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A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to let her make a movie about his …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Northampton Arts Trust building. A spoof of the Vin Diesel action-flick series, the show aims to “call attention to the gap between blockbuster film and underground stage, between …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when my will was realized unconsciously through my body,” he says. “In one fluid motion ... …

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Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …

Freckle-faced heroine: ALSCT brings ‘Anne of Green Gables’ to Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At a recent rehearsal for “Anne of Green Gables,” the cast was rehearsing for the first time at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the musical is scheduled to open on Thursday. A group of …

Four decades of art: University Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates milestone with special exhibition

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

For 40 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been cultivating the work of both upcoming and established artists. Now, to celebrate its four decades on the scene, UMCA has reached back …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On the run from a wicked stepmother, a young princess finds refuge in a small cottage in the forest inhabited by seven pint-sized men who decide to adopt her and protect her from all harm. It’s the Grimm …

Art Maker: Georgia Pugh | painter

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painter Georgia Pugh lives on a former farm in Hatfield with her husband, Milton Howard, and their son, Daniel. Her current “Seawall Series” portrays ruined structures of iron, concrete, rock and rebar, built to keep the water from …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Unanswered mysteries in the halls of power

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Last week, I was at the Statehouse in Boston to photograph Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as he was voted in as Senate president. I have walked by the Statehouse, with its big gold dome, many times, but this was …

Jones Library leads reading of ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — An annual event that encourages all residents to read and discuss the same book continues this winter with “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,” a novel that explores issues of race and identity. “On the Same Page,” a community reading program sponsored by the Jones …

Art Maker: Toby Barnes | painter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pelham artist Toby Barnes was inspired during a trip to Asia by small personal altars that seemed to be everywhere: restaurants, in buses, by the roadsides. What drew him to them, he says, was their spontaneity, and in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: The scenic route

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I feel lucky to say I pass Boulder Range Farm in Southampton almost every day on my way to work. Best seen while traveling north on Route 10, this pasture, unencumbered by trees, with its picturesque barn, grazing …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Anne of Green Gables — The Musical’ at UMass; ‘Treasures,’ historic art and artifacts at the Hosmer Gallery

Thursday, January 8, 2015

RED-HAIRED HEROINE I’m pretty sure my daughters and I wore out our video copy of “Anne of Green Gables,” back in the day. We loved the delightful story line about the spunky orphan trying to make her way in a new home on Prince Edward Island, that was …