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Arts Previews

  • Recent graduates of the University of Massachusetts Amherst are staging a group exhibit, “night shift,” at Easthampton’s MAP Gallery. Submitted photo


Thursday, May 09, 2019
Group exhibit in Easthampton

Five recent alumni from the University of Massachusetts Amherst are opening a group exhibit, “night shift,” in Easthampston’s MAP (Mills Art Project) Space in Eastworks, with an artists’ reception scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 5-8 p.m.

The show, which runs through May 24, offers a mix of painting, photography, video and more from artists Eva Lin Fahey, Haley McDevitt, Nuri On, Parker Phelps and Charlotte Young that explores “individual themes of identity … while navigating the turbulent transitions of postgraduate art making,” according to press notes.

The exhibit includes work by Fahey, such as poems, paintings, and drawings, that the artist has selected to show the process she’s following in creating her artist book “Oceans, mama.”

The MAP Gallery is open Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m.

New play reading series continues

“The Restoration Room,” a new play by University of Massachusetts Amherst theater professor Harley Erdman, will have an open reading on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the university’s Fine Arts Center, Room 204 (by the Curtain Theater entrance ). The reading is part of a series organized by Silverthorne Theater of Greenfield to offer an initial look at new work and allow playwrights to get audience feedback. All readings are free and open to the public.

The new play, directed by Chris Rohman, profiles two academics (played by Melenie Freedom Flynn and Jay Sefton) who struggle to resist the power of their mutual intellectual and physical attraction. Erdman will be available to discuss his play after the reading.

Erdman’s extensive works include, most recently, the play “Wild Thing,” a translation of Vélez de Guevara’s 17th-century Spanish play about a gender-bending protagonist, and the libretto for the 2017 opera “The Scarlet Professor.” He has written several other librettos and plays, including the screwball comedy “Nobody’s Girl,” which was performed at Northampton’s Academy of Music in 2014, and he is the author or editor of six books.

Valley Music Showcase returns

Easthampton’s Valley Music Showcase, a juried, live music competition produced by Mark Sherry. returns Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m. at New City Brewery with five new bands and special guests Peter J Newland & RadioX, who will open and close the evening with separate sets.

The series, now in its fourth season, takes place bi-monthly and features bands and solo acts from western and central Massachusetts, central Connecticut and southern Vermont. The selected groups compete for a range of prizes, including gift certificates from local businesses, free recording time in a local studio, a headlining gig at a future Valley Music Showcase and other awards.

A different panel of judges, including local musicians, area politicians, businesspeople and others selects the winner of each showcase. For the May 24 show, the panelists are MA State Rep. Dan Carey, talent buyer Brendan Leith of the Iron Horse Entertainment Group, Mark Sherry, and DJ and music writer Dave Sokol.

The bands for May 24 are Amber Belle and the Bottoms (folk); Quincy (blues/folk/rock); Snack Pack (cosmic-hippie rock); Among the Acres (folk rock/Americana); and Bad Tenants (pop/soul). More info can be found at facebook.com/ValleyMusicShowcase.