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VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, so those who are interested in attending … 0

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at the Ko Festival in Amherst; Chris Bohjalian talks about his new novel at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YO MISS! Actress, radio producer and educator Judith Sloan spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails, where she got an introduction to hip-hop culture, rapper Immortal Technique and the tragic lives of some students. Sloan recalls those experiences, as well as her own family history, in her … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bear Hands play catchy pop at Pearl Street, and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop music’s clothes keep changing but the form underneath is the same — it has to be catchy, the song needs hooks, your ears need to be grabbed. And “Giants,” a single from Brooklyn band Bear Hands, grabs … 0

Art People: Carl Erikson | textile artist

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Erikson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by fabric. As a 12-year-old in a Chicago suburb in the early ’50s he’d take a train into the city on a Saturday and wander, always ending up … 0

Book Bag: Suzanne Strepek Shea’s ‘This is Paradise’; Dennis Gildea’s ‘Hoop Crazy’

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THIS IS PARADISE By Suzanne Strempek Shea PFP Publishing www.suzannestrempekshea.com If Mags Riordan had given up on life, many people might have understood. The Irish native lost her first child, a 4-month-old daughter, in a freak auto accident … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Readings by Jane Lewty, Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, John Beer and Abraham Smith July 23, 8 p.m., 42 West Street, Hadley. 387-0333 FORBES LIBRARY: Dusty Miller reads from … 0

Photo Gallery: Three little pigs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

About a month-and-a-half ago my neighbor in Westhampton called to tell me he had some baby pigs in his barn, and that I should come take a look, and maybe a picture. My neighbor’s got a great track … 0

A flâneur’s walk: Looking at Northampton through a writer’s eyes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In mid-19th-century Paris, a literary figure known as the “flâneur” became a fixture of the city, a person who strolled the streets and drank in the experience for artistic inspiration and contemplation. As the poet Charles Baudelaire wrote … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Buckley Chamber Players

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Formed in 2007, the Buckley Chamber Players consists of Five College music faculty members violinist Joel Pitchon (Smith College), cellist Volcy Pelletier (Smith College) and pianist Alissa Leiser (Amherst College), plus violist Ronald Carbone, first chair of the … 0

Bullock’s encounter with stalker described

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Sandra Bullock’s recent encounter with a stalker in her home reads like a scene from a scary movie in newly released documents, painting a portrait of an obsessed fan who described himself as her “husband.” … 0

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain

Monday, July 14, 2014

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain   All girl band The Snaz were the youngest musicians playing at the fest. Another Green River Festival is in the history books, and this one was a great one, different in some ways, but the same in how … 0