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Paintbox Theatre presents "The Santa Show!" this weekend in Northampton High School auditorum.

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘The Santa Show!’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Paintbox Theatre’s “The Santa Show!,” a young girl known as “Christmas” Petersen journeys to the North Pole to speak up for children on the ‘Bad” list. She believes that Santa should have three lists: The good, the bad and — no, not the ugly, but a classification for all those who have messed up, said they were sorry and …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much become a Valley tradition. And after three years serving as host, singer Ray Guillemette Jr. has himself become a part of that tradition as he welcomes guests — …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

“A combination of technically extraordinary ballet and lots of personality” is how East Street Ballet director Barbara Kauff describes “The Glove,” a dance choreographed by East Street Ballet’s Donna Bonasera to ragtime music from the movie “The Sting.” The piece has been performed internationally as a solo work, a pas de deux and …

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Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Picture puzzle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Occasionally, I like to take a photo that is a little mysterious — like it’s a puzzle to figure out. While at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Northampton last month for the seventh annual Giving Voice, …

Power Women: Photo exhibit highlights female powerlifters

Monday, November 10, 2014

Liane Brandon wasn’t looking for a new artistic project when, a couple of years ago, she went to a gym in Boston. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and filmmaker just wanted to get back in shape …

Open Studios: Artists, craftspeople invite public in for a look-see

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every year around this time many of the area’s artist studios open their doors to the public, inviting them in to interact with artists as they work, view demonstrations, and purchase work directly from the creators. Arts & …

Power Women: Photo exhibit highlights female powerlifters

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Liane Brandon wasn’t looking for a new artistic project when, a couple of years ago, she went to a gym in Boston. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and filmmaker just wanted to get back in shape …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Still Tryin’ to Get it Right: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

By day, Sharon Saline is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northampton who works primarily with children, adolescents and families. By night she’s a cabaret performer who mixes songs from musical theater, jazz standards and rock with personal stories …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: A feather in the wind

Thursday, November 6, 2014

While I was photographing a group of paragliders descending from Mount Tom into Easthampton, a southbound jet appeared to cross paths with one of them. I can’t say it photobombed my picture, since I saw it coming, and …

Art Maker: Lynn Peterfreund | Printmaker, animator

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lynn Peterfreund, 62, has been working as a painter, printmaker and art educator since receiving her MFA in 1980 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Now living in Leverett, she says her work reflects her interests in both representational …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Lawn of the dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Or, perhaps, the “undead?” No. I know well what these folks were doing at the Franconia Golf Course in Springfield during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament last week: Having caddied for my Dad back in the day …

Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also …