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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan …

Your Photos

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Full Disclosure: New theater festival aims to engage audiences

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Linda McInerny thinks a lot about the brain. “I love neurology and I love the study of the brain and consciousness, and who we are as human beings,” McInerny said recently. The Old Deerfield Productions artistic director had …

Photo gallery: Last light

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I lucked into living in a beautiful spot in the woods between Goshen and Williamsburg along the West Branch of the Mill River. Usually by the time I make it home, though, after a day of photographing for …

Headliners: ‘Seminar’ at New Century Theatre; the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The write stuff? A tart Broadway comedy from 2011 by Teresa Rebeck, “Seminar” opens in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment where four young writers are awaiting the arrival of Leonard, a once-celebrated novelist turned creative-writing guru who …

Pet photo series aims to counter ‘black dog’ theory

Sunday, June 14, 2015

MAYNARD — It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn’t shake off. A woman was talking about “Black Dog Syndrome” — a theory that …

Wet paint: Northampton benches get public-art makeover

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Two years ago, benches in downtown Northampton were at the center of a brief controversy when Mayor David Narkewicz had several of the structures removed in response to complaints from business owners that aggressive panhandlers were occupying some …

Leapin’ Lizards: LSSE presents ‘Annie’ — a benefit concert

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Little Orphan Annie is about to find a home. On Saturday, the Amherst Leisure Services (LSSE) Youth Performing Arts Program will present a concert version of the Tony-Award winning play “Annie,” starring local youths. The production, a benefit …

Weekend Planner — Art: ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ exhibit at Oxbow Gallery, Northampton

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pretty much unique in the history of art, the magnificent “Chamber of Giants” by the Renaissance painter and architect Giulio Romano in the Palazzo del Te in Mantua, Italy, transforms a single room of the palace into one …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

And ... action! Crowdsourced Cinema makes its debut this year, sponsored by Northampton Community Television. And so can you. NCT invites community members to join in the filmmaking project inspired by the likes of “Star Wars Uncut,” where …

Art Maker: Andrew ‘Fig’ Figueroa | Hip-hop artist

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Northampton rapper and hip-hop artist Andrew “Fig” Figueroa, 23, is getting ready to hit the road on a national tour of “Mixed-Race Mixtape,” a theater piece he wrote as part of his senior thesis project at Hampshire College. …