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Ellen Keiter takes over as chief curator at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Ellen Keiter is taking the reins as chief curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, replacing founding director and chief curator H. Nichols B. Clark. Clark retired in December after 13 years in his role as chief curator and will retain an emeritus role with the museum as a visiting lecturer and guest curator, Keiter said. “I’m thrilled and honored to be working at the Carle,” Keiter said Saturday. The director of exhibitions for 13 years at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, Keiter met and worked with numerous children’s book illustrators through the Katonah Museum’s Children’s …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle …

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 …

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches …

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 Northampton Arts Trust building. A spoof of the Vin Diesel action-flick series, 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 …

Art Maker: Georgia Pugh | painter

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painter Georgia Pugh lives on a former farm in Hatfield with her husband, Milton Howard, and their son, Daniel. Her current “Seawall Series” portrays ruined structures of iron, concrete, rock and rebar, built to keep the water from …