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The Evergreens house is ready for its closeup after preservation work at Emily Dickinson Museum
02-09-2024 12:51 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Closed since 2019 for extensive preservation efforts and infrastructure improvements, The Evergreens, a key property at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will reopen for visitors March 1.The 19th-century house was built in 1856 for Austin...

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Book Bag: ‘The Sacred Dog’ by Joan Livingston; ‘Mud Pie’ by Lauren Arienzale
02-02-2024 12:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Sacred DogBy Joan LivingstonDarkstroke Books Franklin County author Joan Livingston, a former reporter and editor who once covered the Hilltowns for the Gazette, has used her experience to create a series of mystery novels set in similar towns,...


‘You don’t look like a doctor’: Documentary film looks at the biases and challenges Black women physicians face 
01-26-2024 12:42 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dr. Khama Ennis had come a long way in her medical career.Until 2022, the Amherst resident had spent about two decades in emergency medicine, including a number of years as chief of emergency medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, as...


Northampton’s new poet laureate lives in Greenfield: Franny Choi is 10th person to hold title
01-19-2024 11:43 AM

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...


Hitting it big for wrong reasons: In ‘American Fiction’ at Amherst Cinema, writer’s pastiche hailed as authentic
01-19-2024 11:39 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though it had only an initial limited theatrical release, and did not appear until December, “American Fiction” has already popped up on a number of critics’ “best films of 2023” lists, and the movie has been nominated for a slew of awards.The buzz is...


Getting an inside look: Holyoke exhibit culls varied work from artists’ sketchbooks and journals
12-29-2023 6:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Where does art begin? With a general idea or image? Maybe something that’s sketched out quickly in a journal or on a piece of paper?This month at PULP in Holyoke, the Race Street gallery is showcasing just that sort of “behind-the-scenes” look at what...


Rachel Maddow’s new book examines American fascism in the WWII era and the fight against it
12-22-2023 12:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The conventional story of World War II in the United States is the one about how the country, shrugging off the hardships brought on by the Great Depression, rolled up its sleeves to defeat the fascist forces of Nazi Germany and Japan and make the...


Not home for the holidays: ‘The Holdovers’ offers a funny, bittersweet Christmas story
12-16-2023 7:00 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Back in 2004, actor Paul Giamatti teamed up with screenwriter/director and Alexander Payne in “Sideways,” an offbeat comedy/drama about two friends who take a road trip through the California wine country as they both grapple with midlife crises of a...


Visions from state’s past find a new home: Photographer gives antique glass negatives to UMass
10-13-2023 1:53 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over three and a half years ago, documentary photographer Terri Cappucci received an unusual package: 4,000 glass-plate negatives of photos taken between about 1860 and 1920, courtesy of a collector who had no room for them and otherwise was going to...


UMass Amherst obtains papers of veteran social activist and writer Al Weinrub
08-21-2023 3:55 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — 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...


Book Bag: Debut novel by Dean Cycon tells the story of a fraught WWII homecoming for Holocaust survivors
07-21-2023 12:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Finding Home (Hungary, 1945)By Dean Cycon; Koehler Books A common image from the end of World War II in Europe is that of cheering crowds of people welcoming Allied troops in towns and cities that had been liberated from the Nazis.A lesser-known and...


Fleet of foot and easy on the eye: ‘Horse Tales,’ a new exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, celebrates our four-legged friends
06-30-2023 1:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Is the dog man’s best friend? Or it is the horse?Based on the longevity of their relationship with humans, horses might have the better claim. Researchers have estimated horses were widely domesticated at least 4,000 years ago and even further back...


Walking the earth, with a bit of swagger: Documentary film profiles the groundbreaking all-female rock band Fanny
06-16-2023 3:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

June Millington is a familiar name in the Valley music scene, a veteran guitarist and educator who since the early 2000s has overseen numerous programs at The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), the Goshen center dedicated to supporting women and...


Back to the stage: Real Live Theater returns from the pandemic with staged reading and a new summer production
06-09-2023 3:07 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like many theater organizations, Real Live Theater (RLT) was shut down from producing live performances for over two years due to the pandemic.But the Valley performance ensemble, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is swinging back into action,...


Requiem for Matthew Shepard: Da Camera Singers will perform acclaimed oratorio examining legacy of young gay man murdered 25 years ago
05-19-2023 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A little less than 25 years ago, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay University of Wyoming student, was severely beaten by two other young men outside of Laramie, Wyoming, who then left him to die by tying him to a fence alongside a pasture at night in...


Discovering who you are: ‘Authentic Selves,’ a new book and photo exhibit, celebrates trans and non-binary people
05-15-2023 10:36 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...


As nature intended: Group exhibit ‘Engaging Nature’ in Leverett features landscape paintings made outdoors 
05-15-2023 10:34 AM

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 this week, just in time to be a fitting backdrop to an art exhibit designed to celebrate...


From schism to civil rights: “The Niagara Movement” explores debate over how Black Americans could overcome
05-06-2023 6:00 PM

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...


Young@Heart Chorus gets ready to present its spring concert, ‘The Love Show’
05-03-2023 8:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

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 in Northampton, will return to the Academy this Sunday with a new program dubbed “The Love...


A David and Goliath battle: Acclaimed documentary by Northampton filmmaker tells the story of Jewish partisans in WWII
04-14-2023 10:30 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

‘Labor of love” might 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...


Author Hannah Moushabeck recollects ‘Dream of Palestine’
03-31-2023 5:23 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Homeland: My Father Dreams of PalestineBy Hannah MoushabeckIllustrated by Reem Madooh; Chronicle BooksGrowing up mostly in Leverett, Hannah Moushabeck remembers hearing any number of bedtime stories from her father, Michel, alongside her two...

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