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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, features@recorder.com. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276.

Artists

RIVERCULTURE is looking for art. Painting, video, performance, photography, sculpture, poetry, music and sound. Exhibit your current work, create new work or collaborate on a project. Spring Third Thursday Themes: Thursday, April 17, TrollFest. A Celebration of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge. Images of the bridge, mythical/fantastic creatures, folklore and monsters. Thursday, May 15, The Nature of Things, A Closer Look at Our Environment. This theme investigates how things work, the small, overlooked, intense, intriguing, textured and the properties of nature. Thursday, June 19, Knights Camera Action! A Medieval Festival and photo exhibition. Photographs will be hung in downtown businesses. The theme is open. Contact Suzanne LoManto with ideas. Modest money for materials available. 835-1390 or email riverculture@montague-ma.gov.

SEEKING ARTISTS, CRAFTERS AND FOOD VENDORS for three crafts shows in Greenfield. June 7 and Sept. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Nov. 8 at Greenfield Middle School. Admission and parking will be free with a suggested donation to benefit a local charity: Dakin Animal Shelter (June), Warm the Children (September), and Franklin Area Survival Center’s food pantry (November). For more information or if you would like to exhibit, call Ette Sokoloski at 665-4039 or email Karen Towle at craftsareus.kt@gmail.com.

UNITY SKATEPARK FUNDRAISER: Deck drive and call for artists. An exhibition of original skateboard decks. River Station, 151 Third St., Turners Falls. Open reception and art auction April 26. The Unity Skatepark Committee is seeking artists to create original art directly on or with skateboard decks. All media may be applied to the decks (paint, paper, photography, sculpture etc). Upcycling used decks is strongly encouraged. If you need a deck to participate, we will help get one. If you have a used deck to donate, call 863-9296. Register by April 11 via email with Diana Pedrosa: dproma@hotmail.com. Provide name, phone and general description of your work. Work should be delivered, ready to hang, no later than April 23.

BERNARDSTON KIWANIS is seeking artists, craftspeople, and food purveyors for its two-day Scarecrow in the Park event Oct. 25 and 26. In order to present an event that offers quality artwork and handcrafted items, the organizers are seeking artists in a wide variety of mediums. Booth fee for the two day weekend is $40 per 10 x 10, and $65 for a 10 x 20 booth space. It is expected that artists will commit to the whole weekend, however a very limited number of single day applications will be accepted at the full weekend price. If you would like to receive an application for booth space or have questions about the event, contact scarecrowinthepark@gmail.com. Let us know if you would prefer to receive the application as a PDF or Word document, or if you would prefer mail delivery.

Fellowship

HISTORIC DEERFIELD INC. invites applications from college juniors and seniors to take part in an intensive, nine-week Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Undergraduates who will be enrolled as either juniors or seniors as of Jan. 1 are eligible for seven openings in the program, which is designed for undergraduate students in American Studies, Architicture, Archeology, Art and Art History, Design, History, Material Culture, Preservation and Museum Studies. For more information contact Barbara Mathews, public historian and director of Academic Programs. 775-7207, bmathews@historic-deerfield.org.

Literary

ANNUAL SLATE ROOF PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST: The winner becomes an active member of the press and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof. They publish limited-edition, art-quality chapbooks with letterpress covers, beautiful books by an award-winning bookmaker. Winners must make a three-year commitment to the press, including monthly meetings in Greenfield, and share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing. Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $25 reading fee. Deadline (upload/postmark) March 31. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com or slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.

Singers

THE BOOMERANGS is a highly informal group that meets on the third Thursday evening of each month in Greenfield area for a potluck supper and to sing “oldies” of every description. The only requirement is enthusiasm and a sense of humor; no experience (or talent) required. Potluck convenes at 5:45 with singing by 7. For more information and directions, call Marsha at 773-0201.

HILLTOWN HARMONY MULTI-GENERATIONAL CHORUS: Now in its fourth season, this chorus is open to new members ages 12 to 112 and is led by area musician, voice and theatre instructor Shelley Roberts. The chorus meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. starting March 20 in the main hall of the Senior Center, 7 Main St., Shelburne Falls. This season’s theme “Rock and Roll Oldies.” Call 625-2502 for information.

FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY CHORUS: As a result of the GHS Music Alumni Reunion Concert in May, interested singers ages 14 and older are invited to participate in the newly formed chorus directed by retired GHS Music Director Paul J. Calcari. The chorus is open to all members of the Greenfield and surrounding community. Rehearsals are Sundays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. The chorus will be an enjoyable, high-quality group that will sing a wide variety of music from classical to show tunes to folk music, etc.

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