TIX ON SALE NOW!

0914-flyerTickets for the fall show are AVAILABLE NOW.

This will be our biggest and best show ever. The last two shows sold out, so lock in your tickets today!

DETAILS

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst
Doors 7pm; Show 7:30pm
Catered Afterparty at the UMass Student Union Ballroom

 


This show is only made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Amherst Live is hiring!

Amherst Live is looking for a Production Manager (PM). PM will work closely with the Executive Producer (EP) to take the show from script to stage (and video) three times a year. This means:

—Working individually with each element to ensure the creative vision is achieved in the best possible way:
• Coordinating with Lighting Designer to achieve best result for both stage and video;
• Coordinating with house band and EP to develop effective accompaniment;
• Coordinating with Sound Engineer and Sound Designer to achieve best result for stage and video;
• Coordinating with Video Production team to achieve best results for both stage and video;
—Managing all elements (talent, lighting, stage design, music, sound, video, catering) so everyone knows where they need to be, and when; creating timelines and schedules for scriptwork and rehearsals;
—Organizing and facilitating rehearsals;
—Organizing and managing the show;
—Facilitating communication between front of the house and backstage;
—Consulting with EP on best use of show resources.

Amherst Live is currently awaiting nonprofit status. Funding is limited at this time, but PM will be paid a stipend tbd.

Issue No. 2 Podcast is here!

AmherstLive Issue No. 2 podcast is available! Did you miss out on the show? Are you jonesing for the inside scoop on our small town? The comings, the goings, the fringes, the underbelly, the here, the there. Well the there is here now! Chock full of Poetry, Trees, Ideas, Farming, Neighborhood Planning, and Music full of awesome. 

Check out the free Amherst Live podcast on iTunes. It’s a great listen while you’re chopping those spring onions from Farmer Dan.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/amherst-live/id765907203

 

Does Amherst Need a Performance Space??

Check out this manifesto, compiled by the forces of Amherst Live, making the case for a place in Amherst where we can actually go to hear music: We Want a Venue!

Agree? Disagree? Chime in on Facebook!

Top 10 Ideas For Our Town

We asked our audience at AmherstLive’s Winter Edition for their uncensored ideas to improve our small town of Amherst.  And boy did we get ideas!  And boy did we have to censor them!  Oliver and Baer talked about a few of them on stage, but we thought we’d grab ten of them and list ‘em here.   The thing about these ideas is that many of them don’t take any large governmental action, don’t require massive funding, just need some passionate folks to get together and make magic happen!  Any takers?

TOP TEN IDEAS FOR OUR TOWN
1. Popup Cocktail Bar – much like a roving food truck, but taking advantage of different empty and freaky spaces, create a magical environment, add some live jazz, and serve stupendous cocktails.

2. Crank up The Amherst Poetry Festival – If nothing else, Amherst creates poetry.  Last fall’s inaugural Amherst Poetry Festival on Emily’s birthday was a wonderful start.  Let’s crank this baby up!

3. Ice Skating Rink on The Common – We got this idea repeatedly from lots of folks.

4. A Real Parking Garage –  Some folks want to drive, others want to kill cars, some want to encourage walking and biking, some want to save the earth, some want to be able to visit a restaurant.  Whatever the reason, the best way to get folks to start an argument in Amherst is to talk parking.

5. Teenager/Elder Program – Pair teenagers in every neighborhood with elders – they would meet once/week – maybe just chat, maybe shovel snow, eat cookies, etc.  Maybe get the Senior Center and ARHS/ARMS working together!

6. Sidewalk Cafes – Open the sidewalks in town for outside tables and restaurants so that more people can enjoy our beautiful town while having a drink.

7. Two words: Public Pianos.

8. Downtown music/performance venue – There’s really no venue downtown where you can go to hear music, or catch a play.  What’s up with that?

9. Summer Community Dance – A summer family oriented festival on the Common.  Cow chip bingo, music, hayrides, chalk art, pie contest, pig roast, vintage car trophies, superman dress up, toilet bowl race, all culminating in a old-school dance to a live band.

10. Annual Dog Parade – So many dogs, no parade.

Chocolate Peach

We’ve got our finger on the pulse for all our peeps. Here’s our pick of the week for music shows in our valley. Which means if you can only get out to one show, here’s where it’s at. Friday at Bishop’s Lounge in NoHo, Chocolate Peach layin’ down the groove. 10pm. $5. Get yo funk on with a nice cocktail. These guys will get you movin’ with yo lady or man in a sweet small homie cocktail bar.

Amherst Live Poetry Prize Winner

POMEGRANATE TART
by Lynne Francis

Our daughter has come on the train
from New York with a pomegranate tart
in her lap.  She bursts into the kitchen bearing
it up – a crown of snowy ermine ringed
in garnet jewels.  Her hands, still stained a startling, irridescent pink
from shimmying seeds out of pale catacombs, peek out
from last year’s coat sleeves.

She lays the beautiful thing on the counter with relief
and before we kiss hello, we coo
over its stunning architecture, the surreal look of perfect
ruby seeds pressed against the sides of a snow bank
of cream cheese, eggs and sugar.  The flat center looks like a rink
before the skaters arrive – glassy, unetched, pristine.

The oven in her Hell’s Kitchen walk-up is small and unreliable.
Her counter is a drawing board laid over the bathroom sink.  How
did this miraculous thing emerge from that kitchen
looking like something from Saveur? How did it survive
the cab ride at 6 a.m., the ticket line at Penn Station, the jostling
for a seat and the unexpected change to a shuttle in Hartford?

The old centerpiece is whisked away. We make room for this gift from
the eldest daughter, distant sister, who in years past
stayed in the City or just brought wine.

Amherst Live Poetry Prize Finalist

CREATION STORY
by Beth Filson

God rolled the world around in Her mouth like butterscotch candy.
It was so good, so sweet, She hated to spit it out, but when She did –

This is the world that was made:
Two people walking on the bluff,
a dog to give them grace.

Then God slung the blue heron out
over the marsh at high tide to give the world its heart.
The marsh grass knitted its long fingers together
and the shrimp were made, and many small birds went out
into the sky.

Tall grass hid
the kindling spirit, raccoons, opossums, deer.
Low tide revealed our earthen homes: blue crabs, flounder,
oysters with their wet tongues.

 

IMG_0551 Our second edition of Amherst Live is in the books! Thanks to all our neighbors who came out on a snowy New England eve to connect over black holes, wolves, roads, farming, great music and beers, poetry, and of course, merging back into Hadley.

Keep an eye out here over the next few weeks as we’ll be posting some of the wondrous poems submitting for the Amherst Live Poetry Prize, as well as more of the visionary and weird audience ideas for making Amherst a smarter, more tingly place to live.  Including some of the more, um, interesting ideas that came up during last night’s After-Party at the High Horse.  But most importantly thanks to all of you for making our small town such a bucket full of awesome!

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