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Amherst is a lively college town that is home to the University of Massachusetts as well as the Amherst College and the Hampshire College. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts just north of Springfield and south of Greenfield just to the east of the Connecticut River.
Amherst's thriving downtown is full of culture! Museums - bookstores -galleries - antique shops - restaurants and lots of entertainment make the town an exciting place to see.
Visit the historic homes and well-known buildings including the home of Emily Dickinson and the Amherst History Museum at the Strong House. The Amherst common has many year-round local events including the Farmer's Market, Taste of Amherst, movies on the common, Fourth of July Fireworks, Teddy Bear Rally and more. Spend the day strolling the shops of downtown or bike the 8 mile Norwottock Rail Trail or enjoy the gorgeous scenery of this picturesque area.
A fun, free event for students, families, and all audiences! The afternoon will feature local musicians, dancers, arts and craft tables, interactive activities and food from our world-class UMass Catering. Community Fest also provides an ideal study break or stress-buster for our UMass students as they prepare for finals.
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride piano virtuoso, toss in a tap dancer, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys front woman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines – a band that plays the hot trad jazz and sultry standards of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s with a Parisian accent and a dash of the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans. Fans of Pink Martini and the Squirrel Nut Zippers: you’re gonna love the Hot Sardines!
Join us for a pre-concert “Speak-Easy” party in the lobby with cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Dress to impress for the period and win a prize.
When: Sep 26, 2015 8 PM to Sep 26, 2015 10 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $40 all seats (Reserved Seating); Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20 )
Join us for this informative evening about the healing power of meditation, presented by Dr. Matthew Raider.
Matthew Raider, MD, clinical physician and coordinating director of the Geriatric Teaching Program in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. presents the latest clinical research on how meditation can improve our physical, mental, and spiritual health. This evening, you will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, and promote inner growth.
Dr. Raider graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with honors in 1979. He maintains a clinical practice in geriatric medicine. He held a faculty position at the University of Connecticut Medical School and has coordinated the geriatrics curriculum for the Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program for over 30 years. He is currently medical director of four Connecticut health care facilities. As a physician and long-time meditator, Dr. Raider has a strong interest in meditation and its relationship to health and disease prevention/treatment. He has lectured extensively on the subject in hospitals and other venues in the United States and Canada. He has been practicing meditation for over 35 years. Location: Woodbury Room
When: Nov 12, 2015 7 PM to Nov 12, 2015 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19 )
Join us for the 2015-16 jubilat/Jones Poetry Series!
Check back later for details about this reading.
Meet the Poets: An informal Q&A session will follow each reading. All events are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library, jubilat, and the Juniper Initiative. This program is also supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Location: Goodwin Room
When: Nov 1, 2015 3 PM to Nov 1, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 01 Nov 2015 15 )
Join us for this free workshop, offered by The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens, a program of Cooley- Dickinson VNA & Hospice, which provides support to grieving young people and their families.
This workshop is geared towards adult caregivers and community members interested in learning how to initiate a gentle conversation about death, dying, and grief with youth. The purpose of this workshop is to use children’s literature as an effective tool in talking to children about these difficult topics. Participants will be able to join in a guided conversation about grief and will discover resources in various mediums that can be utilized to facilitate these important conversations.
We welcome family, friends, and loved ones in the life of a grieving young person, as well as anyone interested in grief work with children. For more information about Grief Through Story and/or to find out more about The Garden, please contact Shelly Bathe Lenn, Director at 413-582 5312
Free & open to the public.
Co-sponsored by The Garden and the Jones Library. Location: Woodbury Room
The Mandolin Orchestra of Western Mass is the first of its kind in over 100 years. Around the end of the 19th century, there were literally dozens of mandolin orchestras all over Massachusetts and New England. Every College and University had one, notably orchestras at Smith College, Amherst College and Mt Holyoke College. That all changed with the dawning of the 20th Century.
We are an ensemble consisting of 5-25 classically-trained musicians, many of us are students, studying the music of 15th - 19th Century Europe! Performances include works by modern Massachusetts composers and may include musicians from Rhode Island's L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble and Northampton's Mandolin Paradiso. Join us for a fun concert and learn a little about the history of mandolins in Western Massachusetts!
Stavros Center for Independent Living is planning a day full of entertainment, music, face-painting, games, a resource fair, a crafts and artists fair and much more! Come celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of persons with disabilities, while celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! People of all ages are encouraged to attend this event.
