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Arts & Entertainment

Steve Gougeon and Jennifer Williams with some cider apples.  Recorder/Paul Franz

CiderDays celebrate, bolster resurgent tradition

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today, apples are primarily a healthy snack option or delicious pie filling, sitting year-round in shiny piles on supermarket display tables. More than 100 years ago, their smaller, uglier forebears also provided alcoholic solace through the short days and frozen nights of New England winters. “In North America, there are a lot of hard cider (apple) varieties that have basically … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘A threshold between the sky and the earth’

Friday, October 24, 2014

Much of Northampton builder Jonathan Wright’s work might be described as earthbound — designing and constructing eco-conscious buildings through his company, Wright Builders. But Wright is also a poet with a deep love for the ethereal world he discovers when he is out on the water, rowing. Wright’s new book of poems, “After … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Oct. 23 - 29

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday 23 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 for a place to work through their lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for … 0

Book review: ‘Silencing the Women’

Friday, October 17, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “Silencing the Women” by Kathy-Ann Becker (, 268 pages, $18) Many local residents enjoy tracing their family trees back to early English settlers in New England. Kathy-Ann Becker of Wendell has … 0

Ja’Duke stages ‘kooky, spooky and warm’ musical comedy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The latest production from The Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts is the Broadway musical “The Addams Family,” based on the “bizarre and beloved characters” created by cartoonist Charles Addams, according to Ja’Duke, which adds “the magnificently macabre … 0

Sounds Local: Lexi Weege isn't interested in sappy love songs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lexi Weege claims that she was born wielding a Shure SM58 microphone in one hand and red patent leather heels in the other. The Westfield native can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing and soaking up all … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Do not fear the trombone

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“I don’t know why but the trombone makes me very uncomfortable.” — Sigmund Freud, father of psychology A close encounter of the trombone kind is in the offing as the opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season … 0

Movie Times: Oct. 16-22

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. 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

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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. Receptions etc. THE DAYLILY, 8A … 0

Casting calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

Book review: ‘Hector Fox and the Giant Quest’ by Astrid Sheckels and ‘Amazing Amusing Emus’ by Elizabeth Thwing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “Hector Fox and the Giant Quest” by Astrid Sheckels (Premiere Publishing, 32 pages, $16.95) and “Amazing Amusing Emus” by Elizabeth Thwing (Kireli Press, 104 pages, $21.95) Two new children’s books from … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Greenfield Annual Word Festival

Friday, October 10, 2014

Want to read your poems to members of Franklin County’s eclectic literary community? Want to take a stab at storytelling (no notes!) in front of a live audience? Or maybe you’d like to just relax and listen to … 0

Greenfield Annual Word Festival schedule

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tuesday, Oct. 21 Opening Night Show, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St., Greenfield Doors open at 6 p.m. A celebration of Human Error Publishing’s Third Tuesdays reading series, now in its eighth year. 5-minute slots, names drawn from a hat. Wednesday, Oct. 22 The Mole, … 0