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In this October 2013 photo provided by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons poses for a photo at Symphony Hall in Boston. Nelsons, 35, is scheduled to make his debut as conductor and musical director of the BSO Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Originally from Latvia, Nelsons is the 15th music director in the BSO's history and the youngest in more than a century. (AP Photo/Boston Symphony Orchestra, Marco Borggreve)

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York are turning to younger music directors. Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, says …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can be bought at the 20 West St. library, Liquors 44 on King Street or through …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even …

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will …

Deconstructing ‘Endgame’: Northampton’s Serious Play! receives grant to develop production of Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) has awarded a $2,000 grant to Northampton’s Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble for the development of its “Endgame Exploration Project,” a three-company collaborative project with Pilgrim Theatre of Ashfield and Sandglass Theater of …

Mead director leaving to head Boston Anthenaeum

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College for the past seven years, is stepping down at the end of September to become director of the Boston Anthenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in …

Weekend Planner — Dance: tinydance project’s tiny tour of Northampton

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The tinydance project is going on tour! “But because we are super-sustainable and low-tech, this is an ultra-local tour,” says project creator Kelly Silliman: “A tiny tour!” The tinydance project’s super-sustainable and low-tech qualities center around its tiny …

Weekend Planner — Kids: New Century Theatre’s shows for children

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Skippyjon Jones is a cat who thinks he is a dog (his mom is pretty annoyed with that). In “Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé,” one in the series of children’s books by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon gets …

Photo Gallery: Tunnel of fun

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whenever I get an assignment to photograph at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, there’s a good chance I’ll be trekking down the Old Coach Road Trail with a bunch of kids. The trail cuts through a swell in …

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 …

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! …

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 …

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in …