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Artwork from numerous artists is displayed throughout the Highland Hardware and Bike Shop as part of a scavenger hunt styled art exhibit Saturday in Holyoke.

Art among the hammers: Steampunk exhibit hidden in plain sight on hardware store shelves

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A hardware store is not the first place one might think of as a venue for an art show. But for artist Dean Nimmer, the idea has been brewing for some time. Nimmer, a retired chairman of the painting and printmaking programs at Mass College of Art and Design, has curated just such an exhibit, which is on view through Oct. 17 at Highland Hardware in Holyoke. Nimmer says he hopes this will be the first in a series of such art exhibitions at area hardware stores. “I like the quirkiness of hardware stores and all the bizarre stuff that has been on the shelves …

‘From the Boat to Obama’: Play aims to fill historical void about African-American experiences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mary Taylor says she doesn’t remember learning anything in school about the African-American experience back when she was growing up in Georgia and then Florida — except that most blacks had been slaves, predominantly in the southern United States, until the end of the Civil War. Nothing about the African-American writers and artists …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

“We’ve never done a Tennessee Williams play here at the Majestic, and ‘Streetcar’ is his finest work,” says Danny Eaton, director of The Theater Project, whose production of Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ runs through Oct. 18 at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield. Praising the “solid performances delivered …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Full-On Funny’ at Diva’s nightclub, Northampton

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happening on a (more or less) quarterly basis, the “Full-On Funny” comedy series at Diva’s nightclub in Northampton showcases local and regional comedians and is “open to all adult humans (21+) who enjoy laughter and good times.” Series …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Carts on the lam

Thursday, August 20, 2015

At first glance, this scene at Hampshire Heights in Northampton amused me; it looks like a gathering herd (flock?) of shopping carts, about to escape into the woods. Seeing objects like this, out of their expected environment, often …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Viennese music The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Violin and Piano Duo, with George Valtchev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano, will perform an all-Viennese concert Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. …

‘Art in the Orchard’: Exhibitors cultivate unusual setting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It started in 2011 as a kind of experiment: Put some art amid the trees and pastures of a working orchard and see what happens. From that modest beginning, Easthampton’s “Art in the Orchard” exhibit has gained a …

Weekend Planner — Theater: Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Among the list of “Ten Things I’ve Learned from Shakespeare” drawn up by Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company member Richard Glover, No. 3 is of particular relevance to this weekend’s show: “If you suspect your lover has committed suicide, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Water cure “Water as Cure and Transformation,” a contemporary interpretation by Katie Richardson of the Round Hill Water Cure, is inspired by documents and objects from the permanent collection at Historic Northampton. The exhibit will open with a …

Art Maker: Susan Halls | sculptor

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Susan Halls, 49, was born in Kent, England, and studied at an art school there until she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London, from which she graduated in 1990. A residency at …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Summer spokes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

... forged by summer folks. This toasty image comes from the Florence Music on the Porch concert series, which is held on the same Florence Civic Center lawn that sprouts a skating rink each winter. But in the …

Select Board awards ‘Monte’ Belmonte lease for Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Shea Theater may see larger traveling acts, more diverse community theater and get an environmentally friendly makeover in the coming year after the Select Board agreed to award Northampton radio personality and Turners Falls resident Christopher “Monte” Belmonte a lease to take over the …

Easthampton utility box has new ‘energy’ thanks to Amy ‘BannerQueen’ Johnquest

Monday, August 10, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — While stilt walkers aiming to calm traffic captured the attention of many drivers on Cottage Street, another kind of art performance was happening outside the Municipal Building during ArtWalk on Saturday. The dull green utility box …