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Arts / Theater / Dance

Review: Book captures a resonante time at Mount Holyoke College

Friday, April 4, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “A Male President for Mount Holyoke College” by Ann Karus Meeropol (McFarland, 258 pages, $45) Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley is the oldest ongoing institution of higher learning for women in the United States. Founded in 1837 by Mary Lyon of Buckland as a female seminary, the school has generally been run by women. In Mount Holyoke’s centennial year, Roswell Ham became the first male president of the college. Men continued to run the school until the late 1970s. Ham’s appointment in 1937 was unexpected and controversial. In “A Male President for Mount Holyoke College: The Failed … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings a pear, but more than that, he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t release his first CD, “Message of Love,” until a couple of months ago. “Music has … 0

Middle Earth comes to Mohawk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The old movie term “cast of thousands” comes to mind while watching the choreographed battle scenes and musical numbers being performed during rehearsals for Mohawk’s annual all-school play “The Hobbit,” which opens Friday, March 8. But this year’s … 0

‘Delightful & beautiful’: ‘South African play explores art & the trauma of loss

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Barundi and other parts of South Africa, the refugee children told their “Suitcase Stories,” part of an art therapy research project that helped them come to terms with what they’d experienced while walking … 0

‘Delightful & beautiful’: South African play explores art & the trauma of loss

Monday, January 28, 2013

From the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Barundi and other parts of South Africa, the refugee children told their “Suitcase Stories,” part of an art therapy research project that helped them come to terms with what they’d experienced while walking … 0

The sound of surprise

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” American composer,  John Cage It is not every composer’s gift to be able to offer us music which is not only truly fresh but genuinely unimaginable — incapable of being conceived beforehand. … 0

‘Rocky Horror’ at The Shea

Friday, October 26, 2012

Strange — isn’t it — the lure, the enduring attraction of horror? Why, there’s even a special holiday dedicated to the “dark side,” the hallowed Halloween – or, in its original incarnation, All-Hallows’ Eve, which was, in traditional … 0

‘Willy Wonka’ opens Saturday at Shea

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sweet tooth, anyone? Talk about your dark chocolate! It’s “Willy Wonka,” the stage version of Roald Dahl’s deliciously malicious “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by the Arena Civic Theater, showing Saturdays, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, Oct. … 0