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The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, May 15, 2015

200 Years Ago  For sale! A quantity of goat’s hair, in the best order for mattresses. Enquire of Seth Russell, No. 1, Merchant’s Row.  Robert Peckham would inform the public that he has taken his brother into company with him in the painting business under the …

Friday, May 15, 2015

50 Years Ago  Frank Giroux, a junior at Northampton High School, recently was elected president of the Student Council by his fellow students. Also running for office were Timothy Goggins, who was elected vice president, Alice Rost and Mark O’Connell.  Superintendent of Schools William R. Barry …

B.B. King, guitar legend and ‘King of the Blues’, dead at age 89

Friday, May 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las …

Old Home Day in South Deerfield will feature road race, dog show and parade, ball games, and music

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Road races? Blues music? A dog show? You’ll be able to find it all in South Deerfield on Saturday during the Recreation Committee’s Old Home Day. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with the Deerfield 5K Road Race. The race starts in the Frontier …

Weekend Planner — Festival: Six Week of Fun Festival

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The South Hadley Public Library begins its Six Week of Fun Festival Saturday with a performance of jazz from the 1920s and ’30s by the newly former duo Skylarkz — flutist Sarah Clay and pianist Nick Kachulis. The …

Weekend Planner — Dance-Theater: ‘More Clearly in Dreams’ at Smith College

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An elaborate one-act dance-theater-video work by Smith College faculty member Rodger Blum inspired by the work of Leonardo DaVinci (particularly his famous Vitruvian Man drawing depicting human symmetry), “More Clearly in Dreams” was originally performed in 2012. This …

Weekend Planner — Music: Leonard Cohen tribute

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Leonard Cohen (pictured) is a cultural icon, an international treasure,” says Jacqueline Cooper of Ashfield-based Silvery Moon Productions. “His lyrics and songs are beloved by individuals from all walks of life. His music is prophetic, provocative, intimate and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Joshua Abrams and company mesmerize at the intimate Montague Book Mill

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Every comfy upholstered seat and metal folding chair was occupied. Any empty space on the dusty floor had been grabbed by an audience member, cross-legged and captivated. The crowd spilled out of the intimate Montague Bookmill this past …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: E.A.T. arts funding in Easthampton and more, this week in the Valley

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

At the Carle “Gray Matter: David Macaulay’s Black and White,” an exhibit of original drawings from the book, “Black and White” by the Caldecott Medal winning illustrator, will open Tuesday and will remain on view through Nov. 29 …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Who — Sun., May 24, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $109, $145. mohegansun.com America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. …