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Arts / Theater / Dance

KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College Campus School students Sylvia Rhodes, from left, Saenger Breon and Leah Neuburger rehearse with the chorus.

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on a book by Sam Swope. The opera’s libretto is by Constance Congdon. It’s all about Liberty Street, where cookie-cutter houses are filled …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches spend their time spying on their neighbors and are quick to call out the troops …

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 …

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 …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: French thriller ‘Tell No One’ on Netflix; ALSCT’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at UMass

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A TAUT THRILLER I discovered the 2008 French thriller “Tell No One” on Netflix recently. Within minutes after the movie started, I forgot I was reading subtitles because the plot is so engrossing and the characters so believable. The protagonist of the story is played by a French …

Digital alchemy: Burnett Gallery hosts photo exhibit of computer-enhanced photographs

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Most art exhibits, particularly those featuring multiple artists, have some sort of theme — something that ties the work together. In the case of an upcoming show at the Jones Library at Amherst, the theme, as one of …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Hanging the Show

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Taking a path less traveled, I rediscovered these bicycles lodged on an Amherst porch last week, hanging just as neatly as when I’d first come across them last summer. Same bikes, same order. I hope they’re getting some …

Weekend Planner — Theater: Happier Valley’s Sunday Improv Fun Time

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You’ve seen them perform as The Ha-Ha’s, The Majesters, The Villa Jidiots and The Happier Valley Comedy Show. Now you get to climb onstage with them. Yes, it’s Happier Valley’s Sunday Improv Fun Time, an all-new monthly series …

Art Maker: Barbara Feldman Morse: Cookbook author, master weaver, basket maker

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Barbara Feldman Morse of Amherst is an award-winning baker and recipe developer, and has baked for films, Ted Williams, and former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin. She had her first-ever TV interview last month, on a live broadcast of …

Art maker: Martha Brouwer | painter

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Martha Brouwer often paints what she sees, but always with a twist. From an eye-opening commercial fishing trip to Alaska to designing seafood magazines, Brouwer’s jobs have left an imprint on her paintings. Birds, fish and people meet …

Photo gallery: Good tidings to all

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas is over, but I’m still in the holiday spirit. For me, that begins Thanksgiving week and continues right on into the new year. As I photographed these folks earlier this month at The Merry Maple lighting ceremony …

Art maker: Christina Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder …