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Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Smile for the camera: As TV acting career takes off, Northampton’s Miranda Brooks says so long to job as dental hygienist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing … 0

Headliners: Festival of Opera at Berkshire Theatre Group; ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Opera in the Berkshires The Berkshire Theatre Group is trying something different to liven up the last week of August. Running Aug. 23-31, the company’s Festival of Opera in Workshop will offer three separate shows: a staged presentation … 0

Book Bag: ‘A Summer in the Twenties’ by Peter Dickinson; ‘The Book of Not So Common Prayer’ by Linda McCullough Moore

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A SUMMER IN THE TWENTIES By Peter Dickinson Small Beer Press peterdickinson.com At age 86, English author Peter Dickinson shows few signs of slowing down. Born in 1927, the prolific writer and poet has some 50 books to … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Eric Bennett, author of “Noodles & Albie,” will read from the children’s book Aug. 22, 2 p.m., at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. … 0

Photo Gallery: Behind those eyes ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I went to the Goshen Council on Aging picnic last week to take a picture of residents who are over 90, who were to be honored. I met Annie Thomas, 96, and a picture of her with a … 0

Your Time: Bread and Puppet Theater, Easthampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More than 400 people gathered near dusk Aug. 14 for Bread and Puppet Theater’s performance of “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton. About an hour-and-a-half before the show, people began to gather, some … 0

Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded in wire sculpture or captured in mosaics have mixed beauty with messages about … 0

Bread and Puppet Theater to bring emergency performance of ‘Fire’ to Easthampton orchard in response to violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Bread and Puppet Theater, known worldwide for performances that comment on political and social problems, will stage “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” in an Easthampton orchard Thursday. Peter Schumann, who has directed the theater since it … 0

Adv20 For release Wednesday, August 20

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. On this date: In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president … 0