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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is preparing to end her term in the White House and welcome her successor — occasions filled with reflection and appraisal, as well as with sentiments of, respectively, relief, bitterness and hope. “I wanted to explode myths,” says the Smith College-educated actor, who spent hours at the Museum of Broadcasting viewing videotape for her roles. Sponsored by Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Northampton, Bromka will perform …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. On Saturday the BTG …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a jury, will have works on display and for sale, including a new local addition to …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Northampton film debut “The Throwaways,” a film by Ira McKinley, will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The film is a personal exploration of the impact of what McKinley calls police brutality and mass incarceration of the black community told through …

Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist and a competitive distance runner, Phelan has created a series of paintings that …

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Double take

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To fully appreciate this scene at a Frontier Regional track meet earlier this month, I had to take a second look. At first, I saw it simply as two girls wrapped in a blanket, but when I looked …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Wrapping up ‘The Seth Show’ and lots of other arts happening in the Valley

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So long, ‘Seth Show’ Comedy improvisor Seth Lepore is in the process of wrapping up his yearlong “The Seth Show,” with final performances set for April 21, 28 and May 5 (a special commencement show), all at 7 …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Optical illusion

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The reflection of clouds onto the water and melting ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Monday reminded me of a view one might see from a passenger jet — when very large things can appear very small. Like …

Headliners: ‘Cyclonic: Readings from ‘The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’ ” at Wistariahurst Museum;

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before there was Lady Gaga ... ... before there was Madonna, there was Eva Tanguay (1878-1947), the Holyoke-raised singer who became America’s most popular live entertainer in the early years of the 19th century. Appearing first in Broadway …