Spring 2019 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 1, 8:00 P.M.

First Friday: Josh Bogin

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

$5

Saturday, February 9, 6:30 P.M.

An informal reading of Magdalena Gomez’s play, Erased

An informal reading of Magdalena Gomez’s play,
Erased: a poetic imagining of the life of Arturo Alfonso Shomburg.

Donations gratefully accepted.

FREE

Saturday, February 16, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Opening for Meredith Jacobson Marciano’s Vanity Fare

Photographs old and new with Installation, Interactive, and Vintage Market.
On display through June 22.

Saturday, February 16, 8:00 P.M.

House Concert: Galen Passen & Rob Morrison

Sitarist/composer Galen Passen, accompanied by Rob Morrison on tabla, present an evening of Hindustani classical music: India’s melodic form of ecstatic meditation! Media Sponsor NEPR.

$15, $10 students.

Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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

Popular open mic series (ages 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro Vida.

$5

March

Friday, March 1, 8:00 P.M.

First Friday: Jim Armenti

The Bing welcomes old friend, accomplished singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jim Armenti. His music is finger picked or flat picked, sometimes easy going but just as often bluegrass, swing, or rockabilly.

$5

Saturday, March 9, 8:00 P.M.

Jazz Club: The New England Nevilles

The Bing is pleased to welcome back Khalif and Talyn Neville for a performance dedicated to the memory of their father, New Orleans legend Charles Neville. Their repertoire includes an expansive catalog of traditional standards as well as original compositions that pay homage to their musical roots. $15, $10 students. Media Sponsor NEPR.

$15, $10 students.

Saturday, March 16, 8:00 P.M.

BING BLUES: Rich Badowski Blues Band featuring Michael St. George

The Rich Badowski Blues Band won the 2012 Connecticut Blues Band Challenge and represented CT at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2013. The band brings a hefty portion of old school blues; add to that a little funk and you have the recipe for a good time! Rich Badowski was born in New Britain, CT and has been blowing harp and singing the blues for over 25 years. He is known for his entertaining brand of showmanship and engaging rapport with the audience. Michael St. George, the guitar player and second vocalist, covers all styles of blues. The band is backed up by one of the area’s best rhythm sections with bassist Max Samson and Dennis Cotton on drums. Media sponsor NEPR.

$10

Thursday, March 21, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Pop Up Studio/Sketch Night 

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

$5

Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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

Popular open mic series (ages 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro Vida.

$5

April

Friday, April 5, 8:00 P.M.

Corey Laitman Trio

Based in Turners Falls by way of Cummington, MA, Corey Laitman had become a staple of the anti-folk scene based out of Alphabet City’s Sidewalk Cafe. Her lush lyrics and the aching energy of her voice recall memories, friendships, dreams, and desires.

$10

Saturday, April 6, matinee 3:00PM, evening 8:00 P.M.

Independent Film Screening: Farmer of the Year

After selling his farm, an aging farmer struggles to maintain his youth by road tripping across the country in a ’73 Winnebago. He sets out to attend his 65th WWII reunion in California with his directionless and unreasonably self-confident granddaughter. Producer Vince O’Connell and writer-director Kathy Swanson of YellowHouse Films screen their award-winning feature film at the Bing.

$10

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 P.M.

GRaviToNiK

This creative young band based in West Hartford, CT, performs their exciting combinations of rock, funk, and jazz! High energy and sophistication!

$5

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Pop Up Studio/Sketch Night 

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

$5

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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

Popular open mic series (ages 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro Vida.

$5

Friday, April 26, 8:00 P.M.

Student Short Film Festival

Middle school, high school, and college students from the region are invited to participate. Cash prizes. The films must be 60 seconds to 5 minutes in duration and submitted in a QT movie (.mov) or an MP4 format. Positive, all-ages appropriate subject matter is encouraged. The Bing’s festival committee reserves the right to accept or reject films for screening. Films must be submitted with registration by Monday, April 22, at BingArtsCenter.org.

No charge for submitting entry.

$5 admission

Saturday, April 27, 8:00 P.M.

House Concert: Duo Orfeo

Classical guitarists Jamie Balmer and Joe Ricker play acoustic and vintage electric instruments creating their own sound…intimate, subtle, and haunting. They will present a program entitled Peculiar Arabesques featuring European art music of the 19th century arranged for both classical and electric guitars.

$15, $10 students.

May

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

First Friday: Ray Mason

The Valley’s popular icon the Man with the Silverstone returns to the Bing with his songs, stories, and sense of fun.

$5

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

House Concert: Don Bikoff

Along with Leo Kottke, and John Fahey, Don was one of the originators of the American Primitive guitar style. He remains a polished performer drawing on a lifetime of experience that is reflected in the richness of his music. Media Sponsor NEPR

$15, $10 students.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Pop Up Studio/Sketch Night 

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

$5

Saturday, May 18, 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop I

Priya Nadkarni Green teaches wet on wet technique with oils. Materials included.

$30, $20 students.

Saturday, May 25, 8:00 P.M.

An Evening With Chris Goudreau, Arvilla, and Amber Belle

$10

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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

Popular open mic series (ages 25 and under) is hosted by Bing theater-in-residence Teatro Vida.

$5

June

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 P.M.

Annie Guthrie

The middle daughter of folksinger Arlo Guthrie and artist Jackie Guthrie, Annie is a prolific songwriter and versatile musician primarily playing acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, and autoharp. Her songs are honest, ranging from light and funny to gut-wrenching heartbreak.

$10

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 P.M.

Jazz Club: Eric Bascom Quintet

Guitarist/bandleader Eric Bascom brings his swinging quintet back to the Bing! Joining him are: Michael St. George on guitar, Cici Santucci on trumpet, Ted Levine on sax, Jason Schwartz on bass, and Clarke Semibold on drums.  Media Sponsor NEPR

$15, $10 students.

Friday, June 21, 8:00 P.M.

Kevin Sharpe Group

KSG presents their high-energy, modern, original gospel simmered with straight ahead jazz, funk, baroque, r&b, and rock.

$15, $10 students.

Saturday, June 22, 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop I

Priya Nadkarni Green teaches wet on wet technique with oils. Materials included.

$30, $20 students.