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The cast of “The Dixie Swim Club”:  Jackie Walsh of Shelburne Falls, Sue Davis of Haydenville, Sue Tracy of Ashfield, Julie Richardson of Deerfield and Louise Krieger of Sunderland.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TV sitcoms are rich in girlfriends — Ethel and Lucy, Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and her 30-something pals, or the 20-somethings of “Friends” and HBO’s “Girls.” Now picture all those close gal-pals 20 to 40 years later and you could have the makings of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Five local actresses will give two readings of this play … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 29 to Feb. 3

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thursday 29 Library CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: Music and Movement. 10 a.m. This weekly series with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson takes place Thursdays through Feb. 26. Young children of all ages and their parents or caregivers are invited. Free. GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Writer’s Lunch, noon … 0

Club Listings: 1-29 - 2-3

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Clubs Thursday 29 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Ski Promo Night. Win two passes to Wachusett Mountain, a snowboard and ski hats. Drawing at 11:30 p.m. UMass Minutemen vs. Dayton and Bruins vs. NY Islanders at 7 p.m. on 14 TVs. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. Blue … 0

“Avo-Nice Friday,” a poem by F.D. Kindness

Friday, January 16, 2015

“Avo-Nice Friday” For a cashier who writes, the goods people buy can be springboard to poetry. Not the everyday ham and cheese on rye, nor the standard coffee and Bath bun, but fancy named sandwiches, or the curious coupling in one bag of banana, cantaloupe, and red onion … 0

Sounds Local: Messy moments, complex feelings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Last month, Carolyn Walker of Amherst released her second CD, “Incarnadine,” a collection of 10 emotionally charged songs wrapped in melodies that you can get lost in, delivered in a voice that is pure and clean. Walker will … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Rich and soulful

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

“When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.” — Joshua Bell “And a little child shall lead them” remarked Isaiah, with his usual prescience, a Bible ago, perhaps divining that, on … 0

Exhibits: galleries and museums

Wednesday, January 14, 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: Jan. 15-21

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

Movie capsule reviews

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER — Director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper combine to tell the story of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history and focus on the destructive inner price that must be paid for inflicting violence. … 0

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Tuesday, January 13, 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

Far Cry: Anika Balaconis’ sci-fi zine offers a home planet for the thoughtful, the weired

Friday, January 9, 2015

“The advisor approached Gene slowly, its antennae and mouth pincers working, its body seemed hesitant, as a dog sniffing a new person. Slowly, again, Gene sprayed “report” and then, on a hunch, sprayed “carry away.” The advisor stroked … 0

‘The Hive,” an excerpt, by Anika Balaconis

Friday, January 9, 2015

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from “The Hive,” a short story published in Far Cry No. 3. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. The advisor approached Gene slowly, its antennae and mouth pincers working, its body seemed hesitant, as a dog sniffing a new person. … 0

The view from Belle Ile: Rare Monet and Ellsworth Kelly works unveiled at the Clark

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Two artistic views of the rugged French coastline of Belle Ile are on display at Williamstown’s Clark Art Institute now through Feb. 15. Large, hypnotizing impressionistic paintings of Claude Monet (1840 - 1926) dominate. In counterpoint, in this … 0