Arts & Entertainment

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The cast of Silverthorne Theater Company’s production of Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy,” performs at Nortfhfield Mount Hermon School.

‘Only connect’: Silverthorne director Lucinda Kidder a hands-on leader of community theater

Thursday, February 26, 2015

When Silverthorne Theater Company co-founder and managing director Lucinda Kidder arrives to talk about the company’s full-length play competition and its spring and summer lineup, she’s still got smudges of black paint on her hands. “I’ve been painting sets,” she says, smiling in apology. Kidder is almost always doing something related to theater, whether it’s painting sets, directing Oscar Wilde’s … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Feb. 26 to March 4

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday 26 Films “AL-HELM (THE DREAM), Martin Luther King in Palestine” will be screened at GCC in Room C208 in the Main Building. The documentary follows a group of black gospel singers as they bring their version of a play about Martin Luther King to a Palestine audience, only to find that it … 0

Movie Times: Feb. 26 to March 4

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help avoid disappointment. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst, 253-2547, • Family Films: “My Neighbor … 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.

‘Hurricane Island’ offers tense mix of political critique, gripping narrative

Friday, February 27, 2015

“Hurricane Island” by Ellen Meeropol (Red Hen Press, 314 pages, $16.95) I’m not really a thriller reader. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I read the political thriller “Hurricane Island” in one day. This second novel by Ellen … 0

Sounds Local: Pushing in a new direction, JD McPherson’s 2nd CD explores new musical sounds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recording the follow-up to a successful debut album can be a rather daunting task. Just ask JD McPherson. The Oklahoma rocker won great acclaim for his 2012 debut “Signs & Signifiers,” a disc that was originally released on … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Stranger than science fiction

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare Hold on to your hats. This one’s going to be a doozy ... The University of Cambridge Institute of … 0

Club listings: Feb. 26 to March 4

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Clubs Thursday 26 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. Blue Pearl. Jazz/blues. 8 to 10:30 a.m. 978-544-BREW. IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. $22.50, $25. THE O’S, Route 116, Sunderland: Hip … 0

Exhibits, museums and galleries: Feb. 26 to March 4

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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. Photographs of the art being exhibited are always welcome and will be happily run, space permitting. Receptions etc. DEERFIELD VALLEY ART … 0

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run and MUST have an ending date. Items run as space allows. … 0

Painting the finer brush strokes of American history

Thursday, February 19, 2015

“I loved painting, I didn’t care what it was. It kept me off the streets.” — Mort Kunstler, 2014 Having a hand that, at times, bleeds from an afternoon of book signings and autographing prints is a passing … 0

Sounds Local: Keep an eye on these ‘Kids’

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently included the Northampton-based indie-pop trio And the Kids in an article titled, “2015’s Next Big Things: 8 Musical Acts to Watch.” That’s not really surprising news for music fans here in western Massachusetts … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Of blackbirds, wanderers and musical liaisons

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. — Wallace Stevens Forty-five years ago, in 1969, pianist Estela Olevsky mounted the stage of Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts for her … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Feb. 19 to 25

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday 19 Library CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: ∎ Music and Movement. 10 a.m. This weekly series with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson takes place Thursdays through Feb. 26. Young children of all ages and their parents … 0