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The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that question for 20 years with a special …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A HAUNTING READ I’ve sometimes been underwhelmed by heavily hyped novels, but “The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” the 2014 Booker Prize winner, is the real deal. The central story — Australian prisoners in WWII forced by their Japanese captors to build a railroad under hellish conditions …

Adv27 For release Friday, Feb. 27

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2015. There are 307 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With …

‘An American Idealist’ Biography of Amherst College President John William Ward shines light on tumultuous era

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kim Townsend might have the longest view of what’s transpired at Amherst College over the past half-century. At 79, the officially retired professor of English still leads a course each semester at the school, where he first started …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by …

‘Birdman,’ Moore, Redmayne take top Oscar honors

Monday, February 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The long take of “Birdman” has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by …

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stays on top

Sunday, February 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t relinquish control of the box office. Universal’s erotic drama earned $22.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Really Big Show’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A mystifying snake-and-sword performance by the Crescent Dancers; anthropomorphic pets that sing; a banjo choir; the four-piece funk-jazz outfit known as The Defenastrators (pictured); Lord Russ as Elvis; western Massachusetts’ own world-championship yo-yo team; plus a live segment …

Weekend Planner — Reading: Claudia Rankine

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

While the poems of Claudia Rankine frequently reference topical matters such as the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, she has said that her primary subject is not so much race but the intimate ways in which …