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.

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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: Nov. 6 - 12

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thursday 6 Coffeehouse MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: the Collected Poets Series featuring Terry S. Johnson and January Gill O’Neil. 7 p.m. Live poetry. The first born of a Chicago World War II airman and a … 0

Club Calendar: Nov. 6 - 12

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Clubs Thursday 6 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Thursday Night Football, Cleveland at Cincinnati at 8:30 p.m. Win a Bud Light Tom Brady jersey with purchase of a 32 ounce Bud Light Draft. Bruins vs. … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Claire Blatchford

Friday, November 7, 2014

Shelburne writer, poet and teacher Claire Blatchford lost almost all of her hearing suddenly at age 6, as a result of the mumps. “Imagine your hearing being switched off with one quick flick of fate,” she writes in … 0

“Green” and “Yellow,” two poems by Claire Blatchford

Friday, November 7, 2014

Green No other color has so many tones. Hear the thrilling young greens in the spring, then the song deepens as the days grow longer: buds, leaves, grasses, vines, shrubs, trees. On and on goes the round, till emerald darkens and becomes amber, the song fades out first … 0

Both useful and interesting

Friday, November 7, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “Fifteen Minutes with…” by G. Michael Dobbs (Bear Manor Media, 327 pages, $24.95) Our culture often appears obsessed by celebrities — or at any rate, by the people who are characterized … 0

Sounds Local: Rubblebucket — ready, set, dance!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rubblebucket is one of the most energetic indie-rock pop dance bands working today and even lead singer and saxophonist Kalmia Traver’s recent bout with cancer couldn’t keep them down. Instead, the group has emerged from a difficult time … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: A life worth singing

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We are all swimming slowly toward the man with Mozart flowing from his hands. I want nothing but to put my fingers inside his mouth, let that prayer hum through my veins. I want to crawl into the … 0

Movie Times: Nov. 6-12

Wednesday, November 5, 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

Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than … 0