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A concert with a cause: Easthampton High School students bring country-music performers to town Oct. 4 to raise money for S.A.D.D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After months of planning, organizing and budgeting, two Easthampton High School students have put together a concert starring two country music performers. Bryan Delaney, 17, and Jacob LaPrade, 17, are high school seniors, best friends, and the president and vice president, respectively, of Easthampton High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club. “Easthampton Concert for a Cause,” starring Adam Craig and …

‘Holding Hands with Ilsa’: Hampshire College film professor explores his roots in post-WWII Poland

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It’s just a tendril of the past: a faded, somewhat blotchy black-and-white photo of a teenage girl, standing in a meadow with her hands on …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘Chair Dreams’ at Deerfield Arts Bank; talk by Jennifer Finney Boylan at Mount Holyoke College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘CHAIR DREAMS’ Consider the chair. Well, it appears some artists in the Valley actually have. An exhibit at Deerfield Arts Bank, 3 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, through Oct. 31, curated by Jane Trigere, features interpretations of chairs — those essential pieces of furniture that can be blissfully comfortable, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Valley Rising’ concert at Iron Horse; Katy Simpson Smith reads from debut novel at Mount Holyoke College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE MUSICAL VALLEY (RISING) For any local musician trying to make a go of it, performing at the Iron Horse in Northampton is a key step. On Sept. 28, nine Valley bands and artists will take the Horse stage to celebrate the release of the third “Valley Rising” …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Twelve lanes — no waiting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are indeed a dozen lanes to hit golf balls from at the Easthampton Golf driving range. But that refrain might also be heard over an in-store public address system soon when a promised 45,000-square-foot grocery and retail …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Gillian Conoley reads from her work Oct. 2, 8 p.m., 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0063 HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE: Poet Jonathan Wright reads from his new collection, “After the Rain,” Sept. …

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 …

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 was largely passé. The abstract expressionist painter had begun making his mark in …

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 Kristin Horrigan, who was the artistic director from 2006 to 2014, Shea says …

Whately Historical Society to hold Fall Festival on Sunday

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Historical Society’s annual Fall Festival on Sunday will feature food, music and stories. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milk Bottle in front of the Center School. Adelia Bardwell, the society’s president, said visitors will be able …

Creative Community Central in Deerfield helps make art accessible

Monday, September 22, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Organizers of Sunday’s art show in the back room of the Polish American Citizens Club believe that art should be seen as a necessity rather than an extravagance. “We really want art to be accessible …

Carr/Lamontagne family sweeps prizes in pumpkin contest at Belchertown Fair

Friday, September 19, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For the record, the Carr/Lamontagne family won first, second and third prizes in this year’s pumpkin contest at the Belchertown Fair which kicked off Friday night. Then again they had the only entries. It seems potential …