PARLOR SESSION No. 1: Chris Freeman & Antonio Alcorn of Parsonsfield w/ Ben Gagliardi // CITIZEN U
Jan
22
7:00 pm19:00

PARLOR SESSION No. 1: Chris Freeman & Antonio Alcorn of Parsonsfield w/ Ben Gagliardi // CITIZEN U

  • The Parlor Room

$12 advance, $15 door, Students $8
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

Chris Freeman & Antonio Alcorn of Parsonsfield take the stage tonight with their longtime 'mate, multi-instrumentalist Ben Gagliardi, to kick off this winter's Parlor Session season. The trio, traveling as CITIZEN U, comes packing trad tunes that were part of their own roots -- plus covers and originals. Freeman is lead singer and banjo/guitarist, and Alcorn the iconic mando/guitar/vocals prince, of Parsonsfield, the onstage force The New York Times hailed as "boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental", Folk Alley dubbed "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas", and No Depression raved will "give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms." Freeman and Alcorn are coming off of a record release tour for Blooming Through the Black. Gagliardi normally rides with the wide-ranging folk duo The Vox Hunters. 

www.parsonsfield.com
www.thevoxhunters.com

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence]. 

 

ILI's January Mini Film Festival: Ali, Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Jan
23
7:00 pm19:00

ILI's January Mini Film Festival: Ali, Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

  • The Parlor Room

A film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
In this melodramatic love story a lonely widow and a much younger Arab worker meet, fall in love, to their own surprise and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues and drinking buddies.
(German, 1974, 93 mins)

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Hosted by the International Language Institute.

All films are FREE and focus on intercultural, immigrant and refugee themes.
Discussion to follow each film.

Donations gladly accepted; 100% goes to support the free English classes for immigrants and refugees.

PARLOR SESSION No. 2: Edith & Bennett and the Gawler Family Band // FARM HOLLER
Jan
29
7:00 pm19:00

PARLOR SESSION No. 2: Edith & Bennett and the Gawler Family Band // FARM HOLLER

  • The Parlor Room

$12 advance / $15 door, Students $8 // FARMERS ARE FREE [by phone or at the door]
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

Edith & Bennett's show and the Sing they lead, after it,  have packed the Parlor Room year after year. We're thrilled to announce E&B are bringing the entire Gawler Family Band with them for the first time. 

Edith Gawler grew up a member of the GFB, Maine's legendary troupe. She plays a wicked banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. Bennett Konesni is a worksong scholar, Mainer, and co-founder of Sylvester Manor, the 243-acre "singing farm" on Shelter Island, N.Y., where he teaches worksongs to the farm crew and directs the annual fall festival “Plant & Sing. Together Edith & Bennett perform around the world for the U.S. State Department as special envoys in traditional music. The Gawler Family Band is John and Ellen Gawler and their daughters Molly, aforementioned Edith, and Elsie -- and lately Bennett Konesni as well. The Gawlers are known for their extensive collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions -- a collection that fuels dances across the Great State of Maine and beyond -- but the family's repertoire is extensive and surprising and its presence on any given night has the effect of a raging bonfire in the dead of winter. 

www.edithandbennett.com
www.facebook.com/GawlerFamilyBand

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence].

ILI's January Mini Film Festival: School of Babel (2013)
Jan
30
7:00 pm19:00

ILI's January Mini Film Festival: School of Babel (2013)

  • The Parlor Room

A film by Julie Bertuccelli.
This debut documentary follows a class of students in a one-of-a-kind Paris education program for immigrant children from around the globe as they navigate a new language, culture while recovering from the trauma of previous lives of social and economic devastation.
(French, 2013, 89 mins)

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Hosted by the International Language Institute.

All films are FREE and focus on intercultural, immigrant and refugee themes.
Discussion to follow each film.

Donations gladly accepted; 100% goes to support the free English classes for immigrants and refugees.

 Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest
Feb
12
7:30 pm19:30

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest

  • The Parlor Room

Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest featuring Harris Eisenstadt, drums, Tony Malaby, saxophones, Jeb Bishop, trombone and Jason Robeke, bass

Single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door

Please note: this is a rental -- tickets are not for sale at the Parlor Room box office. 

