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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is preparing to end her term in the White House and welcome her successor — occasions filled with reflection and appraisal, as well as with sentiments of, respectively, relief, bitterness and hope. “I wanted to explode myths,” says the Smith College-educated actor, who spent hours at the Museum of Broadcasting viewing videotape for her roles. Sponsored by Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Northampton, Bromka will perform …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. On Saturday the BTG …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a jury, will have works on display and for sale, including a new local addition to …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s Catalyst Dance Company at Academy of Music

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s resident dance company is called Catalyst for good reason: In the 17 years of its existence it’s not only served to fast-forward many of its members into professional troupes and productions, but …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At Amherst Cinema “Antonio Gaudí,” a film by director Hiroshi Teshigahara, will be shown Monday at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. The movie is part of the cinema’s “The City As a Work …

Master Craftsman Fine furniture designer Silas Kopf wins national award from Smithsonian Institute

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Years ago, even as he was working toward an undergraduate degree in architecture at Princeton University, Silas Kopf wasn’t sure what he wanted to do once he’d graduated. Architecture? Well, it seemed interesting enough. But Kopf was pretty …

A place at the barre: Amherst Ballet offers classes for adults of all ages, shapes and sizes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nicola Metcalf of Sunderland says she’s always been an active person (she describes herself as “a mover”); as a youngster she spent her winters cross-country skiing — and when she wasn’t doing that, she could often be found …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Get to Higher Ground’ with PVPA’s sketch comedy troupe, Headgear

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Putting together this show is much different than producing a music group,” says Matthew King, the new faculty advisor to Headgear, the sketch comedy troupe of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School: “The rules are different and comedy …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education in “Where We Agree,” the annual Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert set for this weekend in the college’s Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. In “Giselle’s Story,” …

Photo Gallery: Old Glory

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sometimes the lines and colors in a room draw me to them like an insect to a light. While on a recent assignment at Smith College in Northampton, this scene caught my eye. I liked the play of …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVB’s ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Directed and choreographed by Pioneer Valley Ballet artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, PVB’s “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” promises to bring the colorful Arabian Nights story to life by way of a fantastical cast of dancing …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

All-generations dance “The Legacy Project,” a performance by the Dance Generators, will be presented Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. Members of the intergenerational …