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Amherst is ground zero for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst can boast a near-stranglehold on the Pulitzer Prize in Drama this year — one prizewinner and the two finalists for the best drama, all of whom are from Amherst or have Amherst connections. One of the finalists even used to baby-sit for the winner. On Monday, Annie Baker’s “The Flick,” a play that examines the lives of … 1

Don’t blink: Artists have seconds to explain their work at ArtSalon in South Deerfield

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WHAT can artists say in just seconds about their art? Turns out, quite a lot In a presentation style called Pecha Kucha, started in Japan in the early 2000s, artists show an audience 20 photographic slides that depict their work, for just 20 seconds each. That’s all the time presenters will have to … 1

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Urinetown’ at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

While the satirical musical comedy “Urinetown” made its debut in 2001, the dystopian future it posits — one in which extreme water shortages have made private toilets illegal and all waste-elimination activities must be accomplished in pay-per-use facilities controlled by a corrupt megacorporation — seems to become less and less remote with each … 0

Belchertown volunteers at work on mammoth spring book sale to benefit Clapp Library

Friday, February 21, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Book sales to support local libraries are a fairly common part of New England life. Events that move 50,000 books in a week are not. For years now, the Friends of Clapp Memorial Library has been … 0

Photo gallery: Outside, looking in

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A big snowstorm means different things to different people. For those who plow, it means long hours; for kids, a storm brings hopes of a snow day; and for newspaper photographers, it means driving around in the mess, … 0

'The Eye is a Door' - Anne Whiston Spirn photos on view at Smith College

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

As Anne Whiston Spirn sees it, photography can serve a number of functions — as art, as documentary evidence, as historical chronicle — but its most important role may be as a means for building greater understanding of … 0

Photo Gallery: Reel life

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Academy of Music in Northampton, like virtually every other theater, has gone digital. Movies are now projected from a device mounted under the balcony. The Academy’s projection room, with its massive 35mm movie projectors, is a thing … 0

Art People: Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser | dance improvisers

Thursday, February 6, 2014

To create improvisational dance that is destined for performance requires years of training and experience, and hours of offstage preparation. It is what Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser do, and they spend a lot of time together creating … 0

Photo Gallery: The pause that refreshes

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I was in an upstairs gallery at the Smith College Museum of Art recently to take photos for an assignment about a local artist. When I turned around and saw this museum guard, I was struck by the … 0

Art People: Jane Herzenberg | fabric artist

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The canvas bag Jane Herzenberg uses to tote groceries sports the admonition: “Go to the studio and make something.” It’s a motto the Northampton fabric artist has followed for a very long time. After a second-grade field trip … 0

Photo Gallery: One That Didn’t Get Away

Thursday, January 30, 2014

These sunset clouds on Monday were unusual in that they weren’t confined to the west; they stretched across the sky, horizon to horizon. I noticed the pink sky while driving eastward to a Hadley mall to replace my … 1

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At A.P.E. “Printographs,” an experimental photography exhibit by Stan Sherer, will be on view through March 2 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. There will be an artist’s reception Feb. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. … 0

Learning the ropes: Catalyst Dance Company students prepare for concert at Academy of Music in Northampton

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dancers in the Catalyst Dance Company say they eagerly accept the opportunity to create choreography and to improvise onstage — challenging tasks for any dancers — but these performers haven’t yet graduated from high school. They are students … 0