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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 …

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced and neophyte ice sculptors will spend the day decorating the streets in the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The buzz: ‘Local Honey’ to celebrate bands with gala affair

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’m here for the handoff. Pacing the pavement on a cold night at the corner of King and Bridge. I feel like I should peek out from under the brim of a smart fedora and toss a spent …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watercolor landscapes “New England Landscapes,” an exhibit by Ashfield painter Walter Cudnohufsky, will be on view through April 30 in the second-floor waiting-area gallery at 22 Atwood Drive in Northampton. Cudnohufsky paints seasonal, New England landscapes, in watercolor. …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Paula Poundstone — Sat., Feb. 20, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $27.50, $37.50. academyofmusictheatre.com June Millington: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Retrospective in Story, Picture and Song — Sun., Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Academy of Music, …

Movie review: Irreverent ‘Deadpool’ suffers from juvenile humor

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Deadpool” hates its audience, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with “I’m so naughty” abandon by Ryan Reynolds), which pokes fun at superhero movie culture, Hollywood …

Music review: The Miró Quartet Plays Beethoven

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Miró Quartet made a welcome return to Music in Deerfield Sunday, after an absence of several years. The performance, before a large and enthusiastic audience, was in Smith College’s Sage Hall in Northampton. The program was devoted to Beethoven’s Opus 59, the three quartets dedicated to (and …

Natural patterns: Artist blends painting/physics in UMass exhibit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Art is not the antithesis of science — at least not the way artist Alicia Hunsicker does it. Hunsicker, 47, uses natural fractals, patterns that repeat over and over again on all scales, from tiny particles all the …

City man wins snow-sculpting competition in Colorado

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dave Rothstein of Northampton recently used 20 tons of snow to educate the public about ocean pollution — and he won first place in a snow-sculpting contest while doing it. Rothstein was a member of Team USA/VT, one …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Saturday Morning Dance Party for Families

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hilltown Families’ bimonthly “Saturday Morning Dance Party for Families” at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton on Feb. 13 begins with a free breakfast of pancakes, juice and fruit, during which kids can hand-craft valentines; continues with performances …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Formed in London in 1966 and repeatedly dying and being reborn over the next five decades, the blues band Savoy Brown faltered in its native England when the British blues boom faded in the early ’70s. But it …