The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast

FINAL PERFORMANCE TONITE! Sunday, September 21, 8 pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. Free parking. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 CASH at the door. Advance tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Online sales end at 6 pm each day. Box office opens at 7 pm for will-call and door sales.
Photo by Emma Jimerson

Real Live Theatre presents this world premiere of an original script written and directed by co-founder Ellen Morbyrne. An ensemble of eight actors brings you the story of a faerie and the woman he curses into a lioness, as they entangle themselves in the life of a small traveling circus struggling to survive in contemporary America. A Clown, a Wire-Walker, a Lion-Tamer, a Juggler, a Manager, and a Balloon-Seller join Faerie and Sarah in weaving poetry, obscenity, magic, and love into an experience to remember.

Featuring Toby Bercovici, Lucy Gouvin, Kate Hare, Trenda Loftin, Dan Morbyrne, Alberto Peart, Michael Pray, and Nia Steiner. Original music composed and performed by Cynthia Zaitz. Stage Management by Sara Berliner, Production Managemenr by Emma Jimerson.

Mature Content, Not Intended For Children.

FAST FIVE by the Connecticut River Valley Poets' Theatre

Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, 8 pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets

How does one 'stage' a car race? Or a chase sprinting rooftop to rooftop in Rio? FAST FIVE calls attention to the gap between blockbuster film and underground stage, between massive budget and zero budget. As corporations roll out more and more commercial movies on Broadway (Rocky, Shrek, etc), the CRVPT is simply jumping on the bandwagon.

FAST FIVE superimposes actors on top of the audience's preconceived notions of "The Rock" or "Vin Diesel."

FAST FIVE relishes in chases, camp, and over-the-top fight scenes, but drops the sexism, heteronormativity, gear-head culture, military industrial complex, and 'seriousness.'

Written & directed by Patrick Gaughan & performed by CRVPT, FAST FIVE is action, re-framed. For more information, visit the CRVPT Facebook page.

Bach to Baghdad: A Concert with Archguitar Peter Blanchette

Sunday, September 28 at 2pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. All tickets $15. Purchase online in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.
Peter Blanchette

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,” wrote Victor Hugo. It is in that spirit that we offer Bach to Baghdad.

The concert, featuring internationally acclaimed musician Peter Blanchette was inspired by the famous Christmas Truce of WWI and by Vedran Smajlovic, the "cellist of Sarajevo" who took his cello out to perform amidst the rubble and terror of the war zone created by the seige of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war. It was also inspired by Dr. Salma Al-Hadad, Director of the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, whose powerful antidote to frustration has been to play Pavarotti on her cell phone.

Claudia Lefko founding director of the ...


First Night Northampton 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from noon until midnight
Gayle Kabaker and Alexis Design

The Center for the Arts is busy creating the program for the 30th anniversary celebration of First Night Northampton. On Wednesday, December 31st, we will welcome enthusiastic crowds to the venues and streets of downtown for hours of entertainment. As always, there will be a magical display of fireworks early in the evening and a traditional midnight "ball-raising" at the Hotel Northampton. Please plan to join our city's signature, family-friendly New Year's Eve festival of the arts where a single bargain-priced button buys admission to every show. To learn more about First Night Northampton 2015 please click here.

Drawing: The Basics and Beyond with Paula Gottlieb

5 sessions on Thursday afternoons, Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 3:30-5:30. Classes held in the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street.
Paula Gottlieb: Stonewall

Learning to draw is about learning to see and about learning the concepts for translating this seeing onto paper. In this class we will work with the elements of line, shape, value, mass and proportion to create the illusion of three dimensions on paper. Through observation of the still life and interior space, we will work with compositional studies and perspective to create depth. Open to those with some drawing experience who want to improve upon their skills.The fee is $200 plus materials list below.

To register, call the Center at (413) 584-7327 or email us. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the ...


Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman

All classes at 33 Hawley Street. Advanced Level, Mondays 6-7:30 pm thru Dec. 1 (No classes Oct. 13 and Nov. 24)/Intermediate Level, Thursdays 9-10:30 am thru Dec. 4 (No class on Nov. 27)

Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry and expression.

$15.00 for single class
$64.00 for 8-class card

School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

Fall classes at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. For details and registration information, visit the SCDT website.
Jennifer Polins SCDT

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, under the direction of Jennifer Polins and Jennifer Nugent, is made up of a collective of innovative and experienced teachers that are independent performance artists with international experience. Here's the schedule:

Hip Hop for Kids and Adults
with Shakia Johnson | Mondays 5-6pm (7-12yrs), 6:30-8pm (teens and adults)Sept 8 - Oct 13 | $15/class, $82 a session, 10% discount for siblings

Dance Generators Community Class
with Maureen Shea | Tuesdays 12:30-2pm
Sept 23 - Oct 14 | $12/class

African Dance and Drum for Kids and Adults
with Alpha "Bisko" Kaba | Tuesdays 5:30-7pm (all ages)
Sept 9 - Oct 14 | $15/class, $82 a session, 10% discount for siblings

Contemporary Indian Dance ...


Studio Figure Drawing

Weekly sessions on Wednesday mornings at 33 Hawley Street

These sessions with live models take place on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am until 12:30pm. Organizer Susan Halls seeks firm commitments from interested artists. For further information, please contact Susan and join the group's email list.

Note: Please use lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street.

Ballroom Dancing with Diana and Mick Malek

Wednesday evenings. Schedule below

Ballroom experts Diana and Mick Malek offer weekly partner dance classes. Their expertise and fun teaching style are ideal for both competitive and social dancers seeking to improve their skills. Come alone or with a friend! Partners are rotated so everyone can participate.

6:15 p.m. Advanced Ballroom Technique
(rise and fall, swing, body shaping)
7:15 p.m. Advanced Waltz
8:15 p.m. Advanced Foxtrot

Partner Dance Classes with Deborah Cohen

Classes resume on Thursday evenings beginning October 2. Stay tuned for details!

Deborah Cohen, former owner of Paradise Dance, resumes weekly partner dance classes in October. Come alone or with a friend! Partners are rotated so everyone can participate. Schedule and fees to follow. Contact Deborah via email for advance information.

Valley Gives

Mark your calendars for December 10, 2014!

On December 10, 2014, the Northampton Center for the Arts will be participating in Valley Gives, a 24 hour e-philanthropy event to encourage residents in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties to log on and contribute to their favorite local non-profit organizations. All donations will be made through the Valley Gives website, a centralized web-enabled mobile giving platform.

When donors visit the Valley Gives website on 12.10.14 between 12am and 11:59pm, they will be able to make gifts to their favorite nonprofits. Thanks to the generous sponsors and donors of Valley Gives, cash prizes and exciting ...


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