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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

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 8 - 14

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thursday 8 Films “THE NEW JIM CROW: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” the fourth in a film and discussion series being shown over several months which look at issues of race. 7 p.m. In the Woodbury … 0

Club listings: Jan. 8 - 14

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Clubs Thursday 8 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Stop in for Bruins vs. Devils at 7 p.m. Plus college basketball on 14 TVs. 863-2882. IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Nothing Has Changed: … 0

Book review: ‘The Big Trip’

Friday, January 9, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to the Recorder “The Big Trip” by Martha McManamy (Lulu, 182 pages, $13.99) Most families I know follow schedules that can appear (at least to outsiders) stifling. Children as well as parents have their … 0

Sounds Local: Too slow, too sparse or too weird

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dave Houghton has been writing songs for the past 25 years but had yet to release a solo album until a couple of months ago. Houghton had always presented his songs in a band format — first with … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: the sound of the human heart

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

“The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because it’s cheerful and melancholy at the same time and I think it comes from that shadow string, the double strings.” — Rita Dove, U.S. poet laureate There’s … 0

Exhibits: Galleries and museums

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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

Movie Times: Jan. 8-14

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Tuesday, January 6, 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

Voila, Madeline is now 75!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The City of Light has changed considerably since she first walked its streets. And the world as a whole has changed even more. But the little girl with the red hair, yellow hat and boundless curiosity? She’s pretty … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 1 - 7

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thursday 1 Coffeehouses MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. M.R. Poulopoulos. 2 p.m. “M.R. Poulopoulos is a songwriter with a poet’s nerve and a sharp eye for the telling detail. His latest album, Greenhorn, is like the … 0