When: Sep 19, 2015 12 AM to Sep 19, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00 )
Scheinfeld’s evocative, large-scale photos capture the dramatic decline of the once-thriving Catskills resort area known as the Borscht Belt, a popular vacation spot from the 1920s to the ’70s, especially for Jews from the New York area. But various forces led to the area’s rapid decline, leaving the hotels and vacation bungalows empty shells. Scheinfeld, who grew up in the region, has spent years documenting what has become of the Borscht Belt, through images that reveal ghostly remnants of its glory years as well as powerful evidence of nature’s claim on the vacant resorts and their landscapes. The exhibition is complemented by original memorabilia and photographs from some of the Borscht Belt’s most beloved hotels and resorts.
When: Aug 2, 2015 2 PM to Aug 2, 2015 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Free and open to the public * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14 )
Join Tina Wasserman, author of "Entrée to Jusdiam: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora" and "Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children," for a fun, engaging challah-baking demonstration and a talk about the rich, diverse world of Jewish cuisine. When the challah's ready, break bread together while Tina signs copies of her book.
When: Aug 9, 2015 1 PM to Aug 9, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13 )
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Location: Goodwin Room
When: Aug 6, 2015 9 AM to Aug 6, 2015 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09 )
with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully
The lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations of Dianne Reeves make her a powerhouse of jazz, and she has four GRAMMY® awards to prove it. Enjoy an evening of jazz as the legendary singer and her all-star quintet perform a rich program ranging from jazz to soul, featuring Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye classics, as well as sumptuously beautiful jazz ballads. Reeves’ “intimate sense of a song has long made her one of the most compelling vocalists in jazz” – Seattle Times
When: Oct 30, 2015 8 PM to Oct 30, 2015 10 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $50, $45, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 20 )
Doug Varone’s kinetically-thrilling dances explore the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttle bursts of movement, Varone’s work can take your breath away. The program will feature ReComposed, a visual dance creation inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings, set to Max Richter’s newly constructed version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Doug Varone and his company have been hailed as “superb dancers…always worth seeing” by The New York Times.
Audience members are invited to stay for a post-performance talk with the company immediately following the performance.
When: Oct 20, 2015 7 PM to Oct 20, 2015 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19 )
Meg Walker’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Great Britain and France. Selected solo and group exhibitions include, in the US : Grounds for Sculpture the International Sculpture Center, Hamilton NJ; the Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH; Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington VT; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro VT; In the UK: the Royal College of Art, London, England. The Cairns Gallery, Peebles, the Tolbooth Art Center, Kirkcudbright, The Fruitmarket Gallery and the Shore Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. In France: Salon International D’Art Contemporain, St Quay Portrieux, Brittany. Walker was a National Member of A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY until 2011.
Tuesday through Friday: 1 PM to 6 PM
Sunday 2 PM – 5 PM
We are closed for academic breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, Summer) and state holidays
When: Sep 13, 2015 12 AM to Oct 9, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Free admission (Sun, 13 Sep 2015 00 )
Audiences and critics alike praise Berit Strong’s distinctive and thoughtful approach to classical music. The Boston Globe called her “a colorful and commanding interpreter,” and Soundboard magazine described her as “an intense and original musical personality.” Strong won a Top Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in 1998, launching her international performing career, which now spans Europe and the US.
When: Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to Nov 21, 2015 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $15 General Admission (Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19 )
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
When: Apr 12, 2016 7 PM to Apr 12, 2016 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $50, $45, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $30, $20, $15 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19 )
Billy Taylor Jazz Residency Artist
Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) cut his jazz teeth playing professionally while still in high school. Inspired by legendary saxophonists Joe Henderson and Steve Coleman, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his first album in 2007. Called “a thrilling trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing” (The New Yorker), Akinmusire has moved to the front ranks of progressive jazzmen, leading his quartet and contributing his burnished tone to projects with the OSSO String Quartet and vocalists Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckmann.
When: Nov 19, 2015 7 PM to Nov 19, 2015 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19 )
Featuring Javon Jackson, Tenor Saxophone; Randy Brecker, Trumpet; George Cables, Piano; Eddie Gomez, Bass; Jimmy Cobb, Drums
Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra. Saxophonist Javon Jackson initially comprised Jazz By 5 in an effort to perform, tour and collaborate with his close friends, all of whom have made an indelible mark on the jazz genre.
When: Feb 18, 2016 7 PM to Feb 18, 2016 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19 )
Join us in a new and unique concert-going experience – unparalleled in the classical music world. Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz offers a brilliant musical variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument. This concert, however, travels from one end of Rt. 9 to the other. On Sunday, he’ll begin the feast by performing three Bach suites in three separate locations around Hampshire County. Each suite will be accompanied by overtures, recently commissioned by Haimovitz. The feast culminates on Monday in Bowker Auditorium with a concert of the balance of the suites including overtures by Vijay Iyer, Mohammed Fairouz & Luna Pearl Woolf.
