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Take a New England Ocean adventure from 7 Seas Whale Watch & Harbor Tours sailing daily out of Gloucester Mass. Located just an hour north of Boston at the end of Route 128, featuring a state-of-the-art GPS system that lets you follow along on your journey through the whales feeding grounds. Visit the website for more information.
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.
Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The repertoire for the evening will include the newly commissioned work Echo by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, based on the myth of Narcissus. Additional works to include Graham classics. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by UMass Dance Professor BillBob Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.
When: Nov 18, 2014 12 AM to Nov 18, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $50, $45, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10. Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00 )
We hope that you'll be able to join us for Family Weekend 2014, October 24 - 26.
Family Weekend will bring an exciting array of events for you and your students including some fall foliage! Check-in is available on Friday evening and Saturday morning, with most events taking place on Saturday. Enjoy a wide variety of activities for the whole family including open houses, tours, athletic events, arts and crafts, and classic fall festival activities. The schedule will be updated on an on-going basis as events are confirmed and registration will open in August.
When: Oct 24, 2014 12 AM to Oct 26, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $30/family (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00 )
The electrifying Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo combines the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian dance forms, the liquid swing of jazz, and the technical prowess of ballet, with energy to burn. The company is renowned for its stunning physicality, dynamic ability, and rich visual finesse. The program will include one of the company’s most celebrated works, Sem Mim, inspired by the sea and the songs of medieval Galician-Portuguese troubadours. Audience members are invited to stay for a post-performance talk with the company, moderated by Amherst College Spanish Professor Lucia Suarez, immediately following the performance.
When: Feb 24, 2015 12 AM to Feb 24, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. • Categories if needed: modern dance, contemporary dance (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00 )
Back by popular demand! Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, The Chieftains have collaborated with some of modern music’s fastest-rising rock and pop artists. You know that if the Chieftains are in town, there’ll be a party.
When: Mar 8, 2015 12 AM to Mar 8, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $60, $55, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10. Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. • Categories if needed: world music, celtic music, Irish music (Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00 )
The ultimate Kung Fu experience! China’s Shaolin Warriors, known for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess, showcase their remarkable skills, time-honored rituals and the spectacular imagery of Kung Fu as they perform incredible feats. The troupe consists of more than 20 Kung Fu masters who possess the precision of Olympic gymnasts and the grace of ballet dancers. A dazzling theatrical display that is fun for the whole family.
When: Mar 26, 2015 12 AM to Mar 26, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $40, $35, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00 )
Part of the 16th annual Billy Taylor Jazz Residency. A multi-instrumental talent, Warren Wolf has an impressive background playing the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride. His CD Wolfgang, released on Mack Avenue Records in 2013, prompted a JazzTimes review that stated, "Warren Wolf appears to be on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist since Bobby Hutcherson." Catch this rising young talent in the jazz genre.
When: Feb 5, 2015 12 AM to Feb 5, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00 )
Join Us For The 2nd Annual Community Service Fair!
The Annual Community Service Fair connects UMass Amherst students, staff, and faculty with local community organizations in need of volunteers for their programs. This event supports our efforts to continue building a culture of civic and community engagement by offering members of our campus community a chance to explore volunteer opportunities and build relationships with community organizations from our surrounding communities.
The Community Service Fair is a sponsored event of Volunteer UMass – a community engagement initiative within the Office of Student Activities & Involvement.
The Tenth Annual Faculty Convocation celebrates the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, a celebration and recognition of recent distinguished achievements of UMass Amherst faculty members through their research, scholarship, and creative activity.
Beninese Afro-pop spitfire Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. She’s collaborated with Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Bono and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy and as a women’s rights activist, and travels the world to inspire and empower. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by Bode Omojola, Five College Associate Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College, 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.
When: Oct 30, 2014 12 AM to Oct 30, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00 )
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. It was twenty years ago when DeJohnette brought saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison together for the first time to perform the music of John Coltrane at The Brooklyn Museum. Representing the prestigious lineage of today’s great jazz families, the trio explores open improvisation, as well as their own compositions.
