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Bending Towards Justice: The Art of Robert Templeton @ Gateway City Arts
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gateway City Arts is pleased to announce:
“Bending toward Justice: The Art of Robert Templeton and the Struggle for Civil Rights – An exhibit and a series of related events.”

This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.


Viewing Times:
Mondays: closed
Tuesdays: 11am-3pm
Wednesdays: 11am-8pm
Thursdays: 11am-8pm
Fridays: 11am-8pm
Saturdays: 4pm-8pm
Sundays: 10am-3pm

Program of planned events:
-2/2 Private Opening with music from Mtali Banda Oneness Project and an intimate discussion with Kevin Templeton

-2/3 Public Opening with panel discussion from Chris Tinson and Mike Ford

-2/16 Tony Vacca’s Rhythm & Flow with special guests TBD

-2/17 Real Live Theatre Presents a Reading of “When Last We Flew”

-2/18 Reading by Poet Affaa Weaver

-2/22-25 Winter Festival

-2/24 Panel and Discussion with John Bollard

-3/3 Exhibit Closing and An Evening With Evelyn Harris, Samirah Evans, and Marcia Gomes

More info on events and features of this exhibit to be announced…

For more information please visit gatewaycityarts.com/roberttempleton

The Bistro at Gateway City Arts will be open during the exhibit. For hours, menus, and more information please visit facebook.com/bistroatgatewaycityarts

Robert Templeton (May 11, 1929 – July 16, 1991) was a prolific American artist and received many high-profile portrait commissions over his career. Templeton painted the portrait of former President Jimmy Carter that is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. His work also includes the civil rights collection “Lest we forget…Images of the Black Civil Rights Movement,” highlighting seminal figures from the movement.

The paintings, on display from February 3rd through March 3rd, have never been shown in Massachusetts before. Gateway City Arts is currently scheduling events related to the content of the exhibit such as concerts, lectures, discussion panels, poetry readings, and more. The month of February will also feature the community-oriented annual Winter Festival. The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday through Sunday for selected hours.

The exhibit will begin with a private fundraiser dinner and preview on February 2nd, followed by a public opening on Saturday February 3rd with live music and events organized by Genuine Culture. The final day to see the artwork is March 3rd, with a closing concert by Evelyn Harris, Samirah Evans, and Marcia Gomes.


Lush Honey at Open Michael! @ Bishop's Lounge
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A Takeover Tuesday special event with CRAIG BROADHEAD from TURKUAZ will be happening in and around this Open Michael. Show up early cause signups fill up!

LUSH HONEY will be bringing that funk soul to you all this Tuesday 2/20. This will be an official pre-party for Bishop’s FUNKPOCALYPSE this Friday 2/23, when LUSH HONEY will be aligning their powers with Boston-based powerhouse TERRAFUNK! Be sure to check out the funk mastery this weekend (and Tuesday)!

There will also be a special drink promotion happening this Tuesday! One of our wonderful local friends will be bringing the liquor company she represents to Bishop’s Lounge to BUY YOU FREE DRINKS!!!
I say a lot of things sometimes but this Tuesday, come out for Great People, Great Music, Powerful Honey Funk from Lush Honey, Craig Broadhead from Turkuaz, and some FREE DRINKS!!!

This will also be the last Open Michael I (Anders) will host till April! Tobey will be crushing next week at the Lounge and during the month of March we will be holding the annual Strangecreek Battle of the Bands! Get down with the get down on 2/20!

7:30 Signups
8-11 Open Michael ft. Lush Honey
11-2 Takeover Tuesday


A Tribe Called Quest Night! @ The Harp Irish Pub
Feb 20 @ 8:30 pm – Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm

This time around Beast Mode is featuring some tunes from one of our favorite groups, A Tribe Called Quest. Come check the rhimes and relax electrically at The Harp Irish Pub. Our very own Ted Sullivan will be sharing the verses with Nate Outer Stylie Martel so you don’t want to miss this! The one and only Marc Seedorf joins us on the bass! Always great food and drinks. We’ll be keeping the tunes going from 8:30-midnight. Free!
Nate Outer Stylie Martel – vox, guitar
Ted Sullivan – vox, drums
Darby Wolf – keys
Marc Seedorf – bass


Harry Potter Night | The Library @ The Library
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:00 am

Prepare to experience the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind and ensnaring the senses, as The Library celebrates J. K. Rowling’s international literary sensation, “Harry Potter”! For one night only, enter our exclusive “common room” and enjoy drinks, music, and the company of witches, wizards, and Muggles alike!

Featuring a mystical menu of original cocktail creations inspired by the series, from customizable herb-infused spirits to flaming brews as vibrant as dragon fire, these mysterious potions will be sure to tantalize the senses and awaken your taste for adventure!

We will be maintaining a proper capacity all night in compliance with building codes, as well as to ensure a level of comfort for our guests. There will be a wait list for parties if at full capacity, and guests are welcome to drink next door at Amy’s Place until you can be seated.


Feb 2018 Monthly Meeting @ Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Our February Monthly Meeting!

6:30: New Member Orientation
7:00: Regular Meeting

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Directions are here: http://www.mghpcc.org/visiting/directions/


Open Mic Night At Brew Practitioners with Host F Alex Johnson
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come on out to the area’s best all ages open mic night right in downtown Florence at Brew Practitioners, LLC.

The night is open to anyone with a song, a story, a poem, or even a joke. Bring something to share with the crowd or just sit back and enjoy listening.

