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Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo Contest and Exhibit,” now on view at the Southampton gallery, features photographs taken by women who live and/or work in the Pioneer Valley. Their subjects, though, come from around the world. The theme this year is “human emotion.” The contest will culminate with an award ceremony Sunday at the gallery. “We have a whole month for women, and it is time to reflect and learn about what …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVB’s ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Directed and choreographed by Pioneer Valley Ballet artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, PVB’s “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” promises to bring the colorful Arabian Nights story to life by way of a fantastical cast of dancing bees, flowers, birds, bats, spiders, monkeys, jewels and genies, including close to 200 student and …

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 troupe are Margaret Bowrys, Sarah Boy, Kathleen Gorke, Constance Leslie, JanAlicia Nettler, Robin MacRostie, Ronald …

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‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Really Big Show’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A mystifying snake-and-sword performance by the Crescent Dancers; anthropomorphic pets that sing; a banjo choir; the four-piece funk-jazz outfit known as The Defenastrators (pictured); Lord Russ as Elvis; western Massachusetts’ own world-championship yo-yo team; plus a live segment …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five College dance The Five College Dance Department will present a faculty concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College in Northampton. The concert …

Art maker: Marsha Humphrey | printmaker

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even though Marsha Humphrey of Hatfield was exposed to the art world as a child — her father was an art historian, a museum director and curator — she didn’t receive formal art training until she started taking …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Three on three

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This trio of North Hadley corn cribs seems well-entrenched, yet I only noticed them for the first time one sunny day a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I tried to frame them for a photo in …

Natalie says yes: Marriage proposal in ice has desired effect

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was the ultimate romantic gesture on the eve of the biggest romantic day of the year: a marriage proposal broadcast for all to see. The answer was “yes.” On Friday, Don Chapelle, an ice sculptor …

A museum’s money pit: Effort afoot to halt Historic Northampton’s long slide toward insolvency

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy E. Rexford remembers driving through the city with her husband in 1975 and first visiting the Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. She was astonished by the extent and quality of the museum’s women’s clothing …

Fundraising, programming, community support said key to nonprofit’s future

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton’s leadership is racing against the clock to build community support, expand programs and save its structures amid mounting financial stress. Board members, staff and volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves as part of …