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Clay shapers: Studios along the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail open for 10th annual event

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The earthy smell of fresh clay. The warm glow emanating from a kiln. Doors to working studios thrown open to the public. It’s that time of year again. The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, a self-guided driving tour of clay studios, is back for its 10th year on April 26 and 27, in Florence, Hadley, Pelham, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield and Northfield. … 0

Happy to be back in the field John Nowacki, former deejay, is the new host of WFCR-FM’s morning classical musical show

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Several years back, John Nowacki, who’d spent years doing classical music broadcasting, suddenly found himself wearing a different hat when the Connecticut station he’d worked … 0

Weekend planner — Theater: ‘The Slam Up Tour’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Performance artists, comedians and longtime friends, Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger, decided to hit the road together with “The Slam Up Tour,” a show intermixing … 0

Book Bag: ‘The Book of Jonah’ by Joshua Max Feldman; ‘The Escape of the Faculty Wife and Other Stories’ by Hugh Hawkins

Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE BOOK OF JONAH By Joshua Max Feldman Henry Holt and Company joshuamaxfeldman.com Joshua Max Feldman, Amherst Regional High School class of 1997, has led a varied life since leaving town. He’s lived in England, Switzerland, and New … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. Gallery: Poetry Month Celebration — Poets from six Valley presses read from their work Friday, 4:30-8 p.m., at the gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. Luke Bloomfield, Corwin Ericson, Lizzie Lee … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Both at Pearl Street, and other music this week in the Valley

Thursday, April 17, 2014

At first glance, a pairing of the measured Aimee Mann and the jittery, fiery Ted Leo might seem odd, but the duo shared bills in 2012 and were moved to collaborate. They call themselves The Both, they just … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Academy of Music history tour; Ed Asner tells tales at screening of ‘Up’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHERE’S HARRY? Did you know that a trap door was once cut into the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton for Harry Houdini’s disappearing act? Or that Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff, appeared at the 123-year-old theater? Learn more during a history tour, led by the … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Young@Heart at Academy of Music; ‘Fargo’ on TV

Thursday, April 17, 2014

YOUNG@HEART MASH-UP The Young@Heart Chorus does a great job of staying new, often by joining forces with youths for concerts that bring out the best in both generations. They’ll do it again April 25, at 7 p.m. at John M. Greene Hall, Northampton, with the SciTech Band of … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Urinetown’ at Northampton Williston School; Five College Student Film and Video Festival at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE FUTURE LOOKS DRY — AND YELLOW “Urinetown,” the satirical musical comedy that debuted in 2001, envisions a world in which pollution and dire water shortages have made private toilets illegal; when you gotta go, you gotta use pay-per-use facilities controlled by the megacorporation UGC (“Urine Good Company”). … 0

Photo Gallery: Gazette photo editor Carol Lollis takes a shake break

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Last week, during one of the first warm days, I stopped uptown for a milk shake. As I was enjoying my treat I noticed some guys painting fire escape steps at a building across the street. I watched … 0

Leonard Nimoy earns hometown honors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — The Boston native who lived long and prospered as Spock in the “Star Trek” television show and movies is being honored by his hometown chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Leonard Nimoy is scheduled to receive the Governors’ Award at the … 0

Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in “ill health” was posted on the band’s Facebook page Wednesday. … 0

Frederick Law Olmsted, American Pioneer Florence documentary producers offer new film on famous landscape architect

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Parks might seem the most basic sort of amenity for a city — a place where people can escape the pressure and noise of urban life and enjoy a taste of the natural world that asphalt and concrete … 0