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Spring brings new art: A look at what's on tap in April at selected local galleries
04-12-2024 2:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April weather can be fickle, as this week, with some warm, sunny days to start, followed by a few days of clouds and rain, has shown.But if you can’t get out into nature as much as you’d like, you can still see plenty of artwork in the region, which...

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Arts Briefs: An arts festival at Smith College, a theatrical version of an iconic 1920s novel, and more
04-12-2024 8:40 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Editor’s note: The performance at Northampton’s A.P.E. Gallery tonight with Fumi Tomita has been canceled. However, Tomita and Allen Fowler will be present for the artist’s reception at the gallery from 5-8 p.m.​​​​​​A new arts celebrationNORTHAMPTON...


Valley arts organizations win Mass Cultural funding: Awards are designed to mitigate casinos’ entertainment clout
04-04-2024 12:46 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As part of a funding program for municipal and nonprofit performing arts centers, the Massachusetts Cultural Council is awarding over $150,000 to 10 arts organizations and centers in the Valley.The awards — part of $3.66 million in funding the MCC is...


Art is a vehicle for change: Power of Truths Festival returns to Florence to illuminate history of injustice, April 5-6
03-28-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Can the arts help us reexamine our past and come to terms with injustice? Can music, film and other mediums become instruments for social change by helping us look differently at our history and our beliefs?Those are questions the Power of Truths Arts...


Valley Art Supplies finds right mix by adding bar to longtime Easthampton business
03-27-2024 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

EASTHAMPTON — Unlike most bar logs, the pages of the small black book found on the homemade bartop at Valley Art Supplies are filled with doodles and scribbles: a cat Statue of Liberty, a skull cocktail glass and platypus gyroscope lily...


Arts Briefs: Two-artist exhibits in Easthampton and Amherst, the South Hadley Chorale performs, and more
03-14-2024 2:40 PM

Artistic minds that think alikeEASTHAMPTON — City artists Ken Gagne and Adell Donaghue share a number of traits, from an inquisitive eye to a penchant for sketching surreal or humorous scenes in their drawings, yet that also engage viewers’...


Speaker for the whales: Indigenous artist interprets endangered right whale’s legacy and meaning
03-01-2024 3:57 PM

By NAILA MOREIRA

Two new exhibitions inspired by the life and skeleton of the whale Staccato — a grandmother North Atlantic right whale whose remains came to UMass’ natural history collection after her death in 1999 — are now open to the public.Indigenous artist...


New year, new look: Bombyx Center adds more varied arts programming to its lineup while making infrastructure improvements
02-22-2024 1:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

What a difference a year makes.Late last May, the Northampton Fire Department abruptly shut down virtually all music performances at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence, citing inadequate fire prevention measures at the venue.The move...


Still harmonizing after all these years: Silver Chord Bowl marks its 40th anniversary
02-08-2024 3:21 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The 1980s witnessed the start of what have become some longstanding artistic landmarks in Northampton: the Young@Heart Chorus, the downtown New Year’s Eve festival called First Night Northampton, and a good-natured competition involving collegiate a...


Arts Briefs: New exhibits and a gallery expansion in Easthampton, a musical cabaret in Amherst, and more
02-01-2024 3:08 PM

A grand reopeningEASTHAMPTON — With a dramatic increase in space, 50 Arrow Gallery will inaugurate its new locale Feb. 8 with a celebratory reopening and the unveiling of a new exhibit, featuring the work of Valley artist David Andrews.The gallery’s...


Staying in the game: Veteran actors and teachers Raye and Candace Birk are still involved with theater after decades of performance
01-25-2024 3:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Looking for some talented older actors who can play a wide range of roles? Who have decades of experience in theater, film and television?Raye Birk and Candace Barrett Birk are at your service.The Florence couple, relatively new transplants to the...


A world of dance: Teen dancers of Hatchery showcase their work, including with the Young@Heart Chorus
01-18-2024 11:11 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

This past November, members of Hatchery, the teen dance troupe that’s part of Northampton’s School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, joined the Young@Heart Chorus at the elderly singers’ concert as part of a new dynamic: dancing to a number of songs...


Arts Briefs: Forbes library staff exhibit their artwork, Heather Maloney performs three shows in Northampton, and more
01-18-2024 11:08 AM

Making Ground, Live!NORTHAMPTON — Late last winter, the Workroom Theater, the largest space in the city’s Community Arts Trust building (33 Hawley), was set to close down for months as new construction began to complete the 3,800-square-foot...


Northampton appoints a new poet laureate: Franny Choi is 10th person to hold title
01-16-2024 4:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — After a delay caused in part by the pandemic, the city has a new poet laureate.Franny Choi, who was nominated last year for a Massachusetts Book Award, has written for the New York Times and the Atlantic, and been interviewed on NPR, has...


Returning home: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School hires former students to lead workshops
01-14-2024 5:00 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School scans old rosters for this year’s January’s Guest Artist Series, hiring seven alumni to bring their skills and knowledge of dance back home in a series of 11 workshop classes.Rather than...


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

By STEVE PFARRER

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...


Burning Man at crossroads: New crowd, changing vibe for iconic counterculture festival
01-05-2024 3:38 PM

By SCOTT SONNER

The blank canvas of desert wilderness in northern Nevada seemed the perfect place in 1992 for artistic anarchists to relocate their annual burning of a towering, anonymous effigy. It was goodbye to San Francisco’s Baker Beach, hello to the Nevada...


The Beat Goes On: A Jeff Buckley tribute show, a slate of New Year’s weekend concerts, and more 
12-28-2023 7:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like father, like son: Tim Buckley and his son, Jeff, both became musicians at a young age, and both died well before their time — Tim of a heroin overdose at age 28 in 1975, and Jeff from drowning at age 30 in 1997.Tim Buckley became a pretty...


STEAM program provides hands-on, creative learning at Easthampton’s Mountain View School 
12-26-2023 9:25 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – Inside one classroom at Mountain View School, students learn about adaptations by creating their own animal out of art supplies, understand bridges by building their own bridge, and discover angles by building their own catapults.That...


A real old-school First Night: Northampton New Year’s Eve festival returns with its old energy
12-21-2023 9:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As Steve Sanderson sees it, First Night Northampton is getting its mojo back.The annual New Year’s Eve celebration got shot down two years in a row by COVID-19, first in December 2020 and then again in December 2021 when, just days before the event...


PVPA students lobbying for bill that would require at least one mental health expert per 250 pupils
12-19-2023 5:07 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTH HADLEY — As youth across western Massachusetts struggle with increasing mental health issues, three teenagers at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) are working to increase the number of mental health personnel in...

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