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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo,  protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening  in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about  the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Opera spurs protest outside Met

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Politicians including former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Peter King joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind barricades chanting “Shame on …

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work with the University Dancers, which he directs. He just returned from Italy, where he was …

Weekend Planner — Theater: The Theater Project’s ‘The Last Romance’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joe DiPietro’s play “The Last Romance” tells the story of a widower, Ralph Bellini, who takes a slight detour on his daily walk and encounters the elegant but distant Carol Reynolds. Ralph is emboldened to pursue her but complications ensue, developing into what Danny Eaton, director of The Theater Project’s current production at …

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Movie Listings

Friday, October 3, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Jimi: All is By My Side (R) Love Is Strange (R) Memphis (NR) …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo gallery: Night lights

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When the sun rises and sets each day, the low angle of its light often gives us warm colors and strong contrast. The glowing utility wires at sunset and the lights from passing cars made an interesting scene …

Art People: Don Grant | painter

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Editor’s note: Today’s “Art People” marks the end of the column in Hampshire Life. Beginning next week, look for a new feature, “Art Maker.” First up will be satirist and performance artist Seth Lepore. Don Grant has scrutinized …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Philoctetes at Amherst College

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In 2005 New York writer and director Bryan Doerries began a series of readings of “Philoctetes,” Sophocles’ play dealing with the legendary Greek warrior whose presence was crucial to Greek victory in the Trojan War but who was …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At CDH The following artists will exhibit their work in October in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton: In the Locust Gallery: “Images of Another Time” includes paintings and photography by Steve …

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Twelve lanes — no waiting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are indeed a dozen lanes to hit golf balls from at the Easthampton Golf driving range. But that refrain might also be heard over an in-store public address system soon when a promised 45,000-square-foot grocery and retail …

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was an experience, he says, that changed his life. Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in …