Arts & Entertainment

ASHFIELD (November 9, 2014) — Here, Duncan is using a "drybrush" technique to add precise, well-defined strokes to a painting of blue jay feathers that she is working on for her December show at Elmer's Store in Ashfield. Recorder/Trish Crapo

Botanical artist Beverly Duncan seeks intriguing colors, telling details

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Beverly Duncan picks up a thin brush she’s dipped in blue paint and tests it on a small scrap of watercolor paper before moving her arm just a few inches to the right, where a painting of blue jay feathers waits for further development. Duncan has already got the shapes of the feathers accurately rendered and is adding detail, tiny … 0

Chris Smither: 'What the hell was this kid doing?'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob … 0

Signature Sounds marking 20th year with 3 days of music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was back in 1994 that Signature Sounds incorporated as a record label aimed at highlighting Pioneer Valley musicians specializing in Americana, folk and roots music. Now, with about 150 albums under its belt and a roster that’s grown to include many artists living outside the region, the label — which started in … 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, 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.

Tom Wyatt's odd Whimsy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One fall morning, Warwick photographer Tom Wyatt carried his equipment out to a millpond in Tully. Long fascinated by the abstract arrangements of ripples and reflections in water, window glass and other reflective surfaces, Wyatt was on a … 0

CiderDays celebrate, bolster resurgent tradition

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today, apples are primarily a healthy snack option or delicious pie filling, sitting year-round in shiny piles on supermarket display tables. More than 100 years ago, their smaller, uglier forebears also provided alcoholic solace through the short days … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thursday 30 Dance GUIDING STAR GRANGE, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: Newcomers’ Night contra dance workshop. Beginning at 7 p.m., special one-hour dancing workshop on basic skills using easy dances, attention to technique and style and live fiddle music. … 0

Book review: ‘Love in the Time of Climate Change’

Friday, October 31, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT “Love in the Time of Climate Change” by Brian Adams (Green Writers Press, 322 pages, $16.95) We are surrounded by news and information about climate change, a very serious business. Brian Adams gives this issue … 0

Book Review: “Secrets of the 7th Day”

Friday, October 31, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT “Secrets of the 7th Day” by Sara Schley (White Cloud Press, 73 pages, $9.95) Working on this column constantly surprises me. It often enables me to read works I would never think of picking up … 0

Sounds Local: Sweet Little Bloodhound

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“I’ll hunt you where you hide Catch you every time You’ll fear me on your trail Sweet Little Bloodhound” — Sweet Little Bloodhound Singer-songwriter Devlin Miles was in the process of recording a follow-up to her 2009 album … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Organist Rhonda Sider Edgington

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.” — Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright It seems that the house organ for the First Church of Deerfield … 0

Club Calendar: Nov. 6 - 12

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clubs Thursday 6 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Thursday Night Football, Watch on 14 TVs. 863-2882. DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. 978-544-BREW. IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. ∎ 10 … 0

Movie Times: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. 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 the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help … 0

Exhibits: Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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 be happily run, space permitting. Receptions etc. “FINDING FOREVER CUP … 0