Arts Previews for March 16, 2018

  • Photo from “Seasons, Sunrise and Farms,” an exhibit showcasing the beauty of local farms, barns and houses, at the Sunderland Public Library. Catherine Lee

Friday, March 16, 2018
Talk with Cassandra Holden and Paul Shoul 

Curator Cassandra Holden and photographer Paul Shoul are showing “Single Room Occupancy: Portraits & Stories of Northampton Lodging,” 1976-2016, now through June 10, at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton.

“The conversation will focus on the process of getting to know the former residents of Northampton Lodging and how they approached this project intellectually, emotionally, and artistically,” according to press notes. “For each interview and portrait in the exhibition, there were many more that they could have chosen. What’s more, it would have been easy to tell a dark and familiar story or to romanticize the residents. Instead, they chose a mode that enabled us to capture both the dignity and complexity of their lives.” For more information, visit historicnorthampton.org.

The ArtSalon in Holyoke

On Friday, March 16, at the Baustein Building in Holyoke, The ArtSalon, a group of established and emerging artists throughout the Pioneer Valley, will present their work and ideas in PechaKucha style — 20 slides will be talked about for 20 seconds each. Featured artists include Imo Imeh, Joanne Holtje, Katy Moonan and Diana Rodriguez of ArteSana, Susannah Auferoth, Seth Koen, and Black Lake. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with mingling and refreshments, followed by the presentations at 7 p.m. and a brief Q&A with the artists. Tickets are $5-10. The Baustein Building is located at 532 Main Street, Holyoke. Visit theartsalon.com for more information.

Pothole Pictures presents

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival is presenting the movie “My Mexican Shivah” at Pothole Pictures Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. Arrive at 7 p.m. to hear the Wholesale Klezmer Band who will be performing before the showing on both nights. Based on a short story by Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans and directed by Alejandro Springall, the film is about the patriarch of a Mexican-Jewish family who dies suddenly, and whose relatives then observe the Jewish mourning ritual of Shivah for the next week. Stavans will be at the Saturday showing to invite conversation with the audience.

On Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m, the theater will show “The King and I,” the 1956 film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein opus, which was listed as one of the best musicals of all time by the American Film Institute. Come hear live music on stage both nights, at 7 p.m., by Richard Moulding, who will play piano rags. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Popcorn is $1. Pothole Pictures is located at 51 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls.

For more information, visit shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/pothole-pictures/.

This is what 80 looks like

​Dancer and choreographer Alicia Morton will celebrate her 80th birthday with a solo dance concert accompanied by her 13-year-old grandson, Stevie Linehan-Reckford. The concert, “Time is a Circle,” will take place at the Nacul Center in Amherst, 592 Main St., at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29

The concert will be followed by a reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Amherst Senior Center. For contact information, visit tiaarchitects.com/nacul.

Catherine Lee art exhibit

Photographer Catherine Lee will display “Seasons, Sunrise and Farms,” an exhibit showcasing the beauty of local farms, barns and houses, at the Sunderland Public Library now through the end of April; open during regular library hours. In her work, Lee explores how light changes a place during different seasons, weather and times of day. “I always have my camera. I never stop looking for beautiful pictures,” the photographer says.

Sunderland Public Library is located at 20 School St. in Sunderland. For more information, see sunderlandpubliclibrary.org/#art.