Arts & Entertainment

Kenneth Murphy, 33, of Greenfield works on a skateboard deck that will be up for auction Saturday to support the Unity Skate Park committee's dream of a permanent concrete skate park in Turners Falls.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

All decked out: Auction Saturday benefits proposed skateboard park

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Usually a medium for another kind of art — the wheel-clacking, soaring physical art of airborne flips and winding downhill courses — skateboards apparently work fine as canvases. Dozens of painters from the area and farther afield are supporting the plans to build Unity Skate Park by painting used and new skateboard decks, to be auctioned this weekend in support of the park. A permanent park is perhaps nearer than it has ever been to reality after more than 15 years of temporary parks or no park at all. The park needs a vote from town meeting members in May to fund construction and volunteers … 0

Symbols of pride: Greenfield Harmony concert Sunday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Story by Richie Davis Merita Halili and Raif Hayseni may not exactly be household names in this country. But in Albania — and in the Albanian-American community in the U.S. — the wife-and-husband musical duo are very big as performers. And when they sing together with Greenfield Harmony chorus as part of its … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 24 - 30

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thursday 24 Films “AFTER TILLER” will be screened at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vt. 7 p.m. Filmmaker Lana Wilson will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the film. Donation of $10/$5 students at the door. The feature-length documentary film goes inside the lives of the last four doctors in America … 0

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Submit listings for The Recorder calendar by 8 a.m. Thursday the week before the requested publication. They may be emailed to, sent via U.S. mail to Adam Orth, features editor, The Recorder, P.O. Box 1367, Greenfield, MA 01302, or faxed to 413-774-5020. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276.

Sounds Local: Robin and Linda Williams perform Friday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Robin and Linda Williams were making music together long before “Americana” became a popular musical genre. The married couple from Virginia never really bothered to label the type of music it performed. As far as they were concerned, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Spring sweetens the deal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

... in just spring, when the world is mud-luscious ... and puddle wonderful ...”— ee cummings As they say, “Getting there is half the fun.”In New York City, concert-going involves enduring the often-less-than-refreshing, not infrequently stressful transit to … 0

A&E Calendar, Clubs: April 24-30

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Clubs Editor’s note: As part of changes to our calender, we will be listing clubs separately. Thursday 24 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Watch Game 4 of Bruins vs. Red Wings playoffs and you could … 0

Gallery and museum exhibits: April 24-30

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. We happily run photos given the room. When space limits including all the exhibits here, readers can find the entire list … 0

Movie Times: April 24-30

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Readers will find our movie capsules in the Arts & Entertainment section of our website: Please note, these listings are … 0

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin … 0

Excerpt: ‘A Darkling Sea’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the first chapter of James Cambias’ “A Darkling Sea,” which is reprinted here with permission of the author. Henri and Rob didn’t talk much on the way to the vent community. … 0

Poets of Franklin County: 'Ruins Assembling'

Friday, April 18, 2014

The poems in Greenfield poet Dennis Finnell’s new book, “Ruins Assembling,” are different than the poems he and I talked about back in the fall of 2012, when he had won the Bellday Prize, which included publication of … 0

Poem: ‘Under our boot soles’

Friday, April 18, 2014

“Under our boot soles” In memory of Jim Thomas Once you stepped out on an open window onto nothing we could see from our desks, and for a whole long second you floated and didn’t fall through two floors of air to the earth’s something. You never fell. … 0

Book Review: ‘Chasers’

Friday, April 18, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “Chasers” by Laurence Michie (Randolph Books, 344 pages, $15.95) “Chasers” is set in an unspecified time in the future in which the world has been ravaged by war and economic calamity. … 0