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Arts / Theater / Dance

KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College Campus School students Sylvia Rhodes, from left, Saenger Breon and Leah Neuburger rehearse with the chorus.

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on a book by Sam Swope. The opera’s libretto is by Constance Congdon. It’s all about Liberty Street, where cookie-cutter houses are filled …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches spend their time spying on their neighbors and are quick to call out the troops …

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 …

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Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘The Santa Show!’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Paintbox Theatre’s “The Santa Show!,” a young girl known as “Christmas” Petersen journeys to the North Pole to speak up for children on the ‘Bad” list. She believes that Santa should have three lists: The good, the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much become a Valley tradition. And after three years serving as host, singer Ray …

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 …