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Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members …

‘Terminator Genisys’ debuts at No. 3, ‘Magic Mike: XXL’ below at No. 4

Monday, July 6, 2015

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES - Male strippers and the return of the Terminator were not enough to excite moviegoers, who instead flocked to leftovers such as “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” during the Fourth of July weekend. Warner Bros.’ “Magic Mike XXL” and …

Adv07 For release Tuesday, July 7

Monday, July 6, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 188th day of 2015. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: …

Actress Diana Douglas dies at 92

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Actress Diana Douglas, whose six-decade-long stage, TV and film career included roles opposite her first husband, Kirk Douglas, and their son, Michael, died Friday at the Motion Picture Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 92. The cause was cancer, said her husband, Donald Webster. Douglas was best known …

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the …

Book Bag: ‘Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews’ by Christian McEwen; ‘Life of the Garment’ by Deborah Gorlin

Friday, July 3, 2015

SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL: THE SMITH COLLEGE POETRY INTERVIEWS By Christian McEwen Bauhan Publishing www.christianmcewen.com Northampton author and writing instructor Christian McEwen has long had a love of poetry — and an interest in discovering how poets turn …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Music on the Porch; Inside Amy Schumer

Friday, July 3, 2015

THURSDAY TUNES Listening to outdoor concerts, while lounging on lawn chairs and picnic blankets, provides the sweetest sounds of summer. The Florence Music on the Porch series offers excellent music in our own backyard. Next Thursday’s concert is local fiddler Katherine First. Bring blanket and chairs, but there …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets

Friday, July 3, 2015

FIT AS A FIDDLE Never mind wondering (as I do) how Watermelon Wednesdays snagged Martin Hayes, Ireland’s pre-eminent fiddler, for a gig at its tiny West Whately Church venue. Just don’t pass up the opportunity Wednesday to see him in a rare solo performance, and to discover for …