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Hannah Jarrell, photo taken during a recent rehearsal of "Shahrazad" which is being performed through Aug. 24 by  Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield.

VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, so those who are interested in attending … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller at KoFest in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founders of the theatrical ensemble known as The Independent Eye, have walked the long road of theater for 50 years, collaborating as performers, playwrights, puppeteers and life partners in bringing hundreds of productions to audiences across the country. Their works range from grim realism to story-theater to Shakespearean … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Photo gallery: Rubber reptiles to the rescue

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The children at Leverett Elementary School had a problem: Their greenhouse was being overrun by rodents. The first year, they lost much of their crop to little critters. The solution: a rubber snake that looked so realistic it … 0

Sept. 11 museum opens to relatives, survivors

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Tears in her eyes, firefighter widow Maureen Fanning emerged Thursday from the new Sept. 11 museum deep beneath ground zero, unable to bring herself to look at all of it. “I just think it would … 1

How to succeed: Amherst forum offers tips to artists

Thursday, May 8, 2014

It isn’t news: Making a living in the arts isn’t easy — but it’s not impossible. In a forum, a group of local experts will offer tips on how to find success as an artist. “Your Next Art … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: Amherst Ballet’s ‘Juxtapositions’

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Titled “Juxtapositions: An Evening of Dance Inspired by Romanticism and Abstract Expressionism,” Amherst Ballet’s annual spring performance on Saturday in UMass’ Bowker Auditorium, will feature excerpts from the romantic ballet “Giselle,” “Made of Glass,” a new modern work … 0

Art People: Anne Louise White | musician, teacher

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Music is so much more than entertainment, says Anne Louise White, a singer, pianist, choral director and music teacher. It’s a way to build community, to learn about history, to reach across cultural barriers, and to feed our … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Positive energy A book signing party for Leta Herman and Jaye McElroy’s new book, “The Energy of Love,” will be held May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Booklink Booksellers in Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. The authors … 0

Photo Gallery

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Hadley Walkway, an art installation by Laura Brooks of East Lyme, Connecticut, on North Lane in Hadley, struck me as a great place to take a picture. Since its completion last year, I’ve often pondered its possibilities, … 0

We’re still here: Northampton Center for the Arts getting ready to roll at new home on Hawley Street

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It doesn’t yet have an official name — either 33 Hawley Street or The Arts Trust Building will do — but the building that once housed a lumber company and, most recently, a health club, is the new … 0

From the ground up: Collaborative arts community at UMass coalesces within walls of innovative building

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ask Chelsea Sams about her work as an artist, and she’ll tell you, “Place makes a difference.” The University of Massachusetts master’s degree candidate in studio art, who transferred last year from Florida State University, was speaking generally … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Brownlow | painter

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Six days a week, Elizabeth Brownlow drives from her home in Holyoke to Eastworks, the old mill building in Easthampton that houses commercial space and artists’ studios. She heads up to her second-floor studio, a large, light-filled room … 0