Arts & Entertainment

ASHFIELD (November 9, 2014) — Here, Duncan is using a "drybrush" technique to add precise, well-defined strokes to a painting of blue jay feathers that she is working on for her December show at Elmer's Store in Ashfield. Recorder/Trish Crapo

Botanical artist Beverly Duncan seeks intriguing colors, telling details

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Beverly Duncan picks up a thin brush she’s dipped in blue paint and tests it on a small scrap of watercolor paper before moving her arm just a few inches to the right, where a painting of blue jay feathers waits for further development. Duncan has already got the shapes of the feathers accurately rendered and is adding detail, tiny … 0

Chris Smither: 'What the hell was this kid doing?'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob … 0

Signature Sounds marking 20th year with 3 days of music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was back in 1994 that Signature Sounds incorporated as a record label aimed at highlighting Pioneer Valley musicians specializing in Americana, folk and roots music. Now, with about 150 albums under its belt and a roster that’s grown to include many artists living outside the region, the label — which started in … 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 & Entertainment Calendar: Nov. 27 - Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thursday 27 Libraries GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Closed for Thanksgiving holiday. Re-opens Saturday. Music THE MARINA RESTAURANT, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Kevin Parry hosts open mic every Thursday. Free. Half-price meals … 0

Club Calendar: Nov. 27 - Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Clubs Thursday 27 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Happy thanksgiving. Open at 6 p.m. Two pool tables, jukebox, throwback video games, touchscreen games and NFL action on 14 TVs with second half of Cowboys vs. … 0

Exhibits: galleries & museums

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Receptions etc. ARTSPACE, 15 Mill St., Greenfield: “New Cycled,” works by Andy Rrothschild. Opening Friday, Dec. 5, 5 to 7 p.m. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. 772-6811, … 0

Sounds Local: Signature Sound celebrates 20 years; Woman Songwriters Collective celebrates new EP

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving and since we talk about music here, let’s take a minute to be thankful for all the talented musicians living and working right here in our own backyard. And let’s also take this opportunity to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Belles, bands and hands

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seasonal music is on its way to many venues throughout the Pioneer Valley, including both sacred and secular genres. Two sopranos, 1 piano, assorted surprises The nearest in time is third annual Christmas concert at St. Valentine’s Church, … 0

Movie Times: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 26, 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

Capsule reviews of feature films

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BIG HERO 6 2 1/2 stars. Set in a wonderfully realized near future San Francisco, this animated feature follows an adolescent robotics inventor and his puffy, inflatable companion. Disconcertingly violent and mature for a Disney kids’ film. 1 … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Nov. 20 - 26

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thursday 20 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 looking … 0

Book review: ‘What the Owl Saw’

Friday, November 21, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder What the Owl Saw” by Gerald W. McFarland (Sunstone Press, 336 pages, $26.95) “What the Owl Saw” is the second book in a series by Gerald W. McFarland of Leverett. An … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘The Light We Leave’

Friday, November 21, 2014

What happens when images and words are given the chance to interact, not in a hierarchical way — say, an image illustrating a passage of text, or a caption explaining the content of a photograph — but in … 0