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SLIDESHOW Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each of whatever took their fancy — people, buildings, workplaces, scenic areas, hidden corners. More than 100 people, from high school students to … 0

On the road with ‘Transperformance’: Annual musical fundraiser lands Tuesday at Look Park

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

‘Transperformance XXIV: OFF THE MAP,” the Northampton Arts Council’s annual end-of-summer music festival to benefit local arts enrichment and schools, will celebrate its 24th season … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall, Huntington

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tucked away in them thar hills is a number of professional, Equity-member actors, some of whom will offer a reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Northampton’s Self Portrait; free admission to Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON’S SELF-PORTRAIT In May, Historic Northampton invited the public to spend two days taking pictures around the town to create a permanent documentary record of the city. Over 100 people responded, taking about 1,000 photographs — and selected shots will be screened Aug. 23 at the Bridge Street … 0

Art People: Chloe Feldman Emison | pen-and-ink artist

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some people look at mountains and see faces. Chloe Feldman Emison looks at faces and sees mountains. The “Man Mountains” series in her pen-and-ink exhibition “Cranial Topographies,” on view through Aug. 28 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing … 0

Headliners: Festival of Opera at Berkshire Theatre Group; ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Opera in the Berkshires The Berkshire Theatre Group is trying something different to liven up the last week of August. Running Aug. 23-31, the company’s Festival of Opera in Workshop will offer three separate shows: a staged presentation … 0

Book Bag: ‘A Summer in the Twenties’ by Peter Dickinson; ‘The Book of Not So Common Prayer’ by Linda McCullough Moore

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A SUMMER IN THE TWENTIES By Peter Dickinson Small Beer Press peterdickinson.com At age 86, English author Peter Dickinson shows few signs of slowing down. Born in 1927, the prolific writer and poet has some 50 books to … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Eric Bennett, author of “Noodles & Albie,” will read from the children’s book Aug. 22, 2 p.m., at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. … 0

Photo Gallery: Behind those eyes ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I went to the Goshen Council on Aging picnic last week to take a picture of residents who are over 90, who were to be honored. I met Annie Thomas, 96, and a picture of her with a … 0

Your Time: Bread and Puppet Theater, Easthampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More than 400 people gathered near dusk Aug. 14 for Bread and Puppet Theater’s performance of “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton. About an hour-and-a-half before the show, people began to gather, some … 0

Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded in wire sculpture or captured in mosaics have mixed beauty with messages about … 0