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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 …

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 began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Deerhoof to kick up its heels at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dull music is everywhere, so when you’re zapped by sounds that are truly alive, you don’t forget it. One of the most alive bands I know is Deerhoof, and it’s finally coming back to town to play Pearl …

Young@Heart to perform at Academy of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Everybody can perform,” says Bob Cilman, who’s staked his musical career on that credo: Cilman is the founder and director of The Young@Heart Chorus, the wildly popular singing group for seniors that has performed rock hits for audiences …

Weekend Planner — Music: Peter Blanchette’s annual Bach concert

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A certified Valley tradition after eight years, Peter Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach features the archguitarist’s trademark arrangements of music composed by the honoree, who was born 330 years ago. This year, Blanchette …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Local Vocal Chord Bowl’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A spin-off of the extremely popular “Silver Chord Bowl” now in its seventh year, the “Local Vocal Chord Bowl” brings Valley high school, college and adult a cappella ensembles together for a community concert to raise funds for …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVB’s ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Directed and choreographed by Pioneer Valley Ballet artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, PVB’s “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” promises to bring the colorful Arabian Nights story to life by way of a fantastical cast of dancing …

Weekend Planner — Film: Jean Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“A pop artifact and a daring work of art [that] even now is still cool, still new,” wrote The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Jean Luc Godard’s “Breathless”: …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

All-generations dance “The Legacy Project,” a performance by the Dance Generators, will be presented Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. Members of the intergenerational …

Movie times

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org ’71 (R) Fri.-Sun, Thurs. 6:50; Fri. also 1:55; Sun. also 11:15 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 1:55 Breathless (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (NR) Daily 9:50 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

’71: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Stars Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris. Rated R. AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper …