Arts & Entertainment

Poets of Franklin County: Paul Richmond, "You Might Need a Bigger Hammer."

Friday, April 24, 2015

If you don’t know Wendell poet and spoken word artist Paul Richmond yet, chances are you soon will. He’s that long-haired guy with the wild laugh who tirelessly organizes poetry and spoken word events all over the valley — from Greenfield’s monthly Third Tuesday open mic readings at 9 Mill St. and its multi-venue Greenfield Annual Word Festival in October, to the long-running but now defunct All Small Caps open mic series at the Déja Brew in Wendell, and the popular spoken word stage at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange. Richmond is also working with the Easthampton arts council to produce … 0

Beautiful comfort: Lucy Fagella's urns honor loved ones and their memories

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The clay, wet and gray, stretches out as Lucy Fagella’s strong fingers manipulate the spinning mass on her potter’s wheel. Magically, it seems, the spinning shape is molded by Fagella’s will. In a matter of minutes, the Greenfield potter turns a 4-pound lump of Sheffield clay into what begins to look like a … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Sequoia LeBreux

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sequoia LeBreux admits she has long been obsessed with the story of Peter Pan. The Mohawk junior says she read the book, written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie, when she was younger, “And I loved the sort of mystical boy character who’s romanticized but he’s also kind of a horrible person.” … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: March 26 to April 1

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thursday 26 Dance DANCE GENERATORS present its annual concert of new works. 7 p.m. at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. Repeats Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Dance Generators is a multi-generational … 0

Club Listings: March 26 - April 1

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Clubs Thursday 26 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Sweet 16 NCAA Games on 14 TVs starting at 7 p.m. Win Bud Light Basketball hats and shirts during the games plus get entered into the Grand … 0

Poets of Franklin County: An emotional guide

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Battle of Antietam, fought during the American Civil War on Sept. 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, remains to this day the bloodiest single day of battle on American soil. In all, 22,720 soldiers — 12,400 Union and … 0

“The Bloody Lane,” and excerpt, by Rodger Martin

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Bloody Lane It is still early enough to try again at the front bank of a sunken road. The first shot opened Colonel Gordon’s lower calf. Certainly blood will make it awkward to back the honking to Lee, “These men will stay here until the sun … 0

‘Quabbin Valley’ releases flood of memories

Friday, March 27, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “Quabbin Valley” by Elizabeth Pierce (Arcadia Publishing, 128 pages, $21.99) The lost towns of the Quabbin Valley — Prescott, Greenwich, Dana, and Enfield — hold a special fascination to residents of … 0

American Life in Poetry No. 522

Friday, March 27, 2015

By TED KOOSER U.S. Poety Laureate, 2004-2006 Poetry is a good way to capture epiphanies, and this poem by Penny Harter does just that. Harter lives and teaches in New Jersey. In the Dark At bedtime, my grandson’s breath rasps in and out of fragile lungs. Holding the … 0

Sounds Local: Nirvana cover night at The ’Voo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous Here we are now, entertain us I feel stupid and contagious Here we are now, entertain us — Kurt Cobain “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana just might be the most important … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: The multi-layered conjurings of Miwa Matreyek

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables … 0

Movie Times: March 25 to April 1

Wednesday, March 25, 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, • A View From the Bridge. Thursday, 7 p.m. • Family Films: “The Muppet Movie,” Saturday, 10 … 0


Friday, March 20, 2015

The package arrived mid-December, just as the boxes of presents from my more forward-thinking relatives began to arrive. It was addressed in the square, neat printing of a designer or architect. Inside the plain, brown wrapping was what … 0