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‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next week at Spoletto restaurant at “Play With Your Food,” a fundraiser event to benefit NCT, …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that …

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Art maker: Christina Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘The Santa Show!’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Paintbox Theatre’s “The Santa Show!,” a young girl known as “Christmas” Petersen journeys to the North Pole to speak up for children on the ‘Bad” list. She believes that Santa should have three lists: The good, the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much become a Valley tradition. And after three years serving as host, singer Ray …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

“A combination of technically extraordinary ballet and lots of personality” is how East Street Ballet director Barbara Kauff describes “The Glove,” a dance choreographed by East Street Ballet’s Donna Bonasera to ragtime music from the movie “The Sting.” …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Night volunteers Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to help First Night Northampton run smoothly. It’s a commitment of several hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for one of three shifts: 1 to 5 p.m., 4:30 …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Making a list, checking it twice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How could a photographer not take a picture of Cat McGaffigan, of Florence, decked out in Christmas attire? She was looking for children’s names included on the “good list” while volunteering as one of Santa’s helpers Tuesday at …

Saved by the Christmas Spirit: Old Deerfield Productions stages a new version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s likely the most well-known Christmas story in the English-speaking world — and its main character has long been the very symbol of greed, miserliness and misanthropy. But in the end, he comes to symbolize something much better: …

Art Maker: Caleb Ballantine | dancer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Caleb Ballantine is still pretty young — 12 — but he already knows what he wants to do with his life: dance. He’s been dancing since he was just 2 or 3, he reports, when he was moved …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Return to sender

Thursday, December 11, 2014

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” OK. Snow? — some. Rain? — check. Gloom? — check. Courier? — hold that thought. On Tuesday, …

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 …