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Arts / Theater / Dance

Historic Deerfield wants bakers to submit favorite family recipes for contest

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — Whether it’s pineapple upside-down cake, pecan pie, or rich, chocolate brownies, everyone has a favorite dessert recipe and Historic Deerfield wants a taste of yours. On Dec. 6, the museum will hold its Heritage Baking Day contest. The event, held in conjunction with King Arthur’s Flour, will give members of the public an opportunity to pit their time-tested family recipes against those of others, all vying for the …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the verge of extinction. The production features the creative contributions of more than 40 NHS students, in collaboration with several Valley theater artists. “The play is one of the …

Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waste not, want not “75%+ReUse,” an art show and sale featuring works by more than 30 local artists, will be held Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust …

Forbes Library receives state grant to improve services for people with disabilities

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library has received an $18,100 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to improve services for people with disabilities. Lisa Downing, the assistant director at Forbes Library, said the grant during the next two years will pay for equipment, including assistive listening devices, staff …

Argentine Barbie exhibit pulled

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Barbie has long been an icon, just not a holy one. A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Squirrel Stole My Underpants,’ a puppet show at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sylvie, a lonely, awkward girl, is sent to hang up laundry in the backyard. The moment her back is turned, however, a nefarious squirrel makes off with her favorite piece of clothing. Determined to give chase, Sylvie folds …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Arts nights out in Northampton (Oct. 10), Easthampton (Oct. 11)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

‘7 Day Film Sprint’ Northampton Community Television is inviting anyone who is interested in unique filmmaking projects to form a team and create a seven-minute film over the course of seven days, with awards and a screening party …

Art Maker: Seth Lepore | humorist, performance artist

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Editor’s note: Beginning this week, Hampshire Life presents a new feature, “Art Maker,” an edited Q&A that takes a look at what area artists are up to. We hope you enjoy this peek over the shoulder of some …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Fit to be tied

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Yes, these are braids ... but of corn silk. On my annual trek to Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm in Sunderland, I came upon this in situ sculpture created by someone with a little time and a lot …

Structural flaws halt restoration of Civil War monument on Old Deerfield Village Common

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — A project to restore the brownstone Civil War monument on the Old Deerfield Village Common has been put on hold after major structural flaws were discovered while it was being cleaned. After removing most of the …

Movie Listings

Friday, October 3, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Jimi: All is By My Side (R) Love Is Strange (R) Memphis (NR) …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo gallery: Night lights

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When the sun rises and sets each day, the low angle of its light often gives us warm colors and strong contrast. The glowing utility wires at sunset and the lights from passing cars made an interesting scene …