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Sounds Local: Toubab Krewe thrives on stage, not in a box: Band that blends West African and American styles comes to Turners Falls

11-15-2023 3:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s impossible to come up with a simple way to describe the music of Toubab Krewe.Listening to the band’s most recent release, “Stylo,” I wonder is this rock music? Afro-beat? Is it a jam band? There’s no easy answer to these questions. You can’t fit...


Surprising little joys: Gumball machines filled with repurposed art around downtown Turners Falls

11-13-2023 12:37 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Nik Perry is a lover of small plastic toys and wants to spread the love. He has placed gumball machines around Turners Falls that contain unusual prizes.Perry began the project nine years ago when he filled up a gumball machine with plastic toys at...


Sounds Local: The Full Moon Coffeehouse finally returns: Beloved volunteer-run music series welcomes audiences back this weekend

11-08-2023 2:01 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Coffeehouses have always been a vital part of our local music scene. We’ve seen quite a few come and go over the years, but one has endured — The Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse. The monthly coffeehouse held in the Wendell Town Hall opened its doors in...


A tribute to the force of water: “Torrent,” by Conway artist Bill Brayton, on view at Northfield Mount Hermon gallery until Nov. 17

11-03-2023 10:02 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Artists of all mediums know that a work of art doesn’t always pool from a constant flow of ideas. For Conway artist Bill Brayton, it took nearly 20 years and unprecedented storm conditions for one project to finally surface.Brayton, a 1976 graduate of...


A return to music and verse: First Church of Deerfield revives popular “Music & Verse in a Sacred Space” series, Nov. 14

11-03-2023 9:59 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

For the first time since the pandemic, the First Church of Deerfield is reviving one of its music series, with the return serving as an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.On Sunday, Nov. 14, the First Church of Deerfield, also known as the...


Exploring the patina: Photo exhibit at Greenfield Community Television zooms in on the surface of things

11-03-2023 9:57 AM

By MARY BYRNE

For the next three months, the work of a Greenfield photographer will be featured at Greenfield Community Television as part of the studio’s rotating exhibit of “lobby artists.”“I’m very excited about it and very grateful to GCTV for providing me the...


Crafts galore: 20th anniversary Crafts of Colrain tour welcomes visitors into local artist studios, Nov. 11 and 12

11-03-2023 9:56 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Skilled craftspeople will open their home studios to the public once again for visitors to see their work and buy art straight from the artists.Crafts of Colrain will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open studio tour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov....


Sounds Local: Dust off your dancing shoes: Hilltown Hoedown returns for fifth year with local roots and country lineup

11-01-2023 2:43 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

This past weekend was a busy one, with Halloween-themed shows happening everywhere. While it’s time to pack the costumes away, the music continues with the return of the Hilltown Hoedown at the Shutesbury Athletic Club on Saturday, Nov. 4. The annual...


Western Mass musicians up for awards: New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards nominate only a handful of local bands this year

10-27-2023 6:58 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

For the small handful of Pioneer Valley artists nominated between this year’s New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards, the region’s highest musical honor would not merely be an individual accolade, or even a matter of putting the Valley on...


One of region’s largest bookstores is opening in town: Roundabout Books reopening, Nov. 4 and 5, will have music, food, magic and tens of thousands of books

10-27-2023 10:33 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Depending on the era in which you drove by, you would have been able to find soap, dolls, popcorn balls, stoves or ironing boards at 85 Pierce St. And starting Nov. 4, you can add new, used and vintage books to that list.Roundabout Books is set to...


Music without borders: Tiny Glass Tavern mixes many genres with lots of joy for Nov. 1 performance at Edwards Church

10-27-2023 10:25 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

No two shows of the Tiny Glass Tavern sound the same. Led by Artistic Director Sophie Michaux, who lives in Conway but was born in London and raised in the French alps, the music ensemble Tiny Glass Tavern combines a variety of genres to create...


Sounds Local: A voice of hope takes center stage: Grammy-nominated musician Seth Glier’s new album, “Everything,” offers harmony and solutions for restoring our planet

10-25-2023 3:39 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Rewilding the rivers, mammoths, and regenerative farming are not typical subject matter for pop-folk songs. Yet, these are some topics that Seth Glier tackles on his upcoming album, “Everything.”The eight songs on the album focus on the sacred...


Transplanting a 116-year-old organ: 1907 South Deerfield church organ saved just in time, finds new home at Merrimack College

10-20-2023 1:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

On a freezing day in January 2020, notes once again rang out from the South Deerfield Congregational Church’s dormant organ, which had been sitting there in the unheated building since the church’s 2017 closure.Taking the seat at the instrument was...


Contra dancing: the antidote to pandemic loneliness: Greenfield social dance organizers hope to see attendance rebound to pre-pandemic levels

10-20-2023 1:33 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Guiding Star Grange fills up with lines of people do-si-doing, dancing an allemande, ladies chaining and swinging their partners at the weekly contra dance. “Greenfield is the absolute locus of contra dancing in the country,” Devorah Rosenberg, a...


The joy of being spooked: Whispering Bones evening of ghost stories returns for haunted 13th year, Oct. 30

10-20-2023 1:33 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Escape from the trials and tribulations of today’s world and join a cast of performers for a pleasant interlude of hellish nightmares and feverish laughter. Pauline Productions is back with its 13th-anniversary tour of “Whispering Bones” at the First...


Sounds Local: Scary good options for Halloween fun: Next two weekends full of fall fests and costume contests

10-18-2023 11:58 AM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s that spooky time of year again, so get your costume ready, practice your Monster Mash, head to your favorite music hotspot, and get downright ghoulish. There are more music-filled Halloween happenings than you can say boo at, so I’ve compiled 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...


Book Review: ‘JoJo and the Gazork’ and ‘JoJo and the Eagle’

10-13-2023 11:46 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Children’s books never age. The JoJo stories by Peter Rosnick of Conway, with illustrations by Kathryn Burke, originated decades ago, according to the author. They seem eternally fresh, however.JoJo is an extremely small person — half an inch tall at...


Working Weavers’ Studio Trail aims to ‘make cloth visible again’

10-11-2023 10:43 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Eight weavers in Shelburne Falls, Conway and Florence will open their studios to the public this weekend for demonstrations and sales as part of the Working Weavers’ fifth Studio Trail tour. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday,...


Long road to screen: Amazon film ‘The Burial’ based on a 1999 New Yorker article by Northampton writer Jonathan Harr

10-06-2023 10:04 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In late 1999, Northampton writer Jonathan Harr published a lengthy piece, “The Burial,” in The New Yorker, an account of a noteworthy 1995 trial in Mississippi in which a jury awarded a staggering $500 million to a small-scale funeral home owner for...



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