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Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School.

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in to the school to direct a play. It was Jackson’s influence, Kerby says, that inspired her to work hard at her craft: After being cast in smaller roles for three years, she finally landed a …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has pulled together the current proposal to replace the nonprofit that has for the past decade …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s ‘Dancing on the Atlantic Coast’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“Teenagers are basically the same wherever you go in the world,” says Alpha Kabisko Kaba, director of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s WOFA African Dance and Drum Company. “They want to try things out, challenge their parents …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Season finale

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When I stopped to photograph these arbor vitae, shrouded and standing sentinel in a central Amherst neighborhood, the homeowner was gracious — but not surprised. Since she began wrapping them against the elements three or four years ago, …

Headliners: The ‘24-Hour Theater Project’; ‘St. John Passion’ with Arcadia Players

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative hysteria “Bigger than ever and never better!” declares Elizabeth Foley, coordinator of the ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ which this year is set to unfold in the commodious space of Smith College’s Theatre 14. It all starts Friday at …

Conservation specialist recommends replacing Soldiers’ Monument on Old Deerfield town common with replica

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — Preserving the historic Civil War-era Soldiers’ Monument on the Old Deerfield town common and preventing it from collapsing could cost up to $120,000, according to a report by a Connecticut conservation specialist. A project to clean the sculpture, which depicts a soldier standing at parade rest, …

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an …

Hampshire Life ID

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Michael Cohen has been a self-sustaining potter for 53 years — he started his first studio in 1962 and had studios in East Weymouth and New Ipswich, New Hampshire, before moving to Pelham in 1973. Cohen was interviewed …

Call waiting

Thursday, March 5, 2015

...and waiting. For Superman, perhaps. I found this timeless example of 20th century technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds during a recent storm. Timeless, in that New England Telephone …

Laurie Loisel’s best bets: Sacred Harp singing; “Hairspray” at ARHS

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LIFT UP THOSE VOICES Think loud. Think robust. Think a cappella music on steroids. That’s Sacred Harp music. This weekend, anyone who loves singing or listening to passionate singers might appreciate the 2015 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Traditional American choral music dating back to the late …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Decorative art and furniture expert Christine Ritok joins Historic Deerfield as associate curator

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, …