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In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all around the country. Fischer will take center …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert …

Movie times

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org ’71 (R) Fri.-Sun, Thurs. 6:50; Fri. also 1:55; Sun. also 11:15 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 1:55 Breathless (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (NR) Daily 9:50 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

’71: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Stars Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris. Rated R. AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper …

Stiller, Baumbach unite again in ‘While We’re Young’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” there’s a scene where Ben Stiller, playing a prickly, neurotic 40-year-old, gazes fearfully at teenage kids around him at a Los Angeles party. “You’re so sincere and interested in things,” he sneers. “I hope …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Mystery Train in Amherst celebrates 19th birthday with in-store performance

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst’s hidden-away record shop Mystery Train celebrates its 19th birthday with a cavalcade of live in-store performances from some of its favorite musicians — including Matt Krefting (above, left), Bob Fay, Jen Gelineau, Chris Carlton, Pete Nolan and …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $59, $79. mohegansun.com Gregory Alan Isakov, Jolie Holland — Sat., April 11, 8 …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ms. Lisa Fischer at the Calvin; Pioneer Valley Symphony at Deerfield Academy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TAKING CENTER STAGE Anyone who saw “Twenty Feet From Stardom” had no doubt that the backup singers featured in the 2014 documentary had the chops to take center stage. One of those powerhouse singers, Lisa Fischer, will do just that Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Dance Generators; Randy Kaplan concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRULY INTER-GENERATIONAL Since 1997, the Northampton-based Dance Generators has presented shows by dancers who range in age from their teens to well into their 80s. They wear comfortable clothes. They don’t look like the stereotypical dancers. But they dance up a storm. And that’s the point. For nearly …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Young@Heart at the Academy of Music; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

STILL YOUNG AT HEART It might be April Fool’s Day Wednesday, but the Young@Heart Chorus will really be performing that evening at the Academy of Music in Northampton. It’s the venerable group’s second annual April Fool’s Day show, and it’ll offer new material, bringing out some special guests, …

Book Bag: ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ by Lesléa Newman; ‘The Wounds Within’ by Mark I. Nickerson and Joshua Goldstein

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES By Lesléa Newman Candlewick Press www.lesleanewman.com In 1989, there was no shortage of dramatic and, in retrospect, important events. The Berlin Wall came down, longtime Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu was deposed and executed following …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: The Massachusetts Review hosts a reading by Sarah Sousa, winner of the 2015 Anne Halley Poetry Prize, Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 …