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Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Philoctetes at Amherst College

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In 2005 New York writer and director Bryan Doerries began a series of readings of “Philoctetes,” Sophocles’ play dealing with the legendary Greek warrior whose presence was crucial to Greek victory in the Trojan War but who was afflicted with an incurable ulcer in his foot that compromised his relations with his comrades. Accompanied by panel discussions, the readings were …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At CDH The following artists will exhibit their work in October in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton: In the Locust Gallery: “Images of Another Time” includes paintings and photography by Steve Wilda of Hadley. Many of the works, including graphite and acrylic paintings, have been published …

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York are turning to younger music directors. Mark Volpe, managing …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Performance at East Street Ballet in Hadley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ilse Kapteyn and Ruben Rascon, graduates of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow who now dance with the New Jersey Ballet, have been conducting master classes for the past two week at the East Street Dance Center, where …

SLIDESHOW Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall, Huntington

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tucked away in them thar hills is a number of professional, Equity-member actors, some of whom will offer a reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Historic North Hall, …

Photo Gallery: Behind those eyes ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I went to the Goshen Council on Aging picnic last week to take a picture of residents who are over 90, who were to be honored. I met Annie Thomas, 96, and a picture of her with a …

Area briefs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. …

Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal …

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded in wire sculpture or captured in mosaics have mixed beauty with messages about …

Bread and Puppet Theater to bring emergency performance of ‘Fire’ to Easthampton orchard in response to violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Bread and Puppet Theater, known worldwide for performances that comment on political and social problems, will stage “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” in an Easthampton orchard Thursday. Peter Schumann, who has directed the theater since it …

Keeping Tabs of the Arts: PaintBox Theatre’s ‘Tarzan’ and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle story PaintBox Theatre will close its summer season with a production of “Tarzan,” under the roof inside the Grandstand at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. The classic tale that’s been adapted and directed by Tom McCabe, …

Weekend Planner — Kids: KidsStage presents “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten!” at the Eric Carle Museum

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As everyone knows, Arthur Read, the hero of the popular PBS animated television series (and of the children’s books by Marc Brown on which the series is based) is an anthropomorphic bipedal aardvark whose experiences reflect the vicissitudes …