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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is preparing to end her term in the White House and welcome her successor — occasions filled with reflection and appraisal, as well as with sentiments of, respectively, relief, bitterness and hope. “I wanted to explode myths,” says the Smith College-educated actor, who spent hours at the Museum of Broadcasting viewing videotape for her roles. Sponsored by Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Northampton, Bromka will perform …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. On Saturday the BTG …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a jury, will have works on display and for sale, including a new local addition to …

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s Greek to me

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I have often noticed the wall of this building, since it’s located on Conz Street in Northampton across from the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The rows of former windows, now filled with unpainted red brick, take on a surreal …

A glimpse of the past: Furniture gallery at Historic Deerfield offers ‘perfect marriage’ of art and history

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they fell over the legs of an intricately carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery in the Flynt Center. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of …

Weekend Planner — Dance-Theater: ‘More Clearly in Dreams’ at Smith College

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An elaborate one-act dance-theater-video work by Smith College faculty member Rodger Blum inspired by the work of Leonardo DaVinci (particularly his famous Vitruvian Man drawing depicting human symmetry), “More Clearly in Dreams” was originally performed in 2012. This …

Art Maker: Eric Broudy | Photographer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Photographer Eric Broudy, 74, says he wants to help build a greater art presence in his hometown of Amherst. To that end, one of his current projects is soliciting photographs from anyone who lives or works in Amherst …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Tables were turned

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Every once in a while, instead of bringing home a minor tale of woe of how I just missed a really good moment or picture — and I know that’s just part of the job — I get …

Dancing with a pro

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ruins and rebirth Japan’s dynamic modern history at heart of Mead exhibit

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tokyo had a turbulent passage through much of the 20th century — going from ruins to rebirth to ruins and a second rebirth as an economic powerhouse, before spending much of the final decade in the financial doldrums. …

Spreading the limelight: ‘Youth on Broadway’ to present musical review

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Everyone is a star; everyone gets a chance to shine. That’s the premise behind “Youth on Broadway,” an annual musical theater revue, now in its third year, sponsored by Amherst Leisure Services. The aim, organizers say, is to …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Princesses’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The “Paquita Variations” are a series of additions by the renowned Russian choreographer Marius Petipa to a French ballet called “Paquita.” Though the ballet itself has long since been forgotten, Petipa’s variations live on as a cornerstone of …