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June Millington will be celebrated for her pioneering work as a female rock musician and teacher on Feb. 21 as part of Four Sundays in February. Photo by Per Brandin.

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held each Sunday in February at the Academy of Music. But Sanderson, the event producer for the Arts Council, says he and the council’s director, Brian Foote, were looking to expand the offerings this year — and also to help honor an area musician who’s a seminal figure in the history of women rock ‘n’ rollers. “I think this is a great opportunity to recognize the diversity and …

Painting plant history New mural at Smith’s Botanic Garden depicts 4 billion years of flora development

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A new mural at Smith College that depicts billions of years of plant history, might well be the first of it’s kind, anywhere on Earth. Museums of natural history have long answered the perennial challenge of explaining what Earth looked like millions — even billions — of years ago, with the use of …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded each year to organizations that provide opportunities in the arts to underserved populations. Whole Children, …

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: Campaign talk translated here

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Let the trumpets sound! Let the bloviating blow! The first votes of the endless campaign of 2012-2016 have been cast! And as the contest continues, let my Campaign-English Dictionary help you translate campaign-speak into English. When last seen in these parts, my CED offered some 200 definitions of …

MuseFLASHES

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Music at UMass The 31st Annual High School Honor Band Concert will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Two hundred musicians from 49 high schools from seven …

Movie times

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Fri.-Sat. also 9:05; Sat., Mon., Wed. also 1:30, Sun. also 11:25 a.m. …

Sit on it: UMass exhibit offers chairs as functional art — and more

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Functional artworks. They’re defined very broadly as aesthetic objects that serve a utilitarian purpose — dishes and cups, furniture, a particularly beautiful or artful piece of clothing. Within that framework, there’s plenty of diversity, from a handsome kitchen …

The form that fills an empty space: Exhibit develops over two months at A.P.E. Gallery

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. Gordon Thorne, of Amherst, founding director of the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, decided to leave his art space fairly empty for much of the first two months of this …

Green tea: Its antioxidant benefits are steeped in controversy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It’s easy to find stories trumpeting the health benefits of antioxidant-rich green tea. Seems simple enough. To keep the cells healthy, go to the grocery store, head to the tea aisle, grab something marked “green tea” and drink …

MuseFLASHES

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Visual protest “I Breathe With You,” a two-part exhibition on equity and justice, will open with a reception Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through March 11 at the Augusta Savage Gallery at …

Movie times

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Listings were unavailable at press time. CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-246-3627 cinemark.com The 5th Wave (PG-13) Daily 1, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (R) Daily 12:25, 6:55 The Big Short (R) Daily 1:15, 4:15, …

A drama-filled weekend “La Boheme” and “Frankenstein” onstage at Northampton’s Academy of Music

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

From the dark recesses of Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory, to the streets of Paris in the 1840s — and with a quick nod to the macabre imagination of Edgar Allan Poe — Northampton’s Academy of Music plays host this …

Salamanders, newts and fish John Sendelbach makes his mark on the landscape

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A visit in 2000 to the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton changed the course of Shelburne Falls artist John Sendelbach’s career. Since 1992, Sendelbach had worked as a landscape designer with Whirlwind Fine Garden Design ​in Amherst, …