When: Nov 21, 2014 12 AM to Nov 21, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $40, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00 )
The Latinos Unidos in collaboration with the Haitian American Student Association is having their annual cultural night. As the partnership between the two organizations has reached past 20 years, it is a significant night in light of the recent events that have transpired on the island of Hispaniola. Last year, despite the racism and strife that has been occurring between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, we want to continue to convey to our audience, educating them, how important unity is and as ambassadors of our country it is truly possible exemplified through our partnership and collaboration.
When: Apr 3, 2015 12 AM to Apr 3, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00 )
The intergenerational partnership of Darius Jones (alto saxophone) and Matthew Shipp (piano) features one of New York’s most talked about young talents and one of its most established and prolific veterans. On their 2011 debut recording, Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity), they create an expansive 13-part song cycle that Jazzwise called "a form of pure expression that transcends notions of genre or style."
“If titles mean anything, Cosmic Lieder is rather clever,” writes Brian Morton. “ Lied in the singular simply implies song with some degree of literary quality behind it, but Lieder tend to deliver some kind of cyclical narrative, some sense of journey or soul’s progress, and that is exactly what these two remarkable musicians have created here: a sequence of out-of-body journeyings that you might reasonably imagine Sun Ra and John Gilmore making, significant as much in their silences and elisions as in anything actually said, full of dark matter and tonal dust, interrupted by violent outbursts, punctuated by calms that seem prepared to run on forever."
Pianist, producer and composer Matthew Shipp arrived in New York City over 25 years ago and has since become one of the most important players on the downtown avant-garde scene. Rolling Stone Magazine calls him, “one of the most daring and original pianists in jazz, positioned in a lineage between Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor.”
Born in 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, Shipp studied at the University of Delaware and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Shipp and bassist William Parker are charter members of the David S. Ware Quartet, one of the most important small groups in recent jazz history. Shipp has recorded with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory, DJ Spooky, Roy Campbell, and Mat Maneri. Since his 1987 debut with Rob Brown, (Sonic Explorations), he has released 49 recordings as a leader.
Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. Since moving to New York in 2005 after living and studying in Richmond, Virginia, Jones has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds. "Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone,” writes Nate Chinen in the New York Times, “and as an improviser he's fearless but disciplined.”
Since 2009 Jones has released three highly acclaimed albums for AUM Fidelity: Man'ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing), with Rakalam Bob Moses and Cooper-Moore; Big Gurl (Smell My Dream), featuring Adam Lane and Jason Nazary; and Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) with Matt Mitchell, Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith.
"Once again drawing on his Southern roots for inspiration, Jones revels in a program that runs the gamut from tender balladry to testimonial fervor,” writes Troy Collins, “with a penchant for all things funky underscoring the date. Fulfilling (and exceeding) expectations, Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) is a rightfully compelling follow-up to his stunning debut. With another installment already in the works, Jones has set the stage for a winning series of albums designed to document his rise as one of the most impressive and unique voices of our time."
When: Oct 23, 2014 12 AM to Oct 23, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $10/$5 students (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00 )
Mark Dresser kicks off the Solos and Duos Series with a solo bass recital.
"Mark Dresser is an inventor,” says Harvey Pekar. “He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music."
Called “one of the few virtuosos of so-called avant-garde jazz,” by the Village Voice, Mark Dresser has been composing and performing solo contrabass and ensemble music professionally since 1972 throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Emerging from the L.A. "free" jazz scene of the early 70's, Dresser performed with the "Black Music Infinity", led by Stanley Crouch, and included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray and James Newton. Concurrently he was performing with the San Diego Symphony.
After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees at UC, San Diego where he studied with contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and a Fulbright Fellowship in Italy with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser relocated to New York in 1986 after being invited to join the quartet of composer/saxophonist, Anthony Braxton. Dresser played with Braxton's longest performing quartet for nine years. Once in New York, Dresser also began working with a wide variety of musicians including Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fred Frith, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, and others. A former professor at Hampshire College, Dresser is currently a professor at UCSD.
A founding member of the Arcado String Trio, Dresser has written and performed original music for the stage (the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Henry VI), and silent films (“Un Chien Andalou” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”).
“You’re got to pity Dresser’s poor bass,” wrote The New Yorker, “you wouldn’t treat a dog the way he manhandles his instrument. But the gnarled tones and vicious swing he tortures out of it are worth the abuse.”
