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The Arcadia Players will perform Handel's "Messiah" at Mount Holyoke College in December, keeping a tradition alive.

Why ‘Messiah’ concert remains a must for Arcadia Players of Northampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Arcadia Players of Northampton will bring a sense of realism when it performs George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 18 at Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The oratorio, most famous for the resounding and uplifting Halleluiah Chorus, premiered in the spring of 1742 in Dublin. The Baroque-era piece chronicles the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. …

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be …

Lilies of the Valley: Boxcar Lilies bring rich harmonies and new CD to Iron Horse

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The way Jenny Goodspeed sees it, it would have been ideal if she and her two bandmates had met a little sooner than they actually …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Stand Up Against Hunger’

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mike Hanley took an 11-year hiatus from his career as a stand-up comedian to raise a family — and accumulated a load of new material during that time. “I tell people if you are married, you will laugh …

Music theory for the 21st-century classroom: UMass prof builds course around teamwork

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ah, the freshman class at the big state U — the one with 300-plus students crowded into a lecture hall as the professor delivers the day’s lesson from a stage, perhaps with a few visual backdrops to try …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem — Fri., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20-$25. academyofmusictheatre.com Brandi Carlile — Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $50.50. academyofmusictheatre.com Grace …

Weekend Planner — Music: Fall concert series at Florence Congregational Church benefits SafePassage

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Please help us spread the word” entreats Rebecca Finkler, community outreach director for Florence Congregational Church. OK — the word is that the church is hosting a fall concert series to benefit SafePassage of Northampton, which provides support …

Track Record

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Made in the A.M. One Direction Columbia/Syco; $12.09 “It’s inevitable that everything that’s good comes to an end,” sings One Direction on “Love You Goodbye,” a wistful song from the British band’s fifth studio album, “Made in the …

Ex-Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, defanged and back with band PiL

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

By Allison Stewart Chicago Tribune (TNS) Usually, the easiest way for John Lydon to disappoint somebody is to be nice to them. Lydon — the current frontman of post-punk forefathers Public Image Ltd and, of course, the former Sex Pistols frontman known as Johnny Rotten — has a …


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

50 Years Ago • Presentation of the Silver Beaver Award to Roger Copeland of Florence highlighted the annual recognition dinner of the Hampshire-Franklin Council, Boy Scouts of America, last night at the University of Massachusetts. Scouter Copeland joined the Scouting family as a Boy Scout in 1927 and …

Adv18 For release Wednesday, Nov. 18

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2015. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1865, Mark Twain’s first literary success, the original version of his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras …

Israel unveils Roman-era mosaic

Monday, November 16, 2015

LOD, Israel — Israel’s antiquities authority on Monday unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor that archaeologists found last year while building a visitors’ center meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the same location. The authority …

Quinn on Nutrition: Books that make for appetizing holiday gifts

Monday, November 16, 2015

No doubt about it. Nutrition remains a hot topic, even when all we want to think about is pumpkin pie and egg nog. What better gift for this holiday season. Here’s a few ideas from reputable sources: “1001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes, 3rd edition,” edited by …