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DAN LITTLE
University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of composition and contrabass Salvatore Macchia, seen here at at Bezanson Recital Hall. Macchia is one of the chief organizers of the Five College New Music Festival; he will also perform at the concerts, and one of his compositions is on the program.

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, to name just a few. But what about Pierre Boulez, Leon Kirchner and Arnold Schoenberg — or Jennifer Ellis, Salvatore Macchia and …

Infusing life: Artist’s childhood fascination with natural-history dioramas recalled in recent art project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? Titles like “Fish,” “Bat,” and “Baby Crocodile” reveal the animal sources of Stephen Petegorsky’s inkjet prints, but works in a recent series …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and …

New on DVD

Thursday, August 27, 2015

7 Minutes: Three high school friends are forced to commit a brazen robbery which quickly goes horribly wrong. Stars Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell. Not rated. Boulevard: A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced …

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Crowdsourced Cinema Project’; HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

INDY FILM Take the classic movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” mix in the enthusiasm of the folks at Northampton Community TV, add a heaping dose of creativity from local film enthusiasts and, voilà, you’ve got “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” Over the summer, teams filmed scenes from the …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: ‘The End of the Tour’ at Amherst Cinema; Slorg brings ‘arcade rock’ to The Basement

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’D DO AGAIN “The End of the Tour” is 106 minutes of two guys talking about being writers. That should be insufferable — except that one of the writers is David Foster Wallace (Jason …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started …

Headliners: ‘The Duck Variations’ in Huntington; Jeff Holmes Big Band at One Bar and Grill

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Theme and variations Nicknamed “Waiting for Goduck” by one critic, David Mamet’s 1972 minimalist work “The Duck Variations” is about two elderly guys sitting on a park bench by a lake watching ducks. Mamet is famous for his …

Book Bag: ‘On The Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and a World on the Verge of Change’ by Daniel Horowitz; ‘My Name is Aviva’ by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ON THE CUSP: THE YALE COLLEGE CLASS OF 1960 AND A WORLD ON THE VERGE OF CHANGE By Daniel Horowitz University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/press Daniel Horowitz, Smith College professor emeritus of American studies, entered Yale University in …

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: The Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Gail Thomas. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 FORBES …