Shut out of live performances for months by the pandemic, the Northampton-based teen group Hatchery Dance Company returns in person this Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19 to the Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St. for “ Timeless,” two shows featuring new work including modern dance, hip hop, improv and more.
The performances, presented by the Northampton School for Contemporary Dance & Thought (SCDT), take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Workroom Theatre, the largest performance space in the Arts Trust building.
Hatchery, now in its eighth season, is a movement-based performance company for young artists ages 13-18 from Western Massachusetts; as founder and co-director Jen Polins says, the company is not just a forum for dance, but a place “where enthusiasm and curiosity are just as important as technique”.
Performances at “Timeless” will also include video installations, music and spoken word movements; the work is created by the teenage dancers, by guest artists Lauren Horn (Connecticut) and Vanessa Anspaugh (Northampton, New York), and by Polins and SCDT co-director Kate Martel.
Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be purchased online at scdtnoho.com or at the door. Face masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required for all members of the public.
To mark 20 years in Southampton, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center has re-opened its annual ‘Women in History’ photo competition/exhibition, in which female photographers submit images taken of other women all over the the world.
The photographs are all in black and white, and photographers are also invited to talk about the subjects of their work and describe their own journey to photography.
Students from Westfield High School contributed to this year’s exhibit. Floyd says he has previously donated photo equipment to the school’s art department and worked with students in their darkroom classroom.
The exhibit runs until January 2, 2022. Exhibit hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. The artist talks will take place on December 26 and January 2 at 3 p.m. The winner of the photo contest will receive $300. For more information, visit floydgallery.com or call 529-2635
William Baczek Fine Arts, the Northampton Gallery which celebrated its 25th year in the city earlier this year, this month opened a group exhibition showcasing the work of more than 15 artists, mostly painters, including new work by Valley artist Scott Prior and several other painters. .
Works featured are in a range of mediums including oil, watercolour, egg tempera and gouache, digital prints, photography and sculpture.
The exhibit runs through January 29, 2022. Kitchen hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 36 Main St., Northampton. More information is available at www.wbfinearts.com and 587-9880.
For its final concert of the fall, in what it calls its “rebirth season,” the Pioneer Valley Symphony will offer a virtual Holiday Pops concert on Saturday, December 18 at 4 p.m.
The concert features the PVS Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra and will feature new works by composer Clifton “Jerry” Noble Jr., honoring American holiday celebrations of all kinds, a review of holiday pop songs and classic seasonal favorites.
The program can be viewed in two ways: via a stream on a smartTV or other internet-connected device, or via Zoom for a community watch party and post-concert discussion. Tickets are by donation, with a suggested gift of $15, and are available at www.pvsoc.org/tickets.
PVS, now in its 83rd season, plans to return to live shows in 2022.
Six artists selected through what is described as an “exceptionally competitive” process will receive a studio residency in Easthampton in 2022, under a program run by Easthampton City Arts (ECA).
The residency program provides free gallery space, primarily at the MAP Gallery at Eastworks, but also now at the ECA Gallery at Old Town Hall. According to ECA, only five residencies were planned for 2022, but due to a high number of applications, a sixth has been added to the ECA gallery.
The six participating artists, in order of appearance, are Dianne Alvarez, music and performance; Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz, writing and illustration; Malaika Ross, painting and visual art; Grace Kubilius, installations and textiles; Kelly Clare, video, installation and public art; and Aisha Russell, visual arts and dance.
The residency program will include lectures and public presentations of the artists’ work.
The Odyssey bookstore in South Hadley will host online discussions with the authors of two new books, “Beasts of a Little Lamb” and “The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism and Abolition” on December 16 and 20, respectively.
“Beasts of a Little Lamb,” Juhea Kim’s debut novel, is an epic story of Korea’s independence struggle, beginning in 1917 and spanning half a century. The story encompasses love, war and redemption and examines the lives of two key characters whose friendship will be tested by these larger issues.
Kim, a Korean native who now lives in Oregon, will be chatting with writer Naomi Krupitsky beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16.
“A Nation On No Map,” by Alabama writer and activist William C. Anderson, examines state power, abolition, and ideological tensions in the struggle for black liberation while focusing on the politics of black autonomy and self-determination. Anderson will discuss his book at 7 p.m. on December 20.
Visit odysseybks.com/event for ZOOM links to these presentations.