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Arts Previews for April 6, 2018

  • UMass High School Jazz Festival

  • The Fiberistas at Forbes


Thursday, April 05, 2018
 The Fiberistas and Mostly Blue

Eight-person artist group the Fiberistas explore the variations of the color blue in their new exhibit, “Mostly Blue,” which opens April 2 and runs through April 30 at the Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library. The reception takes place on Saturday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m. The Fiberistas work with fiber material, doing quilting, felting, tapestry weaving, dyeing, stitchery and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 587-1011. Forbes Library is located at  20 West St. in Northampton. 

UMass Jazz Festival

The University of Massachusetts Department of Dance and Music is hosting the 20th Annual High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 7, in the Fine Arts Center in the Music Wing. The daylong event will include performances by high school big bands, combos and vocal jazz ensembles from students throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. This event is free and open to the public. Students will perform and be reviewed by world-class soloist, composer and band leader jazz saxophonist Chris Potter and other members of the UMass faculty. Potter’s quartet will perform later in the evening. Free parking is available in University lot 71 off Massachusetts Avenue and lot 62 via Thatcher Way or Stockbridge Road. For more: umass.edu/music/event/20th-annual-high-school-jazz-festival.

‘Immigrant Voices’ cultural performance

“Immigrant Voices: A Celebration of Arts” returns for the third year to showcase performances by immigrants living in western Massachusetts. The performance takes place on Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at the Shea Theater Arts Center and is sponsored by the Center for New Americans. Students from Venezuela, Mexico, Tibet, Costa Rica and Haiti will share cultural traditions from their countries. Featured performers include the Senegalese hip-hop group Gokh-Bi System, Latin-fusion band Viva Quetzal, and Latina dance group Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at cnam.org/immigrant-voices. The Shea Theater Arts Center is located at 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.