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Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails 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 …

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 …

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the …

Book Bag: ‘Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews’ by Christian McEwen; ‘Life of the Garment’ by Deborah Gorlin

Friday, July 3, 2015

SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL: THE SMITH COLLEGE POETRY INTERVIEWS By Christian McEwen Bauhan Publishing www.christianmcewen.com Northampton author and writing instructor Christian McEwen has long had a love of poetry — and an interest in discovering how poets turn …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Music on the Porch; Inside Amy Schumer

Friday, July 3, 2015

THURSDAY TUNES Listening to outdoor concerts, while lounging on lawn chairs and picnic blankets, provides the sweetest sounds of summer. The Florence Music on the Porch series offers excellent music in our own backyard. Next Thursday’s concert is local fiddler Katherine First. Bring blanket and chairs, but there …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets

Friday, July 3, 2015

FIT AS A FIDDLE Never mind wondering (as I do) how Watermelon Wednesdays snagged Martin Hayes, Ireland’s pre-eminent fiddler, for a gig at its tiny West Whately Church venue. Just don’t pass up the opportunity Wednesday to see him in a rare solo performance, and to discover for …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED: After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets

Friday, July 3, 2015

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Rob Chirico wears a number of hats — sometimes more than one at a time. The Greenfield artist and bon vivant has just opened a show of his paintings at the Deerfield Arts Bank, 3 Sugarloaf St., and next Thursday at 6 p.m. …

Friday, July 3, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (R) Daily 4:55, 7:35; Sat.-Sun. also 2:25 Grey Gardens (PG) Sun. 2; Wed. 7 I’ll See You in My Dreams …