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Pictures of possibility: Exhibit by acclaimed illustrator Christian Robinson aims to help children explore the variety life offers
01-27-2023 9:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Illustrator and children’s book author Christian Robinson calls his website “The Art of Fun,” and it seems an appropriate title. Robinson’s colorful and whimsical art — a mix of detailed collage, acrylic paint and colored pencil — transmits the sense...


Longtime Eric Carle Museum director Alexandra Kennedy stepping down this year
01-27-2023 9:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — After almost 15 years leading the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy plans to step down from her post this year.But Kennedy, known at the Carle as Alix, says she hopes to stay engaged with the museum...


She sings the hair electric: Photographer uses tintype technique to re-imagine female portraits 
01-20-2023 9:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Time was when Rachel Portesi did much of her photography using Polaroid film. She loved the immediacy of the image, the way each photo was different and often didn’t quite match what her eye had seen, and what she calls “the feeling of Christmas when...


Spreading his wings: Former WRSI radio host Monte Belmonte heads to New England Public Media
01-12-2023 2:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

SPRINGFIELD — Last month, when he stepped down from WRSI 93.9 The River after nearly 17 years hosting a morning show at the station, Christopher “Monte” Belmonte said he was not stepping away from radio. But the popular radio personality wasn’t ready...


In hiding in Hadley: Novel plumbs perils and politics of Englishmen on the run after the regicide of King Charles
01-12-2023 1:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Robert Harris is the author of a slew of bestselling thrillers and historical novels, covering ancient Rome, World War II, contemporary politics and more. According to one report, he’s sold over 10 million copies of his books, a number of which have...


‘The Little Mermaid’ swims into view: Amherst Community Theater play on after two years of shutdowns
01-12-2023 1:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s been almost three years since Amherst Community Theater has presented its annual musical at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, given a little problem called COVID-19 that prevented the group from returning to UMass in...


Emily Dickinson Museum receives $2.5 million donation to endow the executive director’s position
01-12-2023 1:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — The Emily Dickinson Museum, in the midst of a major fundraising campaign to expand its resources and reach, has received a major new donation to help realize that goal: $2.5 million.Jane and Robert Keiter of Lakeville, Connecticut, have made...


Not too late to start: Late-blooming Amherst writer wins top prize in longstanding sci-fi/fantasy fiction contest
01-04-2023 8:57 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As Marianne Xenos sees it, you’re never too old to find new ways to be creative.Xenos, of Amherst, is a longtime visual artist who also received a degree in literature years ago and wrote poetry and short literary fiction for a time. But that writing...


Back Porch Festival announces part of its lineup: Expanded roots music festival takes place in Northampton March 3 through 5, 2023
01-02-2023 11:27 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Back Porch Festival, which is set to expand to multiple venues in downtown Northampton in early March, has begun to fill out its lineup.Among numerous bands and artists that will play at the roots music showcase, begun by Signature Sounds in 2014,...


The Beat Goes On: Ushering in the new year with Bach and bluegrass in Northampton, young performers in Amherst, and more
01-02-2023 11:26 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Live music typically takes something of a breather at this time of year: After all, musicians and club owners usually want to spend time with family and friends at the holidays.But starting today and proceeding through the first few several days of...


The sorrow and the laughter: Amherst writer’s first novel for adults explores the mixed emotional terrain of dying
01-02-2023 11:21 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like so many people, Catherine Newman’s life has been touched by cancer. In 2015, Newman, an Amherst writer, lost a close friend, Ali, whom she’d known since childhood, to ovarian cancer.As painful as that was, Newman also recalls Ali’s passing as a...

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