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Outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology.

Photo Gallery: ... But they don’t look under the weather

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I’m sure there’s an official explanation for this sign in a plot outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst. But it could just be the brainchild of a few overly protective gardeners. — Kevin Gutting … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Pirate Girl’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ferocious Captain Firebeard may think that he and the cruel crew of The Horrible Haddock rule the high seas — but he hasn’t reckoned on a small, daring girl called Molly. And he certainly shouldn’t have kidnapped her! Newly adapted from the picture book by Cornelia Funke, Paintbox Theatre’s “Pirate Girl” promises lots … 0

A quarter of a century later, Chester Theatre Company still tackling big ideas with small-cast plays

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For 25 years, organizers at The Chester Theatre Company have been on a mission — to produce thought-provoking, small-cast, contemporary plays that engage audiences who make their way to this small Berkshire hilltown community on the banks of the Westfield River. “The company looks for language-rich plays that give our audience something to … 0

Art People: B.Z. Reily | sculptor, art educator

Thursday, June 5, 2014

When B.Z. Reily retired last fall after teaching art for 33 years in Amherst’s public schools, students gathered for a farewell assembly wearing T-shirts printed with her familiar sayings: You’re the artist. Don’t call 911! Dare to be … 0

Photo Gallery: A walking meditation

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This picture, taken in the Central Chambers building in Northampton, started out as a study in geometry. There was a simple pattern to the stairwell that I wanted to make work in a photograph, even if the image … 0

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We … 0

No bit players: ALSCT’s ‘Youth on Broadway’ at Amherst Middle School

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In this show, everybody gets to be a star. “Youth on Broadway,” a musical theater revue presented for the second year by Amherst Leisure Services, will feature 34 area youths, ages 9 to 17, who will perform 38 … 0

ARHS artists to exhibit works at Amherst College gallery

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Amherst Regional High School art students are about to go public. “AR[T]HS: An Exhibit of Outstanding Student Artwork from the 2013-2014 Academic Year,” presented by the art department at ARHS, will be on display next month at Amherst … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dad manufactures fireworks in the basement; mom writes sex-filled melodramas in the living room; daughter Essie wants to be a ballerina but can’t dance; while grandpa, who ditched a successful banking career because it wasn’t fun enough, devotes … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: ‘The Multiple’

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Canadian choreographer “known for contemplative, probing solos” (The New York Times), Aretha Aoki comes to A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton Saturday night with “The Multiple,” a new interdisciplinary dance work that “explores the ghostly presence of actual and … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

‘POP Northampton!’ “POP Northampton!,” presented by The Northampton Community Arts Trust and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, will take place May 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. … 0

Art People: Margaret Jean | painter

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Though she grew up in Austin, Texas, Margaret Jean recalls that, like a lot of teenagers, she wanted to try living somewhere else once she was on her own. She ended up attending Mount Holyoke College in South … 0

Photo gallery: Rest stop

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pat Knightly, a student at Hopkins Academy in Hadley, found that a drink bottle could double as a headrest while waiting for his baseball game to start last week in Belchertown. He drove in a run during his … 0