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Man and his dog walking among the beech trees on Village Hill. Photo by Rebecca Washnut

Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each of whatever took their fancy — people, buildings, workplaces, scenic areas, hidden corners. More than 100 people, from high school students to senior citizens, responded to the call, sending in more than 1,000 images that are destined to serve as a permanent archive on the life of the city. Now the Northampton museum is throwing a party to celebrate the May 2-3 project and showcase the work … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall, Huntington

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tucked away in them thar hills is a number of professional, Equity-member actors, some of whom will offer a reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Historic North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington. The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1955, and was … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. Donations can be brought to the library at 9 Park St. during open hours. For … 0

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Weekend Planner — Dance: tinydance project’s tiny tour of Northampton

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The tinydance project is going on tour! “But because we are super-sustainable and low-tech, this is an ultra-local tour,” says project creator Kelly Silliman: “A tiny tour!” The tinydance project’s super-sustainable and low-tech qualities center around its tiny … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: New Century Theatre’s shows for children

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Skippyjon Jones is a cat who thinks he is a dog (his mom is pretty annoyed with that). In “Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé,” one in the series of children’s books by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon gets … 0

Photo Gallery: Tunnel of fun

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whenever I get an assignment to photograph at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, there’s a good chance I’ll be trekking down the Old Coach Road Trail with a bunch of kids. The trail cuts through a swell in … 0

Photo Gallery: ... But they don’t look under the weather

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I’m sure there’s an official explanation for this sign in a plot outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst. But it could just be the brainchild of a few overly protective gardeners. — Kevin … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Pirate Girl’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ferocious Captain Firebeard may think that he and the cruel crew of The Horrible Haddock rule the high seas — but he hasn’t reckoned on a small, daring girl called Molly. And he certainly shouldn’t have kidnapped her! … 0

A quarter of a century later, Chester Theatre Company still tackling big ideas with small-cast plays

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For 25 years, organizers at The Chester Theatre Company have been on a mission — to produce thought-provoking, small-cast, contemporary plays that engage audiences who make their way to this small Berkshire hilltown community on the banks of … 0

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in … 0

VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller at KoFest in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founders of the theatrical ensemble known as The Independent Eye, have walked the long road of theater for 50 years, collaborating as performers, playwrights, puppeteers and life partners in bringing hundreds of productions … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and … 0