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At MacDowell: Jonathan Gourlay –Rivera to share evolving musical perspective
06-05-2024 12:51 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

This Friday, June 7, composer Kyle Rivera will share his ever-evolving musical perspective in the June edition of MacDowell Downtown at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture.Rivera will expound on his musical explorations and process and...

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At MacDowell: Jonathan Gourlay – Courtney Stephens makes films with an anthropologist’s eye
04-03-2024 8:30 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Filmmaker Courtney Stephens brings an anthropologist’s keen observational skills to the subjects of her films, whether creating documentaries or experimental shorts exploring language, historical geography and women's lives. On Friday, she’ll present...


At MacDowell – Allison Akootchook Warden kicks off MacDowell Downtown season
02-28-2024 9:01 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

MacDowell Downtown’s 21st season opener will be Friday, March 1, at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture with performance artist Allison Akootchook Warden.An Inuit tribal member of the Native village of Kaktovik off Alaska’s north slope,...


At MacDowell – Tatiana Arocha to talk rainforest destruction
11-01-2023 2:16 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Tatiana Arocha, whose installations combine natural materials with digitally altered components, will close the 2023 MacDowell Downtown season of First Fridays Nov. 3 at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Arocha will...


At MacDowell: Brantley to appear at library
10-04-2023 3:42 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

While visiting Peterborough for his sixth MacDowell Fellowship, composer and cellist Paul Brantley will take the stage for the penultimate MacDowell Downtown of the season.Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Peterborough Town Library, 2...


At MacDowell: Christopher Iduma holds a mirror to Lagos, Nigeria
08-29-2023 11:21 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Lagos, Nigeria, is widely recognized as the commercial capital of the African continent and is frequently described as a loud, chaotic and traffic-clogged city.Photographer Christopher Iduma, at MacDowell for his first residency, will be the featured...


MacDowell Medal Day’s best-kept secret
07-18-2023 4:03 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

I didn’t realize my mistake until it was almost too late.My first Medal Day was in 2010. We had lived in Peterborough for six years by then, and while I knew about the magical place where Thornton Wilder had written much of “Our Town,” I had never...


At MacDowell: Sturm to talk comics at Monadnock Summer Lyceum
06-28-2023 3:59 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

What do the Vermont Secretary of State, the Ohio Department of Health and MacDowell Fellow James Sturm have in common?They see the value comics have as an engaging, educational tool. Sturm is a graphic novelist and Radcliffe Fellow who has been in...


At MacDowell: Tanya Marcuse will discuss setting scenes
05-30-2023 11:26 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Tanya Marcuse, who makes large photographs of incredibly detailed and fantastical scenes, will talk about the lengths she goes to to construct setups for her art during the next installment of MacDowell Downtown Friday, June 2, at the Monadnock Center...


At MacDowell – Firas Zreik combines musical traditions
05-03-2023 3:03 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Firas Zreik is a Palestine-born, Brooklyn-based composer and kanun player at MacDowell for his first residency to work on an instrumental suite featuring the kanun – a multi-stringed instrument common to the Arabic world.Zreik, a Berklee College of...


Aaron Edwards to speak on friends and friendship
04-05-2023 2:23 PM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

“If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.” – Muhammad AliCan a friendship be the most central relationship in our lives? That is the question at the heart of first-time MacDowell fellow Aaron Edwards’ new...


Nora Stanley to open MacDowell Downtown’s 20th season
02-28-2023 9:00 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Nora Stanley has been busy.At MacDowell for her first residency, the multi-instrumentalist and composer is taking time out from nonstop session work, gigging and touring in one of MacDowell’s composition studios. She’s composing some arrangements of...

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