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Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother’s and sister’s dresses. The 1976 decathlon champion, known better to a new generation as the patriarch of television’s omnipresent …

Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the …

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in …

Weekend Planner — Tour: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A springtime tradition, the annual two-day Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour winds from Florence in the south up through Hadley and Pelham and then north to Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and Northfield, encompassing nine pottery studios located in …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, April 24, 2015

200 Years Ago  A regular meeting of the Washington Benevolent Society of the County of Hampshire will be holden at the town hall on Tuesday, the 2nd of May next, at 6 o’clock. P.M. A punctual attendance of the members is requested, as business relative to the …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, April 24, 2015

50 Years Ago  The Phillip’s Petroleum Co. has bought Fran’s Motor Sales, which is located on Chapel St., opposite the State Hospital. It is reported that the firm will raze a small building on the property and remodel the larger building. This remodeling will include a new …

‘Lyric Visions’: UMCA exhibit shows breadth of UMass faculty artwork

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Here’s the challenge: Put together a thematically and visually cohesive art exhibit, featuring the diverse work of artists who work in an array of mediums, who come from varied backgrounds, whose ages span decades, and who each has …

Weekend Planner — Art: ‘Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ Revealed’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The other-worldly background of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” — described by one critic as “a rock canopy (that) does not obey any earthly laws of physics and a mountainous marine vista (that) might easily …

Music Review: UMass presents enthralling performance of Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“The St. John Passion” by J. S. Bach was performed Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Bach Festival. Bach composed this musical account of the passion of Jesus in 1724 for performance during the Vespers service in Good Friday in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jack Simons brings ‘the good stuff’ with new album

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Todd Rundgren, Prince, Stevie Wonder, R. Stevie Moore, Adam Elk of the Mommyheads in his “Swiss Army Knife” phase, Ray Mason in his ’80s, homespun days, XTC’s Andy Partridge out in his demo-writing shed — they’re all one-stop …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Northampton film debut “The Throwaways,” a film by Ira McKinley, will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The film is a personal exploration of the impact of what McKinley calls police brutality and mass incarceration of the black community told through …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has …

Headliners: Heather Maloney CD release party at Academy of Music; Micheál Ó’Súilleabháin at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maloney makes music When Heather Maloney gave one of her first public performances at the former Northampton boite known as The Yellow Sofa in September of 2009, she was sufficiently shy that she had to be coaxed to …