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Arts & Entertainment

Poets of Franklin County: Paul Richmond, "You Might Need a Bigger Hammer."

Friday, April 24, 2015

If you don’t know Wendell poet and spoken word artist Paul Richmond yet, chances are you soon will. He’s that long-haired guy with the wild laugh who tirelessly organizes poetry and spoken word events all over the valley — from Greenfield’s monthly Third Tuesday open mic readings at 9 Mill St. and its multi-venue Greenfield Annual Word Festival in October, to the long-running but now defunct All Small Caps open mic series at the Déja Brew in Wendell, and the popular spoken word stage at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange. Richmond is also working with the Easthampton arts council to produce … 0

Beautiful comfort: Lucy Fagella's urns honor loved ones and their memories

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The clay, wet and gray, stretches out as Lucy Fagella’s strong fingers manipulate the spinning mass on her potter’s wheel. Magically, it seems, the spinning shape is molded by Fagella’s will. In a matter of minutes, the Greenfield potter turns a 4-pound lump of Sheffield clay into what begins to look like a … 0

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.” … 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

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

"When Things Go Wrong: Robin Lane's Story"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

“Women don’t have addictions out of nothing,” says Robin Lane, a singer-songwriter of some hit records and a lifelong experience with fame, its mountain peaks and precipitous cliffs. “There was always something that came before.” Lane’s long journey … 0

Origami: It's not just for cranes anymore

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The first time you made a paper airplane, you were introduced to the art of origami, a Japanese word meaning “folding paper.” After achieving a design mastery of lightweight flight, most of us stopped right there. The current … 0