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Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Urinetown’ at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

While the satirical musical comedy “Urinetown” made its debut in 2001, the dystopian future it posits — one in which extreme water shortages have made private toilets illegal and all waste-elimination activities must be accomplished in pay-per-use facilities controlled by a corrupt megacorporation — seems to become less and less remote with each passing year. Indeed, Matt Steinberg, stage manager … 0

Amherst native Annie Baker wins Pulitzer for drama

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Annie Baker’s “The Flick” has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama, a play set in a rundown movie theater that was hailed by the judges as a “thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters” with “lives rarely seen on the stage.” The Columbia University’s prize board on Monday gave the playwright, … 0

What’s your favorite animal?: Carle Museum encourages creativity and curiosity with hands-on programming

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What’s your favorite animal? Publishers at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers asked some well-known author/illustrators to answer that question, and they got quite a range of responses — from the commonplace to the wild and woolly. The results, in words and artwork, can be found in a new book, “What’s Your Favorite … 0

Easthampton photographer brings digital photography to postcards

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

As Joseph Casciano sees it, there’s something of a disconnect between the growing world of online photography and the more established one of print photos — and now he’s trying to bridge that gap. Casciano, 28, a photographer … 0

‘Musical of all musicals:' Amherst Leisure Services presents ‘Les Mis’ at UMass Amherst

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Leaders at the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater jumped at the chance to stage the Broadway hit “Les Misérables” when its producers offered it to community theaters around the country last spring. “This was the first musical I … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another world “Elementum,” an exhibit of landscape paintings by Caren Hyde, will be on view through March 12 at the Easthampton City Hall Gallery. The paintings evoke an otherworldly dialogue between the topography of the Valley, “its colors … 0

Art People: Walter Hamilton shows paintings at Amherst Town Hall

Thursday, January 23, 2014

If you’ve spent your career as a journalist — a job that requires a dedication to impartial accuracy — it makes sense that if you took a turn as a painter, you might want the freedom to fiddle … 0

Photo Gallery: Unplanned obsolescence?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

These snowshoes and cross-country skis propped outside Ross Bros. Antiques in Florence are good to go for enthusiasts eager to enjoy the outdoors during this year’s snowy, frigid winter. But concerns about global warming make one wonder if … 0

Weekend planner — Theater: ‘Project Unspeakable’

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Following staged readings in Northampton, Leverett and Shelburne Falls last fall on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, “Project Unspeakable” will be performed again on Friday at 7 p.m. at Amherst … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New exhibits at UMCA The University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present two new exhibits, beginning Jan. 22. “Dialogue With a Collection: Kim Carlino” is part of a series in which local … 0

Art People: Nancy Meagher | painter

Thursday, January 16, 2014

When Nancy Meagher was in the second grade, she entered a painting in a local art show. “It was a pastel of two cats in a basket,” she says, and it taught her something she never forgot. Painting, … 0

Photo Gallery: Now showing

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This glass block window in the center stairwell of the E. John Gare parking garage is like a ready-made painting — but one that morphs with every change of cars, light or viewer’s perspective. The perfect proportion of … 0

Art People: Jamie Kent|singer-songwriter

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Even if you’ve been singing for years, it can take awhile to find the sound you really want, the voice you feel you can call your own. Just ask Jamie Kent. The Northampton singer-songwriter has been building a … 0