Arts Previews for Jan. 19, 2018

  • Ursula Elmes is one of the perfomers at a post Pioneer Valley Women’s March show Jan. 20 at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton.

  • Catherine Jensen-Hole and Bob Ferrier will perform at the UMass Jazz Faculty Concert Jan. 25 at Bezanson Recital Hall.

  • Happier Valley Comedy brings its family-friendly improv show to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Saturday at 3 p.m. Gazette file photo

  • Seven pianists will play two pianos at First Congregational Church in Amherst on Sunday. Photo by Timothy P. Coppolo

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Family Comedy Show

   Happier Valley Comedy brings its distinctive brand of improvisational performance to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. The Northampton Comedy Improv group, which offers a wide range of classes and performances, stages a monthly FAMILY comedy show for kids roughly five to 12 years old, but it also welcomes “babies to grandparents, and introverts to extroverts,” according to Sally Ekus, the show’s producer and a cast member.

   The family-friendly show looks to get audience members to contribute ideas to the performance, as there’s no script and the lines get made up on the spot. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (for museum members, $9 Adult, $4.50 youth) and can be purchased in advance at the museum admissions desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.


 UMass Jazz Faculty Concert

Teachers in the jazz program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will offer a free concert Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Bezanson Recital Hall. Among the work to be performed are new compositions and arrangements by Jeffrey W. Holmes, piano/trumpet; Catherine Jensen-Hole, voice; Felipe Salles, saxophone; Bob Ferrier, guitar; and Shigefumi Tomita, bass with Tom Giampietro, drums.

Fierce Femmes of the 413

If you’re looking for a place to settle after the Pioneer Valley Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 20, or you just want to hear some good music, consider attending the “Lilith of the Valley: Fierce Femmes of the 413” show at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton the same day at 9:30 p.m.

This “official after-party” for the Women’s March features four women musicians from the Valley: Ursula Elmes (of Mad Habits), Emma June (of Old Flame), Courtney Parker (of Shiprock & Anchordog) and Fire Letters. The performers are coming together “to reaffirm our commitment to a positive and just future for all, to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year,” according to press notes. Doors open at 9; $5 fee.


Many keys, many hands

Seven pianists will be performing in “Piano-Mania! The pianists of First Church” on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Amherst.  The pianists, all connected with First Church, will present a program of music for two grand pianos. Work by Bach and Handel, Strauss, Scott Joplin, Cole Porter and other composers is on the agenda.

Most of the players at this performance were involved in two concerts for two pianos at the church in 2011 and 2012, and most sing in the choir: Nancy Haffey, Cindy Kuusisto, Linda Smith and Anne Stanek of Amherst; Catherine M. Kay of Florence; and Gail Weirick of Belchertown. For more information, call the church at (413)253-3456.