At the core of his solo music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic and musical possibilities of the double bass through the use of unconventional amplification and extended techniques. His solo works include the DVD/CD/art booklet, Guts: Bass Explorations, Investigations, and Explanations (2010) and CDs Unveil (2006) and Invocation (1994). A chapter on his extended techniques, “A Personal Pedogogy,” appears in the book, ARCANA (Granary Press). Dresser has written two articles on extended techniques for The Strad magazine: “Double Bass Harmonics” (October 2008) and an “Introduction to Multiphonics” (October 2009). Dresser presented a lecture/demonstration titled “Discover, Develop, Integrate: Techniques Revealed” at the 2009 International Society of Bassists convention, where he curated a New Music Summit featuring lectures, performances, and panel discussions on improvisation and contemporary music performance.
“Mark Dresser has created a fantastic language for the double bass,” writes Bill Shoemaker, “one that rivals any created with machines in its ability to fascinate. Dresser uses his language to pull the listener into, for the lack of a mushless term, another world.”
When: Sep 18, 2014 12 AM to Sep 18, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00 )
A Chicago Underground Duo concert contains both composed and improvised music, with powerful grooves along with ambient sound structures, folk song simplicity and polyrhythmic bursts of energy with lyrical melodic vignettes. It combines high energy music with slow moving ballads. Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor have been performing since 1996 under the rubric of the Chicago Underground Collective, which has ranged in size from duo, trio and quartet to orchestra.
“Stripped down, Mazurek and Taylor hint at the duo of Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell,” writes Mark Corroto. “But add tape manipulations and Moog and they are now treading from planet-to-planet like one time Chicago resident Sun Ra. Their music is simultaneously modern and retro-early electronics. The beauty here is the etherealness of electronica fused with a human component. This ‘life’ is achieved through the breath of Mazurek and the percussive touch of Taylor, be it on drums or vibraphone. Balancing audio manipulation with the randomness of human participation is the Duo's secret.”
Working within a multitude of stylistic contexts, electro-acoustic composer/cornetist Rob Mazurek has helped redefine the aesthetic boundaries of artistic expression for 25 years. Born in 1965 in Jersey City, NJ, Mazurek rose to prominence in the fertile mid-1990s Chicago jazz scene, quickly venturing beyond the traditional tenets of the idiom to become one of the most compelling improvising composers of his generation.
Mazurek first learned the foundations of improvised music while studying jazz theory and practice with David Bloom at the Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago, eventually working with other Chicago masters like Kenny Prince, Robert Barry, Jodie Christian, Lin Halliday and Earma Thompson. The Underground Collective's vanguard sensibility earned Mazurek the attention of the Windy City's creative music community at the turn of the Millennium, resulting in high-profile collaborations with such acclaimed genre-defying artists as Gastr Del Sol, Jim O'Rourke, Sam Prekop, Stereolab and Tortoise. Isotope 217 (started by Jeff Parker) was subsequently born from these endeavors, bringing further acclaim for Mazurek's eclectic talents.
Chad Taylor was born in Tempe, Arizona in 1973, and moved to Chicago 10 years later. As a high school freshman he met Matthew Lux (Isotope 217, Exploding Star Orchestra, Iron and Wine), who encouraged him to pursue the drums and start listening to jazz. He is now one of the most active, in-demand percussionists in the music.
In addition to forming the Chicago Underground Ensembles with Rob Mazurek and Jeff Parker, Taylor had an on-going relationship with Chicago legend, Fred Anderson, and worked with Matana Roberts, Joshua Abrams, Sam Prekop and many other top Chicago improvisers. He is featured on over 50 recordings and performs in Marc Ribot’s Spiritual Unity project, co-leads Digital Primitives, with Cooper-Moore and Assif Tashar, and toured extensively with the indie rock band Iron and Wine. Taylor currently lives in Jersey City where he leads Circle Down, with Angelica Sanchez and Chris Lightcap.
When: Dec 4, 2014 12 AM to Dec 4, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $10/$5 (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00 )
One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, was named Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year and is the recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize for musicianship and contributions to the musical world. Hailed as the "humorist-intellectual of the classical-music world," Denk exceeds all expectations of a brilliant 21st century musician with his compelling and intense style. Audience members are invited to a conversation with Jeremy Denk moderated by Nadine Shank, UMass Professor of Music at 5 p.m. in the Amherst Room, UMass Campus Center.
