Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 25 @ 11:00 AM
Winter Festival
Gateway City Arts – A four-day community-focused event filled with music, art, food, drinks and winter fun! Gateway City Arts would like to invite you to participate. To apply, please email rachel@gatewaycityarts.com with your name, email, phone number, and how you would like to participate. Detailed technical guidelines will be sent after an application is received. Deadline to apply is January 22nd. Activities include a chili cook-off, cake decorating competition, lip sync battle, cookie baking competition, ice carving competition and a c'ARTboard competition (in partnership with the Holyoke Department of Public Works, a display of 2d or 3d art made entirely out of cardboard and recycled materials). ***Details about each activity below*** ? C'ARTboard Competition ? The C’ARTboard Competition is in partnership with the Holyoke Department of Public Works; a display of cardboard artwork created by local students, artists, or inspired individuals from Holyoke and the surrounding towns. We would love you to participate and show off your artistic talents! Awards will be in 4 categories: Adult Individual, Teen or Child Individual, Family, and Random Group. All skill levels and ages are welcome! ? Cake Decorating Competition ? The cake decorating competition will take place on Saturday, February 24th. The jury will consist of professionals in culinary fields and business. We invite you to bring your baking and decorating expertise toGateway City Arts to compete, show your skills, and become thecake decorator in all of Holyoke ­and maybe even Western, Mass! ? Chili Cook-Off ? The chili cook-off will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00pm. Winners will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on Saturday at 3:00pm. ? Cookie Baking Competition ? The cookie baking competition will take place on Saturday, February 24th. The jury will consist of professionals in culinary fields and business. We invite you to bring your baking and decorating expertise to GatewayCity Arts to compete, to show your skills and become the greatest cookie baker in all of Holyoke ­and maybe even Western Mass! ? Ice Carving Competition ? The carving competition will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 10am. The jury will consist of professionals in the art field.We invite you to Gateway City Arts to share yourIce carving skills with the community. ? Lip Sync Battle ? The Lip Sync Battle will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 7-9:30pm. We invite you to unleash your inner rock star, share your talents with the community, and compete to become the greatest lip syncer in all of Holyoke ­and maybe even Western, Mass!
 
    Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 4:00 PM
Oliver Herring Talk + TASK Party
UMass Department of Art – Artist Oliver Herring to visit UMass Amherst Feb 22 and 23 ! https://art21.org/artist/oliver-herring/ The UMass Department of Art is thrilled to announce upcoming artist talk and TASK party by internationally renowned artist Oliver Herring. TASK is an art party like no other in which participants of all ages dream up instructions for one another and carry them out with the materials provided. Among his many accolades, Oliver’s work was featured in Season 3 of PBS's Art21: Art in the 21st Century. This is a unique chance to interface with a fascinating and highly regarded contemporary artist. Both events are free and open to the public. The TASK Party is kid friendly and fun for the whole family (of Five), food and drinks available. All are welcome for both exciting events, happening across two days in the Atrium of the new UMass Amherst Design Building. Event Schedule: Artist Talk: Thurs Feb 22, 4PM, UMass Design Building Atrium TASK Party: Fri Feb 23, 4PM to 7PM, UMass Design Bldg Atrium #UMassTASK: all ages - kid friendly - all are welcome - free - food + drinks ! Oliver Herring (b. 1964, Heidelberg, Germany) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2002 he created the improvisatory art event TASK, used in classrooms and communities to access contemporary art in a way that is experimental, open-ended, and accessible to anyone. Among Herring’s early works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing, and furniture. These ethereal sculptures, which evoke introspection, mortality, and memory, are Herring’s homage to Ethyl Eichelberger, a drag performance artist who committed suicide in 1991. Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with “off the street” strangers. He makes sets for his videos and performances with minimal means and materials, recycling elements from one artwork to the next. Herring's work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art, NY; the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Camden Art Center, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan; and Telescope project space, Beijing, China. Me Us Them, a fifteen year survey of Herring's work, was organized in 2009 at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. TASK has taken place all over the United States and beyond including in classrooms, museums, libraries and even a cornfield. Herring was featured on Season 3 of PBS’s program Art21: Art in the 21st Century. Oliver Herring - http://oliverherringstudio.com TASK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlEYbZhuco8 More on TASK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?6=&v=9dv8pMkJRGw
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:30 PM
Hunger Forum with Congressman Jim McGovern
LifePath – Join us for a panel discussion to bring awareness to food insecurity in Franklin County. Hear from Congressman Jim McGovern about his work to fight hunger on a federal level as well local leaders that are working every day, right here, to ensure food equality for all. This discussion is for and open to the community, we want to hear from you. Hear about the proactive work being done from the Community Meals Program, The Coalition to End Hunger, Lifepath and Center for Self Reliance Food Pantries. Panelists include: Congressman Jim McGovern Andrea Leibson - Executive Director, Franklin County Community Meals Program Justin Costa - Program Coordinator - Center for Self Reliance Food Pantries/ Franklin County Hunger Task Force Roseann Martoccia - Executive Director - Lifepath (Meals on Wheels Program) Monte Belmonte - WRSI, Coalition to End Hunger, President of the Shea Theater and leader of Monte's March. Moderated by Shannon Prescott of the Franklin County Young Professionals. The Franklin County Young Professionals support the United Way of Franklin County in promoting Health to all. Good health starts with good nutrition. After the panel, join us for a cash bar provided by the Shea Theater and continue the conversation! Find ways to volunteer, donate, and other ways to get involved. Organizations are always looking for board members. We will see you there!
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
An Evening with Cherish The Ladies
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – "It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do", says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 16 outstanding albums including "An Irish Homecoming", a live recording of their Emmy winning Public Television Special that aired across America and Ireland. Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:30 PM
The Message
UMass Fine Arts Center – The Message is truly an all-star band. Its six members, Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), Billy Pierce, (tenor and soprano saxophones) Brian Lynch (trumpet), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Carl Allen (drums), and Essiet Essiet (bass), collectively have decades’ worth of experience delivering top-tier jazz performances live and on recordings. Four of the six members of The Message are alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the iconic jazz band that played in various iterations from the fifties to 1990. All come together to revisit the Messengers’ swingin’, hard-bop tradition, with a focus on arrangements of Jazz Messenger pieces by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, but also always playing original compositions that respect the band’s roots. Taken altogether, The Message’s musical message is one that only gets better with age. Pre-show talk in Bowker Auditorium with Tom Reney from New England Public Radio at 6:30 pm Ticket Prices: $35, $25 Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10 Purchase tickets online or by calling 413-545-2511
 
    Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 9:00 PM
Dead Empires (Album Release) / Graviton / Problem with Dragons
Promotorhead Entertainment – Dead Empires (Album Release) Graviton Problem With Dragons $7 9pm 18+
 
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    Friday Feb 23 @ 11:00 AM
Music Time with Liam Hurley
Macaroni Kid Springfield – End February Vacation on the right note! Join us for Music Time with Liam Hurley at the Holyoke Hummus Cafe. We also have piles of board games and art supplies! Stay for lunch! Liam Hurley is proud to make the Pioneer Valley his new home after many years in NYC. He is one half of the popular kids' music duo The Big Littles and the former drummer for Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band. Come join us for an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as Mr. Liam plays old favorites and silly parodies!
 
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    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 25 @ 4:00 PM
Winter Festival cARTboard Competition
Gateway City Arts – The Winter Festival is a four day community focused event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA filled with music, art, food, drinks, and winter fun. The C’ARTboard Competition is in partnership with the Holyoke Department of Public Works; a display of cardboard artwork created by local students, artists, or inspired individuals from Holyoke and the surrounding towns. We would love you to participate and show off your artistic talents! Awards will be in 4 categories: Adult Individual, Teen or Child Individual, Family, and Random Group. All skill levels and ages are welcome! TO APPLY PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER TO: rachel@gatewaycityarts.com or cait@gatewaycityarts.com
 
