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Arts & Entertainment

VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, so those who are interested in attending … 0

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 1, 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 Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) The French Connection (R) Obvious Child (R) The … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Daryl Brown reads from his memoir, “Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle,” Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A MOST WANTED MAN: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Stars Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi. Rated R. AND SO IT GOES: A self-centered Realtor … 0

Art People: Jesse Metzger | LEGO artist

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jesse Metzger calls herself Dr. Lego, and one supposes she’s entitled: Metzger, 34, is a clinical psychologist who recently relocated to the Valley, where she plans to set up a private therapy practice, and she’s a self-described Lego … 0

Photo Gallery: ... But they don’t look under the weather

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I’m sure there’s an official explanation for this sign in a plot outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst. But it could just be the brainchild of a few overly protective gardeners. — Kevin … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets

Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I’ The lessons of World War I are as relevant today as they are sobering. On Aug. 3, a commemoration recalling the art, poetry and literature of that cataclysmic event, including excerpts from journals, letters and memoirs by soldiers and those on the home front, … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) The French Connection (R) Obvious Child (R) The Sound of Music (G) Wish I Was Here (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Chef’ a tender, funny movie; ‘Sound of Music’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SUMMER MOVIES The movies out this summer are fantastic. One that surprised me with its warmth and depth was “Chef,” which does a hilarious send-up of the influence of Twitter on today’s society — both its good and bad points. But my favorite part of the movie was … 0

Book review: ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!’ a hard-charging history of rock ‘n’ roll

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyonce went crazy in love. That’s two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same … 0