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Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. Donations can be brought to the library at 9 Park St. during open hours. For more information contact the library at 527-1031. … 0

Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal training. Nathan Hilu certainly meets the latter definition. The elderly New York artist spent a … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded in wire sculpture or captured in mosaics have mixed beauty with messages about fragility and the abuse of power. Street children and orphans, women, farmers and laborers, homeless … 0

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Bread and Puppet Theater to bring emergency performance of ‘Fire’ to Easthampton orchard in response to violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Bread and Puppet Theater, known worldwide for performances that comment on political and social problems, will stage “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” in an Easthampton orchard Thursday. Peter Schumann, who has directed the theater since it … 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

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

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in … 0

Photo gallery: Tradition: Still the bee’s knees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

OK, I know that photos of bees and butterflies on flowers are trite, at least in some circles. I try hard to avoid clichés when taking pictures, but when I saw this bee working coneflowers at the Northampton … 0

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will … 0

Deconstructing ‘Endgame’: Northampton’s Serious Play! receives grant to develop production of Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) has awarded a $2,000 grant to Northampton’s Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble for the development of its “Endgame Exploration Project,” a three-company collaborative project with Pilgrim Theatre of Ashfield and Sandglass Theater of … 0

Mead director leaving to head Boston Anthenaeum

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College for the past seven years, is stepping down at the end of September to become director of the Boston Anthenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: tinydance project’s tiny tour of Northampton

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The tinydance project is going on tour! “But because we are super-sustainable and low-tech, this is an ultra-local tour,” says project creator Kelly Silliman: “A tiny tour!” The tinydance project’s super-sustainable and low-tech qualities center around its tiny … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: New Century Theatre’s shows for children

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Skippyjon Jones is a cat who thinks he is a dog (his mom is pretty annoyed with that). In “Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé,” one in the series of children’s books by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon gets … 0