Arts Notebook: Jan. 20, 2022


Published: 1/19/2022 2:58:18 PM
LAVA Center to host online performance by hip-hop storyteller

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center will host an online performance by Marlon Carey, hip-hop storyteller, on Monday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Blending the elements of theater, hip-hop, poetry and storytelling, Carey aka Inphynit will perform a live set of new and classic material that delves into his Jamaican immigrant background, growing up in a single-parent home in Brooklyn, N.Y., to being a father of three and balancing his art with his family life during the last two years of the pandemic.

Carey has taught poetry and creative writing workshops in schools for several years in the New England area and was named “Best Hip Hop Poet” by the Cambridge Poetry Awards two years in a row, designated as Boston Cantab Lounge’s “Grand Slam Champion” and the Lizard Lounge Boston’s “King.” Based in Providence, R.I., he wrote, directed and acted in “From A Distance,” The LAVA Center’s first online short play festival, in June 2020.

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Meet Your Neighbor: Local author Richie Davis

GREENFIELD — Join local author and award-winning journalist Richie Davis for Greenfield Public Library’s “Meet Your Neighbor” on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Davis will read stories from his latest book, “Good Will & Ice Cream,” which were originally published as feature stories in the Greenfield Recorder between 1976 and 2018. His book is “a celebration of community journalism with compelling, engaging, intimate stories of real, hard-driven people off the beaten path who care for the land and each other.”

Davis, who retired as the Greenfield Recorder’s senior writer in 2019, served as a reporter and editor at the newspaper for more than 42 years, and was awarded more than 35 regional news and feature-writing awards. His blog and more information about his books can be found at

To register for the Zoom link, email

This program, made possible by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Music at Four Star Farms brewery

NORTHFIELD — Ragged Blue returns on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to The Brewery at Four Star Farms at 508 Pine Meadow Road.

Ragged Blue is John Rough on banjo, Corki Demers on fiddle and mandolin, Joe Blumenthal on bass and Terry Atkinson on guitar. They play bluegrass, Celtic, old-time, originals and re-imaginings of popular songs, and lots of harmony vocals.


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