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ARTS AT HOME  . . . ARTS OUTSIDE
Live performances made a comeback last fall, but lately, with the Omicron surge, we're seeing a return to virtual events. Thank goodness, there are many ways to enjoy the local arts scene from our homes. We'll continue to provide information about programming, events and concerts that will bring you inspiration and diversion — either from your couch OR out and about.
  • Free for all who walk through the doors, MASS MoCA's annual community celebration is brimming with live music, pop-up performances, fun photos, take-home art projects, and tons more to inspire and explore.
  • Go to the Springfield Science Museum to step into the shoes of climate science researchers, piece together clues, and solve engineering challenges posed by thawing permafrost.
  • For the last decade, Sonny Singh has brought his fiery trumpet playing and vocals to audiences around the world with the bhangra brass band Red Baraat. In 2020, Singh launched his solo project focused on boundary-defying Punjabi anthems to uplift and ignite. Simultaneously spiritual and rebellious, Singh’s music is a reminder that hope, love, and devotion are crucial to our struggles and collective survival.
  • First Night’s 37th year marks the return of large audiences gathering for a vibrant community tradition on New Year's Eve. Like previous years, First Night offers afternoon and evening programming that includes family entertainment and the best of local music and arts.
  • Plan a visit to Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox to experience an ethereal winter landscape inspired by The Mount’s unique architecture and history. NightWood combines music, lighting, and theatrical elements to create seven unique scenes that evoke feelings of wonder, mystery, and magic. Through Friday, Dec. 31.
  • BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity presents pianist, composer, and singer Rachel Eckroth Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. Eckroth began composing for big bands and large ensembles early in her career. Those years spent writing very deliberately and creatively using different textures and compositional arcs have had a compelling influence on her songwriting and her artistic identity as a solo artist.
  • This bilingual exhibition at Springfield Museums explores the artistic adornment of the ancient American cultures of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Mexico, as well as the influence that metalwork, textiles, and ceramics had on future generations of artists.
  • Japanese keyboardist and songwriter Masayuki Hirano's performance at the BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity, on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., will begin with a solo set on grand piano, followed by a trio set with Randy Runyon on guitar and Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith on drums.
  • Join the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m., for a virtual concert celebrating the music of the season.
  • Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music, Northampton.This popular show delivers a veritable explosion of yuletide splendor, with the Queens of Christmastime bringing their signature mix of modern nostalgia to a wide array of holiday classics.
  • Watch Brian O’Donovan’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, which draws on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season.
  • Celebrate the holiday season with New England’s largest production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You know the story and love the message, but you’ll never see another Christmas Carol like this! This year's show features more magic than ever before, with an array of spectacles from smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts.