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Man and his dog walking among the beech trees on Village Hill. Photo by Rebecca Washnut

SLIDESHOW Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each of whatever took their fancy — people, buildings, workplaces, scenic areas, hidden corners. More than 100 people, from high school students to senior citizens, responded to the call, sending in more than 1,000 images that are destined to serve as a permanent archive on the life of the city. Now the Northampton museum is throwing a party to celebrate the May 2-3 project and showcase the work … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall, Huntington

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tucked away in them thar hills is a number of professional, Equity-member actors, some of whom will offer a reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Historic North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington. The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1955, and was … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. Donations can be brought to the library at 9 Park St. during open hours. For … 0

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Coming full circle: After a decade of artistic experimentation, Amherst artist Tom Morton returns to his roots

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For much of the past decade, Tom Morton had been experimenting with different kinds of art: video installations, collages, sculpture. But within the last couple of years, the Amherst artist began returning to his roots: painting. “Painting is … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Performance artist Sally Greenhouse performs at Flywheel in Easthampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Refreshing ... Swiftian humor ... Mordantly funny” — The New York Times; “The thinking person’s performance artist ... Hilarious and harrowing” — The Boston Globe; “Not as funny as Don Knotts” — The St. Louis Post Dispatch. Yes, … 0

Weekend Planner — Art Alive in Amherst: Wine & painting fundraiser

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

French impressionist Claude Monet once said he sought to share in his art the experience of a blind person suddenly granted sight — a prime example perhaps being his “Sunset in Venice.” Head over to Art Alive in … 0

Dancing for the ages: Multi-generational troupe, Dance Generators, presents its annual concert

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Age is the ultimate enemy of most athletes and others who depend on physical virtuosity. When arms can’t throw balls hard enough any longer, or legs can’t make the body move fast enough, it’s time to hang it … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘King Lear’ at Amhert Cinema

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

English critics have split over National Theater’s production of “King Lear.” The Independent calls the London production “a powerfully searching account of the tragedy that fuses the familial and the cosmic, the epic and the intimate,” while The … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Award-winning musician Former Hampshire County resident Laura Anderson Wood, aka LA Wood, was named “Best Female Pop Artist” for 2013 at the 6th annual Malibu Music Awards & Festival, held in October. At the festival, she performed with … 0

Art People: B.Z. Reily | sculptor, art educator

Thursday, June 5, 2014

When B.Z. Reily retired last fall after teaching art for 33 years in Amherst’s public schools, students gathered for a farewell assembly wearing T-shirts printed with her familiar sayings: You’re the artist. Don’t call 911! Dare to be … 0

Photo Gallery: A walking meditation

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This picture, taken in the Central Chambers building in Northampton, started out as a study in geometry. There was a simple pattern to the stairwell that I wanted to make work in a photograph, even if the image … 0

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We … 0

No bit players: ALSCT’s ‘Youth on Broadway’ at Amherst Middle School

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In this show, everybody gets to be a star. “Youth on Broadway,” a musical theater revue presented for the second year by Amherst Leisure Services, will feature 34 area youths, ages 9 to 17, who will perform 38 … 0