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Expanding the musical horizons: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares readies for new season with 22 shows and some new venues
09-06-2023 7:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A few years ago, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares (PVJS), the member-supported concert series, faced the same issue all musicians, clubs, and show promoters were dealing with: a problem called COVID-19.Like others, PVJS went online during the worst of the...


Time to swing: Jazz drummer and South Hadley native Joe Farnsworth returns to the Valley for a concert honoring his idol, Max Roach
08-31-2023 5:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Joe Farnsworth was 10 or 11 when he got the chance to meet a drumming legend: Max Roach.It was at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1979, where Roach taught. Farnsworth, who grew up in South Hadley, remembers how one of his older brothers,...


The artwork has landed: Art in the Orchard returns to Easthampton for its seventh season
08-31-2023 5:17 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Along with its varieties of apples and other fruit, Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton now has some larger objects available, though just for viewing: artworks.Art in the Orchard (AitO), the biennial exhibit of outdoor sculpture and installations, has...


UMass Amherst obtains papers of veteran social activist and writer Al Weinrub
08-25-2023 7:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Adding to its collection of work documenting social change, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has acquired the papers of social activist and writer Al Weinrub, co-founder of the anti-imperialist organization Science for the People (SftP) in...


A change of the guard: Eric Carle Museum taps new executive director
08-16-2023 2:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — A significant change is afoot at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where a new executive director is poised to come on board.Jennifer Schantz, who has an extensive background with a number of organizations in New York City, will...


The Beat Goes On: David Wax Museum in Hatfield, Shakey Graves, Lucius and Roger Salloom at the Pines Theater, and more
08-09-2023 4:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In recent years, David Wax Museum, which mixes Americana influences with pop music and traditional Mexican folk sounds, had spent a lot of time recording a new album, “You Must Change Your Life,” that the group — the husband and wife duo of David Wax...


Expanding perspective: Porter-Phelps property in Hadley wins designation as larger National Historic District
08-04-2023 9:04 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In 1973, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington house in Hadley, which dates to 1752, won designation on the National Register of Historic Places, the federal program that supports and coordinates efforts to protect the nation’s historic and archeological...


The Beat Goes On: Banjo master in Amherst, Diana Krall in Northampton, and more
07-28-2023 10:37 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Long recognized as one of the modern masters of the banjo, Tony Trischka has been a big influence on different styles of progressive bluegrass and a guy who’s woven elements of other music — jazz, psychedelic pop, Great American Songbook tunes — into...


Book Bag: Can they find love at old folks’ home? ‘The Road Towards Home’ by Corinne Demas
07-27-2023 7:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Road Towards HomeBy Corinne DemasLake Union PublishingAmherst author Corinne Demas, a former professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, began her literary career writing primarily for adults, including some novels and short story...


Book Bag: Debut novel by Dean Cycon tells the story of a fraught WWII homecoming for Holocaust survivors
07-19-2023 1:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Finding Home (Hungary, 1945)By Dean Cycon; Koehler Books A common image from the end of World War II in Europe is that of cheering crowds of people welcoming Allied troops in towns and cities that had been liberated from the Nazis.A lesser-known and...


The Beat Goes On: ‘Klezgrass’ music in Hadley, a ukulele master in Florence, and more
07-13-2023 11:19 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

What do klezmer music and bluegress have in common? More than you might think, say Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller.Weinstein and Miller, a married couple from Asheville, North Carolina, are better known musically as Zoe & Cloyd (based on their...


Walking the earth, with a bit of swagger: Documentary film profiles the groundbreaking all-female rock band Fanny
07-06-2023 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

June Millington is a familiar name in the Valley music scene, a veteran guitarist and educator who since the early 2000s has overseen numerous programs at The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), the Goshen center dedicated to supporting women and...


The Beat Goes On: Boston-trained musicians in Valley this week, Green River Fest is on, and concert series readies for July
06-21-2023 7:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Top music schools in Boston such as the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music have sent many talented players into the world, a good number specializing in rock and jazz and others making waves in acoustic music.Some of...


Fleet of foot and easy on the eye: ‘Horse Tales,’ a new exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, celebrates our four-legged friends
06-21-2023 7:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Is the dog man’s best friend? Or it is the horse? Based on the longevity of their relationship with humans, horses might have the better claim. Researchers have estimated horses were widely domesticated at least 4,000 years ago and even further back...


Book Bag: ‘A Stranger in Baghdad’ by Elizabeth Loudon; ‘A Slant of Light’ by Ken Samonds
06-15-2023 10:56 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A Stranger in BaghdadBy Elizabeth Loudon; Hoopee/The American University in Cairo Press British author Elizabeth Loudon, who once lived in the Valley, also lived for several months in Baghdad, Iraq in 1975-1976 when she was in her late teens, a time...


Making a musical home: New album celebrates the work of immigrant jazz musicians
06-15-2023 10:44 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In 2019, Felipe Salles put the finishing touches on an ambitious project: an extended composition that blended jazz, South American music, and classical elements and which was based on interviews he conducted with younger immigrants about growing up...


June views: Area art galleries bring out the color as spring segues into summer
06-08-2023 12:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Even with area colleges and the University of Massachusetts largely closing up shop for the summer, there’s plenty of art on view in the Valley this month. Here’s a look at what some selected galleries have this month.D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts,...


13 Valley writers longlisted for Massachusetts Book Awards
05-18-2023 4:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Valley writers have had a strong run of major awards in recent years, from poet Martín Espada winning a National Book Award in 2021 to novelist Ruth Ozeki claiming Great Britain’s Women’s Prize for Literature last year.Now. over a dozen area writers...


As nature intended: Group exhibit ‘Engaging Nature’ in Leverett features landscape paintings made outdoors 
05-18-2023 4:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Until recently, it hasn’t seemed like much of a spring: a lot of damp or rainy days, overcast skies, and cold nights.But the weather has warmed up, just in time to be a fitting backdrop to an art exhibit designed to celebrate the outdoors.“Engaging...


The Beat Goes On: A musical tribute to Kate Lorenz, a potpourri of sounds at the Bombyx Center, and more
05-15-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Valley’s music scene lost a well-known and well-liked voice last July when Kate Lorenz unexpectedly died of heart failure. Lorenz, who lived in Belchertown, had originally been part of the Amherst folk-rock band Rusty Belle in the early 2000s with...

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