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Paintbox Theatre presents "The Santa Show!" this weekend in Northampton High School auditorum.

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 messed up, said they were sorry and …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much become a Valley tradition. And after three years serving as host, singer Ray Guillemette Jr. has himself become a part of that tradition as he welcomes guests — …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

“A combination of technically extraordinary ballet and lots of personality” is how East Street Ballet director Barbara Kauff describes “The Glove,” a dance choreographed by East Street Ballet’s Donna Bonasera to ragtime music from the movie “The Sting.” The piece has been performed internationally as a solo work, a pas de deux and …

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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 …

Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A perennially popular event both on the Smith Campus and in the Pioneer Valley at large, the Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert this year features a collaboration between Five College dance students and guest artists Claudia Lavista …