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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...

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The Beat Goes On: The Back Porch Festival is just three weeks away, and the Iron Horse announces its opening lineup
02-22-2024 12:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you’re like me, counting the days to spring, it’s a little over three weeks to the official first day, March 19.Yet that’s just a date on the calendar, and the weather in mid-March can still spell winter. But one antidote to that is to hit the Back...


The Beat Goes On: Acclaimed dobro player shows her singer-songwriter side in Northampton, an eclectic duo comes to Florence, and more
02-08-2024 1:37 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Parlor Room features a steady stream of singer-songwriters, given the Northampton club’s intimate setting is ideal for acoustic music.The vast majority of those performers come bearing acoustic guitars. But Abbie Gardner will bring her dobro, or...


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...


The Beat Goes On: A busy couple of weeks at The Drake, a new acoustic music series in Holyoke, and more
01-25-2024 2:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In my last column, I mentioned that The Parlor Room in Northampton and the Marigold Theater are maintaining busy schedules right through these early, dead-of-winter days.Another area venue that keeps pumping up the music is The Drake in Amherst, and...


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...


The Beat Goes On: Busy schedules at The Parlor Room and Marigold Theater, a ‘solo ensemble’ guitar concert in Greenfield, and more
01-11-2024 10:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Early January, just after the holidays and New Year’s Eve have run their course, can be a quiet time for a lot of music venues.But The Parlor Room in Northampton has put together a pretty jam-packed schedule right through this month, starting with a...


Valley Bounty: Community has kept Leverett Co-op beacon burning for half-century
01-05-2024 12:54 PM

By JACOB NELSON

This year, the Leverett Village Co-op turns 50. Over half a century, it has grown beyond a grocery store to become a cultural institution and hidden gem on North Leverett Road. For many it is an indispensable source of food to eat and food for the...


Celebrate Southampton returns Saturday with music, food and festivities
08-09-2023 3:12 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — Established almost 250 years ago, the small town of Southampton has plenty to commemorate at its annual Celebrate Southampton event this Friday and Saturday.Each year, friends, neighbors and visitors come together for food, music, games,...


Around Amherst: Sunday program explores Black music from 1619 on
02-23-2023 6:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As Black History Month comes to a close, an event on Sunday afternoon will celebrate the music of African Americans over the past 400 years.The Human Rights Commission and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are cosponsoring “The...


Around Amherst: Former library collections curator getting Historical Society’s Conch Shell Award
02-09-2023 8:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A former special collections curator at the Jones Library, who served patrons there for more than seven years, is being recognized by the Amherst Historical Society and Museum at its annual Founders Day celebration, being held virtually on...


Amherst’s Winterfest kicks off Saturday with return of Cardboard Classic
01-26-2023 7:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In the lead-up to Amherst’s spring town elections 15 years ago, some of those running for office and other town and school officials, as well as children and college students, competed in the Cardboard Classic sledding event at the inaugural...


Extravaganja celebrated for first time since legalization of marijuana in Mass.
04-30-2017 7:15 PM

By MORGAN HUGHES

NORTHAMPTON — More than 15,000 people celebrated cannabis at the 26th annual Extravaganja on Saturday, the first time the event has been held since Massachusetts voted to legalize the weed.In years past, the event has served as a political rally for...


Hatfield lights up for 36th Luminarium
12-27-2016 8:26 AM

By JACK SUNTRUP

HATFIELD — The Hatfield Luminarium rolled into its 36th year Sunday, and as with years past, the town’s main drags were illuminated by candlelit milk jugs and paper bags.Each year, drivers steer bumper-to-bumper through town (headlights off for best...

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