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Tom Dahl and Myka Plunkett who play "Brick" and "Maggie" in the Ashfield Community Theater's production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", rehearse a scene at the Ashfield town hall, the venue of the performance, Sunday May 17. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

'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: “Confusion, betrayal, dishonesty, love, desire, trust — … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Film documents musical genius Justin Kauflin and his mentor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble ... I shall seize Fate by the throat, it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.” — Ludwig van Beethoven While none of my efforts to contact the subject of this week’s feature has borne fruit, I vow that … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.” — Robert Benchley Talk about love triangles. Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” may qualify as a love quadrangle depending upon how one views … 0

Sounds Local: Alive as you or me: Pete Seeger visits the Nields' dreams, inspiring a new CD

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Earlier this year, The Nields — sisters Katryna of Conway and Nerissa of Northampton — released a 17th album the aptly titled “XVII.” Inspiration for this project came from the life and music of the late Pete Seeger. … 0

Book review: ‘From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies’

Friday, May 1, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAt Special to The Recorder “From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies” edited by Arlene Voski Avakian and Barbara Haber (University of Massachusetts Press, 312 pages, $24.95) “From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies” is not … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 30 to May 5

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thursday 30 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. … 0

Club Listings: April 30 - May 6

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clubs Thursday 30 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL Draft at 8 p.m., Wear your favorite team gear to win prizes and receive drink specials plus catch NBA & NHL Playoffs on our 14 TVs. … 0

Movie Times: April 30 to May 6

Wednesday, April 29, 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, • Family Films: “Ponyo,” Saturday, 10 a.m. • Stratford HD: “King John,” Saturday, 1. • Science on … 0

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Wednesday, April 29, 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

Casting Calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, April 29, 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

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 … 0

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 … 0