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In this October 2013 photo provided by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons poses for a photo at Symphony Hall in Boston. Nelsons, 35, is scheduled to make his debut as conductor and musical director of the BSO Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Originally from Latvia, Nelsons is the 15th music director in the BSO's history and the youngest in more than a century. (AP Photo/Boston Symphony Orchestra, Marco Borggreve)

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York are turning to younger music directors. Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, says …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can be bought at the 20 West St. library, Liquors 44 on King Street or through …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Twelve lanes — no waiting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are indeed a dozen lanes to hit golf balls from at the Easthampton Golf driving range. But that refrain might also be heard over an in-store public address system soon when a promised 45,000-square-foot grocery and retail …

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was an experience, he says, that changed his life. Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in …

Weekend planner — Theater: Slam Up

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Billed as “a modern cabaret journey through the many shades of love, requited and unrequited, gay, straight, queer, and herpes-ridden,” Slam Up features the duo of childhood friends Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger, who mix comedy, poetry and …

Weekend planner — Dance: ‘Stone Songs: A Dance Experiment in Listening to the Landscape’

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrating the culmination of the first annual artist residency at Northampton’s Laurel Park on Saturday, Terre Unité Vandale and her Movement Arts Ensemble will present “Stone Songs: A Dance Experiment in Listening to the Landscape.” The piece will …

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art was largely passé. The abstract expressionist painter had begun making his mark in …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from Kristin Horrigan, who was the artistic director from 2006 to 2014, Shea says …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Decorated by Mother Nature

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for antique or aging farm equipment: I see tractors, plows, wheels and other items used to display merchandise, as planters, and as lawn decorations throughout the Pioneer Valley. This one, …

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault …

Nick Clark, longtime Eric Carle Museum curator, to retire

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

H. Nichols “Nick” Clark, chief curator and founding director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will step down from his post at the end of December after more than 13 years at the Amherst museum. …

Art auction will benefit Tilton Library in Deerfield

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Friends of the Tilton Library will hold a month-long art auction in the library between Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. The auction, which will feature work by local artists, kicks off with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Bids will be …