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Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members …

Adv06 For release Monday, July 6

Thursday, July 2, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, July 6, the 187th day of 2015. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom. Nicaragua became the first nation …

A LOOK BACK

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Historic homes in South Hadley open Sunday to help celebrate Independence Day

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Two of South Hadley’s most historic homes will be open to the public Sunday as part of the town’s Independence Day celebrations. Guided tours of Sycamores, the mansion built in 1788 by Ruggles Woodbridge of …

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A …

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New this week in area theaters: The Amherst Cinema opens “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window” and “The Overnight” and continues showing “A Little Chaos,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “When Marnie Was There” and “The Wolfpack.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Inside …

And there’s more this season at the Chester Theatre

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In addition to the opening play, “The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” by Scott Carter, directed by Byam Stevens (through July 5), the Chester Theatre Company’s 2015 season will feature three other plays Stevens says represent the best of contemporary English …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

With a huff and a puff “Three Little Pigs” will be presented Wednesday through Saturday, with shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., by PaintBox Theatre, directed by Tom McCabe. The silly show for kids features Porky, Oink …

Weekend Planner — Celebration: Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Expanding its July 4th celebration beyond the annual concert by New Hampshire’s Westmoreland Town Band, Old Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are preparing to welcome the Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade of Springfield for an encampment …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts’ ‘Jazz on the River’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The town of Charlemont is 250 years old this year, and to help celebrate Mohawk Trail Concerts is offering a free “Jazz on the River” concert at the town bridge on Route 2, overlooking the Deerfield River. Set …

Movie review: Lotsa grinding, little plot in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been. Mike Lane, played by the well nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he …