Issue 1: November 1, 2013

Editor’s Note

Amanda Herman


Full Disclosure
The New Fate of Kelin Loe by Kelin Loe

Heavy Metal from the Shtetl by Ilene Stahl & Rebel Base

Potty Mouth on Gender — Who Cares?

—Tide—Tied—by Tristatic

BLESS by Overture. Live score by Josef Lincoln

The One with the Thumbs by Matthew Glassman

Stand Up. . . by Wendy Woodson


The Hope Machine by Gary Bernice & the Sci-Tech Band

The Oromaye Project: Fiyameta’s Letter by Eric Gottesman

Henry by Nell Lake with Ken Forfia on Piano

James Tate


Daniel Dietz

Tristatic Style: Watch for the Fall
Music by The Microphones

Drakkar noiR. Mutt
Choreography and performance by Aretha Aoki
Sound by Ryan MacDonald

Around Town
Featuring Emily Pritchard and Jacob Carter on Vocals & Molly Keehn on Accordion. With special guests the “Laurel Park Ladies Whistling Choir”

End Note
Frank Einstein’s Hamster by Bella’s Bartok

Performer Bios

Kelin Loe is the author of the chapbook The Motorist (minutesBOOKS 2010). Recent work can be found online at NOO Journal and jubilat, where you can also watch her read She is the host of FO Radio, and an editor of SPOKE TOO SOON: A Journal of the Longer.

Ilene Stahl always wanted to play in a rock and roll band but “says she didn’t know” she picked the wrong instrument. Nevertheless, she’s been called the “Jimi Hendrix of klezmer clarinet” for her pyrotechnic performance style and soulful interpretations of traditional Yiddish music. She founded Klezperanto in 1998 to create a new kind of dance music that would combine the irresistible rhythms of zydeco, cumbia, funk, second-line, and Romanian brass band surf music with klezmer. Ilene has also been the clarinetist with The Klezmer Conservatory Band since 1987.  With the KCB, Ilene has performed extensively throughout the United States, on all international tours and numerous collaborations with Joel Grey, The American Repertory Theater, and Itzhak Perlman.  Currently, Ilene is featured on Itzhak Perlman’s most recent project, “Eternal Echoes,” with a PBS Great Performances special planned for Dec. 2013.  Ilene is a graduate of Hampshire College, and now lives in Greenfield, MA. Ilene Stahl joins local Sci-Fi power duo, Rebel Base: Naftulie Brandwein Meets Ozzie Osbourne; Sun Ra, Sunset; Metal From the Shtetl.

Potty Mouth is an all-female Northampton-based rock band consisting of members Abby Weems (guitar, vocals), Ally Einbinder (bass), Phoebe Harris (lead guitar) and Victoria Mandanas (drums).  Specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets ’77 punk perfection, the band released their debut full-length album, “Hell Bent”, on September 17, 2013 via Old Flame Records (US) and Marshall Teller Records (UK). Potty Mouth has been featured on NPR, NYLON Magazine, SPIN, BUST Magazine, Pitchfork, The Boston Globe and more.

Tristatic is Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh and Haley Morgan.  This trio makes performance for video (among other things) and is currently involved in a long-distance project called Choreo-Spawn-Dance.

Bare Teeth is the electronic/ambient project of Josef Lincoln. He creates chaotically melodic sound structures with heavily layered vocal sampling and unconventional beat production. Overture is Aya & Jason Brown. Since 2004 they have combined their dreams and unconscious in animation, illustration, performance and other forms to reveal the mystery and elation in all. Their work has been shared all over the world, most notably at the Raindance Film Festival, Salt Lake City Film Festival, Sapporo International Short Film Festival and digital arts center, la Gaité Lyrique

Matthew Glassman is one of the lead actors in the Double Edge Theatre Ensemble. He’s currently performing in The Grand Parade of the 20th Century on tour at home and abroad as well as in the current Double Edge Summer Spectacle: Shahrazad, a tale of love and magic. He’s also the Executive Director of the theatre’s rural/ international Farm Center in Ashfield, MA.

Wendy Woodson is a choreographer, director, writer, video artist and  Artistic Director of Present Company Inc.. She has created 95 works for stage and video presented in  the U.S., Europe, New Zealand and Australia  in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center, LaMaMa Etc. NYC, LaMaMa Melbourne, the Smithsonian, Jacob’s Pillow, Emerson Majestic Theater, Washington Project for the Arts, Wolf Trap and PS 122. She is also a Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College and in the Five College Dance Department.

