Arts Previews for July 14, 2017

  • Ode boutique is located at 263 Main Street, Northampton.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Ode’s ‘Auction for Action’

Ode, the women’s clothing boutique in downtown Northampton, will host a three-day auction beginning Friday, during the city’s monthly Arts Night Out, to benefit two organizations supporting the LGBTQ community.

“Auction for Action,” which takes place at the store at 263 Main Street, will put up for bidding a range of art, clothing, jewelry and other items donated by designers and artists from the Valley and beyond. Among those featured: Chan Luu, Ghost Dancer, Laura Siegel, Love Heals, MQuan, Rachel Pally, and Tysa. 

The origin of the project can be traced back to the Women’s March in January, when Ode owner Kristin Kelly learned of a similar event, “Collective Action,” that took place in Philadelphia. Kelly and her team later reached out to their stable of jewlery and clothing designers to organize their own auction. “We didn’t know what kind of response we’d get, but we’ve been blown away by the resounding yes’s,” Kelly says. 

The entire proceeds from the auction will be divided equally between two organizations: Out Now, a Springfield nonprofit that offers education and outreach to LGBTQ youth, and The National Center for Transgender Equality, a Washington, D.C. group that works nationwide.

“We know these are issues near and dear to this community,” Kelly says. “What we really wanted to do was put together a community of creative people who wanted to do a little more this year to make a change,” she adds.

The auction kicks off Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a party at the store. For more information contact the store at (413) 727-8026 or go online at odeboutique.com.

New photo exhibit in Easthampton 

Robert Aller, Professor Emeritus of Photography at Holyoke Community College, has curated an exhibition of fourteen local photographers, “Eyes of Western Mass,” that opens Friday at the Colson Gallery in Easthampton.

The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 27, includes work by Bill Arnold, Janine Norton, Abraham Ravett, Stan Sherer and 10 other photographers selected by Aller, who says he and Colson hope this will be the first show of an ongoing series focusing on the Valley’s visual artists.

The Colson Galley, at Suite 246 in Eastworks, is also showing work by photographer Donna Tramontozzi, in association with the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester. An opening reception for both shows takes place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Zoe & Cloyd

Leverett native and fiddle player Natalya Zoe Weinstein joins her husband, guitarist and mandolin player John Cloyd Miller, for a 4 p.m. concert on Sunday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley.

Weinstein and Miller, who take the name of their duo from their middle names, play a mix of roots, bluegrass and old-time music that’s built around tight harmonies and original songs with a modern sensibility but traditional feel.

Co-founders of the former Americana trio Red June, the couple, who live in Asheville, N.C., have a new record out, “Eyes Brand New.” Their debut album, “Equinox,” was named one of the outstanding duo albums of 2015 by No Depression magazine.

The Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 98 North Maple St. in Hadley. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10-15.

New Century Theatre offers comedy 

New Century Theatre has opened its summer season with “The Foreigner,” a comedy about two Brits, Charlie and Froggy, who are staying in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. For various reasons, they concoct a tale for the other guests that Charlie is from an exotic country and cannot speak a word of English, which leads to many comic moments and misunderstandings.

Directed by Jack Neary, “The Foreigner” takes Place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley. For tickets and additional information, visit newcenturytheatre.org.

Music at Old Deerfield 

Old Deerfield’s summer concert series continues Sunday at 3 p.m. with a performance by Bella Voce, the classical duo of soprano Teri LaFleur and mezzo soprano Lisa Woods. The two singers, whose repertoire ranges from “opera to operetta to the American Songbook to Broadway and beyond,” will perform a variety of chamber music, with piano accompaniment by Jerry Noble.

The concert takes place in the music room of the Memorial Hall Museum and is air conditioned. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.