MuseFLASHES: Arts happenings this week in the Amherst area

  • Production still from “There are Jews Here”

Thursday, March 02, 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

The Tremble of Love

The Odyssey Bookshop has partnered with the Yiddish Book Center for an evening with Ani Tuzman, the author of “The Tremble of Love: A novel of the Baal Shem Tov.”

The event will be held Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Mount Holyoke College. Tuzman will discuss her novel and the inspiration behind the text.

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.”

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.

Painting with Paper

Artist Kelia Ploof presents, “Painting with Paper,” at the Amherst Town Hall Gallery. Kelia Ploof’s work will be on display at the gallery during the months of March and April. There will be an artist reception on March 2 and April 6, from 5-8 p.m.

Kelia will have on display approximately twenty-five original works that highlight her creative approach to using paper and charcoal as her medium of choice. An environmentally friendly artist, Keila uses old books and paper that is past its usefulness. Each piece of paper is torn, cut or otherwise manipulated to create a 3D quality to her work. There will be a large variety of works on display.

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.