November 27, 2006 --Covering events from 11/27/06 through 12/11/06
To the future, and other rosy things.


NOTE--To 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 constant contact.

As requested by Wednesday Nelena Sorokin, here is one of my business trip stories from when I had a job in the *real world*.

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.

My flight 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 balcony.

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 bed.

Me: I REALLY want a balcony, the biggest one you got. Upstairs, with a view and a breeze. And fireworks and a built in blowdryer.

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 it)

The Impossible Landscape
Opening Reception: November 29, 2006 6-8 pm
1120_almond.jpg The Impossible Landscape

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).

This 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.

The 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 pdi@arts.umass

the event is free and open to the public - free parking!

Girl Howdy & The Propellers. Grouped together here for musical convenience and better placement
1127_2bands.jpg GIRL 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.

Johnny 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 G-Howdy


December 8, 2006

The Propellers play a swing dance at the Apollo Grill

Dancing at the beautiful Apollo Grill, 116 Pleasant Street, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. 413-517-0031.
Fantastic atmosphere, food and drinks if you want (reservations recommended) and dancing at the regular 2nd Friday dance, the Apollo Jump.

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)

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.
1127_debbie.jpg Deborah 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.

Town Hall 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 garage.

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 and go.

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.

"Spiritoso, a Violin Portrait of Denes Zsigmondy"
A Documentary by Peter Morales. Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
1127_peter.jpg The 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 videoproducer17@yahoo.com

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 2, 2-4
1120_osterman.jpg EXPLORING COLOR
December 2-29, 2006

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 2, 2-4 PM

Dorothy Osterman's 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 pushing paint."

-- Dorothy Osterman

December 1-3 and 9, 2006

Annual Cottage Street Holiday Open Studios and Sale
One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
December 1-3 and 9, 2006

Always the first weekend and second Saturday in December

Friday, December 1; 12-5
Saturday, December 2; 10-5:00
Sunday, December 3; 12-5:00
Saturday, December 9; 10-5

Free and open to the public

Handicap Accessible

For 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 Studios:

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 artists.

14 November through 11 December
1127_ape.jpg “Cheap Art!”

“Cheap Art!” aims to present a number of different works by local artists in ways that encourage the spectator to become part of the artistic process.

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 show.)

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.

No work 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.

Cheap 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 PM.

Charles 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.

16 Main Street, Amherst, December 2nd & 9th - 10 to 5

Two artists open studios in one building:


Open Studio
16 Main Street – 3rd Floor
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 687-1685

Two Saturdays in December
December 2nd & 9th --- 10 to 5

Saturday, December 2, 2006

2 to 5 p.m.

Also in the same building:

Sat. Dec 2 and Sat. Dec 9, 10-5
16 Main Street, Amherst
info: lynn@peterfreund.com

Dance, Art and Nicety
1127_dada.jpg The Northampton Center for the Arts is on the third floor at 17 New South Street in the Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons. Its office and galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

~~Mondays, November 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, 413 253-5462.


Two companion events with art, dance, music, video
At the Northampton Center for the Arts,
Friday, December 8 Northampton Arts Night Out

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.
The Dance Concert
Produced by Alicia Morton
Friday December 8, 7:30pm

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, 5-7:30 PM
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 Wise

November 8 & 9
1127_aweho.jpg NORTHAMPTON - Coming Up On December 8
Visit 18 galleries, shops
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 Advocate.


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 site

Image-Gregory Stone Painting

Turners Falls Open Studio & Downtown Walking Tour
December 2 & 3, 2006 10 AM - 5 PM
1127_ronaldangelo.jpg This is a sculpture I was recently commissioned to create for the town of Turners Falls.

In actuality this is an entry in the fine art ads photoshop contest. They didn't send an image so I am *helping*.

It's Time!
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!

For more info call Eileen @ 413-863-9499; carriagehouse@signedinstone.com or Karen @ 413-863-9576
maps/brochures at area restaurants

Arts & Icicles, Open Studio & Downtown Walking Tour December 2 & 3 10 AM - 5 PM

SuperFriends of Jamoka and this newsletter.
1127_jamoka.jpg I have 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.

Since the 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.
Pics from the jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon Whitney.

AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness Day, December 1st
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)

“Small Works Show” at Gallery A3
December 7 from 5-8 pm, 28 Amity Street in Amherst.
1127_a3.jpg “Small 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.

This is 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.

The opening 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.

Pictured: Photographic print from "Plane Images" series, by Gene Butera

Friday, December 8th from 5 to 8 pm, "Arts Night Out "
1127_ritz.jpg New Paintings and Drawings by Ricker Winsor from Vermont, and Amherst painter Lorna Ritz
Oxbow Gallery
November 23rd through December 17th, 2006
275 Pleasant Street
Northampton, Massachusetts

Opening Reception: Friday, December 8th from 5 to 8 pm, "Arts Night Out "

Gallery Talk by the artist, Friday, December 15th at 6:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
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 Council.

Lynn Peterfreund and Alex Chitty, Friday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
border="0" The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host New Prints: Lynn Peterfreund and Alex Chitty . Exhibit dates are December 8 – January 5.

