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Northampton native and former local dancer Kurt Adametz to perform July 23 at Jacob’s Pillow

Monday, July 21, 2014

Northampton native Kurt Adametz returns to western Massachusetts as a dancer with LehrerDance, a professional company from Buffalo, New York, which will perform July 23 at 6:15 p.m. at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. The performance is part of the festival’s Inside/Out Performance Series. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, LehrerDance fuses modern and jazz dance to create an energetic and athletic style of movement, according to the company’s website. Adametz is also the rehearsal director for the eight-member troupe. Adametz began his dance training at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton. While a student there, he traveled to Europe twice as … 0

New and Improved: Clark Museum in Williamstown unveils dramatic expansion and renovation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opened its doors in 1955, it was a bit of an anomaly — a fairly modest museum seemingly in the middle of nowhere, one designed more or less as a public showcase for its founders’ private art collection. The Williamstown museum may still be off … 0

No comfort for this Creature: Old Deerfield Productions premieres multi-media adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Forget the lumbering green monster with bolts sticking out of its neck. Old Deerfield Productions’ new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein,” directed and produced by Linda McInerney and written by Lindel Hart, eschews Hollywood’s iconic movie-monster image in favor of a nuanced Creature that organizers say is more true to the novel. … 0

Weekend Planner: Theater — ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at KoFest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After teaching in schools and jails for 15 years, actress Judith Sloan is more than familiar with cultural clashes and generation gaps. Her collision with hip-hop culture — and with the rapper Immortal Technique in particular — inspired … 0

Photo Gallery: Three little pigs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

About a month-and-a-half ago my neighbor in Westhampton called to tell me he had some baby pigs in his barn, and that I should come take a look, and maybe a picture. My neighbor’s got a great track … 0

Photo gallery: Fishing allure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Most of the orphaned fishing line I saw in the trees around Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst last Saturday appeared fairly harmless — except that, unlike the natural string from Charlie Brown’s lost kite, these nylon lines might … 0

The How and the Why answers questions I never asked

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tonight I went to see the latest New Century Theatre production at Smith College, "The How and the Why," by Sarah Treem. It's a serious play about a mother and daughter who come together for a biology conference and find similarities in their adult lives after the mom … 0

‘American Moderns’ New exhibit at Springfield Museums highlights 20th-century art during time of dramatic change

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From 1910 to 1960, the United States changed in ways that few people at the turn of the century could have imagined. Between two world wars, the Great Depression, growing urbanization and rapid advances in technology — from … 0

Ko Festival gears up for its 23rd season of varied theater

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The annual Ko Festival of Performance presents five weekends of summer theater on the theme of “work, job, career, calling” from July 5 to Aug. 3 at Amherst College. The festival, now in its 23rd season, began as … 0

Historic Deerfield gets $30,000 state grant to complete restoration of Barnard Tavern

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the restoration of the Barnard Tavern museum building. The colonial museum house has been closed for about six years … 0

Powder horn returned to Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield some 65 years after it was stolen

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DEERFIELD — When James Richardson was growing up in Longmeadow during the 1950s, he loved scouring through the town dump with his friends for unusual items. One of those forays turned up a piece of history — an … 0

Photo Gallery Plugged in

Thursday, June 26, 2014

While driving Tuesday along Liberty Street in Easthampton, I was intrigued by this odd juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural. Somehow, the branches of the dead pine tree appear connected to the electrical transformers. The wood poles … 0

Art Person/ Judith Mann — painter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Until about 20 years ago, Judith Mann was strictly an oil painter. But on a transatlantic sailing trip to various ports of call in the Mediterranean Sea, she took up watercolors for the first time in her life … 0