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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

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Tuesday, May 5, 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

“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 … 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 … 0

‘Peeping,’ a poem by Dennis Martin Piana of Colrain, adult, third place

Friday, May 1, 2015

“Peeping” I was a flop in pajamas and suits, In uniforms hetero- and uni-sexed. To earn a living I modeled nude, Wore shades to make day twilight, Met with candles at night to talk to Shadows of things living and extinct. I think I hid when the world … 0

‘Pitch Black and Silent,’ a poem by Alouette Batteau of Shelburne Falls, youth, 12 to 14

Friday, May 1, 2015

“Pitch Black and Silent” I am from old, outdated magazines, torn and Strewn about the house. From weathered seashells and stones gathered from the Atlantic. The antique desks of Park Street, relics from the past. And the creaking twelfth step of the moaning, elderly stairs, Blowing my cover … 0

"Big Business," a poem by Yael Benvenuto-Ladin of Shutesbury, youth, 15 to 16

Friday, May 1, 2015

“Big Business”   The world is expanding, demanding more — more oil, steel, and meat Our collective heart has begun to beat faster and more effectively — after all, it was made in a factory And speeding up earns us more and more money We speed until we … 0

‘An Argument for Bacon,’ a poem by Avram Cox of Leyden, youth, 15 to 16

Friday, May 1, 2015

“An Argument for Bacon”    For arugula I would not make the argument  Instead for the delectable, crispy, salty bacon. There is a pair of robbers. Stretched upon their heads is a pair of stockings.  I read a book to the robbers it’s about a dinosaur. Though the robbers claim otherwise, … 0

‘Summer Dreams,’ a poem by Isabela Cusano of Greenfield, youth, 12 to 14

Friday, May 1, 2015

“Summer Dreams” I come from muddy boots and drumming rain, Purring cats and the view from the sweet fern hill.   I hold fresh picked apples from the windy orchard, And the loneliness, the empathy and friendly chickadees at the feeder.   I believe in asking too many … 0

'Machine Age Modernism': The Clark exhibits triumphs of a brief but rebellious linocut movement

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mint condition images evoking a rebellious art movement in London that flowered during the Jazz Age can be found through May 17 at the Clark Art Institute’s newest gallery. More than three dozen linocut prints, which now command … 0