A Massachusetts state lawmaker representing the North Quabbin said she's leaving the Republican Party. Susannah Whipps has served in the state House since 2015, part of the small Republican minority in the Democratic dominated legislature.
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Tomorrow is Jimmy Rowles's 99th birthday anniversary. The Spokane, Washington, native was quirky, unpredictable, and utterly compelling, making even the most hackneyed standard sound fresh, alive, and better than you'd remembered it. He had a unique harmonic sense that left plenty of room for surprise. He's reputed to have known more tunes than anyone else in the business, and he knew potential when he heard it. Diana Krall took lessons with him in 1983 before she enrolled at Berklee, and he ...
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Don't bother trying to pigeonhole the music of Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist, who record under the name From the Mouth of the Sun. If their mission in this instrumental miniature is nothing more than beauty itself, they have succeeded on a disproportionate scale. The music in "Light Blooms In Hollow Space" summons exactly what its title suggests. A simple, two-note piano figure ticks like a clock while wheezy organ chords slowly emerge and a sprinkle of ukuleles falls from above. The space...
Seventy-five years ago, a military transport plane crashed in a remote section of Peru, Massachusetts, killing 16 of the servicemen on board. The victims will be remembered in a ceremony marking the anniversary, as will the story of how this tiny Berkshire County town rallied to help in the rescue.
James Young is the Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst . He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at UMASS. He has consulted on various public memorials around the world including the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and memorials in Argentina and Norway. In this interview with Ilan Stavans, Professor Young explores...
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