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Arts & Entertainment

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in …

Life in a war zone: Northampton author draws on his experience as a foreign correspondent to pen novel of Nicaragua in the 1980s

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by members of ISIS, the Islamic jihadist state in Syria and Iraq, Joe Gannon …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pianist Scott Hall returns to Valley with ‘Hallapalooza’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since his high school days, Scott Hall has been close to a piano — sometimes very close, like in the Northampton apartment he shared with …

Opera spurs protest outside Met

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Politicians including former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Peter King joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on …

Adv21 For release Tuesday, Oct. 21

Monday, October 20, 2014

Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight On Oct. 21, 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen. On this date In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, …

‘Fury’ rolls over ‘Gone Girl’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. “Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank …

Movie Listings

Friday, October 17, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Art and Craft (NR) Love Is Strange (R) My Old Lady (PG-13) One …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Earth to Echo: After a construction project begins in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley), Alex (Teo Halm) and Munch (Reese C. Hartwig) begin receiving strange, encoded messages on their cellphones. They decide to crack the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: The Theater Project’s ‘The Last Romance’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joe DiPietro’s play “The Last Romance” tells the story of a widower, Ralph Bellini, who takes a slight detour on his daily walk and encounters the elegant but distant Carol Reynolds. Ralph is emboldened to pursue her but …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘A Long Row in Fertile Ground’ at Academy of Music in Northampton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Springing from the fertile soil of the Connecticut River Valley — itself a bequest of receding glaciers from the last Ice Age — western New England’s agricultural legacy has unfolded over three centuries, through waves of migration, technological …

Weekend Planner — Music: Rt 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An up-and-coming talented group of classical musicians, most of whom studied at various times at UMass and are now living in New York City, the Rt 9 Ensemble came together through a passion for collaboration and for sharing …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waste not, want not “75%+ReUse,” an art show and sale featuring works by more than 30 local artists, will be held Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sam Amidon plays the Parlor Room

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon is a scientist of song, taking apart tunes new and old, finding out what makes them tick and rebuilding them in his own style. The Brattleboro, Vermont-born multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) grew up in a family …