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KoFest: CROSSING THE BLVD

July 10, 2015 - July 12, 2015 - All Day at Holden Theater, Amherst College
S. Pleasant Street

Ko Festival of Performance presents:
CROSSING THE BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America
Judith Sloan (EarSay) Queens, New York

Friday, July 10 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 11 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 12 – 4:00 pm

Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
$16 students/seniors; $20 adults.
Order online now: www.kofest.com
FMI until July 6: (413) 427-6147 or info@kofest.com
Box Office opens July 6: 413-542-3750

World Rhythms Trio Concert and Percussions Workshop

July 12, 2015 - 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm at Gateway City Arts
92 Race Street

The World Rhythms Trio Concert and Percussion Hands-On Workshop
A highly combustible earthy mixture of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word

(Holyoke, MA, July 12, 2015) World musicians Tony Vacca, Jo Sallins and Derrik Jordan come together to bring you the World Rhythms Trio, live in concert at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA, preceded by a hands-on percussion workshop for experienced and novice percussion enthusiasts.

While each member of the World Rhythms Trio has created a distinguished career of their own in the world music scene, together they create a “highly combustable earthy mixture” of Derrik Jordan’s electric violin lyricism, Jo Sallin’s electric bass grooves and solos and Tony Vacca’s visual and auditory many-faceted spectacle of percussion and spoken word. Beginning at 7:00pm, the concert invites audiences to listen, engage and groove along.

Earlier in the day, from 3:30-5:30, the Trio offers a hands on percussion workshop for first time players as well as advanced professionals who will have the chance to rehearse a piece of music to perform at the evening show. The Trio provides a wide array of percussion instruments including djembe drums, gongs, tuned bells, shakers and more. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own instruments.

Tickets to the concert are $8 and $20 if attending the workshop as well, and can be purchased at www.gatewaycityarts.com. For more information please contact Gateway City Arts at 413-650-2670 or hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Courtney Drummey and The Meadows Brothers Concert

July 18, 2015 - All Day at Gateway City Live
92 Race Street

Courtney Drummey and the Meadows Brothers

Rising country singer-songwriting star hits the stage with roots music duo

(Holyoke, MA, July 18) Courtney Drummey and the Meadows Brothers play a live concert at Gateway City Live, the nightclub venue at Gateway City Arts, on 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA.

Primed to be the next rising star in the country music scene, Courtney is a 21 year old singer/songwriter with a distinct style of her own that blends her Connecticut and Nashville roots. Courtney recently joined Keith Urban on stage to sing a rendition of his song ‘We Were Us’ at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford, CT. She has also shared the stage with artists such as Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, and Luke Bryan. At Gateway City Live she performs her own originals as well as covers.

Opening the show are Connecticut’s own 2015 New England Music Award Winners “The Meadows Brothers” who were voted best in the state of Connecticut, beating out many talented acts. Ian and Dustin Meadows have been playing music together for most of their lives. Their distinct brand of roots music draws inspiration from a huge list of influences; combining folk, blues, country, and rock n’ roll into what The Boston Globe calls “An engagingly twangy sound all their own.”
Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and can be purchased at www.gatewaycityarts.com or $10 at the door. The show starts at 8:00pm, doors open at 6:00pm. Dinner and drinks are available from the Gateway City Arts Beer Garden and Grill starting at 5:00pm and during the show. For questions and more info please contact Gateway City Arts at hello@gatewaycityarts.com or 413-650-2670.

The 10th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar in Cape Cod

July 18, 2015 - July 19, 2015 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Marine Park
180 Scranton Avenue

A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures.  Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.

Family Summer Picnic

July 18, 2015 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Stanley Park
400 Western Ave

Community Resources for People with Autism is a non-profit organization located in Easthampton, MA that serves as the autism support center for all of Western Massachusetts Each year our organization provides guidance and resources to over 2,000 families living in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. At the heart of our mission we care for children and their families.

And, we feel strongly that a part of helping families is encouraging family fun. Every year we offer three party activities for families to come out, enjoy each other’s company, play together and meet new friends. These activities are free to attend and include our Summer Picnic, Halloween Party and Holiday Celebration.

