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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Dance: Katie Martin, Jake Meginsky performance at A.P.E.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The week-long residency of choreographer Katie Martin and composer Jake Meginsky at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton comes to fruition Friday and Saturday with a concert of contemporary dance and music. Martin (pictured) will present new solo and group choreographic works (assisted by dancers Joy Davis, Barbie Diewald, Maya LaLiberte, Madison Palffy and Kate Seethaler), while Meginsky will perform new electroacoustic …

Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1969. But Hallock, 71, who lives in Leverett, has long had a deep …

‘Johnny Came Home’: Play about PTSD benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s a story that’s become all too familiar for many families with members serving in the military: a son, daughter, husband or wife joins the armed forces and is deployed overseas, ready to fight and defend the nation’s interests and those they left at home. Some don’t come back. Others do, but they …

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Ruins and rebirth Japan’s dynamic modern history at heart of Mead exhibit

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tokyo had a turbulent passage through much of the 20th century — going from ruins to rebirth to ruins and a second rebirth as an economic powerhouse, before spending much of the final decade in the financial doldrums. …

Spreading the limelight: ‘Youth on Broadway’ to present musical review

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Everyone is a star; everyone gets a chance to shine. That’s the premise behind “Youth on Broadway,” an annual musical theater revue, now in its third year, sponsored by Amherst Leisure Services. The aim, organizers say, is to …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Princesses’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The “Paquita Variations” are a series of additions by the renowned Russian choreographer Marius Petipa to a French ballet called “Paquita.” Though the ballet itself has long since been forgotten, Petipa’s variations live on as a cornerstone of …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A youthful reminder

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Every six months, the Gazette hires a new photo intern. They come from different schools, from all over the country, and often have worked at other newspapers. I enjoy the energy they bring to our newsroom. The intern …

Easthampton art exhibit experiments with sense of touch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

An art show can be more than just visually engaging. Sometimes it can be heard, handled, touched, read — and even hugged. That’s the case with “Piecework,” a collaborative, multi-media exhibit that opens Tuesday at the Mills Arts …

Weekend Planner — Theater: PVPA’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School has mounted an ambitious production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” as its spring musical. At a recent rehearsal with the orchestra, “I was blown away by the …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Larry Preston opens solo show at William Baczek and other art happenings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At W. Baczek Fine Arts An exhibit of still life paintings by Larry Preston will be on view through June 6 at William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St. in Northampton. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Walk a mile

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This picture makes me think of the practices particular to each religion and, even more, our perceptions of familiar and unfamiliar experiences. In April, the Gazette did a story about fourth graders from Lander Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish …

Easthampton Cottage Street Cultural District home to new mural by Eastworks artist Luke Cavagnac

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Motorists entering the city’s Cottage Street Cultural District from Holyoke Street will now be greeted by the likes of a bear, a cupcake and a pizza. Those items occupy just a few of the 48 square …

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, …