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The Arcadia Players will perform Handel's "Messiah" at Mount Holyoke College in December, keeping a tradition alive.

Why ‘Messiah’ concert remains a must for Arcadia Players of Northampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Arcadia Players of Northampton will bring a sense of realism when it performs George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 18 at Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The oratorio, most famous for the resounding and uplifting Halleluiah Chorus, premiered in the spring of 1742 in Dublin. The Baroque-era piece chronicles the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. …

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be …

Lilies of the Valley: Boxcar Lilies bring rich harmonies and new CD to Iron Horse

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The way Jenny Goodspeed sees it, it would have been ideal if she and her two bandmates had met a little sooner than they actually …

Ex-Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, defanged and back with band PiL

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

By Allison Stewart Chicago Tribune (TNS) Usually, the easiest way for John Lydon to disappoint somebody is to be nice to them. Lydon — the current frontman of post-punk forefathers Public Image Ltd and, of course, the former Sex Pistols frontman known as Johnny Rotten — has a …


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

50 Years Ago • Presentation of the Silver Beaver Award to Roger Copeland of Florence highlighted the annual recognition dinner of the Hampshire-Franklin Council, Boy Scouts of America, last night at the University of Massachusetts. Scouter Copeland joined the Scouting family as a Boy Scout in 1927 and …

Adv18 For release Wednesday, Nov. 18

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2015. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1865, Mark Twain’s first literary success, the original version of his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras …

Israel unveils Roman-era mosaic

Monday, November 16, 2015

LOD, Israel — Israel’s antiquities authority on Monday unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor that archaeologists found last year while building a visitors’ center meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the same location. The authority …

Quinn on Nutrition: Books that make for appetizing holiday gifts

Monday, November 16, 2015

No doubt about it. Nutrition remains a hot topic, even when all we want to think about is pumpkin pie and egg nog. What better gift for this holiday season. Here’s a few ideas from reputable sources: “1001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes, 3rd edition,” edited by …


Monday, November 16, 2015

50 Years Ago • Smith College students who approve the administration’s Vietnam policy are circulating a petition in support of President Johnson’s position. The students today stated that the petition “will help prove the existence on college campuses of widespread support for his policy. Recent protests and marches …

Family and friends remember Genevieve Mae Burnett, artist who spent time at Northampton State Hospital

Saturday, November 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In pale shades of yellow and green, a metal bed melts into the floor — a reflection of Genevieve Mae Burnett’s time at the Northampton State Hospital. This somber aura runs through many of her paintings: …


Friday, November 13, 2015

50 Years Ago • Gary Cichaski, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Cichaski of 106 Vernon St., bagged a four-point buck in West Fairlee, Vt., on his first day of hunting there. • An invitation for a student civil rights worker to speak at Northampton High …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘LA Wood’s Beach Party’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A pop, rock and country singer-songwriter who currently lives and performs in the Tampa Bay area in Florida, former Hampshire County resident Laura Anderson Wood, aka LA Wood, was a frequent performer at the Iron Horse in Northampton …

Weekend Planner — Exhibit: ‘Farewell to Another Technology’ at Historic Northampton

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Edwin Land invented the Polaroid instant camera in 1947 but it wasn’t until the easy-to-use SX-70 folding single lens reflex model was developed in 1972 that the Polaroid became a best-selling item. That camera even acquired a cult …