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Artwork from numerous artists is displayed throughout the Highland Hardware and Bike Shop as part of a scavenger hunt styled art exhibit Saturday in Holyoke.

Art among the hammers: Steampunk exhibit hidden in plain sight on hardware store shelves

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A hardware store is not the first place one might think of as a venue for an art show. But for artist Dean Nimmer, the idea has been brewing for some time. Nimmer, a retired chairman of the painting and printmaking programs at Mass College of Art and Design, has curated just such an exhibit, which is on view through …

‘From the Boat to Obama’: Play aims to fill historical void about African-American experiences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mary Taylor says she doesn’t remember learning anything in school about the African-American experience back when she was growing up in Georgia and then Florida …

‘Music in the Noon Hour’ series continues at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concerts don’t have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, you can pack a lot into just half an hour. Case in point: “Music …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Anthony Marra’s ‘The Tsar of Love and Techno’ at the Odyssey Bookshop; Northampton Art Council’s 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Forbes Library

Thursday, October 8, 2015

FROM RUSSIA (AND CHECHNYA) WITH CHAOS One of the best novels I’ve read in a while is “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” Anthony Marra’s tale about people caught up in the Chechen-Russian wars of the mid-1990s and early 2000s (it came out in 2013 but I read it …

Book Bag: ‘The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories’ by Anthony Marra; ‘Durante la Tregua (During the Truce)’ by Oonagh C. Doherty

Thursday, October 8, 2015

THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES By Anthony Marra Hogarth/Penguin Random House anthonymarra.net Anthony Marra sent critics scrambling for superlatives to describe his debut novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” in 2013. The book, set in Chechnya …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST SENIOR CENTER: “ The Poetry of Growing Older: The Joys and Challenges of Aging” — John Berkowitz reads Wednesday, 2 p.m., 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. Audience response and discussion. 387-8439, …

Headliners: Split Knuckle Theatre’s ‘Endurance’ at UMass; Northampton Film Festival

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Desktop adventure Beaten by Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott in the race to be the first to reach the South Pole, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to become the first to make a transcontinental crossing of Antarctica. Catastrophe …

Art Maker: Elizabeth Mercer | Glass mosaic artist

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Elizabeth Mercer has been making vibrant glass-on-glass mosaics for about five years. The pieces she makes at her studio at One Cottage Street in Easthampton are meant to be hung in windows so that natural light will shine …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: All in a day’s work

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sometimes my job as a news photographer makes me uncomfortable; we regularly go to house fires, accidents, trials and other events that are often a scene of tragedy. So, when I was asked to get a photo of …

N.W.A, Los Lobos and Janet Jackson among the nominees for rock hall

Thursday, October 8, 2015

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) The groundbreaking gangsta rap of N.W.A, the catholic pan-American rock of Los Lobos, the expansive progressive rock of Yes and the boundary-stretching R&B of Janet Jackson have earned each of those acts a shot at induction next year into the Rock …

Arrested Motion: Northampton’s 2015 Biennial Exhibit at Hosmer Gallery

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A video montage of people swinging clubs, putting on lipstick and eating. Digitally altered photographs of bodies seeming to fall through space. A brooding monotype print of a stretch of urban highway. A painting that adds imagery inspired …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, Lydia Artymiw, who also lived in town and performed every year at a …

Amherst Poetry Festival goes to town

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Is poetry dead? Not by a long shot, says Michael Medeiros, a spokesman for the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst and a key organizer of the third annual Amherst Poetry Festival that will take place Oct. 1-4. “We …