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13 Valley writers longlisted for Massachusetts Book Awards
05-18-2023 4:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Valley writers have had a strong run of major awards in recent years, from poet Martín Espada winning a National Book Award in 2021 to novelist Ruth Ozeki claiming Great Britain’s Women’s Prize for Literature last year.Now. over a dozen area writers...


As nature intended: Group exhibit ‘Engaging Nature’ in Leverett features landscape paintings made outdoors 
05-18-2023 4:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Until recently, it hasn’t seemed like much of a spring: a lot of damp or rainy days, overcast skies, and cold nights.But the weather has warmed up, just in time to be a fitting backdrop to an art exhibit designed to celebrate the outdoors.“Engaging...


The Beat Goes On: A musical tribute to Kate Lorenz, a potpourri of sounds at the Bombyx Center, and more
05-15-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Valley’s music scene lost a well-known and well-liked voice last July when Kate Lorenz unexpectedly died of heart failure. Lorenz, who lived in Belchertown, had originally been part of the Amherst folk-rock band Rusty Belle in the early 2000s with...


Springfield Symphony Orchestra and musicians sign new contract: Agreement ends often acrimonious talks over past two-plus years
05-15-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

SPRINGFIELD — Almost three years after their last contract expired, and following months of contentious negotiations for a new one, musicians with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) have agreed to a new deal with the orchestra’s management.The...


Discovering who you are: ‘Authentic Selves,’ a new book and photo exhibit, celebrates trans and non-binary people
05-15-2023 11:12 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

When it comes to transgender rights, the headlines across many parts of the country have become increasingly ugly in the last several months.At least 15 states, all controlled by Republicans, have banned or restricted gender-affirming medical care for...


From schism to civil rights: “The Niagara Movement” explores debate over how Black Americans could best overcome
05-05-2023 8:54 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the United States, the early 20th century has often been portrayed as a time of hope and excitement, in which the nation’s growing industrial power, improvements in mass communications, and advances in technology and science heralded a new era of...


These singers know something about love: Young@Heart Chorus gets ready to present its spring concert, ‘The Love Show’
05-04-2023 9:59 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

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 on Sunday, May 7, with a new program dubbed “The Love...


Book Bag: ‘The Fairest in the Land’ and I Can Be … Me!’ by  Lesléa Newman; ‘Once There Was’ by Corrine Demas
05-03-2023 8:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Fairest in the LandBy Lesléa NewmanIllustrated by Joshua HeinzAbrams Books for Young Readers I Can Be … Me!By Lesléa Newman; Illustrated by Maya Christina GonzalezLew & Low Books Holyoke poet and children’s author Lesléa Newman, who’s written some...


The Beat Goes On: A folk legend in Florence, a young cellist in Holyoke, blues in Amherst, and more
05-01-2023 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A couple years ago, Loudon Wainwright III passed a milestone: The venerable folk singer, 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...


Book Bag: ‘The Fairest in the Land’ and I Can Be … Me!’ by  Lesléa Newman; ‘Once There Was’ by Corrine Demas
05-01-2023 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Fairest in the LandBy Lesléa NewmanIllustrated by Joshua Heinz;Abrams Books for Young Readers I Can Be … Me!By Lesléa NewmanIllustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez; Lew & Low Books Holyoke poet and children’s author Lesléa Newman, who’s written...


Three in Valley with Guggenheim Fellowships
05-01-2023 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — A University of Massachusetts professor, a filmmaker who grew up in Amherst, and a Northampton philosophy professor are among nine people in Massachusetts who have won Guggenheim Fellowships.Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, who teaches English...


New twist on a successful series: Edo Mor looks to bring international music to Valley based on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares model 
04-21-2023 3:41 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he and his wife moved to the Valley in 2005, Edo Mor says he found much to his liking: good bread, good bicycling country, nature and more. But for some time, the kind of eclectic music he liked, from North African guitar sounds to Middle Eastern...


Book Bag: ‘Sleeping as Fast as I Can’ by Richard Michelson; ‘Stay’ by Howard Faerstein
04-21-2023 8:41 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Sleeping as Fast as I Canby Richard Michelson; Slant Books Richard Michelson has long made a name for himself as a children’s book author, winning a number of honors in the process, including a National Jewish Book Award for “The Language of Angels,”...


Come Together: New album by Valley musical ensemble TapRoots draws on a wide range of contrib
04-20-2023 3:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like millions of other Americans, Matthew King spent much of 2020-2021 in lockdown after COVID-19 arrived on the scene.But like other artists, King, of Amherst, also used that downtime to keep busy with his music, writing a number of new songs and...


Slam it: Academy of Music to host its first Youth Poetry Slam 
04-20-2023 3:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

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...


The Beat Goes On: Boston bluegrass in Amherst, a rap and hip-hop festival in Hadley, and more
04-12-2023 7:16 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s a long way from Boston to the Appalachians, but you wouldn’t know it for the number of top bluegrass players and string bands that seem to come out of The Hub.Consider Molly Tuttle, for instance, the award-winning guitar picker who studied at...


Bach is back, and live: UMass Bach Festival & Symposium returns in-person for first time since 2019
04-12-2023 7:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April in Amherst in an odd-numbered year: It must be time for the Bach Festival & Symposium at the University of Massachusetts.The biennial event, begun in 2015, offers a wide range of J.S. Bach’s music, from solo performances to expansive pieces with...


David and Goliath battle: Acclaimed documentary by Northampton filmmaker tells of Jewish partisans in WWII
04-08-2023 10:21 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

‘Labor of love” might be a cliche. But when it comes to her new film, “Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance and Bravery During WWII,” Julia Mintz says the expression is very much appropriate.Mintz, a documentary filmmaker who splits her...


Book Bag: ‘America Challenged’ by Rosalie Pedalino Porter; ‘The Masters of Medicine’ by Dr. Andrew Lam
04-07-2023 8:50 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

America Challenged: The NewPolitics of Race, Education and CultureBy Rosalie Pedalino Porter; Hamilton Books Amherst resident Rosalie Porter, who earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and later taught and...


Art exhibits spring forth: What’s on view at selected local galleries
04-06-2023 12:08 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Spring is here — or at least the calendar says it is. And as the weather (hopefully) warms, there’s more incentive to get outside and check out what’s on view at local art galleries. Here’s a look at some selected shows this month. PULP Gallery,...

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