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Arts & Entertainment

ASHFIELD (November 9, 2014) — Here, Duncan is using a "drybrush" technique to add precise, well-defined strokes to a painting of blue jay feathers that she is working on for her December show at Elmer's Store in Ashfield. Recorder/Trish Crapo

Botanical artist Beverly Duncan seeks intriguing colors, telling details

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Beverly Duncan picks up a thin brush she’s dipped in blue paint and tests it on a small scrap of watercolor paper before moving her arm just a few inches to the right, where a painting of blue jay feathers waits for further development. Duncan has already got the shapes of the feathers accurately rendered and is adding detail, tiny … 0

Chris Smither: 'What the hell was this kid doing?'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob … 0

Signature Sounds marking 20th year with 3 days of music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was back in 1994 that Signature Sounds incorporated as a record label aimed at highlighting Pioneer Valley musicians specializing in Americana, folk and roots music. Now, with about 150 albums under its belt and a roster that’s grown to include many artists living outside the region, the label — which started in … 0

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Submit listings for The Recorder calendar by 8 a.m. Thursday the week before the requested publication. They may be emailed to features@recorder.com, sent via U.S. mail to Adam Orth, features editor, The Recorder, P.O. Box 1367, Greenfield, MA 01302, or faxed to 413-774-5020. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276.

“Senses,” a poem by Amie Keddy

Friday, November 21, 2014

“Senses” “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses.” — Oscar Wilde The shiplap summer house screened us, together drinking tea I cupped the jar with both hands trusting its insulation to hold you from me. I did not touch your auburn hair or stroke your jaw so … 0

American Life in Poetry: No. 504

Friday, November 21, 2014

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2006-2006 I love poems with sudden surprises, and here’s one by Jennifer Gray, a Nebraskan. Will you ever see depressions puddled with rain without thinking of the image at her conclusion? Horses The neighbor’s horses idle under the roof of their three-sided … 0

Club Calendar, Nov. 20 - 26

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Clubs Thursday 20 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Thursday Night Football promo, win a Tom Brady jersey with purchase. Chiefs at Raiders 8:30 p.m. on 14 TVs. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. … 0

Sounds Local: Pat and Tex LaMountain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s a cool November day but warm and cozy inside Pat and Tex LaMountain’s kitchen. The fire is burning, the tea kettle is on and the conversation flows easily. The members of this husband and wife singer-songwriting team … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Light in the heart of darkness

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Again I say, for art’s sake, think north at least as often as south, as both Brattleboro, Vt., and Keene, N.H., venues are virtually half the time and trouble as Amherst and Northampton ones and the quality of … 0

Adam’s email

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A note from Adam: Amid the hundreds of emails I get daily, there are some that I’d like to instantly share with readers. This is what you’ll find here. Basically, I am cutting and pasting them in the … 0

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Receptions etc. ELEVEN SOUTH GALLERY, Routes 5 & 10, Bernardston. Annual exhibit of original, local art for the walls, art for the table and art to wear. Paintings from the estate of Elice Davis Pieropan, resident painters David … 0

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, November 19, 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

Cameron's Winery: Wine, workshops & song

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

While many vintners pair their wines with entrees, cheeses and other foods, Paul and Leslie Cameron of Bernardston pair their wines with good times. Cameron’s Winery holds a variety of workshops throughout the year, showcases local artists and … 1