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Mark Fraser, center, shown with the Adaskin String Trio he helped form 11 years ago, is bringing a new focus on scheduling established musical groups as the new executive artistic director of the Mohawk Trail Concerts series.

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trail Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive artistic director. In a way, the series is experiencing something of a generational shift, with a tweaking of ticketing technology and a new approach that favors well established ensembles in the same vintage, acoustically divine …

Control issues: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about Mandy talking with her sister and mother on the telephone, and obsessing about how she …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members of this iconic partnership produced work, separately, even before they became a permanent pair. Case in point: “Pineapple Poll,” Charles Mackerras’ 1951 ballet adaptation of W.S. Gilbert’s poem, …

A bittersweet farewell: As author settles into a smaller home, she leaves behind her long-cherished garden to be tended by homestead’s new owners

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In September 1975, my husband and I sat in our rental car under the spreading branches of a venerable sugar maple tree and decided to buy the 1871 farmhouse in South Amherst known as the Pomeroy Homestead. We …

MuseFLASHES

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

At Hope & Feathers “Drawing Inspiration,” works in progress by Rhys Davies of Amherst, is on view through June 29 at Hope and Feathers Framing and Gallery, 319 Main St. in Amherst. Rhys packed up his home studio …

Movie times

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 2, 6:50; Sat. no 2; Mon. no 6:50 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:10, 4:20, 7:25, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 a.m. A Little Chaos (R) Daily 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:25; …

Barry Roberts and his horses play roles in production of Emily Dickinson biopic ‘A Quiet Passion’ during Amherst filming

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — Barry Roberts’ horses have provided wagon rides for children at the Merry Maple celebration and the Taste of Amherst, pulled wedding carriages for newlyweds and participated in real-life funeral processions. But until one morning last week …

Full Disclosure: New theater festival aims to engage audiences

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Linda McInerny thinks a lot about the brain. “I love neurology and I love the study of the brain and consciousness, and who we are as human beings,” McInerny said recently. The Old Deerfield Productions artistic director had …

Table Talk: Independence Day recipes in red, white and blue

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Most holidays have iconic colors and foods. While the colors for July 4th are clear — red, white and blue — there’s no must-have food for Independence Day — like turkey at Thanksgiving, cookies at Christmas, or chocolate …

In search of Lucca, the long-lost dog

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

‘On the Internet,” says a famous cartoon of a black lab at a keyboard, “nobody knows you’re a dog.” It was in this spirit, some years ago, that I created a Myspace page for our golden retriever, Lucca. Social media was new, but it was already turning pimply …

MuseFLASHES

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mead has new director Following a national search, David E. Little, curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), has been appointed the new director of Amherst College’s …

Movie times

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 7; Sat. no 1:45; Mon. no 7 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 …

Movie review: ‘Jurassic World’ bites into the modern blockbuster

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Along the scaly spine of the Tyrannosaurus Rex runs the evolution of Hollywood blockbustering. Twenty-two years ago, Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” set the standard for the kind of movie the industry has, ever since, bred like test-tube dinos. …