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Amherst is ground zero for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst can boast a near-stranglehold on the Pulitzer Prize in Drama this year — one prizewinner and the two finalists for the best drama, all of whom are from Amherst or have Amherst connections. One of the finalists even used to baby-sit for the winner. On Monday, Annie Baker’s “The Flick,” a play that examines the lives of … 0

Don’t blink: Artists have seconds to explain their work at ArtSalon in South Deerfield

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WHAT can artists say in just seconds about their art? Turns out, quite a lot In a presentation style called Pecha Kucha, started in Japan in the early 2000s, artists show an audience 20 photographic slides that depict their work, for just 20 seconds each. That’s all the time presenters will have to … 1

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Urinetown’ at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

While the satirical musical comedy “Urinetown” made its debut in 2001, the dystopian future it posits — one in which extreme water shortages have made private toilets illegal and all waste-elimination activities must be accomplished in pay-per-use facilities controlled by a corrupt megacorporation — seems to become less and less remote with each … 0

Photo Gallery: A whole new perspective

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The reverse view of a sign for The Village Commons in South Hadley, and Hadley Street behind, make an interesting study of form, scale and space. — Jerrey Roberts … 0

Art People: Turi MacCombie | painter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Turi MacCombie has long been drawn to animals; the Amherst watercolorist enjoys painting outdoor scenes but prefers filling them with creatures ranging from birds and bears to foxes and sheep. “There’s more to react to,” she says. “I … 0

Photo Gallery:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

During last week’s cold, windy weather, these crocuses — one of my favorite indicators of the end of winter — seemed like early arrivals near the Lyman Plant House at Smith College in Northampton. This purple-and-yellow mix, which … 0

‘Not Like the Other Girls’ — Easthampton photo exhibit explores the different dimensions of butch women

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Amiee Ross says she’s had any number of people approach her over the years who want to take her picture — not because of who she is, she says, but for what the would-be photographers think she represents. … 0

Voices for Freedom: Opera at Mount Holyoke College tells the story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unless you’ve been living on a remote desert island for the past 60 years, you know the names of at least some of the leaders of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s — Martin Luther … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Last chance “Beyond Form and Limitations into the Unseen,” an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Florence artist Debra Truskinoff that opened in March, will close Friday at the Imagine Art Gallery, 70 Main St., Northampton. Truskinoff, 57, a … 0

Weekend Planner — Art: Art from the Hearth at A.P.E.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“Our crew is riddled with artists,” notes Hungry Ghost Bread co-owner Cheryl Maffei. And so to celebrate its 10th anniversary the Northampton bakery has invited its staff to shed their floury aprons and put their alternative creative personas … 0

Photo gallery: The little thaw

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rumors abound this week that from here on out temps might only get warmer, that we’ve put the coldest days of the season behind us. If so, then this leaf I found last week — trapped in an … 0

The forgotten genocide: Novelist Chris Bohjalian returns to Amherst to talk about ‘The Sandcastle Girls’

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

About 20 years ago, Chris Bohjalian set out to write a story about the infamous massacre of Armenians in 1915 during World War I, in what was then known as the Ottoman Empire. It was a topic close … 0

Photo Gallery: Radiant smile

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When Twitter first came on the scene I thought the concept was a little self-indulgent, but it has steadily become an everyday part of my digital landscape here at the Gazette. I recently found one photo site that’s … 0