Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Friday, September 12, 10 am-8 pm. "Family Free Draw" and Open House at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, 5-7 pm.
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Following a juried selection process, nine artists have been invited to render their work in chalk on cement canvases located throughout downtown during fifth annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival presented by the Northampton BID. This special “Arts Night Out” event features cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Presentations are made on the steps of City Hall at 5 pm.

Drawing takes place downtown from 10 am until 4 pm on the day of the event. The public is encouraged to watch the chalk art pieces develop and to view completed work in the evening while enjoying Northampton’s monthly gallery walk from 5-8 pm. The chalk art will ...

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

Thursday-Sunday, September 18-21, 8 pm at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Advance tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets
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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.

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares

Sign up now! Season Three opens on Thursday, September 11
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Ingrid Laubrock's Nor'easter

The Center for the Arts is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares. Now in its third season, Jazz Shares is not just another arts presenter in western Massachusetts. The ten varied and remarkable concerts produced by the group each year are the direct result of the commitment of curious and engaged music lovers: shareholders in an enterprise to create cultural capital by inviting world-class improvisers to perform in the Valley. The concerts, featuring both established and emerging jazz masters, are held throughout Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties and include post-concert receptions where shareholders meet the artists, and each other.

Season Three opens with a performance by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter ...

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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.
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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 when Vedran Smajlovic, the"cellist of Sarajevo", took his cello to perform amidst the rubble and terror of the war zone created by the siege 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 Northampton-based ...

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Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman at 33 Hawley Street

Advanced Level Modern, Mondays 6-7:30 pm/Intermediate Level Modern, Thursdays 9-10:30 am. Classes begin week of September 8.
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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.
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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 ...

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Ballroom Dancing with Diana and Mick Malek

Wednesday evenings. Schedule below
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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

Valley Gives

Mark your calendars for December 10, 2014!
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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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