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The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 1:30, 4:40; Fri.-Mon., Wed. also 6:50; Sun. also 11:20 a.m. Far from the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 4:30, 7:15; Fri.-Mon., Wed. also 9:25; …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …

Movie Review: Girl power! ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ hits those sweet notes

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Who run the world? GIRLS!” sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in “Pitch Perfect 2.” And yes, they sure do run the world. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 surprise hit “Pitch Perfect” is now, …

Track Record

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various artists Universal Music Enterprises; $11.88 There is such a thing as being too clever. The Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, who return in the film “Pitch Perfect 2,” have found …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Guitarist Andrew Leonard in South Deerfield; ‘Tarry Four,’ dances at A.P.E.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

‘guitar in the sanctuary’ Classical guitarist Andrew Leonard performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St., South Deerfield. Leonard’s been called “a guitar phenomenon” (Portland Phoenix of Maine) and a “spirited and convincing performer” (Soundboard). He’ll perform Spanish music, pieces inspired by …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Smith College Illumination Night; Leonard Cohen tribute

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NIGHT LIGHTS Smith College will be a busy place this weekend, with reunion drawing hundreds of alums back to their alma mater and the 137th commencement Sunday bringing in the loved ones of graduating students. The college invites the public to enjoy Illumination Night from 8:30 to 10 …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Book: ‘In the Kingdom of Ice’; Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BEFORE THE POLAR ICE BEGAN MELTING AWAY I’ve been completely absorbed by the latest book by Hampton Sides, author of “Ghost Soldiers” and other dramatic historic tales. “In the Kingdom of Ice” details an ill-fated expedition by U.S. explorers in the late 1800s to find the North Pole, …

Headliners: Leah Song, Chloe Smith, Friday, Pearl Street, Northampton; Hampshire Choral Society performs John Knowles Paine’s Mass in D, UMass FAC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not your mother’s Southern music Raised by “radical folk musician parents” in Atlanta, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith “spent our childhood following and learning and studying Appalachian folk in music circles, at contra dances and at folk …

Book Bag: ‘Girl at War’ by Sara Novic; ‘Baby at My Breast: Reflections of a Nursing Mother’ by Cheryl Anne Latuner; ‘The Psychology of Abandon: Berserk Style in American Culture’ by Kirby Farrell

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GIRL AT WAR By Sara Nović Random House www.sara-novic.com Sara Nović’s debut novel opens with a wonderful line: “The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes.” It’s 1991, and 10-year-old Ana, the story’s narrator, runs down …