Arts & Entertainment

Damien Conrad, Schuyler Evans and Julian Findlay of Sliverthorne Theater rehearse for the Double Take Fringe Festival at Studio 7 in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

All Greenfield's a stage as Double Take Fringe Festival takes over downtown, Oct. 16 & 17

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — How well do you know Greenfield’s landmark buildings and the thriving theater community surrounding the town? The Double Take Fringe Festival brings two days of fresh and topical one-act plays by eight theater groups in downtown performance spaces that people seldom see. And each play is an original work, a premier or a work-in-progress. Out-of-the-ordinary downtown spaces become … 0

Color & science: Josef Albers at the Mead

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Mead Art Museum director David Little says he’s interested in staging exhibits that look at the intersection of art with different disciplines — science, music, media studies and other fields. As it turns out, he’s arrived just as the Amherst College museum has opened exactly such a show. “Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers … 0

Jamie Kent at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When we last heard from Jamie Kent, it was the fall of 2013 and he had just released his EP “Embers and Ashes,” a disc on which the Northampton native moved away from groove rock sounds of his previous release in favor of an earthier folk, Americana one that even included some traces … 0

Ta-Nehisi Coates and other authors who landed MacArthur ‘genius’ grants: What made them stand out

Friday, October 2, 2015

Of the 24 MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship recipients named Tuesday, three are primarily authors. The best known is Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer at the Atlantic whose 2015 book “Between the World and Me” crystallized and personalized the contemporary conversations about race in America. The book, which has topped … 0

‘Rail-Fan’ brings Hoosac Tunnel experts to Rowe

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ROWE — Rail-Fan III returns to the Rowe Historical Society’s Kemp-McCarthy Museum Sunday with a new slant on a favorite Rowe topic: the Hoosac Tunnel — who built it and who opposed the idea? This year’s keynote speaker, … 0

Club Listings: Oct. 1 - 7

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Clubs Thursday 1 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. ∎ Thursday Night Football: Ravens at Steelers at 8:30 p.m. on 14 TVs in the Sports Bar. ∎ Red Sox vs. Yankees at 7 p.m. plus college … 0

Sounds Local: Dancing! Mayhem! Fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If you go to a Bella’s Bartok show, be prepared to dance. And that includes you chair-loving, vow-to-never-step-foot-on-a-dance-floor people. The six-piece band from Northampton, whose music is a circus-y Hungarian-influenced folk punk blend, is known for its wild, … 0

‘We’ve got a clear vision’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

By SHELBY ASHLINE For The Recorder Is poetry dead? Not by a long shot, says Michael Medeiros, a spokesman for the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst and a key organizer of the third annual Amherst Poetry Festival that … 0

Exhbits: museums and galleries

Wednesday, September 30, 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 … 0

Movie Times: Oct. 1-7

Wednesday, September 30, 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 Borrowed Identity. Friday through Sunday, 1:50, … 0

Movies: capsule review of feature films

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

99 HOMES. 3.5 stars. Real estate can be a bloody business. A dirty, bloody and soul-sucking business. Especially in 2010, the year in which the housing crisis thriller “99 Homes” is set. It’s rich cinematic territory to be mined for drama: There’s the understandably emotional concept of home … 0

Wagon Wheel Word: A welcome addition to local literary menu

Friday, September 25, 2015

GILL — The first Wagon Wheel Word open mic and reading hosted by Eric Wasileski and Lea Banks drew an enthusiastic and attentive crowd of about 30 Wednesday night. Wasileski, a Greenfield native, recently published a collection of … 0

Book reviews: “A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic”

Friday, September 25, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: “A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic” by Lisa Papademetriou (HarperCollins, 320 pages, $16.99) “A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic” is magical in content and magical in its effect on the reader. Aimed at readers between the … 0