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Arts / Theater / Dance

JERREY ROBERTS
My wife and I just attended the July installment of the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show. Hunting through the rubble of discarded items in search of treasure at this show and also at other flea markets is a fun pastime for us. Visually, it's almost as entertaining for me as the hunt. At the Hadley Flea Market on Sunday for example, there was a piece of driftwood beside a George Foreman grill; a painted ceramic statue of three nuns singing beside a M&M toy; an electric insect killer beside a pile of baseball bats; cheap plastic film cameras from the 1980's beside a sledge hammer (of note: I have never smashed any cheap point-and-shoot cameras, although I highly recommend it). The most whimsical scene was this collection of golf clubs displayed in a trash can. So many things about it tickle the mind: that clubs are an expensive, cherished, precision tool that are well taken care of; the way they protrude from the can like they would from a golf bag, but in an absurd number; the varying types, lengths, colors and conditions. But most of all, that the clubs are literally in the trash can, something every golfer has felt like doing on a double bogey day.

Photo Gallery: Can the clubs

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hunting through the rubble of discarded items in search of treasure at flea markets and collectibles shows is a fun pastime for me and my wife. Visually, it’s almost as entertaining for me as the hunt. I was at the Hadley Flea Market on Sunday, for example, where I found a piece of driftwood beside a George Foreman grill; a painted ceramic statue of three nuns singing beside a M&M toy; an electric insect killer beside a pile of baseball bats; cheap plastic film cameras from the 1980s beside a sledgehammer (of note: I have never smashed any cheap point-and-shoot cameras, although I highly recommend … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller at KoFest in Amherset

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founders of the theatrical ensemble known as The Independent Eye, have walked the long road of theater for 50 years, collaborating as performers, playwrights, puppeteers and life partners in bringing hundreds of productions to audiences across the country. Their works range from grim realism to story-theater to Shakespearean … 0

Coming full circle: After a decade of artistic experimentation, Amherst artist Tom Morton returns to his roots

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For much of the past decade, Tom Morton had been experimenting with different kinds of art: video installations, collages, sculpture. But within the last couple of years, the Amherst artist began returning to his roots: painting. “Painting is … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Performance artist Sally Greenhouse performs at Flywheel in Easthampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Refreshing ... Swiftian humor ... Mordantly funny” — The New York Times; “The thinking person’s performance artist ... Hilarious and harrowing” — The Boston Globe; “Not as funny as Don Knotts” — The St. Louis Post Dispatch. Yes, … 0

Weekend Planner — Art Alive in Amherst: Wine & painting fundraiser

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

French impressionist Claude Monet once said he sought to share in his art the experience of a blind person suddenly granted sight — a prime example perhaps being his “Sunset in Venice.” Head over to Art Alive in … 0

Dancing for the ages: Multi-generational troupe, Dance Generators, presents its annual concert

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Age is the ultimate enemy of most athletes and others who depend on physical virtuosity. When arms can’t throw balls hard enough any longer, or legs can’t make the body move fast enough, it’s time to hang it … 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