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Button up and count down for 30th-anniversary First Night Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s not easy to be all things to all people, but Penny Burke and her merry band of magicians at First Night Northampton come pretty close every year. On Dec. 31, the city will ring in the new year with a First Night celebration, for the 30th time, this year with 12 solid hours of performances in 20 venues across …

What makes Vladimir tick? Russian-American journalist looks at Putin through the prism of modern Russia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the Russian economy staggering under the plummeting price of oil, Vladimir Putin has been back in the headlines in recent weeks, blaming the West …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much …

Friday, December 5, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Fiddler on the Roof (G) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The Theory of Everything …

A sense of place: UMass Dancers to perform works inspired by dancemakers’ surroundings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance, and University Dancers, will present a concert featuring the works of six choreographers who were inspired in their creations by their personal surroundings. Among the choreographers for this …

Susan Stinson, Dan Levy featured guests at this month’s First Saturdays Soiree at The Blue Guitar in Easthampton

Friday, December 5, 2014

Writers Susan Stinson and Dan Levy will be the featured guests at this Saturday’s monthly soirée at The Blue Guitar, 185 Northampton St. in Easthampton. On the first Saturday of each month, The Blue Guitar transforms into an …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pioneer Valley Ballet celebrates all things “Nutcracker” with its Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Sunday at the Clarion Hotel ballroom in Northampton. A fundraiser held in advance of the company’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 12-14 at the …

Weekend planner — Clubs: Katherine First and the Kitchen Party

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Katherine First and Kitchen Party showcases up-tempo Celtic/traditional music by way of fiddle, banjo, guitar, penny whistle, djembe, song and step dancing. After years of making Happy Valley audiences even happier with their rhythm and energy, the band …

Weekend Planner — Literature: ‘Stone Walls II’

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Inaugurated in 1975 by a group of Hilltown teachers and writers, Stone Walls was a journal of art, poetry and prose designed to showcase the rural character and creativity of the small towns of western Massachusetts. The magazine …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Fiddling fun with Katherine First at the Parlor Room

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Local musician Katherine First has her favorite answer to that question: “A fiddle is fun to listen to.” Fiddling and fun go hand in hand for the classically trained …

Advance bookingsPVB’s ‘Nutcracker’; John Waters Christmas; and more

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Nutcracker — Pioneer Valley Ballet performs Fri., Dec. 12 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13 at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 14 at 1 and 4:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. Dec. 12: …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: UMass University Dancers; HD performance by Bolshoi Ballet at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TOP-NOTCH DANCE Every year, Paul Dennis, director of the UMass University Dancers, brings a renowned guest artist to campus to work with his dancers on a piece they will perform in the troupe’s winter concert. And every year, the dancers rise to the occasion. On Friday and Saturday, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ArtSalon in Northampton; ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ sing-along at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, December 4, 2014

ARTIST MIND-SET Five area artists, including a photographer, a print maker, an architect, a painter and two graphic artists will talk about their work in an ArtSalon planned for Friday at the Northampton Community Arts Trust on Hawley Street. The evening is an opportunity to hear from established …