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Springfield College Winter/Spring Arts Events:
Theatre, Dance, Jazz Concert, Poetry, Art Exhibitions

January 11, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 11, 2007 – A theatrical look at heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, a comedic dance play, a performance by a popular jazz quintet, readings by leading area poets, student theatre, and art exhibitions will be among events in Springfield College’s winter/spring William Simpson Fine Arts Series of visual and performing arts events open to the public. Copies of the free series poster are available by calling 748-3187.

Jan. 17 – Feb. 16
Art Exhibition: “NEW WORK”
By: Anne Sargent Walker
Semi-abstract paintings in oil and acrylic combine vintage wallpaper, painted birds, jumping men, and other images exploring our relationship to evolution, identity and the natural world.
Springfield College William Blizard Gallery
Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception for artists and public: Feb. 4, 2 – 4 p.m.
Admission: free

Feb. 3
Theatre: “Jackie, Vi, and Lena,”
Written by David Barr, Performed by Jena production Company of New York City
Witness the richness of the world of Civil Rights Movement heroes -- from jazz and bee bop to baseball hysteria and violent protests. Jackie Robinson, first African American major league baseball player. Viola Liuzzo, first white woman enshrined in the Civil Rights Monument. Lena Horne, international recording star.
Springfield College, Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5, students $3.

Feb. 7
Dance Play: “Namely, Muscles”
Created and performed by Claire Porter
Dance comedienne, who has performed nationally and internationally, portrays Dr. Nickie Nom, forensic orthopedic autopsy muscular anatomical surgical specialist (for the county) reading from her new book, “Namely, Muscles.” Poems enact ninety-six major muscles of the human body, and then some.
Springfield College, Black Box Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $4.

Feb.26 – Mar. 30
Art Exhibition: “Making History”
By: Rosa Ibarra, Mo Ringey, Carol Sevick, Anna Slezak, Jill Turner
Celebrating Women’s History Month, talented local female professional artists show works including portrait and religious paintings, sculpture of glass mosaic on found objects, abstract colorful oil painting, and video art.
William Blizard Gallery
Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception for artists and public: Mar. 25, 2 – 4 p.m.
Admission: free

March 29 – April 1
Theatre Presentation: “Under Milk Wood”
Written by Dylan Thomas, Directed by Martin Shell, Performed by SC Theatre
This moving and hilarious account of a spring day in a small Welsh coastal town is a sensual, funny, and loving expression of what it is like to be alive. The town is richly populated with eccentric characters, and the play sings itself alive in our imaginations with language both lyrical and earthy. “A dazzling combination of poetic fireworks and music-hall humor.” The New York Times
Black Box Theatre, Woods Hall
Thur., Fri., Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5, Students and Seniors $2

Apr. 5
Concert: “Joe Belmont and Friends: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery”
A quintet of the Valley's premiere jazz players join guitarist Joe Belmont paying tribute to a jazz legend. Blues-based bop is as infectious today as when it first appeared in the early 1950s. Belmont's playing is fresh and inventive.
Black Box Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: free

Apr. 9 – 20
Art Exhibition: Graduating Senior Student Show
Digital imagery, painting, ceramics, and drawing reflecting learning over four years in computer graphics, studio arts, or art education.
William Blizard Gallery
Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception for artists and public: Apr. 15, 2 – 4 p.m.
Admission: free

Apr. 11
Poetry Reading: Richard Michelson and Linda Pennisi
Award-winning poet Michelson will read from “Battles & Lullabies.” According to Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur, these poems "ask with urgent eloquence how the sweetness of life can be sheltered from the terrors of our time, and what art can make of such a world as ours. Michelson's poems are artful, humane, and true."

Pennisi won the 2005 Carolina Wren Poetry Contest for her collection, “Suddenly Fruit.” According to poet Betsy Scholl, Pennisi “has a remarkable ability to see the mythic structures underpinning ordinary experience…Her Persephone in modern dress reveals the dark currents tugging at our lives and shows us how experience, the dark and light of it can--indeed, must--be embraced."
Book signing and opportunity to meet the writers following the reading.
Marsh Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: free

Apr. 23 - May 13
Art Exhibition: Graduate Art Therapy Show
Works in various media reflecting learning over four years in art therapy.
William Blizard Gallery
Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception for artists and public: Apr. 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Admission: free

Apr. 27
Concert: CCGS Choral Festival
A perennial favorite, SC Singers join five local college choirs for an evening of vocal music.
Forum Theater, Holyoke Community College, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: free

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