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Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Smile for the camera: As TV acting career takes off, Northampton’s Miranda Brooks says so long to job as dental hygienist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in … 0

Fine tuning: This year’s Three County Fair adds music festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Throughout the Three County Fair’s 197-year history, one tradition that stands the test of time is the exhibit hall where children and adults show off food they made, flowers and produce they grew, arts and crafts … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: Performance at East Street Ballet in Hadley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ilse Kapteyn and Ruben Rascon, graduates of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow who now dance with the New Jersey Ballet, have been conducting master classes for the past two week at the East Street Dance Center, where … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: The Three County Fair Fest in Northampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Three County Fair will close out its run on Monday with something new: The Three County Fair Fest, a day-long musical festival featuring 13 Valley bands. A $10 ticket to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Storytelling in the Orchard,’ new series in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“Storytelling in the Orchard,” a new Saturday series for children made possible by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, begins Aug. 30 with a performance by storyteller and puppeteer Gail N. Herman (pictured). Shows are at 2 … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Battle of the Bands The fifth annual Battle of the Bands, presented by the Three County Fair, will take place Aug. 30 in the music tent on the fairgrounds in Northampton. The junior division, ages 16 and under, … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “As Above, So Below,” “Chef,” “Ghostbusters” and “The November Man.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Frank” and continues showing “Boyhood” and “Calvary.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Boyhood” and “If I Stay.” Today’s movie review, on page … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, August 28, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Calvary (R) Frank (R) Land Ho! (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Chef (R) The Expendables 3 (PG-13) The Giver (PG-13) Guardians of the … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater … 0

Movie review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ falls flat on humor

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

At one point during “Let’s Be Cops,” actor Damon Wayans Jr. has a scene in which a huge naked man’s groin is inches from his face. That’s a good approximation of what filmgoers will experience during this witless … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, Northampton. Featuring the Bronx Wanderers, Union Jack, Joe Pucci and the American Longboards. Activities for children. $20 per person; ages 12 and under free. salute2summer.com Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL … 0