• The Pelham Players will be performing “The Tempest.”

Thursday, July 20, 2017
A Celebration of the Arts in Amherst

The Amherst Center Cultural District is celebrating the town’s rich artistic and cultural history Tuesday, July 25 by bringing together more than 2000 local artists. 

The center invites anyone with a passion for arts and culture to come to A Celebration of the Arts in Amherst from 7 to 10 p.m. at AmherstWorks on Amity Street. The event aims to connect artists, art lovers and local businesses. The goal is to start a conversation and share ideas for upcoming cultural programming.

The Amherst Cultural District Steering Committee organized the event. Cultural District partners will be present to discuss their organizations, upcoming events and opportunities for community participation.

The event was inspired by a statistic from the U.S. Census, which stated that Amherst saw the largest increase in the Valley of residents reporting their occupation as “artist.” It increased from 1,257 to 2,113.

The center urges any of these 2000 artists to come to this celebration.

Visual artists also can submit their art to be shown during the event. Anyone interested can email submissions to info@amherstculture.com.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A stormy production by The Pelham Players

The Pelham Players celebrate 15 years of performance this summer by presenting William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” tonight, July 21, at 7 p.m.and tomorrow, July 22 at 2 p.m. at Pelham Elementary School, at 45 Amherst Road. The family-friendly show is free to all.

The acting troupe, with a cast and crew of 30 students from ages eight to 16, is led by longtime director Cindy Naughton, who has been a music and theater instructor at the Smith Campus School in Northampton for more than 30 years. 

New talent at “mini-music festival”

The Valley Music Showcase is coming to the New City Brewery in Easthampton at 8 p.m. on July 21.

The “mini-music festival” will provide a live-music competition produced by Mark Sherry. It’s designed to show off new talent in the Pioneer Valley, Springfield and Hartford area.

This is the fourth show of this year’s showcase, a bi-monthly event where six bands are selected to perform. They will compete for gift certificates and cash prizes. The winner will then headline the next showcase.

Admission is $6. More information can be found at facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase. 

Music and belly-dancing on Forbes Library lawn

Zay-Tunes will perform at 6:30 p.m. August 2 at Forbes Library’s last lawn concert of the season.

The western Massachusetts ensemble’s name is a pun that comes from the Arabic word for olives, zeytoun. The group plays music of the Middle East. Shaina Bellydance will also join the group.

The performance is free for everyone. Parking is available for free after 6 p.m. at the library and after 5 p.m. at the Smith College parking garage.

If the weather doesn’t hold up, the concert will take place in the Coolidge Museum on the second floor of Forbes Library.