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A tethered balloon rises with the super moon at the Green River Festival Saturday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Green River Festival: reaching new heights

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new in 2015, you ask? In a word: the rest of the country, or at least some national media, has begun to notice. In the past several weeks, Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times and USA Today all put the Greenfield festival, which takes place … 0

Sounds Local: Franklin County Night at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The wait is almost over! A week from tomorrow the Green River Festival will kick off on Friday, July 10, and run through Sunday, July 12, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Last year the local music label Signature Sounds of Northampton took over the full operation of the festival from the … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: June 25 - July 1

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thursday 25 Libraries GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Writer’s Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. the library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday for Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544. ∎ … 0

Capsule reviews of feature films

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Capsule reviews of feature films The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) ALOFT. 2 stars. A bleak and mystical - and mystifying - story about a mother (Jennifer Connelly), her two boys, a tragedy and a jump-in-time to 20 years later, when one of those sons (Cillian Murphy) is being interviewed … 0

Book review: ‘As You Write it, Volume V’

Friday, June 26, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “As You Write it, Volume V’ edited by Laura Rodley. (Violet Fields, 123 pages, $12). For a number of years, a dedicated group of writers has met weekly at the Montague/Gill … 0

Book review: ‘Looking for Judah by David Brule

Friday, June 26, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “Looking for Judah” by David Brule (, 194 pages, $16.95). At one point or another, most of us become curious about the generations that preceded us in our families. Few of … 0

Club Listings: June 25 - July 1

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Clubs Thursday 25 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Stop in for the Red Sox vs. Orioles game on 14 TVs in the Sports Bar. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. 8 to 10 … 0

Sounds Local: Wendell Wildcat Blues Festival Saturday, June 27

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

“In a world where only three percent of Americans actively listen to blues music, the Wildcat O’Halloran Band will always answer the call.” You will find these words printed on the back of The Wildcat O’Halloran Band’s new … 0

ArtBeat: Lisa M. Henry, ‘Ablution’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Editor’s note: This week, we introduce a new column, which will run every other week on these pages. Called ArtBeat, it is written by freelance writer and photographer Trish Crapo of Leyden, whose work should be familiar to … 0

Silverthorne Theater: Summer run begins with a classic

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A not-so-average, dysfunctional family survives life by the skin of its teeth. Sound familiar? Real life? Sure! But not this time. Silverthorne Theater Co., which is based in Sloan Theater in Greenfield Community College, will perform “The Skin … 1

Exhibits: museums & galleries

Wednesday, June 24, 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. Ending soon 11 SOUTH GALLERY, … 0

Movie Times: June 25-July 1

Wednesday, June 24, 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, • A Little Chaos. Friday through Wednesday, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:25. Saturday and Sunday matinee, 11:30. Baby-friendly … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Ann McNeal

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sometimes you have to stand back to really see something. Then again, sometimes you have to zoom right in. Ann McNeal, Pelham poet, photographer and painter, takes the second approach, using a point-and-shoot camera to isolate elements of … 0