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The Arcadia Players will perform Handel's "Messiah" at Mount Holyoke College in December, keeping a tradition alive.

Why ‘Messiah’ concert remains a must for Arcadia Players of Northampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Arcadia Players of Northampton will bring a sense of realism when it performs George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 18 at Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The oratorio, most famous for the resounding and uplifting Halleluiah Chorus, premiered in the spring of 1742 in Dublin. The Baroque-era piece chronicles the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. …

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be …

Lilies of the Valley: Boxcar Lilies bring rich harmonies and new CD to Iron Horse

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The way Jenny Goodspeed sees it, it would have been ideal if she and her two bandmates had met a little sooner than they actually …

Today in History

Monday, November 23, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2015. There are 37 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1865, Mississippi became the first Southern state to enact laws which came to be known as “Black Codes” aimed …

With iconic skyline, new sign welcomes drivers to Northampton

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In aluminum, copper and stainless steel, an artistic rendering of Northampton’s iconic skyline welcomes drivers to the city on a new sign in Lampron Park. Installed earlier this month at the corner of Bridge and Parsons …


Friday, November 20, 2015

50 Years Ago • Miss Diane Fuller and Mr. Ronald Hebert, elementary physical education instructors, will be the speakers at the meeting of the Bridge Street PTA tonight. They will discuss the aims and purposes of the physical education program and will put the parents through a short …

Today in History

Friday, November 20, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2015. There are 38 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1765, Frederick County, Maryland, became the first colonial American entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act. On this date: …


Friday, November 20, 2015

200 Years Ago • Six journeyman tailors can find employment, for a few months, by applying immediately to Sylvester Lyman, of Northampton, who hereby calls on all persons indebted to him, either by book or note, and most respectfully invites them to discharge the same, previous to the …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received …

Book Bag: ‘Blue Butterfly Open: Moments From a Child Psychology Practice’ by Alice Barber; “Where do I end and you begin?’ by Shulamith Oppenheim; ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England’ by Toni Buzzeo

Friday, November 20, 2015

BLUE BUTTERFLY OPEN: MOMENTS FROM A CHILD PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE By Alice Barber Gallery of Readers Press www.galleryofreaders.org Local child psychologist Alice Barber sees a similarity between her work and the rare blue butterfly, what she calls the “brief …

Valley Readings

Friday, November 20, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: Amherst History Museum: David Bosse of Historic Deerfield presents “Reading the Rural New England Economy Through Account Books” Friday, 12:15 p.m., Amherst History Museum / Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., …

Movie capsules

Friday, November 6, 2015

THE 33: When a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Based on a real-life event. Stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13. THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Autumn Romantics’ orchestra concert at Smith College; UMass choral, women’s and recital choirs at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Friday, November 20, 2015

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? A great thing about being in a college town is the quantity — and quality — of entertaining musical performances open to the public on a weekly basis. Saturday, at 8 p.m., catch Smith College’s fall orchestra concert, “Autumn Romantics,” featuring such works as “Academic …