Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 18 Edition
New Valley Voices Podcast Episode
In this episode of NEPM's Valley Voices podcast, we go to the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield for stories from the second slam of the season. Riffing off the episode theme “sweet and salty,” Christine Stevens tells tales on her middle school students. Then, Sera Rivers shares her thoughts about finding a guy who accepts her real self. Finally, David Bulley brings us more middle schoolers — and more misbehavior.
Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing
Recorded live at The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Set in contemporary Georgia with an election race underway, Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing finds the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war, but not all is peaceful. Watch Friday, Aug. 14, at 9 p.m. on NEPM.
Connecting Point Segment Chosen for PBS Newshour’s CANVAS Series
CANVAS, PBS Newshour’s online arts blog, features a Connecting Point segment about the work of Imo Imeh, an art professor at Westfield State University. Imeh had been working on his series of larger-than-life paintings of black men represented as angelic beings, before the death of George Floyd and before the protests. Now, Imeh’s painting “Lead Me to Rest” holds a new meaning. The segment was produced by Connecting Point’s Ross Lippman.
NYC Jazz Musicians Perform for Vermont Jazz Center
Three of New York’s finest jazz musicians come together to build a fire of creativity in support of the Vermont Jazz Center on Friday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Two Summer Jazz Workshop faculty members, pianist Helen Sung and bassist Marcus McLaurine, will be joined by special guest saxophonist, Steve Wilson. The three will perform a set of solos, duos and trios that will be live streamed from Sung’s home studio.
PBS Short Film Festival — A Local Entry
The Northampton-based Paradise City Dragon Boat Team is profiled in one of the short films in this year’s PBS Short Film Festival. “Paddle Together” documents the connection of individuals through one common experience — surviving cancer. Members of the Paradise City Dragon Boat Team find comfort, strength, and community through the sport of Dragon Boat Racing and connect through their shared struggle.
Smith College Museum of Art Explores the Senses
Smith College Museum of Art presents a virtual series, “Summer tea and conversation with curators: the five senses.” Each live event explores the museum’s collection through the lens of a sense, followed by a Q&A. On Thursday, Aug. 20, explore the sense of touch. Previous conversations are available for viewing on the Smith College Museum of Art Youtube channel.
Daniel Tiger Starts off Season 5 with Song
When Daniel learns he can’t gather with all of his neighbors at the Neighborhood Carnival this year, it leads to a lot of big feelings and questions, including what to do when he misses the people he loves, how to keep himself and others healthy, and how to find ways to enjoy the extra time at home with his family. Mom and Dad Tiger use new and fan-favorite songs from the series to help reassure him – as well as young viewers and their parents at home, who are encouraged to sing along! Watch on NEPM Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.