Arts Previews

  • “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief,” a 72” x 53” oil painting, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit by Linda Post at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton. Image courtesy Linda Post

Thursday, May 02, 2019

New play at NHS​​​

Northampton High School students are collaborating on virtually every aspect of the theater program’s latest production, the teen­-centric “Snow Angel,” by Pulitzer ­Prize ­winning playwright David Lindsay ­Abaire. The play will be staged Thursday to Saturday, May 9-11 at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m., in the high school auditorium.

Some 25 students have spent the better part of a year producing, designing, choreographing, stage managing and acting in the show, according to press notes. Two theater professionals, director Stephen Eldredge and technical director Nat Gilsdorf, complement the student cast and crew.

The play centers on a mysterious girl named Eva, who materializes in the fictional town of Deerpoint, Vermont during an intense blizzard. Fifteen curious high school students encounter Eva at different times, in different ways, and write about her (and each other) in their class journals.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at snowangel.brownpaperticketscom.


New work at Michelson Galleries by Linda Post

Linda Post is well known as the co-founder and producer of Northampton’s long running Paradise City Arts Festival. But the Northampton painter has long been producing her own art as well, and she’s exhibiting new work at R. Michelson Galleries through May 15.

The exhibit features her new, 72” by 53” oil painting “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief,” as well as other large-scale work. Hung alongside “Disbelief” are printouts of Post’s blog, “Part of the Process,” that show the techniques and ideas that have gone into the making of the painting, which is not yet finished.

Post’s work has been displayed at the Mead Museum at Amherst College, the Boston Public Library, Michelson Galleries and other locations. Her paintings often feature women, birds, mysterious encounters, transition and vibrant color; her work in the new exhibit focuses on imagined landscapes, according to press notes.

There will be an artist’s reception Friday, May 10 as a part of Northampton’s Arts Night Out. This is Post’s eighth solo show in the gallery. More information is available at rmichelson.com.

Benefit to honor Peter Seeger, raisemoney for Habitatfor Humanity home

On Friday, May 3, folk duo The Nields and special guests will host a benefit concert and sing-along in Northampton to celebrate the 100th anniverary of the birth of folk music legend Pete Seeger. All proceeds from the 7 p.m. show at the Edwards Church will go to completion of a home, for a local mother and her two daughters, by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity and volunteers.

Over a dozen local faith congregations have already contributed volunteer hours, materials and funds toward the building of the modular home on Glendale Rd., organizers say, and the hope is that with the concert, the group will reach its $30,000 fundraising goal.

Friday’s concert, titled “If I had a Hammer,” will open with performances by Northampton area youth groups, Local Chorus and Focus Chorus. A minimum $10 donation is suggested; tickets can be found at www.pvhabitat.org/events/ peteseeger.

Community Day at
Double Edge Theatre

Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre is celebrating its 25th year in the town this year, and among a number of events marking the occasion is Community Day on Sunday, May 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to fly on bungees, sing and play music, and get a tour of the farm.

Visitors can also learn about the theater’s history in Ashfield and the ongoing renovation and preservation of the farm. Sunday’s activities will culminate in a gathering and meal, sharing testimony, and “honoring the extraordinary Living Culture in Ashfield,” according to press notes.

Other 25th anniversary events include the Saturday, May 4 opening of the Ohketeau programming for Native youth voices and a Tuesday, May 7 evening of “art, magic, entertainment, and food” from 7-10 p.m., with a three-course meal by chef Michaelangelo Wescott and Co-Proprietor  Ami Aubin of The Gypsy Apple. Tickets for the latter event are $75-$250 and can be purchased at squareup.com/store/live-a-great-story.