What’s Happening In Amherst?

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IN PERSON SINGLE DAY EVENTS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14: TEM BLESSED AND BLEST ENERGY. The Drake, 44 North Pleasant Street, 8 p.m. Socially conscious hip-hop. Full calendar of January events at the Drake..

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: TOWN COMMEMORATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Please join the Amherst Human Rights Commission on Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. in the Town Room of Town Hall for the reading of the 2023 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation, read by the Town Council ,with a bell ringing ceremony, and followed by a community reading and discussion of Rev. Dr. King’s 1957 speech “A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations” 

TUESDAY JANUARY 17: UMASS NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING BRUNCH. On Tuesday, Janurary 17, UMass Amherst will welcome campus and local community members to the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Racial Healing Community Brunch. This event will focus on the theme of “a legacy of social justice” as we celebrate King’s historic legacy of the civil rights movement and its impact on the civil rights movements of the present. The event will take place at the Student Union Ballroom at 9 a.m. and registration is required to attend in person. A livestream will also be provided via Youtube on the event website. Please contact Alaina Macaulay at amacaulay@umass.edu with any questions. More information

TUESDAY JANUARY 17: TOWN OF AMHERST NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING DIALOGUE. The Town of Amherst’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Invites the public to participate in the National Day of Racial Healing on January 17, 2023.. For almost a decade the Kellogg Foundation has asked communities, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, and other organizations to participate in conversations designed to begin bridging the racial divide. On Tuesday, January 17, the DEI office will host an opportunity for community members to engage in racial healing conversations. Core Equity and CRESS members will facilitate small group conversations from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m at the Amherst Survival Center. Bring your curiosity, and an open heart (childcare, beverages and snacks will be provided).

Register for the Amherst event here.

THURSDAY JANUARY 19: VALLEY VOICES STORY SLAM. The Drake, 44 North Pleasant Street. 7:30 p.m.(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Valley Voices Story Slam reimagines one of the oldest forms of entertainment for today by adding a bit of competition to the mix and inviting everyone — from experienced storytellers to complete newbies — to share their true stories in front of a live audience. The theme for this show is “Sorry, Not Sorry” so come for all the fauxpology drama. Come out and hear some outrageous, funny and heartwarming true stories told in five minutes by your friends and neighbors from around the valley. The audience picks the winner, and a storytelling star is born! Grab a beer and get ready for a night of great entertainment. The winners of each slam will go on to compete in our “Best of Valley Voices” event! Tix: $17. More informationFull calendar of January events at the Drake.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26: DUST BOWL REVIVAL. The Drake, 44 North Pleasant Street, 8 p.m. A mix of Americana and R & B. Soul specialists The Mary Jane Jones will open the show. Full calendar of January events at the Drake.

FRIDAY JANUARY 27: QUARTERLY ART GALLERY OPENING. General Store and Local Art Gallery in the Mill District, 91 Cowls Road,  5-7 p.m. All artists, art lovers, and community members are invited to the Mill District Local Art Gallery for this Quarterly Artist Reception. Please join us in welcoming the most recent artists to join the Local Art Gallery community.

SUNDAY JANUARY 22: BANDWIDTH. The Drake, 44 North Pleasant Street, 4 p.m. Classical music by a quintet of faculty members from UMass featuring Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet, Cobus du Toit on flute, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen on saxophone, Joshua Michal on French horn, and Remy Taghavi on bassoon, along with special guest artist Kemp Jernigan from New York City on the oboe. This is the first in a series of chamber music concerts presented by the Business Improvement District at the Drake. Full calendar of January events at the Drake.

MONDAY JANUARY 30: OPENING RECEPTION—PORTRAITS IN RED: MISSING &MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN & GIRLS. Paintings by Nayana LaFond. Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, UMass, 180 Infirmary Way, 5-7 p.m. See exhibit description below in multi-day events.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11: AMHERST CLIMATE JUSTICE ALLIANCE KICKOFF: Jones Library Woodbury Room. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Amherst Climate Justice Alliance (ACJA) is a newly formed coalition with the mission to support accelerated, effective climate action by the Town of Amherst, identify priority strategies and actions for the Town to take, help foster a community-wide, unified commitment to significantly lowering our  public and private carbon footprints, and prioritize racial and economic justice.    Current members of the ACJA include Amherst Sunrise, Climate Action Now, Extinction Rebellion, First Church Congregational, Jewish Community of Amherst, Local Energy Advocates, Mothers Out Front, Progressive Coalition of Amherst, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Green Sanctuary Committee, UMass Sunrise, and Zero Waste Amherst. The KickOff Event is an opportunity to meet and network with local groups and individuals – young and old – concerned about climate action and justice on a local and global level. Contact us at amherstsunrisemovement@gmail.com


