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Arts / Theater / Dance

Northampton native and former local dancer Kurt Adametz to perform July 23 at Jacob’s Pillow

Monday, July 21, 2014

Northampton native Kurt Adametz returns to western Massachusetts as a dancer with LehrerDance, a professional company from Buffalo, New York, which will perform July 23 at 6:15 p.m. at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. The performance is part of the festival’s Inside/Out Performance Series. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, LehrerDance fuses modern and jazz dance to create an energetic and athletic style of movement, according to the company’s website. Adametz is also the rehearsal director for the eight-member troupe. Adametz began his dance training at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton. While a student there, he traveled to Europe twice as … 0

New and Improved: Clark Museum in Williamstown unveils dramatic expansion and renovation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opened its doors in 1955, it was a bit of an anomaly — a fairly modest museum seemingly in the middle of nowhere, one designed more or less as a public showcase for its founders’ private art collection. The Williamstown museum may still be off … 0

No comfort for this Creature: Old Deerfield Productions premieres multi-media adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Forget the lumbering green monster with bolts sticking out of its neck. Old Deerfield Productions’ new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein,” directed and produced by Linda McInerney and written by Lindel Hart, eschews Hollywood’s iconic movie-monster image in favor of a nuanced Creature that organizers say is more true to the novel. … 0

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar

Monday, June 23, 2014

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar Stalin has died and Joe McCarthy is saying bad things about General Montgomery. And on stage at Smith College's Mendenhall Center for the Performing arts, an audience of people old enough to get the jokes was laughing along with … 0

Making faces

Thursday, June 19, 2014

These sculpture studies resting on a windowsill in the Studio Arts Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst caught my eye. The overcast sky served double duty as the background and the main light source. A pulled-down shade … 0

From the Versace clad to devotees of cut-off jeans — everyone’s welcome at Jacob’s Pillow

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amherst native Jennifer Weber is returning to western Massachusetts, but not for any ordinary visit. From June 25 to 29, Weber and her Brooklyn-based, all-female hip-hop crew, Decadancetheatre, will perform at the internationally acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow in Becket. … 0

Photo Gallery: Behind closed doors

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I was at Mosier Middle school in South Hadley recently to shoot an assignment, and was just about to go to my car when, suddenly, the hallways filled with students heading for their lockers. It all seemed so … 0

Kendrick Park sculpture known as Portal in downtown Amherst to be dedicated Saturday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AMHERST — A metal sculpture that has been part of Kendrick Park for nearly four years will be a permanent art installation. The Amherst Public Arts Commission raised $10,000 to buy the piece known as Portal from Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson who created it for the inaugural … 0

‘Cultural Chaos’: All-points arts festival will celebrate Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last year, Easthampton won state recognition for part of its historic downtown area when Cottage Street, a section of Route 141, was designated a cultural district. The mixed area of galleries, small businesses, restaurants, music shops and other … 0

Coming full circle: After a decade of artistic experimentation, Amherst artist Tom Morton returns to his roots

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For much of the past decade, Tom Morton had been experimenting with different kinds of art: video installations, collages, sculpture. But within the last couple of years, the Amherst artist began returning to his roots: painting. “Painting is … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Performance artist Sally Greenhouse performs at Flywheel in Easthampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Refreshing ... Swiftian humor ... Mordantly funny” — The New York Times; “The thinking person’s performance artist ... Hilarious and harrowing” — The Boston Globe; “Not as funny as Don Knotts” — The St. Louis Post Dispatch. Yes, … 0

Weekend Planner — Art Alive in Amherst: Wine & painting fundraiser

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

French impressionist Claude Monet once said he sought to share in his art the experience of a blind person suddenly granted sight — a prime example perhaps being his “Sunset in Venice.” Head over to Art Alive in … 0

Dancing for the ages: Multi-generational troupe, Dance Generators, presents its annual concert

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Age is the ultimate enemy of most athletes and others who depend on physical virtuosity. When arms can’t throw balls hard enough any longer, or legs can’t make the body move fast enough, it’s time to hang it … 0