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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 …

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. …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

’71: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Stars Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris. Rated R. A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE …

Movie review: Sean Penn flexes action-hero muscles in ‘Gunman’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

At one point in “The Gunman,” the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It’s supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he’s surfing in unsafe territory, but it seems to have a larger, …

New on DVD

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies: Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants while they struggle to keep the terrifying Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) from acquiring …

Sean Penn says he is not the next Liam Neeson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sean Penn surfs, shoots, sprints, punches and fights for his life in the geopolitical thriller “The Gunman.” At age 54, it’s easy to assume that Penn, as a rogue ex-special forces officer, is drifting into territory that Liam …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette’s “Bach Birthday Concert”; UMass takes Bach to the street

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J.S. BACH On Friday at 7:30 p.m., archguitarist Peter Blanchette presents his eighth annual “Bach Birthday Concert,” with guests Duo Orfeo, at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. The concert will feature Blanchette’s arrangements of music by the German composer, who was born 330 …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Once Upon a Bog;” Funky-Tones

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ORIGINAL THEATER Whole Children of Hadley has notched many great accomplishments in its 10-plus years serving children with special needs — the most impressive of which might be what it’s done to open the minds and hearts of people who think they don’t need its services. This weekend, …