Fall 2017 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.

September

Saturday, September 9, 5 – 8 p.m.

Outdoor Gallery Grand Opening Party

Help us celebrate the completion and installation of our new mural, Like a Splinter in Your Mind, in the Bing’s Outdoor Gallery. Local artists Andrae and Priya Green led a team of artists and students in the 8’ by 40’ mural’s creation. The mural painting class was part of the Richard & Ethel Hanley Arts Education Program at the Bing. BBQ, popcorn, hot cookies, and kid-friendly activities, with music by Pancake Nebula and DJ Rec. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.

Friday, September 15, 8 p.m.

Independent Filmmakers’ Screening:
Man Who Lost it All

A gritty story of drugs, revenge and murder on the mean streets of Springfield. Shot and produced in Springfield by Broke People Films. Rated R. $10 per person. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments available.

Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.

Jazz Club:
Jeremy Turgeon Quintet

The outstanding Springfield trumpeter and his talented ensemble are back with their exciting brand of urban jazz! Tickets are $15, or $10 for students, in advance or at the door.

Media sponsorship by NEPR.

Friday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Staying con la Gana

An intimate evening of performance and conversation with Janis Astor del Valle. Astor del Valle is an award-winning writer, performer and filmmaker whose work promotes discourse and fosters understanding of LGBTQ issues and cultural diversity. In Staying con la Gana, she combines spoken word and monologues to introduce a cast of characters who are all longing for something – or someone: parents missing their children, women pining for lovers and others, activists fighting for justice. Staying con la Gana marks the third collaboration between Astor del Valle and director, Carolyn Kirsch. Audience talkback and reception immediately following. $15 at the door, $10 advance & students.

Wednesday, September 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Ignite the Mic!

Youth Open Mic hosted by theater in residence, Teatro V!da! in collaboration with Springfield College’s Department of Multicultural Affairs. $5.

Friday, September 29, 8 p.m.

Independent Filmmakers’ Screening:
Drive. Play. Sleep.

The story of all the bands you’ve never heard of. Documentary film about musicians’ life on the road by art/music duo Pocket Vinyl. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., refreshments available. $5 at the door.

Saturday, September 30, 5 – 9 p.m.

Artist’s Reception:
Shooting Stars, Photographs by Keith Sikes

Keith Sikes, a nationally published photographer who specializes in street photography and paparazzi work will share photos of people from all walks of life. Over 100 images of celebrities as well as poignant images of everyday people on the street. Music by Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites, libations by White Lion Brewing. Exhibit on display through January 27. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.

October

Friday, October 6, 8 p.m.

Jazz Club: Christopher Bakriges Trio

Pianist/composer Chris Bakriges will be joined by two of Springfield’s great musicians, bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Billy Arnold, for a performance of music from the outstanding recording Clear & Present! $15, $10 students.

Media Sponsor NEPR.

Sponsored by Rotary Records.

Friday, October 13, 7 p.m.

Film Screening: Life of Baha’u’llah

Celebrating the Upcoming Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth. This film recognizes Baha’u’llah’s teachings of peace and unity which have touched millions of souls.
Free admission.

Saturday, October 14, 8 p.m.

Jazz Club:
John Funkhouser Trio

Led by Berklee Professor John Funkhouser’s “explosive piano playing” (Boston Globe), the band stretches the limits of traditional jazz forms! $15, $10 students.

Sponsored by Rotary Records. Media sponsor NEPR.

Saturday, October 21, 8 p.m.

House Concert: Galen Passen

Classically trained sitarist Galen Passen is driven by the mystery of raga and the magic of creativity to seek new ways to think, feel and create. He’ll be joined by Rob Morrison on tabla. $15, $10 students.

Sponsored by Teatro V!da. Media sponsor NEPR.

Wednesday, October 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Ignite the Mic!

Youth Open Mic hosted by theater in residence, Teatro V!da! Featured Artists: Not Ready For Bedtime Players, an award-winning peer sexuality education troupe based at the University of Massachusetts. Directed by Tommy Claire. $5.

Friday, October 27, 8 p.m.

Jazz Club: Khalif Neville Trio
with Charles Neville

The exciting young keyboardist’s trio is joined by Khalif’s father, New Orleans legend Charles Neville. $15, $10 students.

Media sponsor by NEPR.

Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bing Comic-Con 2017

Celebrate the art of comics, fantasy, and film in Springfield! This family-friendly all-ages event will be presented at Trinity Church’s beautiful Asbury Hall, 361 Sumner Avenue. Come and enjoy original artwork and prints, comics, cosplay, crafts,textiles, plush, and great food from Benson’s Bagels! $5.

November

Friday, November 3, 8 p.m.

First Friday: Ray Mason

The Man and his Silvertone returns to the Bing! $5.

Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m.

One Minute Student Film Festival

Screening of short films produced with smartphones by college, high school, and middle school students. $5.

Friday, November 10, 7 p.m.

Stacey Lynn Cloutier & Friends

Music and Artisan Fest, featuring LuLaRoe Fashions and crafts. $5.

Saturday, November 11, 8 p.m.

House Concert:
Peter J. Newland & RadioXile

Extraordinary composer/performer and frontman for the legendary band FAT brings his exciting ensemble featuring Mark Pappas on guitar, Tim Smith on drums, Tom Petri on bass and Ralph Whittle on keyboards. Don’t miss the chance to see this great band in the Bing’s intimate performance space! $10.

Libations by White Lion Brewing.

Saturday, November 25, 8 p.m.

Your Voice, Poet

Members of the Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble of New York will perform this award-winning play by Haitian-American poet Jean Dany Joachim. The performance will be followed by a guided discussion of the themes of the play.

Presented by the Bing in collaboration with Silver Thorne Theater Company. Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. Made possible by an Open Discussion grant from Mass Humanities.

In the Gallery:
Shooting Stars

Photographs by Keith Sikes.

on display through January 27.