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COURTESY OF THE UMCA
"I long to meet the masses once again" (detail), inkjet print by Walid Raad, production date, 2014

Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in 1967, Raad left Beirut as a teenager, when violence from civil war intensified, and even came knocking at his door as local …

Weekend Planner — Reenactors: Society of the 17th Century

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Redware pottery, spinning, lace making, herbal lore, quill pen writing, wood carving, basket making, arms and armor — the members of the Society of the 17th Century have mastered these period arts, crafts and trades and will be putting them on display on Saturday at Historic Deerfield. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At the Hosmer Gallery Woodblock prints by Annie Bissett and etchings by Joan Dix Blair will be on view Dec. 2-29 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Northampton artist Bissett has been making woodblock …

Opera spurs protest outside Met

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Politicians including former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Peter King joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on …

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work …

Weekend Planner — Theater: The Theater Project’s ‘The Last Romance’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joe DiPietro’s play “The Last Romance” tells the story of a widower, Ralph Bellini, who takes a slight detour on his daily walk and encounters the elegant but distant Carol Reynolds. Ralph is emboldened to pursue her but …

The rise and fall of a fast-talking dame: World premiere of commissioned screwball comedy, ‘Nobody’s Girl,’ to christen stage at renovated Academy of Music

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The term “glass ceiling” wasn’t coined until sometime in the late 1970s. But what that ceiling represented — a barrier to women reaching management positions in business, government and other fields — was well in place before then. …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: High moon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone paying attention to the sky last week couldn’t miss the drama of this nearly full October moon as a parade of clouds drifted by. It seemed a bit spooky to me — like a prelude to Halloween. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waste not, want not “75%+ReUse,” an art show and sale featuring works by more than 30 local artists, will be held Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust …

Forbes Library receives state grant to improve services for people with disabilities

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library has received an $18,100 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to improve services for people with disabilities. Lisa Downing, the assistant director at Forbes Library, said the grant during the next two years will pay for equipment, including assistive listening devices, staff …

Argentine Barbie exhibit pulled

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Barbie has long been an icon, just not a holy one. A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Squirrel Stole My Underpants,’ a puppet show at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sylvie, a lonely, awkward girl, is sent to hang up laundry in the backyard. The moment her back is turned, however, a nefarious squirrel makes off with her favorite piece of clothing. Determined to give chase, Sylvie folds …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Arts nights out in Northampton (Oct. 10), Easthampton (Oct. 11)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

‘7 Day Film Sprint’ Northampton Community Television is inviting anyone who is interested in unique filmmaking projects to form a team and create a seven-minute film over the course of seven days, with awards and a screening party …