THE GOOD OLD DAYS
To the future, and
other rosy things.
forward this newsletter and not have it go all crazy you must scroll all the way
down to the bottom and use the blue, "forward newsletter" link provided by
As requested by Wednesday Nelena Sorokin, here
is one of my business trip stories from when I had a job in the *real
So it was
like 2001, January perhaps, or March. Probably not February. I was flying to our
Miami office for meetings with people there and act like an executive and have
meetings and pay attention. Before leaving, I went shopping for what I imagined
to be appropriate Miami casual office wear. Back then I shopped at stores. I had
a paycheck and expense account and health insurance. I had dental and optical
too. I used to go to the doctor just for checkups. It was fab.
was due in at 10 pm, I was due at the hotel at 11 pm. My boss Ann said to call
when I got in. I took a cab from the airport. We were staying at The Doral which
is a fancy shmancy hotel with private little mansions in back for their more
famous folks. "The Doral name has long been associated with an elegant legacy
of extraordinary golf and superlative service, providing a rich yet understated
backdrop for discerning guests." The cab had to go through a guard house and
I had to show an ID to get in.
The girl at the front desk had a heavy
cuban accent. She told me my room number and it sounded like first floor and I
really wanted to sit on a balcony and drink things with silly names and
umbrellas in them so I asked for an upper room with a
CubanDeskGirl: But we have a room for you with a king
sized bed. The only rooms we have with balconies upstairs only have a double
Me: I REALLY want a balcony, the biggest one you got.
Upstairs, with a view and a breeze. And fireworks and a built in
CDG: But the room we have for you is so much nicer.
This is a mistake.
Me: I don't care about the bed. I live in
Boston. It's winter. I must have a balcony. BIG balcony.
So we went
around a bit and she grudgingly gave in, rolling her eyes (which I reported her
for) - -
(this story is continued at newsletter's end because it's
long. And because there is so much stuff going on and I want you to see
Impossible Landscape Opening
Reception: November 29, 2006 6-8 pm
November 29, 2006 - March 4, 2007 Opening
Reception: November 29, 2006 6-8 pm
AND "In Conversation": A tour
and discussion of the exhibition with curator Jodie Vicenta Jacobson and artists
Peter Coffin and Melanie Carvalho. 7 pm
University Gallery, Fine
Arts Center, University of Massachusetts
A cutting edge multimedia
exhibition by renowned and emerging international artists: Darren Almond (UK),
Rebecca Baron (USA), Melanie Carvalho (UK), Peter Coffin (USA), Tacita Dean
(UK), Nir Evronn (Israel), Janice Kerbel (CA), Ian Kiaer (UK).
exhibition brings together the work of eight artists who in different ways have
been thinking about conventions of landscape art and botanical depiction. Each
artist complicates the question of what it means to make a landscape image now
and suggests that traditional modes of depiction are impossible.
Impossible Landscape conjures many ideas and many kinds of impossibility.
Wide-ranging in their mediums and forms, the works produce diverse responses.
Some artists deliberately try to confuse the status of the presented image;
others shun traditional depictions yet still manage to produce hauntingly poetic
or even humorous work.
The Impossible Landscape is co-curated by Mark
Godfrey (UK) and Jodie Vicenta Jacobson (NYC). Mark Godfrey is a Lecturer at the
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and has a forthcoming book
titled Abstraction and the Holocaust. Jodie Vicenta Jacobson is dually the
Curator for The Horticultural Society of New York and an artist working in
photography and video. For more information please check the University Gallery
website www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery or email Paola Di Stefano
the event is free and open to the public - free
PEOPLE, SPECIAL MUSIC. TWO UPCOMING GIGS Girl Howdy
& The Propellers. Grouped together here for musical convenience and better
HOWDY AT JOHNNY D'S
Hello Honkytonk Friends!
It's less than a two
weeks away to our next "double date" with The Spurs - this time we'll be out in
their neighborhood, and you're all invited:
- - - It's a Western
Swing & Honkytonk Hullaballoo - - -
On Saturday, Dec. 2,
we'll be joining our pals, The Spurs, Boston's premier western swing band, in
concert at Johnny D's in Somerville.
The two bands will team up for
a night of hogwild uptown-hillbilly shenanigans. Swing dancers get ready, grab
your special shoes! The show starts at 9:30pm, $10 at the door.
D's is at 17 Holland St. in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.
