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Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal training. Nathan Hilu certainly meets the latter definition. The elderly New York artist spent a good part of his working life in … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded … 0

Bread and Puppet Theater to bring emergency performance of ‘Fire’ to Easthampton orchard in response to violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Bread and Puppet Theater, known worldwide for performances that comment on political and social problems, will stage “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” in … 0

Adv20 For release Wednesday, August 20

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. On this date: In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president … 0

‘Turtles’ tops, ‘Expendables 3’ fizzles

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Moviegoers shelled out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble “The Expendables 3” was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut. Paramount Pictures’ rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film’s … 0

Cummington Fair runs Thursday through Sunday

Friday, August 15, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Billed as the “biggest and best little fair in the country,” the 146th annual Cummington Fair is set to open Thursday and run through Aug. 24. Board member Lillian Bisbee said the fair usually draws between 25,000 and 30,000 people. Bisbee said that each day of … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 15, 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 Boyhood (R) Blues Brothers (R) Cavalry (R) Chinatown (R) Dog Day Afternoon (R) … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: KidsStage presents “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten!” at the Eric Carle Museum

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As everyone knows, Arthur Read, the hero of the popular PBS animated television series (and of the children’s books by Marc Brown on which the series is based) is an anthropomorphic bipedal aardvark whose experiences reflect the vicissitudes … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through … 0

Keeping Tabs of the Arts: PaintBox Theatre’s ‘Tarzan’ and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle story PaintBox Theatre will close its summer season with a production of “Tarzan,” under the roof inside the Grandstand at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. The classic tale that’s been adapted and directed by Tom McCabe, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Span of Sunshine’s Steve Koziol celebrates his new babies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“I was ambitious,” said Steve Koziol, vocalist/guitarist of the western Masssacusetts-based quartet Span of Sunshine. “‘Let’s get this done before the baby’s born!’” He’s referring to the group’s new five-song EP, “Ray of June,” and the baby is … 0

Advance Booking, big acts coming to the area: Cher, Tig Notaro, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Josh Groban, Kevin James, more

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yanni — Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$85. foxwoods.com Lost Bayou Ramblers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Isley Brothers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$85. foxwoods.com Josh Groban … 0