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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

Poets of Franklin County: Open Prose and Poetry Series at Arms Library turns 20

Friday, October 9, 2015

Genie Zeiger, Shelburne poet, essayist and writing workshop leader, approached then Arms Library director Louis Battalen back in 1995 about allowing her students to use the Shelburne Falls library as a place to gather to read their work aloud to each other and to people they knew. Neither could have suspected they were … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar, Oct. 8 to 14

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thursday 8 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. ■ What’s Your Story?: a memoir-writing workshop led by Mary Clare … 0

American Life in Poetry: No. 549

Friday, October 2, 2015

Glenna Luschei, who makes her home in California, has traveled the world, and like all good poets has paid attention to what she’s seen. Here’s a fine poem not from Cambodia or Greece but from Tucson, about the belongings some of us leave behind for others to carry … 0

Creeps and laughs in Atwood’s latest

Friday, October 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: “The Heart Goes Last” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Margaret Atwood “If you do bad things for reasons you’ve been told are good, does it make you a bad person?” That’s the question on the mind of … 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 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

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, www.amherstcinema.org • 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