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Reopening of Gateway City Arts, other upcoming events in the Valley

HOLYOKE – Following the temporary closure at the end of 2021 caused by the surge in COVID-19 cases in the region, Gateway City Arts is reopening in February with a series of events, including new arts in the Small Works Gallery, and several new and returning events at the Divine Theater, one of which is a new vinyl swap and DJ meet event.

First at 92 Race St. arts center is an exhibit opening Wednesday, Feb. 2, titled “What Lies Beneath,” a collaboration by artist Vitek J. Kruta, co-owner/director of Gateway City Arts, and Jessica Gorman, an employee and an artist.

The multimedia exhibit features photographs by Gorman alongside paintings by Kruta, which are inspired by the photographs. Each work is accompanied by an original poem by each artist.

The exhibition in the Small Works Gallery will be visible from Wednesday by appointment only until the venue is fully reopened. It will also be exhibited during events organized at the Théâtre Divin. The show runs until March 4.

divine theater

In the meantime, the Divine Theater will offer many events and shows in February.

Kicking off the month is “Nerd Nite Returns!” Wednesday, February 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This social event is designed to provide a space for passionate people to grab a beer, present and discuss niche topics. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“The Friday Experiment,” a monthly series of experimental music free to the public, will also premiere at the Divine Theater this month. The event can be watched online or live and is an adaptation of a previous program called the Thursday Experience. The first edition of “The Friday Experiment” is scheduled for Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The StompBoxTrio brings 21st century mojo to the Divine Theater with a live performance scheduled for Friday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from the worlds of blues, funk and American rock and roll, the members of the StompboxTrio aim to create a sonic and moving experience, destined to shake your hips.

Vinyl Sessions

Also this month, the Divine Theater presents a new monthly series called ‘Vinyl Sessions: Open Decks’, an open mic-style showcase, meet-and-greet vinyl all-in-one.

DJ hosts Billy Holiday (Bill Alatalo) and Just Joan (Casey Williams) invite new and experienced DJs to bring their own records and headphones and take control of the turntables at home by signing up for slots throughout the night. For those less experienced, Alatalo and Williams will be offering lessons on the basics during the event.

Admission to the first episode of Vinyl Sessions: Open Decks is free to the public. The event is to take place monthly at Gateway, and future dates are to be determined.

Gateway City Arts is located in the downtown core of the Holyoke Arts and Innovation District.

PVPA to present
“Stars – A New Musical”

SOUTH HADLEY — The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s latest presentation, “Stars – A New Musical,” will take place this weekend, February 4-5, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. in the main stage on February 15 Mulligan Drive. A snow date is set for February 6, with a performance starting at 4 p.m.

“Stars” was written by PVPA student Arin Andrews. A musical adaptation of PVPA’s “Thirteenth Night” (and its source, the acclaimed “Twelfth Night”), “Stars” follows Orsino, Malvolio and their therapist Klesliek as they search for true love, self-acceptance and recovery. sense of fate. “Stars” is presented as an ensemble show, incorporating many characters from the source material into a whirlwind “theatrical experience” filled with comedy, thought-provoking, catchy musical numbers…and dance battles.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $7 military and seniors; $5 PVPA alumni and $3 students. Due to limited capacity due to COVID restrictions, no tickets will be sold at the door. Book tickets at [email protected], call 413-552-1590 or – search for PVPA Stars Musical. This performance is part of a full and varied production schedule, available at

PVPA is a regional public charter school serving 400 students in grades 7-12, from more than 60 cities in Western Massachusetts.

Smith College Museum of Art appoints new Associate Director

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) has appointed Nina C. Pelaez as Associate Director of Learning and Interpretation.

Pelaez brings her experience in public programming and interpretation, most recently through her work as curator of programs and interpretation at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), where she has worked since 2015. She joins the staff of the SCMA on March 7.

As a member of SCMA’s leadership team, Pelaez will contribute to the development of educational, artistic and engagement goals for the museum, lead the team responsible for teaching, learning and interdisciplinary engagement, and will oversee all aspects of academic engagement, public and student programming. , K-12 activities and museum interpretation.

Don White goes
join on February 5
Exchange of songs and stories

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society’s Song and Story Swap on Saturday, February 5, 7-9 p.m., will feature singer-songwriter Don White. Due to ongoing pandemic precautions, this month’s event will take place online via Zoom. To register, please visit Viewers can also watch the event via YouTube Livestream.

White is an award-winning singer-songwriter, comedian, author, and storyteller.

The Clark Art Institute will broadcast “Follies”

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Clark Art Institute is airing an encore presentation of “Follies,” a National Theater London production, on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m.

“Follies” is presented to honor the memory of its composer, Stephen Sondheim, a graduate of Williams College, who maintained ties to Williamstown throughout his life. Widely recognized as one of Sondheim’s most acclaimed musicals, “Follies” is set in New York City in 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theater, an iconic building slated for demolition. Thirty years after their last performance on its stage, the former dancers of the Follies meet at the Weissmann to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the gorgeous Follies girls in the dazzling production.

With a cast of 37 actors and a 21-person orchestra, this production was directed by Dominic Cooke and was filmed live on stage in 2017 at the National Theater in London. Tickets are $18 ($16 for Clark members, $12 for children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final.

Seating capacity in Clark’s Auditorium has been reduced to accommodate greater social distancing. Tickets are limited to 100 guests and there is capacity to sell. Proof of COVID vaccination for all visitors aged twelve and over is required. All guests ages five and older are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside Clark’s facilities.

A3 gallery marking the 20th anniversary

AMHERST – Amherst’s A3 Gallery, a cooperative contemporary gallery, celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition titled “Constellations” – clusters of verbal and visual constructions by artist and founding member, Sue Katz.

The anniversary and retrospective exhibition features artwork from the gallery’s early days to previously unseen creations from late 2021. The gallery features mixed-media encaustic pieces by Katz, as well as a collection she has titled “signs”; a body of work summarizing his experience with love and pointing out the injustices of the world.

Although the gallery has reduced its in-person visiting hours, it is expanding its online presence by offering an Instagram exhibit and an online gallery with virtual tour. The gallery is also hosting an online forum on February 17 at 7:30 p.m., where Katz will discuss the various themes explored throughout his work.

“Constellations” is set to open February 4-27, with a preview party and reception scheduled for February 3 from 5-7 p.m. Gallery A3 is open for in-person viewing Friday through Sunday, 3-7 p.m.

UMass Opera will present Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”

AMHERST – The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance’s UMass Opera Program will perform Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” on Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m., at Bowker Auditorium. Performances will be sung in English; all attendees must agree to abide by departmental protocols regarding COVID-19 (see below).

Perhaps the most beloved operetta ever written, “Die Fledermaus” (or The Bat) features practical jokes, masked identities, a test of true love and other spirited events, all conveyed by the memorable music and virtuoso Strauss and the witty libretto by Karl Hafner and Richard Genée.

The artistic team for this production includes several UMass faculty members, including Marjorie Melnick (music preparation), Tony Thornton (choral director), and Morihiko Nakahara conducting the UMass Symphony Orchestra. Nathan Troup of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee will return to UMass as director.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors; students and children 17 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center box office, by phone at 413-545-2511 or online at

Important COVID-19 Information: In accordance with current university event guidelines, all attendees must wear a face mask; individuals age 5 and older must also be prepared to show either (1) proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (the original CDC vaccination record, a copy of the card, or a moving photograph of the card) plus a matching photo ID with the same name; OR (2) proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test with date and time of collection within 72 hours of the event. For UMass faculty, students, and staff, a valid UCard is sufficient to verify full vaccination.

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