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KEVIN GUTTING
Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy.

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the verge of extinction. The production features the creative contributions of more than 40 NHS students, in collaboration with several Valley theater artists. “The play is one of the most technically ambitious plays the school has …

Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A perennially popular event both on the Smith Campus and in the Pioneer Valley at large, the Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert this year features a collaboration between Five College dance students and guest artists Claudia Lavista (pictured) and Omar Carrum of the Delfos Danza Contemporanea, whose original work, “Full and Empty,” …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Philoctetes at Amherst College

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In 2005 New York writer and director Bryan Doerries began a series of readings of “Philoctetes,” Sophocles’ play dealing with the legendary Greek warrior whose presence was crucial to Greek victory in the Trojan War but who was …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At CDH The following artists will exhibit their work in October in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton: In the Locust Gallery: “Images of Another Time” includes paintings and photography by Steve …

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Twelve lanes — no waiting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are indeed a dozen lanes to hit golf balls from at the Easthampton Golf driving range. But that refrain might also be heard over an in-store public address system soon when a promised 45,000-square-foot grocery and retail …

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was an experience, he says, that changed his life. Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in …

Weekend planner — Theater: Slam Up

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Billed as “a modern cabaret journey through the many shades of love, requited and unrequited, gay, straight, queer, and herpes-ridden,” Slam Up features the duo of childhood friends Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger, who mix comedy, poetry and …

Weekend planner — Dance: ‘Stone Songs: A Dance Experiment in Listening to the Landscape’

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrating the culmination of the first annual artist residency at Northampton’s Laurel Park on Saturday, Terre Unité Vandale and her Movement Arts Ensemble will present “Stone Songs: A Dance Experiment in Listening to the Landscape.” The piece will …

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art was largely passé. The abstract expressionist painter had begun making his mark in …