The only former US Senator currently on Tour, Al Franken, talks about life post-political office and his new comedy tour, which kicks off at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Locals, from in and out of the boxing world, talk about Muhammad Ali’s impact in western New England — before and after his time in the ring. Meet Afro-Cuban visual and performance artist Carlos Mateu, whose work is currently on display in Springfield. Hear how Center for New Americans is marking Welcoming Week, a celebration of newly arrived immigrants to the US and the communities that embrace them.