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Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: Is it possible to stay young forever?

01-11-2024 10:13 AM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

I recently found myself singing along to the chorus of “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan.Written as a lullaby for one of his sons, the song takes the form of an ancient prayer. Dylan’s verses directly address the child as “you” and lay out hopes for his...


Seeing with fresh eyes: In Northampton exhibit, printmakers find inspiration for work following artist residencies

01-05-2024 3:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Artists find inspiration from a number of sources. Sometimes it comes from simply living and studying outside of home.In “A Sense of Place,” a new exhibit that marks the reopening of 33 Hawley, the Northampton Community Arts Trust building, several...


Let’s go to the movies: Staff writer Steve Pfarrer’s favorite films of 2023

01-05-2024 3:17 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s still close enough to the end of 2023 to slip in one more “best of the year” article. In this case, it’s my list of my favorite films, given there are plenty I missed that have won acclaim. But after two-plus years of COVID-19 mostly kept me...


Arts Briefs: An Emily Dickinson drama in Holyoke, a closing art exhibit in Amherst, and more

01-05-2024 9:22 AM

The poet Emily in the Paper CityHOLYOKE — MIFA Victory Theatre is combining forces with the Emily Dickinson Museum and a New York theater company for a fresh look at The Belle of Amherst and her poetic legacy.“Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter...


Crossing borders: Hadley author’s short story collection explores the human stories behind immigration

01-04-2024 5:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

On the U.S.-Mexican border, a desperate mother sends her young daughter alone across a bridge over the Rio Grande to try make it into Texas. In New York City, a Jewish woman confronts the hole in her heart when she thinks of her former Muslim husband,...


The infinite imaginarium of Leo Lionni: A groundbreaking Rockwell exhibit

12-29-2023 9:21 PM

By DON STEWART

As an inquisitive boy growing up in Amsterdam, he kept a menagerie of snails and toads and other small woodland fauna in his room, populating the glass terrariums he’d filled with mosses and ferns.Influenced by one uncle, an architect, and two others...


And to think that I saw it at ACT: Amherst Community Theater readies for its newest production, ‘Seussical’

12-29-2023 9:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

He’s one of the most famous and beloved children’s book authors ever, and he grew about 20 miles south of here. So the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel — better known, or course, as Dr. Seuss — seemed like a natural fit for the new musical by Amherst...


Book Bag: ‘Finding Home’ by Gwen Agna and Shelley Rotner; ‘In Praise of Listening’ by Christian McEwen

12-29-2023 9:04 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Finding Home: Words From Kids Seeking SanctuaryBy Gwen Agna and Shelley Rotner; Clarion Books Headlines inform us every day of the crises many people face around the world — war, climate disasters, violent crime — that force them to flee their homes....


Getting an inside look: Holyoke exhibit culls varied work from artists’ sketchbooks and journals

12-28-2023 7:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Where does art begin? With a general idea or image? Maybe something that’s sketched out quickly in a journal or on a piece of paper?This month at PULP in Holyoke, the Race Street gallery is showcasing just that sort of “behind-the-scenes” look at what...


The Beat Goes On: A Jeff Buckley tribute show, a slate of New Year’s weekend concerts, and more 

12-28-2023 7:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like father, like son: Tim Buckley and his son, Jeff, both became musicians at a young age, and both died well before their time — Tim of a heroin overdose at age 28 in 1975, and Jeff from drowning at age 30 in 1997.Tim Buckley became a pretty...


Arts Briefs: A musical goodbye at Anchor House of Artists, varied exhibits in Amherst and Northampton, and more

12-22-2023 2:16 PM

A stylish and artistic send-offNORTHAMPTON — Anchor House of Artists, which is closing for a couple weeks beginning Dec. 24, will be open Dec. 30 to host a send-off for pianist and poet Eliot Cardinaux, who has spent much of the past decade shuttling...


Fighting fascism at home and abroad: Rachel Maddow’s new book examines American fascism in the WWII era and the fight against it

12-22-2023 2:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The conventional story of World War II in the United States is the one about how the country, shrugging off the hardships brought on by the Great Depression, rolled up its sleeves to defeat the fascist forces of Nazi Germany and Japan and make the...


2023 Reading Roundup: Staff writer Steve Pfarrer’s favorite reads of the year

12-21-2023 9:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s that time of year again: time to crank out the “best of” lists. In this case, as I’ve done in the last several years, I’ve listed some of my favorite reads for 2023. I love reading these kinds of lists myself to discover a book, movie, or album I...


Short and sweet: Community show features short films by emerging filmmakers in western Mass.

12-15-2023 11:47 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

People celebrate the holidays in different ways.Lucas Fappiano and Colin Hodgson are doing it by hosting a free screening of movies by area filmmakers, with the goal of bringing people together to recognize some of the Valley’s artistic strength and...


So not home for the holidays: ‘The Holdovers’ offers a funny, bittersweet Christmas story

12-15-2023 11:43 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Back in 2004, actor Paul Giamatti teamed up with screenwriter/director and Alexander Payne in “Sideways,” an offbeat comedy/drama about two friends who take a road trip through the California wine country as they both grapple with midlife crises of a...


The Beat Goes On: Deck the halls with holiday shows, from Amherst to Easthampton to Northampton to Turners Falls

12-14-2023 11:36 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The holidays are nearly upon us and, no surprise, the Valley’s music calendar is chock full of holiday shows over the next week, with some featuring bands playing their versions of seasonal tunes and others focused more on spreading general good...


Finding a way past apartheid: Documentary revisits program that brought Black South African students to Smith College during civil rights struggle

12-08-2023 4:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The 1980s were a brutal time in South Africa. Decades of apartheid, the ironbound racial segregation system that relegated a majority Black population to second-class citizenship under white rule, led to increasing Black resistance, followed by severe...


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...


Book Bag: ‘Noche Triste’ by Robert Radin; ‘My Girl Vaida’ by Caitlin Quinn

12-07-2023 4:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Noche Trist: A Memoir of AnorexiaBy Robert RadinIbidem/Columbia University Press A few years ago, Robert Radin, the the director of citizenship and immigration services for Jewish Family Service in Springfield, wrote a memoir about his experience...


Weaving stories into cloth: Scott Norris draws inspiration for his hand-woven ‘pages’ from books, calligraphy, and old letterpresses

12-07-2023 4:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Scott Norris says he’s been a huge fan of books, of reading, of words themselves, for many years. He’s also fascinated by calligraphy and different kinds of text, as well as letterpress printers and early printing methods — oh, and 18th-century...



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