Arts Previews for Sept. 22, 2017

  • An image from the film “The Brush Factory” — Image courtesy of Historic Northampton

Friday, September 22, 2017
Beatles redux

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” turned 50 this past June, and on Saturday, September 23, one of the world’s top Beatles cover band, The Fab Faux, will recreate the landmark album in its entirety, along with other classic hits by the legendary group, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Fab Faux, known for their painstaking recreations of Beatles songs rather than facsimile of the group’s look — they eschew costumes and mop-top wigs — will be joined by the Hogshead Horns and the Creme Tangerine Strings to play “Sgt. Pepper,” which the Beatles never performed live.

The show takes place at 8 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available by calling 545-2551 or at fac.umass.edu.


Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe

Israeli-American photographer Loli Kantor, on a visit to Poland a dozen years ago to explore her family’s roots before the Holocaust, began examining the Jewish communities that remained in Poland and Ukraine, meeting Holocaust survivors and younger Jews alike.

Over several years, she created the exhibit “Beyond the Forest,” documenting many of the families and links to past Jewish life, like a 200-year-old synagogue in Ukraine that survived the Nazis and the Soviets, who after World War II turned many synagogues into commercial buildings.

The exhibit in on view now through Oct. 15 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. yiddishbookcenter.org and 256-4900.


Film on historic Northampton industrial building

What’s known today as the Arts & Industry Building in Florence, home to studios of artists and craftspeople, was once the setting for one of the country’s first makers of mass-market toothbrushes — and before that, it was a manufacturing center, dating to the mid-19th century, for items such as buttons and hairbrushes.

“The Brush Shop,” a film by veteran Valley photographer Stan Sherer, examines this chapter of Northampton’s industrial history through archival photographs from Historic Northampton, commercials and advertisements from different periods, and interviews with employees from the building’s last company, the Pro Corporation.

The film screens Thursday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton. stansherer@historic-northampton.org 


Photo exhibit at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Among three current art exhibits at the Northampton hospital is “Guys I Know,” a photo display by Neil Stillings of older men. Stillings, a recently retired Hampshire College professor of psychology, began reflecting on the many men he has known but hadn’t acknowledged in some way.

When their images came to mind, and he thought about how each guy had been generous, inspiring and interesting, Stillings decided to photograph each one in a setting that captured a part of what he meant to him. The artist is urging viewers of this show, which is on display now through September 30, to think about people in their own circles.