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KEVIN GUTTING
Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy.

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the verge of extinction. The production features the creative contributions of more than 40 NHS students, in collaboration with several Valley theater artists. “The play is one of the most technically ambitious plays the school has …

Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A perennially popular event both on the Smith Campus and in the Pioneer Valley at large, the Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert this year features a collaboration between Five College dance students and guest artists Claudia Lavista (pictured) and Omar Carrum of the Delfos Danza Contemporanea, whose original work, “Full and Empty,” …

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Open Studios: Artists, craftspeople invite public in for a look-see

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every year around this time many of the area’s artist studios open their doors to the public, inviting them in to interact with artists as they work, view demonstrations, and purchase work directly from the creators. Arts & …

Power Women: Photo exhibit highlights female powerlifters

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Liane Brandon wasn’t looking for a new artistic project when, a couple of years ago, she went to a gym in Boston. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and filmmaker just wanted to get back in shape …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Still Tryin’ to Get it Right: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

By day, Sharon Saline is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northampton who works primarily with children, adolescents and families. By night she’s a cabaret performer who mixes songs from musical theater, jazz standards and rock with personal stories …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: A feather in the wind

Thursday, November 6, 2014

While I was photographing a group of paragliders descending from Mount Tom into Easthampton, a southbound jet appeared to cross paths with one of them. I can’t say it photobombed my picture, since I saw it coming, and …

Art Maker: Lynn Peterfreund | Printmaker, animator

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lynn Peterfreund, 62, has been working as a painter, printmaker and art educator since receiving her MFA in 1980 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Now living in Leverett, she says her work reflects her interests in both representational …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Lawn of the dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Or, perhaps, the “undead?” No. I know well what these folks were doing at the Franconia Golf Course in Springfield during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament last week: Having caddied for my Dad back in the day …

Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Illuminati’ at Academy of Music in Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A secret techno-cult called The Illuminati sends its agent Aleister back in time to 1307 and an East European village known as Kailash. A trained archeologist and historian, his mission is to locate the Archon — a malevolent, …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Jury-rigged

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was at the Hungry Ghost in Northampton a couple of weeks ago when I admired the ingenuity of this set-up: I love that they wrapped a vine around the doorknob to keep the door open, and I …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘God Box’ — performance in Northampton

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the untimely death of her daughter Rebecca in a car accident, quintessential Jewish mother Gloria Adelman is packing up the girl’s apartment when she discovers a box labeled “God.” Finding it filled with bibles, Buddhas and other …