Spring 2018 Calendar

The Bing Arts Center presents an array of arts-related and creative community events including Musical, Spoken Word, and small Theatrical Performances. Art-house and other Indie films are screened monthly along with small festivals and special film events. Exhibitions of work by local and regional artists are also regularly scheduled.

February

Saturday, February 9, 7 P.M.

Pop-Up Gallery/Dance Party with DJ Black Angus

Interested in showing your work at the Bing? This is your chance! Buy, sell, or trade artwork at this non-juried show. Work must be suitable for hanging with push pins. Artists please arrive between 6 and 7 to hang your work. Come early for best wall space! There will be food and drink and room to dance with DJ Black Angus beatmatching, mixing, and blurring the boundaries!

$5.

Friday, February 17, 6 P.M.

Artist’s Reception for Warren Amerman Experiments

Fascinated with photography since the age of nine, Warren has taken thousands of photographs both as a professional and a hobbyist. These prints represent some of the experiments he’s tried over the years in an effort to find out something new for himself. Show runs through Saturday, June 9.

Saturday, February 17, 8 P.M.

Jazz Club: Nicholas Ryder Quintet

Tenor saxophonist Nicholas Ryder fronts this talented and energetic ensemble which also features Shaun Flynn on alto saxophone: Conor Kennedy on piano; Max Ship on bass; and Joshua Leslie on drums. Music will include songbook standards and tunes by Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, and Eddie Harris.

15, $10 students.

Saturday, February 24, 8 P.M.

Magic Show: P.O.P. The Punks of Prestidigitation

This magic cabaret quartet comprised of magicians PJ Pinsonnault, Jonas Cain, Scotty Swan, and Jude Giordano presents a fast paced, provocative, Dadaesque combination of laughter, wizardry, mentalism, and off-beat humor. You must experience this!

$10, $5 students.

Wednesday, February 28, 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Ignite the Mic! Youth Open Mic with Teatro V!da

Popular open mic series (performances by 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da! in collaboration with Springfield College’s Dept. of Multicultural Affairs.

$5.

March

Friday, March 2, 8 P.M.

First Friday: Glenwood Mills and Rattlin’ Windows

Bing veterans Glenwood Mills are back again and are bringing their friends Rattlin’ Windows with them! $5.

Thursday, March 8, 7 P.M.

First Gigs

with Tommy Twilite, Emma Kristoffy, and Baystate $5.

Saturday, March 10, 1-3 P.M.

Basic Photography with Chris Marion

Springfield’s own Chris Marion presents an inspiring workshop on the basics every budding photographer needs to produce consistently improved images. Every camera follows the same rules whether its a big Canon DSLR or a smartphone, we’ll cover it all with plenty of time for questions.

$15, $10 students

Saturday, March 10, 8 P.M.

House Concert: Kevin Sharpe Group

KSG brings their modern original gospel to the Bing. Straight ahead Jazz, funk, Baroque, R&B, and Rock simmering over percolating rhythms, stewed together with a Gospel broth by a master chef, the aroma of choral harmonies filling the air!

$15, $10 students

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Bing Sketch Night (Ides of March)

Bring your sketch pad for a sociable evening of sketching and fun! Cosplayers welcome to model.

$5.

Saturday, March 17, 8 P.M.

House Concert: Marc Puricelli & Friends

Originally hailing from the Forest Park neighborhood, pianist Marc Puricelli returns to his old haunts and gathers some friends for his debut at the Bing!

$15, $10 students.

Saturday, March 24, 1 – 3 P.M.

African Drumming Workshop with Jo Sallins

The workshop allows participants to have their hands on their very own instrument and become a part of an ensemble. Participants are taken on a journey from percussion basics like hand positioning, sound techniques and warm ups to learning a part in a complicated cultural masterpiece!

$15, $10 students

Saturday, March 24, 8 P.M.

All Ages Rock Show!

Bands TBA

$5.

Wednesday, March 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Ignite the Mic! Youth Open Mic with Teatro V!da

Popular open mic series (performances by 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da! in collaboration with Springfield College’s Dept. of Multicultural Affairs.

$5.

Saturday, March 31, 8 P.M.

House Concert: Roger Saloom

America’s Best Unknown Songwriter,” one of our greatest musical storytellers, Roger appears at the Bing for the first time!

$15, $10 students

April

Friday, April 6, 8 P.M.

First Friday: Dan Daniels

Guitarist and singer/songwriter brings his folk and country stylings to the Bing.

$5.

Saturday, April 7 & 14, 10 A.M. to Noon

Basic Stencil Design Techniques Workshop with John Archambault

Participants will create a one-part stencil art piece. Topics to be covered include: conceptualizing designs, stencil-izing images and type, taped stencil technique, and illustration board stencils.

$50, $40 students, includes materials.

Saturday, April 7, 8 P.M

House Concert: Zikina

Uganda native Gideon Ampere sings and plays a variety of East African instruments, including Kenanga (zither), Adungu (harp), and Kalimba (thumb piano). Guitarist Mike Cardozo, bassist Roston Kirk, and Kade Parkin on drums join Gideon to create intense grooves, joyous dance beats, and dreamy textures.

$15, $10 students.

Thursday, April 12, 7 P.M.

First Gigs TBA $5.

Saturday, April 14, 8 P.M.

Jazz Club: Michael Gregory Jackson

Michael Gregory Jackson is widely known as a composer, innovator, guitarist, improvisor, producer, sound explorer, educator, and poet. One of the most influential guitarists to emerge during New York’s avant-garde loft scene, Michael’s ability to span musical genres was best captured by one reviewer’s depiction, “Musical Mercury.”  The brilliant technique on electric and acoustic guitars demonstrated throughout his 40+ year career has influenced other 6-string greats as Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Brandon Ross, Elliot Sharpe and others.

