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Gateway City Arts in Holyoke for sale, scaling back

12-04-2023 12:19 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Losing steam after more than a decade confronting the ups and downs of running an entertainment and dining complex, the owners of Gateway City Arts are looking to sell. “I think Vitek and I got worn out,” co-owner Lori Divine said...


Restless Books sets up shop in Amherst: Independent publisher started in New York City finds a new home in the Valley

12-01-2023 1:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A bit over 10 years ago, Ilan Stavans, the longtime Amherst College professor and writer, made his first venture into the business world: starting a publishing company dedicated to international writing.Restless Books, whose tagline is “an...


Just a big kid at art: Carle Museum showcases children’s book art of legendary graphic designer Seymour Chwast

11-30-2023 1:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Seymour Chwast turned 92 this summer. But in his heart, he might still be about 8 or 9 years old, based on the work he continues to create.A legendary graphic designer who, beginning in the 1950s, helped revolutionize the look of commercial art,...


The Beat Goes On: A bluegrass ‘minifest’ in Whately, Swedish a capella in South Hadley, jazz in Holyoke, and more

11-30-2023 1:11 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer’s long past, and so are the watermelons. But Watermelon Wednesdays, the long-running summertime acoustic music series at the West Whately Chapel, isn’t ready to pull the plug on its concerts.On Dec. 6, they’re sponsoring what they call...


Art in the round: Local galleries and museums feature varied art — and potential holiday gifts — this month

11-30-2023 1:10 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Still hunting for holiday gifts? Want to check out some new art? You can do both by visiting area galleries this month, which offer a variety of exhibits. Here’s a look at some of the shows.Michelson Galleries, Northampton — The Eric Carle Museum...


‘Improv Through Ages’ coming to Northampton High School

11-30-2023 1:09 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Scarlet Sock Foundation presents an evening of fun, delight and spontaneity with Improv Through the Ages on Friday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Northampton High School.The foundation administers small grants to community organizations...


Jump for joy: The Lindy League of Western Massachusetts makes swing dance accessible and fun

11-24-2023 10:58 AM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

As snow mingles with rain this Tuesday evening, the door to Spare Time Northampton is cool to the touch. But inside the bowling alley’s City Sports Grille, the cracks of falling pins fade into the warm pulse of swing music.The Lindy League of Western...


Book Bag: ‘The Original Bucky Lew’ by Christopher Boucher; ‘The New Naturals’ by Gabriel Bump

11-24-2023 10:57 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Original Bucky Lew: Basketball’s First Black Professionalby Chris BoucherWings ePress, Inc.Harry “Bucky” Lew might not have the name recognition of Jackie Robinson. But the two men had something in common: Both broke an unstated color barrier in...


Coming to terms with a hushed-up past: One-man play explores past abuse by Catholic clergy

11-24-2023 7:31 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

As Jay Sefton recalls, it was “a real honor” to be chosen to play Jesus Christ is his Catholic school’s annual production of a Passion Play, the historic theatrical presentation of Christ’s trial, suffering and death.It was 1985, and Sefton, who grew...


Playwright series returns to Northampton after hiatus

11-24-2023 7:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Northampton Playwrights Lab’s theater series, following a five-year hiatus, returns next weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 3) with six productions, in a forum designed to introduce audiences to innovative work being created by several area playwrights.The...


Arts Briefs: Open art studios and a 1980s play revival in Easthampton, a Native American exhibit in Springfield, and more

11-24-2023 7:05 AM

Back Porch Festival is coming backNORTHAMPTON — Signature Sounds’ Back Porch Festival, which underwent a dramatic expansion earlier this year, is set to return next March in a similar format, with 50 performers playing in 10 different venues over...


Objects may be closer than they appear: Artist painted memories into 252 vintage car mirrors, on display at UMass’ Hampden Gallery through Dec. 1

11-24-2023 7:01 AM

By JESENA KALABOKIS

Scottish multimedia artist Moray Hillary turns overlooked, ordinary details of everyday life into works of art.His latest exhibition, “Selective Memory,” currently on display at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Hampden Gallery until Dec. 1,...


Coming to terms with a hushed-up past: One-man play explores past abuse by Catholic clergy

11-22-2023 4:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As Jay Sefton recalls, it was “a real honor” to be chosen to play Jesus Christ is his Catholic school’s annual production of a Passion Play, the historic theatrical presentation of Christ’s trial, suffering and death.It was 1985, and Sefton, who grew...


It’s almost showtime: 33 Hawley, Northampton’s community arts center, is putting on its finishing touches

11-18-2023 9:47 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s been a long run — but the finish line is now in view.The Northampton Community Arts Trust building, largely or partly shuttered for most of this year, is poised to reopen, as work to make the final improvements in the 25,000-square-foot building...


Think before you click: Center for Mindfulness Photography in Easthampton teaches a new view of yourself in the world

11-17-2023 12:15 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

It was a cold and icy winter day when Amy Thompson accidentally locked herself out of the house, with nothing but her phone and time to spare — not an uncommon tale.But rather than becoming frustrated with herself for wasting 40 minutes of the day or...


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,...



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