Culture To Do


For many of us, live performances are among the things we have missed the most during the past year, and we've been waiting for the day when our local artists could return to the stage. It's therefore great news to see some venues now offering limited public events. 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.

Cloudbelly, Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples
Friday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Come out to enjoy long summer nights in Downtown Northampton with free live music in Pulaski Park! The Northampton Arts Council, in its sixth year of presenting concerts in the Park, continues a long-held musical tradition that dates back to the 1970's. The first of six concerts presents Cloudbelly, Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples.

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Friday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m.

The Knights Orchestra return to Tanglewood for what is sure to be a multifaceted, energetic and dynamic performance. Pianist and Composer Aaron Diehl will be featured as soloist in a brand new arrangement of George Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue and selections from Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite. The program will also feature Vijay Iyer’s Crisis Modes and Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock
Juneteenth 2021: Breathe…And Never Turn Back!
Saturday, June 19 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sweet Honey in the Rock presents a Juneteenth concert designed to “energize, uplift and inspire each of us to recommit, and reconnect as a world community walking courageously forward into the light of truth and freedom…never turning back!”

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In the latest episode of Aria Code, the Met’s enlightening and entertaining podcast, tenor Joseph Calleja joins host Rhiannon Giddens to explore Cavaradossi’s heartbreaking “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s Tosca. Caught up in the messy politics of his time, Mario Cavaradossi has been arrested, interrogated, and tortured. And then, he’s sentenced to death. “E lucevan le stelle” finds Cavaradossi in his prison cell one hour before his execution. He knows his life is over, and what does he do? He gets lost in a daydream about a passionate night spent with Tosca.

New Exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum

Coinciding with the opening of Worcester’s new Polar Park Stadium, this new exhibition focuses on one of the most recognizable garments in American culture: the baseball jersey. Inspired by the move of the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A Affiliate to Worcester, The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion will feature over 35 historic and contemporary jerseys and baseball-inspired fashion to trace the development, experimentation, and dissemination of the iconic American-style baseball shirt in the sport, on the runway, and in everyday life.

Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m.

Photographer Alec Soth — “a celebrated chronicler of American contemporary life” (The Guardian) — collaborates for the first time with drummer/composer Dave King of the jazz duo The Bad Plus, who is “better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-‘60s jazz and indie rock” (The New York Times). The result: The Palms, a semi-improvised, photo-sharing, new work-in-progress performance that delves into the physicality of memory that’s been lost in our digital age.

For the past four years, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has hosted a performance event where local farmers share their personal stories and experiences on a stage in front of a live audience. This year’s show features six amazing storytellers from around the region sharing their adventures (and misadventures) in farming, cooking, navigating new cultures and relationships, building community, and more.

Live from the Sanctuary
Streams Sunday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

Local treasure Rosie Caine, winner of the 2020 Margaret Maher Award from the Amherst Irish Association, leads an ensemble of friends from Wilde Irish Women in this celebration of the 156th birthday of the extraordinary Irish poet and 1923 Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats. An evening of beautiful song and verse, and not to be missed.

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Springfield Museums
Opens June 19

Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 16, 2021

Blunt Park, 1780 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield
Saturday, June 19 from 12 – 2 p.m.

The theme of this free celebration is “Families First— Back in Stride.” It will feature performances from award-winning recording artist Michelle Brooks-Thompson, local Gospel songstress Vanessa Ford, Preacherman, and Dream Studios. There will also be a delicious spread of southern soul food, free COVID testing and vaccinations, Juneteenth history presentations, and more.

Barrington Stage and Capital Rep Present
Local Virtual Reading Friday, June 19 and Monday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 17 at 8 p.m.

10 leading Black museums and historical institutions have joined forces in an annual collaboration called, which has created a presentation to commemorate Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas. This year’s film, offered through PBS Books, documents a national exploration of the deep-rooted anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” through the eyes of historic nationwide museums and anthropologists.

PVMA Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield
Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Every other Tuesday at 7 p.m., the PVS Summer Singalong Series offers virtual singalongs of beloved pieces from the choral cannon and extraordinary contemporary pieces, led by acclaimed music leaders. Each singalong event will be interwoven with conversations that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the process of understanding, preparing and presenting the music. First up — PVS Chorus Director Sarah Paquet leads a singalong of José Maurício Nunes Garcia's Requiem.

Outdoor Concert at the Florence Congregational Church
Friday, June 11 at 5 p.m.
Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani’s music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul.

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The Clark
"The Rhinoceros, from Every Angle” Virtual Lecture by Kathleen Morris
Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m.

