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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, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

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 …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer …

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant …

Today in History

Thursday, May 21, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2015. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1915, the Lassen Peak volcano in Northern California exploded, devastating nearby areas but causing no deaths. On this date: …

A LOOK BACK

Thursday, May 21, 2015

200 Years Ago  Warren P. Wing informs the public that he continues to build cotton and woolen machinery in its various branches at the factor of Whipple & Wing in North Parish, Greenwich, where the best of work may be had on the most reasonable terms.  …

The indispensable Scott Bailey accompanies Hampshire Choral Society as it readies for concert

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scott Bailey is the longtime accompanist for the Hampshire Choral Society, a 160-voice amateur choir that rehearses in Northampton and performs in Hampshire County. But the term “collaborative pianist” better describes what Bailey accomplishes with the chorus, says …

Music review: A life in music and words: Bruce Cockburn explores range of human emotion at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When you’ve been writing and playing songs for 45-plus years, you have a lot of material to work with. In fact, you might have so much that you’d need to write a memoir to put it all in …

A glimpse of the past: Furniture gallery at Historic Deerfield offers ‘perfect marriage’ of art and history

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they fell over the legs of an intricately carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery in the Flynt Center. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

50 Years Ago  Robert T. Foote Jr., president of the Greater Northampton Young Democrats, and Augustus A. Perfito will attend Massachusetts Young Democrats Day tomorrow in Lawrence, over which Sen. Edward Kennedy will preside.  “Jake” Arnold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert C. Arnold of 160 …

Adv21 For release Thursday, May 21

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 21, the 141st day of 2015. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight …

Amherst Rotary Town Fair will be held on common next week

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — An annual tradition returns to the Town Common May 27 when the Amherst Rotary Town Fair opens for its four-day run. Carnival rides such as a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, a climbing wall and a variety …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

50 Years Ago  An estimated 110 men’s suits, valued at approximately $7,000, were stolen from Cliff Allen’s Clothing Store, 44 Main St., Amherst during the night. Entry was gained by breaking in a rear bulkhead and entering the adjacent Aubuchon’s Hardware Store. Thieves then chiseled out a …