PARLOR SESSION No. 3: The East Pointers // BORDER CROSSING
Feb
19
7:00 pm19:00

PARLOR SESSION No. 3: The East Pointers // BORDER CROSSING

  • The Parlor Room

$10 advance, $13 door, Students $8
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

The East Pointers are a roof-rattling, adrenaline-fueled monster trio from the great northern home of string players, Prince Edward Island: guitarist Jake Charron, fiddler Tim Chaisson, and banjoist Koady Chaisson. The Chaisson cousins are members of the seventh generation of PEI's reigning musical dynasty, and you can hear long-standing tradition -- not only Scottish but Irish and French -- deep in the bones of the ten original tracks of the trio's debut album Secret Victory. The East Pointers are known for bringing the music of Eastern Canada, a region called more Scottish than Scotland, to a rising generation of music lovers. 

www.eastpointers.ca 

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence].

"Such a Night" Mardi Gras Musical Celebration - feat: Dr. John, Charles Neville, & Soul Brass Band
Feb
25
8:00 pm20:00

"Such a Night" Mardi Gras Musical Celebration - feat: Dr. John, Charles Neville, & Soul Brass Band

  • The Academy of Music

A benefit concert for Blues to Green!

Reserved Seating- $45 & $30 // $75 (includes a VIP pre-show reception with Dr. John!)

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Blues to Green is a new nonprofit organization using music to bring people together, uplift and inspire, and help to build a more equitable and sustainable world. Activities include performances, public talks, multi-media presentations, workshops and instructional programs—striving to promote accessibility to the arts, raise awareness about social and environmental issues, and provide educational and artistic opportunities for underserved youth. We also seek to generate support for local partner organizations contributing to sustainable community development and youth empowerment through the arts.

PARLOR SESSION No. 4: Pete's Posse // WINGMEN
Feb
26
7:00 pm19:00

PARLOR SESSION No. 4: Pete's Posse // WINGMEN

  • The Parlor Room

$10 advance, $13 door, Students $8
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

Vermont trio Pete’s Posse is a multi-generational phenomenon we've been hearing about since its youngest member blew onto the scene. It's acclaimed artist Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica, vocals), his protégé Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals). Think: twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp and rocking keyboards. Being a restlessly creative bunch of self-styled ‘rehearsal addicts’, the posse is constantly churning up new songs, dance sets, and arrangements. 

www.petespossevt.com

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence].

PARLOR SESSION No. 5: Mike Compton & Joe Newberry // MASTER CRAFTSMEN
Mar
5
7:00 pm19:00

PARLOR SESSION No. 5: Mike Compton & Joe Newberry // MASTER CRAFTSMEN

  • The Parlor Room

Tonight's session is sponsored by Watermelon Wednesdays. 
$18 advance, $21 door, Students $10
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, masters of old-time mandolin and banjo/guitar, dig deep into early country music and blues. Their duet-singing, two-man string band ranges between traditional songs, instrumentals, ‘mother’ ballads and original tunes. It’s not about the number of notes with Compton and Newberry, but telling the truth and respecting the song.

Mike Compton is a Grammy award winner, IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year nominee, a steady sideman for John Hartford from 1994 until Hartford’s death in 2001, and mandolinist for the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Mike is inarguably the world expert on Bill Monroe-style bluegrass mandolin, and is also steeped in old-time fiddle tunes, early string band music and Delta blues. He has entertained at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, Joe Newberry is a prize-winning guitarist, songwriter, and singer to boot. In addition to his work with Mike, Joe plays with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, and Mike Craver, performs with guitarist Jon Shain, and is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He won the songwriting prize for “Gospel Recorded Performance” at the 2012 IBMA Awards for his song "Singing As We Rise" and was co-writer, with Eric Gibson, of the 2013 IBMA Song of the Year for "They Called It Music". 

www.comptonandnewberry.com

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence].

This particular night is sponsored by a generous donation from Watermelon Wednesdays, the blissfully hot summer concert series in Whately, Massachusetts. It's probably already sold out. 

BACK PORCH FESTIVAL  // PARLOR SESSION No. 6: Jordan Tice & Horse County w/ Very Special Guest // BACK PORCH FESTIVATION
Mar
12
7:00 pm19:00

BACK PORCH FESTIVAL // PARLOR SESSION No. 6: Jordan Tice & Horse County w/ Very Special Guest // BACK PORCH FESTIVATION

  • The Parlor Room

$20 advance, $25 doors, Students $15
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

Jordan Tice is a singular voice on the American roots music scene. Tonight he rides in with the trio version of his band Horse County -- featuring Dominick Leslie from Deadly Gentlemen on mandolin, and Zoe Guigueno from Della Mae on bass. Born into a bluegrass family in Maryland, Tice started early, playing bluegrass and fiddle tunes with some of the best players in the fertile mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene. He released his first solo record at the age of 17;  No Place Better (2005) received critical acclaim within the bluegrass world. Tice has been an active sideman with progressive bluegrass pioneers Frank Wakefield, Mark Schatz and friends, and Tony Trischka. He has contributed his mando skills to the Dave Rawlings Machine record Nashville Obsolete (2015), toured with the Canadian folk group, The Duhks, and worked with actor/comedian Steve Martin on his re-imagining of the Shakespeare play As You Like It for New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park. Since 2014, he has worked closely with fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still, Dave Rawlings Machine) and bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine) in the trio Haas Kowert Tice. The trio released their debut record You Got This in 2014. Tice's latest release is Horse County -- the name of the album and his band. The eleven tracks combine American folk music conventions with Jordan’s eccentric harmonic, melodic, and lyrical sensibilities. Musicians who contributed to the album include Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass, Dominick Leslie (Deadly Gentlemen) on mandolin, Mike Witcher (Peter Rowan) on dobro, Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) and Shad Cobb on fiddles, and Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) on banjo. The record was recorded by guitarist Chris Eldridge who also, along with Tice, co-produced the session. 

www.facebook.com/JordanTiceMusic/

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence].

PARLOR SESSION No. 7: The Murphy Beds & Jeremiah McLane/Timothy Cummings CD Release: Wind Among the Reeds // DOUBLE HEADER
Mar
19
7:00 pm19:00

PARLOR SESSION No. 7: The Murphy Beds & Jeremiah McLane/Timothy Cummings CD Release: Wind Among the Reeds // DOUBLE HEADER

  • The Parlor Room

$12 advance, $15 Door, Students $8
Tickets on sale 12/26 at 10am.

We had one more night and two more bands -- thus, the institution of the co-bill. Hold onto your hats, and grab your fiddles. This'll be a phenomenal final session for 2017. 

THE MURPHY BEDS  -- Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary --  are beloved for traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon. O'Leary started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004, he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012. Hamer is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. His original songs are featured on the 2016 album Great Shakes by Cambridge, MA roots rock ensemble Session Americana. Huffington Post noted The Murphy Beds' “ ... great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés ... " 

www.murphybedsmusic.com

JEREMIAH McLANE & TIMOTHY CUMMINGS -- We always -- uh -- worry when we put the words "bag" and "pipes" anywhere near each other in the band bio for a Parlor Room show. We think maybe the audience will panic about the concept or the volume or the sound itself, and find other things to do with their free time. But -- trust us -- this is a night we couldn't wait to bring back to the Parlor Room, and the pipes aren't the walloping huge ones anyway. They're little pipes of various names and origins. And the fellow who plays them -- Timothy Cummings -- is a master; we play his music by choice, on our CD players, long after he's gone. And he's funny -- funny enough to supply earplugs with his albums. On with the bio -- Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings travel as Wheezer & Squeezer,  a Vermont-based accordion and bagpipe duo who share music deeply rooted in the traditional dance repertoire of Northern Europe and North America.  McLane (piano & accordion) and Cummings (various pipes & whistles), play a repertoire that includes French bourrées, Breton hanter dros, Scottish reels, and a supplement of original tunes reflecting North American influences.  This rare combination of Old World instruments also delivers music whose branches extend across the Atlantic to Northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Tonight they are touring the release of their gorgeous album Wind Among the Reeds. 

www.jeremiahmclane.com
www.timothycummings.com

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About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup and pie, and an all-comers' jam. These nights are our antidote to the dark, cold months. They're meant to feel a little like home. The Parlor Sessions season is sponsored by Goat Peak Strings, rare and vintage instruments [Easthampton, MA], and supported with delicious food from Captain Jack's [Easthampton], Bread Euphoria [Haydenville] and Pie Bar [Florence].


FOCUS LOCUS Presents Making Films, Making Community: Selected Shorts from Daniel Elihu Kramer, Chris Perry, and Eric Henry Sanders.
Jan
17
7:30 pm19:30

FOCUS LOCUS Presents Making Films, Making Community: Selected Shorts from Daniel Elihu Kramer, Chris Perry, and Eric Henry Sanders.

  • The Parlor Room

Join us for an evening of screenings and discussion with a group of Northampton filmmakers. Daniel, Chris, and Eric will show a diverse collection of their short films including animation and live action; comedy, science fiction, and drama. The films will be accompanied by a conversation with the filmmakers centered on how these artists came together, and how their ongoing film activities connect to their additional work as writers, teachers, and theatre-makers.