On Saturday, July 18th please join us for our Family Summer Picnic from 11am-2pm at Stanley Park in Westfield. Enjoy a BBQ, the summer sun and friends with us! This is a pot-luck event and we ask that families with last names A-L bring along a side that doesn’t need to be heated, and families with last names M-Z bring along a dessert. We hope to see you there! RSVP at www.bit.ly/CRPAsummer

KoFest: FROM REFUGEE CAMP TO PROJECT

July 24, 2015 - July 26, 2015 - All Day at Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
S. Pleasant Street

Ko Festival of Performance presents:
FROM REFUGEE CAMP TO PROJECT
by Sokeo Ros

Friday, July 24 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 25 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 26 @ 4:00 pm

Holden Theater, Amherst College​, Amherst, Massachusetts​
$16 students/seniors; $20 adults.
Order online now: www.kofest.com
FMI until July 6: (413) 427-6147 or info@kofest.com
Box Office opens July 6: 413-542-3750

Born into a Cambodian family in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Ros finds himself trapped in a ghetto, courted by gangs. A tale of finding salvation in art & self-expression, told through hip-hop dance, traditional Khmer dance, personal narrative & video.

The Ko Festival of Performance – in its 24th season – is a perennially popular summer experience in Western Massachusetts offering five weekends of theatrical performances, three one-night events, and three 6-day intensive theater workshops. Four of the weekend performances and the annual KoFest Story Slam event all explore this year’s theme of NEW|LAND|HOME.

The 14th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar in Tiverton, RI

July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Tiverton Four Corners Art Center
3852 Main Road

A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures.  Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.

Yoga Class Fundraiser

July 25, 2015 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Yoga Sanctuary
Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor

Yoga Class Fundraiser
Pop Up Noho: Yoga for a cause.

Over the next 3 months, local yoga teacher, Beth Tascione, will be sharing her unique and joyful style of yoga throughout the Pioneer Valley to raise money and awareness for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED).

Ectodermal Dysplasia is a group of genetic disorders causing the hair, teeth, nails and glands to develop and function abnormally. More than 100 different ectodermal dysplasias have been found, and it is estimated that as many as 7 in 10,000 babies are born with this disorder. Unfortunately there is no cure, but there are treatments available to help with the symptoms.

Over the years, Beth has raised money for various charities by offering donation-based yoga classes, but this time it’s more personal. Her three-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with Ectodermal Dysplasia. Raising money and awareness for NFED not only allows for treatments to remain available to folks affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia, but also allows for research to continue on how to treat people with Ectodermal Dysplasia and how to ultimately prevent it.   “As a parent, I intend to do everything I can to make treatments available to her to improve the quality of her life.  To that end, as a yoga teacher, I’m making my services available on a donation basis to fund the NFED through these pop up yoga classes. Many people, including my daughter’s own doctors, have never heard of Ectodermal Dysplasia, so I feel that it is imperative to educate people about this disorder as well as to raise money to help fund the support NFED provides to families like mine.”

If you are planning to be in the Valley this summer, you can join Beth for these donation-based Pop Yoga classes:

  • July 25, 3-4pm, Yoga Sanctuary, 3rd Floor Thornes Marketplace, Northampton
  • August 18, 6-7pm, Childs Park, Woodlawn Ave (across from the YMCA’s rear parking lot)
  • September 13, 10-11am, Park Hill Orchards82 Park Hill Rd, Easthampton

If you can’t make it to class, you can make a tax deductible donation to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias:

https://support.nfed.org/donate-now

 

KoFest Story Slam & Party

July 26, 2015 - 12:00 am - 10:30 pm at Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
S. Pleasant Street

24th Ko Festival of Performance presents our annual KoFest Story Slam & Party

Sunday, July 26 – 8:00 pm

Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
$15
Order online now: www.kofest.com
FMI until July 6: (413) 427-6147 or info@kofest.com
Box Office opens July 6: 413-542-3750

True stories on “FISH OUT OF WATER” – told, perhaps, by you!  Visit kofest.com to see how you can participate.  Coaching available!

CASH BAR & PRIZES!

KoFest: DAY JOBS, OPERA DREAMS

July 31, 2015 - August 2, 2015 - All Day at Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
S. Pleasant Street

Ko Festival of Performance presents:
DAY JOBS, OPERA DREAMS
by Chinese Theater Works

Friday, July 31 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 1 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 2 – 4:00 pm

Holden Theater, Amherst College​, Amherst, Massachusetts​
$16 students/seniors; $20 adults.
Order online now: www.kofest.com
FMI until July 6: (413) 427-6147 or info@kofest.com
Box Office opens July 6: 413-542-3750

By and about Peking Opera performers who’ve left China to try their luck in the U.S. On arriving in NYC, the truth is stark – not stardom, but work in restaurants & nail salons. Told through a blend of Peking Opera, storytelling & contemporary theater techniques.

The Ko Festival of Performance – in its 24th season – is a perennially popular summer experience in Western Massachusetts offering five weekends of theatrical performances, three one-night events, and three 6-day intensive theater workshops. Five weekend performances and the annual KoFest Story Slam event all explore this year’s theme of NEW|HOME|LAND.

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