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Arts / Theater / Dance

"My Palette" by William Merritt Chase. Oil on canvas, circa 1870-1880; Reading Public Museum.

This side of the Atlantic: Springfield Museums hosts new exhibit on American impressionists

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the early 1870s, a group of painters in France began bucking tradition and accepted technique to produce a new style of work: paintings done with quick but visible brushstrokes, an intense mix of colors, and often produced outside to capture changes in light. The goal was to depict not the details of a subject but its overall visual effect …

Chronicling lives and how they’re remembered: Hadley photographer depicts roadside memorials

Thursday, July 23, 2015

You might give them a glance as you’re driving by — that small cross or other marker, maybe with some flowers at its base, a name on a placard. But for one Valley photographer, roadside memorials and fatality markers are a source of inspiration and mystery, a reflection both on personal loss and …

Weekend planner — Kids: ‘Junie B. Jones: The Musical’ at New Century Theatre

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” an adaptation of the best-selling series of books by Barbara Park, Junie B. sings and dances her way through first grade with her new friends Herb and José (but not that tattle-tale, May); dons a hairnet to help out the Cafeteria Lady; stubs her toe in a …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One cool kitty PaintBox Theater’s children’s theater performances of “Puss in Boots” continue through Saturday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton. Puss is one cool kitty who will show audiences how to get from …

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Gone in a flash

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven’t seen the wildlife, you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures — like, the bear that strolled by Smith College Campus School near downtown Northampton in midday, or the mother bear that settled into a …

Headliners: Pauline Productions’ ‘4000 Miles’; Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Loneliness of the long-distance biker “4000 Miles,” the title of Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, refers to the distance 21-year-old Leo has traversed on a cross-country bike trip that has brought him to Manhattan and the Greenwich Village apartment of his grandmother, where, following …

Replenishing the soul: Weekly series uses art to promote sharing, healing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the Haymarket Café veritably buzzed with customers during last Monday’s lunch rush: As many folks settled in to eat their meals, it wasn’t long before their cell phones came out for business. Susannah Crolius sat in the restaurant, …

PVB dancers take their moves out of the theater and into the park

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pioneer Valley Ballet will be tossing out the pointe shoes and ornate theaters in favor of sneakers and local parks (and a museum) this weekend, when it presents its inaugural summer tour of “FLUX ChoreoLab: Boundless Adventures in …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Burq Off!’ at Ko Festival in Amherst

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s an all-too-familiar pattern: A family emigrates from its native land to find greater freedom and opportunity in another country but brings along all of its onerous cultural baggage. In “Burq Off!,” Nadia P. Manzoor’s autobiographical one-woman show …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Music at the TreeCat Café Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes will perform Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the opening of the TreeCat Café, a new youth-run establishment at the Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle in Easthampton. Gomes, who is …

Art Maker: Carolyn Webb | Sculptor, printmaker

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Carolyn Webb, a sculptor and printmaker, says she sees her two artistic practices as related and complementary forms. “I approach printmaking as a sculptor, always thinking in terms of making an object, not just a 2-dimensional image, says …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Imagining the days of their lives

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I think my lifelong love of old, abandoned structures started with my grandparents’ home: They lived in an old house in Earlington, Kentucky, an especially neat place that featured what my grandparents used as a shed, but what …