Casting calls: Creative opportunities

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run. The deadline is the previous Thursday, by 8 a.m. Email is the best way to submit, Questions? Call (413) 772-0261, ext. 276.


ARTISTIC CROSSWALK: A committee of local citizens seeks an artist to create and execute a design for a prominent crosswalk in downtown Greenfield. The crosswalk, 36 feet across and 6 to 8 feet wide, spans Court Square at Main Street. It links the Arts Block, a performance center, with the Town Common and serves as the entrance to the Greenfield’s Farmers market. The crosswalk will be painted with highway grade paint, available in red, yellow, blue, white and black. For this collaborative project, a small group of helpers will assist the winning artist in painting the crosswalk. Artists should submit design images in jpg format to by midnight April 10. The committee will choose three finalists, who will then be asked to prepare a more detailed design for the final round of selection. The chosen design must be approved by Greenfield’s mayor and the Dept. of Public Works. Submissions will be kept anonymous until the completion of the decision process. While there are no restrictions on theme or subject, the winning design will reflect the spirit of the town in a lively, welcoming way. Open to anyone 16 or older who lives or works in Greenfield.

SEEKING ARTISTS: Sawmill River Arts, a collaboratively run fine arts and fine crafts gallery, located at the Montague Bookmill, is seeking new members. There will be an informational meeting for interested artists on Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the gallery. For more information, contact Kerry Stone at 978-544-5463 or Jill Bromberg at 367-9959.

CALL TO CREATORS: Seeking submissions for the “Where I Live” exhibit. Wherever you live — in your mind or an apartment, in town or country, or even on the edge — anyone can be a part of RiverCulture’s collaboration on the latest community art project. Use a 4-x-6-inch card to create something that tells about where you live. Use both sides if desired. Draw, write, color, sew collage, photograph. Anything goes. Drop off or mail the card by April 4 to one of these places: Loot, 62 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Nina’s Nook, 125 Avenue A, Turners Falls, or Montague Town Hall, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls MA 01376. Come to Turners Falls on the evening of April 11 to see the postcards on display. Participants do not need to live in Turners Falls to participates. For questions, call Turners Falls River Culture at 230-9910 or email Deadline April 4.


THE NEWFANE PLAYHOUSE will hold auditions for the Renee Taylor, Joseph Bologna comedy “Lovers and Other Strangers” to take place Wed., April 3 and Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro, Vt. Savings Bank in the Community Room. Also, Sunday, April 7 at the Newfane Union Hall, Route 30, on the village green at 2 p.m. The production will be directed by Robert DuCharme of Brookline, Vt. There are five scenes with about 10 pages of script per scene. There can be five separate casts. Various parts range from the ages of 18 to 50. Rehearsals will be on Fridays or Saturdays. People who are interested in working on the production, stage manager, rehearsal assistant, sound, lights, props, house managing, box office, ushering are encouraged to sign up at one of the auditions. Performance dates include May 23, 24, 25 and 26.


NASAMI FARM is trying to locate local artisans creating garden-related products to carry in its Garden Shop. Local artisans creating hand-blown hummingbird feeders and vases, hand-thrown ceramic pots and vases, hand-forged pot hangers, and other locally produced garden-related products are encouraged to contact Terry Morrow with images and pricing at


KEENE WORLD HARMONY CHORUS is looking for teen and adult members. Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in Keene, N.H. Participants learn to sing traditional songs from South Africa, Bulgaria, Caucasus Georgia, Quebec, Corsica, American folk and more. No previous experience or music-reading ability required. For more information call 802-451-0425 or

KEENE N.H. BARBERSHOP CHORUS is looking for men who love to sing. Meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the basement of UCC Church, white church at north end of Main Street, Keene, N.H. Guests welcome. For more information, call Gary Regan at 413-648-9470 or

MAK’HELA, the Jewish Chorus of Western Mass., Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. Choral singers for all voice parts. Mak’hela performs diverse music from Jewish heritage: classical tradition, sacred and secular music, folk and world music, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Rehearsal every Tuesday evening. 567-3297,


VENDORS AND CRAFTERS looking to rent a booth at the annual Gas Engine Show and Flea market in Bernardston Memorial Day weekend may call Harvey at 648-9551. Rental fees ar $35 if reserved by May 1, $40 if reserved after.


LOCAL AUTHORS: Himalayan Views, The Tibetan Plaza, 265 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, seeks published books written by local authors. We currently sell titles by several local authors in addition to large selection of Buddhist-related material. Email or call 665-5550.

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