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Arts / Theater / Dance

JERREY ROBERTS
Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School.

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in to the school to direct a play. It was Jackson’s influence, Kerby says, that inspired her to work hard at her craft: After being cast in smaller roles for three years, she finally landed a …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has pulled together the current proposal to replace the nonprofit that has for the past decade …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

All-generations dance “The Legacy Project,” a performance by the Dance Generators, will be presented Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. Members of the intergenerational …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s a wrap

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Construction sites are often a fun place to look for photos. People, materials, structures and light come together to form scenes seldom seen by those who aren’t in the business. Here, I like the minimal, simple symmetry of …

Melting away: Photo exhibition at Amherst College tracks disappearing glaciers in Alaska

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Even before scientists announced in January that 2014 had been the hottest year on record, signs of climate change had likely become clear to all but the most determined skeptics. Extreme weather events, from drenching downpours in some …

‘The Art is the Cloth’: Tapestry exhibit at Deerfield Academy reveals the breadth of artistic weaving

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Micala Sidore can still remember the time, back in the 1970s, when she met a weaver in Montpelier, Vermont, when she was a college student. Sidore had been studying literature and languages, but from the moment she watched …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A mound of snow, a heap of questions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This backhoe parked atop a mound of snow in the Big Y parking lot in Northampton stands as a testament to the volume of snow that buried the Valley this season. It provides plenty of fodder for the …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Whole Children’s ‘Once Upon a Bog’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Based in Hadley, Whole Children is a grassroots organization founded by parents of children with special needs to provide a range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for all ages and abilities. This weekend, students in the …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Once Upon a Bog;” Funky-Tones

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ORIGINAL THEATER Whole Children of Hadley has notched many great accomplishments in its 10-plus years serving children with special needs — the most impressive of which might be what it’s done to open the minds and hearts of people who think they don’t need its services. This weekend, …

Symposium Saturday in Old Deerfield on public sculpture

Friday, March 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Sculpted monuments are equal parts history and art as they stand as sentinels in many public parks, outside museums or government buildings and on the corners of streets in cities around the globe. On Saturday, a symposium hosted by Historic Deerfield and Wellesley College will consider …

Classic Agatha: The Country Players presents Christie mystery, ‘And Then There Were None’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What do you get when you put 10 strangers on an island together, accuse each of them of a crime and then start knocking them off one by one? The answer: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Spring to Life’ cabaret in Hadley

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Including “men and women living or working in the greater Amherst area who are linked by a common interest in enhancing the quality of life for themselves and their neighbors,” The Amherst Club has over the course of …