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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

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

Be quick, be bold: Deerfield police sergeant keeps painting fun

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock III sees quite a bit of the color blue in his day-to-day life. From the uniform he dons each shift to the flashing light bar on his cruiser, it’s an almost omnipresent sight … 0

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, September 30, 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

Lit Bits - Staff Picks: Under the Udala Trees

Friday, September 25, 2015

Chinelo Okparanta’s novel “Under the Udala Trees” was launched this week to wide acclaim. I had the good fortune to see her read and discuss her work last week at the Brooklyn Book Festival, where she appeared with … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Sept. 24-30

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thursday 24 Coffeehouses MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Talbot Andross CD-release party. Alt-rock, country. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com. Fairs & Festivals EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 737-2443. Gates open at 8 a.m. Most exhibits and buildings (exceptions: Avenue of … 0

Club Listings: Sept. 24 to 30

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Clubs Thursday 24 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. ∎ Thursday Night Football: at 8 p.m. The Redskins vs. Giants and college football on 14 TVs in the Sports Bar. ∎ Purchase a 24-ounce Bud Light … 0

Call for writers in collaborative art project

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Calling all writers in the greater Amherst/Pioneer Valley region, Luminarium’s “Amherst Storybook Project” is in its final stage. Using artwork from local artists, the dance company has created 12 fanciful images for a new children’s storybook. Writers are … 0

Sounds Local: “Hey guys, you want to put on a show?”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nan Parati knows a thing or two about good music. Parati, the owner of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, is a former resident of New Orleans, a city that is synonymous with good music. She moved to Ashfield in … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

“We take for granted electricity, water, even concerts. Count your blessings.” — Damian Marley The fall university arts calendars are bursting with intriguing musical fruits — each very different and special in its focus, each presented by seasoned, … 0