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Arts & Entertainment

Poets of Franklin County: 2015 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tuesday night’s 24th Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest Awards ceremony, held in the Capen Room of Stoneleigh-Burnham School, was once again a night of eclectic voices, reaffirming the talent and vitality of Franklin County’s many poets. Daniel Hales of Greenfield was the night’s top adult winner with his poem, “How to Deliver a Toast.” Hales is an English teacher at The New Directions School in Northampton, and a songwriter and guitarist in two bands: The Ambiguities and Daniel hales, and the frost heaves. His most recent book of poems, “Tempo Maps,” published last year by ixnay press, included a CD of readings and musical compositions based … 0

“How To Deliver A Toast,” a poem by Daniel Hales of Greenfield, adult, first place

Friday, May 1, 2015

“How To Deliver A Toast”    To those who live in houses on streets named after shady trees with those that they share meals, genes, and germs with.   And to the very old man at a lake’s edge trying to reach the stick his golden refused to fetch. To whatever makes him risk falling in to reach it, the reason this particular stick … 0

“from Pink in Nature (1),” a poem by Stella Corso of Greenfield, adult, second place

Friday, May 1, 2015

“from Pink in Nature (1)”   We were on our way again   we were going somewhere or so I hoped   you were driving I said I know of a place   where three states touch   I touched Vermont and it disappeared   I looked to you and felt a metaphor empty   I said the weather is as it should be … 0

Book review: ‘The Six-Year-Old Hobo’ by David W. Goodwin

Friday, April 24, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Six-Year-Old Hobo” by David W. Goodwin (Xlibris, 324 pages, $19.99) “The Six-Year-Old Hobo” will leave a smile on the face of just about any reader. David Goodwin of Shutesbury has … 0

Acoustic dream: Conway's Field Memorial Library is violinist's favorite concert hall

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Approaching the middle of the mosaic sunburst on the tiled floor of Conway’s Field Memorial Library, Kenny Butler nestled the bottom of a 200-year-old violin under his chin. For a moment, he hesitated, gazing around at the building’s … 0

Club listings: April 23 - 29

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Clubs Thursday 23 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Yuengling CHEERSMASS Promo Night. Yuengling Lager is celebrating one year in Mass. with tonight’s promo from 8 to 10 p.m. Win a Yuengling Salute to our Troops … 0

Movie Times: April 23-29

Wednesday, April 22, 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: “Charlotte’s Web,” Saturday, 10 a.m. • Jean-Luc Godard: “Pierrot le Fou,” Sunday, 2. Tuesday, … 0

Exhibits: Museums and Galleries

Wednesday, April 22, 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 be happily run, space permitting. A more complete listing of … 0

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, April 22, 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

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 16 - 23

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday 23 Dance PART IV by UMass Alive with Dance. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, Amherst. Part IV brings light to the individualistic sensations and artistry of 13 choreographers that will be performing on stage. Repeats Friday and Saturday. … 0

Club listings: April 16 - 22

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Clubs Thursday 16 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Are you up for Whatever? Bud Light is building another town and looking for people to invite that are Up For Whatever. Audition at BTU with your … 0

Book Review: ‘How to Make Maple Syrup’ by Alison and Steve Anderson

Friday, April 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “How to Make Maple Syrup” by Alison and Steve Anderson (Storey Publishing, 128 pages, $9.95) Spring is finally arriving in western Massachusetts and sap has slowed in local maple trees. Despite … 0

Sounds Local: Upbeat, easygoing and humorous, Johnny Memphis Band coming to The Arts Block

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Are you out there, can you hear this?/Jimmy Olsen, Johnny Memphis/I was out here listening all the time.” Dar Williams sang these lyrics on her song “Are You Out There” and like Williams, a lot of us were … 0