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Old playbill keys concert revival: Nov. 18 show at Bombyx Center reimagines an 1873 show once staged at church
11-16-2023 2:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When staff at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, in the midst of doing renovations in the basement, came across a tattered but still readable playbill from a concert apparently staged at the property in 1873 — then known simply as the Florence...


From India to Northampton: Rhynia, a new arts and community space, looks to sink roots in the city
11-16-2023 2:26 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s a modest space, a basement area that’s right next door to one of Northampton’s busiest art centers, the A.P.E. Gallery, and just another door down from an even larger arts space, R. Michelson Galleries.But Rhynia, a new arts and event space in...


The Beat Goes On: Two supergroups come to Northampton: Plus, groovy music and a tribute in Turners Falls, and more
11-16-2023 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When “supergroups” first formed in the 1960s after rock stars from different bands teamed up with one another — Cream, Blind Faith, and CSNY were among the first — some became known more for their battles of superstar egos and didn’t stay together...


Women theater artists flying solo: One-woman productions probe the life of a famed Supreme Court justice and a forgotten chapter of U.S. history
11-13-2023 9:23 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

There’s no shortage of theater in the Valley. But how often can you catch two solo productions by women on the same weekend?On Nov. 17, “All Things Equal: The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” a solo show starring Michelle Azar as the late...


Book Bag: ‘L’Allegria,’ translated by Wally Swist; ‘Listen to the Birds’ by Donald Kroodsman, Léna Mazilu and Yoann Guény
11-11-2023 9:09 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

L’AllegriaBy Giuseppe UngarettiTranslated by Wally SwistShanti Arts Publishing Valley poet Wally Swist has been little short of prolific in the last several years, publishing a number of new collections and also penning two volumes of essays,...


A new twist: Dancers joining the Y@H Chorus for the group’s coming show 
11-10-2023 12:42 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

They’ve shared stages with multiple musical performers and other singers, from the Chicago Children’s Choir to students in the celebrated SciTech Band of Springfield to incarcerated men at the Hampshire County House of Corrections.Now the Young@Heart...


Rooms of their own: New exhibit at Springfield Museums celebrates 200-plus years of work by a broad range of women artists
11-06-2023 1:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Paintings that date to the early 1800s. Native American crafts and textiles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Depression-era photographs and ones taken just a few years ago. A quilt that offers interesting commentary on a pop culture topic...


Metal and more, on players’ terms: New arts co-op looks to be a home for heavy music and independent artists
11-03-2023 10:12 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the last few years, a number of music and performing venues in the Valley have embraced the nonprofit model to support the arts, from The Drake in Amherst to the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence to The Parlor Room in Northampton.Now...


Bridging a gap of understanding: Month-long visual arts and performance festival, “A Stone’s Throw,” examines the experiences of military veterans and their families
11-02-2023 2:17 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though she was too young to understand many details at the time, Mollye Maxner remembers the Vietnam War had a profound effect on her family. Her father, Steve Maxner, served as a combat medic in the war and endured emotional turmoil from his...


The Beat Goes On: Innovative solo piano in Amherst and Northampton, an album release party in Easthampton, and more
11-02-2023 10:23 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like solo piano? Specifically solo piano from classically trained musicians who have infused their music with lots of other elements, from hip hop to jam band grooves to pop?If that’s the case, next Thursday, Nov. 9, you’ll have a tough choice to...


Come on in: Artists in Easthampton and Florence will host open studio events in early November
10-27-2023 7:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Fall brings lots of familiar sights and traditions to the Valley: football games, colorful foliage, crisp nights, pumpkin and squash harvests.There’s another tradition in early November: artists opening their studios to the public.On Nov. 4 and 5,...


An exhibit to kvell over: Expansive new Amherst exhibit looks at the global impact of Yiddish
10-27-2023 8:13 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

About five to six years ago, staff at the Yiddish Book Center began considering an expansive exhibit on Yiddish culture that would open in 2020 to mark the book center’s 40th anniversary.The pandemic and a few other things prevented that from taking...


‘Queen of the Court’: Madeleine Blais’ new book takes a fresh look at tennis star Alice Marble of the 1930s 
10-23-2023 10:27 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Tennis star. Tennis innovator. A celebrity in her day who appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine. A woman who also sang professionally, designed clothes, worked as a sports columnist, hobnobbed with movie stars, and rebuilt her tennis career after a...


Expanding the canvas: ‘Sum of its Parts’ at Smith College Museum of Art features a range of multi-panel works
10-20-2023 8:38 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Sometimes artists want to work on a big scale: to tell a particular narrative, to juxtapose images in a unique way, or to do something outside of their usual working parameters.But the challenge to that can be finding enough exhibition space to...


The Beat Goes On: Big-throated blues in Amherst, classical music in Hadley and Florence, and more
10-19-2023 3:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Matt Andersen may not be a household name in the U.S., but he’s plenty well known in our big neighbor to the north. The New Brunswick native has won a slew of Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s biggest blues honor, while also earning nominations for the...


Book Bag: ‘The Privilege of the Happy Ending’ by Kij Johnson; ‘OKPsyche’ by Anya Johanna DeNiro
10-19-2023 3:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Privilege of the Happy EndingBy Kij JohnsonSmall Beer Press Fantasy writer Kij Johnson has a long list of awards and award nominations to her name, from Nebula and Hugo Awards — two of the premiere prizes for fantasy and science fiction writing —...


Music with a message: Northampton Jazz Festival takes over downtown next weekend with a celebration of music and civil rights
09-22-2023 5:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Max Roach is celebrated as one of the most influential drummers in jazz history, a pioneer of Bebop who led groundbreaking ensembles in every decade of his long career. As a drummer and a composer, he’s credited with making drums a more expressive and...


Book Bag: ‘Always Matt’ by Lesléa Newman; ‘JoJo and the Gazork’ and ‘JoJo and the Eagle’ by Peter Rosnick 
09-22-2023 11:41 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Always Matt: A Tribute to Matthew ShepardBy Lesléa NewmanIllustrated by Brian BritiganAbrams Comic Arts For a quarter of a century, Holyoke author Lesléa Newman has felt a special kinship with Matthew Shepard, the gay college student at the University...


The Beat Goes On: A solo acoustic cover of ‘Abbey Road’ in Greenfield, intricate guitar in Northampton, blues in Amherst and more
09-22-2023 11:40 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Editor’s Note: The Juke Joint Jazz performance at the Marigold Theater in Easthampton on Sept. 24 has been rescheduled due to COVID cases in the band. A new date will be announced soon.Several years ago, singer and songwriter Pamela Means decided to...


The creative vibe in the hills: Hilltown Open Studio Tour will profile the work of 32 artists in seven towns
09-22-2023 9:53 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour, in which potters in the region open their studios to visitors, has been a staple in the Valley for almost 20 years.Now the Hilltown Open Studio Tour is making its move to become a mainstay annual event.The Hilltown tour,...

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