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Actress Amy Poehler, center, waves as she is seated with Jason Hellerstein, left, and Sam Clark, who are dressed in drag, while riding in a convertible through Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday Jan. 29, 2015. Poehler was honored as "Woman of the Year" by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle finger” to growing up in nearby Burlington, …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to …

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on a book by Sam Swope. The opera’s libretto is by Constance Congdon. It’s all about …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘The Magic Dreidel’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Written and performed by the Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater, “The Magic Dreidel” tells the story of Hanukkah, with masks, audience participation and musical accompaniment by the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Band. The show includes a musical adaptation of Isaac …

Historic Northampton cuts ties with longtime blacksmith; new exhibits open this weekend

Friday, December 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Fueled by $176,000 in Community Preservation Act dollars it is in line to receive, Historic Northampton is poised to embark next year on extensive renovations to its buildings and grounds on Bridge Street. Among the projects …

Susan Stinson, Dan Levy featured guests at this month’s First Saturdays Soiree at The Blue Guitar in Easthampton

Friday, December 5, 2014

Writers Susan Stinson and Dan Levy will be the featured guests at this Saturday’s monthly soirée at The Blue Guitar, 185 Northampton St. in Easthampton. On the first Saturday of each month, The Blue Guitar transforms into an …

The counter-revolutionary: Amherst exhibit showcases Soviet painter who defied USSR’s artistic strictures

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

As a witness to history, Felix Lembersky had a front-row seat to some of the 20th century’s most dramatic — and horrendous — events. For starters, the Soviet-Jewish painter was trying to finish his thesis at an art …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pioneer Valley Ballet celebrates all things “Nutcracker” with its Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Sunday at the Clarion Hotel ballroom in Northampton. A fundraiser held in advance of the company’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 12-14 at the …

A sense of place: UMass Dancers to perform works inspired by dancemakers’ surroundings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance, and University Dancers, will present a concert featuring the works of six choreographers who were inspired in their creations by their personal surroundings. Among the choreographers for this …

Art Maker: Jieun Shin | painter

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In her newest exhibit, at Amherst Town Hall, Amherst artist Jieun Shin, 42, combines fragmented details of assembly instructions for IKEA furniture, such as bookshelves, with heads of human figures assembling the furniture and symbols and patterns from …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Simple pleasure

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I loved seeing this swing decked out for the holidays at the corner of Bridge Road and Grandview Street in Northampton. I was struck by the simple beauty of it — no flood lights or blinking reindeer, no …

Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in …

Weekend Planner — Reenactors: Society of the 17th Century

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Redware pottery, spinning, lace making, herbal lore, quill pen writing, wood carving, basket making, arms and armor — the members of the Society of the 17th Century have mastered these period arts, crafts and trades and will be …