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Arts Previews for Feb. 16, 2018

  • “Mill River Disaster, 1874.” Fran Kidder


Saturday, February 17, 2018
Post-Valentine’s Day concert and dance

The Roger Salloom Band will perform a Valentine’s concert and dance on Saturday, Feb. 17th at 7:30 p.m. at The New City Brewery. A resident of Northampton, Salloom began his career in San Francisco at the height of the 1960s psychedelic music scene. His music incorporates elements of the blues, Americana, country and soul. The performance, sponsored by bankESB, is free to the public. The New City Brewery is located at 180 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. For more information, call 529-2000.

Sunday Afternoon Live!

Continuing the tradition of the Pioneer Valley variety showcase “The Really Big Show,” this year Northampton Arts Council presents a new spin on the series with “Live from Northampton: it’s Sunday Afternoon Live!” The concluding event of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series will take place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St. and will feature a diverse roster of local talent. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the show begins at 2 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit northamptonartscouncil.org. 

‘Sundown’ film screening

The UMass Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease (SEAD) is hosting a screening of the independent film “Sundown” on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. According to the film’s writer-director Brendan Boogie, “ ‘Sundown’ tells the story of a family dealing with dementia. I lost my father to dementia in 2015 and used the experience to inform the writing and directing of the movie … After an award-winning film festival run, we are now holding screenings for the people in the dementia and caretaker communities.” Learn more about the film at sundownfilm.com. The screening will be held at the UMass Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, in room 162-75.

Mill River art exhibit

Artist Fran Kidder’s exhibit about the Mill River disaster of 1874 is up at the Oxbow now through March 4. In addition to a display of 21 paintings and drawings, Kidder has adapted the exhibit to be something of an immersion in a moment of history.

“Living on the Mill River, and reading Elizabeth Sharpe’s ‘In the Shadow of the Dam,’ led me to do further research and eventually to make drawings and paintings about the tragic 1874 collapse of the Mill River dam. 139 people in the valley below were killed in the towns of Williamsburg, Skinnerville, Haydenville and Leeds,” says the artist. “Since the disaster was manmade, the worst dam failure of its time, caused by cost-cutting shoddy construction of the dam, I felt that it resonated with our times ... In order to give my viewers a better historical context, I decided to intersperse my images with some brief, enlarged sheets of text, explaining the social, political aspect of the event. I think it also heightens the emotional impact of the show.” The Oxbow Gallery is at 273 Pleasant St. in Northampton. Call 586-6300 or visit oxbowgallery.org.