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40 years of making music: The Young@Heart Chorus celebrates a milestone
11-11-2022 3:57 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Back in 1982, when he first started leading a singing group of elderly residents in the Walter Salvo House in Northampton, Bob Cilman wasn’t sure if this new venture was going to fly.“I couldn’t imagine it lasting more than two weeks,” he says with a...


Sylvia Plath at 90: Smith College forum examines famous poet in wake of new biography
11-03-2022 4:16 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Almost a century after she was born, Sylvia Plath is still winning admirers.The famous poet and Smith College graduate, who took her life in 1963 and was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize, has been the subject of a huge number of books and...


Back Porch Festival in Northampton set for big expansion in 2023
10-31-2022 2:11 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — The Back Porch Festival, Signature Sounds’ late-winter showcase for American roots music, is poised to return in 2023 — in a much bigger format.Incorporating elements of First Night Northampton, the Back Porch Festival will expand to...


Spinning the classics: Young jazz archivist Matthew Rivera will play vintage 78rpm records at the Northampton Jazz Festival
09-22-2022 4:04 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera didn’t hear a whole lot of jazz. But what he did hear began to pique his interest.By the time he was in high school, Rivera says, jazz had become “an obsession,” and in college he was...


Two arrested in connection with fatal Holyoke shootings
09-11-2022 8:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

HOLYOKE — Police have arrested two men in connection with two recent fatal shootings in the city.The Hampden District Attorney’s Office said Angel Velez of Springfield and Victor Diaz-Torres of Holyoke were both arrested late last week in separate...


The Beat Goes On: Melody Gardot in smoky jazz duo; a hot slate at the Drake, and more
09-02-2022 9:26 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the musical world, it’s now a classic comeback story: how jazz singer Melody Gardot, then 19 years old, was struck by a car while bicycling in her native Philadelphia in 2003 and suffered serious head and spinal injuries, a broken pelvis, and...


Overcoming stereotypes: Northampton man aims to make independent film about a musician with a disability
07-23-2022 7:01 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — For the last few years, Jeremy Macomber-Dubs has been advocating for people with disabilities. As someone who uses a wheelchair because he struggles with the effects of brittle bone disease, Macomber-Dubs know it’s a challenge to...


A very good run: Last concert of the Magic Triangle series at UMass Amherst, begun in 1990, to take place
04-20-2022 9:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Over 30 years ago, Glenn Siegel, then working as a jazz DJ at WMUA-FM at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, went to talk to Frederick Tillis, the director of the university’s Fine Arts Center. Siegel and some other jazz DJs at the...


Celebrating a milestone: Double Edge Theatre marks 40 years of innovative productions with new programming
04-15-2022 2:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Back in 1982, a new feminist ensemble called Double Edge Theatre formed in Boston and presented its first production: “RITES,” an adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy “The Bacchae” by Euripides, with this modern version set in a women’s public...


The Beat Goes On: Todd Snider, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Aimee Man, Bill and the Belles, and more
04-14-2022 5:12 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Todd Snider has been through a number of changes since he burst on the national music scene in 1994 with his debut album, “Songs for the Daily Planet,” a roots-rock record on which the singer-songwriter first unveiled his penchant for biting satire as...


Holyoke police arrest 3 on drug charges
01-23-2022 3:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

HOLYOKE — Following ongoing drug investigations, police arrested three people over the weekend, charging two of the defendants with trafficking in heroin.The arrests were made early Friday in two separate locations in the city, during raids that took...


200 years of learning: Amherst College history marked by growth and change
09-04-2021 7:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — It began as a one-building school, with a few dozen students, a tiny handful of faculty, and a curriculum based around math, Latin, oratory, philosophy and, above all, piety. The school’s founders wanted to provide a classical education for...


Small is beautiful: Holyoke gallery features mail art from across the country and overseas
06-21-2020 9:28 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Mail art, as Dean Brown explains, became a big deal in the late 1960s and the 1970s, a populist movement based on sending small-scale artworks — drawings, paintings, graphic designs and more — through the Postal Service.Over the past couple of...


Laughter as therapy: In new video, performance artist Sally Greenhouse recounts the aftermath of breaking her neck
10-31-2019 4:59 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the 1990s, Sally Greenhouse had a regular gig on Northampton Community Television (now Northampton Open Media, or NOM) with her show “The Greenhouse Effect,” a combination of performance art, monologue and comedy in which the multidisciplinary...


Remembering David Berman: Late singer-songwriter and poet had key ties to the Valley
09-26-2019 1:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

For a long time, he was unsure of his singing voice, wondering if it was really good enough to front a band. And for a good part of the time he was making albums, he also shunned most live performances, not feeling he could sing in front of an...


Extraordinary Paintings of Ordinary Gals: The pioneering work of Isabel Bishop
01-10-2019 4:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the early 1900s, few young American women were allowed to go about unchaperoned. Fewer still would likely have been permitted to attend college on their own, almost 500 miles from home, and at the tender age of 16.But the painter and printmaker...


Jarrett Krosoczka uses art to come to terms with a difficult childhood
10-01-2018 8:47 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In a childhood that had its fair share of pain and confusion, Jarrett J. Krosoczka can recall a couple of incidents that really stood out.When he was three, his grandparents, Joe and Shirley Krosoczka, told him a few days before Christmas that he’d be...


The Mentalist: Amherst College philosophy professor Alexander George moonlights as a mind reader
05-24-2018 11:44 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

By day, he’s in the classroom, leading discussions on ethics, value, knowledge and other philosophical questions, as well as the ideas of specific philosophers themselves.By night, he leads a different kind of discussion — a performance, really — that...


The sound of music… and a few stray notes: Seniors play in New Horizons Band
07-28-2017 8:57 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

 Carol Neubert took piano lessons for several years when she was growing up, learned to read music and figured out how to play the instrument — to a degree.“My right hand can play the piano well, and my left hand plays well, but they do not play well...


Road warriors: Springfield exhibit celebrates first cross-country motorcycle trip by women
07-13-2017 3:38 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A hundred years ago, there was one relatively efficient way of crossing the country: by rail. To do it by road required using a patchwork of mostly unimproved surfaces — dirt, gravel, and sometimes just sand — on motorized vehicles that were still in...

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