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Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School.

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in to the school to direct a play. It was Jackson’s influence, Kerby says, that inspired her to work hard at her craft: After being cast in smaller roles for three years, she finally landed a …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has pulled together the current proposal to replace the nonprofit that has for the past decade …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A sad demise

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In my frequent travels along Reservoir Road in Westhampton, I often pass these red pine trees. Some have been marked with blue spray paint, meaning they are diseased, and must be cut down. Those that are healthy are …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Northampton film debut “The Throwaways,” a film by Ira McKinley, will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The film is a personal exploration of the impact of what McKinley calls police brutality and mass incarceration of the black community told through …

Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist and a competitive distance runner, Phelan has created a series of paintings that …

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Double take

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To fully appreciate this scene at a Frontier Regional track meet earlier this month, I had to take a second look. At first, I saw it simply as two girls wrapped in a blanket, but when I looked …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Wrapping up ‘The Seth Show’ and lots of other arts happening in the Valley

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So long, ‘Seth Show’ Comedy improvisor Seth Lepore is in the process of wrapping up his yearlong “The Seth Show,” with final performances set for April 21, 28 and May 5 (a special commencement show), all at 7 …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Optical illusion

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The reflection of clouds onto the water and melting ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Monday reminded me of a view one might see from a passenger jet — when very large things can appear very small. Like …