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11: THIRD ANNUAL AMHERST FIRE AND ICE FESTIVAL Amherst Town Common. 2-5 p.m. Live ICE sculpting of a magical menagerie of ice sculptures, hot cocoa and ‘smore kits over fire pits, tie dye crafting under a tent with the Amherst Recreation team… MATICA Circus FIRE performance at 5 PM. Sponsored by the Amherst BID


ONLINE SINGLE DAY EVENTS

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18: OUR FRAGILE DEMOCRACY AND THE ROLE OF ENGAGED CITIZENRY.
7-8:15 p.m. on Zoom. This event is part of the of the Racial Justice Committee’s monthly Judy Brooks Conversation Series sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The speaker is Dean Sudha Setty of the City University of NY School of Law. She will offer some ideas for how an engaged citizenry can play a meaningful and significant role in protecting democracy and its institutions. This is a community event and all are welcome. Register here.

THURSDAY JANUARY 19:ART FORUM ONLINE. KEITH HOLLINGWORTH’S BIRDS AT GALLERY A3 7:30 pm.  Hollingworth will discuss his work, currently on exhibit at Gallery A3, and answer questions.  See the gallery website www.gallerya3.com to register for this online event, which is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25: COMMUNITY FORUM ON THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Zoom. 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Elementary School Building Committee. Hear an overview, ask questions, and comment on proposed school design and get construction and project costs updates. Join here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84075498020 with Meeting ID: 840 7549 8020  Learn more about the project here.

THURSDAY JANUARY 26: COMMUNITY FORUM ON THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Zoom. 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Elementary School Building Committee. Hear an overview, ask questions, and comment on proposed school design and get construction and project costs updates. Join here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84075498020 with Meeting ID: 840 7549 8020  Learn more about the project here.


IN PERSON ONGOING OR MULTI-DAY EVENTS

SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH: OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE DRAKE. 44 North Pleasant Street. Free event. Performers arrive by 5:30 p.m. Stage time: 6 p.m – 10 p.m. All ages. Younger performers will be slotted earler. All performers and styles of performances welcome, including but not limited to: music (of all kinds) – acoustic, folk, rock, hip hop, jazz, classical, etc…comedy, spoken word / readings, poetry,
dance, performance art. House rules and more information.

LAST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH: CRAFT AND CONVERSE. Mill District General Store and Local Art Gallery, 91 Cowls Road. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Are you tired of creating in solitude? Looking to connect with other artistic individuals? Grab your sketchbook, knitting bag, or water color gear and join our monthly coworking group! Craft and converse, hosted by Easthampton artist Kaia Zimmerman, is held the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This welcoming, intentional space is designed for community members to come together for a casual, social evening while pursuing their own creative projects. Drop-ins welcome, but registration encouraged for any weather-related changes in schedule. Bring your own arts or crafts project (BYOA) to work on. Ages 16+. (Next event is December 28)

LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH : LAST FRIDAYS AT THE DRAKE POETRY SERIES HOSTED BY LYRICAL FAITH. 44 North Pleasant Street. Join us every last Friday of the month* for Last Fridays at The Drake hosted by Lyrical Faith for an unforgettable open mic and poetry night experience featuring award-winning spoken word artists from across the country. Come through for music, drinks, and artistic expression where poets take center stage to share new work, old work, or any work that helps them get free. Doors and bar open at 5PM. Early arrival is encouraged to get a slot on the sign-up sheet. The cover charge is $5 with a college ID or $10 general admission. More InformationFull Events Calendar at the Drake.

EVERY WEDNESDAY BEGINNING NOVEMBER 30: CAN’T REMEMBER CAFE. Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Are you or a loved one experiencing memory loss? At the Amherst Senior Center, we understand memory changes and have developed a new program based on the popular Memory Café format. The Can’t Remember (CR) Café offers fun, relaxation, and of course, snacks. This program is perfect for caregivers, people with mild memory loss, or anyone in the community who enjoys good conversation and strong coffee. Each Can’t Remember Café opens with a coffee and conversation hour, followed by a group activity. Join us on Wednesday, November 30th for a performance by our special musical guests, “Healing Hearts with Harmony” at 11:00am. Come for the coffee, stay for the connections! Email seniorcenter@amherstma.gov or call 413-259-3060 with questions. 

