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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

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

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Jazz Festival; art exhibits at Gallery A3 in Amherst and Oxbow and Hosmer galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALL THAT JAZZ The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival starts Sept. 2 with a performance by Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel. That will be followed on Sept. 3 and 4 by Jazz and Food nights, and … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: The Pikeys at ‘A Perfect Spot of Tea’; puppet shows at the Eric Carle Museum and Park Hill Orchard

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA’ I’m not sure if there’s such a thing as a last call for tea, but Aug. 30 is the last call for “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” the weekly summer gatherings on the veranda at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in Hadley. Tea, pastries, … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’; Northampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A MOVIE GEM The best movie I’ve seen in a long time is “Boyhood,” about an ordinary, imperfect, loving family. Director Richard Linklater filmed the cast for a handful of days each year for 12 years to show the arc of change a family experiences. We see Ellar … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: GROUNDINGS: Resa Nelson discusses “Our Lady of the Absolute,” her fantasy mystery novel inspired by ancient Egypt Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m., 7 Main St., Florence. JONES LIBRARY: Gerald. W. McFarland will … 0

Dunham, Poehler among those with books this fall

Thursday, August 28, 2014

So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in … 0