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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is preparing to end her term in the White House and welcome her successor — occasions filled with reflection and appraisal, as well as with sentiments of, respectively, relief, bitterness and hope. “I wanted to explode myths,” says the Smith College-educated actor, who spent hours at the Museum of Broadcasting viewing videotape for her roles. Sponsored by Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Northampton, Bromka will perform …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. On Saturday the BTG …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a jury, will have works on display and for sale, including a new local addition to …

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, …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A sad demise

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In my frequent travels along Reservoir Road in Westhampton, I often pass these red pine trees. Some have been marked with blue spray paint, meaning they are diseased, and must be cut down. Those that are healthy are …