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University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of composition and contrabass Salvatore Macchia, seen here at at Bezanson Recital Hall. Macchia is one of the chief organizers of the Five College New Music Festival; he will also perform at the concerts, and one of his compositions is on the program.

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, to name just a few. But what about Pierre Boulez, Leon Kirchner and Arnold Schoenberg — or Jennifer Ellis, Salvatore Macchia and …

Infusing life: Artist’s childhood fascination with natural-history dioramas recalled in recent art project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? Titles like “Fish,” “Bat,” and “Baby Crocodile” reveal the animal sources of Stephen Petegorsky’s inkjet prints, but works in a recent series …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and …

Weekend Planner — Talk: The amazing accomplishments of Senior Olympics medalist Mary E. Haines

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A first-time runner at 68, Mary E. Haines went on to become a champion, competing in 20 National Senior Olympic events and winning medals in South Africa, Puerto Rico, England, Finland and Japan. Her American record for the …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Puss in Boots’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There are many stories in Western folklore of animals who help or rescue humans, and one of the best known is the multicultural tale of the “cat in the boots” who wins wealth, power and the hand of …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Preachin’ the Blues’ at the Three County Fair

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Founded by Art Steele, the annual “Preachin’ the Blues” concert at the Three County Fair takes a different tack this year, with an all-star lineup of women scheduled to pay tribute to the roots of American music. Featuring …

Music review: “Bel Canto Opera’ carries on fine tradition in Blandford

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, once dismissed by 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson as “exotic and irrational,” flourishes and renews itself largely through local festivals or in towns far from the great (and expensive) stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

At CDH These artists will exhibit works through Sept. 30 in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton. There will be a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the Locust Gallery: …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Eilen Jewell/Dustbowl Revival Double CD Release — Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Diana Ross — Fri., Sept. 18, ., July 31, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $50-$80. foxwoods.com Anjelah Johnson — Sat., Sept. …

Movie times

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The End of the Tour (R) Daily 9:15 Listen to Me Marlon (NR) Daily 4:55, 7:25, Sat.-Sun. also 2:30; Tues. no 4:55 Mistress America (R) Daily 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:35; …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMERICAN ULTRA: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) — who is in fact a government agent — is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. Also stars Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton. Rated R. ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of …

Movie review: Redford and Nolte take comic stroll along Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The lure of the wild has recently attracted an interesting batch of solitude seekers: Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), Mia Wasikowska (“Tracks”) and Robert Redford, twice. Two years after “All Is Lost,” Redford has swapped the sea for the woods, …

Fall Movie Preview: Highlights from September-December

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Though the fall movie season is traditionally the time of year when Hollywood gets serious, this fall is stuffed with spectacles. Alongside the seasonal biopics, true-life tales and period dramas that will surely contend for Oscars, some of …