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    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Night at Your Museum 2018
Smith College Museum of Art – Free and open to Smith students & their guests only ...................................................................................... Museum of Art | Enter through the Brown Fine Arts Center atrium 7–10 PM Go Big. Go Bold. Push your creative limits with provocative art and flavor-bending desserts at SCMA’s biggest party of the year. Highlights include: • Music DJ’d by TEDDY • Special mocktails, appetizers & desserts by Smith Catering • Polaroid pictures • Tattoo Lounge • Collaborative art-making • Special exhibition: ? Modern Images of the Body from East Asia • Museum Shop OPEN Share your experience online with #NAYM--and don’t miss the winning student-designed Snapchat filter at the event! ...................................................................................... Let us know you're interested and check back in the coming weeks for updates!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Lip Sync 2018
Gateway City Arts – The third Annual Holyoke Lip Sync Contest! Part of the 2018 Winter Festival. Unleash your inner Rock or Pop star and join the fun. Groups or individuals welcome.
 
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    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Legends Live On: Allman, Pitchell, King, and Vaughan
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Jeff Pitchell, singer/songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire, was invited last year to perform with the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater. Blending Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and Jimi Hendrix with his own soulful chops, Jeff has won many National & International awards. Michael Allman, son of Gregg Allman, not only looks and sounds like his father, but he is an original songwriter who performs many of the Allman Brothers greatest hits Tyrone Vaughan, son of Jimmie and nephew of Stevie Ray Vaughan, delivers spine tingling renditions of his uncle's best-known songs Claudette King is the youngest daughter of iconic blues master B. B. King and was mentored by Aretha Franklin & Etta James.
 
