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Fanny, one of rock 'n' roll's first all-female groups, circa early 1970s. June Millington is at far right and her sister Jean Millington is second from left. David Bowie called the band "colossal and wonderful." Photo by Linda Wolf.

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held each Sunday in February at the Academy of Music. But Sanderson, the event producer for the Arts Council, says he and the …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge …

Movie review: Third time’s a charm for the witty ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

If you’re one of those people — and I’m with you — who roll your eyes when handed a pair of 3D glasses at the multiplex, wondering if all this rigmarole is REALLY necessary, then take heart: The …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 4, 2016

99 Homes: A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration. Stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern. Rated R. Bridge …

Chris Pine on his accidental career and ‘The Finest Hours’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Looking at Chris Pine’s career, it’s hard to imagine that he hadn’t always harbored a lifelong passion to be an actor. In a little over a decade since his first big screen role (the sequel to “The Princess …

Art Maker: Jan Ruby-Crystal |Painter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Before she could even walk, Jan Ruby-Crystal had already started to paint. That early interest, she says, blossomed into a life-long love of painting. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a master’s …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: The City of Tomorrow at UMass; Paul Kaplan at Song & Story Swap

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MUSIC FOR HUMANITY Its name, The City of Tomorrow, refers to the acclaimed woodwind quintet’s approach to music and performing: The musicians combine contemporary classical and experimental music to give voice to concerns about environmental destruction and endless war, and other issues facing humanity. Among the quintet’s awards …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: Science meets art in Alicia Hunsicker’s exhibit at UMass; ice cream for breakfast at Herrell’s

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SMASHING Whoever said art and science don’t taste great together must not have seen the artwork of 1993 UMass Amherst grad Alicia Hunsicker. The Leyden artist visited Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider, and her visit spawned paintings inspired by high-energy particle collisions. Her work is vibrant, colorful, even whimsical …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Nellie McKay at the Parlor Room; Käthe Kollwitz exhibit at the Smith College Museum of Art

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NOT TO BE PIGEONHOLED Whether she’s singing jazz, rap, pop, or funk, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay has been a unique voice on the music scene since releasing her first record, “Get Away From Me,” in 2004. On her most recent album, “My Weekly Reader,” McKay interprets a …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

... but she didn’t have a lot to say. — Carol Lollis …

Book Bag: ‘The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition’ by Manisha Sinha; ‘The Berkshires Cookbook: Farm-Fresh Recipes from the Heart of Massachusetts’ by Jane Barton Griffith

Thursday, February 4, 2016

THE SLAVE’S CAUSE: A HISTORY OF ABOLITION By Manisha Sinha Yale University Press www.yalebooks.com As Manisha Sinha sees it, the story of the abolitionist movement has often been told in a fragmented fashion, with a particular emphasis on …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BOOKLINK BOOKSELLERS: Jarret J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” series, will do a book signing Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the bookstore, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton. Benefits Whole Children. …