Editor’s Picks: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Goodman at Mount Holyoke College; songwriter swap at The Parlor Room; “A Quiet Passion” at Amherst Cinema

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


It seems fitting that a college and bookstore would combine forces to promote the written word and a free press. In this case, Mount Holyoke College and the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley are cosponsoring appearances by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Amy Goodman, host of the public radio program “Democray Now!”

Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat, has a new book out, “This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” and she’ll be speaking and signing copies at Mount Holyoke Friday at 7 p.m. Goodman comes to the college Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to talk about “Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America,” a new book that looks at stories she’s covered and the importance of an independent media. www.odysseybks.com



On Wednesday at 7 p.m. at The Parlor Room, the initimate Northampton performance space offers one of its periodic song and story swaps, bringing together three veteran songwriters and singers who got their start in the Valley. 

Acoustic guitar wizard Brooks Williams, whose music seemlessly blends blues, jazz and folk, moved to England several years ago but still makes regular stops at The Parlor Room. Fiddler and guitarist Rani Arbo is also known for the sweet vocals she’s brought to her bands Salamander Crossing and Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. And Jim Armenti, another fine guitarist, is a fixture in these parts from his gigs with the Lonesome Brothers, Klezamir and many other groups. www.signaturesoundspresents.com



You knew Emily Dickinson fans would be drawn to “A Quiet Passion,” the biopic of the famous poet that was filmed partly in Amherst and Pelham. But plenty of critics, from The New Yorker to The Boston Globe, have good things to say about the film, too. The New York Times says it “possesses a poetic sensibility perfectly suited to [the] subject and a deep, idiosyncratic intuition about what might have made [Dickinson] tick.” amherstcinema.org