MuseFLASHES: Arts happenings this week in the Amherst area

  • “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert is the book chosen for the 5th annual “On the Same Page” program at Jones Library in Amherst.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ng Tian Hui will conduct a live performance of Michael Gordon's score for Bill Morrison's 2002 avant-garde film, “Decasia,” March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the UMass Fine Arts Center concert hall. The performance, presented in collaboration with the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, will accompany a screening of the film.

For more information, visit www.umass.edu/film/mmff/mmff2017/decasia.html

On the same page

For the fifth time, Jones Library in Amherst is holding “On the Same Page,” a community reading program. This year’s book will be “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.”

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning book for general nonfiction by Elizabeth Kolbert was also a finalist for the PEN Literary Award and the L.A. Times Book Prize. It is a New York Times best-seller that was included in many “best books” lists.

A series of programs will be held in February, based on topics and themes from the book. The program will culminate with an author appearance Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.

The book explores five mass extinctions that have occurred over the past half-billion years, when the diversity of life on Earth has been severely reduced. In the book Kolbert explains how humans have altered life on the planet and how these actions my contribute to the next mass extinction.

Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker and has worked at The New York Times and Time magazine. She received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006 and a Heinz Award in 2010 and won the 2010 National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. She is the editor of “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009” and the author of “The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit” and “Field Notes from a Catastrophe.”

For more information, including a list of programs, visit www.joneslibrary.org.

Dickenson Museum to reopen

The Emily Dickinson Museum will reopen its doors for the 2017 season in March.

The museum will only be open on the weekends ,due to the installation of a fire suppression system at the Evergreens and restoration work at the Homestead. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and the tour will focus on the Homestead portion of the estate.

“There are Jews Here” documentary film

Directed by Brad Lichtenstein, the documentary film “There are Jews Here” follows the poignant stories of four once-thriving Jewish communities that have fallen to hard times. The film is a testimony to the inner strength that drives individuals struggling to maintain their Jewish identities under extraordinary circumstances. The documentary also is a call to action for other Jewish communities who may be in similar situations, as well as to larger Jewish communities to recognize the situation and help.

The film plays Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yiddish Book Center,1021 West St, Amherst.

A trailer, press release and screening guide are available at their website www.therearejewshere.com.

Saxophone Symposium

A Friday night performance kicks off a day of classes, performances and open group instruction at UMass March 24 and 25. At 7:30 p.m. March 24, A group coordinated by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Felipe Salles,

with guest artists Arno Bornkamp and Steve Wilson, will perform major new works be Felipe Salles and Jeffrey W. Holmes in Bowker Auditorium. The following day at the Fine Arts Center music wing will be the saxophone symposium, including guest artist masterclasses and performances, open group instruction and community sax ensemble with Professor Hulting-Cohen and discounts on instruments and accessories.

One-man show

Painter and printmaker Marius Sznajderman will exhibit paintings and collages at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., through April 30. The exhibit includes early works rooted in an Latin American tradition as well as Judaicas.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Seeking the Sacred

An exhibition of meditation benches, pottery and mandalas by Ricky Baruc, Deb Habib and Levi Baruch, titled “Seeking the Sacred on the Farm,” will run through March 10 at the Augusta Savage Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The artists’ mission is to “awaken the power among youth, schools and families to grow food everywhere, to transform hunger to health, and create resilient lives and communities.”