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A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …

Captain America bike from ‘Easy Rider’ up for auction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that …

‘Malleability of meaning’: Collage exhibit showcases work of 10 diverse artists

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Michael Sjostedt, a collage artist, social media professional and event organizer who lives across the street from the Emily Williston Library in Easthampton, noticed a box of free National Geographic magazines one day two years ago and took …

Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third season with a concert by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter Sept. 11 at the Northampton …

Celebrate Amherst Block Party will add more music Thursday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — The musical offerings will be expanded for the town block party starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. During the first two Celebrate Amherst Block Party events, music played at both ends of the 2,400-foot-long pedestrian mall created by closing North Pleasant Street to vehicular traffic. As dance …

Art auction will benefit Tilton Library in Deerfield

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Friends of the Tilton Library will hold a month-long art auction in the library between Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. The auction, which will feature work by local artists, kicks off with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Bids will be …

Cemetery exhibition celebrates carousel designer William Mangles

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Coney Island’s historic B&B Carousell is among several vintage attractions still thrilling visitors at the famous amusement park today. What parkgoers may not know is that William Mangles designed and built it. Mangels was a …

Deerfield Arts Bank presents ‘Chair Dreams’

Friday, September 12, 2014

DEERFIELD — “Chair Dreams,” an interpretation of chairs by 34 visual artists,will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Deerfield Arts Bank, 3 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield. “Chairs are interesting because their physical form implies the human form,” said gallery owner Jane Trigere. …

Weekend planner — Art: Smith College Museum of Art

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Following a two-year planning process and a summer-long construction period, the Smith College Museum of Art reopens its newly reinstalled permanent collection to the public on Sept. 12. The first refurbishing of the galleries since the museum opened …

Weekend planner — Books: ‘The Forgiveness Project’; Audio Story Fest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A manual in the art of forgiveness, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “The Book of Forgiving” grew out of the author’s experiences leading post-apartheid South Africa along the difficult path of reconciliation. Here in the Valley it’s the basis of …