Artscape exhibition in downtown
Pittsfield. Pittsfield is the geographic and population
center of the culturally-rich Berkshires of western
Massachusetts, where over two million visitors come
each year. A $500 honorarium is provided to artists
whose work is selected for display.
Application deadline is August 1, so don't
delay, click below for complete guidelines!
here for guidelines on applying for the juried Artscape
2006-07 exhibtion program.
The International Center of Photography's W. Eugene
Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is a $30,000
cash award with an additional $5,000 in fellowship
money to be awarded at the discretion of a jury.
The grant is awarded to photographers whose past
work and proposed project follow the traditions
of photographic essayist W. Eugene Smith. For full
information on how to apply, visit www.smithfund.org
The Newark Museum's residency program is open to
visual artists in the areas of fiber and textiles,
clay, fine metals, jewelry and metalsmithing, enameling,
sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and
works on paper. The residency provides the opportunity
to use the museum's professional facilities for
creating new work. An honorarium of $1,000 will
be paid at the conclusion of the residency. For
more information about the program and on how to
apply, visit www.newark
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
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
If one of your readers is interested in displaying
in this context, please have them contact me via
email: email@example.com, or via phone
at 413- 586-0998.
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/
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