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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Philoctetes at Amherst College

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In 2005 New York writer and director Bryan Doerries began a series of readings of “Philoctetes,” Sophocles’ play dealing with the legendary Greek warrior whose presence was crucial to Greek victory in the Trojan War but who was afflicted with an incurable ulcer in his foot that compromised his relations with his comrades. Accompanied by panel discussions, the readings were …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At CDH The following artists will exhibit their work in October in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton: In the Locust Gallery: “Images of Another Time” includes paintings and photography by Steve Wilda of Hadley. Many of the works, including graphite and acrylic paintings, have been published …

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 …

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in …

Photo gallery: Tradition: Still the bee’s knees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

OK, I know that photos of bees and butterflies on flowers are trite, at least in some circles. I try hard to avoid clichés when taking pictures, but when I saw this bee working coneflowers at the Northampton …

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! …