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Arts previews for Aug. 4, 2017


Thursday, August 03, 2017
KoFest wraps up

The final weekend of KoFest concludes in Amherst with “The Society of Civil Discourse” at 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 4, and tomorrow, Aug. 5, and at 7 p.m. Aug. 6

KoFest, or the Ko Festival of Performance, is a five-week festival with workshops and performances by several theater groups. This year’s festival, called “Tactics for Trying Times,” is the group’s 26th season.

“The Society of Civil Discourse” is an interactive debate performance with optional audience participation created by Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Jacob Winterstein and The Philly Pigeon.

Tickets are $15; $10 for SNAP and EBT card holders. Tickets can be reserved by calling 413-542-3750 or emailing kofestboxoffice@gmail.com.

Gallery A3 art forum and reception

Gallery A3, at 28 Amity St. in Amherst, announces its fourth annual juried art show. The show is an opportunity for artists to show their work downtown and interact with the community. The gallery has been home to more than 60 artists in the last 15 years.

Eva Fierst, Education Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst, will judge submissions from artists of all ages throughout the area. Fierst  collaborates with the annual Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College and has created a curatorial fellowship program for graduate students.

The gallery will have an art forum and reception with the show’s juror from 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 5. The exhibition closes Sept. 2.

Deerfield concerts

The Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues this Sunday, Aug. 6, with The Deerfield Duo. 

Anthony Berner, violin, and Mark Fraser, cello, will perform at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., Old Deerfield. The two will play “Ricercata no. 4 in G Major” by Giovanni Platti, “Sonatine pour violon et violoncelle” by Jean Rivier and “Duo no. 2 H. 371” by Bohuslav Martinu.

Berner has performed on numerous stages across the world, including at the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Saint-Maximin Festival de Musique. He currently teaches at Deerfield Academy and plays with the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra.

Fraser is a founding member of the Adaskin String Trio.

Admission to the concert is $10 with a $5 discount for students and seniors. For more information, visit deerfield-ma.org or call Memorial Hall Museum at (413) 774-3768.

Self indulgence, saints and sinners 

Two new art exhibitions open next month at the Hampden Gallery on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

The first exhibit, “Self Indulgence,” is a compilation of 21 self-portraits from a range of artists in traditional materials such as oil painting, sculpture and photography. The self-portraits were curated by Sally Curcio, Anne LaPrade Seuthe and D. Dominick Lombardi.

The second exhibit, “Saints, Sinners and the Collective Unconscious,” is a collection of mixed media works by D. Dominick Lombardi combining religious references, pop culture imagery and vintage elements.

Both exhibits open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Hampden Gallery. Free and open to the public.