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‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that sit-down last week bloomed into a fireworks display of one great tale after another. For decades, Herold was the force behind the …

‘Malleability of meaning’: Collage exhibit showcases work of 10 diverse artists

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Michael Sjostedt, a collage artist, social media professional and event organizer who lives across the street from the Emily Williston Library in Easthampton, noticed a …

Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third …

Carrying on an oral tradition: ‘Song and Story Swap’ opens new season

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society will kick off its “Song and Story Swap” season with a fundraising concert featuring contemporary folk and American roots musician Cliff Eberhardt Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center, 592 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazz Shares: Organic sounds for the soul

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A farm share gives you healthy food for your body. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares gives you nutritious sounds for your soul. Jazz Shares is a grassroots organization of Valley music lovers led by Glenn Siegel, WMUA’s longtime administrative …

Jazz at every turn

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Medical examiner: Rivers’ cause of death unknown

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Further tests are needed to pinpoint comedian Joan Rivers’ cause of death, the New York City medical examiner says. Rivers, who was 81, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She had …

Amherst native whose fathering skills became an Internet sensation earlier this year will appear at Barnes & Noble in Holyoke Sunday

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who has blogged extensively about fatherhood — and whose online photo showing him styling his older’s daughter’s hair while holding his baby girl in a body carrier went viral earlier this year — will be signing his first book at Barnes & Noble …

Headliners: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra; ‘Salute 2 Summer’

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘No ear plugs are needed... ’ ...reassures Tatsuya Nakatani, the Japanese-born, Pennsylvania-based acoustic sound artist responsible for the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a touring project designed to “inspire cross-artistic community collaborations.” How it works is this: Nakatani shows …

Weekend planner — Comedy: Jimmy Tingle at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Over the course of three decades Boston’s Jimmy Tingle has worked as a humorous commentator for MSNBC, CNN and “60 Minutes II” on CBS. In his live stand-up series “Making Comic Sense,” he directs his satirical eye toward …

Weekend planner — Art: ‘Matisse: Line, Color, Action’ at Smith College

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Iconic French artist Henri Matisse drew constantly throughout his life (1869-1954), developing an elegant form of draftsmanship that has become a hallmark of 20th-century modern art, says John Stomberg, director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum: “His …

Weekend planner — Music: 10th Annual Band Festival at Pines Theater in Florence

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Community bands are largely composed of wind and percussion instruments and are widespread across the country,” notes Alfred Barten, who plays saxophone with the Florence Community Band. “In the Valley alone there are bands in Florence, Amherst, Belchertown, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Exhibits, literary soirées, a sound installation and more this week in the Valley

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Iconic music hall On Sept. 4 at 8 p.m., WGBY, Public Television for Western New England (Channel 57), will air “Music Alone Shall Live: 35 Years of The Iron Horse,” a documentary by producer Tony Dunne, about the …