TODAY
    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!
 
TODAY
    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
 
TODAY
    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.
 
TODAY
    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.
 
TODAY
    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.
 
TOMORROW
    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.
 
TOMORROW
    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
 
TOMORROW
    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."
 
TOMORROW
    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.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 7:00 PM
Tom Rush at The Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Tom Rush has been performing as a folk singer since the mid-1960s. He is well known both for his original music and for covering classics by contemporaries such as Joni Mitchell. Nancy Young from Gatehouse News Service said of Rush, “His voice is still molasses, smoke, and licorice; his fingers still coax magic and thunder from every guitar string, and he’s as engaging a storyteller as he ever was.” Now in his sixth decade of delighting audiences with his gift for storytelling through song, Rush is still going strong.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 9:00 PM
The Greys / Gabe’s Band
Gateway City Arts – Saturday 2/24/18 9pm (after the adult puppet slam) Tickets are $10 or $15 for music AND the puppet slam. Puppet Slam: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755926291137489/ This is presented as part of our Winter Festival! The Greys TheGreysDuo.com Facebook.com/thegreysduo -The Greys began as a jazz influenced indie rock vocal/bass duo between friends Chris Merritt and Cait Simpson. In the past year they have released their first EP, performed at their favorite music festival, and developed into a four piece band with keys player Mara Penatzer and drummer Josh Daniel. They are currently working on their first full length album. Gabe’s Band (Garage Rock ft. Members of Lux Deluxe, Sun Parade, and The Snaz) Gabe’s album was recorded entirely by him in his Easthampton home and will be released in April of this year. gatewaycityarts.com tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1642660
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 - Feb 25 @ 10:00 PM
Mungion at the Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – After forming in Spring of 2015, Mungion has been working relentlessly to get their music out into the world. Based out of Chicago this boundless quartet takes pride in their ability to explore crafty songwriting and live improvisations. The band is constantly going into uncharted territory and experimenting on stage, keeping their shows fresh. Their calculated compositional prowess mixed with their ability to improvise has made them stand out from the herd. Determined to always keep pushing the boundaries Mungion is always looking ahead. They have a new album set for release in early 2017.
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Feb 25 @ 10:00 AM
Nerf wars at Movement Terrain!
Macaroni Kid Springfield – NERF WAR registration now open!!! This has become such an amazing crazy fun event... can’t wait to see you there! https://www.movementterrain.com/nerf-wars
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Feb 25 @ 2:00 PM
Sunday Afternoon Live! at the Academy of Music Theatre
Academy of Music Theatre – Each February for the past 26 years the Valley’s best local talent have gathered together at our communities’ most beloved theater for their favorite variety showcase- The Really Big Show. Over the course of its lifetime, the Really Big Show has taken on the form of famous night-time TV programs such as the Ed Sullivan Show and the Gong Show. This year it’s time to switch things up again and the Northampton Arts Council is pleased to say “Live from Northampton, it’s Sunday Afternoon!”
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Feb 25 @ 2:00 PM
There Are Jews Here
Yiddish Book Center – More than one million American Jews live in once-thriving small towns that have seen better days. Brad Lichtenstein's and Morgan Elisa Johnson's "There Are Jews Here" explores themes of faith and community, and looks at what Jews are doing to keep their communities alive and ensure their legacies are not lost.