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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...


Arts Briefs: New jazz host at NEPM, abstract art in Amherst, dance concert at Smith Colle

11-10-2023 10:50 AM

New voice on ‘Jazz à la Mode’SPRINGFIELD/AMHERST — If you’ve tuned into New England Public Media’s “Jazz à la Mode” this past week, you may have heard a new guy introducing the music on the Monday-to-Friday evening show. And if you’re a jazz fan, you...


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...


Transplanting a 116-year-old organ: 1907 South Deerfield church organ saved just in time, finds new home at Merrimack College

11-03-2023 10:11 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

On a freezing day in January 2020, notes once again rang out from the South Deerfield Congregational Church’s dormant organ, which had been sitting there in the unheated building since the church’s 2017 closure.Taking the seat at the instrument was...


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,...


Western Mass musicians up for awards: New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards nominate only a handful of local bands this year

10-27-2023 6:58 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

For the small handful of Pioneer Valley artists nominated between this year’s New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards, the region’s highest musical honor would not merely be an individual accolade, or even a matter of putting the Valley on...


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...


Music without borders: Tiny Glass Tavern mixes many genres with lots of joy for Nov. 1 performance at Edwards Church

10-26-2023 2:50 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

No two shows of the Tiny Glass Tavern sound the same. Led by Artistic Director Sophie Michaux, who lives in Conway but was born in London and raised in the French alps, the music ensemble Tiny Glass Tavern combines a variety of genres to create...


Arts Briefs: A campy operetta in Northampton, art exhibits in Florence and Holyoke, and more

10-26-2023 2:37 PM

‘Camping’ in the forestNORTHAMPTON — Valley Light Opera is returning to the Academy of Music with a new Gilbert & Sullivan production, though it’s one the community-based troupe has not tackled in many years: “Iolanthe.”Gilbert & Sullivan created a...


‘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...


It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood: Easthampton joins national movement with inaugural Porchfest throughout New City neighborhood, Sept. 30

09-22-2023 11:44 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As many Easthampton residents do, Marjory Zaik has deep ties to the historic New City Neighborhood. A 1930s family photograph pictures her aunts Stella and Helen laughing while cheerfully leaning against the rail of their Federal Street home porch in...


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...



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