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Arts / Theater / Dance

KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College Campus School students Sylvia Rhodes, from left, Saenger Breon and Leah Neuburger rehearse with the chorus.

‘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 Liberty Street, where cookie-cutter houses are filled …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches spend their time spying on their neighbors and are quick to call out the troops …

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 …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: And in my next life ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was on an assignment at Cherry Hill Co-Housing in Amherst recently, when I spotted this clothesline. It struck a chord with me for a couple of reasons: First, I believe in using a clothesline — and I …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A perennially popular event both on the Smith Campus and in the Pioneer Valley at large, the Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert this year features a collaboration between Five College dance students and guest artists Claudia Lavista …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 …

Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Gilding the Lily

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The bit of yellow that this umbrella adds to Northampton’s “rainbow” crosswalk might border on redundant, but it helped to make cheery, a dreary day. It seems this picture was waiting to be taken ever since the Main …

An enduring young heroine: Eric Carle Museum celebrates 75th anniversary of legendary children’s story ‘Madeline’

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The City of Light has changed considerably since she first walked its streets. And the world as a whole has changed even more. But the little girl with the red hair, yellow hat and boundless curiosity? She’s pretty …

A life of clay: Florence potter Tiffany Hilton finds balance between art and business

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

When I meet Florence potter Tiffany Hilton for an interview, she presents me with my own coffee mug. “I figured if you want to know who I am, you should have one of my pots,” she says with …