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"By Force II (White Chickens)," oil paint on cradled birchwood by Sally Clegg.

Arrested Motion: Northampton’s 2015 Biennial Exhibit at Hosmer Gallery

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A video montage of people swinging clubs, putting on lipstick and eating. Digitally altered photographs of bodies seeming to fall through space. A brooding monotype print of a stretch of urban highway. A painting that adds imagery inspired by a famous Japanese woodblock print to an otherwise surreal tableau. They’re all part of a new exhibition that’s built on the …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, …

Amherst Poetry Festival goes to town

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Is poetry dead? Not by a long shot, says Michael Medeiros, a spokesman for the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst and a key organizer of …

50 Years Ago

Friday, September 25, 2015

50 Years Ago  A retirement party was tendered Edna Cave, switchboard operator, and Peg Lewis, night nurse in pediatrics at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, last evening. The affair took place at Alexander’s Restaurant in Florence with 40 guests and co-workers present for the occasion.  " Any …

Today in History

Friday, September 25, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, September 28, the 271st day of 2015. There are 94 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic. On this date: In 1066, William the …


Friday, September 25, 2015

200 Years Ago  Moses P. Holt of Hadley wishes to employ a cooper three or four months, and will give good wages and pay the money every month.  H. T. Hooker & Co. have on hand and will keep a constant supply of all kinds of …

Valley Syrian Relief Committee will host Northampton benefit concert for medical work

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Calling the Syrian refugee crisis a “muddy, muddy mess,” a local committee is doing its part to help raise awareness — and money — for what experts describe as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. …

Weekend Planner — Music: Waywords and Meansigns at Flywheel Arts and Amherst Poetry Festival

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Guaranteed to be weird, wild and fun, Waywords and Meansigns — a fluctuating ensemble of musicians, performers and writers — is bringing excerpts from its full-length musical setting of James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” to Easthampton and Amherst on …

Weekend Planner — Art: Print Fair North at Zea Mays in Florence

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

After 13 years of opening its studio to collectors, museum curators and the general public for Print Fair North, its annual show of fine art prints, Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence has re-conceptualized the event, transforming it into …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: International Digital Storytelling Conference at UMass and Smith

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Some 300 students, scholars, teachers, storytellers and media artists from more than 20 countries will focus on the theme “Voices for Change: Storywork in Activism, Education and Public Service” at this weekend’s Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference on …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A touring musician’s compendium of post-gig digs

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editor’s note: Ken Maiuri has been on tour with the Mike & Ruthy Band. Big bands might travel from gig to gig in a hulking custom bus: after the show, a hired driver whisks the group away from …

Music review: Harpsichord concert is grand season opener for Arcadia Players

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arcadia Players opened its new season Saturday with a program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, a fitting combination as the two composers were contemporaries, born, respectively, in 1685 and 1678. Bach knew and transcribed some of Vivaldi’s music. Vivaldi was a violinist, and the …

Josef Albers’ legacy explored in new Mead Art Museum show

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Mead Art Museum director David Little says he’s interested in staging exhibits that look at the intersection of art with different disciplines — science, music, media studies and other fields. As it turns out, he’s arrived just …