Arts Previews for Jan. 26, 2018

  • The Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst opens the exhibit “Home” in February.

  • Musician and videographer Jason Mazzotta is a host for a series of concerts and music workshops at Forbes Library.

  • Singer-songwriter Michael Orlen performs on Friday at “All Folked Up” at the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
‘Home’ at Augusta Savage Gallery

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 1, the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will explore the concept of “Home” in a two-part exhibit that will feature the art and words of artists from across the globe including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

As exhibit notes put it, “Home carries with it many meanings. It can trigger memories or spark anticipation. It sometimes reminds us of painful experiences, or offers some promise of freedom, or evokes terror of a future.” There will be an opening reception for the show Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free; call 545-5177 for more information.

Musicians-in-residence program at Forbes Library

Rub Wrongways Records, a Northampton independent record label, is joining forces with local musicians on a new venture combining live performance with workshops designed to shine a light on what it takes to be a working musician. Learn how to write a song, make a music video, become a rock ‘n’ roll podcaster, and more.

The free series begins Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Museum in Forbes Library in Northampton. Jason Mazzotta and Henning Ohlenbusch, two musicians on the Rub Wrongways label, will oversee the sessions.

Six concerts during the year will offer mostly acoustic performances by The Fawns, Beach Honey, Gentle Hen, Andy Goulet, and Sitting Next to Brian.

Rehearsals for Valley Jazz

Valley Jazz Voices, which welcomes singers of all ages, levels and backgrounds for a repertoire of jazz standards, new arrangements and Brazilian jazz, is holding rehearsals for its spring session.

Rehearsals will take Thursday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center on 67 Conz Street.

The group, directed by Jeff Olmsted, does not require readings or auditions, although familiarity with ensemble singing is helpful. There are opportunities for solos and small group ensembles. More information on fees and scheduling can be found at valleyjazzvoices@gmail.com or facebook.com/valleyjazzvoices.

All Folked Up

The Thirsty Mind in South Hadley is back with another show, part of its free “All Folked Up” series, this Friday at 7 p.m.

Performers are Helen Arbour, a veteran of several local bands as well as her current group, The Phoenix Band. She also sometimes performs with another one of tonight’s performers, daughter Ursula Elmes, who’s billed as a “powerhouse vocalist with a dash of soul and a sprinkle of twang.”

Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Michael Orlen, who has performed in folk venues from Boston to New York state and elsewhere in New England. He’s now a member of the Franklin County Musician’s Cooperative.