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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 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. A WALK AMONG THE …

Movie Review: A-list cast can’t save sappy ‘Leave You’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn’t? This scenario could be …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Real Live Theatre’s ‘The Lion & The Clown’; Massachusetts Dance Festival at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES A faerie, a cursed woman who becomes a lion and a traveling circus are ingredients of Real Live Theatre’s world premiere play, “The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast,” written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyme. It …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Madam Secretary’; MHC’s Matisse exhibit

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT MUST-WATCHES The sixth season of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” opens Sunday. I’m in. What fan wouldn’t be? The show had us on pins and needles last season and it looks to be more of the same this year as Alicia Florrick is urged …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Lori McKenna at the Parlor Room in Northampton; Japanese prints at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS Signature Sounds reopened the Parlor Room earlier this month after a summer hiatus, and the schedule is busier than ever. On Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Lori McKenna, whose songs have been recorded by country music stars like Tim McGraw and Sara …

Headliners: Pink Martini at UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center; Florence Night Out

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the pink A budding politician, with aspirations of running for mayor of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was dismayed by the quality of music at political fundraisers (“underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly”). So, drawing on his alternate identity …

Book Bag: ‘Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton’

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PARADISE FOUND: A WALKING AND BIKING TOUR OF NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS THROUGH POETRY AND ART Edited by Tom Clark, Loris Desrosiers and Oonagh Doherty Levellers Press levellerspress.com Northampton has been known for its arts community for years, recognized for …

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jordi Herold reads from his new memoir, “Positively Center Street: My 25 Years at the Iron Horse Music Hall 1979-2004,” Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …