Arts & Entertainment

A tethered balloon rises with the super moon at the Green River Festival Saturday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Green River Festival: reaching new heights

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new in 2015, you ask? In a word: the rest of the country, or at least some national media, has begun to notice. In the past several weeks, Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times and USA Today all put the Greenfield festival, which takes place … 0

Sounds Local: Franklin County Night at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The wait is almost over! A week from tomorrow the Green River Festival will kick off on Friday, July 10, and run through Sunday, July 12, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Last year the local music label Signature Sounds of Northampton took over the full operation of the festival from the … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: June 25 - July 1

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thursday 25 Libraries GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Writer’s Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. the library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday for Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544. ∎ … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Jeannie Martin

Friday, June 5, 2015

Forget the 5-7-5 syllable count rule you learned about haiku in school. In fact, forget all the rules you may have learned about haiku in school. Jeannie Martin has some different ideas. In her book, “Clear Water: a … 0

A selection of haiku by Jeannie Martin

Friday, June 5, 2015

A selection of haiku all through town the single sound of crickets traffic jam above all those tail lights the full moon migrating geese the old dog barks in her sleep on either side of the prison wall — wild daisies — by Jeannie Martin … 0

Sounds Local: Seth Glier helps serve up some dignity

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“Should anyone ever go hungry? Should anyone sleep on the street?” sings Seth Glier on the song “Standing Still” a track off his new album “If I Could Change One Thing.” Since launching his career while in his … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Lean, green comic fables

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” — Peter Ustinov, actor Ever wonder just where the strange beast called “theater” came from? Why on earth would otherwise sensible human beings be willing to unabashedly throw themselves … 0

Movie Times: June 4-10

Wednesday, June 3, 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, • I’ll See You in My Dreams. Friday through Wednesday, 2, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30. Saturday and Sunday … 0

Exhibits: galleries and museums

Wednesday, June 3, 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

Gabourey Sidibe memoir coming in 2017

Friday, June 5, 2015

Associated Press NEW YORK — Gabourey Sidibe has been holding back. The Oscar-nominated actress best known for the film “Precious” and hit TV series “Empire” is working on a memoir scheduled to come out in 2017. The book … 0

Uneven ‘Wild Bill Wellman’ revisits director’s fiery life

Friday, June 5, 2015

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel” (Pantheon), by William Wellman Jr. The silver biplane that had performed a few stunts over actor Douglas Fairbanks’ polo party taxied to a stop at the far end of the field. Its pilot, wearing a military uniform … 0

David McCullough’s ‘The Wright Brothers’ takes flight

Friday, June 5, 2015

“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough; Simon & Schuster (320 pages, $30) --- How much do you really know about the Wright Brothers? If you’re like me, you probably have a vague outline of their story, gleaned from the history books of your youth: Orville and Wilbur Wight … 0

Author Vendela Vida and the art of pretending

Friday, June 5, 2015

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — Answering questions in a Casablanca police station, hoping to retrieve a missing backpack, author Vendela Vida was overcome by her feelings of good fortune. “Halfway through the interview it … 0