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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

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘King Lear’ at Amhert Cinema

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

English critics have split over National Theater’s production of “King Lear.” The Independent calls the London production “a powerfully searching account of the tragedy that fuses the familial and the cosmic, the epic and the intimate,” while The … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Award-winning musician Former Hampshire County resident Laura Anderson Wood, aka LA Wood, was named “Best Female Pop Artist” for 2013 at the 6th annual Malibu Music Awards & Festival, held in October. At the festival, she performed with … 0

Art People: B.Z. Reily | sculptor, art educator

Thursday, June 5, 2014

When B.Z. Reily retired last fall after teaching art for 33 years in Amherst’s public schools, students gathered for a farewell assembly wearing T-shirts printed with her familiar sayings: You’re the artist. Don’t call 911! Dare to be … 0

Photo Gallery: A walking meditation

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This picture, taken in the Central Chambers building in Northampton, started out as a study in geometry. There was a simple pattern to the stairwell that I wanted to make work in a photograph, even if the image … 0

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We … 0

No bit players: ALSCT’s ‘Youth on Broadway’ at Amherst Middle School

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In this show, everybody gets to be a star. “Youth on Broadway,” a musical theater revue presented for the second year by Amherst Leisure Services, will feature 34 area youths, ages 9 to 17, who will perform 38 … 0

ARHS artists to exhibit works at Amherst College gallery

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Amherst Regional High School art students are about to go public. “AR[T]HS: An Exhibit of Outstanding Student Artwork from the 2013-2014 Academic Year,” presented by the art department at ARHS, will be on display next month at Amherst … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dad manufactures fireworks in the basement; mom writes sex-filled melodramas in the living room; daughter Essie wants to be a ballerina but can’t dance; while grandpa, who ditched a successful banking career because it wasn’t fun enough, devotes … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: ‘The Multiple’

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Canadian choreographer “known for contemplative, probing solos” (The New York Times), Aretha Aoki comes to A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton Saturday night with “The Multiple,” a new interdisciplinary dance work that “explores the ghostly presence of actual and … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

‘POP Northampton!’ “POP Northampton!,” presented by The Northampton Community Arts Trust and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, will take place May 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. … 0