Gary Bernice is the director of Springfield’s High School of Science and Technology Concert Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Stomp Percussion Ensemble. He’s co-founder and co-director of Springfield’s Mentoring Through Music Program (MTM). His many awards include the Pioneer Valley Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008, the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, 2011, and the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award, 2012. In 2013, he was a finalist for the first annual Grammy Music Educator Award. The Springfield High School of Science and Technology Band Program is renowned as one of Massachusetts’ top music programs and is known to city residents as “The Pride of Springfield”

Eric Gottesman is an artist whose projects challenge pre-existing perceptions of culture, power and place as well as the concept of singular authorship. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums as well as on streets and buildings in the sites where he makes his work. His first collaborative monograph, Sudden Flowers, will be published in Spring 2014. The Oromaye Project is the latest of several projects based in Ethiopia and reanimates assassinated novelist Baalu Girma’s novel Oromaye through collaborative translation, performance and photography.

Nell Lake is the author of The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love, which will be released from Scribner in February. A magazine writer, she was founding editor of the Nieman Narrative Digest, now Nieman Storyboard, a project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Ken Forfia has an extensive professional background as piano soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Amherst College, and Mt. Holyoke College. Currently he serves as Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Springfield Technical Community College. Mr. Forfia is also active as a professional jazz pianist in the area.

James Tate is the author of many books including Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award and Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award. He’s received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is currently a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Daniel Dietz started to yo-yo when he was 11 years old and now at the age of 19, he is one of the best yo-yo players in the world.  He has been ranked as high as fourth in the United States, first in Massachusetts, and has placed top thirty in the world multiple times.  He has also received the National Yo-Yo League’s Sportsmanship of the Year Award. However, Daniel’s true love is spreading his joy and passion for yo-yoing. Daniel taught yo-yo classes for four years and during that time he has helped inspire kids to try to reach their full potential. Daniel has also performed yo-yo tricks to raise money for the Smile Train. The Smile Train is an organization that trains doctors in over 75 countries to perform cleft and lip palate surgery for low income children and to date, Daniel has raised over $40,000.00 for them.  Daniel is currently studying at the University of Massachusetts in the Isenberg School of Management and is a spokesperson for Yomega Corporation.

Aretha Aoki has most recently shown her work at the Powell St. Festival (Vancouver, BC) and Danspace Project (NY, NY). She is currently touring Niicugni by Emily Johnson and in rehearsal for Shore, which will premiere in Minneapolis in June, 2014. Ryan MacDonald is a lecturer in the Studio Art Department at UMass, Amherst. He is the 2012 winner of the American Short(er) Fiction award. His collection of stories, The Observable Characteristics of Organisms will be published by FC2 in August 2014.

Emily Pritchard is a vocalist based in Easthampton and a teacher at Amherst high school. Jacob Carter is a vocalist and guitarist, a new dad, and a doctoral student in International Education at UMASS. Molly Keehn is an enthusiastic accordionist, lover of plastic treats, local coffee-shop hopper, and a doctoral candidate in Social Justice Education at UMASS Amherst.

The Laurel Park Association (LPA) is a non-profit organization based in Laurel Park, Northampton. The LPA is a direct descendant of the Springfield District Camp Meeting Association, which created Laurel Park in the 1870’s as a place to hold religious revivals and a Methodist summer camp. In 1910, one of the featured Chautauqua performers was a “Ladies Whistling Choir.” Over a century later, in 2011, several LPA members decided to resurrect the idea, and the Laurel Park Ladies Whistling Choir was born. Tonight’s iteration includes whistlers: Jamie Bishop, Theresa Carter, Keri DeJong, Laura Goldstein, Kandy Littrel, Akesa Mafi, Hannah Ray, Kate Richardson, and Susan Sweetser. In recent years, there have been seasonal public programs on the Laurel Park grounds including religious services, Chautauqua celebrations, concerts, theater and talks.

Bella’s Bartok started out as a party and became a band. Varied percussion, bright pianos, scratchy guitars, scattered horn sections, and group harmonies give their dancy tunes a distinct bohemian vibe, and their raw sound gives them something of a punk edge. Six piece, multi-instrumentalist groove-making extra-ordinaires from Northampton, MA.