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A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. During World War II, he was drafted into the French army, and after the war he became a dock …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan …

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet, performer, dies at 81

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that …

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players at Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Supposedly written to showcase his compositional skills and mastery of many styles, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is a highly theatrical piece of religious music, filled with diverse choral groupings, unusual vocal effects and sumptuous instrumentation. The work …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches …

Weekend planner — Film: ‘Badpuss: A Popumentary’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“A total romp” as well as “artful, smart, clever and sometimes shocking,” says Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen of “Badpuss: A Popumentary,” a feature-length, “This Is Spinal Tap”-type satire centering on the rise and fall of an all-girl rock …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Art at Smith College “Watercolors,” an exhibit by Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling, will be on view through April 22 at the Smith College Alumnae House, 33 Elm St., Northampton. “As a very young painter, watercolors came naturally to me. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: This ‘Moment’ has staying power

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drop the needle on drummer Makaya McCraven’s fantastic new album, “In the Moment,” and the sounds of Chicago surround you — the ambience of a live concert, conversations burbling in the background, and the experimental spirit that runs …

Movie review: A deglamorized Aniston in the drab ‘Cake’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation: a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of sweatpants. “Cake,” in which Jennifer Aniston plays a bitterly grieving, caustically …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Paul Taylor: Creative Domain’ Friday at the Eric Carle Museum; ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ Saturday at Smith College

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LOCAL FILMMAKER MEETS ICONIC DANCE MASTER “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain,” a documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis, is a must-see for fans of this American modern-dance master, who has rarely revealed his creative process to the public. It will be shown Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Eric …