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Arts & Entertainment

Karen Sims photo 
Paula Sayword looks out from the ledge at Chaco Canyon where she and her partner, Karen Sims, created a funeral ritual for their granddaughter, Ashley Sims, who they raised as a daughter and lost to an accidental heroin overdose in December of 2012.

Poets of Franklin County: Soul Chant

Friday, September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Readers can find links to her first column on our website: www.recorder.com Ashley Sims died at the age of 22 of an accidental heroin overdose in her Greenfield apartment on Dec. 11, 2012. It was her grandmother Karen Sims’ birthday. Ashley had planned to come to Leyden that night for a celebratory dinner, said Paula Sayword, Sim’s partner and Ashley’s grandmother. “Instead, she was dead on the floor. She didn’t intend to die,” Sayword continued. “We never questioned whether it was on purpose.” Just … 0

‘Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone’: a poem by Paula Sayword

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone We wanted to give you something you could not lose something that would stun you, tear the sky wide open, take you in so you could begin again, this time with your sadness washed away. But it was not to be, clouds too thick, sodden with an anguish you could not part with, an anguish sitting just inside … 0

Ashfield Film Festival showcases area filmmakers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You might think fledgling filmmakers don’t stand a chance at going toe-to-toe with Hollywood pros. If so, you probably haven’t been to the Ashfield Film Fest, where fancy equipment and decades of movie-making experience don’t make you a shoe-in for the win. Now in its eighth year, the festival will begin at 7 … 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 features@recorder.com, 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.

Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Sept. 18 - 24

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thursday 18 Libraries GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. ∎ Noon to 2 p.m. Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday. This is a self-directed, free writing time open to any writer … 0

Club Calendar: Sept. 19 to Sept. 24

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clubs Thursday 18 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Thursday Night Football on 14 TVs with Tampa Bay at Atlanta starting at 8:30 p.m. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Tommy Filiault Trio. Original … 0

Alice Parker going strong. Smith to celebrate alumna’s music

Friday, September 19, 2014

By STEVE PFARRER Daily Hampshire Gazette Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections … 0

Book review: “The Mosquito Hours”;

Friday, September 19, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT “The Mosquito Hours” by Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo, (Thorncraft Publishing, 342 pages, $14.99) As summer winds to a close, readers can make it last a little longer by reading “The Mosquito Hours.” Much of this engaging … 0

Exhibits: Museums and galleries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to features@recorder.com. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. Photographs of the art being exhibited are always welcome and will … 0

Sounds Local: Music that will dance you into fall

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s a sad fact that festival season is all but over and there are only a couple of opportunities left for you to enjoy music outdoors. One of these will happen the last weekend of the month ( … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Hooker-Dunham cooks up an eclectic brew

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in … 0

Movie Times: Sept. 18-24

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. Features@recorder.com or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help … 0

More than beautiful

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jeremiah Patterson paints open windows, his photorealistic still-life watercolors giving one the sensation of being able to reach into them to pick up an apple, an orange or a gourd. They can easily be mistaken for photographs. The … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Sept. 11 - 17

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thursday 11 Films “SEPTEMBER 11 — THE NEW PEARL HARBOR,” a documentary that summarizes 12 years of public debate on 9/11 will be shown from 7 to 9 at Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield. The presentation will … 0