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Chronicling lives and how they’re remembered: Hadley photographer depicts roadside memorials

Thursday, July 23, 2015

You might give them a glance as you’re driving by — that small cross or other marker, maybe with some flowers at its base, a name on a placard. But for one Valley photographer, roadside memorials and fatality markers are a source of inspiration and mystery, a reflection both on personal loss and the idea of impermanence. After building a …

This side of the Atlantic: Springfield Museums hosts new exhibit on American impressionists

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the early 1870s, a group of painters in France began bucking tradition and accepted technique to produce a new style of work: paintings done …

Weekend planner — Music: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Formerly known as the Valley Rock Choir, the recently rechristened Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus returns to the stage of the Academy of Music …

Book Bag: ‘Renaissance Reflections: Selected Essays, 1976-2012’ by Arthur F. Kinney; ‘Looking for Judah: Adventures in Genealogy and Remembrance’ by David Brule

Thursday, July 23, 2015

RENAISSANCE REFLECTIONS: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1976-2012 By Arthur F. Kinney University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress Arthur Kinney has logged almost 50 years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; the longtime professor of literary history joined the UMass English department …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: “Women’s Autobiographical Artists Books” will be presented Tuesday, 7 p.m., 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0063 JONES LIBRARY: Short-story writer R.K. “Chip” Simpson presents “The Creation of a Short Story: …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Gone in a flash

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven’t seen the wildlife, you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures — like, the bear that strolled by Smith College Campus School near downtown Northampton in midday, or the mother bear that settled into a …


Thursday, July 23, 2015

50 Years Ago  Six students from the Smith School Practical Nursing Program are affiliating at Northampton State Hospital this week and the next seven weeks, in the study of psychiatric nursing. The students are: June Baldwin, Darlene Graham, Beatrice Heon, Candace Newman, Jacqueline Hillenbrand and Linda Fox. …

Landmark Boston-area music club closing down

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — A landmark Boston-area club known for the eclectic mix of artists that graced its stage is closing after nearly 50 years in business. Carla DeLellis, owner of Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville, tells The Boston Globe it will close early next year. …

Today in History

Monday, July 20, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2015. There are 163 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 21, 1925, the so-called “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes found guilty of violating state law …

Newport Folk marks 50 years since Dylan’s electric stunner

Sunday, July 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock. Wearing a black leather jacket, …

Hilltown Voices: Summer music series in Williamsburg on Thursday evenings; Bryant celebration Saturday

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Now in its sixth season, the Angel Park Summer Music Series brings a variety of musical entertainment to the center of Williamsburg every Thursday evening. The concerts are free and take place in the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden off Main Street behind the Williamsburg Grange. Tom Adams, …

Replenishing the soul: Weekly series uses art to promote sharing, healing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the Haymarket Café veritably buzzed with customers during last Monday’s lunch rush: As many folks settled in to eat their meals, it wasn’t long before their cell phones came out for business. Susannah Crolius sat in the restaurant, …

Kicking the lid off ‘Yidstock’: Fourth annual festival at Yiddish Book Center expands musical offerings

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When Europe exploded into war in the middle of the last century, human life wasn’t the only loss. The systematic oppression, deportation and eventual genocide of Jewish populations saw a culture extinguished, and with it, the Yiddish language. …