Go tell Ma, go
tell Pa - and baby brother too: it's high time for a good time and come on out
to Johnny D's on Saturday night, December 2nd! Hope to see you there, Team
PROPELLERS AT THE APOLLO
December 8, 2006
Propellers play a swing dance at the Apollo Grill
Dancing at the
beautiful Apollo Grill, 116 Pleasant Street, in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Fantastic atmosphere, food and drinks if you want
(reservations recommended) and dancing at the regular 2nd Friday dance, the
As usual, there will be a beginner lesson from 8:00 to
9:00, followed by live swinging jazz with The Propellers, as well as a couple of
sets with DJ C-Jam, aka Camille. Cover: $10 ($8 for students and seniors)
BARBOZA @ AMHERST TOWN HALL Reception
Thursday Dec. 7 during the Amherst Arts Walk which will also coincide with a
ribbon cutting for Briana Taylor's mural for the underground garage.
Barboza will be exhibiting her work at Amherst Town Hall, with a reception
Thursday Dec. 7 from 5-7 pm during the Amherst Arts Walk.
is the large red brick building in Amherst center with turret and clock. There
is a parking lot in front and behind the building.
This will also
coincide with a ribbon cutting for Briana Taylor's mural for the underground
At this time I don't have any further info on the Amherst
Arts Walk or the mural ceremony and have pieced together what I have from bits
of heresay and emails but I bet you can find out more and get all scrubbed up
Debbie has graciously offered to do a sketch of Jamoka for me and
Briana made a contribution to the Jamoka/newsletter fund so when I heard of
these events I did some investigative journalism and went undercover to find out
as much as I could.
Hopefully these events will soon be posted at local.masslive.com
and you can find them there. That is the most reliable and instantaneous way to
get your events out there. It's open 24/7 and is free.
a Violin Portrait of Denes Zsigmondy" A
Documentary by Peter Morales. Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
one-hour documentary, "Spiritoso, a Violin Portrait of Denes Zsigmondy" by
amherst filmmaker Peter Morales will be screened Friday, December 1 at the Nacul
Center, 592 Main Street, Amherst at 7:30 p.m.
A question and answer
period with Morales will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
Denes Zsigmondy is a Hungarian violinist
known for his deep musical understanding and buoyant personality. He lives in
Germany. For many years he has visited Boston. During such visits he appears in
concert or teaches a master class or engages with friends at intimate and
informal musical gatherings. This 58- minute documentary depicts Zsigmondy's
visits from 1994 to 2003. One segment shows rare footage of a live radio
performance and interview on Morning Pro Musica, the WGBH radio program hosted
by the late Robert J. Lurtsema. Other segments include a rehearsal of Bartok's
Concerto with the Boston Philharmonic, conducted by Benjamin Zander; a master
class with Zsigmondy sharing his profound musical insights; an informal concert
with Hung-Kuan Chen at the pianist's home. Throughout the documentary Zsigmondy
talks about his childhood, his years touring with his beloved wife, the late
Annaliese Nielsen; his precious Stradivarius violin etc. The emphasis of
"Spiritoso" though, is Zsigmondy making music and in this documentary there is
lots of music-making, from Bartok, Paganini and Sarasate to Bach, Brahms,
Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven.
Peter Morales was born in Colombia and
has been in the U.S. since 1961. He has a video editing studio at the Canal
Gallery in Holyoke. His current projects include documentaries on the Canal
Gallery and the Amherst Cinema project.
He is a free-lance event
videographer and editor and can be reached at:(413)-210-7549
OSTERMAN AT THE HOSMER GALLERY OPENING
RECEPTION: Saturday, December 2, 2-4
PAINTINGS by DOROTHY OSTERMAN
December 2-29, 2006
RECEPTION: Saturday, December 2, 2-4 PM
gouache and oil paintings will be on exhibit for the month of December. A member
of Gallery A3 in Amherst, Dorothy began painting and drawing as a child in
Brooklyn, NY. At the same time she studied dance and music while spending time
by the ocean.
"For the past 40 years I have been living and painting in
Conway, MA. Here I am surrounded by nature. The lands, sky and water together
with my early impressions unconsciously find their way into my paintings.
"My work is abstract. I love color, movement, space and find joy in
STREET OPEN STUDIOS December 1-3
and 9, 2006
Cottage Street Holiday Open Studios and Sale
One Cottage Street, Easthampton,
December 1-3 and 9, 2006
Always the first weekend and
second Saturday in December
Friday, December 1; 12-5
December 2; 10-5:00
Sunday, December 3; 12-5:00
Saturday, December 9;
Free and open to the public
images or more information visit:
Thirty-three local artists
under one accessible roof will comprise the 2006 Cottage Street Studios Holiday
Open Studios and Sale. This year our annual Holiday Open Studio Sale will
feature the largest group of participants in our 19-year history. Participants
will exhibit (and offer for sale) a range of art and fine craft including glass,
jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, home-furnishings, fine furniture, and
photography—all created by hand right here in Hampshire County! Visitors can
come just to see the artists in their spaces, or can purchase items from fine
art to exceptionally unique but affordable gifts. Many of the participating
artists make a living selling primarily to galleries and do not offer regular
retail hours. The open studios is a rare chance to peek inside the spaces and
see new and original one-of-a-kind art. In addition, many studios offer special
prices and sales of work that usually can only be purchased in galleries or by
appointment. It is also a chance to take a look inside one of the buildings that
has been a part of the recent Easthampton Renaissance. This year members of
Riverside Arts—a new art program for the developmentally disabled individuals
served by Riverside Industries (www.rsi.org for more information about Riverside
Industries)—will be selling cards designed by the participants of the program.
