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Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also loved to draw, whether making studies for later paintings, stand-alone portraits or sketches he used for experimenting with new ideas or examining …

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: ‘An Evening of Traditional — and Spooky! — Storytelling at Historic Northampton’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Ghost stories are born when you give more power to the past than to the present or the future,” says storyteller Motoko, who will be …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Illuminati’ at Academy of Music in Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A secret techno-cult called The Illuminati sends its agent Aleister back in time to 1307 and an East European village known as Kailash. A trained archeologist and historian, his mission is to locate the Archon — a malevolent, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Angelique Kidjo at UMass FAC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“The undisputed queen of African music” (Daily Telegraph), Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo cross-pollinates Afropop with jazz, gospel, Congolese rumba and Caribbean zouk; and she’s as likely to launch into George Gershwin’s “Summertime” as she is the Rolling …

Music review: Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Arcadia Players performed the music of Beethoven Sunday, and the experience was pure delight. The professional orchestra performs baroque music on original instruments, that is, instruments that were used in the period from the late 17th century …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Putting their spin on it: Deejays Andujar and Bongohead start own label

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside every serious music fan is a new record label waiting to happen — if you care enough to collect vinyl, you’ve probably got some ideas about what the rest of the world needs to hear. Brendon Rule …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Advance bookings Abba Mania — Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $23.50, $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Martha Graham Dance Company — Tues., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $45, $50 general; …

Movie Review: Michael Keaton soars in bracing ‘Birdman’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Amherst Cinema; spooky stories at Historic Northampton

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAVORITE ACTOR The more I see actor Chris O’Dowd, the more I love his work (“The Sapphires,” “Bridesmaids,” the off-beat Christopher Guest TV series “The Family Tree”), and the list of choices is, thankfully, getting longer. He’s in the just-released film “St. Vincent,” for example. Because I can’t …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Preston at the Iron Horse; ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at Smith

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CALLING ALL GUITARHEADS Calling Preston Reed a finger-style guitarist is selling him short: Reed plays his ax with fingers, thumbs, fists and hands all at once, sometimes tapping out a rhythm on the guitar’s body and reaching over the top of the neck to work the fretboard. His …

Art Maker: Janet Walerstein Winston | printmaker, painter

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Janet Walerstein Winston, 74, is fascinated by insects, especially butterflies. But she is disheartened, she says, by how climate changes and deforestation are affecting the life cycles and food sources of these beautiful creatures. A former scientific illustrator …