Upcoming Arts & Entertainment Briefs

New England Hall of Fame inducts June Millington

The New England Music Hall of Fame will induct a musical pioneer and Goshen Resident June Millington into its 2022 class next month.

Millington is a co-founder of the all-female rock band “Fanny,” the first all-female band signed to a major record label.

The group’s great success this year with the release of the award-winning documentary, “Fanny: The Right to Rock,” directed by Bobbi Jo Hart. The film outlines the band’s pursuit of fame, and obstacles faced regarding race, gender, sexuality and ageism while navigating the music industry.

Millington is the co-founder of the Institute for the Music Arts with Ann Hackler where they have a music camp for girls.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 8 and will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

The Academy of
Music to present poet Frohman and special guests

NORTHAMPTON – The Academy of Music Theater of Northampton welcomes Denice Frohman and special guests Marissa Perez and Rio Santos to the stage for the one-night event scheduled this Saturday at 7:30 pm

The event features an intimate performance by Frohman, an internationally acclaimed poet and performer. The former Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion had her work featured in numerous pieces of literature. She’s performed on national and international stages, including 200 college Universities, and the White House.

Frohman currently lives in a Fellowship with the Latinx Poetry organization, Canto Mundo.

Also taking the stage on Saturday will be young Poets Marissa Perez and Rio Santos.

Perez is currently a senior at Hampshire College. She is the recipient of the 97th Glascock Poetry Prize, and has had her work featured in Huizache, and Ought to Be Magazine.

Santos, a Northampton High School freshman, is the first-ever youth poet laureate.

Tickets for the one-night event are $ 20 and can be purchased online at aomtheatre.com, or at the box office.

1st Doodle-a-Thon in Easthampton on Saturday

EASTHAMPTON – Resilient Community Arts and The Color Collaborative will celebrate Youth Art Month and raise money to support the Art is for Everybody Scholarship Fund by hosting a Doodle-a-Thon on Saturday.

The first-ever event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Cottage Street Boardwalk. The event will feature over 30 feet of doodling space, live music, a tie dye, a maker’s market featuring student work and local artists, and two different mini-workshops.

All proceeds collected at the Doodle-a-Thon and associated GoFundMe page will benefit the Art is For Everybody Scholarship Fund, which helps youth and teens from low-income homes to attend studio programs at RCA & The Color Collaborative.

The nonprofit organization will also launch registration for its summer programs for kids and teens on Saturday.

Go for a laugh at the Happier Valley Comedy Club

HADLEY – The Happier Valley Comedy Club is offering a plethora of events bound to keep you laughing over the next month.

This Saturday, the club, located at 1 Mill Valley Road, will hold its annual Happier Valley Championship at 7 pm The competition consists of two Improv teams going head to head in a series of scenes and games to see who will take home the grand prize , which are some old trophies found in someone’s attic.

Tickets are $ 13 and can be bought online, or at the door.

Other events include:

■ “The Understudies: an Improvised Musical,” Saturday, April 2, at 7 pm An experienced, hilarious cast creates a live musical from scratch in this musical performance.

Tickets are $ 13 sold online or at the door.

■ “2nd Saturdays Presents: SHRINK !,” Saturday, April 9, at 7 pm Described as when Frued meets funny, join an experienced group of performers through a series of improvised therapy sessions. Tickets are $ 13 and can be purchased online, or at the door.

■ “Storytelling Standup Showcase,” Friday, April 15, at 7 pm Hosted by Kelsey Flynn, his event will showcase new comedians testing out their latest material. Admission to the event is free.

■ “Not in Charge,” Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m., a fast-paced Improv show inspired by true stories from the cast that includes friends Mandy Anderson, Maddy Benjamin, Sally Ekus, Kate Jopson, Julie Waggoner and Jim Young. Tickets are $ 13 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend, and masks must be worn throughout performances.

Oxbow Gallery presents ‘Breakthrough’

EASTHAMPTON – The Oxbow Gallery of Easthampton is set to host works by Doreen LaScola in its newest back-gallery exhibit called “Breakthrough,” opening on March 31.

“Breakthrough” is a collection of Transitional works presenting LaScola’s recent realizations in which she combines the spontaneity and energy of her plein artwork with the abstract concepts seen in her studio work. Mediations made by LaScola during COVID isolation will also be on display.

LaScola will attend a reception on April 1 at 5 pm, where she will discuss her process, Discoveries, and challenges behind the exhibit, and will be available for questions.

The exhibit will be open to the public following the reception Thursday through Sunday from 12-5pm until April 24. The Oxbow Gallery is located at 40 Cottage St. in Easthampton.


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