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The Arcadia Players will perform Handel's "Messiah" at Mount Holyoke College in December, keeping a tradition alive.

Why ‘Messiah’ concert remains a must for Arcadia Players of Northampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Arcadia Players of Northampton will bring a sense of realism when it performs George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 18 at Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The oratorio, most famous for the resounding and uplifting Halleluiah Chorus, premiered in the spring of 1742 in Dublin. The Baroque-era piece chronicles the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. …

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be …

Lilies of the Valley: Boxcar Lilies bring rich harmonies and new CD to Iron Horse

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The way Jenny Goodspeed sees it, it would have been ideal if she and her two bandmates had met a little sooner than they actually …


Friday, November 20, 2015

200 Years Ago • Six journeyman tailors can find employment, for a few months, by applying immediately to Sylvester Lyman, of Northampton, who hereby calls on all persons indebted to him, either by book or note, and most respectfully invites them to discharge the same, previous to the …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received …

Book Bag: ‘Blue Butterfly Open: Moments From a Child Psychology Practice’ by Alice Barber; “Where do I end and you begin?’ by Shulamith Oppenheim; ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England’ by Toni Buzzeo

Friday, November 20, 2015

BLUE BUTTERFLY OPEN: MOMENTS FROM A CHILD PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE By Alice Barber Gallery of Readers Press www.galleryofreaders.org Local child psychologist Alice Barber sees a similarity between her work and the rare blue butterfly, what she calls the “brief …

Valley Readings

Friday, November 20, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: Amherst History Museum: David Bosse of Historic Deerfield presents “Reading the Rural New England Economy Through Account Books” Friday, 12:15 p.m., Amherst History Museum / Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., …

Movie capsules

Friday, November 6, 2015

THE 33: When a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Based on a real-life event. Stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13. THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Autumn Romantics’ orchestra concert at Smith College; UMass choral, women’s and recital choirs at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Friday, November 20, 2015

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? A great thing about being in a college town is the quantity — and quality — of entertaining musical performances open to the public on a weekly basis. Saturday, at 8 p.m., catch Smith College’s fall orchestra concert, “Autumn Romantics,” featuring such works as “Academic …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: And the Neighbors celebrate first CD at Luthiers Co-Op and much more music in the Valley

Friday, November 20, 2015

Debra DeMuth began writing songs 13 years ago while healing from cancer. “Trying to feel a part of the world again,” she said in an interview earlier this week. She joined a workshop led by Robin Lane and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A patient sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2015

I like working as a photographer for the Gazette on Veterans Day; it’s a treat to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and I’m reminded of events that we mustn’t forget. This year, at Bridge Street School …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bests: Children’s book illustrations at R. Michelson Galleries; Mary Blair exhibit at Eric Carle

Friday, November 20, 2015

A CHILD’S WORLD IN COLOR (AND BLACK AND WHITE) For 26 years, R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton has hosted an annual exhibit of children’s book art, and this year it’s a particularly colorful display. From well-known names like Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, to up-and-coming artists like Marcela …

Movie times

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Assassin (NR) Fri.-Tues. 4:15, 9:30; Sun. also 11:20 a.m. Brooklyn (PG-13) Wed., Thurs. 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:30 Buena Vista Social Club (G) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 Labyrinth of Lies …