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The risk in revealing: 2023 Grammy winner Madison Cunningham comes to Northampton
04-11-2024 10:19 AM


Madison Cunningham, who comes to Northampton’s Academy of Music April 19, won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, for her 2022 release, “Revealer.”In fact, Cunningham, who grew up in southern California and still lives there, also has won...

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For all the bragging rights (and one trophy): The winners of this year’s Valley Voices story slams head to a final competition
04-04-2024 3:33 PM


The assignment is pretty straightforward: tell a concise story about your life, in no more than five minutes, that reflects a certain theme.The challenge is in telling that story with enough heart, spirit, verve, humor or whatever else you can conjure...

Arts Briefs: BIPOC poets and racy love letters in Northampton, music inspired by T.S. Eliot in Holyoke, and more
02-29-2024 2:19 PM

Poetry night celebrates BIPOC writers andorganizing workNORTHAMPTON — Franny Choi, the new poet laureate of Northampton, will do a reading tonight (Friday, March 1) at 6 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, where they’ll be joined by a number...

A roller coaster of family history: Lisa Kron’s ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ comes to Academy of Music
01-11-2024 10:56 AM


When Lisa Kron was growing up in southern Michigan, her family would make an annual trek to a noted amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio — Cedar Point — one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the country, known in particular for its 16 different...

Short and sweet: Community show features short films by emerging filmmakers in western Mass.
12-15-2023 11:47 AM


People celebrate the holidays in different ways.Lucas Fappiano and Colin Hodgson are doing it by hosting a free screening of movies by area filmmakers, with the goal of bringing people together to recognize some of the Valley’s artistic strength and...

Women theater artists flying solo: One-woman productions probe the life of a famed Supreme Court justice and a forgotten chapter of U.S. history
11-13-2023 9:23 AM


There’s no shortage of theater in the Valley. But how often can you catch two solo productions by women on the same weekend?On Nov. 17, “All Things Equal: The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” a solo show starring Michelle Azar as the late...

The Beat Goes On: Big-throated blues in Amherst, classical music in Hadley and Florence, and more
10-19-2023 3:30 PM


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...

The Beat Goes On: A guitar wizard, a pair of LGBTQ singers, two music festivals, and more
09-07-2023 2:05 PM


There are any number of guitar virtuosos in the world, but there are few if any who combine melodicism, technical skill, and sheer exuberance as well as Tommy Emmanuel, who grew up in Australia but was heavily influenced by fingerstyle American...

Comedy as a benefit: Laughs will be on tap at Northampton show to help The Care Center in Holyoke
08-31-2023 1:32 PM


What’s funny about being a student or going to school? Or about being a parent of a kid going to school?Plenty, if you’re a comedian.But when it comes to “Comedy Cause,” a night dedicated to laughter at Northampton’s Academy of Music Sept. 9, the...

The Beat Goes On: Roots music in Northampton, blues in Florence, folk in Holyoke, and more
08-25-2023 9:02 AM


Between them, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have released over 25 albums — and that’s not counting the eight albums Alvin made as a member of the roots rock band The Blasters.And these two roots music veterans, who have a Grammy award and a...

He might be drunk, but he’ll make you laugh: Comedian Sam Morril brings his Class Act tour to town
08-11-2023 1:21 PM


Edgy. Sardonic and deadpan. Willing to joke about difficult subjects. Willing to joke about himself.As Sam Morril sees it, pretty much anything is fair game for comedy, at least as an antidote to the news and to life in general.“It’s a crazy world and...

The Beat Goes On: Banjo master in Amherst, Diana Krall in Northampton, and more
07-28-2023 10:34 AM


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...

The Beat Goes On: Boston-trained musicians in Valley this week, Green River Fest is on, and concert series readies for July
06-22-2023 3:23 PM


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...

Back in full swing: Two programs at Academy of Music will highlight teen performers in dance, music, poetry and more
05-19-2023 2:27 PM


For dancers, the pandemic proved a particularly tough time, in which an art form built on movement, collaboration and physical connection was mostly limited to Zoom sessions, with solitary dancers performing in front of video cameras in their rooms or...

Young@Heart Chorus gets ready to present its spring concert, ‘The Love Show’
05-03-2023 11:13 AM


NORTHAMPTON — They’re back. And they’re in love.The Young@Heart Chorus, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last November at a sold-out concert at the Academy of Music, will return to the Academy this Sunday with a new program dubbed “The Love...

CISA to host annual storytelling event at the Academy of Music Theater on Sunday
04-28-2023 9:21 AM

By Maddie Fabian

NORTHAMPTON — For the first year since the pandemic, the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture will host its annual storytelling event, Field Notes, in person Sunday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.The event, which was first...

The Beat Goes On: A folk legend in Florence, a young cellist in Holyoke, blues in Amherst, and more
04-27-2023 11:17 AM


A couple years ago, Loudon Wainwright III passed a milestone: The venerable folksinger, known for his sardonic wit and autobiographical songs, turned 75.The number, on one hand, feels kind of arbitrary, because Wainwright has seemingly been around...

Slam it: Academy of Music to host its first Youth Poetry Slam 
04-22-2023 5:14 PM


There are poetry readings, the workshop leader said, and then there are poetry slams — and it’s important to know the difference.“Slam poetry,” said Lyrical Faith, “is about winning. It’s a very competitive sport.”Faith should know. She began...

A transformative experience: In his new graphic memoir, Jarrett Krosoczka looks back on the life lessons he learned as a camp counselor
04-01-2023 10:15 AM


Five years ago, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, already an acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator, took his career to the next level with “Hey, Kiddo,” a graphic novel/memoir in which he shared poignant and often painful details from his childhood and...

Arts Briefs: Film in Northampton, theater at UMass, and a public art proposal in Easthampton
02-10-2023 12:33 PM


Climate change on film in NorthamptonNORTHAMPTON — Tonight (Friday, Feb. 10) from 6 to 8 p.m., CLICK Workspace in Northampton will present several short videos by Smith College students exploring the challenges of climate change.Students in a class on...

The water cure: Storytelling event in Northampton will examine how cancer survivors move beyond the disease, including competitive rowing
02-03-2023 4:57 PM


Story slams have become all the rage in the last couple of decades, an outgrowth of poetry slams in which competitors tell real-life tales instead of reciting verse. The topics vary, but the goal is the same: tell short, engaging and truthful...

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