Arts Previews for Sept. 8, 2017

  • Chouchou Namegabe —

  • lê thi diem thúy’s “sông song / river song.” Image courtesy of Andrew Hart, Hampshire College

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lovers of vintage, this one’s for you: On Saturday, September 9, 10:30am-6:00pm, The Northampton Arts Council will present the fourth annual RETROFAIRE, an open-air market featuring vintage fashion, vinyl records and reclaimed and original jewelry and design at the Armory Street Parking Lot, 1 Kirkland Avenue, behind Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage. Featured vendors include Tiny Anvil, Vintage Steele, Spin That! Records, Rambling Sam & Sons, Vapour City Vintage and more. DJs will be spinning as you shop. To learn more, visit northamptonartscouncil.org.

Bread and Puppet returns to Park Hill Orchard 

Bread + Puppets + Politics = Awesome. The Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Park Hill Orchard, at 82 Park Hill Road in Easthampton, on Sunday, September 10, at 5 p.m. to present “Our Domestic Insurrection Circus,” which press notes describe as “a giant puppet spectacle addressing the urgencies and absurdities of the current moment.” After the show, Bread and Puppet’s famous sourdough rye bread will be served with garlic aioli. Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” will be available for sale. Admission is by suggested donation $10-$25, and the show is open to people of all ages. More information is available at breadandpuppet.org.

Hampshire CollegeArt Gallery and Amherst Poetry Festival  

The Hampshire College Art Gallery, which is currently featuring the exhibition, “Of Soil and Tongues,” is partnering with the Fifth Annual Amherst Poetry Festival to present special events September 15–17 at the Emily Dickinson Museum and Hampshire College. “Of Soil and Tongues,” which premiered in June, centers on a unique poetry theme, according to press notes: “three writers and artists were invited to consider the transmission of their work across a range of media in new installations.” The exhibition displays new work from three distinguished Hampshire College alumni — Miatta Kawinzi, lê thi diem thúy, and Sahar Muradi — as well as Laimah Osman, who collaborated with Muradi.

Among the special events, the four poet-artists in “Of Soil and Tongues” will perform and discuss elements of their work and the exhibition. The panel will take place at the Hampshire College Art Gallery on Friday, September 15, 5-6:30 p.m. For more information, visit sites.hampshire.edu/gallery/of-soil-and-tongues and for the Amherst Poetry Festival event schedule, check out emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival.

Leverett Crafts and Arts 

Leverett Crafts and Arts (LCA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibit running from September 4- 30, Fridays through Sundays 1:00-6:00 p.m, free to the public. There will be a reception with food and music on Sunday, September 17, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Barnes Gallery, 13 Montague Road, Leverett. Meet artists and craftspeople associated with the exhibit and LCA, and see open studios. “Identify the Artist” will include a talk, photographs and a discussion of past and current artists and volunteers who have contributed to LCA. To find out more, visit leverettcrafts.org.

Roots to Resistance

In partnership with A.P.E. gallery, artist-activist Denise Beaudet is showcasing a nine-year project, Roots to Resistance, which portrays 12 women activists from around the world; and to celebrate, there will be a gathering on Saturday, September 23, 2-5 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center, 90 Parks Street in Florence. All 12 of the eight-foot-high Roots to Resistance portraits will be displayed together for the first time, along with 12 of the postcard campaigns and street posters created to amplify the powerful voices of these women activists. Joining the event will be “Chouchou Namegabe of the Democratic Republic of Congo who is known for her work battling the devastating sexual violence in her country,” according to press notes. Documentary filmmaker Lisa Merton will also be in attendance at the catered event. To learn more, visit the artist at denisebeaudet.com.