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In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all around the country. Fischer will take center …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jimmy Webb gives his all at Iron Horse concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Who knows, I may get around to playing a song here in a minute,” Jimmy Webb said with a grin during one of his many rambling and engaging stories at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton Saturday …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

At the Robert Floyd Gallery “Perceptions II,” an exhibit of photography by Bob Solosko of Easthampton, will be on view through April 30 at the Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton. There will be …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Get to Higher Ground’ with PVPA’s sketch comedy troupe, Headgear

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Putting together this show is much different than producing a music group,” says Matthew King, the new faculty advisor to Headgear, the sketch comedy troupe of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School: “The rules are different and comedy …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Miranda Lambert — Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $59, $79. mohegansun.com Gregory Alan Isakov, Jolie Holland — Sat., April 11, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Stephen Petronio Company — Thurs., April 16, …

Movie Review: ‘Furious 7’ drives hard with action, laughs, tribute

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make “Furious 7” a campy, crowd-pleasing escape. Never mind that the film repeatedly presents the impossible — a muscle car attacks an airborne helicopter — fans …

Music Review: Academy of St. Martin of the Fields

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a full house at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday to hear The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s, and perhaps Europe’s, most distinguished chamber orchestra. The audience was …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow, Jeff Louie perform at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meeting at Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington some 25 years ago, Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow and Jeff Louie went on to divergent musical careers, Holstein (pictured) as a violinist, Marlow as cellist, and Louie as a musician proficient …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education in “Where We Agree,” the annual Smith College Senior Thesis Dance Concert set for this weekend in the college’s Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. In “Giselle’s Story,” …

Barre none: Amherst Ballet offers classes for adults of all ages, shapes and sizes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nicola Metcalf of Sunderland says she’s always been an active person (she describes herself as “a mover”); as a youngster she spent her winters cross-country skiing — and when she wasn’t doing that, she could often be found …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

50 Years Ago  Mrs. Emily Frances Burchill, circulation librarian and a staff member since 1945, will retire at the end of the month, it was announced today by the trustees of Forbes Library. Mrs. Eleanor C. Shea, currently a desk assistant, is being promoted to circulation librarian. …