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GREENFIELD (April 10, 2015) — As a winner of the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize, Shelburne Falls poet and activist Sequoia LeBreux will be opening for Jorie Graham and Stephen Burt on Sunday, May 3rd at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem. Recorder/Trish Crapo

Poets of Franklin County: Sequoia LeBreux

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sequoia LeBreux admits she has long been obsessed with the story of Peter Pan. The Mohawk junior says she read the book, written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie, when she was younger, “And I loved the sort of mystical boy character who’s romanticized but he’s also kind of a horrible person.” Most of us are probably familiar with … 0

Acoustic dream: Conway's Field Memorial Library is violinist's favorite concert hall

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Approaching the middle of the mosaic sunburst on the tiled floor of Conway’s Field Memorial Library, Kenny Butler nestled the bottom of a 200-year-old violin under his chin. For a moment, he hesitated, gazing around at the building’s intricately carved walls and marble columns before stepping into its dead center. Steeling himself with … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 16 - 23

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday 16 Dance STEPHEN PETRONIO CO., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 7:30 p.m. Hampshire College alum Stephen Petronio returns to Amherst as both a dancer and choreographer in a one-night performance that will include a full-company work and a solo piece danced by Petronio. Ticket-holders are invited to a pre-show … 0

Club listings: April 16 - 22

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Clubs Thursday 16 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Are you up for Whatever? Bud Light is building another town and looking for people to invite that are Up For Whatever. Audition at BTU with your … 0

Book Review: ‘How to Make Maple Syrup’ by Alison and Steve Anderson

Friday, April 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “How to Make Maple Syrup” by Alison and Steve Anderson (Storey Publishing, 128 pages, $9.95) Spring is finally arriving in western Massachusetts and sap has slowed in local maple trees. Despite … 0

American Life in Poetry No. 525

Friday, April 17, 2015

BY TED KOOSER U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006 Here’s a fine poem about two generations of husbands, by Pauletta Hansel of Ohio. Husbands My mother likes a man who works. She likes my husband’s muddy knees, grass stains on … 0

Hugo Awards reflect sci-fi/fantasy divide

Friday, April 17, 2015

By HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK — Call it the invasion of the Sad Puppies. One of the signature awards of the science fiction/fantasy community, the Hugos, has been ensnared in a fierce debate over the genre’s … 0

Sounds Local: Upbeat, easygoing and humorous, Johnny Memphis Band coming to The Arts Block

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Are you out there, can you hear this?/Jimmy Olsen, Johnny Memphis/I was out here listening all the time.” Dar Williams sang these lyrics on her song “Are You Out There” and like Williams, a lot of us were … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Holophonor — six young jazzlings find their groove

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public want — you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing, even if it does take them 15, 20 years. — … 0

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Tuesday, April 14, 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

Movie Times: April 16-22

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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, www.amherstcinema.org • Family Films: “The Gold Rush,” Saturday, 10 a.m. • Bolshoi Ballet: “Ivan the Terrible,” Sunday, 12:55. … 0

Exhibits: museums & galleries

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

Poets of Franklin County: Jay Goldspinner

Friday, April 10, 2015

Every day. Greenfield poet and storyteller Jay Goldspinner takes a walk around her neighborhood. “And it’s always the same places,” Goldspinner says. She names the streets on her route with obvious fondness, “Down Chapman, across Walnut, up Davis … 0