When: Nov 13, 2014 12 AM to Nov 13, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00 )
PROF. THOMAS A. FOSTER is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at DePaul University. He holds a degree in History from Johns Hopkins University. Foster is the author of Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America (Beacon, 2006) and Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past (Temple, 2014), studies of gender and sexuality in eighteenth-century America.
Get Moving UMass (Campus Recreation's Outreach) is launching an exciting new wellness program this summer focused on improving employee wellness designed specifically for faculty and staff!
“From Work to Wellness” is a FREE 6-week program designed to bring fitness and wellness opportunities to you! The program includes weekly walks, new workouts, physical activity tips and nutrition advice and is open to everyone!
There will be two, 30 minute classes each week taught by Get Moving UMass volunteers at a central location on campus. GMU understands that when you are working 40 hours a week or more it can be difficult to find time to exercise or the motivation to eat well. Our intention is to help motivate and educate the campus community about the importance of physical activity and eating healthy foods. Participants will learn how easy it is to incorporate exercise into your daily routine even if you only have 30 minutes to spare! From Work to Wellness will help you make lifestyle changes that will improve your physical, mental and emotional health.
When: Jul 8, 2014 12 AM to Aug 14, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Free admission (Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00 )
When: Tuesday, September 9th 2014, 7pm (Callbacks Wednesday, September 10th)
During auditions you will have to show us a triple pirouette, fouettes, turns in second, side leap, toe touch, and a switch leap. We would also love to see any other advance skills that you may have such as a leg extension, a switch strattle, quarter fouettes, any gymnastic skills, etc. Keep in mind, the more advanced skills we see, the better. We will also be teaching you a short routine, therefore you do not need to come prepared with a solo.
Being a member of this team requires hard work and commitment but it all pays off when we perform at UMass games and even more so when we travel to Daytona, Florida for NDA Nationals in Spring!
If you have any other questions you can email our financial captain, Lauren McNally at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Petronio’s Locomotor / Non Locomotor is an evening-length, full-company work in two parts featuring an original score by electronic hip-hop pioneer Clams Casino. Locomotor explores extreme locomotive states, casting Petronio’s virtuoso company in a careening mix of action forward and backward through time and space, while Non Locomotor begins from the spine and its ability to initiate torque and torsion, sending movement surging throughout the body. “There's a visceral thrill to Stephen Petronio's choreography that is unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers…” – The New York Times Audience members are invited to a pre-show talk by Five College Dance Professor Constance Valis Hill at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (lower level of FAC) at 6:30 p.m., and to stay for a post-performance talk with Stephen Petronio immediately following the performance.
Regina Carter is a knockout violinist who creates music that is “wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent, and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine). Carter’s Southern Comfort program will uncover the songs and music from her father’s home state of Alabama, celebrating the joyous music that infused her childhood.
When: Oct 9, 2014 12 AM to Oct 9, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 . Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00 )
Eclectic, romantic and worldly, Pink Martini has become an international phenomenon performing its retro-hip, multilingual repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Featuring a dozen musicians, the ‘little orchestra’ from Portland, Oregon, finds inspiration in virtually every musical genre, from Baroque to disco. “Classy, charming, sexy, elegant, sophisticated – take your pick to describe the globe-trotting eclectic mix that is Pink Martini.” – The Sun. Buy your tickets early, this concert will sell out! Enjoy a pre-show dessert party on the plaza with free desserts, live entertainment, and a cash bar featuring the signature drink, a pink martini of course. Tent opens at 6:30 p.m.
When: Sep 20, 2014 12 AM to Sep 20, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $55, $50, $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10. Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00 )
In the wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects (like toilet paper) and colorful abstract shapes and forms spring to life. By creating a playful yet compelling experience, Mummenschanz offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. JUST FOR FUN! Join us for a Family Fest celebration in the lobby at 3 p.m.
