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Arts / Theater / Dance

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next week at Spoletto restaurant at “Play With Your Food,” a fundraiser event to benefit NCT, …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that …

Photo Gallery: Not a ripple in sight

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Saturday, I covered the Western Massachusetts High School Swimming Championships at Springfield College. It was the first time I have ever photographed swimming. I made this image as everyone rose for the playing of a very old, …

Art Maker: furniture maker

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The furniture that Joel Liebman designs and builds in his Easthampton studio is custom-made, much of it to order. And every piece that comes out of his shop is created 100-percent by him — from purchasing the wood …

Amherst to host talk by hometown Pulitzer Prize winner and finalist

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Last April, Amherst became ground zero for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Now, it will recap that moment. On Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Regional High School library, Annie Baker, the 2014 Pulitzer winner in drama, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

At CDH These exhibits are on view through Feb. 28 in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton. There will be an artist’s reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the New Gallery: …

Photo Gallery: Double take

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On my drive back from a recent portrait shoot in Amherst, my head was on a swivel as I looked for feature-photo possiblities. I did a double take when I spotted Norman Bie, 59, of Amherst. I drove …

Ellen Keiter takes over as chief curator at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Ellen Keiter is taking the reins as chief curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, replacing founding director and chief curator H. Nichols B. Clark. Clark retired in December after 13 years in …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount …