Arts Previews

  • Amherst Cinema presents a special program on Wednesday celebrating Sonic Youth’s landmark album, “Daydream Nation.” Image from Sonic Youth website

  • “What do you own?” by Kevin Pomerleau, an etching that is part of the group exhibit in Northampton this month. Submitted image

Thursday, August 08, 2019
Three decades of Sonic Youth

In late 1988, Sonic Youth released its sixth album, “Daydream Nation” and performed the material live through 1989, winning widespread critical success, with Rolling Stone calling the disc a platform for “the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience.”

To mark the occasion, Amherst Cinema, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, will present a program of “Daydream Nation”-related films, including the rarely-screened 1989 documentary “PUT BLOOD IN THE MUSIC,” which has been newly restored.

As part of Wednesday’s presentation, a post-film discussion will take place with Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, writer Byron Coley and band archivist Aaron Mullan.

Afterwards, attendees can repair to Kaijū in Amherst where Matt Krefting and friends will be DJ’ing NYC underground, new wave, punk, hardcore “and plain weirdness,” according to publicity notes. Tickets can be purchased at amherstcinema.org.

Oxbow Gallery opens group exhibit

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, Northampton’s Oxbow Gallery will host a group show by members of “The Greenfield Six,” a collection of artists who have studied at Greenfield Community College under Amber Scoon, a longtime Valley artist with a doctorate in philosophy, art and critical thought who has taught at GCC, The American Academy of Rome and several other places.

According to publicity notes, a few years ago the six artists developed a means of sharing ideas, building on the notion that “deep interpersonal communication nurtures their art making; it is a breakaway from the idea of the visual artist who creates in isolation.”

The six artists are Hannah Chase, Peter Fath, Johanna Googendyk, Hannah Hurricane Sanchez, Lu Vincent and Rachel Waring. Their show will “invest the components of made, the written, the uttered, the collaborative and the performed,” according to publicity notes.

The show, which runs through Sept. 1, will host an opening reception for the artists on Friday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oxbow, at 273 Pleasant St. in Northampton.

Another group show

Showcasing eight artists who live in or previously called the Valley home, “EIGHT” brings together painters, printmakers and photographers whose work is linked by a thread of narratives based on lived and fantasy experiences.

The exhibit, at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley Street, runs through Aug. 28 and will have a public reception on Friday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the arts center.

The exhibit features the work of Madeline Chmielinski, Samson King, Jae Matthews (Dirt Gallogher), Beyon Wren Moor, Kevin Pomerleau, Valentina Sarfeh, Max Handelman-West, and Esther S. White. The show is curated by Kevin Pomerlau.

Open hours at 33 Hawley Street are Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. (plus most weekend evenings) or by appointment. For more information, contact lisathompson@apearts.org or call (413) 586-5553.

​​​​​​Woodstock Revisited

Woodstock 50 might be a bust, but you can still celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary pop music festival on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Northampton Community Arts Trust, where the Northampton Arts Council and and Northampton Open Media will screen “Woodstock,” the landmark 1970 movie directed by Michael Wadleigh that captured all the music, mud and madness from the summer of 1969.

To introduce the film, Isabella DeHerdt, of local rock group Kalliope Jones, will perform live as Janis Joplin in a short opening set; organizers say DeHerdt’s performance will also offer a preview of the upcoming “Transperformance: Lookstock” show on Aug. 20. The Arts Council will be giving away tickets to that show, at the Pines Theater in Look Park, and will also have tickets on sale for the event.