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Arts / Theater / Dance

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is preparing to end her term in the White House and welcome her successor — occasions filled with reflection and appraisal, as well as with sentiments of, respectively, relief, bitterness and hope. “I wanted to explode myths,” says the Smith College-educated actor, who spent hours at the Museum of Broadcasting viewing videotape for her roles. Sponsored by Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Northampton, Bromka will perform …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. On Saturday the BTG …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a jury, will have works on display and for sale, including a new local addition to …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s a wrap

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Construction sites are often a fun place to look for photos. People, materials, structures and light come together to form scenes seldom seen by those who aren’t in the business. Here, I like the minimal, simple symmetry of …

Melting away: Photo exhibition at Amherst College tracks disappearing glaciers in Alaska

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Even before scientists announced in January that 2014 had been the hottest year on record, signs of climate change had likely become clear to all but the most determined skeptics. Extreme weather events, from drenching downpours in some …

‘The Art is the Cloth’: Tapestry exhibit at Deerfield Academy reveals the breadth of artistic weaving

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Micala Sidore can still remember the time, back in the 1970s, when she met a weaver in Montpelier, Vermont, when she was a college student. Sidore had been studying literature and languages, but from the moment she watched …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A mound of snow, a heap of questions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This backhoe parked atop a mound of snow in the Big Y parking lot in Northampton stands as a testament to the volume of snow that buried the Valley this season. It provides plenty of fodder for the …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Whole Children’s ‘Once Upon a Bog’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Based in Hadley, Whole Children is a grassroots organization founded by parents of children with special needs to provide a range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for all ages and abilities. This weekend, students in the …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Once Upon a Bog;” Funky-Tones

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ORIGINAL THEATER Whole Children of Hadley has notched many great accomplishments in its 10-plus years serving children with special needs — the most impressive of which might be what it’s done to open the minds and hearts of people who think they don’t need its services. This weekend, …

Symposium Saturday in Old Deerfield on public sculpture

Friday, March 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Sculpted monuments are equal parts history and art as they stand as sentinels in many public parks, outside museums or government buildings and on the corners of streets in cities around the globe. On Saturday, a symposium hosted by Historic Deerfield and Wellesley College will consider …

Classic Agatha: The Country Players presents Christie mystery, ‘And Then There Were None’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What do you get when you put 10 strangers on an island together, accuse each of them of a crime and then start knocking them off one by one? The answer: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Spring to Life’ cabaret in Hadley

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Including “men and women living or working in the greater Amherst area who are linked by a common interest in enhancing the quality of life for themselves and their neighbors,” The Amherst Club has over the course of …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s ‘Dancing on the Atlantic Coast’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“Teenagers are basically the same wherever you go in the world,” says Alpha Kabisko Kaba, director of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s WOFA African Dance and Drum Company. “They want to try things out, challenge their parents …