New Exhibitors will include The Glass Castle (stained glass)—recently moved to
the building from Northampton; Jeremy Sinkus (flame-worked glass), and
photography by Ellen Koteen.
History of the Open
Since 1987 on the first weekend in December the artists and
artisans of One Cottage Street have opened their doors to the public with an
annual Open Studios and Holiday Sale. The factory building which over two
decades ago enclosed almost four acres of empty space, now sports a lively
complex of human service programs, craftspeople, light industries and
EVENTS AT THE A.P.E. 14 November
through 11 December
“Cheap Art!” aims to present a number of different works by
local artists in ways that encourage the spectator to become part of the
The main feature of this exhibit is a number of small
individual works created by the participating artists clipped along string wire,
where a spectator will be encouraged by way of signs to select a piece from this
section for purchase, but will have to physically remove that item from the wall
and pay for it by putting a money into a secured box, thus becoming a
participant in the work itself. (The money goes toward defraying the cost of the
The smaller walls in the space will include hung works either out
of frames or framed non-conventionally using second-hand frames, “cheap” frames
from discount sales or discarded, or otherwise ‘devalued’ frames.
for sale will exceed $100 in price. "Cheap Art!” is a group show organized and
curated by Anne Thalheimer. Artists include Thalheimer, Rick Beaupre III,
Krystal Graybeal, Aliene de Souza Howell, Coren Michael Rau, and Jenn
Burdick-Poitras as well as a number of other local artists.
Art! will run in the little gallery at the A.P.E. Gallery in Thorne’s
Marketplace (Main Street, Northampton, MA) from 14 November through 11 December
with participation in Arts Night Out on 8 December, where participating artists
will be on hand to replenish the small works on the wall. Gallery hours are
Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sundays noon to 5
Miller, painter, is exhibiting his latest work, part of the ongoing series
entitled *Deep Space*, from December 2, 2006 thru January 2, 2007 at A.P.E.
Gallery in downtown Northampton.
This body of work, *Sun Spots,* will
include pen and ink drawings, oils on canvas, charcoals on paper, and acrylics
on paper. Sun Spots are part of the constantly changing activity on the surface
of the sun. The sun is the only star in this universe that directly affects all
life on the planet Earth. Deep Space, which Miller began in 1998, has evolved
from his studying and painting the universe to this current series in which he
paints the nuclear furnace known as our sun.
The opening reception will
feature Camille White playing solo oboe, and will be held Friday, December 8th,
from 5-8 p.m. as part of Arts Night Out.
FOLSOM & LYNN PETERFREUND OPEN STUDIOS 16 Main
Street, Amherst, December 2nd & 9th - 10 to 5
artists open studios in one building:
16 Main Street – 3rd Floor
Amherst, MA 01002
Two Saturdays in December
December 2nd & 9th --- 10 to 5
Saturday, December 2, 2006
2 to 5
Also in the same building:
Sat. Dec 2 and Sat. Dec 9, 10-5
THE NCA Dance, Art
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
13-December 18, a new series of dance lessons—swing, salsa, merengue, bachata—
by Anastasia Christie who wants to share her passion and skills honed over
17 years of dance experience, including teaching, choreography, ballroom
competition, performance, and the DVD instruction for “The Complete Idiot’s
Guide to Ballroom Dancing.” For details of hours and cost, visit the Center’s
Web site For even more information, visit Christie’s Web site
~~Friday and Saturday, December
1-2, 7:30 p.m.: Lisa Leizman and her dance company will celebrate the 15th
anniversary of the company’s founding and its fifth year as the Northampton
Center for the Arts resident dance company with two performances of “Generation
L.” The company will dance to two of pianist Glen Gould’s performances of
J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”: one recorded in 1955 at the beginning of
Gould’s career and one recorded in 1981—a dramatically different version. The
first was regarded as an extraordinary, if controversial, interpretation; the
second provided a rare view of “both the substance and scope in the evolution of
an artistic life,” says Leizman. In the east gallery during the weekend of the
"Generation L" performances there will be a retrospective exhibition featuring
the company’s extensive archive of photographs, dance and music scores, costumes
and ephemera illustrating 15 years of making art in the Pioneer Valley.
