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‘Hear Ye, Israel’/Songs of loss and survival

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Theatrical force, narrative intensity, dramatic lyricism — Felix Mendelssohn packed it all into his oratorio “Elijah,” along with musical evocations of earthquakes and oceans and a miraculous ascent into the empyrean on a chariot of flames. Strongly influenced by the oratorios of Mendelssohn’s Baroque predecessors Bach and Handel but singularly Romantic in style, the work was enthusiastically received by an …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, he finds that he can’t leave the war behind. Also stars Kyle Gallner. Rated R. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Consididered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ at the Academy of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015

A SERIOUS MATTER Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will be presented Saturday, Sunday and Monday by Serious Play! The choreopoem — poems accompanied by dance and music — stars Marcia Gomes, Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Kaliis Smith and Evelyn Harris. A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. brownpapertickets.com; 800-838-3006. The play contains mature subject matter, and …

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Art Maker: Eric Berlin | musician

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Trumpet player Eric Berlin, a music professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been nominated for a Grammy Award, along with his UMass Wind Ensemble. The nod is for the group’s performance, with Berlin as soloist, of …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Remembering Robert Stone

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In 1981, when I interviewed Robert Stone for the Gazette, I already knew him a little. He had been a visiting writer at Amherst College, where my husband teaches, and he and his family had spent a year in our house while we were in England during a …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Well, show me the way to the next whiskey bar

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Brown liquors are back. Of course, for some, they never left — but these days more and more people are drinking whiskey. Whether you’re a newbie to the joys of a good whiskey or a veteran, a stop …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Still life exhibit at William Baczek Fine Arts; violin prodigy plays with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Thursday, February 5, 2015

STILL LIFE This year’s annual still life exhibit at William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton opens with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Baczek asks this question: “The contemporary still life has to compare itself with all of art history, so the challenge is, how can …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Angela Davis speaks at Smith; TV show, ‘The Americans’ on FX

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ACTIVIST INSIGHT Angela Davis, a political activist who spent 18 months in jail and was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, will give a public talk at Smith College Saturday as keynoter for the Smith College Black Students Association’s conference. These days, she focuses on social problems …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Japanese art at Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; Foreigner plays the Calvin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

THE ART OF JAPAN The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College opens two exhibits of Japanese art this weekend. “Fifty Years of Showa Japan” features the work of photographer Kageyama Koyo, who captured Tokyo’s changing face from the late 1920s to its development into a global metropolis in …

Photo Gallery: Double take

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On my drive back from a recent portrait shoot in Amherst, my head was on a swivel as I looked for feature-photo possiblities. I did a double take when I spotted Norman Bie, 59, of Amherst. I drove …

Book Bag: ‘Daodejing: An Interpretation’ by David Breeden, Wally Swist and Steven Schroeder; ‘Coriander’ by Gia Bernini

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DAODEJING: AN INTERPRETATION By David Breeden, Wally Swist and Steven Schroeder Lamar University Press www.wallyswist.com www.lamaruniversitypress.org Amherst poet Wally Swist has long had a distinct voice, whether writing about nature or a spirituality that’s been influenced by his …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. GALLERY: Gia Bernini reads from her new collection of essays, “Coriander,” Saturday, 7 p.m., at the gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. 586-5553 HISTORIC NORTHAMPTON: “Voices Beyond Bondage,” a discussion with …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The New Pornographers at the Calvin Theatre, and much more

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the current galaxy of pop music, few bands burn as brightly as The New Pornographers. Their songs are supercharged with stacks of smart hooks and harmonies, memorably original lyrics, soaring sing-along choruses and a surging spirit — …