Arts / Theater / Dance

Ashfield's Double Edge Theatre performs "The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)" Oct. 29 and 30 at CityStage in Springfield. Local audiences won't want to miss this. Their home shows were sold out.
Contributed photo/Maria Baranova, Double Edge Theatre

Double Edge brings ‘The Grand Parade’ home to western Massachusetts

Friday, October 23, 2015

After an international tour, Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre is bringing “The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)” home to western Massachusetts for performances at CityStage in Springfield, Oct. 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. The well-loved shows swiftly sold out at the company’s home base. “The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)” depicts major events of the 20th century in … 0

Internat’l. performers coming to So. Deerfield tonight at 7:30

Friday, October 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Judy Handler and Mark Levesque will perform international music on guitars and mandolin as the third in the Guitar in the Sanctuary Series at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., tonight. Handler and Levesque have performed over 2,000 concerts together over the … 0

Color & science: Josef Albers at the Mead

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Mead Art Museum director David Little says he’s interested in staging exhibits that look at the intersection of art with different disciplines — science, music, media studies and other fields. As it turns out, he’s arrived just as the Amherst College museum has opened exactly such a show. “Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Double anniversary in Deerfield

Thursday, December 5, 2013

“I, too, played the organ frequently in my youth, but my nerves could not stand the power of this gigantic instrument. I should place an organist who is master of his instrument at the very head of all … 0

Art that pays the bills

Friday, November 1, 2013

O n a sunny Sunday afternoon in October, one of the industrial park’s collection of low, nondescript buildings is full of singing orphans. One of the less traditional businesses in Montague’s Airport Industrial Park, the Ja’Duke Center for … 0

The funny math of women’s clothing sizes

Monday, October 21, 2013

NEW YORK — When it comes to women’s clothing sizes, there’s some funny math going on. The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women’s plus-size clothing, generally defined as size … 0

Life without drama is no life at all

Thursday, October 3, 2013

“All playwrights should be dead for 300 years.” — Joseph L. Mankiewicz Academy Award-winning  writer, director, producer The human mind cannot for long bear a void — an empty canvas; it seems it has to be busy painting a picture, or telling itself something to keep a narrative … 0

75 years old & still charming

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Once upon a time in the Midwest, a boy was raised by a stern father who used physical punishment as a discipline. The father frequently took the youngster and his three older brothers to the basement for a … 0

Contra’s British cousin

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The dance hall doors swing open for what you’d expected would be a contradance. But wait: although this looks like a contra, sort of, and even sounds somewhat like one, it’s not. Even at first glance, it’s less … 0

‘So ancient, so satisfying’

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Anyone who’s heard music pouring out of the grange hall on a Friday or Saturday night, in Greenfield or Montague, can probably guess it’s coming from a contra dance or a square dance. But here come completely un-square … 0


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The marketplace in the Sahara Desert was buzzing. Merchants dressed in long, flowing cloaks shouted over one another to attract customers to their stand. A cool breeze carried with it the sound of stringed instruments. Suddenly, commotion. A … 0

‘The Inquiring Line’

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

“We artists are hypersensitive, or we wouldn’t be — couldn’t be — artists.” — R.O. Blechman His art is instantly familiar, deceptively simple and often composed of nervous, squiggly lines depicting frail characters with enormous noses. An author, … 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