~~Sunday, December 10, 1:45 p.m.:
Oriental Caravan returns to the Center for bellydance and tribal folk fusion
featuring students and teachers from area schools. This is a popular
bi-annual event is produced by Joanne Tebaldi and Whitney Suter, teachers and
founders of the Middle Eastern Arts Collaborative. See the Web site For more
information, contact Whitney Suter, 413-885-2490 or Joanne Tebaldi, 413
KEEPING THE FLAME
companion events with art, dance, music, video
At the Northampton
Center for the Arts,
Friday, December 8 Northampton Arts Night
Keeping the Flame will be a concert of live music and dance at
NCFA, December 8, 2006. The date is the night of the monthly Northampton Arts
Night Out and the opening of a group art exhibit also with the theme of
Keeping the Flame, organized by Tom Morton at the NCA gallery. This is a
theme which applies broadly, but the performers and exhibitors were invited to
participate because each one engages with the tradition of masters and
influences, and thus feeds the fire, in an especially personal way.
Produced by Alicia Morton
Friday December 8,
Keeping the Flame with recreations of historical dances by
Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn and Mary Wigman, as well as pieces
choreographed by Cynthia James and Alicia Morton. Dancers representing three
generations will perform: Kailina Mastroianni, Ritsuka Mastroianni and Heleen
Cardinaux, with Cynthia and Alicia. Musicians performing will be Eugenie Malek,
piano, Phillip deFremery, classical guitar, and Chris Stetson, lute, shakuhatchi
flute and percussion.
The Group Gallery Show
Curated by Tom
Morton, 2D, 3D and video works December 8-23.
Opening reception December 8,
presenting 12 artists:
Nat Cohen, Bruce Fowler, Keith
Hollingworth, Julian Janowitz, Peter McLean, Tom Morton, Chris Nelson, Bernice
Rosenthal, Nancy Sachs, Arron Sturgeon, Courtney Hayes Sturgeon, Jerry
OUT(S) - NORTHAMPTON & EASTHAMPTON November 8
NORTHAMPTON - Coming Up On December 8
Visit 18 galleries,
between 5 and 8 p.m.
Northampton continues its Arts Night
Out program Friday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is
otherwise noted), offering open galleries at 18 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
And, on December 9,
we invite you to visit neighboring EASTHAMPTON for one of its “Second
Saturday” art walks from 5 to 8 p.m.
More than a dozen venues along
Cottage and Union streets host visual, music and performance artists in a casual
sampling of the community's creativity. Easthampton chose second Saturdays for
its monthly art walk, in part, to complement Northampton’s Second Fridays and
create an arts/culture weekend for area residents. For more information about
the Easthampton event, visit its Web
Image-Gregory Stone Painting
Falls Open Studio & Downtown Walking Tour December 2
& 3, 2006 10 AM - 5 PM
This is a
sculpture I was recently commissioned to create for the town of Turners
In actuality this is an entry in the fine
art ads photoshop contest. They didn't send an image so I am
Arts & Icicles is happening again!
December 2 & 3, 2006
10 AM - 5 PM
Turners Falls Open Studio & Downtown Walking Tour
Come visit this unique, Historic village, right on the Connecticut River
and the power canal.
Artists Studio will be open - Peterman's Baskets
& Bowls, showing bowls made of beautiful burl wood. Tim deChristopher's
stone carving studio will yield wonderful whimsical carvings and Jack Nelson's
studio is full up with pottery, sculpture and paintings. Greatlighting is
positively illuminating, and Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography has a
brilliant photography show up. Books & More has some great gift ideas and
the wine store and eateries are stocking up to sustain all the visitors! The
Brick House Community Resource Center will be opening the doors to The Gallery -
a consignment shop offering locally made art and music at affordable prices for
gift giving for one and all. Suzee's Third Street Laundry will have live music
and, yes! back by popular demand, The Suzee's Laundry Fashion Show - cutting
edge designs using laundry leftovers. Wow! Great Stuff!! Come visit Turners
Falls, visit the studios, visit the restaurants, just walk around and have fun.
There's lots to do, and see and definitely lots of fun to be had!
more info call Eileen @ 413-863-9499; email@example.com or Karen @
maps/brochures at area restaurants
Icicles, Open Studio & Downtown Walking Tour December 2 & 3 10 AM - 5
THANKS TO REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE SuperFriends
of Jamoka and this newsletter.
gotten so many sympathetic emails and cards, as well as donations, from very
special people to help defray the sudden giant bills associated with my late dog
Jamoka's hospitalizations and treatment.
