Arts & Entertainment

Colrain poet Anne Yeomans will read from her new chapbook, "People Die But Not Your Brother," at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

Poets of Franklin County: Anne Yeomans

Friday, February 5, 2016

About midway through Colrain poet Anne Yeomans’ small chapbook, “People Die, But Not Your Brother,” there’s an unassuming poem called “The Third Day.” The moment described is simple, almost mundane: a woman sitting down to breakfast. And the language is simple, too. The first four lines give us: “dark tea,” “bright blue pot,” “two fresh eggs.” Any or all of us might have had this breakfast. But Yeomans keeps her focus so precise and her frame of mind so open that the following four lines thicken — beginning with that “piece of thick rye toast” — and begin to glisten, like the “honey gathered yesterday … 0

Books to inspire both runners and non-runners

Friday, February 5, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: “Route 1 Rendezvous” (CreateSpace, 204 pages, $10) and “Running with Asthma” (CreateSpace, 114 pages, $10), both by John Terry McConnell I have never thought much about either asthma or running, since I haven’t had a relationship with either, but John Terry McConnell’s two new books make them both personal to any … 0

Call for entries: 25th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest

Friday, February 5, 2016

Don’t forget to enter the 25th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest! Franklin County poets may submit up to three previously unpublished poems to this contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. There are three categories: Adult; Youth ages 12–14; and Youth ages 15–18. Entries must be postmarked by March 7. First prize adult winner gets to keep the Mission-style Poet’s … 0


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Clubs Thursday 14 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Stella Cidre Hard Apple Cider tasting/promo from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Prizes. ■ All college hoops, NBA and NHL action on 14 TVs in the Sports Bar. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. The Doug … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Lines set by hand

Friday, January 8, 2016

The poetry books arranged in the sun on Gary Metras’ Easthampton coffee table vary in size. Some are back pocket sized, others are variations of the standard 6-by-9 inches of many poetry books. A variety of lettering, decoration … 0

Theater: Laurel Turk's play 'Breastless' takes on life after cancer

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

“Tits — from abs! Buy yourself a fancy pair. We can use your derriere. …” “... We can build new nipples for you. So your spouse will still adore you.” These lines are sung by a “chorus line” … 0

Novel takes on sex, death and tricky relationships

Friday, January 8, 2016

“The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire” is original and thought provoking. Sandra Hutchison went to high school in Greenfield and currently teaches writing at Hudson Valley Community College. Her new novel deals with bereavement, sexuality, and the … 0

Creative ecosystem: Leverett Crafts & Arts fuels imaginative momentum across art forms

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nestled in the quiet, peaceful woodlands of Leverett, lies a hub of creative energy. In the course of its 112-year existence, this historically rich building has morphed from a box factory into a routine destination for the local … 0

Sounds Local: Fawns celebrate new release

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

We are less than a week into 2016 and we have already seen the release of some excellent new music by some Pioneer Valley notables. “Goodnight, Spacegirl,” the new album by the Northampton-based band The Fawns made its … 0

Art Beat: Vermont Center for Photography offers lively artist community in Brattleboro

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Maybe you’re lucky and got a new digital camera for Christmas. Terrific! Think of the possibilities. Then again, maybe the possibilities are flummoxing you — the multiple, embedded menus, myriad buttons and knobs, the manual with its onionskin-thin … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 7 - 13

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Thursday 7 Coffeehouse MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series. 7 p.m. The series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Each event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the … 0

Exhibits: Jan. 7 - 13

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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