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‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that sit-down last week bloomed into a fireworks display of one great tale after another. For decades, Herold was the force behind the …

‘Malleability of meaning’: Collage exhibit showcases work of 10 diverse artists

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Michael Sjostedt, a collage artist, social media professional and event organizer who lives across the street from the Emily Williston Library in Easthampton, noticed a …

Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third …

Movie Review: Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘November Man’

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man,” playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A …

Advance Bookings: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kevin James and much more coming up in the Valley

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $37-$134. xlcenter.com Kevin James — Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Sound installation at Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; Northampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SURROUND SOUND Go for the art; stay for the music. The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has a new sound installation: a multi-speaker recording of the slow movement from Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet played by the Brentano String Quartet and Michael Kannen of the Peabody Institute of …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘American Moderns’ at Springfield Museum of Fine Arts; South Hadley Poetry Circle

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘AMERICAN MODERNS’ “American Moderns: 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell,” an exhibit of works by Georgia O’Keeffe Milton Avery, Reginald March and Norman Rockwell, among others, marks its final day Sept. 7 at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. On loan from the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibit shows how …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Charles Neville at the Iron Horse in Northampton; Cliff Eberhardt at ‘Song and Story Swap’ at Nacul Center in Amherst

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THIS NEVILLE LEFT HOME Charles Neville, the only one of the brothers from the fabled New Orleans jazz group who ever lived far from home for long periods of time, might also have the most varied musical background of the quintet. The saxophonist has made his mark in …

Art People: Jonathan Wilhelm | painter, woodcut artist

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jonathan Wilhelm describes himself as a hard worker who’s been focused on his art for 20 years. That’s not an unusual length of time — but the fact that Wilhelm is only 25 does add context. “My earliest …

Tuned In: The Sun Parade has new EP, local show with Jake Klar and Wydyde at Hinge in Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton quartet The Sun Parade will soon be off on a national tour, including some dates opening for their skyrocketing old friends Lake Street Dive. Before they hit the road, catch their local show featuring the official release …

Book Bag: Sarah J. Maas’ ‘Heir of Fire’; Dawn Metcalf’s ‘Twixt’ books

Thursday, September 4, 2014

HEIR OF FIRE By Sarah J. Maas Bloomsbury Publishing sarahjmaas.com Fantasy is a hugely popular genre when it comes to teen/YA literature, and any number of writers have been mining that territory to great effect, from Suzanne Collins …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Judith Frank reads from her new novel, “All I Love and Know,” Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Amherst College Alumni House, Churchill St., Amherst. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Joe Gannon presents his …

Photo Gallery: Remembrance of things past

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I was hunting for a feature-photo opportunity recently on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, where I took this photo of the empty colonnade at the Fine Arts Center, and I was struck with a funny …