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    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 24 @ 8:00 PM
Jen Tobey's Alter-Ego / Reverend Dan / Invade the Sun / Celseigh
Promotorhead Entertainment – Jen Tobey's Alter-Ego Reverend Dan and The Dirty Catechism Invade The Sun (Long Island, NY) Celseìgh $5 / 21+
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM
Hartman / Smith
13th Floor Music Lounge – Covers ranging from Hip hop, Reggae to classic rock
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM
Black Holyoke Uncovered: Archival Leads Collection Session
Wistariahurst Museum – Do you have documents or memories pertaining to the black community in Holyoke? We’re interested in any leads on names of individuals, collections of materials, documents, photographs, letters, diaries and personal memories. On this day we will be here to take notes, scan documents, and listen to your ideas and memories. With initial funding from Mass Humanities, Wistariahurst has embarked upon a community history project in conjunction with scholar Erika Slocumb titled Black Holyoke: Uncovering the History of the Black Community in the Paper City. The purpose of this project is to uncover the stories of the black community in Holyoke, from the time the area was settled in 18th Century to the present. We will work to uncover the problems, the joys, the pain, and the struggles black people in Holyoke faced in their daily lives. At this, our first, collection day we are particularly interested in documents, records, memories, and photographs pertaining to the following: * Specific families or notable individuals in Holyoke * Black-owned businesses in Holyoke * Housing/neighborhoods (information pertaining to what parts of Holyoke were significant to the Black communities here) * Education (especially information related to elementary and middle schools) * Health * Labor (unions and other worker organizations) * Community organizations (the Monarch Club, NAACP, Urban League, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc.) * Community and school sports teams (boxing, baseball leagues, etc) Since December of 2017, Slocumb, along with a team of Wistariahurst volunteers and interns, has been researching and indexing existing content in our archives related to Black Holyoke thanks to a Research Inventory Grant from Mass Humanities. As we secure a better understanding of the material which already exists in our local repositories, we are now embarking upon a call to community members to add their own knowledge and material to that historical record. This project is being headed up by Erika Slocumb, a native of Springfield, MA. She is a mother, an artist, scholar, community organizer, world traveler and an advocate for social justice. She is the co-founder of the community organization the Western Mass Women’s Collective and continues to do work in the Western Mass area. She has received her B.A. in Social Justice Education, a MS in Labor Studies, and is currently working toward her PhD in African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
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    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM
Chili and Baking Cook Off at Winter Festival
Gateway City Arts – The Winter Festival is a four day community focused event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA filled with music, art, food, drinks, and winter fun. The chili cook off, cookie baking competition, and cake decorating contest will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 1pm. Winners will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on Saturday at 3pm. GUIDELINES BELOW Chili Cook Off 1. MAKING THE CHILI / DAY OF a. Chili must be cooked at home and ready to eat by 1pm on Saturday February 24th. b. You must bring it in a slow cooker or heated pan. Please bring an extension cord. GCA can provide any other electrical accessories needed. c. You must provide your own sample cups and bring upwards of 500. You can find them at Walmart: walmart.com/ip/SOLO­Cup­Company­1­Oz­Paper­Portion­Cups­250­count/4774 22786 d. YOU MUST BRING THE RECIPE WITH YOU. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, you must bring the recipe with you and have it posted at your station. 2. THE COMPETITION a. There are two different categories and 6 different prizes. The prize ceremony will begin at 3pm. i. Public Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ii. Culinary Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd b. The public will vote by placing stickers or tickets by the chili they think is the best. The winners will receive ribbons. c. The judges will vote based off of their culinary view of your chili. The winners will receive prizes such as gift cards or cooking tools. 3. AFTER THE COMPETITION a. You are expected to clean up your station and bring all of your equipment home with you. Please clean up any spills that may have occurred during the tasting. Cake Decorating Competition 1. MAKING THE CAKES / DAY OF a. All cakes must be baked and decorated at home and ready to be shown by 1pm on Saturday February 24th. 2. THE COMPETITION a. There are two different categories and 6 different prizes. The prize ceremony will begin at 3pm. i. Public Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ii. Culinary Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd b. The public will vote by placing stickers or tickets by the cookes they think are the best. The winners will receive ribbons. c. The judges will vote based off of their culinary and baking expertise. The winners will receive prizes such as gift cards or baking tools. 3. AFTER THE COMPETITION a. You may cut up your cake and hand out samples if you choose. YOU MUST BRING THE RECIPE WITH YOU. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, you must bring the recipe with you and have it posted at your station. b. You are expected to clean up your station and bring all of your equipment home with you. Please clean up any spills that may have occurred during the tasting. Cookie Baking Competition 1. MAKING THE COOKIES / DAY OF a. All cookies must be baked at home and ready to eat by 1pm on Saturday February 24th. b. You must bring enough samples for upwards of 500 people. This can mean baking 500 cookies or simply cutting each cookie into smaller pieces. c. YOU MUST BRING THE RECIPE WITH YOU. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, you must bring the recipe with you and have it posted at your station. 2. THE COMPETITION a. There are two different categories and 6 different prizes. The prize ceremony will begin at 3pm. i. Public Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ii. Culinary Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd b. The public will vote by placing stickers or tickets by the cookes they think are the best. The winners will receive ribbons. c. The judges will vote based off of their culinary and baking expertise. The winners will receive prizes such as gift cards or baking tools. 3. AFTER THE COMPETITION a. You are expected to clean up your station and bring all of your equipment home with you. Please clean up any spills that may have occurred during the tasting.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 3:00 PM
Workshop with Amie Dowling & Reggie Daniels
Amherst College Theater and Dance Department – "Community Engaged Performance & Activism": A workshop with Amie Dowling and Reggie Daniels Saturday, February 25th 3-5 pm 5 college students free $10- $15 sliding scale for community members STUDIO 4 25 Main Street Northampton, MA This event is part of a residency is organized by Ethics & the Common Good and the Art Gallery at Hampshire College in collaboration with Hampshire College Dance Program, Hampshire College Theater Program, UMass History Department, Amherst College Theater and Dance Department, Five Colleges, Inc. and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. Link to registration coming soon!! This workshop is designed for people who are curious about community-engaged performance practices and how those practices can address critical systemic issues facing our communities. For over a decade, facilitators, Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling, have collaborated on performance and film projects focusing on the eradication of mass incarceration. The workshop will consider questions such as: What can artist offer to combat today’s climate of injustice? How does deficit thinking shape projects, and what can be done about it? How can performance projects build beneficial community relationships? Wear clothing you can move in, bring a notebook and something to write with! Reggie Daniels is core member of the artistic team of the dance/theater films Separate Sentence and Well Contested Sites, and co-author/choreographer and performer of ManAlive; from the edge of incarceration to the flight of imagination. He completed his master's degree in May 2014 at the University of San Francisco in the School of Management and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Organization and Leadership Program in School of Education at USF. His research focuses on, in-custody violence prevention program efficacy and culturally responsive pedagogy. Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past 16 years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some of who were previously incarcerated, won the International Screendance film prize. The next film, Separate Sentence, looks at the intersection of gentrification and the generational impact of incarceration, and is currently being screened and has received best film awards nationally and internationally. Amie is an artist in residence in the San Francisco Jails and San Quentin Prison, where she is a member of Artistic Ensemble. She is an Associate Professor in the Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco.
 