I am really touched. This will
actually help me to continue to provide this newsletter as the bills were large
enough to cause cutbacks in non-essential areas and have somewhat jeopardized my
ability to meet the costs associated with this newsletter.
veterinary hospital required all payment in full before even admitting Jamoka I
had to put all charges on my CHAISE [sic] Credit Card. This in turn caused my
balance to go over my limit and change my interest rate from 0 to 24 percent. In
a perfect and really nice world, CHAISE bank would have heart and would revert
to my previous interest rate. So far attempts at negotiating this with CHAISE
have been unsuccessful but I am checking in with them every day in the hopes
that someone at CHAISE will reconsider.
So we all owe a special thanks to
the folks listed below for the continuation of this arts newsletter and for just
being really nice people, the kind you read about.
from the jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon
KATHY SERVICE &
AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory of our
artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness Day,
HILARY PRICE & KERRY
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES
(Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
Show” at Gallery A3 December 7
from 5-8 pm, 28 Amity Street in Amherst.
Works Show” at Gallery A3
Gallery A3’s “Small Works Show” is an
annual exhibit of small-scale, affordable art. Over fifty works priced from $50
to $250 will be on the gallery walls this December with a range of diverse
media: collage, sculpture, painting, mixed-media and photography.
an opportunity to view work by all the members of the cooperative. It’s also a
chance to bring home some art. The December show is designed to offer smaller
works – under 18" x 20” in size – at smaller prices.
reception, on December 7 from 5-8 pm, is in conjunction with the Amherst Art
Walk. The exhibit will run through December 30.
Gallery A3 is
located at 28 Amity Street in Amherst. Hours are 12-6 Wednesday through Sunday
and you can reach the gallery at 413-256-4250.
print from "Plane Images" series, by Gene Butera
NEW WORK AT
THE OXBOW GALLERY Friday,
December 8th from 5 to 8 pm, "Arts Night Out "
Paintings and Drawings by Ricker Winsor from Vermont, and Amherst painter Lorna
November 23rd through December 17th, 2006
Friday, December 8th from 5 to 8 pm, "Arts Night Out "
Gallery Talk by
the artist, Friday, December 15th at 6:00 pm
Thursday - Sunday 12 - 5pm , and Fridays 5 - 8pm
In the Back Room-
Drawings by Lorna Ritz
Thursday December 7, lecture by Nancy
Friese. Nancy Friese is a landscape painter who teaches at Rhode Island
School of Design. All lectures are at 7 pm at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant
Street in Northampton. This series is funded in part by the Northampton Arts
NOW AT ZEA
MAYS PRINTMAKING Lynn
Peterfreund and Alex Chitty, Friday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host New Prints: Lynn
Peterfreund and Alex Chitty . Exhibit dates are December 8
– January 5.
gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and
Industry Building in Florence, MA. The phone number is 413.584.1783. Exhibit
hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5, Wednesday, 12 - 8, the first and
third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 - 5, and by
Lynn Peterfreund says about the work in this
“Most of the prints I am showing at Zea Mays were done between January
and July 2006 when I had the opportunity to be an artist in residence at Kala
Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. I'm very interested in continuing to use drawing
and photographic elements to combine monotype with intaglio and photographic
printing. I work spontaneously with colors, marks, forms and compositions to
express the rhythms and qualities of a state of mind or emotion whether in the
form of a print or a photograph. I'm attracted to compositions that are both
disorienting in terms of where and what one is seeing, and centering in terms of
how it pulls together feelings and relationships.”
has attended several workshops at Zea Mays. She is currently in the MFA program
at the Art Institute of Chicago. Alex’s training and work as a naturalist plays
an important part in her artmaking. She will be exhibiting a selection of prints
based on views of wildlife. Birds and woodland animals appear catalogued and
prepared for a naturalist’s study.
RADIO MURAL UNVEILING Monday,
December 5th, 6-7:30pm
“Community in Radio” Mural Unveiling for Valley Free Radio Station
Monday, December 5th, 6-7:30pm
Valley Free Radio Station at
Florence Community Center
140 Pine St. Florence, MA 01032
course of the summer and this school year members of Youth Leadership in the
Arts, a media arts and activism program for middle and highschoolers, met to
brainstorm a mural for the new community radio station, Valley Free Radio
located in Florence, MA.
The youth leaders steadily carried out sessions
to envision a mural about the importance and symbols of grassroots media
democracy. From the ideas generated, the mural was designed, gridded and painted
on the walls of the valley’s emerging community radio station.
Monday December 5th at 6pm the Peer Leaders who created the mural will dedicate
and celebrate with community members their hard work and accomplishments in the
completion of the mural this month. The celebration will include
storytelling, slide show and more. Please join us in our celebration.
Youth Leadership in the Arts
YLA is a media arts and activism
program based at Casa Latina in Northampton, MA. YLA emphasizes how a diverse
group of young people can work together to improve their everyday lives and
their communities. YLA focuses on educational activities and projects that
endorse and strengthen the grassroots leadership skills of young people.
