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The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that question for 20 years with a special …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th …

Decorative art and furniture expert Christine Ritok joins Historic Deerfield as associate curator

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, …

‘Star Trek’s’ transcendent alien dies at 83

Friday, February 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While many remember Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” Richard Michelson had a more personal relationship with the actor and artist. “We met 15 years ago,” Michelson said Friday. “He became a father figure …

New on DVD

Friday, February 27, 2015

BELIEVE ME: Desperate and broke on the eve of their graduation, four college seniors start a fake charity to embezzle money for tuition — and partying. With Miles Fisher, Zachary Knighton, Alex Russell and Sinqua Walls. Rated PG-13. …

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Imitation Game (PG-13) Daily 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15; Sat. also 11:10 a.m.; Wed. no 6:45, 9:15 Maps To The Stars (R) Daily 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:30; Sat.-Sun. also 11:25 …

Movie Capsules

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

Oscars 2015: Diversity onstage stands in stark contrast to nominees

Friday, February 27, 2015

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar nominations in January, the absence of any minority group nominees in the acting categories - for only the second time since 1998 - triggered a backlash …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

Adv02 For release Monday, March 2

Friday, February 27, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 2, the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1965, the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “The Rhythm of My Soul” at Hampshire College; Eddie Palmieri’ salsa orchestra at UMass

Friday, February 27, 2015

A FILMMAKER’S RETURN Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films, Hampshire College alum and former longtime Pioneer Valley resident returns this weekend to screen his new documentary “The Rhythm of My Soul.” Sherman’s work has won Emmy and Peabody awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards. His …

KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse …