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DAN LITTLE
University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of composition and contrabass Salvatore Macchia, seen here at at Bezanson Recital Hall. Macchia is one of the chief organizers of the Five College New Music Festival; he will also perform at the concerts, and one of his compositions is on the program.

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, to name just a few. But what about Pierre Boulez, Leon Kirchner and Arnold Schoenberg — or Jennifer Ellis, Salvatore Macchia and …

Infusing life: Artist’s childhood fascination with natural-history dioramas recalled in recent art project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? Titles like “Fish,” “Bat,” and “Baby Crocodile” reveal the animal sources of Stephen Petegorsky’s inkjet prints, but works in a recent series …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Pining away

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I’m always up for a good tip, so when my friend Cindy told me to check out a crazy tree growing at the Pepin Farm in Easthampton, where she works, I got right on it. The proprietor of …

Indy film: Local filmmakers recreate ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — scene by scene

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(STORY UPDATE): On Friday, organizers at Northampton Community Television postponed the screening, originally scheduled for Monday at Forbes Library in Northampton, of “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” The program involves some 40 teams of filmmakers who recreated scenes from …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, the organization she credits with saving her life. Thomas says she was emotionally …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts season finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mohawk Trail Concert series concludes its 2015 season Sunday with a recital in honor Ruth Black, who died at her home in Amherst May 7. With her husband, Arnold, Black was a founding member of MTC and …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

50 Years Ago  Though it has been the subject of essays, editorials, and pictorial spreads in Life magazine — most of them critical — the current fad in male hairdos does not seem to be upsetting the equilibrium of area school officials. Superintendent of Northampton schools John …

Don’t toss away those rabbit ears just yet — TV antennas are making a comeback

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By Michael Hewitt The Orange County Register (TNS) It was 1947 when Don Hutcheson installed his first television antenna, in Whittier, Calif.. Back then, you could get exactly one channel. Today, more than 150 channels broadcast in Southern California. And Hutcheson is still putting up antennas. He’ll be …

Today in History

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2015. There are 120 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. On this …

A LOOK BACK

Monday, August 31, 2015

50 Years Ago  Some 100 dead fish that were discovered on the shores of the Oxbow by Robert O. Underwood of 25 East St., Mount Tom, are probably fish that were buried earlier this summer by the state Division of Fisheries and Game, and which have been …

Today in History

Monday, August 31, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, September 1, the 244th day of 2015. There are 121 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 1, 1715, following a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France died four days before his 77th birthday. …

Movie Times

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:45, 7:20; Sat.-Sun. also 2:15 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:25; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Mon. no 7 Jaws (PG) …