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Arts / Theater / Dance

JERREY ROBERTS
My wife and I just attended the July installment of the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show. Hunting through the rubble of discarded items in search of treasure at this show and also at other flea markets is a fun pastime for us. Visually, it's almost as entertaining for me as the hunt. At the Hadley Flea Market on Sunday for example, there was a piece of driftwood beside a George Foreman grill; a painted ceramic statue of three nuns singing beside a M&M toy; an electric insect killer beside a pile of baseball bats; cheap plastic film cameras from the 1980's beside a sledge hammer (of note: I have never smashed any cheap point-and-shoot cameras, although I highly recommend it). The most whimsical scene was this collection of golf clubs displayed in a trash can. So many things about it tickle the mind: that clubs are an expensive, cherished, precision tool that are well taken care of; the way they protrude from the can like they would from a golf bag, but in an absurd number; the varying types, lengths, colors and conditions. But most of all, that the clubs are literally in the trash can, something every golfer has felt like doing on a double bogey day.

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 at the Hadley Flea Market on Sunday, for example, where I found a piece of driftwood beside a George Foreman grill; a painted ceramic statue of three nuns singing beside a M&M toy; an electric insect killer beside a pile of baseball bats; cheap plastic film cameras from the 1980s beside a sledgehammer (of note: I have never smashed any cheap point-and-shoot cameras, although I highly recommend … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets

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 provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

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

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 to audiences across the country. Their works range from grim realism to story-theater to Shakespearean … 0

Historic Deerfield gets $30,000 state grant to complete restoration of Barnard Tavern

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the restoration of the Barnard Tavern museum building. The colonial museum house has been closed for about six years … 0

Powder horn returned to Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield some 65 years after it was stolen

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DEERFIELD — When James Richardson was growing up in Longmeadow during the 1950s, he loved scouring through the town dump with his friends for unusual items. One of those forays turned up a piece of history — an … 0

Photo Gallery Plugged in

Thursday, June 26, 2014

While driving Tuesday along Liberty Street in Easthampton, I was intrigued by this odd juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural. Somehow, the branches of the dead pine tree appear connected to the electrical transformers. The wood poles … 0

Art Person/ Judith Mann — painter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Until about 20 years ago, Judith Mann was strictly an oil painter. But on a transatlantic sailing trip to various ports of call in the Mediterranean Sea, she took up watercolors for the first time in her life … 0

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar

Monday, June 23, 2014

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar Stalin has died and Joe McCarthy is saying bad things about General Montgomery. And on stage at Smith College's Mendenhall Center for the Performing arts, an audience of people old enough to get the jokes was laughing along with … 0

Making faces

Thursday, June 19, 2014

These sculpture studies resting on a windowsill in the Studio Arts Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst caught my eye. The overcast sky served double duty as the background and the main light source. A pulled-down shade … 0

From the Versace clad to devotees of cut-off jeans — everyone’s welcome at Jacob’s Pillow

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amherst native Jennifer Weber is returning to western Massachusetts, but not for any ordinary visit. From June 25 to 29, Weber and her Brooklyn-based, all-female hip-hop crew, Decadancetheatre, will perform at the internationally acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow in Becket. … 0

Photo Gallery: Behind closed doors

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I was at Mosier Middle school in South Hadley recently to shoot an assignment, and was just about to go to my car when, suddenly, the hallways filled with students heading for their lockers. It all seemed so … 0

Kendrick Park sculpture known as Portal in downtown Amherst to be dedicated Saturday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AMHERST — A metal sculpture that has been part of Kendrick Park for nearly four years will be a permanent art installation. The Amherst Public Arts Commission raised $10,000 to buy the piece known as Portal from Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson who created it for the inaugural … 0

‘Cultural Chaos’: All-points arts festival will celebrate Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last year, Easthampton won state recognition for part of its historic downtown area when Cottage Street, a section of Route 141, was designated a cultural district. The mixed area of galleries, small businesses, restaurants, music shops and other … 0