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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo,  protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening  in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about  the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Opera spurs protest outside Met

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Politicians including former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Peter King joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind barricades chanting “Shame on …

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work with the University Dancers, which he directs. He just returned from Italy, where he was …

Weekend Planner — Theater: The Theater Project’s ‘The Last Romance’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joe DiPietro’s play “The Last Romance” tells the story of a widower, Ralph Bellini, who takes a slight detour on his daily walk and encounters the elegant but distant Carol Reynolds. Ralph is emboldened to pursue her but complications ensue, developing into what Danny Eaton, director of The Theater Project’s current production at …

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Grand-opening celebration Saturday for South Hadley’s new $10.1 million library

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The grand-opening celebration Saturday for the new $10.1 million public library at 2 Canal St. in the Falls section of town will include tours, music and exhibits as well as talks on local history, environmental design and anti-poverty work. The South Hadley Community Band will …

Art People: Jonathan Wilhelm | painter, woodcut artist

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jonathan Wilhelm describes himself as a hard worker who’s been focused on his art for 20 years. That’s not an unusual length of time — but the fact that Wilhelm is only 25 does add context. “My earliest …

Photo Gallery: Remembrance of things past

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I was hunting for a feature-photo opportunity recently on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, where I took this photo of the empty colonnade at the Fine Arts Center, and I was struck with a funny …

Physicist puts time on timeless Monet painting

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Impressionist art movement began Nov. 13, 1872, right around 7:35 a.m. local time. That’s the moment Claude Monet put brush to canvas to depict a hazy sunrise seen from his hotel room in Le Havre, according to Donald Olson, a physicist at Texas State University, San Marcos. …

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A frame divided

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I took this picture last week as I watched people using the third-floor skyway that leads from Thornes Marketplace to the E. J. Gare Parking Garage in Northampton. I like the way the frame is divided between the …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Performance at East Street Ballet in Hadley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ilse Kapteyn and Ruben Rascon, graduates of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow who now dance with the New Jersey Ballet, have been conducting master classes for the past two week at the East Street Dance Center, where …

SLIDESHOW Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall, Huntington

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tucked away in them thar hills is a number of professional, Equity-member actors, some of whom will offer a reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Historic North Hall, …

Photo Gallery: Behind those eyes ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I went to the Goshen Council on Aging picnic last week to take a picture of residents who are over 90, who were to be honored. I met Annie Thomas, 96, and a picture of her with a …