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Arts / Theater / Dance

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 celebrate the race — and deliberately ignore its terrorist scars. The women of Wellesley College …

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 based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, …

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 …

Headliners: ‘Cyclonic: Readings from ‘The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’ ” at Wistariahurst Museum;

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before there was Lady Gaga ... ... before there was Madonna, there was Eva Tanguay (1878-1947), the Holyoke-raised singer who became America’s most popular live entertainer in the early years of the 19th century. Appearing first in Broadway …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s Catalyst Dance Company at Academy of Music

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s resident dance company is called Catalyst for good reason: In the 17 years of its existence it’s not only served to fast-forward many of its members into professional troupes and productions, but …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At Amherst Cinema “Antonio Gaudí,” a film by director Hiroshi Teshigahara, will be shown Monday at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. The movie is part of the cinema’s “The City As a Work …

Master Craftsman Fine furniture designer Silas Kopf wins national award from Smithsonian Institute

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Years ago, even as he was working toward an undergraduate degree in architecture at Princeton University, Silas Kopf wasn’t sure what he wanted to do once he’d graduated. Architecture? Well, it seemed interesting enough. But Kopf was pretty …

A place at the barre: Amherst Ballet offers classes for adults of all ages, shapes and sizes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nicola Metcalf of Sunderland says she’s always been an active person (she describes herself as “a mover”); as a youngster she spent her winters cross-country skiing — and when she wasn’t doing that, she could often be found …