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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 …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Young@Heart at the Academy of Music; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

STILL YOUNG AT HEART It might be April Fool’s Day Wednesday, but the Young@Heart Chorus will really be performing that evening at the Academy of Music in Northampton. It’s the venerable group’s second annual April Fool’s Day show, and it’ll offer new material, bringing out some special guests, …

Book Bag: ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ by Lesléa Newman; ‘The Wounds Within’ by Mark I. Nickerson and Joshua Goldstein

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES By Lesléa Newman Candlewick Press www.lesleanewman.com In 1989, there was no shortage of dramatic and, in retrospect, important events. The Berlin Wall came down, longtime Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu was deposed and executed following …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: The Massachusetts Review hosts a reading by Sarah Sousa, winner of the 2015 Anne Halley Poetry Prize, Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 …

Headliners: ‘Dancing in Wild Places’ with Andrea Olsen; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An ode to seaweed One of the oldest life forms on the planet, seaweed is an essential part of ecosystem sustainability as a well as a source of food, medicine and fertilizer. It’s also quite beautiful in its …

Art Maker: Alexandra Markiewicz | charcoal artist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alexandra Markiewicz, 29, of Belchertown, calls herself an “emerging artist with a passion for everything.” That includes, but is not limited to, charcoal, painting and photography. She is intensely interested, she writes in an artist’s statement, in people …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s a wrap

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Construction sites are often a fun place to look for photos. People, materials, structures and light come together to form scenes seldom seen by those who aren’t in the business. Here, I like the minimal, simple symmetry of …

Melting away: Photo exhibition at Amherst College tracks disappearing glaciers in Alaska

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Even before scientists announced in January that 2014 had been the hottest year on record, signs of climate change had likely become clear to all but the most determined skeptics. Extreme weather events, from drenching downpours in some …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

50 Years Ago  The civil rights issue, centering around the right of blacks to vote in the South, assumed the spotlight both nationally and locally today, as the march to Montgomery, Ala., reached its climax. The Northampton-Amherst area was gladdened by the news of the release from …

Author Ellen Conford dead at 73

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children’s writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl’s summer camp crush made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, has died. Conford died at home in Great Neck, New York, …

Adv25 For release Wednesday, March 25

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2015. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a …