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Arts Previews for Sept. 29, 2017

  • Honoré Sharrer, Nursery Rhyme, 1971, oil on canvas. Collection of Adam Zagorin and the late Perez Zagorin. —


Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Art of Honoré Sharrer 

Smith College Museum of Arts is presenting “A Dangerous Woman,” an exhibition exploring subversion and surrealism in the art of Honoré Sharrer (1920-2009). The show features around 45 paintings, in addition to sketches, prints, photographs and other ephemera amplifying the bold voice of the artist, who rose to prominence in the years surrounding World War II. “With equal part wit, seduction, and bite, her work presents a potent and often unsettling critique of the conventions of American culture,” according to press notes. “Sharrer's gender, commitment to leftist ideals, and use of figurative surrealism put her at odds with the dominant political and artistic climate of the 1950s.”

The exhibition opens on Sept. 29, and the museum’s Chief Curator, Jessica Nicoll, will give a private gallery tour in the first two days. For more information, visit smith.edu/artmuseum.

Marathon screens “Advice from a Loving Bitch”

Local performance artist and therapist Rythea Lee will be airing her comedic Youtube Series at The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29

Rythea Lee wrote, directed and stars in the series (featuring professional editing by Tom Knight). “She takes you on her personal journey of using creativity and humor to transform self-hatred into self-love,” according to press notes, which highlight topics ranging from social-justice activism to a focus on inner-child work. “Bring your friends, tissues, and all your unresolved psychological baggage,” says the filmmaker. “No joke, this could change your life.”

Wonka Night at Mo’s Fudge Factor

Mo’s Fudge Factor and Pothole Pictures are getting together for a weekend filled with family, friends and fun: They’ll be screening “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” on Saturday, Sept. 30. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Wonka character, and at 6 p.m., cupcakes will be served at Mo’s Fudge Factor as they celebrate their tenth year in Shelburne Falls. Wonka fans will march to the movies together at 6:30 to enjoy live music and free bubbles with every ticket purchase. The movie starts at 7:30, and all proceeds from the concession will be donated to Pothole Pictures.

Peter Biedermann’s Solo Guitar Concert

Peter Biedermann, a solo guitarist based in Green Valley, Arizona, who has been composing and playing for more than 40 years, will be returning for another performance at Forbes Library in Northampton on Oct. 11. Over the years, Biedermann has played in various groups, including the bands PING, White Light, Serious Fun, Magic Spot and Amalgamation. “His contemporary style combines elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings underpinned by subtle ambient electronics,” according to press notes. “Fans of fellow guitarists such as Leo Kottke, the British school (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges and Pierre Bensusan will enjoy this music.”

Additionally, the program will include some history about steel-string guitar playing over the past 50-plus years. For more information, go to peterbiedermann.com.