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Arts / Theater / Dance

JERREY ROBERTS
Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School.

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in to the school to direct a play. It was Jackson’s influence, Kerby says, that inspired her to work hard at her craft: After being cast in smaller roles for three years, she finally landed a …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has pulled together the current proposal to replace the nonprofit that has for the past decade …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

PHOTO GALLERY: Back for more

Friday, February 27, 2015

One unexpected joy of raising a child is that, basically, you get to be a kid all over again (through older eyes, of course). Not an earth-shaking revelation but, six years in, I’m still absorbing that simple truth. …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Really Big Show’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A mystifying snake-and-sword performance by the Crescent Dancers; anthropomorphic pets that sing; a banjo choir; the four-piece funk-jazz outfit known as The Defenastrators (pictured); Lord Russ as Elvis; western Massachusetts’ own world-championship yo-yo team; plus a live segment …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five College dance The Five College Dance Department will present a faculty concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College in Northampton. The concert …

Art maker: Marsha Humphrey | printmaker

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even though Marsha Humphrey of Hatfield was exposed to the art world as a child — her father was an art historian, a museum director and curator — she didn’t receive formal art training until she started taking …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Three on three

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This trio of North Hadley corn cribs seems well-entrenched, yet I only noticed them for the first time one sunny day a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I tried to frame them for a photo in …

Natalie says yes: Marriage proposal in ice has desired effect

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was the ultimate romantic gesture on the eve of the biggest romantic day of the year: a marriage proposal broadcast for all to see. The answer was “yes.” On Friday, Don Chapelle, an ice sculptor …

A museum’s money pit: Effort afoot to halt Historic Northampton’s long slide toward insolvency

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy E. Rexford remembers driving through the city with her husband in 1975 and first visiting the Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. She was astonished by the extent and quality of the museum’s women’s clothing …