The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art- West Gallery
Mar 31 – Aug 26 all-day

The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons

Eric Carle, Illustration for I See a Song, Scholastic. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1973 Eric Carle.

The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons celebrates the animals, plants, and activities associated with the four seasons. Carle illustrates the wonder of nature at all times of year—hibernating bears in winter, hatching chicks in spring, colorful flowers in summer, and apple trees ripe for picking in fall. The changing seasons guide his story of The Tiny Seed, while the cycles of nature play a supporting role in Alice McLerran’s The Mountain that Loved a Bird. This exhibition features Carle’s iconic collage art from 15 picture books as well as several never-before seen watercolors.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation. 

Paddington Comes to America @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art- East Gallery
Apr 14 – Oct 7 all-day

Paddington Comes to America

R. W. Alley, Illustration for Paddington at the Tower, HarperCollins, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.

This coming April, The Carle is proud to be the first American museum to feature the beloved bear in Paddington™ Comes to America. From 32 Windsor Gardens in London, Paddington brings with him stories of humor, compassion, and marmalade. The exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the first book by Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington. Fifteen novels, numerous publishing formats, two television series and two successful movies have ensured the loveable bear from Darkest Peru remains as popular as ever. Original art by Paddington’s various illustrators—Peggy Fortnum, Fred Banbery, Ivor Wood, David McKee, Barry Macey, and R.W. Alley—provides comparisons of the iconic bear over time. Guests can “travel” to Paddington’s favorite sites in London posted around the gallery, stamping special London bus passes at each location.

This exhibition is generously supported by HarperCollins Children’s Books, global publisher of the Paddington Bear books since 1958 and YOTTOY Productions, long term toy partner of Paddington in the US since 2005.

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art @ Outdoors on the UMass campus and in the town of Amherst
Jul 1 – Nov 1 all-day

University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art

July 1 – November 1, 2018

Free and open to the public.

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art is an outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnectedness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) has partnered with the UMass Architecture Department and the Town of Amherst to build an art and culture bridge — a series of public sculptures — to activate the North Pleasant Street corridor and connect downtown to campus. The exhibition features work by 13 nationally recognized artists, local artists and members of the academic community. The goal of this project is to generate a robust public dialogue about the value of art and culture in building community.

Artists include: Sarah Braman; Roberley Bell; CLOK  (Collective–LOK: Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo); Naomi Darling; Tom Friedman; Josephine Halvorson; Harold Grinspoon; Benjamin Jones; Joseph Krupczynski; Pamela Matsuda-Dunn; Gary Orlinsky; Rob Swainston; and Erika Zekos

Important Dates

July 1:       Exhibition Opens

Sept 21:   Exhibition Reception at UMCA

Sept 22:   XTCA Symposium 10 a.m. ⎼ 5 p.m.

Nov 1:      Exhibition Closes

Yidstock 2018: July 12-15 @ Yiddish Book Center
Jul 12 – Jul 15 all-day

Yidstock 2018: July 12-15

Live at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts

Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great festival of music and related events. The seventh annual Yidstock takes place—rain or shine—at the Yiddish Book Center from July 12–15, 2018.

Click here to purchase a concert pass, or purchase tickets to individual events using the links below.


Thursday, July 12
8 – 9:30 p.m. | CONCERT | David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
The Helen & Irving Sunshine Memorial Concert
MEMBERS | $45          GENERAL ADMISSION | $50

Friday, July 13
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | CONCERT | Heather Klein & Joshua Horowitz
MEMBERS | $32          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. | CONCERT | Tsvey Brider, featuring Anthony Russell & Dmitri Gaskin
MEMBERS | $32          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

Saturday, July 14
8 p.m. | CONCERT | David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness Reunion Concert, with special guest Socalled
The Joan A. Backman Memorial Concert
MEMBERS | $45          GENERAL ADMISSION | $50

Sunday, July 15
12 – 1:15 p.m. | CONCERT | Beyond the Pale, with surprise guest
The Bernard and Reva Broder Memorial Concert
MEMBERS | $32          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

3 – 4:15 p.m. | CONCERT | Yiddish Meets Ladino, with Sarah Aroeste and Anthony Russell
MEMBERS | $32          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

7:30 – 9 p.m. | CONCERT | Socalled String Quartet
MEMBERS | $32          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36


Thursday, July 12
2 – 3 p.m. | TALK | The Essential Klezmer, with Seth Rogovoy
Made possible by the Stanley R. Epstein Fund at the Yiddish Book Center.

4 – 5 p.m. | TALK | Exploring Yiddish Theater Music, with Hankus Netsky

Friday, July 13
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | TALK | Exploring Yiddish Art Music, with Hankus Netsky

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | WORKSHOP | Yiddish Dance 101: How to Dance to Klezmer Music, with Steve Weintraub

1 – 2 p.m. | TALK | A Conversation with David Krakauer

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | TALK | Socalled: Ghettoblasting Toward Yiddishland

Saturday, July 14
*10 – 11:30 a.m. | WORKSHOP | Build-a-Sher Yiddish Dance Workshop, with Steve Weintraub

*1 – 2 p.m. | TALK | A Journey to LadinoLand, with Sarah Aroeste

*1 – 3 p.m. | WORKSHOP – Instrumental Klezmer, with Brian Bender

*3 – 4 p.m. | TALK | A Cross-Cultural Convergence, with Anthony Russell

*Advanced sales only. Please purchase a ticket to guarantee admission. Admission will be free of charge at the door in recognition of Shabbos, but space is not guaranteed.

Sunday, July 15
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | WORKSHOP | Yiddish Songs, with Asya Vaisman Schulman and Brian Bender

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | TALK | The View from Toronto, with Eric Stein

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | TALK | Full Steam Ahead! with Aaron Lansky
FREE – RSVP Required

Tickets may be purchased for individual events.

Concert Pass: $198/member, $236/general admission
Concert Pass includes admission to all concerts during Yidstock 2018**. A limited number of passes are available. We recommend that you purchase your pass early, as Concert Passes sell out quickly.

**BONUS: Concert Pass purchase includes access to the following events:
Friday, July 13 | 11 a.m. | WORKSHOP | Yiddish Dance 101: How to Dance to Klezmer Music, with Steve Weintraub
Saturday, July 14 | 10 a.m. | WORKSHOP | Build-a-Sher Yiddish Dance Workshop, with Steve Weintraub

Don’t forget to purchase tickets to talks and workshops to reserve your space!


Concert Passes and tickets to individual events will be made available to Yiddish Book Center members on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Become a member or renew your membership now to take advantage of the member discount.

PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change. All ticket sales are final. We cannot accommodate refunds or exchanges.

YIDSTOCK 2018 is sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio.