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Weekend Planner — Dance: Katie Martin, Jake Meginsky performance at A.P.E.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The week-long residency of choreographer Katie Martin and composer Jake Meginsky at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton comes to fruition Friday and Saturday with a concert of contemporary dance and music. Martin (pictured) will present new solo and group choreographic works (assisted by dancers Joy Davis, Barbie Diewald, Maya LaLiberte, Madison Palffy and Kate Seethaler), while Meginsky will perform new electroacoustic …

Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1969. But Hallock, 71, who lives in Leverett, has long had a deep …

‘Johnny Came Home’: Play about PTSD benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s a story that’s become all too familiar for many families with members serving in the military: a son, daughter, husband or wife joins the armed forces and is deployed overseas, ready to fight and defend the nation’s interests and those they left at home. Some don’t come back. Others do, but they …

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Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Optical illusion

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The reflection of clouds onto the water and melting ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Monday reminded me of a view one might see from a passenger jet — when very large things can appear very small. Like …

Headliners: ‘Cyclonic: Readings from ‘The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’ ” at Wistariahurst Museum;

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before there was Lady Gaga ... ... before there was Madonna, there was Eva Tanguay (1878-1947), the Holyoke-raised singer who became America’s most popular live entertainer in the early years of the 19th century. Appearing first in Broadway …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s Catalyst Dance Company at Academy of Music

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s resident dance company is called Catalyst for good reason: In the 17 years of its existence it’s not only served to fast-forward many of its members into professional troupes and productions, but …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At Amherst Cinema “Antonio Gaudí,” a film by director Hiroshi Teshigahara, will be shown Monday at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. The movie is part of the cinema’s “The City As a Work …

Master Craftsman Fine furniture designer Silas Kopf wins national award from Smithsonian Institute

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Years ago, even as he was working toward an undergraduate degree in architecture at Princeton University, Silas Kopf wasn’t sure what he wanted to do once he’d graduated. Architecture? Well, it seemed interesting enough. But Kopf was pretty …

A place at the barre: Amherst Ballet offers classes for adults of all ages, shapes and sizes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nicola Metcalf of Sunderland says she’s always been an active person (she describes herself as “a mover”); as a youngster she spent her winters cross-country skiing — and when she wasn’t doing that, she could often be found …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Get to Higher Ground’ with PVPA’s sketch comedy troupe, Headgear

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Putting together this show is much different than producing a music group,” says Matthew King, the new faculty advisor to Headgear, the sketch comedy troupe of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School: “The rules are different and comedy …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education in “Where We Agree,” the annual Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert set for this weekend in the college’s Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. In “Giselle’s Story,” …

Photo Gallery: Old Glory

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sometimes the lines and colors in a room draw me to them like an insect to a light. While on a recent assignment at Smith College in Northampton, this scene caught my eye. I liked the play of …