The rhinoceros has been called a surrealist animal due to its associations with the work of Eugène Ionesco, Salvador Dalí, and François-Xavier Lalanne. Exhibition curator Kathleen Morris explores the ways these artists used the captivating mammal in their work. She focuses particularly on François-Xavier Lalanne, who repeatedly employed the animal as a subject, including mounting an exhibition in 1980 called “Le Rhinocéros dans tous ses états.”

Lake Street Dive

Jun 2, 2021

Signature Sounds Livestreams
Lake Street Dive
June 5 & 6, June 10 & 11

Lake Street Dive is a multi-genre band that was formed in 2004 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band's founding members are Rachael Price, Mike "McDuck" Olson, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Calabrese. Keyboardist Akie Bermiss joined the band on tour in. The band is based in Brooklyn and frequently tours in North America, Australia, and Europe. Lake Street Dive released their first Signature Sounds Recordings album, in November 2010.

Friday, June 4 at 8 p.m.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab and the Mahaiwe co-present an encore YouTube screening of James Anthony Tyler’s Some Old Black Man, starring Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson. The performance will be followed by an encore conversation with the actors, the playwright, and director Joe Cacaci. The play was first presented by Berkshire Playwrights Lab in 2015 as a staged reading at the Mahaiwe.

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Springfield Science Museum
Open Now through September 12, 2021

Plan a trip to the Springfield Museums for an extraordinary adventure! Kids can step into the world of Wild Kratts® to explore the secret lives of amazing creatures in this special exhibit. Families will have fun learning about animal habitats from around the globe, discover incredible creature powers and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans. PLUS! Watch Wild Kratts on NEPM TV weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


May 21, 2021

Audio-Guided Theater by John Bechtold

Promenades is a series of audio-guided theater works by John Bechtold, designed to be experienced at various outdoor public spaces in the Pioneer Valley. For each Promenade, you download an app-based "walk,” put your headphones on, and walk through outdoor spaces, letting your imagination weave a relationship between the audio from your headphones and the beautiful environment around you. Promenade #1 is at the Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst and features the words of Robert Frost and Louise Glück.

Ellen Cogen and John Mason

May 21, 2021

Live from the Sanctuary
Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Musical and real-life partners John Mason and Ellen Cogen have been performing together since 2009, when John invited Ellen to sit in with him on a gig. They collaborate in a variety of styles, from classical to jazz and rock, and also enjoy improvisational explorations. Both are also professors of music and met as colleagues at Holyoke Community College.

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Outdoor Live Concert at MASS MoCA
Saturday, May 29 at 9 p.m.

MASS MoCA offers an evening with two young luminaries working at the intersection of ambient and electronic music. Vocalist Julianna Barwick and harpist Mary Lattimore share a love for looping and layering – prepare to be transported by their dulcet tones.

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Online May 26 – June 1

This spring’s Paradise City Northampton is a virtual event. While nothing could compare to attending in person, you’ll be able to visit exhibitors’ online booths and take virtual studio tours. We’ll just have to wait until next year for the fabulous food and music!

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Premieres Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
Streaming through July 31

The UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center joins with a group of arts institutions across the nation to premiere the short film about a new aria by composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). Directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, the film features mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges performing DBR’s new aria written to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Lawrence Brownlee

May 21, 2021

Virtual Recital from Music Worcester
Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

Acclaimed classical vocalist Lawrence Brownlee will present “Songs Of My Youth” as a community benefit concert via live stream from Worcester’s BrickBox Theater at the JMAC.  All ticket sale proceeds from this virtual concert will be passed on to several programs and organizations addressing systemic racism and racial injustice in the Greater Worcester community.

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Simultaneously formal and lyrical, constructed and poetic, Don Gummer’s three-dimensional works explore ideas about balance, stability, energy, and space. Best known for abstract, large-scale sculptures that seem to reach, swirl, or expand upward, Gummer has long been invested in creating pieces with presence. Influenced by the structured beauty of floorplans, the artist began a series of large, wooden wall reliefs in the early 1970s.

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Starts Sunday, May 9

The Festival de Jerez is the foremost Flamenco and Spanish Dance Festival in the world.  In 2021, it celebrates its landmark 25th edition. This year, Third Row will bring performances from Spain’s historic Villamarta Theatre to a global audience through a collection of festival live streams. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of Spain’s finest performers and their newest masterworks from the comfort and safety your home.

Saturday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

Opens Saturday, May 8
It has been more than forty years since an American art museum has shown the work of sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, and the Clark’s exhibition this summer provides a fresh perspective on these innovative artists. Their imaginative and powerful sculptures have long delighted international audiences and collectors. During their remarkable careers, the married artists worked and exhibited together, often under the joint name “Les Lalanne,” although they seldom collaborated on objects.

Tune Yards at MASS MoCA

Saturdays, May 8 and May 15