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The long view: Reflecting on 30 years in local journalism
07-05-2024 7:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the early 1990s, I answered an ad for a reporting job at the Gazette. I had editorial experience — I’d worked as a copywriter, a copy editor, and a proofreader — and I liked writing, but I’d never worked for a newspaper, unless you counted a few...


Stepping onto summer stage: Silverthorne Theater Company debuting three plays in its first full summer season
05-30-2024 5:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Time was when summer theater in the Valley was typically produced by a number of mainstays, including Chester Theatre Company, New Century Theatre, and the Ko Festival at Amherst College.But New Century Theatre shut down a few years ago, as did the Ko...


April is a theatrical month: Latinx Theater Symposium and Shakespeare on tap at UMass
04-11-2024 6:28 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April is shaping up to be a busy month for the University of Massachusetts Theater Department, beginning with a symposium that honors Latinx theater and closing with a fresh interpretation of a classic Shakespeare comedy.On April 8-9, theater...


Art Briefs: Classical music in Hadley, jazz in Amherst, and a unique art exhibit in Northampton 
02-15-2024 8:17 PM

Haydn and Hummel in Hadley (with Beethoven)HADLEY — Arcadia Players will give an early boost to spring, or least to the spirit of spring, on Feb. 18 with a performance of chamber works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Beethoven’s...


Arts Briefs: An Emily Dickinson drama in Holyoke, a closing art exhibit in Amherst, and more
01-11-2024 11:46 AM

The poet Emily in the Paper CityHOLYOKE — MIFA Victory Theatre is combining forces with the Emily Dickinson Museum and a New York theater company for a fresh look at The Belle of Amherst and her poetic legacy.“Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter...


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 11:15 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...


And to think that I saw it at ACT: Amherst Community Theater readies for its newest production, ‘Seussical’
01-05-2024 8:59 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

He’s one of the most famous and beloved children’s book authors ever, and he grew about 20 miles south of here. So the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel — better known, or course, as Dr. Seuss — seemed like a natural fit for the new musical by Amherst...


The Beat Goes On: Deck the halls with holiday shows, from Amherst to Easthampton to Northampton to Turners Falls
12-15-2023 11:16 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The holidays are nearly upon us and, no surprise, the Valley’s music calendar is chock full of holiday shows over the next week, with some featuring bands playing their versions of seasonal tunes and others focused more on spreading general good...


Arts Briefs: Interactive art in Northampton, museum tours in Hadley, community bands in South Hadley, and more
06-15-2023 10:58 AM

A community band jamSOUTH HADLEY— The Pioneer Valley Community Band Festival, hosted by the community bands of Amherst, Florence and South Hadley, will bring together up to 150 musicians from western Massachusetts and beyond at the Mount Holyoke...


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...


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...


Arts Briefs: Author talks in Northampton and South Hadley, a musical at UMass Amherst, and more
04-20-2023 3:08 PM

AMHERST — The 1987 musical “Into the Woods,” with music by Stephen Sondheim and a plot based on selections from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, has won a number of awards and has had several successful revivals over the years.Now the UMass Amherst...


‘The Little Mermaid’ swims into view: Amherst Community Theater play on after two years of shutdowns
01-12-2023 1:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s been almost three years since Amherst Community Theater has presented its annual musical at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, given a little problem called COVID-19 that prevented the group from returning to UMass in...

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