The 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 appointment.

Lynn Peterfreund says about the work in this show:
“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.”

Alex Chitty 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.

Monday, December 5th, 6-7:30pm
1127_vfrmural.jpg “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

Over the 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.

On 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 community.

Tsotsi (2005)
1127_movie.jpg Tsotsi (2005)
directed and written by Gavin Hood, based on novel by Athol Frugard
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 young Tsotsi.

Extracted from a article written by Ray Bennett for The Hollywood Reporter. (Aug30,2005)

silent art auction to benefit Arise for Social Justice
Arise for 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.

Viewing 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.

Gratefultude and joy


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 pioneer.

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.


Bazaar Productions/ The Berkshire Fringe is now accepting submissions of dynamic works of theater, dance and mutli-media performance for its 2007 season. The third annual festival held in Great Barrington, MA will present 21 days of original performances, free workshops, and artist discussions by and with emerging artists from across the United States. The Berkshire Fringe provides a unique opportunity for emerging and early-career artists from around the country to present work in a fresh and exciting atmosphere.

Founded in 2003 by a cohort of Berkshire natives and graduates of Simon's Rock College, Bazaar Productions, Inc (Sara Kathryn Katzoff, Timothy Ryan Olson and Peter Wise) aims to fill a growing need in the community for exciting new work at affordable ticket prices. The Berkshire Fringe continues to grow into a bustling community and has featured more than two dozen new works and events that have blended genres, represented new styles, and delved into traditions underrepresented in the mainstream.

In 2007 the festival will take place during July and August and will invite six companies or individuals to participate. Performers from all backgrounds and disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Bazaar Productions is also dedicated to focusing funds and resources to create an exemplary experience for all participating artists. The festival is scheduled so that performers can see each other's work, can participate in each other's workshops and can share ideas and experiences. These initiatives establish a center for artistic exchange while providing accessible, affordable and unparalleled cultural enrichment to the community.

Perspective or interested applicants may visit www.berkshirefringe.org for more information and to obtain an application. Inquiries can be answered by e-mailing co-artistic director Sara Katzoff at sara(at)berkshirefringe.org or calling the offices of Bazaar Productions at (413) 320-4175. The deadline for applications is Februray 15, 2007. All applications must be received by February 15, 2007.


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 kewiho@aol.com 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.

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 Competition 2006, 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 avenue.

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/ choukoku

due by Nov 30
Goodlander Gallery
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.
Eligibility: 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.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2006
The Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art Program
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 Amherst.
2) Deadline for applications is December 15, 2006. Send the application (available at trooney51@comcast.net) 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 interior.

First 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 office)
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 landings.

Applications (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.
Be 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
275 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA, 01060
413.586.6300 www.oxbowgallery.com

Call for Artists: After Urban
Video Art & Architecture event

Deadline for applications: December 01, 2006

Location: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA - USA
email: artexpo@lucacurci.com
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:
arch. Luca Curci
via Casamassima, 75
70010 - Capurso (Bari) - Italy

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.

APRIL 16 - MAY 6 (application deadline: January 12, 2007)
Robert Dick, composer/flutist
Alice Notley, poet
TBA (Visual Artist)

MAY 14 - JUNE 3 (application deadline: February 9, 2007)

Michael Burkard, poet
Stephen Jaffe, composer
Thomas Struth, visual artist

JULY 23 - AUGUST 12 (application deadline: March 16, 2007)

Cornelius Eady, playwright/poet
Maria Elena Gonzalez, visual artist
Denis Smalley, composer

OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 4 (application deadline: May 25, 2007)
Paul Pfeiffer, visual artist
Sarah Skaggs, choreographer
Gioia Timpanelli, storyteller/author

Jan 13, 2007 MASTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM Seeking artists 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 http://www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org OR program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org

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.

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

I call this image, "Irony". Only because everyone uses the word incorrectly which has nothing to do with links.
This part of the newsletter is fascinating. Stats show that people are checking each other out. That's what I want.

Ben Caras
Ben Banville
Rhoda Juels
Gineen Lee Cooper
Robert Aller
Gary Jacobs
Maggie Nowinski
Artists @ Open Square
Pol Turgeon
Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
Beth Fischer Studio
Red Horse Press
Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
Cynthia Guild
Maureen Scanlon's Peace Ribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney
Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
Sculpture by Jim Doubleday
The Canal Gallery Building (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

Unfortunately due to stuff I can't comprehend, the PayPal button has to say, "Buy Now", rather than "donate". I want it to say "Hello Sweetheart!"
Anyway--thanks for your support!

If this button does not work you may have to try another browser. sigh. You don't really get Tammy Faye's album. I just liked her picture.

Show Postcards and the like can be mailed to:
Mo Ringey
PO Box 6109
Holyoke, MA 01041-6109

I think a lot of people still have my old arts & industry address as postcards get forwarded to me but I think that may expire soon.


The Doral 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, beautiful balcony.

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 leave).

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".

So I 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 wine.

Everyone started asking me questions at once and one guy shouted into his walkie talkie, "Cancel the police. No ambulance. We have it under control. Over."

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 morning."

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.
The End.



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