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Emery Henderson at Northampton High School, Sept. 3.

Art Maker: Emery Henderson | Actor

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It’s what every actor dreams of: jobs piling up, one after the other. So, it’s probably safe to say that the last six months have been a dream-come-true for Emery Henderson of Southampton. During that time, the 16-year-old junior at Northampton High School performed in “One Slight Hitch” at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield and “This Is Our Youth” at her school’s Black Box Theater; she made her debut at New Century Theatre in Northampton in “The Little Foxes” and with The Theater Truck’s “Emily Dickinson Project”; and then she returned to the Majestic for its summer children’s theater season. Now that her schedule …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Yo ho (a pirate’s life for me)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When we were kids, my aunt Eileen used to tell us that the Driscolls are descended from Irish pirates. I assumed she was spicing up our family history to give her nieces and nephews a little thrill. But I later learned from an Irish history professor that our ancestors did, in fact, run …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Were those the arms of an angel?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

There was a time when I would give wide berth to someone walking toward me on a street, gesticulating and talking out loud. These days, though, I think nothing of it: It’s probably just someone conversing on a cellphone, equipped with Bluetooth technology. (If I don’t spot that little microphone, though, I still might make a beeline for the other side of the …

Chef’s Best: This fall, get French onion soup off the stove, onto a grill

Thursday, September 24, 2015

When a friend asked me if I could create a hearty fall soup that begins on the grill, at first I was stumped. I love making grilled gazpacho; it’s a regular in my summer rotation. But a cold …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: History repeats, and repeats itself

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The recent news has had me both angry and sad. For some time now a great wave of refugees has been trying to escape from countries torn by war, hunger, and the terrible, inhumane conditions brought on by people who think others deserve to die for practicing the …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Cock of the roost

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I worked on Labor Day this year and my assignment was to take pictures at the Three County Fair in Northampton. Upon hearing of my holiday assignment, a friend suggested I visit the poultry barn. I’m not going …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Judie’s, Judie’s, Judie’s

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I hadn’t seen Michelle in years — way too long — so we decided to get together. As she works in Amherst, we decided on Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St., where we found perfect seats at …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Soldier’s Heart’ at Academy of Music’; ‘Baghdad to Bach,” Friday at Smith College

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WAR, A PERSONAL HELL A chance meeting with another mom at her daughter’s school prompted Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan to write “Soldier’s Heart,” about a woman in the U.S. Marines serving in the Iraq War. When the woman told Ryan that she was about to be deployed, Ryan …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Fresh Grass at MASSMoCA; spoken word and music to benefit children in Iraq

Thursday, September 17, 2015

THE TWANG THANG The great country crossover musician Dwight Yoakam (his music far exceeds his acting, which isn’t half bad!) leads the lineup at this weekend’s “Fresh Grass” festival at MASSMoCA. And a mighty lineup it is, making this another irresistible call from the cultural gurus at the …

Steve Pfarrers’ Best Bets: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at UMass; new book about Detroit by David Maraniss, readings Wed. and Thurs.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A VALLEY FIRST Critics call the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan one of the world’s top companies, one that melds Western and modern dance influences with a variety of Asian artistic traditions; training for the dancers includes meditation, martial arts, calligraphy and other unusual practices. The troupe …

Your Time: Northampton’s ‘Chalk Art Festival’

Thursday, September 17, 2015

As a canvas, concrete is not known for its forgiving nature, but last Friday, for the sixth year, the sidewalks of downtown Northampton played host to artists competing in the city’s “Chalk Arts Festival.” The competitors — 14 …

Headliners: Anjelah Johnson at the Iron Horse; Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni’s one-woman show at Smith College

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mixed identities I A former professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, California-born Anjelah Johnson has spun her Mexican-Native American heritage into a variety of comic personas, most notably Tammy the Vietnamese nail salon employee (“What you need today? …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Cuddle Magic introduces new CD at Parlor Room, and much, much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The soulful, stripped-down and celebrated Brooklyn band Lake Street Dive has been in world-domination mode for a while now. But in between all the touring and TV show appearances, bassist Bridget Kearney made time to once again join …