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CAROL LOLLIS
 Byam Stevens, the currant Artistic Director, of Chester Theatre talks about set design for the upcoming play, Halcyon Days.

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan tale in “The Darlings” and tackled the crushing reality of captivity for “Two Rooms.” Stevens led the company in 2004 when the group changed its name from the Chester Miniature Theatre to its current moniker, and he stayed with the theater throughout the most recent economic recession, working to expand the audience …

And there’s more this season at the Chester Theatre

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In addition to the opening play, “The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” by Scott Carter, directed by Byam Stevens (through July 5), the Chester Theatre Company’s 2015 season will feature three other plays Stevens says represent the best of contemporary English playwriting.  James Warwick will direct “Halcyon Days” by Dierdre Kinahan, which follows an elderly …

‘Van Gogh and Nature’: Clark Museum opens first-ever show on famous artist’s views of natural world

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Think you’ve heard or seen it all when it comes to Vincent van Gogh? The salient points are well known: Brilliant painter who developed a distinctive post-Impressionist style that had a huge influence on 20th-century art. Prolific artist who produced more than 2,100 oil paintings, drawings and watercolors in about a decade. Personally …

Dancing with a pro

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ruins and rebirth Japan’s dynamic modern history at heart of Mead exhibit

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tokyo had a turbulent passage through much of the 20th century — going from ruins to rebirth to ruins and a second rebirth as an economic powerhouse, before spending much of the final decade in the financial doldrums. …

Spreading the limelight: ‘Youth on Broadway’ to present musical review

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Everyone is a star; everyone gets a chance to shine. That’s the premise behind “Youth on Broadway,” an annual musical theater revue, now in its third year, sponsored by Amherst Leisure Services. The aim, organizers say, is to …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Princesses’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The “Paquita Variations” are a series of additions by the renowned Russian choreographer Marius Petipa to a French ballet called “Paquita.” Though the ballet itself has long since been forgotten, Petipa’s variations live on as a cornerstone of …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A youthful reminder

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Every six months, the Gazette hires a new photo intern. They come from different schools, from all over the country, and often have worked at other newspapers. I enjoy the energy they bring to our newsroom. The intern …

Easthampton art exhibit experiments with sense of touch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

An art show can be more than just visually engaging. Sometimes it can be heard, handled, touched, read — and even hugged. That’s the case with “Piecework,” a collaborative, multi-media exhibit that opens Tuesday at the Mills Arts …

Weekend Planner — Theater: PVPA’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School has mounted an ambitious production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” as its spring musical. At a recent rehearsal with the orchestra, “I was blown away by the …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Larry Preston opens solo show at William Baczek and other art happenings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At W. Baczek Fine Arts An exhibit of still life paintings by Larry Preston will be on view through June 6 at William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St. in Northampton. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Walk a mile

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This picture makes me think of the practices particular to each religion and, even more, our perceptions of familiar and unfamiliar experiences. In April, the Gazette did a story about fourth graders from Lander Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish …

Easthampton Cottage Street Cultural District home to new mural by Eastworks artist Luke Cavagnac

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Motorists entering the city’s Cottage Street Cultural District from Holyoke Street will now be greeted by the likes of a bear, a cupcake and a pizza. Those items occupy just a few of the 48 square …