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Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1969. But Hallock, 71, who lives in Leverett, has long had a deep interest in photography as well — one …

‘Johnny Came Home’: Play about PTSD benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s a story that’s become all too familiar for many families with members serving in the military: a son, daughter, husband or wife joins the …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Chris Brashear perform at Watermelon Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why is the new season of Watermelon Wednesdays beginning on a Thursday? Referring to the triple bill of Pat Alger, Jim Rooney and Chris Brashear, …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: John Sheirer. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: …

Headliners: Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts at Yiddish Book Center; Della Mae at the Iron Horse

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The rite stuff “It is the Jewish soul that interests me, the complex, glowing, agitated soul that I feel vibrating through the Bible,” wrote Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). Commissioned by a San Francisco synagogue in the …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Guns and posies

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A flower in a gun — it’s an iconic image, made so by the photo reporter Bernie Boston took in 1967 that showed an antiwar protester tucking carnations in the rifle barrels of soldiers at the Pentagon, and …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

50 Years Ago  Smith College President Thomas C. Mendenhall announced today that the college has entered into a negotiated contract with Daniel O’Connell’s Sons Inc., of Holyoke, to cover the general construction of a Center for the Performing Arts. The center will be located at the edge …

Adv28 For release Thursday, May 28

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 28, the 148th day of 2015. There are 217 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1945, the novel “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh was published in London by Chapman & Hall. On this date: …

US hands over dozens of looted artifacts to Italy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ROME — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

50 Years Ago  The Look Park swimming pool will open its 36th season on Sunday. John L. Goodrow Jr., of 77 Warner St. will head a staff of five lifeguards. Other lifeguards on the staff will be: Michel Meunier, John Antil, Kenneth Baldwin and Michael J. Zotta. …

Adv27 For release Wednesday, May 27

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, May 27, the 147th day of 2015. There are 218 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery …