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Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Pirate Girl’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ferocious Captain Firebeard may think that he and the cruel crew of The Horrible Haddock rule the high seas — but he hasn’t reckoned on a small, daring girl called Molly. And he certainly shouldn’t have kidnapped her! Newly adapted from the picture book by Cornelia Funke, Paintbox Theatre’s “Pirate Girl” promises lots of audience participation, including projection onstage of … 0

A quarter of a century later, Chester Theatre Company still tackling big ideas with small-cast plays

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For 25 years, organizers at The Chester Theatre Company have been on a mission — to produce thought-provoking, small-cast, contemporary plays that engage audiences who make their way to this small Berkshire hilltown community on the banks of the Westfield River. “The company looks for language-rich plays that give our audience something to … 0

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for … 0

VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller at KoFest in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founders of the theatrical ensemble known as The Independent Eye, have walked the long road of theater for 50 years, collaborating as performers, playwrights, puppeteers and life partners in bringing hundreds of productions … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and … 0

Photo Gallery: Can the clubs

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hunting through the rubble of discarded items in search of treasure at flea markets and collectibles shows is a fun pastime for me and my wife. Visually, it’s almost as entertaining for me as the hunt. I was … 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 … 0

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 … 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 … 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