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Arts Previews for Dec. 15, 2017

  • Cover of author Javaka Steptoe’s book about Jean-Michel Basquiat.

  • Katherine First & Kitchen Party


Thursday, December 14, 2017
‘Between The World and Me’ book discussion

Join the Afternoon Book Discussion group at Northampton’s Forbes Library, 20 West St., in a discussion about ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates in the Watson Room on Friday, Dec. 15 from 1-2 p.m. In the book, the author offers an inspiring framework for understanding the nation’s history and current crises. “Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, ‘Between the World and Me’ clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward,” according to the event notes. Tea and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit forbeslibrary.org.

Meet Javaka Steptoe 

Artist and author Javaka Steptoe, winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his book, ‘Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,’ is delivering a talk at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd. in Amherst, Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. “One extraordinary artist illuminates another in this textured, heartfelt picture book biography” that pairs “simple text with expressive, encompassing illustrations, this excellent title offers a new generation a fittingly powerful introduction to an artistic luminary,” writes the School Library Journal. Hear Steptoe discuss his writing process. Book signing to follow the program. For more information, visit carlemuseum.org.

Katherine First & Kitchen Party CD Release

Traditional/Americana band Katherine First & Kitchen Party — including Katherine First on fiddle, as well as band members on banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, and tin whistle — are celebrating the release of their second CD, “A Moment in Time,” at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St. in Northampton, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. for a matinee show for all ages. Drawing from Celtic, Old Timey, bluegrass and Breton traditions, Kitchen Party will feature new music, a few special guests, storytellers and jugglers.

Says the band: “Katherine First & Kitchen Party look forward to sharing their favorite traditional Americana music with you… Come one and all. Do get your ticket in advance, as the last show was sold out!” More information is available at signaturesoundspresents.com. The group also performs on the second Saturday each month at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville.