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Arts / Theater / Dance

KEVIN GUTTING

Christina Svane in her Blue Guitar Dance Studio

Art maker: Christie Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, and taught at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Svane, who lives in Florence, moved …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Making a list, checking it twice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How could a photographer not take a picture of Cat McGaffigan, of Florence, decked out in Christmas attire? She was looking for children’s names included on the “good list” while volunteering as one of Santa’s helpers Tuesday at the Look Park Garden House. Obviously enjoying her role, she said she likes seeing the …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘The Santa Show!’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Paintbox Theatre’s “The Santa Show!,” a young girl known as “Christmas” Petersen journeys to the North Pole to speak up for children on the ‘Bad” list. She believes that Santa should have three lists: The good, the bad and — no, not the ugly, but a classification for all those who have …

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A sense of place: UMass Dancers to perform works inspired by dancemakers’ surroundings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance, and University Dancers, will present a concert featuring the works of six choreographers who were inspired in their creations by their personal surroundings. Among the choreographers for this …

Art Maker: Jieun Shin | painter

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In her newest exhibit, at Amherst Town Hall, Amherst artist Jieun Shin, 42, combines fragmented details of assembly instructions for IKEA furniture, such as bookshelves, with heads of human figures assembling the furniture and symbols and patterns from …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Simple pleasure

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I loved seeing this swing decked out for the holidays at the corner of Bridge Road and Grandview Street in Northampton. I was struck by the simple beauty of it — no flood lights or blinking reindeer, no …

Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in …

Weekend Planner — Reenactors: Society of the 17th Century

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Redware pottery, spinning, lace making, herbal lore, quill pen writing, wood carving, basket making, arms and armor — the members of the Society of the 17th Century have mastered these period arts, crafts and trades and will be …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At the Hosmer Gallery Woodblock prints by Annie Bissett and etchings by Joan Dix Blair will be on view Dec. 2-29 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ …

Art Maker: Randi Stein | painter, collage artist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

During the past year, Amherst artist Randi Stein has been investigating the qualities of the Hebrew letters — letters, which according to Jewish legend, called the universe into being. For her latest exhibit, “The Letters Speak,” on view …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: And in my next life ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was on an assignment at Cherry Hill Co-Housing in Amherst recently, when I spotted this clothesline. It struck a chord with me for a couple of reasons: First, I believe in using a clothesline — and I …

Historic Deerfield wants bakers to submit favorite family recipes for contest

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — Whether it’s pineapple upside-down cake, pecan pie, or rich, chocolate brownies, everyone has a favorite dessert recipe and Historic Deerfield wants a taste of yours. On Dec. 6, the museum will hold its Heritage Baking Day contest. The event, held in conjunction with King Arthur’s Flour, …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the verge of extinction. The production features the creative contributions of more than 40 …