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Book Bag: ‘High Bridge’ by Michael Miller; ‘Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine’ by Hannah Moushabeck
03-31-2023 8:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

High BridgeBy Michael Miller; Köehler Books Fayetteville, New York is not exactly a well-known locale. But in the mid-19th century, this village outside Syracuse was home to two people who would later make significant marks in U.S. history: President...


Two roads converge: Academic and musician Florence Dore mines connections between her passions
03-23-2023 7:36 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Who says you can’t merge a Ph.D. and rock and roll?    As Florence Dore explains, she spent a long time traveling on seemingly disparate tracks. On one hand she was the professor who’d devoted years to studying American literature and teaching...


Book Bag: ‘Writing the Land: Windbown I,’ edited by Lis McLouglin; coming book launches at Odyssey Bookshop
03-23-2023 7:36 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Writing the Land: Windblown IEdited by Lis McLoughlin; NatureCulture LLC The beauty of nature has inspired countless writers and other artists for time immemorial. That beauty has also inspired any number of people to try to preserve the natural world...


A burst of spring at the Fine Arts Center: Dance, music and acrobatics on tap at UMass in next two weeks
03-23-2023 7:26 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts has continued to rebound from the pandemic with an expanded program this year featuring a range of shows in music, dance, theater and movement.As spring officially arrives, the schedule is...


Crossing the border with performance art: Documentary by Amherst native Amber Bemak profiles the Mexican-Chicano artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña
03-23-2023 7:23 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When she was an undergraduate at Antioch College, Amber Bemak studied film before moving on to get an MFA in film, video and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.But Bemak, 45, who grew up in Amherst and now teaches film and media...


The Beat Goes On: Lots o’ Celtic music over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, blues and soul in Florence, and more
03-16-2023 7:16 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Unless you’re planning to drink yourself into a stupor with a borg (blackout rage gallon) or some other kind of booze preparation, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend by listening to any number of Celtic groups that will be playing in the...


A bright splash of color: Carle Museum tries on special glasses for visitors with vision issue
03-16-2023 7:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

For Will Schneider, putting on this pair of glasses opened up his vision to a depth of color he wouldn’t ordinarily see.“The blue is so much more textured,” said Schneider as he peered at an illustration at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art....


Singular jazz duo comes to Amherst College: PVJS concert will showcase renowned improvisational trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
03-08-2023 6:38 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over the years, Glenn Siegel has worked with a huge number of jazz musicians and composers, both as the founder of the former Magic Triangle concert series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and with his Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares program.But...


A piece of the Oscar action: Three ARHS graduates have hands in Academy Award-nominated documentaries
03-06-2023 10:24 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Academy Awards are almost upon us, and with it comes the endless handicapping and speculation on who will win best actor and actress, who’s likely to be voted best director, and which film will score an Oscar for best picture of the year.But...


Book Bag: ‘Once We Were Home’ by Jennifer Rosner; two talks by writer and Native historian Margaret Bruchac
03-02-2023 9:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Once We Were HomeBy Jennifer Rosner, Flatiron Books Northampton author Jennifer Rosner made a strong debut in 2020 with her first novel, “The Yellow Bird Sings,” a story set in Poland during World War II, in which a Jewish mother and daughter are...


The Beat Goes On: Kimaya Diggs launches new album in Amherst, hot blues in Florence and more
03-02-2023 9:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The official start of spring is less than three weeks away, though it’s anyone’s guess when the weather will really warm up. But as if she’s anticipating that time, Kimaya Diggs has a new single out that could serve as a wonderful soundtrack for that...


Where authors take center stage: Amherst College’s Litfest returns this weekend with talks, reading, more
02-23-2023 8:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

February has its national landmarks: Presidents Day, the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day.In the Valley, February also means it’s time for Amherst College’s LitFest.Now in its eighth year, the college’s literary festival brings acclaimed and...


Powerful ‘Dreams’: Pelham native’s film about a driven weightlifter turns heads at Sundance
02-23-2023 8:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The idea first came to Elijah Bynum about four years ago when he was exercising in a California gym and noticed an ultra-serious bodybuilder, a guy who was “radiating intensity” as he went through his paces.“There was this really intense energy about...


The Beat Goes On: Seats hot for three-day Back Porch Festival; celebrated guitar pickers will hit Amherst and Northampton
02-16-2023 9:08 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though it’s still two weeks away, the Back Porch Festival is set to take up a lot of space in downtown Northampton, and some of the ticket options have already sold out, so it’s time to give a final preview of the annual roots music fest.The basics:...


Book Bag: ‘The House in the Pines’ by Ana Reyes; ‘The Perfect Tree’ by Corinne Demas
02-08-2023 7:36 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The House in the PinesBy Ana Reyes; Dutton There are so many mystery novels in the world today that it can be tough to make your book stand out. But take one that’s built around around psychological suspense and the elusiveness of memory, rather than...


Voices of loss, grief and transformation: Illuminati Ensemble concert includes nod to local Black history
02-08-2023 7:23 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

David Ruggles and Frederick Douglass, two of the most notable Black men to come to Northampton in the first part of the 19th century, left behind a strong legacy as committed abolitionists, writers, and speakers. Ruggles also lived in Florence in the...


The romance of the rails: 22,000 flock to the annual Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield
02-08-2023 7:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s no secret that the U.S. railroad system, which a century ago had the largest passenger service in the world, looks very different today.Though the nation’s freight system is still significant, passenger service has long since been eclipsed by...


‘The door opener’: Longtime University Museum of Contemporary Art Director Loretta Yarlow to step down
02-01-2023 9:08 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

After nearly 18 years at the helm of the largest art gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Loretta Yarlow will step down from the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the end of June.Yarlow, who came to the Valley from New...


Come on back: The Mead Art Museum, closed to the public since March 2020, reopens Jan. 31 for all visitors
02-01-2023 9:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, which has been closed to the public for nearly three years, has reopened with two new exhibits in place.The museum shut its doors for all in March 2020 when COVID-19 arrived, and though it eventually reopened...


Book Bag: ‘Sun on the Muddy’ by Jim Armenti; ‘Common Place’ by Thomas E. Johnson, Jr.; ‘The Adventures of Robo-Kid’ by Diane deGroat
02-01-2023 8:55 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Sun on The MuddyPoems by Jim Armenti; photos by Dave Madeloni; edited by Dan Lombardo; Levellers PressJim Armenti is well known in these parts for the varied roles he’s had in the regional music scene. The multi-instrumentalist — guitar, bass,...

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