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Button up and count down for 30th-anniversary First Night Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s not easy to be all things to all people, but Penny Burke and her merry band of magicians at First Night Northampton come pretty close every year. On Dec. 31, the city will ring in the new year with a First Night celebration, for the 30th time, this year with 12 solid hours of performances in 20 venues across …

What makes Vladimir tick? Russian-American journalist looks at Putin through the prism of modern Russia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the Russian economy staggering under the plummeting price of oil, Vladimir Putin has been back in the headlines in recent weeks, blaming the West …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much …

‘Miracle Girls’ Debut novel is labor of love

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

‘A labor of love” might be an overused phrase, but when it comes to Mary Beth Caschetta’s debut novel, it’s an apt description. Indeed, “Miracle Girls,” published by Engine Books of Indiana, is such a product of Caschetta’s …

Navajos buy back sacred masks at Paris auction

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PARIS — When diplomacy and a plea to return sacred ceremonial masks to an American Indian tribe in the United States failed, officials from the Navajo Nation traveled to the Paris auction house selling the items and started …

‘Culture’ choice of Merriam-Webster for word of the year

Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins …

Headliners: Dar Williams at the Calvin Theatre; Surley Temple at the Parlor Room

Friday, December 12, 2014

Back to the beginning It was 20 years ago that an obscure Northampton-based singer/songwriter named Dar Williams recorded her first album, “The Honesty Room,’’ on an eight-track tape machine in a Belchertown basement studio. “There was no music …

Police demonstrations bring new protest songs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. — Stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Orchestra and Chorus concert

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For its annual holiday concert this year, the Pioneer Valley Orchestra and Chorus is enlisting for the first time both the PVS Youth Orchestra and the Deerfield Festival Chorus (pictured). The PVS Youth Orchestra will join the adult …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘The Message of Light’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Titled “The Message in Light,” Sunday’s final event in Historic Northampton’s fall “Fast Forward” film series will feature two works by local filmmakers investigating aspects of light that allow us to see both the world around us and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Fashion People Records ready to launch at Iron Horse Music Hall

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s apocalyptic chaos out there in the world of recorded music! Newspaper headlines regularly trumpet that CD sales are plunging to their inevitable death. Vinyl sales are rising, but the record remains a niche item, bought by pockets …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kenny Rogers Christmas — Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $35. mohegansun.com Mark Anthony — Fri. and Sat., Dec. 19-20, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $95, $175. foxwoods.com Donny and Marie — Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 28, 4 p.m., …

Keeping tabs on the arts: ‘Sing for Shelter’ art openings and more

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cash and carry Easthampton City Arts+ hosts its sixth annual “Small Works Show & Sale,” a cash-and-carry salon-style exhibit that will include more than 140 works by some 75 artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond. The exhibit, …