Tablet Portait

Handheld Landscape

Handheld Portait

Local Amherst, MA Events & Happenings

  Things to do in Amherst, MA  

Have an event to promote? Tell us about it!

Contact information isn't posted.
Contact Name
Contact Phone
Contact Email

Event Title
Event Address
Event City
Event Cost
Start Date
End Date
Start Time
Web Link
Please check your grammar before submitting. We do not re-write event information.
Event Description (more details are better!)
Spring/ Fall/ Winter Camp Machasay Volunteer Form
When: Jan 1, 2020 12am to Dec 31, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Camp Machasay Returning Volunteer Form
When: Jan 1, 2020 12am to Dec 31, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Exhibit: IALS Showcase: Where Art Meets Science
View a showcase of information about the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS): research, services, artistic images, and materials generated by their work, featuring UMass Core Facilities, IALS centers-Bioactive Delivery, Personalized Health Monitoring, and Models to Medicine-as well as IALS innovation services, the core summer internship program, and a Building Bridges collaboration. New items will be added throughout the semester.

When: Jan 21, 2020 12am to May 7, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Coffee with a Cop
Have a question for law enforcement? Ask Amherst Police Officer Bill Laramee and UMass Police Officer Mark Whelihan at Coffee with a Cop.

Come by the Off Campus Student Center, located at 103 Bartlett Hall, for this great event. Thursdays from 2pm-3pm.

When: Jan 30, 2020 12am to May 6, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Exhibit: Roni Horn
For more than forty years, American artist Roni Horn has developed a richly diverse practice that spans drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, and books. Exploring wide-ranging topics including human identity, ecology, landscape, weather, and language, Horn’s work intermingles material and context, complicating relationships between object, subject, and viewer in the process.

Her exhibition at the UMCA concerns the landscape of Iceland, where Horn has traveled and made work since 1975, and how it has informed her practice. The exhibition’s focus is Pi, an installation comprised of 45 Iris-printed photographs, taken along the Arctic Circle in the north of Iceland over a six-year period. Horn thinks of the work as “a collection of circular and cyclical events.” Combining portraits and landscapes, Pi charts a mode of living in a specific place, though Horn was not interested in reportage or narrative. The installation forms a frieze around the room, sewing this circular work together through memory and movement. The artist says, “There is no prescribed beginning or end, and, among the images, no single motif dominates. The potential for narrative, which is implied in the nature of the imagery, never actually evolves. Thwarting the narrative is an important way to engage people’s interest.”

Unobstructed views of the ocean are interspersed with those shot through windows in the home of an elderly couple whose portraits appear throughout the exhibition. They harvest the down from the nests of Eider ducks, and Horn includes images of the feathery nests. Outside influences infiltrate and become part of the continuum. Iceland had only one television station for years, and every afternoon many tuned in to watch the American soap opera, Guiding Light. Stills from this program punctuate Pi, marking the passage of time with the soothing recurrence of the same. Horn sets this mundane drama against the routine life cycles of birds in Iceland. This series of photographs embody a collision of nature and culture, a haunting interruption in the entropic flow of life and death envisioned in this exhibition.

When: Jan 31, 2020 12am to Apr 26, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Café Olé (Spanish Conversation Hour)
Interested in practicing your Spanish? Join us for our Spanish conversation hour, Café Olé, and enjoy coffee, snacks, and conversation with other Spanish speakers.

The upcoming events will be held every Tuesday (please see flyer for specific times) in the Herter 4th floor lounge on the UMass Amherst campus, and all are free to join, from novices to advanced speakers. We look forward to seeing you there.

Feb. 4: noon - 1 p.m.
Feb. 11: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March. 3: noon - 1 p.m.
March 10: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 24: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 31: noon - 1 p.m.
April 7: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 14: noon - 1 p.m.
April 21: noon - 1 p.m.
April 28: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

When: Feb 4, 2020 12am to Apr 28, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Exhibit: Procheta Mukherjee Olson - "Palimpsest"
In this Dialogue with a Collection exhibition, Procheta Mukherjee Olson explores the multiple ways in which her work parallels the formal and conceptual concerns of Yun Fei Ji’s “Three Gorges Dam Migration” (2002). A magnificent 32-feet-long hand scroll made with over 500-hand-carved woodblocks, this print from the University Museum’s permanent collection maps the massive social and psychological disruptions caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse River in China. Like Yun Fei Ji, Olson works in a classical eastern painting tradition (specifically one that also renders space in flattened perspective), and often against its grain to draw attention to the intersection of the personal and the political. Drawing from her own experiences and the inherited collective memory from her country of origin, she uses the vernacular of Mughal and Persian miniature painting traditions to map the culturally hybrid landscape of India as it exists between Colonialism and Globalization. Anachronisms appear as historical figures and pop-cultural icons appear beside each other, and like in Ji’s scroll, depictions of major social events are interspersed with the quotidian and the fantastical. Together, their narratives flow like rivers in flux, palimpsests in which the individual collides with the social, the historic with the modern, and the dramatic with the pedestrian.

Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun 2-5 p.m.,  until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Closed: Mondays, academic breaks, state holidays

When: Feb 7, 2020 12am to Apr 26, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
CWC Recruitment
CWC is now hiring for fall 2020
Volunteer, Internship, Work-study, & More….
Positions available for 5-college students, staff, & Hampshire County community members.
Apply Online: www.umass.edu/cwc
Application priority deadline is March 25th 2020

When: Feb 13, 2020 12am to Apr 29, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Exhibit: "A Horse Walks Into A Bar," Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Opening Reception Saturday, March 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.

A Horse Walks Into A Bar 

D. Dominick Lombardi, Curator

Humor is not the first thing you think of when researching or discussing Contemporary or Modern Art, but it does have a far more significant place than one might presume. R. Crumb, Peter Saul and Erwin Wurm to name just three, cannot be completely understood without considering their ability to make us smile or laugh. Even the late Picasso paintings and prints had as much humor as they did restlessness, angst or sexual tension in his continued quest for the extreme. A Horse Walked Into a Bar is a survey of some of today’s artists who continue to push the boundaries of fine art toward wit and whimsy.

When: Mar 8, 2020 12am to Apr 12, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Homeschool I: Raindrop to Reservoir
When: Mar 10, 2020 12am to Jun 2, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA