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Arts / Theater / Dance

Actress Amy Poehler, center, waves as she is seated with Jason Hellerstein, left, and Sam Clark, who are dressed in drag, while riding in a convertible through Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday Jan. 29, 2015. Poehler was honored as "Woman of the Year" by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle finger” to growing up in nearby Burlington, …

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 …

‘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 …

Jones Library leads reading of ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — An annual event that encourages all residents to read and discuss the same book continues this winter with “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,” a novel that explores issues of race and identity. “On the Same Page,” a community reading program sponsored by the Jones …

Art Maker: Toby Barnes | painter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pelham artist Toby Barnes was inspired during a trip to Asia by small personal altars that seemed to be everywhere: restaurants, in buses, by the roadsides. What drew him to them, he says, was their spontaneity, and in …

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 …