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Arts & Entertainment

Poets of Franklin County: Molly Scott

Friday, May 22, 2015

Molly Scott was singing folk music in Greenwich Village in New York City in the 1960s, performing at clubs and concert venues as part of the burgeoning folk music revival. She also worked in theater, film and television, hosting her own show for children on CBS, “Around the Corner.” Scott left all this in 1969, “To come up here and be a hippie,” she jokes, then describes the reasoning behind the move to Charlemont more seriously as, “A yearning for the land, and deeper things — poems!” Scott is well known in our area as a singer-songwriter with a passion for peace and social justice. … 0

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' opens in Ashfield Friday

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recorder photographer Matt Burkhartt captured these images during a recent rehearsal for Ashfield Community Theater’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which opens Friday. A Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams, it is one of his best-known works and, reportedly, was his personal favorite. Here is the theater company’s description of the play: … 0

Sounds Local: Memorial Day weekend music

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer festival season, and here in Franklin County it all kicks off with the StrangeCreek Campout, a camping and music festival held at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield May 22 to 25. Now in its 13th year, StrangeCreek features over 60 musical acts performing on multiple … 0

‘Light & Shadow’: Ashfield cellist & Wendell pianist create a study in contrasts

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A set of two notes twice, each second tone extended across the bow, opens “Light & Shadow,” a new recording by Ashfield cellist Rebecca Hartka and Wendell pianist Alys Terrien-Queen. The work is a sonata for cello and … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Paula Sayword

Friday, May 8, 2015

Leyden poet Paula Sayword’s new full-length collection, “Canticle of Light and Dark,” published by the Synthesis Center Press of Amherst, can be read as a series of prayers for our world and the people in it. In the … 0

‘The Perfect Fit’ strategies hit pay dirt

Friday, May 8, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Perfect Fit” by Sandra K. Woods (iUniverse, 98 pages, $16.95) We live in a world of personalities and relationships yet we don’t always understand either how our personalities are shaped … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 7 - 13

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Thursday 7 Coffeehouses MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 8 p.m. The Collected Poets series featuring Peter Marcus and Diana Whitney. Live Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Marcus’ first poetry collection, “Dark Square,” was published in 2012. He … 0

Club Listings: May 7 - 13

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Clubs Thursday 7 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NBA and NHL playoff action on 14 TVs. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. The Roosters, classic rock dance music by Bruce Scofield and Mark … 0

American Life in Poetry No. 528

Friday, May 8, 2015

By TED KOOSER U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006 A couple I know adopted three very small children from a distant country, and the children had never been constrained in any way. The airliner’s seatbelts were so fearful for them … 0

Sounds Local: Colorway: ‘Why doesn’t anyone make records like this anymore?’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Then it began. Rockets, Stars, Flowers blooming The Black Sky Sequined. Reds, yellows, blues, greens. Silver and gold. Fireworks and the cheers of spectators.” The above poem was written by Judith Johnson, the mother of F. Alex Johnson, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Mandolins assemble!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Symmetry is only a property of dead things. Did you ever see a tree or a mountain that was symmetrical? It’s fine for buildings, but if you ever see a symmetrical human face, you will have the impression … 0

Movie Times: May 7 - 13

Wednesday, May 6, 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 • Family Films: “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Saturday, 10 a.m. • NET Live: “The Hard Problem,” Saturday, 1. … 0

Exhibits: Museum and Galleries

Wednesday, May 6, 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