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Encores and Curtain Calls
Pothole Pictures is continuing its winter series of classic films Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s UFO classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Originally released in 1977 and purveyed in the decades since in various special editions, each containing different material and varying in running times, it will appear on the Memorial Hall big screen in the seldom seen director’s cut, completed by director Steven Spielberg himself in 1998 and considered by him to be the definitive version.
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Encores and Curtain Calls: Stranger than science fiction

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare Hold on to your hats. This one’s going to be a doozy ... The University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy informs us “ ... there are something like 300 billion stars in the Milky Way; so if 10 percent of them … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Of blackbirds, wanderers and musical liaisons

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. — Wallace Stevens Forty-five years ago, in 1969, pianist Estela Olevsky mounted the stage of Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts for her first solo debut concert. She had been contracted shortly before to take over the students … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Music and the mystery of history

Thursday, February 12, 2015

“A Fiddler on the Roof ... Sounds crazy, no? ... And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word — Tradition! Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. ... How did this tradition get started? I’ll tell you: I don’t know. ... … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Behold, the Sea!'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch — we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy There’s nothing like … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Spring sweetens the deal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

... in just spring, when the world is mud-luscious ... and puddle wonderful ...”— ee cummings As they say, “Getting there is half the fun.”In New York City, concert-going involves enduring the often-less-than-refreshing, not infrequently stressful transit to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Howard Brofsky tribute concert April 19

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit expresses through them all. — Corinthians 12:14 In the end, it really doesn’t seem to matter very much at all whether one’s instrument in life is a … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: We all rise, we all fall

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

“Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice” — Ayn Rand A trio of beguilingly crafted puppets, choreographed to an archive of … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bringing the light to our children

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race. Memory.” — Jedediah Leland, remembering Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane” My thesis, friends, is this: that … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Goodbye to an old friend

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull Even though it seems as if Old Man … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: All Souls musical haven

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” — Billy Joel “I had recently moved to Greenfield, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'If it sounds good, it is good'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” — Harry Emerson Phosdick As the more perceptive and discerning of my readers have by now perhaps discovered, I am not particularly chauvinistic about … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: One thing is certain about the multifaceted David Fersh: when he performs, you’re sure to get more than you bargained for

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“All the world’s a stage ... And one man in his time plays many parts.” — Shakespeare, “As You Like” It,” Several years ago, a previously unknown entity by the name of David Fersh appeared on my radar … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Music, stories, fellowship

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” — John Lennon There’s a lot to be said for the way music made its way through the world before its professional handlers got a … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘The Black Man in Song’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

“When I studied in conservatories as a young man, I absorbed the traditions of music. Then, when I became a pupil of Edgar Varese, my horizons broadened and I wrote in a very dissonant style. Then I began … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Sweet-cream sound

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“Listen — the horn!” — Ralph Vaughan Williams (to students, on hearing a Beethoven symphony) If one instrument were to be named the pivot-point, the arbitrator of the entire orchestra and its sound, the French horn, which is … 0