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In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all around the country. Fischer will take center …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, March 20, 2015

200 Years Ago  Died, at Hadley, on the 27th inst., Mr. Charles Hodge, aged 21. While amusing himself with others throwing snowballs, he stopped, put his hand on his side, fell down and expired instantly.  Died, at Whately, on the 11th inst., Miss Julia Shepherd, after …

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Whole Children’s ‘Once Upon a Bog’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Based in Hadley, Whole Children is a grassroots organization founded by parents of children with special needs to provide a range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for all ages and abilities. This weekend, students in the …

Weekend Planner — Circus: ‘Ruckus’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Founded by twins (and Pioneer Valley natives) Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, the Brattleboro, Vermont-based Nimble Arts Troupe includes trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats and contortionists whose resumes extend from Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize to the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Celebrating The Buzz with 2-day mini-palooza

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“I’ve always been someone who got people together, hosted parties.” So said Carla Racine exactly one year ago, as she readied the debut issue of her local music publication, The Buzz, “a music scene zine for the 413 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Nick Zammuto show at Mass MoCA a must-see

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Books was a uniquely creative duo that chopped up found sounds, text and video and spliced it all together with live instrumentation and a sense of humor. When it broke up in 2011, it was a bummer. …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton — Tues., March 31, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: ‘Funky-Tones’ at Northampton High School and other arts happenings in the Valley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

‘Funky-Tones’ Northampton High School’s a cappella group, The Northamptones, directed by Beau Flahive, and its improv troupe, Funktionlust, coached by Heidi Haas, will share the stage at “Funky-Tones” Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the high school. …

Movie times

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org ’71 (R) Daily 2, 4:45, 7:30, 9:40; Sat.-Sun. also 11 a.m.; Thurs. no 9:40 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (NR) Daily 9:45 Godard Spring Series: Alphaville (NR) Sun. …