The Thing in the Spring in Peterborough features film, art, musicBy LISA J. JACKSON Correspondent
Thursday, June 7, 2012
PETERBOROUGH – Do you have a niggle in your mind that there’s some “thing” about to happen?
It’s possible you might have heard about The Thing in the Spring, a film, art and music festival that will be held in downtown Peterborough from Friday-Sunday, June 8-10.
Now in its fifth year, The Thing in the Spring offers more music, artistry and cinema than it has before.
According to the event’s website, www.thething inthespring.com, Planners “strive to bring renowned independent groups into intimate venues, in combinations that one would be hard pressed to find together even in a major metropolitan area.”
A concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Town Hall will kick everything off with headliner Woods, a Brooklyn psychedelic and folk quartet.
Early bands will include MMOSS, which has a folk, garage and psychedelic sound, and troubadour Daniel Higgs, who combines poetry, drone, banjo and jaw harp into a lively song and prayer presentation.
Tickets are $22 at the door or $18 in advance. A free after-party will be at 10:30.
Festivities on Saturday will start at 10 a.m. Free concerts will be held throughout the day in various locations, including on rooftops, in parks and in the streets. Keep an eye on the Toadstool Bookshop’s roof, as bands have been up there before.
This festival brings together some of the biggest and best names in underground indie, folk, experimental and rock music.
“The Thing in the Spring is for anyone who enjoys any one or combination of the following things: art, music, film, fun, community, meeting new people, small towns and new sounds,” said Eric Gagne, co-founder of the event through the arts collaborative The Glass Museum.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the family can enjoy Broke: the affordable arts fair. The Broke philosophy is that art is for everyone.
This free fair includes more than 50 artists from New England and beyond who agree to sell their wares for $50 or less. Shoppers will see everything from jewelry to prints, clay, textiles and more. There will be something for virtually everyone because of the number of vendors and their selections.
Artists from the MacDowell Colony will also be at the festival.
Indie films appropriate for all ages will be shown from noon-5 p.m. at the Peterborough Historical Society. They’re geared toward people interested in art, music and film.
The films of Jem Cohen focus on a lot of his music documentaries over the years, featuring Fugazi, Cat Power, Patti Smith, R.E.M. and more.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the Saturday evening concert at Town Hall. Tickets are $22 at the door or $18 in advance.
The evening will feature singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia, who has recorded with Steve Albini on Touch & Go and Fat Cat and worked with drummer Jim White.
Warming up the audience will be a local favorite, Brown Bird, which is from Rhode Island and currently touring the U.S. and Europe.
The bands Mail the Horse and Coke Weed will perform at Harlow’s Pub starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Sunday fun will start at 9 a.m. at Harlow’s with a Cartoon Cereal Party and Farm Breakfast sponsored in part by Sunnyfield Farm. This event is for the entire family and will go until 1 p.m.
If you just want to watch the cartoons, there’s no charge. If you’d like to have a full farm breakfast, it’s $12, or you can pay $5 for a cereal bowl that’s good for multiple refills.
The breakfasts give you the option of farm-fresh milk from Sunnyfield Farm, as well as whole, skim or soy milk.
There will also be breads from Houghton Farm.
For the last concert of the weekend, doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peterborough Historical Society. Tickets are $7.
“From Friday night through Sunday afternoon, the entire town is taken over by bands, artists and folks who love them both,” Gagne said. “It’s an absolutely joyous three days.”
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