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The Arcadia Players will perform Handel's "Messiah" at Mount Holyoke College in December, keeping a tradition alive.

Why ‘Messiah’ concert remains a must for Arcadia Players of Northampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Arcadia Players of Northampton will bring a sense of realism when it performs George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 18 at Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The oratorio, most famous for the resounding and uplifting Halleluiah Chorus, premiered in the spring of 1742 in Dublin. The Baroque-era piece chronicles the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. …

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be …

Lilies of the Valley: Boxcar Lilies bring rich harmonies and new CD to Iron Horse

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The way Jenny Goodspeed sees it, it would have been ideal if she and her two bandmates had met a little sooner than they actually …

Adv20 For release Friday, Nov. 20

Thursday, November 19, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2015. There are 41 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1945, 22 former Nazi officials went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. (Almost a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians rally for Valley bluesman Ed Vadas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ed Vadas. A lifelong believer in the blues. Name any Valley venue, past or present, Vadas has probably played there. Regularly. His expressive guitar and vocals, his colorful way with words, his love of music and his passion …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Artist talk “History of Nature Printing,” an educational talk by teaching artisan Leonore Alaniz, will be presented Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the community room of the Forbes Library at 20 West St. in Northampton. Alaniz …

Yardbirds Redux: Drummer from seminal English band leads new lineup at Iron Horse gig

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Great Britain was a wellspring of energetic new rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s, and the most noted bands all made their mark in different ways — The Beatles with their vocals and studio experimentation, The Rolling Stones …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘All About Alice Day’ at the Eric Carle Museum

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” turned 150 this year. To celebrate, the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst is holding “All About Alice Day” Sunday. The event includes a Mad Hatter Family Tea Party (1-2 p.m.), …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Stand Up Against Hunger’

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mike Hanley took an 11-year hiatus from his career as a stand-up comedian to raise a family — and accumulated a load of new material during that time. “I tell people if you are married, you will laugh …

Music theory for the 21st-century classroom: UMass prof builds course around teamwork

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ah, the freshman class at the big state U — the one with 300-plus students crowded into a lecture hall as the professor delivers the day’s lesson from a stage, perhaps with a few visual backdrops to try …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem — Fri., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20-$25. academyofmusictheatre.com Brandi Carlile — Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $50.50. academyofmusictheatre.com Grace …

Weekend Planner — Music: Fall concert series at Florence Congregational Church benefits SafePassage

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Please help us spread the word” entreats Rebecca Finkler, community outreach director for Florence Congregational Church. OK — the word is that the church is hosting a fall concert series to benefit SafePassage of Northampton, which provides support …

Track Record

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Made in the A.M. One Direction Columbia/Syco; $12.09 “It’s inevitable that everything that’s good comes to an end,” sings One Direction on “Love You Goodbye,” a wistful song from the British band’s fifth studio album, “Made in the …