Valley Free Radio
Valley Free Radio is a non-profit, community
based and volunteer run radio station for the Greater Northampton area. In
accordance with the Media Education Foundation’s mission, we seek to inspire,
and entertain through programming that reflects the diversity of the local
SMITH'S MOVIE PICS Tsotsi
directed and written by Gavin Hood, based on novel by Athol
starring Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi
"Tsotsi" means "thug"
in the patois of South Africa's townships, and it also is the name of the title
character in writer-director Gavin Hood's tough-minded film about a young man
fighting against his own history of violence.
Brutal but believable, the
film in some ways harks back to early Hollywood, when Jimmy Cagney or Richard
Widmark played callow villains out of their depth in everyday life. With its
highly original setting, "Tsotsi" will appeal to fans of thoughtful crime
pictures beyond the festival and art house circuits.
Seldom has the
desperate poverty of the shantytowns that sprawl beside cities such as
Johannesburg been shown so vividly as in Hood's fast-moving story about a
fearsome gang leader (Presley Chweneyagae) who unexpectedly discovers a kind of
life different from one of violent crime.
Hood's filmmaking is
accomplished, Lance Gewer's cinematography exceptional and there are fine
performances throughout, especially by Chweneyagae as the memorably tortured
Extracted from a article written by Ray Bennett for The
Hollywood Reporter. (Aug30,2005)
INSPIRATION" silent art
auction to benefit Arise for Social Justice
Inspiration: Art Auction
Pioneer Valley Artists Support Social Justice at
Silent Auction Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Saturday, Dec 9th, 2006 6-9:30pm:
Showcase of Pioneer Valley
artists. All proceeds go to Arise for Social Justice, a low income rights,
anti-oppression advocacy group based out of Springfield, MA.
and bidding will begin at 6 pm and results will be announced at 8:30.
Register by calling (978) 895-2661, or at the door with a $10 suggested
donation. All donations are tax deductible.
Refreshments and musical
guests included in registration. This features UAR social action fusion, and
Nice Shoes Feminist a Cappella.
Arise for Social Justice was started in
1985 by five women on welfare who decided to band together and learn how to
better advocate for their own rights. Today, Arise has a large works within a
large community and rallies around issues that relate to economic justice,
electoral rights, community building and local and global issues that continue
to oppress poor people.
NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL
Move to Holyoke! We have everything. Here's a chance to get in on the ground
floor of a building on its way to being a great community and Ralph is a nice
and fair person and rents will be low. One day there will be a roof deck and
inside parking, at fair prices. Get in now and you can build your own space. Be
A NEW & UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY IN HOLYOKE
This is an
excellent opportunity to get in at the beginning and create a space. Excellent
especially for a business needing large piles of space. The overall space is
160,000 square feet. OMG!
The building is on Appleton Street, next door to
the police station and across the street from Heritage state park (imagine lunch
breaks riding the merry-go-round
in the park!) with space to rent.
It is situated right on the canal.
Parking is an issue however so the owner, Ralph Thompson, is going to take half
of the first floor and create indoor parking. The roof has a spectacular view
and he will be making that into a huge roof deck, from which you can see the
park and merry-go-round, city hall, sunsets and more! He is willing to discuss
any modifications. The ground floor is level with the driveway for easy
loading/unloading. The upper floors are perfect for artist studios. And, the
police are right next door. Check out pictures
here. Ralph is a really nice guy who recently went rock hunting in China
with our Kevin
Downey. And Kevin's a really nice guy so it's all logical and therefor
valid. It exists.
ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE IN BOSTON FROM APRIL 27
TO APRIL 29, 2007 FOR THE CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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
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.
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
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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GALLERY A3 SEEKING
Gallery A3 is a contemporary fine art gallery exhibiting
work by Valley artists. Members show work in various media including
photography, painting, collage, print-making, mixed-media and sculpture. Gallery
A3 is a member-run cooperative currently looking for a few new artists to
complete its membership. Applications are available at Gallery A3, 28 Amity
Street in Amherst during the hours of 12-6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic application. For more information call Keith
Hollingworth at 413-549-0865 or the gallery at 413-256-4250. The next
application deadline is 6:00 pm, December 30 at Gallery A3.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK
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.
The next art walk in
Easthampton is Nov. 11th and includes at least 15 venues along Cottage and Union
streets. Most locations have already selected their November shows, says Hanus,
but that there will be many opportunities over the coming year.
Kanazawa city is launching the
second public sculpture competition, Kanazawa "Machinaka" Sculpture
, to create a new urban space with an artistic atmosphere
and to revitalize the district along the main street. The street, identified as
"Art Avenue," stretches from Kanazawa station to 21st Century Museum of
Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and the winning pieces are to be placed along this
The competition is now inviting submissions for innovative
sculptural pieces to fulfill the aim of the competition. Application forms,
outlining full details for the competition, are available on our website at http://www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ due by Nov
is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of
Western Massachusetts in one of the fastest growing art areas of New England.
Participating members of the Art Walk of Easthampton, the Gallery draws
collectors and art enthusiasts from both local and regional areas. The Gallery
sponsors a juried show twice a year. The Gallery hosts monthly exhibits during
the other months of the year, drawing both local and regional artists for both
the changing exhibition as well as our permanently hanging salon.
Open to all local or national artists. Original art in
any medium is acceptable. No videos or reproductions. Works on paper are
acceptable is framed under glass, large work on paper must be framed with
plexiglass. Clip mounts are not aceptable. All work should be framed and ready
to hang. Larger painted pieces may be wrapped if sides are extentions of the
painting. Any pieces over 30 x 40 in size needs special approval due to space
limitations. Digital images are acceptable and should be 72ppi, RGB format with
max of 600 pixels in any one dimension. Please DOWNLOAD your entry form from the
Home Page of the Gallery.Application and fees due by Nov 30. www.goodlandergallery.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARTISTS WANTED TO DISPLAY IN
HISTORIC BUILDING DEADLINE:
December 15, 2006
Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art Program
PAINTINGS, COLLAGE, PHOTOGRAPHS MIXED MEDIA & PRINTS (NO
4 ONE PERSON EXHIBITS FOR 3 MONTHS EACH ($100
HONORARIUM EACH) DISPLAYED IN AMHERST TOWN HALL COMPETITION
1) Please submit 10 images in slides, photographs, color
xeroes or CD. Indicate name, title, media dimensions and dates on all material.
Include a SASE if you wish the materials returned. Applicants must submit work
that is already completed and will be available for sale during the exhibition.
In the event of sales, APAC requests a 20% donations from proceeds so we can
continue this honorarium and commission artwork for the 250th anniversary of
2) Deadline for applications is December 15, 2006
. Send the
application (available at email@example.com) to The Amherst Public Art
Commission, Jones Library 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002
3) An honorarium of
$100 will be given to each of the 4 artists, which the artist can use as for
publicity, transportation or hanging costs. APAC can not assume these costs but
will assist with installation as needed.
4) Interested applicants may want
to visit Town Hall on Boltwood Walk in the center of downtown Amherst to see the
DIMENSIONS FOR POSSIBLE LOCATIONS WITHIN TOWN HALL
Floor - Boltwood Ave. Entrance Lobby between entrance doors: a) 7'W x 6.5'H b0
4'W x 6.5H
Alcove Opposite Elevator: 70"W x 5'H
First Floor Hallway a)
6'8" W x 4'5'H, b) 3"7"W x 3'10"H (wall to right of Human Resources
c) 7'10"W x 5'3"H (wall to right of the Meeting Room) d) 5'4"W x 5'3"
H (wall next to Accounting office)
Lower Level Lobby - Main Street Entrance
a) 2 walls, both 6'W x 5'H
There is a large landing with generous wall
space on the stairwell, the second floor. Also wall space on stairwell on two
THE OXBOW GALLERY IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
HOW TO APPLY:
SUBMIT 10 SLIDES WITH NAME, MEDIUM, SIZE, DATE & RESUME
(slides and resume) can be dropped off at the gallery during business hours:
Thursday—Sunday 12–5 PM, Friday 12–8
Applications can also be mailed.
sure to include a SASE. Deadline: Sunday, December 3
We also strongly
encourage applicants to submit 2 samples of current work.
Work can be
dropped off at the gallery, Sunday, December 3, 12–5 PM
Work must be picked
up on Thursday, December 7, between 12 and 5PM.
The Oxbow Gallery
Pleasant Street, Northampton MA, 01060
Call for Artists: After Urban
Video Art & Architecture event
Deadline for applications: December 01, 2006
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA - USA
more details: www.lucacurci.com/artexpo
International ArtExpo is selecting all interesting video/short.films to
include in the next 2006 Exhibitions: After Urban - University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA - USA (February 2007). The deadline for
applications is December 01, 2006.
The number of works with you can
participate is unlimited. All works must be on DVD (PAL or NTSC), no matter what
the original source medium. The duration may be any, with a preference given to
a max lenght of 15 minutes. If you are interested, send your video submissions
(Name/Surname, City/Country, Film title, Running time, Brief film synopsis) with
a CV/biography, videography and an introduction about the piece to:
via Casamassima, 75
70010 - Capurso (Bari) -
International ArtExpo is a not for profit organization that
provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between all artists from
different cultures and countries. We depend on the support of you. ArtExpo is
grateful to all of the institutions, corporations, and individuals who support
our efforts. We work with a number of national and international galleries as
well as publishers, museums, curators and writers from all over the world. We
help artists through solo and group exhibitions, gallery representation,
magazine reviews and advertisements, press releases, internet promotion, as well
as various curatorial projects.
