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The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that question for 20 years with a special …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th …

Adv02 For release Monday, March 2

Friday, February 27, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 2, the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1965, the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “The Rhythm of My Soul” at Hampshire College; Eddie Palmieri’ salsa orchestra at UMass

Friday, February 27, 2015

A FILMMAKER’S RETURN Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films, Hampshire College alum and former longtime Pioneer Valley resident returns this weekend to screen his new documentary “The Rhythm of My Soul.” Sherman’s work has won Emmy and Peabody awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards. His …

KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Consididered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ at the Academy of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015

A SERIOUS MATTER Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will be presented Saturday, Sunday and Monday by Serious Play! The choreopoem — poems accompanied by dance and music — stars Marcia Gomes, Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Kaliis Smith and …

Valley Readings

Friday, February 27, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BREWING COMPANY: “Deja Vu: Repeated Forms in Evolution” — Tuesday, 6 p.m., at The Pub, 10 University Drive, Amherst. Part of the monthly SciTech Cafe series. scitechcafe.org. AMHERST COLLEGE: “Experiential …

Book Bag: ‘On Hurricane Island’ by Ellen Meeropol; ‘SOS — Calling All Black People’ edited by John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst

Friday, February 27, 2015

ON HURRICANE ISLAND By Ellen Meeropol Red Hen Press www.ellenmeeropol.com Part political thriller and part examination of civil liberties in post-9/11 America, “On Hurricane Island” is the second novel by Easthampton writer Ellen Meeropol, who knows something about …

PHOTO GALLERY: Back for more

Friday, February 27, 2015

One unexpected joy of raising a child is that, basically, you get to be a kid all over again (through older eyes, of course). Not an earth-shaking revelation but, six years in, I’m still absorbing that simple truth. …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A HAUNTING READ I’ve sometimes been underwhelmed by heavily hyped novels, but “The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” the 2014 Booker Prize winner, is the real deal. The central story — Australian prisoners in WWII forced by their Japanese captors to build a railroad under hellish conditions …

Adv27 For release Friday, Feb. 27

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2015. There are 307 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With …