Spring 2020 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.

March

Friday, March 6, 8:00 P.M.

First Friday: Shawna Caspi

We’re pleased to present Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi. Shawna accompanies her strong singing with a remarkable fingerpicking guitar style. $5

Media Sponsor NEPR. Photo by Grover Gatewood.

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 P.M.

Sean Byrne Memorial Music Foundation: Open Anything Night

Come down to the Bing for Open Anything Night! We welcome ANY and ALL to showcase their talents and skills. $5. All proceeds go directly to the Sean Byrne Memorial Foundation.

Saturday, March 14, 8:00 P.M.

Josh Bogin

Join Springfield’s (and Forest Park’s) own Josh Bogin for a night of classic songs from his favorite folkie greats. including Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Pete Seeger.

$10, $5 students.

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Pop Up Studio/Sketch Night with Marc Lapierre

Bring projects to share and compare, exchange tips and pointers with friends.

$5

Saturday, March 21, 8:00 P.M.

Jim Lenn

Jim Lenn grew up in southern California during the 60s. He started music at eight, and after hearing the Beatles when he was twelve, knew music would play a big part in his life. After relocating to the East Coast in 2000, Jim played in the local folk/gospel group East of Nashville for six years then joined the popular country group The Truckstop Troubadours for a two year stint before starting the New England Ukulele Ensemble. Jim will perform songs from the 60s and early 70s along with some insight into the Southern California music scene of the 60s.

$10, $5 students

Wednesday, March 25, 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Sign-up at 6:45 P.M.

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

This popular open mic series for ages 12 to 25 is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da. Poets, musicians, actors, dancers, singers, comics, storytellers and visual artists – all people, arts and languages are welcome! Please arrive by 6:45 to sign-up.

$5

Saturday, March 28, 8 P.M.

Jazz Club: Ted Levine Ensemble

The group plays contemporary improvised music, encompassing a variety of styles including bebop, free improvisation, rock, and modern chamber music. The ensemble feaures Ted Levine, reeds; Jim Messbauer, trombone; John Mason, guitar; David Picchu, bass; and Clark Seibold, drums.

$15, $10 students

Media Sponsor NEPR.

April

Friday, April 3, 8:00 P.M.

Bing Blues: Frank Breen

This outstanding blues guitarist and historian will present an evening of classics!

$10, $5 for students

Media Sponsor NEPR.

Thursday, April 9, 7:30PM

Sean Byrne Memorial Music Foundation: Open Anything Night

Come down to the Bing for Open Anything Night! We welcome ANY and ALL to showcase their talents and skills. $5. All proceeds go directly to the Sean Byrne Memorial Foundation.

Saturday, April 11, 8:00 P.M.

Comedy at the Bing hosted by Monk Kelley

Join us for a night of hilarious stand-up with Monk and six other comedians, emphasizing local and diverse talent.

$8

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Pop Up Studio/Sketch Night with Marc Lapierre

Bring projects to share and compare, exchange tips and pointers with friends.

$5

Saturday, April 25. 10:00 A.M. — Arts Session
Saturday, April 25. 10:00 A.M. — Songwriting Session

Life Creative, Arts Enrichment Workshops with Amy Porchelli

Searching for time and space to engage with your creative interests? ArtSong, LLC in collaboration with the Bing Arts Center is offering a day of arts enrichment for you! Join singer/songwriter and contemporary classical painter Amy Porchelli for a morning art session and/or afternoon songwriting session. Participants will come home with a painting and/or song.

$20 each session or $30 for both.

Part of the Richard & Ethel Hanley Arts Education Program.

Saturday, April 25, 8 P.M.

400: An African American Musical Portrait

Avery Sharpe Quintet & Extended Family Choir
Bassist Avery Sharpe has made a bold statement with his latest project, 400: An African American Musical Portrait. His original compositions serve to chronicle the pain, hope, and triumph of the African American people. This new, original jazz music is flavored with gospel, spirituals, and blues. There are two pieces corresponding to each of the four centuries since the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia, by the Dutch in 1619. $25. $15 students. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council. Media Sponsor NEPR.

Sunday, April 26, 2PM – 4PM.

Teatro V!da Poetry and Music CD Fundraiser

Come support this group of talented young people! $10 suggested donation.

Wednesday, April 29, 7 to 8:30 P.M. Sign-up at 6:45 P.M.

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

This popular open mic series for ages 12 to 25 is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro V!da. Poets, musicians, actors, dancers, singers, comics, storytellers and visual artists – all people, arts and languages are welcome! Please arrive by 6:45 to sign-up.

$5

Thursday, April 30, 6PM – 8PM

Opening Reception for Art Quilts: Improvisations in Fabric

This show includes more than 40 quilts made in a monthly class with Barbara Stroup, Amy Sackman, Susan Joel, and Anne Richmond. Ranging in size from 8″ x 10″ to 50″ square, they are all meant for the wall (and not the bed!). They are full of color and are frequently based on themes such as trees, color studies, beyond the grid, little towns and villages, etc. On display through August.