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Christina Svane in her Blue Guitar Dance Studio

Art maker: Christina Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, and taught at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Svane, who lives in Florence, moved …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: 2014: Year of the frowny face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This year winds down with a unique distinction. Congratulations, 2014. Your grim news, replete with plagues and bombs and occasional beheadings, has made you the first year in history to be forever written with an emoticon. From now on, this waning, woeful year will be written as 2014 :( But just before 2015! begins, let’s have a last cringe from all the events …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘A Christmas Carol’; East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SCROOGED! It’s been five years since Old Deerfield Productions presented Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and I, for one, am glad they decided to bring it back. That first production was a beast to pull off, says artistic director Linda McInerney, put pull it off they did. One highlight worth the repeat (and there are many) is the chance to see Hollywood veteran …

ID: Matthew Andrews

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Matthew Andrews has been an athlete all his life — he was ranked fourth in the nation in the 100 meter butterfly when he was 12 years old, and was on the top 12 and under relay in …

Style Stop: Paul Johnson-Calderon

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Paul Johnson-Calderon, 29, sitting outside on a recent chilly day. He was wearing Stubbs & Wootton loafers, Levis pants, an Alexander McQueen scarf and a Brooks Brothers sweater. He accented the outfit with …

Art Maker: Jieun Shin | painter

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In her newest exhibit, at Amherst Town Hall, Amherst artist Jieun Shin, 42, combines fragmented details of assembly instructions for IKEA furniture, such as bookshelves, with heads of human figures assembling the furniture and symbols and patterns from …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Thanks for the memories

Thursday, December 4, 2014

That opening salvo of the holidays, Thanksgiving, went off well considering the huge crowd we hosted. A casual observer would have seen just four of us at the table — my wife, my son, my daughter and myself. But several guests were seated inside us. Some had not …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: UMass University Dancers; HD performance by Bolshoi Ballet at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TOP-NOTCH DANCE Every year, Paul Dennis, director of the UMass University Dancers, brings a renowned guest artist to campus to work with his dancers on a piece they will perform in the troupe’s winter concert. And every year, the dancers rise to the occasion. On Friday and Saturday, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ArtSalon in Northampton; ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ sing-along at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, December 4, 2014

ARTIST MIND-SET Five area artists, including a photographer, a print maker, an architect, a painter and two graphic artists will talk about their work in an ArtSalon planned for Friday at the Northampton Community Arts Trust on Hawley Street. The evening is an opportunity to hear from established …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Whiplash’ at Amherst Cinema; Mummenschanz at UMass

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BANG THE DRUM CAREFULLY Ever since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, critics have been raving about “Whiplash,” an independent film about an aspiring young jazz drummer (played by Miles Teller) at an East Coast music conservatory and his head-on collision with his ruthless teacher …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Simple pleasure

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I loved seeing this swing decked out for the holidays at the corner of Bridge Road and Grandview Street in Northampton. I was struck by the simple beauty of it — no flood lights or blinking reindeer, no …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fun and games at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The thermometer is dropping — ’tis the season where some people ask themselves, “Why do I live in New England?” and stay indoors. The warm and welcoming Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton is offering a more social way to …

Headliners: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist at the Arts Block in Greenfield; Mummenschanz at UMass Amherst

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hoofer and harp List the possible uses of sand and “percussion” might not come immediately to mind. But that’s how dancer Nic Gareiss accompanies Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist’s beautiful, finesse-filled playing — he dances near a microphone on …