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Arts Previews for Feb. 2, 2018

  • Exhibiting artists interpret order and disorder in “Entropic,” a group show at MAP Space Gallery, Eastworks. 

  • Kamala Bhagat, left, with one of her hairstyles on artist Sonya Clark.


Thursday, February 01, 2018
Love of the screen

Screenwriters, directors and film enthusiasts unite at “Screenwriting, Scripts and Film,” a presentation taking place Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library in Northampton. The presentation will be led by four filmmakers, including award-winning independent filmmaker and photographer Abraham Ravett; founder of Noho Screenwriters Workshop, Wade Wofford;  professor of acting and directing at Smith College, Ellen W. Kaplan; and Jake Hulse, a founding member of Happy Wasteland Studios, who, “has been writing and directing films since his first claymation movies in middle school,” according to press notes. “He served as Director of Photography for Happy Wasteland’s first feature film, ‘The Answer,’ directed by Wade Wofford, which was an official selection of the 2016 Canada International Film Festival.”

The filmmakers will discuss their work process, sharing stories about subjects ranging from inmates on death row to anti-Trump political satire. This event is free to the public. The Coolidge Museum is located on the second floor of Forbes Library, 20 West St., in Northampton. For more information, call the library at 587-1014. 

Art exhibit exploringorder and disorder

Six artists delve into the themes of order and disorder through collage and assemblage in a new group show titled “Entropic” curated by Peter Dellert in the MAP Space Gallery at the Eastworks building. The show, which is free to the public, begins Monday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. and will be open until Wednesday Feb. 28. It includes work by Fern Apfel, Terry Conrad, Peter Dellert, Dean Nimmer, Maggie Nowinski and David Poppie. The artists used materials including recycled wares, such as old vinyl records and colored paper, as well as tokens from nature, like onion skins and wasp nests. Dellert explains that entropy, “is felt all around us as political and ecological systems and sometimes even personal connections, collapse or become increasingly dysfunctional.” Stop by for the artists’ opening and reception Feb. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. For gallery hours and more information, call 529-1425 or visit easthamptoncityarts.com. 

 ‘Hairdressers Are My Heroes’

Amherst College 2017-2018 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Sonya Clark, and Virginia-based hairstylist Kamala Bhagat are bringing their performance, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes,” which debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, to the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Bhagat will recreate an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture on Clark’s head. According to press notes, “The hairstyle that Bhagat will recreate is from the exhibit ‘Five Takes on African Art/42 Paintings by Fred Wilson,’ which is on view at UMCA through April 29.” Throughout the performance, Clark and Bhagat will talk to each other and with the audience. The museum is located at 151 Presidents Drive in Amherst. For more information, call 545-3672.

WinterFest Amherst Celebration

Presented by Amherst’s Leisure Services and Supplemental Education (LSSE), WinterFest, the eight-day, seven-night winter celebration will kick off Saturday, Feb. 3, with luminaria throughout the town commons, story time at Jones Library, a movie showing at Amherst Cinema Center, and sports events at Amherst College. Food and drink will be sourced from local suppliers, including Atkins, Amherst Wines and Spirits, and the Berkshire Brewing Company. Activities include Best in Snow Dog Show, a super-pipe sledding hill and a chili cook-off. To see the schedule of events, go to lsse.org or follow WinterFest- Amherst on Facebook.