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Karen Sims photo 
Paula Sayword looks out from the ledge at Chaco Canyon where she and her partner, Karen Sims, created a funeral ritual for their granddaughter, Ashley Sims, who they raised as a daughter and lost to an accidental heroin overdose in December of 2012.

Poets of Franklin County: Soul Chant

Friday, September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Readers can find links to her first column on our website: www.recorder.com Ashley Sims died at the age of 22 of an accidental heroin overdose in her Greenfield apartment on Dec. 11, 2012. It was her grandmother Karen Sims’ birthday. Ashley had planned to come to Leyden that night for a celebratory dinner, said Paula Sayword, Sim’s partner and Ashley’s grandmother. “Instead, she was dead on the floor. She didn’t intend to die,” Sayword continued. “We never questioned whether it was on purpose.” Just … 0

‘Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone’: a poem by Paula Sayword

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone We wanted to give you something you could not lose something that would stun you, tear the sky wide open, take you in so you could begin again, this time with your sadness washed away. But it was not to be, clouds too thick, sodden with an anguish you could not part with, an anguish sitting just inside … 0

Ashfield Film Festival showcases area filmmakers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You might think fledgling filmmakers don’t stand a chance at going toe-to-toe with Hollywood pros. If so, you probably haven’t been to the Ashfield Film Fest, where fancy equipment and decades of movie-making experience don’t make you a shoe-in for the win. Now in its eighth year, the festival will begin at 7 … 0

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Submit listings for The Recorder calendar by 8 a.m. Thursday the week before the requested publication. They may be emailed to features@recorder.com, sent via U.S. mail to Adam Orth, features editor, The Recorder, P.O. Box 1367, Greenfield, MA 01302, or faxed to 413-774-5020. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276.

Sounds Local: Transperformance maps out its future

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A sure sign that summer is fast coming to an end is the arrival of the annual Transperformance concert held every year for the past 24 years at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence on the … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: The wake-up call of the trumpet

Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Music was the one thing I could control. It was the one world that offered me freedom. When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared. I didn’t have to search for answers. The answers lay … 0

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to features@recorder.com. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. Photographs of the art being exhibited are always welcome and will … 0

Movie Times: Aug. 21-27

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. Features@recorder.com or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by … 0

Casting calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

Poets of Franklin County: The houses that Emily Dickinson built

Friday, August 15, 2014

Walk or drive down Silver Street near Greenfield High School and you’ll see that three new houses have cropped up on what used to be a wide, grassy lawn. No, it’s not a sudden housing boom but an … 0

Bread and Puppet: Question authority! Love life!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ladyslippers and grasshoppers! Bugs and gorillas! Welcome to Bread and Puppet’s “Nothing is Not Ready Circus!” For anyone who’s never experienced Bread & Puppet’s special blend of political theater and circus, puppetry and music and intense drama, it’s … 0

Bread & Puppet: ‘Emergency’ show in Easthampton Thursday, Aug. 14

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

∎ “Fire: Emergency Performance for Gaza.” Bread and Puppet, Thursday, 8 p.m., Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton. This has only recently been added to the company’s schedule. Free, but people are asked to leave dogs and alcoholic beverages at home. Indoors, doors open at 7 … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Aug. 14 - 20

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thursday 14 Coffeehouse MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Dave Houghton’s Hootenanny! hosted by Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash. 8 p.m. Houghton continues to explore new ways to bring out the folk for his anti-folk and performs … 0

Book review: ‘West Along the River 2’

Friday, August 15, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLATT “West Along the River 2” by David Brule (Booklocker.com, 174 pages, $20) I started reading “West Along the River 2” on a recent rainy morning. This book was an ideal companion for a quiet, drippy … 0