$20, $10 students.

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 to 8:30

Bing Sketch Night

Bring your sketch pad for a sociable evening of sketching and fun! Cosplayers welcome to model.

$5.

Friday, April 20, 8 P.M.

Magdalena Gomez & Tony Vacca

Globally acclaimed artists, poet Magdalena Gomez and percussionist Tony Vacca, present an evening of world music and spoken word. Senegal, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and the Bronx come together to celebrate the soul’s longing to live a liberated life.

$15, $10 students.

Saturday, April 21, 8 P.M.

House Concert: Afro Yaqui Music Collective

AYMC features Gizelxanath Rodriguez (Soprano), Ben Barson (Baritone Saxophone), Samuel Okoh-Boateng (Piano), and Julian Powell (Drums). The group descends from the ensembles of Guggenheim award winner Fred Ho, whose work was influenced by West African, global indigenous, and East Asian musics.

$15, $10 students.

Wednesday, April 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Ignite the Mic! Youth Open Mic with Teatro V!da

Popular open mic series (performances by 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da! in collaboration with Springfield College’s Dept. of Multicultural Affairs.

$5.

Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m.

2nd Annual Bing Booster Bash

After-work party with beverages sponsored by White Lion Brewing Company, food, and music by DJ Black Angus! Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.

Friday, April 27, 8 P.M.

Screening & Concert Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr.

Cellist Gideon Freudmann performs a pre-concert and live accompaniment of the silent film master’s hilarious classic! Introduction to the movie by Mike Dobbs.

$20, $10 students

Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

Saturday, April 28 & May 5, 10 A.M. to Noon

Advanced Stencil Design Techniques Workshop with John Archambault

Participants will create a multi-part stencil portrait. Topics to be covered include: screened paper stencil portraits, making multi part stencils, found objects as stencils, and advanced spray techniques.

$50, $40 students, includes materials.

May

Wednesday, May 2, 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Youth Truth Ensemble

A collaboration between Enchanted Circle Theater & The Treehouse Communities will come together with members of First Generation/The Performance Project for a creative and cultural youth exchange to share their work, ideas, concerns, and vision for a just future.

 

Friday, May 4, 8 P.M.

FIRST FRIDAY: Ray Mason

The legendary Man and his Silvertone returns to the Bing to share his music, stories and fun! Some of Ray’s many classics include: “Not That Kinda Guy,” “Reverb And A Zip Code,” and “Monkey In A Convent.”

$5.

 

Saturday, May 5, 3 P.M. to 10 P.M.

Cinco de Mayo Poetry Fest with Tommy Twilite.

Workshop at 3 p.m. Food at 6 p.m. Recital at 7:30 p.m.

$20 includes food.

 

Thursday, May 10, 7 P.M.

First Gigs TBA $5.

Saturday, May 12, 8 P.M.

House Concert: Don Bikoff

Back by popular demand, the American Primitive Guitar exemplar presents his annual performance at the Bing!

$15, $10 students.

 

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Bing Sketch Night

Bring your sketch pad for a sociable evening of sketching and fun! Cosplayers welcome to model.

$5.

 

Saturday, May 19, 8 P.M.

Independent Filmmakers’ Series

The Book of Clarence with filmmaker Eric Marciano

Documentary following the life and career of Clarence Fountain, a founding member of The Blind Boys of Alabama, one of the world’s most successful gospel groups.

$10, $5 students

 

Wednesday, May 30, 7 to 8:30 P.M.

Open Mic Night

Popular open mic series (performances by 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da! in collaboration with Springfield College’s Dept. of Multicultural Affairs.

$5.

 

June

Saturday: June 2, 8 P.M.

House Concert: Marc Puricelli & Terry Jenoure

Violinist, singer, and visual artist Terry Jenoure joins her friend, pianist Marc Puricelli, for a memorable evening of music!

$15, $10 students.

 

Saturday, June 9, 8 P.M.

House Concert: The Beekeepers

This alt folk trio performs a tasty mix of folk, pop, alt rock, bluegrass, and blues. Amanda Sullivan on lead vocals, guitar, merlin, and piano; Phred Mileski on vocals, piano, and accordion; and Sylvie Abate on guitar, bass, and banjo blend genres with gorgeously tight harmonies to delightful and fabulous effect!

$15, $10 students.

Thursday, June 14, 7 P.M.

First Gigs TBA $5.

Saturday, June 16, 1 to 3 P.M.

Beginning Watercolor Painting Workshop with Priya Nadkarni Green

Unleash your creative spirit with this workshop on watercolor painting. No experience necessary.

$20, $15 students, includes materials.

 

Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Sketch Night at the Bing

Bring your sketch pad for a sociable evening of sketching and fun! Cosplayers welcome to model.

$5.

 

Friday, June 22, 8 P.M.

Jazz Club: Clear & Present Quartet

Pianist/composer Christopher Bakriges will bring his quartet to the Bing to perform music from the outstanding recording Clear & Present. Chris will be joined on drums by Springfield’s own Billy Arnold, Jay Hoggard on vibes, and Gerald Cannon (currently playing with McCoy Tyner and Jazz at Lincoln Center) the on bass!

$20, $10 students

 

Saturday, June 23, 1 to 3 P.M.

Beginning Acrylic Painting Workshop with Andrae Green

Get excited about color with this acrylic painting workshop. No experience necessary.

$20, $15 students, includes materials.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 P.M.

Open Mic Night

Popular open mic series (performances by 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da! in collaboration with Springfield College’s Dept. of Multicultural Affairs.

$5.

 

Saturday, June 30, 8 P.M.

All Ages Rock Show!

Bands TBA

$5.

In the Galleries:
Experiments

Photographs by Warren Amerman

on display through June 9.