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Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Smile for the camera: As TV acting career takes off, Northampton’s Miranda Brooks says so long to job as dental hygienist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in … 0

On the road with ‘Transperformance’: Annual musical fundraiser lands Tuesday at Look Park

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

‘Transperformance XXIV: OFF THE MAP,” the Northampton Arts Council’s annual end-of-summer music festival to benefit local arts enrichment and schools, will celebrate its 24th season Aug. 26 with an evening of geographically inspired musical acts. Following the theme … 0

SLIDESHOW Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each … 0

‘Modern Family’ top comedy, ‘Breaking Bad’ wins for drama at Emmy Awards

Monday, August 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday’s Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like “Orange Is the New Black.” The … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall, Huntington

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tucked away in them thar hills is a number of professional, Equity-member actors, some of whom will offer a reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Historic North Hall, … 0

Residents and their favorite chairs wanted for photo montage as part of Deerfield Arts Bank exhibit

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Whether it’s the old rocking chair in the corner of the living room or the paint-splattered stool from which you’ve crafted masterpieces, everyone has a favorite chair. Deerfield resident Jane Trigere wants you to bring that cherished seat out to the Deerfield Arts Bank on … 0

Despite rain, Cummington Fair has attractions for people of all ages

Friday, August 22, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Officials of the 146th annual Cummington Fair said rain the first two days did not dampen their resolve to make it a fun experience for fairgoers of all ages. Thursday “we called the rain ‘a little … 0

Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen focus of documentary for Travel Channel

Friday, August 22, 2014

GOSHEN — Local environmental artist Richard Richardson and his Three Sisters Sanctuary will be the focus of a documentary being filmed for the Travel Channel. Richardson said the film crew contacted him last spring after a producer saw … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 22, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for show times; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Blues Brothers (R) Boyhood (R) Cavalry (R) Land Ho! (R) Singing in … 0

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Third Thursday Comedy Night’ at Arts Block in Greenfield

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Get your giggles on Aug. 21 at the Arts Block’s “Third Thursday Comedy Night” show. The comedy stylings, appropriate for “all adult humans,” will leave you fit as a fiddle, right as rain and happy as a clam. … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Same Old Blues at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They may call themselves Same Old Blues, but they do put their own spin on the music. Dennis Shapson, guitar; Jon Lawless, harmonica; and Alan Kurtz, washboard and bones, perform ragtime country blues with a focus on Piedmont … 0