Arts Previews for Feb. 23, 2018

  • Junot Díaz comes to Amherst College LitFest.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Internationally acclaimed artist comes to UMass

Artist Oliver Herring will come to the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, Feb. 23 from 4-7 p.m. to lead a TASK program in the atrium of the Olver Design Building. In 2002, Herring “created the improvisatory art event TASK, used in classrooms and communities to experience contemporary art in a way that is experimental, open-ended and accessible to anyone,” according to press notes. “Among Herring’s early works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing and furniture.” Herring’s contemporary art has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Kyoto Art Center in Japan, among other venues. The event is free and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit For more information, visit facebook.com/events/163412060959641.

‘What’s On the Horizon’

On Feb. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., A.P.E. at 33 Hawley Street will present “What’s On the Horizon,” at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building. The event is billed as an evening of new work by six artists living in the Pioneer Valley. The featured artists are Kathy Couch, Mary Beth Brooker, Madison Palffy, Molly McBride, Elena Marione, and Lauren Horn. Suggested donations are $5-10 at the door, and seating is limited. Come early!

Screenwriting, Scripts and Film

On Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Calvin Coolidge Museum inside Forbes Library, four filmmakers are presenting a talk on their films and the storytelling methods they used to create them. The four speakers are independent filmmakers Abraham Ravett and Wade Wofford; professor of acting and directing at Smith College, Ellen W. Kaplan; and Jake Hulse, a founding member of Happy Wasteland Studios. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the presentation. For questions concerning access or to request accommodations, please contact 413-587-1017 or info@forbeslibrary.org. 

Junot Diaz, Masha Gessen at Amherst College LitFest

Amherst College will host its third annual literary festival, LitFest 2018, March 1-3. Celebrating a range of genres — fiction, nonfiction, poetry and spoken-word performance —  the series includes readings and conversations with several authors, including Pulitzer-Prize winning Junot Díaz and National Book Award winner and Amherst College professor Masha Gessen, among other talents.

The fest begins on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. with “National Book Awards on Campus,” a partnership between Amherst College, its award-winning literary magazine “The Common,” and the National Book Foundation. Junot Díaz will give a reading Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. And on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m., siblings Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen “will discuss their literary lives and work,” according to press notes. For a full event schedule, visit amherst.edu/go/litfest.