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A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to let her make a movie about his …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Northampton Arts Trust building. A spoof of the Vin Diesel action-flick series, the show aims to “call attention to the gap between blockbuster film and underground stage, between …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when my will was realized unconsciously through my body,” he says. “In one fluid motion ... …

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.” …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Night volunteers Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to help First Night Northampton run smoothly. It’s a commitment of several hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for one of three shifts: 1 to 5 p.m., 4:30 …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Making a list, checking it twice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How could a photographer not take a picture of Cat McGaffigan, of Florence, decked out in Christmas attire? She was looking for children’s names included on the “good list” while volunteering as one of Santa’s helpers Tuesday at …

Saved by the Christmas Spirit: Old Deerfield Productions stages a new version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s likely the most well-known Christmas story in the English-speaking world — and its main character has long been the very symbol of greed, miserliness and misanthropy. But in the end, he comes to symbolize something much better: …

Art Maker: Caleb Ballantine | dancer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Caleb Ballantine is still pretty young — 12 — but he already knows what he wants to do with his life: dance. He’s been dancing since he was just 2 or 3, he reports, when he was moved …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Return to sender

Thursday, December 11, 2014

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” OK. Snow? — some. Rain? — check. Gloom? — check. Courier? — hold that thought. On Tuesday, …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘The Magic Dreidel’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Written and performed by the Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater, “The Magic Dreidel” tells the story of Hanukkah, with masks, audience participation and musical accompaniment by the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Band. The show includes a musical adaptation of Isaac …

Historic Northampton cuts ties with longtime blacksmith; new exhibits open this weekend

Friday, December 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Fueled by $176,000 in Community Preservation Act dollars it is in line to receive, Historic Northampton is poised to embark next year on extensive renovations to its buildings and grounds on Bridge Street. Among the projects …

Susan Stinson, Dan Levy featured guests at this month’s First Saturdays Soiree at The Blue Guitar in Easthampton

Friday, December 5, 2014

Writers Susan Stinson and Dan Levy will be the featured guests at this Saturday’s monthly soirée at The Blue Guitar, 185 Northampton St. in Easthampton. On the first Saturday of each month, The Blue Guitar transforms into an …

The counter-revolutionary: Amherst exhibit showcases Soviet painter who defied USSR’s artistic strictures

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

As a witness to history, Felix Lembersky had a front-row seat to some of the 20th century’s most dramatic — and horrendous — events. For starters, the Soviet-Jewish painter was trying to finish his thesis at an art …