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Fanny, one of rock 'n' roll's first all-female groups, circa early 1970s. June Millington is at far right and her sister Jean Millington is second from left. David Bowie called the band "colossal and wonderful." Photo by Linda Wolf.

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held each Sunday in February at the Academy of Music. But Sanderson, the event producer for the Arts Council, says he and the …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge …

Super Bowl 50 ads upbeat, safe

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Game on. On advertising’s biggest night, Super Bowl ads are aiming for optimism. An Audi ad will show an aging astronaut getting reinvigorated by driving an Audi to the tune of David Bowie’s “Starman.” …

Inarritu wins top prize at Directors Guild awards

Sunday, February 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES — An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu’s Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic “The Revenant.” With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, …

Movie times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Sat. also 9:05; Sat., Mon., Wed. also 1:30, Sun. also 11:25 a.m. …

Earth, Wind & Fire founder dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday. He was 74. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and …

Weekend Planner — Kids: February Fiesta at Florence Community Center

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What’s new with Mr. G, the Whately-based, nationally known, bilingual kid’s music star? He’s just won a Latin Grammy Award for mejor album de musica Latina para ninos — Best Latin Children’s Album — the latest in a …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the new year Saturday with a musical tour of the fjords of Norway and the forests of Finland. Assisted by three soloists, the SSO will perform works by three Scandinavian composers: …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Raise the Roof’ — the reconstruction of the painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Described as one of the largest replications of historic art and architecture ever undertaken, the project to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue took a team of more than 300 volunteer artisans using …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Throwback Thursday’ — remembering Sourpuss

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Once every week, on “Throwback Thursday,” the Internet is inundated with people’s personal blasts from the past — old photos, stories, memories — so here’s my newspaper equivalent. Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Son of the Sheik (with live accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra) — Sun., Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $10-$17. academyofmusictheatre.com Paula Poundstone — Sat., Feb. 20, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $27.50, $37.50. …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dance at Smith “Hue: a continuum,” thesis choreography by Smith College MFA candidates in dance, will be presented Feb. 11-13 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green St. at …