Films include:
Displacement
Catch
The Incident at Tower 37
Kitchen Hamlet (trailer)
Seed
Recently, Long Ago
Witness
The New Pioneers (teaser)
BookMark

Daniel Elihu Kramer is a filmmaker, theatre director, playwright, and teacher. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company, and teaches theatre and film at Smith College. He has won multiple awards directing plays regionally and in New York. His own plays, including Pride@Prejudice and My Jane, have been produced around the country. His first feature film, Kitchen Hamlet, was shown at film festivals from New Jersey to Oregon. He holds an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.

Chris Perry is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with over 20 years of film experience and is an associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences at Hampshire College. Perry is also the founder of Bit Films, an independent production studio in western Massachusetts. Before settling in New England, Perry worked in VFX and feature animation at Pixar (A BUG’S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, FINDING NEMO) and won a technical Oscar in 2014 for the animation software he developed at Rhythm & Hues Studios.

Eric Henry Sanders is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and director. He began his film work as an intern and production assistant at Good Machine (co-founded by James Schamus and Ted Hope), and has taught screenwriting and narrative at Hampshire College as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing and Multi-Media since 2000. His plays and films have had productions and screenings in London, Paris, Berlin, Edinburgh, and from coast to coast in the US.

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FOCUS LOCUS - Free monthly intimate film screenings of locally produced art, independent works, discussions among filmmakers and aficionados, video open mics and community building. A new project of Northampton Community Television.

Want to show some work at a Focus Locus?
Contact coordinator Melissa McClung at melissa.e.mcclung@gmail.com.

FREE
BYOB

ILI's January Mini Film Festival: Le Havre (2011)
Jan
16
7:00 pm19:00

ILI's January Mini Film Festival: Le Havre (2011)

  • The Parlor Room

A film by Aki Kaurismäki.
A warmhearted political fairytale where fate throws a young African refugee into the path of a kindly old bohemian who shines shoes for a living. (French, 2011, 93 mins)

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Hosted by the International Language Institute.

All films are FREE and focus on intercultural, immigrant and refugee themes.
Discussion to follow each film.

Donations gladly accepted; 100% goes to support the free English classes for immigrants and refugees.

FOCUS LOCUS PRESENTS: NCTV Annual Meeting 2016 & Community Shorts
Dec
13
6:00 pm18:00

FOCUS LOCUS PRESENTS: NCTV Annual Meeting 2016 & Community Shorts

  • The Parlor Room

 

Join us for a special installment of Focus Locus, a free monthly film screening of locally produced art, independent work, discussions among filmmakers and aficionados, video open mics and community building. 

This month we’ll showcase a series of short films centered around the work of members and staff from Northampton Community Television (NCTV), your local community media center. 

And, you’ll get to hear directly from NCTV board, staff and members about some of their inspiring local production work.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - members of NCTV please come, it's a great networking opportunity!

 GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL PRE-SALE PARTY
Nov
26
12:00 pm12:00

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL PRE-SALE PARTY

  • The Parlor Room

Save the date for a very special event for local friends and fans of The Green River Festival. Tickets for 2017 will be on sale for the lowest price of the year. (Festival dates are July 14,15,16, 2017).

We have *never* sold tickets this early so don't miss your chance to get the very best deal possible on 2017 tickets:

$79.99   WEEKEND
$129.99 WEEKEND + CAMPING

Join us from 12-5, for complimentary refreshments, special musical guests, a book reading and signing of Music in The Air: A History of The Green River Festival, your chance to win tickets to Signature Sounds Presents shows and loads of festival merchandise. WRSI will be on hand with your chance to spin the Wheel of Festival Fortune for even more prizes!

FOCUS LOCUS PRESENTS "Every Other Summer" (2015)
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

FOCUS LOCUS PRESENTS "Every Other Summer" (2015)

  • The Parlor Room

FREE • BYOB

"Every Other Summer"
Concert documentary
80 min., 2015

Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, "Every Other Summer" is a documentary about the Solid Sound Festival, Wilco’s three-day music and arts gathering that takes place once every two years at MASS MoCA. Shot at the most recent festival and featuring performances by Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rowe, The Relatives and appearances from Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others, "Every Other Summer" offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA.

TRAILER:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/everyothersummer/130107166?autoplay=1

FOCUS LOCUS - Free monthly intimate film screenings of locally produced art, independent works, discussions among filmmakers and aficionados, video open mics and community building. A new project of Northampton Community Television.

Want to show some work at a Focus Locus?
Contact coordinator Melissa McClung at melissa.e.mcclung@gmail.com.