Alex will begin the night with a short set of his tunes and then open the mic and PA up to the house. Feel free to bring a guitar, keyboard, bass or anything you need to showcase your talent.

FYI we will have a working keyboard and acoustic guitar for anyone to use.

Sign up begins at 6:15 and the slots fill up fast. Open mic 7-10pm. There are ten twelve minute slots for performers (with a couple minutes on each side for setup). I like to make sure everybody who wants to play gets to but lately the list has been getting filled by about 8pm. So make sure to come early to put your name down and grab a slot! Note: please only fill in *your own* name. This helps make sure people who are present and eager to play get a slot. Thanks for understanding.

Here’s some pics (more added each week).


Or just search for #bpomn

Some recent press on the Open Mic Night:

This is from Masslive.com/The Republican:


Here’s something from the Daily Hampshire Gazette: http://www.gazettenet.com/Clubland-2218021

And an interview with me (mostly Open Mic-related) here:

Some wonderful photos by a friend: http://alturl.com/kk6tc



Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Feb 21 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 1:30 am
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Winter Festival @ Gateway City Arts
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

A four-day community-focused event filled with music, art, food, drinks and winter fun!

Gateway City Arts would like to invite you to participate. To apply, please email rachel@gatewaycityarts.com with your name, email, phone number, and how you would like to participate. Detailed technical guidelines will be sent after an application is received. Deadline to apply is January 22nd.

Activities include a chili cook-off, cake decorating competition, lip sync battle, cookie baking competition, ice carving competition and a c’ARTboard competition (in partnership with the Holyoke Department of Public Works, a display of 2d or 3d art made entirely out of cardboard and recycled materials).

***Details about each activity below***

C’ARTboard Competition

The C’ARTboard Competition is in partnership with the Holyoke Department of Public Works; a display of cardboard artwork created by local students, artists, or inspired individuals from Holyoke and the surrounding towns. We would love you to participate and show off your artistic talents! Awards will be in 4 categories: Adult Individual, Teen or Child Individual, Family, and Random Group. All skill levels and ages are welcome!

Cake Decorating Competition

The cake decorating competition will take place on Saturday, February 24th. The jury will consist of professionals in culinary fields and business. We invite you to bring your baking and decorating expertise toGateway City Arts to compete, show your skills, and become thecake decorator in all of Holyoke ­and maybe even Western, Mass!

Chili Cook-Off

The chili cook-off will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00pm. Winners will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on Saturday at 3:00pm.

Cookie Baking Competition

The cookie baking competition will take place on Saturday, February 24th. The jury will consist of professionals in culinary fields and business. We invite you to bring your baking and decorating expertise to GatewayCity Arts to compete, to show your skills and become the greatest cookie baker in all of Holyoke ­and maybe even Western Mass!

Ice Carving Competition

The carving competition will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 10am. The jury will consist of professionals in the art field.We invite you to Gateway City Arts to share yourIce carving skills with the community.

Lip Sync Battle

The Lip Sync Battle will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 7-9:30pm. We invite you to unleash your inner rock star, share your talents with the community, and compete to become the greatest lip syncer in all of Holyoke ­and maybe even Western, Mass!


Drag Queen Bingo at Gateway City Arts @ Gateway City Arts
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Your favorite night of the month is back!!!!! Every LAST THURSDAY come join my girl Liz and me at Gateway City Arts for a fabulous fun time!!!

Food and Drinks will be available at the Bistro for purchase: http://bit.ly/2l7tUUn

Great drinks, great food, amazing venue, and great prizes!!!!
$10.00 for 10 rounds!!!!! No Door Fee!!
Bring your friends old and new and we guarantee you’ll have a blast!!!!!

***If you would like to donate a prize in exchange for promotion and free bingo cards, please inbox Liz or Me*****


Hive Jive 2/22/18: Soultree and Ghost In The Groove @ The Hive: Farm and Community Space
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The Hive is excited to announce a slightly altered version of The Hive Jive, The Hive Jive Concert Series! A recurring event that brings you some amazing musicians in an intimate, home style atmosphere. Our acts span all genres and feature music from around the globe. We hope it will be the experience of a lifetime!

Entry: $8
BYOB with valid I.D
Leave the pets at home for this one and carpool please!

This Event Features:

*****Northampton Massachusetts based: Soultree*****

A Soultree experience is sure to leave audiences emotionally uplifted. Soultree is an exploration of live dub, drum and bass and electro reggae soul. Ian I (drums and vocals), Chris Ball (bass and effects), Dan Thomas (guitar and effects) and Jeff Fennell (tenor sax and effects) dynamically blast off into uncharted territory with hypnotic grooves and out of this world soundscapes! Be ready for a psychedelic dub experience at the Hive Jive…

****Manchester New Hampshire Based: Ghost In The Groove*****

Hive favorite and local legends Ghost In The Groove is a five piece band with Mathias McShredster on guitar, Matt Klawitter on keys, Michael Ferrazzani on percussion, Mark Silva on bass, and Stephen Lutz on drums. Drawing predominately on the vibes that surround them in the moment for inspiration; G.I.T.G. sets are entirely improvised and always a different, fantastic adventure each time. Styles flirt with funk, reggae, rock, metal, jazz, even some electronic elements and more.

Unlike our summer event we are unable to accommodate camping. If for any reason you are unable to drive after attending this event please inform us and we will provide a Designated Driver or a comfortable place to rest.




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