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Across the great white north: New children’s book chronicles epic Alaskan trip by dog sled
05-30-2024 3:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Crossing the snowy wastes of Alaska in deep winter, when the temperature is plunging past 40 below zero, might not be everybody’s cup of tea.But for Marla BB, it was a little bit of paradise — a three-week sojourn with her own Alaskan sled dogs,...

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Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-23-2024 2:41 PM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


Rattling those musical bones: Folk/blues veteran Chris Smither releases his 20th album ahead of 80th birthday
05-17-2024 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Chris Smither found his live gigs shut down during the worst months of COVID-19, he figured it might at least be a good opportunity to write some new songs — something the veteran folk/blues singer and guitarist admits is not the easiest process...


The Beat Goes On: Cloudbelly celebrates a new album in Northampton, Brazilian sounds come to Amherst, and more
04-04-2024 3:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just days after former folk and Americana performer turned indie-pop singer Caroline Rose played in Florence, Cloudbelly, the Valley indie folk band led by singer-songwriter Corey Laitman, is set to showcase songs from a new album that has a...


Art is a vehicle for change: Power of Truths Festival returns to Florence to illuminate history of injustice, April 5-6
03-28-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Can the arts help us reexamine our past and come to terms with injustice? Can music, film and other mediums become instruments for social change by helping us look differently at our history and our beliefs?Those are questions the Power of Truths Arts...


Arts Briefs: Rising indie pop star Caroline Rose comes to Florence, UMass Amherst hosts a literary festival, and more
03-28-2024 12:24 PM

Hot tickets at BombyxFLORENCE — Indie pop singer and songwriter Caroline Rose, who’s gained increased attention and acclaim from the national music press in the last several years, is coming to the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity for two shows, April...


The Beat Goes On: A post-Mardi Gras show in Florence, a popular area band celebrates its newest album in Amherst, and more
03-21-2024 2:10 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Mardi Gras took place last month, but you can catch some of its flavor at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity on March 24 at 4 p.m. when Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen come to the Florence venue — with the Soggy Po Boys opening the show.Cleary has...


The Beat Goes On: Chamber music at The Drake, a Saint Patrick’s weekend musical smorgasbord, and more
03-07-2024 1:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Since opening in the spring of 2022, The Drake has featured a wide range of music, from blues to rock to folk (and various combinations thereof), to jazz and more.“More” includes the Amherst club’s periodic forays into classical music, with concerts...


New year, new look: Bombyx Center adds more varied arts programming to its lineup while making infrastructure improvements
02-22-2024 1:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

What a difference a year makes.Late last May, the Northampton Fire Department abruptly shut down virtually all music performances at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence, citing inadequate fire prevention measures at the venue.The move...


From Holland with love: Julia van IJken takes up more of the reins with Young@Heart Chorus
02-16-2024 3:59 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, Julia van IJken was at her parents’ home in the Netherlands, unable to travel back to England, where she’d been working on a master’s program in art and communication at the Royal College of Art in...


‘You don’t look like a doctor’: Documentary film looks at the biases and challenges Black women physicians face 
01-25-2024 3:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dr. Khama Ennis had come a long way in her medical career.Until 2022, the Amherst resident had spent about two decades in emergency medicine, including a number of years as chief of emergency medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, as...


Staying in the game: Veteran actors and teachers Raye and Candace Birk are still involved with theater after decades of performance
01-25-2024 3:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Looking for some talented older actors who can play a wide range of roles? Who have decades of experience in theater, film and television?Raye Birk and Candace Barrett Birk are at your service.The Florence couple, relatively new transplants to the...


Arts Briefs: Oscar-buzz films at Amherst Cinema, a virtual show by the Young@Heart Chorus, and more
12-07-2023 4:07 PM

Hot tickets at the moviesAMHERST — Amherst Cinema usually has plenty of interesting and critically lauded films on its schedule. But at the moment, the independent movie house is screening two titles that are generating Oscar buzz as well.“The...


Bomb threat Sunday forces Florence synagogue to be evacuated
11-20-2023 5:52 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton’s Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, which also serves as a synagogue and congregational church, had to be evacuated on Sunday as part of a series of bomb threats made against places of worship across the commonwealth....


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...


Valley musicians go to bat for victims of Maui wildfires
09-04-2023 1:10 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

FLORENCE — The world watched in horror last month as devastating wildfires wiped out a historic community on the island of Maui, killing at least 115 people in and around the town of Lahaina and destroying an estimated 2,200 structures.According to...


Making a musical home: New album celebrates the work of immigrant jazz musicians
06-15-2023 3:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In 2019, Felipe Salles put the finishing touches on an ambitious project: an extended composition that blended jazz, Latin American music, and classical elements, all of it based on interviews he’d conducted with younger immigrants about what it was...


Bombyx allowed to reopen for live music in Florence after fire chief rescinds shutdown order
05-26-2023 5:17 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Almost as quickly as it was closed for live music events, the Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity on Friday reopened to performances.Executive Director Cassandra Holden said she received the welcome news Friday morning in an email from...


Nightclub ruling, sprinkler order could sink Bombyx Center in Florence
05-23-2023 5:20 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — The Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity says an order from the city’s Fire Department last week shutting down live music at the Florence center has been both “unexpected and alarming” and now threatens the long-term viability of the...


Northampton fire chief bars music in Bombyx until sprinklers installed
05-20-2023 9:41 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s fire chief, Jon Davine, has ordered the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity to cease all its indoor music events until an automatic sprinkler system is installed in the center’s sanctuary, where concerts are held.The order comes a...


Northampton fire inspector orders Bombyx to shut down live indoor music, center leaders seek explanation
05-18-2023 9:26 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — Staff and board members from the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity are meeting this morning with city officials to try to get answers for what Bombyx says is a bewildering turn of events: a sudden shutdown of live indoor music ordered by a...

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