Spring 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.

February

Friday, February 3, 8 p.m.

First Friday: Jim Armenti

Celebrated Valley troubadour returns to the Bing. $5.

Saturday, February 4, 5 to 7 p.m.

Artist’s reception and screening for Dawa Drolma’s Tale of Tibetans

Dawa Drolma, a Bay Path University student from Derge, Sichuan, China will exhibit her photographs and present a screening of her documentary films “White Lies” and “Clay”.

On display January 28 thru March 4.

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.

Books and Baseball!

A Spring Training Night at the Bing with Garry Brown and Tommy Shea

Popular local authors will lead an anticipatory conversation about spring training and the upcoming season. Garry Brown’s “Greatest Hits” and Tommy Shea’s “Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History” will be available for purchase and signing.

Free Event, Donations gratefully accepted.

Saturday, February 18, 8 p.m.

Jazz Club: Jo Sallins 2 Man Trio with Alysia Cutting

Singer, educator, and radio personality Alysia Cutting joins bassist/pianist Joe Sallins 2 Man Trio with drummer Joel Turcotte for an evening of stylish song. $10, $5 students.

Wednesday, February 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Ignite the Mic!

Join Teatro V!da for a fun evening celebrating the healing power of the arts! The mic is open for ages 12 to 25. All ages are welcome to attend.

Doors open at 6:30. Refreshments available.

Saturday, February 25, 8 p.m.

All Ages Rock Show

The Leafies You Gave Me, Daniel Ouellette & The Shobijin, and Space Camp

The Leafies You Gave Me are a 10-piece avant-garde music and theater ensemble/cult performing an eclectic array of genres covering everything from pop to free jazz to hardcore. Stage shows have been referred to as “Broadway on Acid.” Think high school drama club meets Zappa. Props, costumes and THE GIANT CLAM!

Daniel Ouellette & The Shobijin delivers a multilingual, experiential tour de force that fuses the musical traditions of New Wave, Techno-Pop, New Age, and World Music with lyrics in English, Spanish, and French.

Space Camp are three lil floral cuties from South Windsor, CT, with too many amps playing loud music about sharks, bugles, and being queer.

$5 at the door.
Sponsored by Spin That! Records.

March

Friday, March 3, 8 p.m.

First Friday: Jim Lenn

Guitarist Jim Lenn, frontman for the ukulele group Snapback, and percussionist Tom Massetti, will perform songs from the 60’s and early 70’s and share some insight into the Southern California music scene of the 60’s. $5 at the door.

Saturday, March 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

Smartphone Film Workshop

in association with the “One Minute Student Film Festival”
Learn to use your smartphone to produce short films; instructed by Marty Langford, filmmaker and professor of communications at American International College. Open to students and the general public. $5. Pre-registeration required by March 2; Call 413.731.9730 or purchase your ticket online.

The Festival and Workshop are funded in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

Saturday, March 18, 1 – 4 pm

Blues WorkShops

Make and Play a One-Stringed Diddly Bow, 1 – 3 p.m. 
This primitive blues instrument was used by early bluesmen and is fun and easy to play. $20, includes materials to make your own diddly bow!

Choose a Workshop, 3 – 4 p.m. 
Fingerpicking 101 – Intro to Folk & Blues Fingerpicking with Ramblin’ Dan Stevens. $5.
Beginning Slide Guitar with Robin O’Herin. $5.
Blues Mandolin with Marylou Ferrante. $5.

Participants can show off what they learn at an Open Mic at 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration required by March 14; Call 413.731.9730 or purchase your ticket online.
Funded in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

Saturday, March 18, 8 pm

Bing Blues: Robin O’Herin, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, and Marylou Ferrante

Bing Blues presents an evening of classic delta and pre-war blues performances by Robin O’Herin, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, and Marylou Ferrante.

Doors open at 6:30. Refreshments available.

Saturday, March 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Artist’s reception for Paul Bloomfield’s “Uplift”

Paul Bloomfield, Chair, Fine Arts & Performing Arts Department, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, will present his photographic images of performing artists in Cambodia.

On display March 18 thru June 10.

Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m.

Jazz Club: Khalif Neville Trio

Khalif Neville, of the New England Neville Brothers, performs with his talented young Valley jazz trio for their debut at the Bing! $10, $5 students.

Wednesday, March 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Ignite the Mic!

Join Teatro V!da for a fun evening celebrating the healing power of the arts! The mic is open for ages 12 to 25. All ages are welcome to attend.

Doors open at 6:30. Refreshments available.