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Arts / Theater / Dance

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next week at Spoletto restaurant at “Play With Your Food,” a fundraiser event to benefit NCT, …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that …

Art Maker: Toby Barnes | painter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pelham artist Toby Barnes was inspired during a trip to Asia by small personal altars that seemed to be everywhere: restaurants, in buses, by the roadsides. What drew him to them, he says, was their spontaneity, and in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: The scenic route

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I feel lucky to say I pass Boulder Range Farm in Southampton almost every day on my way to work. Best seen while traveling north on Route 10, this pasture, unencumbered by trees, with its picturesque barn, grazing …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Anne of Green Gables — The Musical’ at UMass; ‘Treasures,’ historic art and artifacts at the Hosmer Gallery

Thursday, January 8, 2015

RED-HAIRED HEROINE I’m pretty sure my daughters and I wore out our video copy of “Anne of Green Gables,” back in the day. We loved the delightful story line about the spunky orphan trying to make her way in a new home on Prince Edward Island, that was …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: French thriller ‘Tell No One’ on Netflix; ALSCT’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at UMass

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A TAUT THRILLER I discovered the 2008 French thriller “Tell No One” on Netflix recently. Within minutes after the movie started, I forgot I was reading subtitles because the plot is so engrossing and the characters so believable. The protagonist of the story is played by a French …

Digital alchemy: Burnett Gallery hosts photo exhibit of computer-enhanced photographs

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Most art exhibits, particularly those featuring multiple artists, have some sort of theme — something that ties the work together. In the case of an upcoming show at the Jones Library at Amherst, the theme, as one of …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Hanging the Show

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Taking a path less traveled, I rediscovered these bicycles lodged on an Amherst porch last week, hanging just as neatly as when I’d first come across them last summer. Same bikes, same order. I hope they’re getting some …

Weekend Planner — Theater: Happier Valley’s Sunday Improv Fun Time

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You’ve seen them perform as The Ha-Ha’s, The Majesters, The Villa Jidiots and The Happier Valley Comedy Show. Now you get to climb onstage with them. Yes, it’s Happier Valley’s Sunday Improv Fun Time, an all-new monthly series …

Art Maker: Barbara Feldman Morse: Cookbook author, master weaver, basket maker

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Barbara Feldman Morse of Amherst is an award-winning baker and recipe developer, and has baked for films, Ted Williams, and former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin. She had her first-ever TV interview last month, on a live broadcast of …

Art maker: Martha Brouwer | painter

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Martha Brouwer often paints what she sees, but always with a twist. From an eye-opening commercial fishing trip to Alaska to designing seafood magazines, Brouwer’s jobs have left an imprint on her paintings. Birds, fish and people meet …

Photo gallery: Good tidings to all

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas is over, but I’m still in the holiday spirit. For me, that begins Thanksgiving week and continues right on into the new year. As I photographed these folks earlier this month at The Merry Maple lighting ceremony …