Participation open to: professional
artists, architects and designers, associate groups and studios.
2007 MASTER ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM APRIL 16 - MAY 6
(application deadline: January 12, 2007)
Alice Notley, poet
TBA (Visual Artist)MAY 14 -
JUNE 3 (application deadline: February 9, 2007)
Stephen Jaffe, composer
Thomas Struth, visual artistJULY
23 - AUGUST 12 (application deadline: March 16, 2007)
Maria Elena Gonzalez, visual artist
composerOCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 4 (application deadline: May 25, 2007)
Paul Pfeiffer, visual artist
Sarah Skaggs, choreographer
Jan 13, 2007 MASTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
for residency, May 15 - Jun 4, 2007. For more info, please contact: Atlantic
Center, 1414 Art Center Av, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168 OR 800-393-6975 OR
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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balcony story continued
and a golf cart came and took me to my room. It was giant. It took ages to
saunter to the other end and it had a giant palm tree next to the bed and a big,
I unpacked my pink suede capri pants and Donald Pliner
Slides (which I thought of as my entry level Manolo Blahniks), pulgged in my
cell phone to recharge and opened my laptop. But I couldn't get my laptop to
recognize the data port so I had no internet. I expertly jiggled all the cables
and rebooted the laptop and while I was waiting pulled a little bottle of wine
and some macadamia nuts out of the mini bar.
Still no internet. So I
thought I'd call Amy from my team back at the office because I knew she could
walk me through it and would still be at the office (we were never allowed to
Amy said try this and that and then reboot so while it was
rebooting I walked out onto my beautiful mega-balcony with my glass of wine and
the room phone, careful to close the sliding glass door behind me so as not to
waste the air conditioning and let humidity taint my new pink suede capris or
undiscern the sumptuous legacy-tastic aura.
We chatted a minute about how
awesome the weather was here and how unbearable there and how grown up I must be
and then I lookod through the door and the laptop showed life. I opened the door
to go back in but it was locked. Ann's face loomed in my head with that look
often reserved for "serious chats with Mo resulting in beatings".
asked Amy to call the front desk and tell them to come let me in. Her punky side
replied (she was 19 and pierced and tattooed and cool), "YOU call, YOU'RE the
one who is locked out". I said I didn't have a phone to which she smartly
pointed out that I was talking on it. "I only have the curlycord thing and the
handpiece", I said, "the crucial part, with the necessary buttons, is on the
other side of the locked door".
She said to jump off the balcony and call
her later. Finally, since she worked for me, I ordered her to call. She smirked
audibly and hung up.
I settled in a chair with my glass of wine to wait,
watching the door on the other end of my vast room. Suddenly the door burst open
and 5 cuban men RAN in all wearing red shirts and khakis.
I smiled my
most winning smile and waved breezily while perfectly executing a
nice-to-meet-you-is-this-not-hilarious gesture with my wineglass hand and then I
noticed that they were frantically pulling on the door. Once open, two of them
grabbed me by the arm and yanked me in, insolently spilling my
Everyone started asking me questions at once and one guy shouted
into his walkie talkie, "Cancel the police. No ambulance. We have it under
RIGHT THEN my cell phone rang and, inexplicably, one of
the security men with a thick Cuban accent answered it. He then handed it to me
saying, "It's your boss".
When I got on the phone my polished boss, Ann,
mused, "Funny thing Mo, it sounds like you have a dozen Cuban men in your room.
Didn't you just check in a few minutes ago? Is there a fiesta perhaps? We have a
breakfast meeting at 8. I hope you can make it. I will talk to you in the
And she would NOT let me explain. I was like, "No, it's
actually not a party--I would totally have invited you, it's the rescue guys,
it's actually really funny, everything is perfect, PLEASE don't hang up". And as
I was being hung up on, my room phone rang and the same guy, still with the
inexplicability, answered it. And now it was Joy, another manager. Joy let me
explain. Joy giggled but wouldn't venture a guess as to whether or not I was in
what we called "hugh jass" trouble. "HughJass" was my IM screen name for a
while. That and "OhNoItsMo" and "SherrifMo". It was crucial at this company to
have an array of creative IM names at the ready.
So I hung up and asked
the men why they thought I needed to be rescued and they said, "that girl, she
said you would maybe jump down but it would be better if we let you in. And you
specially asked at the front desk for a balcony. You said very important,
balcony. Big. Upstairs".
At breakfast, with executives (actually they
were just human beings but they had that "real job" thing going on) from the
Miami office, I tried to explain but Ann kicked me under the table. She was
always kicking me under tables.