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Fanny, one of rock 'n' roll's first all-female groups, circa early 1970s. June Millington is at far right and her sister Jean Millington is second from left. David Bowie called the band "colossal and wonderful." Photo by Linda Wolf.

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held each Sunday in February at the Academy of Music. But Sanderson, the event producer for the Arts Council, says he and the …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge …

Book Bag: ‘The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition’ by Manisha Sinha; ‘The Berkshires Cookbook: Farm-Fresh Recipes from the Heart of Massachusetts’ by Jane Barton Griffith

Thursday, February 4, 2016

THE SLAVE’S CAUSE: A HISTORY OF ABOLITION By Manisha Sinha Yale University Press www.yalebooks.com As Manisha Sinha sees it, the story of the abolitionist movement has often been told in a fragmented fashion, with a particular emphasis on …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BOOKLINK BOOKSELLERS: Jarret J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” series, will do a book signing Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the bookstore, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton. Benefits Whole Children. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul singer Lee Fields, The Expressions at the Iron Horse

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Soul singer Lee Fields is the kind of give-all performer who works up a sweat and raises the heat, no matter what temperature the place was before he took the stage. It’s an old-school work ethic that Fields …

Headliners: ‘Accounting for Torture in Syria: The ‘Caesar’ Photographs’ at Smith; City of Tomorrow at Bezanson Recital Hall

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Horrific evidence out of Syria While Islamic State terrorists openly display their atrocities on social media, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad appears to have systematically kept evidence of its crimes hidden during the country’s five-year-long civil war. …

The form that fills an empty space: Exhibit develops over two months at A.P.E. Gallery

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. Gordon Thorne, founding director of the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, decided to leave his art space fairly empty for much of the first two months of this new year, …

Sit on it: UMass exhibit offers chairs as functional art — and more

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Functional artworks. They’re defined very broadly as aesthetic objects that serve a utilitarian purpose — dishes and cups, furniture, a particularly beautiful or artful piece of clothing. Within that framework, there’s plenty of diversity, from a handsome kitchen …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform music of Schütz and Telemann

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Each once regarded as the foremost German composer of his time, Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) have both receded in importance before the towering figure of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) — a circumstance Da Camera …

Desk carved with initials ‘JFK’ was not used by president, despite display at museum

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the …

Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at Grammys

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday. Gaga …

Fox’s ambitious ‘Grease: Live’ shines despite rain

Monday, February 1, 2016

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer BURBANK, Calif. — Rain didn’t dampen the spirits or performances of the cast and crew behind Fox’s “Grease: Live.” The ambitious three-hour production, broadcast live from 14 different sets at Warner Bros. …