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Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in …

Life in a war zone: Northampton author draws on his experience as a foreign correspondent to pen novel of Nicaragua in the 1980s

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by members of ISIS, the Islamic jihadist state in Syria and Iraq, Joe Gannon …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pianist Scott Hall returns to Valley with ‘Hallapalooza’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since his high school days, Scott Hall has been close to a piano — sometimes very close, like in the Northampton apartment he shared with …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Book Bag: ‘Building Co-operative Power’ published by Levellers Press; ‘Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays” by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HERE IS THE WORLD: A YEAR OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS By Lesléa Newman Illustrated by Susan Gal Abrams Books for Young Readers lesleanewman.com Northampton writer Lesléa Newman has a prolific bibliography, particularly in her work for children. Her latest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek reads from his work Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, at the college.  Cuban sci-fi writer Yoss reads from …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: High moon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone paying attention to the sky last week couldn’t miss the drama of this nearly full October moon as a parade of clouds drifted by. It seemed a bit spooky to me — like a prelude to Halloween. …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Squirrel Stole My Underpants,’ a puppet show at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sylvie, a lonely, awkward girl, is sent to hang up laundry in the backyard. The moment her back is turned, however, a nefarious squirrel makes off with her favorite piece of clothing. Determined to give chase, Sylvie folds …

Pulaski Day Parade displays Polish pride in Northampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the biting cold weather at mid-day Monday, there was a festive atmosphere downtown as Polish culture was celebrated with colorful clothing and lively music that was part of the 28th annual Pulaski Day Parade. People …

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club teaches stone-age skills in Deerfield

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DEERFIELD — “I think I killed the coyote!” shouted 13-year-old Keegan LeBeau, pointing excitedly at the arrow that had sunk into the foam canine about 30 feet away. Next to him, his brother Ethan buried his own arrow …

Forbes Library receives state grant to improve services for people with disabilities

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library has received an $18,100 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to improve services for people with disabilities. Lisa Downing, the assistant director at Forbes Library, said the grant during the next two years will pay for equipment, including assistive listening devices, staff …

New documentary provides look behind Snowden NSA leak

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW YORK — With an uncommon view of history in action, a new documentary captures Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents as it unfolded in a Hong Kong hotel room. Laura Poitras’ highly anticipated documentary “Citizenfour” premiered Friday …

Argentine Barbie exhibit pulled

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Barbie has long been an icon, just not a holy one. A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified …