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A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from …

Creative Community Central in Deerfield helps make art accessible

Monday, September 22, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Organizers of Sunday’s art show in the back room of the Polish American Citizens Club believe that art should be seen as a necessity rather than an extravagance. “We really want art to be accessible …

Carr/Lamontagne family sweeps prizes in pumpkin contest at Belchertown Fair

Friday, September 19, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For the record, the Carr/Lamontagne family won first, second and third prizes in this year’s pumpkin contest at the Belchertown Fair which kicked off Friday night. Then again they had the only entries. It seems potential …

Nick Clark, longtime Eric Carle Museum curator, to retire

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

H. Nichols “Nick” Clark, chief curator and founding director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will step down from his post at the end of December after more than 13 years at the Amherst museum. …

Weekend Planner — Art: Carrie Mae Weems

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

While conceptual photographer Carrie Mae Weems has said that her “primary concern in art, as in politics, is with the status and place of Afro-Americans in our country,” she’s more recently amended that statement with the observation that …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet …

Weekend Planner — Reading: ‘Words Like Barbed Wire’ at Amherst Poetry Festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning ... the white eyes writhing in his face ... the blood gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs ...” So the English poet Wilfred Owen (pictured) described the victim of a gas attack …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ava Luna at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates …

Advance bookings: Tig Notaro at the Calvin Theatre and much, much more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tig Notaro — Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Cher Dressed to Kill Tour — Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $29.50-$129.50. xlcenter.com Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Decorated by Mother Nature

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for antique or aging farm equipment: I see tractors, plows, wheels and other items used to display merchandise, as planters, and as lawn decorations throughout the Pioneer Valley. This one, …