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A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-13-2024 7:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...

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Direct from the Sunshine State: Augusta Savage Gallery celebrates its namesake with group show from Florida
03-14-2024 2:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Augusta Savage rose to prominence as a sculptor and educator when she moved to New York City in the 1920s, where she soon became a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.But Savage, who was also a determined advocate for equal rights for African...


UMass Amherst obtains papers of veteran social activist and writer Al Weinrub
08-25-2023 7:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Adding to its collection of work documenting social change, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has acquired the papers of social activist and writer Al Weinrub, co-founder of the anti-imperialist organization Science for the People (SftP) in...


Giving sharks their due: UMass team creates state-of-the-art 3D models for conservation site
07-19-2023 2:06 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Sharks have long been creatures of fascination, but having focused on them in his work for almost 10 years, UMass biology professor Duncan Irschick has found that most three-dimensional models are poor representations of the marine...


Book Bag: ‘A Stranger in Baghdad’ by Elizabeth Loudon; ‘A Slant of Light’ by Ken Samonds
06-15-2023 10:56 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A Stranger in BaghdadBy Elizabeth Loudon; Hoopee/The American University in Cairo Press British author Elizabeth Loudon, who once lived in the Valley, also lived for several months in Baghdad, Iraq in 1975-1976 when she was in her late teens, a time...


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...


A burst of spring at the Fine Arts Center: Dance, music and acrobatics on tap at UMass in next two weeks
03-23-2023 7:26 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts has continued to rebound from the pandemic with an expanded program this year featuring a range of shows in music, dance, theater and movement.As spring officially arrives, the schedule is...


Powerful ‘Dreams’: Pelham native’s film about a driven weightlifter turns heads at Sundance
02-23-2023 8:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The idea first came to Elijah Bynum about four years ago when he was exercising in a California gym and noticed an ultra-serious bodybuilder, a guy who was “radiating intensity” as he went through his paces.“There was this really intense energy about...


Book Bag: ‘The House in the Pines’ by Ana Reyes; ‘The Perfect Tree’ by Corinne Demas
02-08-2023 7:36 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The House in the PinesBy Ana Reyes; Dutton There are so many mystery novels in the world today that it can be tough to make your book stand out. But take one that’s built around around psychological suspense and the elusiveness of memory, rather than...

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