Arts Previews

  • Roomful of Teeth appears at MASS MocA on Friday to perform music by several new composers. Photo by Bonica Ayala

Thursday, August 22, 2019
About Cuba: talk and music

Three different local organizations will join forces with the Cuban group Cimafunk on Saturday, Aug. 24, for a discussion of Cuban-U.S. relations and a night of music.

The event, which begins at New City Brewery in Easthampton, is hosted by Laudable productions of Easthampton and The Resistance Center of Northampton, a nonprofit group focused on ending militarism in U.S. society.

A panel discussion on relations with Cuba will take place at New City from 4-5:30 p.m., followed by a conversation between Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and Cimafunk leader Erik Iglésias Rodríguez on the roots and origins of Cimafunk’s music.

Cimafunk will then join other performers at 6 p.m. at nearby Millpond Park for Millpond Live, a free evening music festival that will also take place Aug. 31, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. For more information, contact Yoav Elani at The Resistance Center at (413) 992-7355.

Happier Valley Comedy to donate show proceeds

Happier Valley Comedy will donate all proceeds from its mainstage comedy show in Hadley on Saturday, Aug. 31, to The Center for New Americans of Hampshire and Franklin counties, the Valley nonprofit education center that helps local immigrants and refugees learn English and develop tools for economic independence and stability.

“Laughter is the same in all languages,” Pam Victor, Happier Valley Comedy founder, said in a statement. “Sharing happy laughter is a powerful way of connecting people.”

The Aug. 31 show will mark the local improv comedy theater’s first-ever “5th Saturday FUNdraiser.” On all months with a fifth Saturday, the proceeds from the 7 p.m. show are donated to a selected local nonprofit. All actors also donate their time as well to pass along their pay to a nonprofit group.

The show, “SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED,” features local actors paired with improvisers; actors perform line-by-line from a script, while the improvisers get to make up their half of the scene on the spot.

Tickets are $13 at the door. For more information on this show and on Happier Valley Comedy’s show for this Saturday, Aug. 24, visit happiervalley.com. Visit cnam.org for more information on Center for New Americans.

A Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA

The American Composers Forum (AFC), a group that promotes and assists the work of new American composers of contemporary classical music, will debut pieces by a number of new composers at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Friday, August 23, at 8 p.m.

The music will be performed by members of the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, which formed 10 years ago to explore a wide range of singing techniques such as Tuvan Throat Singing, yodeling, Inuit Throat Singing, Hindustani music and more.

Friday’s show will feature the world premiere of new compositions by Mingjia Chen, Mary Kouyoumdjian and Peter S. Shin. According to publicity notes, the composers were selected through AFC’s “Connect” program after an international call for applications, and the pieces were developed with and written specifically for Roomful of Teeth.

The program also includes a retrospective of Roomful of Teeth’s first 10 years and the world premiere of longtime collaborator Eve Beglarian’s “None More Than You,” in a new version for live vocal octet and the Desoff Choir. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit massmoca.org/event/roomfull-of-teeth-3