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Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School.

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in to the school to direct a play. It was Jackson’s influence, Kerby says, that inspired her to work hard at her craft: After being cast in smaller roles for three years, she finally landed a …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has pulled together the current proposal to replace the nonprofit that has for the past decade …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

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 …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Get to Higher Ground’ with PVPA’s sketch comedy troupe, Headgear

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Putting together this show is much different than producing a music group,” says Matthew King, the new faculty advisor to Headgear, the sketch comedy troupe of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School: “The rules are different and comedy …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education in “Where We Agree,” the annual Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert set for this weekend in the college’s Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. In “Giselle’s Story,” …

Photo Gallery: Old Glory

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sometimes the lines and colors in a room draw me to them like an insect to a light. While on a recent assignment at Smith College in Northampton, this scene caught my eye. I liked the play of …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVB’s ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Directed and choreographed by Pioneer Valley Ballet artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, PVB’s “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” promises to bring the colorful Arabian Nights story to life by way of a fantastical cast of dancing …