Community Events & Pop Ups
In 2018 Attack Bear Press and Easthampton City Arts partnered with amazing artists, performers, poets, musicians, and filmmakers to bring some of that Attack Bear culture to this year's Cultural Chaos. We have also appeared at Easthampton Bookfest, and Downtown Northampton Association's Northampton Block Party. Check out the features below!
Poems on Demand
Poet + typewriter + spontaneity. Poetry on Demand invites a local poet to spotlight and create special one of a kind poems for festival goers. Past writers have included Adam Garbowski, Elizabeth Macduffie (Meat for Tea), and Nicole M. Young.
Promesa: Documentary film.
The independent short documentary examines the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, before Hurricane Maria, by exploring how its colonial relationship with the US has had both political and personal impact on the islanders. Bilingual with English and Spanish subtitles.
Panel discussions have followed film screenings with filmmaker Michelle Falcón Fontánez and activists Samantha Marie Medina Figueroa and Johanyvette Rodriguez Gonzalez featured in the film. Donation are accepted to support employment efforts throughout the island. Come learn, directly from Hurricane Maria survivors, how you can help.
Street Songs: A No-No Project Spin-off
The No-No Project is up to more nonsense. Turning the in-studio project into a live performance, poets and musicians have featured across the Pioneer Valley in both outdoor and indoor spaces.
Alexandra Woolner provides festival goers access to type on Alex’s collection of Vintage typewriters. Further, Alex Woolner is onsite to instruct other typewriter enthusiasts on cleaning and general maintenance of these machines. Materials including paper, letterhead, stationery, and correction slips are provided. Typists are welcome to bring their own materials and always keep whatever they have written!
Lucha Adore: Free Life and Love Advice from a Luchador
Lucha Adore is a stationary performance art piece in which Jason Montgomery will be portraying El Oso Azul the Heavy Weight Champion who will be providing life and love advice to the people of Easthampton at his booth (think Lucy from Peanuts). Along with Life and Love advice El Oso provides information about the cross-cultural history of Lucha Libre and its importance to Chicanos and Mexicanos. Paper Luchador Masks for kids to create their own luchador identity are available.
Buck-A-Book Wishing Well: ECA Fundraiser by Attack Bear Press
As part of Easthampton Bookfest we asked those strolling the Eastworks mill enjoying all the things that ECA does for art and artists in our town to throw a dollar in the Book Wishing Well. This piece was constructed by Spencer Crocket and Jen Oliver using donated books and locally sourced materials. 100% of the money raised went to support ECA and helps keep things like Bookfest and Cultural Chaos free for our city!