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    Saturday Feb 24 @ 4:00 PM
The Art of Protest: From Slavery to Civil Rights to Black Lives
Gateway City Arts – The Art of Protest: From Slavery to Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter Panel/Discussion with John Bollard, Martin Dobrow, Samuel Ng, Ousmane Power-Greene, and Andrea Stone Time: 4pm Doors: 3:30pm A panel discussion as part of our month long exhibit: The Art of Protest: From Slavery to Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter The Art of Protest is planned as a discussion of the nature, role, and influence of protest in the persistent and continuing campaign for equal rights throughout American history. The panelists will talk briefly about their own work as a way to initiate an open-ended conversation in which everyone present is invited to take part as we consider the past, the present, and the future. The Panelists: John K. Bollard, former Executive Editor of the African American National Biography, Harvard University; author of Before Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Pioneers Who Refused to Give Up Their Seats (in progress). Martin Dobrow, Professor of Communications, Springfield College; author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream (2010), and a study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (in progress). Samuel Ng, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Smith College; author of Bodies in Danger: The Politics of Black Mourning in the United States, 1917–1955 (in progress). Ousmane Power-Greene, Associate Professor of History, Clark University; author of Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle against the Colonization Movement (2014). Andrea Stone, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature, Smith College; author of Black Well-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature(2016). Our event menu will be served at our Bistro for this event. For more information visit gatewaycityartsbistro.com
 
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    Saturday Feb 24 - Feb 25 @ 6:00 PM
10th Annual Beatles Open Mic/NCMC Fundraiser
13th Floor Music Lounge – "George's birthday was a bit nebulous. For most of his life and career, George thought his birthday was February 25, 1943. (Hundreds of Beatle's book state this date.) But near the end of his life, George changed his story and said his actual birthday was February 24, 1943. A family document revealed that he was actually born at 11:50 PM on the 24th."
 
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    Saturday Feb 24 @ 7:00 PM
UMass Hockey vs Providence
Mullins Center – Join the Minutemen as they host Providence Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center! Be sure to stick around post game for our FREE Saturday Night Skate on the Mullins Center ice. To receive a FREE skate rental sign up at the marketing table located on the concourse behind section Z before the end of the second period. Space and skate rentals are limited so be sure to sign up early! For information on season tickets, mini plans, Power Play Passes, or single game tickets call 1-866-UMASS-TIX or visit UMassAthletics.com. Entry is FREE for all UMass undergraduate students just by showing their Ucard.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 7:00 PM
Paper City Puppet Slam with CactusHead Puppets at Winter Festival
Gateway City Arts – Join hosts CactusHead Puppets as they present the Third Paper City Puppet Slam! An introduction to the slightly strange but always entertaining world of short form puppetry for adults! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll never see puppets the same way again! This program is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. February 24 as part of the Winter Festival 7pm $10 or $15 for the puppet slam and the following performance of The Greys / Gabe’s Band Ticket link: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1647601 CactusHead Puppets is a touring company based in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Known for their playful performance style and exuberant creativity, CactusHead tours throughout the Northeast. Website: http://www.cactusheadpuppets.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CactusHeadPuppets/ The Bistro will be open for food and drinks before the performance. Event menu may apply. Check out www.gatewaycityartsbistro.com.