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Arts & Entertainment

Action — and make it fast! — Northampton Community Television sponsors seven-day film competition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The costumes consisted of hand-lettered shirts, one saying “Sport” and the other “Champ.” The props were a mixed bag: a medicine ball, a catcher’s mask, two hurleys (hurling sticks), a tennis racket and a hockey helmet, minus its chin strap. The cinematographer, Melissa McClung, with her Canon digital camera mounted on a shoulder rig, called out “OK, let’s do this” …

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘God Box’ — performance in Northampton

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the untimely death of her daughter Rebecca in a car accident, quintessential Jewish mother Gloria Adelman is packing up the girl’s apartment when she …

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show Saturday night celebrates water, opposes pipeline

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about …

Movie Listings

Friday, October 24, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Dear White People (R) Double Indemnity (NR) My Old Lady (PG-13) The Notebook …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players play Beethoven in Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Generally regarded as a minor work composed as “polite entertainment,” Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is nonetheless wonderfully Beethovian in its stately themes and the ingenious ways they are traded between the three solo instruments. Featuring violinist Susanna Ogata, cellist …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Monsters’ Ball’ in South Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Monsters’ Ball” is a costumed dance party performed especially for children, and their parents, who are invited to come in costume and dance to waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss and Frederic …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Live, onstage “Live Art Magazine,” billed as “a contemporary art talent show,” will be presented Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., in Northampton. Creative folks from around the Valley are making …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Jamie Kent farewell concert (Oct. 25); jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee (Oct. 28), at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LEAVING THE 413 Local musician Jamie Kent has been making music in Northampton and its environs all his life. But he’s a man with a plan and has been expanding his musical horizons as he tours solo or with his band, The Options. Now Kent, a 2005 grad …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Gregory Stone exhibit; talk by journalist, author by Bob Herbert

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘ON THE JOB’ In 1981, Gregory Stone talked to me in an interview for the Gazette about his work and its roots in the Valley. He paints, he said, “what I know, what I see out there every day, people and landscapes.” In his portraits, he said, “I’m …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt at Calvin Theatre; ‘Love Art Magazine’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LADY SONGSMITHS Northampton’s Calvin Theatre hosts an Oct. 24 show pairing two fine country-tinged songwriters. Mary Chapin Carpenter first hit the big time in the 1990s with a string of albums and singles that topped the country and Billboard charts. Tift Merritt hasn’t sold as many records, but …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …