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A passion for Bach: UMass festival celebrates music, legacy of baroque composer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It started with a T-shirt. More specifically, it was the T-shirt that Amanda Stenroos, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student in music, was wearing one day in early 2014 when she walked in for a violin class with her professor, Elizabeth Chang. The shirt, which dated from Stenroos’ undergraduate days at The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace in …

Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist …

Music Review: Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Third Symphony with verve, aplomb

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The most important concert of the year was performed Saturday in Buckley Hall of Amherst College by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The program consisted of …

‘Furious 7’ laps competition, tops box office with $60.6M

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NEW YORK — The high-octane thriller “Furious 7” maintained speed in its second week, racing away with $60.6 million at North American theaters and bringing its box-office total to a robust $252.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. …

Kyle Richard crowned ninth annual ‘Mr. Easthampton’ at high school’s mock beauty pageant

Saturday, April 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — His performance as a Burger King employee and rapping about a retiring teacher helped Easthampton High School senior Kyle Richard win the title of 2015 Mr. Easthampton during the ninth annual mock male beauty pageant. During …


Friday, April 10, 2015

200 Years Ago  Olive Wright respectfully informs her friends and the public that she dyes yarn blue at her house, a few rods south of the burying-ground in Northampton. Having a numerous family of small children dependent upon her exertions for support, she solicits the patronage of …

Literature to take over Easthampton at first citywide BookFest Saturday

Thursday, April 9, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The city will be taken over by written word Saturday as literary communities of all kinds come together for Easthampton’s first BookFest. Seven venues across the city will host nearly 20 events aimed at highlighting the …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s Catalyst Dance Company at Academy of Music

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s resident dance company is called Catalyst for good reason: In the 17 years of its existence it’s not only served to fast-forward many of its members into professional troupes and productions, but …

Weekend Planner — Expo:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space and alternate grid work — these are some of the things that characterize what is called “modern” quilting, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Protomartyr brings moody, muscular rock to Iron Horse; Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room, both in Northampton

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Detroit band Protomartyr is keeping post-punk drama alive and well, carrying on in the tradition of The Fall, Pere Ubu and other acts where the frontman doesn’t need an instrument, he just strikes up an intense one-sided conversation …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At Amherst Cinema “Antonio Gaudí,” a film by director Hiroshi Teshigahara, will be shown Monday at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. The movie is part of the cinema’s “The City As a Work …

Headliners: Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room; Stephen Petronio Company at UMass

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jazz requiem Avant-garde jazz? For Rob Mazurek, Chicago-based electro-acoustic composer, cornetist and improviser, that entails constructing exotic soundscapes from the murmurings of the Amazonian rain forest, recording the sonic emanations of electric eels and using audio culled from …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Thurs., April 16, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., Apri 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; …