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A concert with a cause: Easthampton High School students bring country-music performers to town Oct. 4 to raise money for S.A.D.D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After months of planning, organizing and budgeting, two Easthampton High School students have put together a concert starring two country music performers. Bryan Delaney, 17, and Jacob LaPrade, 17, are high school seniors, best friends, and the president and vice president, respectively, of Easthampton High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club. “Easthampton Concert for a Cause,” starring Adam Craig and …

‘Holding Hands with Ilsa’: Hampshire College film professor explores his roots in post-WWII Poland

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It’s just a tendril of the past: a faded, somewhat blotchy black-and-white photo of a teenage girl, standing in a meadow with her hands on …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s …

Fall Festival in Sunderland features music, food and dog show

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Looking for fiddlers, food and fun? You can have it all Saturday in Sunderland. The 16th annual Sunderland Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the ballfields behind Town Hall. According to Janet Conley, local bands will perform throughout the day. …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Philoctetes at Amherst College

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In 2005 New York writer and director Bryan Doerries began a series of readings of “Philoctetes,” Sophocles’ play dealing with the legendary Greek warrior whose presence was crucial to Greek victory in the Trojan War but who was …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Light and Sound’ at Eastworks

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Organized by visual artist Trevor Powers, “Light and Sound” is simultaneously a music show accompanied by film projections and a film screening featuring live soundtracks, the intention being to create a unique audio and visual experience by allowing …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At CDH The following artists will exhibit their work in October in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton: In the Locust Gallery: “Images of Another Time” includes paintings and photography by Steve …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …

Track Record: Reviews of new CDs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bringing Back The Sunshine Blake Shelton Warner Nashville; $9.99 Blake Shelton’s public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music’s most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish …

Movie Review: ‘Gone Girl’ delicious suburban noir

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The predominant image throughout David Fincher’s films, from the uncovered horrors of “Se7en” to the Machiavellian maneuverings of “House of Cards,” has been a flashlight beam cutting through the dark. In his latest, the Gillian Flynn adaptation “Gone …

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best …

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was an experience, he says, that changed his life. Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in …