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A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to let her make a movie about his …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …

Freckle-faced heroine: ALSCT brings ‘Anne of Green Gables’ to Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At a recent rehearsal for “Anne of Green Gables,” the cast was rehearsing for the first time at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the musical is scheduled to open on Thursday. A group of …

Four decades of art: University Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates milestone with special exhibition

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

For 40 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been cultivating the work of both upcoming and established artists. Now, to celebrate its four decades on the scene, UMCA has reached back …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On the run from a wicked stepmother, a young princess finds refuge in a small cottage in the forest inhabited by seven pint-sized men who decide to adopt her and protect her from all harm. It’s the Grimm …

Movie Times

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Daily 1:20, 4, 9:45; Sun. also 11 a.m. Citizenfour (R) Daily 4:30 Force Majeure (R) Daily 7:15; Sat.-Sun. also 1:55 The Imitation Game (PG-13) Daily 1:15, 2:15, 4:05, …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Carolyn Walker at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Defined as “bloodred” or “having the pinkish color of flesh,” the term “incarnadine” evokes images of the carnal or physical world, along with its passions, transformations and desires. “For me, ‘incarnadine’ means turning from that inexperienced songwriter who …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Jewish Luck’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In his comic novel “The Letters of Menakhem Mendl and Sheyne Sheyndl,” the preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem created a portrayal of a “luftmensch,” a daydreaming entrepreneur (Mendl) who engages in various doomed strike-it-rich schemes in his native …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Concert of Bach suites by cellist Stephen Katz and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cello concert “Angels in the Engine Room,” a concert of Bach suites by cellist Stephen Katz, will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. in Piening Hall at the Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road in Hadley. The concert is …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley to perform Saturday

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My grandfather played the mandolin. I still have his old instrument, crafted from wood and round-backed, like a teardrop you cradle in your arms. Its four pairs of strings (a regular guitar has six single ones) make a …