When: Dec 7, 2014 12 AM to Dec 7, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $40, $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00 )
Performing "Abbey Road" and more! The Fab Faux have been spoken of as "the greatest Beatles cover band – without the wigs," by Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, who wrote, "the Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee.” Approaching the songs with the intent of playing them live as accurately in musical reading and in spirit as possible, they will perform the Abbey Road album in its entirety, as well as other works. All five principals contribute vocals, making the Faux's soaring harmonies as resonant as their multi-instrumental chops that are further enhanced by the four-piece Hogshead Horns and the Creme Tangerine Strings. Join us as we celebrate the close of this season and offer a preview of the next season @ the FAC! Enjoy a pre-show dessert party on the plaza with free desserts, live entertainment and a cash bar. Tent opens at 6:30 p.m.
When: Apr 25, 2015 12 AM to Apr 25, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Regular ticket prices $60, $55, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10. Premium seating and Meet & Greet reception with artists after the show, $75. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00 )
The Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library of Amherst is pleased to invite applications for its monthly exhibitions for the season beginning June, 2015. Since the founding of the Jones Library in 1921, the Burnett Gallery has offered area artists and craftspeople a public space in which to exhibit their work. Collectively, the exhibits aim to reflect a variety of media, styles, cultural viewpoints, and levels of artistic expression. Such shows have been part of the library's programs to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. Individuals or groups in Amherst and surrounding towns may submit applications.
The next deadline for submission is 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
Applications and details are available in the library and on the library website under programs: Apply to Exhibit at the Burnett Gallery
When: Oct 30, 2014 5 PM to Oct 31, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17 )
This special installation brings together the work of New York–based portrait painters Kyohei Inukai (1886–1954) and Robert Brackman (1898–1980), both foreign-born artists who found great success painting high-society men and women before World War II.
When: Jul 22, 2014 12 AM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00 )
Nationally known artist Jennifer Williams of Brooklyn, NY, has created a large site specific project, a two-part photographic collage of the UMass Amherst campus. The images reference UMass history from agricultural college to research university.
Violinist Joel Pitchon (Smith), violist Ronald Carbone and pianist Alissa Leiser (Amherst College) are joined by violinist Lydia Forbes and cellist Myles Jordan of the DaPonte String Quartet. They perform a violin sonata by Brahms, a duo for violin and cello by Kodály and a piano quintet by Dohnányi.
When: Aug 1, 2014 12 AM to Aug 1, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: Free, no tickets required. * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00 )
ALICE EVE COHEN with "WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW" - a riveting odyssey through doubt, a broken medical system, motherhood and parenting, adapted from Cohen's ac-claimed memoir - one of Oprah Magazine's "25 Best Books of Summer." Part of Ko Festival of Performance 2014, celebrating its 23rd season. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students. Call about a limited number of $8 tickets. Box office opens July 2: 413-542-3750. Advance tickets available online now at www.kofest.com
When: Aug 1, 2014 12 AM to Aug 1, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $8-$20 * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00 )
What Makes a Seed Tick? Biology and Adaptations of Seeds--with Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society. Plant seeds are little (sometimes big) miracle packets of life; they contain everything a plant needs for a head-start. The adaptations of seeds for dispersal, dormancy, and germination are as endlessly fascinating as the incredible diversity of seed forms, and illustrate marvelously principles of evolution. A basic understanding of seed biology is useful for anyone saving or planting seeds. Join Elizabeth Farnsworth for a romp through the seed world with a colorful lecture, a seed quiz, and a chance to see many kinds of seeds up close. Members $26/Non-members $32 • Space is limited, call to register. (413) 256-6006.
When: Aug 21, 2014 6 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $32 (Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18 )
Native Wildflowers of the Valley--with Nancy Goodman, Naturalist and Plant Conservation Volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society. Come and explore the wonders and beauties of our native wildflowers as we spend the day learning how to identify them in the field. Nancy will help us learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, still the best field guide to our northeastern flora. We will have plenty of opportunity to practice use our new knowledge while exploring the area for different wildflowers to key out and learn. Come to one, two or all three classes. Please bring lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, a hand lens & a copy of Newcomb’s wildflower book if you own one. Please also wear sturdy shoes that could possibly get wet. Directions provided with registration. Members $15/Non-members $20 per class • Space is limited, call to register. To register for a current program, please contact Shelly Kahan, Center Coordinator, at (413) 256-6006 or email@example.com.
When: Aug 23, 2014 10 AM in Amherst, Massachusetts Cost: $20 (Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10 )
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