EVERY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: FREE COVID VACCINE CLINICS. The Health Department has resumed its vaccine clinics at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk from 12-2 p.m. on Thursdays. All residents, ages 12 and up who have not had a vaccine or booster in the past two months are eligible for and urged to get the new bivalent vaccines, which offer protection against the omicron variant of Covid-19. Registration for appointments is at https://www.amherstcovid19.org/vaccine . Walk-ins are also welcome.

UMass is offering bivalent Covid vaccines for ages 12 and older in Room 101 at the Campus Center on Thursdays from 12-4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and for those 12 and younger on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Appointments https://umass.my.site.com/covidtesting/s/vaccination  are recommended but not essential. To find other sites offering the bivalent vaccine, go to https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/ .

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19- WEDNESDAY APRIL 3: FEINBERG LECTURE SERIES ON US IMPERIALISM – CONFRONTING EMPIRE. Events are online or hybrid. This free public lecture series brings together scholars, journalists, educators, writers, community organizers, and survivors of state violence to examine global histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance.The series traces the history of U.S. imperialism from the conquest of North America to the creation of an overseas empire in the late 19th century and to the present day. It also offers a critical historical analysis of the various traditions and movements that have opposed U.S. empire, including Black radicalism, Marxism, revolutionary feminism, armed struggle, international solidarity, pacifism, and liberal, electoral, and diplomatic activism. 
Register here.
Full listing of series events and more information

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 -SUNDAY MAY 14: 60 YEARS OF COLLECTING -AN ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART PERMANENT COLLECTION. Bottom Floor of the UMass Fine Arts Center. Look here for gallery hours and additional information. Free. The exhibit can be viewed on line here.

JANUARY 19-22 AND 26-29: AMHERST COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID. Bowker Auditorium, UMass. This timeless fable will delight and dazzle audience members of all ages with its irresistible songs, stunning sets and costumes, and full live orchestra! Nine performances: for tickets, click here or visit amherstacts.org and go to “Audience Information.” Questions? Email producer@amherstacts.org.

JANUARY 30 TO MAY 12: PORTRAITS IN RED: MISSING & MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN & GIRLS. Paintings by Nayana LaFond. Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, UMass, 180 Infirmary Way. Portraits in Red: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls began on May 5, 2020 with one painting, “Lauraina in RED,” created for the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Nayana LaFond put out an open call, saying she would paint a couple more portraits if people sent information on subjects. She received more than 25 the first day with stories and photos, and decided to dedicate herself to painting all she receives. Each portrait is of someone who is missing, was murdered, survived, their family member or friend, or an activist/hero fighting for the cause. Through her work LaFond hopes to make sure the missing and dead are never forgotten, to raise awareness about this serious issue, and to provide help with healing to the families she works with. LaFond continues to receive new images and stories and has an ongoing queue of 20-30. Opening Reception: Monday, January 30, 5-7 p.m. Artists talk: Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 – SUNDAY MARCH 26: CONFERENCE. BUILDING WORKER POWER. SOLIDARITY, COOPERATION AND CARE. UMass. In this time of economic crisis and ecological collapse, workers of all kinds are organizing to reject the alienation of racial capitalism. This conference explores the deep histories, current happenings, and future possibilities of collaborations between union organizing and worker-owned cooperatives. Keynote Speakers: Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson) and Chris Smalls (President, Amazon Labor Union). Over 30 workshops, exciting plenaries, networking and community building. More information


ONLINE ONGOING OR MULTI-DAY EVENTS

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19- WEDNESDAY APRIL 3: FEINBERG LECtURE SERIES ON US IMPERLIALSM Events are online or hybrid. This free public lecture series brings together scholars, journalists, educators, writers, community organizers, and survivors of state violence to examine global histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance.The series traces the history of U.S. imperialism from the conquest of North America to the creation of an overseas empire in the late 19th century and to the present day. It also offers a critical historical analysis of the various traditions and movements that have opposed U.S. empire, including Black radicalism, Marxism, revolutionary feminism, armed struggle, international solidarity, pacifism, and liberal, electoral, and diplomatic activism.  The series kicks off Monday, September 19 for the Keynote Address, US Policy In the Global South by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, joined by journalists Vincent Bevins and Amy Goodman. 7 p.m. on Zoom.
Register here.
Full listing of series events and more information

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 -SUNDAY MAY 14. 60 YEARS OF COLLECTING -AN ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART PERMANENT COLLECTION. Bottom Floor of the UMass Fine Arts Center. Look here for gallery hours and additional information. Free. The exhibit can be viewed on line here.

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