Sunday, March 6
12 p.m., Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, Free
Overture by Philip Glass, Bach Suite I in G Major
2 p.m., National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Free
Overture by Du Yun, Bach Suite II in d Minor
4 p.m., Esselon Café, Hadley, Free, but please purchase a beverage
Overture by Roberto Sierra, Bach Suite IV in E-flat Major
When: Mar 7, 2016 7 PM to Mar 7, 2016 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Monday, March 7
$30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19 )
All are welcome to attend monthly meetings of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club. The discussion will be moderated by Amherst resident Paul Budney, a retired Mathematics Professor and long-time fan of anything related to Science Fiction or Fantasy books and movies. To learn the latest book selection, go to http://joneslibrary.org/bookclubs.html . You do not need to have read the book to attend. For more information, please contact Linda Wentworth at 259-3168 or email@example.com. http://joneslibrary.org/bookclubs.html Location: Trustees' Room
Led by Fran O’Leary, the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Massachusetts, and taking place on the beautiful UMass campus in Amherst, the Massachusetts Soccer School gives young players the chance to have fun, improve as players, and prepare for the next level. With day camps for local boys and girls, young players of all ability levels will have the opportunity to work on their soccer skills, get great exercise and make new friends. At the College ID Clinics, high school age boys will be able to make an impression on Division I coaches, while learning more about the college recruiting process.
The atmosphere at all camps will be encouraging and supportive, while pushing players to work hard and improve their skills. O’Leary is a 25-year coaching veteran with experience in Division I, Division III, and Major League Soccer, and has set up and run successful and fun youth camps throughout the northeast. Assisting him will be other UMass coaches and players, as well as college coaches from throughout the region and beyond.
When: Apr 20, 2015 12 AM to Sep 20, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00 )
Over the past 45 years, several of Eric Carle’s books have been republished, providing Carle with an opportunity to re-imagine some of his earlier illustrations. The pairings on view in this exhibition highlight works that Carle chose to re-illustrate for republication alongside previous editions. They tell not only the rich stories of the books they come from but also of Carle’s evolving style and techniques.
When: Sep 23, 2015 9 AM to Sep 23, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09 )
Nothing says summer like bikes, bonfires, and (adult) cider. Mix the three together and you've got the recipe for the high point of your summer! That's right, we'll depart from the public parking lot in front of the Northampton Brewery and head east across the river into farm country (overalls optional)! Our destination: Brookfield Farm, where we'll gather around a bonfire, swapping stories, making new friends, and appreciating the fine taste of Springfield's newest micro-cidery, Artifact Cider Project! The ride will be short (11ish miles) and at a leisurely pace to ensure that the group rolls as one so everyone gets a fair shake at the best spot around the fire. Who knows, maybe there might be some s'mores to be had as well! The details: 5:00 pm: meet at the public lot in front of the Northampton Brewery 5:30 pm: roll out en masse with the sun at our backs 6:30 pm: arrive at Brookfield Farm (watch out for cow patties) 8:30 pm: say farewell (for now) to our new friends, let the fire die out, and we'll be on our own ways, scattering to the four corners as the wind takes us The cost of registration includes one 22oz bottle of Artifact Cider!
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our first retail location in Pelham, MA! Come enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and raffles. Refreshments will include samples of hand crafted chutneys and shrubs (fruit-infused vinegar syrups) featured in the store. Guest will have a first look at curated works by artists and crafters from the Northeast and beyond. Discover one of a kind natural curiosities and browse our selection of dried herbs and herbal products, including soaps made on site.
For more information on the store, please visit www.TheBowerStudio.com
Yidstock 2015 gathers together many of the world's greatest Yiddish and klezmer performers, including those who were instrumental (pun intended) in the music's revival in the late 1970s and early 1980s, those who moved it forward and gave it a contemporary inflection, and a whole new generation that has learned from the revivalists and now are putting their own stamp on the music. Yidstock Artistic Director Seth Rogovoy will moderate a conversation among festival musicianson klezmer's past, present, and future.
Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.
Montreal-based Socalled is at the cutting edge of contemporary Yiddish music. A pianist, producer, composer, arranger, rapper, singer, and magician, Socalled crosses boundaries, mixing old and new sounds, acoustic and electric instruments, and digital and analog recording techniques, while exploring different cultures and styles, all in the service of creating something catchy, smart, hilarious, emotional, timeless - and authentically Yiddish. Socalled, who wowed the crowd at the first Yidstock, will be joined by his regular touring band plus surprise guests, making this a one-of-a-kind, Yidstock-only event.
Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.
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