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Recent articles by Steve:

A shadow that still looms: New biography of Joe McCarthy

A little over 70 years ago, Joe McCarthy, speaking at a Republican Party fundraising dinner in West Virginia, held up a piece of paper and told the audience the document listed dozens of members of the Communist Party who worked for the U.S. State... → Read More

‘6 Feet Apart, All Together’: Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre unveils its new ‘Summer Spectacle’

Alongside sweet corn and outdoor music concerts, one of the summer mainstays in the Valley over the years has been the “Summer Spectacles” produced by Double Edge Theatre: outdoor presentations that, moving with the audience across the Ashfield... → Read More

Amherst Cinema looking at reopening in late September

AMHERST — The Amherst Cinema, closed since March 13, plans to reopen in late September with revamped facilities and new safety protocols in place to protect patrons and staff from COVID-19.The exact reopening date is not yet set. But interim Executive... → Read More

Bring on the music: Signature Sounds, Academy of Music will host virtual concerts in early July

NORTHAMPTON — Locally, you might call it the day the music died: the announcement in late April that the region’s seminal music event, the Green River Festival, would not take place this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.But Signature Sounds, the... → Read More

Poetry and prose: Wally Swist’s meditations, and a new murder mystery

For over three months, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into much of the art world, with live music, theater and dance performances shut down and most art galleries closed, though some venues are on the cusp of reopening to limited... → Read More

When the show can’t go on: Live music venues assess their losses, consider plans for reopening

Is live music in any position to make a comeback in the Valley? According to state plans for the phased reopening of the economy, theaters and music venues of “moderate” capacity can open their doors in Phase 3, which begins June 29 at the earliest,... → Read More

Small is beautiful: Holyoke gallery features mail art from across the country and overseas

Mail art, as Dean Brown explains, became a big deal in the late 1960s and the 1970s, a populist movement based on sending small-scale artworks — drawings, paintings, graphic designs and more — through the Postal Service.Over the past couple of... → Read More

Friends miss spirit, warmth of woman whose joy lifted Valley music scene

HOLYOKE — Some people make friends wherever they go. People who knew her say Joanne E. Eldred was just that sort of person: generous, fun, energetic, warm — someone who could lift your spirits through the joy she got from life.And Eldred, who died... → Read More

Amherst project will help students learn of Jewish-Christian solidarity in post-WWII Connecticut town

It’s a story that’s so big, and so brutal, that it’s hard to keep it in perspective: the Holocaust.But a new project in Amherst aims to tell a more positive side of the murder of well over 6 million people in Europe during World War II: how a small,... → Read More

Breaking the bubble: Northampton native pens book on teaching social justice to white students

Northampton native David Nurenberg has made his home in the Boston area for over 20 years, after attending Brandeis University in the mid-to-late 1990s and then taking a high school teaching job in a suburban high school. He later went on the get a... → Read More

Hill Institute kindergarten’s decline, closing questioned

FLORENCE — Parents, teachers and other community members are lamenting the closing of the historic kindergarten at the Hill Institute, a school that dates back almost 150 years and was founded with the goal of providing free education to children who... → Read More

UMass Amherst museum receives $25K grant to host residency and exhibit by renowned artist

AMHERST — The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to host a residency and exhibit by Allison Janae Hamilton, a celebrated... → Read More

Hill Institute to close historic kindergarten

FLORENCE — The kindergarten at the Hill Institute, a landmark in the community that dates back almost 150 years, is closing.The school, shuttered for in-class instruction since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to hold its final... → Read More

‘Writing in the Time of Corona’: Online project solicits responses to COVID-19

Like anyone, writers are searching for connection in the era of COVID-19. So to help fight the isolation so many are experiencing, the Straw Dog Writers Guild (SDWG) has created an online forum to let writers get to the heart of the matter: penning... → Read More

Welcome home: New pets offer comfort during pandemic

People have looked for different kinds of comfort while sheltering at home during the pandemic — reading books, watching movies, experimenting with new recipes, finding new exercise routines.Some have also turned to new companions: the four-legged... → Read More

Amherst project will help students learn of Jewish-Christian solidarity in post-WWII Connecticut town

AMHERST — It’s a story that’s so big, and so brutal, that it’s hard to keep it in perspective: the Holocaust.But a new project in Amherst aims to tell a more positive side of the murder of well over six million people in Europe during World War II:... → Read More

Artists sought to bring culture, color to Holyoke’s Main Street

HOLYOKE — The city is seeking artists for what it calls a “placemaking” project that aims to recognize the Puerto Rican and Latinx community with a variety of public art displays.El Corazón/The Heart of Holyoke envisions placing large-scale (10 by 25... → Read More

A.P.E. Gallery will showcase new work behind its front windows

NORTHAMPTON — With galleries shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most art viewing in the past two and half months has occurred in the same place so much other art has been seen: on the internet.But with a new series of exhibits that opens June... → Read More

Back from the brink: Memoir by Scott Hunter depicts his recovery from years of drug abuse and emotional wreckage

Scott Hunter has a blunt assessment of where he should be today: in his grave.An Amherst College graduate (class of 1967) who has had many a vocation over the years and who today is a semi-retired landscaper, Hunter spent most of his 20s and 30s... → Read More

A rush to ride: Valley cycling stores report run on bikes for exercise, escape

Spring is usually a busy time for bike stores, as warmer weather beckons people outside and cyclists get their machines tuned up for the new riding season — or invest in a new bike.But the outbreak of COVID-19 has added a new wrinkle to the picture.... → Read More