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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, 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.

Cups of Kindness: opening reception Friday, Nov. 7

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

On any given day, there are roughly 600 children in Massachusetts living in foster care, waiting to be adopted, according to Janice Halpern, director of development at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, a private organization founded in 1957 … 0

A sweet, insightful, riveting adventure tale

Friday, November 14, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to the Recorder “Will Poole’s Island by Tim Weed (Namelos Editions; 184 pages; $18.95 in hardcover, $9.95 in paperback) Each November, we remember a brief time in 1621 when English settlers and Native Americans … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Tommy Twilite

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you’ve been attending poetry readings in this valley long enough, chances are you’ve heard of Tommy Twilite. He’s the host of the Twilite Poetry Pub on Tuesdays, 8 to 9 p.m. on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3 … 0

Paradise Pond: a poem by Tommy Twilite

Friday, November 14, 2014

Paradise Pond when sun diamonds refract off the water ripples like clear sparkling blood every swirl of color spins into the late afternoon sun that sinks into distance unmoved and recedes like butter into a crescent moon against a sky of night dying in the afterglow to become … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Nov. 13 - 19

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thursday 13 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 … 0

Club Calendar: Nov. 13 - 19

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Clubs Thursday 13 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Thursday Night Football, at 8:30 p.m. Win a Tom Brady jersey during Bills vs. Dolphins game. Also catch the Bruins vs. Canadians at 7:30 p.m. n 14 … 0

Sounds Local: Kevin O’Rourke’s music is quietly sublime

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As leader of band Lo Fine, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin O’Rourke was a major player on the local music scene for many years. O’Rourke founded the Northampton-based band, which utilized a revolving lineup of players, in the late 1990s. Lo … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Looking at the ‘crazy redhead’ with new eyes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” — Vincent van Gogh The re-creation of history by dramatists in pursuit of a deeper glimpse into its larger-than-life protagonists often turns out more to … 0

Movie Times: Nov. 13-19

Wednesday, November 12, 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, November 12, 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 … 0