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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

Weekend Planner — Kids: KidsStage presents “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten!” at the Eric Carle Museum

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As everyone knows, Arthur Read, the hero of the popular PBS animated television series (and of the children’s books by Marc Brown on which the series is based) is an anthropomorphic bipedal aardvark whose experiences reflect the vicissitudes … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through … 0

Keeping Tabs of the Arts: PaintBox Theatre’s ‘Tarzan’ and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle story PaintBox Theatre will close its summer season with a production of “Tarzan,” under the roof inside the Grandstand at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. The classic tale that’s been adapted and directed by Tom McCabe, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Span of Sunshine’s Steve Koziol celebrates his new babies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“I was ambitious,” said Steve Koziol, vocalist/guitarist of the western Masssacusetts-based quartet Span of Sunshine. “‘Let’s get this done before the baby’s born!’” He’s referring to the group’s new five-song EP, “Ray of June,” and the baby is … 0

Advance Booking, big acts coming to the area: Cher, Tig Notaro, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Josh Groban, Kevin James, more

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yanni — Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$85. foxwoods.com Lost Bayou Ramblers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Isley Brothers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$85. foxwoods.com Josh Groban … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “The Expendables 3,” “The Giver,” “Let’s Be Cops” and “Magic in the Moonlight.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Cavalry,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Dog” and continues showing “Boyhood.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “The Giver” and … 0

‘The Giver’ arrives, after journey of two decades

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NEW YORK — It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair — one in which he could direct his father, Lloyd, and that his … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Last Week with John Oliver’; Pauline Productions’ ‘Collected Stories’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breaking news, at a snail’s pace Let’s face it, lots of folks depend on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for their news fix. But, there’s a drawback for really, really busy people: It’s, well, daily. So how great is it that former “Daily Show” stringer, comedian and … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘A Genius for Place’ at Wistariahurst; talk at Historic Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘A GENIUS FOR PLACE’ Last call for an intriguing photo exhibit at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” showcases homes and landscapes that were created, beginning in the 1890s, by families who were using their new fortunes to construct … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Watermelon Wednesdays; Max B. Standley retrospective at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THERE’S STILL WATERMELON (ON WEDNESDAYS) Summer is starting to head into the home stretch, but you can still catch shows at the Watermelon Wednesdays series at the West Whately Chapel. At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 it’s Northampton singer-songwriter Heather Maloney and former Northamptonites Darlingside, who have toured … 0